Tag: So Taguchi

The Placido effect

The Phillies have signed Placido Polanco to a three-year, $18 million contract. Polanco will play third for the Phils in 2010.

I think this is bad news for Phillies fans, but confused by the fact that Polanco is a very good baseball player. The problem is that he’s a good baseball player because he plays second base.

Here are some of the things that bother me about the idea of signing Polanco to play third base:

He’s not a third baseman. I don’t think there’s much of an argument there. Polanco has not appeared at third base in any of the past four years. On the plus side, he is a very good second baseman and has played more than 2,400 innings at third over his career, so it seems pretty likely he can give the Phillies good defense at third. I feel a little less sure about that than I would about someone who actually provided some team good defense at third over the past four years, though.

He was bad offensively last year and he’s 34-years-old. 285/331/396 last year. OPS+ of 88. In each of the past four seasons he’s gotten at least 495 plate appearances and in two of them he’s on-based .331 or worse.

Even for a 2B he wasn’t good offensively last year. Between the two leagues there were 37 players that got 200 or more plate appearances as a second baseman in 2009. The .730 OPS that Polanco put up while playing second base was 23rd-best. Third basemen should obviously be producing more offense than second basemen.

He doesn’t have the bat to be an everyday 3B. The chart below shows the average slugging percentages posted by NL 3B for each of the past four seasons and the slugging percentage that Polanco has put up. In just one of the four years did he put up a slugging percentage that was better than the average for the position in the NL. He got a ton of hits in those four years, too, going 690-for-2,246 (a .307 batting average):


Year

NL Average SLG by 3B

Polanco SLG

2009

.416

.396

2008

.440

.417

2007

.456

.458

2006

.471

.364

He’s all average — he never, ever walks and doesn’t hit for power. He walks less regularly than Pedro Feliz. He did last year and he has over his career. As I wrote in this post, in a group of players that includes Feliz, Polanco, Crede, Beltre and Tejada, Polanco has been the least likely of any of them to draw a walk in a given plate appearance over their career.

His career rate of getting extra-base hits is miserable. It’s worse than new addition Brian Schneider, who is younger than Polanco and was recently signed to backup Ruiz, and a tiny bit better than ’08 Phillie So Taguchi.

Player Career PA Career XBH XBH/100 PA
Schneider 3,186 221 6.94
Polanco 6,017 399 6.63
Taguchi 1,524 100 6.56

He’s obviously way below the good hitters on the Phillies in terms of their chances to get an extra-base hit. Each of the eight Phillies regulars (including Feliz) got an extra-base hit in at least 7% of their plate appearances in 2009. Utley, Rollins, Werth and Ruiz were all in the nines while Howard and Ibanez were over 12.

This isn’t an addition that’s going to make the Phillies a lot worse. Again, Polanco is a good baseball player and it’s sure not his fault if the Phillies think he’s a third baseman. But it’s not a move that’s going to make them a lot better, either. They had one offensive position on the field where they had a chance to make themselves a lot better and they didn’t do it.

The article linked at the top of the page suggests that Polanco could hit second for the Phils. I think it may make more sense to keep Victorino in the two-hole and hit Polanco seventh after Ibanez and before Ruiz.

Chris Jaffe, who writes for The Hardball Times, has written a book called Evaluating Baseball’s Managers: A History and Analysis of Performance in the Major Leagues, 1876–2008. You can read an excerpt about Gene Mauch from the book at Crashburn Alley.


Maybe they should see if they can get So Taguchi back

Is this year’s Phillies team better than the 2008 team? Seems like a pretty easy question, but the answer you get is going to depend on who you ask and when and maybe whether or not the Phillies have just lost five of six.

First things first. In 2008 the Phillies went 92-70 in the regular season. Not counting last night’s game, nothing in this post includes results from yesterday’s games, the Phillies had a .573 winning percentage for 2009. That would put them on pace to go 93-69.

They score more runs per game in 2009 than they did in 2008:

  G R R per G
2009 103 547 5.31
2008 162 799 4.93

But they allow more runs per game than they did last year too:

  G R R per G
2009 103 475 4.61
2008 162 680 4.20

The rate they score and allow runs are both up compared to last year, but the rate they allow runs is up a little more than they rate they score them. In 2009 they have scored about 1.077 times the runs per game they scored last year, but they have allowed about 1.095 times the runs per game.

