Tag: Zach Miner

Are we there yet?

The bad news is that Phillies/Marlins games have almost undeniably taken on a somebody-has-to-win feel. The worse news is that it happened around the middle of last year. Last night it was the Phillies’s turn to win as they topped Miami 2-1, snapping a five-game losing streak and handing the Marlins their 100th loss of the season.

Miami starter Henderson Alvarez struggled in the first inning, walking three straight batters and helping the Phils push across a pair of early runs. That was all they would get and all they would need. Zach Miner started the game for the Phillies and held the Fish to a run over four innings. He was followed by four Phillie relievers who combined to throw five shutout frames.

One of the four relievers in the game for the Phils was Jake Diekman, who allowed a one-out single in a scoreless eighth. Over his last 18 appearances, Diekman has thrown to an 0.55 ERA and an 0.61 ratio while striking out 23 in 16 1/3 innings.

The Phillies are 72-85 on the season after beating the Miami Marlins 2-1 last night. The Marlins are 58-100. The Phillies remain tied with the Mets for third-place in the NL East. Both teams are 21 games behind the first-place Braves and trail the second-place Nats by 11 1/2.

Miner got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out three.

Miner drops his ERA on the season to 3.08 with the outing. The 3.08 ERA is a lot more impressive than the 1.52 ratio. Miner has allowed just 26 hits in his 26 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .263 average, but has walked 14. Lefties especially have drawn a ton of walks — they’re hitting just .241 but on-basing .395 against him for the year.

The Phillies led 2-0 when he set the Marlins down in order in the bottom of the first.

Giancarlo Stanon singled to center to start the second. Justin Ruggiano was next and lined a 1-0 pitch into the gap in left-center for a double. Stanton scored from first (1-0) and Ruggiano tried to move up to third as Brown rambled to the ball, but Brown finally got there and relayed to Rollins. Rollins’s throw to third was in time to get Ruggiano, leaving the bases empty with one down. Miner got the next two hitters on a ground ball to second and a strikeout.

Miner’s issues this season have mostly been with walks, but the only run he allowed in his four innings last night came on back-to-back hits by righties. The Phillies and Miner were fortunate to get Ruggiano at third as there was a good chance Ruggiano on third with nobody out would have led to at least a second run in the frame.

Miner allowed a one-out double to the pitcher Henderson Alvarez with one out in the third. He walked Ed Lucas with after getting the second out, putting men on first and second with two down for lefty Christian Yelich. Yelich grounded to Miner to end the inning.

Ruggiano singled to left with one out and stole second before Logan Morrison drew a walk. It put men on first and second with one down, but Miner retired Adeiny Hechavarria on a ground ball to third for the second out and got Jeff Mathis swinging for the third.

Second time in two innings that Miner allows a hit and a walk in the inning, but keeps the Marlins from scoring.

Michael Stutes threw a 1-2-3 fifth. Galvis made a nice play at third on a ball hit hard to retire Alvarez for the first out.

Wait, Michael Stutes is on the team, I hear you cry? Evidently. He was activated from the 60-day DL on Friday after missing more than two months with biceps tendinitis. Last night’s appearances was his first since June 22. He threw to a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings in his first 11 appearances on the season. From June 19 to June 22, he pitched three times and two of the outings were miserable — in the three appearances combined he allowed eight runs over two innings. Last night was his first appearance since.

JC Ramirez pitched the sixth and the seventh. Miami didn’t score in either inning and Ramirez allowed just one base-runner on a Yelich single to start the sixth.

Ramirez has just been awful this year, but he goes two scoreless innings in his best outing in a long time. Coming into last night’s game he had allowed a least one run in each of his last ten appearances, throwing to an 11.57 ERA and a 2.43 ratio in those outings.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single to Lucas, but got the next two.

Diekman continues to be fantastic. Over his last 18 appearances, he’s thrown to an 0.55 ERA and an 0.61 ratio while striking out 23 in 16 1/3 innings. For the year, righties numbers against the lefty are still pretty concerning. Righties are hitting 305/374/402 against him while lefties have a 148/209/148 line. Lefties don’t have an extra-base hit against him in 68 plate appearances. He’s allowed just one home run on the year, which was hit by righty David Wright.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He allowed a two-out single to Hechavarria, but retired Placido Polanco on a fly ball to right to end the game.

Papelbon drops his ERA on the year to 2.52 with the outing. Compared to his career numbers, Papelbon has been better against lefties this year, but righties have gotten more hits against him than they had in the past. Righties are hitting .250 against him for the season and .221 against him for his career.

Five scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow three singles and don’t walk a batter while striking out three. Ramirez threw 25 pitches in the game and Diekman 20.

The Phillie lineup against righty Henderson Alvarez went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruf (6) Frandsen (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Frandsen plays first against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 200/244/297 against right-handed pitching for the year. Times are hard, but you really have to figure out a way not to do that. Galvis enters the game with a negative Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR for the year and a .270 career on-base percentage. Cameron Rupp makes his second career start behind the plate. Hernandez hits leadoff — he enters the game on-basing .405 out of the leadoff spot in the order.

