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And a third time would be more than charming

More strong pitching for the Phillies yesterday as they topped Detroit 4-1. Hamels, Durbin and Bastardo combined to throw five scoreless innings for the Phils, who have allowed a total of two runs in their last two games.

Fantastic pitching on back-to-back days sets the stage for Roy Halladay’s final spring start, which will come this afternoon against Toronto. Halladay has had a miserable spring training coming off of a 2012 in which he threw to a 5.28 ERA over his last 20 starts.

Michael Young drove in two of the four Phillie runs, going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting 264/304/361.

Mayberry was a much-needed 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, which ups his line to 200/263/286.

Revere 2-for-4 with two singles and two stolen bases. He has nine steals on the spring. Nine stolen bases in 87 plate appearances is a lot — it would put him on pace to steal about 52 over 500 plate appearances.

Inciarte started in left and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He also stole his second base. 286/375/321 in 33 plate appearances. The Phillies need to make a decision about what to do with him by the end of the weekend.

Orr started at second and was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his line to 267/267/533. He’s walked in about 3.6% of his plate appearances for his career and exactly 0% of his plate appearances this spring.

Kevin Frandsen has a sore left wrist after being hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the third inning.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk, both of which came in the bottom of the first. He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

0.95 ERA and an 0.79 ratio for Hamels in 19 official spring innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run. He, Aumont (6 1/3 innings pitched) and Adams (7) are the Phillies who have thrown at least five official spring innings without allowing a home run.

Durbin followed Hamels, setting the Tigers down in order in the fourth.

5.56 ERA and a 1.41 ratio for Durbin. Opponents have hit .310 against him.

Miner pitched after Durbin, allowing a run over two innings to drop his ERA to 8.36.

Bastardo struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh. He has 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 ratio.

Brandon Erbe and Chris Nichols combined to keep the Tigers off the board for the last two innings.

Halladay today as the Phils face the Blue Jays.


It happens every spring, but I don’t remember it always looking quite this ugly

The Phillies continued what’s been a pretty ugly start to spring training yesterday, making three more errors and allowing 12 runs as the Twins beat them 12-5. Justin De Fratus and BJ Rosenberg, each hoping to start the year in the bullpen for the Phils, combined to throw two innings in which they allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks.

Ben Revere had a nice day for the Phillies, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, stealing a base and scoring two runs. Domonic Brown is now 4-for-9 on the spring with a double, two home runs and two walks after going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored. Ruiz went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. Mayberry had his first spring hit, a double, as he went 1-for-3 on the day. He’s 1-for-10 so far.

Frandsen was 2-for-4. He’s 5-for-13 with a double, a home run and a 1.077 OPS in the early going. Howard 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s still looking for his first home run, but is now 6-for-12 with two doubles and two walks.

Not as good a day for Galvis, who was 0-for-5, made an error and struck out twice. He also made a misplay late that was originally called an error and then called a hit. Ruf went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting opportunity and is still looking for his first official spring hit. He’s 0-for-9.

Ruf has been dealing with a sore throwing arm that has kept him out of the lineup.

Lannan started the game for the Phils, allowing a run on four singles and a walk over two innings. Adam Morgan followed Lannan and allowed a run on three singles in the third. He came back for the fourth and faced five hitters, getting two outs and allowing a double and a single while the other reached on a Galvis error. Morgan left with two down and men on the corners. Kyle Simon came in to pitch to Ryan Doumit and Doumit hit a three-run homer to right.

Bastardo and Mauricio Robles threw scoreless innings later in the game.

The sixth and seventh didn’t go well for the Phils. De Fratus started the sixth and had his second bad outing in two tries, allowing three runs on four hits, including a double, and a walk. He’s now allowed five runs on six hits over three innings in his two appearances.

Rosenberg also got hit hard, allowing three runs in the seventh. The first four men he faced reached base on a pair of walks, a double and an infield single. He allowed a two-run single with one out before getting a double-play to end the inning.

Like De Fratus, Rosenberg has two spring outings, both of which have been bad. He’s allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks over three innings. That’s a 3.67 ratio, which is not what you’re looking for.

