Tag: Jonathan Pettibone

Dead again

The Phillies started July on a roll, going 9-4 against the Pirates, Braves, Nats and White Sox to start the month. They’ve cooled since the All-Star break, though, dropping a series to the lowly Mets before losing 4-1 to the not-so-lowly Cardinals last night in the first of three in St Louis.

The Phils have lost three in a row and are looking lifeless. They’ve scored one run in their last two games and struck out 21 times. Utley was 3-for-4 last night and the rest of the team went 4-for-29 (.138).

Pettibone didn’t pitch very well in last night’s game, allowing three runs over five innings, and the bullpen coughed up another over three frames. It was the offense that looked really bad, though. Coming off a game in which they were dominated by Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller held the Phils to three singles and a walk over six shutout innings. The Phils managed their lone run off the St Louis pen in the seventh on a pair of two-out hits.

The Phillies are 49-51 on the season after losing 4-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They’re 10-7 in July despite having allowed more runs (72) than they’ve scored (69).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

That’s the worst of Pettibone’s last six starts, but he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of them and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA in those outings.

Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Carlos Beltran. Beltran grounded to second with Jay forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Allen Craig hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and went to second to force Beltran for the second out. Carpenter scored from third, putting the Cards up 1-0 with two down and Craig on first. Yadier Molina grounded to Rollins to end the inning.

Lefties are hitting 308/385/451 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties Carpenter and Jay both single to start the frame for St Louis and the Phils are lucky to hold them to a single run.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked the pitcher Shelby Miller on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three St Louis hitters on three ground balls.

Really don’t want to walk the pitcher if you can help it. Really don’t want to walk the leadoff hitter if you can help it.

Craig doubled to left to start the fourth. Molina was next and reached out across the plate to chop a ball down the third base line. I don’t know exactly what happened with Michael Young, but it was definitely not highlight material. He sort of stumbled/dove in the direction of the ball, which got passed him and down the line. Craig scored (2-0) and Molina was safe at second with a double-like event. Matt Adams was next and moved Molina up to third with a single to center. It brought David Freese to the plate with one down and men on the corners. Freese singled to right, scoring Molina (3-0) and moving Adams up to second. Pettibone struck Pete Kozma out swinging to the first out and the pitcher Miller bunted Freese up to second with the second. Pettibone got Carpenter on a pop to Michael Young in foul territory to leave the runners on second and third.

Michael Young’s play on the Molina double was just terrible.

First four batters in the frame read for St Louis on two doubles and two singles. Pettibone did well to hold them to two runs and got a little help from Miller bunting for the second out.

David Freese brings back ugly memories.

Jay doubled to right to start the fifth. Pettibone struck Beltran out swinging for the first out before Craig walked to put runners on first and second. Molina flew to right for the second out, but Adams walked on five pitches to load the bases for Freese. Pettibone struck Freese out swinging 3-2 to leave them loaded.

Raul Valdes started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Kozma. Righty Brock Peterson hit for the pitcher Miller and struck out swinging for the first out. Carpenter was next and bunted, but popped it up. Valdes caught the ball and threw to first before Kozma got back to double the runner off and end the inning.

Bunting into the double-play obviously changed the inning for the Cards. Carpenter pretty much popped it up right at Valdes and Kozma was doubled-off easily.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Valdes struck Jay out to start the seventh. Beltran was next, though, and tripled to left. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled softly to left center, scoring Beltran. 4-1. De Fratus got Molina to pop to Ruf in foul territory for the second out. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Adams and struck him out looking to end the inning.

The Cards get one in the inning, thanks to the one-out triple by Beltran off of Valdes.

First appearance for Valdes since being called up to replace Savery. He faces five batters, allowing a single and a triple and getting four outs. Got a lot of help from Carpenter’s bunt into a double-play to end the sixth.

Valdes was awful to start the year with the Phillies, throwing to a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings over ten appearances while allowing five runs. In his defense, he was the victim of a badly structured bullpen that required him, Horst and Durbin to pitch in middle relief, which is a role for which none of them are well-suited. Stint number two doesn’t start particularly well for him.

De Fratus faces two batters, allowing a softly hit single and getting one out. He has a 10.29 ERA and a 3.14 ratio over seven innings in his last 12 appearances. Opponents have hit .424 against him in those outings and he’s walked eight in seven innings.

Diekman faces one hitter in the game and strikes him out.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 4 1/3 innings over his last seven appearances, but has a 1.62 ratio in those outings. In four of his last seven times out he’s gotten just one out. Righties are hitting 351/400/541 against him on the season.

Luis Garcia pitched the eighth. Kozma singled to left with one out. Lefty Daniel Descalso hit for the pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. Garcia struck him out swinging for the second out as Kozma stole second. Garcia walked Carpenter 3-2 to put runners on first and second for Jay. Garcia struck Jay out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Garcia faces five hitters, allowing a single and a walk, but getting a big strikeout of the lefty Jay to end the inning with two men on.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 6 2/3 innings in six appearances on the year. Opponents are hitting just .182 against him, but he’s walked four.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Garcia needed 28 pitches to get through his inning, so he probably can’t go tonight. De Fratus threw 19 and De Fratus and Diekman were both under ten.

The Phillie lineup against righty Shelby Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays center against the righty. Ruf at first against the righty.

Michael Young walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second on a single by Utley. Brown grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the second. Mayberry struck out for the third out.

Pettibone struck out looking as they went in order in the third.

Utley singled to right with one out in the fourth. Brown popped to short for the second out and Delmon Young flew to right for the third.

Utley 2-for-2 through four innings for the Phils with the rest of the team hitless. Michael Young’s walk in the first was the only other runner.

The Phillies were down 3-0 they went in order in the fifth. Ruf and Ruiz both struck out.

