Tag: Phillippe Aumont

Triple threat

It took an unlikely four triples, but the Phils got their third spring win this afternoon, topping Baltimore 6-5.

The Phillies hit two triples in the 28 games they played in May in 2013. They also hit two in 26 September games.

The Phils scored six early runs. A.J. Burnett pitched well through four, but started the fifth and allowed a walk and a home run to the only two men he faced. The Phillies led 6-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Cesar Jimenez, trying to nail down his second inning of the game, allowed a two-run homer.

Revere had two hits and a walk for the Phils. Abreu was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a triple. Brown delivered a three-run triple in the first.

Burnett started the game for the Phils and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. Chris Davis singled to start the bottom of the second and Nelson Cruz followed that with a ground rule double, while led to a Baltimore run in the frame. Burnett started the fifth having allowed a run over four innings, but he allowed a leadoff walk that was followed by a two-run homer by Nolan Reimold and was pulled.

Nice outing for Burnett before the fifth, but he winds up with an ugly line. Drops his ERA on the spring to 10.00 with a 1.56 ratio after three starts and nine innings.

Shawn Camp took over for Burnett in the fifth. He allowed a single in the frame, but kept Baltimore off the board.

Camp hasn’t allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings over four appearances. 0.92 ratio.

Phillippe Aumont pitched the sixth. He allowed a leadoff walk to Chris Davis, but struck out the next hitter and got Ryan Flaherty to ground into a double-play.

Four walks in six innings for Aumont, but he lowers his ERA to 4.50 with the outing. 1.33 ratio.

Kevin Munson pitched the seventh, allowing back-to-back singles to the first two men he faced, which left Baltimore with runners on first and second and nobody out. Munson kept them off the board though — Reimold lined into a double-play and Xavier Paul struck out swinging.

Munson had an unlikely combination of a 1.50 ERA and a 2.17 ratio entering the game. He had walked eight in five innings. Drops his ERA to 1.29 and his ratio to 2.14. A 2.14 ratio means you shouldn’t expect your ERA to stay at 1.29 for long. Allow two hits to the first two men he faced today, but got out of it with the help of a line drive double-play.

Cesar Jimenez threw a 1-2-3 eighth. He came back to pitch the ninth and allowed a leadoff walk to Michael Almanzar. He got the next two before Alex Gonzalez homered on a 3-1 pitch to cut the Phillie lead to 6-5. Jimenez then walked Reimold, but got Paul to pop to Frandsen at second to end the game.

Two innings, two runs for Jimenez on a hit and two walks. 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 ratio for Jimenez after 6 2/3 innings.

The Phillies scored six runs in the game. They got three in the top of the first on a three-run triple by Domonic Brown. Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis tripled back-to-back with two outs in the second for the fourth run. The other two runs came in the fourth — Maikel Franco singled home Cameron Rupp and Revere brought Abreu home from third with a sac fly.

Revere 2-for-2 with a walk, a triple and an RBI, upping his average to .296. First extra-base hit for Revere, which ups his slugging percentage to .370. Revere has an isolated power of .045 for his career in 1,400 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, upping his average to .107. Also his first extra-base hit — he’s 3-for-28 with two singles and a triple.

Abreu 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a triple. First extra-base hits and seventh walk for Abreu. He’s hitting .207.

Galvis had the other triple. 1-for-2 on the day with a triple and a walk to up his average to .148.

Ruf 0-for-4 to drop his average to .241.

Franco 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He’s hitting .207.

Utley 1-for-3 with a single. He’s at .182. Howard is hitting .185 after going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Mayberry is hitting .350 after an 0-for-1 day.

Rupp 1-for-4 to drop his average to .286 and left five men on base.

Roberto Hernandez is expected to pitch tomorrow as the Phils face the Yankees.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second straight nice outing for Aumont.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Third time plucky

Phils topped the Tigers 10-6 this afternoon for their first spring victory.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils and got hit hard in the first, allowing three runs on two walks, a single and a three-run double by Nick Castellanos. He allowed a leadoff walk and uncorked a two-out wild pitch in the second, but kept the Tigers off the board.

The Phils came into the game with starters Cliff Lee and Roberto Hernandez having allowed three runs in four innings pitched in their starts combined. Kendrick goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. So after three games, the starters have allowed six earned runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks (9.00 ERA with a 1.83 ratio).

Kendrick made 30 starts last year and walked more than two in five of them. Walked three in two innings today.

