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Bullpen Blows 5-run Lead in 9th, Phils Lose in 11

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, June 19, 2010 08:47 PM | Comments: 68
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Just when you think you have it sewn up, the baseball Gods play tricks on you. Just when you think the slumping offense has sent you to an easy victory, the bullpen sticks it to you. They did just that as Minnesota scored nine runs over the final three innings to win in come-from-behind fashion, 13-10 in 11 innings.

Cole Hamels pitched seven decent innings, certainly fine enough to allow the Phillies their fourth straight win. But baseball is a funny game, isn’t it?

Carrying a 9-4 lead into the ninth, the Twins slammed the Phillies bullpen for five runs to tie it up.  Jim Thome smashed a two-run bomb into the Twins bullpen off Jose Contreras to cut the lead to three. Another run would score on a Delmon Young single to center field and with two outs, one of the best in baseball would turn the game completely upside down.

Joe Mauer would rip the second home run of the inning, this one off Brad Lidge, into the Phils bullpen in center field to make it 9-9. The Phillies would put two on in the bottom of the inning, but Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth would go down on strikeouts to end the threat.

In the 10th, Drew Butera (who?) led off with a homer to left off of Chad Durbin. A five run lead vanished, and just as quickly, Minnesota jumped in front, 10-9.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Ross Gload was the last gasp of air for the Phillies. And didn’t the guy hit one just over the fence under the right field foul pole to tie it at 10 and keep the team alive? You bet he did. What a funny game.

Forget about the home run though, because that quickly went by the wayside. Danys Baez came in to pitch the 11th and three more runs appeared on the board. Baez’s struggles continued as he allowed two hits and walked two batters, giving Minnesota a 13-10 cushion that they would not relinquish. Jon Rauch, who served up Gload’s homer in the 10th, would put the seal on an unconscionable Phils loss.

All the way back in the early innings, Cole Hamels actually pitched a pretty good game. He had himself a Jekyll and Hyde afternoon and in the end, was betrayed by his bullpen.

In the 35-minute first inning, the Twins struck for three early runs off of Hamels as all nine batters stepped to the plate. Justin Morneau knocked in two on a single to start the scoring for Minnesota. An error by Hamels one batter later left the door open and Delmon Young took advantage. He drove in Morneau on an RBI-double and just like that it was 3-0.

That first inning was uncharacteristic of him as of late as he struggled with his command (sort of) and was taken to task by the entire Minny order. Beyond that opening frame, Hamels locked it down. At one point, Cole retired 13 in a row before Justin Morneau opened up the sixth inning with a launch into RF.

The Phillies wouldn’t wait long to counter. They would score three in the first and then four more in the second inning to run Twins starter Kevin Slowey after just 1 2/3 innings. Over those two innings, homers by Wilson Valdez (yep!) and Ryan Howard accentuate another breakout by the sticks. Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth also went yard.

For the once-hibernating offense, this is certainly a 180 from the last month.  Over their last four games, the Phillies have scored 32 runs.  Prior to that, it took the Phillies nearly nine full games to score that many. For the second time this season, the Phils hit four or more home runs. They did that ten times in 2009.

Sadly, the continual roll of the offense will be overshadowed by the implosion on the mound.

Over his seven innings of work, Hamels threw 79 strikes in 117 pitches and struck out seven batters en route to win number seven. His fastball routinely touched 94 (although not the 95-96 we saw in Boston) and he mixed in his devastating change up . Once pitch we did not see? His now infamous cutter.

Charlie Manuel called this one “tough” over and over in his post-game press conference. He also said it’s one they’ll need to forget about for tomorrow. That’s easier said than done.

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    As for the Braves, Dipsy is absolutely right…first place without contributions from McClouth, Escobar or Chipper(except against the Phillies) and the guy they expected to be their ace, J.J being out the entire year and yet, they are leading the division but 4.5 over the Phillies.

    Easiest way to catch them is to beat them head to head, and not blow games like yesterday and unless our pen rights itself that might be tough.

    Hopefully the team is as annoyed as the fans are and brings out their beat down sticks today…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Hey Dips, thanks for the job offer, I think we’d make a great team! I’m with Chuck, though, I like Wheels, especially when he sounds like he’s had a few…he loosens up a little.

