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Jon Niese B Goode

The Phils had no answer for Jon Niese last night. Niese threw a complete-game shutout and drove in three runs as the Mets topped the Phils 5-0.

Kendrick pitched pretty well early, but allowed four unearned runs in the sixth with the help of a huge throwing error by Frandsen. New York plated their first run of the frame on a single, the error and a sac fly before loading the bases for Niese with two outs and a 2-0 lead. Niese split the gap in left-center with a double, clearing the bases and putting the Mets up to stay at 5-0.

The Phillie offense had three hits and a walk in the game. Niese retired 17 in a row between Michael Young hits that started the second and the eighth.

For the year, the Phillies are hitting 228/296/369 against left-handed pitching, which is the worst line of any NL team other than the Marlins. The Phillies have three active players OPSing .750 or better against left-handed pitching and two of them haven’t hit very well against lefties. Mayberry is hitting 253/322/481 against them and Frandsen 255/361/392. Ruiz is the only active player on the team who has actually hit well against left-handed pitching this year, he’s at 327/410/442.

The Phillies are 60-72 on the year after losing 5-0 to the New York Mets last night. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set and are tied for third-place in the NL East, 19 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The Phils are 7-3 in their last ten games, but have scored just two runs in their last two games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and four walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three.

Two of the four walks that Kendrick issued were intentional and both of the batters he walked intentionally in the sixth came around to score. Kendrick has a 6.15 ERA over his last 15 starts and opponents have hit .319 against him.

He set the Mets down in order in the bottom of the first. Juan Legares lined a single to right with two outs in the second, but Kendrick got Travis d’Arnaud on a ground ball to short to set the Mets down.

He walked the pitcher Niese with one out in the third. Eric Young was next and bunted up the first base line. Kratz made a very nice play, getting to the ball and throwing off-balance to nip Young at first for the second out as Niese took second. It brought Daniel Murphy to the plate and Murphy singled to right. Mayberry threw home, but his throw was up the third base line. Niese scored to put the Mets up 1-0 and Murphy took second as the throw came home. Murphy took third on an error on a pickoff attempt by Kendrick, but Kendrick retired Andrew Brown on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

You want to try to avoid walking the pitcher when you can. Kratz’s play on the Young bunt kept the inning from being worse. Niese would have been out at the plate on a good throw by Mayberry, but the Phils didn’t get one.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Omar Quintanilla doubled to right with one out in the fifth. Kendrick retired Niese on a fly ball to left before walking Young. It put men on first and second with two down for Murphy. Murphy popped to Rollins to leave both runners stranded.

Brown led off the sixth with a single into center. Ike Davis was next and hit a ball that Frandsen gloved at first. Frandsen threw to second, but his throw was bad for an error that left Brown on third and Davis on second with nobody out for Wilmer Flores. Flores grounded to third with the runners holding for the first out. Legares was next and Kendrick walked him intentionally, loading the bases for d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud flew to center for the second out. All three runners tagged and moved up a base, making it 2-0 with two outs and men on second and third for Quintanilla. Quintanilla was walked intentionally and the bases were loaded for Niese. Niese delivered the big blow of the game, slicing a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for a three-run double that extended the New York lead to 5-0. Young fouled out to Michael Young to leave Niese at second.

All four of the runs that the Mets score in the inning are unearned due to the Frandsen error, but Kendrick didn’t really excel in the frame. He walked two batters intentionally and both came around to score. Set the inning up to get the pitcher out and didn’t get the pitcher out.

Bernadina made a miserable throw on the d’Arnaud sac fly, but it didn’t cost the Phillies a lot. d’Arnaud didn’t hit the ball especially deep, but Bernadinda threw home and his throw was weak and off-line, which allowed the other runners to move up to second and third.

Zach Miner pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a two-out walk before getting Flores on a ground ball to short.

Scoreless frame for Miner after allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Opponents are hitting just .239 against him, but he’s walked seven in 13 innings.

De Fratus set the Mets down in order in the eighth. He has a 1.89 ERA and a 1.32 ratio over 19 innings in his last 19 appearances. The righty has been really good against lefties for the year, but righties are hitting 311/383/417 against him.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one walk and no hits. Miner threw 17 pitches and De Fratus eight.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Kratz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Mayberry. Mayberry in right, Ruf in left and Brown sidelined with his heel. Frandsen plays first with Young at third and Asche on the bench against the lefty. Asche on the bench against the lefty after providing all the offense for the Phils in the series opener.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the top of the first, but Utley struck out swinging behind him and Kratz lined to short.

Young singled softly to right to start the second. Ruf followed and grounded into a double-play. Frandsen grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Quintanilla made a nice play behind second to retire Young for the first out in the fifth and Davis made a nice diving play at first on a ball hit by Kendrick for the second out in the sixth.

Niese got an enormous amount of ground ball outs between the second and sixth innings. Young singled softly to right to start the second and Niese got a ground ball double-play behind him and another ground out behind that. Two ground outs and a fly out in the third, two ground outs and a fly out in the fourth. Three ground outs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Niese got 14 batters out between Young’s single to start the second and the end of the sixth on 12 grounds outs, including a double-play, and two fly balls.

They were down 5-0 when they hit in the seventh and went in order on two fly balls and a strikeout.

Young doubled to center to start the eighth. Ruf and Frandsen both struck out behind him and Mayberry flew to center.

17 in a row go down for the Phillies between Young’s single to start the second and his double to start the eighth.

Rollins drew a walk off of Niese with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Utley flew to center to end the game.

Bernadina was 0-for-4 with a less than fantastic throw to the plate on d’Arnaud’s sac fly. 4-for-25 with the Phillies (.160).

