Phillies monthly review: May 2015
by Scott Butler 6/1/15

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Phillies May Storyline

The month of May was better than the month of April...but not by much. That is about the only positive way to describe the second month of the Phillies season. It was a month of ups and downs, but when the game finished on May 31st with another Phils loss, they were on a similar trajectory as the prior month and still on a pace for 100 losses.

After losing 8 of the first 11 games in May, the Phillies went on a surprising 6 game winning streak, but then...two wins in their last 12 games and seven straight losses. Here is the recap of the stats for May.

Phillies May Win/Loss Totals

Record: 11-18
Home record: 6-7
Road record: 5-11
Top winning streak: 6
Top losing streak: 7
Series record: 1-6-2
Began month: 8-15, last place
Finished month: 
--19-33, last place, 9.5 games behind 1st place Nationals & 1.5 games behind 4th place Marlins

Phillies Season Totals and NL Rankings after May

Phillies Team Hitting Season Totals 
Average: .237 (14th) 
Runs: 157 (last) 
Runs/game: 3.02 (last) 
HR: 27 (last) 
BB: 117  (14th) 
SO: 369 (5th least) 
OBP: .288 (14th) 
SLG: .345 (last) 
OPS .633 (last)

Phillies Team Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.14 (11th) 
ER: 208
IP: 451.2

Phillies Starting Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.42 (12th) 
ER: 147
IP: 299.1

Phillies Relief Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 3.60 (7th) 
ER: 61
IP: 152.1

Phillies May Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting May Totals 
Average: .247 (10th) 
Runs: 94 (last) 
Runs/game: 3.24 (last) 
HR: 14 (tied-last) 
BB: 61  (14th) 
SO: 217 (6th least) 
OBP: .294 (14th) 
SLG: .356 (13th) 
OPS .650 (14th)

Phillies Team Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.04 (9th) 
ER: 113
IP: 251.2

Phillies Starting Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.01 (9th) 
ER: 76
IP: 170.2

Phillies Relief Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.11 (12th) 
ER: 37
IP: 81.0

Phillies May Win/Loss Chart

Phillies 2015 May Win Loss Chart

Phillies May Event Recap

@ Miami Marlins May 1 – May 3  
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1:
Utley hit a 3-run homer, but Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off double in the ninth off Ken Giles in his second inning of work.
Game 2: Hamels allowed 6 ER in 6 innings and the Phils were shutout for the 3rd time.
Game 3: The Phils scored six runs in the final 4 innings and Severino Gonzalez earned his first MLB win.

@ Atlanta Braves May 4 – May 6
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Jeff Francoeur had 4 hits and Aaron Harang tossed 6 innings with just 1 run allowed.
Game 2: Billingsley was lit up for 6 runs in 5 innings in his Phillies debut and the Phils managed just 3 hits in their 4th shutout.
Game 3: The Braves scored 4 runs in the 5th and hung on in a 7-5 win. The Phils dropped to 4-13 on road and lost their 9th straight road series.

New York Mets  May 8 – May 10
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Cole Hamels dominated Matt Harvey and the Mets, Howard homered, and Papelbon tied Jose Mesa for the most Phillies saves.
Game 2: Aaron Harang went seven innings but allowed a two-run homer in a 3-2 loss.
Game 3: Chad Billingsley hit a homer, but he gave up five runs through six innings in a 7-4 loss.

Pittsburgh Pirates May 11 – May 14 (4-game series)
(Phillies split series 2-2)

Game 1: Jerome Williams couldn't make it out of the sixth in a 4-3 loss; Cody Asche was sent to the minors after the game.
Game 2: A 4-run fifth by the Pirates put the game out of reach in a 7-2 loss.
Game 3: In a crazy finish, Jeff Francoeur threw out the runner at plate who was tagging from third for the final out and preserving the lead as Papelbon set the Phillies all-time saves record.
Game 4: Aaron Harang tossed 8 scoreless innings and the Phils split the series with the Pirates.

Arizona Diamondbacks  May 15 – May 17
(Phillies sweep series)

Game 1: After the Diamondbacks scored three times in the top the seventh to take a 3-1 lead, the Phils rallied for 3 runs in the bottom half. Elvis Araujo earned his first MLB win and Luis Garcia pitched two innings for his first MLB save.
Game 2: The Phils scored 7 runs en route to their fourth straight win.
Game 3: Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf both homered and Sean O'Sullivan pitched six scoreless inning for the Phils' fifth straight win and their first sweep in twenty series, but Chad Billingsley was placed on the DL after game.

@ Colorado Rockies  May 18 – May 21 (4-game series)
(Phillies split series 2-2)

Game 1: Cole Hamels pitched 7.1 scoreless innings as the win streak jumped to six.
Game 2: Jake Diekman and De Fratus each allowed runs and the win streak stopped at six.
Game 3: Howard went 3-for-5 with a homer in a 4-2 win.
Game 4: Jerome Williams was tagged for 5 runs in as many innings in a 7-3 loss.

@ Washington Nationals  May 22 – May 24
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Sean O'Sullivan was strong, but the Phils couldn't solve Max Scherzer in 2-1 defeat.
Game 2: The Phils scored six runs off Stephen Strasburg in 3.2 innings and Hamels went 8 innings with just one run allowed.
Game 3: Aaron Harang was solid, but the Phils only scored once in loss.

@ New York Mets  May 25 – May 27
(Phillies swept by Mets)

Game 1: Justin De Fratus allowed a 3-run homer in the sixth inning in 6-3 loss.
Game 2: The Phils erased a 3-0 deficit and rallied in the 8th for 4 runs to take the lead, but the Mets scored in the 8th to tie and in the 10th for a walk-off win.
Game 3: Sean O'Sullivan allowed 7 runs, including a homer to the pitcher, and the Phils were shutout and swept by the Mets.

Colorado Rockies  May 29 – May 31
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Game 1: Chad Bettis carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning in a 4-1 loss while Hamels allowed just 2 runs in 8 innings.
Game 2: The Phils were unable to score for Harang, who went 6 innings with two runs in the team's sixth straight loss.
Game 3: The Phillies scored just one run and were swept by the Rockies to bring their losing streak to seven heading into an off day and the ALS festival.

Phillies May Highlights and notes

May 3 - Severino Gonzalez earned his first major league win.
May 5 - Chad Billingsley made his Phillies debut in his first start in two years.
May 10 - Chad Billingsley hit a homer, although he gave up five runs through six innings in a 7-4 loss.
May 11 - Cody Asche sent to the minors to play left field.
May 13 - Jonathan Papelbon sets Phillies all-time saves record in crazy fashion. With Phillies up by one and a runner on third with one out, the Pirates batter hits a fly ball to Francoeur, who threw the runner out at home who was trying to tag from third.
May 15 - Maikel Franco promoted to Phillies from Lehigh Valley.
May 15 - Elvis Araujo earned his first MLB win and Luis Garcia pitched two innings for his first MLB save.
May 18 - Chad Billingsley placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right latissimus dorsi.
May 18 - David Buchanan, who opened the season in the Phillies' rotation, suffered a severely sprained right ankle in Sunday's start.
May 25 - Amaro says that Phillies fans "don't understand the game" and "then they bitch and complain because we don't have a plan."
May 29 - Cody Asche recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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