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Eighth not enough to do in the Phils this time

The bullpen faltered late again last night, but this time the Phillies had an answer. A two-run lead shrunk to one in the top of the eighth as Adams allowed yet another run. The Nats were down to their last strike in the ninth when Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Chad Tracy, which tied the game at 4-4. Ben Revere led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, though, and scored on a two-out single by Brown to get the Phillies the win.

Opponents are hitting 299/365/486 against Phillie pitching in the eighth inning this year. That’s an .851 OPS. The second-worst eighth-inning OPS against in the NL belongs to the Cubs at .788.

The Phillies are 34-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 last night. Coming off of a five-game losing streak, they’ve won three of their last five. They’re in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves and a game behind the second-place Nats.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

First start for Lannan since April 17. He’s made four starts on the season. Three of them have been pretty good and he allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Reds in the other. Lefties are 2-for-13 against him and righties are hitting 313/362/500.

He walked Anthony Rendon with one out in the top of the first and hit Ryan Zimmerman behind Rendon, putting runners on first and second with one out for Jayson Werth. Werth singled into left, scoring Rendon to put Washington up 1-0 with men on first and second. Ian Desmond grounded into a double-play to set the Nats down.

Kurt Suzuki singled to right with one out in the second and moved to second when Steve Lombardozzi followed with a single to left. The pitcher Dan Haren was next and bunted. Lannan fielded and went to third in time to get Suzuki, leaving runners at first and second with two down. Lannan got Jeff Kobernus swinging 2-2 to end the frame.

Lannan allows just one run in the first two innings, but gives up three singles, a walk and hits a batter. Gets a big double-play to end the first and a big strikeout to leave two runners stranded in the second.

It was 1-1 when Lannan started the third. He allowed a one-out single to Zimmerman, but got the next two.

The Phils were up 3-1 when Lannan started the fourth. Suzuki and Lombardozzi doubled back-to-back with one out. Lombardozzi’s double down the right field line scored Suzuki to cut the lead to 3-2. Haren flew softly to Revere in center before Lombardozzi stole third. Lannan struck Kobernus out swinging again to leave the runner at third.

Second time in four innings that Lannan strikes the righty Kobernus out swinging to end the frame with a runner in scoring position.

Lannan got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Stutes threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the PHils up 4-2.

He came back and set the Nats down in order again in the seventh.

Two scoreless frames for Stutes in the game as he sets down six in a row, including two pinch-hitters. Drops his ERA on the year to 1.32 and his ratio to 0.88. Righties are 3-for-27 against him with three singles. Lefties are hitting 304/333/478 against him for the season. Last night he got three righties in the sixth and then switch-left-left in the seventh.

Adams started the seventh. Zimmerman doubled with one out and moved up to third on a ground out by Werth. Desmond followed with a two-out single into center, scoring Zimmerman to cut the lead to 4-3. Lefty Adam LaRoche hit for the pitcher Ian Krol. Bastardo came in to pitch to LaRoche and got him on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Adams has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. He’s allowed six walks in those ten innings. Opponents have hit just .237 against him in that span, but three of the nine hits he’s allowed have gone for home runs.

Bastardo has pitched two days in a row. He faced one batter and got one out. No walks in the game, but he’s allowed 14 walks in 24 innings this year after walking 26 in 52 innings last year.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two hitters and was ahead of lefty Chad Tracy 0-2 when Tracy homered to right, tying the game at 4-4. Papelbon struck Roger Bernadina out swinging to set Washington down.

Nats are down to their last strike when Tracy homers off of Papelbon.

Papelbon was not charged with a run in 18 appearances between April 4 and May 28, but has now allowed a run in three of his last six times out.

The bullpen went four innings in the game for the Phils, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, the double off of Adams and the homer off of Papelbon. They struck out one. Bastardo has pitched two days in a row, but only threw four pitches in the game. Stutes threw 22 while going two frames.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dan Haren went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Quintero. Frandsen plays second with Galvis on the bench. Delmon Young in right with Mayberry and Nix on the bench. Quintero catches.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the bottom of the second and blasted a 2-2 pitch way out to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Frandsen and Quintero singled back-to-back with two outs, but Lannan popped to third to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Howard came in to last night’s game with one home run in his last 130 plate appearances. Crushed that ball, though.

Michael Young tripled to left with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. Rollins stole second before Howard walked, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the second out. Delmon Young was next and lined a ball to right, which was missed by Werth and went for a double. Young and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Howard was caught off third by the relay throw, though, and tagged out to end the inning.

Weird inning in which much of what’s gone wrong for the Phillies this year goes right. Michael Young leads off with a triple. Howard and Rollins both walk. Brown fails in a big spot with the bat, but gets picked up by a big hit from Delmon Young.

Miserable base-running by Howard to get nailed a couple of feet off of third after two runs scored. He’s a terrible, terrible base-runner and has been for a long time. You can look it up.

Werth should have caught the ball hit by Delmon Young.

No RBI for Brown after he gets to hit with one out and the bases loaded.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Revere led off the fifth with a single and stole second before Michael Young grounded to short. Rollins popped to short for the second out, but Howard singled into center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 4-2. Brown followed with a walk, but Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

First of two big runs that Revere would score in the game for the Phils. They wouldn’t have scored in the frame without the steal of second.

Second big hit and RBI for Howard.

Brown draws another walk. He’s walked eight times in June, which is about 11.8% of his plate appearances. Before June he had walked nine times in 206 plate appearances, which is about 4.4%.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Lefty Ian Krol set Revere, Michael Young and Rollins down in order in the seventh.

It was 4-3 when Howard singled off of righty Tyler Clippard to start the eighth. Brown was next and singled to right, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Martinez ran for Howard at second. Mayberry struck out for the first out and Galvis popped to short for the second. Clippard hit Quintero to load the bases. Nix hit for Bastardo and struck out to leave them loaded.

