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Phillie fever — catch it! And if you do, please let someone in the front office know, cause they could really use anyone who can catch anything

In truth, they probably don’t have a spot for you. They need to know you’re out there, though.

The Phillies got more outstanding pitching last night and won again, topping the Nationals 3-1 to take the four-game set three games to one.

The Phils have started July by going 7-3 against the Pirates, Braves and Nats and have leaned heavily on their starting rotation to do so. They did again last night as Kendrick had to work around miserable defense to hold the Nats to a run over seven innings.

The Phils made four errors in the game, three charged to Utley. Ruf looked shaky at first, Delmon Young airmailed a throw to the plate as the Nats scored their only run of the game and Washington had their second batter reach on a strikeout in two days.

It was the team’s fourth win in five games. In the four wins, their starting pitching has allowed three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, throwing to an 0.95 ERA and an 0.88 ratio. The Phils got two perfect innings from the pen last night, but their pen is awful. The offense hasn’t been doing a whole lot, either. The Phils are 3-1 over their last four games and have scored 11 runs in those games combined (2.75 per game).

The Phillies are 46-47 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night. The Phillies take the series three games to one. They’ve won four of their last five and are 7-3 in July.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out two.

Great start for Kendrick come off of a pair of outings in which he had allowed ten runs in 11 innings on 22 hits and opponents hit .423 against him.

Ian Desmond singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Bryce Harper was next and grounded to Ruf at first. Ruf fielded and threw to Rollins at second to force Desmond for the second out with Harper safe at first. Harper stole second before Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk, putting runners on first and second for Jayson Werth. Werth singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Brown made a strong and accurate throw home to nail Harper at the plate and end the inning.

Nice throw by Brown. Video replay suggests Harper was safe as could be, but let’s not quibble. Was still a nice throw. Two hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Nats in the frame, but no run.

Utley dropped a foul ball in Denard’s Span at-bat for his first of three errors of the game, but Span lined to Utley for the first out of the game. Utley actually less dropped it so much as collided with Ruf, allowing it to fall. Ruf was pretty much right under it and ready to catch it and Utley plowed him over.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second.

He struck pitcher Jordan Zimmermann out swinging 0-2 on a pitch not handled by Ruiz to start the third. It went as a wild pitch by Kendrick and Zimmermann was safe at first. Denard Span was next and bunted into a double-play — Ruiz fielded, threw to second to get Zimmermann and Rollins relayed to Ruf in time to double-up Span. Desmond grounded back to Kendrick to end the frame.

Washington wastes Zimmermann’s strikeout. Second time in two games the Nats reached on a strikeout on a wild pitch, but Ruiz follows that up by starting the double-play.

Span didn’t run when he bunted into the double-play, which seemed like an odd choice. Presumably he thought the ball was foul.

Werth singled with two outs in the fourth. LaRoche got ahead in the count and hit a 3-0 pitch towards right. Utley fielded it moving to his right, dropped it, picked it up and threw to first on a bounce. Ruf couldn’t handle the throw and Utley was charged with two errors on the play, one for muffing the grounder and the other for throwing it away after unmuffing it. Werth wound up at third, leaving runners on the corners with two down for Anthony Rendon. Rendon flew to right to set Washington down.

Third error for Utley in four innings.

Kurt Suzuki led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to third. Michael Young made a nice play to field, but his throw to first was in the dirt and unhandled by Ruf for another error (this one charged to Young). Suzuki wound up on second with nobody out. The pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was next and bunted a ball softly out in front of the plate. Ruiz got on it quick and threw to third where Suzuki was tagged out for the first out. Span grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Suzuki really ripped the ball towards third and Young made a very nice play to handle it. Ruf should have scooped his throw at third and Young looked a little displeased that he didn’t. Second time in two innings that a Phillie infielder gets an error on a ball not scooped by Ruf. The other was Utley’s throw in the fourth. Ruf didn’t have much of a chance to handle Utley’s throw, which was thrown hard and off-target at close range, but he could have caught Young’s.

Second time in the game that Ruiz makes a big defensive play after a defensive miscue that benefits the Nats. Makes a nice play to throw Suzuki out at third in the fifth after starting a double-play in the fourth following Zimmermann’s reaching on a strikeout.

Kendrick works around the fourth Phillie error in five innings.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Harper tripled off the wall in right with one out. Ryan Zimmerman was next. Kendrick got ahead of him in the count, but Zimmerman lined an 0-2 pitch to right. Delmon Young took it moving in and threw home as Harper tagged, but his throw was awful, clearing Ruiz and the plate. Harper scored and the game was tied at 1-1. Werth was next and hit a ball back up the middle, off Kendrick’s leg, high into the air, but right to Rollins. Rollins threw to first in time to get Werth and end the frame.

Really bad throw by Young on a day when the Phillie defense was terrible.

Nice play by Rollins to end the inning.

Rendon reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh. Suzuki lined to Utley for the second out before Rendon took second on a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann grounded to Utley to leave Rendon stranded.

Bastardo set Span, Desmond and Harper down in order on two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth with the Phils up 2-1.

Great outing for Bastardo. Just the second on his last eight appearances in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. He’s walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings for the season.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with a 3-1 lead and retired Washington in order. Zimmerman went down on a ball handled by the pitcher, Werth struck out looking and LaRoche grounded to first.

Papelbon also throws a 1-2-3 frame. Only outing of his last five in which he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk.

Six up, six down for the pen with two strikeouts. Papelbon threw ten pitches and Bastardo eight.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Ruf continues to play first against right-handed pitching, probably cause he’s OPSing 1.200 or whatever.