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-10 with two walks. Isolated power for the year is at .091. Six extra-base hits against left-handed pitching for the year and an isolated power of .063, which is worse than is career mark of .149.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-17 with a single. 205/297/411 against lefties for the year.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Made a nice play on Young’s bunt in the third. 3-for-his-last-30 with four walks and a double. 088/225/206 against left-handed pitching for the year and 170/255/364 for his career, which makes it a little tough to understand why the Phils think they should be hitting him cleanup against lefties. Think eight-hitter, guys.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with a double. Phils had three hits and a walk in the game — Young had two hits and Rollins had a single and a walk. 246/307/368 over his last 365 plate appearances. 4-for-7 with a double in the first two games of this set.

Ruf 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 16-for-his-last-76 (.211) with 29 strikeouts, but also seven home runs and an isolated power of .289. The Phillies are miserable against left-handed pitching. Kratz, Young and Mayberry are part of the problem and so is Ruf. He’s oddly hitting 163/234/372 against lefties in 47 plate appearances for the year.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in the sixth that led to four unearned runs. 9-for-his-last-72 (.125) with a double and a .299 OPS over 75 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are no longer outstanding — he’s down to 255/361/392.

Mayberry also had a bad night against the lefty. Made a bad throw early and went 0-for-3 at the plate. 2-for-his-last-16 (.125).

Hamels (5-13, 3.62) faces righty Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) tonight. Hamels has a 2.74 ERA and a 1.07 ratio over his last 15 starts. 1.89 ERA in five August starts, all five of which have been good, after throwing to a 2.57 ERA in five July outings. He’s thrown at least seven innings in nine of his last ten starts. Dice-K made 20 starts in Triple-A for the Indians this year, going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 ratio before being released in mid-August. He was picked up by the Mets and made one start for New York, allowing five runs in five innings against the Tigers on Friday.


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It’s not that nobody has told the Phillies that they aren’t supposed to be very good anymore. Just about the opposite is true. Pretty much everybody tells them that pretty much all the time. The guy who was their manager a week ago just told them. Just told everyone. Seems like they either don’t know or don’t care. Good or not, they’re suddenly full of life and winners of four of their last five.

The Phillies rallied for their second walkoff win in two games last night, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 5-4.

Kendrick got the start and pitched well early before allowing a three-run homer in the sixth that put the Rockies up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Darin Ruf continued his assault on right-handed pitching with a two-run homer off of Matt Belisle. Still down 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins doubled to right, stole third and scored on an infield single by Young, tying the game at 4-4. Young moved up to second on an Utley walk and scored the game-winner when Brown smashed a single into right.

Four runs in their last two times at-bat is impressive, but the bullpen did their part as well. After Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth, Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to throw four shutout innings that kept the Phillies in the game.

The Phillies are 57-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils win the series three games to one and have won four of their last five. They are 9-22 since the All-Star break, which is no longer the worst record in baseball (the Astros are 8-24).

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer in the sixth. He struck out two and raised his ERA for the year to 4.51 with the outing.

Kendrick leads the NL in his allowed, having given up 182 in 159 2/3 innings for the season. He has a 7.46 ERA and a 1.77 ratio over his last seven starts and opponents have hit .364 against him in those outings. Righties are hitting 321/355/452 against him for the season.

He started last night’s game with four shutout frames. Troy Tulowitzki singled with two outs in the top of the first, but was left stranded when Michael Cuddyer flew to right. After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick walked DJ LeMahieu on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three hitters behhind LeMahieu. Cuddyer singled with one out in the fourth, but Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils led 1-0 when Kendrick started the fifth. Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu started the frame with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for the pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Dexter Fowler was next and flew to left for the second out. Arenado tagged and slid in just safely ahead of a good throw from Brown in left, tying the game at 1-1. LeMahieu moved up to third as the throw came home, but Corey Dickerson went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave him stranded.

Nice throw by Brown. Close play at the plate, but I think Arenado was safe.

Tulowitzki and Cuddyer singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Rosario. Rosario hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that put the Rockies up 4-1. Todd Helton followed with a single to left and Miner took over for Kendrick. Miner retired the next three batters in order to set Colorado down.

Kendrick comes into the frame having allowed a run on four singles and a walk over five innings. He faces four batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three singles and a home run.

Rosario goes 5-for-16 in the series with three home runs and seven RBI. 11-for-25 (.440) on the year against the Phils with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a 1.542 OPS.

Miner came back to pitch the seventh and set the Rockies down in order.

Miner faced six batters in the game and set all six down. 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio after six appearances and 10 2/3 innings. Five of his six appearances have been really good and he allowed three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-11 with a single and two walks against the righty so far.

Rosenberg pitched the eighth with the Phils still down by three. Rosario singled to left with one out, but Rosenberg struck Helton out behind Rosario and got Arenado on a fly ball to right.

6.00 ERA and a 1.83 ratio for Rosenberg after six appearances and six innings. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his first two outings on the year. Since then he’s had four outings in which he’s thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jimenez pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 4-3 and set Colorado down in order.

Seven scoreless innings for Jimenez now through six appearances. Opponents are hitting .160 against him.

Brilliant job by the pen keeps the game close enough for the Phillies to come back in the game. Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to allow a single and no walks in four shutout innings while striking out four. All three threw less than 20 pitches in the game, but Miner may not be available tonight after throwing 18 pitches over two innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Bettis went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. There is it. Bernadina makes his first start for the Phils with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Mayberry sits despite being 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Ruiz hits fifth for the fourth time this season.

The Phils wend in order in the bottom of the first.

