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What have you done for me late, Lee?

Lee? Not a ton. The Phils left just about everything late last night up to their hitters, who hammered and hammered away at the New York pen to get the Phils a win.

The game was a meeting of the two worst bullpens in the National League and the results were dramatic. Relievers for both teams combined to allow 11 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Phils got the best of it, though, outscoring New York 9-3 after the start of the seventh inning to win the game 10-6.

Trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Carlos Ruiz delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer off of Bobby Parnell to tie things up. The Phils got another run off the Met pen in the eighth and six more in the ninth before Raul Valdes was charged with three in the bottom of the ninth.

The offense continues to produce for the Phils. After finishing twelfth in the NL in runs scored in April, the Phillies are second in the league in runs scored for May. Ty Wigginton was fantastic at the plate in the series with New York, going 6-for-11 with three walks, two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.

The Phillies are 27-25 on the year after beating the New York Mets 10-6 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. They’re still in last place in the NL East, let’s not get crazy here, but just three games out of first place. That’s the closest they’ve been to first since they beat the Braves 4-2 on May 1.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out seven. He has a 4.95 ERA and a 1.50 ratio over his last three starts. Opponents have hit 304/353/544 against him over 20 innings in those three outings.

He walked Daniel Murphy with one out in the bottom of the first before David Wright doubled to center, scoring Murphy to put the Mets up 1-0. Lee got Scott Hairston on a ground ball to third for the second out before walking Vinny Rottino. That put men on first and second with two down for Lucas Duda, but Lee struck him out looking to leave both runners stranded.

Rob Johnson singled to start the bottom of the second with the score tied at 1-1. Lee struck out Omar Quintanilla for the first out. Pitcher Dillon Gee was next and he popped up a bunt. Lee let the bunt fall, threw to second for the first out and the relay to first completed the double-play to end the inning.

Nice play by Lee to let the bunt fall and make a strong throw to second.

Murphy singled with one out in the third, but Lee got Wright to ground into a double-play behind him.

Hairston singled into center to start the bottom of the fourth. Lee got Rottino on a fly ball for the first out before Duda moved Hairston up to second with a single. Lee struck Johnson out swinging for the second out and got Quintanilla on a ground ball to short to end the inning with two men left on base.

Lee struck out Andres Torres and Murphy in the fifth.

Hairston doubled with one out in the sixth. Rottino popped to Rollins for the second out, but Duda was next and pounded Lee’s first pitch to him way out to right, putting New York on top 3-1. Lee struck Johnson out swinging for the third out.

The score was tied at 3-3 when Bastardo started the seventh. Quintanilla flew to center for the first out. Lefty Jordany Valdespin hit for Parnell and Lee struck him out for the second before Torres singled to left. Murphy flew to right to leave Torres at first.

Bastardo dropped his ERA for the season to 1.84 with the outing. He’s allowed one run in 11 1/3 innings in May over 13 appearances.

Contreras started the eighth with the Phillies up 4-3 and set the Mets down in order, striking out Hairston and Rottino.

That’s six straight appearances for Contreras without being charged with a run. Over those six appearances he’s allowed just one hit and now walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

The lead was 10-3 when Valdes started the ninth. Duda led off and homered to center. 10-4. Valdes got the next two before righty Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit for the pitcher Chris Schwinden and singled to center. Torres followed that with a double to left, scoring Nieuwenhuis. 10-5. Papelbon took over for Valdes and Murphy singled to center, scoring Torres. 10-6. Wright grounded to Galvis to end the game.

Using Papelbon there seems more than a little unnecessary. Pretty sure that Manuel wouldn’t have done it if today was not an off-day.

Valdes allows his first runs of the year, picking a good time to do it. Second time on the season for him pitching back-to-back days. The other was May 25 and he allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless frame in that outing. The two-out single allowed by Papelbon tacks a third run on to his line for the game.

Papelbon has allowed one run in 8 2/3 innings over his last ten appearances while striking out 11.

Three innings overall for the pen in the game. They allow three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three.

The series was a battle between the NL’s two worst bullpens. The Phils come out with the better bullpen ERA for the year at 4.64 (15th in the NL). Mets’s relievers have thrown to a 5.45 ERA for the season after allowing eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings last night.

Valdes threw 23 pitches in last night’s game. Contreras 16, Bastardo 14 and Papelbon eight. They should all be ready for Friday after the off-day today.

The Phillies lineup against righty Dillon Gee went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Polanco (7) Fontenot (8) Schneider. The lefty Fontenot plays second with Galvis on the bench. Wigginton again hits cleanup with Victorino fifth.

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

They were down 1-0 when they started the second, but Wigginton led off and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left for his fifth homer of the year, tying the game at 1-1. Victorino, Polanco and Fontenot all went down on ground balls behind him.

Rollins singled with two outs in the third. He stole second before Pierre grounded out to second to turn the Phillies away.

Pence and Wigginton both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Fontenot singled with one in the fifth. Schneider moved him up to second with a ground out, but Gee struck Lee out to leave Rollins at second.

Rollins and Pierre singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second. Pence was next and grounded into a double-play, leaving Rollins at third with two down. Wigginton drew a walk to put two men on for Victorino, but Victorino grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they hit in the seventh. Schneider doubled with two outs and Ruiz hit for Lee. Righty Bobby Parnell took over for Gee to face Ruiz and Ruiz hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 3-3. Rollins fouled out to the catcher to end the frame.

Pierre and Pence singled back-to-back off of righty Jon Rauch to start the eighth. It put runners on first and third for Wigginton, who struck out looking for the first out. Victorino was next and he hit a ball not very deep to center for the second out. Pierre tagged and scored despite an accurate throw from Torres, putting the Phils up 4-3. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.

