Tag: Kyle Kendrick

Fundamentals, three-run homers and never, ever letting the bullpen throw a pitch except when it can’t be helped

The Phillies got great starting pitching again last night and this time they won, scoring three in the third and another three in the fifth to top San Diego 6-2.

Domonic Brown had the big blow of the game, a three-run homer in the third. He drove in four of the six Phillie runs, walking with the bases loaded in the fifth to drive in the fourth.

Kendrick pitched very well, allowing a pair of runs over eight innings and not walking a batter.

Charlie Manuel’s well-founded fear of his own bullpen showed itself again in the game. A day after the decision to let Cliff Lee hit for himself in the ninth with a three-run lead and a man on base led to disaster, Manuel let Kendrick hit for himself with a four-run lead in the top of the eighth last night.

By ERA, the Phillies have the worst bullpen in the NL and it’s not close. The Phillie bullpen ERA is 4.66 and the Cubs have the second-worst bullpen ERA at 4.20. The Astros are the only AL team with a worse bullpen ERA for the season.

The Phillies are 37-41 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 6-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, six singles and a double. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Hit one.

Kendrick is allowing walks, hits and home runs all below his career levels. His ratio for the year is 1.19, well below his career mark of 1.34. He has a 3.57 ERA in his last 87 appearances (56 starts) since the start of 2011.

Carlos Quentin singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Chase Headley on a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Kyle Blanks started the second with a single to right and moved up to third when Yasmani Grandal doubled to left. It put men on second and third with nobody out for Alexi Amarista. Amartista grounded out to Utley for the first out, but Blanks scored (1-0) and Grandal moved up to third. Pedro Ciriaco was next and he singled past a drawn-in Young at third, scoring Grandal to extend the San Diego lead to 2-0 with one out and Ciriaco on first. Ciriaco stole second and moved up to third when the pitcher Jason Marquis grounded out for the second out. Kendrick got Logan Forsythe swinging to leave Ciriaco at third.

The Phils were up 3-2 when Kendrick started the third. He hit Quentin with one out, but got the next two.

Kendrick set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

Up 6-2, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Quentin singled to left to start the sixth, but Kendrick retired the next three, striking Headley and Grandal both out looking.

Ciriaco and Chris Denorfia singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Forsythe. Kendrick struck Forsythe out looking 1-2 for the second out and lefty Mark Kotsay hit for the pitcher Tyson Ross. Kotsay flew to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Big strikeout for Kendrick to get Forsythe for the second out. Kendrick had four strikeouts in the fifth, sixth and seventh combined and all four were looking. Forsythe for the second out in the seventh was a big out and in the sixth he struck two out looking after the leadoff single.

He threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Bastardo started the ninth with a four-run lead. Grandal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a one-out double to center by Ciriaco. He struck out the next two to strand the runners at second and third, though, getting Denorfia looking for the second out and Forsythe swinging to end the game.

Bastardo faces five batters in the game, getting three outs while allowing a single and a double. He drops his ERA on the year to 2.73, but with a 1.52 ratio. He’s walked 14 in 26 1/3 innings for the season, but none of the last 25 batters he’s faced over his last eight appearances. That’s great, but opponents are hitting .360 against him over those eight appearances, which is going to be a problem.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Revere (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays right against the righty after a big game one with Delmon Young on the bench. Revere back in center against the righty in game two after the Padres start a lefty in game one.

Utley walked with one out in the first and moved up to second with Rollins followed with a single. Howard and Brown both flew out to center to leave the runners stranded.

Mayberry singled to center to start the top of the second. Revere bunted him up to second with the first out, but Ruiz struck out swinging and Kendrick grounded to third to turn the Phils away.

It was 2-0 when they hit in the third. Rollins led off and walked on five pitches. He stole second before Utley went down swinging for the first out. Michael Young followed with a single into left that put runners on the corners for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Brown was next and he hammered a 2-0 pitch out to right center, putting the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry was next and hit the ball well, but Headley handled it at third to set the Phillies down.

Howard and Brown get another chance in the third after both going down in the first with two men on. Howard can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, but Brown delivers the big blow of the game.

First home run for Brown since June 8. Rolllins starts the rally with a walk. His walk rate peaked in 2010 at 10.2% and is at about 8.6% this year.

Revere walked to start the fourth, but was caught stealing for the first out. Ruiz and Kendrick went down behind him.

Revere has 20 steals for the year and has been caught five times for a safe percentage of 80%.

Rollins and Utley started the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young struck out swinging for the first out before Howard drew a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases. Brown was next and he walked on four pitches, forcing in Rollins to extend the lead to 4-2 with the bases still loaded. Righty Brad Brach came in to pitch to Mayberry and uncorked a wild pitch that moved everyone up a base. 5-2 with men on second and third and one out. Mayberry flew to center for the second out with Howard tagging and scoring. 6-2 with two down and Brown on third for Revere. Revere walked, putting runners on the corners, but Ruiz fouled out to first to leave them stranded.

Three walks for the Phils in the inning. Howard and Brown both walk on four pitches and Revere draws his second walk of the game. Revere walked in about 4.2% of his plate appearances in April, 7.1% of his plate appearances in May and about 4.6% of his PA so far in June. The difference between walking in 4.2% or 7.1% of his chances is important for him.

Young strikes out with one out and a man on third. Second time in two games he comes up empty in a big situation with a man on third and less than two outs. In game one of the set he struck out with one out in the tenth and Rollins at third.

