Tag: Josh Lindblom

First in war, first in peace, first in the National League and a distant second in a not-so-meaningful series with the Phils

The Phillies got outstanding pitching this weekend as they swept the Nats in a three-game set. The Phils scored just 12 runs in the series, but held the Nationals to five, getting three solid starts and 6 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen.

Kendrick pitched into the seventh in game one as the Phils won 4-2. Rollins had two hits and drove in a pair for the Phillies.

Halladay was solid in game two and Mayberry drove in three as the Phils again won 4-2.

Yesterday Cliff Lee got his first win at home for the season, holding the Nats to a run over seven innings as the Phils won 4-1.

Kendrick, Halladay and Lee combined to throw to a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings in the series.

The Phillies didn’t get a ton of offense in the set, but Rollins was 5-for-10 with four RBI. Mayberry went 4-for-11 and drove in three.

The Phillies are 61-67 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-1 yesterday. The Phils sweep the three-game series and in third place in the NL East, 16 1/2 games out of first. They’re 9 1/2 games out for the Wild Card and have won four in a row.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Ryan Zimmerman singled to center with two outs in the top of the first. Jayson Werth popped to Utley to leave Zimmerman stranded.

Adam LaRoche singled to center to start the second. Lee got Tyler Moore on a fly ball to right for the first out and Jesus Flores grounded into a double-play behind Moore.

Lee struck Steve Lombardozzi in a 1-2-3 third and Werth in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He struck out LaRoche to start the fifth before Moore doubled into the left field corner. Flores struck out swinging for the second out and Lee got Lombardozzi grounded to Utley to end the frame.

The Phillies were leading 3-0 when lefty Roger Bernadina, hitting for the pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, led off the sixth with a bunt single. Lee set the Nationals down in order behind him.

It was 4-0 when Werth led off the seventh. He hit a ball that Lee handled near the third base line, but Lee’s throw to first wasn’t handled. Werth had a single and Lee’s error allowed him to move up to second. LaRoche was next and he hammered a ball to right that everyone thought was out of the yard. He started his jog around the bases, but the ball was still in play. Werth and LaRoche were both just about at third when they figured out the play wasn’t over and LaRoche was tagged out easily. Reviews showed the call was right — the ball went off the very top of the fence and back into play. It left Washington with one out and Werth on third. Moore was next and doubled to left. Werth scored. 4-1. Flores flew to right and Lombardozzi lined softly to Utley to end the frame.

That could have been a lot worse.

Horst started the eighth. Bernadina led off and doubled to left. Espinosa was next and he grounded to short for the first out with Bernadina holding. Righty Ian Desmond hit for pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Lindblom took over for Horst to face the righty. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for Desmond. Lindblom got Tracy to ground to short for the second out and struck out Ryan Zimmerman to leave Bernadina stranded.

Horst drops his ERA on the year to 0.96 by allowing a hit in a scoreless third of an inning. He has a 1.13 ratio to go with his ERA and has struck out 22 in 18 2/3 innings.

Lindblom was back for the ninth and set the Nats down in order, striking out Werth for the first out, getting LaRoche on a line drive to first for the second and striking out Moore to end the game.

With Papelbon having pitched three straight days, Lindblom goes five outs to get career save number one. He drops his ERA with the Phillies to 6.52.

Two scoreless innings in the game for the pen in which they allow one hit and strike out three.

Lindblom threw 13 pitches in the game and Horst three.

The Phillies lineup against righty Stephen Strasburg went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Brown out of the starting lineup for the second day in a row as Nix starts in righty. Pierre in left against the righty and Kratz behind the plate.

Utley walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. Howard struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Mayberry started the bottom of the second to start the second. Nix, Frandsen and Kratz went in order behind him.

Pierre walked with two outs in the third. Utley was next and flew to right for the third out.

