Tag: Ty Wigginton

Who’s not on first very often?

In this post I pointed out there was a difference of 187 total walks between 2007, when the Phillies had the best walk rate in the NL, and 2012, when they had the 15th-best walk rate. The first base and left field positions combined walked 141 fewer times in 2012 than they had in 2007.

At first base, the Phillies drew 56 fewer walks in 2012 than they had in 2007. In 2007, the 113 walks they drew at the position was second in the league. In 2012, the 57 walks they drew at the position was tenth.

Here’s how the plate appearances at first base broke down for the Phillies in 2012 and the walk rates of the players who got chances at the position:

Player % of PA BB%
Howard 42.5 8.7
Wigginton 30.8 9.6
Mayberry 11.7 5.1
Others (4) 15.0 7.9
Total PHI 100 8.4
NL AVG 1B - 9.3

Of the four groups, only one, Wigginton, posted a walk rate about the league average of 9.3% while playing first base for the Phillies last year. He had some other issues, though, like being not real good offensively or defensively. And high walk rate or not, he ended the year having hit .235 and on-based .314.

All of the four players in the “Other” category were under the league average of 9.3% with the exception of Thome. He walked in 3 of his 13 plate appearances while playing first base for the Phillies in 2013, which is about 23.1%.

The walk rates for Thome and Wigginton aren’t likely to help the 2013 Phillies much. As much as we might want to see Mayberry or Ruf get some chances at first against lefties, Ryan Howard is likely to be the guy there just about every day he’s able to play. And his walk rate is never going back to where it was in 2006 and 2007.

Howard finished fourth in the NL in walks in both 2006 and 2007. In those two years combined, he got 1,352 plate appearances and walked in 215 (about 15.9%) of them.

Howard’s walk rate in those years benefited from an enormous rate of intentional walks. In 2012, he had 25 total walks in 292 plate appearances. In 2006 he was intentionally walked 37 times and in 2007 he was intentionally walked 35 times.

His 8.6% walk rate in 2012 was the worst it has been for any year in his career in which he got at least 50 plate appearances.

In this post from January I pointed out that Howard has been pretty miserable against left-handed pitching in four of the last five years. His walk rate against lefties has also taken a plunge.

Over the last seven years, his walk rate against right-handed pitching has stayed high. Not so against lefties, where his walk rate has dropped three straight years and wound up at a miserable 4.7% in 2012:

Year BB% vs L BB% vs R
2012 4.7 10.8
2011 6.5 13.7
2010 7.9 10.4
2009 9.9 11.1
2008 8.7 13.3
2007 13.0 18.7
2006 9.8 18.0

2010 is the year of the last five in which Howard has been non-awful against left-handed pitching. His success that year had a lot more to do with the combination of good power and an average in the .260s against lefties than the walks he drew. In 2010, Howard hit 264/333/492 against lefties with 12 homers in 216 plate appearances. 2008 was probably second best — that year he delivered similar power against lefties and walked at a slightly lower rate, but hit just .224 again left-handed pitching. In five of the last six seasons, Howard has hit .225 or worse against lefties.

In 2010, his BABIP against left-handed pitching was .320. In 2011, Howard hit .224 against lefties despite a BABIP of .313 against them. In 2012 he was down to .173 against southpaws with a BABIP of .229. Granted, not being able to run at all probably hurt him some in 2012, but it’s tough to feel like things are going in the right direction for Howard, especially against lefties.

Ruiz feels bad about his suspension and wants to bring a championship back to Philadelphia.

Halladay suggests he doesn’t see himself pitching anywhere other than Philadelphia in the coming years in this article.


Rockie solid

The Phillies continued to roll this weekend, sweeping the Rockies in a three-game set to get within two games of .500.

They won Friday’s opener 3-2 on a walkoff single by Schierholtz in the bottom of the ninth. Lee pitched into the seventh and a pinch-hit double by Nix in the bottom of that inning tied the game at 2-2. Schierholtz singled Rollins home with one out in the bottom of the ninth to get the Phillies the win.

Saturday’s game was rained out and played as part of a double-header yesterday.

The Phillies won the day game of the double-header 3-2. Hamels allowed a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the second to put the Phils in an early 2-0 hole. A two-run double by Howard in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at 2-2. Mayberry singled to left with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, plating Schierholtz to give the Phils a 3-2 win.

The Phillies flipped their recent script in the night game of yesterday’s double-header as they won without good starting pitching, scoring a ton of runs in the game with the help of five errors from the Rockies. An RBI-single by Martinez in the second gave the Phillies an early 1-0 lead, but Cloyd struggled in his third career start. He lasted just four innings, allowing four runs in a top of the fourth that featured a three-run homer by Chris Nelson. The Phils roared back with the help of some miserable defense by the Rockies, though. Howard drove in two unearned runs with a long single in the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-3. They pulled ahead with two more in the sixth, getting a home run from Wigginton to start the inning and another unearned run that came home on an infield single by Frandsen. 5-4. More bad defensive play from Colorado in the seventh kept the inning alive long enough for Ruiz and Schierholtz to deliver RBI-singles as the Phils plated two more unearned runs.

The bullpen was outstanding for the Phillies in the series, throwing 9 2/3 scoreless innings as the Phils came out on top in a pair of one-run games. In the night game of yesterday’s double-header, they threw five scoreless innings in which they allowed one hit and two walks after Cloyd departed after just four innings.

The Phillies are 69-71 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-4 in the second game of a double-header last night. The Phils sweep the series and are 8-2 over their last ten games. They are in third place in the NL East, 17 games behind the first-place Nationals. 24-14 since trading away Victorino and Pence. The Nationals are the only team in the NL with a better record since the end of the day on July 29 (the Nats are 25-14).

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a three-run homer. He struck out two.

After three starts, Cloyd has thrown to a 4.24 ERA with a 1.29 ratio. He’s walked just three batters in 17 innings, but opponents are hitting .279 against him. He has struck out 16.

Dexter Fowler was the first hitter of the game and he doubled to right. Cloyd got the next three to leave him at second, though, getting Charlie Blackmon on a fly ball to center for the first out, Jordan Pacheco on a fly ball to left for the second and Tyler Colvin on a popup to Utley for the third.