Revere and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young was next and hit a ball hard, but Zimmerman handled it at second for the second out with Michael Young holding second. Ruf struck out swinging to leave Young stranded.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third, but Rollins grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown singled to right with one out in the fourth. Michael Young followed and grounded to short with Brown forced at second for the second out and Young safe at first. Delmon Young grounded to second to end the inning.

Ruiz reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher with one out in the fifth. Kendrick bunted him to second with the first out. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into left-center for a single, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Revere stole second before Rollins grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Revere has 17 RBI for the year. Six in his first 213 plate appearances for the season and 11 over his last 117. 411/431/491 over his last 117 plate appearances.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Brown doubled off the wall in left-center with one out and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to center for the second out. Delmon Young went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the third out.

Brown hit the ball really well the opposite way, just missing a home run.

Ruf doubled down the third base line to start the seventh and McDonald ran for him at second. Ruiz bunted McDonald to third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Kendrick and lined a ball to right center, which went off the glove of Span and fell for a double. McDonald scored to make it 2-1 with one out and Frandsen on second. Lefty Ian Krol took over for Zimmermann and got Revere on a ground ball to the pitcher for a second out, moving Frandsen up to third. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Utley doubled to center off of Krol to start the eighth. Brown was next and flew to right for the first out, deep enough for Utley to tag and take third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Michael Young and the Nats brought their infield in. Young hit a ball to second. Rendon fielded and Utley stormed home. Rendon’s throw came to the plate, but on the first base side. Utley slid in safe and the Phils led 3-1 with Young on first and one out. Mayberry struck out for the second out and McDonald grounded to short to end the inning.

Mayberry is just 1-for-7 in July. 3-for-his-last-20.

Revere was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. 8-for-17 with a double in the four-game series. 304/338/353 for the year. Hasn’t walked in 43 plate appearances in July, but is hitting .395 for the month. Again, .411 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left three men on base. Made a nifty play on the ball off of Kendrick’s foot to end the sixth and take a hit away from Werth. 3-for-16 in the set. 260/317/350 for the year. 13-for-his-last-51 (.255) with no walks and one extra-base hit, a double. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 153 PA.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-16 with two doubles in the series. 275/336/500 on the year. Made three errors in the game, two on one play where he bobbled the grounder and then picked it up and threw it away and another when Ruf was about to catch a foul ball and Utley ran over him. Seems possible the Phillies don’t have a lot of confidence in Ruf defensively.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-15 with a walk and a double in the series. 297/330/602 over his last 297 plate appearances with 21 home runs. 281/325/550 for the year. Started the year hitting lefties really well and struggling against righties. He’s now at 286/337/573 against righties and 266/293/489 against lefties.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Charged with an error on a throw that looked like it could have been handled at first. 288/345/417 for the year. 5-for-13 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 322/338/507 over his last 151 plate appearances. Isolated power of .081 over his first 197 PA for the year and .185 over his last 151. Oddly hitting just .222 against lefties, but with walks in 13.8% of his PA against them. 311/350/424 against righties after being terrible against them in 2012.

Delmon Young 0-for-3 and left three men on base. Made a memorable throw home on the only Washington run of the game. 2-for-12 with two walks in the set. 268/323/419 on the season. 295/340/459 over his last 156 PA.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and struck out twice. Didn’t handle Utley’s throw or Young’s throw, although handling Utley’s throw would have taken a miraculous effort. 4-for-12 with two walks, a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 on the year with three walks, three extra-base hits and a 375/474/688 line. Eight strikeouts in 15 appearances against right-handed pitching. He’s 4-for-13 against right-handed pitching for the year. That’s nine outs, which means he’s only had one out against a righty that wasn’t a strikeout. That out came in game three of the series with the Nationals with Rafael Soriano pitching for Washington in the bottom of the ninth. Ruf crushed the ball to center, but Span caught it crashing into the wall to take extra-bases away from him.

Ruiz 1-for-2. Another strikeout on a wild pitch for the Nats. Twice in the game Ruiz made a nice defensive play coming off a Phillie miscue. 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 271/323/297 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 132 PA for the season. 238/278/262 against right-handed pitching.

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces lefty John Danks (2-6, 4.31) tonight as the Phils play the White Sox in Philadelphia. The Phillies have still won twice as many games in starts made by Pettibone this year than they have in starts made by Hamels. 10-5 when Pettibone starts and 5-14 when Hamels starts. Pettibone has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in his last four starts. Lefties are still hitting 311/384/457 against him for the season. Danks missed April and most of May coming off of shoulder surgery. He’s made nine starts on the season and gone at least seven innings each of his last three outings, throwing to a 2.53 ERA in those starts. His walk rate is way down this year compared to his career numbers. He’s walked just seven in 56 1/3 innings overall and three of the 159 right-handed hitters he’s faced.


And if they ever decide to start in April again some year, just think where this could go

The Phillies weren’t over .500 in any of the first three months of the season, but they’ve started July strong, going 6-2 in their first eight games. Last night they topped the Nats 4-2 behind eight great innings from Cole Hamels.

In 2012, the Phillies went 34-22 in August and September combined and finished the year at 81-81.

The Phils are going to need a well-rounded effort the rest of the way if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot in 2013, but the starting pitching has done most of the work in their current three-game winning streak. Over the last three games, their starters have allowed two earned runs over 21 1/3 innings (0.84 ERA and an 0.89 ratio). That’s good enough to get you some wins even if your offense is pretty uninspired and your bullpen is downright terrible.

