In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.
The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.
The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.
The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.
It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).
The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out two.
Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.
Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.
Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.
Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.
He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.
Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.
Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.
Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.
Third error for Utley in four innings.
Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.
Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.
Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.
The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.
Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.
Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.
Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.
Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.
Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.
Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.
Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.
Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.
The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.
Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.
Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.
Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.
Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.
Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.
Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.
It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.
Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.
Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.
Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.
Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.
Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.
Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.
Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.
Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.
Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.
Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.
Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.
Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.
Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.