Chris Nelson singled off of Cloyd with one out in the second. DJ LeMahieu flew to right for the second out before Jonathan Herrera moved Nelson to second with a single to left. Cloyd struck the pitcher Drew Pomeranz out looking to leave the runners stranded.

The Phils led 1-0 when Cloyd started the third. Fowler led off with another hit, a single this time. Blackmon was next and grounded back to Cloyd. Cloyd went to Rollins to start a double-play that cleared the bases. Pacheco and Colvin followed that with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third for Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez singled to center, scoring Pacheco to tie the game at 1-1 with men on first and second for Nelson. Nelson hit the first pitch from Cloyd out to left, putting Colorado ahead 4-1. LeMahieu lined to Utley for the third out.

Third home run Cloyd had allowed in 15 2/3 innings. That one didn’t come at a good time. He allows four hits, three singles and a home run, in a row with two outs.

Cloyd walked Fowler with two outs in the fourth. Blackmon flew to left to leave Fowler at first.

De Fratus took over for Cloyd in the fifth and set the Rockies down in order.

Solid inning for De Fratus. He has now made three appearances for the Phillies on the year in which he has allowed no hits and two walks over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

It was 4-3 when BJ Rosenberg struck Nelson and Herrera in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Rosenberg drops his ERA on the year to 11.37 with his 16th appearance. Lefties are on-basing .579 against him for the year, which should go near the top of his list of stuff to work on.

Lindblom started the seventh with the Phillies up 5-4. Righty Matt McBride hit for the pitcher Edgmer Escalona and flew to center for the first out. Lindblom walked Fowler and Fowler took second on a wild pitch before Lindblom walked Blackmon on four pitches. Lindblom got Pacheco to fly to center for the second out and Diekman came on to face the lefty Colvin. Righty Josh Rutledge hit for Colvin and grounded to short to end the frame.

Lindblom faces four batters and walks two of them before Diekman comes and has to get the righty Rutledge to get the Phils out of the jam.

Opponents are hitting just .167 against Lindblom in his 15 1/3 innings since he joined the Phils, but he has walked 13.

Huge out for Diekman to get the righty after the Rockies hit for Colvin. Like Lindblom, he’s walked way too many hitters in his time with the Phillies in 2012. He’s allowed 16 walks in 22 innings.

Up 7-4, Aumont threw a 1-2-3 eighth. He struck Nelson out swinging for the second out.

Aumont pitched in both games of the double-header, going 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the games combined to drop his ERA to 1.42 after seven appearances. He’s the guy whose walks we should really be worried about, but he hasn’t walked a batter in 4 1/3 innings over his last five appearances.

Papelbon was on for the ninth. He struck out the first two batters he faced before Fowler doubled to left. Lefty Jason Giambi hit for the lefty Blackmon and Papelbon got him on a fly ball to left to end the game.

Papelbon also pitched in both games of the double-header, getting the win in the afternoon and the save in the night game. Two scoreless innings on the day combined drops his ERA to 2.52 for the season. He’s allowed two earned runs in 21 2/3 innings over his last 22 outings.

Overall the pen went five scoreless innings in the game, allowing one hit (Fowler’s double off of Papelbon) and two walks while striking out six.

Aumont and Papelbon both pitched in two games yesterday. Papelbon threw 12 pitches in game two and Aumont threw nine. De Fratus threw 17 pitches in the game. Lindblom and Rosenberg each threw 16. Diekman threw eight.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Drew Pomeranz went (1) Rollins (2) Mayberry (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Wigginton (6) Brown (7) Martinez (8) Lerud. Martinez at third with Frandsen sidelined with a stress fracture in his leg. Mayberry moves up to second in the order. Lerud catches the second game of the double-header with a lefty on the mound for Colorado.

Utley singled with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Howard struck out to leave him at first.

Wigginton doubled to left to start the bottom of the second. Brown struck out for the first out before Martinez singled to center, scoring Wigginton to put the Phils up 1-0. Lerud grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 4-1 when they hit in the third. Mayberry walked with two outs and moved up to second on a single by Utley. Howard flew to the left fielder Blackmon in foul territory to leave them both stranded.

With two outs in the fourth, Martinez reached on an error by Nelson at third. Lerud grounded to first behind him.

Righty Josh Roenicke started the fifth for Colorado. Pierre hit for De Fratus and grounded to short for the first out. Rollins fouled out to Nelson for the second. Mayberry was next and hit a ball to third that Nelson didn’t handle for an error. He moved up to second when Utley followed and blooped a single to left. Mayberry probably would have been picked off at second if Roenicke’s pickoff throw was handled. It wasn’t. It went into center and the runners moved up to second and third before Howard hit a ball off the wall in right. Both runners scored, cutting the lead to 4-3, but Howard was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.

Two-out error by Nelson opens the door to a pair of runs for the Phils on back-to-back singles. Mayberry was picked off at second, the Rockies just didn’t the ball and it kept the inning alive.

Wigginton homered off of Roenicke to start the sixth. 4-4. Brown flew to center for the first out before Martinez singled to center. Ruiz hit for Lerud and moved Martinez up to third with a single to left. Nix hit for Rosenberg and the lefty Matt Reynolds came in to pitch for him. Frandsen hit for Nix and reached on a dribbler towards third that went as an infield single. Martinez scored (5-4) and Ruiz moved up to second. Rollins loaded the bases with a single to left. Righty Edgmer Escalona came in to pitch for Mayberry. Lee ran for Frandsen at second and Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out. Utley grounded to third to leave the bases loaded.

Phils can’t get more after loading the bases with one out. Mayberry strikes out swinging 2-2 for the second out.

Righty Will Harris got Howard and Wigginton to start the seventh before Brown doubled to right. Martinez hit a ground ball to short that Herrera didn’t handle for an error that left men on first and third for Ruiz. Ruiz singled to right, scoring Brown (6-4) and moving Martinez to third. Schierholtz hit for Diekman and singled to right, scoring Martinez (7-4) and moving Ruiz to second. Rollins hit a ball to first that Pacheco didn’t handle for another error, loading the bases for Mayberry. Mayberry grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

Two more errors from Colorado with two outs lead to two more unearned runs.

Righty Rafael Betancourt set the Phillies down in order in the eighth. Orr hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game and 3-for-14 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 245/304/411 for the year. 5-for-his-last-26.

