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Doc Beats Old Mates as Phils Win Going Away – at Home

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 25, 2010 10:25 PM | Comments: 35
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Home? Away? Doesn’t matter where the Phillies play, right now they are red-hot in all phases of the game.

The Phillies began their away series with the Blue Jays with a 9-0 win behind seven shutout innings from former Jay Roy Halladay.

Doc tossed 105 pitches and allowed six hits scattered over those seven frames. Jose Contreras and David Herndon would work the eighth and ninth to finish it off. Halladay finally got the run support he desired and won for the first time since June 4.

Offensively, it really wasn’t very fair. Toronto pitching was overmatched from the get-go as Jimmy Rollins walked to lead off the game. J-Roll would walk four times total, the first time he’s ever done that in his career. The impressive numbers continued down the order as Ross Gload knocked in four runs with three coming on a questionable double called by the official scorer. His smash to deep right-center field hit off the heel of Vernon Wells glove, but no matter, it still broke the game wide open.

Every starter had at least one hit except Rollins, who managed to find his way on base anyway. Shane Victorino homered and Jayson Werth finished 2-for-3 with a triple and two walks. All-in-all a fine performance against a team that is much better than the Indians who just left town without a victory.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Jesse Litsch, making just his third start back from Tommy John surgery, lasted only four-plus innings and was tagged by the now-steaming hot Phillies offense. Litsch gave up six runs and walked four batters – he did not record a strikeout.

It certainly looks as though the Phillies offense as a while has broken out of their funk. They’ve also managed four wins in a row and six wins in their last eight games.  With a Mets win and a Braves win, they remain 2.5 out in the NL East.

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  • Posts: 0 keng

    Equally importantly BIDDLE throws 3 scoreless with 3 k’s in his pro debut in florida!! – cant help but “kvelling” as my oldest boy was his catcher, his co-captain, and one of his closest friends over the past four years at high school (for that matter, since he was 7)!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ben

    nice W. great to see our lineup doing what it is capable of doing.

     
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  • Posts: 0 gabriel

    good to see this team get off the shnide (spelling?)… i kept telling everyone i wasn’t worried, they’ll turn it around… but a small part of me definitely wondered ‘what if they never……’ blah blah – thank you JIMMY (who will somehow walk away with all the credit of the turnaround and then unanimously selected to start the ASG) lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Adrian

    Of course the Phillies just had to flip-flop Halladay and Hamels in the rotation this weekend, knowing full well I was attending tomorrow night’s game. I’m bad luck for the Phils whenver I go to game, but Halladay hasn’t been their long enough to be affected. Alas, I’m cheated out of seeing the Phillies ace, and Cole Hamels will likely suffer his worst start of the season. We all know how susceptible to the long ball he is, and the Blue Jays hit them in bunches. Eh, at least it’ll be great to finally get back to Citizens Bank Park after nine months. I wish I didn’t live so far away…

     
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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I have to see a little more before im convinced they out of this Slump..The played the Indians an Rookie starter just coming back from Surgery…if they can take next 2 out of 3 then i can say they out of the Slump…Whats up with Victorino he has been slipping under the Radar all the attention been focused on Ibanez an Utleys slump.

     
  • Posts: 0 RobertOrr34

    Great start for Halladay, awesome day for the offense. Tomorrow is the real test, I seem to recall S. Marcum doing so well versus lefty hitters that the Rays manager, Joe Maddon, recently told all of his switch hitters to bat right-handed against him. With our southpaw-dominated lineup, this could be trouble. If they stay patient and work the count (who was that shortstop leadoff man who had 4 walks tonight??? That was some Rollins lookalike. He’s NEVER that patient) and get some runs, then the slump talk can be put to rest for the rest of the season.
    By the way, congrats to former Phil Billy Wagner for getting his 400th save tonight.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Werth was on base 4 times again last night. The only time he recorded an out was with a very deep fly ball.
    8 for 10, 6 runs, a double, triple and a HR, 3 walks – 14 total bases all in the last 3 games. Say HOT!
    Note, Jimmy did not attempt to steal a base again.
    For as many walks as Jimmy had, Poly hit into 3 double plays, it would have been 4 if Jimmy had gotten on base that his 3rd atbat. Poly was hitting the grounders right at the infielders, hard.
    Career night for Mr. Gload – he came up 2 times with the bases loaded
    (it just seemed to fit nicely last night “Guload Load..”)
    The Phils had the bases loaded with 0 outs at least 3 times, maybe 4.
    What a move by Cholly, to have Gload start at first base in place of Ryan. As we were questioning that move he made a few pretty impressive defensive plays, including a very rare double play where he tagged out the batter then ran down the runner from (doofus) going from first to second.
    Shane Victorino is mired in a 4 for 25 slump in his last 7 games. 5 runs scored, 1 sb, 1 cs, 3 rbi (last night 2, the night before 1), 1 extra base hit (last nights hr) and tons of ground balls.
    Also of note, Jayson’s haircut and the fact that he acknowledged the crowd in right field during the game – both rare occurrences.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    By the way Adrian – Cole has been pretty tuned in and should ride this offense well. In his last 3 games, although his record does not reflect it – his ERA is under 3. You’ll be in good hands tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob Myers

    The body language of this team is back, and J Roll’s impact is just undeniable.