Brown led off the second and singled on a ball that looked like it could have been handled by LeMahieu at second. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown up to second. Brown took third on a wild pitch before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche was next and sliced a ball into left that dropped near the line. Brown scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and the throw came in to third. Ruiz was safe there and Asche took second, leaving the Phils with men on second and third and one down. Bernadina and Kendrick both struck out swinging.

Ruf strikes out with runners on first and third for the first out. Bernadina strikes out with runners on second and third for the second.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the third and moved up to second when the throw back into the infield wasn’t handled. Brown went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Rosario handled to end the frame.

Ruiz singled to start the fourth. Ruf flew to right for the first out. Asche was next and grounded to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second. Asche took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Bernadina struck out looking to leave Asche at third.

Not a great first start for Bernadina at the plate. 0-for-2 with two strikeouts through the first four innings. Struck out with one out and men on second and third in the second and with two outs and Asche on third in the fourth.

It was 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were down 4-1 when Utley walked to start the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first with Utley forced at second for the first out. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown to second, putting runners on first and second for Ruf. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Ruf and Ruf grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Lopez got Asche and Bernadina to start the eighth. Wells hit for Miner and drew a walk. Rollins followed with a single to right that put runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Utley walked off of lefty Josh Outman to start the sixth and moved up to second when Brown went down on a ball hit softly out in front of the plate for the first out. Righty Matt Belisle came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck Ruiz out swinging for the second out. Ruf was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Asche flew to right for the third out.

Huge home run for Ruf against the righty after Belisle strikes out Ruiz. He’s hitting 310/410/590 against right-handed pitching for the year in 117 plate appearances. His 1.000 OPS against right-handed pitching is eighth among the 347 hitters across both leagues with 100 plate appearances against righties.

Righty Rafael Betancourt got Bernadina to pop to short for the first out in the ninth. Frandsen hit for Jimenez and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins was next and ripped a double to right. He stole third without a throw, but Young got behind 0-2 and chopped a ball slowly towards short. Arenado cut in front of Tulowitzki and tried to bare-hand the ball, but didn’t get it cleanly. Rollins scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Young was safe at first with a single. Lefty Jeff Francis came in to pitch to Utley and Utley walked 3-2 to put men on first and second for Brown. Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Francis hard into left for a single, scoring Young to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Rollins starts the rally with a two-out double smashed into right. Second big hit for him batting left-handed in two innings. His single in the seventh was down the first base line as well and hit off the stands in shallow right, holding him to a single. His steal of third allows him to score on the Young dribbler.

Young does great to make contact down in the count 0-2 against the righty. Ties the game last night after winning it with a walkoff hit in game three.

Utley’s walk allows Young to move up to second where Young can score on Brown’s single.

Second straight game the Phils get to Betancourt. Betancourt allowed two hits and got two outs. Rollins’s double was hit hard and Young reached on a softly hit single. Francis comes in to pitch to the lefties and Utley and Brown both reach base.

Brown delivers the game-winner, singling on a first-pitch curve ball from the lefty. He’s hitting just 240/287/440 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a huge double in the ninth. Steal of third before the Young single allows him to score on the softly hit ball and tie the game. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and two doubles. 3-for-15 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 247/306/339 on the year. 233/286/286 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Young 1-for-5 with an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. 2-for-14 in the series with two singles, both of which were huge. 267/328/385 on the year. 245/305/373 over his last 374 plate appearances. Hitting just 215/306/355 against lefties for the year, which is a big surprise.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked three times. 4-for-13 with four walks and a home run in the series. 278/345/497 for the year.

Brown 2-for-5 with the game-winner. 3-for-16 with two RBI in the set. 274/320/522 on the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with three singles. 6-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-16 has upped his line for the year from 250/297/311 to 278/323/358. Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 262/291/335 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a huge two-run homer. Left five men on base. Big strikeout in the second with nobody out and a man on third. 4-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the series. 269/368/522 for the year. His numbers against lefties are a lock to improve as he plays more and his numbers against righties are a lock to get worse. He’s hitting .147 in 38 plate appearances against lefties and has struck out in about 36.8% of his chances. Hitting .208 over his last 59 plate appearances, but with five home runs.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. 203/236/362 for the year in 72 PA.

Bernadina 0-for-4 with two big strikeouts early. 0-for-5 since joining the Phillies. 172/240/261 on the year in 172 plate appearances. He was very solid for the Nats in 291 plate appearances last year, but he’s been awful at the plate against both righties and lefties in 2013.

Hamels (5-13, 3.61) faces lefty Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) tonight as the Phils square off against the Snakes in the first of three. Hamels has dropped his ERA for the year from 4.58 to 3.61 by throwing to a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ratio over his last nine starts. He’s allowed more than two runs in just one of those nine outings. Miley has a 2.10 ERA over his last ten starts and opponents have hit just .225 against him in those outings. He has a 3.23 ERA for the year in his 15 starts away from Arizona and a 4.06 ERA in his ten starts while pitching in Arizona.


You’re still welcome to ponder perpetual motion to your heart’s content, though

The Phils don’t seem like they’re in danger of turning a corner anytime soon, but they continue to play hard and have won three of their last four. Last night they rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 4-3.

I’m sure there’s a corner to turn up there somewhere. Just can’t see it yet.

Lee allowed nine hits in the game, but held Colorado to two runs over seven innings. The Rockies plated a run charged to De Fratus in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, but Kratz, Ruiz and Michael Young all delivered big hits in the ninth and the Phils got a walkoff win on Young’s one-out single.

