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Hopefully there’s a third site out there somewhere that thinks they won it all last year

I’ll keep looking.

The last post looked at the Baseball-Reference calculated WAR for the top two Phillie pitchers in recent years relative to the accumulated WAR for all pitchers on the team. In this post I’ve done the same using WAR data calculated by FanGraphs and the results are even less impressive. Using the FanGraphs data, you have to go back more than twenty years to find a year in which 1) the percentage of the WAR generated by the top two Phillie pitchers relative to the total WAR generated by all the team’s pitchers was as high as it was in 2013 or 2) the combined WAR for all Phillie pitchers other than the top two was as low as it was in 2013. Both of those things last happened in 1992.

The data on the top two pitchers by WAR and the combined WAR for the others on that year’s staff are below. There’s a good chance it includes names you haven’t thought about in the context of leading the Phillie pitching staff in WAR for a long time, probably ever, including Cory Lidle, Kevin Millwood, Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Robert Person, Curt Schilling, Carlton Loewer, Mark Portugal, Mark Leiter, Sid Fernandez, Danny Jackson, Heathcliff Slocumb, Tommy Greene and Terry Mulholland.

Year Top 2 fWAR P Total P fWAR fWAR top 2 Top 2 % other P
’13 Lee (5.1), Hamels (4.2) 10.5 9.3 89 1.2
’12 Lee (4.9), Hamels (4.5) 19.0 9.4 49 9.6
’11 Halladay (8.1), Lee (6.5) 26.2 14.6 56 11.6
’10 Halladay (6.1), Hamels (3.5) 16.2 9.6 59 6.6
’09 Hamels (3.6), Lee (2.3) 11.5 5.9 51 5.6
’08 Hamels (4.3), Moyer (2.5) 14.1 6.8 48 7.3
’07 Hamels (3.7), Moyer (1.8) 8.2 5.5 67 2.7
’06 Myers (3.3), Hamels (2.4) 12.1 5.7 47 6.4
’05 Lidle (3.3), Myers (3.1) 13.9 6.4 46 7.5
’04 Millwood (2.6), Wolf (1.5) 11.0 4.1 37 6.9
’03 Millwood (4.5), Padilla (2.5) 15.5 7.0 45 8.5
’02 Wolf (3.7), Padilla (3.3) 11.3 7.0 62 4.3
’01 Wolf (3.3), Person (1.6) 12.6 4.9 39 7.7
’00 Person (3.4), Wolf (2.9) 10.6 6.3 59 4.3
’99 Schilling (3.4), Loewer (1.6) 8.5 5.0 59 3.5
’98 Schilling (8.3), Portugal (1.5) 12.2 9.8 80 2.4
’97 Schilling (8.4), M Leiter (2.0) 13.3 10.4 78 2.9
’96 Schilling (4.7), S Fernandez (1.7) 14.3 6.4 45 7.9
’95 Schilling (2.8), Quantrill (2.2) 11.4 5.0 44 6.4
’94 D Jackson (3.9), Slocumb (1.6) 10.6 5.5 52 5.1
’93 Greene (5.0), Schilling (4.9) 20.4 9.9 49 10.5
’92 Schilling (4.3), Mulholland (4.0) 8.4 8.3 99 0.1

From 1993 to 2012, the pitchers on the Phillies other than the two pitchers with the best fWAR for the team that season averaged about 6.4 fWAR. The combined fWAR of the top two pitchers on the team average about 7.3, which was an average of about 54% of the total fWAR for pitchers on the team.

Just about the only good news on the table above for the ’13 Phillies is that, relative to their own results over the last 22 years, the production of their two best pitchers is still very good. The 9.3 mark for Lee and Hamels combined in 2013 is topped in just six of the 21 years previous to ’13 — each of the last three years, two years in the late 90′s when Schilling was fantastic and 1993 when Schilling and Tommy Greene were both good.

The Schilling-led staffs of ’97 and ’98 came close, both in terms of percentage of total WAR by the top two and combined WAR for everyone other than the top two, but they didn’t get to 2013 levels in either category. That last happened in 1992.

The ’92 Phillies were miserable, going 70-92 to finish sixth in the six-team NL East. They had a fantastic offense that scored 686 runs, which was second-best in the NL that year. The pitching was terrible, allowing 717 runs in a season in which the second-worst team at preventing runs in the league, the Astros, allowed 668. Schilling, Mulholland and Ben Rivera were just about the only positives on the staff for the Phils that season.

