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Third time plucky

Phils topped the Tigers 10-6 this afternoon for their first spring victory.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils and got hit hard in the first, allowing three runs on two walks, a single and a three-run double by Nick Castellanos. He allowed a leadoff walk and uncorked a two-out wild pitch in the second, but kept the Tigers off the board.

The Phils came into the game with starters Cliff Lee and Roberto Hernandez having allowed three runs in four innings pitched in their starts combined. Kendrick goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. So after three games, the starters have allowed six earned runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks (9.00 ERA with a 1.83 ratio).

Kendrick made 30 starts last year and walked more than two in five of them. Walked three in two innings today.

Righty Sean O’Sullivan struck out two in a 1-2-3 third. He came back for the fourth and retired the first two before hitting Luis Exposito with a pitch. O’Sullivan retired the next hitter on a popup to Hernandez at second to end the frame.

O’Sullivan suddenly seems like he has a shot for some early starts, given the combination of injury questions around pitchers like Hamels, Martin and Pettibone and the miserable early opinions around Gonzalez. The 26-year-old righty had a 6.14 career ERA over 193 2/3 innings in the majors before throwing to a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for the Padres in 2013. He had a 1.80 ratio to go with his 3.96 ERA last year — 31 hits and 14 walks as opponents on-based .393 against him. He didn’t pitch very well, 3.96 ERA or not. Pitched well today, throwing two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out three.

Aumont pitched the fifth, coming off of a miserable outing his first time out and set the Tigers down in order.

Luis Garcia made his first official appearance in the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles and a double. Only one of the runs was earned due to a Reid Brignac error at short.

Cesar Jimenez threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his first official appearance and followed that up by setting the Tigers down in order in the eighth. The 29-year-old lefty walked ten in 17 innings for the Phils last year, which is a lot. Had a 0.00 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in nine innings through his first eight appearances and a 7.88 ERA and a 2.00 ratio over eight innings his last 11 times out (and walked seven in those eight innings). Did a better job at preventing walks at Triple-A, throwing to a 3.12 ERA and a 1.31 ratio while walking 26 in 66 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus made his first appearance in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced before striking out the next three to end the game with runners on first and second.

De Fratus struck out 42 in 46 2/3 innings for the Phils last year. Walking 25 was the problem and it led to a 1.50 ratio to go with his 3.86 ERA. Walk rate of 2.0 per nine innings in 424 1/3 innings in the minors and 4.8 in 61 1/3 innings in the majors. I would guess his walk rate will go down in 2014.

The Phillies scored eight runs in a bottom of the third that featured three walks, two singles, a hit-by-pitch, a Tiger error and a three-run homer by J-Roll.

Rollins’s shot came off of righty Jose Valdez with two outs in the third. He was 1-for-1 with a home run and two walks in the game.

Gwynn started the game in center for the Phillies and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 0-for-3 with two walks so far. Think we should be following what he does offensively and especially defensively when playing center given the Phils seemingly neverending problem trying to backup center field. Things I know for sure: 1) John Mayberry is really, really not the answer 2) Cesar Hernandez, a backup infielder, really, really is not the answer. The Phils have so many problems it’s hard to feel like backup center fielder should go near the top of the list. I think there’s potential for a moral victory here, though.

Utley started at second and went 1-for-3.

Franco started at third and was 0-for-1 with a walk and no errors. He’s seen action in all three official games and gone 0-for-5 with two errors and two walks.

Byrd 2-for-3 with two singles and 3-for-5 with an RBI in the early going.

Howard 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 with a single so far.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-6 overall.

Ruiz 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. 0-for-3.

Lou Marson doubled to start the bottom of the eighth, which led to a Phillie run. He was 1-for-1 with a double on the day in his first action.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single that drove in a run in the second inning. 1-for-3 with two RBI on the day. 2-for-6 with two walks so far.

Yankees tomorrow.


Day after day of the dead

What’s left of the Mets hammered what’s left of the Phillies yesterday afternoon, topping the Phils 11-3 to earn a split in the four-game set.

The series featured a solid start by Lee in game one and a dominating performance by Jon Niese in the second game. The depleted teams slogged through some ugly baseball as the series wore on, though, combining to display super-sloppy defense and miserable pitching.

Ethan Martin started yesterday’s game for the Phillies and struck out nine, but lasted just four innings against a weak New York lineup. He’s now allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts and all anyone can seem to talk about is how he’s destined to be a reliever. The Phils could use some relievers, too. After five scoreless innings in the first three games of the set, the bullpen combined to allow eight runs in four innings after Martin’s early departure yesterday.

The Phillies are 61-73 on the year after losing 11-3 to the New York Mets yesterday afternoon. The teams split the four-game series and are tied for third place in the NL East, 20 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-base hits, a double and a home run. He struck out nine.

