Gameday 26: Phillies vs. Marlins

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, May 03, 2015 12:22 PM Comments: 3

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: 9

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.



BlueClaws Quotables: Undrafted LHP Josh Taylor

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 30, 2015 03:30 PM Comments: 0

Taylor, image- Jay Floyd

Lakewood BlueClaws hurler Josh Taylor has made an impact with the Class A club in the early going this season.  Through four starts, the 22-year-old sports a 1-1 record with a 3.68 ERA while having struck out 24 and walked four in 22 innings.

After pitching in a summer showcase for college players last summer, the Phillies made an offer to the undrafted hard-throwing lefty.  Once he signed, the six-foot-five 225-pounder notched a 2-0 record without allowing a run in three relief appearances for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Recently, I spoke with Josh, an Arizona native, about how he came to sign with the Phils last year, his pitching coach with Lakewood, Aaron Fultz, and more.  Read ahead for those quotes.

-Speaking on how the Phillies came to sign him…

I went to two years at junior college and then I signed with a Division II school out of Georgia, Georgia College, and they set me up with a summer league out in the Northwoods League.  And, from there, I got put into a showcase game and right after the game I got a call from a scout from (the Phillies) and after that, that’s what it was.  I couldn’t say no. 

-Describing his outing that the Phils first saw him…

I was pumped, because I think it’s called The Big League Dream Showcase and I got the start.  My velocity was good and I think that’s what really sent me there.  I allowed one hit, one walk, it was only an inning of work.  I mean, it was nothing special.  It was just a tall lefty throwing hard.

-Sharing details on his repertoire and velocity…

My fastball (in my first start) topped out at 95, but I’m usually 92 to 94.  I got a curve ball, slider, change up and two-seam. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Undrafted LHP Josh Taylor


Phillies Nation TV: Ep 6 – Papelbon, Gonzalez and hitting lesson

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 30, 2015 01:28 PM Comments: 0

This week, Pat and Corey discuss the often-maligned but always productive Jonathan Papelbon and where he might end up after his days with the Phillies. They also preview Severino Gonzalez, who makes his first MLB start this week. Hitting instructor Kevin Wilson discusses how players can beat the shift. All this, plus fantasy baseball picks of the week – including Corey picking the hot Ryan Howard!


Gameday 23: Phillies vs. Cardinals

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, April 30, 2015 12:02 PM Comments: 4

Philadelphia Phillies (8-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (14-6)


Starting Pitchers:

PHIDavid Buchanan (0-4, 7.52)
Tim Cooney (0-0, 0.00)

Time: 1:45 EST, Busch Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 60′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  David Buchanan gets the start today and looks to improve his ERA some more, which currently stands at 7.52, down from his 18.0 ERA at the beginning of the season.  Ryan Howard gets the nod back into the clean up spot after heating up and hitting 3 home runs in the last week.  Chase Utley gets the day off today along with Ben Revere, who will be replaced by Darren Ruf and Cesar Hernandez respectively.  Cameron Rupp will be behind the plate for David Buchanan in place of Chooch.  The Phillies look to get another win and split the series against the St. Louis Cardinals before heading to Miami to face the Marlins tomorrow at 7:10 pm EST.  The Phillies will face Philadelphia local, Tim Cooney, a lefty from Collegeville, PA who will get his first Major League start tonight.

 Lineup: Herrera CF, Galvis SS, Ruf LF,  Howard 1B, Francoeur RF,  Hernandez 2B, Asche 3B, Rupp C,  Buchanan RHP

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