Nix hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and struck out swinging. Rollins followed with a double to center and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to right for the second out. Utley flew to left to leave him at third.

Lefty Randy Choate got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the seventh. Righty Seth Maness came in to pitch to Delmon Young and struck him out swinging for the second out before Ruf singled to right. Mayberry was next and lined a double to the gap in left-center, scoring Ruf to get the Phillies on the board at 3-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the frame.

Ruf and Mayberry deliver back-to-back hits against the righty with two outs, getting the Phils their only run of the game.

Righty Trevor Rosenthal set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with the Cardinal lead extended to 4-1. Frandsen hit for Diekman and flew to right for the first out of the frame.

Righty Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for St Louis. Utley led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a one-out single by Delmon Young. It brought Ruf to the plate as they tying run, but he struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in the game. 250/287/296 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. Made a weird-looking non-play on Molina’s double in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-17 (.118).

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 8-for-his-last-16 with a triple and two home runs.

Brown was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-his-last-13. 222/263/426 over his last 57 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 371/404/472 over his last 94 plate appearances. Not a ton of power against lefties, but he’s still hitting 291/375/418 against them for the year. Not a ton of power against righties, either, but the biggest issue is that he isn’t walking against right-handed pitching. Seven walks in 185 plate appearances is about 3.8%.

Ruf 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-21 with ten strikeouts, but an impressive 293/396/537 line in 48 plate appearances for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 200/261/388 over his last 88 plate appearances. He’s a lock to look like a bad player if you put him in center and play him against righties. As a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties, he could help a good team (although he’s only hitting 250/286/483 against left-handed pitching for the year).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-12. Four extra-base hits in 154 plate appearances for the year. He has an isolated power of .029 for the season with extra-base hits in about 2.60% of his plate appearances. Phillie pitchers have an isolated power of .038 and extra-base hits in about 2.76% of their chances.

Lannan (2-3, 3.76) starts tonight against righty Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88). Lannan has been fantastic in his last two starts, allowing a run on eight hits and three walks over 16 innings. Since returning from the DL in mid-June, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.84 ERA and allowed just one home run in 38 innings. Westbrook has allowed just three home runs in 81 1/3 innings on the year. Lefties have hammered him to the tune of 338/409/489 while righties have been almost helpless against him, managing just a 211/293/255 line. He’s allowed just five extra-base hits to righties this season and four of them have been doubles.


I updated the Start Log

I updated the Start Log, which should now include all of the first half games.

Some scattered thoughts:

  • The Phillies are 19-27 on the year when Halladay (2-5), Hamels (6-14) or Lee (11-8) have started and 29-21 when anybody else (Kendrick, Lannan, Cloyd and Pettibone) have started.
  • The Phils went 1-11 in the first 12 starts that Hamels made on the year as he threw to a 4.86 ERA. During that stretch of 12 games, the Phillies lost five different games in which Hamels a) threw at least six innings and b) allowed two runs or fewer.
  • On April 13, Hamels held the Fish to a run over six innings. The game went into the ninth tied and Florida won 2-1 on a walkoff error by Utley.

    On April 23 he held the Pirates to two runs over eight innings. The Phils didn’t score in the game and lost 2-0.

    On May 4 he went eight again, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits and no walks. The Phils had one hit and lost 2-0.

    May 9 he didn’t pitch especially well, allowing six hits and five walks over six innings, but he did manage to hold Arizona to a pair of runs. The Phillies managed one in the game and lost 2-1.

    May 20 he struck out ten Marlins while allowing two runs over six frames. The Phillies again scored one run and the bullpen gave up three in the bottom of the eighth as Florida won 5-1.

  • The Phils are 11-8 when Lee starts, but in 15 of the 19 games, Lee’s Game Score for the game is higher than the Game Score of the other team’s starting pitcher. Game Score is a miserable stat, but that still means that, using Game Score, in 15 of the 19 games that Lee started, the combination of Lee and the Phillie offense was better than the combination of the other team’s starting pitcher and offense, at least according to Game Score, and the Phillies only won 11 of those games. The Phils were 0-4 when Lee’s Game Score was worse than his opponent and 11-4 when it was better. On June 7, June 24 and June 29, Lee outpitched his counterpart all three times and the Phils still went 0-3. The bullpen threw to a 6.75 ERA in those games for the Phils.
  • The bullpen was bad for Lee, throwing to a 3.99 ERA with a 1.64 ratio in games that he started, but it was even worse in games that were started by Kendrick (5.36, 1.65) or Halladay (6.20, 1.62).
  • The Phillies scored 3.37 runs per game in the 46 games started by a Halladay, Hamels or Lee and scored 4.32 runs per game in 50 games started by someone else.
  • The Phils are 16-9 when Lannan or Pettibone starts and that has a lot to do with the offense (especially when Pettibone starts). On days that Pettibone starts the Phils are scoring an average of 4.63 runs per game and on the days that Lannan starts they are scoring an average of 4.44 runs per game. That’s a little misleading as Lannan started the game where the Phillies scored 16 runs — over his other eight starts they scored 24 runs or 3.0 runs per game.
  • The 16-run Lannan game was one of only two games this season in which the Phillies have scored more than eight runs. They scored nine on April 27.
  • The bullpen is just absolutely terrible. They’ve thrown to a 4.39 ERA (worst in the league) and a 1.50 ratio (worst in the league) in a year where the NL average is a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 ratio.
  • The bullpen is third in the NL in total walks allowed, which is a ton given that they are last in innings pitched. The average NL bullpen has thrown about 289 innings and the Phillie bullpen has thrown 252.
  • Over 96 games, the Phillies have scored 371 runs on the year and allowed 416, which means they are allowing 0.47 runs per game more than they score. They shouldn’t count on playing .500 for too much longer if they continue to do so. Their Pythagorean Winning Percentage has them at 43-53.