No RBI for Wigginton as he strikes out with runners on the corners for the first out.

Lefty Tim Byrdak started the ninth for the Mets and walked Galvis. Schneider bunted Galvis to second with the first out. Mayberry hit for Contreras. Righty Ramon Ramirez came in to pitch to Mayberry and Mayberry moved Galvis to third with a single. Rollins was next and blasted a 1-1 pitch well out to right for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 7-3. Pierre followed that with a double to right and righty Chris Schwinden came on to pitch to Pence. Pence hit a ball that Schwinden fielded. He looked and threw to second, where Pierre was too far off second base, but Murphy missed the tag and both runners were safe. It brought Wigginton to the plate with runners on first and second and he doubled to left, scoring Pierre (8-3) and moving Pence up to third. Victorino followed that with a single into center, scoring both runners to make it 10-3. Polanco grounded to third and Wright went to second for the first out, but a throwing error by Murphy allowed Polanco to move up to second. Galvis popped to short to leave Polanco stranded.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the game. 6-for-14 with a double and a home run in the series. 239/294/308 for the year. He has ten extra-base hits for the season and three of them have come in his last 19 plate appearances.

Pierre 3-for-5 with a double in the game and 4-for-8 with a double in the series. 324/361/366 for the season.

Pence 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. 3-for-12 with a double and two walks in the series. 262/333/480 for the year. He hit 270/361/548 in May after hitting 253/293/391 in April.

Wigginton 2-for-4 with a double and a home run last night. 6-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in the series. 263/346/409 for the season. He has ten extra-base hits for the season and five of them (three home runs and two doubles) have come in his last 28 plate appearances.

Victorino 1-for-4 with three RBI last night and 1-for-12 in the series. 250/317/409 for the year. Like Pence, he was better in May than he was in April. 267/348/431 in May after hitting 228/276/380 in April.

Polanco was 0-for-5 in the game and 3-for-14 in the series. 275/303/345 for the year. On-based .307 in May after on-basing .299 in April. Six walks for the season and two in his last 116 plate appearances.

Fontenot was 1-for-3 in the game and in the series. He’s 9-for-21 with a double for the Phillies so far this year (429/500/476).

Schneider 1-for-3 with a double. 2-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 11-for-his-last-31 with three doubles and two home runs.

The Phillies are off today. Kendrick (1-0, 4.10) faces lefty Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.26) on Friday night as the Phils open a series with the Marlins at home. Kendrick had the best start of his career his last time out, throwing a complete-game shutout against the Cardinals in St Louis. He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last three outings. Buehrle has issued just 11 walks so far this season over 69 innings. He faced the Phils on April 12 and was charged with three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Wigginton and Victorino both homered off of him in that game.


Phils hoping they either get good news on Halladay or Wigginton starts making six RBI in a game a habit

Sadly, those things look about equally likely.

Ty Wigginton went nuts yesterday, hitting a two-run double, a three-run homer and driving in a career-high six runs as the Phils topped the Mets 8-4 in the opener of a series with New York.

The Phillies are on a roll, winners of five of their last six, but the game was played a day after staff ace Roy Halladay left his start after two innings with a shoulder problem — awful news for a Phillies team that can’t afford to lose much of anyone, much less the team’s best player.

Halladay will be examined today.

The Phillies are 26-24 on the year after beating the New York Mets 8-4 yesterday afternoon. They have won five of their last six games and two games over .500 matches their best mark of the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out six. The Phillies are 9-0 in the last night games he has started.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and struck out Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda setting the Mets down in order in the second.

The Phillies led 2-0 when Hamels started the bottom of the third. Rob Johnson singled with one out and the pitcher Jon Niese bunted him to second with the second. Jacob Turner was next and singled into right. Pence threw home. Schneider took the throw at the plate and threw to second where the Phils got Turner trying to move up to second to end the inning.

Daniel Murphy singled to start the fourth, but Hamels got Wright to hit into a double-play behind him. Hairston popped to Galvis for the third out.

Hamels got ahead of the lefty Duda 0-2 to start the fifth, but walked him on eight pitches. Righty Vinny Rottino was next and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Hamels got the next three to end the inning.

The Phils led 4-2 when Hamels started the sixth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off with a single to left. Hamels got Murphy and Wright on a pair of fly balls before Hairston hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, tying the game at 4-4. Hamels struck Duda out swinging to end the inning.

Second time in his last three starts that Hamels has allowed more than one home run in a game.

Up 5-4, Hamels set the Mets down in order in the seventh.

Switch-hitter Andres Torres hit for pitcher Jon Rauch to start the eighth and Torres doubled to left. Nieuwenhuis was next and grounded to second for the first out with Torres moving up to third. The Phils brought the infield in and Murphy hit a soft ground ball to second. Galvis charged nicely, fielded and threw to first for the second out with Torres holding third. Hamels stayed in to face the righty Wright and Wright grounded to third to end the inning.

Letting Hamels stay in to face Wright is nutty, but it worked out for the Phils. I think you have to bring in Papelbon to try to get four outs. The Phils were due to hit 2-3-4 in the top of the ninth.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with an 8-4 lead, setting the Mets down in order.

Papelbon threw 22 pitches in the game and has been charged with a run in one of his last nine appearances.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Victorino (5) Wigginton (6) Mayberry (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Victorino hits cleanup with Pence third. Wigginton at first and Mayberry in left. Schneider catches the day game with Ruiz on the bench as a late scratch with a hamstring problem.