If it makes you feel any better, you may remember that the 1993 Phils turned things around. Led by Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton, John Kruk and Dave Hollins, they continued to pound the ball offensively, leading the NL with 5.41 runs scored per game in a year in which teams averaged 4.49. On the pitching side, Schilling and Mulholland again pitched well and got a lot of help from Danny Jackson, Larry Anderson and Tommy Greene. They were far from great at preventing runs, but did improve to eighth-best in the 14-team NL in ’93. The combination of great hitting and middle of the pack pitching proved to be enough to top the Braves in a six-game NLCS before dropping the World Series against the Blue Jays in six. The pitching didn’t exactly excel in the World Series that year as the Phils failed to hold a 14-9 lead going into the eighth inning in game four and a 6-5 lead going into the ninth inning of game six.

The Phillies signed outfielders Tony Gwynn Jr and Dave Sappelt to minor league contracts with invites to spring training. The 31-year-old Gwynn struggles with the bat and spent 2013 in the minors, but put up bWARs in the 2.2 to 2.9 range from 2009 to 2011 thanks in large part to solid defense in center field. In 2011, Gwynn played a lot more left than center for the Dodgers, but was very good defensively in left as well. Ben Revere‘s bWAR in 2013 was 0.8. Sappelt’s offensive numbers are also offensive, but again with good defensive numbers, primarily at the corner positions in limited time. Playing Tony Gwynn Jr in center is a much, much better idea than playing John Mayberry or Cesar Hernandez in center, especially if Gwynn can still produce defensively at the position. The problem with that is that the last time anyone gave him significant innings in center was 2012 and, at least according to UZR/150 as calculated by FanGraphs, his defense was way down. Whether Gwynn is part of the answer or not, Hernandez and Mayberry combined to start 68 games in center field for the Phillies in 2013, which is something the team might want to try not doing again for the rest of recorded time. Forty appearances for Frandsen at first should probably go on that list as well.

The Phils also signed catcher Lou Marson to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. He’s 27 now and has hit .219 in 882 major league plate appearances. He hit 314/433/416 in 395 plate appearances for Double-A Reading in 2008 before being traded to Cleveland in the deal that brought Cliff Lee to Philadelphia for the first time.

They also designated Sebastian Valle for assignment in order to make room for Roberto Hernandez on the 40-man roster. Wasn’t expecting that one. Valle hit 203/245/359 in 379 plate appearances at Reading in 2013.


Rest of the group catchering up with Ruiz

Coming into 2009, the Phillies were 113-79 (.589 winning percentage) in the games that Ruiz started at catcher and 68-64 (.515) in the games someone else started at catcher over the past two years. Their winning percentage when Ruiz starts this year is still good, but the Phillies have had some good results this season with other guys behind the plate, too. Here’s the Phillies record and winning percentage by starting catcher for 2009:

  G W L PCT
Ruiz 97 56 41 .577
Bako 31 19 12 .613
Coste 22 13 9 .591
Marson 6 3 3 .500
Hoover 1 0 1 .000
         
Total 157 91 66 .580

The Phils are 56-41 (.577) this year when Ruiz starts and 35-25 (.583) when he doesn’t.

Jamie Moyer left last night’s game after crumpling on the mound with what the team has called a left groin strain. His status is unknown. After throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings last night, Moyer now has a 1.93 ERA and an 0.70 ratio in 18 1/3 innings in relief for the season.

This says that Carlos Ruiz was in the Phillies lineup as of 4 PM yesterday but was scratched after batting practice. It also says that Myers may be ready by the end of the week.


NiceLee done?

This says that the Phillies have “reached agreement with the Indians on a trade that would bring them left-hander Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson” and that “the deal is pending a review of medical records.”

That would be very good news for the Phillies.

Ben Francisco is a right-handed outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He turns 28 in October and has a career 261/332/437 line. He’s played regularly for the Indians this year and has posted a 250/336/422 line in 308 at-bats with ten home runs and 13 stolen bases.

He’s hitting 269/383/463 against left-handed pitching this year.

Lefty Cliff Lee turns 31 next month. He won the AL Cy Young in 2008 and is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 2009.


Adios to scoring runs for Carlos

Carlos Ruiz has been a monster at the plate this season, posting a 309/435/511 line. Among the 18 NL players who have gotten at least 100 plate appearances as a catcher his .945 OPS at the position is best in the league.

Thanks mostly to Ruiz, the Phillies have been much better offensively at the position in 2009 than they were in 2008.