Werth made an amazing play to retire Utley for the third out. It was a high fly ball to right and Werth just missed it. The ball went off the side of his glove and he caught it with his bare hand to retire Utley and end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Frandsen led off the fifth with a single to left and took second on a wild pitch. Kratz hit a ball softly into shallow center, but Harper made a nice driving catch for the first out. It brought Lee to the plate and he hit a ball over Harper’s head that landed on the warning track. Frandsen scored and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins was next and he hit a 231 pitch out to right for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-0. Pierre followed that with a single before Utley flew to center for the second out. Howard followed that with a walk, but Mayberry popped to second to leave both runners stranded.

Nice diving play in center by Harper on Kratz’s ball costs the Phillies a run. Home run number 15 on the year for Rollins.

Career stolen base number 586 of his career for Pierre ties him with Maury Wills for 19th all-time.

Lefty Tom Gorzelanny took over for Zimmerman to start the sixth. Nix led off and hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Frandsen followed with a single, but Kratz hit into a double-play behind him and Kratz struck out for the third out.

Nix stays in the game and homers off of the lefty.

Rollins singled off of Gorzelanny to start the seventh and Pierre bunted him to second with the first out. Utley moved Rollins to third with a ground ball, but Howard struck out to leave him there.

Righty Drew Storen got Mayberry, Nix and Frandsen in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a home run. 5-for-10 in the series with two walks and a home run. 244/303/407 for the season.

Pierre 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 in the series, which drops his average under .300. 299/342/363. 263/310/343 over his last 195 plate appearances.

Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk and 2-for-9 with two walks in the set. 249/357/452 for the year.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 2-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 3-for-his-last-18 and hitting 245/329/450 for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 yesterday. 4-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 242/281/407 for the year. 277/315/470 in 89 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 242/281/407 for the season. Still has not walked against a left-handed pitcher this season in 132 plate appearances.

Nix 1-for-4 with a home run yesterday. First home run against a lefty for Nix since April 25, 2004 against Ron Villone. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series. 186/265/279 in 49 plate appearances since coming off of the DL. 258/330/438 for the year.

Frandsen 2-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a walk in the series. 351/402/426 on the year.

Kratz 0-for-3 and left three men on base. He was 1-for-10 in the series and struck out four times. 291/352/646 for the season.

No game today. Mets tomorrow.


Arroyo ut oh

Bronson Arroyo dominated all of the Phillies other than Domonic Brown last night, holding the Phils to three hits over eight shutout innings as the Reds won 3-2.

Cincinnati jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth with a pair of runs off of Worley on a walk and three singles. Arroyo was perfect through 4 1/3 before Brown hit a solo shot off of him in the fifth to make it 2-1. Jay Bruce homered off of Lindblom in the eighth to extend the Cincy lead to 3-1. A pinch-hit single by Frandsen to start the bottom of the ninth led to another Phillie run, but Aroldis Chapman got Utley and Howard on a pair of fly balls to end the game with the tying run on base.

Through the first eight innings of the game, the Phillies had no walks and two hits, a double by Brown and a home run by Brown. Brown also made a nice diving catch in the gap in right-center in the second inning and a fantastic throw to end the fifth. He also lost what should have been a routine fly ball to right that wound up going for a triple.

The Phillies are 57-67 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Reds have taken two of the first three games in the four-game set. The Phils are tied for third place in the NL East, 20 games out of first.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Jay Bruce. He struck out three.

That was the best of Worley’s last four starts. He continues to give up way too many hits. Opponents are hitting .357 against him over his last four outings and .341 against him in his ten starts since the beginning of July. Lefties are hitting 305/383/450 against him for the season.

He’s walked 3.73 hitters per nine over his last nine starts. That’s too many, too.

With two outs in the top of the first, Brandon Phillips hit a ball to short. Rollins fielded, but his throw to first was high and off the glove of Howard for an error on Rollins. Ryan Ludwick moved Phillips to third with a single, but Worley struck Jay Bruce out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Todd Frazier singled with one out in the second, but Worley got Ryan Hanigan and the pitcher Bronson Arroyo behind him. Brown made a nice diving play on a ball Arroyo hit to the gap in right-center for the third out.