Polanco reached on an error by Murphy with one out in the top of the first, but Pence struck out behind him for the second out. Victorino was next and hit a ball that Wright handled at third, but Wright threw the ball away for the second error of the inning for the Mets and the Phils had runners on first and third. Wigginton walked to load the bases, but Mayberry flew to left to leave them loaded.

Galvis and Hamels both struck out as the Phillies went in order in the second.

Pence and Victorino walked back-to-back with two outs in the third and Wigginton cleared the bases with a double into right-center, putting the Phils on top 2-0. Mayberry lined to second to leave Wigginton at second.

Schneider walked with one out in the fourth and Hamels bunted him to second with the second out. Rollins flew to center to leave him at second.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Wigginton walked to start the sixth with the game tied at 2-2. Mayberry was next and hammered a 3-1 pitch way out to left, putting the Phils up 4-2. Righty Ramon Ramirez took over for Niese and set Galvis, Schneider and Hamels down in order, striking out Galvis and Schneider.

The game was tied at 4-4 when Rollins singled off of Bobby Parnell to start the seventh. Polanco hit a ball back to the mound and Parnell went to second, but Rollins was running and beat the throw there. Wright, covering second, relayed to first in time to get Polanco, leaving Rollins at second with one out. Pence drew a walk, putting men on first and second, before Victorino flew to center for the second out with Rollins moving up to third. Wigginton was next and singled into center, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 5-4. Mayberry struck out looking to leave the runners at first and second.

The Phillies still led by a run when Hamels hit for himself with two outs in the eighth and singled off of righty Jon Rauch. Rollins grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Polanco and Hunter singled back-to-back off of righty Manny Acosta to start the ninth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Victorino struck out swinging for the first out, but Wigginton followed and hit an 0-2 pitch out to left-center for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 8-4. Mayberry followed that with a single and righty Jack Egbert, a real person, took over for Acosta and retired Galvis and Schneider to end the frame.

Rollins was 1-for-5 and struck out twice. He’s 3-for-his-last-20.

Polanco 1-for-5. He’s 3-for-his-last-14.

Pence 1-for-3 and walked twice. 316/435/561 over his last 69 plate appearances.

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s 1-for-his-last-15 with a double. 246/315/413 over his last 198 plate appearances.

Wigginton 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, a home run and six RBI. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-22. In game 45 of the season (for him), he upped his on-base percentage for the season from .317 to .340.

Mayberry 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and six men left on base. He was 1-for-his-last-16 coming into the game.

Galvis was 0-for-5 and struck out three times. He’s 2-for-his-last-17.

Schneider was 0-for-4 with a walk. Probably shouldn’t start against lefties that often. 225/299/298 against lefties for his career.

Hamels was 1-for-3 with a single in the game, upping his batting line on the year to 227/292/273 in 29 plate appearances. That tops Rollins’s line of 224/282/276 in everything but slugging percentage.

Blanton (4-4, 4.55) faces right-handed rookie Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17) tonight. Blanton has been charged with 14 runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts, raising his ERA for the year from 2.96 to 4.55. Hefner will be making the fourth appearance and second start of his career. His first start did not go well as he allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Padres. He has walked just one batter in 11 2/3 innings for the season.


Phils work their oft questioned keep-it-close-and-try-to-get-Luna-to-the-plate-late playbook to perfection

The Phillies scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning last night, blowing a close game open on their way to a 9-2 win over the Cubs.

Kyle Kendrick made a strong start in the game, holding the Cubs to two runs on three hits over six innings. Only one of the runs was earned, thanks to an error on a dropped fly ball by Pierre in front of an Alfonso Soriano home run.

The bullpen, still miserable, didn’t blink in a close game. Jose Contreras, who came into the game with a 9.00 ERA for the season, threw a scoreless seventh with the game tied at 2-2. Bastardo, who has allowed one hit in nine appearances so far in May, struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phils up a run. Raul Valdes made his debut with the Phillies in the ninth, striking out two more in another perfect frame after a two-run single by Wigginton and a grand slam from Hector Luna had broken the game open in the top of the inning.

By ERA, the Phillies bullpen is no longer the worst in all of baseball. At 5.02 they have passed the Tigers and the Mets.

The Phillies are 19-19 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-2 last night. They have won five of their last six games and four in a row for the first time this season.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Only one of the runs was earned. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter, dropping his ERA to 5.94 with the outing.

Over his last three starts, Kendrick has thrown to a 2.12 ERA with a 1.06 ratio.

David DeJesus doubled to right to start the bottom of the first. Tony Campana bunted him to third with the first out. Kendrick struck Starlin Castro out swinging 0-2 for the second out and got lefty Bryan LaHair on a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Big strikeout of Castro for the second out with a runner on third helps Kendrick keep Chicago off the board.

Up 1-0, Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the second.

Darwin Barney led off the third with a single and pitcher Matt Garza bunted him to second with the first out. DeJesus flew to left for the second out with Barney moving up to third. Kendrick struck Campana out to leave Barney stranded.

With one out in the fourth, LaHair hit a fly ball to left that Pierre dropped for an error that left LaHair on second. Alfonso Soriano was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting the Cubs on top 2-1. Kendrick got Ian Stewart and Geovany Soto on a pair of ground balls to end the inning.

Would have been a nifty time to catch the really routine fly ball to left in front of Soriano’s homer.

With the score tied at 2-2, Kendrick set the Cubs down in order in the fifth.

He struck out Campana in a 1-2-3 sixth. Mayberry made a nice diving play at first to rob LaHair of a hit, flipping to Kendrick covering first to end the inning.

Contreras started the seventh with the game still tied and got Soriano, Stewart and Soto in order.