There might not be a lot of hope for the bullpen, but it is important to recognize that the offense has improved of late. The Phils have scored at least three runs in each of their eight July games and are averaging 4.63 runs a game so far in July. There’s only one NL team that’s averaged 4.63 runs or better for the season — St Louis has scored an average of 5.0 runs per game and Colorado is second in the league at 4.55. The bad news is that the Phillies aren’t the only NL team whose offense has picked up in July. Their 4.63 runs per game for July is just sixth best in the NL.

The Phillies are 45-46 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They’ve won three in a row and are 6-2 over their last eight.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out four.

The Phillies went 2-14 in the first 16 games that Hamels started this season, but are 3-0 his last three times out. In his last two starts he’s allowed two earned runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA with an 0.80 ratio).

Scott Hairston led off the top of the first with a single into center, but Hamels got Ian Desmond to ground into a double-play behind him. Bryce Harper struck out looking 1-2 for the third out.

With one out in the second, Werth reached out over the plate for a 1-1 pitch from Hamels and hit it out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Hamels got the next two.

He hit Kurt Suzuki with an 0-2 pitch to start the third and the pitcher Taylor Jordan bunted Suzuki to second with the first out. Hamels struck Hairston out looking for the second out and got Desmond on a fly ball to right to leave Suzuki at second.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he started the fifth. He got the first two before hitting Suzuki again 0-2. Jordan lined to right to end the frame.

Hamels hits Suzuki twice in the first five innings of the game. He hadn’t hit more than one batter in a start since September 14, 2010.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Phils led 4-1 when he started the seventh. Adam LaRoche singled to right with one out and moved up to second on an infield single by Anthony Rendon. It put men on first and second with two down for Suzuki and Suzuki flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Werth homered with one out in the second. LaRoche and Rendon hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the seventh. In between, Hamels faced 18 batters and the only two times the hitter reached base were the two times he hit Suzuki.

Hamels started the eighth having thrown 87 pitches with the Phils still up by three runs. Hairston reached on an infield single with one out and moved up to second when Desmond singled into center. Hamels walked Harper on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases for Ryan Zimmerman with one out. Hamels struck Zimmerman out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Werth was next. Hamels delivered a 2-2 fastball that was way up and away before Werth pounded the 3-2 pitch to center. Revere took it on the edge of the track to leave the bases loaded.

Hamels had thrown 103 pitches when Werth’s at-bat started. I think it’s pretty nuts to let him pitch to Werth as the go-ahead run there, but it worked out for the Phillies that time.

Huge Zimmerman at-bat ahead of the Werth at-bat and Hamels strikes him out swinging 0-2 with one out and the bases loaded.

Bastardo started the ninth with the overused Papelbon unavailable to pitch after throwing in four of the last five days. Bastardo got LaRoche on a fly ball to right for the first out before walking Rendon 3-2. Suzuki struck out swinging for the second out before righty Wilson Ramos hit for the pitcher Ian Krol and doubled off the base of the wall in right. Rendon scored, making it 4-2 with two down and Ramos on second. Bastardo got Hairston to pop to Utley to end the game.

Bastardo earns his second save of the season and the eleventh of his career. Faces five batters, allows a walk and a double and gets three outs. He’s walked 17 in 31 1/3 innings for the year. For his career he has walked 11.1% of the right-handed batters he has faced and 11.2% of the left-handed batters he has faced.

The Phillie lineup against righty Taylor Jordan went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Revere and Rollins again hit one-two in the order after a nice performance in game one of the set. Ruf at first against the righty with Howard out.

Revere singled to center to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Michael Young walked with one out, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third walk for Michael Young in the last three games. 4-for-his-last-8 with three walks, a double and a .636 on-base percentage.

Second time in two innings the Phils ground into a double-play.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Utley doubled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown was next and lined a ball into right that was short-hopped by a charging Werth. Werth threw home with the ball and Utley arriving at about the same time, but Suzuki didn’t handle the ball. Utley slid past the base, Suzuki tagged him and Utley was called safe. Brown was headed for second, so as soon as Suzuki tagged Utley, Suzuki threw to second. His throw wasn’t handled there and skipped into center, leaving Brown at third with two down. Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

Many a break for the Phillies on Brown’s single. Had Werth’s throw been handled at the plate as Utley slid in, it would have been a close play, even if Utley had touched the plate. Utley slid past the plate without touching it. When Suzuki tagged him, he should have been out, but the Phillies got a helpful call. Brown would have been out by a lot if the throw at second had been handled there as he tried to move up to second when the throw came home.

Delmon Young and Ruf singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz with nobody out. Ruiz grounded to third and the Nats turned two, leaving the Phils with Young on third and two outs for Hamels. Hamels grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz grounds into their third double-play of the game.

Revere and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second again with nobody out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that was fielded by LaRoche. LaRoche made a good throw to second, but it went off the arm of Rollins as Rollins slid into the bag, off the glove of Desmond and into short left. Revere scored (2-1), Rollins went to third and Utley was safe at first with nobody out. Brown popped to short for the first out. Michael Young was next and doubled to the gap in right-center. Rollins and Utley both scored (4-1). The relay came home as Utley crossed the plate, but Suzuki made a nice play, coming out in front of the plate to take the throw and throw to third. Young was tagged out trying to move up for the second out. Righty Craig Stammen took over for Jordan and walked Delmon Young. Mayberry ran for Young at first, but was left there when Ruf struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Phils give away an out on the bases as Michael Young is thrown out trying to move up to third as Utley scores. They should have given up another out on the bases in the second when Brown tried to take second, but Suzuki’s throw wasn’t handled that time.

Revere and Rollins start another rally, singling back-to-back to start the inning and both coming around to score. Between them they’ve score five of the seven runs the Phils have plated in the first two games of the set.