Rollins doubled to right with one out. Utley and Brown both walked behind him, loading the bases for Ruf. Ruf walked on a 3-2 pitch that was outside, forcing Rollins home. 1-0 with the bases still loaded. Frandsen was next and grounded to short with the infield back. Hechavarria took the out at first and everyone moved up a base. Utley scored, making it 2-0 with two down and men on second and third. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.

Two runs in the frame for the Phils on the Rollins double and three walks. Nice job by Utley, Brown and Ruf to let Alvarez walk them all in a row.

Miner singled to center with one out in the second, but Hernandez grounded into a double-play behind him.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when the Phillies hit in the third. Utley singled to right with one out and moved up to third on a two-out single by Ruf. Frandsen grounded to second to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies didn’t have a base-runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth.

Rupp singled to center off of Alvarez with one out in the seventh, but Mayberry and Hernandez both struck out behind him.

Utley walked off of lefty Dan Jennings with one out in the eighth and the Phils still down a run. Brown flew to center and righty Ryan Webb retired Ruf on a ground ball to short.

Utley draws the walk against the lefty. He’s hitting .232 and on-basing .317 against lefties for the year. The Fish bring in a righty to get Ruf, but Ruf is still hitting just 190/311/349 against lefties for the season.

Webb was back and set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Hernandez was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 0-for-his-last-7 and 1-for-his-last-12. Hitting .286 and on-basing .352 for the year with an isolated power of .051. The high average and pretty good on-base percentage might be for real. The no power is very definitely for real. Also, he’s not a center fielder and you can’t make him one by playing him in center field. See also: John Mayberry. Hernandez’s UZR/150 as calculated by FanGraphs is -23.2. Mayberry’s is -28.9. Everyone accepts without question that Delmon Young was an abysmal right fielder. And he was. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in right for the season at -22.2.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double. 367/446/551 over his last 56 plate appearances. 309/405/456 in 79 plate appearances in September.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked twice. He’s 11-for-his-last-31 (.355).

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. 250/385/344 in 39 plate appearances since his return.

Ruf 1-for-3 with an RBI. 302/387/453 over his last 62 plate appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-3 with an RBI and left four men on base. Well, coach, what you’re doin’ with Kevin Frandsen . . .I’m not seeing it. 196/240/292 against righties for the year. Not a first baseman. Seems like all that should add up to not starting him at first base against a righty.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Well, coach, what you’re doin’ with Freddy Galvis . . .I’m not seeing it.

Rupp 1-for-4 with a single. 2-for-8 with two singles on the year.

Hamels (8-14, 3.62) faces lefty Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14) tonight. Neither of Hamels’s last two starts have been good as he’s allowed ten runs over 13 innings. Hamels started June with a 4.86 ERA, thanks in part to allowing ten home runs in 74 innings over his first 12 times out. He ended August with a 3.58 ERA. In his 16 starts in June and August, he made 16 starts in which he threw to a 2.73 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 112 innings. He’s allowed four home runs in 28 innings in his first four starts in September. He allowed home runs to about 3.1% of the batters he faced in his 12 starts through the end of May, about 1.6% of the batters he faced in his 16 starts from June through August and has now allowed home runs to about 3.6% of the batters he’s faced so far in September. Not giving up home runs might be the cause of good pitching and it might be the symptom — whichever it is, the differences in results for Hamels over the stretches where he’s limited the home run this year have been pretty dramatic. Hand has made eight appearances in relief this year and one start. In the eight relief appearances, he’s allowed a run over 8 2/3 innings on one hit and five walks (1.04 ERA and an 0.69 ratio). His only start came against the Mets on September 13 and he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .122 against him for the season.


Short circuited

The Phillies lost a tough one last night, falling 4-3 to the Marlins in ten innings.

Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made two spectacular plays in the game. In the sixth he took a hit away from Asche with a remarkable leap to snare a line drive. The Phils were poised to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Hechavarria made a miraculous diving play that turned Roger Bernadina‘s RBI-single into the third out of the frame.

Hechavarria’s plays impacted the game without a doubt, but the Phillies had a number of opportunities they couldn’t cash in on and made more than their share of mistakes in the one-run game. Brown and Bernadina both gave away outs on the bases. A throwing error and a wild pitch helped the Marlins score an unearned run in the fifth. The bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead. The Phils failed to score in the eighth inning after putting a runner on third with one out. Down a run in the tenth, they couldn’t score after putting men on second and third with nobody out.

The Phillies are 71-81 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Miami Marlins in ten innings last night. The Phils take the series two games to one and are 8-4 over their last 12 games.

Miner got the start for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing two singles and two walks. He struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.22.

Nice result for Miner in his first start in the big leauges since August 12, 2009. His 3.22 ERA on the season is more impressive than his 1.52 ratio. Opponents have hit just .262 against him, but with 12 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He’s walked seven of the 34 lefties he’s faced (20.6%) and lefties are on-basing .412 against him.

He walked two hitters back-to-back with two outs in the top of the first. He got behind Justin Ruggiano 3-0 before coming back to strike Ruggiano out swinging, leaving both runners stranded.