Seems nutty to me to put Contreras into a tie game, but it worked out well for the Phils. Contreras is not charged with a run in his appearance for the first time in three outings, dropping his ERA on the season to 8.00.

Bastardo started the eighth with a 3-2 lead. He struck Barney out swinging for the first out. Righty Jeff Baker hit for the pitcher Shawn Camp and Bastardo got him swinging for the second out. DeJesus grounded to short for the third out.

I like Bastardo pitching the eighth in a tight game a whole lot better than Contreras pitching the seventh. Bastardo hasn’t allowed a run in nine appearances in May, giving up just one hit and three walks in 8 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out nine. He has pitched three of the last four days, but got Tuesday off.

Raul Valdes pitched the ninth with a 9-2 lead, making his Phillies debut. He set the Cubs down in order, striking out pinch-hitter Joe Mather and LaHair.

Three shutdown innings from the pen in which they do not allow a hit or a walk while striking out five.

Bastardo threw 21 pitches in the game, Valdes 20 and Contreras 13. None of that group has pitched more than one day in a row, but Bastardo has thrown three of the last four days.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Garza went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Ruiz (6) Polanco (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis.

With one out in the top of the first, Pierre bunted down the first base line. Garza fielded, but made an awful throw to first for an error. Pierre stole second and Victorino bunted him to third with the second out. Pence grounded to third to leave Pierre stranded.

Really, really not a fan of bunting with your three-hitter in the top of the first inning even if it works.

Pierre was almost surely out at first on his bunt attempt, but got the call.

Ruiz started the second with a single into center. Polanco flew to center for the first out before Mayberry moved Ruiz up to second with a dribbler out in front of the plate for the second. Galvis was next and ripped a double down the first base line, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Kendrick struck out looking to leave Galvis at second.

Rollins and Pierre singled back-to-back to start the third, putting runners on first and second for Victorino. Victorino popped to second for the first out before Pence walked to load the bases. Ruiz grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Can’t believe they didn’t bunt with Victorino. Just kidding. No run for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out.

Pierre’s single was another bunt. Again Garza made an absurd throw to first. This time it was called a single instead of an error.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

They started the fifth down 2-1. Kendrick led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out double by Pierre. Victorino was next and reached on an infield single on another close play at first. Kendrick scored to tie the game at 2-2 and Pierre moved up to third. Pence hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Garza walked off the mound remarking to the umpires that it was the second time they had missed the call at first. The first was on Pierre’s bunt in the first and this time Victorino looked out at first.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Galvis fouled out trying to bunt for a hit to start the seventh. With Garza still on the mound for Chicago, Fontenot hit for Kendrick and singled softly to right. Rollins lined to left for the second out. Lefty James Russell came in to pitch to Pierre. Wigginton hit for Pierre and walked, putting runners on first and second. Victorino struck out to leave them both there.

Glad to see Wigginton hit for Pierre against the lefty. Fontenot has one pinch-hit on the season. There are only two players on the team with more than one pinch-hit on the season. Mayberry has three and Pierre has two. 185/267/259 for the pinch-hitters this year for the Phils. They have struck out 24 times in 61 plate appearances.

Righty Shawn Camp got Pence on a fly ball to left for the first out in the eighth before Ruiz hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for his seventh homer of the year, putting the Phils up 3-2. Orr hit for Contreras and struck out for the second out. Mayberry struck out for the third.

Galvis doubled to left off of lefty Scott Maine to start the ninth. Fontenot was hit by a pitch behind him and Rollins walked, loading the bases with nobody out. Righty Michael Bowden came on to pitch to Wigginton and Wigginton singled into right. Galvis and Fontenot scored, putting the Phils up 5-2 with nobody out and runners on first and second. Victorino popped to short for the first out before Rollins and Wigginton pulled off a double-steal. Pence popped to second for the second out. With first base open, the righty Bowden walked the righty Ruiz, loading the bases for Bastardo’s slot. Luna hit for Bastardo and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left for a grand slam, putting the Phils on top 9-2. Mayberry struck out looking to end the frame.

Big swings for Luna and for Wigginton. Galvis is tied for fourth in the NL in doubles.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. The Phillies are tenth in the NL in on-base percentage in the #1 spot in the order at .303. Rollins has on-based .310 in 85 PA as the #1 hitter, Pierre .333 in 60 PA and Victorino .259 in 27 PA.

Pierre was 2-for-3 with a double. Twice he bunted and got on base, one of the attempts was called an error. He dropped a fly ball in left field that cost the Phils one of the two runs they allowed in the game.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with an RBI on his infield single on a very close play at first (and by that I mean he was out). He left seven men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-14. 235/278/390 over his last 144 plate appearances. For the year, Phillies hitting out of the #3 spot in the order have put up a .601 OPS, which is 15th-best of the 16 NL teams. Victorino has been bad (254/293/394 in 75 PA) and Rollins worse (216/253/243 in 80 PA).

Pence 0-for-4 with a walk and left five men on base. The Phillies score nine runs in the game and their three and four hitters combine to go 1-for-9 with an infield single and 12 men left on base.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run. He’s on pace to hit 30 home runs, which would be more than his career high of nine. He’s 8-for-his-last-17 with two walks and two homers. He’s tied for eleventh in the NL in RBI with 24.

Polanco 0-for-3. He came into the game hitting .362 over his last 74 plate appearances.

Mayberry was 0-for-5 and struck out three times. He’s 3-for-his-last-16. The Phillies need to try someone else at first base against right-handed pitching and I’m guessing they will — Mayberry is hitting 207/246/241 for the year against right-handed pitching. Ty Wigginton obviously isn’t the ideal guy at first against righties, but he may be a better choice than Mayberry in the short term with Thome, Nix and Howard out. Wigginton was 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBI last night. He’s 3-for-his-last-26 overall and hitting 262/324/311 against righties for the year.