He’s struck out 32 in 25 1/3 innings for the year now, but with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.78 ratio. He’s allowed seven home runs and 16 walks in his 25 1/3 innings.

Daniel Murphy singled to right with one out and stole second after Martin struck Andrew Brown out swinging for the second out. Martin walked Lucas Duda before striking Justin Turner out swinging to end the inning.

Martin struck out the side in the second, getting Matt den Dekker, Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla all swinging.

It’s good there is video of these games, cause I’m not sure I would have believed Matt den Dekker is a real person without it. Travis d’Arnaud probably doesn’t know what to do with himself in this his first experience as the runner-up in his team’s weird name competition.

Eric Young singled to right with one out in the third and scored when Murphy followed with a double to left, putting the Mets up 1-0. Martin got the next two to leave Murphy stranded.

Turner walked to start the fourth and scored on a one-out home run by Anthony Recker. 3-0.

Jimenez replaced Martin to start the fifth and allowed another run when Murphy led off with a single and scored when Brown followed with a single to right. 4-0. Jimenez struck out two of the next three as he set the Mets down in order behind Brown.

Jimenez came back for the sixth. He walked the leadoff man Recker before retiring Quintanilla on a popup to Young for the first out. The pitcher Carlos Torres bunted Recker up to second with the second out and Eric Young moved him to third with an infield single. With Murphy at the plate, Jimenez balked Young to second and Recker home (5-0) before Murphy singled to left. Young scored from second ahead of Brown’s throw (6-0) with Young moving up to second. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Brown and struck him out swinging to leave Young at second.

Jimenez allows three runs on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings in the game to up his ERA to 2.53. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in nine innings over eight appearances. Righties are on-basing .370 against him for the season with a 261/370/348 line. He hasn’t allowed a home run in 10 2/3 innings on the year.

De Fratus started the seventh with the New York lead cut to 6-1. Duda led off with a single and De Fratus hit Turner behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for den Dekker. Den Dekker hit a ball that De Fratus handled, throwing to second to force Turner for the first out with runners safe on the corners. Den Dekker stole second before Recker walked to load the bases for Quintanilla. De Fratus walked Quintanilla on five pitches, forcing Duda in. 7-1 with the bases still loaded and one out. Ike Davis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice. De Fratus struck him out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Young was next and cleared the bases with a triple to the base of the wall in right. 10-1. Righty JC Ramirez came in to pitch to Murphy and got Murphy on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

De Fratus goes one inning in the game, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks. After getting the only man he faced in the sixth, he gets two outs in the seventh while allowing four runs on a single, two walks, a triple and a hit by pitch.

Yesterday was the first time he had been charged with more than three run in an appearance. He’s now appeared in 65 games for his career. Coming into the game he had thrown to a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings in his last 16 appearances. A lot went wrong in the seventh for him yesterday with four of the first five men he faced in the inning reaching on a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch, but the big blow was the three-run triple by the switch-hitter Young batting left-handed. The righty De Fratus has been really good against lefties this season and hit hard by righties. Lefties are hitting 167/327/357 against him for the year and righties 308/390/413.

Ramirez started the ninth with the lead cut to 10-3. He allowed a leadoff homer to Brown before retiring the next three.

Ramirez goes 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on one hit, Brown’s homer, and no walks.

Just atrocious numbers for Ramirez on the year as he now has an 8.62 ERA and a 1.98 ratio after 13 appearances. He has been charged with at least one earned run in each of his last eight appearances, throwing to a 12.27 ERA and a 2.64 ratio in those outings as opponents have hit .415 against him. Lefties are hitting 455/556/727 against him for the season in 27 plate appearances (10-for-22 with five walks, a double, a triple and a home run).

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Jimenez and De Fratus were both hit hard and Ramirez allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Carlos Torres went (1) Young (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) McDonald. Mayberry in center against the righty with Bernadina on the bench. Mayberry shouldn’t play center and shouldn’t play against righties. McDonald at short with Rollins on the bench. Frandsen at first and Young at third after Asche hurt his hamstring in game three. Frandsen plays first against the righty and ends the day with a 206/275/278 line against right-handed pitching for the year. Brown returns to the lineup after missing time with a sore heel. Ruf plays right. Seems like the other choice was to put Bernadina in center and Ruf or Mayberry at first. The Phillies should really do their best to commit to never playing Mayberry in center again, regardless of whether Bernadina, or whoever, went 0-for-6 with ten men left on base the day before or not. In their defense, Bernadina, or whoever, is the only other choice to play center given the current roster and Bernadina can’t play there every day.