Michael Young’s double off the righty Jordan is the big hit of the game.

Ugly at-bat for Brown in the frame, popping to short with runners on the corners and nobody out ahead of the double.

Stammen set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Ian Krol got Rollins, Utley and Brown on three ground balls in the eighth.

Revere was 2-for-4 in the game, upping his average for the year to .302. He’s 13-for-his-last-27 (.481). 346/381/408 in 226 plate appearances since the start of May. BABIP of .382 after the start of May and .237 before the start of May.

Rollins 1-for-4. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 145 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. Scored two of the fourth Phillie runs. Scored in the second when he doubled with two outs and scored on Brown’s single. Reached on an error in the sixth and scored on Michael Young’s double. 2-for-his-last-12 with a double.

Brown 1-for-4 with a single. Popped out with runners on the corners and nobody out in the sixth. Has at least one hit in eight games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 6-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 1-for-2 with a walk. 431/473/549 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 with a double and two walks so far. Six strikeouts in 11 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles. Delivered extra-base hits in 11.4% of his plate appearances in 2012 and about 2.4% of his plate appearances in 2013.

Lee (10-2, 2.73) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) tonight. Lee allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Braves in his last start, which is the only time in his last 12 outings that he allowed more than three earned runs. Over his last four starts he’s allowed four home runs to the 114 batters he’s faced. Prior to those starts he went five starts in which he didn’t allow a home run to 144 hitters. Gonzalez threw to a 1.79 ERA in his six starts in June and didn’t allow more than two earned runs in any of those outings, but gave up three earned runs over 6 2/3 in his first start of July against the Padres. He faced the Phillies on June 19 and held the Phils to two runs over seven innings while striking out 11. The Phils had two hits in his seven innings that day — a single by Revere to lead off the bottom of the first that was followed by a two-run homer by Michael Young.


Cliff driving

Cliff Lee delivered again last night, throwing eight strong innings as the Phils topped the Nats 4-2.

The Phils are 10-5 this year in games started by Lee and 25-32 in games started by anyone else.

The Phillies scored just four runs in the game and failed to deliver in several key situations at the plate, but there seem to be some signs of life from the offense. Ben Revere is hitting .455 over his last 33 at-bats and scoring runs regularly. Michael Young’s power has evaporated over the last two years, but he has four extra-base hits in his last nine at-bats and six in his last 29. Ryan Howard is 11-for-his-last-21 with four walks and hitting 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances.

The Phillies are 35-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They have won two in a row and four of their last six.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both solo homers that accounted for the two runs that he allowed. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

The Phillies are 8-1 in the last nine games that Lee has started. Opponents have hit .194 against him in those nine starts and he’s thrown to a 1.97 ERA with an 0.83 ratio and struck out 64 in 68 2/3 innings. Righties are hitting 199/226/306 against him for the season.

Ryan Zimmerman singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee got Jayson Werth on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

Lee set the Nats down in order in the second and again in the third.

He struck out Anthony Rendon and Zimmerman for the first two outs in the fourth. Werth was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Adam LaRoche followed that with a single to right, but Lee got Ian Desmond to ground to short for the third out.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Lee set Washington down in order in the fifth.

Rendon singled to center with one out in the sixth, but Lee struck out Zimmerman for the second out and got Werth on a ground ball to third to retire the side.

Up 4-1, Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

With one out in the eighth, righty Jeff Kobernus hit for the pitcher Craig Stammen and homered to left on a 2-1 pitch, cutting the lead to 4-2. Lee got the next two.

Career home run number for the 24-year-old Kobernus. He has ten homers in the minor leagues over 1,468 plate appearances. Two in 559 plate appearances at Double-A or above.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phils still up by two. LaRoche singled to right with two outs, bring Desmond to the plate as the tying run. Papelbon got him on a ground ball to third to end the game.

Papelbon was throwing for his second day in a row and threw ten pitches in the game. He’s been charged with a run in three of his last seven appearances. In two of the three the run came on a solo home run. Even looking at the rough recent patch for Papelbon, the home runs are the only real problem. He’s allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight over his last seven innings.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Ross Detwiler went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Ruiz. Delmon Young starts in right against the lefty with Mayberry on the bench. Frandsen starts at second for the third time in four games. Ruiz returns to the lineup, making his first start since May 19.

The Phillies went in order in the first and again in the second.

Ruiz singled softly to right with one out in the third, but Lee struck out swinging for the second out and Revere grounded to second.

The Phils were down 1-0 when Michael Young started the bottom of the fourth with a double to center. Rollins bunted him up to third with the first out and Howard followed with a fly ball to right for the second, deep enough for Young to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Brown lined to LaRoche at first for the third out.

Detwiler hit Delmon Young with a 1-1 pitch to start the fifth. Frandsen followed with a ground out to third that moved Young up to second. Ruiz struck out looking for the second out and Lee got behind 0-2, but smashed a single up the middle. Young tried to score from second, but Span made and accurate throw home from center that beat a sliding Young to the plate by a lot and the Phils were retired.

Lee is 7-for-27 on the year, which gives him a .259 average, higher than the mark posted by hitters Mayberry, Hernandez, Quintero, Ruiz, Kratz, Delmon Young, Nix, Galvis, Carrera, Lerud and Martinez.

Revere started the sixth with a bunt single and was running the pitch when Michael Young doubled into the right field corner. Revere scored easily to put the Phils up 2-1. Rollins followed with a single to right that moved Young up to third and Howard was hit by the first pitch from Detwiler, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Delmon Young struck out swinging for the second. Frandsen got ahead 2-0 and lined a ball to left that dropped for a single just in front of Lombardozzi. Michael Young scored easily (3-1). Lombardozzi picked the ball up on a short hop and threw home, but Rollins just beat the ball home to make it 4-1 with two down and runners on first and second. Ruiz grounded to short to leave the runnners stranded.