Righty Tyson Ross pitched the sixth for San Diego. Utley reached on a two-out error by Blanks, but Michael Young grounded to short for the third out.

Ross threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Utley singled off of rigthy Dale Thayer with one out in the eighth, but Kendrick and Rollins both grounded out behind him.

Kendrick hit for himself with one out and a man on in the top of the eighth with a 6-2 lead. This comes a day after Lee hitting for himself late helps set up ninth-inning disaster. Kendrick had thrown 97 pitches in game and would set the Padres down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Lefty Tommy Layne walked Utley to start the ninth. Young struck out looking for the first out and Utley stole second. Howard struck out looking 2-2 for the second out. Brown flew to center to leave Utley at second.

Utley has 127 stolen bases in his career and has been caught 16 times (88.8% safe (not including pickoffs)). Draws his second walk of the game. He’s walked in 9% of his 200 PA for the year, which is a little below his career rate of 9.8%.

Howard’s line against lefties drops to 188/240/319 for the year as Layne strikes him out for the second out of the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. The Phillies scored in two different innings in the game — in each of them, Rollins led off the frame, got on base and scored. He walked to start the third and singled to start the fifth. 4-for-his-last-16 with a walk and four singles. His isolated power for the year is .107, which is the worst it’s been in any year of his career in which he got more than 55 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-3 and walked twice. 5-for-21 (.238) with a double, a home run and two walks since returning.

Young 2-for-5 and struck out twice, including once in the fifth with nobody out and runners on the corners. 5-for-his-last-23 (.217) with no walks. 351/359/519 over his last 78 PA. His .346 on-base percentage for the year is the best mark among Phillies with at least 100 plate appearances. His BABIP against right-handed pitching for the year is .343.

Howard 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. Came into the game hitting 432/509/773 over his last 53 PA.

Brown 1-for-4 with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBI. 294/325/610 over his last 231 plate appearances. Came into the game 5-for-his-last-23 with ten strikeouts.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-his-last-7 with a double, but on-basing .315 for the year. .304 against righties.

Revere 0-for-1, walked twice and was caught stealing. 321/353/358 in June. 316/357/354 in 171 plate appearances since the start of May.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He has struck out in 17.7% of his 79 PA for the year, which is the worst rate of his career by far and well above his 11.3% mark over 2,664 career plate appearances. His single last night came off the righty Thayer, but he’s hitting 192/218/212 against right-handed pitching in 55 plate appearances for the season. 9-for-22 against lefties (409/458/455).

Hamels (2-11, 4.50) faces lefty Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15) tonight. The Phillies have lost 14 of the 16 games that Hamels has started this season. Both of his first two starts on the year were bad, but he’s thrown to a 3.73 ERA with a 1.21 ratio since. In ten of his last 14 starts, the Phillies have scored three runs or less. Erlin has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.54 ratio in 12 PCL starts this year. It will be his fifth appearance with the Padres and his second career start. He was good in the other, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on June 1.

Earl Weaver once said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”


Seven runs a game looking like it may be the way to go for the Phils

The Phillies haven’t scored enough runs to win consistently this year, but they scored seven for the second game in a row last night as they topped the Fish 7-2. Before scoring seven runs in back-to-back days, the Phillies had scored three runs or less in 10 of their last 14 games.

Kendrick got the start and was very good, throwing a complete game and holding Miami to pair of runs.

Domonic Brown continued his amazing run with three more hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Brown has hit eight home runs in his last eight games and is hitting 329/340/713 with 15 home runs over his last 147 plate appearances.

Over the 15 games the Phillies have played since May 18, Brown has been more likely to homer than not homer in a given game. He’s hit more than one home run in two of the 15 games while posting a 1.434 OPS over 60 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 28-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 last night. They have won two in a row.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Second straight good start for Kendrick. He’s allowed just ten hits in 15 innings over his last two starts while walking four.

He allowed a one-out single to Ed Lucas in the top of the first. Lucas moved up to second when Derek Dietrich grounded to first for the second out, but was left stranded when Marcell Ozuna lined to short.

Chris Coglan doubled to center to start the second, but Kendrick retired the next three hitters on a pair of ground balls and a strikeout to leave him stranded.

Juan Pierre singled to center with one out in the third and moved up to second when Lucas followed with a walk. Dietrich was next and he singled into right, scoring Pierre (1-0) and moving Lucas up to third for Ozuna. Ozuna hit a rocket past Galvis at third. Lucas scored (2-0) and it brought Coghlan to the plate with men on first and second. Coghlan moved the runners up to second and third with a ground out, but Kendrick got Casey Kotchman on a popup to Rollins to leave both men stranded.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Pierre singled to start the fifth and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Dietrich followed with a ground out to second that pushed Pierre to third with two down. Kendrick retired Ozuna on a fly ball to left to leave Lucas stranded.

Up 3-2, Kendrick set the Marlins down in order in the sixth.

The Phils led 7-2 when he set them down in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Kendrick retires 15 men in a row after Pierre’s single to start the fifth.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tom Koehler went (1) Revere (2) Hernandez (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young back with the team but not in the starting lineup. Galvis plays third. Revere/Hernandez is a pretty miserable combination to have at the top of your lineup.

Rollins and Howard walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Brown struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Kratz singled softly to center with one out in the second. Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him.