It takes a really motley village

It took seven Phillie pitchers, two Pirates errors and a bunch of misplays, but the Phils won ugly last night, topping Pittsburgh 3-1 to snap a nine-game winning streak for the Pirates.

Pettibone started the game for the Phillies and pitched well, holding the Pirates to a run over 5 2/3 innings on a solo homer by Garrett Jones. Pettibone’s departure gave way to an ugly performance by a slew of relievers as Diekman, Aumont, Ramirez and Bastardo somehow managed to throw two scoreless innings despite allowing three hits and three walks. Justin De Fratus bailed them out, striking Jordy Mercer out swinging with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth.

The Phillies were miserable on the bases, twice benefiting from misplays by Pirate outfielders that should have left them with a runner on second and nobody out. In the second, Brown was thrown out at third trying to turn his two-base gift into a three-base gift. In the ninth, Mayberry was picked off base after a misplay in left had given him a leadoff double. It’s probably not the way to go given that runs look likely to be scarce in the series. The Pirates have scored five runs in their last three games and the Phillies have scored seven.

The Phillies are 40-44 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 last night.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He came into the start with six strikeouts in 15 innings over his last three outings, but struck out six last night.

Starling Marte led off the bottom of the first with a single into left. Russell Martin was next and lined to short with Rollins throwing to first in plenty of time to double-off Marte. Pettibone walked Andrew McCutchen, but retired Garrett Jones on a ground ball to first to end the inning.

Pettibone came into the game having gotten into huge trouble in the first inning in two of his last three starts. He gets a lot of help from the line out double-play this time and keeps the Pirates off the board despite the leadoff single and two-out walk.

He struck out Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker in a 1-2-3 second.

He got Travis Snider looking to start the third. The pitcher Brandon Cumpton was next and hit a fly ball to right that Delmon Young dropped for an error. Marte was next and grounded to short with Cumpton forced at second for the second out. Marte stole second before Martin walked on five pitches, putting runners on first and second with two down for McCutchen. McCutchen reached on an infield single, loading the bases for Jones. Pettibone got Jones swinging 2-2 to leave the bases loaded.

Huge strikeout for Pettibone with the bases loaded keeps the Pirates off the board despite an error, a single, a walk and a stolen base in the frame.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

He started the sixth up 3-0. He walked Martin on five pitches to start the inning, but got McCutchen to ground into a double-play behind him. It cleared the bases for Jones, which was good because Jones hit a 2-1 pitch out to center, cutting the lead to 3-1. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Alvarez and walked him on five pitches. Walker struck out looking to leave Alvarez at first.

Walking the leadoff man is never good, but getting the double-play behind him is the way to go when you do. Phils were fortunate Jones picked the sixth and not the third to hit his homer.

Diekman faces two batters in the game, walking one and striking out the other. He’s walked 22 in 33 1/3 innings for his career.

Aumont started the seventh. Jordy Mercer led off and dumped a hit into left. Brown took the ball moving towards the line and Mercer went for two. Brown’s throw wasn’t especially strong, but it was on line and in time to get Mercer going for second for the first out. Snider was next and singled to right, but Aumont got the next two to leave him at first.

Aumont allows two hits in a scoreless frame, getting a lot of help as Brown throws Mercer out going for two on the leadoff single. Hasn’t walked anybody in either of his last two outings, though, which is a good sign. He’s allowed 13 walks 18 innings on the year.

JC Ramirez started the eighth and walked the leadoff man Martin on five pitches. McCutchen flew to center for the first out and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and Bastardo struck him out swinging for the second out. Bastardo walked Alvarez 3-2 and a single to left by Walker loaded the bases for the righty Mercer with two down. De Fratus came in to pitch to Mercer and struck him out swinging 1-2 to leave the bases loaded.

If I haven’t been clear about this before, I’m really against walking the leadoff hitter. You shouldn’t count on allowing two walks and a single in an inning without giving up a run. Martin walks to start both the sixth and the eighth, but doesn’t score in either frame.

Ramirez faces two batters, allowing a leadoff walk and retiring the other. Last night’s walk to Martin is the only hit or walk he’s allowed over four innings in four appearances.

Bastardo faces three hitters, allowing a hit and a walk and getting one out. He’s walked 15 in 28 innings on the year.

De Fratus faced one batter and struck Mercer out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. He’s walked ten in 16 1/3 innings for the year.

Papelbon set the Pirtes down in the ninth to earn his 16th save.

Second scoreless outing for Papelbon in a row, coming off a funk where he allowed five runs in five innings over five appearances.

Overall the pen went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks. They struck out three. Bastardo threw 16 pitches in the game. He was the only reliever above 12.

The Phillie lineup against righty Brandon Cumpton went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Revere (8) Ruiz.

Utley walked with one out in the top of the first, but Rollins and Hoaward went down behind him.

Brown led off the second and lined a ball to right that probably should have been caught, but wasn’t. Snider played it on a bounce and the ball got away from him. Then he struggled trying to pick it up. Brown took second and then tried for third, but Snider’s throw came in to Walker and Walker threw to third in time to get Brown for the second out. Delmon Young and Revere went down behind Brown.

Brown didn’t look to be running hard out of the box on the ball he hit to right. Whether he was or wasn’t, second base would have been a nice place to be with nobody out given the multiple gifts Snider offered up on the play.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with two outs in the third. Utley grounded to Walker to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz was hit by a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth. Pettibone grounded softly to first for the third out.

Young singled into center to start the sixth. Utley was next and grounded to second with Young forced at second for the first out. Rollins followed with a soft single to right that put men on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to left-center, scoring Utley (1-0) and moving Rollins up to third. It brought Brown to the plate with one down and men on the corners. He flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score. 2-0 with two down and Howard on first for Delmon Young. Young lined a 1-1 pitch to the gap in left-center for a double. Howard rolled around third and tried to score. McCutchen got to the ball quickly and threw to Mercer at short. Mercer’s throw home was on line, but Martin didn’t handle it cleanly. Howard scored (3-0) and Mercer was charged with a tough error. Lefty Justin Wilson came in and got Revere on a ground ball to second, leaving Young stranded.