Frandsen’s ball landed really close to Lombardozzi in left. The Phillies were fortunate it wasn’t caught. Rollins didn’t slide at the plate with the second run on Frandsen’s ball and was nearly thrown out.

Brown and Delmon Young both strike out with the bases loaded and less than two outs.

Second double for Michael Young in three innings. He’s 4-for-9 in the series so far with four extra-base hits.

Revere bunts for a single and scores another run for the Phillies, his third of the series. He’s 15-for-his-last-33 (.455) with eight runs scored. He has 33 plate appearances in that span. If you scored eight runs every 33 plate appearances you would score about 145 over 600 plate appearances.

Michael Young doubled to left off of righty Craig Stammen with two outs in the seventh. Rollins flew to left to leave him stranded.

Young doubles off of a righty this time after doubling off the lefty Detwiler in his two previous at-bats.

It was 4-2 when Howard tripled to right off of righty Drew Storen to start the eighth. Brown struck out for the first out. Mayberry grounded back to the mound with Howard holding for the second out. Frandsen flew to center to leave Howard at third.

The Phillies can’t score after the leadoff triple. Second time in three innings that Brown gets to hit with a runner on third and nobody out and strikes out. Mayberry can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 313/336/357 over his last 117 plate appearances with 10 steals and one caught stealing.

Michael Young 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI. He has six extra-base hits in his last 29 plate appearances. Prior to those 29 plate appearances he had one extra-base hit in his previous 62. His numbers against righties are climbing and up to 294/337/390.

Rollins 1-for-3. He’s on-basing .283 over his last 47 plate appearances with one extra-base hit, a double.

Howard 1-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a hit by pitch. 330/398/534 over his last 103 plate appearances. Hit a monster home run in Monday’s game. He’s hitting 301/354/511 against right-handed pitching for the year. 303/365/586 at home for the season and 257/298/386 on the road. 11-for-his-last-21 (.524) with four walks and four extra-base hits.

Brown had a terrible game. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, both of which came with nobody out and a man on third. He’s 5-for-his-last-33 (.152) with five singles.

Delmon Young 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Couldn’t score from second on Lee’s two-out single in the fifth. Miserable year offensively so far in a lot of ways — one of them is that he’s walked in about 4.4% of his plate appearances against right-handed pitchers.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a big two-out, two-run single. Leads the team in on-base percentage at .398 with the help of a team-high six hit-by-pitches. His walk rate is up for the year, though. 8.3% this year and 5.4% for his career coming into the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a bloop single and a strikeout. He’s been miserable offensively in limited time this far. He’s hitting .241 with an isolated power of .037 and two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 59 plate appearances.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40) tonight. Kendrick comes off his worst start of the year, having allowed seven runs against the Rockies over 4 1/3 innings on Friday. Gonzalez threw to a 5.34 ERA over his first six starts on the season. Since then he’s made eight starts in which opponents have hit .188 against him and he’s thrown to a 2.22 ERA. He still walks a ton of people and right-handed people in particular. He’s walked about 13.3% of the righties he’s faced this year.

The next update to Philliesflow won’t be until next week.


Plus one

The Phillie offense is suddenly alive, but it was Tyler Cloyd who led them to their fifth straight win last night. Cloyd took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1.

With the win the Phils are over .500 for the first time this season.

The Phils have been miserable offensively this year, but have scored 32 runs over their last five games and five or more in each of the five. They were eleventh in the NL in runs scored in April and 14th in May. They’ve only played six games in June, but they’re fourth in the NL in runs scored so far for June.

All the unexpected run-scoring has our attention focused there, but the pitching has been very good so far in June as well. The Phillies threw to a 4.47 in April, which was 14th-best in the 15-team NL. Their May ERA was a 12th-best 4.12. So far in June, they’ve thrown to a 2.25 ERA, which is second-best mark in the league. Phillie starters have a 1.87 ERA and a 1.06 ratio so far this month and have averaged about 7.2 innings per start in their six starts.

The Phillies are 31-30 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 last night. They are over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row for the first time this year.

Since April 18, they’re 25-20, which is the best record in the NL East. They’re five games over .500 in that stretch despite allowing eight more runs than they scored (180-172).

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and five walks. All four of the hits were singles and he struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the year. Righties are hitting 250/308/450 against him and lefties 308/383/442.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. Jean Segura singled with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez followed that with a walk that put men on first and second with two down, but Cloyd got Jonathan Lucroy to ground to second to end the inning.

It was 3-0 when Cloyd started the second. He walked Juan Franciso with one out, but got the next two to leave Francisco at first.

Braun singled to left with two outs in the third and the Phils up 4-0. Cloyd got Aramis Ramirez on a fly ball to center to leave him at first.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 fourth and was up 5-0 when he started the fifth. Norichika Aoki walked with two outs, but Cloyd got Segura on a ground ball to short to set Milwaukee down.

He walked Braun to start the sixth and Ramirez moved Braun up to second with a single. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Lucroy, but Cloyd got Lucroy to foul out on a ball handled by Kratz for the first out. Carlos Gomez was next and flew to right for the second out. Braun tagged and moved up to third, putting runners on the corners with two down. Francisco popped out to Young at third to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to pitch out of the jam after the Brewers put their first two men on base.