He allowed a one-out single in second, but got the next two. Ed Lucas singled to left with one out in the third, but Lucas was caught stealing as Christian Yelich struck out swinging, ending the frame.

Luis Garcia kept the Marlins off the board in the fourth. Ruggiano hit a ball off the wall in right with one out, but Bernadina fielded the ball nicely off the wall and made a strong throw to second in time to nail Ruggiano going for two.

Garcia was back for the fifth and allowed a run on a single, a throwing error by Ruiz, a wild pitch and an RBI-ground out, which put the Marlins up 1-0.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows an unearned run on two hits. He drops his ERA to 4.39 with the outing. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but they’ve hurt him this year. Opponents are hitting .229 against the righty, but with a .368 on-base percentage.

Martin started the sixth with the Phils up 3-1. He allowed a leadoff single to Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton followed, mashing a 1-1 pitch way out to center to tie the game at 3-3. Martin got the next two. Asche made a fantastic play on a bunt by Adeiny Hechavarria for the third out, bare-handing and throwing strong to first.

Five batters for Martin. He allows two runs on the single and the home run. He’s allowed nine home runs in 34 innings on the year. That was hit fourth appearance in relief and the first time he’s been charged with a run as a reliever. 6.90 ERA in his seven starts and now a 4.50 ERA in four innings as a reliever. For the season, opponents are hitting .255 with a slugging percentage of .511. The righty has allowed seven homers to the 83 right-handed batters (8.4%) he has faced.

De Fratus pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single, but struck out two and kept the Marlins off the board.

De Fratus was pitching for the second straight day and hasn’t been charged with a run in five innings over his last six appearances. Didn’t walk anyone last night, but has walked 21 in 43 innings for the year.

Rosenberg struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Rosenberg was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.29 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 14 innings in his last 16 outings. Opponents have hit .149 against him in those appearances.

Diekman pitched the ninth with the game still tied. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but retired Donovan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave the runners on first and second.

Diekman was also pitching for the second day in a row. He has an 0.63 ERA and the same 0.63 ratio over 14 1/3 innings in his last 16 appearances. 22 strikeouts in his last 14 1/3 innings — opponents have hit .146 against him in those outings and he’s walked just two of the 51 batters he’s faced without allowing a home run. Lefties are hitting 153/215/153 against the lefty (no extra-base hits in 63 plate appearances) while righties are hitting 312/384/416.

Jimenez stared the tenth. Lucas led off and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left, putting Miami up 4-3. Jimenez hit Ruggiano with two outs. Ruggiano stole second before Logan Morrison grounded to first to end the frame.

The lefty Jimenez allows a homer to the righty Lucas to start the inning, then hits the righty Ruggiano three batters later. Two of the three righties that Jimenez faces in the frame reach on a solo homer and a hit-by-pitch. He retires both lefties.

The home run that Jimenez allowed to Lucas was the first he had given up in the majors since August 5, 2008. Jason Kubel, playing for Minnesota, homered off of Jimenez, who was pitching for Seattle.

Jimenez’s ERA for the year rises to 2.51 with the outing. He has a 1.12 ratio.

The pen went seven innings in the game, allowing four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. De Fratus, Rosenberg and Diekman have all pitched two days in a row, which shouldn’t matter by Friday given today’s off-day. Garcia threw 27 pitches in the game and everyone else besides Miner (61) was below 20. Miner seems unlikely to be available Friday.

The Phillie lineup against righty Nathan Eovaldi went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. Bernadina plays right with Hernandez in center.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the bottom of the first, but Utley and Ruiz went down behind him.

Asche was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second. Bernadina struck out for the third out.

Hernandez singled to left with one out in the third. Rollins and Utley went down behind him.

Brown walked with one out in the fourth, but was picked off and caught up between first and second after Ruf flew to center for the second out.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the fifth. Bernadina walked with one out and Martinez hit for Garcia. Martinez flew to left for the second out before Hernandez moved Bernadian up to second with a single. Rollins followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Utley. Everyone moved up a base on a passed ball, Bernadina scored to make it 1-1, before Utley singled to right. Hernandez and Rollins both scored, putting the Phils ahead 3-1. Ruiz drew a walk before Brown flew to left, leaving the runners at first and second.

Another big hit for Utley. Two more RBI account for all the RBI the Phils had in the game. He drove in 10 of the 21 runs the Phillies scored in the three-game series.

Hernandez and Rollins again find themselves in the middle of a rally for the Phils. Hernandez was 6-for-12 in the series with two walks and scored five runs. Rollins was 6-for-11 with three walks and four runs scored.

It was 3-3 when Bernadina singled to right off of righty AJ Ramos with two outs in the sixth. Kratz hit for Martin and popped a ball up that fell in-between Lucas and Hechavarria for a single. Bernadina moved up to third, but Kratz was caught up between first and second. Bernadina tried to come home, but was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out to end the inning.