Zack Cozart singled to left to start the third. Worley’s 1-2 pitch to Drew Stubbs was off the heel of Schneider’s glove. Cozart took off for second, but Schneider threw to Utley and Utley applied the tag just in time as Cozart slid in for the first out. Stubbs and Phillips both went down to end the frame.

With one out in the fourth, Bruce hit a high fly to right field. Brown waited for it on the warning track, waving his arms in the universal sign for I-don’t-see-the-ball. It fell well in front of the track for a triple. Scott Rolen was next and Worley hit him in the shoulder. It put two men on for Frazier and Frazier flew to right, fairly deep and towards the line, for the second out. Bruce tried to score from third, but Brown made a strong throw home in plenty of time to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Lots of outfielders were having trouble finding the ball in the early part of the game last night. Bruce’s ball was a fairly routine fly ball to right. Just a fantastic throw by Brown to get Bruce at the plate, strong and right on target.

Worley walked Hanigan to start the fifth and Arroyo bunted him to second with the first out. Cozart flew to right for the second before Stubbs singled into right, scoring Hanigan to put the Reds up 1-0. Phillips moved Stubbs to second with a single before Ludwick singled to right. Stubbs scored and it was 2-0 with men on first and second. Bruce popped to Polanco on a nice running play in foul territory to set Cincy down.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Worley started the sixth. Frazier walked with one out and moved up to second on a single by Hanigan. Arroyo was next and tried to bunt the runners up, but Worley fielded and threw to second. Hanigan was forced there for the second out. Worley got Cozart on a fly ball to right to leave the runners at first and third.

Lindblom set the Reds down in order in the seventh.

He was back for the eighth. Bruce led off and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right, putting the Reds up 3-1. Lindblom got the next two before Hanigan singled to center. Arroyo hit for himself and lined to third to leave Hanigan stranded.

Another less than fantastic outing for Lindblom, who now has a 7.88 ERA over eight innings in his nine appearances with the Phillies. If you’re looking for good news, he went two innings without walking anyone. He has walked seven in his eight innings with the Phils so far. On the less good news front, he’s allowed three home runs in his eight frames with the team. Walking way too many and allowing way too many home runs is a combination that’s going to make it tough to be successful. Overall for the season he has a 1.05 ERA in his 25 2/3 innings pitching in Dodger Stadium and a 6.00 ERA in his 30 innings pitching anywhere other than Dodger Stadium.

Valdes pitched the ninth. He gave up a leadoff single to Cozart, but struck Stubbs out for the first out and got Phillips to ground into a double-play to set the side down.

Valdes has made seven appearances in August for the Phils, allowing a run on two hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight (1.42 ERA with an 0.47 ratio and opponents are hitting .100 against him). Sure seems like he’s not a team favorite, but it’s a lot less clear to me why not. For the year he has an 0.80 ratio and has struck out 32 in 27 2/3 innings.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow a run on three hits. Lindblom and Valdes each threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Polanco (8) Schneider. Polanco at third and Schneider catching with Frandsen and Kratz on the bench. Would kinda rather see Frandsen and Kratz. Mayberry isn’t a great choice to hit fifth against a righty and break up all your lefties. He comes into the game on-basing .286 against righties for the year (he also came into the game without a walk against a lefty for the year — across both leagues there were 114 players with at least 125 plate appearances against lefties coming into yesterday’s games and 113 had at least two walks against lefties).

Arroyo was perfect through the first four innings.

The Phils were down 2-0 when they hit in the bottom of the fifth. Howard and Mayberry went down on a pair of ground outs before Brown came to the plate. Brown hit the first pitch of his at-bat well out to right for his first homer of the year, cutting the lead to 2-1. Polanco flew to center for the third out.