Howard is really slow, but he probably would have slid in safe to home on the Young double even if Martin had handled Mercer’s throw.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Wilson set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Frandsen hit for Diekman and popped to third for the second out.

Righty Bryan Morris pitched the eighth for Pittsburgh. Howard chopped a single on the left side of the infield with two outs, but Brown struck out trying to check his swing 0-2 to leave him at first.

Mayberry led off the ninth and doubled to left off the glove of Marte. Revere tried to bunt him up to third, but missed an 0-1 pitch and Martin threw to second and picked Mayberry off for the first out. Revere grounded to second for the second out before Ruiz singled to left. Nix hit for De Fratus. Ruiz took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Nix struck out swinging.

Second huge base-running mistake of the game for the Phils were a runner on second base with nobody out was erased. Brown in the second and Mayberry in the ninth.

Marte should have caught Mayberry’s ball. In both the second and the ninth, the Phillies got a gift from a Pirates outfielder that should have left them with a runner on second and nobody out. In the second, Brown was out going for third. In the ninth, Mayberry was picked off of second. That’s terrible.

Michael Young was 2-for-4 in the game. He’s 8-for-his-last-19. 419/432/535 in his 44 PA batting #1 in the order this year. So I’d go with that for a while.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s slugging .292 with two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 120 plate appearances. Shouldn’t be hitting third. His isolated power for the year in .098, which is his worst mark in any year he’s gotten 100 PA.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI. Managed to score from first on a two-out double, but just barely. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-18.

Brown 1-for-3 with an RBI. Miserable base-running in the second. Threw Mercer out at second in the seventh. Sac fly with one out in the sixth. Walked in 9.9% of his 121 PA in June after not drawing a walk in 109 PA in May.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Dropped a fly ball for an error. 12-for-his-last-26 with two walks, three doubles and a home run. After 301 1/3 innings in right field, FanGraphs has his UZR/150 there at -36.5, which is the worst mark among the 40 players across both leagues who have played at least 200 innings in right this season.

Revere 0-for-4. Came into the game 9-for-his-last-16. 313/350/365 over his last 224 plate appearances with a .349 BABIP.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and a single that should have driven in Mayberry, but instead drove in nobody. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 102 PA for the year and an isolated power of .033.

Lannan (1-2, 4.83) faces lefty Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06) tonight. Righties are hitting 316/370/500 against lefties for the season and lefties 167/231/167. Opponents are hitting .199 against Locke for the year. He has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight starts. He’s been outstanding this year. If there’s a chink in his armor it’s that he’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters. He’s walked about 12% of the righties he’s faced this season.


Bang, bang, you’re alive

John Mayberry provided the magic last night as the Phils topped the Fish 7-3 in 11 innings. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry tied the game with a solo shot. In the bottom of the eleventh, he delivered a walkoff grand slam.

It was the first grand slam of the year for the Phillies. They are hitting .156 and on-basing .171 with the bases loaded in 2013.

Mayberry’s second home run of the game was the seventh the Phillies have hit so far in four games in June. They lead the NL in June slugging percentage at .547. They slugged .391 in May and .387 in April.

They are also walking more of late, led by improved walk rates from Howard and especially Rollins. The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks in April and seventh in May. In four games so far in June they’re tied for third.

The Phillies are 29-30 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 in 11 innings last night. They’ve won three in a row and the first two games of the three-game set with the Fish. They will go for the sweep and a .500 record in the series finale this afternoon.

They are 12th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game, but have scored 21 runs over their last three (they’ve scored seven runs in each of their last three).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one.

Pettibone bounced back nicely coming off his worst start of the year. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his nine outings. Lefties are still faring well against him, on-basing .395 for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and he singled softly to right. Quintero threw him out trying to steal second, though, and Pettibone got the next two hitters to set Miami down.

Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double to left. Derek Dietrich was next and slapped a ball into left that fell for a single. Brown didn’t handle the ball cleanly, it went off his glove for an error that allowed Dietrich to move up to second with Ozuna at third. Casey Kotchman was next and grounded to short with both runners moving up a base. 1-0 with a man on third. Pettibone got Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short for the second out with Coghlan holding third and handled a ball hit softly by Rob Brantly himself to end the frame.

Pettibone holds the Marlins to a single run, getting Hechavarria on a ground out with the runner holding third with one down.

Ed Lucas singled to center with two outs in the third. Pettibone retired Coghlan on a ground ball to second to set Miami down.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hechavarria singled to center to start the fifth and took off for second as the count went 1-1 on Brantly. Quintero’s throw to Rollins was very good and in time to get Hechavarria, but Rollins just dropped it for the second Phillie error of the game. Brantly singled to left and Hechavarria scored from second, putting Miami up 2-0. The pitcher Ricky Nolasco bunted Brantly up to second with the first out and Pierre followed that with a single to right that put runners on the corners. Pierre stole second before a walk to Lucas loaded the bases for Coghlan. Pettibone got Coghlan on a popup to Young at third with the runners holding for the second out. Ozuna flew to center to leave them loaded.

Again Pettibone keeps the Marlins from getting additional runs with the help of a big second out with a runner on third. This time it’s Coghlan popping up on the infield with the bases loaded and one down.

Quintero made a great throw that should have been his second caught stealing of the game in two tries.

Pettibone walked Kotchman with one out in the sixth, but got Hechavarria to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst threw a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Brantly and Nolasco.

Horst dropped his ERA for the year to 4.70 with the perfect inning. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.39 ratio over 9 1/3 innings in his last 12 appearances. Still too many walks –he’s walked six over those 9 1/3 frames.