    We fans don’t really know much about team dynamics in the clubhouse. It’s kept from us, and reporters agree not to report what goes on. But one thing we know, J Roll changes the dynamics and adds life and voltage and swagger.

    One related question to clubhouse dynamics. One rationale I heard about Lee being let go was that he was not a good club house guy. I saw nothing to support that. Anyone have any sense of Lee’s impact on the team. I hear a lot positive about Halladay that I never heard about Lee.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I think that anyone who has ever played team sports would agree that every so often there is a guy on your team that for one, is a good player, but also is a guy that has a “presence” or “charisma” or whatever, that makes his teammates feel better about themselves and about their chances of winning. When those guys are missing a little confidence is lost and, dare I say it, the game’s just not as fun. Maybe thats what the Phils wwere missing when Jimmy was gone. And looking back, when some of us whined and bitched about Jimmy not getting on base and swinging at too many first pitches and why Charlie wouldn’t drop him down in the lineup, that perhaps this was the reason all along. AND, by extension, maybe Charlie knew not to do it and wouldn’t do it because he knew what the change in energy might do to his team, and thus we should have given Charlie a liitle more credit. Does any of that make sense?

    The Dipsy

     
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  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Dipsy, makes TOTAL sense. I think people tend to forget what a guy can bring to the mix….just by being there, playing, in the lineup. As I’ve said repeatedly, Jimmy Rollins is the heart and soul of this team. And that’s why I have no problem with the Phillies picking up his option.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It does make sense Dipsy…but what if J-Roll gets hurt again…is the team really going to let the whole season hinge on one guy?

    What happens when J-Roll is not here anymore?

    I completely agree with you, it seems inarguable that J-Roll plays a very significant role on this team, he truly is a spark. But it’s one thing to be a spark and another to be the entire engine which is what he seems to be.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    You need to see more before you say the team is out of the slump? Really? WTF? I mean we SHOULD have easily taken 2 our of 3 from the Twinkies, but the Bullpen screwed up another effective start from Hamels. They WERE winning, what 9-4 or 9-5 in the NINTH, but go figure the two out of the bullpen who every other day have been dialed in, had an off night. It just sucked that night that they both had an off night against on the same night. Other than that, the offense has been scoring runs finally.

    As for presence of a player, it is sad but true. Leadership, charisma, energy, (loud mouth, LOL). You name it, JROLL has it. True we have Utley, Howard, and we could go on, but Howard to me, really isnt a true “leader”. Utley, is the silent leader type, however, it could just be that the Phillies in general want and need that voicestrous, outspoken emotional leader on the field. Take it from me, its not just Team Sports. Team Sports, Military, any job which you need teamwork. Some on here are Eagles fans, and I believe the Eagles folded last season at the end, and looked like JUNK, because they lost their leader (Dawkins), and had to rely on McNabb and some other veterans. This year and I believe for the foreseeable future until DJax is ready to step up, they will look below average. My fear is once the Phillies lose JRoll for good, the same will happen to the Phillies.

    Tonights game to me is scary. Moyer has looked pretty filthy overall for a 47 yr old #5 starter, but Seeing how Vernon Wells LOVES to hit slow low ’80s pitches. I believe he has 16 homers, and 14 of them came on 80-85 mph pitches. Combine Moyers “speed” with a hitters ballpark, and Wells ability to hit that speed, it could be a long day.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I heard Jr talking again about Lee on the radio. Makes me angry when he says they needed to stock the farm and save on salary. Oh my god. I realize our owners wanted this move but as a GM he could of shaved off some salary to make it work. You could of even raised a bottle of water by .50. First off you got nothing back in the deal except garbage. To have Doc, Lee, Hamels the world series would of been locked. I hate being Lied to.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Raising the price of water wouldn’t have kept Cliff Lee here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    I understand that the “slump” might not be fully over. However, the Phillies have beaten up two teams in 4 straight games in a number of ways.

    Lockdown pitching: 2-1 in over CLE
    Comeback fashion: 7-6 walkoff by J-Roll
    Blowout Fashion: 12-3 over CLE, 9-0 over TOR

    They are beating the teams on the schedule. If not for that epic meltdown it would be 7 of 8. They beat the Yankees twice in three games and then narrowly lost to MIN in 2 of 3. They’ve fought hard.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Adrian, I get Hamels EVERY SINGLE GAME I go to without fail, it drives me crazy!