Righty Sean O’Sullivan struck out two in a 1-2-3 third. He came back for the fourth and retired the first two before hitting Luis Exposito with a pitch. O’Sullivan retired the next hitter on a popup to Hernandez at second to end the frame.

O’Sullivan suddenly seems like he has a shot for some early starts, given the combination of injury questions around pitchers like Hamels, Martin and Pettibone and the miserable early opinions around Gonzalez. The 26-year-old righty had a 6.14 career ERA over 193 2/3 innings in the majors before throwing to a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for the Padres in 2013. He had a 1.80 ratio to go with his 3.96 ERA last year — 31 hits and 14 walks as opponents on-based .393 against him. He didn’t pitch very well, 3.96 ERA or not. Pitched well today, throwing two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out three.

Aumont pitched the fifth, coming off of a miserable outing his first time out and set the Tigers down in order.

Luis Garcia made his first official appearance in the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles and a double. Only one of the runs was earned due to a Reid Brignac error at short.

Cesar Jimenez threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his first official appearance and followed that up by setting the Tigers down in order in the eighth. The 29-year-old lefty walked ten in 17 innings for the Phils last year, which is a lot. Had a 0.00 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in nine innings through his first eight appearances and a 7.88 ERA and a 2.00 ratio over eight innings his last 11 times out (and walked seven in those eight innings). Did a better job at preventing walks at Triple-A, throwing to a 3.12 ERA and a 1.31 ratio while walking 26 in 66 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus made his first appearance in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced before striking out the next three to end the game with runners on first and second.

De Fratus struck out 42 in 46 2/3 innings for the Phils last year. Walking 25 was the problem and it led to a 1.50 ratio to go with his 3.86 ERA. Walk rate of 2.0 per nine innings in 424 1/3 innings in the minors and 4.8 in 61 1/3 innings in the majors. I would guess his walk rate will go down in 2014.

The Phillies scored eight runs in a bottom of the third that featured three walks, two singles, a hit-by-pitch, a Tiger error and a three-run homer by J-Roll.

Rollins’s shot came off of righty Jose Valdez with two outs in the third. He was 1-for-1 with a home run and two walks in the game.

Gwynn started the game in center for the Phillies and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 0-for-3 with two walks so far. Think we should be following what he does offensively and especially defensively when playing center given the Phils seemingly neverending problem trying to backup center field. Things I know for sure: 1) John Mayberry is really, really not the answer 2) Cesar Hernandez, a backup infielder, really, really is not the answer. The Phils have so many problems it’s hard to feel like backup center fielder should go near the top of the list. I think there’s potential for a moral victory here, though.

Utley started at second and went 1-for-3.

Franco started at third and was 0-for-1 with a walk and no errors. He’s seen action in all three official games and gone 0-for-5 with two errors and two walks.

Byrd 2-for-3 with two singles and 3-for-5 with an RBI in the early going.

Howard 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 with a single so far.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-6 overall.

Ruiz 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. 0-for-3.

Lou Marson doubled to start the bottom of the eighth, which led to a Phillie run. He was 1-for-1 with a double on the day in his first action.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single that drove in a run in the second inning. 1-for-3 with two RBI on the day. 2-for-6 with two walks so far.

Yankees tomorrow.


First thud

The Phillies saw their first official spring action today, falling 4-3 to Toronto in a game called due to rain after the top of the seventh.

Roberto Hernandez started the game, seeing his first action for the Phils having thrown to a 5.03 ERA over his last 146 appearances in regular season action. He went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks. Jose Bautista hit a solo homer off of him in the first and he allowed another run on back-to-back doubles to start the second. Both of the doubles were off the wall, the first, by righty Brett Lawrie, was off the top of the wall and nearly out of the yard.

Seems a good a time as any to point out that Hernandez has allowed 46 home runs over his last 302 1/3 innings pitched, which is about 1.37 per nine innings. Nobody on the Phillies who threw 65 or more innings in 2013 allowed more than one home run per nine innings. Among the guys with at least 65 innings, Lee had the worst rate at 0.89 per nine innings. The righty Bautista got Hernandez in the first, but lefties hit 305/369/537 against the righty Hernandez in 2013 with 17 home runs in 315 plate appearances.

Phillippe Aumont pitched the third, coming off of a 2013 effort in which he walked 51 in 55 innings between the minors and majors. He walked the two first batters he faced and the Blue Jays scored two runs charged to him in the inning on a single, two walks and a wild pitch.