Frandsen reached on an error by Quintanilla at short with one out in the top of the first, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

The Mets start game four with more bad defense after being terrible in the field in game three.

Brown singled to center to start the second, but Ruiz, Ruf and Mayberry all struck out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth.

One hit for the Phils through four innings, which comes on Brown’s single to start the fourth. The only other base-runner they had was Frandsen when he reached on Quintanilla’s error in the first.

Ruiz doubled to right to start the fifth with the Phils trailing 3-0. The Phillies went in order behind him, leaving him at first.

Trailing 4-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.

They were down 6-0 when they hit in the seventh. Utley and Brown led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz flew to center for the first out, with Utley tagging and moving up to third. With one out and men on the corners, Ruf flew to right, deep enough for Utley to tag and score, cutting the lead to 6-1. Lefty Scott Rice took over for Torres and struck Orr out swinging to leave Brown at first.

It was 10-1 when they hit in the eighth. McDonald led off with a single off of righty Gonzalez Germen. Bernandina followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 10-3. Young and Kratz went down behind Bernadina before Utley doubled to right. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to Brown and got Brown on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Righty LaTroy Hawkins got Rollins, Ruf and Orr in order in the ninth with the Mets up 11-3.

Young was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 6-for-16 with two doubles in the four-game series. 266/329/382 for the season. 202/280/287 over his last 143 plat appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. 220/294/311 for the year. 134/174/146 over his last 86 plate appearances. Was fantastic against left-handed pitching in 2012 and the early part of 2013, but his numbers against lefties have dropped dramatically. His line against left-handed pitching for the year is down to 255/361/392.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-17 with a double in the series. 4-for-his-last-9. 272/343/479 for the year. 301/363/509 against righties and 204/295/407 against lefties. Way better numbers on the road than at home — 307/369/568 away and 237/316/389 at home. Why? I have no idea. He’s been a little better at home for his career. His UZR/150 at second and his dWAR both suggest his defense is down this year. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at second at 8.0 — over the last six seasons it’s ranged from 12.1 to 19.2. Baseball-Reference calculates his dWAR at 0.2. They’ve had him between 1.0 and 3.5 in each of the last nine seasons.

Brown 2-for-4 in the game and 2-for-5 in the series. 309/360/456 in August and 277/323/519 on the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and left three men on base. 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 283/325/392 on the season. 18-for-his-last-41 with a 439/465/780 line in those 43 plate appearances. Only guy on the team who is hitting lefties and he’s crushing them. 340/419/509 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Ruf 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out three times. 1-for-12 with an RBI and seven strikeouts in the set. 258/344/509 on the year. 207/267/476 in his last 90 plate appearances with seven home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 2-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 239/302/416 for the season.

Halladay (3-4, 7.81) faces righty Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) this afternoon in Chicago. Halladay has made one start since returning from the DL, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings with the help of a Bernadina catch that turned a two-run homer into an out. He’s walked 19 in 40 1/3 innings for the year, which is more than double his career walk rate. Samardzija threw to a 2.96 ERA in his first 12 starts on the season, but has pitched to a 4.90 ERA his last 15 times out. Opponents hit .203 against him in his first 12 starts and have hit .282 (with a BABIP of .336) against him over his last 15.


The merrier old soul

The Phils came out on top in a battle of Coles yesterday afternoon, topping the Pirates 6-4 to take the series two games to one.

Both Cole Hamels and Gerrit Cole pitched well, but Gerrit Cole got an early hook and not much help from his pen. The Phils took a 6-2 lead into the eighth before De Fratus coughed up a pair of runs that got the Pirates within two, but Papelbon shut them down in the ninth.

The Pirates came into the set white-hot winners of nine in a row, but the Phils outpitched them in the series. They got a solid start from Pettibone and 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in game one and a solid outing from Hamels in yesterday’s game.

The Phillies are 41-45 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 behind the first-place Braves and 2 1/2 behind the Nats.

The Phillies would have to go 49-27 (.645) in their remaining 76 games to finish the season with 90 wins.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Only one of the runs was earned. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies are just 4-14 on the year in starts by Hamels, but have won his last two times out. Righties have hit for a lot more power against him in 2013 than in recent years, but he fared well against them last night.

Jose Tabata doubled to left with one out in the first, but Hamels got Andrew McCutchen on a fly ball to center for the first out and Gaby Sanchez on a popup to Ruiz for the third.

Hamels struck out Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez in a 1-2-3 second.

He struck out Clint Barmes and pitcher Gerrit Cole to start the third before Starling Marte singled to right. Tabata was next and grounded a ball to the third base side of short. Rollins dove, backhanded and threw to second, where Ultey just didn’t catch the ball. It rolled around in short right field until Howard got it. Marte would up at third and Tabata on second. Utley was charged with an error. McCutchen was the next batter and he singled into center, scoring both runners to put the Pirates up 2-0. Sanchez grounded to short to end the inning.