Hernandez walked to start the seventh, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Hernandez in on-basing .398 in 88 plate appearances for the year after going 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. He’s on-basing .471 against right-handed pitching. Had they set the what-will-cesar-hernandez-on-base-against-righties-in-his-first-88-plate-appearances line at .470 before the start of the season, I would have taken the under.

Brown doubled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn to start the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls came in to pitch to Ruf and retired Ruf on a ground ball to short with Brown moving up to third for the first out. Asche struck out swinging for the second. Bernadina was next and hit a ball hard in the hole between short and third. Hechavarria made an amazing play to end the inning, diving to his right to field the ball, getting to his feet and making a strong throw to first to beat the speedy Bernadina.

The play Hechavarria made to end the inning was ridiculous. If you haven’t seen it you should stop reading this and go find the video. That was just a hit and he took it away. It was a hit off the bat and it also should have been a hit after he managed to glove it, given the speed of Bernadina. The throw was just as impressive as the glove.

It was the second-best play Hechavarria made in the game, although it came at a bigger point in the game than the first, given that the Phils would have taken the lead if Hechavarria hadn’t robbed Bernadina to end the eighth. With one out in the sixth, Asche lined a ball headed for left-center and singlehood, but Hechavarria got impossibly high to make an amazingly-timed stab at the ball.

Video of the two Hechavarria plays here.

Hechavarria says he was motivated to catch Asche’s ball after Asche had made a great play to take away Hechavarria’s bunt single to end the top of the sixth.

Brown doubles off the lefty to start the inning, then makes a nice base-running play, moving up to third on Ruf’s ground ball to short when the third baseman goes towards short thinking he might have to field the ball. This after fourth-inning ugliness on the bases for Brown to end that frame.

Asche strikes out against the righty with one out and a man on third.

Rollins walked with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the game still tied, took second on a wild pitch and stole third. He was left at third when Utley grounded to second to end the inning.

Rollins is on-basing .441 in September. He came into the month on-basing .309 for the year.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit against righty Steve Cishek in the bottom of the tenth. Ruiz led off and reached on an error by Lucas at third. Brown was next and lined a double to right, moving Ruiz up to third. Ruf flew to right with the runners holding for the first out. Asche was next and Qualls walked the lefty intentionally, loading the bases for Bernadina. Bernadina struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Galvis hit for Jimenez and grounded to short for the third out.

That is not good. Down a run in the bottom of the tenth, the Phils can’t score after putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Ruf flies out for the first out and Bernadina strikes out with the bases loaded for the second.

Hernadez 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. 6-for-12 with two walks and six singles in the series. 329/398/380 on the year.

Rollins 1-for-3, walked twice and stole a base. 6-for-11 with three walks and a double in the series. 289/413/400 in his last 109 plate appearances going back to September 18. 252/322/345 for the season.

Utley 1-for-5 with two RBI. 6-for-14 with two home runs and ten RBI in the series. 279/345/482 for the year. 18-for-his-last-48 (.375) with two walks, five extra-base hits and 16 RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-13 with a walk in the set. Came into the series 10-for-his-last-20. 283/333/390 on the year. Started the series with a .404 slugging percentage on the only day his slugging percentage had been above .400 for the year since he had gone 1-for-4 with a double against the Mets in his first appearance of the season on April 28.

Brown 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. One double off of a lefty and the other off a righty. 3-for-11 with two walks and three doubles in the series. 272/321/510 on the year.

Ruf 0-for-5 and struck out twice. Struck out with nobody out and men on second and third in the tenth with the Phillies down a run. 4-for-12 with two walks and a home run in the series. 253/353/484 on the season. 220/314/439 over his last 153 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Made a fantastic play on Hechavarria’s bunt to end the sixth. Struck out with one out and Brown on third in the eighth. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series with Galvis at third against the lefty in the middle game. 263/336/438 on the year. 7-for-his-last-36 (.194), but with seven walks and a .341 on-base percentage.

Bernadina 1-for-4 with a walk. Threw Ruggiano out going for a double on his ball off the wall in the fourth. Robbed of what should have been an RBI-single to end the eighth. Struck out with one out and the bases loaded in the tenth. 2-for-7 with two walks and a triple in the series. 180/252/300 on the year. 185/264/369 in his 74 plate appearances with the Phillies.

The Phillies are off today and home against the Mets tomorrow night.


The doctor is probably still out, but could definitely use a little help when he’s in

Roy Halladay’s results were a little better last night. He had a rough start and walked five over six frames, but managed to hold Washington to a single run. He exited after six with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen coughed up a pair late and the Nats topped the Phils 3-2.

Cesar Hernandez had a big day at the plate for the Phils, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a double that plated both Phillie runs. Utley was 3-for-4. Asche had two hits and started the bottom of the ninth with a drive to right-center that looked ticketed for extra-bases, but was tracked down by Jayson Werth on the warning track.

There were some weird matchups late in the game that didn’t work out for the Phils. They called on lefty Jake Diekman to pitch to a righty to start the eighth inning of a tie game. Wilson Ramos walked on four pitches and the go-ahead run scored later in the frame. With one out in the seventh and men on second and third, Sandberg called on righty Kevin Frandsen to hit against a right-handed pitcher. Frandsen didn’t deliver and ended the day hitting 199/252/298 against righties for the year. The Phillies didn’t score and lost by a run.