Adams started the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Lucas led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a ground out by Coghlan. Adams hit Ozuna with a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dietrich. Dietrich grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Kotchman grounded to second to leave them there.

Fifth appearance for Adams since his return. He’s allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the game still knotted at 2-2.

Since allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, Papelbon has thrown to an 0.44 ERA with an 0.63 ratio over 20 2/3 innings in his last 20 appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Pierre led off with a walk and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Pierre stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Coghlan at the plate, putting Miami back on top at 3-2. Coghlan flew to center for the second out before Ozuna doubled to left. Dietrich flew to left to leave Ozuna at second.

The wild pitch didn’t really cost the Phils as Pierre would have scored from third on Ozuna’s double anyway. The leadoff walk did, though.

Bastardo has been charged with a run in each of his last two appearances. He’s walked 14 in 21 innings for the year, which is too many. He walked 26 in 52 innings last year, which is also too many. Righties are on-basing .396 against him in 2013 and lefties .306. He also has monster home/road splits this year. Opponents have posted a 293/420/537 line against him at home and 152/282/182 on the road.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a walk for the Fish. He’s hitting 306/375/306 in 40 plate appearances against the Phillies this year and has stolen five bases.

Stutes pitched the eleventh. With two outs and nobody on, Brantly hit a ball hard that was deflected by Stutes and went for an infield single. Lefty Greg Dobbs hit for the pitcher Dan Jennings and flew to right to leave Brantly at first.

Nice inning for Stutes gives the Phils a chance to win it in the bottom of the eleventh. He’s made five appearances this year and four of them have been good. In the one that was bad, he allowed two runs, one earned, both of which scored in his third inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in 7 1/3 innings on the year. Righties are 0-for-14 against him for the season and lefties are 6-for-13 with two doubles (462/500/615).

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, Ozuna’s double off of Bastardo. They struck out five.

Adams and Bastardo both threw 20 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19. Horst and Papelbon both threw 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Quintero. Michael Young returns to the lineup and third base. Galvis moves over to second with Hernandez on the bench. Quintero catches with Kratz resting and a day game scheduled for this afternoon.

Revere and Michael Young struck out as the Phillies went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth. Rollins was next and hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Brantly made a nice diving catch that took a hit away from him and changed the inning. Young stole second before Howard walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice catch by Brantly helps keep the Phils off the board. Howard continues to improve his walk rate — he’s walked five times in his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Frandsen hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and drew a walk. Revere was next and grounded to third with Frandsen forced at second for the first out. Young followed that with another grounder to third with Revere forced at second. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Frandsen continues to post a monster on-base percentage despite a low average. He’s hitting .239 and on-basing .375, thanks to six walks and four hit by pitches in 57 plate appearances. That’s obviously a fluky huge rate of hit by pitch in a small number of plate appearances — at that rate he would be hit 40 times over 570 plate appearances. His walk rate in very limited time, though, is 10.5%, which is way higher than his career mark of 5.7%.

The Phils were still down 2-0 when Howard doubled off the wall in right to start the seventh. Brown struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young pounded a ball to left-center for another double, scoring Howard to cut the lead to 2-1. Galvis struck out for the second out, but Kratz hit for Quintero and blasted another ball off the wall in right. Young scored to tie the game at 2-2. Nix hit for Horst with two outs and Kratz on second. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

The balls that Howard, Young and Kratz hit in the inning were all crushed.

Revere led off the eighth and hit a ball to third. Lucas fielded and threw to first, but Kotchman didn’t catch the ball and Revere was safe on the error. Michael Young was next and grounded to third. Lucas went to second for the first out, but Young was safe at first. Revere was called for interference at second on a ridiculous call and Young erased from first. Rollins drew a walk before Howard flew to left to leave him at first.

The Marlins got a huge break there with the help of a bad call at second. Young hit the ball hard and just beat the relay throw from second to first. The second base ump ruled that Revere had reached out towards Dietrich as he crossed second. I didn’t see that one and if Revere did reach out it was after the throw was made.

Like Howard, Rollins’s walk rate is way up in recent games. He has 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances. Prior to that he had walked 12 times in 211 chances for the season.

Righty Chad Qualls got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the ninth. Hernandez hit for Papelbon and dribbled an infield single towards second. Galvis followed and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Brown had an ugly at-bat to start the inning, getting ahead in the count and then swinging at a 3-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate to ground to short. Hernandez showed good speed on his hit, beating out a ball chopped past the first base side of the mound for a hit.

The Phillies were down 3-2 when Mayberry homered off of righty Steve Cishek on a 2-2 pitch to start the tenth. 3-3. Cishek got Revere and Michael Young behind Mayberry before Rollins drew another walk. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to pitch to Howard and Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge home run for Mayberry off of a righty to tie the game. He’s slugging just .380 against righties for his career.

Lefty Edgar Olmos got Howard on a fly ball to right for the first out in the eleventh. Brown was next and hit a ball out near the mound that Olmos didn’t handle for an error. Kendrick hit for Stutes and bunted Brown up to second with the first out. Olmos walked Galvis intentionally, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz walked unintentionally and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left to give the Phisl a 7-3 win.

Walking Galvis intentionally is ridiculous. He’s hitting .160 and on-basing .222 against lefties this year. The Marlins should be overjoyed to see him coming to the plate in a big situation.

Another huge hit for Mayberry, this time off the lefty, gives the Phils the win.

Revere was 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-his-last-25. First 0-for-5 of the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 in his first action since May 28.

Rollins 0-for-3 and walked twice. Didn’t handle Quintero’s throw on a stolen base for an error. He’s on-basing .387 over his last 102 plate appearances. 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances is really a lot. He’s on-basing .514 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s drawn a walk in five straight games.