Righty Jeff Manship, who has struggled to retire hitters at the major league level, struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and kept the Blue Jays off the board in the fifth as well. One hit, a single, in two scoreless innings for Manship as he strikes out three and gets Bautista to ground into a double-play. The less good news is the career 6.42 ERA and a 1.62 ratio for the 29-year-old righty in 116 1/3 career innings. Righties have hit 329/375/556 against him for his career.

Bastardo pitched the sixth. He allowed a two-out triple to righty Moises Sierra, but retired Dioner Navarro on a fly ball to center to leave Sierra at third.

25-year-old righty Kevin Munson, a Rule 5 pick (be afraid, be very afraid), pitched the seventh. Chris Getz bunted for a single to start the frame with Maikel Franco fielding and throwing it away for an error that left Getz at second with nobody out. The Blue Jays bunted the runner to third with the first out, but Munson struck Kevin Pillar out with one down and the man on third. He walked Anthony Gose before getting Dan Johnson to line to short to leave runners on the corners.

Two hits and a walk in the frame, but Munson keeps Toronto from scoring with the help of the big strikeout with a runner on third and one out. He struck out 66 in 54 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

The offense plated three runs in the game — two in the bottom of the first on RBI-singles by Howard and Byrd and the third in the bottom of the fifth when a one-out walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr was followed by a Ronny Cedeno double.

A day after singling and homering off of lefties in an intrasquad game, Howard lined an RBI-single into center off of lefty JA Happ in the bottom of the first. He flew to left in his other at-bat.

Abreu was at DH for the Phils and went 0-for-1 with two walks.

Cedeno’s double in the fifth after the Gwynn walk was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. Cedeno 1-for-1 with a double and Gwynn 0-for-0 with a walk.

Byrd 1-for-2 with an RBI-single and a strikeout.

Ruf walked in his only appearance.

Revere 1-for-2 with a single and Rollins 0-for-1 with a walk.

Brown 1-for-3 with an infield single and a strikeout.

Utley 0-for-2, Asche 0-for-2, Ruiz 0-for-2.

Franco 0-for-1 with the game’s only error at third.

Blue Jays again tomorrow with Cliff Lee and Ethan Martin expected to pitch for the Phils.


Offense explodes for four, but the bullpen keeps right on imploding

The Phillies took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning yesterday. For the second time in two days they lost, falling 6-4 to the Pirates.

Between Bastardo, Aumont, Adams and Papelbon, the back of the bullpen should be a strength for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel sure looked afraid of it in yesterday afternoon’s game, though. Lee threw 122 pitches in the game. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Lee had thrown 107 pitches and the Phillies were up 3-1 with a Pirate runner on first. Lee stayed in the game and faced three right-handed hitters in a row, all of who singled, before getting the final out of the frame in what was now a tie game.

Aumont started the eighth and allowed four of the five men he faced to reach base before Durbin took over. Before the frame was over the Pirates had scored three more runs.

The Phillies did manage to score four runs. Coming into the game they had scored three or less in 11 of their last 13.

The Phillies are 9-14 on the year after losing to the Pirates 6-4 last night. The Pirates take the series three games to one. The Phillies have lost three in a row and are five games under .500 for the first time this year.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out seven.

Lee’s ERA rises to 3.03 on the year with the outing. He’s allowed 17 hits in 12 innings over his last two outings. The Phils have lost the last three games he’s started.

Starling Marte singled off of Lee to start the top of the first, but Lee got the next three Pirates in order.

Pedro Alvarez singled to right with one out in the second, but Lee got Jose Tabata on a line drive to center for the second out and struck out Clint Barmes for the third.

The pitcher John McDonald started the third with a single to right, but Lee struck Marte out for the first out and Brandon Inge for the second. Andrew McCutchen flew to right to end the frame.

With one out in the fourth, Michael McKenry hit a ball to Frandsen at third. Frandsen threw it away for a two-base error, but Lee struck out Alvarez for the second out and got Tabata on a fly ball to center to leave McKenry stranded.

McDonald singled again with one out in the fifth and the Phils up 1-0. Lee struck Marte out behind him for the second out before Inge moved McDonald up to second with a soft single to left. Lee retired McCutchen on a ball taken by Nix in foul territory to leave both runners stranded.

Second hit of the game for McDonald off of Lee.

Sanchez led off the sixth and hit a 2-1 pitch from Lee out to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the frame, Alvarez delivered a one-out single, but Lee got the next two to leave him at first.

