Tag: Vance Worley

Papelbon strongly urged to stop talking about who should be sent back to Triple-A, mostly cause it makes about half the guys on the team really, really nervous

The Phils lost their third straight last night, falling to the Dodgers 4-3. Three games after topping out at a season-high three games over .500, the Phillies are back even for the year and remain in last place in the NL East.

Vance Worley returned to the rotation and didn’t pitch well, allowing three runs and needing 80 pitches to get through his four innings. The bullpen was fantastic after that, though, as Savery and Bastardo combined to toss four shutout innings. Papelbon came on in the ninth in a 3-3 game and allowed a leadoff triple, which was followed by a single passed a drawn in infield that plated the run that would decide the game.

The ninth inning triple came off the bat of Dee Gordon, a pitch after Papelbon thought he had struck Gordon out looking on a pretty 1-2 offering near the inside of the plate. About a month after Hamels let fly with what almost everyone assumed would be the hands-down winner of the team’s most ill-advised comments of the year award, Papelbon went out of his way to put himself in contention after the game (although given their current pace and the fact there are 106 games left, who knows what might happen). “I thought he sucked. It’s that simple.” Papelbon said of the home plate ump in a long tirade, going on to add, “He probably needs to go back to Triple-A.”

No question about it, the umpiring, and particularly the balls and strikes calls were bad last night. But anyone who watched the game knew that and it’s twice in 30 days (May 6 was the Bryce Harper game) that a Phillies pitcher made news with their post-game comments. It’s not hard to remember that when the Phils were really good, and it wasn’t long ago, that didn’t happen much at all and it certainly didn’t happen twice in 30 days. You also didn’t have to spend a lot of time wondering if there was anyone in charge of the team. Assuming there is, let’s hope they know there’s a whole lot more wrong with the Phillies than a ball two called with the bases empty on pitch the umpire might have gotten right.

The Phillies are 28-28 on the year after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 last night. They have lost three in a row.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four. He has allowed 11 runs in 16 innings over his last three starts, puffing his ERA for the season from 1.97 to 3.38.

Elian Herrera walked with one out in the top of the first and stole second before Andre Ethier walked, putting runners on first and second for Juan Rivera. Rivera hit a 2-2 pitch from Worley into right for a single, scoring Herrera to put the Dodgers up 1-0 and moving Ethier up to third. With men on the corners, Bobby Abreu singled to left, scoring Ethier (2-0) and moving Rivera to second. Worley struck AJ Ellis out swinging for the second out before the runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. Jerry Hairston grounded to second to leave them both stranded.

Long, long inning for Worley in which several very close or good pitches were called balls by the home plate umpire. Worley threw 32 pitches in the inning, which had an enormous impact in the game.

Adam Kennedy blooped a double to left to start the second and pitcher Clayton Kershaw bunted him to third with the first out. Dee Gordon was next and reached on an infield single that scored Kennedy, making it 3-0. Ruiz threw Gordon out trying to steal second before Worley struck Herrera out to end the frame.

Gordon stole second easily, but came off the bag after he had and Rollins applied the tag for the second out.

Worley struck out Abreu setting LA down in order in the third.

He started the fourth with the game tied at 3-3. Hairston singled with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Kennedy. Worley walked Kershaw in a nine-pitch at-bat, putting men on first and second for Gordon. Gordon lined a ball to right, but Pence made a nice diving play to retire the side.

You want to avoid walking the pitcher when you can, but a nice play from Pence helps Worley keep the Dodgers off the board in the frame. Worley had thrown 80 pitches through four innings.

Savery started the fifth and set LA down on three ground balls.

He was back to strike out the side in the sixth, getting Abreu swinging ahead of Ellis and Hairston both looking.

Kennedy bunted for a single off of Savery to start the seventh and Kershaw bunted him to second with the first out. Savery hit Gordon, putting runners on first and second for the switch-hitter Herrera. Bastardo came in to pitch to Herrera and struck him out swinging. Ethier popped to Polanco in foul territory to leave both runners stranded.

Very nice outing for Savery, who goes 2 1/3 scoreless innings after Worley has to leave early.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth. He struck Rivera out for the first out before Abreu singled to left. Alex Castellanos ran for Abreu at first and took second on a wild pitch before Bastardo hit Ellis, putting runners on first and second with one down. Bastardo struck out Hairston for the second out and righty Ivan DeJesus hit for Kennedy. DeJesus hit a ball to third that Polanco didn’t handle for an error, loading the bases for Kershaw. Lefty James Loney hit for Kershaw and Bastardo got him on a ground ball to first to end the frame with the bases loaded.

LA calls on the lefty Loney to hit against Bastardo with the bases loaded with righty backup catcher Matt Treanor on the bench.

Bastardo strikes out three in 1 2/3 innings in his appearance. Two of his last four outings haven’t been great those as he’s allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings in those outings (5.79 ERA and a 1.71 ratio).