Career home run number eight for Brown. He came into the game with seven career home runs in 365 plate appearances. All eight of his home runs have come against righties.

Arroyo set the Phillies down in order in the sixth. Nix hit for Worley and flew to center for the second out.

Pierre, Utley and Howard went in order in the seventh.

With one out in the eighth and the Phils down 3-1, Brown ripped an 0-1 pitch to the gap in right-center. It looked like it might have been out, but went off the wall for a double. Polanco was next and hit a ball to third that took a weird hop on Rolen for an error. It brought Schneider to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Schneider hit a ball back up the middle. Cozart fielded on the second base side of second base and flipped to Phillips. Phillips bare-handed the ball and, with his momentum taking him towards short, threw to first to complete the double-play and end the inning.

Fantastic play by the Reds to turn two and end the inning. The batter has to be pretty slow not to beat the throw from Phillips to first for the second out, but he was.

I thought Brown’s ball was his second homer of the day off the bat. Kinda wonder if he did as well, cause it’s strange he ended up on second instead of third. He also looks as he’s still having a problem with his legs and running all out, so maybe it was that more than not running hard all the way.

Frandsen hit for Valdes and reached on an infield single off of Arroyo to start the ninth. Lefty Aroldis Chapman took over for Arroyo and Rollins popped to short for the first out. Wigginton hit for Pierre and Frandsen took second on a wild pitch before Wigginton broke his bat hitting a bleeder through to right field for a single. Frandsen scored and the lead was cut to 3-2. Utley flew to shallow center for the second out. Howard was next and lined a ball to left, but a running Ludwick took it just in front of the warning track to end the game.

Frandsen’s average is up to .358 with a single in his lone plate appearance of the day. Wigginton’s hit was ridiculous, but he is hitting 294/368/471 in his 19 August plate appearances after a 1-for-1 night.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 4-for-his-last-33. On-basing .255 over his last 196 plate appearances. Really he is. How about someone else leading off?

Probably not Pierre, though. He was 0-for-3 and is hitting 277/309/355 over his last 181 plate appearances. 0-for-8 in the last two games.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 11-for-his-last-25.

Mayberry 0-for-3. 0-for-7 in the last two games. 246/297/435 in 74 plate appearances over 20 games since Victorino and Pence were dealt. On-basing .281 against righties for the year. On-basing .266 against lefties with zero walks in 128 plate appearances. That is a big problem if what you can offer offensively is hitting lefties.

Brown 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a diving catch in right center, a fantastic throw and a ball lost in right that goes for a triple. First time he’s had two extra-base hits in a game since June 28, 2011 against the Red Sox. 317/379/433 against righties (66 PA) and 167/318/278 against lefties (22 PA).

Polanco was 0-for-3. 3-for-8 since his return. 158/210/175 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Schneider 0-for-3 and hit into a big double-play. He’s 5-for-35 since the end of May.

Hamels (14-6, 2.94) faces righty Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44) tonight in a fantastic pitching matchup. Hamels has a 1.38 ERA in his four starts in August and has allowed three runs in 25 2/3 innings over his last three outings. Cueto is among the front-runners for the NL Cy Young this season. Righties are hitting 199/256/294 against him for the year and he’s allowed just nine home runs in 169 2/3 innings overall.

Pete Rose’s first season with the Phillies was 1979. Maury Z. Levy interviewed Rose for Philadelphia Magazine shortly after Rose came to Philly. In September of 1979, Rose did an interview with Levy and Samantha Stevenson for Playboy that gained national attention for a number of reasons (if you follow the link and read the article you won’t have to wonder why). Levy has broken the first interview into small audio clips, the first of which you can, as of yesterday, listen to here. You can also read the Playboy piece at the same site. It’s, um, memorable.

ESPN Outside the Lines piece here about Julius Erving and Samantha Stevenson. And more. Article here about efforts to block her from the Phillies locker room in 1978. More here and here.