Lee started the seventh with the Phils up 3-1. Marte walked with one out, but Lee retired Inge on a fly ball to right for the second out. McCutchen was next and singled to left with Marte moving up to second. It brought Sanchez to the plate with men on first and second and he singled softly into center, scoring McCutchen to cut the lead to 3-2 with men on first and third. McKenry was next and he singled softly into center as well, scoring Marte to tie the game at 3-3 with runners on the corners. Alvarez popped to short to end the frame.

Aumont started the eighth in a tie game. He struck Walker out before hitting Barmes with a pitch. Barmes moved up to second on a single by lefty Travis Snider and Marte followed that with another single that loaded the bases. Lefty Garrett Jones hit for the rigthy Inge and doubled off the wall in right, scoring Barmes and Marte to put the Pirates up 5-3 with men on second and third and one down. Durbin took over for Aumont and walked McCutchen intentionally, loading the bases for Sanchez. Sanchez flew to right for the second out, Marte scored to make it 6-3 and Jones moved up to third. McKenry walked before Alvarez flew to center to finally end the inning.

Aumont faced five hitters, getting one out and allowing two singles, a double and hitting one batter. The three runs he was charged with in the game are the first earned runs charged to him for the season. He’s allowed seven hits and six walks in 6 2/3 innings, which gives him a 1.95 ratio.

Durbin faced four hitters, walking two (one intentionally) and getting two outs. He and Aumont have the same 4.05 ERA for the year and both have thrown 6 2/3 innings, but Durbin’s ratio is even higher than Aumont’s at 2.10. Durbin hasn’t been charged with a run over his last five appearances, but has allowed four hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Valdes started the ninth with the Phils down 6-4. Walker led off with a single. Barmes was next and bunted. Kratz jumped on it and he and Barmes got tangled up near the plate. Kratz threw to first, where Walker was safe. Barmes was really late getting out of the box, though, and Rollins threw to first in time to get him for the first out. Manuel came out and argued that Barmes had interfered with Kratz trying to field the ball and was ejected. Snider flew to center for the second out with Walker tagging and going to third. Valdes struck Marte out swinging to leave Walker at third.

Valdes allows a single in the scoreless inning, dropping his ERA on the year to 9.28 after six appearances. He’s struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings, but allowed 16 hits. Opponents are hitting .356 against him.

Overall the pen goes two innings in the game, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Aumont threw 23 pitches in the game, Durbin 22 and Valdes 15.

The Phillie lineup against righty James McDonald went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Nix (6) Brown (7) Carrera (8) Kratz. Young, Mayberry and Revere on the bench. Frandsen at third, Nix in right and Carrera in center. Kratz catches the day game after a night game after Quintero caught game three.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the second with a double. Nix was next and hit the ball well, but Inge handled it at second and threw to first in time to retire Nix as Howard went to third. Brown and Carrera both struck out to leave Howard at second.

Third straight game that Howard has had an extra-base hit. Brown strikes out with one out and a man on third and it helps keep the Phillies off the board. Nix hit the ball well and Inge made a nice play.

Rollins walked with two outs in the third and two second on an error on a pickoff attempt by McDonald. Frandsen grounded to short to leave him stranded.

Rollins came into the game with no walks in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley walked to start the fourth and took second on a wild pitch. Howard struck out for the first out and Nix flew to center for the second, bringing Brown to the plate with two outs and Utley still on second. Brown doubled to center, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 1-0. Carrera popped to first and leave Brown at second.

Lee singled with one out in the fifth, but was caught by McDonald for the second out. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

It was 1-1 when Frandsen walked to start the sixth. Utley moved him to third with a single before Utley stole second, putting men on second and third for Howard. Howard singled into right, scoring Frandsen to make it 2-1 and sending Utley to third. Lefty Justin Wilson came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry hit a ball to third, which Alvarez fielded and threw home in time for McKenry to tag Utley out trying to score for the first out. With Brown at the plate, the runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown flew to center. Howard tagged and scored from third to extend the lead to 3-1. Carrera fouled out to Alvarez to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when Wilson set the Phils down order in the seventh. Young hit for Lee and flew to left for the second out.

Lefty Tony Watson started the eighth for the Pirates with Pittsburgh up 6-3. Franden led off with a double and Utley bunted him to third with the first out. He scored on a ground ball by Howard (6-4) before Mayberry popped out to end the frame.

Presumably Utley knew the Phillies were down three runs and had six outs left when he bunted Frandsen over to third. With the infield back, he may have thought he could bunt for a hit like he had earlier in the series.