Marte would have been safe at second on the ball hit by Tabata, even if Utley had caught it. Because Tabata got a single, one of the two runs charged to Hamels in the frame is earned. Had Utley caught the ball, it still would have been men on first and second with two down. The inning still would have continued and Marte still would have scored on the single by McCutchen.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when he set the Pirates down in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were up 5-2 when he threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He allowed a leadoff single to Martin to start the seventh, but got the next three to leave Martin at first.

Hamels allows just one base-runner in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh on Martin’s single to start the seventh.

De Fratus started the eighth with the Phils up 6-2. Jordy Mercer and Starling singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Tabata. Lefty Garrett Jones hit for Tabata and singled to center. Mercer scored (6-3) and Marte moved up to third. McCutchen was next and grounded into a double-play. 6-4 with two down and the bases empty. Sanchez flew to left for the third out.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, allowing three hits. Huge double-play by McCutchen holds the damage to two runs. At least he didn’t walk anyone.

His ERA for the year is up to 5.19. He’s allowed eight runs in five innings over his last nine appearances. He’s faced 34 batters over those appearances and they’ve hit 458/606/625 against him.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. Pedro Alvarez singled with one out. Papelbon got Neil Walker on a fly ball to left for the second out. Lefty Travis Snider hit for the pitcher Ryan Reid and Papelbon struck Snider out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Gerrit Cole went (1) Revere (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Ruiz. Frandsen starts at third with Michael Young on the bench and Revere leading off.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to center, but was caught stealing after Utley struck out. Rollins delivered a two-out single into center, but was caught stealing with Howard at the plate to set the Phillies down.

Two caught stealings in the inning for the Phils. Revere’s went catcher to first base to second and Rollins was thrown out in the traditional way.

Revere stole three bases against the Mets on June 22. Since then he hasn’t stolen a base and has been caught four times.

Howard singled to left to start the second, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third and moved up to third when Utley followed with a double. Rollins struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.

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

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and Hamels bunted him up to second with the second out. Revere was next and he singled to center. McCutchen threw home trying to get Ruiz, but his throw was terrible, way off line up the first base line. Ruiz scored (2-1), McCutchen was charged with an error and Revere took second. Utley grounded to first to leave Revere stranded.

Revere 3-for-3 with an RBI through the first five innings. Comes up with a big two-out hit to get the Phillies on the board.

Howard walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a single to right. Righty Vin Mazzaro came in to pitch to Delmon Young and Young singled to left, loading the bases for Frandsen. Frandsen blooped a ball down the first base line that dropped for a single. Everyone moved up a base and Howard scored, tying the game at 2-2. Ruiz was next and lined a single into center, scoring Brown and Young. 4-2 with men on first and third with one out. Hamels was grazed by an 0-2 pitch, loading the bases again. Lefty Tony Watson came in to pitch to Revere. Revere grounded to short. Ruiz was out at third, but Frandsen scored to make it 5-2 with two down and runners on first and second. Utley flew to right to leave them there.

Quick hook for Cole. He had thrown just 78 pitches in the game and allowed one run. Left with one out and men on first and second and both went on to score.

Big break for the Phils with Hamels getting grazed by the pitch way down in the count. Gets them another runs as Frandsen is able to score on Revere’s ground out.

Rollins singled off of Watson to start the seventh, but Howard grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown struck out looking for the third out.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Ryan Reid to start the eighth and Mayberry ran for him at first. Frandsen was next and was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Ruiz. Ruiz bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Michael Young hit for Hamels and flew to left, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score from third. 6-2 with two down and Frandsen on second for Revere. Revere flew to center to set the Phillies down.

Frandsen hit by a pitch again. Seven in 107 plate appearances (about 6.5% of his PA). Nobody else on the team has been hit more than three times.

Utley tripled to center off of Reid to start the ninth with the lead cut to 6-4. Rollins popped to short for the first out. Howard struck out swinging for the second. Brown was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners for Mayberry. Mayberry grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

No run for the Phillies after the leadoff triple in a two-run game. Rollins and Howard both can bring the runner home from third with less than two outs. Howard doesn’t put the ball in play against the righty.

Revere was 3-for-5 with a caught stealing and two RBI. 4-for-13 in the three-game set. 290/329/330 for the year. 333/373/381 over 204 plate appearances since the start of May. On-basing .293 at home and .355 on the road.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Made a non-catch error on a throw from Rollins in the third that cost the Phillies a run. 3-for-12 with two walks, two doubles and a triple in the set. 282/349/521 for the year. 300/363/527 against righties and 238/314/508 against lefties. Better power against lefties than righties and more points of on-base percentage, but a lot more hits coming against righties.