Papelbon started the ninth with the game still tied. Dee Gordon led off and Papelbon thought he had struck him out on a 1-2 pitch that was looked pretty good but was called a ball. Gordon ripped the next pitch from Papelbon into right-center for a triple. Herrera was next with the infield in and squirted a ball between short and third and into left for a single, scoring Gordon to put LA up 4-3. Papelbon got the next three to end the frame.

The 1-2 pitch to Gordon was probably a strike. It was close, though. It started out inside and may have tailed back away from Gordon to catch the plate. It wasn’t like the pitch was right down the middle and the ump just missed it completely, though. I thought it was a ball watching it live and it looked better on the replay.

Papelbon’s ERA rose to 2.31 with the outing. He came in to the game having allowed one run over 11 appearances since May 7.

Overall the pen went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and no walks while striking out eight. Savery threw 33 pitches in the game, Bastardo 26 and Papelbon 17.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Clayton Kershaw went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis. Ruiz hits cleanup for the seventh time this season. Mayberry in left and Wigginton at first.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in bottom of the first. Abreu made a nice sliding catch in left on a ball hit by Rollins for the first out.

Down 3-0, they went in order in the second.

Mayberry lined a double to left to start the third and came around to score when Galvis followed with a single, cutting the lead to 3-1. Worley bunted Galvis to second with the first out before Rollins popped to short for the second. Polanco hit Kershaw’s first pitch out to left for a two-run homer, tying the game at 3-3. Pence went down on a foul ball handled by the catcher to end the inning.

Ruiz started the fourth with a single into center, but Victorino and Wigginton both struck out behind him. Mayberry was next with two down and a man on first and he hit a ball to third. Kennedy handled it, but lost the ball transferring it to make the throw. Mayberry was safe on the error and the Phils had men on first and second. Galvis popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Rollins tripled with one out in the fifth. Polanco was next and he hit a ball hard, but right at short. Gordon handled it and threw home, where Rollins was tagged out for the second out. Pence went down on a ball handled by the pitcher Kershaw to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after putting a runner on third with one out. Polanco hit the ball hard, just into an out.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the seventh. Luna, who had been double-switch into the game in the top of the inning with Bastardo, was next and he struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins and Polanco followed the strikeout with back-to-back singles, loading the bases for Pence. Pence grounded out to second to leave them loaded.

Righty Ronald Belisario got Ruiz and Victorino to start the eighth. Fontenot hit for Bastardo and smashed a ball back up the middle, but it went off of Belisario’s body. The pitcher picked the ball up and threw to first, retiring Fontenot and the Phillies.

Fontenot hit the ball really hard.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the bottom of the ninth with righty Kenley Jensen on the mound for LA. Mayberry struck out swinging for the first out. Galvis was next and lined a ball into center, where Herrera robbed him of a hit with a diving play for the second out. Luna struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a triple. 5-for-18 with two triples so far in June. His last walk came on May 20 and he’s on-basing .292 for the season.

Polanco 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. 8-for-16 to start June.

Pence 0-for-4 and left four men on base. Made a nice catch in the fourth for the third out to keep runs off the board. 0-for-his-last-8.

Ruiz was 1-for-4.

Victorino 0-for-4. 2-for-11 to start June. He hit 228/276/380 in April and 267/348/431 in May.

Wigginton 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-10 with four strikeouts. Luna took over for him at first late in the game and had two at-bats, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

Mayberry was 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-8 so far for the month.

Galvis 2-for-4 with an RBI. He also had another hit taken away by Herrera in the ninth. He has one walk since May 15.

Lee (0-2, 3.00) faces righty Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09) tonight. Lee has a 4.95 ERA over his last three starts. Over those starts opponents have hit .304 against him. Billingsley had a great April, going 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA and an 0.95 ratio, but threw to a 5.52 ERA in six starts in May. He walked 18 hitters in 31 innings in May.


Fans looking for some kind of historian to explain what exactly happened last night, but some suggest it might have been a rally

The Phils offense has struggled horribly this season, but they delivered in a big way last night, picking up the bullpen as the Phils rallied late to top the Cubs 6-4. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the game and cruised behind another strong start by Vance Worley until the Cubs pounded out three runs against the pen in the top of the eighth. Polanco, who had already provided two outstanding defensive plays in the game at third, delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the inning that put the Phils on top to stay.

It was just the second win of the year for the Phillies in a game where they had allowed more than two runs.

The starting pitching for the Phillies has been outstanding lately. Worley was fantastic last night, holding the Cubs to a run over seven innings and giving the Phils their eleventh quality start in their last 12 games. Over those 12 games, their starters have thrown to a 2.69 ERA with a 1.13 ratio. The Phils have gone 6-6.