That’s miserable. No run for the Phillies after they put runners on first and second with nobody out in a one-run game. Neither Mayberry or Galvis can move the runners up with the first two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phils hit in the ninth. Revere led off against lefty Fernando Abad and singled to center. Michael Young flew to center for the first out before Rollins singled softly to left, moving Revere up to third. Lerud hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins took second without a throw before Brown singled to center 2-2, scoring Revere to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Big hit for Brown. Huge at-bat for Lerud, too, but he strikes out with one out and the winning run at third.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored two runs, including the game-winner. He’s 14-for-his-last-29 (.483). Came in to the season with a miserable walk rate of 5.4% for his career and has walked in 5.0% of his chances in 2013.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with a triple. He’s hitting .352 in June. His isolated power against righties was .095 in 2012 and in .092 so far in 2013.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a walk. 298/385/386 in his last 65 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-3 with a walk, a long home run and two RBI. 10-for-his-last-19 with four walks and three extra-base hits.

Brown 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-25.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a two-run double. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 1-for-3. His .405 on-base percentage leads the team. Michael Young is second at .350 and nobody else is above .339. His .383 wOBA as calculated by FanGraphs is the best for anyone on the team with more than three plate appearances. His defensive numbers are bad anywhere he plays.

Quintero 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He still hasn’t walked against a right-handed pitcher for the year, but now he’s been hit once. 205/222/318 against righties for the season. 232/266/319 against righties for his career with 34 walks in 1,006 plate appearances (about 3.4%).

Lee (8-2, 2.55) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) tonight. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last eight outings, throwing to a 1.93 ERA over 60 2/3 innings in those appearances. He’s allowed just two home runs in 66 2/3 innings since the start of May. Detwiler hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .305 against him and he’s going to have a tough time keeping his 3.02 ERA if they continue to do so. They hit .224 against him over his first three starts on the year as they to an 0.90 ERA. Since then he’s thrown to a 4.40 ERA in six starts, allowing 45 hits in 30 2/3 innings.


Minnesota series suggests the only hope for the Phils may be if Cliff Lee has a twin

Two twins would probably be better.

The Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak last night, outhitting the Twins 16-3 on their way to a 3-2 win.

The Phils got fantastic pitching in the game and Cliff Lee took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. The Twins scored a pair of runs in that frame, but did so with the help of two bad calls and a bloop double. The bullpen was atrocious for the Phillies in the series, but Adams set the Twins down in order in the eighth and Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils need to be just about perfect if they want to win these days. They have scored three runs or less in five games in a row and are 12th in the NL in runs scored per game.

It was the first one-run game the Phillies have won since May 29. They were 0-5 in their last five one-run games coming into last night.

The Phillies are 32-35 on the season after beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 last night. The Twins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and two games behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six.

The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight games that Lee has started. Opponents are hitting .197 against him in those outings.

Up 1-0, he set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the first, second and third.

Joe Mauer singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double-play behind Mauer to end the inning.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out the side in the sixth, getting Clete Thomas swinging and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar both looking.

With one out in the second, Lee thought he had struck Mauer out looking at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. It was called a ball and Mauer went on to walk. Doumit was next and hit a ball softly to third. Young handled it and threw to first. Doumit looked like he was out at first, but was called safe and the Twins had men on first and second with one out. Lee got Josh Wilingham on a fly ball to left for the second out before Justin Morneau blooped a ball into left-center. Revere made a long run and a valiant diving effort, but the ball just eluded him and went for a two-run double that put Minnesota on top 2-1. Oswaldo Arcia flew to right to leave Morneau at second.

Tough inning for Lee. He look like he had Mauer struck out for the second out and the call at first on Doumit’s ball was worse. Then Morneau delivers a two-run double on a bloop just out of the reach of Revere.

Adams started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and set the Twins down in order, striking Thomas out for the first out, getting Dozier on a fly ball to center for the second and Escobar on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Huge inning for Adams given the score and his recent struggles. He came into the game having been charged with a run in six of his last eight appearances.

Papelbon struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth while setting the Twins down in order.

Papelbon came into the game having been charged with a run in two of his last three times out. For the year he’s thrown to a 1.52 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Opponents are on-basing .188 against him for the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Revere (2) Micael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Nix (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Revere returns to the top of the order with Michael Young moved down to second. Nix plays right against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Delmon Young at DH. Galvis hits ahead of Quintero.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to right and stole second after Michael Young flew to center. Rollins was next and reached on a ball unhandled by the pitcher Correia for an error. It left the Phils with runners on the corners for Howard and Howard singled to right, scoring Revere (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Brown popped up to first for the second out and Delmon Young struck out to leave the runners stranded.

Revere starts the rally and winds up at third without the help of another hit or walk.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Revere. Michael Young flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

Brown and Delmon Young singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, putting runners on the corners for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies had left two men on in each of the first three innings.

Revere lined a triple to right-center with two outs in the fourth, but was left at third when Michael Young grounded out to the pitcher.

Sixth extra-base hit for Revere on the season and second in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a walk. Delmon Young struck out for the second out before Nix reached on an error by Escobar, loading the bases for Galvis. Galvis grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Michael Young and Rollins singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth off of righty Anthony Swarzak, putting runners on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to right, but Doumit fielded and made a strong and accurate throw home. Young was tagged out to set the Philies down.

It took a pretty great throw from Doumit to get Young at the plate. You have to try to score Young from second on the two-out single.

Nix singled with two outs in the seventh. Galvis was next and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Arcia made a fantastic catch while sliding into the wall to retire the Phils.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 when they hit in the eighth against righty Jared Burton. Frandsen hit for Quintero and doubled to right. Revere was next and bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young singled to right, scoring Frandsen (2-2) and moving Revere to third. With men on the corners and nobody out, Rollins hit a ball to first. Morneau fielded and came home with the ball, but Revere slid in safe and the Phils led 3-2 with men on first and second. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Brown was walked intentionally to load the bases for Delmon Young, but Young grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Revere again helps the Phils with his speed, bunting for a single and scoring on the ground out to first.

The Phillies can’t get more runs after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Howard strikes out for the first out and Delmon Young grounds into a double-play.

Nix singled off of righty Josh Roenicke to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Nix and first and Roenicke struck Galvis out for the first out. Lefty Caleb Thielbar struck Lerud out for the second out and got Revere on a ground ball to second to leave Mayberry stranded.