Rollins was 2-for-5 and struck out twice. 4-for-14 with a double in the set. 264/325/362 for the year. One walk in his last 31 PA. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, and a .277 slugging percentage in his last 125 PA.

Howard 1-for-4 with walk. Struck out with Utley on third and one out in the ninth. 3-for-9 with a walk and an RBI in the series. 3-for-his-last-27 with three singles. 266/319/457 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-12 with a home run in the series. His numbers against righties have passed his numbers against lefties for the season. 278/331/561 against righties and 282/311/518 against lefties. 279/326/549 for the year. He came into the season having walked in 10.4% of his plate appearances and slugging .388 with an isolated power of .152. This year his isolated power is .270 and he’s walked in about 6.5% of his PA. Seems like his monster power display in 2013 should mean more walks, but it’s meant less.

Delmon Young 2-for-4. 6-for-12 with a double in the set. 17-for-his-last-35 with a 486/514/657 line over 37 PA with nine RBI. 273/323/443 for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-5 with two RBI in the series. 286/387/440 for the year.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with two RBI. 4-for-9 with a walk and four singles in the set. 278/339/309 in 110 PA for the year. 12-for-his-last-31 (.387).

Lee (9-2, 2.59) faces righty Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22) tonight in Philly as the Phils face the Braves. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 11 starts and he’s averaged about 7.6 innings per start in those outings. Opponents have hit .189 against him over 30 innings in his last four starts. Hudson has a 2.45 ERA over his last six outings, but his most recent start was the worst of the six as he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.

Update 7/8: Ryan Howard needs surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks.


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.


Really?

Yup.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games as the Padres beat them 4-3 in ten innings.

Lee got the start and pitched very well for eight innings. The Phils led 3-0 as they hit in the top of the ninth. With two outs and Mayberry on second, Lee was due to hit, having thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate. He hit for himself and struck out to end that frame, then started the ninth and allowed back-to-back hits to the only two men he faced. Papelbon took over to try and get the Phils a win, but the Padres tied things up on a two-run single by Kyle Blanks that was followed by a big passed ball by Ruiz with two outs and a man on third.

The Phils couldn’t score in the top of the tenth despite a two-base error that left Rollins on third with one out. Justin De Fratus was miserable in the bottom of the tenth, allowing four of the five men he faced to reach base as the Padres plated a run to win 4-3.

The Phillies are 36-41 on the year after losing 4-3 to the San Diego Padres in ten innings last night. They have lost four of their last five.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out seven.

Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last ten outings, throwing to a 2.00 and a 0.86 ratio in 76 2/3 innings in those appearances. 76 2/3 innings over his last ten starts means he’s averaged about 7.7 innings per start his last ten times out.

He set the Padres down in order in the first.

The Phillies led 1-0 when he set them down in order again in the second.

Yasmani Grandal walked on five pitches to start the third, but Lee got Pedro Ciriaco to ground into a double-play behind Grandal. The pitcher Eric Stults grounded to Utley to set San Diego down.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the fourth, but Lee struck Chase Headley out on three pitches to leave him at first.

Kyle Blanks singled softly to right to start the fifth with the Phils up 2-0, but Lee got Jesus Guzman to ground into a double-play behind him to clear the bases with two down. Grandal followed with a double to center, but was left at second when Lee struck Ciriaco out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Second time in three innings that Lee got a double-play after allowing the leadoff man to reach base.

Stults doubled softly to center to start the sixth. Lee struck Logan Forsythe out swinging for the first out before Chris Denorfia moved Lee up to third with a ground out to second. Quentin went down looking 0-2 to leave Stults stranded.

Lee gets two big strikeouts in the frame to keep the Padres off the board after the leadoff double.

Headley and Blanks singled back-to-back to start the seven, putting men on the corners with nobody out for Guzman. Guzman hit an 0-1 pitch softly into left. Brown charged and made a terrific diving catch coming forward for the first out with the runners holding. Lee struck Grandal out swinging 0-2 for the second out and Ciriaco lined to first to leave the runners on the corners.

Fourth time in five innings that the leadoff man gets aboard for the Padres and the fourth time they don’t score. That one took some magic with Brown violating the never dive rule to make a very nice catch. Guzman and Grandal both get to hit with a man on third and less than two outs and Lee sets both of them down.

It was 3-0 when Lee set the Padres down in order in the eighth.