Old (1973?) Levy article on Steve Carlton here. Golly. I think they did well to put an end to the 70s when they did.


Gloom and Lindblom

The bullpen collapsed again last night, allowing six runs after the sixth inning as the Braves hammered the Phils 12-6.

The worse news is that Josh Lindblom, who many hope will play a big role in turning things around in a miserable bullpen, was at the center of the collapse.

Jimmy Rollins hit Tim Hudson’s first pitch of the bottom of the first out to right for his fourth home run in the last nine games, giving the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Kendrick had a miserable outing, though, allowing six runs and not making it out of the fourth inning. The Phils went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-1, but mounted a rally that included back-to-back doubles from Rollins and Brown and a three-run homer from Howard to tie the game at 6-6. Bastardo and Lindblom were terrible in the seventh, allowing four runs as the Phils fell behind to stay. Lindblom came back to face three batters to start the eighth and all three of them reached base — two would come around to score as LA tacked another pair of runs onto their lead.

It looked like the Phils were going to get out of the seventh with the game still tied at 6-6. Bastardo got the first two men he faced before Atlanta loaded the bases on a double and two walks (one of which was intentional). Lindblom came in to face righty Dan Uggla with two outs, the bases loaded and the game still tied. Uggla won that battle in a big way, clearing the bases with a three-run double down the left field line.

Bastardo has had a miserable season. Lindblom hasn’t had much success in his initial outings with the Phillies, either. His 10.32 ERA after four appearances won’t go very far towards easing the nervousness some fans had about his 5.32 ERA away from Dodger Stadium when he joined the Phils.

Oh, and the Phillies just can’t beat the Braves. At all. The Phils are 13-11 since the All-Star break — 1-5 against the Braves and 12-6 against everyone else. They were also swept by Atlanta in a three-game series in Atlanta in their final set before the break. So they’re 1-8 over the last nine against the Braves and the one took an outstanding pitching performance by Hamels.

The Phillies are 50-61 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 12-6 last night. The Braves take the series two games to one. The Phils are all alone in last place in the NL East again, 18 games out of first.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out one.

He has a 5.01 ERA in his 15 starts for the year.

Michael Bourn was the first hitter of the game and singled to center, but Kendrick got Martin Prado to bounce into a double-play behind him. Jason Heyward grounded to second behind Prado.

Kendrick started the second up 1-0. Freddie Freeman walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Dan Uggla. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before David Ross grounded to short for the second out with Freeman scoring (1-1) and Uggla moving up to third. Kendrick walked Paul Janish, putting two men on for the pitcher Tim Hudson and Hudson cleared the bases with a double to center. 3-1. Kendrick walked Bourn to put two men on before Prado singled to right. Hudson scored to make it 4-1 and Bourn moved up to third. Heyward popped to Rollins for the third out.

Ugly inning for Kendrick. He still had allowed just one run and had a runner on third with two outs and the eight-hitter coming to the plate. He walked Janish, though, and the pitcher hit a two-run double.

Three walks in the frame for Kendrick. That’s too many.

Uggla singled with two outs in the third. Kendrick got Ross on a grounder to short for the third out.

Janish led off the fourth with a single to left on a ball deflected by Frandsen. Hudson tried to bunt Janish to second, but struck out for the first out. Bourn was next and hit a 1-2 pitch out to right center, putting the Braves up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and got Prado and Heyward to end the frame.

Ninth homer of the year for Bourn.

Valdes was back for the fifth and set Atlanta down in order.

Another solid outing for Valdes. He’s appeared twice for the Phillies this month and been good both times, throwing three shutout innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out five.

Schwimer pitched the sixth with the game tied at 6-6 and threw a 1-2-3 frame. Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher Cory Gearrin and struck out swinging for the third out.

Schwimer has a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 innings in his last 22 appearances.

