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Phils get a little literal with the not hitting thing

Two hits for the Phils this afternoon, both singles and neither before the seventh inning, as the Braves topped them 9-1. They have an official spring training record, but I’m not going to tell you what it is. Partly because it’s depressing and partly because it involves ties. The line has to be drawn somewhere.

Okay, 2-10 with two ties. They’ve been outscored 17-2 over the last two days.

Not a lot went well today. Nice outings by David Buchanan and Bastardo were pretty much the highlights. Sean O’Sullivan, who had pitched very well in the early going, was charged with six runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Buchanan started the game for the Phillies and pitched well again, allowing a single and a walk over three scoreless innings. He dropped his ERA to 1.50 with the outing. He’s struck out just three in six innings, but with an 0.67 ratio.

O’Sullivan was next and he entered the game with very nice numbers as well, having thrown five scoreless innings in two times out. He threw a 1-2-3 fourth before allowing a run in the fifth on a solo homer by Dan Uggla that was followed by an Andrelton Simmons double. He returned for the sixth and was hit hard. He faced eight hitters in the frame and was charged with five runs. Single, two-run homer by Edward Salcedo, out, out, single, single, single, two-run triple by Jordan Schafer.

Overall he went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and no walks. Two home runs, a double and a triple in the game. Came into the outing with fantastic numbers and leaves with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.56 ratio.

Kyle Simon took over for O’Sullivan with two outs in the sixth and a man on third. He struck out Christian Bethancourt to end the inning.

First official appearance for Simon. He’s struck out one in a third of an inning. The 23-year-old righty threw to a 4.45 ERA and a 1.41 ratio in 56 2/3 innings of relief at Double-A Reading last year.

Antonio Bastardo struck out Mark Hamilton in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Great results for Bastardo so far. 1.69 ERA and an 0.79 ratio. Six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Jake Diekman pitched the eighth and allowed three runs on three hits. Evan Gattis led off with a double to right, Phillip Gosselin singled Gattis home with one out and Todd Cunningham hit a two-run homer with two down.

Diekman has a 9.00 ERA and a 1.80 ratio after a rough outing today.

The Phillies scored one run on two singles. They walked three times in the game.

Frandsen singled Gwynn home with two outs in the seventh. Reid Brignac singled to left to start the eighth, but Cesar Hernandez grounded into a double-play behind him.

Gwynn started in center and went 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average to .214.

Frandsen is hitting .182 after going 1-for-3.

Brignac is 2-for-8 after singling in his only at-bat.

Galvis (.120), Howard (.160) and Hernandez (.125) all 0-for-3.

Brown is hitting .080 (2-for-25 with two singles) after going 0-for-3.

Asche 0-for-1 with a walk. He’s hitting .143 (3-for-21 with a two doubles and a home run). Still looking for his first single.

Byrd 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his average to .346.

Burnett is expected to pitch tomorrow afternoon as the Phils face Baltimore.

Michael Stutes is off the 40-man roster, leaving the Phils at 39.


Phillie pitchers don’t manage a lot of O’s against the Orioles

One, actually. You know who they might have asked about that? Baltimore pitchers. I’m sure they would be happy to help. Cause when we work together, everybody wins.

Everybody didn’t literally win today. Just the Orioles.

Baltimore 15, Phillies 4. Burnett allowed four in the third and Gonzalez followed that up by allowing four in the fourth. Those weren’t good moments, but to suggest they were all that went wrong might leave you with an incomplete picture.

A.J. Burnett started the game for the Phils and went three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk.

He allowed a one-out double to Nick Markakis in the top of the first, but got the next two. J.J. Hardy singled to left on a ball deflected by Asche at third with two outs in the second. Lefty Ryan Flaherty was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to center. Burnett got Jemile Weeks on a fly ball to center to end the inning. Baltimore scored four runs in the third, all earned. Burnett faced ten batters in the frame. He got three out, hit two, walked one and allowed singles to the other four.

Burnett gave up a home run in the second, but excelled at preventing home runs in 2013, allowing just 11 in 191 innings. That rate of 0.52 per nine innings was fourth best in the NL. His ’13 rate of allowing the long ball was much better than it had been over his career. In 2013, he allowed 11 home runs to 801 batters, which is about 1.37% of the batters he faced. Coming into 2013 he had allowed home runs to about 2.39% of the 9,230 batters he had faced (he also spent six full seasons pitching in the DH-loving AL).