Galvis 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s 5-for-his-last-11 with a walk and two doubles. Hitting 298/340/489 in 50 plate appearances so far in May.

Halladay (3-3, 3.20) faces righty Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92) tonight. Halladay has had two starts of his seven on the season in which he has allowed more than two runs. One of them, May 2 against the Braves, blew up his numbers for the season badly as he allowed eight runs over 5 1/3 innings and was unable to hold a 6-0 lead. Since that start he’s had two outings in which he has allowed four runs over 14 innings (2.57 ERA, 1.00 ratio while striking out 17). Volstad has allowed four or more runs in five straight starts, one of which came against the Phillies. On April 30, he allowed four runs over six innings against the Phils. The Phillies rallied late to win that game 6-4. The righty Volstad has been better against lefties than righties so far this season. Righties have hit 307/354/466 against him and lefties 261/311/391.


Blanton leaves some wondering why he’s so eager to catch a plane if it’s only going to bring him back to Earth

Joe Blanton was outstanding yesterday, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout as the Phils topped the Braves 4-0. Pitching in the early afternoon the day after a 15-13 marathon, Blanton needed just 88 pitches to get the job done in a game that took just two hours and two minutes.

First complete game for Blanton since 2007. Maybe his best start since joining the Phillies, and almost surely his best since September 22, 2009. He held the Marlins to two hits and two walks over seven innings that day and struck out nine. Maybe the best of his career since throwing a complete-game three hitter against the Twins while with the A’s on June 2, 2007.

The Phillies are 13-13 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 4-0 yesterday. They take the series two games to one.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game shutout, allowing three singles, no walks and striking out six. He dropped his ERA on the year to 2.83, which is four-best among the six Phillies who have started a game for the team this season.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Freddie Freeman singled to center with two outs, but Blanton got Dan Uggla to ground to short for the third out.

Blanton didn’t allow a base-runner in the second, third or fourth. He struck out Juan Francisco in the second. He got Pastornicky looking in the third and Martin Prado looking in the fourth.

Still up a run, Blanton got the first two to start the fifth, striking Francisco out again for the second out. David Ross was next and reached on an infield single, but Blanton got Pastornicky to ground to short for the third out.

Blanton got the Braves in order in the sixth. Pitcher Randall Delgado was the first hitter for Atlanta and hit the ball well, but Victorino made a nice running catch to take it for the first out.

Blanton had thrown 67 pitches through six innings.

He started the seventh with Polanco at third, Galvis at second and Wigginton moved over to first. The Braves went in order again.

He struck Francisco out for the third time in the game as he threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Lefty Eric Hinske hit for the pitcher Livan Hernandez to start the ninth and struck out swinging. Bourn followed with a single into center, putting a runner on first for Martin Prado. Prado hit the ball hard, but Galvis speared his line drive at second and threw to first to double-off Bourn, ending the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Randall Delgado (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Orr (8) Schneider. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third. Pierre in left after sparking a ninth-inning rally in game two of the set. Nix at first. Schneider catches the day game after a night game. Orr at second against the righty with the weak-hitting Galvis on the bench.

Rollins led off the game with a single to left and moved up to second when Pierre bunted for a single. Victorino was next and flew to right for the first out with Rollins moving up to third. Pence followed with a ball to center for the second out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and score, putting the Phils up 1-0. Wigginton struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.

Nix led off the second with a single to left, but Orr, Schneider and Blanton all went down behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third. Pierre again tried to bunt for a hit, but Francisco caught it in the air for the second out.

Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Blanton struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Rollins, Pierre and Victorino went down in the sixth.

Pence and Wigginton both grounded out to start the seventh, but Nix was next and he a 2-1 pitch from Delgado out to center to put the Phils up 2-0. Orr singled to right, but was thrown out trying to steal second with Schneider at the plate.

For his career, Orr now has 16 stolen bases and has been caught seven times. Safe about 69.6% of the time. Might want to think about staying put.

Blanton reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him.

Pierre singled to left to start the ninth. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch from Hernandez out to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Pence followed that with a double to left. Wigginton struck out for the first out before Polanco moved Pence up to third with a ground out to second. Galvis flew to center to leave him there.

First home run of the year for Victorino against a right-handed pitcher. He came into the game hitting 228/274/241 against righties.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game and 4-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 240/280/270 for the year. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 108 plate appearances on the year.

Pierre 2-for-4. 2-for-5 with a walk in the series. 324/368/352.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game and 5-for-14 with a home run in the set. 245/286/406 for the year. The list of Phillies that are on-basing .310 or less for the season includes Polanco, Pence, Victorino, Rollins, Mayberry, Thome and Galvis.

Pence 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 263/302/404 on the year.

Wigginton 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-12 with two walks and five strikeouts in the series. 6-for-his-last-21 with six singles. 310/375/437 for the year.

Nix 2-for-3 with his second homer of the year. 5-for-9 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 342/419/658 for the year. He’s fifth in the NL in slugging percentage among players with 25 or more plate appearances.

Orr 1-for-3 in the game and in the series. 292/320/458 for the year. His isolated power of .167 is third-best on the team behind Nix and Ruiz. That might not even last all season.

Polanco 0-for-1 in the game and 4-for-11 in the series. 265/307/301 for the year (an isolated power of .036).

Galvis 0-for-1. 2-for-11 with a double in the series. 190/220/291 for the year. His OPS for the year peaked at .669 after going 1-for-4 with a double against the Giants on April 16. Since then he’s 8-for-48 with two walks and two doubles (167/200/208 over 51 PA).