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 270 387 455 842 2
2008 243 327 367 694 10

Whether it lasts or not the whole line is just impressive, especially considering that with the exception of an early contribution from Marson it’s mostly been the same guys in ’09 that played in ’08. The .387 on-base percentage for the position is particularly impressive.

The thing that’s not impressive is that while the Phillies have generally had their catcher hitting in the same spot in the order in both 2008 and 2009, their catchers are scoring less runs this year than they did last.

Year POS G Runs R/Game
2009 C 55 17 .309
2008 C 162 74 .457

The guys playing catcher last year were terrible with the bat. This year they’ve been great, but they score a lot less often.

Ruiz has scored eight runs on the season and gotten 116 plate appearances. He has three home runs, so that leaves five times on the season he’s been driven in by some other player. He’s on-basing .435. In 2008 he got 373 plate appearances and scored 47 runs — if he continues to score runs at his current rate this year and again gets 373 plate appearances he will score about 26 runs. In 2008 he on-based .320.

Given how often the catchers hit eighth your first instinct may be to blame the pitchers. But while the pitchers sure aren’t good, they are at least as good with the bats as they were last year:

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 110 219 165 384 7
2008 124 176 151 326 9

The .110 batting average won’t inspire much sonnet-writing, but the .219 on-base percentage is the best mark for NL-pitchers with the bat.

While there is surely more than one reason the catchers aren’t scoring regularly, a big part of the problem seems like it has to be Jimmy Rollins and the top of the order. Even if the pitcher’s slot doesn’t make an out, there’s a pretty good chance the top of the order will. Here’s what the guys batting leadoff for the Phils have done:

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 216 253 314 567 16
2008 286 356 453 810 5

When you think of the struggles Rollins has had at the plate this season you probably think first of the problems it causes starting rallies. And that’s a big problem. But as long as Ruiz continues to put up huge numbers in the eight hole the Phillies are going to need someone at the top of the lineup who can finish them off as well.

The question for the Phillies is how long the situation will continue or if it will continue at all. The combination of Ruiz being great with the bat and Rollins struggling has hurt them so far this season. We saw them in LA try to deal with the struggles that Rollins is having in different ways. But whether Rollins works out his problems in the short term or not, the chances that Ruiz will continue to OPS .945 and Rollins will continue to on-base .261 in the leadoff spot are close to zero.

Phillies Nation will hold a game-watching-for-charity event at McFadden’s on Thursday night to support The Arc of Philadelphia.

Update: The Phillies sent Brad Lidge to the DL with a strained right knee and called up Paul Bako. Bako has hit 357/372/381 in 42 at-bats at Reading with one extra-base hit, a double. He bats left-handed and turns 37 later this month. Career line of 231/305/317 over 2,341 at-bats.


Start me down

Two more games, two more bad starts from a Phillies rotation that came into the series with the Mets with a 6.45 ERA for the season and saw it go up even further. The bullpen bailed the starters out, though, giving the Phils 8 2/3 innings without being charged with a run, and it helped the Phils outlast the Mets in game two. Game three of the set was rained out.

The Phillies split a two-game, rain-shortened series with the Mets this weekend. They are 12-10 on the season.

The Phillies couldn’t overcome a miserable start by Park in the opener and lost 7-4. Park didn’t make it out of the fifth, but managed to allow five extra-base hits and walk six in the game. Utley hit a solo homer and Ibanez had a two-run single, but despite four scoreless innings from the bullpen the Phils never found their way out of the big hole.

The Phillies won game two 6-5 on a tenth inning bases-loaded walk by Victorino that forced in Feliz. Moyer started the sixth up 4-2, but allowed back-to-back homers to David Murphy and Ramon Castro. Alex Cora followed that with a triple and came in to score after Eyre relieved Moyer, putting New York up 5-4. Ibanez tied the game at 5-5 with a solo homer in the sixth. Great bullpen work from Condrey, Madson, Lidge and Taschner kept the Mets off the board after the sixth. The Phils pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the tenth on an infield single, a hit batter and two walks.

Overall, Phillies pitchers threw 19 innings in the two games. They pitched to a 5.68 ERA with a 1.95 ratio.

Again the starters were very bad. They allowed 12 earned runs in 15 innings over 10 1/3 innings in two starts, walking ten and allowing 15 hits. That’s a 10.45 ERA and a 2.42 ratio. They gave up three home runs, two by Moyer and one by Park.