12.60 ERA and 1.80 ratio for Burnett over his two starts. He allowed a run on one hit and no walks over two innings in his other start.

Miguel Gonzalez was next and got hammered. Markakis tripled to right on his first pitch of the frame and it went on from there. He wound up allowing four runs in the inning on four hits (three singles and the triple) and two walks. One of the runs scored on a wild pitch.

16.88 ERA and a 4.50 ratio for Gonzalez in his first two outings, both of which have been awful. He’s walked six and allowed six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

I’ve heard it suggested that Gonzalez needs mound time. I believe the people who think that are right. Not real sure he’s going to be getting a whole lot more mound time in settings where you and I can easily see him pitch, however. Long way to go, but he’s looked like a big, expensive mistake in the early going. If the results are going to be this ugly, the team might decide they’re better off being seen by fewer people. There seemed to be some pretty significant concerns before we saw him pitch in a game. Seeing him pitch in a game hasn’t helped.

Michael Stutes pitched the fifth and allowed two runs on a double, a single and a walk. Howard made an error in the frame. Stutes has been charged with seven runs in three innings in his three appearances.

David Buchanan was next, making his case for early starts after two solid innings in his first appearance. He allowed a leadoff double to Flaherty and Flaherty scored on a two-out single by David Lough.

3.00 ERA and an 0.67 ratio for Buchanan after two times out.

Ken Giles pitched the seventh. He had allowed one hit in a scoreless frame in his only official outing. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks in the frame. Steve Pearce and Quentin Berry were the first two batters he faced and they reached on a single and a walk. Pearce would score on a sac fly by Caleb Joseph. Giles retired former Phil Delmon Young in the frame — Young pinch-hit for
Nelson Cruz and flew to right for the first out.

4.50 ERA and a 2.00 ratio for Giles after two innings over two appearances.

Cesar Jimenez pitched the eighth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop, but retired the next three.

Third appearance for the 29-year-old lefty Jimenez. 3.86 ERA and a 1.50 ratio (six hits and a walk) over 4 2/3 innings.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game. Howard doubled Brown home in the fourth and scored when Byrd followed with a single. Cameron Rupp hit a solo homer in the seventh off of righty Alfredo Aceves. Ruf homered off of Aceves in the eighth.

Five home runs for the Phils in the last two games.

Rupp was the only Phillie with more than one hit. 2-for-3 with a solo homer. 3-for-10 with a home run so far. Homered 14 times in 355 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

Ruf hits his second spring homer in his only at-bat. 6-for-19 (.316) with three walks and two home runs.

Howard 1-for-3 and struck out twice, but raised his average to .188. 3-for-16 with three singles. Made one of two Phillie errors. Andres Blanco made the other, which was his second error in two days.

Byrd 1-for-3 with an RBI to drop his average to .368.

Asche 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Struck out twice. 1-for-15 so far and hitting .067. The lefty doubled off of righty Miguel Gonzalez, but not the one who pitched for the Phillies.

Domonic Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-19 (.105) with two singles and five walks.

Revere 0-for-3 (.278), Rollins 0-for-2 with a walk (.222), Abreu 0-for-3. Abreu is 2-for-15 (.133) with two singles and five walks.

Roberto Hernandez is expected to pitch against the Astros tomorrow.


Seven angels apparently either didn’t have his number or did and are just really big Rays fans

The Phillies got great pitching early this afternoon, but Michael Stutes was charged with five runs in an ugly seventh and the Rays went on to top them 6-1.

Roberto Hernandez started the game for the Phils and pitched well after being hit hard his first time out. He allowed one hit, a single, in three scoreless frames and struck out three.

He got three ground outs in a 1-2-3 first and struck out Vince Belnome in a 1-2-3 second. Logan Forsythe singled to center with one out in the third, but Hernandez retired the next two to set the Rays down.

Through two outings, Hernandez has allowed two runs on five hits and no walks over five innings while striking out three (3.60 ERA and a 1.00 ratio).

Jeff Manship followed Hernandez, coming off of two scoreless innings in his first official outing, and pitched well again. He allowed a one-out single to Evan Longoria in the fourth, but got the next hitter to ground into a double-play. He came back to strike out two in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Five strikeouts in four scoreless innings for Manship. He’s allowed two hits and no walks. He’s gotten hitters to hit into two double-plays. Career 6.42 ERA and 1.62 ratio for the 29-year-old righty is not to be forgotten, but he has pitched really well in two official outings.