Mayberry was 0-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-9 in the series with five walks. He had the game-winning hit in game two of the set. 255/308/427 for the year. 302/378/508 in 143 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. He’s walked 15 times in those 143 plate appearances. Prior to the trades of Victorino and Pence he had walked 12 times in 253 plate appearances with a .269 on-base percentage.

Utley 3-for-5 in the game and 4-for-12 in the series with three walks and four singles. 247/350/445 on the year. He came into yesterday’s game 6-for-his-last-38 (.158).

Howard 1-for-5 with two RBI. 2-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 236/320/436 on the year.

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. 2-for-8 with a double, a home run and four strikeouts in the series. 235/308/381 on the year. 189/264/326 in 148 plate appearances since June 8.

Brown 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. 3-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 243/320/339 for the year. 179/281/250 in 32 plate appearances against lefties.

Martinez 2-for-4 with an RBI. He started all three games of the series and went 4-for-9 with an RBI. 149/196/218 for the season in 93 plate appearances. 182/240/264 in 327 puzzling career plate appearances, all with the Phillies.

Lerud 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-10 on the season.

Kendrick (8-10, 3.96) faces lefty Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72) tonight as the Phils play the Marlins. Kendrick has a 2.18 ERA in his 15 appearances since the start of July. His last seven appearances have been starts and he has gone 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.03 ratio. LeBlanc spent much of the year at Triple-A and joined the Marlins early July. He pitched out of the pen at first, throwing to a 1.15 ERA in 11 appearances before joining the rotation. He’s made six starts on the year, throwing to a 3.51 ERA with a 1.35 ratio. In his 14 relief appearances for the year he’s thrown to a 1.37 ERA with an 0.97 ratio.


Save yourself

The script says we’re about to see Chase Utley ride in to save the season, but the Phillies looked more than capable of saving themselves last night. They sparkled with the gloves and got home runs from Ruiz and Wigginton as they topped the Pirates 5-4.

Their defense was outstanding in the game. In the top of the first, Worley made a nifty glove-hand flip to Ruiz to nail a runner from third for the second out. Fontenot made a fantastic diving play on a ball up the middle for the second out in the third. Mayberry made a beautiful throw from left to nail a runner at the plate and help get the Phils out of a jam in the seventh. Ruiz tracked down a bunt running up against the wall after a leadoff double by the Pirates started the eighth.

The pen was good enough in a tight game. Michael Schwimer, in particular, was excellent. Schwimer entered the top of the seventh with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phillies up a run. After going way up and in to Jose Tabata on the first pitch of Tabata’s at-bat, Tabata grounded back to the mound with the runners holding for the first out. Neil Walker was next and flew to left, with Mayberry making the catch and a fantastic throw to the plate where Ruiz applied the tag for the third out.

The Phillies are 36-40 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 last night. The Phillies have won the first two games of the set and are in fourth place in the NL East, eight games behind the first-place Nationals. Since the end of the day on June 12, the Phillies have played 13 games and gone 7-6, which is the best mark in the NL East.

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

It was the worst of Worley’s last four starts and the only game of the four that the Phillies have won. He has a 2.08 ERA over his last four outings and opponents have hit .198 against him. He’s allowed one home run in 30 innings in June.

Jose Tabata was the first batter of the game and Worley hit him with an 0-1 pitch. Neil Walker was next and Worley walked him, putting runners on first and second for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen grounded to short for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Garrett Jones was next and hit a ball fielded by Worley. Worley glove-flipped home where Tabata was tagged out by Ruiz for the second out. Casey McGehee grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Worley keeps the Pirates off the board after the first two hitters of the inning reach base. Very nice play to get the second out.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Pedro Alvarez doubled to center to start the second. Clint Barmes grounded to short for the first out with Alvarez moving up to third. Michael McKenry was next and flew to left, deep enough for Alvarez to tag and score, tying the game at 1-1. Worley struck the pitcher Eric Bedard out looking to end the frame.

Up 2-1, Worley threw a 1-2-3 third. Fontenot made a nice diving play on a ball hit up the middle by Walker for the second out.

Up 4-1, he struck out Jones and Alvarez in a 1-2-3 fourth.

McKenry doubled to left with one out in the fifth and Bedard bunted him to third with the second out. Tabata grounded to second to leave him at third.

McCutchen doubled with one out in the sixth and moved up to third on a ground out by Jones. McGehee followed with a single to right that scored McCutchen, cutting the lead to 4-2. Worley struck Alvarez out swinging 2-2 to leave McGehee at first.

Worley allowed the first two batters in the top of the seventh to reach on a walk (Barmes) and a single (McKenry). It put men on first and second and switch-hitter Drew Sutton hit for the pitcher Bedard and doubled softly to left, scoring Barmes (4-3) and moving McKenry to third. Schwimer came in to pitch to the righty Tabata and got him on a ground ball Schwimer handled himself with the runners holding at second and third. Walker was next and flew to left. Mayberry took it there for the second out. McKenry tagged and tried to score from third, but Mayberry’s throw from left was fantastic and Ruiz applied the tag to end the inning.

Fantastic throw by Mayberry. Schwimer keeps the Pirates from getting more after coming into the game with nobody out, runners on second and third and the Phils up one. He got more than a little bit of luck on the ball Tabata hit after Schwimer’s first pitch to Tabata was up and in. Tabata hit the ball hard, but Schwimer was able to field it and throw to first for the first out. Big defensive play by Schwimer, but without it the Pirates might have had two runs instead of none.

Schwimer only threw five pitches in the game, but that might be the biggest outing of his career to this point. After throwing to an 8.53 ERA over his first five appearances through the end of May, Schwimer has made ten June appearances in which he has thrown to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.72 ratio, allowing four hits and three walks over 9 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .129 against him in June. Again, the Phillies really, really need a righty in the pen other than Qualls and Papelbon. Schwimer was fantastic last night, but I don’t think you want to try to cash that check just yet.

Bastardo started the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to McCutchen. Righty Josh Harrison hit for the lefty Jones and tried to bunt McCutchen up to third. He popped up the first pitch he saw from Bastardo and Ruiz made a fantastic running basket catch near the wall for the first out. McGehee popped to Wigginton for the second out and Bastardo struck out Alvarez for the third.