The bullpen is a different story. Last night’s game saw Bastardo and Qualls combine to blow a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. In the frame, Bastardo got an early hook and Qualls stayed in long enough to give up a game-tying homer to a left-handed hitter. Over the last nine games, the bullpen has allowed 15 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings (6.53 ERA). Bastardo still hasn’t gotten more than two outs in any appearance for the year.

The Phillies are 11-12 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 6-4 last night. The teams split the four-game series. The Phillies have won four of their last six.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.97.

Worley has made five starts on the season and allowed more than one run in one of them.

David DeJesus was the first batter of the game and he hammered a 2-2 pitch off the wall in right. The ball rolled right to Pence and Pence made a perfect throw to second to nail DeJesus for the first out. Worley got the next two hitters behind him.

Worley started the second with a 4-0 lead and set the Cubs down in order.

He got Blake DeWitt, Geovany Soto and pitcher Chris Volstad in order in the third.

Worley struck DeJesus out looking for the first out in the fourth. The speedy Tony Campana was next and he put down a pretty bunt, but Polanco made a great play to field and throw to first in time to nip Campana for the second out. Starlin Castro followed with a single on a ball deflected by Rollins. It brought lefty Bryan LaHair to the plate for Chicago and he slapped a ball down the left field line, just out of the reach of a diving Polanco for a double that moved Castro up to third. Alfonso Soriano flew to right for the third out.

Great play by Polanco on the bunt by Campana helps keep the Cubs off the board. Campana was 5-for-14 in the series with three stolen bases and six runs scored.

Worley walked Ian Stewart to start the fifth. DeWitt was next and he chopped a ball in-between first and second. Wigginton made a sliding backhand attempt to field the ball, but it went off of his glove for an error that put men on first and second with nobody out. Worley struck out Soto for the first out before Volstad bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. DeJesus flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

You want to avoid walking the leadoff man, especially with a four-run lead, but Worley works around that and the error by Wigginton nicely.

Worley threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Soriano doubled to right to start the seventh and Worley walked Stewart behind him. DeWitt was next and singled into center, loading the bases for Soto. Soto hit a ball to third. Polanco fielded, tagged third and threw to first to complete the double-play. Soriano scored from third to make it 4-1. With two down and a man on second, righty Reed Johnson hit for Volstad. Worley got Johnson on a ground ball to first to end the frame.

Another big defensive play by Polanco, this time starting a critical double-play. Worley again walks Stewart and again handles Soto in a big situation.

Bastardo started the eighth. He got DeJesus to foul out to Ruiz for the first out before walking Campana on four pitches. Qualls came in to pitch to the righty Castro. Campana stole second before Castro singled into left, scoring Campana to make it 4-2. LaHair was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center, tying the game at 4-4. Qualls got Soriano on a fly ball to left for the second out before Stewart singled to center. DeWitt flew to left to end the frame.

Bastardo gets the quick hook after walking Campana on four pitches, then Qualls gives up the homer to the lefty LaHair with Savery presumably available in the pen. For the year, lefties are hitting 333/375/688 against Qualls and righties are hitting 118/167/167. In 2011, lefties hit 320/381/452 against Qualls and righties 218/255/257. Qualls should not be pitching against left-handed hitters as the tying run late in the game a whole lot.

Bastardo walking Campana on four pitches is bad, but the Phils still haven’t let him get more than two outs in an appearance yet this year. He does have a 2.40 ratio, having allowed four hits and four walks over 3 1/3, which is kinda high.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 6-4 lead. He walked the leadoff hitter Stewart, but got the next three, striking Campana out looking 0-2 to end the game.

Eighth save of the year for Papelbon, who lowered his ERA on the season to 0.90. He’s allowed one run in ten innings on six hits and three walks.

Two innings for the pen in which they are charged with three runs on three hits and two walks. Papelbon threw 16 pitches. Bastardo and Qualls were both under ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Rollins continues to lead off with Polanco hitting second. Wigginton at first and Nix in left with Pierre on the bench against the righty. Orr plays second with Galvis on the bench.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a single. Polanco struck out for the first out before Victorino moved Rollins up to second with a single. Pence singled into center, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0 and moving Victorino to second. Wigginton strucko out for the second out before a walk to Nix loaded the bases for Ruiz. Ruiz singled into right, scoring Victorino and Pence to make it 3-0. With men on first and second, Orr lined a single into right, scoring Nix to make it 4-0. DeJesus’s throw from right wasn’t close to getting Nix, but Soto didn’t handle it cleanly and the error allowed Orr to move up to second. Worley grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco singled with one out in the second, but Victorino struck out for the second out and Pence grounded to short to end the inning.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the third, but Orr grounded back to the pitcher to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Wigginton singled with two outs in the fifth, but Nix lined to right behind him for the third out.

Orr bunted for a single with one out in the sixth. Worley bunted him to second with the first out. Orr moved up to third on a balk before Rollins walked, putting runners on first and third for Polanco. Polanco flew to center to end the inning.