You also want to avoid walking two of the first four men you face if it’s at all possible. In 2012 with the Phillies, Rosenberg walked 14 men in 25 innings while pitching to a 6.12 ERA.

The Phillies face the Braves this afternoon with Cole Hamels expected to pitch. Jake Diekman is also expected to throw in relief as he makes his case for a spot in the pen. He’s made one official appearance so far and allowed a run on a hit and a walk over one inning.


Phils hopeful J-Roll can save enough wear on his body that he’ll still be not running out popups for them in 2015

Something we can all look forward to.

Kyle Kendrick pitched great yesterday and Kevin Frandsen had four hits in a game that will mostly be remembered for the popup that Jimmy Rollins didn’t run out on his way to being benched. The Phillies held on to win anyway and beat the Mets 3-2.

Kendrick gave up two solo home runs in the first two innings to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Rollins doubled with two outs in the bottom off the third and was knocked in by Frandsen, cutting the lead to 2-1. Mayberry led off the fourth with a single and scored when Wigginton followed and blasted a double to the gap in left-center. 2-2. Frandsen started the fifth with a double, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Howard to put the Phillies up to stay at 3-2.

Kendrick yielded two early solo homers, but was fantastic after that. From the third to the seventh he pitched five scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, no walks and no runs. He struck out the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. Valdes took over to get the Phillies out of the eighth and Papelbon mowed the Mets down in the ninth for his 30th save.

The game will most be remembered for what happened in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and Kendrick on third, Rollins popped a ball up high in the infield in front of home plate. The Mets were confused about who was going to catch the ball. In the end, pitcher Jon Niese tried to catch it himself, but didn’t handle it for an error. Rollins, who had jogged slowly up the line, ended up at first. Rollins stole second, setting him up for his second blunder of the inning. With one out and runners on second and third and the New York infield poised to come home with a ground ball up the middle, Frandsen hit a ground ball up the middle. Murphy fielded, Kendrick held third and Rollins took off for third, where he was tagged out after a short rundown. Martinez replaced him at short in the top of the seventh.

Not a great inning for Rollins. But not to be forgotten on the day was the run that Rollins helped create in the bottom of the third thanks to his hustle. With two outs and nobody on, Rollins popped a ball down the first base line and into shallow right field. It dropped just fair. Running all the way, Rollins slid into second with a two-out double and came in to score when Frandsen followed with a single into center.

The Phillies are 62-69 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-2 yesterday afternoon. The Mets take the series two games to one. The Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 17 1/2 games out of first.

The Phillies have won five of their last seven games, but outscored their opponents by just 26-22 over those seven games. They shouldn’t count on going 5-2 over many seven-game stretches in which they score 3.7 runs per game.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a pair of solo homers. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Mike Baxter was the first hitter of the game and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center. 1-0. Kendrick got the next three in order.

Scott Hairston hit an 0-1 pitch out to left with one out in the second. 2-0. Ronny Cedeno followed that with a single, but Kendrick got Josh Thole and the pitcher Jon Niese to leave Cedeno at first.

At least Kendrick is getting ahead of these guys before they homer.

David Wright doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the third. Kendrick got Ike Davis on a ground ball to second to leave Wright stranded.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. Hairston singled with one out, but Kendrick got Cedeno on a ground ball for the second out and struck Thole out to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the score tied at 2-2.

Up 3-2, he set the Mets down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

He struck out Tejada and Baxter to start the eighth before Murphy and Wright singled back-to-back. It put runners on first and second for the lefty Davis and Valdes came in to face Davis. Valdes got him on a ground ball to first to leave the runners stranded.

Brave of Manuel to leave Kendrick in to face Wright as the go-ahead run. Worked out okay in the sense that Wright didn’t hit a two-run homer.

Valdes has allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 9 2/3 innings in nine appearances in August.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils still up a run. He struck Duda out for the first out and Hairston went down on a ball Nix handled at the edge of the warning track for the second. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Robert Carson and Papelbon hit him with a 2-2 pitch. Andres Torres ran for Turner at first. Josh Thole went down on a ball handled by Utley to end the game.