Kratz is hitting 286/378/532 over his last 90 plate appearances since the start of the day on April 18.

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

Brown singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Young grounded to short behind him.

Kratz led off the fifth and homered to left-center on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 2-1. Galvis grounded to second before Kendrick lined a ball into left center that rolled long enough to go for a triple. Revere was next and slapped a single into left, scoring Kendrick to tie things up at 2-2. Revere stole second, took third on a throwing error by the catcher Brantley and scored on a ground out by Hernandez, which put the Phils up 3-2. Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Revere makes a run pretty much on his own, singling, stealing second, taking third on an error and scoring on a ground out. Career RBI number one for Hernandez. Also the first career triple for Kendrick.

Howard doubled to start the sixth and scored when Brown hit a 2-2 pitch out to right, extending the lead to 5-2. Righty Ryan Weeb took over for Koehler and Young hit a 1-1 pitch well out to left. 6-2. Kratz struck out for the first out before Galvis tripled to right. Kendrick was next and hit a ball to short. Adeiny Hechavarria fielded and came home, but not in time. Galvis was running on contact and slid in safely, putting the Phils up 7-2 with Kendrick on first. Revere moved Kendrick up to second with a single before Hernandez flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Kendrick to tag and move up to third. Revere stole second before Rollins drew a walk that loaded the bases. Lefty Edgar Olmos came in to pitch to Howard and Howard grounded out to set the Phillies down.

Second stolen base of the game for Revere. He’s stolen 13 for the year and been caught just three times.

Brown singled to right off of Olmos to start the seventh, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Kratz flew to right for the third out.

Lefty Dan Jennings set Galvis, Kendrick and Revere down in order in the eighth. Kendrick hit for himself having thrown 90 pitches in the game.

Revere was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. 300/344/344 in his 98 plate appearances since the start of May.

Hernandez 0-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-23 with a double and a .217 on-base percentage so far. Doesn’t seem to have much chance to help the Phillies — not because he’s on-basing .217, but just because. Really not a guy you should let hit second in your lineup at this point.

Rollins 0-for-2 with two walks. 307/386/489 in his last 102 plate appearances. Nine walks and a .533 on-base percentage over his last 30 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He’s walked unintentionally four times in his last 16 plate appearances. Prior to those plate appearances he had nine walks for the season in 194 plate appearances and four of those were intentional.

Brown 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. His line against lefties has been good for a while now. His line against righties is up to 277/320/572 after two hits, including a home run, off the righty Koehler last night (he also singled off the lefty Olmos in the seventh to up his line against lefties to 340/360/660).

Delmon Young was 1-for-4 with a home run. Four home runs in his last 47 plate appearances. Still hitting just 205/259/397 against righties for the season after hitting 247/279/370 against them in 2012.

Kratz 2-for-4 with his seventh home run. He’s hit 16 home runs in 293 plate appearances for the Phillies since the start of 2012. Isolated power of .228 over those seasons.

Galvis 1-for-4 with a triple. 5-for-his-last-15 with a double, two triples and a home run.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.64) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69) tonight. The worst of Pettibone’s eight starts came his last time out as he allowed four runs in five innings against the Red Sox. Lefties are hitting 320/400/460 against him for the season. Nolasco has been fantastic against righties this year — they’re hitting just 219/266/298 against him for the season.


May day after day

Domonic Brown hit two more last night, homering twice for a team that’s having a whole lot of trouble scoring as the Phils topped the Red Sox 4-3.

Brown has hit five home runs in his last five games and 11 in his last 114 plate appearances going back to the start of the day on April 27. He’s been hitting regularly behind Ryan Howard, who is on-basing .289 for the year, and Delmon Young, who is on-basing .293 for the year. I think it’s likely that will be changing before too long.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game, all four of which came on solo homers. This article points out that 30 of the last 32 home runs the Phillies have hit have been solo homers.

The Phililes are 26-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night. The Phils have won two in a row.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple and a home run. He struck out three.

Kendrick bounces back after two bad starts back-to-back. The Phils are now 7-4 on the year when he starts. Righties are on-basing just .289 against him for the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and tripled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Kendrick got Daniel Nava to fly to left for the first out with Ellsbury holding, but Dustin Pedroia was next and flew to center, deep enough for Ellsbury to tag and score. 1-0. Mike Napoli followed with a single to left, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second and started the third with the score tied at 1-1. He walked Nava with two outs and Pedroia followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Napoli. Kratz threw Pedroia out stealing second to leave Nava at third.

In 2012, opponents stole 18 bases with Kratz behind the plate and 15 were caught stealing. That’s an impressive caught rate of 45%. This year 15 runners have stolen successfully and six have been caught for a caught rate of 29%. Ruiz’s caught stealing percentage for his career is 28%, Kratz’s 40% and Quintero’s 32%.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with a 3-1 lead and walked Stephen Drew to start the frame. Jose Iglesias struck out swinging for the first out before the pitcher John Lackey bunted Drew to second with the second out. Ellsbury flew to right to set Boston down.

Nava led off the sixth and homered to right on an 0-2 pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2. Pedroia was next and grounded to third. Galvis fielded and threw to first, but Howard didn’t catch it as the ball dribbled out of the top of his glove for an error. Kendrick got Saltalamacchia on a fly ball to center for the second out. Mike Carp was next and grounded back to the pitcher and Kendrick made a nice play to throw to second and start a double-play.