He started the ninth having thrown 109 pitches. Quentin singled to left on his first pitch of the ninth. Headley was next and doubled to left 0-1, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Papelbon took over for Lee to pitch to Blanks and Blanks singled into center, scoring both runners. 3-2. Papelbon hit Guzman, putting runners on first and second with nobody out, before getting Grandal to ground into a double-play. It left Blanks at third with two outs for the righty Ciriaco and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for Ciriaco. Kotsay got ahead in the count and swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch. Ruiz didn’t catch the ball, which was a little low, but not in the dirt. The ball got behind him and rolled to the backstop. Blanks stormed home from third and slid in just ahead of Papelbon’s tag, tying the game at 3-3. Kotsay went on to walk, but Papelbon got lefty Alexi Amarista on a fly ball to center to leave Kotsay at first.

Lee starts the ninth having thrown 109 pitches, throws three more and allows two hits with both of those runners coming around to score. He had allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the last five innings coming into the ninth. Five of the last seven after the ninth.

Ruiz doesn’t catch the ball with two outs and the tying run on third, allowing Blanks to score. Would have been a great time to catch the ball.

Papelbon faces five hitters in the game, allowing a two-run single, hitting one batter and walking another. Also gets Grandal to ground into a double-play, which kept the inning from being worse. Still, not a good day for Papelbon.

Papelbon has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. Two of the runs have been unearned, but opponents have hit .268 against him and he’s allowed three walks and three home runs. Last night was his fourth blown save since the start of the day on June 17. The Phils are 1-2 in the last three games in which he has appeared.

De Fratus started the ninth. Denorfia walked with one out and moved up to second when De Fratus hit Quentin 0-1. Headley walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt to load the bases for Blanks with one down. Blanks singled past Young and down the left field line. Denorfia scored to give the Padres a 4-3 win.

Atrocious outing for De Fratus. He faced five batters, allowing a single, two walks and a hit batter while getting one out. He’s walked five of the last 16 batters he’s faced over his last four appearances. Prior to those four outings he had walked two of the 45 batters he had faced on the year.

Overall the pen went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits on three walks. De Fratus threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Eric Stults went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Brown (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Howard on the bench with a sore leg against the lefty and Frandsen at first. Revere on the bench against the lefty with Mayberry in center. Brown/Mayberry/Young is an atrocious outfield defensively.

Utley singled to center with one out in the top of the first. Michael Young flew to center and Brown grounded to short to turn the Phils away.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second. Mayberry was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Mayberry stole second before Ruiz singled into center. Mayberry tried to score on the play. It would have been close at the play, but Denorfia’s throw from center hit Mayberry as he slid in safely to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz took third as the ball bounded away and Denorfia was charged with an error. Lee struck out swinging to leave Ruiz at third.

Tough error on Denorfia. He made a nice throw, it just hit Ruiz.

Ruiz’s single wouldn’t have scored Mayberry without the stolen base. Mayberry has stolen five on the year and been caught three times. 14 safe and seven caught stealing for his career. Picked off six times. Those aren’t good numbers, but he helped the Phils out with the early stolen base last night.

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

Mayberry led off the fifth with a double to center and moved third on an infield single by Ruiz. Lee struck out swinging for the first out, but Rollins followed and flew out to right for the second, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, extending the lead to 2-0. Utley grounded to short to leave Ruiz at first.

Two runs for the Phillies in the game, both thanks largely to Mayberry.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Mayberry and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Lee. Lee struck out trying to bunt for the second out and Rollins flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry (and Ruiz) again, but this time the Phils are turned away. Third strikeout of the game for Lee gets the Padres the second out in the frame.

Utley led off the eighth and homered 1-1 off of lefty Tommy Layne to extend the lead to 3-0. Layne would face just one batter in the game. Nick Vincent took over after the Utley homer and got Young on a ground out before Brown singled to right. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Eighth home run of the year for Utley and his second off of a lefty. He’s hitting 188/250/375 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Righty Brad Brach pitched the ninth for San Diego. Mayberry singled with one out, but Brach struck Ruiz out swinging 3-2 for the second out as Mayberry stole second. Lee had thrown 109 pitches in the game and struck out three times at the plate, but Manuel let him hit for himself. Lee struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Mayberry at second.

Manuel lets Lee hit with a runner in scoring position, having thrown 109 pitches in the game. Lee strike out again, then returns for the bottom of the inning and faces two batters. Both of them get hits and score on the Blanks single as the Padres tie the game to send it to extra-innings.

So it didn’t work out so well.

First time in his career that Mayberry has stolen more than one base in a game.