That means their run differential has gotten a tiny bit worse in 2009. In 2008 they scored an average of 4.93 runs per game and allowed an average of 4.20 runs per game. That’s a difference of .73 runs per game, which is a tiny bit more than their 2009 run differential of .70 runs per game (5.31 minus 4.61).

Cliff Lee to the rescue, I hear you cry? Maybe so. We’ll see. Raul Ibanez hit 343/407/702 in his first 46 games of the season, though, and that might not even happen again.

How about the Phillies in ’09 compared to the rest of the NL versus the Phillies ’08 compared to the rest of the NL? Here’s the Phillies rates for scoring and allowing runs for the last two years compared to the rates for the other 15 teams in the NL:

 
Other NL Teams

PHI
  R/G RA/G R/G RA/G
2009 4.36 4.50 5.31 4.61
2008 4.51 4.66 4.93 4.20

The Phils are scoring a monster 1.22 times as many runs per game as the average of the other teams in the league in ’09. That’s way up from 2008 when they scored more runs than the average of the other NL teams, but not by nearly as much. In ’08 they scored about 1.09 times as many runs per game as the other 15 teams in the league.

In 2008, though, they also allowed significantly fewer runs per game than the average of the other 15 teams in the NL. They allowed 4.20 runs per game, which is about .9 times (or 90%) the runs per game allowed on average by the rest of the league. This year they’ve allowed more runs than the average of the other teams — 4.61 per game, which is 1.02 times (or about 102% of) the runs that the other NL teams had allowed on average.

The Phillies have been better at scoring runs and worse than preventing runs in 2009 than they were in 2008. But have they been better overall? I think it’s very, very close. The Phillies may have slightly improved relative to the other teams in the NL, but compared to their ’08 incarnation I think the answer is no. The good news, though, is that the reason that the answer is no is that the pitching has been hugely unimpressive. Given how they score runs it doesn’t need to be that impressive — if the Phils can continue to improve their pitching and even get down to the point where they are allowing runs at the average level of the other teams in the league they should be in very good shape compared both to the rest of the NL in ’09 and the Phillies of ’08.

So Taguchi, by the way, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in January. He’s 40 now and spent the year at Triple-A where he hit 277/380/379 in 177 at-bats. He hit his third home run of the season yesterday.

This says that Romero is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Friday and that Durbin will make a rehab appearance tonight.


High on leverage

Baseball-Reference tracks high leverage hitting splits. The high leverage concept is based on work by Tom Tango, which is described here. Baseball-Reference suggests that high leverage plays account for about 20% of all plays.

Overall in 2008, Phillies hitters got 6,273 plate appearances in which they hit 255/332/438. Of those, 1,230 plate appearances were tagged as high leverage. In those plate appearances, the Phils as a team hit 247/332/423. A tiny bit worse, but about the same.

Here’s what key Phillies hitters did in high leverage situations in 2008, ranked by OPS:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Burrell 132 280 379 607 986
Dobbs 59 358 407 547 954
Howard 152 265 342 545 888
Feliz 92 291 378 506 884
Werth 102 276 373 448 821
Rollins 104 258 343 404 748
Utley 128 215 315 402 717
Victorino 106 240 305 396 701
Taguchi 19 250 333 313 646
Ruiz 72 238 300 333 633
Coste 74 215 268 323 591
Bruntlett 54 191 269 255 525
Jenkins 62 176 290 216 506

If you compare the player’s OPS in high leverage situations with their OPS overall for the year, there are six players whose OPS in high leverage situations were better than their OPS for the year:

Player High
Leverage OPS
OPS for
Season
Feliz 884 705
Dobbs 954 824
Burrell 986 875
Taguchi 646 580
Ruiz 633 620
Howard 888 881

And seven players from the group whose OPS overall for the year was better than their OPS in high leverage situations:

Player High
Leverage OPS
OPS for
Season
Rollins 748 786
Werth 821 861
Bruntlett 525 594
Victorino 701 799
Coste 591 748
Jenkins 506 694
Utley 717 915

The players at the top of that list have small differences between their OPS in high leverage situations and their OPS overall for the year. Rollins and Werth, for example, have very similar numbers compared to their overall OPS for the year. At the bottom of the list, Utley had a huge difference, posting a .717 OPS in high leverage situations compared to a .915 OPS overall.