Brown had a terrible game coming off of a controversial home run celebration on Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and an error. That’s just his third 0-for-5 of his career. The others came on May 7 of this year against the Giants and on July 31, 2010 against the Nats.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Long double off of the righty Nolasco — Young’s been terrible against righties this year. 3-for-his-last-11 overall with a double and a home run.

Galvis 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-his-last-15 with three extra-base hits.

Quintero 0-for-2. 7-for-29 (.235) on the season.

Mayberry entered the game in the seventh and went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Started the game with a .397 slugging percentage for the year and ended it at .454. He’s 13-for-his-last-32 with a walk, a double and two home runs (406/424/625). Came in to last night’s game 11-for-his-last-29 (379/400/414). He’s hitting 324/359/595 against lefties for the season.

Hamels (1-9, 4.86) faces righty Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost six straight games started by Hamels and are 1-11 in his appearances this year. He has a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts and opponents have hit .326 against him those outings. Turner was the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets in his only start this year.


Man of steal

The Phillies are having a lot of trouble scoring runs these days. They did again last night, plating just two, but it wasn’t why they lost. Pettibone endured an ugly first inning and the bullpen coughed up five runs in four innings after he left as the Red Sox topped the Phils 9-2.

The Phillies have scored three runs or less in nine of their last 12 games. Last night was their third failed try in their last seven games to get back to .500 for the year.

Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases in the game for Boston, a feat this article suggests has been accomplished in a major league game just 20 times since 1916.

The Phillies are 26-28 on the year after losing 9-2 to the Boston Red Sox last night. The teams split the four-game set two games apiece with Boston outscoring the Phils 22-12.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Pettibone has been unexpectedly solid for the Phils this year. Last night was his only start of his eight in which he allowed more than three runs. His numbers against lefties are a little alarming — they’ve hit 320/400/460 against him this season.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first, allowing three singles, a walk and a two-run double hit by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Pettibone pitched well after getting hammered in the first, but was really pounded in that inning and needed to throw 28 pitches to get through it. Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava got things started with back-to-back singles and both came around to score. With one out and Nava on second, Pettibone looked liked he pitched around the lefty David Ortiz. Ortiz walked and came around to score on the Saltalamacchia double.

Ellsbury scored the first run of the game and killed the Phillies over the four game set, going 9-for-18 with three doubles, a triple and six stolen bases.

The lead had been cut to 4-2 when Pettibone started the second. He walked Ellsbury with one out and Ellsbury stole second with two down, then moved to third on an infield single by Dustin Pedroia. Pettibone got Ortiz on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.

He walked Stephen Drew with one out in the third, but got the next two hitters to leave him at first.

Ellsbury singled to center with one out in the fourth. He stole second, but Nava flew to center for the second out and Pedroia flew to right to end the frame.

Ortiz drew a walk to start the fifth, but Pettibone retired Mike Carp on a fly ball to center and Drew grounded into a double-play to set Boston down.

Horst started the sixth and struck Salty out for the first out before Jose Iglesias popped a ball into short right. Delmon Young and Hernandez both pursued, but the ball dropped for a hit. Iglesias went for second, but Young got to the ball and made an accurate throw to get him there for the second out. Righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Franklin Morales and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, extending the lead to 5-2. Ellsbury was next and Horst drilled him in the back with his first pitch. Ellsbury stole second and third before Nava walked. Pedroia flew to center to leave runners at the corners.

Gomes admired his home run a little more than usual, so I’m not sure how much of the Ellsbury plunking was related to that and how much was related to the fact the Phillies can’t get Ellsbury out. Both teams were warned after Horst hit Ellsbury, which was a little odd given that the only thing that had happened so far was Horst hitting Ellsbury.

Horst was back for the seventh. Ortiz led off with a home run, extending the lead to 6-2. Horst got the next three.

Two home runs in two innings allowed by Horst. The righty Gomes gets him in the sixth and the lefty Ortiz in the seventh.

Horst goes two innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits, including two home runs, and a walk. That’s the first time in Horst’s career that he’s allowed more than one in an appearance. In 2012, he allowed one home run in 31 1/3 innings. He came into last night’s game having thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings over his last ten outings, but having allowed five walks over those frames.

Stutes pitched the eighth. He got the first two before Ellsbury singled softly to left. Ellsbury stole second and took third on a throwing error by Kratz. Stutes hit Nava with a 1-2 pitch, putting runners on the corners for Pedroia. Pedroia flew to right to set Boston down.

Stolen base number five for Ellsbury in the game.

Stutes goes one scoreless inning, allowing a single and striking out one. He’s made three appearances on the year so far, allowing two runs, one earned, over 5 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .250 against him and he hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run.

Durbin started the ninth and allowed three runs that extended the Boston lead to 9-2. Jackie Bradley and Mike Napoli led off with back-to-back singles. Both would come around to score as Saltalamacchia and Iglesias added doubles later in the frame. Bradley’s single to start the frame was softly hit, but Salty really crushed his ball off the wall in right, not missing a homer by much.

Durbin goes one inning, allowing three runs on two singles and two doubles. He has a 9.00 ERA for the year. Over his last eight appearances, he’s allowed 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings, throwing to a 14.04 ERA with a 2.40 ratio. He’s walked just two in those eight appearances, but opponents have hit .414 against him. Opponents are hitting .357 against him for the season and slugging .643.

Overall the pen threw four innings in the game, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Horst threw 37 pitches and Durbin 32.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Franklin Morales went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Delmon Young (5) Brown (6) Frandsen (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Golly that’s a bad team. Revere leads off against the lefty. Delmon Young hits cleanup with Howard on the bench. Cesar Hernandez makes career start number one, playing second base. Frandsen at first, Galvis at third and Kratz catching. Mayberry on the bench against a left-handed pitcher.

