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Play ball! Not especially well, but whatever!

The Phillies have played three games since the last post. They played an intrasquad game on Friday, Houston on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday.

Yesterday the Phils and Tigers played to a 5-5 tie in ten innings. Howard was 2-for-3 with a pair for doubles. Frandsen also had two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Domonic Brown got just one at-bat in the game, but hit a solo home run pinch-hitting for Ruf in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. Ruf was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Pitching-wise, Halladay was the story of the game as he allowed one run on one hit, a solo homer by Victor Martinez, over two innings. Rodrigo Lopez threw three scoreless innings late in the game, striking out three. Bastardo, Savery and Justin Friend all tossed a scoreless inning. Savery got out of his inning with the help of a double-play after allowing two singles in the frame.

JC Ramirez and Diekman had less luck. Ramirez was charged with three runs in the fourth on a walk, two singles and a double. Diekman pitched the fifth and allowed a run. He gave up a leadoff walk and the pinch-runner came around to score on a two-out single after stealing second.

In 2012 with the Phillies, Diekman walked 20 in 27 1/3 innings.

On Saturday the Phils made four errors as they lost 8-3 to the Astros. Ruf’s was the most memorable, misplaying a single to allow an extra base, as his first chance to impress with his defense in left didn’t go so well. Kratz, Martinez and Revere also had errors in the game.

Pete Orr hit a solo home run for the Phils. Yuniesky Betancourt started at short and was the only Phillie with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

Hamels was rather impressive, throwing two shutout innings to start the game. He allowed just one hit, an infield single, and threw just ten pitches. Rosenberg was next and was hit hard, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk in two frames. Zach Miner allowed two runs on three hits in the fifth, only one of which was earned due to Revere’s error in center. Horst allowed a run over two innings and De Fratus was charged with single runs in both the eighth and the ninth, walking a batter early in both frames.

On Friday, Ruf was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and Brown 1-for-2 with a double in the intrasquad game. Lefty Adam Morgan also threw two scoreless frames.

Over two official spring training games, Ender Inciarte is 1-for-1 with a single and two walks. Ut oh. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Phillies traded Michael Schwimer to the Blue Jays for first baseman Art Charles. Charles is 22 and hits left-handed. He’s spent three years in the low minors, hitting .239, but with a 101 walks and 28 home runs in 706 plate appearances. 239/358/482 so far in the minor leagues.

The Phillies signed 24-year-old left-handed hitting 1B/3B/LF Austin Gallagher to a minor league deal and released Andres Blanco. Gallagher hasn’t made it to Double-A yet, but has hit 285/360/430 over 2,173 plate appearances at various stops in the Dodgers organization. He will begin to serve a 50-game suspension for taking a banned substance on April 1.

Delmon Young will see a doctor this week in the hopes of being cleared for more activity.

The Phillies play the Tigers this afternoon with Cliff Lee expected to pitch.


Drama kings

The Phillies are apparently willing to do whatever it takes to deliver dramatic wins. Start Wigginton at third against righties no matter how bad he is at hitting righties or playing third. Let their lefties with ERAs up near five pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies did it all yesterday and still came out with a win, scoring twice in the bottom of the tenth to beat the Brewers 7-6.

Worley cruised into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead and after three straight nail biters it looked like the Phils were on their way to an easy win. Didn’t happen. Worley allowed two runs in the sixth on a Rickie Weeks homer and an RBI-double by Carlos Gomez, cutting the lead to 5-3. Manuel tried to use Bastardo to pitch the eighth despite a mountain of evidence going into the game that that isn’t going to work. There’s more now. Bastardo stayed in to face the righty Ryan Braun with two outs and Braun took him out of the yard for a two-run homer that tied the game at 5-5. A two-base error by Wigginton led to an unearned run off of Schwimer in the top of the tenth, putting the Phils behind 6-5. A walk to Mayberry and a double by Kratz put runners on second and third with one out in the tenth. Ruiz hit a sac fly to tie things up at 6-6 before a two-out walkoff single by Rollins gave the Phils a 7-6 win.

Manuel had a miserable game, starting Wigginton at third against a righty with Fontenot on the bench and leaving Bastardo in to face Braun. Wigginton made two errors and has made three in the last two games. His second yesterday to start the tenth looked like the biggest play of the game before the Phils rallied for two in the bottom of the frame. Bastardo has a 5.23 ERA for the year. He can’t be allowed to pitch to Ryan Braun as the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phillies are 45-54 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 7-6 score for the third straight game. The Phils sweep the series, but remain in last place in the NL East, 14 games behind the Nationals. They have won four in a row.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out six.

The Phillies didn’t have a quality start in the series. In the three games, the starters combined to throw to a 7.36 ERA and allowed 30 hits in 18 1/3 innings. The pen threw 9 2/3 innings in the three games, pitching to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.93 ratio. Remember this? In two of the three games, the Phillies won despite the fact that their starting pitcher put up a worse game score than the Milwaukee starter.

Worley got the first two hitters in the top of the first before Ryan Braun doubled to center. Aramis Ramirez popped to first to leave Braun stranded.

Braun was 5-for-9 in the series with a double and a home run through two games and one at-bat.

Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks singled back-to-back to start the top of the second, putting men on first and second for Martin Maldonado. Maldonado lined a single to right, scoring Hart to put Milwaukee up 1-0 with men on first and third. Cody Ransom bunted Maldonado up to second with the first out. Worley struck the pitcher Marco Estrada out swinging for the second out. Carlos Gomez grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

The bunt ahead of the pitcher with nobody out and men on first and third was a gift. That’s a really bad idea. Worley hadn’t gotten an out in the inning.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Worley started the third. Nyjer Morgan led off with a single to center. Braun was next and hit a ball to third that Wigginton didn’t handle, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ramirez grounded into a double-play and Hart flew to center to keep the Brewers off the board.

Second error in two games for Wigginton at third.

