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Rebound for (modest) glory

Coming off of a miserable series in Houston, the Phils got right back in the swing of things last night, winning behind brilliant starting pitching as they topped the Mets 3-1.

Cliff Lee was fantastic, holding New York to a run over eight innings. Some shaky defense from the Mets helped the Phils score a run in the first without a hit or a walk. Rollins hit a ball just out in the fifth and Brown hit another just out in the seventh. New York scored their run in the bottom of the fifth on a bunt single, a sacrifice and a bloop single to left.

Lee continued what has been a tremendous run for him late in the season. He has a 1.63 ERA and an 0.97 ratio over his last seven starts and has struck out 54 in 49 2/3 innings in those outings. The Phillies have won the last five games he has started.

The Phillies are 74-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-1 last night. They’re in third place in the NL East, 16 games behind the first-place Nationals, and 3 1/2 games out in the Wild Card hunt. The Playoff Odds report has them at 0.6%.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on seven hits and one walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out ten.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Ruben Tejada led off and singled to left. Lee struck out Daniel Murphy for the first out before David Wright singled to left, putting runners on first and second for Scott Hairston. Hairston grounded to third with Frandsen making a nice play to charge and field, then throwing to second to force Wright for the second out. Lee struck Lucas Duda out swinging 3-2 to leave the runners on the corners.

Lee struck out Jason Bay for the first out in the second before Andres Torres singled to left. Lee struck out Mike Nickeas and the pitcher RA Dickey to leave Torres at first.

Lee’s strikeout of Bay was the 1,500th of his career.

He struck Murphy out in a 1-2-3 third.

Duda doubled to right with one out in the fourth. Bay flew to right for the second out and Torres flew to center for the third.

The Phils led 2-0 when Lee started the fifth. Nickeas led off with a bunt singled and Duda bunted him to second with the first out. Tejada was next and grounded to second for the second out with Nickeas moving up to third. It brought Murphy to the plate and he blooped a single to left, scoring Nickeas to cut the lead to 2-1. Wright struck out looking to leave Murphy at first.

Lee struck out Hairston and Bay in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh up 3-1. Torres grounded to third for the first out. Righty Ronny Cedeno hit for Nickeas and popped to Rollins for the second out. Righty Kelly Shoppach hit for the pitcher Dickey and singled to center. Tejada moved Shoppach up to second with a walk, but Lee got Murphy to line to Utley to leave both runners stranded.

Lee set Wright, Hairston and Duda down in order in the eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth, pitching for the first time since September 12. Lefty Jordany Valdespin hit for Bay and fouled out to Frandsen for the first out. Lefty Mike Baxter hit for Torres and flew to left for the second. Ike Davis hit for the pitcher Ramon Ramirez and struck out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

Nothing like Jordany Valdespin facing Papelbon to bring back ugly memories. On May 7, Valdespin hit a three-run homer off of Papelbon in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie.

One scoreless inning for the pen in the game. Papelbon has an 0.73 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in 24 2/3 innings over his last 25 appearances. He’s allowed five runs in that period, three of which were unearned. He’s struck out 33.

He threw 12 pitches in the game. Looked great.

Again, Papelbon did not pitch in the four-game set with the Astros as the bullpen collapsed.

The Phillies lineup against righty RA Dickey went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Schierholtz (7) Brown (8) Frandsen. Pierre on the bench with Schierholtz in right and Brown in left. Mayberry moves up to second in the order, which is really high given that he can’t hit right-handed pitching. Frandsen plays third.

Rollins led off and struck out swinging on a ball not handled by Nickeas, allowing Rollins to take first. He moved up to second on a bad pickoff throw by Dickey that went for an error. Mayberry grounded softly to Dickey for the first out and Rollins moved up to third. Utley hit a ball to shallow center that was taken by Torres took for the second out. Rollins tagged and came home. Torres’s throw was terrible, Rollins was safe and the Phils led 1-0. Howard went down on a ball handled by Dickey to end the frame.

Bad defense in the inning helps the Phils score a run without a hit or a walk. Rollins reaches on passed ball, takes second on the error by Dickey and scores on a miserable throw from Torres in center.

Ruiz started the second with a single. Schierholtz struck out swinging for the first out before Ruiz took second on a balk. Brown struck out swinging for the second out. Dickey walked Frandsen intentionally to get to Lee. Lee grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Nutty to walk Frandsen intentionally there. The Phils get another free base on the balk.

