Tag: Matt Harvey

Universe grateful to be able to cross Erik Kratz off the what-the-!@#$%-is-wrong-with-Roy-Halladay list

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Roy Halladay. I am sure the Phillies have worked hard to try to figure it out, but whatever’s going on behind the scenes, what’s happening on the field isn’t working. What’s happening on the field is that Halladay keeps pitching and keeps getting hammered. Last night they changed up his catcher and Halladay allowed seven runs over four miserable innings, upping his ERA for the year to 14.73 for the year after two starts, as the Mets pounded the Phils 7-2.

The Phillies are 0-4 in games started by Hamels or Halladay and 2-1 in games started by anyone else. That duo has combined to throw to a 12.50 ERA in their four starts and gone an average of about four and a half innings per start.

The Phils have two quality starts in the seven games they’ve played, one by Lee and one by Lannan, and they’ve won both of those games. 0-5 in the games where they didn’t get a quality start and their starters have gone an average of about 4.7 innings in those games and thrown to an 11.57 ERA.

The bullpen, very strong at the back end, lacked a middle man when the season started. The Phillies have tried to use Durbin, Horst and Valdes in the middle innings, but they’ve had to use them a lot and none of the three has pitched well. Horst leads that group with a 6.75 ERA and the trio has combined to throw to an 8.16 ERA. Durbin and Horst are both on pace to make about 93 appearances for the season. Horst is on pace to throw about 123 innings in relief, which would be more than his career high of 31 1/3. Valdes is on pace to throw about 131 innings — he’s 35 and has thrown 107 1/3 innings for his career.

The Phillies are 2-5 on the year after losing 7-2 to the New York Mets last night in game one of a three-game set.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer by John Buck. He struck out three.

After two starts, Halladay has a 14.73 ERA and a 2.45 ratio. Opponents have hit .353 against him. In 7 1/3 innings he’s walked six and allowed three home runs.

He struck out David Wright in a 1-2-3 first.

Marlon Byrd doubled to center with one out in the second. Lucas Duda was next and Halladay hit him 2-2, putting men on first and second for John Buck. Buck got ahead in the count and hit a 2-0 pitch out to right. 3-0 Mets. Ruben Tejada was next and he drew a walk. Pitcher Matt Harvey tried to bunt Tejada to second, but struck out for the second out. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded to Halladay to end the frame.

Daniel Murphy walked to start the third and moved up to second on a ground out by Wright. Ike Davis fouled out to Howard for the second out before Byrd walked on a 3-2 pitch Halladay thought caught the outside part of the plate. Duda singled into center, scoring Murphy to make it 4-0. Buck grounded to Young to finally set the Mets down.

Revere really can’t throw. Not that it needs to go near the top of the list of Phillie problems or that someone who could would have gunned down Murphy. It’s just a thing.

Halladay had thrown 78 pitches through three innings.

He struck out Nieuwenhuis in a 1-2-3 fourth.

The New York lead was cut to 4-1 when Murphy doubled to right-center to start the fifth. He moved up to third on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Wright singled to left, scoring Murphy. 5-1. Davis moved Wright up to third with a single and that was it for Halladay. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Byrd and struck him out swinging for the first out. Duda was next and Durbin walked him, loading the bases for Buck. Buck popped to Utley for the second out, but Tejada lined a single into center, scoring two runners and sending Duda to third with the Mets up 7-1. Harvey went down on a ball handled by Quintero to end the frame.

Durbin faces five hitters in the frame, allowing a walk and a two-run single with both runs charged to Halladay. Looks like a scoreless inning for Durbin in the box score. Not so much.

Fourth appearance of the year for Durbin. He has an 8.10 ERA and a 2.70 ratio through 3 1/3 innings. He’s pitched two days in a row.

Horst started the sixth. Righty Collin Cowgill hit for the lefty Nieuwenhuis and Horst struck him out swinging for the first out. Muprhy flew to left for the second before Wright doubled to center. Horst struck Davis out to leave Wright at second.