Phillippe Aumont was next, making his third appearance. He was terrible his first time out and threw a 1-2-3 frame against the Pirates in his second appearance. Today he got the first two hitters he faced before plunking Cole Figueroa 1-0. Sean Rodriguez was next and Aumont got him to fly to center to end the frame.

Second straight nice outing for Aumont.

Stutes started the seventh with a 1-0 lead. He came into the game having thrown a scoreless frame against the Blue Jays in his only other appearance. Things didn’t go well — Stutes was charged with five runs in the frame on two walks, a single and two doubles. Ended the day with a 22.50 ERA after two times out. The single was deflected by Andres Blanco at short and the Phils failed to get an out on a fielder’s choice handled by Ruf at first, but it wasn’t a good day for Stutes. Two walks and two doubles in the frame.

Justin De Fratus pitched the eighth, faced four batters and allowed a run on a two-out solo homer to lefty Jeremy Moore.

Coming into the game, De Fratus had thrown a scoreless inning in his only other outing, allowing two hits while striking out three.

Just six hits in the game for the Rays, but three of them went for extra-bases. Two doubles and a home run.

A one-out double by Leandro Castro in the fourth led to the Phillie run. Castro was 1-for-3 on the day and is 1-for-7 so far.

Castro is 24-years-old and hits right-handed. He on-based .280 at Triple-A last year, hitting eight home runs in 458 plate appearances. He played mostly the corner outfield positions, but made 17 appearances in center as well.

Revere is hitting .385 (5-for-13 with five singles) after going 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Maikel Franco was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. 3-for-11 (.273) with two walks and three singles so far.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a single to drop his average to .308.

Nieves 1-for-3 in the game. Singled home Castro in the fourth for the team’s only RBI on the day. 1-for-6 so far.

Andres Blanco started at second and went 0-for-4. Mayberry was the DH and was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .375 (came into the game 3-for-5 with a home run).

Brown was 0-for-2 and walked twice, dropping his average to .091 (1-for-11 with an infield single).

Cesar Hernandez is 1-for-6 after going 0-for-2.

Galvis was 1-for-1 in the game and may have hurt his ankle running the bases. 2-for-10 so far.

Lee is expected to pitch tomorrow night as the Phils face the Blue Jays.


Take two

Wasn’t a lot better than the first one.

The Phils fell to Toronto for the second straight day this afternoon, losing 7-5.

Cliff Lee started the game, coming off of a 2013 campaign in which he was the best Phillie by a wide margin. He went two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three.

He allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to righties Jose Bautista and Moises Sierra in the first and struck out two in a 1-2-3 second.

Brad Lincoln started the third and should have set Toronto down in order. Didn’t happen. With two outs and nobody on, Sierra hit a ball that Asche fielded at third. Asche threw to first, but Maikel Franco didn’t handle the throw at first and was charged with his second error in two days. Bautista followed that with an RBI-double before Lincoln got Edwin Encarnacion looking to leave Bautista at second.

Franco charged with a fielding error at first after making a throwing error fielding Chris Getz‘s bunt at third yesterday. He appeared at first eight times in 2013 at Double-A after not appearing there at all in any previous years.

Diekman pitched the fourth and faced seven batters, allowing two runs on four hits, all singles.

Not a good start for Diekman, but I’d guess he has a good shot to start the year with the team despite his 5.70 ERA in 30 innings at Triple-A last year. He fared much better while with the Phils, throwing to a 2.58 ERA with a less impressive 1.30 ratio.

Ethan Martin pitched the fifth and it wasn’t good. He faced four batters and all four reached on walk, single, double, double. Michael Stutes took over for him and faced four batters, three of which he retired and one of which reached on a throwing error by the catcher Nieves.

Awful for Martin, who left the game with discomfort in his right shoulder, but a nice showing for Stutes in his first appearance.

Mario Hollands pitched the sixth for the Phils and set Toronto down in order. The 25-year-old lefty made 27 appearances (20 starts) between Clearwater and Reading in 2013, throwing to a 2.86 ERA with a 1.23 ratio.

Rosenberg followed Hollands. He set Toronto down in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Great day for Rosenberg. Threw to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.09 ratio in his first 16 appearances before allowing six runs in five innings his last six times out for the Phils last year. May be older than you think — he turned 28 in September.