Rollins and Mayberry struck out to start the third before Utley singled to right. Howard flew to left to leave Utley at first.

Brown tripled to center with two outs in the fourth. Frandsen grounded to short to leave him at third.

First triple of the year for Brown and the second of his career.

With one out in the fifth, Rollins hit an 0-1 pitch to right center that was ruled a home run after review, putting the Phils up 2-0. Mayberry and Utley went down behind him.

Rollins’s home run was originally ruled a triple. Replays show the ball went off the roof of the New York pen and back onto the field and not off the top of the wall.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Howard and Ruiz struck out as the Phils went in order.

Brown led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch off the top of the wall in right and just out for a home run. 3-1. Frandsen and Lee went down before Rollins drew a walk. Mayberry flew to left to leave Rollins at first.

Fourth home run of the year for Brown and his second extra-base hit in two at-bats. Tejada made a nice sliding play to take a hit away from Frandsen for the first out.

Lefty Robert Carson pitched the eighth for the Mets. Utley led off with a single, but Howard grounded into a double-play behind him. Ruiz grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Lefty Josh Edgin struck out Schierholtz and Brown to start the ninth. Righty Ramon Ramirez came in to pitch to Frandsen. Frandsen popped to the catcher for the third out.

The Phillies didn’t use a pinch-hitter or a defensive substitution in the game — the only change for the game was Papelbon replacing Lee to pitch the ninth. Don’t know how often that happens. Not very.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. The Phillies scored three runs in the game. Rollins hit a home run to account for one of them. He scored another in the first as the Phillies scored without a hit or a walk. He’s 11-for-his-last-27 with six walks and four home runs (407/500/889). He has hit 19 home runs since June 6 (256/324/493 over 407 plate appearances).

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 2-for-his-last-11. He now has the same number of plate appearances on the year as a Phillie that Victorino does. Mayberry 258/313/422 in 413 plate appearances, Victorino 261/324/401. Victorino was a lot better defensively in center. Neither of them hit right-handed pitching at all, but Mayberry was a little worse awful. Victorino on-based .375 against lefties while Mayberry on-based .327, but with enormous power (although Victorino had very good power numbers against lefties as well).

Utley 2-for-3 with an RBI. 414/548/483 over his last 42 plate appearances with nine walks.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double-play. 180/261/246 so far in September.

Ruiz 1-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-13.

Schierholtz 0-for-4. 3-for-19 since returning from the DL.

Brown 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and two strikeouts. 286/405/657 over his last 42 plate appearances. He suggests in this article that his success last night might have had something to do with letting it eat.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .341 over his last 47 plate appearances.

Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) faces righty Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92) tonight. Cloyd has struggled in two straight starts, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over seven innings. In each of his last two starts he has allowed a three-run homer. Lefties are hitting 379/455/621 against him so far. Harvey struck out ten Nationals in five innings in his most recent start. Cloyd and Harvey faced each other on August 29, which was Cloyd’s first start of the season. The Mets won that game 3-2.


R.U. !@#$% serious?

The Phillies battled Mets’s All-Star RA Dickey all night last night and by the time the ninth inning rolled around it looked like they had won. They gave Papelbon the ball and a 5-4 lead and he didn’t get it done. The closer allowed a pair of runs and the Phils fell 6-5.

Again the intensity was there for the Phillies and again the results were not. They’ve lost seven of their last eight games, three by a single run. Chase Utley has been very good since joining the team, but with last night’s loss the Phils are now 1-6 in the games in which he has played.

It was an extremely frustrating ninth inning for the Phils after a long, tight game that saw them score as many earned runs off of Dickey as the pitcher had allowed over his past seven starts coming into the contest. After a leadoff double, Papelbon got two quick outs and couldn’t put the Mets away. He didn’t get several close calls in two huge two-out at-bats ahead of back-to-back singles that plated the game-winning runs. The first one ended when he hit Jordany Valdespin with a 3-2 pitch and the other when he walked Ruben Tejada on the eighth pitch of Tejada’s plate appearance.

On June 4, Papelbon made news after a game with the Dodgers for saying the home plate umpire sucked and belonged in the minors. No idea whether it’s had any impact on the strike zone he’s seen since then, but I remember thinking at the time he shouldn’t be counting on getting a lot of close pitches for a while. He sure didn’t last night. Either way, Papelbon came into the game on June 4 with a 2.01 ERA and an 0.90 ratio for the season. Including the June 4 outing, over his last nine appearances he has thrown to a 7.00 ERA with a 2.11 ratio.