The Phillies are 63-77 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Washington Nationals. The Nats take the series two games to one. The Phils have lost three series in a row and are 1-4 in their last five games. They are in fourth place in the NL East, 22 1/2 games out of first and a game behind the third-place Mets.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on three hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Halladay had a three-start stretch from April 14 to April 24 in which he allowed four runs over 21 innings. Last night was probably his best start since. Five more walks, though, and his rate of walks per nine innings in up to 4.6. At his best it has been around 1.1. Lefties are on-basing .387 against him and both lefties and righties are hitting for a lot of power as he’s allowed 11 home runs in 51 1/3 innings for the season.

Four of the first five hitters he faced in the top of the first reached on a single and four walks. The other, Adam LaRoche, hit a sac fly that put the Nats up 1-0. Halladay got Wilson Ramos to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

He allowed a walk and hit a batter in the second, too, but struck Ryan Zimmerman out looking with men on first and second to end the frame.

Halladay started the third with a 2-1 lead and kept Washington off the board in the third, fourth fifth and sixth.

He set the Nats down in order in the third.

In the fourth, he hit Steve Lombardozzi with two outs, but got Jordan Zimmermann on a fly ball to right for the third out.

He struck out Zimmerman and Jayson Werth in a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth on a single, a double and an intentional walk, but Halladay retired the pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on a ground ball he handled himself to set Washington down.

Miner started the seventh with a 2-1 lead. With one out, Ryan Zimmerman hit a 2-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Miner allowed a two-out single to Adam LaRoche, but retired Ian Desmond on a fly ball to center.

Miner allows the huge home run that ties the game. He’s been charged with at least one run in three of his last five outings. Didn’t walk anyone last night, but has walked six in 5 2/3 innings over his last five appearances. Lefties don’t have an extra-base hit against the righty and righties are slugging .524 thanks to two doubles and three home runs in 50 plate appearances. Everyone is getting on base too much, thanks to nine walks in his 16 1/3 innings on the year.

Diekman started the eighth in a tie game and walked the leadoff man, the righty Ramos. Jeff Kobernus ran for Ramos at first and righty Scott Hairston hit for the lefty Corey Brown. Hairston bunted Kobernus up to second with the first out. Kobernus stole third, bringing Lombardozzi to the plate with one out. Lombardozzi chopped a ball up the middle. Utley, charging, fielded behind the mound and threw home, but not in time as Kobernus slid in safely to put the Nats up 3-2. Diekman struck out both of the next two batters to leave Lombardozzi at first.

Diekman had been pitching great, but walks the righty Ramos to lead off the inning, which leads to the game-winning run. It’s September. The Phillies don’t have a righty in the bullpen they can use to get out a righty to start the eighth inning of a tie game? Rosenberg seems like the real choice — he’s been pitching well, but had thrown two straight days coming into the game. JC Ramirez and Luis Garcia seem like candidates as well, but Ramirez has been absolutely awful and Garcia threw 31 pitches on Tuesday.

The bigger problem is not the choice to bring in Diekman, but that there aren’t better choices to make given the bullpen.

Diekman allows a run on no hits and a walk in the game. Coming into the game he had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 ratio over his last ten appearances with 14 strikeouts in ten innings. Righties are on-basing .392 against him for the year, which makes him a bad candidate to face a righty leadoff man in a tie game in the eighth.

Papelbon pitched the ninth with the Phillies still down a run, allowing a one-out single to Werth, but getting the next two hitters.

Papelbon pitches with the Phils down with the off-day today. He hasn’t been charged with a run in nine innings over his last nine appearances.

The Phillie lineup against righty Jordan Zimmermann went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Bernadina. Hernandez leads off and starts in center for the second time. Ruf plays first with Mayberry in left and Bernadina in right. This lineup is both awful and way, way better than the game two lineup.

Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the first with the Phils down 1-0. He moved up to second on a one-out single by Utley, but Ruiz struck out and Ruf grounded out to leave the runners stranded.

Great to see the leadoff walk for Hernandez, but I think he’s going to have a lot of troubles drawing walks in the majors unless he shows some power, which he’s going to have trouble doing. He walked in about 7.7% of his minor league plate appearances. Two walks in 41 plate appearances with the Phils so far is about 4.9%.

Asche and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the second. Bernadina struck out for the first out before Halladay bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. Hernandez was next and sliced a ball the other way, double the third base line for a double. Both runners scored and the Phillies led 2-1. Rollins flew to right for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the third and fourth.

Hernandez singled to center with one out in the fifth, but was caught stealing before Rollins flew to center to end the inning.

Hernandez 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, two RBI and a caught stealing through five innings. He stole a career-high 33 bases in the minors this year and was caught eight times.

Utley started the sixth with a single, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him and Ruf struck out for the third out.

Asche singled softly to left to start the seventh with the game tied at 2-2 and moved up to second when Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Bernadina bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Frandsen hit for Miner and grounded to third. Zimmerman fielded and threw home where Asche was tagged out for the second out. Hernandez grounded to second to end the inning.