The Phils were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Hernandez delivered career hit number one with one out, a single lined to left. Rollins flew out behind him before Delmon Young pounded a 1-1 pitch out to right center, cutting the lead to 4-2. Brown followed with a single to right, but was caught stealing with Frandsen at the plate to set the Phillies down.

First caught stealing of the year for Brown. He’s stolen three bases.

Young hits his fourth home run of the year and his first off of a lefty. He’s hitting 278/364/500 against lefties (5-for-18 with a double, a home run and three walks).

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Rollins walked to start the fourth and moved to second when Brown singled with one out. Frandsen followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Kratz, but Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Kratz continues to edge ever closer to Michael Young for the GIDP title. Kratz is at 5.6% (7 in 124 PA) and Young 5.9% (12 in 202).

Brown 2-for-2 against the lefty in his first two at-bats.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth. Martinez hit for Pettibone lined to third for the second out.

First PA of the year for Martinez. Martinez pinch-hitting on a day when the Phillies start Hernandez, Galvis, Frandsen, Revere and Kratz is more than fans should be asked to endure.

The Phillies were down 5-2 when lefty Craig Breslow set them down in order in the sixth.

Righty Clayton Mortensen hit Kratz with a pitch with two outs in the seventh and the score 6-2. Galvis grounded hard to first to set the Phillies down.

With righty Junichi Tazawa on the mound for the Red Sox, Nix hit for Stutes and struck out to start the eighth. Revere struck out behind him before Hernadez singled to left. Rollins grounded out to end the inning.

Righty Andrew Bailey started the ninth with a 9-2 lead. Frandsen doubled with two outs, but Kratz struck out to end the game.

Revere 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 5-for-17 in the four games played between the Red Sox and Phils, two of which were in Boston and two of which were in Philly. 256/295/287 for the year. 324/367/365 in May. 344/364/469 against left-handed pitching for the year and 235/279/242 against righties.

Hernandez 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. 2-for-6 on the year.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-12 with five walks in the series. 0-for-his-last-8. 251/308/377 on the year.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 224/292/412 on the year. 273/314/576 over his last 35 plate appearances. 209/270/388 against right-handed pitching after hitting 247/279/370 against righties in 2012.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles and two strikeouts. 6-for-16 with four home runs in the series. 267/302/518 for the year. Still doesn’t have a walk in May. 333/340/667 against lefties for the year and 247/290/473 against righties.

Frandsen was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 2-for-6 with a double and two walks in the series. 244/380/463 for the season.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch. Grounded into a double-play with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth. Ellsbury stole five bases with him behind the plate. So it wasn’t a great day. He started all four games in the series and went 4-for-12 with three walks and two home runs. 227/298/409 for the year. 10-for-his-last-33 (.303) with four home runs and six walks.

Galvis 0-for-3. He also started all four games of the series and went 0-for-13 with a walk. 223/277/351 for the season. 4-for-his-last-37 (.108) with four singles.

Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43) faces righty Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79) tonight as the Phils play the Brewers. The Phillies are 1-10 in games started by Hamels this year and he’s been charged with 12 runs in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Righties are hitting 318/375/455 against Gallardo for the season.


Everybody and Indians

The Phillies were hammered the last time they saw the Indians, outscored 20-2 as they lost both games of two-game set about two weeks ago. Just about everything went well for the Phils last night as they topped Cleveland 6-2.

Pettibone pitched well. Manuel put righties Mayberry and Frandsen in the lineup against a lefty and they combined to drive in three runs in the first four innings. Up two runs in the eighth with Mike Adams unavailable, Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst wriggled out of a jam with one out and runners on the corners.

Frandsen ended the day hitting 467/579/933 against lefties for the year after hitting 400/426/554 against them last year. He plays first base and second base for a team that can’t hit left-handed pitching, in large part because their first baseman and second baseman aren’t hitting left-handed pitching. 412/459/526 in his last 87 plate appearances against lefties going back to the start of 2012.

The Phillies are 19-21 on the year after beating the Cleveland Indians 6-2 last night. After 40 games the Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The’ve won three in a row.

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

Fifth start on the year for Pettibone. He still hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start. He’s pitched into the seventh in two of his last three times out.

He set Cleveland down in order in the top of the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when Nick Swisher singled softly to center to start the second and moved to third on a double by Carlos Santana. Mark Reynolds popped out to Frandsen at second for the first out before Michael Brantley singled to center, scoring both runners and putting Cleveland up 2-1. Pettibone struck Drew Stubbs and the pitcher Scott Kazmir both out swinging to leave Brantley at first.

Pettibone allowed two walks and hit a batter in the third, but got Mark Reynolds to pop to Frandsen to end the frame with the bases loaded.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 fourth and started the fifth with a 3-2 lead. He got the Indians in order in the fifth.

Swisher singled to left to start the sixth, but Santana grounded into a double-play behind him. Pettibone walked Reynolds before getting Brantley to foul out to Michael Young to set Cleveland down.

Pettibone started the seventh up 4-2 and got the first two hitters. Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Bourn and Bourn reached on a softly hit single, but Bastardo got Jason Kipnis on a ground ball to Frandsen to end the frame.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth with the Phils still up two runs. Switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera led off and tripled high off the wall in right-center. Bastardo got Swisher looking 1-2 for the first out before walking Santana to put runners on the corners for righty Mark Reynolds. Justin De Fratus came in to pitch to Reynolds and got him to pop to Galvis at second for the second out with the runners holding. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Brantley and struck him out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies figure out a way to get through the eighth with Adams still sidelined with lower back issues. De Fratus comes in with one out and runners on the corners and gets Reynolds on a pop-up. Worked great for the Phillies, but i don’t think that’s the formula for success. I think they would have been better off asking Papelbon to try and get five outs.