Righty Shawn Camp started the seventh for the Cubs with the lead cut to 4-1. Wigginton singled with two outs. Lefty Scott Maine came in to pitch to Nix. Mayberry hit for Nix and struck out swinging to leave Wigginton at first.

Mayberry’s average drops to .204 after striking out against the lefty. 1-for-10 as a pinch-hitter with six strikeouts. Phillies pinch-hitters overall are 3-for-30 on the year with three singles and a walk (100/156/100).

It was 4-4 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. With one out and the lefty Maine still on the mound for the Cubs, Pierre hit for Qualls and was hit by a pitch. Galvis popped out out foul for the second out before righty Rafael Dolis came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins singled into right, moving Pierre up to third. Polanco was next and lined a double into left, scoring both runners to put the Phils on top 6-4. Victorino grounded hard to second to leave Polanco stranded.

Pierre pinch-hits against the lefty and gets on base. Thome and Schneider, both lefties, were the other guys on the bench for the Phils at the time with Thome unavailable.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a big hit in the eighth-inning rally. 4-for-15 with a double and two walks in the four-game set. 4-for-11 with a double and a 364/462/455 line in three games since his insertion into the leadoff spot. He’s still hitting a miserable 235/283/271 for the year.

Polanco was 2-for-5 with a double, the only-extra base hit of the game for the Phils, and two big RBI. He also made two big defensive plays in the game, one on the bunt by Campana and the other starting the double-play on the ball hit by Soto with the bases loaded. He was 4-for-13 with a double in the series. He’s 7-for-his-last-16 with two walks and two doubles. 250/299/292 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-5 in the game and 2-for-17 with a double in the series. He’s 4-for-his-last-38 (105/128/289 over 39 PA). 228/276/380 for the year.

Pence 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 203/239/313 over his last 67 PA. 253/293/391 for the year.

Wigginton 2-for-4 in the game with his third error of the season, which is the most of anyone on the squad. Nix and Wigginton have combined to make five errors defensively for the Phils so far. Wigginton was 5-for-13 with a walk and a homer in the series. 322/379/475 for the year. He went 1-for-9 with a single to start the season and has hit 360/411/540 in 56 plate appearances since.

Nix was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game. 0-for-6 with three walks in the series. 276/382/517 for the year. For the season, he has five walks in 34 plate appearances, which is about 14.7% of his PA. Coming into the season he had walked in about 5.7% of his plate appearances for his career. His walk rate is the best of anyone on the team except for Blanton — Blanton has walked in two of nine plate appearances to this point. Nix leads the team in on-base percentage. He’s also leading the team in isolated power at .241. The Phillies ought to play him a whole lot as long as he’s going to lead the team in both on-base percentage and isolated power.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. 4-for-11 with a walk, a double, a home run and five RBI in the set. 313/343/516 for the year.

Orr 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 286/318/476 for the season. Galvis was 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the set and is at 191/225/294 for the year.

Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) faces righty Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05) tonight as the Phils face the Braves in Atlanta. Since allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins his first start of the season, Hamels is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA and an 0.86 ratio. Beachy has allowed two earned runs in 20 2/3 innings (0.87 ERA) over his last three starts. He’s allowed one extra-base hit to a right-handed hitter so far this season (Matt Kemp homered off of him in his most recent start).


After spending most of the month looking for the offense, some wonder if it might have been in Arizona all along

Always the last place you look.

The Phillies have hit just 12 home runs this season, but three of them came last night as an offensive explosion and a solid start by Vance Worley got them past the Diamondbacks.

Laynce Nix had a fantastic game, going 3-for-3 with a long home run and hitting another ball off the wall. Pence, just off of missing a game with a shoulder problem and coming into the game 1-for-his-last-16, homered as well. Victorino hit his second home run in two days.

Over the last two games, the Phillies have scored 13 runs. Coming into the series in Arizona, the Phils had scored ten runs in their last six games combined.

Last night’s game was the first time this season that the Phillies have won a game in which they allowed more than two runs.

The Phillies are 8-10 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series, with the Snakes outscoring the Phils 14-13.

Worley started the game for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out six and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.16 after four starts. He has struck out 27 in 25 innings for the year. Over his last two starts he has allowed one run over 13 innings while striking out 17.

Justin Upton singled to center with two outs in the first, but Worley got Miguel Montero to fly to left for the third out.

Cody Ransom singled to center with two outs in the second, but Worley got Willie Bloomquist on a ball Worley handled himself to end the inning.

Worley walked Aaron Hill with two outs in the third. Upton hit a ball hard, but Worley again took it himself for the third out.

Third straight inning that Worley had gotten the first two batters in the inning before allowing the third to reach base.

He started the fourth up 4-0 and set the Snakes down in order.

Ransom led off the bottom of the fifth and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left, cutting the Phillies lead to 4-1. Worley got the next two before Parra doubled to left. Hill was next and Worley hit him, putting runners on first and second with two down for Upton. Upton grounded to second to end the inning.