He walked Scooter Ginnett to start the seventh, but Yuniesky Betancourt hit for the pitcher Donovan Hand and grounded into a double-play. Aoki followed with a single and De Fratus came in to pitch to Segura. Segura went down on a ground ball to second.

De Fratus faces one batter in the game, getting one out. He was pitching for the second day in a row and dropped his ERA for the year to 2.25. He has an 0.88 ratio after eighth innings and hasn’t allowed a home run.

Adams pitched the eighth. Braun led off with a walk, stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Ramirez. Lucroy was next and grounded to third for the second out with Braun scoring to cut the lead to 5-1. Gomez flew to center for the third out.

Third straight inning that the leadoff man for the Brewers drew a walk. First time he scored.

Adams has been charged with a run in five of his last seven outings. Over those seven outings he’s walked five in 6 2/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single, but got the next three.

Fourth inning in a row the leadoff man got aboard for the Brewers.

Bastardo drops his ERA to 2.45 with the scoreless frame. Didn’t walk anybody, which is always nice. He’s walked 14 in 22 innings for the season.

Overall the pen goes 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. De Fratus has pitched two days in a row, but only threw five pitches in the game. Bastardo 14 and Adams 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Wily Peralta went (1) Michael Young (2) Mayberry (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young leads off for the first time since September 8, 2004. Mayberry starts in center against the righty and hits second with the lefty Revere on the bench. Kratz catches and Galvis plays second. Mayberry is a really bad defensive center fielder and will put up ugly numbers against righties if you give him enough chances. Michael Young and Mayberry combined to go 6-for-10 in the game. Worked great last night, but I’ll be pretty surprised if Young/Mayberry at the top of the lineup proves to be successful over a lot of games.

Michael Young, Mayberry and Rollins all singled to start the top of the first, loading the bases for Howard. Howard flew to center for the first out, deep enough for Young to tag and score. 1-0 with men on first and second. Brown walked on five pitches, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Everybody moved up a base on a wild pitch with Mayberry scoring (2-0) before Delmon Young struck out for the second out. Kratz grounded out to leave the runners at second and third.

Delmon Young strikes out with one out and the bases loaded, although the Phils do score the second run thanks to the wild pitch.

Cloyd walked with one out in the second and scored on a two-out double to right-center by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 3-0. Rollins flew to center to leave Mayberry at second.

Mayberry 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored through two innings.

Brown singled to right with one out in the third and stole second before Delmon Young walked. Brown stole third before Kratz hit a ground ball to short. Segura went to second to force Young for the second out and Brown scored from third, putting the Phils up 4-0 with two down and Kratz at first. Galvis followed with a walk, but Cloyd flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

First time in his career that Brown stole two bases in a game, much less an inning. The run wouldn’t have scored on Kratz’s ground ball without the steal of third.

Michael Young singled to right to start the fourth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth, Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 5-0. Kratz and Galvis went down behind him.

Delmon Young has been miserable against righties in 2013 and was miserable against them in 2012, but homers off the righty Peralta there. It was his fifth homer overall in his last 55 plate appearances. 269/309/596 in those chances.

Michael Young reached on an infield single off of righty Donovan Hand with one out in the sixth. Mayberry and Rollins went down behind him to leave him at first.

Brown singled to right off of Hand with one out in the seventh, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third time in the game that Brown reached base against a right-handed pitcher. His numbers are obviously sky-rocketing everywhere, but his line against righties is now up to 276/320/571. He was hitting 238/300/386 against righties for the year at the end of the day on May 14.

Righty Burke Badenhop set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the eighth. Nix hit for De Fratus and grounded to second for the third out.

Nix is 1-for-his-last-18 with a walk and hitting .208 for the season.

It was 5-1 when Mayberry reached on an infield single off of Badehop with one out in the ninth. Mayberry was caught stealing and Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.

Another hit for Mayberry off a righty, although this one wasn’t especially majestic. He has three steals for the year and has been caught three times.

Michael Young was 3-for-5 in the game with three singles. He’s 5-for-14 since returning from the bereavement list.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at center field at -15.7 for the year and -14.0 for his career.

Rollins 1-for-5. First time in five games he didn’t draw at least one walk.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out twice. 9-for-his-last-44 (.205) with 19 strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, upping his June OPS from 1.405 to 1.413. 323/338/697 over his last 160 plate appearances. He has four walks over those 160 plate appearances, three of which have come in June.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 9-for-his-last-33 with a double and three home runs. He’s hitting 213/265/438 in 98 plate appearances in right for the Phils. Mayberry, who’s unquestionably better defensively there, has hit 315/375/521 in 80 PA as the Phillie right fielder this season.

Kratz 0-for-4 with an RBI. Still oddly hitting righties (250/301/446) much better than lefties (150/292/350) for the year.

Lee (7-2, 2.45) faces righty Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) tonight. The Phillies have won six straight games start by Lee. Over those six starts he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and averaged about 7.8 innings a start. Righties are on-basing .230 against him for the season. Figaro turns 29 in July and will be making his sixth career start and second of 2013. He allowed four runs in five innings in his start this year, but has been pretty good pitching out of the bullpen for Milwaukee. 3.07 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 29 1/3 innings of relief this year. He hasn’t walked a ton of people overall, but lefties are slugging .525 against him for the season thanks to five home runs in 67 plate appearances.


The un-Halladay season

The Phillies got the Halladay-on-the-DL ERA started last night. So far, so good. Lee came into the game with a 6.00 ERA over his last three starts and went eight strong innings to lead the Phils to a 6-2 win.

Michael Young had three hits in the game for the Phils, including a pair of doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances. Domonic Brown added a solo homer and has three home runs in his last 18 plate appearances (four in his last 35).