Over his last 16 appearances, Papelbon has allowed one run on eight hits and four walks over 16 1/3 innings while striking out 19 (0.55 ERA with an 0.73 ratio).

The pen goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the game in without allowing a hit or a walk.

Papelbon threw 15 pitches and Valdes one. Neither of them have thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Martinez (8) Lerud. Frandsen moves up to hit second against the lefty. Wigginton makes his second start of the year in left with the lefties Brown, Pierre and Nix on the bench. Martinez in right with all the same lefties on the bench. The lefty Lerud catches, making his first career start, with the righty Kratz on the bench in the day game after a night game. Sure seems like if you know they’re throwing a righty in game two and a lefty in game three it makes more sense to catch Lerud in game two against the righty and Kratz in game three against the lefty. Starting Martinez in right field is a good sign that your team is terrible.

Frandsen singled with one out in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 1-0. Utley flew to left for the first out and Howard struck out swinging for the second.

It was 2-0 when the Phillies went in order in the second.

Lerud grounded to first in his first big league at-bat to start the third and Kendrick grounded out as well for the second. Rollins was next and hit a ball to right, which he hustled into a double. Frandsen was next and singled to center, scoring Rollins to get the Phils on the board at 2-1. Frandsen took second as the throw came home. Utley was next and was grazed by a pitch, putting two men on for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Nice job by Rollins to take second on his hit, which gets the Phils a run when Frandsen follows with a single.

Howard 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three men left on base through three innings.

Mayberry led off the fourth and hit a ball to Wright. Wright’s throw to first was high and originally called an error and quickly changed to a hit. Wigginton followed with a double to left center, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 2-2. Niese struck Martinez out swinging for the second out, but Lerud was next and blooped a single to left. Wigginton didn’t read it well and had to hold at third. Kendrick bunted Lerud up to second with the second out, putting runners on second and third for Rollins. Rollins popped to Murphy to leave both runners stranded.

Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but Mayberry’s should have been called an error and Lerud’s was a bloop single to left. Wigginton hammered the ball. The scoring decision on the ball hit by Mayberry was rather generous to Mayberry.

Frandsen led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to left where it was misplayed by Duda. Duda came in on it and then had the ball go over his head for a double. Utley was next and moved Frandsen up to third with a ground out to second. It put a runner on third for Howard and Howard flew to center for the second out. Frandsen scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Mayberry was next and doubled down the third base line. Niese walked Wigginton intentionally to pitch to Martinez. Martinez flew to center, dropping his average on the year to .134 and leaving both runners stranded.

With one out in the sixth, Kendrick hit a ball hard to center that cleared the fence on a hop for a ground-rule double. Kendrick took third on a passed ball before Rollins hit a popup out in front of the plate. Wright and Niese looked unclear about who was going to catch, then Niese tried and didn’t get. Rollins was safe on first on the error with Kendrick holding third. Rollins stole second before Frandsen hit a ground ball to second. Rollins took off for third, but Kendrick was still at third. Rollins was tagged out after a short rundown with Kendrick still at third. Frandsen wound up on second, but Utley grounded to first to leave the runners at second and third.

Rollins didn’t run hard on his popup that Niese failed to catch, which apparently was the subject of a discussion between Rollins and Manuel after the frame. There was no Met covering second as the infielders failed to catch the popup. Martinez took over at short in the top of the seventh with Rollins on the bench.

More terrible defense from the Mets.

Mayberry and Wigginton singled back-to-back off of righty Ramon Ramirez with one out in the seventh. Martinez struck out swinging for the second out and Lerud grounded to second for the third.

With Ramirez still on the mound, Brown hit for Valdes to start the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson came in to face Brown and Kratz hit for Brown and flew to right for the first out. Nix struck out for the second before Frandsen singled to right. Utley grounded to short to end the inning.

Kratz 2-for-his-last-19.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game with a hustle double, then pulled for not hustling in the bottom of the sixth. He was 2-for-11 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 243/303/407 for the season. He has hit 13 home runs since the start of June.