The Phillies led 3-1 when Worley hit Weeks with the first pitch of the fourth inning. Weeks stole second as Maldonado struck out looking for the first out. Worley walked Ransom, putting two men on for Estrada again. Estrada again struck out looking. Gomez flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Estrada 0-for-2 with four men left on base through four innings.

The Phils were up 5-1 when Worley started the fifth. Braun doubled with one out, but Ramirez went down on a pop to Utley and Hart flew to center to leave him stranded.

Weeks led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Worley out to left. 5-2. Worley struck out Maldonado for the first out before Ransom doubled to left. Lefty Travis Ishikawa hit for the pitcher Tyler Thornberg and Ishikawa moved Ransom up to third with a single. Gomez was next and he doubled to left, off the glove of a diving Pierre near the third base line. Ransom scored and Ishikawa moved up to third with the lead cut to 5-3. Manuel called on Kendrick to pitch to the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third. Morgan flew to right with the runners holding for the second out. Braun was next and Kendrick threw him three straight balls before walking him intentionally to load the bases. He got Ramirez on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

That worked out really well. For the record, I was not a fan of bringing Kendrick in to face the lefty Morgan with one out and men on second and third, especially given the four lefties in the pen, but whatever. Whoever came up with the don’t-throw-the-ball-anywhere-near-the-plate strategy for Braun’s at-bat did a nice job.

Weeks reached on an infield single off of Kendrick with one out in the seventh. Maldonado was next and hit a ground ball to third with Wigginton throwing to first for the second out as Weeks moved up to second. Kendrick got Ransom swinging 2-2 for the third out.

Kendrick great again, throwing another 1 2/3 innings without being charged with a run. He has now thrown 14 1/3 innings in July without being charged with a run, allowing eight hits and four walks (0.84 ratio).

Bastardo started the eighth and lefty Norichika Aoki hit for Livan Hernandez. Aoki went down swinging 2-2 for the first out. Gomez was next and lined a single to center. Righty Jeff Bianchi hit for the lefty Nyjer Morgan and hit a ball caught by a sliding Pence for the second out. It brought the righty Braun to the plate as the tying run and Bastardo stayed in to pitch to him. Braun hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 5-5. Bastardo got Ramirez on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

That’s atrocious. Schwimer had pitched two days in a row and the pitcher spot was due to lead off the bottom of the eighth, but you really don’t want Bastardo pitching to Braun there. Was nice of the Brewers to hit with a lefty against Bastardo for the first out.

Braun was 7-for-12 in the series with two walks, two doubles and two home runs.

Bastardo has a 12.15 ERA with a 1.50 ratio in July. He didn’t allow a home run in 14 2/3 innings in his first 20 appearances of the year through May 30. Since the start of June he’s thrown 18 innings and allowed six home runs.

Papelbon started the ninth. Hart led off with a single and stole second before Weeks singled into left, moving Hart up to third. Maldonado was next and bunted. Papelbon fielded and Hart was caught up between third and home. Papelbon threw to third and Hart was run down and tagged for the first out. It left one down and men on first and second for Ransom. Papelbon struck him out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Aoki grounded to Utley for the third out.

Huge play on the bunt and Papelbon escapes after Milwaukee puts men on the corners with nobody out. He pitched two scoreless frames in the last two games of the set.

Schwimer started the tenth. Gomez was the first batter and reached on a two-base error by Wigginton. Switch-hitter Cesar Izturis hit for the pitcher John Axford and bunted Gomez to third with the first out. Braun was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners. Ramirez was next and popped a ball up — Utley made a running basket catch with his back to the infield, but Gomez tagged from third and scored ahead of the throw from Utley. 6-5 Milwaukee. Kratz threw Braun out trying to steal second to end the frame.

Good idea walking Braun intentionally. Bad idea playing Wigginton at third.

The two-base error by Wigginton was just a high popup to third that Wigginton dropped. Nice job by Gomez getting to second, cause that ball is caught a huge percentage of the time at the major league level and it was questionable fair/foul as well.

Schwimer pitches all three games in the series, allowing an unearned run on no hits and two walks. He got the wins in games two and three. He had a 7.56 ERA over his first nine appearances of the year. Since then he’s had 18 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 2.08 ERA over 17 1/3 innings.

The pen goes 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Bastardo allows a two-run homer and Schwimer charged with the unearned run on the Wigginton misplay.

Schwimer has thrown three days in a row and Papelbon two. Kendrick threw 40 pitches on Sunday and 33 on Wednesday. Today’s off-day can’t hurt.

The Phillies lineup against righty Marco Estrada went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Wigginton (7) Pierre (8) Kratz. Ruiz on the bench for the day game. Pierre in left against the righty. Wigginton at third against the righty despite being terrible at third and against righties. 247/294/359 against righties for the season in 187 plate appearances. Fontenot on the bench despite being able to play third and hitting 342/388/405 against righties for the season coming into the game. Also, Wigginton was hitting .163 over his last 89 plate appearances. So that one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me even if Wigginton doesn’t have an awful game.

Utley walked with two outs and stole second. He was left there when Howard struck out swinging to end the inning.

Pierre doubled to right with two outs in the second and the Phillies down 1-0. Kratz was next and singled to left, scoring Pierre to tie the game at 1-1. Worley was next and moved Kratz up to second with a single. Rollins flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Three RBI in his last two at-bats for Kratz.

Victorino singled to center to start the third and scored when Utley followed with a double. 2-1. Howard moved Utley up to third when he grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out. Pence was next and blooped a single to right, scoring Utley to make it 3-1. Wigginton struck out and Pierre flew to left to leave Pence stranded.

Kratz doubled to left to start the fourth and Worley bunted him to third with the first out. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Kratz holding. Victorino followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners for Utley. Utley cleared the bases with a double to right center, putting the Phils up 5-1. Howard followed with a walk, but Pence struck out to leave runners on first and second.

No RBI for Rollins with one out and a runner on third.

Wigginton singled to left off of righty Tyler Thornberg to start the fourth. Pierre moved him to second with a single, but Kratz was next and grounded into a double-play. It left Wigginton on third with two outs for Worley. Worley flew to left to leave Wigginton stranded.