Bastardo started the seventh and got the first two before Heyward doubled to center. Chipper Jones was walked intentionally to get to the lefty Freeman behind him. Bastardo didn’t get a call a 1-2 pitch that was close on the outside of the plate and went on to walk Freeman. Lindblom came on to pitch to the righty Uggla. Uggla hit an 0-1 pitch down the line and into the left field corner, clearing the bases and putting Atlanta on top 9-6. Ross was next and hit a ball to third that should have ended the frame, but Frandsen’s throw to first was in the dirt. Howard tried to scoop it but didn’t. Frandsen was charged with an error that kept the inning alive, Uggla scored and it was 10-6. Ross stole second before Janish grounded to third to end the frame.

Awful. Two outs, nobody on and five straight Braves reach base on two doubles, two walks and an error. Bastardo walks the switch-hitter Jones to get to the lefty behind him and then walks the lefty. Lindblom comes in to the game and immediately crumples, giving up the three-run double to Uggla.

Howard should have handled the throw by Frandsen.

Bastardo’s ERA for the year is up to 5.45 with the outing. He has a 7.61 ERA over his last 27 outings. Opponents have hit just .253 against him in those appearances, but he has walked 14 and allowed six home runs in 23 2/3 innings.

Lindblom walked Tyler Pastornicky to start the eighth and Pastornicky came around to score when Bourn followed with a double. 11-6. Lindblom walked Prado, putting two men on for the lefty Heyward and Horst came in to face Heyward. Heyward flew to center for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The Phillies again walked Chipper intentionally, loading the bases for Freeman. Freeman went down on a ball handled by Horst for the second out with Bourn scoring from third. 12-6. Horst walked Uggla to load the bases again, but struck Ross out to leave them loaded.

Twice in two innings is too many times to walk Chipper Jones intentionally.

Miserable outing for Lindblom. He came into the game with two outs and the bases loaded and allowed a three-run double. In the eighth he faced three hitters and allowed two walks and a double. He has a 10.13 ERA and a 2.63 ratio in his four appearances with the Phillies so far.

Horst set the Braves down in order in the ninth.

Horst goes two innings in the game, allowing no hits but two walks. He has a 1.29 ERA with a 1.14 ratio in 14 innings with the Phillies. A lot of walks (six in 14 innings), but opponents are hitting just .204 against him and he has not allowed a home run. With two Triple-A teams from 2011 to 2012, he allowed just five home runs in 89 2/3 innings.

Overall the pen goes 5 2/3 innings in the game, allowing six runs on three hits and six walks. Only five of the runs were earned due to the Frandsen throwing error. Six is too many to walk in 5 2/3 innings. Two of the three hits the bullpen allowed went for extra-bases, both doubles.

Second time in the three-game set the bullpen has to throw more than five innings in the game. Worley exited early in game one and the pen allowed two runs over 5 1/3.

The Hamels complete game and the off-day today will help get the pen some rest. Horst threw 32 pitches in the game. Lindblom 22 and Bastardo 20.

The Phillies lineup against righty Tim Hudson went (1) Rollins (2) Brown (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Schierholtz (7) Kratz (8) Frandsen. Kratz catches against the righty with Schneider on the DL. Frandsen keeps on playing third. Lefty veterans Nix and Pierre keep watching while Brown, Mayberry and Schierholtz man the outfield.

Rollins hit Hudson’s first pitch of the bottom of the first out to right, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard singled with two outs, but Mayberry grounded to third to end the inning.

Down 4-1, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Kendrick and Rollins struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

It was 6-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Mayberry and Schierholtz walked back-to-back with two outs, but Kratz struck out to leave them both stranded.

Any inning in which Mayberry and Schierholtz both walk should count as a run for the Phillies.

Frandsen singled to right to start the fifth. Pierre hit for Valdes and flew to right for the first out. Rollins was next and he doubled to right with Frandsen scoring to make it 6-2. Brown was next and lined a ball into center. Rollins scored from second (6-3) and Brown went for two, sliding in just safe. Utley was hit by a pitch, putting two men on for Howard. Howard hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, tying the game at 6-6. Mayberry was next and drew a walk. Lefty Luis Avilan took over for Hudson and Schierholtz flew to center for the second out. Mayberry went to second on a passed ball with Kratz at the plate before Kratz drove one to deep center. A jumping Bourn tracked it down at the wall to end the inning.