Frandsen 4-for-5 with a double. 5-for-13 with a double in the series. 355/405/430 for the season. There are 224 NL players with at least 100 plate appearances for the season. Of those, Frandsen’s .355 average is first and his .405 on-base percentage is fifth. His walk rate is terrible by the way — four walks in 117 plate appearances is about 3.4%. The team overall walks in about 7.0% of their plate appearances. Near the end of the list it goes Pierre 5.2%, Mayberry 5.1%, Galvis 3.5% and Frandsen 3.4%. I also hope we get a chance to see Frandsen play some second before the end of the year.

Utley 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 3-for-11 with a walk and a home run in the series. 250/362/457 for the year.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 1-for-11 with a home run, six RBI and seven strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-18. 235/311/444 on the year. 182/246/309 against lefties with 30 strikeouts in 61 plate appearances.

Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the set. 287/333/468 in 102 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 246/287/408 for the year. No walks against lefties in 137 plate appearances for the year. Not sure exactly that that is, but it’s something.

Wigginton 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. The walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 215/291/346 over his last 258 plate appearances. 236/307/375 for the year. He has 202 plate appearances against righties for the year in which he has hit 238/282/341.

Martinez 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. 5-for-his-last-59 (.085). 132/181/221 for the season.

Lerud was 1-for-4 with a single in his debut.

Halladay (8-7, 3.88) faces lefty Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71) tonight in Atlanta. Halladay has a 2.79 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in his five starts in August. The Phils have won four of those five games, but are just 10-9 in his starts for the season — 6-2 in his last starts after going 4-7 in his first 11 starts. Minor threw to a 6.20 ERA in his first 15 starts of the year through the end of June. Since the beginning of July, he’s made nine starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.75 ERA with an 0.88 ratio.


Master plan to rebuild around Kratz and Frandsen hits a snag as rules force the Phils to field other players

The Phillies came up short last night as the old guard folded late and the Reds beat them 5-4 to even the series at a game apiece.

The Phils went into the top of the seventh with a 1-0 lead, but Lee allowed three runs in a top of the seventh that included errors by Howard and Utley. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the eighth and Papelbon allowed a solo homer in the ninth.

The Phillies allowed five runs after the start of the seventh inning.

Kevin Frandsen was outstanding in the game and his effort is hard to ignore as the Phils think about 2013 and their never-ending gaping hole at third. He had three hits, including a triple with two outs in the eighth inning that tied the game at 4-4 and upped his average on the year to .350 after 80 at-bats. He also made two spectacular diving plays at third base, one of which came in the sixth as the Phils held a one-run lead with the bases loaded, following them up with throws from his knees in time to get the runner.

Kratz was merely 1-for-4 with a double last night, but he’s slugging .723 in his 65 at-bats with the Phils this year.

Less spectacular was Antonio Bastardo, who allowed yet another home run in the top of the eighth to put the Phils behind 4-3. Since the end of May, Bastardo has thrown to a 7.71 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 23 1/3 innings. The Phils are apparently willing to go the extra mile to make Bastardo their eighth inning guy, but that’s really not working in dramatic fashion and hasn’t been for a long time.

The Phillies are 57-66 on the year after losing to the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. They are still tied for third place in the NL East, 20 games behind the first-place Nats. If they went 39-0 in their remaining games, the Phils would finish with six fewer wins than they had in 2011.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. Only two of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out nine.

The Phillies have lost three games in a row that Lee has started and are 7-15 in his starts for the year.

He struck out Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs for the first two outs in the top of the first before Brandon Phillips doubled to center. Ryan Ludwick flew to Brown in right for the third out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Lee started the second. He struck Jay Bruce out for the first out and got Scott Rolen on a fly ball to right for the second before Todd Frazier doubled. Ryan Hanigan lined to Rollins to leave Frazier at second.

Lee struck out the pitcher Homer Bailey and Stubbs in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out Phillips and Bruce as he set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

Hanigan singled with two outs in the fifth. Lee got Bailey looking behind Hanigan to leave Hanigan at first.