No runs for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Rollins and Victorino both went down before Utley hit a ball that went off of first base and into foul territory for a single. Howard moved Utley to third with another single, but Pence flew to right to leave them both stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

It was 5-5 when the Phils hit against righty John Axford in the eighth. Nix hit for Bastardo and grounded to first for the first out. Rollins popped to Ransom for the second and Victorino grounded out for the third.

Axford struck out Utley, Howard and Pence in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phils were down 6-5 when they faced righty Francisco Rodriguez in the tenth. Wigginton led off and flew to center on the first pitch of his at-bat. Mayberry was next and drew walk. Kratz followed and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Ruiz hit for Schwimer and Fontenot ran for Kratz at second. Ruiz hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score, trying the game at 6-6. Rollins was next and he lined a single into center. Gomez took it moving to his right, but his throw home wasn’t close to getting Fontenot at the plate. Fontenot scored to give the Phils a 7-6 win.

Rodriguez came into the game having walked six batters over 1 2/3 innings in his last two outings. Not sure you want to be swinging first pitch.

Just another one of those rallies started by a walk by Mayberry and a double by Kratz. Ruiz gets the job done with a sac fly with the second out and Rollins delivers a key two-out hit.

Best game of the set for the Milwaukee bullpen, but they still allow two runs in 5 2/3 innings and lose the game. Rodriguez allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings in the series.

Rollins was 1-for-6 in the game. Made the one count, though, giving the Phils a walkoff win with his single in the bottom of the tenth. 2-for-13 in the series with two singles and two walks. He walked in the ninth inning of game one to start that rally. Got the walkoff single in the tenth in the final game of the series against the Giants. 253/311/401 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-8 with a double and two walks in the set. 253/319/387 for the season.

Utley 3-for-4 in the game with a walk, two doubles and three RBI. 4-for-9 with five walks, two doubles and a home run in the series. 257/349/473 for the year in 74 at-bats.

Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 244/370/556 on the year. 2-for-16 against lefties. 310/412/655 against righties.

Pence 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 2-for-13 with a walk and two RBI in the series. Got the bloop single that won game two. 267/334/447 for the year. 143/208/204 in 49 at-bats since the All-Star break. 189/259/230 in 74 at-bats in July.

Wigginton 1-for-5 with a strikeout and two errors, one of which was a huge two-base dropped popup to start the top of the tenth. 2-for-12 with a walk and an RBI in the series. He hit the sac fly that scored Kratz to win game one of the set. 234/305/373 on the year. On-basing .292 against righties.

Pierre 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-7 with a walk, a double and two stolen bases in the series. 308/349/376 for the season. He came into yesterday’s game on-basing .302 over his last 119 plate appearances. He hit .340 in his first 167 plate appearances of the year through June 3. .265 since June 3 (30-for-113).

Kratz 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Just a monster series for Kratz: 4-for-6 with two doubles and a home run. Ran for Howard and scored the winning run in game one of the set. Hit a two-run pinch-hit homer to start the long rally back in game two. Two doubles in game three, including a huge one in the bottom of the tenth. Fontenot ran for him in game three and scored the run that won the game on the single by Rollins. Kratz is 6-for-16 on the season with two doubles and three home runs.

Mayberry walked in is only chance yesterday and was 2-for-8 with a walk and a double in the set. 237/276/397 on the year.

The Phillies don’t play today. They are in Atlanta tomorrow night.


Save yourself

The script says we’re about to see Chase Utley ride in to save the season, but the Phillies looked more than capable of saving themselves last night. They sparkled with the gloves and got home runs from Ruiz and Wigginton as they topped the Pirates 5-4.

Their defense was outstanding in the game. In the top of the first, Worley made a nifty glove-hand flip to Ruiz to nail a runner from third for the second out. Fontenot made a fantastic diving play on a ball up the middle for the second out in the third. Mayberry made a beautiful throw from left to nail a runner at the plate and help get the Phils out of a jam in the seventh. Ruiz tracked down a bunt running up against the wall after a leadoff double by the Pirates started the eighth.

The pen was good enough in a tight game. Michael Schwimer, in particular, was excellent. Schwimer entered the top of the seventh with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phillies up a run. After going way up and in to Jose Tabata on the first pitch of Tabata’s at-bat, Tabata grounded back to the mound with the runners holding for the first out. Neil Walker was next and flew to left, with Mayberry making the catch and a fantastic throw to the plate where Ruiz applied the tag for the third out.

The Phillies are 36-40 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 last night. The Phillies have won the first two games of the set and are in fourth place in the NL East, eight games behind the first-place Nationals. Since the end of the day on June 12, the Phillies have played 13 games and gone 7-6, which is the best mark in the NL East.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five.

It was the worst of Worley’s last four starts and the only game of the four that the Phillies have won. He has a 2.08 ERA over his last four outings and opponents have hit .198 against him. He’s allowed one home run in 30 innings in June.

Jose Tabata was the first batter of the game and Worley hit him with an 0-1 pitch. Neil Walker was next and Worley walked him, putting runners on first and second for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen grounded to short for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Garrett Jones was next and hit a ball fielded by Worley. Worley glove-flipped home where Tabata was tagged out by Ruiz for the second out. Casey McGehee grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Worley keeps the Pirates off the board after the first two hitters of the inning reach base. Very nice play to get the second out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Pedro Alvarez doubled to center to start the second. Clint Barmes grounded to short for the first out with Alvarez moving up to third. Michael McKenry was next and flew to left, deep enough for Alvarez to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Worley struck the pitcher Eric Bedard out looking to end the frame.

Up 2-1, Worley threw a 1-2-3 third. Fontenot made a nice diving play on a ball hit up the middle by Walker for the second out.

Up 4-1, he struck out Jones and Alvarez in a 1-2-3 fourth.

McKenry doubled to left with one out in the fifth and Bedard bunted him to third with the second out. Tabata grounded to second to leave him at third.