Revere was 4-for-6 with a triple in the game and 8-for-14 with a triple in the series. 266/306/304 for the year. 316/360/368 in 127 plate appearances since the start of May. He’s slugging .282 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 12-for-his-last-29 and hitting 278/353/361 for the year.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles and an RBI in the set. 262/326/381 on the year. 9-for-his-last-38 (.237) with nine singles. 290/364/419 over his last 141 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-5 with an RBI. Drove in one run and nearly drove in another, but Doumit made a good throw to nail Michael Young at the plate. Strike out with nobody and runners on second and third in the eighth. 5-for-12 with a walk and five singles in the series. 260/303/435 for the year. Ends the day on-basing .300 or better for the first time since May 9. One home run in his last 116 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional. 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/324/576 for the year. 1-for-his-last-13 but OPSing 1.098 in June. He has six walks in 50 plate appearances in June (12%) and walked in 9 of 206 plate appearances before the start of June (4.4%).

Delmon Young 1-for-5 and struck out twice. Left seven men on base. 2-for-13 with two singles in the set. 224/277/408 for the year.

Nix 2-for-5 in the game and in the series. 207/270/305 for the year. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-23.

Galvis 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 1-for-12 in the series with a walk. 1-for-his-last-20. 213/277/360 for the year.

Quintero 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-10. 216/256/378 for the season. 5-for-32 (.156) against righties for the year without a walk.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) faces righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) tonight in Colorado. The Phillies have won seven of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. He’s struggled against lefties in the past, but been fantastic against them in 2013. They’re hitting 240/297/395 against him for the year. Opponents have hit just .247 against Nicasio in 2013, but he’s walked 25 in 68 1/3 innings. His walk rate against lefties is especially high — he’s walked about 13.2% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced this season. He has allowed just one home run in his last five starts.


Getting even

The Phillies finally made it back to .500 yesterday with a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

It was their fourth try to get back to .500 since May 24. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins and they have won four in a row for the first time this year. They are also in second place in the NL East for the first time this year.

Cole Hamels was the driving force behind yesterday’s win as he struck out 11 while holding the Fish to a run over seven innings. He got a lot of help from the offense. The Phillies plated six runs and have scored 27 over their last four games.

It’s not quite all good news for the Phils, though. Prior to the last four games the Phils had scored three runs or less in 10 of 14. They are back to .500, but have allowed 257 runs for the year and scored just 222. They’re 14-5 against the Marlins and Mets and 16-25 against everyone else.

The Phillies are 30-30 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 6-1 last night. The Phillies sweep the three-game set and have won four in a row. They are in second place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the third place Nationals and 7 1/2 behind the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out 11.

That’s probably the best start of the year for Hamels. The other that’s close is his May 4 outing, which was also against the Marlins. He allowed two runs over eight innings that day, but the Fish topped the Phils 2-0.

The Phillies are now 2-11 on the year when Hamels starts. They have scored 11 runs in the last two games he has started. Prior to those two starts, they had scored one run or zero runs in six of his last nine starts.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game and he lined a double to right on an 0-2 pitch. Hamels got the next three to leave him stranded, striking out Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back for the second and third outs.

Justin Ruggiano singled to left with two outs in the second. Casey Kotchman grounded to first to leave Ruggiano at first.

The Phillies had a 1-0 lead when Hamels set the Marlins down in order in the third.

With one out in the fourth, Derek Dietrich lined an 0-1 pitch out to right, tying the game at 1-1. Hamels got the next two.

Hamels has allowed home runs at a slightly higher rate in 2013 than he has over his career. Coming into the game he hadn’t allowed one in either of his last two starts, but the lefty Dietrich gets him for the lone run the Phillies allow in the game.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled softly to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck Jeff Mathis and the pitcher Jacob Turner both out looking to leave him at first.

Hamels walked Ed Lucas with one out in the sixth, but got the next two to leave Lucas at first.

Hechavarria singled to center with two outs in the seventh. Hamels got Mathis swinging to leave him at first.

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up 6-1.

Tenth appearance of the year for De Fratus. He has a 2.35 ERA and an 0.91 ratio. Coming into 2013 he had walked eight in 14 2/3 career innings, but he’s walked just two in 7 2/3 innings so far this year.

Stutes started the ninth, pitching for the second day in a row. Ruggiano singled to left with two outs, but Stutes got Kotchman on a ground ball to first to end the game.

Throwing for the second day in a row, Stutes puts up another scoreless frame. Ruggiano’s single was the first hit against him by a right-handed batter this season — they are 1-for-16 now. Stutes still hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in his 8 1/3 innings. The numbers against lefties are still ugly, they’re hitting 400/438/533 against him.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. Stutes has pitched two days in a row and made ten pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jacob Turner went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Mayberry (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Mayberry in right after the huge night off the bench in game two. Delmon Young on the bench. Galvis starts at second with Utley sidelined and Hernandez on the bench. Kratz catches the day game after Quintero caught the night game in game two.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and was thrown out trying to steal third. Michael Young struck out swinging for the second out and Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.

Second base would have been a fantastic place for Revere to have been had Young or Rollins gotten a hit. Nice to see him draw a walk in any case, though.

Mayberry singled to left with two outs in the second and scored when Kratz followed with a double down the third base line, putting the Phils up 1-0. Galvis followed with a walk, but Hamels flew to left to leave both runners stranded.

Mayberry wins the game with two late homers in game two of the set and singles and scores the first run in game three.

Michael Young singled softly to center with one out in the third, but Rollins and Howard both went down behind him.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Galvis started the fifth with a single to center and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Revere followed with a walk that put two men on for Michael Young. Young grounded to first with Revere forced at second for the second out. It brought Rollins to the plate with runners on the corners and he walked, loading the bases for Howard. Howard grounded to Dietrich to leave them loaded.

Rollins continues to walk at an extreme pace.

Brown and Mayberry both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Righty AJ Ramos struck Galvis out to start the seventh with the game still tied at 1-1. Delmon Young hit for Hamels and singled to center. Revere followed that with a soft single to right, putting men on first and second for Michael Young. Hernandez ran for Delmon Young at second. Michael Young flew to right for the second out with Hernandez tagging and moving up to third. It brought Rollins to the plate with men on the corners and he singled softly into center. Hernandez scored from third, putting the Phils up 2-1 with men on first and second for Howard. Rollins stole second before Howard hit a 1-0 pitch into right center. Ozuna dove for it and missed and Howard wound up at third with a bases clearing triple and the Phils up 4-1. Brown was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right. 6-1. Mayberry grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

First triple for Howard since April 22, 2011. That one drove in a pair of runs, too, as the Phils beat the Padres 2-0.