Horst came back and struck Duda out in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Fourth appearance for Horst as well. Two scoreless innings in two of them. In one he allowed a run in an inning and in the other he was charged with three runs in a third of a frame. He faced seven batters over two innings last night, getting six outs and allowing Wright’s double. Like Durbin, he has thrown two days in a row.

Valdes threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Harvey and struck out for the second out.

Valdes was back to pitch the ninth with the New York lead cut to 7-2. Murphy led off with a double to right and Valdes walked Wright behind Murphy. Valdes got the next three, though, getting Davis to foul out to Young for the first out, striking Byrd out for the second and getting Duda to ground to second for the third.

Eight batters for Valdes in the game. Six outs, a double and a walk. Three appearances for the year — last night was the first that wasn’t awful. He has a 9.53 ERA and a 2.12 ratio for the season. Opponents have hit .360 against him.

Unlike Durbin and Horst, Valdes hasn’t thrown two days in a row, but he did throw 26 pitches last night. Horst and Durbin both threw 20. The Phillies really need Cliff Lee to go deep into games these days — it’s not reasonable to expect him to go eight innings every start.

Overall the pen threw five shutout innings, in the game, allowing three hits and two walks. They weren’t quite that good, though, cause Durbin allowed a hit in the walk in relief of Halladay in the fifth with the runs charged to the starter.

Phillie relievers have walked 13 in 22 1/3 innings for the season, which is too many.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Quintero. Quintero gets the start behind the plate after Halladay remarked about not being on the same page with Kratz in his first start of the season.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Rollins. Utley was next and the Mets bizarrely brought the infield in. Utley popped to third for the second out. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave Revere at third.

Great job by Revere to get things going with the walk and the steal. Less great job by Utley and Howard as the old guard of the Phils gets set down by Harvey. Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

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

Quintero led off the third with the Phils down 4-0 and blooped a single into center. Halladay tried to bunt and couldn’t, then struck out looking for the first out. Revere hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Halladay can’t get the bunt down. You probably won’t see Revere ground into a ton of double-plays. He was just nipped at first this time.

Rollins doubled to center to start the fourth and moved up to third on a single by Utley. Howard was next and flew to right for the first out. Rollins tagged and scored to get the Phils on the board at 4-1. Young struck out and Brown flew to center to leave Utley stranded.

Good no strikeout by Howard gets the Phils on the board. Four extra-base hits for Rollins in the early going. Three doubles and a homer in 32 plate appearances with an isolated power of .200.

The Phillies were down 7-1 when they hit in the fifth. Nix led off with a walk. Quintero struck out for the first out. Carrera hit for Durbin and struck out swinging for the second. Revere struck out swinging for the third.

Utley reached on an error by Ike Davis with one out in the sixth. Howard and Young went down behind him.

Harvey set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Josh Edgin started the eighth. Kratz, who had entered defensively in the top of the inning, led off with a double down the third base line. Kratz went to third on a ground out by Revere and scored on another by Rollins. 7-2. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Edgin was back for the ninth and got Howard, Young and Brown in order.

Revere 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Did his best to get the Phillies started in the bottom of the first, but they didn’t score with the help of Utley’s popup to third with one out. Revere is 7-for-30 (.233) with seven singles so far.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4. No RBI in the first with Revere on third and one out. 3-for-his-last-12 with three singles.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts. 0-for-9 with five strikeouts against lefties for the year. 4-for-27 with four singles overall.

Young was 0-for-4 in the game. He and Mayberry are the unlikely team leaders in walks. They each have four.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He is 3-for-his-last-19 after going 3-for-7 to start the season. 4-for-21 (.190) against right-handed pitching.

Nix 0-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-14 with three singles on the year.

Quintero 1-for-3. Failed to spark a return to excellence for Halladay. 1-for-6 on the season.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) faces righty Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) tonight in game two of the set. Lee allowed two singles and struck out eight over eight shutout innings in his first start on the year. Gee was also good in his lone start, allowing a run over 6 1/3 innings against the Padres.