Rollins led off the top of the tenth in a 3-3 game with a single to left off of righty Luke Gregerson. Utley was next and drove a ball to deep center. Denorfia took it moving back on the track, right in front of the wall, for the first out. He lost the handle when he tried to throw the ball in, though, and it dribbled away from him in front of the track. Rollins tagged up and moved all the way to third with one out for Michael Young. Gregerson struck Young out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Lefty Joe Thatcher came in to pitch to Brown and got him on a fly ball to center to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting the go-ahead runner on third with one out. Huge strikeout for Michael Young as he goes down swinging 0-2 for the second out with Rollins on third.

Second throwing error of the game for Denorfia. The first wasn’t his fault at all and the second was just weird.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s on-basing .290 over his last 70 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a home run. 4-for-18 with a double and a home run since his return.

Michael Young 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Huge strikeout in the tenth with one out and Rollins on third. Hitting 333/341/494 in June.

Brown 1-for-5. 192/259/250 over his last 58 plate appearances. On-basing .319 for the season against both righties and lefties.

Frandsen 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with a home run and an on-base percentage of .200. 1-for-11 in the last three games he’s started.

Delmon Young 1-for-3. 2-for-his-last-14 with two singles and a walk.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. Scored two of the three Phillie runs. He came into the game 0-for-his-last-10. His UZR/150 at center field as calculated by FanGraphs is only -4.1. He’s a way, way better offensive player than Revere, especially against lefties.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI and a huge passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. First three-hit game of the season. He’s 6-for-19 (.319) with six singles since returning.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) faces righty Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) tonight. Kendrick has a 4.91 ERA over his last seven starts as three of his last seven times out have been bad. He’s struck out just 23 in 44 innings over his last seven times out. Opponents have hit .269 against him after posting a .231 average through his first eight starts of the season. Marquis has walked 48 in 90 1/3 innings this year and allowed 15 home runs, but held opponents to a .235 average. BABIP of .239. Just saying that in case you’re counting on your Jason Marquis stock to carry you through your retirement years.


Twin downhilling

Game two with Minnesota looked uncomfortably like game one for the Phils as the offense didn’t produce and the bullpen faltered late. The 4-3 setback was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.

The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth last night in game two of the set, but Bastardo allowed two doubles and a single to the first three men he faced in the inning and the Twins went on to score a pair of runs. It was the second straight game in which Bastardo had struggled in the eighth, although another poor outing from Mike Adams did a lot of the damage as the Phillies dropped game one.

The bullpen ERA for the Phillies is up to 4.56, which is 14th of the 15 NL teams and 28th of the 30 teams across both leagues. The good news is that the Phillie pen has thrown the fewest innings of any NL team. The bad news is that the .271 opponents have hit against them is worst in the league, the .347 on-base percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league and the .441 slugging percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league. The Mets are the NL team with the bullpen ERA that’s worse than the Phillies for the season, but the Phillie pen has allowed hits at a nearly identical rate, walks at a much higher rate and seen the hits they’ve allowed go for more total bases on average. They won’t have to do that too much longer before they have a worse bullpen ERA for the season as well.

The Phillies are 31-35 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost five in a row for the first time this year and play the finale of the three-game set with the Twins tonight.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s walked eight in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, which is an unsustainable recipe for disaster. Lefties are hitting 303/390/424 against him for the year.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. He walked Joe Mauer with one out and Mauer moved up to third on two-out double by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau followed that with a walk and the bases were loaded for Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia grounded to first to set the Twins down.

Clete Thomas singled to start the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. It put two men on for Mauer and Mauer flew to center to leave them stranded.

Two scoreless innings for Cloyd to start the game, but the Twins leave the bases loaded in the first and two men on in the second.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third.

Arcia singled to start the fourth and scored when Thomas followed with a double to the gap in right center, cutting the Phillie lead to 2-1. Eduardo Escobar was next and singled to right, moving Thomas to third. Cloyd struck Pedro Florimon out for the first out and got Carroll to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to hold the damage to a single run. After scoring their first run in the game, the Twins can’t get any more despite putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

After four innings, Cloyd had yielded just one run, but had walked two and allowed six hits, including two doubles. That’s too many base-runners and he was lucky to hold the Twins to one.

He was up 3-1 when he walked Mauer to start the fifth. He got the next three hitters in order to set the Twins down.

The first out of the inning came on a ball hit hard to Howard by Ryan Doumit. Howard stepped on the bag at first and didn’t throw to second. Looked like he had a play there.

Savery started the sixth and allowed back-to-back singles to Arcia and Thomas to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Escobar bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Florimon was next and chopped a ball up the first base line. Savery fielded and tagged Florimon out for the second out, but Arcia scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and Thomas moved up to third. Carroll grounded to Galvis at second to leave Thomas stranded.

Savery was back to start the seventh. Mauer led off and singled to left. Stutes came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Doumit and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Willingham was next and popped to short for the second out. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Morneau and got him on a fly ball to center to leave Mauer at first.