Great defensive play by Ruiz helps Bastardo out of a jam after the leadoff double.

Bastardo pitches the eighth inning isn’t going to work. I think it has to be a combination of Bastardo and Qualls, with Qualls facing the righties and Bastardo the lefties. That’s tough, though, since Qualls really can’t face lefties in a tight game, but at least the Phillies have four lefties in the pen who can. It probably wasn’t a choice last night, though, with Qualls having thrown five of the last six days, including the ninth inning of game one of the series with a five-run lead. Bastardo got the righties Harrison and McGehee with a man in scoring position before striking out the lefty Alvarez.

Bastardo has thrown three of the last four days and last night’s was the only appearance of the three in which he was not charged with a run. He has a 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances and opponents have hit .302 against him in those outings. He’s walked ten of the 65 (15.4%) right-handed batters he’s faced on the year, which is one of the reasons he can’t be the guy against everyone in the eighth inning. See also the 5.84 ERA over his last 12 appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up 5-3. He struck Barmes out for the first out before McKenry hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 5-4. Lefty Alex Presley hit for the pitcher Tony Watson and flew to left for the second out. Tabata struck out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Papelbon has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances. Over those three outings, he has allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over three innings and his ERA for the year has gone from 2.02 to 3.03. If it’s 4.04 after three more days we really need to start to worry. He has a 5.00 ERA in his eight June appearances.

Schwimer was fantastic in the game, wriggling out of the seventh inning jam with the help of a great throw from Mayberry. But we don’t need to go nuts about how fantastic the bullpen was in the game. Overall they went three innings, allowing a run on two hits, a double and a home run. Schwimer needed a nice play on Tabata’s ball and a great throw by Mayberry to keep the Pirates off the board. Had Ruiz not homered in the eighth to put the Phils up another run, nobody would have a whole lot to say about the excellence of the pen this morning.

Papelbon threw 20 pitches in the game, Bastardo ten and Schwimer five. Everyone in the bullpen should be available for tonight’s game — their availability might wind up mattering a lot given that the Phils look likely to start Valdes or Savery.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Eric Bedard went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Fontenot. Fontenot starts at second against the lefty with the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench. Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left with Pierre on the bench.

Pence tripled to right with two outs in the first and came in to score when Ruiz followed with a single to left. 1-0. Victorino moved Ruiz to second with a single into center, but Wigginton grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Fontenot singled to center with one out in the second and the score tied at 1-1. Worley bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins walked behind Worley. Polanco was next with two outs and men on first and second. He singled to left. Fontenot scored from second, putting the Phils up 2-1. Rollins was caught between second and third and tagged out to end the inning.

Worley gets the bunt down and Polanco delivers a two-out single. Fontenot starts the rally with a single off of a lefty. Looked like they had a chance to get Fontenot at the plate, but the throw was cut to get Rollins headed for third.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the third. Victorino flew out behind him, but Wigginton was next and he hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 4-1. Mayberry grounded to second for the third out.

Big blow for Wigginton, who was 9-for-his-last-52 (.173) coming into the game.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Polanco singled to start the fifth and Pence walked behind him, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz flew to right, Victorino struck out and Wigginton grounded to third.

Polanco on-base again, but nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with no outs. Polanco is 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks.

The lead was cut to 4-2 when the Phils went in order in the sixth.

It was 4-3 when righty Juan Cruz set them down in order in the seventh.

Ruiz homered to left on an 0-2 pitch from Cruz to start the eighth, putting the Phils up 5-3. Victorino followed with a walk and moved up to second when Wigginton followed with a single. Lefty Tony Watson came in to pitch to Mayberry and struck him out swinging for the first out as Victorino stole third. With men on first and third, the righty Luna hit for the lefty Fontenot. Watson got him to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Home run by Ruiz is the difference in the game with Papelbon allowing a solo shot to McKenry in the ninth. Again the Phils can’t add on despite putting men on first and second with nobody out. Mayberry gets a gift as the Pirates bring in a lefty to pitch to him, but strikes out for the first out with two men on and nobody out.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 2-for-his-last-11 with two walks, a double and a home coming off of an 11-game stretch where he hit .417.

Polanco 2-for-4 with an RBI. 6-for-his-last-10 with two walks and two doubles. He’s driven in at least one run in three straight games.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple. 9-for-his-last-40 (.225).

Ruiz 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, raising his average to a league-high .361. 6-for-his-last-9. .419 over his last nine games (419/528/674 in 53 plate appearances).

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. .224 over his last 67 plate appearances. He’s walked four times in his last four games, giving him a .412 on-base percentage in those games despite hitting .231 (3-for-13).

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a huge home run. The only thing we should be expecting Wigginton to do is hit against lefties and he delivered a big blow against Bedard last night. Against left-handed pitching, he’s hitting an ugly .238 for the year, but five home runs in 65 at-bats against southpaws have helped him to slug .477 against them.

Mayberry 0-for-4. The spark he was showing a week or so ago seems to have faded. He’s 1-for-his-last-16 with six strikeouts. Like Wigginton, Mayberry needs to hit lefties and has hit for power against them despite weak numbers overall. Mayberry is hitting 268/274/537 against left-handed pitching for the year and 206/267/280 against righties. 206/267/280 means you can’t be on the field against righties as a corner outfielder or a first baseman. If you’re going to on-base .274 against lefties, slugging .537 isn’t enough.

Fontenot 1-for-3 in the game to drop his average on the year to .344. Fantastic diving play in the top of the third might have helped his cause significantly given his defensive struggles in his first few appearances with the team. He’s hitting 408/442/490 in 52 plate appearances against righties. The team needs guys who can hit righties — again, take a look at what Mayberry and Wigginton have done against righties from positions that should be supplying the offense (not suggestion we should or will see Fontenot at first or left, although I honestly don’t think Fontenot at first against a righty if Wigginton and Mayberry are both struggling badly is impossible).

TBD faces righty James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) tonight. No game on Friday night due to rain messed up the rotation for the Phils. It’s Kendrick’s turn, but he would be on short rest and so would everyone behind him until the next off-day (July 2) if the Phils don’t give a start to somebody not in the rotation. We’ll see what happens. McDonald has been great this year. Opponents have hit .195 against him and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts. Righties are hitting 184/245/286 against him for the season.