Singles by Cozart, Stubbs and Phillips loaded the bases to start the sixth. Ludwick hit a ball hard to third, but Frandsen made a fantastic play, diving to his left to make the play and then throwing strong to home from his knees to force Cozart for the first out. Bruce was next and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to keep the Reds off the board and the Phils still ahead 1-0.

Huge play by Frandsen.

Lee didn’t have as much luck getting out of his jam in the seventh. Rolen led off with a double and Frazier walked behind him. Hanigan was next and twice tried to bunt and fouled it off. Swinging away 1-2, he singled into center. Rolen scored from second, tying the game at 1-1. Howard didn’t handle the throw in from center and the ball got away around the mound, allowing the runners to move up to second and third with nobody out. Lee struck out Bailey for the first out before Cozart hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Frazier to tag and score, putting the Reds up 2-1. Stubbs was next and lined a single to left, scoring Hanigan from second. 3-1. Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Phillips. Phillips hit a ground ball to second that Utley didn’t handle for another error, putting runners on first and second. Rosenberg struck out Ludwick to leave them there.

Two errors for the Phillies in the frame. Whether you think it cost them a run or not depends on whether you think anyone could take a base on the Cozart fly out for the second out if the runners were on first and second rather than second and third and how many runs you think would have scored on the Stubbs single. I don’t think it’s likely that Frazier goes from second to third on Cozart’s ball had he been on second.

Rosenberg was pitching for the second straight day for the first time in his career. Big strikeout of Ludwick with two men on for the final out of the inning. Actually faced two man in the frame and handled both, but one was safe on the Utley error.

Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 3-3. He got the first two before Frazier hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 4-3. Hanigan walked and righty Miguel Cairo hit for the pitcher Sean Marshall. Cairo struck out looking to leave Hanigan at first.

Bastardo was also pitching for the second straight day. 7.71 ERA since the end of May.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game tied again, this time at 4-4. Cozart was the first batter he faced and Cozart hit his first pitch out to left. 5-4. Papelbon got the next three. Frandsen made another outstanding defensive play to get the second out on a grounder by Phillips, diving to make the play and again throwing from his knees in time to nip the runner.

Almost saw Phillippe Aumont make his debut in the ninth. He was warming in the eighth before the Phillies tied things up.

Papelbon was charged with his first run since July 21 when he gave up a run in his second inning of work to the Giants. He came into the game having thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings.

The bullpen goes 2 1/3 innings in the game for the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. They are out-bullpened by the Reds, who allow a run in 2 2/3 innings on four hits and two walks.

Rosenberg has pitched two days in a row, but threw six pitches last night and two in the first game. Bastardo has also thrown two days in a row. He threw 17 pitches yesterday and ten in game one.

The Phillies lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Again, Mayberry can’t really hit fifth against a righty and break up four lefties 2-4 and another lefty in the six-hole.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first and hit a ball that Phillips didn’t handle at second for an error. Pierre flew to center for the first out before Utley moved Rollins to third with a single. Howard was next and hit a ball off the base of the wall in right. Rollins scored to put the Phils up 1-0, but the ball rolled right to Bruce in the outfield and Utley had to hold third. It brought Mayberry to the plate with runners on the corners. He roped a ball just foul down the left field line before striking out for the second out. Brown got ahead 3-1 and then struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch on a ball that looked real low.

Howard smoked the ball, but it goes right back to Bruce and costs the Phils a run. Mayberry strikes out with one out and a man on third to keep the Phillies from getting more.

Kratz and Lee struck out as the Phils went in order in the second.

Utley singled to right with two outs in the third, but Howard struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the fourth, but Kratz grounded to short to end the inning.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the fifth. Pierre popped to Cozart before Rollins was caught stealing for the third out.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the sixth. Howard lined to left and Mayberry hit into a double-play.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they hit in the seventh. Frandsen singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Kratz. Nix hit for Rosenberg and lefty Sean Marshall came in to pitch to him. Wigginton hit for Nix and walked, loading the bases for Rollins. Rollins doubled to left, scoring Frandsen and Kratz to tie the game at 3-3 with men on second and third and one out. Pierre bunted on a safety squeeze and Marshall made a fantastic play, getting to the play and throwing across his body in time for Hanigan to apply the tag and avoid Wigginton’s attempt to separate him into two distinct entities. Utley lined to second to leave the runners at first and third.