The Phillies are 15-18 on the year after beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2. They’ve won three of their last five and six of their last ten.

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

The Phillies are 1-4 in the last five games that Lee has started.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

The Phils led 3-0 when Hunter Pence hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the bottom of the second. Lee got the next two.

He set the Giants down in order in the third and again in the fourth.

The Phillies led 5-1 when Pence led off the fifth with a single. Francsisco Peguero was next, though, and Lee got him to ground into a double-play to clear the bases. Brandon Crawford struck out swinging to end the inning.

Lee perfect against everyone but Hunter Pence through five innings.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Marco Scutaro started the seventh with a single, but Lee got Pablo Sandoval to ground into a double-play behind him. Buster Posey flew to right for the third out.

Pence doubled to right to start the eighth. Peguero was next and chopped a ball to short. Rollins fielded and threw low to first. Howard didn’t handle it for an error charged to Rollins. Pence scored from second and it was 5-2 with Peguero on first and nobody out. Lee got Crawford on a ground ball for the first out before Brandon Belt hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Howard probably should have handled the throw from Rollins. The throw was bad, low, but could have been caught.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils up 6-2.

Fourth time in his last six appearances that Paplebon pitched in a non-save situation. He’s thrown 11 scoreless innings in 11 appearances since allowing two runs in an inning his first outing of the year.

He threw seven pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Madison Bumgarner went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) M Young (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. The righty Mayberry plays center with the lefty Revere on the bench. The problem with that is Mayberry can’t play center. the problem with playing Revere in center is he can’t hit.

Two-out singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard and a walk to Delmon Young loaded the bases for Brown in the top of the first. He went down on a ground ball handled by Bumgarner to turn the Phillies away.

Mayberry and Kratz singled back-to-back to start the second and Lee bunted them up to second and third with the first out. Rollins flew to center for the second out before a walk to Utley loaded the bases for Michael Young. Young doubled to right, scoring Mayberry and Kratz to put the Phils up 2-0 with runners on second and third. With Howard at the plate, Utley scored on a wild pitch (3-0) and Young moved up to third before Howard struck out swinging to leave him there.

Up 3-1, the Phils went in order in the third.

Lee singled with one out in the fourth, but Rollins and Utley went down behind him.

Michael Young doubled to start the fifth and moved up to third on a ground out by Howard. Delmon Young followed and flew to right for the second out. Michael Young tagged and scored from third to extend the Phillie lead to 4-1. Brown was next and laced an 0-1 pitch out to right. 5-1. Mayberry flew to left to set the Phillies down.

Sixth home run of the year for Brown. He has 119 plate appearances for the season. In each of the last two years he got about 210 plate appearances (210 in 2011 and 212 in 2012) and hit five home runs. He’s hit four home runs in his last 35 plate appearances.

Rollins and Kratz struck out in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Utley singled off of righty Chad Gaudin to start the seventh, but Michael Young grounded into a double-play behind him and Howard struck out swinging.

Michael Young has grounded into eight double-plays in his last 70 plate appearances, which would have him on pace to ground into about 69 over 600 plate appearances. For the year he has grounded into 10 in 123 plate appearances, which has him on a pace to hit into about 49 double-plays for the season. No other player across both leagues has hit into more than eight double-plays this season. Since the end of the 2008 season, only one player across both leagues has hit into 30 or more in a season (Billy Butler hit into 32 in 2010).

Gaudin set Delmon Young, Brown and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

It was 5-2 when righty Jean Machi walked Kratz to start the ninth. Galvis hit for Lee and doubled to left, putting men on second and third. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Kratz tagged and scored. 6-2. Lefty Javier Lopez came in to pitch to Utley and got him on a ground ball for the second out with Galvis moving up to third. Michael Young was intentionally walked so the lefty Lopez could pitch to Howard. Howard struck out swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Howard is hitting 167/194/333 against lefties for the season after hitting 173/226/378 against them in 2012.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s 2-for-his-last-22 with two singles.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-20 with a home run.

Michael Young 3-for-4 with two doubles. He came into the game with one extra-base hit in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-5 and struck out three times. 1-for-his-last-10 with seven strikeouts.

Delmon Young 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-19 since homering in his first at-bat with the Phils.

Brown 1-for-4 with a home run. He’s slugging .565 against lefties for the year (6-for-23 with a double and two home runs).

Mayberry 1-for-4. 1-for-his-last-11.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-9 with three walks.

Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) faces righty Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) tonight. Kendrick has a 1.54 ERA in his last five starts and the Phils have gone 4-1 in those games. Lincecum has a 5.06 ERA in his last 39 starts going back to the start of 2012.


Locke, stuck, no smoking barrels

The Phillies couldn’t figure out 25-year-old lefty Jeff Locke last night. Locke came into the game with a career ERA of 5.67 and made the best start of his career, throwing six shutout innings as the Pirates beat the Phillies 2-0.

The Philiies put multiple runners on base in the first, second and fourth innings last night, but were unable to score. After the fourth inning they had two hits, both singles that came in the eighth.

Four of the eight position players the Phils started last night ended the day hitting under .230 for the season (Revere, Brown, Kratz and Galvis). Those four players have combined to post an on-base percentage of .261 over 259 plate appearances in 2013.

The Phillies have been shut out in three of their last eight games. In ten of their last 12 games they have scored three runs or less. They’re hitting 182/239/280 against left-handed pitching with a .520 OPS, which is 30th of 30 MLB teams. Their hitters batting number one in the order have a .272 on-base percentage for the season, which is 27th of 30 MLB teams. They are 12th in the NL in on-base percentage and 14th in walks. Only two NL teams have struck out more.