Washington made a fantastic defensive play to get Hernandez and end the inning. Herandez hit the ball in the hole between first and second. Lombardozzi fielded moving to his left, spun and threw in the dirt to Zimmermann covering. Zimmermann dug the ball out while on the move to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. The righty Frandsen pinch-hits against a righty with one out and runners on second and third and the Phils come up empty. Frandsen is hitting .219 for the year and 199/252/298 against righties. Domonic Brown is the obvious guy to pinch-hit with there if he’s available. Lefty Pete Orr on the bench for the Phils. Either way, Frandsen against the righty isn’t really what you want.

Utley singled off of lefty Ian Krol with one out in the eighth. Righty Craig Stammen came in to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz moved Utley up to third with a single into center. It put runners on the corners with one down for Ruf. Ruf struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball got away from the catcher Solano. Utley stormed home from third and slid-head first into the plate as Solano dived to apply the tag. Utley was called out on a very close play to end the inning.

Second time in two innings the Nats make a nice defensive play to set the Phillies down. The Phillies get nothing after putting runners on first and third with one out. Ruf can’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs, striking out with one down and men on the corners.

The Phils trailed 3-2 when they hit in the ninth. Righty Rafael Soriano set Asche, Mayberry and Bernadina down in order. Asche absolutely crushed a ball to right-center, but Werth ran it down on the warning track for the first out.

Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and caught stealing. His double was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phillies. 3-for-11 with two walks and a double in the three-game set. 256/293/308 in 41 plate appearances on the year.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-8 with a walk and a double in the series. 242/309/332 for the year. 227/291/284 over his last 329 plate appearances.

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 4-for-7 with two walks and four singles in the series. 274/344/476 for the year. 241/347/325 over his last 98 plate appearances. 208/294/400 against lefties for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 280/327/386 on the year. 328/412/500 against lefties and 265/300/352 against righties.

Ruf 0-for-4 and struck out three times. Struck out in the eighth in a tie game with runners on first and third and one out on the play where Utley was nailed at the plate. 0-for-8 with a walk and four strikeouts in the series. 244/338/489 in 207 plate appearances on the year. 187/265/429 over his last 102 plate appearances.

Asche 2-for-4. Werth took a double away from him to start the bottom of the ninth, running his ball down on the warning track. 5-for-8 with a home run and three RBI in the series. 276/324/449 on the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. 1-for-10 with a single in the series. 229/292/396 for the year. 194/265/351 over his last 211 plate appearances.

Bernadina 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-6 in the series with a single and three strikeouts. 3-for-his-last-38 (.107) with a home run. Three walks in his last 95 plate appearances. 143/208/306 in 54 plate appearances with the Phillies.

The Phillies are off today. Lee (11-6, 3.09) is expected to face lefty Mike Minor (13-5, 3.08) Friday night when the Phils play the Braves at home. Opponents have hit .291 against Lee in his nine starts since the end of June with a BABIP of .339. In his 17 starts through June they hit .217 against him with a BABIP of .271. None of Minor’s 27 starts this year have come against the Phillies. Opponents have hit just .230 against him for the season and he’s only walked 38 in 172 2/3 innings.


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It’s not that nobody has told the Phillies that they aren’t supposed to be very good anymore. Just about the opposite is true. Pretty much everybody tells them that pretty much all the time. The guy who was their manager a week ago just told them. Just told everyone. Seems like they either don’t know or don’t care. Good or not, they’re suddenly full of life and winners of four of their last five.

The Phillies rallied for their second walkoff win in two games last night, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rockies 5-4.

Kendrick got the start and pitched well early before allowing a three-run homer in the sixth that put the Rockies up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Darin Ruf continued his assault on right-handed pitching with a two-run homer off of Matt Belisle. Still down 4-3 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins doubled to right, stole third and scored on an infield single by Young, tying the game at 4-4. Young moved up to second on an Utley walk and scored the game-winner when Brown smashed a single into right.

Four runs in their last two times at-bat is impressive, but the bullpen did their part as well. After Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth, Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to throw four shutout innings that kept the Phillies in the game.

The Phillies are 57-70 on the year after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night. The Phils win the series three games to one and have won four of their last five. They are 9-22 since the All-Star break, which is no longer the worst record in baseball (the Astros are 8-24).

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a three-run homer in the sixth. He struck out two and raised his ERA for the year to 4.51 with the outing.

Kendrick leads the NL in his allowed, having given up 182 in 159 2/3 innings for the season. He has a 7.46 ERA and a 1.77 ratio over his last seven starts and opponents have hit .364 against him in those outings. Righties are hitting 321/355/452 against him for the season.

He started last night’s game with four shutout frames. Troy Tulowitzki singled with two outs in the top of the first, but was left stranded when Michael Cuddyer flew to right. After a 1-2-3 second, Kendrick walked DJ LeMahieu on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three hitters behhind LeMahieu. Cuddyer singled with one out in the fourth, but Kendrick got the next two.