Nice job by Kendrick to work around the no-out error by Howard. Howard hasn’t been especially good defensively at first this year, but that was his first error of the season.

Bastardo started the seventh with the Phils still up a run. Drew doubled to left with one out and the righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Lackey. Bastardo hit Gomes, putting men on first and second with one down for Ellsbury. Bastardo struck Ellsbury out looking 3-2 for the second out and got Nava on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Bastardo drops his ERA on the year to 2.00 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. He’s walked too many righties — right-handed hitters are hitting just .229 against him, but with a .372 on-base percentage thanks to seven walks and a hit by pitch in 45 PA.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth with newly called up Cesar Hernandez playing second base.

Adams looks good coming off an outing on Monday in which he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning on a hit and three walks.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead. He walked Drew with one out and lefty David Ortiz hit for Jose Iglesias. Ortiz flew to right for the second out before Gomes moved Drew up to second with a single into right. With runners on first and second and two down, Ellsbury popped a ball down the left field line. Brown was playing deep, made a long run and dove for the ball, but it went off of his glove for a double. Drew scored from second to make it 4-3 with Gomes going to third. Papelbon got Nava to ground to first to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Brown should have caught the ball, despite his long run. Per my previous comments, he should never, ever be allowed to dive in the outfield. The Phillies got extremely lucky that when the ball went off of his glove, it hit the stands. Brown got on it quickly, but the ball didn’t go far and Gomes couldn’t score from first.

Down two runs in the ninth, you want to have a runner on first that can score on a double if he’s the tying run. The Red Sox didn’t. Philllies got a little lucky.

Papelbon was pitching for the second day in a row and was charged with a run on two hits. Would have kept the Red Sox off the board if Brown had made the play in left. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in 18 2/3 innings over his last 18 appearances.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Revere (2) Frandsen (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. With Michael Young on the bereavement list and Utley sidelined, Galvis starts at third and Frandsen at second. Delmon Young starts in right, where his UZR/150 in right for the season stands at -19.0. Kratz moves ahead of Galvis in the order and rightly so, not that it matters a whole lot.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young followed with a single before Brown grounded to first with Young forced at second for the first out. Kratz flew to right for the second out before Brown stole second. Galvis grounded to second to leave him there.

Seventh homer of the year for Howard and fifth off of a righty. He’s on pace to hit about 21 this year.

Third stolen base of the year for Brown. He hasn’t been caught yet.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the third and stole second before Rollins walked. It put two men on for Howard and Howard struck out looking.

From 2004 to 2011, Howard struck out in about 27.4% of his plate appearances. 33.9% in 2012 and 30.9% so far in 2013.

Brown and Kratz homered back-to-back with one out in the fourth, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Galvis struck out for the second out before Kendrick reached on an infield single. Revere grounded to first to end the inning.

All the homering by Brown makes it easy to miss what Kratz has done of late. What Kratz has done of late is hit. 5-for-his-last-13 with three home runs. 308/417/615 with eight walks and four home runs in 48 plate appearances in May. Apparently it’s enough to get you moved ahead of Freddy Galvis in the order for a team that can’t score any runs.

Frandsen and Howard both struck out as Lackey set the Phils down in order in the fifth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lackey walked Delmon Young to start the sixth. Mayberry ran for Young at first. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Brown. Kratz drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Galvis, but Galvis grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Andrew Miller started the seventh for Boston. Switch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit for Bastardo and flew to center on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues for out number one. Revere singled and stole second before Frandsen walked, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins walked as well and the bases were loaded for Howard. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty Koji Uehara came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short to leave the bases loaded.

Howard can’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs, striking out with the bases loaded for the second out.

The Phils don’t seem to be real impressed with Saltalamacchia behind the plate, no matter how long his last name is. Revere’s stolen base was their fourth of the game.

Brown led off the eighth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to right off of righty Koji Uehara, putting the Phils up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

Brown’s homer winds up mattering as the Red Sox score a run in the top of the ninth with the help of his misplay.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. 343/387/396 in 76 plate appearances in May. He’s been a big problem a lot of the year, but it’s important to realize he’s not a big part of the problem right now.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-8. Hitting just .237 for the year, but with a .370 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to four hit-by-pitches in 47 plate appearances. He’s also shown big power in limited time — he’s slugging .447 and his isolated power of .211 is better than anyone on the team with more than five PA other than Brown. Also on the isolated power front, Howard is at .187 after last night’s homer. He hasn’t been under .200 in any year of his career and has a career mark of .276.

Rollins 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-his-last-9 with four walks, so it’s not his fault all the homers are solo shots behind him. 255/315/376 against right-handed pitching, though, so he still seems like a pretty odd choice to be hitting third against righties.

Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, the worse of which came with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. He went 4-for-34 (.118) from May 8 to May 18 but is 10-for-31 (323/323/516) since the end of the day on May 18. In his last 66 plate appearances since the start of the day on May 8, he’s on-based .227 with one walk, which was intentional. So it is at least partly his fault that so many of the homers hit behind him are solo shots. He’s walked nine times in 194 plate appearances on the year and four of those walks have been intentional. So in the plate appearances where he was not walked intentionally he’s walked five times in 190 plate appearances, which is about 2.6%. Coming into 2013, he had 4,562 plate appearances for his career in which he was not walked intentionally and walked in 426 of them (about 9.3%). So he’s walking less.

