The Phils dropped game three of their set with the Mets yesterday afternoon, falling 7-4 and allowing four runs in a first inning that included a big error from Michael Martinez in which the Phils got no outs on a ball that might have yielded a double-play.
The error put some focus on the absence of Jimmy Rollins at short, but it also took some focus away from the fact that Kyle Kendrick didn’t pitch well. Kendrick was charged with six runs over four innings in the game. Thanks to the error by Martinez, only two of them were earned, but Kendrick allowed two home runs, including a three-run shot to Nick Evans in the first after the Martinez error, over four innings.
John Mayberry took a temporary break from homering in the game, going 0-for-4 with an RBI, but the offense is on a roll that saw the Phillies score 23 runs in the three-game set and has produced more than three runs in eight straight games. Victorino and Pence continue to produce for the Phils. The pair drove in three runs yesterday and went a combined 9-for-26 in the three-game set, driving in ten runs. Victorino has hit 348/424/618 over his last 232 plate appearances (not a typo, look it up) and Pence is hitting 322/402/540 in his 102 plate appearances since joining the Phillies.
The Phillies are 83-45 on the year after falling to the New York Mets 7-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and remain in first place in the NL East, 6 1/2 games ahead of the Braves.
Kendrick got the start for the Phils and went four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk. Only two of the six runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out two.
Angel Pagan was the first batter of the game and singled to center. Ruben Tejada was next and hit a ball to short that Martinez didn’t handle for an error, putting men on first and second. David Wright was next and singled to right, loading the bases for Lucas Duda. Duda grounded to second with Utley going to Martinez to force Wright for the first out of the game. Pagan scored and the Mets led 1-0 with men on the corners. Kendrick struck Jason Bay out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Nick Evans was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that made it 4-0. Josh Thole grounded back to Kendrick for the third out.
The Phils might not have gotten two if Martinez hadn’t muffed Tejada’s ball, but they sure would have gotten one. At least Evans is a righty, cause Kendrick giving up a three-run shot to a lefty in the first might have been too much.
Pitcher Mike Pelfrey singled with one out in the second, but Kendrick got Pagan and Tejada behind him on a pair of fly balls.
The lead was cut to 4-3 when Kendrick started the third. Wright led off and homered to right, extending the New York lead to 5-3. Kendrick hit Duda with a pitch before getting Bay on a fly ball to center for the first out. Evans moved Duda to second on a single deflected by Polanco, putting men on first and second for Thole. Thole grounded to second with Evans forced at second for the second out. Turner flew to center to end the frame.
After allowing the homer to Wright to start the third, Kendrick had allowed two home runs in two innings and a batter.
Pagan walked with one out in the fourth and stole second before Tejada reached on an infield single that moved him to third. With men on first and third, Wright hit a fly ball to left for the second out, deep enough for Pagan to tag, score and put the Mets up 6-3. Duda fouled out to Ruiz to leave Tejada at first.
Michael Schwimer took over for Kendrick to start the fifth, making his second career appearance. He walked the leadoff man Bay on six pitches and Evans followed Bay with a double to the gap in right center, scoring Bay to make it 7-3. Schwimer got Thole to pop to third for the first out before walking Turner. Pelfrey bunted the runners up to second and third with the second out, but Schwimer got Pagan on a fly ball to left to leave them there.
Not a great showing for Schwimer, who allowed a run on two walks and a double and has now allowed a run in each of his appearances with the Phils. You want to avoid walking the leadoff guy when you can.
Lidge pitched the sixth and he walked the leadoff guy, too, walking Tejada on four pitches. Lidge struck Wright out swinging for the first out as Tejada stole second, then got Duda looking for the second out. Bay flew to left to leave Tejada at second.
Lidge has now thrown nine innings on the year, allowing two runs. The good news is that he has struck out 11 in his nine innings. The bad news is that he has walked eight.
Bastardo started the seventh and got Evans on a line drive hit hard to third for the first out. He walked Thole, but struck Turner out swinging behind him for the second out. Righty Ronny Paulino hit for Pelfrey and Bastardo walked him, too, putting men on first and second with two down. Pitcher Chris Capuano ran for Paulino at first, but Bastardo struck Pagan out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Two more walks for the pen. Schwimer, Lidge and Bastardo combined to walk five in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Bastardo has been charged with two runs in 12 2/3 innings over his last 13 appearances.
Herndon pitched the eighth with the New York lead cut to 7-4. Wright singled to center with one out and moved to third when Duda followed with a double to center. Bay hit a ball back to Herndon. Herndon fielded and came home, where Wright was tagged out for the second out. With men on first and third, Herndon struck Jason Pridie out swinging 3-2 turn New York away.
Herndon hasn’t been charged with a run in 11 2/3 innings over his last ten appearances.