The Phils led 1-0 when Kendrick started the fifth. Nolan Arenado and LeMahieu started the frame with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for the pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Dexter Fowler was next and flew to left for the second out. Arenado tagged and slid in just safely ahead of a good throw from Brown in left, tying the game at 1-1. LeMahieu moved up to third as the throw came home, but Corey Dickerson went down on a ground ball handled by Kendrick to leave him stranded.

Nice throw by Brown. Close play at the plate, but I think Arenado was safe.

Tulowitzki and Cuddyer singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second for Rosario. Rosario hit a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer that put the Rockies up 4-1. Todd Helton followed with a single to left and Miner took over for Kendrick. Miner retired the next three batters in order to set Colorado down.

Kendrick comes into the frame having allowed a run on four singles and a walk over five innings. He faces four batters in the inning, allowing three runs on three singles and a home run.

Rosario goes 5-for-16 in the series with three home runs and seven RBI. 11-for-25 (.440) on the year against the Phils with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a 1.542 OPS.

Miner came back to pitch the seventh and set the Rockies down in order.

Miner faced six batters in the game and set all six down. 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio after six appearances and 10 2/3 innings. Five of his six appearances have been really good and he allowed three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-11 with a single and two walks against the righty so far.

Rosenberg pitched the eighth with the Phils still down by three. Rosario singled to left with one out, but Rosenberg struck Helton out behind Rosario and got Arenado on a fly ball to right.

6.00 ERA and a 1.83 ratio for Rosenberg after six appearances and six innings. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings over his first two outings on the year. Since then he’s had four outings in which he’s thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jimenez pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 4-3 and set Colorado down in order.

Seven scoreless innings for Jimenez now through six appearances. Opponents are hitting .160 against him.

Brilliant job by the pen keeps the game close enough for the Phillies to come back in the game. Miner, Rosenberg and Jimenez combined to allow a single and no walks in four shutout innings while striking out four. All three threw less than 20 pitches in the game, but Miner may not be available tonight after throwing 18 pitches over two innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Bettis went (1) Rollins (2) Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Bernadina. There is it. Bernadina makes his first start for the Phils with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Mayberry sits despite being 5-for-his-last-12 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. Ruiz hits fifth for the fourth time this season.

The Phils wend in order in the bottom of the first.

Brown led off the second and singled on a ball that looked like it could have been handled by LeMahieu at second. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown up to second. Brown took third on a wild pitch before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche was next and sliced a ball into left that dropped near the line. Brown scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and the throw came in to third. Ruiz was safe there and Asche took second, leaving the Phils with men on second and third and one down. Bernadina and Kendrick both struck out swinging.

Ruf strikes out with runners on first and third for the first out. Bernadina strikes out with runners on second and third for the second.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the third and moved up to second when the throw back into the infield wasn’t handled. Brown went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Rosario handled to end the frame.

Ruiz singled to start the fourth. Ruf flew to right for the first out. Asche was next and grounded to second with Ruiz forced at second for the second. Asche took second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Bernadina struck out looking to leave Asche at third.

Not a great first start for Bernadina at the plate. 0-for-2 with two strikeouts through the first four innings. Struck out with one out and men on second and third in the second and with two outs and Asche on third in the fourth.

It was 1-1 when the Phils went in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were down 4-1 when Utley walked to start the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first with Utley forced at second for the first out. Ruiz followed with a single to left that moved Brown to second, putting runners on first and second for Ruf. Righty Wilton Lopez came in to pitch to Ruf and Ruf grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Lopez got Asche and Bernadina to start the eighth. Wells hit for Miner and drew a walk. Rollins followed with a single to right that put runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Utley walked off of lefty Josh Outman to start the sixth and moved up to second when Brown went down on a ball hit softly out in front of the plate for the first out. Righty Matt Belisle came in to pitch to Ruiz and struck Ruiz out swinging for the second out. Ruf was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left-center, cutting the lead to 4-3. Asche flew to right for the third out.

Huge home run for Ruf against the righty after Belisle strikes out Ruiz. He’s hitting 310/410/590 against right-handed pitching for the year in 117 plate appearances. His 1.000 OPS against right-handed pitching is eighth among the 347 hitters across both leagues with 100 plate appearances against righties.

Righty Rafael Betancourt got Bernadina to pop to short for the first out in the ninth. Frandsen hit for Jimenez and grounded to second for the second out. Rollins was next and ripped a double to right. He stole third without a throw, but Young got behind 0-2 and chopped a ball slowly towards short. Arenado cut in front of Tulowitzki and tried to bare-hand the ball, but didn’t get it cleanly. Rollins scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Young was safe at first with a single. Lefty Jeff Francis came in to pitch to Utley and Utley walked 3-2 to put men on first and second for Brown. Brown hit the first pitch he saw from Francis hard into left for a single, scoring Young to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Rollins starts the rally with a two-out double smashed into right. Second big hit for him batting left-handed in two innings. His single in the seventh was down the first base line as well and hit off the stands in shallow right, holding him to a single. His steal of third allows him to score on the Young dribbler.

Young does great to make contact down in the count 0-2 against the righty. Ties the game last night after winning it with a walkoff hit in game three.