Schierholtz hit his ball to center well also. Second walk in three innings for Mayberry.

Righty Chad Durbin, set the Phillies down in order in the sixth, dropping his ERA on the year to 3.07. Martinez hit for Schwimer with one out and tried to bunt for a hit. Durbin fielded and applied a not particularly gentle tag in front of first base to record the out.

Lefty Jonny Venters set Brown, Utley and Howard down in order in the seventh with Atlanta up 10-6.

Lefties 2-3-4 in the order for the Phils allow a single left-handed reliever to go through all three. Brown struck out for the first out of the frame. He has struck out just twice in 32 plate appearances so far.

Lefty Eric O’Flaherty pitched the eighth. Kratz walked with two outs and moved to second when Frandsen followed with a single. Nix struck out swinging to leave both runners stranded.

Nix against a lefty isn’t really what you’re looking for there. The Phils are pretty low on right-handed hitters on their bench these days.

Down 12-6, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Wigginton hit for Horst and struck out swinging for the second out.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three strikeouts in the game. 4-for-12 in the series with a walk, two doubles and a home run. 248/306/414 for the season. Over his first 234 plate appearances of the year, Rollins hit .237 and slugged .312. That’s an isolated power of .075. Over his last 251 plate appearances, he has hit .258 and slugged .511. That’s an isolated power of .253. There are seven players in the NL this season who have at least 300 plate appearances and an isolated power better than .253 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-10 with a walk and two doubles in the set. 286/375/393 after 32 plate appearances for the year.

Utley 0-for-4 last night and 1-for-12 with a double and a hit by pitch in the series. 246/348/375 on the year. 264/409/566 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Howard 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his second big home run in the series. 3-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI in the set. 213/300/438 for the season in 100 plate appearances. He’s hitting .176 against lefties and has struck out in about 47.4% of his plate appearances against them.

Mayberry 0-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-10 with two walks and a home run in the series. He’s started nine games in a row and posted a 250/333/438 line over 36 plate appearances. 232/277/391 for the year.

Schierholtz 0-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a walk and a double in the series. 280/321/440 in 29 plate appearances with the Phils.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 2-for-6 with a walk and a double in the series. 371/436/857 in 39 plate appearances for the year.

Frandsen 2-for-4 with a throwing error. 4-for-10 with a walk in the series. He’s started the last ten games in a row at third base for the Phillies. 306/342/389 for the year. Not sure what the long term plan is here, cause he’s 30 and has hit more than six home runs in a season once (he hit 13 in 2009 with an assist to the PCL).

The Phillies are off today and start a series with the Cardinals tomorrow.

The next update to Philliesflow will be around August 21.


A new day is Lindbloming

The Phillies have traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for right-handed pitchers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.

Victorino was taken by the Phillies in the 2005 Rule V draft from the Dodgers. He was offered back to the Dodgers and LA declined, so the Phils sent him to the minors. He made 19 plate appearances with the Phils in ’05 before playing regularly in 2006. From ’06 to ’12, Victorino got 3,958 plate appearances with the Phils in which he put up a 279/345/438 line, stealing 179 bases while getting caught just 39 times.

Victorino saw significant time at both corner outfield positions in ’06 and more than 900 innings in right in ’07 while Aaron Rowand roamed center for the Phils. Victorino took over as the primary guy in center field in 2008 and has played there through to this point in the 2012 season.

He won three Gold Gloves with the Phillies (’08, ’09 and ’10), was twice an All-Star (’09 and ’11) and twice finished in the top twenty in NL-MVP voting (’09 and ’11). In 2009 and 2011, he led the NL in triples. In 2011, he played to a fielding percentage of 1.000 in 1,150 2/3 innings in center field for the Phils.