The Phillies are 56-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 last night. The Phils lead the four-game set two games to one. They are 8-22 since the All-Star break.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Lee has a 4.64 ERA over his last eight starts and the Phillies are 2-6 in those games. He’s allowed 57 hits in 52 1/3 innings over those appearances.

He allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki in the top of the first, but struck Michael Cuddyer out behind him to leave him stranded.

Lee started the second up 1-0. Wilin Rosario led off with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The next two batters singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Jonathan Herrera. Herrera popped to Utley for the first out and the pitcher Juan Nicasio bunted the runners to second and third with the second. It brought Dexter Fowler to the plate and Fowler singled to left. Nolan Arenado scored easily from third (2-1), but Brown threw home in plenty of time for Kratz to tag Jordan Pacheco out as he tried to score from second, ending the frame.

Second home run in the series for Rosario. He’s 9-for-21 against the Phillies on the year with six extra-base hits, including three home runs, and a 1.502 OPS.

Lee allows four hits in the frame, a homer and three singles. Gets one out on a bunt and another on Brown’s throw to set the Rockies down.

Lee kept the Rockies off the board in the third, fourth and fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Charlie Culberson in the third, but got Cuddyer to ground into a double-play two batters later. Fowler doubled to left on a ball deflected by Mayberry with two outs in the fifth, but Lee got Culberson to line to Young at first to end that threat.

It was 2-2 when he started the sixth. Cuddyer doubled to left with one out, but Lee got Rosario on a softly hit ground ball for the second out and Arenado on a fly ball to center on the third.

Righty DJ LeMahieu hit for the pitcher Wilton Lopez with two outs in the seventh and singled to center. Fowler grounded out to third on a nice play by Asche moving to his left to end the frame.

De Fratus started the eighth with the game still tied. Left-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon led off and was hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a one-out single by Cuddyer, putting runners on the corners for Rosario. Rosario popped up to Utley in short center. Arenado was next and singled to right. Blackmon scored to put the Rockies up 3-2, but Ruf made a nice throw to third to nail Cuddyer and end the inning.

The righties Cuddyer and Arenado both single to right off of De Fratus. Cuddyer’s was sort of a bloop and Arenado dribbled through. Second time in the game the Phils get an outfield assist for the third out of the inning.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, hitting one and allowing two singles to right by righties. Gets a big out of Rosario with one out and men on the corners. Gets an out on the bases on Ruf’s throw. Even with the earned run he allowed last night, De Fratus has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 ratio in 13 1/3 innings over his last 14 appearances. Over his first 20 2/3 innings on the season he walked 13. He’s walked three in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Diekman struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils down a run. He’s struck out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last five times out. He hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to any of the 46 batters he’s faced in his last 12 appearances, allowing just five singles in 11 1/3 innings. For the season, lefties are 7-for-43 (.163) against him with seven singles.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit batter and two singles. De Fratus threw 21 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Juan Nicasio went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Mayberry. Kratz catches with Ruiz on the bench. Young moves up to second. Mayberry in right and hitting eighth against the righty.

Utley put the Phils on top 1-0 with a solo homer to right with two outs in the bottom of the first.

They were down 2-1 when they hit in the second. Ruf led off with a single to center and moved up to third on a two-out double by Mayberry. Lee struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Ruf didn’t have a chance to score on Mayberry’s double. Would have been out at home by a lot.

They went in order in the third. Asche doubled with two outs in the fourth, but was left at second when Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Mayberry doubled again to start the fifth. Lee was next and bunted a 1-2 pitch. Rosario fielded and threw to first, but his throw pulled Herrera off the bag for an error. Lee was safe at first and Mayberry took third. Rollins followed and walked on four pitches, which loaded the bases for Young. Young grounded to second and the Rockies turned two as Mayberry scored. 2-2 with two outs and Lee at third. Utley popped out to Arenado in foul territory to leave Lee stranded.

Unearned run for the Phillies thanks to Rosario’s throwing error. They only get one despite loading the bases with one out.

Mayberry doubles against a rigthy for the second time in five innings. 241/296/401 against righties for the season.

Ruf singled to left with one out in the sixth and moved to second on two-out single by Kratz. Righty Wilton Lopez took over for Nicasio and struck Mayberry out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Rollins doubled to right off of righty Matt Belisle with one out in the seventh. Young lined to second for the second out and lefty Josh Outman came in to pitch to Utley. Utley flew to left to leave Rollins at second.

Lefty Rex Brothers set Brown, Ruf and Asche down in order in the eighth.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth with righty Rafael Betancourt on the mound for the Rockies. Kratz led off and doubled to left. Wells ran for him at second and moved up to third when Mayberry grounded out softly on a ball handled by Herrera at second for the first out. Ruiz hit for Diekman and doubled to left, scoring Wells to tie the game at 3-3. Betancourt walked Rollins intentionally, putting men on first and second with one down for Young. Young lined the first pitch from Betancourt into left for a hit, scoring Ruiz to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Young’s walkoff hit would have been a double had it not won the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a double and walked twice. One walk was intentional. Taking a huge amount of flak for how terrible the Phillies are these days. He’s having a miserable season, but the problems are way, way deeper than that. 2-for-his-last-25 (.080) with two doubles.

Young 1-for-5 with a walkoff single. 1-for-his-last-11. 175/217/228 in 60 plate appearances in August.

Utley 1-for-4 with his 16th home run.

Brown 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-11. 4-for-his-last-21 (.190) with four singles. One walk in his last 31 plate appearances.

Ruf 2-for-4. Threw Cuddyer out at third. 3-for-11 with three singles so far in the series. Hitting .204 in his last 55 plate appearances.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double, upping his average to .200 after 68 plate appearances. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160).