Update: Looks like Valdes (2-0, 1.84) starts tonight. He has one other career start, which came with the Mets in 2010. He allowed a run on three hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings and the Mets beat the Nats 7-2.

Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a home run for the Triple-A IronPigs and is coming soon to a theater near you.


After eight hints

Looking for a sign of life from the Phillies? The Phillies need a spark and the last two games against the miserable Rockies make you wonder if they might have found it. After pounding Colorado in the series opener, the Phillies rallied for two late last night for a 7-6 win.

Trailing by a run with two outs and nobody on in the ninth, five straight Phillies reached base against Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt. Ty Wigginton, who came into his at-bat 3-for-his-last-31, singled to left and came around to tie the game when Pence blasted a double high off the wall in the left field corner. Ruiz was walked intentionally before Victorino hit a ground ball to short that should have sent the game to extra-innings, but a hustling Victorino beat Marco Scutaro’s throw to first to keep the frame alive. Polanco followed and hit another ground ball to short and again wound up just safe, this time on Todd Helton’s error as the Colorado first baseman’s foot couldn’t quite find the bag in time.

It was the first time this season that the Phillies had won a game they were losing after eight innings.

The bad news is that Joe Blanton was awful again, allowing five runs, all five of which scored on the three home runs he allowed in the first four innings of the game. Blanton pitched to a 2.96 ERA in his first eight starts of the year. Since then he has made seven starts in which he has thrown to a 7.44 ERA, allowing 15 home runs in 42 1/3 innings. He has allowed at least five earned runs in six of his last seven outings.

The Phillies are 33-37 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-6 last night. They have won two in a row, but remain in last place in the NL East, eight games behind the first-place Nationals.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Carlos Gonzalez singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Blanton got Michael Cuddyer on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Blanton started the second. Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Wilin Rosario. Rosario hit an 0-1 pitch out to center, putting Colorado up 3-1. Blanton struck pitcher Alex White out swinging for the second out and Tyler Colvin out swinging for the third.

Blanton started the third up 4-3. He got the first before Cuddyer hit a 3-2 pitch out to left, tying the game at 4-4. Todd Helton grounded to first for the third out.

Second time in two innings Blanton gave away the lead by allowing a home run.

With one out in the fourth and the game still tied, Chris Nelson homered to center. 5-4 Colorado. Blanton got the next two.

First time in one inning Blanton gave away the tie by allowing a home run.

With the score tied at 5-5, Blanton set the Rockies down in order in the fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth and struck out Rosario and pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh.

Bastardo started the eighth. Switch-hitter Dexter Fowler hit for the lefty Tyler Colvin and walked. Scutaro lined to third before Gonzalez moved Fowler up to third with a single to right. Bastardo struck Cuddyer out swinging 1-2 for the second out before Gonzalez stole second. Helton fouled out to Polanco to leave the runners at second and third.

Huge strikeout for Bastardo to get the righty Cuddyer with one out and runners on first and third. He was pitching for the first time since June 13 and has allowed one run on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings over his last seven appearances.

Papelbon started the ninth with the game still tied. He got the first two batters before Rosario doubled to right. Lefty Jason Giambi hit for the pitcher Matt Belisle and was walked intentionally. Pitcher Josh Outman ran for Giambi at first. Fowler was the next hitter for Colorado and he singled to right, scoring Rosario to put Colorado up 6-5 with men on first and third. Fowler stole second before Papelbon struck Scutaro out to leave runners on second and third.

Great job by Manuel to bring Papelbon into a non-save situation, but again Papelbon doesn’t pitch well. In 17 innings in save situations this year, Papelbon has yet to allow a run, pitching to an 0.00 ERA and an 0.58 ratio. In 10 1/3 innings in non-save situations, he has thrown to a 6.10 ERA with a 1.65 ratio.

Bastardo threw 31 pitches in the game and Papelbon 23.

The Phillies lineup against righty Alex White went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Pierre in left and Mayberry at first. Ruiz hits cleanup. Martinez at second with the lefty Fontenot on the bench.

Pierre tripled to left with one out in the bottom of the first and came in to score on a ground out by Pence, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz lined to right for the third out.

Polanco singled to center with one out in the second and the Phillies down 3-1. Mayberry followed that with a walk, bringing Martinez to the plate with two men on. Martinez hit a 1-0 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 4-3. Blanton and Rollins both grounded out behind him to end the inning.

Martinez is a really bad hitter, don’t let the homer fool you, but a big swing there puts the Phils back on top after Rosario’s three-run shot in the top of the second puts them behind.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the bottom of the third and the game tied at 4-4. Victorino bunted for a hit, putting men on first and second for Polanco. Polanco grounded to the pitcher for the third out.

Mayberry doubled to right to start the fourth with the Phillies down 5-4. White got Martinez and Blanton on a pair of ground balls before lefty Matt Reynolds took over for White. Rollins blooped a double to right, scoring Mayberry to tie the game at 5-5. Pierre grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins’s double didn’t look like much, dropping just in front of a changing Cuddyer in right, but it got things even again. Mayberry delivers another extra-base hit that helps get the Phillies a run.

Righty Jeremy Guthrie set the Phillies down in order in the fifth.

Polanco led off the sixth and reached on an error by Scutaro at short, but Mayberry, Martinez and Blanton went in order behind him.

Scutaro was awful in the game and his defense would be a big factor on two plays in the ninth-inning rally. Polanco’s ball was hit in the hole between short and third and he didn’t backhand it cleanly.

Guthrie set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Matt Belisle hit Ruiz to start the eighth. Victorino bunted him to second with the first out and Polanco was walked intentionally. Mayberry struck out swinging for the second out and Martinez grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

Walking Polanco intentionally is a poor idea. The hot Mayberry can’t come through that time, striking out for the second out in a tie game with two men on.

The Phillies were down 6-5 when they started the ninth against righty Rafael Betancourt. Thome hit for Papelbon and grounded out hard to Helton at first for the first out. Rollins grounded to third for the second before Wigginton, who entered the game at first in the top of the eighth, singled to left. Pence was next and he ripped a 1-1 pitch down the line and off the top of the wall in left for a double. Wigginton scored to tie the game at 6-6. Ruiz was walked intentionally to pitch to Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball to first, but beat Scutaro’s throw for an infield single that loaded the bases. Polanco was next and he hit a ball to short. Scutaro fielded moving towards second and threw to first. The throw was a little high and when Helton tried to get his foot down he missed first base. Polanco was safe, Pence scored and the game was over.