Delmon Young doesn’t get on base, either, although he was 1-for-2 with a walk last night to up his on-base percentage for the year to .293. I would be surprised if the Phillies don’t start hitting Brown ahead of Delmon Young and maybe Howard soon, even if it means Howard and Brown go lefty/lefty back-to-back. Cause Brown has hit five homers in his last five games and you don’t really want him doing it behind guys that aren’t going to be on base. Brown has also pounded lefties this year, posting a 310/318/667 against them in 44 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with two solo home runs. Five home runs in the last five games. 11 in his last 114 plate appearances. Still has zero walks in May (101 plate appearances) and zero walks against lefties for the year (44 PA).

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.21) faces lefty Jon Lester (6-1, 3.34) tonight. Pettibone hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts and the Phils are 6-1 with him on the hill. Lefties are hitting 314/385/471 against him, but he’s held righties to a 234/280/416 line. Lester had a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts this season, but has allowed ten runs in 13 innings over his last two outings. He’s walked just 19 in 72 2/3 innings, which gives him a career-best walk rate of about 2.4 batters per nine innings. He’s walked just two left-handed batters all season.

Update: Lefty Franklin Morales and not Lester will start tonight’s game for Boston.


Repeat performance

The Phillies got six runs and good starting pitching for the second straight night last night. For the second straight night it was enough and they topped the Giants 6-2.

Lee led the way with his start in game one. Last night was Kyle Kendrick’s turn. Kendrick tossed seven strong innings to get the win and is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in 42 innings over his last six starts. Opponents have hit .219 against him.

The Phillies have scored 12 runs in the first two games of their set in San Francisco. Utley and Howard both homered last night, with Howard’s blast coming off of a lefty in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies are 16-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 last night. They have won two in a row and are 7-4 in their last 11 games. They are 10-8 since the end of the day on April 18, which is the best mark in the NL East. That says a lot about how the teams in the NL East are playing these days — the Phils are 11-12 since the end of the day on April 13, which is also the best mark in the division.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Up 1-0, he set the Giants down in order in the bottom of the first.

Up 3-0, he set them down in order in the second, making an outstanding play on a Gregor Blanco bunt for the third out. Blanco bunted down the first base line, but Kendrick got to the ball and flipped to first while falling down in time to retire Blanco and end the inning.

Brandon Belt singled to shallow left to start the third and moved to third when Brandon Crawford doubled down the left field line. Kendrick struck the pitcher Tim Lincecum out for the first out before Angel Pagan flew to center for the second. Belt tagged and scored from third, cutting the lead to 3-1. Marco Scutaro was next and he ripped the first pitch he saw from Kendrick passed a diving Young and into the third base corner. Crawford scored from second and it was 3-2. Pablo Sandoval flew to right for the third out.

Buster Posey singled to center to start the fourth. Hunter Pence was next and hit a double-play ball to Young at third, but Young booted it for an error that left men on first and second with nobody out. Kendrick struck Blanco out looking for the first out and Belt out looking for the second before Crawford grounded to third to set the Giants down.

Just a fantastic job by Kendrick to get back-to-back strikeouts after the error by Young changes the inning from two outs and nobody on to two on and nobody out. Young had a shaky start to the year defensively at third, but has been much better than I expected there since.

Up 4-1, Kendrick allowed a two-out single to Scutaro in the fifth. Sandoval went down on a ball handled by Kendrick to end the inning.

Kendrick set the Giants down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies led 5-2 when he started the seventh. Crawford singled with one out and lefty Nick Noonan hit for the pitcher Lincecum. Noonan flew to center for the second out and Pagan flew to left for the third.

Adams started the eighth with the Phils still up by three. He allowed a one-out single to Sandoval, but struck Posey and Pence out behind Sandoval to keep the Giants off the board.

Adams has allowed two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings in his last four appearances.

Up 6-2, Papelbon set the Giants down in order in the ninth.

The Phillies scored a run in the top of the ninth, so Papelbon was pitching in a non-save situation for the fifth time in his last seven appearances. Pitching him in a non-save situation is fine. Pitching him with a huge less is less fine. The Phillies have won the last five games he has pitched in by an average of four runs.

He allowed two runs in an inning in his first outing of the year. Since then, Papelbon has thrown 12 scoreless innings in 12 appearances, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow a hit, no walks and strike out three. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 14 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Revere. Nix in right against the righty with righties Mayberry and Delmon Young on the bench. Revere plays center against the righty.

With one out in the first, Utley hit a ball that Lincecum fielded and threw away for an error, leaving Utley at second with nobody out. Michael Young followed with a walk before Howard singled on a ball deflected by Scutaro, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0 with one down and men on first and second. Ruiz struck out swinging for the second out and Brown went down swinging to leave both runners stranded.

The Phillies get a run with some help, then can’t get more after putting two men on with one out. Utley’s ball was back up the middle and hit Lincecum on one hop. Lincecum slid for it near the first base line and made a bad throw to first. Howard hit his ball hard, but right at Scutaro. Scutaro had a good chance to make the play.

Nix and Revere singled back-to-back to start the second and Kendrick bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins was next and grounded to second for the second out. Both runners moved up with Nix scoring to put the Phils on top 2-0. Utley was next and singled into center, scoring Revere. 3-0. Michael Young flew to right to end the frame.

Howard started the third with a walk, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown grounded to second for the third out.

