Phillies Split Double Header with Marlins

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 22, 2009 10:47 PM | Comments: 48
2009 Recaps, Posts

Joe BlantonThe Phillies and Marlins each won a game in today’s twin bill.  Fortunately for the Phillies, another day in the books represents another day closer to clinching a playoff spot.

It was a tale of two pitchers for the Marlins, both of whom ignored the scouting reports from the pregame post.  The Phillies roughed up Josh Johnson from the start of game one, while Anabel Sanchez looked like the no-hitter pitcher of 2006.

Don’t let the 9-3 score in favor of the Phillies fool you, Johnson and the Marlins pitchers show glimpses of mastery over Rollins, Utley and Ibanez, racking up 8 strikeouts between them and 16 overall in game one.  The Phils were able to piece together some offense with two RBI fielder choices by Ryan Howard and Miguel Cairo who got the start at third-base.  In the fifth inning, Jayson Werth came through with a 2-out single to drive in Victorino and Utley.  Raul Ibanez kicked off a 5-run eighth inning with a homer to right field before more RBIs by JRoll and Ryan Howard put the game away.

All the offense in the eighth was gravy, as Joe Blanton cruised through seven innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine Marlins, including Cody Ross three times.  Things got a little uncomfortable when Sergio Escalona coughed up 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth but Tyler Walker ended the threat and Clay Condrey came on to finish the game 1-2-3.

Unfortunately the Phillies bats went quiet in game two, as Anabel Sanchez scattered 2 hits over eight innings.  Jayson Werth struck out three times; and the rest of the Phillies long ball hitters could only muster up enough strength to reach the warning track several times throughout the nightcap.  Cody Ross and Dan Uggla – both big supporters of the Moyer Foundation – took the Phillies starter deep for two of the Marlins’ three runs.

The Marlins left-fielder Chris Coghlan continued his case for Rookie of the Year honors going 4-for-8 on Tuesday.  J.A. Happ’s injury certainly isn’t helping his chances.  However, Jamie Moyer despite taking the loss had a quality start giving up three earned runs in seven innings.  You can’t ask for much more from the man looking to earn a playoff start.

All-in-all, today was a good day.  The magic number is 5.

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  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    Brian, are you going to pick a Jeltz Award winner for the second game loss?

  • Posts: 0 george55

    Leaving RISP is going to be the death knell of the phils in the playoffs…..they just can’t seem to play short ball. I’m surprised Lidge wasn’t in…..did Manuel and him have a tiff?

  • Posts: 0 DHall

    The Phillies offense should get the Jeltz for game 2. It was painful to watch them bat in the second game.

  • Posts: 0 Robert Kofsky

    Anyone notie that the Braves have SEVEN games left against Washington?…….and one against the METS!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    This team seems to be missing something and it’s a little concerning. Not that I am complaining, as I am proud of the boys and looking forward to the postseason, but something is not quite right with this team.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Not a bad day… not the double fish fry that I hoped for but with 12 games remaining, we’re up 7.5 games. The Marlins and Braves dropping games is as good as us winning games.

    The Braves have a legitimate shot at catching the Rockies in that Wild Card race… the Rockies still have some tough games remaining while the Braves have slop. They would scare anyone in a short series… luckily, there’s no way that we would face them in the first round (same division).

  • Posts: 580 Brian Michael

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    Oops, I thought I did…it was Jayson Werth

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    You guys/girls go out and try to play back-to-back 9 inning games in the swamp heat…. All of these posts that are saying that “we lack something” or this “team concerns m”e don’t know what you’re talking about. This should’ve been a day/night dh. Start one game at 1pm and game 2 at 7/8 pm. The problem came from the Miami Dolphins who share the same stadium and played there on MNF. Or this makeup game “game 1″ probably gets played on Monday. The late game on Monday also made it difficult for the early 1pm start. The Phillies sent the message to the Fish like they did to the Braves over the wekend. Both of these teams needed sweeps badly, and the Phils killed those dreams by taking game 1 each time. Let’s not forget that the Braves were hot winning 7 in a row before we came to town. We beat Hudson and Hanson. Not too Shabby. Then we went out yesterday. The Marlins have been one of the better Sept teams in the NL. You know they thought they we’re going to sweep the DH with Johnson going in game one and Moyer going in Game 2. We beat Johnson and Moyer pitched well. I’m proud of the job the Phils did yesterday.