Howard and Brown both get to hit against the righty Ramos in the frame and go 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and four RBI in a two at-bat span.

Brown had looked pretty bad since his bat flip home run in game one of the series. I was a little surprised to see him hit the ball out there.

Nix hit for De Fratus and walked off of righty Ryan Webb with two outs in the eighth. Revere grounded to third to end the inning.

Nix came into the game 1-for-his-last-17 with no walks. He’s started one game since May 7. One thing that Delmon Young, John Mayberry and Ben Revere all have in common is they can’t hit righties. Not saying the Phillies should start Laynce Nix — just saying that if they don’t want to start him ahead of those guys against right-handed pitching I don’t really understand why they keep him on the team.

Revere was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. 3-for-13 with two walks and three steals in the three-game set. 245/290/277 for the year. Really not a good guy to lead off given how infrequently he gets on base. 286/340/327 in 108 plate appearances since the start of May. 4-for-his-last-28 (.143).

Michael Young 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-9 in the series. 257/341/348 for the year. 139/253/222 over his last 83 plate appearances.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-8 with five walks in the series. He’s walked 12 times in his last 39 plate appearances. In those 39 plate appearances he’s scored just five runs. That’s not a high rate of runs scored — at that rate he would score about 77 runs over 600 plate appearances or 90 over 700. It is, though, higher that his rate of scoring runs before he went on his walk tear. Prior to those 39 plate appearances, Rollins had walked 12 times in 211 plate appearances and scored 19 runs. That’s about a run every 11.1 plate appearances. Over his last 39 plate appearances he’s walked 12 times in 39 plate appearances and scored five runs. That’s a runs scored about every 7.8 plate appearances. Overall, though, the fact that he’s only scored five runs over his last 39 plate appearances while on-basing .513 is a fluke. Were he to continue doing so, he would score runs at a much higher rate than he has recently. 261/333/396 for the year.

Howard 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. First time in six starts that he didn’t draw a walk. 3-for-11 in the series with two walks, two doubles and a triple. 254/297/443 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a two-run homer. 4-for-13 with two home runs in the series. 316/327/697 over his last 156 plate appearances with 16 home runs. OPSing 1.405 so far in June after OPSing .991 in May. 284/320/586 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI in the series. 268/323/447 for the year. 244/309/384 against right-handed pitching.

Kratz 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-10 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 242/308/445 on the year. 314/400/667 over his last 60 plate appearances. Just 3-for-20 (.150) against left-handed pitching this year.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two walks and a triple in the series. 241/302/414 for the year. 7-for-his-last-22 with three walks and four extra-base hits.

The Phillies are in Milwaukee tonight as Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) faces righty Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94). Cloyd and Peralta faced each other on June 1 in Philadelphia. Each of them allowed two earned runs over seven innings and the Brewers won the game 4-3. Three of Cloyd’s four starts have been good, but he got clobbered in the other, allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings to the Red Sox. Opponents are slugging .517 against him and he’s allowed 13 extra-base hits to the 98 batters he’s faced. Peralta’s most recent start, which came against the Phillies, was probably the best of the 12 starts he’s made this year. Lefties are hitting 336/393/477 against him for the season.


Bang, bang, you’re alive

John Mayberry provided the magic last night as the Phils topped the Fish 7-3 in 11 innings. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry tied the game with a solo shot. In the bottom of the eleventh, he delivered a walkoff grand slam.

It was the first grand slam of the year for the Phillies. They are hitting .156 and on-basing .171 with the bases loaded in 2013.

Mayberry’s second home run of the game was the seventh the Phillies have hit so far in four games in June. They lead the NL in June slugging percentage at .547. They slugged .391 in May and .387 in April.

They are also walking more of late, led by improved walk rates from Howard and especially Rollins. The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks in April and seventh in May. In four games so far in June they’re tied for third.

The Phillies are 29-30 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 in 11 innings last night. They’ve won three in a row and the first two games of the three-game set with the Fish. They will go for the sweep and a .500 record in the series finale this afternoon.

They are 12th in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game, but have scored 21 runs over their last three (they’ve scored seven runs in each of their last three).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one.

Pettibone bounced back nicely coming off his worst start of the year. He’s allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his nine outings. Lefties are still faring well against him, on-basing .395 for the season.

Juan Pierre was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and he singled softly to right. Quintero threw him out trying to steal second, though, and Pettibone got the next two hitters to set Miami down.

Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double to left. Derek Dietrich was next and slapped a ball into left that fell for a single. Brown didn’t handle the ball cleanly, it went off his glove for an error that allowed Dietrich to move up to second with Ozuna at third. Casey Kotchman was next and grounded to short with both runners moving up a base. 1-0 with a man on third. Pettibone got Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to short for the second out with Coghlan holding third and handled a ball hit softly by Rob Brantly himself to end the frame.

Pettibone holds the Marlins to a single run, getting Hechavarria on a ground out with the runner holding third with one down.

Ed Lucas singled to center with two outs in the third. Pettibone retired Coghlan on a ground ball to second to set Miami down.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hechavarria singled to center to start the fifth and took off for second as the count went 1-1 on Brantly. Quintero’s throw to Rollins was very good and in time to get Hechavarria, but Rollins just dropped it for the second Phillie error of the game. Brantly singled to left and Hechavarria scored from second, putting Miami up 2-0. The pitcher Ricky Nolasco bunted Brantly up to second with the first out and Pierre followed that with a single to right that put runners on the corners. Pierre stole second before a walk to Lucas loaded the bases for Coghlan. Pettibone got Coghlan on a popup to Young at third with the runners holding for the second out. Ozuna flew to center to leave them loaded.

Again Pettibone keeps the Marlins from getting additional runs with the help of a big second out with a runner on third. This time it’s Coghlan popping up on the infield with the bases loaded and one down.