Kratz 2-for-4 with a big double to start the rally in the ninth. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Mayberry 2-for-4 with two doubles. Should surely lose some time in center now that the Phillies have both Wells and Bernadina, right? Right? 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Prior to those 14 plate appearances he had been 2-for-his-last-27.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) faces righty Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) tonight. Kendrick has a 6.38 ERA over his last nine starts, but was really good in his most recent outing, holding the Dodgers to two runs, one of them earned, over six innings. Bettis has a 1.77 ratio in his four starts with the Rockies and opponents have slugged .513 against him.


Even a blind squirrel gets to play the Cubs once in a while

And if anyone knows where we can find a blind squirrel, I don’t think we should discount the possibility it might be able to give the outfield a defensive boost. At least not without careful consideration.

Kyle Kendrick struggled again last night, but the Phils managed nine runs and topped the Cubs 9-8. Domonic Brown returned to the lineup and made a huge error in the top of the ninth, dropping a fly ball that should have ended the game. Chicago scored three in the frame, but the Phils held on to win by a run despite another ugly outing from Papelbon.

Despite the struggles of Kendrick and Papelbon and the misplay by Brown, the Phils won thanks to massive production from an offense that has been struggling. Ruiz homered for the second time in 20 at-bats, Utley had three hits and drove in a pair and Asche had two hits, including a double. Michael Young had a walk and two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Darin Ruf wielded the biggest stick of them all for the Phils, driving in a pair of runs with a double and his fourth homer of the season. He’s slugging .596 for his career after 133 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 51-61 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 last night. They snap a five-game losing streak with the win and are 2-13 over their last 15 games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Only four of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Kendrick has a 6.93 ERA over his last seven starts. Opponents have hit .330 against him in those outings and he’s allowed five or more runs in four of the seven.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and started the second up 1-0. He allowed four runs in the second. Donnie Murphy hit a three-run shot to left with one out to put the Cubs up 4-1. Kendrick got the next two hitters behind Murphy.

Second time in two starts that Kendrick got hammered early in the game. In his most recent start before last night, he allowed four runs in the top of the first to the Giants.

Kendrick did suffer a bit of misfortune in the frame. Darwin Barney reached on catcher’s interference right ahead of the home run by Murphy. The Cubs also got a little help from the Phils to score their first run of the frame ahead of the homer. With one out and Nate Schierholtz on third, Wellington Castillo grounded hard to third. Asche fielded and came home, but not in time to get Schierholtz as the runner slid in safe to put the Cubs up 1-0. Asche fielded the ball nicely, but was a little slow with the throw and the Phillies wound up not getting an out on the play.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when Kendrick pitched the third. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run to right with one out to extend the Chicago lead to 5-2.

The Phils were down 5-4 when Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

The Phillies led 7-5 when he started the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Wellington Castillo, but got the two hitters behind Castillo to turn the Cubs away.

Kendrick retires ten of 11 batters he faces from the last out of the third inning through the sixth.

Diekman pitched the seventh with the Phils up 8-5. He allowed a two-out single to Junior Lake, but got Rizzo behind Lake to end the frame.

Diekman was back to start the eighth and struck the lefty Schierholtz out looking for the first out. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Starlin Castro. Castro reached on an infield single and Castillo followed with softly hit single to center, which put men on first and second with one out for the pitcher Hector Rondon. Switch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit for Rondon. De Fratus struck him out swinging for the second out and got Murphy swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Two huge strikeouts for De Fratus after the Cubs bring the tying runs to the plate. He faces four batters in the game, allowing two singles and striking the other two out. Drops his ERA for the year to 4.23 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in seven innings over his last seven appearances. Hasn’t walked any of the 19 batters he’s faced in his last five appearances. Has still walked about 11.1% of the hitters he’s faced for the year, which is too many. 10% of right-handed batters and 16.2% of left-handed batters.

Diekman faces five batters in the game, getting four outs and allowing a single to the other. He has a 1.77 ratio for the year in his 25 appearances. He’s been great against lefties, but righties are hitting 377/441/528 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 9-5 lead. Logan Watkins led off with a single and moved up to third when Castillo followed with a double to right. Papelbon struck out the next two hitters before Schierholtz singled into center, scoring both runners. 9-7 with two outs and Schiertholtz on first. Castro was next and hit a 3-2 pitch to left that should have ended the game, but Brown just dropped the ball for an error. Schierholtz scored (9-8) and Castro moved up to second. Castro took third on a wild pitch before Castillo walked, putting runners on the corners with two down for pitcher Michael Bowden. Righty Thomas Neal hit for Bowden and flew to left to end the game.

Bad time to drop a fly ball for Brown. He had to move to his left to get to it, but was there and just didn’t catch it.

Papelbon has to pitch around the error by Brown, but even without the error he would have allowed two runs on two singles and a double in the frame. After 19 appearances on the year he had thrown to an 0.92 ERA and an 0.61 ratio. Since then he’s made 20 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 4.32 ERA with a 1.44 ratio.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Papelbon threw 30 pitches in the game (assist to Brown’s error on that front).

The Phillie lineup against righty Edwin Jackson went (1) Michael Young (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Mayberry (7) Asche (8) Ruiz. Brown returns to the lineup and left field after missing time with concussion-related issues. Ruf plays right field for the first time ever in the majors or minors (played there one game in a winter league). Brown/Mayberry/Ruf is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield much in the same way Ruf/Mayberry/Young is a horrible, horrible defensive outfield. Asche at third with Michael Young at first.