Similarly, if you look at the late and close splits for the guys at the bottom of that list, Utley, Coste and Jenkins, the numbers are pretty ugly. For the guys at the top of the list, Feliz, Dobbs and Burrell, the numbers are much better. Late and close plate appearances are ones that come in the seventh inning or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck.

 
Late and close
Player PA AVG OBP SLG
Feliz 89 313 368 575
Dobbs 56 380 446 560
Burrell 111 295 441 636
Coste 69 220 288 271
Jenkins 63 148 270 204
Utley 117 221 353 347

Article about the outlook for the pen.

This article suggests that Dobbs could fill in at second if Utley doesn’t start the year. That actually seems like a fine idea. A Bruntlett/Dobbs platoon at second would put up pretty nice numbers offensively, the problem being that Dobbs can’t play both second and third at the same time against a righty.

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Bench slayers

The Phillies played their final game of the regular season yesterday, fielding a team of bench players that rolled over the Nats to get the Phils an 8-3 win.

Lou Marson made his major league debut and hit a two-run homer. So Taguchi, on the bench all season long, led the offense with three hits and three runs driven in. Taguchi got just 91 at-bats this season, many of them miserable, but looks likely to be part of the active roster when the Phils play the Brewers on Wednesday.

Kyle Kendrick wont’t be. Kendrick got the start and again didn’t pitch well. He threw to a 7.59 ERA after the All-Star break and leaves the Phils with a big question at the back of the rotation whenever they get around to thinking about next year.

Probably won’t be today.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals yesterday, winning 8-3. They end the regular season 92-70, which is the most wins since they’ve had since they won 97 in 1993. They have won three in a row. Twenty-two games above .500 is their best mark for the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out one and ends the season with a 5.49 ERA.

Kendrick set down the first six batters he faced before Luke Montz started the third with a home run to left that tied the game at 1-1.

The Nats pulled ahead 3-1 with two runs in the top of the fourth. Anderson Hernandez and Kory Casto led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Alberto Gonzalez drove in Hernandez with a one out single to center.

Walrond struck out four as he threw a scoreless fifth and a scoreless sixth after the Phils hit for Kendrick in the bottom of the fourth.

Happ pitched the seventh and allowed a two-out single to Pete Orr, but struck out Lastings Milledge, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Shairon Martis, to leave Orr stranded with the Phils up 5-3.

Happ returned to start the eighth. He walked Anderson with one out before he struck out Casto for the second. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans moved Anderson to second and Seanez came in to pitch to the righty Gonzalez. Seanez got Gonzalez to fly to right for the third out.

Condrey allowed a single and a walk in a scoreless ninth.

Condrey and Seanez both seem likely to have a chance to make the Phils post-season roster. The use of Happ was interesting — I think we may see Hamels, Myers, Moyer as the rotation against the Brewers with Blanton as the fourth option. If Happ makes it on to a post-season roster, which seems unlikely, I’d guess it will be to pitch out of the pen. Kendrick has been told he will not be part of the post-season roster.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Odalis Perez went (1) Taguchi (2) Bruntlett (3) Iguchi (4) Jenkins (5) Coste (6) Cervenak (7) Golson (8) Marson. Taguchi in left, Bruntlett at short, Coste at first, Cervenak at third, Golson in center and Marson catching. Marson making his major league debut. Cervenak and Golson getting their first career starts.

With Bruntlett on third (singled) and Iguchi on second (doubled) with one out in the first, Bruntlett came in to score on a wild pitch with Jenkins at the plate to put the Phils up 1-0. Jenkins couldn’t bring Iguchi in to third with one out, though, he flew to left for the second out. Coste walked before Cervenak struck out to leave both men stranded.

Marson struck out in his first major league at-bat for the second out of the second.