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I have to totally agree with Repeat. Any double header is tough to sweep especially in FLA. And in game one they scored runs on productive outs, so even though they did not hit with risp, they managed to get a few runs in another reason that is an over rated stat. Cario looked good at the plate for the most part, which is a good thing. Moyer pitched well enough to keep the phils in game two, but it just wasn’t meant to be. So as long as Cole pitches like he has been in the past 4 starts, lets just take 2 out of three and move on to the Brew Crew.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    People here who say that the Phils can’t play small ball obviously didn’t watch the 1st game or Sunday night’s game for that matter. In the afternoon game yesterday, they manufactured 3 of those runs on outs (and good base running). Only 1 run out of the 9 was produced by a HR.

    As Repeat! stated beating Johnson, Hanson, Hudson in what could be two series killing off their opponents’ hopes shows that the Phils get done when they need to.

  • Posts: 0 Zoe Chastain

    Let’s be realistic, we were 6-0 in their stadium heading into yesterday and by winning the first we went to 7-0. I don’t think it’s possible to win all 9 games in your division rivals home.

    We got what we needed out of yesterday, a split. Magic number is down to five, and with a little bit of luck we just might be able to have this thing wrapped up by Saturday.

    Hopefully Cole does the job for us today.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Moyer definately had a quality start, which is normal for him IN Florida. He usually pitches well against the fish in Florida, and not do good in CBP. As for the Braves, ALL of their games remaining are against the Nats, Fish and Mets. The good thing is we only have to win 5 more games, the only trouble is, they have a legitamate shot to win out the remainder of their games as well. Hopefully the Fish will take at least 1 game. But really, that shouldnt matter at all seeing that we have a 4 game set against the Brewers and a 4 game set against the Astros (At home). I know we got swept the last time we played the Stros, but that was away, and I highly doubt the Phillies will let the Astros sweep them, or even take the series against them at home. If we win tonight, the Phillies juse need to split each of the series.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    How do Phillies hitter usually fair against Vandenhurk, anyone know?

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Looking at the stats on MLB.com, he hasnt pitched against the Phillies this year, however, his at home is over 4, vs his ERA away which is closer to 2.

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    espn.com says that he’s 0-2 lifetime against us with a 12.79 era in 2 starts. All at the Bank. We have not faced him in 2009. He missed the 1st two months of the season with an elbow injury.

  • Posts: 0 Joe

    @Zoe, if memory serves, the 2008 WFC Phils won all the games at Turner Field.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Robert there is no chance of the braves catching us. Plus they play the marlins. They will equal each other out in that series. The braves are pushing for the wild card now. 5 games back. no shot at that either.

  • I’m so glad that Cliff Lee was moved up to Friday, now I get to see him pitch up close!

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yes they did, but it really ticked the Braves off… And they put a beating on us until we got our rotation together. No need to tick off anyone else. That’s been part of the Mets woes.. Everyone in the division hates them not just the Phillies. And everyone gets up to play hard against the Mets no matter what… This Fish starter tonite has actually been half decent w/the except of a few starts….

  • Posts: 0 Joe

    @Softfoamearplugs, when you use all caps in your name, it’s like you’re shouting.

    Oh, wait. Never mind.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    The fact that the players had 20 minutes between games is absurd… what if game one was an extra innings game? MLB should have shot that down… regardless, the Fish had to feel pretty crappy about dropping game one with their ace on the mound. Judging by the lackluster performance in game 2, the Phils probably felt a little too good about themselves but Moyer was ok… I guess that’s important considering Happ/Pedro aren’t 100%.

    Hamels/VandenHurk… game, blouses.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    playing small-ball to win a few games … is a lot different from “being able to play small-ball” .. which the Phillies cannot do consistently

    It may or may not haunt them in the postseason.. the relience on the long-ball has hurt them at times, and carried them at times..

    Overall we hit for Power, not average … and in tight games (which playoff games tend to be) you need to rely on consistent starting pitching .. which I think we have .. and timely hitting, which we don’t always have.

    I would love to see us match up against the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, because I think they are the front-runners in everyone’s minds.