The Phillies are 37-47 on the year after losing to the New York Mets 6-5 last night. The Mets take the series two games to one. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 13 games out of first place.

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

Up 1-0, he set the Mets down in order in the top of the first.

He started the second up 2-0. Scott Hairston led off and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 2-1. Hamels got the next three.

The pitcher RA Dickey singled to left with one out in the third. Ruben Tejada popped up to Fontenot in foul territory for the second out before Daniel Murphy moved Dickey to second with a single. David Wright was next and he singled into center, scoring Dickey to tie the game at 2-2 and moving Murphy to third. Hamels walked Hairston and the bases were loaded for Lucas Duda. Hamels got the lefty Duda on a ground ball to first for the third out.

Up 3-2, Hamels set the Mets down in order in the fourth.

Tejada singled to center with one out in the fifth. Murphy was next and Hamels struck him out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Wright was next. Hamels got ahead of him 0-2, but Wright hammered a 1-2 pitch out to left for a two-run homer that put New York ahead 4-3. Hairston lined to third for the third out.

The Phillies led 5-4 when Hamels started the sixth. He got the first two before Thole singled to right. Hamels struck Kirk Neuwenhuis out swinging 3-2 to leave Thole at first.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Righty Justin Turner hit for Dickey and grounded to third for the first out. Victorino made a nice sliding catch on a ball hit by Tejada for the second out and Murphy popped to Fontenot for the third.

Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils still up a run.

Nice inning for Bastardo in a tight game. That’s the first time since June 9 he hasn’t allowed a hit or a walk in an appearance. Opponents have hit .303 against him over his last eight outings and he’s walked five in 7 2/3 innings.

Papelbon started the ninth. Ike Davis led off and lined a ball right over the glove of Rollins and into left center for a double. Ronny Cedeno ran for Davis at second. Josh Thole bunted Davis up to third with the first out. Papelbon blew Kirk Nieuwenhuis away on four fastballs, striking him out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Lefty Jordany Valdespin, who hit a three-run game-winner off of Papelbon on May 7, hit for the pitcher Bobby Parnell. Papelbon worked Valdespin inside and hit him with a 3-2 pitch, putting runners on the corners. Ruben Tejada was next and Valdespin stole second before Papelbon walked him on a 3-2 pitch, the eighth of his at-bat. Murphy was next. Papelbon got ahead of him 0-2 before Murphy hit a 1-2 pitch back up the middle. The ball went off of Papelbon’s leg and toward the first base line. Papelbon tracked it down near the line and had a chance to get Murphy with a tricky throw to first to end the game, but slipped fielding the ball and everyone was safe. Cedeno scored and the game was tied at 5-5 with the bases still loaded for Wright. Wright blooped the first pitch of his at-bat into right, just in front of a charging Pence for a single that scored Valdespin and ended the game.

Papelbon was throwing for the second day in a row. He has been charged with runs in four of his last five appearances. Opponents have hit .409 against him in those outings. He has a 4.87 ERA over his last 21 appearances, raising his ERA on the season from 0.82 after 11 appearances to 3.45.

The Phillies lineup against righty RA Dickey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Polanco (8) Fontenot. Utley on the bench after playing two straight days with Fontenot at second. Pierre in left against the righty. Wigginton plays first after homering in game two of the set.

Rollins led off the game with a walk and was forced at second on a ground ball by Pierre for the first out. Pence flew to center before Ruiz was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino, hitting right-handed against the righty, singled into center, scoring Pierre to put the Phils up 1-0 with runners on first and third. Wigginton struck out swinging at an 0-2 pitch way out of the strike zone to leave the runners stranded.

Polanco singled on a ball in and out of the glove of Niewenhuis in center to start the second. Fontenot struck out for the first. Hamels tried to give himself up, but wound up bunting for a single that put runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins doubled to right, scoring Polanco to make it 2-0 with men on second and third. Pierre lined softly to short for the second out and Pence fouled out to first to end the frame.

No out on the Hamels bunt helps the Phils, but they can’t get more after putting runners on second and third with one down. Pierre lines to short for the second out with the runners holding.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Ruiz doubled to right to start the third. Victorino struck out, Wigginton struck out and Polanco struck out, leaving Ruiz at second.