At least one surprise left

It’s been a mostly miserable year for Ryan Howard, but he got one last night. Down 2-1 with two outs in the ninth, Howard connected for a two-run homer off of lefty Josh Edgin and the Phils topped the Mets 3-2.

The Phillies had just three hits in the game, one of which was a bloop into shallow right-center. Jimmy Rollins was the first batter of the game and lined a homer to right off of Met starter Matt Harvey. The Phils didn’t have another hit in the game until Mayberry blooped his way aboard in the eighth. Hamels pitched very well, allowing a run on a single, a stolen base and a bloop single in the third and another on a solo home run in the sixth. The Phils were down 2-1 with two outs and nobody on in the ninth when Utley drew a walk off of Edgin and Howard followed Utley with a two-run homer.

The home run upped Howard’s line against lefties for the year to 173/218/346.

The Phillies are 75-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-2 last night. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Nats. Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report has them at 0.4%.

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

He has a 2.50 ERA and a 1.04 ratio over his last eight starts and has struck out 55 in 57 2/3 innings. The Phillies are 7-1 in those games.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Ruben Tejada led off with a single, but Hamels set the Mets down in order behind him.

He struck out Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in a 1-2-3 second.

He struck out Andres Torres and pitcher Matt Harvey to start the third before Tejada singled to left. Tejada stole second before Daniel Murphy blooped a ball into left that fell in front of Pierre. Pierre charged and threw home as Tejada tried to score — his throw was on line but weak. Ruiz took it in front of the plate and threw to second to try to get Murphy, but Murphy was safe there too and the game was tied at 1-1. Hamels struck David Wright out looking 0-2 to end the inning.

Really not a good throw from Pierre, who is not a good thrower.

Scott Hairston doubled to center to start the fourth. Davis was next and lined a ball off of Hamels’s glove for a single with Hairston holding second. Hamels struck Kelly Shoppach out for the first out and Duda for the second. Torres flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

You wind up scoring a lot when you leadoff with a double and the next batter singles, but Hamels keeps the Mets off the board in the frame with two big strikeouts for the first two outs.

Hamels struck out Harvey and Murphy in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Wright led off the sixth and hit a 1-0 pitch out to right-center, putting the Mets up 2-1. Hairston was next and Hamels drilled him in the back, up near the shoulders. Davis flew to center for the first out before Hairston stole second. Hamels struck Shoppach out again for the second out before Duda walked 3-2. Torres lined to second to leave the runners stranded.

Hairston gets drilled right after the Wright homer. Hamels got ahead of the lefty Duda 0-2 but wound up walking him.

Bastardo started the seventh. Righty Ronny Cedeno hit for the pitcher Harvey and Bastardo struck him out swinging for the first out. Tejada struck out swinging for the second out before Murphy drew a walk. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Wright and struck him out swinging 1-2 to end the inning with Murphy at first.

Bastardo faces three hitters, strikes the first two out and walks the other. He has 25 strikeouts in his last 11 2/3 innings over 15 appearances. He’s allowed one earned run in 9 1/3 innings over is last 12 outings (0.96 ERA, 0.75 ratio and 20 strikeouts).

De Fratus faces just one hitter, getting a big strikeout of Wright to end the inning a man on base. He’s allowed just two hit and three walks over six innings in his first seven appearances. The one run he’s allowed is unearned. Righties are 0-for-14 against him so far.

Aumont started the eighth. Hairston and Davis led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corner for Shoppach. Aumont struck him out swinging 1-2, Shoppach’s third strikeout of the game. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Duda and righty Justin Turner hit for Duda. Horst walked Turner on five pitches, loading the bases for Torres. Torres grounded a ball to Utley and the Phils turned two to set the Mets down.

No run for New York after putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Huge strikeout for Aumont to get Shoppach for the first out.

