Tag: Roberto Hernandez

Would the real bullpen please, please, please stop standing up?

The Phillie bullpen started the year looking miserable against the Rangers before a shockingly fantastic set of games in Chicago. They’re back looking not so hot against the Brewers and have allowed nine runs in eight innings over the first two games of the set.

Last night Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4 and allowed three runs in the frame, two of which were unearned due to a big error by Ryan Howard at first. De Fratus followed that up by allowing a two-run homer in the ninth.

Overall, the Phillies have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and lost three straight.

The Phillies are 3-5 on the year after losing 9-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The Brewers lead the series two games to none.

Roberto Hernandez got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out nine.

Nine is the most strikeouts Hernandez has recorded in a game since September 15, 2007. He has a 4.35 ERA and a 1.16 ratio after two starts in 2014. Lefties are 0-for-12 against him on the season. 293/361/449 against him for his career.

He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first on singles by Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez, a Segura stolen base and a Rollins error at short.

He started the second with a 3-2 lead, but allowed a run on back-to-back doubles by Carlos Gomez and Segura with two outs. He got a lot of help from Revere in the frame — Revere made a nice diving catch in right center after a long run to turn a double by Scooter Gennett into the first out of the inning.

Aramis Ramirez led off the third with a single, but Hernandez retired the next three.

Gomez hit an 0-2 pitch out to left with two outs in the fourth, extending the Milwaukee lead to 4-3.

We should be afraid of Hernandez’s home run rate. So far he’s allowed two in 10 1/3 innings, the solo shot to the righty Gomez last night and a solo shot to Welington Castillo in his first start against the Cubs.

Hernandez allowed a two-out single to Khris Davis in the fifth, but retired Mark Reynolds on a ground ball he handled himself for the third out.

Jeff Manship pitched the sixth, keeping the Brewers off the board and allowing a two-out single to Gomez.

Another impressive outing for Manship, who has allowed a hit and a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three.

Jake Diekman allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, striking out the other three hitters he faced. After allowing three runs over two innings in his first time out, Diekman has tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances. He’s allowed one hit and one walk to the last ten batters he’s faced while striking out four.

Antonio Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4. He walked Reynolds to start the inning. Reynolds, amazingly, stole second and Scooter Gennett bunted him to third with the first out. Logan Schafer was next and grounded a ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Reynolds scored (5-4) and Schafer wound up at second. Gomez was next and flew to Brown for the second out, but Bastardo hit Segura and Ryan Braun followed that with a bases-clearing triple. 7-4. Ramirez flew to right to end the inning.

Bastardo allows three runs in the frame on a walk and one big hit. Only one of the runs is earned due to the big error by Howard. The triple he allowed to Braun is the only hit he’s allowed on the season, but he’s walked four in 4 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus pitched the ninth. Jonathan Lucroy led off with a single and scored on a one-out homer by Reynolds. 9-4.

Second appearance of the year for De Fratus. Threw a scoreless inning against the Cubs his first time out and allowed two runs in an inning last night. He’s allowed just four home runs in 63 1/3 innings for his career.

Four innings in the game for the pen in which they allow five runs, three of which are earned, on five hits and a walk. Bastardo threw 23 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Garza went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Carlos Ruiz (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Cesar Hernandez (8) Jayson Nix. Utley still out with the flu, Hernandez starts at second. Nix plays third with the lefty Asche on the bench against a righty with a hamstring issue.

Down 2-0 when they came to hit in the bottom of the first, the Phillies plated three. Revere led off with a single and was forced at second for the first out with Rollins safe at first on a ground ball to the pitcher Garza. Ruiz moved Rollins up to third with a double. Ruiz scored on a balk (2-1) and Rollins took third before Howard walked. Byrd reached on an error by Gennett with everyone moving up a base. 2-2 with the bases still loaded. Brown grounded to second with Howard scoring and Byrd taking third. 3-2. Hernandez struck out to end the inning.

It was 3-3 when they hit in the second. Nix led off with a single and was bunted to second by Hernandez with the first out. Revere flew to left for the second out before Rollins walked. Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phillies didn’t score in the third despite a two-out double by Brown.

They were down 4-3 when they hit in the fourth. Revere bunted for a single with two outs, but was left at first when Rollins grounded to second.

Ruiz doubled again to start the fifth and took third on a wild pitch after Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Byrd singled into center, scoring Ruiz to tie the game at 4-4. Brown grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Tony Gwynn hit for Manship and singled off of Garza with two outs in the sixth. Revere grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Tyler Thornberg set Rollins, Ruiz and Howard down in order in the seventh and Byrd, Brown and Hernandez in the eighth.

Down 9-4, Asche doubled off of righty Jim Henderson with one out in the ninth. Revere walked behind him, but Rollins flew to right for the second out and Ruiz struck out swinging to end the game.

No walk by Ben Revere should go unappreciated, including that one. Two walks in 40 plate appearances for the season is 5.0%, which is about the same as his career walk rate of 5.2%. He was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game to up his line to 324/359/378. Made a very nice catch for the first out in the second.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s on-basing .276 so far.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with two doubles. Hitting just .231, but with a .394 on-base percentage thanks to six walks in 33 PA.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. Made a big error in the eighth. 1-for-13 in the last three games.

Byrd 1-for-4 with a single and two RBI. Went 5-for-13 to start the season and is 3-for-his-last-21.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double. 8-for-his-last-18 with four walks and hitting .357 for the year.

Hernandez 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-12 on the year with a double and a walk.

Nix 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-17 on the year.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) faces righty Marco Estrada (0-0, 1.59) tonight. Lee was awful against the Rangers on Opening Day and threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs his second time out. He’s allowed 21 hits in 12 innings for the year. Estrada’s only appearance is a start against the Red Sox in which he allowed two runs, one earned, over 5 2/3 innings.


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.


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.


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