    Now…isnt it a strange coincidence that as soon as J-Roll comes back the slump ends and the offense is back in form. They really need to come up with a plan as to what to do when he gets too old in 3 or 4 years. Because when he isnt in the lineup, even if he himself is in a slump, it just stops working.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I really wish all the slump-naysayers would just go away and stay away. “Frontrunners” (thanks, Jimmy!) infuriated me a lot more than the slump non-performances we saw over six weeks in May and the early part of June.

    As for the guy who thinks Hamels is going to blow tonight, Hamels has been a victim of the sputtering offense in May and June. His performances have been vintage ’08 Hamels and he’s got a much better command of the ball and of himself when things start getting dicey.

    Yes, the slump was disheartening and worrying. Yes, I’ve made comments on it myself. But the number of people complaining that our boys were “done, finished, horrible, blah, blah, blah,” should all be ashamed of themselves for having so little faith.

    We saw some sparks of life even before Rollins came off the DL and now that Mr. 27-Outs is back in full force, the slump is over.

    The magic number is ONE. We only need ONE more run than our opponents to put up another in the W column. Yes, it’s exciting and exhilerating when it’s a blow-out, but for the time being until they get back into first place (and it WILL happen), just concentrate on the magic number.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    There are no frontrunners just angry fans. When a pro team plays as poorly as the Phillies did we have a right to get on them. Lets see why. We pay good money to see them and plus all merchandise. We are allowed to get on them a little.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    “AND, by extension, maybe Charlie knew not to do it and wouldn’t do it because he knew what the change in energy might do to his team, and thus we should have given Charlie a liitle more credit.”

    Wait a second.. could this be the start of a bromance blossoming?? Dipsy laying some love out for our Cholly – I’m likin’ it a lot!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Kate, I think the “frontrunners” were just letting their frustrations go. For me (as Chuck informed …) my frustration shows as ‘worry’ – like I posted earlier “Jimmy did not attempt to steal, again…” –

    The 3 double plays that Poly grounded into were not significant at all in this game. At least 2 of them were against RH pitchers, with Jimmy on first. Patience.. just be patient.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I understand getting on them, Jeff. They deserve it, because they were playing horrible baseball for a while there. But to get on Hamels for the losses he’s suffered mostly through no fault of his own, that stinks of not actually paying attention when the ball is in his hand.

    I’ve got plenty of Phillies merchandise from the dark era when they weren’t doing much of anything. I didn’t buy the stuff because they were winning, I bought the stuff because they’ve been my team for twenty-eight years (born and raised on the Phillies) and that’s not going to change when they hit the skids.

    Sure, we had a championship-calibre team that wasn’t playing championship-calilbre baseball for a while, but I’ve got nothing to say to those who were throwing in the towel and are still taking potshots when it seems they’re waking up and kicking it old-school.

    And if you don’t like shelling out your money, then don’t do it. It’s that simple.

    This team has given us fantastic baseball since 2007 and there were many, many great moments even before then, though I’m sure many people don’t realize that or remember because they weren’t watching a team that wasn’t going to the play-offs or taking it all the way.

    Two teams make it to the World Series each year. One team wins it all. Does not making it to the Series or not winning it all erase a great season? To listen to some so-called “fans,” yes it does.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m certainly not going to defend people who are trashing the Phils, tossing in the towel after a crazy streak like they had but consider this. You have been a fan since what? 80-82? They were some very good years back then. The Phils made the WS in 80 and 83 with a title for the first time in God knows how many years.

    A lot of the people here are probably experiencing something similar. Since the Phils started playing very competitively say 2001, the fan base has grown (I bought my first partial season plan in 03) but the draw is pretty much for the same reasoning. Winning draws.

    When this current wave of winning is over, a number of the newer fans will drop off and some will stay. I just love baseball, I’ll stay (I was raised in Baltimore, winning was a tradition since the early 60′s to the late 80′s).

    Attitudes will change, some will not. It just seems a normal cycle.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Well, Santana just got shelled in the first inning.

    4 nuttin Twins.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I was born in ’81, so I was pretty much unaware until about ’87 or ’88, or didn’t really understand. My first complete memory of a winning season was in ’93, but I was already a fan for life long before that season.

    I don’t remember the ’83 guys. I know OF them, of course (any self-respecting fan does), but the ’08 World Series win was the first one I was front and center for. And the ’07 and ’09 seasons weren’t too shabby either.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Twins 5-0.

    My only concern with the Mutts is if they go all in and land Lee. That would sting. Dicky and Taka… will come down to earth and Santana just doesn’t have it this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Likin’ you attitude, Kate!! I’ve been complaining all week about these “fans” that are posting all their negative B.S. on this site….and your words are refreshing.

    Go Hamels!!

    Go Phillies!!

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Pavano is dealing again. Santana not having a very good year.

     
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