Quintero made a great throw that should have been his second caught stealing of the game in two tries.

Pettibone walked Kotchman with one out in the sixth, but got Hechavarria to ground into a double-play behind him.

Horst threw a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Brantly and Nolasco.

Horst dropped his ERA for the year to 4.70 with the perfect inning. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.39 ratio over 9 1/3 innings in his last 12 appearances. Still too many walks –he’s walked six over those 9 1/3 frames.

Adams started the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Lucas led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a ground out by Coghlan. Adams hit Ozuna with a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dietrich. Dietrich grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Kotchman grounded to second to leave them there.

Fifth appearance for Adams since his return. He’s allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with the game still knotted at 2-2.

Since allowing two runs in an inning in his first appearance of the year, Papelbon has thrown to an 0.44 ERA with an 0.63 ratio over 20 2/3 innings in his last 20 appearances.

Bastardo started the tenth. Pierre led off with a walk and Lucas bunted him to second with the first out. Pierre stole third and scored on a wild pitch with Coghlan at the plate, putting Miami back on top at 3-2. Coghlan flew to center for the second out before Ozuna doubled to left. Dietrich flew to left to leave Ozuna at second.

The wild pitch didn’t really cost the Phils as Pierre would have scored from third on Ozuna’s double anyway. The leadoff walk did, though.

Bastardo has been charged with a run in each of his last two appearances. He’s walked 14 in 21 innings for the year, which is too many. He walked 26 in 52 innings last year, which is also too many. Righties are on-basing .396 against him in 2013 and lefties .306. He also has monster home/road splits this year. Opponents have posted a 293/420/537 line against him at home and 152/282/182 on the road.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a walk for the Fish. He’s hitting 306/375/306 in 40 plate appearances against the Phillies this year and has stolen five bases.

Stutes pitched the eleventh. With two outs and nobody on, Brantly hit a ball hard that was deflected by Stutes and went for an infield single. Lefty Greg Dobbs hit for the pitcher Dan Jennings and flew to right to leave Brantly at first.

Nice inning for Stutes gives the Phils a chance to win it in the bottom of the eleventh. He’s made five appearances this year and four of them have been good. In the one that was bad, he allowed two runs, one earned, both of which scored in his third inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a walk or a home run in 7 1/3 innings on the year. Righties are 0-for-14 against him for the season and lefties are 6-for-13 with two doubles (462/500/615).

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, Ozuna’s double off of Bastardo. They struck out five.

Adams and Bastardo both threw 20 pitches in the game. Stutes threw 19. Horst and Papelbon both threw 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Galvis (8) Quintero. Michael Young returns to the lineup and third base. Galvis moves over to second with Hernandez on the bench. Quintero catches with Kratz resting and a day game scheduled for this afternoon.

Revere and Michael Young struck out as the Phillies went in order in the first.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Michael Young reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth. Rollins was next and hit a ball into shallow left-center, but Brantly made a nice diving catch that took a hit away from him and changed the inning. Young stole second before Howard walked, putting two men on for Brown. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice catch by Brantly helps keep the Phils off the board. Howard continues to improve his walk rate — he’s walked five times in his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Frandsen hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and drew a walk. Revere was next and grounded to third with Frandsen forced at second for the first out. Young followed that with another grounder to third with Revere forced at second. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.

Frandsen continues to post a monster on-base percentage despite a low average. He’s hitting .239 and on-basing .375, thanks to six walks and four hit by pitches in 57 plate appearances. That’s obviously a fluky huge rate of hit by pitch in a small number of plate appearances — at that rate he would be hit 40 times over 570 plate appearances. His walk rate in very limited time, though, is 10.5%, which is way higher than his career mark of 5.7%.

The Phils were still down 2-0 when Howard doubled off the wall in right to start the seventh. Brown struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young pounded a ball to left-center for another double, scoring Howard to cut the lead to 2-1. Galvis struck out for the second out, but Kratz hit for Quintero and blasted another ball off the wall in right. Young scored to tie the game at 2-2. Nix hit for Horst with two outs and Kratz on second. Lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix and Mayberry hit for Nix. Mayberry struck out swinging to leave Kratz stranded.

The balls that Howard, Young and Kratz hit in the inning were all crushed.

Revere led off the eighth and hit a ball to third. Lucas fielded and threw to first, but Kotchman didn’t catch the ball and Revere was safe on the error. Michael Young was next and grounded to third. Lucas went to second for the first out, but Young was safe at first. Revere was called for interference at second on a ridiculous call and Young erased from first. Rollins drew a walk before Howard flew to left to leave him at first.

The Marlins got a huge break there with the help of a bad call at second. Young hit the ball hard and just beat the relay throw from second to first. The second base ump ruled that Revere had reached out towards Dietrich as he crossed second. I didn’t see that one and if Revere did reach out it was after the throw was made.

Like Howard, Rollins’s walk rate is way up in recent games. He has 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances. Prior to that he had walked 12 times in 211 chances for the season.

Righty Chad Qualls got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the ninth. Hernandez hit for Papelbon and dribbled an infield single towards second. Galvis followed and lined a single into center, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Brown had an ugly at-bat to start the inning, getting ahead in the count and then swinging at a 3-0 pitch on the outside part of the plate to ground to short. Hernandez showed good speed on his hit, beating out a ball chopped past the first base side of the mound for a hit.

The Phillies were down 3-2 when Mayberry homered off of righty Steve Cishek on a 2-2 pitch to start the tenth. 3-3. Cishek got Revere and Michael Young behind Mayberry before Rollins drew another walk. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to pitch to Howard and Rollins was caught stealing to end the inning.

Huge home run for Mayberry off of a righty to tie the game. He’s slugging just .380 against righties for his career.

Lefty Edgar Olmos got Howard on a fly ball to right for the first out in the eleventh. Brown was next and hit a ball out near the mound that Olmos didn’t handle for an error. Kendrick hit for Stutes and bunted Brown up to second with the first out. Olmos walked Galvis intentionally, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz walked unintentionally and the bases were loaded for Mayberry. Mayberry hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left to give the Phisl a 7-3 win.

Walking Galvis intentionally is ridiculous. He’s hitting .160 and on-basing .222 against lefties this year. The Marlins should be overjoyed to see him coming to the plate in a big situation.