Righty Jonathan Broxton started the eighth for the Reds with the Phils down 4-3. He walked Howard and Martinez ran for Howard at first, but Mayberry grounded into another double-play, his second in two at-bats, to clear the bases. Brown was next and hit a hard ground ball to second that went through Phillips and was called a single. It put a man on for Frandsen and Frandsen tied the game with a triple to right that scored Brown. 4-4. Kratz grounded to third to leave Frandsen stranded.

Phillips should have made the play on the ball hit by Brown. Calling that a hit instead of an error is a gift. Martinez running for Howard might have mattered a lot — Howard’s spot was on-deck in the bottom of the ninth when Utley struck out swinging to leave Rollins at third.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth with the Reds up 5-4. Polanco hit for Papelbon and reached on an infield single. Rollins was next and bunted, but too hard. Chapman fielded and threw to second where Polanco was just out for the first out. Chapman struck out Pierre. Rollins stole second and then third before Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

The Phils have to send the lefty Pierre to the plate with close to no chance of getting a hit against Chapman cause they’re out of righties. The stolen bases by Rollins in the inning could have been key. Chapman overpowered Utley, but had the option to pitch around him with Martinez and not Howard due to hit next for the Phils after Martinez ran for Howard in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-19, but he’s 3-for-10 in the first two games of this set. He stole two bases that could have been critical in the ninth and was caught stealing in the fifth.

Pierre was 0-for-5 with a strikeout and five men left on base.

Utley 2-for-4 with an error that didn’t hurt the Phils. He’s 6-for-his-last-14.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and an error that did hurt the Phillies in the seventh.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He grounded into two double-plays and left four men on base.

Brown was 1-for-4 with a single on a ball that is often called an error.

Frandsen 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double.

Worley (6-8, 4.11) faces righty Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96) tonight. Opponents have hit .367 against Worley over his last three starts as he’s thrown to a 7.90 ERA. He has a 5.92 ERA in his nine starts since the end of June. Arroyo has walked just 27 in 150 innings this year, which is the best walk rate of his career. He’s been a lot better against righties (238/275/381) than he has against lefties (305/336/480).


Day one leaves people wondering why the Phils didn’t trade away their good players months ago

The Phillies ushered in a new era last night, hammering Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals 8-0 on the day they traded away Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence.

Cliff Lee was very good in the game, throwing seven shutout innings and getting his second win of the year. Rollins and Frandsen both hit homers and Pierre had three hits. John Mayberry, miserable against righties this year but about to receive an extended second chance, twice reached base against right-handed pitchers.

The Phillies are 46-57 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 8-0 last night. They are in last place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first place Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven.

Four of Lee’s last five starts have been good. In the other he allowed six runs on 12 hits over seven innings.

Steve Lombardozzi walked to start the bottom of the first, but Lee got three ground balls behind him to keep the Nats off the board.

The Phils were up 2-0 when he started the second. He got the first two before Jesus Flores doubled to center. Lee struck Roger Bernadina out looking to end the inning.

Lee started the third with a 3-0 lead. The pitcher Stephen Strasburg led off with a single and Lombardozzi moved him up to second with another single. Lee struck out Bryce Harper for the first out before Danny Espinosa flew to left for the second out. Michael Morse was next and he singled to left, loading the bases for Tyler Moore. Moore grounded to third to leave them loaded.

No runs for the Nationals on three singles in the frame.

Bernadina singled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies up 6-0. Strasburg grounded out on a ball handled by Lee for the third out.

Lee set the Nats down in order in the fifth, sixth and again in the seventh. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tom Gorzelanny and flew to right for the third out in the seventh.

Frandsen made a nice play for the first out in the fifth, diving to his right to field a ball hit by Lombardozzi and throwing to first in time to get the out.

Bastardo got the first two hitters to start the eighth. Kendrick took over to strike switch-hitter Espinosa out swinging for the third out.