It was 2-2 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Fontenot led off with a single to center and Hamels struck out trying to bunt him to second for the first out. Rollins moved Fontenot to second with a single, putting two men on for Pierre. Pierre struck out swinging for the second out, but Pence followed with a single into center that scored Fontenot, putting the Phils up 3-2, and moved Rollins to second. Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Another tough at-bat for Pierre as he strikes out for the second out after being unable to bring the runner in from third with one out in the second.

Wigginton singled with one out in the fifth, but Polanco hit into a double-play behind him.

They trailed 4-3 when they started the sixth. Hamels singled with one out and scored when Rollins followed with a triple. 4-4. Pierre was next and put a pretty bunt down the first base line. Dickey fielded and threw to first as Rollins scored, putting the Phillies up 5-4. Pence grounded to short for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Fontenot doubled with one out in the eighth off of righty Jon Rauch. Utley hit for Hamels and lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to him. Utley stayed in to face the lefty and singled to shallow left. Fontenot tried to score from second, but Hairston’s throw from left was on line and beat him to the plate by a lot. He blasted Thole, but Thole held the ball for the second out. Utley moved up to second on the play at the plate and Byrdak walked Rollins intentionally, putting two men on for Pierre. Mayberry hit for Pierre with the lefty still on the mound. Righty Pedro Beato came in and got Mayberry on a ground ball to third to end the frame with both men stranded.

Righty Bobby Parnell set the Phillies down in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 3-for-3 with two walks, a double and a triple in the game. 4-for-12 with two walks, two doubles and a triple in the set. 262/318/414 for the year.

Pierre 0-for-3 with an RBI and five men left on base in the game. 2-for-7 with two singles in the series. 317/355/387 for the year.

Pence was 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-12 with four singles and two RBI in the set. 287/351/489 for the year.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 in the game and 4-for-12 with a double and two home runs in the series. 355/419/596 on the year.

Victorino 1-for-5 with an RBI. 1-for-13 in the series. 247/313/373 on the season.

Wigginton 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. 3-for-7 with two walks and a home run in the series. 203/259/351 over his last 81 plate appearances. 249/320/402 for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-11 with a walk in the series. 205/293/260 over his last 83 plate appearances. 269/314/346 on the year.

Fontenot 2-for-4 with a double in his only action of the series, raising his line on the season to 338/378/403.

Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) faces righty Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87) tonight. The Phillies have lost four of the last five games that Kendrick has started and he’s thrown to a 7.67 ERA in those outings. Lefties are on-basing .404 against him for the season. Hudson threw to a 1.93 ERA in June, but allowed six runs to the Nats in his only start in July. He’s allowed just four home runs on the season and righties are hitting 245/288/325 against him for the year.


Mets refuse to let the Phillies score and are kind of a Dickey about it

New York’s RA Dickey is the latest hurler to stump the Phils. Dickey tossed six shutout innings last night as the Mets pounded the Phils 8-0. In their last three games the Phillies have been shut out twice and nearly no-hit once. In the other game they were shut out through eight innings before scoring three in the bottom of the ninth to turn a blowout into a five-run loss.

Moyer didn’t pitch well in last night’s game, failing to go six innings for the first time this year. The bullpen allowed four runs in three innings. The Phils had plenty of chances to score, but let them all slip away. Most notably, they loaded the bases with nobody out in the second and came away empty. In the seventh, Utley and Howard struck out back-to-back with a man on third and less than two outs.

The Phils have lost five of seven and scored 15 runs over those seven games. In four of the seven they scored one run or zero runs. They’re 26-18 on the season with the loss. They are three games ahead of the second-place Marlins in the division, but just four ahead of the Nats and Mets, who have the same record at the bottom of the division.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He didn’t strike out a batter.

Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a single and Luis Castillo bunted him to second. Reyes stole third and came in to score on a ground out by Jason Bay, putting the Mets up 1-0. Ike Davis flew to center for the third out.

Moyer got David Wright to start the second, but Angel Pagan and Rod Barajas singled back-to-back behind him. It put men on first and third for Jeff Francoeur and Francoeur singled to left, scoring Pagan to put the Mets up 2-0. The pitcher RA Dickey was next and bunted the runners to second and third with two outs. Reyes grounded to third for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third.

