Something we can all look forward to.
Kyle Kendrick pitched great yesterday and Kevin Frandsen had four hits in a game that will mostly be remembered for the popup that Jimmy Rollins didn’t run out on his way to being benched. The Phillies held on to win anyway and beat the Mets 3-2.
Kendrick gave up two solo home runs in the first two innings to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Rollins doubled with two outs in the bottom off the third and was knocked in by Frandsen, cutting the lead to 2-1. Mayberry led off the fourth with a single and scored when Wigginton followed and blasted a double to the gap in left-center. 2-2. Frandsen started the fifth with a double, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Howard to put the Phillies up to stay at 3-2.
Kendrick yielded two early solo homers, but was fantastic after that. From the third to the seventh he pitched five scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, no walks and no runs. He struck out the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. Valdes took over to get the Phillies out of the eighth and Papelbon mowed the Mets down in the ninth for his 30th save.
The game will most be remembered for what happened in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and Kendrick on third, Rollins popped a ball up high in the infield in front of home plate. The Mets were confused about who was going to catch the ball. In the end, pitcher Jon Niese tried to catch it himself, but didn’t handle it for an error. Rollins, who had jogged slowly up the line, ended up at first. Rollins stole second, setting him up for his second blunder of the inning. With one out and runners on second and third and the New York infield poised to come home with a ground ball up the middle, Frandsen hit a ground ball up the middle. Murphy fielded, Kendrick held third and Rollins took off for third, where he was tagged out after a short rundown. Martinez replaced him at short in the top of the seventh.
Not a great inning for Rollins. But not to be forgotten on the day was the run that Rollins helped create in the bottom of the third thanks to his hustle. With two outs and nobody on, Rollins popped a ball down the first base line and into shallow right field. It dropped just fair. Running all the way, Rollins slid into second with a two-out double and came in to score when Frandsen followed with a single into center.
The Phillies are 62-69 on the year after beating the New York Mets 3-2 yesterday afternoon. The Mets take the series two games to one. The Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 17 1/2 games out of first.
The Phillies have won five of their last seven games, but outscored their opponents by just 26-22 over those seven games. They shouldn’t count on going 5-2 over many seven-game stretches in which they score 3.7 runs per game.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a pair of solo homers. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.
Mike Baxter was the first hitter of the game and he hit an 0-1 pitch out to right-center. 1-0. Kendrick got the next three in order.
Scott Hairston hit an 0-1 pitch out to left with one out in the second. 2-0. Ronny Cedeno followed that with a single, but Kendrick got Josh Thole and the pitcher Jon Niese to leave Cedeno at first.
At least Kendrick is getting ahead of these guys before they homer.
David Wright doubled off the wall in left with two outs in the third. Kendrick got Ike Davis on a ground ball to second to leave Wright stranded.
The lead was cut to 2-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. Hairston singled with one out, but Kendrick got Cedeno on a ground ball for the second out and struck Thole out to end the frame.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fifth with the score tied at 2-2.
Up 3-2, he set the Mets down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.
He struck out Tejada and Baxter to start the eighth before Murphy and Wright singled back-to-back. It put runners on first and second for the lefty Davis and Valdes came in to face Davis. Valdes got him on a ground ball to first to leave the runners stranded.
Brave of Manuel to leave Kendrick in to face Wright as the go-ahead run. Worked out okay in the sense that Wright didn’t hit a two-run homer.
Valdes has allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 9 2/3 innings in nine appearances in August.
Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils still up a run. He struck Duda out for the first out and Hairston went down on a ball Nix handled at the edge of the warning track for the second. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Robert Carson and Papelbon hit him with a 2-2 pitch. Andres Torres ran for Turner at first. Josh Thole went down on a ball handled by Utley to end the game.
Over his last 16 appearances, Papelbon has allowed one run on eight hits and four walks over 16 1/3 innings while striking out 19 (0.55 ERA with an 0.73 ratio).
The pen goes 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the game in without allowing a hit or a walk.
Papelbon threw 15 pitches and Valdes one. Neither of them have thrown more than one day in a row.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Martinez (8) Lerud. Frandsen moves up to hit second against the lefty. Wigginton makes his second start of the year in left with the lefties Brown, Pierre and Nix on the bench. Martinez in right with all the same lefties on the bench. The lefty Lerud catches, making his first career start, with the righty Kratz on the bench in the day game after a night game. Sure seems like if you know they’re throwing a righty in game two and a lefty in game three it makes more sense to catch Lerud in game two against the righty and Kratz in game three against the lefty. Starting Martinez in right field is a good sign that your team is terrible.
Frandsen singled with one out in the bottom of the first and the Phils down 1-0. Utley flew to left for the first out and Howard struck out swinging for the second.
It was 2-0 when the Phillies went in order in the second.