Bastardo drops his ERA under five to 4.98 with the two outs. He threw to a 9.72 ERA in July.

Kendrick doesn’t allow a run in July, throwing 15 scoreless innings. Opponents hit .154 against him in July and he struck out 13.

Schwimer struck out Moore, Morse and Mark DeRosa in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phillies up 8-0.

Schwimer has a 1.96 ERA over his last 18 appearances and has struck out 21 in 18 1/3 innings.

Two perfect innings for the pen in which they strike out five without allowing a hit or a walk. Schwimer threw 14 pitches, Bastardo five and Kendrick four.

The Phillies lineup against righty Stephen Strasburg went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Nix (7) Mayberry (8) Frandsen. Lefties Pierre and Nix in left and right. Mayberry in center in the first game since the Victorino trade. Victorino on-based .299 and slugged .346 against righties this year. Seems like the Phillies would be able to improve on that, but Mayberry comes into the game on-basing .262 and slugging .256 against righties. Mayberry’s got a lot of work to do as a righty on a team will soon include lefties Pierre, Brown, Schierholtz and Nix in the outfield. I think it’s safe to say that lefty Mike Fontenot is not a favorite of Manuel’s as Frandsen starts against the righty.

Pierre and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the top of the first. Howard was next and Lombardozzi made a fantastic play to field the ball and shovel to second to start the double-play that set the Phillies down.

Ruiz doubled to right to start the second. Nix and Mayberry both struck out behind him, but Frandsen hit the first pitch he saw from Strasburg out to center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Lee flew to left for the third out.

Pierre singled with one out in the third and stole second. With Utley at the plate, Pierre took off for third. Flores’s throw to third was on the shortstop side of the bag and into left field for an error. Pierre scored and the Phils were up 3-0. Utley flew to center before Howard walked. Ruiz grounded to second to leave Howard stranded.

Mayberry doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Frandsen was next and grounded to short for the second out. Lee was next and singled into right, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 4-0. Lee stole second with Rollins at the plate. Rollins hammered a ball to right on a 2-0 pitch. It hit high off the wall as Harper smashed into the wall. Harper stayed on the ground, either because he was dazed or thought the ball was out, and Rollins tore around the bases, making it all the way home for an inside-the-park two-run homer that put the Phils up 6-0. Pierre flew to left for the third out.

Mayberry doubles off the righty to help get the Phillies their first run of the frame.

Howard singled on a ball deflected by the new pitcher, lefty Tom Gorzelanny, with one out in the fifth. Ruiz flew to right for the second out and Nix struck out for the third.

Mayberry singled to start the sixth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Howard struck out swinging at a wild pitch by Gorzelanny with two outs in the seventh and made it to first. Ruiz fouled out to Espinosa to leave him at first.

Mayberry walked off of righty Henry Rodriguez with one out in the eighth. Frandsen flew to left for the second out. The lefty Brown hit for Lee and singled to center, moving Mayberry up to third. Rollins grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Again Mayberry reaches base against a righty, this time walking against Rodriguez.

Brown delivers a single in his first plate appearance of the year.

Pierre singled off of Rodriguez to start the ninth and moved to second when Utley followed with a walk. Howard was next and again Lombardozzi made a nice play to take a hit away from him, this time diving to his right and throwing to first for the first out as the runners moved up to second and third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz grounded to second with Utley moving up to third and Pierre scoring. 7-0. Nix followed that with a single into center. Utley scored and it was 8-0. Mayberry grounded to second for the third out.

Second time in the game Lombardozzi took a hit away from Howard.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with his tenth homer of the season. He hit 208/276/375 in July.

Pierre was 3-for-5, stole two bases and scored two runs. He has 25 stolen bases for the year with four caught stealings and has been picked off just once. He’s 7-for-his-last-17 (.412).

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-15.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and twice victimized by nice plays from Lombardozzi. 2-for-his-last-15 with nine strikeouts.

Ruiz 1-for-5 with a double. 5-for-his-last-21 (.238). July was his worst month of the season and he hit 288/348/513.