McCutchen doubled with one out in the sixth and moved up to third on a ground out by Jones. McGehee followed with a single to right that scored McCutchen, cutting the lead to 4-2. Worley struck Alvarez out swinging 2-2 to leave McGehee at first.

Worley allowed the first two batters in the top of the seventh to reach on a walk (Barmes) and a single (McKenry). It put men on first and second and switch-hitter Drew Sutton hit for the pitcher Bedard and doubled softly to left, scoring Barmes (4-3) and moving McKenry to third. Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Tabata and got him on a ground ball Schwimer handled himself with the runners holding at second and third. Walker was next and flew to left. Mayberry took it there for the second out. McKenry tagged and tried to score from third, but Mayberry’s throw from left was fantastic and Ruiz applied the tag to end the inning.

Fantastic throw by Mayberry. Schwimer keeps the Pirates from getting more after coming into the game with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phils up one. He got more than a little bit of luck on the ball Tabata hit after Schwimer’s first pitch to Tabata was up and in. Tabata hit the ball hard, but Schwimer was able to field it and throw to first for the first out. Big defensive play by Schwimer, but without it the Pirates might have had two runs instead of none.

Schwimer only threw five pitches in the game, but that might be the biggest outing of his career to this point. After throwing to an 8.53 ERA over his first five appearances through the end of May, Schwimer has made ten June appearances in which he has thrown to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.72 ratio, allowing four hits and three walks over 9 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .129 against him in June. Again, the Phillies really, really need a righty in the pen other than Qualls and Papelbon. Schwimer was fantastic last night, but I don’t think you want to try to cash that check just yet.

Bastardo started the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to McCutchen. Righty Josh Harrison hit for the lefty Jones and tried to bunt McCutchen up to third. He popped up the first pitch he saw from Bastardo and Ruiz made a fantastic running basket catch near the wall for the first out. McGehee popped to Wigginton for the second out and Bastardo struck out Alvarez for the third.

Great defensive play by Ruiz helps Bastardo out of a jam after the leadoff double.

Bastardo pitches the eighth inning isn’t going to work. I think it has to be a combination of Bastardo and Qualls, with Qualls facing the righties and Bastardo the lefties. That’s tough, though, since Qualls really can’t face lefties in a tight game, but at least the Phillies have four lefties in the pen who can. It probably wasn’t a choice last night, though, with Qualls having thrown five of the last six days, including the ninth inning of game one of the series with a five-run lead. Bastardo got the righties Harrison and McGehee with a man in scoring position before striking out the lefty Alvarez.

Bastardo has thrown three of the last four days and last night’s was the only appearance of the three in which he was not charged with a run. He has a 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances and opponents have hit .302 against him in those outings. He’s walked ten of the 65 (15.4%) right-handed batters he’s faced on the year, which is one of the reasons he can’t be the guy against everyone in the eighth inning. See also the 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 5-3. He struck Barmes out for the first out before McKenry hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 5-4. Lefty Alex Presley hit for the pitcher Tony Watson and flew to left for the second out. Tabata struck out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Papelbon has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances. Over those three outings, he has allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over three innings and his ERA for the year has gone from 2.02 to 3.03. If it’s 4.04 after three more days we really need to start to worry. He has a 5.00 ERA in his eight June appearances.

Schwimer was fantastic in the game, wriggling out of the seventh inning jam with the help of a great throw from Mayberry. But we don’t need to go nuts about how fantastic the bullpen was in the game. Overall they went three innings, allowing a run on two hits, a double and a home run. Schwimer needed a nice play on Tabata’s ball and a great throw by Mayberry to keep the Pirates off the board. Had Ruiz not homered in the eighth to put the Phils up another run, nobody would have a whole lot to say about the excellence of the pen this morning.

Papelbon threw 20 pitches in the game, Bastardo ten and Schwimer five. Everyone in the bullpen should be available for tonight’s game — their availability might wind up mattering a lot given that the Phils look likely to start Valdes or Savery.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Eric Bedard went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Fontenot. Fontenot starts at second against the lefty with the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench. Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left with Pierre on the bench.

Pence tripled to right with two outs in the first and came in to score when Ruiz followed with a single to left. 1-0. Victorino moved Ruiz to second with a single into center, but Wigginton grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Fontenot singled to center with one out in the second and the score tied at 1-1. Worley bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins walked behind Worley. Polanco was next with two outs and men on first and second. He singled to left. Fontenot scored from second, putting the Phils up 2-1. Rollins was caught between second and third and tagged out to end the inning.

Worley gets the bunt down and Polanco delivers a two-out single. Fontenot starts the rally with a single off of a lefty. Looked like they had a chance to get Fontenot at the plate, but the throw was cut to get Rollins headed for third.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the third. Victorino flew out behind him, but Wigginton was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 4-1. Mayberry grounded to second for the third out.

Big blow for Wigginton, who was 9-for-his-last-52 (.173) coming into the game.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Polanco singled to start the fifth and Pence walked behind him, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz flew to right, Victorino struck out and Wigginton grounded to third.

Polanco on-base again, but nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with no outs. Polanco is 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when the Phils went in order in the sixth.

It was 4-3 when righty Juan Cruz set them down in order in the seventh.

Ruiz homered to left on an 0-2 pitch from Cruz to start the eighth, putting the Phils up 5-3. Victorino followed with a walk and moved up to second when Wigginton followed with a single. Lefty Tony Watson came in to pitch to Mayberry and struck him out swinging for the first out as Victorino stole third. With men on first and third, the righty Luna hit for the lefty Fontenot. Watson got him to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Home run by Ruiz is the difference in the game with Papelbon allowing a solo shot to McKenry in the ninth. Again the Phils can’t add on despite putting men on first and second with nobody out. Mayberry gets a gift as the Pirates bring in a lefty to pitch to him, but strikes out for the first out with two men on and nobody out.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-11 with two walks, a double and a home coming off of an 11-game stretch where he hit .417.

Polanco 2-for-4 with an RBI. 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks and two doubles. He’s driven in at least one run in three straight games.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. 9-for-his-last-40 (.225).