Nix singled to left to start the fourth with the lead cut to 3-2. He stole second, but Revere and Kendrick both struck out and Rollins grounded to first to leave him stranded.

Utley hit Lincecum’s first pitch of the fifth out to right-center, putting the Phillies up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

They went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Rollins singled with one out in the seventh and scored on a two-out double by Michael Young. 5-2. Lincecum walked Howard intentionally to pitch to Ruiz and got Ruiz on a ground ball handled by Lincecum to leave Young stranded.

Revere bunted for a single off of lefty Jose Mijares with two outs in the eighth and took second on a throwing error by Belt. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and walked, but Rollins struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Revere bunts for the hit against a lefty. His numbers are about equally bad against lefties and righties, but I think we’ll see him sit for a while against lefties so Mayberry can hit against left-handed pitching.

Howard hit an 0-1 pitch out to center off of Mijares with two outs in the ninth. 6-2. Ruiz followed with a single, but Brown went down on a fly ball to left to leave Ruiz at first.

Second home run of the year for Howard off of a lefty. His isolated power against lefties is .258 in 18 at-bats, which is better than his isolated power of .221 against righties. The problem is he’s hitting .194 against lefties with one walk in 19 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 4-for-his-last-32 with four singles.

Utley 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Six of his seven home runs on the year have come against righties and he’s hitting 133/212/300 against left-handed pitching.

Michael Young 1-for-4 with a walk and a double and an error. 4-for-his-last-8 with three doubles.

Howard 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run. 322/364/661 over his last 66 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-5 and left five men on base. 3-for-25 on the year. 1-for-20 against right-handed pitching.

Brown was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-16. He has one walk in his last 56 plate appearances.

Revere 2-for-4 to up his average to .233. We better be hoping Ben Revere can play, cause Mayberry in center field is a lock not to work. Revere is 5-for-13 with three walks so far in May (385/500/385).

Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) faces lefty Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) this afternoon. The Phils are 3-0 in Pettibone’s three starts and all three have been pretty good. Opponents have hit .286 against him, but he’s walked just two in 16 2/3 innings. Zito has allowed 11 earned runs in his six starts, nine of which came in a single outing against the Brewers. He’s allowed two earned runs in 29 2/3 innings over the other five, which is an 0.61 ERA. For the sake of our sanity, and perhaps civilization as we know it, it does seem important to point out that he was charged with five unearned runs in those five starts. Still.


Ace in the who?

The Phillie rotation includes Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay these days, but Kyle Kendrick has clearly been the best starter of the group. Kendrick went seven strong innings last night as the Phils topped the Marlins 7-2.

Just about everybody thought it was a fluke when a 22-year-old Kendrick went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 2007 and helped to pitch the Phillies into the playoffs. We might all want to reconsider. Kendrick is 28 now and he’s thrown to a 3.44 ERA over his last 46 starts going back to the start of 2011.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are having a lot of success against the Fish and the Mets and a whole lot less against everyone else. 8-2 against the Marlins and Mets and 5-14 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 13-16 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 last night. The Phillies have won four of their last six.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out five.

Kendrick was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the season. Since then he’s made five starts in which he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with a 1.03 ratio. Opponents have hit .219 against him in those starts and the Phils have gone 4-1. Lefties are hitting 233/291/370 against him for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game. He drew a walk and moved up to second when Donovan Solano singled to center. Pierre stole third before Placido Polanco hit into a double-play, scoring Pierre to make it 1-0 with the bases empty. Dobbs singled into left, but Kendrick retired Justin Ruggiano on a ground ball to short to end the frame.

Marcell Ozuna doubled with one out in the second, but Kendrick got the next two hitters to leave him stranded.

It was 1-1 when Kendrick started the third. Solano and Polanco singled back-to-back with one out, but Kendrick got Dobbs swinging for the second out. Ruggiano walked to load the bases, but Kendrick got Rob Brantley looking to leave them loaded.

Through three innings, Kendrick had allowed four singles, two walks, a double and a stolen base, but held Miami to a single run.

Adeiny Hechavarria tripled with one out in the fourth. The pitcher Alex Sanabia was next, though, and Kendrick got him on a ground ball to first with Hechavarria holding third for the second out. Pierre popped to Rollins to end the inning.

No run for the Fish after putting a man on third with one out.

The Phils led 2-1 when Kendrick set Miami down in order in the fifth. Solano smashed a ball back up the middle and off of Kendrick’s leg to start the frame, but Kendrick went after the ball quickly and threw to first to get the out.

Nice play by Kendrick. Solano hit the ball hard.

The Phils led 4-1 Ruggiano homered to center to start the sixth. 4-2. Kendrick retired the next three.

He set the Marlins down in order in the seventh. Lefty Chris Coghlan hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and struck out looking for the first out.

Adams set Polanco, Dobbs and Ruggiano down in order in the eighth with the Phils still up by two.

Adams drops his ERA to 3.27 with the outing. He hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk over two innings in his last two appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 7-2 lead after the Phils scored three in the bottom of the eighth and set the Marlins down in order.

Ideally, Papelbon wouldn’t be pitching in the ninth with a five-run lead no matter how many runs you score in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies play ten more days in a row before their next off-day, which is on May 13.

Papelbon allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year. Since then he’s thrown nine scoreless innings in nine appearances.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game in which they struck out two and did not allow a hit or a walk. Adams threw 14 pitches and Papelbon eight. Neither of them has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against righty Alex Sanabia went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Revere on the bench with a swollen finger, so Mayberry plays center against the righty. Delmon Young makes his first appearance in right as a Phillie. Kratz catches.