Montero led off the sixth with a single to right, but Worley struck Jason Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt out behind him. Ransom grounded to third to end the inning.

Contreras started the seventh with a 7-1 lead. Bloomquist led off with a double to right on a ball deflected by Victorino. Ryan Roberts hit for the pitcher Bryan Shaw and he doubled, scoring Bloomquist. 7-2. Parra was next and grounded a ball past a diving Orr and into right center for another double. Roberts scored and it was 7-3. Contreras struck out Hill for the first out before Parra stole third. Upton grounded to short for the second out, with Parra coming in to score and cut the lead to 7-4. Bastardo came in to face the lefty Montero and got him to pop to short to end the inning.

Contreras faces five batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three doubles and a stolen base. After three outings, he’s allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings for the season.

Bastardo still hasn’t gotten more than two outs in any of his five appearances, but has struck out five in 2 2/3 innings and been charged with just one run.

Qualls started the eighth with the Phils up 8-4. Kubel led off and hit a 2-0 pitch out to left, cutting the lead to 8-5. Qualls struck out Goldschmidt, Ransom and Bloomquist behind Kubel.

That’s the first run that Qualls has been charged with for the season. In seven innings he’s allowed one run on four hits and two walks. He hasn’t allowed a lot of homers over his career, so let’s hope he doesn’t start now.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a three-run lead to get his sixth save of the year.

Papelbon has allowed one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings so far.

Overall, the bullpen went three innings in the game, allowing four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out five.

Contreras has thrown two days in a row, with less than fantastic results. He threw 15 pitches in the game. Qualls threw 15 and Papelbon and Bastardo were both under ten.

Michael Stutes has been put on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and Michael Schwimmer called up.

The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Collmenter went (1) Pierre (2) Orr (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Nix (8) Schneider. Pence returns after taking a day off with a shoulder problem. Galvis and Ruiz on the bench with Orr at second and Schneider catching. Wigginton at third with Polanco on the bench. Mayberry on the bench with Pierre in right despite going 2-for-4 with a double and an outfield assist in game one of the set.

Pierre led off the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second for the first out. Orr and Rollins went down behind him.

Three stolen bases for the year for Pierre and two caught stealings. He’s also been picked off once.

Pence and Wigginton struck out in a 1-2-3 second.

Nix hit a ball off the middle of the wall in right for a long single to start the third. Schneider flew to right for the first out. Worley was next and bunted, but Collmenter threw to second to force Nix for the second out. Pierre grounded to Collmenter to set the Phillies down.

Worley can’t move Nix up to second with the bunt, which might have cost the Phils a run given that Orr singled to start the fourth.

Orr singled to right to start the fourth. Rollins was next and grounded to second with Orr forced at second for the first out. Pence was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat just out to right for a two-run homer, putting the Phils on top 2-0. Victorino popped to second for the second out before Wigginton doubled to left. Nix was next and he blasted the first pitch of his at-bat way out to right for his first homer with the Phils. 4-0. Schneider singled before Worley struck out to leave him at first.

Three extra-base hits in the inning for the Phillies. Pence and Nix both hit their homers off of Collmenter on the first pitch of their at-bat.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

With the lead cut to 4-1, they went in order again in the sixth.

Nix and Schneider singled back-to-back to start the seventh, putting runners on first and second for Worley. Polanco hit for Worley with the righty Collmenter still on the mound for Arizona. Righty Bryan Shaw came in to pitch to Polanco and Polanco bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Pierre was next and he hit a ball into left that appeared to have been caught by a sliding Kubel. The Phillies, however, got the call and Pierre had a single that loaded the bases for Orr. Orr lined a triple into the right-field corner, clearing the bases and putting the Phils up 7-1. Rollins struck out swinging for the second out. Pence flew to center for the third.

Pierre was out, but the Phils get the call an extra run. Rollins strikes out with a man on third base and one out after the Orr triple.

Victorino led off the eighth with the lead cut to 7-4 and homered to left, extending the lead to 8-4. Wigginton flew to left for the first out. Ruiz hit for Bastardo and flew to left for the second. Mayberry hit for Schneider and popped to first for the third.

Second homer in two games for Victorino. Third home run in the game for the Phillies.

Polanco, Thome (hitting for Qualls) and Galvis went in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 8-5.

Thome struck out swinging for the second out. He’s now 2-for-17 on the season (.118) with two singles and ten strikeouts in 19 plate appearances.

The Phillies scored eight runs in the game without a walk.

Pierre was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, upping his line on the year to 333/357/370.

Orr was 2-for-4 with a three-run triple. He’s 4-for-11 on the season with three extra-base hits and leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.

Rollins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout with Orr on third and one out in the seventh. He’s hitting .229 for the year after going 2-for-his-last-25.