Aumont continues to be a cause for worry. He faces three hitters, allowing back-to-back singles before getting a huge strikeout of Shoppach. Over his last five appearances, he’s allowed four runs on five hits and five walks over three innings.

Horst faces two batters, walking the righty Turner before getting the switchy Torres to ground into a double-play. After walking seven in 19 2/3 over his first 20 appearances for the season, Horst has walked five in 5 4/3 innings over his last five.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 3-2. Lefty Jordany Valdespin hit for the pitcher Jon Rauch and Papelbon struck him out looking 1-2 for the first out. Valdespin didn’t care for the call and was ejected. Tejada was next and singled to center. It brought Murphy to the plate and Murphy lined a ball towards the corner in left, but a diving Brown took it in at the edge of the warning track for the second out. Wright grounded to Utley to end the game.

Strike three to Valdespin looked outside to me. Nice catch by Brown at a big time.

Papelbon faces four hitters, allowing one single and getting the other three. Wright hit his ball to Utley pretty well. Papelbon hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out ten over seven innings.

Overall the pen goes two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Tuesday’s rainout means that nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Bastardo threw 18 pitches last night, everyone else was at 11 or fewer.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Frandsen. Pierre in left against the righty with Brown in right. The hottish Brown hits ahead of Mayberry.

Rollins was the first batter of the game and lined a 3-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phillies up 1-0. The Phils went in order behind him.

Ruiz walked to start the second. Brown struck out looking for the first out and Mayberry grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

The game was tied 1-1 when they went in order in the fourth.

They went in order again in the fifth. Brown struck out for the second time in the game for the second out.

Frandsen walked to start the sixth. Hamels tried to bunt him to second, but struck out for the first out. Rollins was next and walked, putting runners on first and second for Pierre. Pierre grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Frandsen does his best to get things started with a walk, which is not really his thing. He has eight walks in 162 plate appearances for the year, which is 4.9%, which is very low. The team is walking in about 7.9% of their plate appearances for the season.

Hamels can’t get the bunt down, striking out for the first out.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when they went in order in the seventh. Howard and Ruiz both struck out.

Righty Bobby Parnell started the eighth. He struck Brown out looking for the first out (Brown’s third strikeout of the game). Mayberry followed with a single, but was forced out at second for the second out when Frandsen grounded to short. Nix hit for De Fratus and struck out swinging to leave Frandsen at first.

Lefty Josh Edgin started the ninth for New York. Rollins struck out swinging for the first out. Wigginton hit for Pierre and struck out swinging for the second. Utley had an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with a walk, putting a runner on for Howard. Howard hit an 0-1 pitch out to right for his eleventh homer of the year, which put the Phillies on top 3-2. Jon Rauch took over for Edgin and struck Ruiz out to set the Phillies down.

With two outs and nobody on, Utley draws a walk off of a lefty and then Howard hits one out against a lefty to put the Phillies on top.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run in the game. He has hit 20 home runs in his last 411 plate appearances, posting a 257/326/500 line. That’s an isolated power of .243.

Pierre was 0-for-3. He’s hitting .412 so far in September. He grounded into a double-play last night, just his third for the year in 408 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a huge walk against the lefty ahead of Howard’s homer in the ninth. He has 13 walks and an on-base percentage of .500 over his last 56 plate appearances (333/500/385). Four of the 13 walks have been intentional. We’ll see if Howard hitting the ball out to win the game against the lefty changes anything.

Howard 1-for-2 with two strikeouts and a huge two-run homer off of a lefty. 173/218/346 against lefties for the year with 38 strikeouts in 87 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. He’s 1-for-his-last-16.

Brown 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Five strikeouts in his last seven at-bats. For the year he has struck out in 28 of 165 plate appearances — that’s about 17.0%, less than the team average of 17.9% and less than the NL average of 20.2%.

Mayberry 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-14 with three singles.

Frandsen 0-for-2 with a walk. 9-for-36 with a double so far in September.

Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) faces righty Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99) tonight. Cloyd has struggled in two straight starts, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over seven innings. Lefties are hitting 379/455/621 against him. Hefner has been in and out of the pen for the Mets this year. He has a 5.24 ERA in his ten starts and has allowed 70 hits in 55 innings.


Fans a lot happier with their first impression of Cloyd than they are with their 130th impression of the offense

Tyler Cloyd debuted with the Phillies last night and pitched well after a rocky start, but the Phils didn’t hit and fell 3-2 to the Mets.

Cloyd allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in the first three innings of the game. He was strong after that, though, setting New York down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. He allowed a one-out single in the sixth, but the Mets gave him the second out of the frame on a bunt and he struck out Ruben Tejada to end the frame. The bullpen took over in the seventh.

The rest of the Phillies, meanwhile, couldn’t get much going. Back-to-back singles by Pierre and Utley in the first and a sac fly from Howard got them one run. They scored another on a two-out double by Rollins the next inning, but didn’t score again after the second.

The Phillies are 13th in the NL in runs scored in August. For the year they’ve scored 530 runs in 130 games — 4.13 runs per game is eleventh-best in the NL. They’ve scored 29 runs over their last eight games, which is about 3.62 runs per game.

The Phillies are 61-69 on the year after losing to the New York Mets 3-2 last night. The Mets have won the first two games of the series and moved into a tie with the Phils for third place in the NL East.

The Phillies are 15-12 in August despite having scored as many runs (101) as they have allowed.

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

He also walked twice in the game last night. In his two plate appearances he has more walks (two) than Orr, Pridie, Lee, Halladay and Worley do in their 198 plate appearances combined. Orr has one and the rest of those guys don’t have any.

Five strikeouts in six innings gives Cloyd a strikeout rate of 7.5 per nine innings. His strikeout rate in 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A was 6.1, down from 8.5 in 2011 (Clearwater and Reading combined, mostly Reading). So what happened to his strikeouts from ’11 to ’12? Don’t know, but I do know we’re not the only ones wondering.

He allowed singles to Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis in the top of the first, but got Lucas Duda to pop to Rollins with runners on the corners to leave them both stranded.

He started the second up 1-0 and allowed a leadoff double to Scott Hairston. Cloyd hit Mike Baxter behind Hairston, putting men on first and second for Kelly Shoppach. He struck out Shoppach for the first out, but the pitcher Matt Harvey was next and singled to left. Hairston scored ahead of the throw from Pierre, which was online but weak, tying the game at 1-1. Cloyd struck out Tejada for the second out and got Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to right to leave both runners stranded.

Four hits, including a double and a single by the pitcher, allowed by Cloyd in the first two innings.

The Phillies led 2-1 when he started the third. David Wright grounded to short for the first out before Davis singled to right. Duda was next and the lefty hammered an 0-1 pitch down the first base line and out for a two-run homer that put the Mets up 3-2. Cloyd walked Hairston and Baxter behind Duda, putting runners on first and second, but struck Shoppach out for the second out and Harvey for the third.

Two more hits and two more walks allowed by Cloyd. Through his first three innings, he had allowed six hits, including a double and a home run, walked two and hit one batter. That’s a 2.67 ratio.

Things got better from there.

He set the Mets down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Shoppach singled with one out in the third. Harvey bunted Shoppach to second with the second out. Cloyd struck Tejada out looking to leave him at second.

Horst needed six pitches to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

0.92 ERA for Horst on the year. 1.07 ratio with 23 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.

Bastardo started the eighth and Duda led off with a single to right. Aumont took over for Bastardo and struck the righty Hairston out for the first out as Duda stole second. Aumont struck the next hitter, Baxter, out as well. Then he lost the plate. He walked Shoppach to put two men on. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Josh Edgin. Aumont got behind him 2-0, but Turner grounded to third on a 2-1 pitch to set the Mets down.

Bastardo and Aumont in the eighth inning has close to zero chance of working on a regular basis. At least the rest of this season.