Ruiz 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, raising his average to a league-high .361. 6-for-his-last-9. .419 over his last nine games (419/528/674 in 53 plate appearances).

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. .224 over his last 67 plate appearances. He’s walked four times in his last four games, giving him a .412 on-base percentage in those games despite hitting .231 (3-for-13).

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a huge home run. The only thing we should be expecting Wigginton to do is hit against lefties and he delivered a big blow against Bedard last night. Against left-handed pitching, he’s hitting an ugly .238 for the year, but five home runs in 65 at-bats against southpaws have helped him to slug .477 against them.

Mayberry 0-for-4. The spark he was showing a week or so ago seems to have faded. He’s 1-for-his-last-16 with six strikeouts. Like Wigginton, Mayberry needs to hit lefties and has hit for power against them despite weak numbers overall. Mayberry is hitting 268/274/537 against left-handed pitching for the year and 206/267/280 against righties. 206/267/280 means you can’t be on the field against righties as a corner outfielder or a first baseman. If you’re going to on-base .274 against lefties, slugging .537 isn’t enough.

Fontenot 1-for-3 in the game to drop his average on the year to .344. Fantastic diving play in the top of the third might have helped his cause significantly given his defensive struggles in his first few appearances with the team. He’s hitting 408/442/490 in 52 plate appearances against righties. The team needs guys who can hit righties — again, take a look at what Mayberry and Wigginton have done against righties from positions that should be supplying the offense (not suggestion we should or will see Fontenot at first or left, although I honestly don’t think Fontenot at first against a righty if Wigginton and Mayberry are both struggling badly is impossible).

TBD faces righty James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) tonight. No game on Friday night due to rain messed up the rotation for the Phils. It’s Kendrick’s turn, but he would be on short rest and so would everyone behind him until the next off-day (July 2) if the Phils don’t give a start to somebody not in the rotation. We’ll see what happens. McDonald has been great this year. Opponents have hit .195 against him and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts. Righties are hitting 184/245/286 against him for the season.

Update: Looks like Valdes (2-0, 1.84) starts tonight. He has one other career start, which came with the Mets in 2010. He allowed a run on three hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings and the Mets beat the Nats 7-2.

Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a home run for the Triple-A IronPigs and is coming soon to a theater near you.


Vance’s trance over the Rockies not enough to advance the cause of the Phillies

The Phils got the pitching performance they needed from Vance Worley last night, but the bats went silent as the Rockies topped the Phillies 4-1.

Jimmy Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a home run for the Phils, but that was all the offense they would get in the game. They were unable to score despite leadoff doubles in the second and again in the eighth.

Worley kept the Rockies off the board until the seventh, when a two-run homer by Chris Nelson put Colorado on top to stay. Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer off of Michael Schwimer in the top of the ninth to account for the rest of the Colorado scoring.

Worley has thrown to a 1.35 ERA over his last three starts, allowing three earned runs over 20 innings. The Phils have lost all three games.

The Phillies are 33-38 on the year after losing to the Colorado Rockies 4-1 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. They are in last place in the NL East, nine games behind the first place Nationals.

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

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second up 1-0. Tyler Colvin walked with one out. Jordan Pacheco was next and moved Colvin to third with a single to right. Worley got Chris Nelson to ground back to the mound into a double-play to turn the Rockies away.

Worley struck out pitcher Jeff Francis and Dexter Fowler in a 1-2-3 third.

Marco Scutaro walked to start the fourth. Carlos Gonzalez was next and grounded to second with Scutaro forced at second for the first out. Cuddyer popped to short for the second out before Colvin reached on catcher’s interference, putting men on first and second. Gonzalez was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame.

Worley threw a 1-2-3 fifth. Pence made a nice sliding catch in right on a ball hit by Nelson for the second out.

Switch-hitter Eric Young hit for Francis to start the sixth and flew to center for the first out. Worley got Fowler to pop to short behind him for the second out before Scutaro singled to right. Gonzalez grounded to second for the third out.

Colvin doubled to left with one out in the seventh. Pacheco grounded to short for the second out, but Nelson followed and hit a 2-1 pitch out to left center, putting the Rockies up 2-1. Wilin Rosario grounded to third to set Colorado down.

Qualls started the eighth with the Phillies still down a run. Fowler and Scutaro singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on the corners. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Gonzalez and a wild pitch moved Scutaro up to second before Gonzalez hit a ground ball to short. With the infield in, Rollins took the grounder and threw home where Fowler was tagged out by Ruiz for the second out. Diekman struck the righty Cuddyer out swinging to leave the runners on first and second.

Great job by Manuel to get Qualls out of the game and let Diekman pitch to the lefty Gonzalez. After he gets the lefty Gonzalez, Diekman stays in the game to face the righty Cuddyer and strikes him out to leave two men on base. Would have been nice to put a righty on Cuddyer there, but the Phils have three righties in the pen. Papelbon is probably not an option behind in the eighth, Qualls had already pitched and Schwimer doesn’t make you feel a whole lot better than letting the lefty Diekman face Cuddyer. Worked out well for the Phils.

Qualls allows hits to two of the three batters he faces, but no runs thanks to Diekman and Rollins’s play to nail Fowler at the plate. He hasn’t been charged with a run in six innings over his last six appearances, dropping his ERA on the season from 5.32 to 4.18.

Diekman got the lefty Colvin to pop to third for the first out. Lefty Todd Helton hit for the pitcher Matt Belisle and Diekman walked him after getting ahead 0-2. Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Nelson and got him on a fly ball to right for the second out. Rosario was next, though, and he hit the first pitch from Schwimer out to left, extending the Colorado lead to 4-1. Schwimer struck out DJ LeMahieu for the third out.

Diekman goes one inning in the game and is charged with a run on one walk as Helton scores on the Rosario homer allowed by Schwimer. He has a 1.86 ERA over his last 12 appearances but has allowed 11 hits and six walks over 9 2/3 innings (that’s a 1.76 ratio).

Three righties in pen, one of which is the closer and one of which can’t face lefties ever means that right number three is going to have to pitch. Righty number three is Schwimer and he has a 5.14 ERA for the year after allowing a run on one hit over two-thirds of an inning last night.

Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Diekman threw 17 pitches, Schwimer 12 and Qualls eight. Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jeff Francis went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Pierre in left against the lefty. Mayberry at first after Wigginton delivers a big two-out hit to start the rally in the ninth in game two. Martinez at second.

Rollins was the first batter of the bottom of the first and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Pence singled to left with one out, but Ruiz struck out behind him for the second before Victorino reached on an infield single that moved Pence up to second. Polanco struck out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry doubled to center to start the second. Martinez popped to Nelson for the first out. Worley was next and reached on a throwing error by Pacheco at third, leaving the Phils with runners on the corners with one down. Rollins fouled out to Cuddyer for the second out with the runners holding. Pierre flew to center to leave them stranded.

No run for the Phils after the leadoff double. Martinez can’t move the runner out. Rollins can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Mayberry singled with one out in the fourth. Martinez struck out behind him and Worley popped to short.

Pierre bunted for a single with one out in the fifth and moved up to second on a ground out by Pence. Ruiz grounded to second to leave Pierre at second.

Righty Josh Roenicke set the Phillies down in order in the sixth. Mayberry hit the ball well, but Scutaro made a nice diving play to field the ball and throw to first in time to get Mayberry for the third out.

Roenicke struck Martinez out for the first out in the seventh with the Phillies down 2-1. Fontenot hit for Worley and singled to left, but lefty Rex Brothers came in to pitch to Rollins and got him to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Wigginton doubled off of righty Matt Belisle to start the eighth. Pence struck out for the first out and Ruiz flew to center for the second with Wigginton tagging and moving up to third. Victorino popped to Scutaro to leave him at third.

Again, like in the second, the Phillies don’t score after the leadoff double. Pence can’t move Wigginton up to third with the first out.

Trailing 4-1, Polanco and Mayberry went down against righty Rafael Betancourt to start the ninth. Thome hit for Martinez and struck out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Thome now 0-for-12 as a pinch-hitter with eight strikeouts.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a home run in the game. 4-for-11 with two walks, two doubles and a home run in the three-game series. He’s hitting 260/309/382 for the year. 294/344/483 over his last 154 plate appearances. 15-for-his-last-39 (.385) with eight extra-base hits.

Pierre starts against the lefty and goes 1-for-3. He was 2-for-7 with a triple in the series. 323/360/379 for the year.

Pence 1-for-4 last night and 2-for-13 with a double in the series. Two home runs so far in June after hitting eight in May. 275/339/464 for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4 last night and 2-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 347/414/568 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-4. 4-for-12 with four singles in the series. 252/319/399 for the season.

Polanco 0-for-4. 2-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. 274/309/356.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double. 5-for-11 with a walk, three doubles and a home run in the series. 11-for-his-last-28 with two walks and eight extra-base hits. 249/284/422 for the year.

Martinez was 0-for-3 and struck out twice in the game. 1-for-11 with a three-run homer in the series. He’s on the field way, way too much for the Phillies after being on the field way, way too much for the Phillies in 2011. 6-for-36 on the year with five singles and a home run.

Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) faces righty James Shields (7-4, 3.72) tonight. The Phillies really need Lee to help them stabilize the rotation with Halladay out. He hasn’t done it so far, winless for the year and having thrown to a 4.79 ERA in his three June starts and a 4.87 ERA over his last six. The Phillies are 3-8 in his starts for the year and have lost three games in a row. Shields has allowed one earned run in 14 innings over his last two starts (four runs if you count the three unearned runs he surrendered). He started game two of the 2008 World Series against the Phils, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings as the Rays won 4-2.


Fans concur they don’t care if it is the heat or the humidity as long as the Phillies keep on hitting

The Phillies continued to pound out runs yesterday afternoon in Arizona, scoring seven more as they topped the Snakes 7-2. The Phillies scored 20 runs in the three-game set, which they came into averaging 2.69 runs per game for the season.

The Phils also got very good starting pitching in each of the two games they won in the series. Hamels allowed two runs over eight innings yesterday in game three, coming off of a game two performance in which Worley held the Diamondbacks to a run over six frames.

After 19 games, the Phils are tied for 14th in the NL in runs scored per game and fourth in runs allowed per game. They’ve still won just one game on the season in which they’ve allowed more than two runs.

The Phillies are 9-10 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 yesterday afternoon. They take the series two games to one and have won two games in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven. Through four starts, Hamels has thrown to a 2.73 ERA and allowed 24 hits and just three walks over 26 1/3 innings. He has struck out 30.

After allowing a home run in each of his first two starts on the season, Hamels has not allowed one in his last two outings.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Willie Bloomquist led off and doubled to left. Aaron Hill was next and he fouled out to Ruiz for the first out. With Justin Upton at the plate, Bloomquist tried to steal third but left too early. Hamels threw to third and Bloomquist was eventually tagged out after a long and ugly rundown. Upton struck out to end the inning.

Hamels was perfect for the next five innings, setting the Diamondbacks down in order in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

He started the seventh with a 6-0 lead and struck out Bloomquist for the first out. Hill and Upton followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Kubel. Kubel singled into center, scoring Hill to cut the lead to 6-1 with one out and men on first and second. Hamels walked Cody Ransom on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Goldschmidt was next and hit a double-play ball to short. Galvis fielded, but his throw to second was low and not handled by Orr. Orr was given an error and everyone moved up a base. Upton scored to make it 6-2. AJ Pollack was the next hitter and Hamels got him on a double-play ball to Orr, ending the inning.

Would have been nice to get a double-play on the Goldschmidt grounder, but instead the Phils don’t get an out anywhere. Fortunately they still had a four-run lead and Hamels got the next hitter to hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Hamels was back for the eighth. He struck Henry Blanco out looking for the first out. Lefty Gerardo Parra hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and Hamels struck him out swinging for the second out. Bloomquist was next and Hamels got him swinging as well to set down the Snakes.