Pence 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. He was 1-for-his-last-16 coming into the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a home run. He’s homered two days in a row, but is 2-for-his-last-16 with two home runs.

Wigginton 1-for-4 with a double. 353/410/529 in his last 39 plate appearances since going 1-for-9 to start the season.

Nix was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, upping his line to 333/391/619 for the year after 23 plate appearances. He went 0-for-5 to start the season and has gone 7-for-16 with a walk, three doubles and a home run since (438/471/813).

Schneider 2-for-3 to up his average to .267. He’s 4-for-his-last-9.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) faces righty Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84) this afternoon. Hamels has allowed three runs over 13 innings in his last two starts and has 23 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings for the year. Cahill allowed seven runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his most recent outing. He has allowed just 13 hits in 19 innings, but walked ten.


Second time’s the charm

Vance Worley gave the Phils their second fantastic start in two games last night and this time the Phils got the win, beating the Padres 2-0 in the first game of their set in San Diego. Worley struck out 11 in seven innings and was backed by scoreless frames from Qualls and Papelbon.

Over their last two games, the Phillies have gotten 17 scoreless innings from their starting pitchers in which they have struck out 18. Phillies starting pitchers for the year have combined to throw to a 2.32 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and averaged 6.87 innings per start.

Juan Pierre did his very best to jump start the offense for the Phils in the game, walking, singling and tripling in his first three plate appearances, but the Phillies still had a whole bunch of problems scoring runs. They got one in the first on a walk, three hits and an error. The other run came in the ninth and wouldn’t have scored without the help of a passed ball, thanks to back-to-back strikeouts followed by a ground out after the Phils put a runner on third with nobody out.

Six wins on the year for the Phillies, who still haven’t won a game in which they’ve allowed more than two runs. They’ve allowed a total of six runs in the games that they’ve won (zero twice, one twice and two twice). In the seven games they’ve lost, they’ve allowed a total of 28 runs, or four runs per game.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the season after beating the San Diego Padres 2-0 last night. They lead the series one game to none.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out 11.

His game score for the start was 77, a mark he equaled in two of his starts in 2011. July 4 against the Marlins and July 26 against the Giants.

He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead and struck out the side. Will Venable went down swinging. Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley both struck out looking.

Lefty Jeremy Hermida led off the second with a triple to center. Lefty Yonder Alonso lined to third for the first out. Worley struck lefty John Baker out looking 1-2 for the second. Righty Jason Bartlett grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Padres despite the leadoff triple.

Worley struck out pitcher Joe Wieland in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck Maybin out to start the fourth before walking Headley on five pitches. Hermida was next and he grounded to third, with Headley forced at second for the second out. Alonso was next and he walked on five pitches as well, but Worley got Baker on a ground ball to second to set the Padres down.

Two walks in the inning for Worley, but he works around them. It’s obviously very early, but Worley’s walk rate is up for the year so far. Through three starts he’s walked 12% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced compared to 8.7% in 2011.

Worley struck out Bartlett and Hudson in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Venable lined a single to center to start the sixth. Maybin bunted him to second with the first out before Headley singled in to left, moving Venable up to third. Hermida struck out swinging 3-2 as Headley took off for second. Ruiz threw to second. Rollins took the throw with Venable coming home. Rollins made a strong throw home and Ruiz applied the tag to get Venable and end the inning.

No run for the Padres after putting men on first and third with one out.

Worley got the first two to start the seventh before walking Bartlett on a 3-2 pitch. Hudson moved Bartlett to third with a single to center. Kotsay struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch and was infuriated because the ball was so far outside.

Worley got a call on the 3-2 pitch to Kotsay, but it’s still a great job and a huge at-bat for him after the Padres put the go-ahead run on base.

Qualls pitched the eighth with the Phils still up a run. He walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and Headley stole second with Hermida at the plate. Hermida grounded to second to leave Headley stranded.

Fifth outing of the year for Qualls, who still has not been charged with a run in five scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting .167 against him.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-0 lead and walked Alonso on a 3-2 pitch. Baker was next, though, and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play that cleared the bases. He struck Bartlett out looking 2-2 to end the game.

Sixth outing and fourth save for Papelbon. He’s allowed one run over six innings on the homer he allowed to Kearns.

Qualls threw 19 pitches in the game and Papelbon 14. They combined to throw two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and no hits.

The Phillies lineup against righty Joe Wieland went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco and Mayberry back in the lineup against the righty. Lefties Nix and Thome on the bench as well as the righty Wigginton. Polanco continues to hit second, even against the righty. Too high.

Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked on five pitches. Polanco was next and he singled to left with Pierre moving up to third on an error by Venable. It put runners on the corners for Rollins and Rollins hit a ball well to right for the first out. Pierre tagged and scored from third, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Pence was next and he singled into center, moving Polanco up to second. Victorino followed that with another hit, also a single to center, which loaded the bases for Mayberry with one out. Mayberry popped to second on a 3-2 pitch for the second out with all of the runners holding. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

First things first: Pierre walked, number one on the season, so my official guess of April 27 for his first walk proves to be a bust. Mayberry is the other thing there, popping out with the bases loaded and one out to continue a miserable start to the season for him.