Utley’s walk allows Young to move up to second where Young can score on Brown’s single.

Second straight game the Phils get to Betancourt. Betancourt allowed two hits and got two outs. Rollins’s double was hit hard and Young reached on a softly hit single. Francis comes in to pitch to the lefties and Utley and Brown both reach base.

Brown delivers the game-winner, singling on a first-pitch curve ball from the lefty. He’s hitting just 240/287/440 against lefties on the year.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a huge double in the ninth. Steal of third before the Young single allows him to score on the softly hit ball and tie the game. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and two doubles. 3-for-15 in the series with two walks and two doubles. 247/306/339 on the year. 233/286/286 over his last 285 plate appearances.

Young 1-for-5 with an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. 2-for-14 in the series with two singles, both of which were huge. 267/328/385 on the year. 245/305/373 over his last 374 plate appearances. Hitting just 215/306/355 against lefties for the year, which is a big surprise.

Utley 1-for-2 and walked three times. 4-for-13 with four walks and a home run in the series. 278/345/497 for the year.

Brown 2-for-5 with the game-winner. 3-for-16 with two RBI in the set. 274/320/522 on the season.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with three singles. 6-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 10-for-his-last-16 has upped his line for the year from 250/297/311 to 278/323/358. Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 262/291/335 against righties.

Ruf 1-for-4 with a huge two-run homer. Left five men on base. Big strikeout in the second with nobody out and a man on third. 4-for-15 with a walk and a home run in the series. 269/368/522 for the year. His numbers against lefties are a lock to improve as he plays more and his numbers against righties are a lock to get worse. He’s hitting .147 in 38 plate appearances against lefties and has struck out in about 36.8% of his chances. Hitting .208 over his last 59 plate appearances, but with five home runs.

Asche 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. 203/236/362 for the year in 72 PA.

Bernadina 0-for-4 with two big strikeouts early. 0-for-5 since joining the Phillies. 172/240/261 on the year in 172 plate appearances. He was very solid for the Nats in 291 plate appearances last year, but he’s been awful at the plate against both righties and lefties in 2013.

Hamels (5-13, 3.61) faces lefty Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) tonight as the Phils square off against the Snakes in the first of three. Hamels has dropped his ERA for the year from 4.58 to 3.61 by throwing to a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ratio over his last nine starts. He’s allowed more than two runs in just one of those nine outings. Miley has a 2.10 ERA over his last ten starts and opponents have hit just .225 against him in those outings. He has a 3.23 ERA for the year in his 15 starts away from Arizona and a 4.06 ERA in his ten starts while pitching in Arizona.


Not for Nuding the Phils would still be sadly winless

The Phillies won their first spring training game in four tries yesterday, topping the Yankees 4-3.

No Phillie had more than one hit in the game. Down 1-0 in the sixth, Rollins walked with one out and scored on a double by Frandsen to tie the game at 1-1. The Phils trailed 3-1 when they hit in the seventh. Brown hit a solo homer to cut the lead to 3-2. Cody Asche doubled with two outs and Tommy Joseph followed that with a two-run homer to left that put the Phils up to stay.

Brown’s homer was pretty and went real far. Look. Now if we can just get Zach Nuding to start 35 games or so for the Nats or Braves we should be all set.

Howard was 1-for-2 with a walk. Michael Young remains hitless after an 0-for-3, he’s 0-for-8 so far. Revere is 1-for-6 with an error on the spring after an 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Mayberry 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in the early going after going 0-for-1 with a strikeout yesterday.

Kendrick started the game for the Phils allowed a first-inning run on a double and a single. He threw a scoreless second and was followed by Aaron Cook, who tossed two scoreless frames.

Durbin, Cesar Jimenez and Horst all threw a scoreless inning. Horst started the ninth with a one-run lead and got the save. He gave up back-to-back hits with two outs and nobody on, putting runners on first and third, but got someone named Cito Culver, who is 20-years-old and slugged .283 at Single-A in 2012, on a fly ball to right to end the game. Culver was a first-round pick in 2010 draft, taken by the Yankees in that round ahead of some people you may have heard more about, like Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos, Chance Ruffin and Mike Olt.

Look for the Phillies to take Culver in the 2019 Rule V draft and give him 587 plate appearances as their starting shortstop. You heard it here first.

After Kendrick’s run in the first inning, the only other Phillie pitcher who was scored on in the game was Zach Miner. Miner threw a scoreless sixth. He returned for the seventh with the game tied at 1-1 and yielded a pair of runs on a one-out single that was followed by a home run.

Not a great day for Zachs. Miner and Nuding combined to go three innings in the game, allowing five earned runs on six hits, three of which were home runs.

Second official appearance for Miner. He’s allowed four runs, three of which are earned, on six hits over three innings.

Chase Utley was scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to wet weather conditions.

Delmon Young suggests that his ankle problems significantly impacted his performance during the last two season. That’s discussed in this blog post.

This suggests that Mike Adams could pitch tomorrow, which would be earlier than expected.

Lannan is expected to pitch this afternoon as the Phils face the Twins.


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