The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Michael Young led off with a double to center and scored when Utley followed with a single to left. The Phils put runners on first and third with one down for Ruf later in the frame, but Ruf lined to short and Brown was doubled off of first to end the inning.

The Phils were down 4-1 when they hit in the second. Asche doubled to right with one out and scored on a two-out single by Kendrick. 4-2.

First career extra-base hit for Asche leads to a run for the Phils.

They were down 5-2 when they hit in the third. Utley and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting runners on the corners with nobody out for Brown. Rollins stole second before Brown grounded to short for the first out. Utley scored (5-3) and Rollins moved up to third. Ruf was next and doubled to right, scoring Rollins (5-4), but was out trying to stretch his double to the gap into a triple. Mayberry flew to right for the third out.

Asche walked to start the fourth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him. Kendrick struck out swinging for the third out.

Young walked to start the fifth and scored when Utley followed with a triple off the wall in center. 5-5. Rollins grounded to second for the first out with Utley holding. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Utley scoring from third. 6-5. Ruf was next and smashed a 3-1 pitch out to left, putting the Phils on top 7-5. Mayberry grounded to first to end the inning.

Second huge hit for Ruf in three innings.

Asche singled to right off of righty Hector Rondon to start the sixth and scored when Michael Young lined a two-out double to right, putting the Phillies up 8-5.

Rondon set Rollins, Brown and Ruf down in order in the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Ruiz homered to left off of righty Michael Bowden. 9-5. Frandsen hit for De Fratus and flew to right for the third out.

Michael Young 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-15.

Utley 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-36.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single. 214/252/296 over his last 104 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-4 with two RBI and a huge error in the ninth in his first action since July 23.

Ruf 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Non-catastrophic in right. 6-for-his-last-15 with two walks, two home runs and a double. 339/438/548 against right-handed pitching in 73 plate appearances for the year. Still just 4-for-19 (.211) against lefties, but with two home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 217/275/383 over his last 131 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Didn’t get an out in the top of the first when he came home with Castillo’s grounder and Schierholtz scored. 3-for-20 on the year with a double.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run. 6-for-his-last-20 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. He had four extra-base hits, all doubles, in his last 165 plate appearances and has four over his last 24.

Hamels (4-13, 3.87) faces lefty Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) tonight. Hamels has allowed more than two runs in just one of his last six starts, throwing to a 2.09 ERA with a 1.07 ratio in those appearances. The Phils are 0-3 in his last three times out and has lost each of his last two starts by a 2-1 score. He’s allowed two home runs in 43 innings since the start of July. Wood has been outstanding this year, but struggled in three of his last four starts, throwing to a 4.98 ERA and a 1.98 ratio in those appearances. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him for the year and lefties just 180/265/246.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until around August 20.


Must it, though? Really?

Yup. The show must go on. For better or worse. But almost certainly for worse.

Surprise! Ruben Amaro didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Phillies at the trade deadline. That’s cause the list of things that are wrong with the Phillies is real long and you can’t fix them by trading players other teams aren’t real excited about, regardless of whether it’s because the players you’re trying to deal aren’t playing very well or because they have bad contracts. Or both.

If you think trading Michael Young for a couple of borderline prospects is what it’s going to take to turn things around for the Phillies, I disagree. The number of moves it’s going to take to get the Phils back into contention is large. The first ones didn’t come yesterday.

As if to demonstrate the point, the Phils got hammered by the Giants last night, losing 9-2. Kendrick allowed seven runs over two innings and the Phils got their runs on a solo homer by Utley in the first and an RBI-groundout by Utley in the eighth.

The Phillies are 50-57 on the year after losing 9-2 to the San Francisco Giants last night. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Only six of the runs were earned and only one of the hits went for extra-bases (a double). He didn’t strike anybody out.

Kendrick made five starts in July and allowed six or more runs in three of them. Opponents hit .345 against him for the month over 25 2/3 innings.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first. He got Gregor Blanco on a softly hit ground ball for the first out, but five of the next six batters reached on four singles and a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. He got Brandon Crawford to pop to Asche in foul territory with a runner on first to end the frame.

Asche made a fantastic play for the second out of the inning. With one out and men on first and second, Hunter Pence ripped a ball down the third base line. Asche made a great play diving to his right and a strong throw from foul territory in time to nip Pence at first.

It was 4-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Blanco with one out, but got Marco Scutaro to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pablo Sandoval led off the third with a ground ball to Utley. Utley fielded and threw to first, but Michael Young came off the bag and Sandoval was safe. Utley was charged with the error. The next three hitters reached on two singles and a hit by pitch, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and San Francisco up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and fared very well under the circumstances. He faced four batters, struck two out and got a third on a ground out. The other, the pitcher Chad Gaudin, singled to left with one out, moving everybody up a base to make it 7-1.

Sure looked like Young should have handled the throw from Utley to start the inning.

Valdes does a great job in the frame, entering with nobody out and the bases loaded and holding the Giants to one run. Gaudin’s one-out single sort of dribbled through between short and third. Gaudin is now 2-for-59 (.034) at the plate for his career.

Valdes struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and another in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Valdes faces ten batters in the game, getting nine outs and allowing Gaudin’s single. He struck out five. This coming off of a start on Saturday in which he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

JC Ramirez started the sixth with the Phils still down 7-1. He walked the pitcher to start the inning, but got Blanco to ground into a double-play behind him. Scutaro followed with a single into center, bringing Sandoval to the plate with two outs and a man on first. Sandoval shattered his bat hitting a ball towards short. Asche fielded moving to his left and threw to first. He throw was wide and not handled by Young for an error on Asche. It left the Giants with men on second and third with two down. Ramirez got Buster Posey on a fly ball to right to leave them stranded.