Mayberry didn’t have an at-bat yesterday. He was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in the series. He’s hitting 226/241/283 for the season.

Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) faces righty Steven Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) tonight. Kendrick has made two starts this year. The first, against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, was a disaster, but he was a lot better his last time out, holding the Cubs to two earned runs over six innings. Strasburg has made five starts on the year and allowed one or no runs in four of them. He allowed two runs in the other start. Strasburg has made one other appearance against the Phillies, which came on August 21, 2010.


Concerns abound, but none bigger than how much sense it makes to take on a playoff mindset with 150 games left in the season

I understand it’s just cause it’s the Giants, but last night’s game makes it a little tough to avoid flashbacks to the Phillie playoff exits of the last two years. Cliff Lee was just unbelievable. He pitched and pitched and pitched, needing just 102 pitches to throw ten shutout innings. The Phillies didn’t score. Literally. And the Giants beat them 1-0.

At least Lee can commiserate with Halladay.

After 12 games of the season, the Phillies are 14th in National League in runs scored. They have three players on the team with at least five plate appearances and an OPS for the year of .700 or better — Wigginton .710, Ruiz .814 and Pence .880. Their team on-base percentage is .284, which is 14th in the league. They have 22 extra-base hits for the year, which is 15th. Their pinch-hitters are hitting .067 (1-for-15 with a Juan Pierre single and no walks). The one pinch-hit they do have came on April 14 in the eighth inning of a game they were losing by four runs and eventually lost by five.

The Phillies are 5-7 on the year after falling 1-0 to the San Francisco Giants in eleven innings last night. The Giants take the series two games to one, winning the last two after the Phils take the opener.

Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and went ten scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and no walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Lee has made three starts for the year, throwing to a 1.96 ERA and an 0.70 ratio while striking out 18 in 23 innings. The Phillies are 0-3 in those games. They have scored a total of three runs in the three games he has started.

Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners for Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval flew to right for the first out with the runners holding. Buster Posey was next and he hit a ground ball to Wigginton with the Phils turning the double-play to end the inning.

Wigginton starts a big double-play early in the game. Late? Not so much. No run for the Giants after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Another worrisome first inning for the Phillies, although they do keep San Francisco off the board. Opponents are now hitting .407 against the Phils in the first and .239 against them after the first.

Lee struck out Ryan Theriot and Nate Schierholtz while setting the Giants down in order in the second.

He struck out Brandon Crawford and pitcher Matt Cain in a 1-2-3 third.

Sandoval singled with one out in the fourth. Posey was next and hit a ball to Nix at first. Nix fielded, went to Rollins at short for the second out and took the relay from Rollins to end the inning.

Second double-play in four innings turned by the Phils with a corner infielder getting it started each time.

Brett Pill doubled to center to start the fifth. He was left at second when Theriot, Schierholtz and Crawford all went down on ground balls behind him.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 sixth, getting pitcher Matt Cain on a ball Victorino took in right center after a long run.

He struck out Sandoval and Posey in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Theriot in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Switch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit for Cain to start the ninth and hit a ball to first that Nix didn’t handle for an error. Gregor Blanco ran for Sanchez at first, but was quickly erased when Pagan grounded into a double-play. Cabrera followed that with a single, but was left at first when Sandoval flew to center to set San Francisco down.

Third time a double-play helps the Phils keep the Giants off the board.

Lee had thrown just 89 pitches through nine innings.

He was back to start the tenth. Posey led off with a single, but Pill was next and he grounded into another Giants double-play. Theriot singled to left before Schierholtz grounded to second to end the inning.

Thirteen pitches in the frame had Lee at 102 for the game.

Bastardo started the eleventh and struck out Crawford for the first out. Belt was next and he singled into center. Pagan hit a double-play ball to third, but the ball went off the heel of Wigginton’s glove for an error that put runners on first and second with one down for Cabrera. The switch-hitter Cabrera singled into right, just over the glove of a leaping Galvis. Belt raced around third and slid into home just ahead of the throw from Pence, giving the Giants a 1-0 win.

The double-play magic runs out for the Phils on Wigginton’s big error. Cabrera has similar numbers for his career against lefties and righties, maybe a little bit better against righties.

Bastardo takes the loss, charged with a run in a third of an inning. He has now made four appearances in which he has thrown a total of two innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks and striking out five. He has an ERA of 4.50, a ratio of 2.50 and has struck out 22.5 batters per nine innings. He threw 12 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Kinda tough to complain about Pierre leading off when he’s hitting .346. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third and Nix at first. Wigginton at third against a righty isn’t that fantastic as he’s not especially good offensively or defensively. Makes a lot more sense to me against a lefty when you can if you need to rest Polanco. This article suggests that Manuel had planned to rest Polanco today, but decided to do it a day early instead.

The Philies went in order in the first and again in the second.

Galvis lined a single to center with one out in the third and Lee bunted him to second with the second out. Pierre popped to short for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Wigginton started the fifth with a single into center. Nix struck out swinging for the first out before a walk to Ruiz moved Wigginton up to second. Galvis grounded into a double-play to end the frame.

Third double-play that Galvis has hit into so far, bringing back ugly memories of Wilson Valdez. Galvis is currently on pace to hit into about 41 for the season — the good news is that that won’t even happen.

The Phils went in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Lee hit for himself to start the ninth in a scoreless game and flew to center. He had thrown 79 pitches through eight shutout innings Pierre popped to short and Victorino grounded to first to set the Phillies down.