His best year with the bat was 2011, when he posted a 279/355/491 line. His 2010 and 2012 seasons were marred by problems hitting against right-handed pitching. In 2010, coming off of a year when he hit 283/347/440 against righties, he posted a 235/306/386 line against them. So far in 2012 he has hit 242/299/346 against righties.

On October 2, 2008, Victorino hit a grand slam off of CC Sabathia in game two of the NLDS against the Brewers. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a grand slam in that game.

In game three of the ’08 NLCS against the Dodgers, Victorino gave Hiroki Kuroda the don’t-throw-the-ball-at-my-head gesture after Kuroda threw the ball at his head, which led led to an on-field incident after Victorino grounded out.

The next day, the Phils found themselves down 5-3 headed into the eighth inning. Victorino hit a two-run homer off of Cory Wade and three batters later Matt Stairs hit a memorable bomb off of Jonathan Broxton to put the Phils on top to stay.

In game five of the ’08 World Series, Victorino’s two-run single off of Scott Kazmir in the bottom of the first gave the Phils an early 2-0 lead.

He was fantastic in the first two rounds of the 2009 playoffs, going 13-for-36 (.361) in the NLDS and the NLCS combined before hitting .182 in the World Series against the Yankees. Mariano Rivera got him on a ground ball to second to end the final game of that series as the Yankees won game six 7-3.

Victorino struggled offensively in the post-season in 2010, hitting just .216 overall. He did make a fantastic defensive play in game three against the Reds, though, taking an RBI-double away from Brandon Phillips in the first inning of a game the Phils would win 2-0.

He hit .316 in the NLDS against the Cards in 2011, going 2-for-3 in game five with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils.

Martin turned 23 in June. The Dodgers took him out of high school in the first round of the 2008 draft with the 15th pick (one pick ahead of Brett Lawrie and four ahead of Andrew Cashner). He was awful in 2009 and 2010, throwing to a 6.17 ERA over 208 2/3 innings between two levels. He’s been much better so far in 2012, making 20 starts in the Double-A Southern League in which he’s gone 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.27 ratio and striking out 112 in 118 innings.

Lindblom has been with the Dodgers all year, making 48 appearances for LA in which he has thrown to a 3.02 ERA with a 1.26 ratio and striking out 43 in 47 2/3 innings. He’s allowed nine home runs in 47 2/3 innings, which is too many. He has walked too many left-handed hitters this year — they are hitting .253 against him but on-basing .352. Much better results in LA than away from it for the year. He’s thrown to a 1.05 ERA in 26 appearances at home this year and 5.32 in his 22 appearances away from home. He turned 25 in June.

This says Domonic Brown is on his way to join the Phils and that a Pence deal is in the works.

Jon Heyman says Pence is on his way to San Francisco.

So does USA Today. Nobody seems to know what the Phils are getting yet, but a lot of people suggest it will include catcher Tommy Joseph.

There must be more, right? Right?

Joseph just turned 21 and has a 256/307/427 line in the minors. He hit 22 homers in 560 plate appearances last year in the Class A Advanced California League and 16 in 473 plate appearances in 2010 in the Class A South Atlantic League as an 18-year-old.

38 is a lot of homers to hit before the end of your 19-year-old season. .307 still isn’t a whole lot to on-base.

Jon Heyman says the Pence deal is 3-for-1 with the Phillies getting Nate Schierholtz, Joseph and maybe a pitcher. Getting better.

Todd Zolecki says the Phils would get Single-A right-handed reliever Seth Rosin in the Giants deal.

Jayson Stark says Cliff Lee won’t be dealt.

The Pence deal is done. The Phillies send Pence and cash to the Giants for Joseph, Schierholtz and Rosin. Let’s hope for the best, but I like the Victorino deal a whole lot better than that one.

Domonic Brown was recalled.


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