Michael Young doubled to center with two outs in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 1-0. Howard struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

First extra-base hit for Young since April 10. He came into the game 19-for-his-last-63 (.302) with 19 singles.

Brown lined a homer out to right with one out in the second, tying the game at 1-1. Mayberry and Kratz went down behind him.

Kendrick dumped a soft single into center to start the third, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him and Utley struck out for the third out.

Howard homered to left with one out in the fourth, putting the Phils up 2-1. Brown delivered a two-out single later in the frame, but Mayberry flew to left to leave him at first.

Kratz walked to start the fifth and Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins was next and hit a ball to second that Solano didn’t handle for an error, leaving the Phils with runners on the corners and one out for Utley. Utley flew to right, deep enough for Kratz to tag and score, putting the Phils up 3-1. Michael Young followed with a single, sending Rollins to third. With Howard at the plate, a passed ball scored Rollins (4-1) and moved Young up to second. Howard was walked intentionally and the righty Sanabia got the righty Delmon Young to ground to short to end the inning.

Marlins tally an error, a passed ball and an intentional walk in the frame and the Phillies gave them one out on a bunt. If they get an out on the ball booted by Solano they are out of the inning with no damage done.

Righty Jon Rauch walked Mayberry with one out in the sixth. Kratz struck out for the second out and Kendrick grounded to second to end the inning.

It was 4-2 when righty Tom Koehler set Rollins, Utley and Michael Young down in order in the seventh.

Koehler came back to start the eighth. He walked Howard and Nix back-to-back before Brown singled to left, scoring Howard to make it 5-2 with nobody out and runners on first and third. Mayberry was next and he went down on a ball handled by the pitcher for the first out with Brown moving up to second. With Kratz at the plate, a wild pitch scored Nix (6-2) and moved Brown up to third. Kratz singled into left and Brown scored. 7-2. Frandsen hit for Adams and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Not quite sure why the righty Koehler seemed like the right guy to use in a two-run game to face Howard, Nix and Brown to start the inning. Lefty Mike Dunn had thrown 17 pitches the day before. Whatever the reason, it didn’t work out well for Miami as all three of them reached to start the frame and the Phils went on to score three runs.

Rollins was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .243. 220/289/341 against righties.

Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a double. His UZR/150 at third base for the year is -0.3.

Howard 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run. One of the walks was intentional. He came into the game with three walks in 105 plate appearances for the season. He now has five, two of which are intentional.

Delmon Young 0-for-3. 2-for-9 with a home run on the season.

Brown 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. 12-for-his-last-31 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs (387/394/645).

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. He has a huge opportunity to work his way into an everyday role with the Phillies willing to sit Revere, but things went real bad for him when he has a similar chance in 2012. The Phillies damage his value as a player when they play him in center — the more he plays center the more his overall value will decrease, cause he’s not very good there. He’s 5-for-his-last-35 at the plate (.143). His dWAR for the year as calculated by Baseball-Reference is -0.6. The Phillies have played less than a fifth of the season.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 7-for-his-last-26 with four walks and a home run (269/367/385).

Pettibone (1-1, 4.35) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) tonight. Pettibone’s made two starts for the Phils and both have been okay. Opponents have hit .333 against him, but he’s done well to limit the walks, walking just two in 10 1/3 innings. Nolasco has allowed more than three runs in just one of his six starts. He faced the Phils on April 12 and held them to a run over six innings. The Phils won the game 3-1 when they scored two runs charged to Jon Rauch in the top of the tenth.


Splittsville

The Phillies rallied late to beat the Cardinals and earn a series split last night, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull away. Kratz was a big part of both rallies, starting the seventh with a single and coming around to score before smashing a three-run homer in the eighth.

Kendrick gave the Phillies his third strong start in a row, allowing two runs over six innings. He’s allowed four runs in 19 innings over his last three starts.

The Phillies have played 19 games on the season. In the rotation, Lee and Kendrick have been very good, combining to throw to a 3.04 ERA in their eight starts. Hamels, Halladay and Lannan have made the other 11 starts and all three members of that trio have an ERA over six for the year. In 11 starts they have combined to post a 6.23 ERA.

The Phillies are 8-11 on the year after beating the St Louis Cardinals 7-3 last night. The teams split the four-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six.

Kendrick allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s thrown to a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts.

He struck Jon Jay out looking for the first out of the game in the top of the first, but Matt Carpenter was next and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch from Kendrick out to left-center. 1-0. Carlos Beltran followed with a single into center, but Allan Criag went down swinging for the second out and Yadier Molina popped out to Young in foul territory for the third.

Lefties hammer Kendrick and the lefty Carpenter gets him early in the game.

Kendrick walked Matt Adams to start the second with the Phils up 2-1. David Freese was next and moved Adams up to second with a single before Pete Kozma flew to left for the first out. The pitcher Jake Westbrook bunted the runners up to second and third. Kendrick got Jay on a ground ball to Howard at first to set the Cardinals down.

He struck out Carpenter in a 1-2-3 third.

Molina and Adams singled back-to-back to start the fourth, putting runners on first and second for Freese. Freese struck out looking, Kozma flew to left and Westbrook went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave the runners stranded.

