Reading righty Lively honored as EL Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, May 05, 2015 07:05 AM Comments: 5

Ben Lively, image- Tug Haines

On Monday, Ben Lively became the second Reading Fightins hurler in three weeks to be named as the Double-A Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week.

Lively, who was acquired last off-season from Cincinnati for Marlon Byrd, notched two wins along with a 2.08 ERA while striking out 16 and walking just two in 13 innings for the Fightins during the week of April 27th through May 3rd.

The 23-year-old attributes his recent success to learning from his own mistakes.

“I’ve just been working on some stuff,” Lively explained.  “I was all over the place my first few games, it felt like to me.  I mean I did alright, but I expected to do better, so I worked harder and it paid off.”

According to Reading skipper Dusty Wathan, Lively is able to make improvements when and where others aren’t able to, which has helped the Florida native make an impact.

“The biggest thing was he went into the sixth inning (on Sunday) and that was his best inning, so it showed me that he can make adjustments as the game went on.  And as the game went on, he got better, which is good to see because a lot of these young pitchers, they can’t make adjustments in the game and, hopefully, those adjustments can come quicker- inning to inning, pitch to pitch,” Wathan stated. Continue reading Reading righty Lively honored as EL Pitcher of the Week


Minor League Hot List: Bogusevic, Nola, Leibrandt, Tocci, Crawford notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 04, 2015 08:05 AM Comments: 4

milb logoWe’re back at it with another rundown of all the top performers from the Phillies’ developmental ranks.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley-

OF Brian Bogusevic currently sports a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .346 during that stretch.  The 31-year-old is hitting .310 with a home runs and five RBI through 21 games this season.  Bogusevic batted .306 in 22 spring games with the Phillies this year.

Infielder Chase d’Arnaud is batting .324 and has four multi-hit games in nine games played this year.  The righty batting 28-year-old is the older brother of former Phils prospect Travis d’Arnaud.

Double-A Reading Fightins-

Righty starter Ben Lively has a 2-0 record with a 2.16 ERA while striking out 24 and walking seven in 25 innings over four starts thus far this season.  The 23-year-old struck out nine while allowing three earned runs in six innings when he notched his second win of the season on Sunday.  Lively was acquired last off-season from the Reds in the trade for Marlon Byrd.

Infielder Gustavo Pierre is 9-for-17 (.529 avg) in his last six games.  The 23-year-old Dominican is batting .281 with two homers, three RBI and three steals in 17 games this year.  Pierre was acquired from Toronto in a deal for John Mayberry Jr. last year.

After giving up four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in his season debut, last year’s top draft pick Aaron Nola has allowed three earned runs in 20 innings (1.35 ERA).  Overall, the 21-year-old has a 2-2 record with a 2.55 ERA and a .222 batting average against in four starts. Continue reading Minor League Hot List: Bogusevic, Nola, Leibrandt, Tocci, Crawford notes


Severino Gonzalez Has Strong Second Start in Win Over Marlins, 6-2

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, May 03, 2015 04:51 PM Comments: 15

Severino Gonzalez looked more comfortable on the mound for the Phillies during his second MLB start, working his pitches and getting batters out in contrast to his first go around.  Severino looked like he had better control of his arsenal as he struck out five batters over five innings, and gave up five hits and two earned runs.  He would finish up his final inning with a single and a double in the 5th and go on to get his first Major League win of the season, as he hopes to find a spot in the rotation going forward with the Phillies.

The major highlight of the day went to Ichiro Suzuki, as he stole second and third base on the Phillies before being driven in by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, giving the Marlins the 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Severino did strike out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna in the inning.

Severino Gonzalez pitched a shutout 2nd inning and only gave up one hit to Ichiro Suzuki in the 3rd inning and two hits in the 4th.

The Phillies offense started to heat up when they got just their third runner on base in the bottom of the 5th inning.  The only hit to that point by the offense came on the lead off at bat by Ben Revere.  Darin Ruf tallied the second hit of the game in the 5th inning allowing Cesar Hernandez to advance into scoring position.  After Severino Gonzalez was unable to advance the runners and tallied a bunt strikeout, Ben Revere was brought back up to the plate.  Cesar Hernandez scored on a ball that dribble between the third baseman and short stop, tying the game at 1-1.