Wright led off the fourth and hit a ball into shallow center that Victorino didn’t see. It dropped and Wright had a double. Pagan walked to put men on first and second for Barajas. Barajas flew to center deep enough for Wright to go to third. Francoeur was next and he delivered a sac fly too, this one to left. Wright scored and it was 3-0. Dickey flew to right for the third out.

Reyes started the fifth with a pretty bunt single and stole second. Castillo moved him to third with a ground out before Bay singled to left to bring him in and put the Mets up 4-0. Bay stole second and Davis walked. It put men on first and second with one out, but Moyer got Wright on a fly ball to left and Pagan on a fly to center.

Herndon started the sixth after the Phils hit for Moyer in the top of the inning. He allowed a one-out double to Francoeur. Lefty Chris Carter hit for the pitcher Dickey and singled into center, scoring Francoeur to making it 5-0. Herndon got Reyes and Castillo to end the inning.

Herndon came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh. Opponents are hitting .373 against him for the year.

Figueroa started the eighth with the Phils down 5-0. Barajas singled with one out before Francoeur lined to left for the second out. The pitcher Raul Valdes was next and he doubled just out of the reach of Werth. Barajas scored and it was 6-0. Reyes was next and tripled just out of the reach of Werth. 7-0. Castillo singled to left. 8-0. Bay grounded to third to finally end the inning.

Werth was playing really shallow with Valdes at the plate. A little too shallow apparently. That would have been a nice out to have. Figueroa’s ERA for the year is up to 5.09 for the year. He’s allowed runs in two of his last three appearances, giving up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Herndon threw 30 pitches in the game, Figueroa 29.

The Phillies lineup against righty RA Dickey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Castro. Castro plays short with Rollins on the DL, hitting eighth with Ruiz seventh.

The Phils went in order in the first.

They hit in the top of the second down 1-0. Howard led off and smashed a ball off the arm of Dickey for a single. Dickey stayed in the game and Werth singled as well, sending Howard to second. Ibanez singled to left and the bases were loaded for Ruiz. Ruiz hit a ball back to the mound. Dickey fielded and threw home to start the double-play with Barajas going to first for the second out. Castro walked to load the bases again, but Moyer struck out swinging to turn the Phillies away.

No run in the inning on three hits and a walk. That’s tough to do.

Victorino started the third with a walk with the Phillies down 2-0. Polanco hit a ground ball to second and Victorino was forced for the first out. Utley struck out before Howard sent Polanco to second with a single. Werth walked to load the bases yet again, but Ibanez lined to short to leave them all stranded.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

They were losing 3-0 when they hit in the fifth. Polanco singled with one out. Utley followed and grounded to second with Polanco forced for the second out. Howard flew to center to set the Phillies down.

It was 4-0 in the sixth. Ibanez and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and second for Castro and he lined to Davis at first for the second out. With the righty Dickey still pitching for the Mets, Dobbs hit for Moyer and struck out swinging 1-2.

Lefty Raul Valdes started the seventh with a 5-0 lead. Victorino led off with a walk and moved to third when Polanco followed with a double. Utley struck out and Howard struck out. Werth got to hit against the lefty and hit a ground ball in the hole between third and short. Wright made a nice play to field the ball diving to his left and threw Werth out at first to end the frame.

That’s awful. No run for the Phils when Utley and Howard both strike out with a man on third and less than two outs.

Castro walked with two outs in the eighth. With the lefty Valdes still on the mound for the Mets, Francisco hit for Herndon and popped to Reyes to leave Castro stranded.

Polanco singled off of Valdes with one out in the ninth, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with two walks in the game. It’s tempting to blame the offensive woes on the .310 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot, but Victorino is hitting 280/356/548 so far in May.

Polanco was 3-for-5 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phils in the game.

Utley 0-for-5.

Howard 2-for-5.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk.

Ibanez 2-for-4. He’s hitting 214/283/357 against lefties this season.

Ruiz 1-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-17.

Castro was 0-for-2 with two walks, giving him four for the season.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.06) faces lefty Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 2.53) tonight in game two of the series. Blanton has been very good early in the game this year and very bad late. So far the results are bad overall. Takahashi has made 15 relief appearances and one start on the season. The start came on Saturday against the Yankees and he threw six shutout innings. He does walk a lot of righties, though. They are hitting 241/347/373 against him for the season.

Some words about Brad Lidge and how good he feels here. The article suggests he could be activated next week.


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