You should try not to walk the pitcher to start the inning, especially down six runs.

Ramirez was back for the seventh and allowed two solo homers, one to Brett Pill and the other to Brandon Crawford. 9-1.

Ten batters in the game for Ramirez. He allows two runs on four hits, including two home runs, and a walk over two innings. Got a big double-play after walking the pitcher to start the sixth or it would have been worse. 7.43 ERA and a 1.86 ratio after 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings. Eight walks in 13 1/3 and opponents are hitting .315 against him.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a two-out infield single to Arias, but got Posey on a fly ball to right to leave Arias at first.

Diekman drops his ERA to 3.86 with the outing, but don’t be fooled. Opponents have hit .333 against him for the year and righties have put up a 388/423/551 line in 52 plate appearances.

Garcia set the Giants down in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 9-2.

Garcia has been good in limited time this year, with the exception of Sunday’s outing in which he faced four batters and was charged with four runs. Just 8 2/3 innings on the year over eight appearances. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him, but with five walks. Lefties are 1-for-12 against the righty, but have walked four times in 16 plate appearances.

Overall the bullpen went seven innings in the game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramirez struggled, allowing two solo home runs in the seventh, but Valdes, Diekman and Garcia combined to go five scoreless frames. Valdes was especially impressive, throwing three shutdown innings after an ugly start his last time out. Valdes threw 36 pitches in the game and Ramirez 32.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Gaudin went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Asche gets his first career start at third with Michael Young playing first. Ruf in left. I’m not saying it’s not possible to see a worse defensive outfield than Ruf/Mayberry/Delmon Young. I’m just saying it doesn’t happen very often at this level. Delmon Young has a career 274/305/400 line against right-handed pitching — it’s not a good sign if he’s hitting cleanup for you against a righty.

The Phillies were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley hit a solo homer to right with two outs. 4-1.

They went in order in the second.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third with the Phils down 7-1. Valdes bunted him to second with the first out, but Rollins flew to left for the first out and Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Ruf reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. He took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Asche flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Nix hit for Valdes and grounded to second for the third out.

179/223/260 on the year for Nix in 123 plate appearances.

Michael Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Utley and Delmon Young both struck out behind him.

Ruf walked to start the seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order on three fly balls behind him.

It was 9-1 when the Phillies faced righty Sandy Rosario in the eighth. Rollins walked with one out and moved to third when Michael Young followed with a single. Utley went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the second out. Rollins scored (9-2) and Young moved up to second. Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Santiago Casilla hit Ruf to start the ninth, but Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order behind Ruf.

Third time in the game that Ruf had been on base — infield single, walk and hit by pitch. The Phils had five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch in the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.

Michael Young 2-for-4. Didn’t excel at first on either the Utley throwing error or the Asche throwing error. 4-for-his-last-8 with a walk and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4 with a solo home run and both Phillie RBI. 3-for-his-last-8 after coming into the series 0-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-19 with two singles and no walks. 247/276/288 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. 333/439/458 against righties for the season in 57 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4. One great play at third in the top of the first and made a throwing error later in the game. 0-for-5 at the plate on the season.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160) with a home run.

Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces righty Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) tonight. Hamels ended May with a 4.86 ERA, but has thrown to a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cain is having the worst year of his career, but he’s also been better of late. 3.81 ERA with a 1.15 ratio over his last nine starts. He allowed 13 home runs in 56 1/3 innings over his first nine starts on the season, but hasn’t allowed any his last five times out and just three over his last 67 2/3 innings.


Hit the road jacks

More than one Phillie has done his best to try and talk his way off the nose-diving team in recent days, but last night two guys whose names have been in the air as the trade deadline approaches looked like they might be more interested in trying to hit their way off. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young both hit two-run homers to back seven innings from John Lannan as the Phils topped the Giants 7-3.

The Phillies snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.

The Phils are 50-56 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 7-3 last night. They are in third place in the NL East, 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and 1 1/2 behind the Nats. Eight games out for the Wild Card with 56 to play.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Three of Lannan’s last four starts have been good. He allowed four runs in four innings against the Cardinals in the other. 3.49 ERA over his last eight outings. He’s allowed just two home runs in 63 2/3 frames on the year.

Andres Torres led off the top of the first with a double. Marco Scutaro bunted him to third with the first out. Pablo Sandoval was next and flew to Ruf in left center. Torres tagged and Ruf made a pretty nice throw home. The ball and Torres arrived at about the same time, but Ruiz didn’t handle it cleanly. Torres scored and the Giants led 1-0. Hunter Pence flew to center for the third out.

Ruf’s throw from left was right on line, but not especially strong.

Brett Pill singled to center with one out in the second and the Phils up 2-1. Guillermo Quiroz was next and Lannan got him to ground into a double-play to set the Giants down.

Brandon Crawford started the third with a single. The pitcher Barry Zito was next and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to second to force Crawford for the first out. Rollins took the throw and went to first in time to double Zito up. Lannan walked the next two batters, Torres and Scutaro, on 16 pitches. It brought Sandoval to the plate with two outs and men on first and second and he reached out over the plate and blooped a single to right. Torres scored, tying the game at 2-2, and Scutaro went to third. Pence grounded to short to leave the runners at the corners.

Sandoval’s RBI-single to right was ridiculous, but it only got the Giants a run because Lannan had walked the two previous batters. Lannan also got a huge break in the frame when the Phils got a double-play on Zito’s bunt.

Pill singled softly to left with one out in the fourth, but Lannan got the next two hitters to leave him at first.