Severino got battered around to start off the bottom of the 5th inning, giving up one run on two hits after a ground ball through the middle of the field by Donovan Solano was followed by a double from Jhonatan Solano.  The score was left at 2-1 with the Marlins in the lead going into the 6th inning after Severino was able to escape the inning only giving up one earned run.

The Phillies were able to get to Cosart again in the 6th inning, and after a coaching visit to the mound, Ryan Howard hit his first triple since April of last year on a ball that rolled to the outfield wall, scoring Darin Ruf and tying the game at 2 runs.   In the next at bat, Grady Sizemore was able to give the Phillies a lead after he singled to left field scoring Ryan Howard from third and ending Jarred Cosarts’ day making the score 3-2, Phillies.  Asche, Hernandez, and Rupp would end the inning in order against A.J. Ramos.

Justin De Fratus came in to relieve Severino and was able to strikeout the side in the bottom of the 6th inning and continue his success on the mound.  De Fratus hasn’t had as much success as the rest of the bullpen, giving up a hit in every outing since Opening Day.

The Phillies picked up more runs off the bats of Darin Ruf and Ryan Howard in the top of the 7th inning, scoring Ben Revere and Chase Utley.  Just a note, this was only Ryan Howard’s third multi-hit game of the season thus far.  The Phillies ended the top of the 7th inning with a lead of 5-2, stranding two runners on base in an eight at bat inning.

Luis Garcia would come in to pitch for the Phillies in the bottom of the 7th inning, retiring the first two batters on three pitches.  After Luis walked Jhonatan Solano on five pitches, he was able to retire pinch-hitter Justin Bour on the first pitch of the at bat with a ground out to short and keep the score at 5-2.

The Phillies continued to lay on the hits in the 8th inning.  Cesar Hernandez drew a walk, and after stealing second base in Cameron Rupp’s at bat, he was driven home by Odubel Herrera making the score 6-2.  Odubel came in on a defensive substitution to start the 7th inning, which may have been Ryne Sandberg’s smartest move yet this year.  In an anti-climactic matter on the day, Chase Utley finished the 8th inning with a strikeout, continuing his 0-4 outing against the Marlins pitching.  Utley finished the day 0-5 with two strikeouts and left five on base (reaching on an error in the 7th).

The one-two punch of Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon would combine for the 8th and 9th innings to shut out the Marlins and end the Phillies losing streak with two strikeouts looking and one hit.  The final was 6-2 in favor of the Phillies as Severino Gonzalez gets his first hard earned win in the Major Leagues.

Next up are the Barves at 7:10 EST tomorrow to kick off the next series.


Gameday 26: Phillies vs. Marlins

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, May 03, 2015 12:22 PM Comments: 29

Philadelphia Phillies (8-17) at Miami Marlins (12-12)

Starting Pitchers:

PHISeverino Gonzalez (0-1, 23.63)
MIA: Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.49)

Time: 1:10 EST, Marlins Park
Weather: N/A
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  Severino Gonzalez gets his second MLB start today and looks to make it out of the second inning.  Cameron Rupp will be catching him for this game.  Cesar Hernandez gets the start at short in replace of Freddy Galvis, and Darin Ruf will take up some space in left field for getting Odubel Herrera a day off, as Ben Revere moves over to center.  The Phillies will looks to halt the losing streak which currently stands at five in a row as they face a tough Jarred Cosart on the mound for the Marlins.

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, Howard 1B, Sizemore RF, Asche 3B, Hernandez SS, Rupp C,  Gonzalez RHP


Losing streak continues for Phils, Buchanan demoted

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, May 02, 2015 07:50 PM Comments: 12

A rough road outing by Phillies ace Cole Hamels and a sparkless offense led to the team’s fifth consecutive loss, as the Miami Marlins downed the visitors by a score of 7-0.