The Phillies score in the frame. Given the recent history, that’s something. Still, on a walk, three hits and an error they can only come up with one run.

Pierre and Polanco get it done at the top of the order, coming through with a walk and a single to start the rally.

Galvis and Worley both struck out to start the second before Pierre reached on an infield single. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.

Pierre on base again for the second time in two innings.

Rollins and Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

They went 1-2-3 in the fourth as well.

Pierre lined a triple down the left field line with one out in the fifth. Polanco was next and he grounded hard to third for the first out, with Pierre holding third. Rollins struck out swinging to leave Pierre at third.

Pierre triples, so my official guess of the 14th of Never-everness for his first extra-base hit also proves to be a bust.

No run for the Phillies after the one-out triple by Pierre. Polanco hit the ball hard right at Headley, so Pierre had no chance to score. Kind of a tough break for Polanco, who could just a couple of breaks at this point. Three plate appearances for Pierre at this point in the game and he has a walk, a single and a triple.

Mayberry struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.

Righty Luke Gregerson set the Phils down in order in the seventh, striking out Ruiz for the first out.

Righty Andrew Cashner got Pierre, Polanco and Rollins in order in the eighth.

Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth. Pence led off the inning and walked on four pitches. Victorino moved him to third with a single to left. Victorino stole second with Mayberry at the plate, putting men on second and third. The 0-2 pitch to Mayberry was outside and off the catcher’s foot. It rolled way away, allowing Pence to score from third (2-0) and Victorino to move up to third. Mayberry struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Ruiz struck out looking 0-2 for the second. Galvis flew to left to set the Phillies down.

The Phils manage a run, but again Mayberry comes up empty, striking out with a runner on third for the first out. Ruiz couldn’t get it done, either, striking out with a runner on third for the second out.

Pierre had a monster game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple to up his line to 333/353/394.

Polanco 1-for-4 to up his average to .186. 186/222/209 on the year.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a big sac fly and two strikeouts. He’s 1-for-his-last-15.

Pence 1-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. He has stolen six bases without being caught.

Mayberry was miserable, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base. In the first he popped to second with the bases loaded and one out. In the ninth he struck out with nobody out and a runner on third. He’s 1-for-his-last-14.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .206 since going 4-for-6 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 to drop his average to .216.

Hamels (1-1, 3.65) faces righty Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24) tonight. Hamels was better in his most recent start than his first, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings. He has 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings for the season. Volquez struggled in his most recent start, which came against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings. He has walked 12 in 17 innings for the year.


Brown adds a break to the list of stuff he can’t catch

Not sure I’d put it near the top, though.

The Phils played the Yankees this afternoon after news broke that Domonic Brown had been sent to minor league camp. Yankees won 5-3, dropping the Phils to 9-11.

Worley started the game for the Phillies and allowed three runs in the first inning thanks to double, single, double, single by the first four batters he faced. Things got better after that, though, as he followed up the ugly first with five shutout innings. He threw six innings on the day, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk as his ERA rose to 2.81. He struck out seven.

Herndon pitched the seventh and allowed a run on a single and a double, upping his ERA to 3.00.

Stutes followed Herndon and struck out three, but allowed a run on a double and two singles. His ERA is up to 4.50.

Papelbon got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth as he dropped his ERA to 1.29.

Erik Kratz homered for the Phils in his only at-bat, his second homer of the season. He’s hitting .389 (7-for-18). Miguel Abreu played three more innings of shortstop, going 1-for-2 with a double at the plate. 2-for-5 in official Spring Training action.

Rollins, Victorino and Wigginton were all 1-for-3. Rollins is hitting .262 while Victorino and Wigginton are both hitting .244.

Nix was 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop his average to .185. Mayberry 1-for-3 with a strikeout and an RBI.

Galvis started at second and went 0-for-4. His average have dropped to .235 thanks to a 1-for-his-last-12.

Cole Hamels is expected to pitch Saturday as the Phils play the Red Sox.


Playoffs??! You’re talking about playoffs?

Yup. Still. They’re kinda tough to forget.