In 22 games this season, Phillies starters have pitched to a 6.71 ERA. That’s the worst mark of any team in baseball by nearly a run — Boston’s starters have been second-worst. The Red Sox have thrown to a 5.75 ERA.

Park was terrible in the series opener. He allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, with the last run scoring when Mike Pelfrey blooped a single to right off of Durbin. Tatis, who had doubled off of Park earlier in the inning, scored. In 4 2/3 innings Park allowed eight hits and six walks. That is awful.

Moyer took a two-run lead into the sixth in game two, but couldn’t collect his 250th career win. Things fell apart for him after he got the first two outs in the sixth, allowing two home runs and a triple all in a row. He was charged with five runs on seven hits and four walks. The fifth run scored after Moyer had left the game, thanks to another poor outing by Eyre.

Despite Eyre’s struggles, the pen was good. They did allow a run charged to Moyer in game two, but they were not charged with any runs in 8 2/3 innings in the two games. They walked seven but gave up just five hits and didn’t allow a home run. They threw to a 0.00 ERA and a 1.38 ratio over the 8 2/3 innings overall.

Happ started the seventh inning of game one with the Phils down 7-3 and pitched very well. He went two scoreless innings, allowing a walk and working around an Utley error to keep the Mets off the board.

Taschner pitched the top of the tenth in game two with the score tied at 5-5. He allowed two singles, but got Beltran to hit into a double-play to get out of the jam.

Eyre came in to pitch to Reyes in game two with two outs in the top of the sixth with the score tied at 4-4 and a man on third. He didn’t get an out, walking Reyes, giving up an RBI-single to Castillo and hitting Beltran to load the bases before Condrey replaced him to pitch to Sheffield with the bases loaded.

It was Eyre’s second-straight outing without getting an out.

Durbin relieved Park with two outs in the fifth in game one. He allowed a bloop RBI-single to Pelfrey with the run charged to Park. Durbin came back to throw a scoreless sixth.

Condrey threw a perfect ninth in game one with the Phils down three runs. He entered game two in the sixth with the bases loaded and got Sheffield on a ground ball. He came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Condrey has made 14 appearances on the season and has not been charged with a run in 13 of them. He has a 1.26 ERA and an 0.77 ratio on the year and has struck out 11 in 14 1/3 innings.

Madson allowed a walk and two hits in the eighth inning of game two with the score tied, getting the third out with the help of a great throw by Werth. He allowed a hit and two walks in the inning.

Lidge started the top of the ninth in game two with the score tied at 5-5. He walked two, one intentionally after Wright walked and stole second, but kept the Mets off the board.

With the rainout on Sunday, the pen should be well-rested. Condrey has pitched for two straight games, but I would assume he’s available tonight after yesterday’s game was rained out.

The Phillies scored ten runs in the two games of the series.

Rollins was dropped to fifth in the lineup after taking an 0-for-4 in game one. 1-for-8 with two walks in the set. He’s hitting 2004/247/278 for the year.

Victorino. In game two, with one out and the bases loaded, Victorino hit a ball hard back to the pitcher Takahashi. Takahashi knocked it down and threw home for the first out, but Moyer fell down between first and second and the Mets were able to double him up. He walked in the bottom of the tenth in that game to force in the winning run. 3-for-10 with a double, a triple and a walk in the series. 287/340/489 for the year. He has hit in 12 straight games, going 18-for-his-last-53.

Utley made an error on a ground ball hit by Church to start the seventh inning in game one. He started game two on the bench with Bruntlett playing second. 1-for-3 with two walks and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 342/474/671 for the year.

Howard didn’t field a ground ball Oliver Perez hit down the first base line with two outs in the top of the second in game two cleanly. Perez was safe with a single, keeping the inning alive for the Mets. It didn’t matter, though, cause Reyes followed and popped out on the infield. 2-for-9 with two singles and four strikeouts in the series. 281/360/494.

Werth made a strong throw to nail Omir Santos trying to score from score on a single by Beltran to end the top of the eighth in game two with the score tied at 5-5. He was 1-for-7 with a double and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 250/368/425 after going 2-for-his-last-18.

Ibanez made a nice sliding catch in left-center in the fifth inning of game one. Park needed all the help he could get. He moved up to second in the lineup in game two of the series, with Rollins hitting fifth. 3-for-8 with a double, a home run and four RBI in the series. 360/424/733.