The Phillies scored five runs in the game. Ruf hit a two-run homer off of righty Esmil Rogers and Mayberry hit a solo shot off of lefty Aaron Loup. Revere scored on a passed ball in the first and Franco scored in the eighth on a play that featured a throwing error by Toronto first baseman Andy LaRoche on a might-have-been double-play.

Ruf was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer after drawing a walk in his only appearance yesterday. Was good (269/363/500) against righties last year and homered off of one today.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a solo homer in his first action. Didn’t appear in center field even once today, which should be lauded.

Revere was 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-6 in the early going.

Abreu 0-for-2 with two more walks. 0-for-3 with four walks.

Franco, Nieves, Frandsen, Asche all went 0-for-3. Franco drew a walk. Galvis 0-for-4.

Franco made an error on a non-catch and Nieves a throwing error.

This from Ryne Sandberg on Ryan Howard: “You want to see if he can make [lefties] throw the ball over the plate. Be patient, be relaxed in those situations. Get a good ball to hit. Make the pitcher come to him. If it means being patient and taking walks, that’s for the betterment of the team. Spit on it, take the walk and be a baserunner. Will that result in some walks? Seventy-five to 100, 120? Probably.” I offer two related predictions: 1) Ryan Howard will walk less than 120 times in 2014 2) if Ryan Howard walks 120 times in 2014 the Phillies will win the World Series. Howard has averaged 24 walks a season over the past two years, walking 48 times in 609 plate appearances. He walked more than 100 times in a season twice — 108 in 2006 and 107 in 2007. Walking a hundred times in a season is hard. Across both leagues, three players did it in 2013. Joey Votto (135), Shin-Soo Choo (112) and Mike Trout (110).

I really don’t see a lot of reason for left-handed pitchers to walk Ryan Howard, either. Howard hit 173/218/321 against lefties in 2013 after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012. He’s walked eight times against left-handed pitching over the past two seasons (193 PA).

Tigers tomorrow with Kendrick expected to pitch.


Getting even

The Phillies finally made it back to .500 yesterday with a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

It was their fourth try to get back to .500 since May 24. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins and they have won four in a row for the first time this year. They are also in second place in the NL East for the first time this year.

Cole Hamels was the driving force behind yesterday’s win as he struck out 11 while holding the Fish to a run over seven innings. He got a lot of help from the offense. The Phillies plated six runs and have scored 27 over their last four games.

It’s not quite all good news for the Phils, though. Prior to the last four games the Phils had scored three runs or less in 10 of 14. They are back to .500, but have allowed 257 runs for the year and scored just 222. They’re 14-5 against the Marlins and Mets and 16-25 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 30-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-1 last night. The Phillies sweep the three-game set and have won four in a row. They are in second place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the third place Nationals and 7 1/2 behind the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out 11.

That’s probably the best start of the year for Hamels. The other that’s close is his May 4 outing, which was also against the Marlins. He allowed two runs over eight innings that day, but the Fish topped the Phils 2-0.

The Phillies are now 2-11 on the year when Hamels starts. They have scored 11 runs in the last two games he has started. Prior to those two starts, they had scored one run or zero runs in six of his last nine starts.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game and he lined a double to right on an 0-2 pitch. Hamels got the next three to leave him stranded, striking out Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back for the second and third outs.

Justin Ruggiano singled to left with two outs in the second. Casey Kotchman grounded to first to leave Ruggiano at first.

The Phillies had a 1-0 lead when Hamels set the Marlins down in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Derek Dietrich lined an 0-1 pitch out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Hamels got the next two.

Hamels has allowed home runs at a slightly higher rate in 2013 than he has over his career. Coming into the game he hadn’t allowed one in either of his last two starts, but the lefty Dietrich gets him for the lone run the Phillies allow in the game.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled softly to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck Jeff Mathis and the pitcher Jacob Turner both out looking to leave him at first.

Hamels walked Ed Lucas with one out in the sixth, but got the next two to leave Lucas at first.

Hechavarria singled to center with two outs in the seventh. Hamels got Mathis swinging to leave him at first.

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 6-1.

Tenth appearance of the year for De Fratus. He has a 2.35 ERA and an 0.91 ratio. Coming into 2013 he had walked eight in 14 2/3 career innings, but he’s walked just two in 7 2/3 innings so far this year.

Stutes started the ninth, pitching for the second day in a row. Ruggiano singled to left with two outs, but Stutes got Kotchman on a ground ball to first to end the game.