    If anyone can knock the Yankees off in the in AL, that would really be impressive

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    The Yankees have come back down to earth being 5-5 in the last 10. They may have gotten hot too early, which may have also happened to the Cards since they seemed to have cooled off. The dodgers who have been REALLY BAD since the All Star break, are now 8-2 in the last 10, the same as the Phillies. It could be an NLCS rematch, which I would much rather play the Cards right about now then the Dodgers if they have turned it on again, and would really want revenge in the NLCS. Thats if the current matchups stay the same.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I thought to begin the year that the Yankees had no bullpen… and thus, would fall to the RedSox .. but they have starting pitching, probably the best lineup in baseball .. a lights-out closer .. and a decent back-end besides Rivera

    I’ll be shocked if the Yankees don’t make the world series .. I don’t think the RedSox have the starting pitching, or any power.

    The Angels have just been a bad playoff team the past few seasons, but I would like to see them make a run ..

    I haven’t watched the Tigers play at all this season, but Verlander has established himself as an ACE.. with Jackson and Porcello, they could be dangerous in a short-series .

    I would LOVE to see the Twins win the AL Central, but not sure if they will .. those teams play a 4 game series next week I think

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    The Yankees should have the best of everything seeing how much money they throw at that freakin team. Not to mention their stadium. What a complete joke.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I agree but it is, what it is … baseball created its own problems by putting 8 teams in Florida.. etc ..

    and letting the small market teams like Pittsburgh, Kansas City, etc sink because they can’t match the payroll of bigger clubs

    I don’t mind the Yankees as much as I used to, now that the RedSox fans are just as annoying… and the RedSox players got busted for Performance-Enhancing drugs in 2003 … but won the World Series in 2004 ..

    I just try to route for the small market teams whenever possible.. like the Twins in the World Series would be an amazing story .. but they need to worry about making the playoffs first

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I’m not sold on the Yankees. They’ve had great regular season teams before that didn’t go anywhere in the postseason (2004, 2005), 2006. They’re even more reliant on the home run than the Phillies. And we know A-Rod ain’t showing up at clutch time. So their starters will have to pitch well. I could definitely see Detroit beating them in a short series. Verlander takes game 1 at yankee stadium, and then it gets tough because the Tigers have been one of the best home teams all year.

    I also wouldn’t count out the Red Sox, especially if Jason Bay is hitting.

    THe NL seems like a total crapshoot. Seems like any of the Phils, Cards, Dodgers or even the Rockies could make the WS.

    Should be fun. Glad we’re in it again.

  • Posts: 0 GreysFan

    The problem with watching one team as closely as most of us watch the Phillies is that every flaw becomes magnified. I know that sometimes they don’t play small ball, and sometimes they leave men on base, and sometimes (maybe a little more than that) the bullpen caves in. I guess that they even make a few base running mistakes and are sloppy in the field, but it is really hard to complain much about that given how clearly better than other teams the Phils are in those areas. Of course, they do lead the league in runs scored, so they must be taking advantage of a few opportunities. Also, they have won 88 games and will probably finish with 94-96 wins. Not too shabby. I know this isn’t a perfect team and anguishing over the flaws is part of being a baseball fan, but let face it: they are pretty damn good.

  • Posts: 0 Mr. Phil

    Joe, too funny. I like a little humor on here.

    As for me, I can NEVER root for the Mets against anyone so I hope the Braves win again. As long as the Phils play their game, we’ll be fine. Personally, I’m rooting for the Braves to catch the Wild Card. Highly unlikely, but still I hope they do.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    The Tigers are going to be the Yankee killers this year… as it stands, that’s the first round match-up in the AL. That means that the Yankees get Verlander (x2), Jackson, Porcello and Washburn in a short series… yikes.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WS will be Phillies vs. Yankees… I called it in spring training!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    J-roll called it, too… so it MUST be true!

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    If the Yankees make it to the WS, they will win it on Walk Off’s.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    If Grandma had wheels, she’d be a wagon.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Actually, with the exception of their ace, the Yankee’s starters are starting to fall apart. Pettitte’s hurt, Burnett has been wild, and Joba – well it’s been a farce with him – he’s been getting rocked and his confidence is probably shot with the Joba Rules nonsense. I wouldn’t be surprise if they don’t make it out of the first round alive.

