Hamels, Bullpen Hammered; Yanks Take Series Lead

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Sun, November 01, 2009 12:43 AM | Comments: 63
2009 Recaps, Posts, World Series 2009

There are a few different players one can point to when placing blame regarding the Phillies 8-5 loss to New York. One however, sticks out like a very sore thumb.

Cole Hamels has struggled all season. Earlier in the year, after a less than stellar performance against the Marlins, mid-season, Hamels’  proclaimed, and I paraphrase, I will start to turn it on once the games become more important. So far this postseason, he has remained mediocre at his best and just plain bad at his worst. Perhaps the lights of the NLDS and the NLCS just weren’t bright enough for “Hollywood” to shine.

In Hamels biggest, most important game yet, Hamels again failed to dazzle. Lasting just 4.1 innings, Hamels allowed five runs on five hits. Hamels started the game looking good, allowing just one base-runner in the first three innings. Early on it appeared as if Cole had finally found a stage big enough to perform, however, after a walk to Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez took Hamels deep to right field, homering off the camera in a bomb that required instant replay to determine.

The Phillies offense got to Andy Pettitte early, scoring three in the second. Jayson Werth started the scoring with a solo shot to left. It was the third straight game in which the Phillies scored first. A Pedro Feliz double, a Carlos Ruiz walk, and a Cole Hamels bunt single and the Phillies had bases loaded with one out. Jimmy Rollins drew the walk to score Feliz and Victorino sacrificed to score Ruiz. After two innings, things looked bright as the Phillies were up three.

Aside from another solo blast from Werth and a late blast by Ruiz, the Phillies line-up lay dormant for the rest of the evening. More importantly, the Phillies 3-4 and 6 hitters (all lefties) went 0 for 12 with seven strike outs. Ryan Howard was the biggest culprit with three total. He is now batting .154 in the World Series after a torrid postseason.

Let’s not forget the bullpen which failed to keep the game within reach after Hamels left. Allowing dingers to both Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui, they coughed up three runs in 4.2 innings of work.

In all, it was a collectively bad effort with little exception. It will gave the Phillies just their second loss at home in the playoffs over the past two seasons.

The Phillies will look to even the series tomorrow when they square off in Game Four. Game time is set for 8:20 pm and Joe Blanton will take the mound for the Phillies. A loss and the Phillies will find themselves with their backs placed squarely against the wall. C.C. Sabathia goes for the Yankees.

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Jason Bintliff is a Phillies season ticket holder and avid fan for 28 years. He was a former free lance writer and contributor to various baseball blogs. He is also the proud son of the owner of Lena Blackburns Baseball Rubbing Mud.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Yankee fans, are you so pathetic and so terrified that youre going to lose this series that you need to come onto a PHILLIES blog and try to talk trash. you tell us we dont get to players and we are less important than we think, then why do you think you get to talk smack? because you root for them? you dont help them, you dont play for them, you have nothing to do with them so why do you get to talk smack? You call us classless and bad fans. how so? i think being so pathetic that you need to go onto the other teams blog and try to talk smack to the other teams fans then you are classless. you say that we dont get to their players, well you dont get to us. you just give us something to laugh at. the minute the phillies win, they will go and hide and never show their classless faces around here again.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I think the bats have to show up tonight, 4 or 5 runs should be enough, the Phillies pen has been over rested, worry a little since Lidge has not pitched in almost two weeks. But I think they will show up tonight. JB as to pitch very good and go 6 or 7 give up 2 or 3 runs. IMO it is more that the bats have to show up 3-5 to give us a chance tonight. I will be listening on the radio in the car traveling to PA from VT for game 5. Which hopefully will put the phillies up if not, I truly believe they can take two in NYC.
    All that being said, I am proud of this team, they have not laid down all year and they will not start now.
    Go Big Joe, and hammer CC for tonight.
    Phils win 6-2. will see you all at game 5

  • Posts: 0 Hugh Stacks

    People like Stuart have become part of the norm in this country. They try to express their thoughts and formulate an argument but they lack the educational background and/or the ability to decipher between what they perceive to be true, based on their personal feelings, and what is in fact, reality. Stuart, just because I stated that these Philly fans have less of an impact than they think does not mean I am talking smack. If you actually believe that you do have a profound impact on players, and in turn contribute to the outcome of games, than you are lying to yourself for reasons that I can only guess. You might be the type of person who is lost in the grand scheme of things and is desperately trying to grasp at a purpose that is being composed in your own minds eye because the truth might be to much to bare. Obviously these are wildly drastic assumptions that are only grounded on a sole blog comment, but your blatant and unfounded anger speaks volumes about your charecter. Yanks in 6.

  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Hugh Stacks: its spelled CHARACTER

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Yeah nice spelling Hugh Stacks. I can see you are lacking this educational background you speak of. And if the cheering does not do anything for the players, then why cheer? We should all just sit there silent and watch and let the players work.

  • Posts: 0 Hugh Stacks

    Highlighting a single spelling error and not responding with anything of substance…guess my assertation was pretty close? Once again, I have no problem with cheering, it’s part of being a fan; but if you believe that the cheering has some sort of significant impact would be a sad statement of insecurity.

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    How would that make me insecure? If I think that our cheering helps the players that makes me insecure? Do you understand what it means to be insecure. I think you are the one that is insecure. You need to make yourself feel good by trying to talk smack on a blog. Not only are you talking smack on a blog, but youre talking smack on a blog that isnt even for your team. That just makes me think that you are insecure and your fans probably pushed you away from their blog because you lack knowledge of baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The thing about the A-Rod double is simple. The umps made up a ground rule that anything that hits a camera is a home run. Their reasoning behind it is that they do not control what the cameraman does with the camera. That reasoning is a lie. They do control what the camerman does with the camera, they are moving him back for game 4 and they also control what the cameraman does with the camera by having instant replay. Instant replay can check to see where the camerman is, the umps don’t need to make up a ground rule about cameras. That ground rule that the umps made up is inconsistent with having instant replay. And they used the instant replay to uphold a bogus rule that should only be in effect when they do not have instant replay. That is why the call is bogus.

  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The ground rule that the umps made up is inconsistent with having instant replay. The rule states that any ball hitting a camera is a home run because the umps do not control the camerman. That is only true when the umps do not have instant replay. Because the umps have instant replay their reasoning behind the ground rule is a lie and the ground rule is illegal.

  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Hugh Stacks: I’d respond further but you can’t rationalize with a bumbling fool like yourself.

  • Posts: 0 Hugh Stacks

    It makes you insecure because your putting yourself up on an imaginary pedestal because you want to believe you are more important than you actually are. It wasn’t that hard to follow.

  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Did your mommy write out that response for you hughy? That’s pretty lame. What’s next: I know you are but what am I? watch the game or go play your world of war craft

  • Posts: 0 Barry Starritt

    Hi just thought i would tell you something.. This is twice now i’ve landed on your blog in the last 2 days hunting for completely unrelated things. Spooky or what?

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