The Phils started the fourth down 3-1 and scored three times to take a 4-3 lead. Marson singled with two outs. Werth hit for Kendrick and moved Marson to third with a single. Werth stole second before Taguchi brought both runners in with a single (3-3) and took second on a fielding error by Casto. Bruntlett followed with a double that scored Taguchi and put the Phils up 4-3.

With two outs in the sixth, Howard hit for Walrond singled. Taguchi followed with a triple that scored Howard and put the Phils up 5-3.

With Golson on first and one out in the eighth, Marson hit a 1-2 pitch from Marco Estrada out to left to put the Phillies up 7-3. Stairs followed, hitting for Seanez, and he homered to right. 8-3.

Taguchi 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in the game. He had six RBI for the season coming into the game.

Bruntlett 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Iguchi 2-for-5 with a double.

Jenkins 1-for-4.

Coste 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cervenak 0-for-4.

Golson 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Marson 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Rollins was 2-for-6 with two doubles and three walks in the series. He has stolen 21 bases since the end of July and been caught twice. After hitting 313/411/458 in September, he’s hitting 277/349/437 at the end of the regular season.

Werth was 4-for-10 with a home run in the series, including a single today. He came into the series 1-for-his-last-21. 273/363/498 for the year.

Utley 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 292/380/535.

Howard was 4-for-9 with a double and a home run. 251/339/543. He goes into the post-season 7-for-his-last-15.

Burrell 1-for-4 with two walks in the set. 250/367/507 for the year.

Victorino 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 293/352/447 to end the season after hitting 344/378/516 in September. Hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves for how well he played down the stretch.

Feliz was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. 249/302/409 for the season. He ends the season with a .705 OPS — over the last four seasons, the range of his OPS at the end of the year has been .705 to .717.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a double in the series and ends the year at 301/333/491.

Ruiz 0-for-6. 219/320/300 on the year. 0-for-his-last-15.

The Phils play the Brewers on Wednesday.

This article suggests this is who we should expect on the Phillies post-season roster:

Hitters: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Dobbs, Coste, Ruiz, Burrell, Victorino, Werth, Bruntlett, Stairs, Jenkins, Taguchi.

Those guys can hit, but missing from the group is a right-handed bat off the bench — no matter who the Phils pick for their post-season roster, I don’t think they can solve that problem.

Pitchers: Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Blanton, Lidge, Romero, Durbin, Madson, Condrey, Eyre, Seanez

Assuming the Phillies go with 11 pitches, I think Golson or Taguchi as the 14th hitter is the only real choice for the Phillies. I would go with Golson, but I don’t think the Phillies will, especially after Taguchi’s big day yesterday.


Thousands mistake last night’s game for something they tivoed in 2007

Just about everyone associated with the New York Mets would have you believe that the collapse of 2007 is all but forgotten as the team presses forward with a new attitude and a new manager. And maybe it was. But I’m pretty sure they remember it now, cause in last night’s game the Mets and Phils looked a whole lot like the guys from last year.

The Phillies picked a perfect time to snap out of their offensive slump. Down 5-2 in the ninth, the Phils sent 11 men to the plate and scored six times. So Taguchi, slumping through a miserable season, tied the game with a two-run double. One batter latter Jimmy Rollins gave the Phils all the runs they would need with a two-run double of his own.

It was just about as pretty as a six-run rally in the ninth can be — but if the Mets take the next two games of the set it’s not going to mean a lot.

Joe Blanton’s debut with the Phillies was expected to be the story of the game, but proved to be something of a non-event. Blanton pitched poorly, allowing a pair of two-run homers as he yielded five runs in six innings.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 8-6 to improve to 54-46 on the season. The Phils reclaim sole ownership of the lead in the NL East, a game ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out one.

Endy Chavez singled to right with one out in the first, but Blanton got the next two behind him.

He hit Damion Easley with one out in the second. Marlon Anderson flew to left for the second out before Ramon Castro dribbled a ball to third that went for an infield single. Blanton struck out Johan Santana to end the inning.