Another huge hit for Mayberry, this time off the lefty, gives the Phils the win.

Revere was 0-for-5 in the game. 3-for-his-last-25. First 0-for-5 of the season.

Michael Young 1-for-5 in his first action since May 28.

Rollins 0-for-3 and walked twice. Didn’t handle Quintero’s throw on a stolen base for an error. He’s on-basing .387 over his last 102 plate appearances. 11 walks in his last 35 plate appearances is really a lot. He’s on-basing .514 over his last 35 plate appearances.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s drawn a walk in five straight games.

Brown had a terrible game coming off of a controversial home run celebration on Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and an error. That’s just his third 0-for-5 of his career. The others came on May 7 of this year against the Giants and on July 31, 2010 against the Nats.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Long double off of the righty Nolasco — Young’s been terrible against righties this year. 3-for-his-last-11 overall with a double and a home run.

Galvis 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-his-last-15 with three extra-base hits.

Quintero 0-for-2. 7-for-29 (.235) on the season.

Mayberry entered the game in the seventh and went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Started the game with a .397 slugging percentage for the year and ended it at .454. He’s 13-for-his-last-32 with a walk, a double and two home runs (406/424/625). Came in to last night’s game 11-for-his-last-29 (379/400/414). He’s hitting 324/359/595 against lefties for the season.

Hamels (1-9, 4.86) faces righty Jacob Turner (1-0, 0.00) this afternoon. The Phillies have lost six straight games started by Hamels and are 1-11 in his appearances this year. He has a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts and opponents have hit .326 against him those outings. Turner was the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets in his only start this year.


May day after day

Domonic Brown hit two more last night, homering twice for a team that’s having a whole lot of trouble scoring as the Phils topped the Red Sox 4-3.

Brown has hit five home runs in his last five games and 11 in his last 114 plate appearances going back to the start of the day on April 27. He’s been hitting regularly behind Ryan Howard, who is on-basing .289 for the year, and Delmon Young, who is on-basing .293 for the year. I think it’s likely that will be changing before too long.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game, all four of which came on solo homers. This article points out that 30 of the last 32 home runs the Phillies have hit have been solo homers.

The Phililes are 26-27 on the year after beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night. The Phils have won two in a row.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple and a home run. He struck out three.

Kendrick bounces back after two bad starts back-to-back. The Phils are now 7-4 on the year when he starts. Righties are on-basing just .289 against him for the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the first batter of the game and tripled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Kendrick got Daniel Nava to fly to left for the first out with Ellsbury holding, but Dustin Pedroia was next and flew to center, deep enough for Ellsbury to tag and score. 1-0. Mike Napoli followed with a single to left, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 second and started the third with the score tied at 1-1. He walked Nava with two outs and Pedroia followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Napoli. Kratz threw Pedroia out stealing second to leave Nava at third.

In 2012, opponents stole 18 bases with Kratz behind the plate and 15 were caught stealing. That’s an impressive caught rate of 45%. This year 15 runners have stolen successfully and six have been caught for a caught rate of 29%. Ruiz’s caught stealing percentage for his career is 28%, Kratz’s 40% and Quintero’s 32%.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He started the fifth with a 3-1 lead and walked Stephen Drew to start the frame. Jose Iglesias struck out swinging for the first out before the pitcher John Lackey bunted Drew to second with the second out. Ellsbury flew to right to set Boston down.

Nava led off the sixth and homered to right on an 0-2 pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2. Pedroia was next and grounded to third. Galvis fielded and threw to first, but Howard didn’t catch it as the ball dribbled out of the top of his glove for an error. Kendrick got Saltalamacchia on a fly ball to center for the second out. Mike Carp was next and grounded back to the pitcher and Kendrick made a nice play to throw to second and start a double-play.

Nice job by Kendrick to work around the no-out error by Howard. Howard hasn’t been especially good defensively at first this year, but that was his first error of the season.

Bastardo started the seventh with the Phils still up a run. Drew doubled to left with one out and the righty Johnny Gomes hit for the pitcher Lackey. Bastardo hit Gomes, putting men on first and second with one down for Ellsbury. Bastardo struck Ellsbury out looking 3-2 for the second out and got Nava on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Bastardo drops his ERA on the year to 2.00 with the outing. He hasn’t been charged with a run in 4 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. He’s walked too many righties — right-handed hitters are hitting just .229 against him, but with a .372 on-base percentage thanks to seven walks and a hit by pitch in 45 PA.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth with newly called up Cesar Hernandez playing second base.

Adams looks good coming off an outing on Monday in which he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning on a hit and three walks.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 4-2 lead. He walked Drew with one out and lefty David Ortiz hit for Jose Iglesias. Ortiz flew to right for the second out before Gomes moved Drew up to second with a single into right. With runners on first and second and two down, Ellsbury popped a ball down the left field line. Brown was playing deep, made a long run and dove for the ball, but it went off of his glove for a double. Drew scored from second to make it 4-3 with Gomes going to third. Papelbon got Nava to ground to first to leave both runners stranded and end the game.

Brown should have caught the ball, despite his long run. Per my previous comments, he should never, ever be allowed to dive in the outfield. The Phillies got extremely lucky that when the ball went off of his glove, it hit the stands. Brown got on it quickly, but the ball didn’t go far and Gomes couldn’t score from first.

Down two runs in the ninth, you want to have a runner on first that can score on a double if he’s the tying run. The Red Sox didn’t. Philllies got a little lucky.

Papelbon was pitching for the second day in a row and was charged with a run on two hits. Would have kept the Red Sox off the board if Brown had made the play in left. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in 18 2/3 innings over his last 18 appearances.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Papelbon has thrown two days in a row and threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty John Lackey went (1) Revere (2) Frandsen (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. With Michael Young on the bereavement list and Utley sidelined, Galvis starts at third and Frandsen at second. Delmon Young starts in right, where his UZR/150 in right for the season stands at -19.0. Kratz moves ahead of Galvis in the order and rightly so, not that it matters a whole lot.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the second and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 1-1. Delmon Young followed with a single before Brown grounded to first with Young forced at second for the first out. Kratz flew to right for the second out before Brown stole second. Galvis grounded to second to leave him there.