The Adams single dropped in front of Brown and looked like it should have been catchable. The crowd voice some displeasure.

Kendrick set the Cards down in order in the fifth.

Craig singled to center to start the sixth. Kendrick struck Molina out for the first out before Jay moved Craig up to third with a double. Freese was next and grounded to third with Craig scoring to tie the game at 2-2. Kozma was next and singled to right with Craig going to third. Kozma took second as the throw came in, but Westbrook went down to leave both runners stranded.

Bastardo started the seventh. Jay led off and hit a ball to Utley, but wound up safe at second on Utley’s throwing error. Carpenter bunted Jay up to third with the first out and Beltran walked behind him. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled to left, scoring Jay to put the Cards up 3-2 and moving Beltan up to second. Durbin walked Molina to load the bases with one out, but struck Adams out swinging for the second out and got Freese to line to Howard to set the Cards down.

Second big mistake for Utley in the game — a throwing error in the seventh after he was doubled off of second to end the first. Durbin allows the first two men he faces to reach base, but holds St Louis to a single run with the help of a big strikeout of Adams for the second out.

Bastardo faces three batters in the game. He walks one, gets one out on a bunt and the other reaches on Utley’s error. The unearned run he allowed in the game is the only run he’s been charged with in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances for the season.

Durbin faced four hitters in the game, allowing a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced before retiring the next two.

Durbin dropped his ERA to 4.50 on the year with the outing. His first two appearances of the year were both bad, but since then he has thrown five scoreless innings in four appearances.

The game was tied at 3-3 when Adams set the Cardinals down in order in the eighth. Righty Shane Robinson hit for the pitcher Randy Choate and struck out for the second out.

Nice outing for Adams, who had allowed a run on four hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings in his last two times out.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 7-3. He allowed a one-out single to Beltran, but got Craig on a ground ball and struck out Molina to end the game.

Non save situation for Papelbon. He allowed two runs in an inning in his first appearance on the year, but he’s been great since, allowing two hits and a walk over six shutout innings.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks and striking out three. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Durbin threw 22 pitches in the game, Bastardo 13, Papelbon 12 and Adams nine.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jake Westbrook went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Mayberry hits second for the first time this year. He started nine games hitting in the two-hole in 2012.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left-center. Mayberry followed with a walk, which put runners on the corners for Utley. Utley singled into right, scoring Rollins to tie the game at 1-1 and moving Mayberry up to third. Howard followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-1. Utley moved up to second. It brought Young to the plate and Young flew to shallow left. Utley must have lost track of the outs, cause he was way off of second and doubled-off easily to set the Phillies down.

Great to see Mayberry drawing a walk, especially against the righty. Just terrible base-running by Utley.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

Mayberry singled with two outs in the third. He stole second before Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Howard singled to start the fourth, but Young grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown drew a walk before Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Young has grounded into four double-plays over his last eight games. Four GDP in his last 29 PA would have him grounding into about 83 over 600 plate appearances. That might not even happen.

Rollins singled with two outs in the fifth, but Mayberry struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Utley started the sixth with a double. Howard moved Utley up to third with a ground out and walks to Young and Brown loaded the bases for Revere. Revere grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double or after putting a runner on third with one out.

They were down 3-2 when they hit in the seventh. Kratz led off with a single to center. With the righty Westbrook still on the mound, Nix hit for Durbin and righty Fernando Salas came in to face him. Nix doubled to center, scoring Kratz to tie the game at 3-3. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out before Mayberry moved Nix up to third with a ground out. Lefty Randy Choate came in to pitch to Utley and Utley flew to left to leave Nix at third.

First of two big hits that Kratz would have late in the game. This one helps him score on Nix’s double to tie the game.

Righty Mitchell Boggs got Howard to start the eighth before Young reached on an infield single deflected by the pitcher. Brown was next and moved Young up to third with a single into center. Revere singled into center, scoring Young to put the Phils up 4-3 with men on first and second with one out for Kratz. Kratz hit the first pitch he saw from Boggs out to left, putting the Phils up 7-3. Frandsen hit for Adams and the lefty Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch to him. Frandsen reached on an infield single and moved up to second when Rollins singled to left. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Utley grounded to Carpenter to end the inning.

Six hits in the innings for the Phils. Five singles and the big home run for Kratz.

Rollins 3-for-5 with a triple in the game. 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple in the four-game set. 257/295/419 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a walk and struck out twice. 5-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 316/409/553 for the year. 323/417/581 against right-handed pitching.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Big base-running mistake early and a throwing error late. 5-for-15 with two walks and a double in the set. 294/347/529 on the season.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-7 with an RBI in the series. 277/300/385 for the year.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk. 4-for-14 with a walk in the series. 333/389/439 on the season. 10-for-his-last-35 with ten singles.

Brown 1-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 in the series with four walks. 228/313/351 on the season.

Revere 1-for-4 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with a triple in the series, which is his only extra-base hit of the year. 213/253/240 for the year.

Kratz 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. 5-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 214/211/357 on the season. No walks in 57 plate appearances.

Righty Jonathan Pettibone makes his debut tonight against righty AJ Burnett (1-2, 2.63) as the Phils face the Pirates. Pettibone has made two starts at Triple-A in 2013 and both of them were bad. Opponents have hit .385 against him and he’s pitched to a 9.64 ERA. All four of Burnett’s starts have been pretty good — he’s struck out 35 in 24 innings in his four starts.


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