Jose Reyes led off the third and walked on four pitches. Chavez was next and he hit a ground ball to the right of Utley. Utley knocked it down, sliding, but couldn’t make the play and Chavez was safe with an infield single that moved Reyes to second. He should have made the play. David Wright was next and ripped a 2-2 pitch into left and off the wall. Reyes scored to tie the game at 1-1, but Burrell fielded it cleanly off the wall and Rollins made a nice relay to the plate when Chavez was tagged out for the first out. With Wright on second, Carlos Beltran grounded hard to first and Wright went to third. Blanton got ahead of Delgado 0-2 but threw two of his next three pitches in the dirt before Delgado clubbed a 3-2 pitch out to right to put New York up 3-1. Easley grounded to short for the third out.

Between innings Manuel was ejected for arguing that Delgado should have been out on a check swing on a ball that was in the dirt. Didn’t look so clear on replay — Delgado probably crossed the plate, but the call wasn’t awful.

Marlon Anderson led off the fourth with an infield single. Castro hit into a double-play behind him before Santana singled to center. Reyes popped to Rollins for the third out.

Blanton threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He got the first two in the sixth before he walked Anderson on four pitches. Castro was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left to put the Mets up 5-1. Santana followed with a walk before Reyes flew to right for the third out.

Seanez started the seventh down 5-2. Chavez led off with a double just out of the reach of Werth in right. Wright followed with a single to right and this time it was Werth who threw Chavez out at the plate. Second time in the game that Chavez made the first out of the inning at the plate — this time it only took one good throw. Wright went to second on the play at the plate. Beltran was walked intentionally and Romero came in to pitch to Delgado and got Delgado to fly to shallow center on one pitch. Romero stayed in to pitch to the righty Easley and hit him in the middle of his back to load the bases. Fernando Tatis hit for lefty Marlon Anderson and hit a soft liner to second that Utley caught on a dive to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Chad Durbin threw a 1-2-3 eighth, setting down Castro, pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes and Jose Reyes.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils on top 8-5. Chavez led off with a walk and took second without a throw before Wright struck out for the first out. A wild pitch moved Chavez to third before Beltran hit a hard ground ball to first that Howard took for the second out. Nice play by Howard and a huge second out as Chavez scored to make it 8-6. Delgado grounded to third to end the game.

Three innings for the pen in which they allow a run on two hits and a walk. Durbin’s 1-2-3 eighth against the bottom of the order and Reyes was big. The Phils used four relievers — of the pitchers they used, Seanez ended the day with the highest ERA for the season: 2.87. Lidge threw 21 pitches, Durbin 16, Seanez 11 and Romero 10.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Johan Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Victorino drops to seventh in the lineup against the lefty. Burrell up to third, splitting the lefties Utley and Howard. Werth in right and hitting fifth instead of sixth. Ruiz catches. Glad Rollins didn’t drop to third this time.

Burrell and Howard singled back-to-back with two outs in the first. Werth followed with a single up the middle and Burrell scored to put the Phils up 1-0 with Howard holding second. Feliz went down swinging on four pitches to leave the runners stranded.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and Blanton bunted him to second. Rollins grounded to second for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third and fourth.

Blanton singled to right with one out in the fifth. Rollins hit into a double-play behind him.

1-2-3 in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Victorino hit a 1-1 pitch out to left. It cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Ruiz followed with a single up the middle. Coste hit for Blanton and struck out.

With two outs in the eighth, Burrell hit a ball down the left field line and off the chalk for a double. Howard flew to Beltran in right-center for set the Phillies down.

The Phillies started the ninth down 5-2. Duaner Sanchez took over for Santana, who had thrown 105 pitches to get through eight innings. Werth singled. Dobbs hit for Feliz and singled. Victorino singled into center and the bases were loaded. Righty Joe Smith relieved Sanchez to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz chopped a ball just to the shortstop side of second base. Victorino was running hard all the way. Reyes fielded, looked at first and then tried to step on second but missed the bag. Victorino was safe, Werth scored to make it 5-3 and the Phils still had the bases loaded. Great hustle by Victorino and a bad play by Reyes. Jenkins hit for Durbin and the Mets called on lefty Pedro Feliciano. Jimy Williams called on Taguchi, still without a pinch-hit on the season, to hit for Jenkins. Taguchi got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch over the head of Chavez in right. Dobbs and Victorino both scored, tying the game at 5-5, with Ruiz going to third on the double. Rollins doubled down the left-field line, clearing the bases with the Phils up 7-5. Utley grounded to first for the first out, moving Rollins to third. The lefty Feliciano walked Burrell intentionally before Howard hit a ball back to the mound that may have been a double-play, but Feliciano didn’t field it cleanly and had to take the out at first. Rollins scored to make it 8-5 and Burrell went to second. Aaron Heilman came in to pitch to Werth and walked him before Dobbs popped to short for the third out.