Hamels strikes out the side in the eighth. Bloomquist’s strikeout was his seventh on the day and strike three came on the 108th pitch of the game for Hamels.

Michael Schwimer, just called up when Stutes hit the DL, pitched the ninth with a 7-2 lead, setting the Diamondbacks down in order.

First action of the year for Schwimer, who threw to a 5.02 ERA with the Phillies over 14 1/3 innings in 2011. He threw 12 pitches in the game.

One perfect inning for the pen in the game. For the series, the bullpen threw nine innings in which they allowed six runs, five of which were earned.

The Phillies lineup against righty Trevor Cahill went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Nix (6) Orr (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Rollins on the bench with Galvis making his first start at short. Orr and Nix both in the lineup, Orr at second and Nix at first, after both had big games at the plate in game two of the set. Polanco at third base. Victorino hits third in the slot vacated by Rollins.

Polanco singled to right with one out in the first. Victorino flew to center for the first out before Polanco took second on a passed ball. Pence followed that with a single into left, scoring Polanco to put the Phils up 1-0. Nix was next and popped a ball up down the left field line. It was deflected by a diving Ransom and fell for a double. Pence tried to score from first, but Kubel got to the ball and made a strong and accurate throw to the plate in time to nail him for the third out and end the frame.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second. With Galvis at the plate, a wild pitch got away and rolled towards the Phillies dugout. Ruiz went to third and, seeing nobody covering home, tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate as Ransom got there in time to take Blanco’s throw and apply the tag. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.

Polanco walked with two outs in the third, but Victorino went down on a well-hit ball handled by Hill at second for the third out.

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

Pierre singled to left to start the sixth and moved to second when Polanco walked behind him. Victorino was next and grounded to second for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. With Pence at the plate, a wild pitch by Cahill allowed Pierre to score (2-0) and Polanco to move up to third. Pence brought Polanco home with a single into left and the Phils led 3-0. Lefty Craig Breslow came in to pitch to Nix. Wigginton hit for Nix and singled to center, moving Pence up to second. Orr struck out swinging for the second out, Ruiz followed him with a single into center that scored Pence (4-0) and sent Wigginton to third. Galvis walked and the bases were loaded. Hamels singled to center, scoring Wigginton and Ruiz to make it 6-0 and moving Galvis up to third. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Five singles and two walks for the Phils. They sent ten men to the plate in the inning. Hamels is 3-for-10 with a double at the plate for the year. Hamels, Lee and Halladay have combined to go 8-for-27 (.296) at the plate for the year. Halladay and Hamels both had more hits on the season than Thome.

Polanco singled off of righty Brad Ziegler to start the seventh, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Righty David Hernandez started the eighth for Arizona with the lead cut to 6-2. Ruiz singled with one out, but Galvis and Hamels both struck out behind him.

Pierre started the ninth with a single and came around to score on a double by Polanco, putting the Phils up 7-2. Victorino, Pence and Wigginton went in order behind Polanco.

Pierre was 2-for-5 in the game and 5-for-13 with five singles in the three-game series. He’s hitting 339/361/373 for the year. If he hits 339/361/373 the rest of the way, it would be absolutely fantastic for the Phillies.

Polanco 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. He came into the game with one double and two walks for the season. 4-for-7 with three walks in the series. 237/297/271 for the season. Wigginton was 1-for-3 yesterday and 4-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 304/365/435 for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left six men on base. 2-for-13 with two home runs in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-21. 253/309/427 for the year.

Pence was 2-for-5 with two RBI and three strikeouts. 3-for-9 with a home run and five strikeouts in the series. 268/316/423 for the season. 3-for-his-last-22 with nine strikeouts.

Nix was 1-for-2 with a double in the game and 5-for-6 with two doubles and a home run in the series. His line is up to 348/400/652 for the season. Mayberry did not play yesterday, but was 2-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s at 200/200/244 for the season.

Orr was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a double and a triple in the series. 267/267/533 for the year. No longer leads the team in batting average or slugging percentage, although he is still second in slugging percentage behind Nix.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI yesterday and 4-for-9 with a home run in the series. He’s at 302/328/472 for the year. Three walks in 58 plate appearances so far, one of which was intentional. Coming into the 2012 season, Ruiz had walked 241 times in 2,164 plate appearances, which is about 11.1% of PA. He’s at about 5.2% of PA so far this year.

Galvis was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 1-for-8 with a walk and a double in the series. 200/238/317 for the season. He’s hitting .184 against righties with a .225 on-base percentage. Rollins was 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in the game. He’s hitting 229/267/257 for the year. 400/462/480 at home and 111/163/133 on the road.

It wasn’t a huge factor in the series, but Phillies pinch-hitters are 2-for-25 (.080) on the season with two singles. Thome and Mayberry have combined to go 0-for-14 as pinch-hitters with nine strikeouts.

The Phillies are off today and play the Cubs tomorrow night in Philly.


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It was ugly take two last night as the Phils fell to the Astros 5-2. The Phils made two errors in the game and got all their offense on two swings of the bat, solo home runs by Pence and Ruiz.

In the first two games of the series, Brett Myers and JA Happ, two pitchers who have struggled this season, have held the Phils to two runs over 14 innings. The Phillies, meanwhile, have been awful. Looking sloppy and tired they have slogged through the first two games against one of the worst teams in baseball and lost them both.

The game was also notable because Cole Hamels was again hurt by the long ball. Clint Barmes delivered the biggest swing of the game, a three-run homer off of Hamels in the fourth. The homer was preceded by a Howard error, but the fact that Hamels gave up another big home run seems like a bigger deal than the Phils presumably temporary sloppy play in the field. From the beginning of the season to the end of July, Hamels allowed eight home runs in 152 innings (0.47 home runs per nine innings). Over his last seven starts he has allowed seven in 47 innings (1.34 home runs per nine). Over his last three starts he’s allowed five home runs in 21 innings.

The Phillies are 94-51 on the year after losing 5-2 to the Houston Astros last night. The Phils have lost three in a row, but still lead the NL East by 11 games. They have 17 games left to play and a magic number of one to reach the post-season and a magic number of five to win the division.