Throwing for the second day in a row, Stutes puts up another scoreless frame. Ruggiano’s single was the first hit against him by a right-handed batter this season — they are 1-for-16 now. Stutes still hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in his 8 1/3 innings. The numbers against lefties are still ugly, they’re hitting 400/438/533 against him.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. Stutes has pitched two days in a row and made ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jacob Turner went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Mayberry in right after the huge night off the bench in game two. Delmon Young on the bench. Galvis starts at second with Utley sidelined and Hernandez on the bench. Kratz catches the day game after Quintero caught the night game in game two.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and was thrown out trying to steal third. Michael Young struck out swinging for the second out and Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Second base would have been a fantastic place for Revere to have been had Young or Rollins gotten a hit. Nice to see him draw a walk in any case, though.

Mayberry singled to left with two outs in the second and scored when Kratz followed with a double down the third base line, putting the Phils up 1-0. Galvis followed with a walk, but Hamels flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry wins the game with two late homers in game two of the set and singles and scores the first run in game three.

Michael Young singled softly to center with one out in the third, but Rollins and Howard both went down behind him.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to center and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Revere followed with a walk that put two men on for Michael Young. Young grounded to first with Revere forced at second for the second out. It brought Rollins to the plate with runners on the corners and he walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard grounded to Dietrich to leave them loaded.

Rollins continues to walk at an extreme pace.

Brown and Mayberry both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Righty AJ Ramos struck Galvis out to start the seventh with the game still tied at 1-1. Delmon Young hit for Hamels and singled to center. Revere followed that with a soft single to right, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Hernandez ran for Delmon Young at second. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Hernandez tagging and moving up to third. It brought Rollins to the plate with men on the corners and he singled softly into center. Hernandez scored from third, putting the Phils up 2-1 with men on first and second for Howard. Rollins stole second before Howard hit a 1-0 pitch into right center. Ozuna dove for it and missed and Howard wound up at third with a bases clearing triple and the Phils up 4-1. Brown was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right. 6-1. Mayberry grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

First triple for Howard since April 22, 2011. That one drove in a pair of runs, too, as the Phils beat the Padres 2-0.

Howard and Brown both get to hit against the righty Ramos in the frame and go 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and four RBI in a two at-bat span.

Brown had looked pretty bad since his bat flip home run in game one of the series. I was a little surprised to see him hit the ball out there.

Nix hit for De Fratus and walked off of righty Ryan Webb with two outs in the eighth. Revere grounded to third to end the inning.

Nix came into the game 1-for-his-last-17 with no walks. He’s started one game since May 7. One thing that Delmon Young, John Mayberry and Ben Revere all have in common is they can’t hit righties. Not saying the Phillies should start Laynce Nix — just saying that if they don’t want to start him ahead of those guys against right-handed pitching I don’t really understand why they keep him on the team.

Revere was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. 3-for-13 with two walks and three steals in the three-game set. 245/290/277 for the year. Really not a good guy to lead off given how infrequently he gets on base. 286/340/327 in 108 plate appearances since the start of May. 4-for-his-last-28 (.143).

Michael Young 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-9 in the series. 257/341/348 for the year. 139/253/222 over his last 83 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-8 with five walks in the series. He’s walked 12 times in his last 39 plate appearances. In those 39 plate appearances he’s scored just five runs. That’s not a high rate of runs scored — at that rate he would score about 77 runs over 600 plate appearances or 90 over 700. It is, though, higher that his rate of scoring runs before he went on his walk tear. Prior to those 39 plate appearances, Rollins had walked 12 times in 211 plate appearances and scored 19 runs. That’s about a run every 11.1 plate appearances. Over his last 39 plate appearances he’s walked 12 times in 39 plate appearances and scored five runs. That’s a runs scored about every 7.8 plate appearances. Overall, though, the fact that he’s only scored five runs over his last 39 plate appearances while on-basing .513 is a fluke. Were he to continue doing so, he would score runs at a much higher rate than he has recently. 261/333/396 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. First time in six starts that he didn’t draw a walk. 3-for-11 in the series with two walks, two doubles and a triple. 254/297/443 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a two-run homer. 4-for-13 with two home runs in the series. 316/327/697 over his last 156 plate appearances with 16 home runs. OPSing 1.405 so far in June after OPSing .991 in May. 284/320/586 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 268/323/447 for the year. 244/309/384 against right-handed pitching.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-10 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 242/308/445 on the year. 314/400/667 over his last 60 plate appearances. Just 3-for-20 (.150) against left-handed pitching this year.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and a triple in the series. 241/302/414 for the year. 7-for-his-last-22 with three walks and four extra-base hits.