Big two-out hit for Wigginton, who has been struggling terribly. Pence hits a rocket off the wall to tie the game. Victorino’s ball wasn’t hit hard, but Scutaro stayed back on it a little bit. Great job by Victorino to run hard and beat it out. Scutaro’s throw on the ball Polanco hit to end the game was good enough, Helton should have made the play to send the game to extra-innings.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the game. 14-for-his-last-35 (.400).

Pierre 1-for-4 with a triple. 9-for-his-last-25 (.360).

Pence was 1-for-5 with a game-tying double with two outs in the ninth and two RBI. He’s 5-for-his-last-25.

Ruiz went 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Victorino 2-for-4. Big infield single in the ninth-inning rally. 8-for-his-last-36 (.222).

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two strikeouts. 9-for-his-last-24 with seven extra-base hits.

Martinez 1-for-4 with a three-run homer to raise his average on the year to .182 after 33 at-bats.

Worley (3-3, 2.80) faces lefty Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46) tonight. Worley has allowed one earned run in 13 innings over his last two starts. Francis has made just two appearances on the season, both starts and both of which didn’t go well. He’s allowed 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings and opponents are hitting .439 against him.


Not so perfect ten

After winning the opener in their series in Baltimore, the Phillies dropped the next two, both in extra-innings, to lose the series.

Yesterday they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead with Cliff Lee on the mound and fell 5-4 in ten innings.

The defense was absolutely terrible in the set. The Phillies made five errors and have made eight over their last four games. In yesterday’s game, a Wigginton error in the bottom of the tenth put Adam Jones on base and Jones scored the game-winning run when the next batter, Matt Wieters, doubled off the wall in right.

Wigginton has made four errors over the last four games.

With the loss, the Phillies are eight games out of first place. They have lost ten more games than the first place Nationals.

The Phillies are 29-33 on the year after losing to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in ten innings yesterday afternoon. Baltimore wins the series two games to one.

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

Adam Jones and Matt Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners for Ronny Paulino. Paulino singled into left, scoring Jones to put Baltimore up 1-0 with men on first and second. Lee struck Mark Reynolds out looking to leave the runners stranded.

The ball hit by Wieters took a bad hop on Wigginton, who deflected the ball. Would have been a nice one to have.

Up 3-1, Lee set the O’s down in order in the second.

He struck out the side in the third, getting Robert Andino swinging, JJ Hardy looking and Jones swinging.

He started the fourth with a 4-1 lead. Wieters led off with a walk, but, thanks to a nice scoop by Luna at first, Lee got Paulino to hit into a double-play behind him. Reynolds followed that with a walk and moved to third when Steve Pearce doubled to left. Steve Tolleson hit a 1-2 pitch from Lee out to left for a three-run homer, tying the game at 4-4. Endy Chavez flew to right for the third out.

Big blow of the game comes from Tolleson, who delivers career home run number three way behind Lee in the count.

Jones and Wieters singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, but Lee struck Paulino out looking to leave them on the corners.

Lee struck out Pearce in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Schwimer started the seventh. Andino singled with one out. Hardy flew to center for the second out and Jones struck out swinging to leave him at first.

Schwimer was back for the eighth, striking Paulino and Reynolds both out looking while setting Baltimore down in order.

He pitched the ninth, too, walking Chavez with two outs but getting Paulino to pop to Luna to end the inning.

Fantastic job by Schwimer, who goes three shutout innings to drop his ERA on the year to 5.56. After being charged with runs in four of his first five appearances on the season, it was his fifth appearance in June and he’s allowed a run on two hits and two walks over five innings this month. Three innings ties him for the longest outing of his career. He also went three innings on August 21, 2011 in his first appearance with the Phils.

Savery started the tenth and got Hardy to pop to Rollins for the first out. Jones was next and reached on an error by Wigginton at third, putting a runner on first for Wieters. Wieters hit an 0-2 pitch high off the wall in right for a double, scoring Jones to give Baltimore a 5-4 win.

Savery goes just a third of an inning in the game with the run he allowed unearned due to the Wigginton error. It would have been better if Wieters hadn’t hit the ball off the wall, though. Savery came into the game having thrown 5 1/3 innings without been charged with a run over his last three outings.

Overall the pen went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out four.

Schwimer threw 42 pitches in the game and Savery 12.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Hammel went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Thome (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Wigginton (8) Luna (9) Martinez. Pierre in left against the righty with Thome at DH. Wigginton at third, Luna at first. The lefty Fontenot on the bench with the switch-hitter Martinez at second.

Pierre walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second when Pierre followed with a single. Thome was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Victorino, but Victorino popped out to third for the second out. Ruiz struck out swinging to leave the bases loaded.

No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out as Victorino pops out and Ruiz strikes out. Victorino can’t bring the runner in from third with one down.

The Phillies were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Luna singled with one out, but Martinez flew to center behind him for the second. Rollins walked and Pierre singled on a softly hit ball deflected by the pitcher Hammel, loading the bases for Pence. Pence singled into center, scoring Luna and Rollins and moving Pierre up to second with the Phils on top 2-1. Thome followed that with a single the other way into left. Pierre scored and it was 3-1 with two down and men on first and second. Victorino walked, loading the bases again for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Again Ruiz goes down with the bases loaded to end the inning. Six men left on base through two innings.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Pierre singled with one out in the fourth and stole second before Pence walked. Thome hit a ball softly that Hammel handled, throwing to first for the first out while the runners moved up to second and third. Victorino walked again and again they were loaded for Ruiz. Pierre came home on a wild pitch, putting the Phils up 4-1, before Ruiz struck out to end the frame.

Great base running by Pierre to score on the wild pitch, which came with the count 0-2 on Ruiz. Close play at the plate. Again Ruiz can’t deliver the big hit with the bases loaded and two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Hammel set them down in order in the sixth, too. Tolleson made a nice play diving to his right to field a ball hit by Pence and then a strong throw to nail Pence at first for the third out.