Nix was 1-for-5 and struck out three times. 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts since returning from the DL.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. The walk and the double both come against righties. 271/327/438 in July.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. First home run for Frandsen since September 30, 2007 when he was with the Giants. 3-for-7 with the Phils so far.

Worley (5-6, 3.88) faces righty Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52) tonight. Worley started July with a 2.92 ERA for the year. In July he made five starts in which he threw to a 6.43 ERA and opponents hit .353 against him. Jackson has allowed one run in 14 innings over his last two starts.


Something old and something phew

Okay, maybe more than one thing phew.

Juan Pierre went 1-for-2 in yesterday’s game against Baltimore, raising his Spring Training batting average to .281. Thanks to five walks, which ties him for the team lead, Pierre is on-basing an impressive .378 so far.

That’s good news for Pierre, especially given that his role with the team would primarily be to try and get on base and more specifically to try and get on base against right-handed pitching.

It’s important to remember that Pierre has had years when he was a fantastic hitter against right-handed pitching. In 2001 he hit 337/383/435 against righties for the Rockies. In 2003 he played for the Fish and posted a 303/368/377 line against right-handed pitching. In 2004 it was 334/379/422.

The problem is, though, that most of his success against right-handed pitching came early in his career. Three of the last four years his numbers against righties are not good at all. In 2009, Pierre got 305 plate appearances against righties for the Dodgers and hit 304/347/389 against them. In the other three years, though, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Pierre has been pretty awful. In those three seasons combined, Pierre got 1,373 plate appearances against righties in which he hit just 264/308/318. Here’s what the numbers for Pierre against righties look like before and after the end of the 2005 season:

PA AVG OBP SLG
2005-2011 3243 279 322 354
Before 2005 2307 313 363 389

Against right-handed pitching, Pierre has hit for just about the same amount of power before and after the end of 2005. After 2005 his isolated power is .075 against righties and through the end of 2005 is was .076. His batting average is off about thirty points, though, and he has walked a lot less. Through the end of the 2005 season he had walked in about 6.7% of his plate appearances against righties. Since the end of 2005 he has walked in about 5.0%.

The Phillies beat Baltimore 4-1 yesterday.

Halladay started for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on three hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, dropping his spring ERA to 6.59. Papelbon, Stutes and Herndon followed Halladay and each threw a scoreless inning. Herndon struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save and push his ERA down to 2.25.

Galvis, Phillies second basemen of the present, hit leadoff for the Phils and played second. He went 1-for-5 with yet another triple, his second in two days. 273/300/477. He’s been really good so far. If you’re looking for predictions, though, if they set the over-under for his slugging percentage for the regular season at .477, take the under.

Martinez was 1-for-2 with a double, raising his average to .323. Speaking of taking the under, he’s now slugging .516 and on-basing .400. All of that’s going to matter a little less to the Phils in the short term given that Martinez’s right foot was broken yesterday when he was hit by a Jim Johnson pitch in the seventh inning. The linked article mentions Orlando Hudson and Maicer Izturis as players who might make sense for the Phils were they to try to bring in an infielder from outside the organization.

Sounds good to me.

Podsednik 1-for-1 to up his line to 389/463/528 in 36 at-bats. Pierre 1-for-2 with a single and hitting 281/378/281. Montanez started in left and went 0-for-4, but is still at 394/417/576 through 33 at-bats.

Pence (.292), Ruiz (.450) and Wigginton (.257) all were 2-for-3 for the Phils in the game.

Frandsen was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .156. He was reassigned after the game.

Pete Orr was 1-for-1 with an RBI in the game, upping his line to 290/361/367 in 31 at-bats. Hector Luna is hitting .281 after an 0-for-2 day. It would seem it would be tough for the Phillies to carry either of those players unless they think one of them can play short. Then again, if things continue at their current pace, those guys might be looking pretty good in about a week or so.

Erik Kratz homered in his only at-bat of the game for the Phils, upping his spring average to .353 (6-for-17).

The Phils don’t play today. That should help some. Toronto tomorrow afternoon.

This article on Utley’s knee problems doesn’t seem to be brimming with optimism that his return is imminent.


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