Lerud grounded to first in his first big league at-bat to start the third and Kendrick grounded out as well for the second. Rollins was next and hit a ball to right, which he hustled into a double. Frandsen was next and singled to center, scoring Rollins to get the Phils on the board at 2-1. Frandsen took second as the throw came home. Utley was next and was grazed by a pitch, putting two men on for Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Nice job by Rollins to take second on his hit, which gets the Phils a run when Frandsen follows with a single.
Howard 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three men left on base through three innings.
Mayberry led off the fourth and hit a ball to Wright. Wright’s throw to first was high and originally called an error and quickly changed to a hit. Wigginton followed with a double to left center, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 2-2. Niese struck Martinez out swinging for the second out, but Lerud was next and blooped a single to left. Wigginton didn’t read it well and had to hold at third. Kendrick bunted Lerud up to second with the second out, putting runners on second and third for Rollins. Rollins popped to Murphy to leave both runners stranded.
Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but Mayberry’s should have been called an error and Lerud’s was a bloop single to left. Wigginton hammered the ball. The scoring decision on the ball hit by Mayberry was rather generous to Mayberry.
Frandsen led off the fifth and hit a ball hard to left where it was misplayed by Duda. Duda came in on it and then had the ball go over his head for a double. Utley was next and moved Frandsen up to third with a ground out to second. It put a runner on third for Howard and Howard flew to center for the second out. Frandsen scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Mayberry was next and doubled down the third base line. Niese walked Wigginton intentionally to pitch to Martinez. Martinez flew to center, dropping his average on the year to .134 and leaving both runners stranded.
With one out in the sixth, Kendrick hit a ball hard to center that cleared the fence on a hop for a ground-rule double. Kendrick took third on a passed ball before Rollins hit a popup out in front of the plate. Wright and Niese looked unclear about who was going to catch, then Niese tried and didn’t get. Rollins was safe on first on the error with Kendrick holding third. Rollins stole second before Frandsen hit a ground ball to second. Rollins took off for third, but Kendrick was still at third. Rollins was tagged out after a short rundown with Kendrick still at third. Frandsen wound up on second, but Utley grounded to first to leave the runners at second and third.
Rollins didn’t run hard on his popup that Niese failed to catch, which apparently was the subject of a discussion between Rollins and Manuel after the frame. There was no Met covering second as the infielders failed to catch the popup. Martinez took over at short in the top of the seventh with Rollins on the bench.
More terrible defense from the Mets.
Mayberry and Wigginton singled back-to-back off of righty Ramon Ramirez with one out in the seventh. Martinez struck out swinging for the second out and Lerud grounded to second for the third.
With Ramirez still on the mound, Brown hit for Valdes to start the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson came in to face Brown and Kratz hit for Brown and flew to right for the first out. Nix struck out for the second before Frandsen singled to right. Utley grounded to short to end the inning.
Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game with a hustle double, then pulled for not hustling in the bottom of the sixth. He was 2-for-11 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 243/303/407 for the season. He has hit 13 home runs since the start of June.
Frandsen 4-for-5 with a double. 5-for-13 with a double in the series. 355/405/430 for the season. There are 224 NL players with at least 100 plate appearances for the season. Of those, Frandsen’s .355 average is first and his .405 on-base percentage is fifth. His walk rate is terrible by the way — four walks in 117 plate appearances is about 3.4%. The team overall walks in about 7.0% of their plate appearances. Near the end of the list it goes Pierre 5.2%, Mayberry 5.1%, Galvis 3.5% and Frandsen 3.4%. I also hope we get a chance to see Frandsen play some second before the end of the year.
Utley 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 3-for-11 with a walk and a home run in the series. 250/362/457 for the year.
Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and three strikeouts. 1-for-11 with a home run, six RBI and seven strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-18. 235/311/444 on the year. 182/246/309 against lefties with 30 strikeouts in 61 plate appearances.
Mayberry 3-for-4 with a double. 4-for-11 with a walk and a double in the set. 287/333/468 in 102 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 246/287/408 for the year. No walks against lefties in 137 plate appearances for the year. Not sure exactly that that is, but it’s something.
Wigginton 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. The walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies. 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. 215/291/346 over his last 258 plate appearances. 236/307/375 for the year. He has 202 plate appearances against righties for the year in which he has hit 238/282/341.
Martinez 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five men on base. 5-for-his-last-59 (.085). 132/181/221 for the season.
Lerud was 1-for-4 with a single in his debut.
Halladay (8-7, 3.88) faces lefty Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71) tonight in Atlanta. Halladay has a 2.79 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in his five starts in August. The Phils have won four of those five games, but are just 10-9 in his starts for the season — 6-2 in his last starts after going 4-7 in his first 11 starts. Minor threw to a 6.20 ERA in his first 15 starts of the year through the end of June. Since the beginning of July, he’s made nine starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.75 ERA with an 0.88 ratio.