You may recall that the Phils were pretty good during the regular season and not so good in the playoffs over the past two years. Here’s what the post-season teams did in the playoffs in terms of scoring and preventing runs and how those numbers compared to what the teams did during the regular season. Here are the numbers for the playoff teams in the NL for 2011:

G RS RA S/G A/G Reg Season
S/G
Reg Season
A/G
STL total 18 100 77 5.56 4.28 4.70 4.27
MIL 11 49 68 4.54 6.18 4.45 3.94
PHI 5 21 19 4.20 3.80 4.40 3.27
ARI 5 25 23 5.00 4.60 4.51 4.09
All NL teams 39 195 187 5.00 4.79 4.13 4.16
STL vs NL only 11 62 47 5.64 4.27 4.70 4.27

Overall, the NL teams scored 5.00 runs per game in the post-season, which is about 121% of the runs NL teams scored during the regular season. Of course, a lot of the NL teams that can’t hit didn’t even make the playoffs in 2011. The Cards, Brewers, Snakes and Phils combined to score 2,927 runs in 648 regular season games, which is about 4.52 runs per game (it’s about 4.57 runs per game if you weight it to account for the number of games played by each of the four teams, since the Cards had the best offense in the league and played the most playoff games).

Every NL team that made the post-season in 2011 except the Phils scored more runs per game in their post-season games than they had in their regular season games. The Cards scored about 118% of their regular season runs per game, the Diamondbacks about 111% and the Brewers about 102%. The Phillies scored 4.20 runs per game, which was about 95% of the 4.40 they averaged during the regular season.

Each of the four NL playoff teams also allowed more runs per game in the post-season than the regular season. The Cardinals came the closest to their regular season numbers, allowing just 4.28 runs per game, which is just a tick over the 4.27 they averaged for the regular season. Again, they were pitching against better teams than they faced during the regular season. Based on the regular season numbers against all NL teams, the Cards would have allowed about 48.7 runs in the 11 games they played against NL playoff teams (five against the Phils and six against the Brewers) — they actually allowed 47.

The Phillies allowed about 116% of the runs per game they allowed during the regular season in the ’11 post-season, which is the second-highest leap of the four NL playoff teams after the Brewers. Milwaukee has some ugly numbers thanks to allowing 43 runs to the Cardinals in the six-game NLCS. Not to be forgotten, of course, is that the Phils were facing the best-hitting team in the NL in the ’11 post-season. St Louis played the Phillies nine times during the regular season, going 6-3 and scoring 34 runs. That’s 3.77 runs per game, very similar to what they scored against the Phils during the post-season.

And here are the numbers for the NL teams in 2010:

G RS RA S/G A/G Reg Season
S/G
Reg Season
A/G
SF total 15 59 41 3.93 2.73 4.30 3.60
PHI 9 33 23 3.67 2.56 4.77 3.95
ATL 4 9 11 2.25 2.75 4.56 3.88
CIN 3 4 13 1.33 4.33 4.88 4.23
All NL teams 31 105 88 3.39 2.84 4.33 4.35
SF vs NL only
10 30 29 3.00 2.90 4.30 3.60

In 2010, all four of the NL teams that played in the post-season scored fewer runs per game than they scored during the regular season. That’s a flip from 2011, when three of the four teams (everyone but the Phillies) scored more. In 2010, the Braves and Reds each scored less than half of the runs per game in the post-season that they had scored during the regular season. The Giants were a little off their regular season pace, scoring 91.4% of their regular season runs per game overall but only about 69.8% before they got to the World Series. In the World Series, they plated 29 runs in just five games or 5.8 runs per game — way more than the 4.30 runs per game they scored during the 2010 regular season.

The Phils, meanwhile, didn’t have the huge dropoff in runs scored per game that the Braves and Reds did, but still scored significantly fewer runs per game in the post-season than they had during the regular season. They scored 3.67 runs per game in their nine playoff games in 2010, about 77% of the runs per game they scored during the regular season.

Three of the four teams allowed fewer runs per game in the post-season than they had during the regular season. The only team that didn’t was the Reds, who were outscored 13-4 by the Phils as the Phils swept them in three games in the opening round.

Of the four NL teams in the post-season in 2010, the Phillies were the team whose runs allowed per game was the lowest compared to the runs they allowed during the regular season. The Reds allowed more runs per game than they had during the regular season, the Phils allowed about 64.8%, the Braves about 70.9% and the Giants about 75.8%. In their games against the NL teams, the Giants allowed about 80.6% of the runs per game they had allowed during the regular season. A lot of that success for the Phils in 2010 relative to the rest of that group has to do with what happened in their opening series with the Reds — as you may remember, the Phils got shutouts from Halladay and Hamels in games one and three of the set.

The Phillies signed right-handed reliever Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year deal worth just over $50 million. We’ll have to wait see how that works out for the Phils in 2012, but between Papelbon and Thome the Phils are in good shape if the powers-that-be decide to replay 2006 instead.

Vance Worley finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting behind Freddie Freeman and winner Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel got all 32 of the first place votes.

In this article, Charlie Manuel includes third base when listing the positions that free agent Michael Cuddyer can play. I’m not convinced. When the Phillies don’t get Cuddyer, how disappointed we should all be will depend on whether or not he can play third. I’m guessing he can’t.

This article suggests that Cuddyer is not the high priority in Philadelphia being portrayed by the media and is more of a “middle priority” for the Phils.


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