They Held ‘Em For Happ: Phils Win, 5-4

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, May 29, 2009 10:19 PM | Comments: 79
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RollinsholdThey let the Nationals get close, but the Phillies sealed the deal, defeating Washington 5-4.

JA Happ got the win, going 5.2 innings and giving up three earned runs — two via Chad Durbin. Happ struck out five, walked three and hit two, showing mediocre control but only allowing three hits. Durbin brought the score from 5-1 to 5-4, but the rest of the bullpen (Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge) held the score. Lidge collected a 1-2-3 save with two strikeouts.

The Phillies scored three in the third, mostly thanks to a Raul Ibanez two-run single. Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley also collected RBI off pitcher Ross Detwiler, who allowed 10 hits. In all the Phils recorded 16 hits, but left 29 men on base. Not a recipe for success, but against the Nationals, it worked.

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  • Posts: 0 Ed

    That’s not too far from where I’m at, about 5 minutes or so.

    Dipper, there were two reasons Kendrick didn’t get the nod for the double header. One, they didn’t want to use one of his major league options for a spot start only to send him back down. Two, he was not lined up to pitch, he had just pitched like three days ago. Carpenter was available to go that night.

    I doubt the organization has as much faith in him as they did going into last season but to say they dont have faith is a bit overstated.

    That being said, I would not be surprised to see Kendrick get the call up. He is ready to go on Tuesday and it would be his normal day. Though I would much rather see what Bastardo can do.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    It does fall right on Bastardo’s day, I think.

  • Posts: 0 M.P. AKA Phillies Phan SC #54

    Amaro said tonight that short-term they will go in-house. I completely agree with this. I still think we need to bring up some of this talent we have.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Crap, maybe one day off. Worley?

  • Posts: 0 4daysrest.com

    Yes, it does fall on Antonio Bastardo’s day and he is by far the hottest hand the Phillies have in the minors right now. I’d love to see him pitch a major league game – it may be a little rushed, but he is drawing early comparisons to Johan Santana.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Rube also said they were bringing people up levels as quickly as feasible. This is evident in bringing Bastardo, for example, up to LV from Reading this early in the season.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Watched Bastardo last Saturday — very impressive that game until it blew up.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    what happened? did he lose it?

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Gave up a HR. But 11!!! Ks!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The Mets suck. They are not winning with a bunch of scrubs. Oh no Castro scares me Mommy. Oh no Church is coming. My best friend in life is a die hard Mets fan. His saying today….THE METS WILL NEVER WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE NEXT TWNETY YEARS. YEA BOYYYYYYYYY

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Keith, technically I guess Koplove got the loss. I think it was 4-3 Pigs when they pulled Bastardo.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Bedtime. Gotta go to Philly in the a.m. and hang out with stepdaughter until gametime. Long day, but she’s happy she gets to see Cole pitch.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Some observations from tonight’s game:

    Having watched Happ pitched again, I feel a little uneasy about him. Again, Happ relied too much on the fastball. One reason why the pitch count rose quickly with Happ is the hitters were starting to get better timing. I think there were a total of 19 foul balls in his pitch count total of 96 in 5.1 innings. I heard one of the broadcasters during the game said that Happ has only two pitches (fastball and slider) and is working on a curveball on the sideline to add in future starts. Since a poster here (JeffS?) described Kendrick as “two pitch pony”, I’m beginning to think that Happ may qualify for that description as well.

    In his first start against the Yankees, he used the fastball 81% of the time with a few sliders mixed in. It was effective the first time around because the Yankees hitters were confused as Happ went against the usual pitch selection (fastballs instead of an off speed pitch) on certain counts. One could say Happ was working “backwards” on pitch selection.

    It worked the first time against a very good hitting team, the Yankees. However, in the majors Happ knows (or should) that you’re not going to get away with it for long against professional ML hitters and their natural ability to hit fastballs.

    Happ is not overpowering with the fastball (sneaky, yes) and needs to mix in more changes of speed with his slider and hopefully he has a effective curveball in his limited repertory.

  • Posts: 0 Chris L

    If they do trade for Bedard (which I’m not sure on one way or the other – probably would depend on which players it would cost), do you think that Moyer might be part of the package. it would give them some veteran leadership for a young team with a chance of making a move in a relatively weak division, he still lives there and would allow the Phils to place KK or Carpenter in their rightful 5 spot. In the end, it would probably take 3-4 players with at least 2 of them major league ready (1 young and 1 vet).

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Phils make a move for a pitcher right about the day that JC comes back and that the move includes Taschner or Eyre as well as one of the catchers (Marson – probably, Coste – if we lucky, or D’nard (sp?) and one of the young pitchers.

    By the way, anyone see Outman’s game for the A’s?

  • Posts: 0 Philsphan

    I don’t understand why people are so quick to want to give up the farm. I mean for nearly 2/3 of the year, Myers was as ineffective as any of these call-ups likely will be. I say we wait it out a while and try to get good value. I definitely don’t think we want to be giving up Donald, Drabek, and Basterdo.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oo trading Taschner sounds fun

  • Posts: 0 Chris L

    By the way since they recalled Escalona does that mean Park gets a start or two then they make a decision (or trade) next week when JC returns?

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I hope we can trade Cairo too ;)

  • Posts: 0 Chris L

    Cairo wasn’t released already?

  • Posts: 0 Ryk

    29 men left on base? Seriously? That would truly be an amazing feat. Wonderful that at least 29 reached base, but horrible that so many were left stranded……

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Cairo is still on the AAA team

  • Posts: 0 Philsphan

    Yea actually is it even possible that 29 men were left on base. Isn’t the max 3 per inning? So 27 would be the max if we left bases loaded everytime?

    I’m probably just an idiot though and looking at this the wrong way.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Phillies only left 13 on base

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    multiple batters left the same man on base though that’s prolly where the 29 comes from

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I heard that Happ does have a larger repertoire of pitches, but grew to rely on only two when he moved to the bullpen. If that’s true, we will probably see his other pitches more as the season goes on.

  • Posts: 0 Runshouse

    “Jeff Says:
    May 30th, 2009 at 12:21 am
    The Mets suck. They are not winning with a bunch of scrubs. Oh no Church is coming. My best friend in life is a die hard Mets fan. His saying today….THE METS WILL NEVER WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE NEXT TWNETY YEARS. YEA BOYYYYYYYYY”

    Yea but your Mom thinks that you are handsome and popular too.

  • Posts: 0 The Big Dipper

    The spot start that Carpenter came up to pitch in the double header landed exactly on the day Kendrick was supposed to pitch. In fact he pitched for LV the same day. Check your facts.

    Wasting an option might be the reasoning or it could be they have no faith in him. We will see when they declare the starter for Tuesday

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    How does Happ show “mediocre control” ?? He fans five over 5.1 innings w/ only three walks. Hardly mediocre. This is the same guy who kept the Yankees on their heels all day. I’ve liked Happ since I first saw him. If he can develop an out pitch to supplement his fastball/slider combo he can be an all star. Lighten up on the guy!

  • Posts: 0 M.P. AKA Phillies Phan SC #54

    You both are right on Cairo – he was designated for assignment, effectively released. He was outrighted to AAA and re-signed there. So both are TECHNICALLY correct. He is not on the 40-man roster though, so we cannot blame him too much longer. We can just blame Eaton or Jeltz then. Kidding.

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