Phillies Notebook: Phillies' Buchanan encounters walking dread

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Chase Utley tips his cap after recording his 1,500th career hit, a single in seventh inning.
YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Chase Utley tips his cap after recording his 1,500th career hit, a single in seventh inning.
Posted: July 01, 2014

IN EACH OF David Buchanan's eight major league starts, the 25-year-old righthander has earned a decision. Before yesterday, the last three had culminated in wins, making him the first Phillies rookie to accomplish such a personal winning streak since Vance Worley in 2011.

But yesterday, in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Braves, Buchanan (4-4) struggled with his control, issuing a season-high five walks. That came on the heels of a four-walk performance during Tuesday's 7-4 win against the Marlins.

"I'm not really known for walking guys. Especially today and the last outing, you can't go out there and walk that many guys and expect to have a good outing," Buchanan said after yesterday's start, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in five innings.

"You've got guys making good plays behind you, they're hitting the ball and leaving them out there for long innings, that isn't really fair to them and plus it keeps me out of the later innings. So that's something I have to get rid of."

Buchanan, an Atlanta-area native who yesterday pitched against his hometown team for the first time, has a 4.86 ERA. He has kept his team in all but one of the eight games he's started for the Phillies.

"I'm just trying to take it game by game and trying to get as many chances to win as I can," he said. "But I scratch these last two off my memory. Walking guys like that is unacceptable."

Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked postgame to assess Buchanan's first string of big-league outings.

"He's gritty out there; he competes," Sandberg said. "Today wasn't his best stuff that he's had his last two or three outings. He was almost equal on balls and strikes and his pitch count went up. He was out of the zone, but he managed to keep the score what it was."

Utley milestone

When Chase Utley smacked Aaron Harang's 1-0 fastball up the middle to put runners on the corners in yesterday's seventh inning, it signified another milestone in the Phillies' second baseman's illustrious 12-year career.

The single was Utley's 1,500 career hit, drawing a standing ovation from much of the announced 33,215 in attendance.

Utley, hitting .293 for the season, is 12 hits away from passing Tony Taylor for 11th on the Phillies' all-time hits list.

Cedeno shipped West

A day after the Phillies outrighted Ronny Cedeno to Triple A Lehigh Valley, the team traded the 31-year-old infielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In return they acquired catcher Raywilly Gomez, who had been playing with the Diamondbacks' Double A club in Mobile, Ala. In 55 games this season, Gomez, 24, is hitting .273 with 22 RBI. He signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

Cedeno appeared in seven games for the Phillies, starting two of them, and was hitless in nine at-bats.

Phillers

The Phillies have lost 15 of their last 21 games against division opponents . . . Justin De Fratus extended his career-best scoreless streak to 17 innings with a shutout sixth frame yesterday. Only Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw (28 innings) and fellow Phillies reliever Mario Hollands (18 innings) have longer active streaks in the majors . . . Ben Revere tallied another three-hit day and is 12-for-24 over the last five games . . . On Domonic Brown jersey give-away day, the struggling leftfielder had two hits, his first multihit game since June 18 . . . Closer Jonathan Papelbon has not surrendered a run in his last 19 outings at Citizens Bank Park dating back to last season . . . Sean O'Sullivan, called upon for a spot start in Saturday's doubleheader, was optioned back to Triple A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies selected the contract of infielder Andres Blanco to replace him.


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