Second huge hit of the month for Taguchi. On July 11 against the Snakes he led off the twelfth with a single and came around to score the winning run on a single by Werth three batters later.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a huge double and two RBI.

Utley was 0-for-5.

Burrell 2-for-4 with a walk and a double.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Werth 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI and started the ninth-inning rally.

Feliz was 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts since the All-Star break.

Victorino had a big game. 2-for-4 with his sixth home run.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Brett Myers (3-9, 5.84) faces righty John Maine (8-7, 4.22) tonight. Maine hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last four starts. He has a 6.63 ERA in those outings. In two starts against the Phillies this season he’s thrown to a 3.09 ERA with a 1.11 ratio. Myers has been terrible this season and will be making his first start since June 27 coming off a stint in the minors. The Phils have lost nine of the last ten games he’s started and are 4-13 with him on the hill this season.


So good

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
ARI 46-46 402 4.37 11 728 (12) 29 16
PHI 50-43 465 5.00 2 774 (2) 78 9

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
ARI 46-46 400 4.35 5 3.96 (2) 3.73 (5)
PHI 50-43 385 4.14 3 4.40 (10) 2.71 (1)

So Taguchi made sure his first hit since June 13 was a big one. With the Phils and Snakes knotted at 5-5 last night, Taguchi led off the twelfth with a single into left and stormed around to score the winning run on a single by Werth three batters later.

Second hit for Taguchi since May 30.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, winning 6-5 in 12 innings to improve to 51-43 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Orlando Hudson and Conor Jackson singled back-to-back with two outs in the first. Kendrick got Chad Tracy to fly to center for the third out.

1-2-3 second.

Stephen Drew singled with two down in the third. Hudson grounded to second for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Miguel Montero started the fifth with a double. Alex Romero flew to right for the first out before the pitcher Doug Davis moved Montero to third with a ground ball to second for the second out. Kendrick struck Augie Ojeda out to leave Montero stranded.

Hudson singled with one out in the sixth and stole second. Jackson hit a 3-1 pitch out in front of the plate and Ruiz threw him out at first with Hudson going to third with two down. Tracy was next and he dumped a 1-0 pitch just inside the left field line for a single that scored Hudson and tied the game at 1-1. Chris Young flew to right for the third out.

Kendrick started the seventh with a 3-1 lead having thrown just 76 pitches. Montero led off with a single and moved to third when Romero followed with a double that moved Montero to third. Switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio hit for the pitcher Davis and slapped a 1-0 pitch down the third base line and passed Feliz. Burrell was on it quick but Romero slid in just ahead of the high relay from Feliz, tying the game at 3-3. Bonifacio went to second on the play at the plate. Ojeda bunted Bonifacio to third for the first out of the inning. Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Drew. Swindle got ahead of him 0-2 before Drew singled into right. Bonifacio scored and it was 4-3. Durbin came in to pitch and struck out Hudson and got Jackson to pop to Coste for the third out.

Things fell apart quickly for Kendrick, despite how few pitches he had thrown coming into the inning. He faced four batters in the inning, allowing two doubles and a single. He got one out that the Snakes gave him on a bunt.

Montero singled with two outs in the eighth with Durbin still on the mound. Romero was next and drove a ball to center. Victorino raced to the wall and raised his glove over the wall. He didn’t catch it — it went off the heel of his glove and back onto the field. Montero scored to make it 5-3, but the relay from Rollins got Romero at third to set the Diamondbacks down.

Lidge started the ninth with the game tied at 5-5. Pinch-hitter Chris Burke led off with a walk. Lidge got the next two with Burke moving to second on a ground ball for the second out. With Hudson at the plate a wild pitch moved Burke to third, but Lidge got Hudson swinging at a 3-2 pitch to leave Burke stranded.