Seventh homer of the year for Howard and fifth off of a righty. He’s on pace to hit about 21 this year.

Third stolen base of the year for Brown. He hasn’t been caught yet.

Frandsen singled with two outs in the third and stole second before Rollins walked. It put two men on for Howard and Howard struck out looking.

From 2004 to 2011, Howard struck out in about 27.4% of his plate appearances. 33.9% in 2012 and 30.9% so far in 2013.

Brown and Kratz homered back-to-back with one out in the fourth, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Galvis struck out for the second out before Kendrick reached on an infield single. Revere grounded to first to end the inning.

All the homering by Brown makes it easy to miss what Kratz has done of late. What Kratz has done of late is hit. 5-for-his-last-13 with three home runs. 308/417/615 with eight walks and four home runs in 48 plate appearances in May. Apparently it’s enough to get you moved ahead of Freddy Galvis in the order for a team that can’t score any runs.

Frandsen and Howard both struck out as Lackey set the Phils down in order in the fifth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Lackey walked Delmon Young to start the sixth. Mayberry ran for Young at first. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Brown. Kratz drew a walk that put runners on the corners for Galvis, but Galvis grounded into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Andrew Miller started the seventh for Boston. Switch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit for Bastardo and flew to center on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues for out number one. Revere singled and stole second before Frandsen walked, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins walked as well and the bases were loaded for Howard. Howard struck out looking for the second out. Righty Koji Uehara came in to pitch to Mayberry. Mayberry popped to short to leave the bases loaded.

Howard can’t bring the runner in from third with less than two outs, striking out with the bases loaded for the second out.

The Phils don’t seem to be real impressed with Saltalamacchia behind the plate, no matter how long his last name is. Revere’s stolen base was their fourth of the game.

Brown led off the eighth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to right off of righty Koji Uehara, putting the Phils up 4-2. They went in order behind him.

Brown’s homer winds up mattering as the Red Sox score a run in the top of the ninth with the help of his misplay.

Revere was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. 343/387/396 in 76 plate appearances in May. He’s been a big problem a lot of the year, but it’s important to realize he’s not a big part of the problem right now.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-8. Hitting just .237 for the year, but with a .370 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to four hit-by-pitches in 47 plate appearances. He’s also shown big power in limited time — he’s slugging .447 and his isolated power of .211 is better than anyone on the team with more than five PA other than Brown. Also on the isolated power front, Howard is at .187 after last night’s homer. He hasn’t been under .200 in any year of his career and has a career mark of .276.

Rollins 0-for-2 and walked twice. 2-for-his-last-9 with four walks, so it’s not his fault all the homers are solo shots behind him. 255/315/376 against right-handed pitching, though, so he still seems like a pretty odd choice to be hitting third against righties.

Howard 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, the worse of which came with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. He went 4-for-34 (.118) from May 8 to May 18 but is 10-for-31 (323/323/516) since the end of the day on May 18. In his last 66 plate appearances since the start of the day on May 8, he’s on-based .227 with one walk, which was intentional. So it is at least partly his fault that so many of the homers hit behind him are solo shots. He’s walked nine times in 194 plate appearances on the year and four of those walks have been intentional. So in the plate appearances where he was not walked intentionally he’s walked five times in 190 plate appearances, which is about 2.6%. Coming into 2013, he had 4,562 plate appearances for his career in which he was not walked intentionally and walked in 426 of them (about 9.3%). So he’s walking less.

Delmon Young doesn’t get on base, either, although he was 1-for-2 with a walk last night to up his on-base percentage for the year to .293. I would be surprised if the Phillies don’t start hitting Brown ahead of Delmon Young and maybe Howard soon, even if it means Howard and Brown go lefty/lefty back-to-back. Cause Brown has hit five homers in his last five games and you don’t really want him doing it behind guys that aren’t going to be on base. Brown has also pounded lefties this year, posting a 310/318/667 against them in 44 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with two solo home runs. Five home runs in the last five games. 11 in his last 114 plate appearances. Still has zero walks in May (101 plate appearances) and zero walks against lefties for the year (44 PA).

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-19 with a single.

Pettibone (3-1, 3.21) faces lefty Jon Lester (6-1, 3.34) tonight. Pettibone hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts and the Phils are 6-1 with him on the hill. Lefties are hitting 314/385/471 against him, but he’s held righties to a 234/280/416 line. Lester had a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts this season, but has allowed ten runs in 13 innings over his last two outings. He’s walked just 19 in 72 2/3 innings, which gives him a career-best walk rate of about 2.4 batters per nine innings. He’s walked just two left-handed batters all season.

Update: Lefty Franklin Morales and not Lester will start tonight’s game for Boston.


Left, left, left, left, left

Cole Hamels held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Phils fell 2-1 for their fourth loss in six games.

The Phillies had six hits in the game, five singles and a double. Arizona started Patrick Corbin, making it the third time in four games the Phils had faced a lefty. They’re hitting .216 against lefties for the year with Utley, Howard and Brown all on-basing .250 or less against them. The guys who don’t hit left-handed aren’t getting the job done either. Rollins is at 244/262/366 against lefties and Mayberry 222/276/444. Michael Young is at 258/395/323.

The Phillies are 16-20 on the season after losing 2-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in the first game of a four-game set.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.

The Phillies are 1-7 in the eight games that Hamels has started this year. He was hit hard in each of his first two starts on the season. Since then, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.41 ERA with a 1.07 ratio. The Phillies are 1-5 in those games and have scored a total of ten runs, five of which came in the one game they won.

He allowed a one-out double to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the first, but got the next two to leave Gregorius stranded.

Martin Prado singled to right with one out in the the second. Gerardo Parra was next and dumped a ball into the left field corner that landed near the wall. Brown took an odd angle to the ball, then misplayed it off the wall. Parra had a double, but Prado rounded third aggressively and then was held. Brown got the ball into third and Prado was tagged out trying to get back to the bag. Cliff Pennington popped to Utley to set the Snakes down.