Pence singled off of righty Santiago Casilla with one out in the tenth. Wigginton was next and hit a ball back to the mound. Casilla threw to second, where Pence was forced for the second out with the Giants unable to get more. Nix followed and hit a ball that second baseman Theriot knocked down in shallow right field. Theriot hopped on the ball and made an underhand toss to first just in time to get Nix and end the frame.

Ruiz lined a double to left off of righty Sergio Romo to start the ninth. Galvis bunted Ruiz to third with the first out. Thome hit for Lee. Lefty Javier Lopez took over for Romo. Thome stayed in the game and struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Mayberry hit for Pierre. Righty Clay Hensley came in to pitch to Mayberry and got Mayberry on a ground ball to short to turn the Phillies away.

First thing is Thome against a lefty, which really seems fine to me despite the fact that it didn’t work out. Jim Thome is Jim Thome and I’m glad to see him up there, especially if Mayberry is the other choice given how awful Mayberry has been so far this year. Given that what the Phillies needed was a single against a lefty, I’m a little surprised that they didn’t hit Polanco for Thome or Polanco for Pierre. But I still think you want to see Thome at the plate in situations that matter as much as possible.

I like letting Thome hit against the lefty with one out and a man on third a lot better than bunting with Galvis for the first out. I think you’re better off running for Ruiz at second with Orr or Polanco, then letting Galvis, Lee and Pierre (or Galvis and two pinch-hitters) try and knock him in.

Huge double by Ruiz should to start the inning should have been enough to put the Phils on top.

Pierre was 0-for-4 to drop his average, and therefore his on-base and slugging percentages, to .300. I also claim April 27 in the when-will-Pierre-draw-his-first-walk pool and the 14th of Never-everness in the when-will-Pierre-get-his-first-extra-base-hit pool. He was 2-for-10 in the series. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the series. He’s 1-for-his-last-10 and hitting 212/212/242 for the season.

Victorino 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 with a double in the series. 277/333/362 in 52 plate appearances for the year. 6-for-his-last-26 (.231) with a double and one walk. Wish you were here.

Rollins 0-for-4 last night and 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 286/314/306 for the season with one extra-base hit, a double.

Pence was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game. 4-for-11 with a home run and two RBI in the series. 326/380/500.

Wigginton 1-for-4 with a huge error at third in the eleventh. 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 240/310/400 for the year. 313/368/563 in his last 19 plate appearances after going 1-for-9 to start the year. Polanco did not play in the game after being hit by a ball at the plate in game two. He was 1-for-8 with a double in the series. 179/220/205 in 39 plate appearances for the year. He’s 3-for-his-last-21 and has walked once on the season.

Nix was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. 2-for-8 with two RBI in the set. 188/278/313 on the season. He has 18 plate appearances for the year and all 18 of them have come against righties, which is exactly the way it should be. The problem is that he only gets to hit against his good side and is hitting 188/278/313. We might need to wait till he has more than 18 plate appearances to panic too much, though.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-10 with a double in the series. 306/341/462 for the year. 233/273/433 in 33 plate appearances since going 4-for-6 to start the season.

Galvis was 1-for-3 to up his average to .237. 3-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 321/321/536 over his last 29 plate appearances since going 0-for-10 to start the season.

Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75) faces righty Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80) tonight in San Diego. The Phillies have lost both of the games Worley has started this season, although he pitched very well his first time out, holding the Pirates to a run over six innings. His other start came against the Mets and he allowed four runs over six innings. He’s allowed three home runs in 12 innings for the season, a pace that would put him on pace to allow 50 over 200 innings. Good news, though, as I think it’s just about a lock that Worley won’t give up 50 this year. Wieland turned 22 in January and made his major league debut his last time out, allowing six runs over five innings against the Dodgers. Speaking of homers, Wieland allowed three in that game. Kemp hit two and Ethier one.


Joe who?

Blanton, apparently. I think I remember something about a guy with a name like that from the 2008 World Series. Not positive, though.

After solid performances with the Phillies in 2008 and 2009, Joe Blanton has been pretty awful since. In 2010 and 2011 combined, Blanton appeared in 40 games for the Phillies, throwing to an ugly 4.85 ERA with an ugly 1.43 ratio over 217 innings.

Last night he made his first start of 2012 and was very good, holding the Marlins to a run on three hits over seven innings. Backed by solo homers from Victorino and Wigginton, it was enough to get the Phils a win.

The Phillies are 3-3 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 3-1 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one. Over the last two games of the series, the Phillies outscored Miami 10-2.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three and dropped his ERA to 2.35 after two appearances.

Switch-hitter Jose Reyes was the first hitter of the game and grounded to second. Another switch-hitter, Emilio Bonifacio was next and he grounded to short. Righty Hanley Ramirez flew to Victorino for the third out.

Blanton got righty Giancarlo Stanton to ground to short to start the second. Lefty Logan Morrison was next and he flew to left for the second out. Blanton struck righty Gaby Sanchez out looking to set the Fish down.

Righty Omar Infante led off the top of the third and flew to center, but righty John Buck followed with a double to left. The pitcher Mark Buehrle was next and he hit a ball up the middle. Galvis made a fantastic play, diving to his right, fielding and throwing to first for the second out as Buck moved up to third. Reyes lined to right where the ball was caught by a sliding Pence to end the frame and leave Buck at third.

Two nice plays for the Phils in the inning. Galvis’s was a little more spectacular. He got a nice pick from Wigginton on a throw in the dirt as well.

Blanton had thrown 37 pitches through three innings.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth, getting Bonifacio, Ramirez and Stanton.