Lefty Troy Patton started the seventh for Baltimore. He got the first two before Ruiz singled to left. Wigginton grounded to short for the third out.

Timing, Carlos. Timing.

Martinez singled off of Patton with one out in the eighth. Rollins was next and grounded to third for the second out with Martinez moving up to second. Pierre flew to left to leave Martinez there.

Righty Jim Johnson set the Phillies down in the ninth.

Righty Darren O’Day started the tenth and hit Ruiz to start the inning. Wigginton moved Ruiz up to second with a ground out before Luna flew to right for the second out. Fontenot hit for Martinez and flew to right to leave Pierre at second.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game and 1-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the three-game series. He’s on-basing .219 against left-handed pitching for the season. 240/291/341 on the year. He came into the series on-basing .301 for the year, which was the first time his on-base percentage had been above .300 since mid-April.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game and 5-for-14 with a walk and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 322/359/372 for the season. 377/400/472 over his last 56 plate appearances.

Pence was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. 7-for-13 with a walk and seven singled in the series. 281/346/488 for the year. 375/409/525 so far in June.

Thome 1-for-4 with an RBI. He finally contributes in the series, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a home run. 242/324/394 on the year in 37 plate appearances. Coming into the series he was 2-for-20 with two singles for the season.

Victorino 0-for-3 with two walks. 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBI in the first game of the season. 1-for-8 with two walks in the last two games. 253/325/419 on the season. Rollins can’t hit lefties this year and Victorino can’t hit righties — Victorino is at 236/310/340 against right-handed pitching for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He left eight men on base in the game. 2-for-10 with an RBI in the series. 347/399/555 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-26 (.154) with four singles.

Wigginton was 0-for-5 and left two men on base. He made an error in the ninth that led to the unearned run that won the game for Baltimore. He has made four errors in the last four games. 2-for-14 with a double in the series. 262/332/407 on the year. 230/308/372 in 130 plate appearances since the start of May.

Luna was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. 3-for-9 with a walk and a home run in the series. 308/372/513 in 43 plate appearances so far this year.

Martinez was 1-for-4 yesterday and 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the series in his first action of the year with the Phils. We’ll be seeing him at third base before long if Wigginton doesn’t start to catch the ball.

The Phillies don’t play today.


Home town scoring takes away error number four, but the most astute of observers suspect some issues with the Phillies anyway

After losing their fifth straight on Wednesday night, Charlie Manuel suggested that the Phillies might have bottomed out. Thursday afternoon demonstrated loud and clear that was not the case as the Dodgers pounded the Phils 8-3 to complete a four-game sweep.

The defense was hide-your-eyes bad for the Phillies in the game. Wigginton made a pair of errors in the fourth and some nice pitching by Hamels kept the damage to a single run. It got just about unbearable in the ninth, though, as Chad Qualls got one out and was charged with four runs, turning a one-run game into an 8-3 laugher. There were two big defensive miscues in that inning, a muff by Fontenot that was called an error and a muff by Mayberry that wasn’t. Mayberry couldn’t handle a hard ground ball hit by Andre Ethier with the infield in. The play was initially scored an error, but later changed to give Ethier a two-run double.

The Phillies are 28-31 on the year after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 yesterday. The Dodgers sweep the four-game series. The Phillies have lost six in a row for the first time this season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned and all six hits were singles. He struck out six and his ERA for the year rose to 2.93. He has a 5.23 ERA over his last three outings. Yesterday was the second straight start he had made in which the Phillies had a 3-0 lead but lost the game.

Dee Gordon was the first batter of the game and Hamels struck him out swinging for the first out in the top of the first. Elian Herrera grounded to third for the second out before Juan Rivera singled to left. Hamels got Jerry Hairston on a fly ball to center to leave Rivera at first.

Hamels set LA down in order in the second, getting James Loney on a ball he handled himself, Alex Castellanos on a fly ball to center and Tony Gwynn on a fly ball to left.

In the third he got Matt Treanor on a line drive to second, struck out pitcher Aaron Harang for the second out and Gordon behind him.

He started the fourth up 3-0. Herrera led off and hit a ground ball to third that Wigginton didn’t handle for an error. Rivera was next and also hit a ball to third the Wigginton booted for another error, leaving the Dodgers with men on first and third and nobody out for Hairston. Hairston flew to left for the first out, deep enough for Herrera to tag and score, cutting the lead to 3-1. Castellanos was next and grounded to third. Wigginton handled it and threw to second to force Rivera for the second out of the frame, but Castellanos beat the relay to first. Hamels struck Gwynn out swinging to leave the runners at first and third.

That could have been a lot worse. Just one run for LA after Wigginton starts the frame with errors on back-to-back batters.

Hamels set the Dodgers down in order in the fifth. Hamels made a fantastic play to get the third out. Gordon hit a ball to Mayberry. Mayberry fielded and flipped to first, but the flip was behind Hamels and Hamels had to reach back to barehand the ball, nipping the superfast Gordon to set LA down.

He walked Herrera to start the sixth and Herrera moved up to second when Rivera followed with a single. Hairston popped to Rollins for the first out before Loney singled into center, scoring Herrera (3-2) and moving Rivera to third. With men on first and third and one down, Hamels struck out Castellanos for the second out. Gwynn was next and he singled into left, scoring Rivera (3-3) and moving Loney up to second. Treanor followed and lofted a ball into left that eluded Pierre’s dive, scoring Loney moving Gwynn to third with LA up 4-3. With Harang at the plate, Treanor took off for second. Schneider faked a throw to second and caught Gwynn off of third, throwing to Wigginton who ran Gwynn towards the plate and then tagged him out.

Pierre probably should have caught the ball hit by Treanor, although it would have been a nice play. It looked like he combination mistimed and stumbled in his dive for the ball.

Savery pitched the seventh, walking Herrera with two outs but getting Rivera to hit into a ground ball behind him.

He was back to pitch the eighth with the Phils still down a run. He gave up leadoff single to Hairston, but got the next three.

More good work from Savery, who has dropped his ERA from 4.50 to 3.12 with 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings. The lefty has been very good against right-hander hitters so far — righties are hitting just 206/289/353 against him.