The Phillies are 9-12 on the season after losing 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a homer. He struck out six.

Third straight good start for Hamels. Over those three starts he has thrown to a 2.57 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and struck out 19 in 21 innings. The Phillies have scored a total of four runs in those games and gone 0-3.

Starling Marte led off the top of the first with a softly hit single to left and stole second. Jose Tabata went down on a ground ball to short before Andrew McCutchen hit a ball to Young that was mishandled for an error. It left runners on first and second with one out for Gaby Sanchez. Hamels struck Sanchez out for the second out and got Russell Martin on a fly ball to center to leave the runners stranded.

McCutchen’s ball was chopped to third. Young tried to backhand it and didn’t field it cleanly. Nice job by Hamels to work around the misplay after it put runners on first and second with one down.

Neil Walker led off the second with a ball hit hard to short that Rollins didn’t handle for another Phillie error. Hamels got the next three to set the Pirates down, with the help of a fantastic play by Young for the first out. Brandon Inge ripped a ball down the third base line, but Young made a diving stop, got to his feet and made a very strong throw to first in time to retire Inge.

Just an outstanding play by Young helps Hamels keep the Pirates off the board after the Rollins error to start the frame. I don’t recall seeing him making a throw like that before. Inge is slow, of course, but it was still rather impressive.

Marte doubled to left to start the third. Tabata and McCutchen went down behind him before a walk to Sanchez put men on first and second. Martin grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

Neil Walker reached on an infield single to start the fourth. Inge was next and doubled off the base of the wall in right-center, scoring Walker to put the Pirates up 1-0. Clint Barmes was next and flew to center for the first out with Inge tagging and moving up to third. The pitcher Jeff Locke was next and grounded to short with Inge holding third and two down. Marte popped to Rollins to leave the runner stranded.

Walker’s ball to start the inning was chopped between third and short and not handled cleanly by Rollins. Rollins probably wouldn’t have been able to throw Walker out if he had handled it cleanly.

Sanchez doubled to left with two out in the fifth, but Hamels struck Martin out swinging to leave him there.

He struck out Walker, Inge and Barmes in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He set the Pirates down in order in the seventh. Lefty Travis Snider hit for the pitcher Locke and grounded to Hamels for the first out.

With one out in the eighth, Sanchez hit a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting the Pirates up 2-0. Martin followed with a single to left, but Hamels got the next two.

Aumont set the Pirates down in order in the ninth.

Aumont still hasn’t been charged with an earned run this season, but he has walked six in 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances.

One scoreless inning for the pen. Aumont threw seven pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jeff Locke went (1) Rollins (2) Galvis (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Kratz. Utley on the bench against the lefty with Galvis playing second. Young moves up to third in the order with Mayberry hitting fifth.

Young walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. Howard was next and doubled to left-center, moving Young up to third. Mayberry grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

The ball never got past the outfielders, so it was not a huge surprise that Young didn’t score as McCutchen got the ball in quickly. Nice hustle by Howard to get to second on the hit.

Howard doubles off of a lefty.

Revere reached on an error by Marte with one out in the second and Kratz walked behind him. Hamels bunted the runners up to second and third with the second out, but Rollins went down swinging to leave the runners stranded.

The Phils leave runners on second and third in each of the first two innings.

Young and Howard struck out in a 1-2-3 third.

Down 1-0, Mayberry led off the fourth with a triple to right. Brown was next and was hit by a pitch. The Pirates brought the infield in and Revere hit a ball to third with Mayberry thrown out at the plate. Kratz was next and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Lefty Tony Watson started the seventh for Pittsburgh and struck out Brown and Revere while setting the Phils down in order.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth. Nix hit for Hamels and singled to right. Rollins flew to right for the first out. Utley hit for Galvis and struck out swinging for the second. Young moved Nix up to second with a single to left, but Howard grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Righty Jason Grilli set Mayberry, Brown and Revere down in order in the ninth with the Pirates up 2-0.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. He’s on-basing .250 against lefties for the year after on-basing .281 against them in 2012 and .280 in 2011.

Galvis 0-for-3 to drop his average on the year to .226. He’s 0-for-his-last-11.

Young 1-for-3 with a walk and an error. Also made a fantastic defensive play in the second, which probably saved the Phillies a run. He has at least one hit in 14 straight games. 12-for-his-last-40 with 12 singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice. He’s 6-for-his-last-15. Doubled off of the lefty in the game, but he’s still hitting just 111/158/222 against lefties for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a triple. He’s 7-for-his-last-24 with four extra-base hits and ten strikeouts. His numbers are good so far against both righties and lefties — the Phillies should let him play a lot until they aren’t.

Brown 0-for-3 and struck out twice to drop his average to .206. He’s 2-for-his-last-21 with two singles.

Revere 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 5-for-his-last-33.

Kratz 0-for-2 with a walk. He didn’t walk at all in his first 57 plate appearances and has two walks in his last seven.

Halladay (2-2, 6.04) faces lefty Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) tonight. Halladay’s first two starts of the season were both terrible and his last two both good. Over his last two outings he’s thrown to a 1.80 ERA with an 0.67 ratio. Opponents have hit .143 against him and two of the three runs he’s allowed have come on solo homers. He walked six in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts and has walked three over 15 in his last two. Three walks in 15 innings is 1.8 per nine innings, which is similar to his career walk rate of about 1.9 per nine innings. Rodriguez has been battling a hamstring problem that caused him to miss a recent start, but has been outstanding when he has pitched. He’s allowed a run on five hits and a walk in his 16 innings for the season. Opponents are 5-for-52 with a double against him for the year (096/145/115).


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