Bad base-running by Arizona helps Hamels get a big out. Brown didn’t play the ball well, but second and third with one out it a whole lot worse for the Phils than two down and a runner on second.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

He walked Paul Goldschmidt to start the fourth, but Goldschmidt was picked off with Howard throwing to Rollins to get the first out. Hamels got the next two.

Two outs on the bases for Arizona in three innings.

Prado and Parra singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second for Pennington. Pennington went down on a ground ball handled by Hamels for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. The pitcher Patrick Corbin was next and grounded to short for the second out. Both runners moved up a base, though, with Prado scoring to put Arizona up 1-0 with Parra on third. Hamels walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Goldschmidt, but Goldscmidt grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Hamels issues back-to-back walks on ten pitches to AJ Pollack and Gregorius after the RBI-ground out by the pitcher. Corbin’s ball was slowly hit and Prado was going on contact. Rollins didn’t have a chance to get him at home and made a nice play to get the out at first.

Cody Ross doubled to start the sixth and Miguel Montero walked behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Prado. Prado grounded to short with Montero forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Parra bunted a ball hard to the right of Howard at first. Howard came off the bag to field the ball and tossed to Utley covering to get the second out at first, but Ross scored (2-0) and Prado moved up to second. Pennington was walked intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Hamels got Corbin on a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Hamels walks four in the fifth and sixth innings combined, including the intentional walk to Pennington.

Aumont started the seventh with the lead cut to 2-1. Gregorius singled to center with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Goldschmidt. Ross was next and Aumont walked him on four pitches, putting runners on first and second. Horst took over to pitch to the lefty Montero and walked him as well, loading the bases with two down. Prado popped to short on a 3-2 pitch to leave them loaded.

Aumont faced four batters in the game, allowing a single and a walk. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.45 with the outing, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Ten walks in 11 innings and two of the five runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Didn’t strike anyone out last night, but he has struck out 12 in 11 innings. There’s close to no way to be a successful reliever if you walk 8.2 batters per nine innings like he has this season. The way to look like a successful reliever is to get lucky and not pitch a lot of innings.

Horst was back for the eighth. Walked Parra to start the inning and Pennington bunted him to second with the first out. Lefty Jason Kubel hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and struck out swinging. Pollack grounded to short to end the inning.

Horst faced six men. Walked two and got four outs, one of which came on a bunt. He’s walked four in 3 1/3 innings over his last three appearances. The Phillies have lost 13 of the 14 games in which Horst has appeared this season. Lefties are on-basing .480 against him for the year.

Both Aumont and Horst were pitching for the second day in a row. Horst threw 28 pitches in the game Aumont 14. I would guess they try to avoid using Horst tonight.

Overall the pen went two scoreless innings in the game, allowing a hit and three walks.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Patrick Corbin went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Revere. Howard and Brown back in the lineup against the lefty after sitting against a lefty in game three of the set in San Francisco. Revere, hitting well in May, starts in center with lefty on the hill. The righty Mayberry on the bench.

The Phils went in order in the top of the first.

Delmon Young singled to right with one out in the second, but was thrown out going for two. Brown struck out swinging for the third out.

Young is really slow. His ball was hit near the first base line and sure looked like it should have been a double to me. Took him a long time to get to second and a look into right field probably slowed him down.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third, but the Phils went in order behind him.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Brown singled to center with one out in the fifth. Ruiz and Revere went down behind him on a pair of fly balls.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the sixth. Utley walked with two outs and took second on a wild pitch with Michael Young at the plate. Behind in the count 3-0, the lefty Corbin put the righty Young on intentionally to pitch to Howard with two outs and men on first and second. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both men stranded.

Ideally you wouldn’t see anyone walking people to pitch to your cleanup guy with two men on in a one-run game. Howard is hitting 176/200/412 against left-handed pitching.

The Phillies were down 2-0 when Delmon Young reached on an infield single to start the seventh. Brown was next and grounded to short with Young forced at second for the first out. Ruiz moved Brown up to second with a single into center, putting men on first and second for Revere. With the lefty Corbin still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Mayberry hit for Revere and lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch to him. Mayberry singled softly to left and the bases were loaded for Hamels. Frandsen hit for Hamels and blooped a ball into right. Mayberry didn’t read it right. The ball dropped, but Mayberry had hesitated. The right fielder Parra threw to second in time to force Mayberry for the second out. Brown scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Ruiz moved up to third. Rollins popped to short to leave runners at the corners.

Don’t quite understand why righties Mayberry and Frandsen got to hit against the lefty Reynolds, especially given that righty David Hernandez pitched the eighth for the Snakes. Mayberry got a hit and Frandsen should have had a hit.

The righty Hernandez got Utley, Young and Howard in order in the eighth. Howard grounded out to Pennington in right field to end the inning. It wasn’t even shallow right field. Nice play by Pennington and a strong throw to get Howard.

Still don’t understanding using the righty Hernandez to face the lefties in the eighth after using a lefty to face the righties in the seventh. Worked out pretty well for Arizona.

Righty Heath Bell started the ninth with a one-run lead. Brown doubled to right with one out, but Ruiz flew to right behind him for the second out. Nix hit for Mayberry and grounded to short to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4. 204/262/286 over his last 107 plate appearances.

Utley 0-for-3 with a walk. 114/205/257 against left-handed pitching on the year.

Michael Young was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s oddly hitting just .258 and slugging .323 against lefties. 313/365/469 against left-handed pitching for his career.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Had a hit taken away from him in right field. 3-for-his-last-18 with ten strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. He came into the game 1-for-his-last-18.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-12. 1-for-22 against right-handed pitching so far this season.

Revere was 0-for-2 in the game, but is hitting 368/465/421 in 22 plate appearances so far in May.

Tyler Cloyd makes his 2013 debut tonight against righty Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19). Cloyd went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phils in six starts in 2012. He was really good against righties (224/244/421), but lefties hit him hard (314/397/588) and he allowed eight home runs in 33 innings. He threw to a 6.30 ERA over his last four starts. He made six starts at Triple-A this season, throwing to a 5.40 ERA with a 1.49 ratio. The Snakes have dropped four of the last five games that Kennedy has started. He’s walked a lot of right-handed hitters for the season, about 11.3% of the righties he’s faced. Righties are hitting .263 against him for the year, but on-basing .365.


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