    I was wondering too if the bullpen issues were possibly because we were Chooch-less. I had a very bad feeling when that happened, he got hit pretty hard with that bat. I’ve read that they don’t think he has a concussion, but I’d like to hear a definitive answer to that.

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads on here, and…..

    GO PHILLIES!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Lidge has been okay the whole season. He has had a lot of base runners. But for him to be successful, he HAS to have that fastball command down. Also, what are they gonna do about Baez?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Also, I like Wheeler too. Dipsy, what would you do about Baez?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    What can they do? A two year contract…they pretty much have to throw Baez out there and let him try and earn his pay check. It will be interesting to see what happens when Happ and Madson come back…who goes? If I had my way it would be Baez and Herndon(nothing against him, but he is average at best). But I seriously doubt Baez is going anywhere.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Another vote of confidence for “Wheels”. :-)

    Compare to Pollyannish McCarthy (does he ever call balls & strikes FULL time?) and babbling Sarge Mathews, Chris Wheeler sounds like a astute analyst that gives the fans a better understanding of game situations.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Chris Wheeler gets a bad rap in this town for that “feud” he had with Harry. Who really knows what went down with that and who really cares.

    Wheels is actually a good analyst. I’m pretty knowledgeable. I watch a lot of baseball and know the game pretty well. But a lot of times I learn stuff when listening to Wheels…stuff that I wouldn’t have thought about. He enhances my viewing of the game.

    ——-

    Ed R. …..

    Baez is an “ass hat”. hahahahahaha!!!!

    Yeah, what can you do with the guy. I was in defense of the signing….thinking he would be a good addition to the pen. Looks like I was wrong. I cringe every time I see the guy out there. But with a two-year deal you have to ride it out for awhile and hope he can contribute somehow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Is it wrong that I want someone to drill a comebacker at Baez that essentially takes his pitching arm off? Something that will require Tommy John surgery and thus we don’t ever see him again? Is that wrong? It feels wrong.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    No, that’s actually a great solution to the problem. Problem is….we still have to pay his salary.

    Because that’s the issue right now, right? We have the stiff for another year and a half….so we can’t just let him go.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Correct Chuck, we are stuck with him due to his salary, but honestly, I would rather pay him to be hurt than pay him to play. Sad as it is.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom

    Jeff of Nova is spot on. Charlie is lousy handling the pen. The bigger problem is the bullpen itself. When I saw Mauer in the on deck circle, I knew this could happen. There is no excuse blowing a 9-4 in the ninth. I’ve followed these guys for 40+ years. They are definitely 3rd place material.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Actually, I do know about Wheels’ feud with Harry. And Richie. And Larry and Gary. I am completely serious. All four. No scandals or anything crazy. Just people who didn’t like each other much for the most part….and a little extra. RE: Baez. I guess you could outright him. Someone has to go when Madson gets back. I guess it’s Herndon or him. Quite honestly, if the Phils need to make a deal at the deadline it might involve Madson I would think.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Madson and Ibanez to Houston for Oswalt. Not my idea. But I’ve heard it and……hmmmmm…..

    (of course Raul has to waive the NTC)

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Never in a thousand years would Houston do that. Why?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD CHARLIE USE GREG DOBBS ($1.35 MILIION AND CAN’T HIT THE BALL OUT IN FRONT OF HIM) WHO IS LIKE 1 FOR 24? WHAT A WASTE THAT WAS. AND, ONCE AGAIN, HOWARD IS SWINGING AT CRAP WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE ON BASE. CAN’T MILT THOMPSON (NO WHERE TO BE SEEN) TEACH HIM TO LAY OFF THE CRAP? ANY PITCHER IN HIS RIGHT MIND WILL THROW HOWARD EVERYTHING BUT A FASTBALL. OH, AND BRAD LIDGE KEPT THROWING SLIDER AFTER SLIDER AND EVENTUALLY GUESS WHAT … THE TWINS WERE LOOKING FOR A SLIDER TO HIT OUT, DUH! YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO THROW A COUPLE OF ASSORTED PITCHES . FOR THE LIFE OF ME , FOR THE MONEY THESE GUYS ARE PAID I THOUGHT WE HAVE SOME INTELLIGENT PLAYERS ON OUR TEAM.

     
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