    The Phillies starting rotation stacks up well against any of the other contenders out there.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Sure picked a bad day to quit smoking!
    Hey the Phils are in better shape than they were last year .Even with the back of the bullpen problems,we have been able to recover somehow.I just believe in these guys.
    A great series WOULD BE Phils vs Yanks.JRoll is not wrong.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I would love to see a Phils / Yanks World Series. But first things first. The Phils need to get either the 1 or 2 spot to make their playoff lives easier. I think they can win a series against any NL playoff team even without homefield. BUT, having 3 games at home in a 5 games series is big.

    The only question on this team is closer. They are strong up and down the lineup, up and down the starting rotation, have an otherwise decent pen. Mitch Williams was talking about Lidge this morning on WIP. He thinks Lidge might be able to step up the intensity in the playoffs and be lights out again because opposing players are so geared up, he can get them to bite more on the slider. I’m sure we will find out one way or another. It will be an entertaining postseason.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    The Yankees have solid starting pitching… not the best by any means… but their lineup is nasty. Ours might be a tad better 3-6 but they’ve got great hitters in those 1,2 and 7 holes (Jeter, Damon and Cano) and there are no bullpen questions in NY… Hughes, Rivera. They’re solid… we play better defense and run the bases better. It would be a great series.


    The Tigers are going to be very tough in a short series. Verlander is a horse and they’re going to be very focused because they’re still playing for something (the Yankees are soaking it up).

  • Posts: 0 ryan

    maybe it is because it is officially fall now or whatever but I am beginning to be VERY PUMPED UP about the phillies. maybe it was blanton’s performance yesterday. but I am feeling good about our chances again. we have question marks, but so do the other teams. I think we can hit the cardinals pitchers. I think our lineup is better than theirs. I think the dodgers have been mediocre in the second half and their starting pitching is even worse than our bullpen.

    let’s do it again! I want another parade! ya gotta believe

  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    Did the Marlins play under the same conditions yesterday … in the same swamp heat?

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    We got great contributions last year from unsung hereos …Werth and Ruiz in the playoffs, World Series especially

    Rollins has been in a funk all year, much better 2nd half though .. and Utley (.220 hitter) and Howard (.269) don’t have great postseason numbers either

    A-rod hits .280
    Jeter hits .314
    Posada hits .241
    Matsui hits .311
    Cano hits .206
    Damon hits .278
    Mark Teixiera .467 (in 4 career playoff games last year with the Angels)

    so the notion that they choke in the playoffs has been more about their mediocore Starting Pitching than their bats lately … Sabathia won’t be worn out this year … AJ Burnett has overpowering stuff, and could dominate anxious hitters in the playoffs ..?? It will be really interesting to see which teams step up this October

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    yea Philly Geoff they did, but they walk through the first game because their ace was on the mound and they lost, to get a split was a must for them so psychologically some times you are not so beat up by the heat. All the Phillies need are series wins from here on out, and if they win tonight that is what they will get.
    As for the Braves, I do not see them sweeping the Mets or the Nats no matter how bad those teams are they want to win. Ok maybe they will sweep the mets because they suck. But I see the Nats winning at least one game if not two.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Dont worry boys…..Were in…Charlie has them doing the right thing,concentrating on each game and not looking ahead too far.
    I am getting psyched right now thinking about the playoffs…Go Phils.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Don M. – that isn’t a necessarily fair comparision because all the aforementioned Yankee hitters except Teixiera and Cano have played in more post season games than our players and also how many of those games were played in the steroid era?
    Also, fatigue might have been a factor for CC last year but does fatigue explain the rest of his dreadful post season stats with the indians? And remember he is playing october baseball in NY where not even a puibic hair goes unoticed and Yankees Pride has people sieg heiling….it’s not Milwakee or Cleveland

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Ruiz flew back to Philly today to have his wrist examined. Looks like it’s worse than originally thought. Rut-roh.

  • Posts: 0 Malcolm

    What is the word on Romero’s return?

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Someone who posts under the name LH had a great suggestion to get Jojihma from Seattle…we’ve got the prospects to trade for him i’m sure. Seriously this club has to acknowledge the pink f***ing elephant in the room….do we need to call the Vatican to get Schilling’s bloody sock and let one of the walking wounded wear it for a game.

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    I think it’s safe to say that loosing Chooch to injury would be worse than loosing one of our starting pitchers.

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