Condrey started the tenth. Tracy doubled with one out and went to third when Young followed with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Montero and got him to ground to first for the third out.

Romero pitched the eleventh. With one out he struck Mark Reynolds out swinging at a ball in the dirt that went off Coste’s shin guard and got away from the catcher. Reynolds was safe at first. Ojeda flew to center for the second out before Reynolds stole second. Romero struck Drew out to set Arizona down.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 twelfth.

The pen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Swindle allowed a run that was charged to Kendrick. Lidge threw 24 pitches, Durbin 22 and Romero 15. Everybody else was ten or less. Second day in a row for Romero. Lidge has thrown a ton of pitches this month — 135 through 11 days. Even with the All-Star break it looks he will throw more pitches in July than he has in any other month so far this season.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Doug Davis went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Victorino again drops down in the lineup against the lefty. Werth in right and in the second hole. More Ruiz.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard led off the second and hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left-center to put the Phillies up 1-0. Burrell popped to first for the first out before Feliz walked. Victorino popped out behind him before Ruiz drew a walk. Kendrick loaded the bases with a single, but Rollins flew to right to leave everybody stranded.

1-2-3 in the third and the fourth.

Rollins and Werth singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth. Utley fouled out to third to end the inning.

Feliz walked with two outs in the sixth. Victorino was next and he doubled into right, sending Feliz to third. With Ruiz at the plate Davis delivered a wild pitch that moved the runners up a base. Feliz scored to put the Phils up 2-1 with Victorino moving to third. Davis walked Ruiz intentionally, which is a pretty bad idea what with the .205 batting average and whatnot, to pitch to Kendrick. With the count 1-1 on Kendrick, Ruiz took off for second. Montero threw through to second and Victorino stormed home. The throw to second was high and Victorino was safe without a throw, putting the Phils up 3-1 as Ruiz was tagged out to end the inning.

Rollins and Werth singled back-to-back with one out in the seventh and the Phils down 4-3. Utley was next and he hit a shot back through the middle. Hudson made a great play to field the ball and throw to second. Drew made a strong relay to first to complete a spectacular double-play.

The Phils started the eighth down 5-3. Howard led off with a walk and Burrell moved him to second with a single. Bruntlett ran for Burrell at first and Feliz bunted the runners to second and third. Victorino was next and he got ahead 3-1 and then tried to bunt, presumably for a hit. He popped it up foul. That’s a terrible play, but it didn’t cost the Phillies anything. He ripped the next pitch inside the first base line and into the right field corner for a triple that scored both runners and tied the game at 5-5. Dobbs hit for Durbin and was walked intentionally to set up the double-play. It brought up Coste with men on first and third and one out. Coste popped up a 2-2 pitch that Ojeda took in foul territory for the second out. Rollins grounded to first for the third out.

Nothing for the Phils out of a man on third and one out. Unfortunate at-bat for Coste.

Utley singled with one out in the ninth. Howard flew to left for the second out. With righty Leo Rosales on the mound, Jenkins hit for Bruntlett and Utley stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Jenkins walked. Jenkins took second before Feliz popped to second to leave both runners stranded.

Victorino singled to start the tenth and Taguchi, who had entered in a double-switch in the top of the inning, bunted him to second. Coste hit the ball hard but lined to center for the second out. Rollins was walked intentionally to put men on first and second, but Werth popped out to end the inning.

Howard singled with one out in the eleventh. Mike Cervenek hit for Romero against righty Connor Robertson and lined an 0-1 pitch to left for an out. Feliz moved Howard to second with a single, but Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Taguchi led off the twelfth with a single and Coste bunted him to second. Roberston got behind Rollins 2-0 and walked him intentionally. It brought Werth up with men on first and second and one out. Werth hit a 2-2 pitch into right-center for a single. Romero had to move to his right to field the ball and Taguchi scored easily to give the Phils a 6-5 win.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two walks.

Werth 3-for-7 with an RBI.

Utley 1-for-6.

Howard 2-for-5 with his 28th home run and fourth in the last three games.

Burrell 1-for-4.

Feliz 1-for-3 with two walks.

Victorino 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and two RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-1 with two walks.

Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20) faces lefty Randy Johnson (5-7, 5.18) this afternoon.


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