The Phillies are in Milwaukee tonight as Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) faces righty Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94). Cloyd and Peralta faced each other on June 1 in Philadelphia. Each of them allowed two earned runs over seven innings and the Brewers won the game 4-3. Three of Cloyd’s four starts have been good, but he got clobbered in the other, allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings to the Red Sox. Opponents are slugging .517 against him and he’s allowed 13 extra-base hits to the 98 batters he’s faced. Peralta’s most recent start, which came against the Phillies, was probably the best of the 12 starts he’s made this year. Lefties are hitting 336/393/477 against him for the season.


Ain’t that a Shane

Former Phil Shane Victorino delivered the big blow last night, a three-run triple off of Michael Stutes in the bottom of the seventh, as Boston topped the Phils 6-1.

Stutes was charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning in the game, upping his spring ERA to 9.35. He has allowed seven walks in 8 2/3 innings. It all makes it pretty tough for me to see the Phils giving him a spot in the pen to start the year, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

With Revere and Rollins both in the starting lineup for the Phils, Revere led off with Rollins hitting third. The one run the Phillies scored in the game came in the top of the first. Pete Orr singled with one out, stole second, moved to third on popup that went for an unfielded double by Rollins and scored on a Michale Young ground out.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with an unlikely double. He’s 4-for-15 (.267) with two doubles.

Revere 0-for-3 to drop his line to 313/343/391.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a double in what I assume is a too-little-too-late effort. 226/305/396 with hide-your-eyes ugly defense in left. Ruf and Mayberry have both been terrible this spring.

Mayberry started at first and went 0-for-4 to drop his line to 218/283/309. If Mayberry could have played himself out of his roster spot this spring I think he did. I don’t think it’s likely he could have, though, given the combination of how thin the Phillies are in the outfield and the degree to which Ruf has looked unusable out there.

Galvis started at second and went 2-for-3 with a triple. 288/311/559. He has a team-high ten extra-base hits — six doubles, two triples and two home runs, in 62 official plate appearances. Not quite as much power as Brown and Howard have shown this spring, but a whole lot closer than most would have guessed. Brown’s isolated power this spring is .317, Howard’s .316 and Galvis’s .271. Galvis’s isolated power in 2,179 plate appearances in the minor leagues is .075.

Nix 1-for-2 with a double to up his line to 250/283/364. He’s had a better spring than that, but some of his success has come in games that don’t count as official spring action.

Young 0-for-3 with an RBI to drop his line to 262/292/361. He started real slow, got real hot and now has cooled again.

Mitchell and Iciarte both went 0-for-1 in the game. Incirate’s line is at 238/360/286 in 21 at-bats. Mitchell is hitting 318/375/682 in 22 at-bats.

Carlos Ruiz left the game in the ninth inning with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The run came in the bottom of the second when a leadoff double by Will Middlebrooks was followed by a single that moved Middlebrooks up to third. He scored on a sac fly.

In the sixth inning, Hamels struck Victorino out looking at a beautiful 0-2 curve ball. Still think Victorino takes the day overall, though, what with winning the game for the Red Sox and whatnot.

Hamels has a 1.13 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in official spring action. Opponents are hitting .182 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run in 16 innings. He got hammered in a start against the Dominican Republic WBC team in an unofficial game.

Stutes started the seventh, got hit real hard, and didn’t finish the frame. He was charged with five runs over 2/3 of an inning on one hit and three walks. He got the first two batters he faced in the inning, then walked three of the next four before Victorino hit a three-run triple. Stutes was replaced by righty Mike Nesseth, who threw to a 2.95 ERA in 76 1/3 innings between Lakewood and Clearwater last year, with two outs and a man on third. Nesseth allowed a double to Dustin Pedroia, scoring Victorino with the run charged to Stutes.

Stutes’s ERA is up to 9.35 after being charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Horst pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single, which was followed by an inning-ending double-play.

Horst drops his ERA to 6.35 and his ratio to 1.32. He’s pitched well after a very ugly start and seems to me to be a lock for the pen.

Adam Morgan is expected to pitch this afternoon when the Phils face the Braves.

Halladay will start in a minor league game tomorrow. The linked article also says that Delmon Young worked out in the outfield and is still likely to miss at least the first month of the season.


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