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

Hamels got Jason Bourgeois to ground to Rollins for the first out of the bottom of the first. Clint Barmes was next and he doubled to left. JD Martinez followed that with another double to left, scoring Barmes to put the Astros up 1-0. Carlos Lee followed with a single to right that pushed Martinez to third before Hamels hit Matt Downs with a pitch to load the bases. Hamel struck Chris Johnson out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Jason Michaels was next and he hit a ground ball to third with Polanco going to Martinez to force Downs and end the inning.

Big strikeout for Hamels for the second out with the bases loaded, which helps limit the damage to a single run.

He got Humberto Quintero on a fly ball to left for the first out in the second and struck pitcher JA Happ out for the second. Bourgeois singled to center and stole second before Hamels struck Barmes out swinging to end the inning.

Matt Downs singled to center with two outs in the third, where the ball went through Mayberry legs for an error that left Downs at third. Johnson grounded to Hamels to leave him there.

JB Shuck singled to right to start the fourth with the score tied at 1-1. Shuck stole second before Hamels struck Quintero out for the first out. Happ was next and he hit a ground ball to first that Howard didn’t handle. The Phils still might have gotten Happ at first, but Hamels was late to cover and the Astros had men on first and third with one out. Bourgeois singled to left, Shuck scored (2-1) and Happ took second. That brought Barmes to the plate and he delivered the swing of the game, hitting the first pitch he saw from Hamels out to left-center. 5-1. Hamels got Martinez and Lee behind Barmes to end the inning.

Second error in two innings for the Phils, but the real problem is the three-run homer that Hamels allowed to Barmes. The error did cost the Phils a run ahead of the homer, but even with the out Barmes would still have hit a two-run homer if everything else went the same way.

Hamels walked Downs to start the fifth. Johnson flew to center for the first out before Shuck moved Downs to second with a single to right. Hamels struck Quintero out again for the second out and Happ flew to Mayberry to leave both runners stranded.

Herndon set the Astros down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Great outing for Herndon, who now has made two appearances in which he has thrown three scoreless innings since his 69-pitch outing on September 4.

Schwimer pitched the eighth. Shuck led off with a single and Quintero followed that with a single that moved Shuck up to second. Right Angel Sanchez hit for the pitcher Fernando Rodriguez and bunted. Polanco fielded the bunt and went to third, where Shuck was forced for the first out. Bourgeois flew to right for the second out before Schwimer hit Barmes with a pitch, loading the bases. Martinez flew to right to leave them loaded.

Two hits and a hit batter in the inning for Schwimer. That’s also two scoreless appearances in a row for him.

Schwimer threw 21 pitches in the game and Herndon threw 17. Neither has pitched more than one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty JA Happ went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Francisco (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Victorino finally gets a much-needed day off with Mayberry in center. Francisco plays left with Ibanez on the bench against the lefty. Martinez at second with Utley sidelined — Orr is the other choice, but he’s not a great option against a lefty.

The Phils went in order in the first.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Mayberry doubled to left with one out. Francisco popped to third for the second out. Ruiz got ahead 2-0, but grounded to short 3-1 to leave Mayberry at second.

The Phils went in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Pence hit an 0-1 pitch out to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. Howard walked behind him. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out before Francisco moved Howard to second with a single. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 5-1 when they hit in the fifth. Martinez and Hamels went down to start the inning before Rollins singled to right. Happ walked Polanco and Pence on ten total pitches, loading the bases for Howard. Howard hit a 3-2 pitch well to left, but a jumping Martinez caught it at the wall to turn the Phillies away.

Almost a big swing for Howard against a lefty. He’s hitting 230/291/358 against lefties for the season.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the sixth, but Martinez grounded to short behind him.

Right Fernando Rodriguez struck out Victorino and Rollins as he set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Victorino was double-switched into the game in the bottom of the sixth. Would like to see him get more rest. I’d guess Manuel is thinking that he’ll get it after the Phillies lock up the division, but I kind of wish he would get it now.

Rodriguez was back to strike out Pence and Mayberry in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Righty David Carpenter started the ninth for Houston. Bowker hit for Schwimer and struck out looking for the first out. Ruiz followed and hit a 2-2 pitch just out to right, cutting the lead to 5-2. Orr hit for Martinez and popped to short for the second out. Victorino struck out swinging to end the game.

Glad to see Manuel knows that Bowker is on the team. Bowker is now 0-for-5 with four strikeouts with the Phils.

Rollins 1-for-4. 2-for-8 since returning to the starting lineup.

Polanco 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-his-last-7.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk and his 20th home run of the year. 400/462/743 (14-for-35 with four walks, four doubles, a triple and two home runs) over his last 39 plate appearances.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and a long fly ball. He’s 3-for-his-last-19 with two home runs.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. 200/293/343 over his last 41 plate appearances.

Francisco 1-for-3. 7-for-his-last-13 with two walks. He only has 26 plate appearances since July 23 but is hitting 364/423/455 in those plate appearances. 277/367/361 n his last 99 plate appearances since May 28.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 13-for-his-last-37 with seven walks, a double and a home run (351/455/459 over 45 plate appearances).

Martinez was 0-for-3. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles. I feel like I’m kind of out of words on this one.

Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) faces righty Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78) this afternoon. Norris has been very effective against righties this year, but lefties have had more success. Righties have hit just 208/281/346 against him while lefties have put up a 287/357/478 line. He’s tailed off a little towards the end of the year, throwing to a 4.86 ERA over his last eight starts. Over his last 11 starts he’s given up 12 home runs in 64 1/3 innings, which is too many (at that rate he’d allow about 37 over 200 innings). Halladay faced Houston on opening day, holding them to a run over six innings.

IronPigs up 1-0 over Columbus after winning game one of the five-game series 5-2. Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the first and Mathieson got the start and the win for the Pigs.

Matt Gelb tweets that Domonic Brown, 1-for-4 in game one of the series, may be back with the Phils when it’s over.

Kendrick looking forward to returning to start on Thursday.


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