Blanton had a 2-0 lead when he started the fifth. He got the first two hitters before Infante doubled into left-center. Buck was next and he hit a ball into shallow right-center. Pence made a sliding effort, but didn’t come up with it. Infante scored from second to cut the lead to 2-1. Blanton struck Buehrle out to leave Buck at first.

Reyes started the sixth and hit a ball hard to second that Galvis couldn’t handle for an error. Bonifacio followed with a ball hit to short, where Rollins forced Reyes out at second but couldn’t get the relay to first in time to get Bonifacio. Blanton walked Ramirez on a 3-1 pitch, putting men on first and second for Stanton. Stanton hit a ball very hard, but Galvis made a great play to take it for the second out. Morrison grounded out softly to Blanton to leave both runners stranded.

Blanton set the Marlins down in order in the seventh, getting Sanchez and Infante on popups and striking Buck out swinging.

Qualls started the eighth with a 3-1 lead, making his third appearance of the year and pitching for the second straight day. Pitcher Steve Cishek was due to lead off, but lefty Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for him and Qualls set him down on a ground ball to first. Reyes followed and grounded out to third before Bonifacio reached on an infield single and Ramirez walked behind him. It put me on first and second for Stanton, but Qualls struck him out looking at a pitch that sure looked way out of the strike zone to me to leave both runners stranded.

Three outings for Qualls in which he has not been charged with a run. Two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. He got a lot of help with the call on the 3-2 pitch to Stanton.

Papelbon started the ninth with the Phils up two runs. Morrison led off and lined a single to left. Sanchez popped out to Ruiz before Infante moved Morrison to second with a single into center. It brought Buck to the plate with the tying runs on base, but Papelbon got Buck to ground to Rollins and the Phils turned the double-play to end the game.

Second save of the year for Papelbon, who has allowed a run in three innings over three appearances.

Two scoreless innings for the pen. Qualls and Papelbon combine to allow three hits and a walk, but keep the Marlins off the board. Qualls threw 22 pitches in the game and Papelbon 12. Qualls has pitched two days in a row.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mark Buehrle went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Mayberry (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Wigginton plays first with Mayberry in left. Victorino moves up from five to hit leadoff against the lefty. Hitting second in the order is still too high for Polanco, but it makes more sense against a lefty than a righty. Either Victorino or Pence is the best hitter in the lineup against left-handed pitching. Not sure you want either of them leading off.

The Phils went in order in the first and again in the second. Mayberry and Rollins both struck out, Wigginton popped to first and Pence, Victorino and Polanco went down on ground balls.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton all went down on ground balls in the third.

Victorino led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch well out to left, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Polanco was next and he hit the ball well to, but Stanton took it in deep right for the first out. Rollins followed that with a single to left. Pence was next and he doubled into the left field corner. The relay throw got away in the infield and Rollins tried to score from third, but Infante got to the ball and threw home in time to get Rollins for the second out. Mayberry followed with another hit, lining a single into left to score Pence and put the Phils up 2-0. Wigginton went down on a fly ball to left to leave Mayberry at first.

More aggressive play from Phils running the bases, but this time it costs a run as Rollins tries to score from third and is thrown out ahead of the single by Mayberry.

Ruiz, Galvis and Blanton went in order in the fifth with the lead cut to 2-1.

Victorino tried to bunt for a hit to start the sixth, but Ramirez threw him out for the first out. Polanco followed that with a single into center. Rollins popped to second before Pence moved Polanco up to second with a single to right. Mayberry popped to Reyes to end the inning.

Victorino hit 308/424/608 against left-handed pitching. I wouldn’t have him bunting against lefties when leading off the inning too much. It was also the third time in the game he had led off an inning with nobody on base against a lefty. He only hit a solo homer in one of those at-bats.

Wigginton led off the seventh and hit a 1-2 pitch out to left for his first home run of the year, putting the Phils on top 3-1. Ruiz grounded to short before Galvis bunted for a single, putting a man on for Blanton’s spot. With the lefty Buehrle still pitching for the Fish, Thome hit for Blanton. Lefty Randy Choate took over for Buehrle to pitch to Thome and struck him out looking for the second out. Righty Steve Chisek came in to pitch to Victorino and got Victorino on a fly ball to left, leaving Galvis stranded.

Thome still looking for his first hit of the season.

Righty Edward Mujica set the Phils down in the eighth, getting Polanco, Rollins and Pence and working around a Stanton error on a dropped foul ball.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a home run in the game and 4-for-11 with a walk and a homer in the set. 333/417/476 in 25 plate appearances for the season.

Polanco was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 5-for-22 (.227) with five singles so far.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single last night and 5-for-13 with an RBI in the series. He’s hitting 280/280/280 through 26 plate appearances (7-for-25 with seven singles and no walks).

Pence was 2-for-4 with a double in the game and 6-for-12 with a double in the series. 391/440/691 in the early going.

Mayberry was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 5-for-19 with a double so far. Pierre didn’t appear in the game. He was 1-for-9 in the series and is 3-for-14 with three singles on the year.

Wigginton 1-for-3 with a homer in the game and 1-for-4 in the series. 2-for-12 with a walk and a home run so far.

Ruiz 0-for-3 in the game and 2-for-10 with a double and a home run in the series. 6-for-16 with a two walks, a double and a homer run for the season.

Galvis 1-for-3 with a bunt single. 3-for-10 with two doubles and four RBI in the series. 3-for-20 with two doubles for the season. He and Pence are tied for the team lead in RBI with four.

Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50) faces righty RA Dickey (1-0, 3.00) tonight. Lee allowed just one run over six innings against the Pirates in his first start, but didn’t get a lot of help as the Phils fell to Pittsburgh. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings in his first start of the year, which came against the Braves.


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