Qualls started the ninth. Treanor led off and reached on an infield single. Lefty Bobby Abreu hit for the pitcher Jamey Wright and he singled to left. Gordon followed that with a single that loaded the bases. With the infield in, Herrera hit a ball that Fontenot didn’t handle for an error, which allowed everyone to move up a base with Treanor scoring to make it 5-3. Ethier was next and hit a ball to first that Mayberry didn’t handle. Originally called an error, it was changed later to give Ethier a double, but Mayberry should have made the play. Abreu and Gordon both scored (7-3) and Herrera was thrown out by Pence at home by a wide margin. Herrera was out by about ten feet, but Ruiz kinda punched him in the head with the ball in his glove hand for reasons unknown. It left Ethier at third with one down for Hairston and Hairston singled into left, scoring Ethier to make it 8-3. Valdes took over for Qualls. He struck out Loney for the second out and got Castellanos to fly to left for the third.

Wow. Fontenot was charging his ball, which wasn’t hit hard, presumably to throw home where he would have forced Treanor. The ball Ethier hit that Mayberry didn’t handle was hit hard with the infield in. Would have been a nice one to handle.

Qualls winds up charged with four runs, three earned in a third of an inning. He got a tough scoring decision on Ethier’s ball to hurt his line, but four of the five non-Ethier batters he faced in the inning got hits.

Qualls was pitching on one day’s rest, but has appeared in five of the seven games the Phillies have played in June. After four appearances in a row in which he hadn’t been charged with a run, his ERA went from 4.15 to 5.32 on the day.

Valdes was pitching for the second straight day and has a 2.13 ERA and an 0.63 ratio for the season.

Again, Qualls can’t get left-handed hitters out and for that reason he’s a poor choice to start an inning late in a close game when he’s going to face them. Again again, bad scoring on the Ethier ball, but he faced three lefties in the frame and allowed two singles and a double. He would have gotten the switch-hitter Herrera on Fontenot’s error were it not for Fontenot’s error. The only out he got in the appearance came on an outfield assist.

Lefties are now hitting 357/413/702 against Qualls for the season. Really they are. That’s reason #2 why you can’t let Qualls face lefties late in a close game. Reason #1 why you can’t let Chad Qualls face lefties late in a close game is that you can’t let Chad Qualls face lefties late in a close game.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

Savery threw 28 pitches in the game, Qualls 18 and Valdes 11. Valdes has thrown two days in a row. Qualls has pitched five of the last seven days, but only one day in a row.

The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Harang went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Fontenot (7) Mayberry (8) Schneider. Polanco on the bench again after getting spiked in game two of the set. Wigginton at third and Mayberry at first. Fontenot plays second with Galvis on the DL. Schneider catches the day game after a night game.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a single into center. Pierre was next and bunted with Rollins thrown out at second for the first out and Pierre safe at first. Pierre stole second and then moved up to third on a ground out by Pence. Wigginton struck out swinging 2-2 to leave him stranded.

Victorino reached on an infield single to start the second. Fontenot was next and moved Victorino up to third with a single into center, putting runners on the corners for Mayberry with nobody out. Mayberry struck out for the first out. Schneider struck out swinging with Fontenot caught trying to steal second to set the Phillies down.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Mayberry and Schneider both strike out and Fontenot is caught stealing.

Hamels singled to center to start the third and moved to third when Rollins followed with a single. A throwing error by Castellanos in center allowed Rollins to take second, putting runners on second and third with nobody out for Pierre. Pierre grounded to the pitcher with the runners holding for the first out. Pence was next and chopped a ball to third. Herrera fielded and threw home, but throw was awful for an error. Hamels scored (1-0), Rollins took third and Pence was safe at first. Wigginton followed with a fly ball to center, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score, putting the Phillies up 2-0. A walk to Victorino put men on first and second for Fontenot and he singled to left, scoring Pence to make it 3-0 with men on first and third for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Pence and Wigginton singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth, putting men on first and second for Victorino. Victorino grounded to second with Wigginton forced at second for the second out. With men on the corners, Fontenot popped out to Gordon in foul territory to leave them stranded.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they went in order in the sixth. Thome hit for Hamels, who had thrown 107 pitches, and flew to left for the third out.

Pence singled with two outs in the seventh, but Wigginton grounded to short for the third out.

Fontenot singled off of righty Jamey Wright with one out in the eighth, but Mayberry struck out behind him. Against the righty, the right-handed Ruiz hit for the left-handed Schneider and flew to right.

The Phillies were down 8-3 when the hit against righty Shawn Tolleson in the ninth. Tolleson was making his major league debut. Luna hit for Valdes and walked. Rollins walked behind him. Righty Ronald Belisario took over for Tolleson. Pierre grounded to first and Pence hit into a double-play to end the game.

The Phillies didn’t have an extra-base hit in the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a walk. He was 7-for-16 with a walk, a double, a triple and a home run in the four-game series. 251/301/346 for the season. 292/344/449 over his last 96 plate appearances. He end the day with an on-base percentage for the year of .300 or better for the first time since April 18.

Pierre was 0-for-5 with a stolen base and left five men on base. 1-for-13 in the series. 319/356/361 for the year. 278/293/333 over his last 78 plate appearances.

Pence 2-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-17 in the series with four singles and two RBI. He’s grounded into four double-plays in his last 32 at-bats. 266/331/485 on the year after going 4-for-his-last-21.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with an RBI and two errors at third. 6-for-14 with a double and a homer in the series. 272/346/424 on the year.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-14 with two walks and a home run in the series. 249/319/406 on the year. 159/255/250 over his last 51 plate appearances.

Fontenot was 3-for-4 with an error and an RBI. 3-for-7 with two walks in the series. 414/500/448 in 34 plate appearances for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and five men left on base. 1-for-11 with a double and four strikeouts in the series. 225/260/326 for the season. 198/261/235 against right-handed pitching for the year, which means you might want to look for someone else to start at first against righties for the time being. Now would be good.

Schneider was 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 258/281/403 for the year. He’s 3-for-his-last-20.

Blanton (4-6, 5.27) faces righty Jake Arrieta (2-7, 5.53) tonight in Baltimore. Blanton has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his last four starts, throwing to a 10.98 ERA in those outings while allowing ten home runs in 19 2/3 innings. Arrieta has gone 0-5 with a 7.96 ERA over his last six starts.


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