Brown doubled to left to start the ninth. Carrera and Kratz went down behind him before Galvis hit for Valdes. Watson got Galvis on a popup to Alvarez to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 4-for-15 with a double and a walk in the series. 258/305/404 for the season. 216/273/314 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 313/389/438 for the season.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk. 5-for-13 with a walk and a home run in the series. 309/360/543 for the year.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 5-for-16 with two doubles and a home run in the set. 360/365/540 over his last 52 plate appearances. 284/302/432 for the year. Three walks for the season and one in his last 65 plate appearances.

Nix 0-for-2 in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 250/289/444 for the year.

Brown 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. 4-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 4-for-his-last-7. 243/325/371 on the year.

Carrera was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 in the series and 1-for-12 on the year.

Kratz 0-for-4. 0-for-9 with two walks in the series. 185/206/308 on the season.

Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) faces righty Dillon Gee (1-3, 3.95) tonight in New York. Kendrick has been good three straight outings, throwing to a 1.89 ERA over those appearances. One of them came against the Mets and he allowed two runs over six innings. Gee has had two good starts on the season, in which he allowed one run over 12 innings, and two bad ones. Over the bad ones he’s allowed 12 runs in 7 2/3 innings. One of the bad ones came against the Phillies as he allowed seven runs in three innings. Mayberry, Young and Howard all homered off of him in that game.


The doctor is not exactly out, but he’s not looking real in, either

Roy Halladay’s final spring start was neither a disaster or a resounding success. For those of us looking for signs of the old Halladay, though, it looked a little closer to a disaster. Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings, but surrendered eight hits, walked two and got three outs on the bases as the Phils topped Toronto 7-2.

Five of the seven runs that the Phillies scored came on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the sixth and Nix hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

Utley was 1-for-3 on the day with his fifth homer. Nix 1-for-4 with his second. 273/368/545 for Utley and 200/250/333 for Nix.

Revere had two more hits. 2-for-4 with his tenth stolen base. 337/382/398.

Rollins 0-for-3 to drop his average to .258. 258/395/355. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 31 at-bats has his isolated power under .100.

Brown 1-for-2. 376/430/671.

Kratz 1-for-3 to up his line to 273/293/550.

Galvis started at third and went 0-for-4, dropping his line to 269/288/526.

Inciarte 0-for-1 and hitting 276/364/310. Orr 0-for-2 and at 250/250/500.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. He retired the first four men he faced before Adam Lind doubled to left with one out in the second. Halladay walked the next two hitters on eight pitches, but struck Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio out back-to-back to leave them loaded. He allowed two runs in the third on four more hits, then gave up one single in a scoreless fourth. Two of the three batters he faced in the fifth singled before righty Hector Neris took over for the Phils.

Three of the 13 outs that Halladay got came on the bases. Two caught stealings and another runner was retired on a single.

6.06 ERA and a 1.84 ratio for Halladay. Opponents hit .323 against him. He walked nine in 16 1/3 innings, which is about 4.96 per nine and higher than his career walk rate of 1.86. Three home runs in 16 1/3 innings is about 1.65, which is also higher than his career rate of 0.75. Not a lot went well.

Through three starts, in the third of which he threw behind Washington’s Tyler Moore, Halladay had a 2.16 ERA and an 0.96 ratio and had pitched 8 1/3 innings. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown eight innings with a 10.12 ERA and 2.87 ratio.

Neris got the last two outs in the fifth and Cesar Jimenez struck out the side in the sixth.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh. 2.45 ERA and an 0.82 ratio in 7 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .120 against him without a home run.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth. 1.13 ERA and an 0.63 ratio in eight innings. Opponents are hitting .143 against him with one walk and no home runs.

Papelbon set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth. He’s been very good since a rocky start. Numbers are still ugly, though. 8.64 ERA with a 1.32 ratio.

The Phils play the Blue Jays tonight in Philadelphia with Lee expected to pitch. It’s the Blue Jays again on Saturday in another tuneup, then off on Sunday and the Braves for real in Atlanta Monday night.

This article from the Phillies web site has a projected Opening Day lineup against righty Tim Hudson. It has Brown in right hitting sixth and Nix in left hitting seventh. Three lefties two through four in Revere, Utley and Howard. I would guess we will not regularly see Revere, Utley and Howard hitting all in a row often during the regular season. If Domonic Brown continues to OPS 1.101 during the regular season, you won’t see him hitting sixth for very long.

This suggests the Phillies would rather play Brown in left field than right. That seems like a very good idea to me.

This suggests that when Delmon Young arrives, hopefully in early May, Young will play right with Brown in left. I’m going to be surprised if we see Young play much in right this year. If he does, I’m going to be even more surprised if he’s not terrible there.


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