Bastardo was pitching for the second day in a row. He has dropped his ERA on the year from 5.45 to 5.13 with 2 1/3 scoreless innings over four appearances.

Aumont has now made two scoreless appearances with the Phils, walking two and striking out two in two innings.

Lindblom struck out Wright in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Lindblom was also pitching for the second day in a row. 6.17 ERA with a 1.46 ratio in 11 2/3 innings over 13 appearances since joining the Phillies. Two of his last three outings have been really good, but he was charged with a run on two walks in an inning in Tuesday’s opener with the Mets.

Three scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow a single and a walk.

Bastardo and Lindblom have both thrown two days in a row. Lindblom threw nine pitches last night and Bastardo two. Aumont 20 pitches and Horst six.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Pierre in left with Brown on the bench, presumably to rest his sore knee.

Pierre and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the bottom of the first, putting men on the corners for Howard. Howard flew to left for the second out, deep enough for Pierre to tag and score, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mayberry flew to center to leave Utley at first.

It was 1-1 when the Phils hit in the second. Frandsen singled to center with one out and Kratz flew out behind him for the second. Cloyd was next and drew a walk on four pitches. It put men on first and second for Rollins and he doubled into the right field corner, scoring Frandsen (2-1) and moving Cloyd up to third. Pierre flew to left to end the inning.

Cloyd draws a walk to keep the inning alive for the RBI-double by Rollins.

That was it for the scoring by the Phils in the game.

Down 3-2, Utley was hit by a pitch to start the third, but Howard struck out for the first out and Mayberry bounced into a double-play.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Cloyd walked again to start the fifth. Rollins struck out for the first out before Pierre singled him to second. Utley flew to right for the second out. Howard hit the ball hard to left, but Duda took it on the track to end the inning.

Nix doubled with one out in the sixth and moved to third when Frandsen grounded out for the second out. Kratz struck out looking 0-2 to leave Nix at third.

Polanco hit for Horst to start the seventh and Harvey got him on a line drive to center for the first out. Lefty Josh Edgin took over for Harvey, getting Rollins on a ground ball to third and Pierre on a fly ball to center.

A whole lot of lefties in the lineup for the Phils mean they’re going to keep seeing a ton of left-handed relievers. Last night they started lefties two, three, four and six in the order. In the one spot was Rollins who is on-basing .281 against lefties for the year. They hit Mayberry fifth and he’s on-basing .284 against lefties with, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, no walks against lefties for the season (134 plate appearances).

Polanco leads off the inning against the righty Harvey with lefties Brown and Lerud and the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench.

The Phillies went in order in the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson got Utley and Howard and righty Jon Rauch took over to get Mayberry.

Frank Francisco struck out Nix and Kratz in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game. 203/277/386 over his last 224 plate appearances.

Pierre 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to get his average for the year back to .300. He’s 3-for-his-last-22. He is bizarrely hitting 224/281/282 at home and 380/409/448 away from home. That is nonsensical.

Utley 1-for-3. 274/397/484 in August. He has 217 plate appearances as a second baseman for the Phillies this season. Galvis has 178.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-15 with seven strikeouts.

Mayberry 0-for-4. He came into the game 7-for-his-last-17 (.412).

Nix 1-for-4 with a double and struck out three times. He has started three games in a row, going 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-18 with four singles.

Kratz 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles and six strikeouts.

Kendrick (7-9, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51) this afternoon. Kendrick has been outstanding since the end of June, throwing to a 2.05 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in 44 innings over 13 appearances, six of which have been starts. The Phillies have won the last three games he has started and he’s allowed two runs in 21 1/3 innings in those games (both of which came on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Tyler Moore). Niese has a 2.29 ERA and an 0.99 ratio in his five starts in August. His numbers against lefties and righties are very similar for the year — righties are hitting 238/287/378 against him (isolated power of .140) while lefties are hitting 239/291/349 (isolated power of .110).


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