The Phils led 4-2 when Lannan started the fifth. Scutaro singled to left with two outs, but Lannan got Sandoval on a ground ball to third to set San Francisco down.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Quiroz doubled to center to start the seventh with the Phils leading 6-2. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and moved Quiroz up to third with a ground out. Joaquin Arias followed with a softly hit grounded to second. Utley threw to first for the second out as Quiroz scored, cutting the lead to 6-3. Lannan struck Torres out swinging to set the Giants down.

Bastardo pitched the eighth with the Phils up 7-3. Pence singled softly to center with two outs, but Bastardo got Jeff Francoeur on a fly ball to right to end the frame.

Bastardo has a nice frame coming off allowing a run over 1 2/3 innings on Sunday. 1.42 ERA and 0.87 ratio in 12 July appearances with 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

De Fratus pitched the ninth with the Phils up four. He allowed a leadoff single to Pill, but got the next three on a pair of line drives and a ground ball.

De Fratus has walked 15 in 25 innings for the year, but hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over his last four times out.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow two singles and no walks while striking out one. Bastardo threw 20 pitches and De Fratus 15.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Barry Zito went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Ruf comes into the game with 104 career plate appearances, but hits cleanup and plays left field. He seems like a lock to be a butcher in left given enough time. Frandsen at first and Mayberry in center. Michael Young plays third as non-specific trade rumors abound. Ruf shouldn’t be hitting cleanup for anyone, but the lineup doesn’t look quite as atrocious against a lefty as it would a righty.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Michael Young and Utley singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on the corners for Ruf. Ruf struck out swinging for the second out, but Delmon Young followed with a single to right. Michael Young scored (1-1) and Utley went to third. Frandsen was next and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry walked 3-2, forcing Utley home. 2-1 with the bases still loaded for Ruiz. Ruiz popped to third to leave them loaded.

Ruf can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, striking out against the lefty with one down and runners on the corners. Delmon Young picks him up with a big hit that gets the Phils on the board.

Mayberry draws a big walk to force in a run.

Frandsen again is hit by a pitch. He’s been hit ten times this season. Nobody else has been hit more than four. Ten hit-by-pitch for the year and eight walks in 141 plate appearances. Only three players across both leagues have been hit more than ten times this season.

Michael Young walked with two outs in the second, but Utley struck out behind him.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the Phils went in order in the third.

Mayberry singled to left to start the fourth. Ruiz was next and hammered a 1-1 pitch from Zito out to left, putting the Phils up 4-2. Zito got Lannan on a liner to second for the first out and righty Guillermo Moscoso came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins singled softly to left and took second on an error by the left fielder Francoeur. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Rollins moving up to third. Utley was walked intentionally, bringing Ruf to the plate with runners on the corners. Moscoso got ahead of him in the count before hitting Ruf 0-2, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Young lined to second to end the inning.

First home run of the year for Ruiz and first since September 25, 2012, against the Nats.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Lannan walked off of Moscoso to start the sixth. Rollins flew to right behind him for the first out, but Michael Young was next and hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 6-2. Utley and Ruf went down behind Young.

Eighth home run of the year for Michael Young and his sixth off of a righty. He’s been good against righties this year, but is oddly hitting just 226/327/387 against lefties.

The lead was cut to 6-3 when the Phils hit in the seventh. Delmon Young led off and reached on softly hit infield single off of righty Jean Machi. Martinez ran for him at first and moved up to second when Frandsen grounded to short for the first out. Mayberry was next and doubled into the left field corner, scoring Martinez to extend the lead to 7-3. Ruiz moved Mayberry up to third with a ground out to second. Just up Cody Asche hit for Lannan, making his major league debut. He got ahead in the count, but popped up to second on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning.

Utley singled to center off of Machi with two outs in the eighth. Ruf struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Third strikeout of the game for Ruf, including a big one in the first with one out and runners on the corners.

Rollins was 1-for-5. 2-for-his-last-13. On-basing .315 for the year with an isolated power of .092. .092 is his worst mark for isolated power in any season in which he’s had 100 plate appearances. He hit 23 home runs last year with an isolated power of .177. Baseball-Reference calculates his WAR for the season at 0.0. From 2004 to 2008, he ranged between 4.6 and 6.1. Negative dWAR for the year and negative UZR at short as calculated by FanGraphs.

Michael Young 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. 6-for-his-last-36 (.167) with seven walks and two home runs.

Utley 2-for-4 with a walk. Came into the game 0-for-his-last-12. 287/359/503 over his last 192 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch. Almost threw Torres out at the plate from left in the top of the first. But not quite. 214/313/286 over his last 48 plate appearances. 3-for-16 (.188) so far against lefties with two home runs.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15. 26-for-his-last-90 (.286), but with just four extra-base hits, all doubles, and an isolated power of .044.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. 294/432/500 against lefties this year after posting a 400/426/556 line against them in 2012.

Mayberry 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles. The way he can help a team is by hitting lefties, but he didn’t do a ton against lefties last night other than the bases loaded walk off of Zito. Still just hitting 262/308/492 against lefties for the year. I’d expect the on-base numbers against lefties to go up as he plays more with a ton of power. He’s on-basing .319 against righties and I would not be holding my breath for that number to go up.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. 4-for-his-last-15. One walk in his last 74 plate appearances.

Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) faces righty Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) tonight. Kendrick threw to a 3.22 ERA over his first 13 starts, but has a 5.26 ERA in his last eight times out. Gaudin threw to a 2.05 ERA in 18 relief appearances for San Franciso before moving into the rotation in early June. He threw to a 2.23 ERA in his first seven starts before allowing six runs to the Reds in 3 2/3 innings his last time out.


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