Hammered for 10 hits and six earned runs over six frames, the veteran Hamels fell to 1-3 on the season.

Second baseman Dee Gordon led the Marlins’ offense, collecting three hits and reaching base via walk twice.  With two stolen bases on top of that, Gordon scored three of his club’s seven runs.

The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Martin Prado, owner of four RBI on the day, slammed a three-run homer.

Miami would add another run in the 3rd on a J.T. Realmuto double.  Giancarlo Stanton plated another run with a sacrifice fly in the 4th.  Prado struck again with a run-scoring double in the 6th while Realmuto wrapped up the scoring with single that drove in Marcell Ozuna in 7th.

Miami right-hander Dan Haren held the Phillies scoreless for six frames en route to his third win of the season.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis went 1-for-3 and is batting a team-best .341 on the year. Continue reading Losing streak continues for Phils, Buchanan demoted


Gameday 25: Phillies vs. Marlins

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sat, May 02, 2015 03:10 PM Comments: 16

Philadelphia Phillies (8-16) at Miami Marlins (11-12)

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Cole Hamels (1-2, 3.19)
MIA: Dan Haren (2-1, 3.38)

Time: 4:10 EST, Marlins Park
Weather: N/A
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  Cole Hamels gets back on the mound today and looks for his second win of the season.  Cole struck out nine batters and only gave up four hits against the Cardinals in his last start going for seven innings on the night.  Revere leads off the lineup today as we get a look back into the beginning of the season’s lineup.

Lineup: Revere LF, Herrera CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Sizemore RF, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Hamels LHP


Phillies players & prospects weigh in on Pacquiao vs Mayweather

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, May 02, 2015 07:30 AM Comments: 4

fight posterAbout a month ago, Phillies Nation featured a post with prospects Brian Pointer and Mark Leiter Jr. predicting the outcome of the entire WrestleMania 31 card.  Now, as the biggest boxing match in history approaches, those two and others took time to offer their thoughts on Saturday night’s huge title match between undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao with the unified welterweight championship on the line.

Read ahead for comments from Pointer and Leiter as well as Phils relievers Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands, Phillies backstop Cameron Rupp, pitching prospect Matt Imhof, Lehigh Valley righty hurler Tyler Knigge, top prospect J.P. Crawford, Clearwater third baseman Mitch Walding, Reading’s speedy center fielder Roman Quinn along with former Phillies All-Star and current minor league coach Mickey Morandini.

Pointer- Money Mayweather will win in a unanimous decision.

Leiter- I’ll take Pac-man.  Turn it into a three-fight series!

De Fratus- No prediction.  I don’t know a thing about boxing.  But I’ll be rooting for Pacquiao. Continue reading Phillies players & prospects weigh in on Pacquiao vs Mayweather


Phillies Lose Third Straight to Marlins, 4-3

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sat, May 02, 2015 12:19 AM Comments: 14

Jerome Williams was on the mound today for the Phillies, looking to get a win in his fifth start.  Williams pitched the first inning without giving up a hit before allowing a double to lead off batter Marcell Ozuna in the second inning.  Ichiro Suzuki was able to log a single on the inning, scoring Ozuna from second and giving Miami an early lead, 1-0.

The third inning didn’t go well for the Phillies, as they went 1-2-3 on a fly out, ground out, and strikeout to finish off the bottom of the order against Tom Koehler.  Jerome Williams was able to get through the bottom of the inning, only giving up one hit to Dee Gordon.

The fourth inning the Phillies offense lit up and strung two hits together for Chase Utley, who hit his third home run for the year, and lift the score to 3-1 and put the Phillies on top.  Ryan Howard was able to follow up Chase with a walk, and Grady Sizemore hit a single to put Ryan on second base.  Carlos Ruiz worked another walk to load the bases for the hot Freddie Galvis.  Freddie went down swinging and brought up Jerome Williams in the 9th spot.  The first pitch was a ball that went wild, and while Ryan Howard charged home plate, Tom Koehler was able to make a close tag that was upheld after a challenge by Ryne Sandberg.