Bastardo faced five hitters in the game, allowing a walk, a single and a triple and getting two outs. It took a minor miracle for him not to be charged with runs. Opponents have hit .348 against him over his last eight appearances and he’s walked six in 5 2/3 innings.

De Fratus comes up huge in his second appearance of the season, getting Reynolds to pop out with one out and men on the corners. He’s faced two batters in two appearances for the year, striking out one and getting Reynolds to pop up in the other.

Horst also comes up big in the game, striking out the only batter he faces with two down and men on the corners. Lefties are still on-basing .429 against him for the season.

Cabrera’s ball hit off the top of the wall and rolled way away from Revere and into center.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 6-2. Stubbs led off and bunted for a single, but righty Mike Aviles hit for the pitcher Rich Hill and grounded into a double-play. Bourn grounded to Rollins to end the game.

Again it’s Papelbon in a non-save situation after the Phillies score two in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies have won six of the last ten games he’s appeared in by four or more runs.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s allowed seven hits and a walk over 15 2/3 scoreless innings in 15 appearances.

Overall the pen goes two scoreless innings in the game, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two. Bastardo threw 19 pitches in the game. Everyone else was under ten. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has pitched more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Scott Kazmir went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Frandsen plays second with Utley on the bench. Mayberry in center against the lefty with Revere on the bench.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Frandsen hit a 1-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Michael Young followed with a walk, but Howard and Delmon Young went down behind him.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Mayberry singled with two outs, but Pettibone stuck out looking to leave him stranded.

Brown also hit the ball well leading off the inning, but Swisher made a nice play at first to take a hit away from him.

Through two innings, the righties that Manuel had inserted into the lineup (Mayberry and Frandsen) were 2-for-2 with the only hits for the Phils, a single and a home run.

Frandsen was hit by a pitch with one out in the third. Michael Young followed and hit a might-have-been double-play ball to short, but Kipnis’s throw to first wasn’t handled for an error that left Young at second with two down. Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

Young probably would have been safe at first even if the Kipnis throw had been handled there. But the error gives him an extra base.

Brown singled to center with one out in the third and moved up to second when Ruiz followed with a walk. They both scored when Mayberry doubled to the gap in left-center, putting the Phillies on top 3-2. Pettibone and Rollins went down on a pair of ground outs to leave Mayberry at second.

Three runs for the Phils in the game at that point with all three driven in by the righties put in the lineup with a lefty on the hill for Cleveland.

Frandsen was again hit by a pitch to start the fifth. Michael Young was next and hit a ball softly into center, which was caught by Bourn for the first out. Frandsen had misread it and was easily doubled off of first. Howard followed with a single, but was left at first when Delmon Young grounded to Kazmir to end the inning.

Assuming the Indians don’t get a double-play on the ball hit hard by Delmon Young and Brown still homers, the Frandsen base-running play costs the Phils two runs. Brown’s homer is a three-run shot that brings in Frandsen and Howard instead of a solo blast.

Brown led off the sixth and hit a 1-0 pitch from Kazmir out to left, putting the Phillies up 4-2. Righty Cody Allen took over for Kazmir and got Ruiz, Mayberry and Pettibone in order to end the inning.

Righty Bryan Shaw started the seventh. Rollins led off with a single and Frandsen bunted him to second with the first out. Michael Young grounded to short for the second out and Howard was walked intentionally, putting runners on the corners for Delmon Young. Young popped out to Swisher in to leave both men stranded.

Not a fan of the Frandsen bunt, even against a righty. Howard has walked nine times on the season and four of them have been intentional. 151 total plate appearances. If you take out the four times he was walked intentionally, that leaves him with five walks in 147 plate appearances, which is 3.4%.

Ruiz singled to center off of Shaw with one out in the ninth and took second on a wild pitch before Mayberry singled into center, scoring Ruiz to make it 5-2. Nix hit for Horst and lefty Rich Hill came in to pitch to Nix. Nix flew to center for the second out. Hill walked Rollins intentionally to pitch to Galvis and Galvis singled to left. Mayberry scored to make it 6-2, but Brantley threw Galvis out trying for second to end the inning.

Rollins is hitting 261/292/370 against lefties for the season. Walking him intentionally is a poor idea, even if it works.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s 8-for-his-last-25 with two doubles and a home run.

Frandsen was 1-for-1 with a home run. Kazmir hit him with pitches twice. 2-for-his-last-7 with two home runs. He made a base-running mistake in the fifth, getting doubled off of first.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-17 with two singles and five walks.

Howard 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The single was softly hit to left field, but it did come off the lefty Kazmir. 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles, one walk, which was intentional and 11 strikeouts. 195/214/390 against lefties for the year.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He came into last night’s game 5-for-his-last-10. 1-for-16 at CBP so far.

Brown was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run. He also had a hit taken away by Swisher on a nice play in his first at-bat. 301/307/548 with five home runs over his last 75 plate appearances. One walk in his last 79 plate appearances. 238/300/386 against righties for the year and 314/328/600 against lefties.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-his-last-14 with five singles.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Hamels (1-5, 4.18) faces righty Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64) this afternoon. Hamels wasn’t good in either of his first two starts on the season, but has thrown to a 2.41 ERA since, holding opponents to a .186 average in those six outings. The Phils have scored ten runs in his last six starts and gone 1-5. Kluber started the year pitching in the pen for the Indians, then moved to rotation where both of his first two starts were pretty good. He came into his most recent start with a 3.06 ERA and allowed eight runs over 4 2/3 innings to the Tigers. Righties have hit .356 against him for the season.

Update: The Phillies have agreed to a minor league deal with 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has not appeared in the majors in 2013 and went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.50 ratio in 35 appearances (20 starts) for the Marlins in 2012. He was pretty good as recently as 2010 when he threw to a 3.33 ERA over 129 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 36 appearances (20 starts). He walked 75 in 132 1/3 innings in 2012.


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