Feliz. In game two, with one out in the third, Sheffield hit a ball down the third base line past Feliz and into left for a double. It’s a play that Feliz usually makes, and it cost Moyer and the Phils a run cause it moved Castillo to third and Wright followed with a sac fly that Howard took moving backwards into right. Later in game two, Feliz started the bottom of the tenth with an infield single. He came in to score the winning run on a two-out walk by Victorino. 4-for-9 with four singles and an RBI in the series. 338/400/473.

Coste started game one and threw Wright out stealing second in the fifth inning, giving Park some much-needed help in the frame. In game two he hit for Taschner with two outs in the tenth and drew a critical walk. It loaded the bases for Victorino and Victorino’s walk forced in Feliz to get the Phillies the win. He was 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 182/280/273.

Ruiz was activated for the second game of the series. He put down a pretty tag on Santos on Werth’s throw in the top of the eighth in game two. 0-for-2 with two walks. He’s 3-for-13 with a double on the year.

Bruntlett started at second in game two with Utley on the bench. Also 0-for-2 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 158/250/316 for the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 in the series. He’s 3-for-20 with three singles on the year.

Stairs was hit by a pitch in game two. He’s 4-for-13 with two homers on the season.

Cairo was 0-for-1 in the series and is 0-for-8 this year.

Park stays in the rotation for now and Hamels’ next start will be pushed back to Friday.


Jacked up

It was bound to happen sooner or later and the Phillies finally had a starting pitcher give them a quality start for the first time this season last night. Joe Blanton gave up a three-run homer to Adam Dunn in the bottom of the first inning, but was very good after that. It didn’t matter much, though, because the bullpen exploded late and the offense didn’t do much of anything. The pen started the seventh down 3-2 and the Nats scored five runs off of Chad Durbin and Jack Taschner before the end of the eighth.

On the good news front, the game featured the ’09 debut of Lou Marson. He was impressive, going 2-for-3 with a double and some nice work behind the plate.

Rollins and Victorino continue to struggle atop the Phillies batting order. They combined to go 0-for-7 last night and are 11-for-68 (.162) on the season.

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 8-2 to drop to 4-4 on the season. The teams split the two games in the series, with the middle game rained out. The Phillies still haven’t won a game this season when they’ve scored less than seven runs.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a three-run homer by Adam Dunn. He struck out five. It was the first quality start of the year for the Phils, but Myers was arguably better against the Rockies on Saturday as he allowed four runs on four hits over seven.

The Phils didn’t score in the top of the first. Blanton got Anderson Hernandez on a ground ball to second for the first out. Nick Johnson was next and he singled into left. Ryan Zimmerman was next and he singled to left too. The throw into the infield got away from Feliz for an error on the third baseman, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Didn’t matter, though, cause Adam Dunn was next and pounded a 2-2 pitch out to right to put Washington up 3-0. Blanton got Elijah Dukes and Austin Kearns on fly balls to end the inning.

Blanton struck out Jesus Flores to start the second before Alberto Gonzalez singled to right. The pitcher Shairon Martis was next and he tried to bunt, but quickly got behind 0-2 and bunted the third pitch foul for the second out. Hernandez flew to left for the third out.

Johnson singled to right to start the third, but Blanton got the next three behind him.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hernandez and Johnson singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put men on first and second for Zimmerman, and Blanton got him to hit into a double-play to third to end the inning.

With the Phils down 3-2, Blanton struck Dunn out looking at a 3-2 pitch on the inside part of the plate to start the sixth. Dukes was next and flew to center for the second out before Kearns hit a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner for a double. Flores followed with a walk to put two men on for Gonzalez, who flew to right to for the third out.

Durbin entered to pitch the seventh with the Phils still down a run. Josh Willingham pinch-hit for the pitcher Michael Hinckley to start the inning and Willingham hit a 3-2 pitch just out to left to make it 4-2. Hernandez was next and walked on five pitches. Johnson got ahead 2-0, but Durbin got him on a line drive to Rollins at short on the next pitch for the first out. Durbin got ahead of Zimmerman and delivered an 0-2 pitch that was way outside and bounced in the dirt. Hernandez took off for second, but Marson picked it cleanly and threw to second where he get Hernandez, who started late, easily. Still a very nice play by Marson to pick the ball and make a strong throw to second. Durbin’s next three pitches to Zimmerman were balls, putting him on first base with a walk. The lefty Dunn was next, and Manuel called on Taschner to pitch to him. Taschner was well-rested, having made just two appearances on the year the last of which was April 7. Taschner struck out Dunn swinging 1-2 to set the Nats down.