Bastardo gets Morneau a day too late.

Savery faced six batters in the game. Three of them singled and he got three of them out. One of the outs came on a bunt. He’s allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for the year.

Stutes faced two batters in the game and got both of them out, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.69 after nine appearances. He’s walked just one in 10 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. Righties are hitting 130/167/130 against him and lefties 389/421/621. So he’s been better against righties.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth. Arcia led off and doubled to center. Thomas was next and pounded a double high off the wall in right. Arcia scored to tie the game at 3-3. Escobar was next and bunted an 0-1 pitch on the first base side of the mound. The ball just died in the grass and Escobar was safe at first with a single. Thomas moved up to third. De Fratus came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Florimon with nobody out, men on the corners and the game tied. Florimon lined to Galvis for the first out with the runners holding. Lefty Chris Parmalee hit for the righty Carroll. De Fratus’s 1-1 pitch to Parmalee was inside and in the dirt. Lerud couldn’t handle it. Thomas scored (4-3), Escobar moved up to second and De Fratus was charged with a wild pitch. Parmalee lined a 3-2 pitch back to De Fratus. De Fratus caught it for the second out and threw to second where Escobar was doubled-off to end the inning.

Bastardo faced four batters in the game, getting one out and allowing three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the eighth. The Escobar bunt single was a little fluky as the ball just died on the grass.

Bastardo has a 3.18 ERA for the year, which doesn’t reflect how badly he’s been pitching, and a 1.59 ratio, which does. He’s allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he’s walked 14 in 22 2/3 innings for the season.

De Fratus fares pretty well after entering the game with nobody out and runners on the corners, despite the wild pitch. He records three outs without being charged with a hit or a run. 1.64 ERA and an 0.73 ratio for the year after 11 innings over 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting .158 against him with two walks and no home runs in 40 plate appearances.

As well as De Fratus did, I think bringing Papelbon in with nobody out and runners on the corners is the better move for the Phils. What with him being their best pitcher and the game being on the line and whatnot.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits. They didn’t allow a walk or strike anyone out. Bastardo and De Fratus have both pitched two days in a row. Savery threw 25 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Lerud. Delmon Young at DH. Lerud catches with Quintero on the bench. First start of the year for Lerud. Galvis moves up to eighth in the order with Lerud in the lineup. Mayberry starts against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Revere reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the first and moved up to second when Rollins singled to right. Howard was next and drew a walk, loading the bases for Brown. Brown flew to left for the second out with Revere tagging and scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second for Delmon Young. Young singled to right and Rollins scored. 2-0 with men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third. Delmon Young and Mayberry both struck out as they went in order in the fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when they hit in the fifth. Galvis and Lerud went down for the first two outs before Michael Young doubled to right. Revere was next and blooped a singled into shallow left-center. Young scored from second to extend the lead to 3-1. Rollins flew to left to leave Revere at first.

They went in order in the sixth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when they went in order in the seventh.

Revere bunted for a single off of righty Casey Fien with one out in the eighth and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to right. With one out and men on first and second, lefty Brian Duensing took over for Pelfrey and struck Howard out swinging for the second out. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Third hit of the game for Revere, although they weren’t all exactly magnificent. Infield single in the first, bloop RBI-single in the fifth and a bunt single in the eighth.

Philliesflow is your source for Casey Fien trivia. Domonic Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. There are two players drafted in that round that have a higher career WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference than Brown does: Casey Fien and Vinnie Pestano.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth. Lefty Glen Perkins set Delmon Young, Mayberry and Galvis down in order.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. He’s 10-for-his-last-24. Just 12 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances for the year. His isolated power for the season is at .085, which is the lowest it has been in any season in which he got more than two plate appearances.

Revere 3-for-4 with an RBI. He has seven RBI for the season. Across both leagues there are three players with at least 200 plate appearances and less than ten RBI for the year. They are Revere, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Insert your own joke here.

Rollins 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-33 (.242) with eight singles. He’s a weird guy to have hitting third against a righty given his 270/335/389 line against right-handed pitching for the season.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. He has one home run in his last 111 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-10.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 236/303/383 against right-handed pitching for his career.

Galvis 0-for-4. 0-for-his-last-15.

Lerud 0-for-3 and struck out twice. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, but Lerud didn’t have much of a chance to handle the pitch.

Lee (7-2, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11) tonight. Lee has made 13 starts this year and allowed more than three earned runs in two of them. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts and the Phils are 6-1 in those games. He’s allowed two home runs in 59 2/3 innings over his last eight times out. Correia has struck out 36 in 76 2/3 innings for the season. He doesn’t walk many guys, but opponents are hitting .298 against him for the year with righties sporting a 308/333/550 line.


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