Madson pitched the ninth with the Phils still down three runs, making his first appearance since allowing six runs in two-thirds of an inning to the Nats last Friday. He was a better this time, getting Thole swinging for the first out and Turner on a ground ball to third for the second. Lefty Willie Harris hit for the pitcher Manny Acosta and singled to right, but Madson got Pagan to ground to third for the third out.
Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row and the Phils are off today. Bastardo threw 24 pitches and Schwimer 23. Lidge 17, Herndon 15 and Madson 15.
The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Martinez. Howard returns to the lineup, but Ibanez remains sidelined with Mayberry playing left. Ruiz catches the day game after Schneider caught the night before. Martinez plays short with Rollins on the DL.
The Phils were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Polanco singled softly to right with one out and took second on an error by Duda. Utley flew to center for the second out, deep enough for Polanco to tag and move up to third. Howard walked, putting men on the corners for Pence. Pence struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.
Ruiz and Martinez singled back-to-back with one out in the second, putting men on first and second. Kendrick bunted them to second and third with the second out. Victorino got ahead 3-0 and then singled into center on a 3-1 pitch, scoring both runners and cutting the lead to 4-2. Polanco was next and he singled into right, sending Victorino to third. Utley singled to center and both runners moved up a base with Victorino scoring. 4-3 with men on first and second for Howard. Howard walked to load the bases, but Pence flew to right to leave them loaded.
Five men stranded for Pence through two innings.
Ruiz singled with one out in the third and the Phils down 5-3. He stole second and Martinez moved him up to third with a ground out. Kendrick grounded to second to leave him at third.
Down 6-3, Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth. Howard hit a 1-0 pitch hard, but Evans handled it at first and threw to Pelfrey covering to get Howard and end the inning.
Down 7-3, Pence started the fifth with a single to left. Mayberry was next and grounded to short, with Pence forced at second for the first out. Ruiz grounded to second and Mayberry was forced at second for the second out. Martinez grounded to the pitcher for the third out.
The Phils went in order in the sixth. Orr hit for Lidge and flew to right for the first out.
Utley doubled to center to start the seventh and took third on a throwing error by Pagan. Lefty Tim Byrdak struck Howard out looking 3-2 for the first out and righty Manny Acosta came in to pitch to Pence. Pence reached on an infield single with Utley scoring to cut the New York lead to 7-4. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher Thole and Ruiz struck out looking to leave Pence at first.
Martinez struck out swinging to start the eighth. With Acosta still on the mound for the Mets, Gload hit for Herndon and doubled to right. Victorino hit a ground ball to second, which Turner fielded, but Duda didn’t handle Turner’s throw and was charged with the third error of the game for the Mets. It put men on first and third for Polanco. Polanco hit a ball hard, but Turner made a diving play at second and started a double-play to end the inning.
After going 1-for-1 with a double in the game, Gload is now slugging .298 for the year. The good news is that his last three hits have gone for extra-bases. The bad news is that he’s 3-for-his-last-28 (.107) with a walk and three doubles.
Righty Bobby Parnell walked Utley to start the ninth, but Howard and Pence both struck out swinging behind Utley. Mayberry walked on a 3-2 pitch, moving Utley to second and bring Ruiz to the plate as the tying run. Ruiz grounded to short to end the game.
Victorino was 1-for-5 with two RBI in the game. 4-for-14 with two triples, a home run and seven RBI in the three-game series. 313/387/546 for the year. 274/351/496 in 153 plate appearances in the leadoff spot for the season. Rollins is hitting 266/334/417 in 428 plate appearances in the leadoff spot this year.
Polanco 2-for-5 with two more singles. 6-for-14 with a walk in the series. 213/277/231 over his last 119 plate appearances. 281/335/345 for the season.
Utley 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI. 3-for-10 with two doubles and a walk in the series. 279/365/460 for the year. 214/302/379 over his last 63 plate appearances.
Howard 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. 1-for-7 with two walks and five strikeouts in the series. 4-for-his-last-26 with four singles and 12 strikeouts. He’s hitting 251/341/477 for the season.
Pence 2-for-5 with an RBI and six men left on base. 5-for-12 with two walks and a home run in the set. He’s hitting just .269 over the last seven games, but with two home runs and five walks to give him a 269/387/500 line in those 31 plate appearances. 311/365/484 for the year.
Mayberry 0-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and two home runs in the series. He drove in six runs. 269/333/528 for the year. 308/351/702 over his last 111 plate appearances.
Ruiz 2-for-4 yesterday and 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI in the series. 275/368/387 for the year. He has on-based .376 over his last 1,006 plate appearances going back to the start of the 2009 season.
Martinez 1-for-4 with a single and a big error. 1-for-6 in the series. 211/250/292 for the year in 176 plate appearances. Of the 174 NL players with 175 plate appearances, his .250 on-base percentage is 174th and his .292 slugging percentage is 169th. He’s 6-for-his-last-43 with a double and a walk (140/159/163).
The Phils are off today and start a series with the Marlins tomorrow night.