Not a good outing for Durbin, who allowed the home run and walked two, while getting two outs that came on a line drive and a caught stealing.

I was surprised to see Taschner and not Eyre come in to face Dunn with everyone presumably available. Presumably this is because the Phils were at the top of their order and unlikely to hit for their pitcher in the top of the eighth and Manuel wanted Taschner to go another inning.

Taschner did return for the eighth. Dukes led off an hit a 3-0 pitch out to left to make it 5-2. First hit or walk allowed on the season by Taschner. Kearns was next and hit a high popup that Utley took just behind the mound for the first out. Taschner got Flores looking 2-2 for the second out. Gonzalez was swinging first pitch and hit a ball just out down the line in left. 6-2. Gonzalez had 15 career home runs in 2,040 minor league at-bats. Roger Bernadina, who had entered defensively to play left, was next and Taschner walked him. Bernadina stole second as the count went 2-1 on Hernandez before Hernandez singled into right and Bernadina scored to make it 7-2. Johnson walked to put men on first and second. Zimmerman singled into center and Hernandez scored. 8-2 with men on first and second. That was mercifully it for Taschner, and Manuel brought Happ in to pitch. Ronnie Belliard hit for the pitcher Joe Beimel and popped up to Happ to end the inning.

Five runs allowed in two innings for the pen on five hits and four walks. Durbin had a rough outing, Taschner got hammered and Happ got the only man he faced. Taschner is surely unavailable today after throwing 38 pitches. Durbin threw 20 and Happ three.

The Phillies lineup against righty Shairon Martis went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Feliz (8) Marson. Marson makes his first start of the year with Ruiz on the DL. Still no start for Dobbs with a righty on the mound.

Utley walked with two outs in the first, but Howard struck out behind him.

Down 3-0, they went in order in the second.

Marson led off the third with a single into center. Blanton bunted Marson to second with the first out, but Rollins and Victorino both went down to leave him stranded.

Utley started the fourth with a single to center and moved to second on a ground out by Howard. Werth fouled out to the catcher, but Ibanez delivered a single into center to score Utley and cut the Washington lead to 3-1. Feliz grounded out to set the Phils down.

Marson led off the fifth and doubled into right. Blanton again got the bunt down, moving him to third for the first out. Rollins flew to right deep enough to bring Marson home and make it 3-2. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

Second time in the game that Marson got aboard and second time that Blanton bunted him along. This time they scored and everything.

Howard walked with one out in the sixth with the Phils still down a run. Werth popped to the shortstop Gonzalez in short left field for the second out. Ibanez lined a single into left, moving Howard to second. Feliz swung at the first pitch and hit a soft ground ball back to the pitcher to set the Phillies down.

Marson started the seventh and got ahead 2-0, but swung at the next pitch and popped to second. Dobbs was announced as the pinch-hitter for Blanton, and the Nats brought in lefty Mike Hinckley to pitch to him. Bruntlett hit for Dobbs and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins flew to Kearns in right-center for the third out.

Dobbs pinch-hits against a righty, the other team brings in a lefty and Bruntlett hits for Dobbs is happening more than appeals. Bruntlett is a poor best right-handed hitter on your bench against a lefty.

Lefty Joe Beimel started the eighth for the Nats with the Phils down 4-2. Victorino led off and swung at a 3-2 pitch that was out of the strike zone high and flew to left for the first out. Utley struck out and Howard flew to center.

Down 8-2, the Phils went in order in the top of the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting .111.

Victorino 0-for-4 to drop his average to .219. Sorry to see him go out of the strike zone to start the eighth, but it’s a little less important if you’re going to lose by six.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk.

Werth 0-for-4.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Marson played very well, going 2-for-3 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies. Made a very nice play in the seventh to throw out Hernandez.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 17.18) faces righty Chris Young (2-0, 1.38) tonight as the Phils start a four-game set with the Padres. Hamels got blasted in his only start of the year, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Friday. Adrian Gonzalez is 5-for-12 against Hamels in his career with a home run. Young has made two starts for the Padres and comes off an outing on Sunday against the Giants when he allowed just four hits and didn’t walk a batter over seven innings. He allowed one run in that start, but it was unearned. Feliz is 1-for-14 against him for his career. Utley is the only Phillie to have hit a home run against Young, he’s 3-for-8 with a homer.

There will be tributes to Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park today and tomorrow.


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