Jerome went to pitch into the fifth inning and left two runs score and tie the game up at 3-3.  Jerome went 5.0 innings giving up seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks, while allowing three earned runs.

Jeanmar Gomez and Luis Garcia both pitched shutout innings only allowing three hits between the two of them, paving the way for Ken Giles to close the game and come in for the eighth and ninth innings.  After allowing two singles in a row with two outs in the eighth inning, Giles was able to strikeout Martin Prado and end the inning, keeping the score tied at 3-3.

After what looked like a home run and a sure lead by Cody Asche, his triple went for nought as Carlos Ruiz grounded out to second baseman, Dee Gordon, stranding Asche where he stood on third base.

After Giles walked Giancarlo Stanton to start off the ninth inning, Marcell Ozuna gave the final pitch of the game a ride to center field, which scored Stanton on a play judged by the centimeters after a review by the umpires.  The play was upheld and the score stood at 4-3, with Miami taking the walk off win to the next game, tomorrow at 4:10 EST.



Hollands already rehabbing, No timetable for Imhof return

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 01, 2015 05:08 PM Comments: 2

marioHIn early April it was announced that Phillies lefty reliever Mario Hollands would undergo Tommy John surgery.  The accompanying prognosis for being sidelined with that type of procedure is about a year or more.

Despite likely being two months away from beginning a throwing program, the 26-year-old UC Santa Barbara product is already in Clearwater, at the Phillies’ spring training home, rehabbing under the supervision of the organization’s training staff.

According to Hollands, who commented via text message on Friday, he has been in Florida rehabbing for the past week and is feeling good.

As a rookie last year, Hollands tallied a 2-2 record with a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances with the big league team.  The California native was a 10th round draft selection of the Phillies in 2010.

In other injury news, last year’s 2nd round draft pick Matt Imhof, who is sideline with bicep tendinitis, is rehabbing the ailment without a timetable for a return. Continue reading Hollands already rehabbing, No timetable for Imhof return


Phillies Drop Fourth of Series 9-3, Move on to Miami Marlins

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, April 30, 2015 05:51 PM Comments: 12

David Buchanan pitched 4.1 innings today, giving up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, and one strikeout.  Things didn’t go right for the young Buchanan early on in the game, where he gave up four hits in a row to the lead off batters of the Cardinals lineup.  David gave up two singles and two doubles to start the Cardinals off with a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Phillies offense put up a fight and started to work their way back to an even game after an RBI by Odubel Herrera in the top of the 2nd inning.  Buchanan came out in the bottom of the 2nd inning to throw 11 pitches and retire the side, only giving up a single to Pete Kozma.

With local pitcher Tim Cooney still in for St. Louis, the 3rd inning looked to be the Phillies inning.  Darin Ruf came out to lead off the inning with a solo shot just over the wall to make the score 3-2, Cardinals.  Following up Ruf was Ryan Howard with a double off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay.  Two batters later, Cesar Hernandez was able to get Ryan to third on a single through the right side, leaving it up to Cody Asche after a pitching change.  Cody was able to hit a flyout to right fielder Jason Heyward, scoring Ryan Howard and tying the score 3-3.

As I mentioned, the 3rd inning looked like the Phillies inning.  The Cardinals came out in the bottom of the 3rd to score two more runs on a Matt Adams two-run home run after Matt Carpenter walked to first base.  David Buchanan is able to make his way through the last of the inning and through the 4th inning unscathed before being removed in the 5th inning for Jake Diekman.  Buchanan gave up another walk to Carpenter and a double to Matt Holiday scoring a run before his exit in the 5th leaving the score at 6-3.  Diekman ended the inning on two strikeouts after giving up a single to Matt Adams.

Phillies offense was quiet for the rest of the game, giving no run support to the bullpen.  They were, however, able to see the first Major League triple of Cameron Rupp.

The bullpen session of Justin De Fratus and Luis Garcia that followed Diekman yielded four walks, three hits, and two runs over three innings of work.  The final score was 9-3 St. Louis.  The Phillies head to Miami to face the Marlins in a three game series starting tomorrow at 7:10 EST.


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