The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Phils Rally for 10-8 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 08, 2010 11:23 PM | Comments: 35
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

Of all the people in the lineup, it was Ben Francisco who brought it home. In the Phillies 10-8 come-from-behind victory over the Marlins, Ben Fran singled home two in the eighth, giving the Phils the lead. Two batters later, Wilson Valdez’s swinging bunt brought home Benny for an insurance run.

Brad Lidge pitched a shaky ninth inning, loading the bases before getting Ronny Paulino to pop up to Chase Utley for his third save of the year.  It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It certainly has to be bittersweet for Jayson Werth who was given a rest by Charlie Manuel. In his stead, Francisco jumps in and brings home the winning run. Werth certainly will be better for it in the long run, however, it has to be somewhat disappointing for him to be on the sidelines when the team finally awakens from an extended nap.

Here’s a turnaround for you. On a night when the offense WAS clicking, the arms could find no groove. Kyle Kendrick reverted to his old form, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits, while walking one and K-ing four. Over his previous six starts, KK had been as good as at any point in his up-and-down career, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.79 ERA. He could not match that streak of fine performances as the Marlins touched him up early and often.

Kendrick was scored on in four of his five innings, allowing one in the first and second, and two in the third and fourth. Gaby Sanchez went yard as did Hanley Ramirez, who nearly hit the GEICO sign in left field. All-in-all, not the outing Kendrick would have liked, but on this wild evening, it was good enough to keep his team in the game.

The bullpen wasn’t any better. Chad Durbin pitches two innings and allowed one run in the seventh inning. Jose Contreras did the same in the eighth, allowing Florida to take an 8-7 lead as rookie Mike Stanton scored on a triple by old friend (?) Wes Helms. Luckily, the swinging sticks saved the day.

Welcome back, Phillies offense. One through six in the order all recorded at least one hit, and the man who was headed for the guillotine, Raul Ibanez, went 4-for-5 with two RBI. It’s been a long time coming for Ibanez, who yesterday said he’d found some mechanical errors with his swing and was in the process of readjusting. Did he ever fix that.

The middle of the lineup, the most dysfunctional part for three weeks-plus, was dominant once again. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Francisco, and Ibanez all finished with multiple hits. Hell, even Wilson Valdez got in on the fun, knocking in two runs.

Just to bring the fun down a notch, it could have been even better. The Phillies stranded 10 runners in what is becoming an all-too-familiar habit. We’ll let it slide for the time being, because seeing double digits on the scoreboard is a new and exciting adventure for this offense.

Now the question is: will it last?  One game is a step, but putting together a string of efforts mirroring this one is the key to successfully climbing out of the quagmire they’ve been stuck in.

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  • Posts: 0 Dan

    Big test tomorrow vs. JJ.

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  • Posts: 0 Evan

    Stranded 10, brought home 10. A LOB% of 50 is pretty good no?

    A lot of the hits last night made it through on luck, which the Phils haven’t had much of as of late. Hopefully it started the ball rolling.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Could have been a hot night against a pitcher without his best stuff, or maybe start of the turnaround. Baby steps. While not surprised that Werth sat (and may again tonight), I was surprised that Ben got the call against a decent righty starter (would have guessed it would be Gload). After his 2nd GiDP, looked kind of foolish, but he pulled it out in the end. The key inning was KK pitching a 1-2-3 5th. The Phils bats were starting to heat up, got them right back at the plate.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Their last 4 games… 10, 1, 5, 6, 3 = 5 runs per game

    and with a lot of guys left on base (which means a lot of guys GETTING ON BASE) … I would say that

    13 hits, 6 hits, 11 hits, 10 hits, 6 hits = 9.2 hits per game

    so, since returning home

    5 runs, 9 hits, is their average box score … I wouldn’t call last night “One game is a step” ……. I think they’ve definitely been playing better baseball, putting together solid at-bats the past 5 games

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    I agree, Don.

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  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Nice effort by the Phils last night… I was wondering why Ben Fran got the nod, as well, and I’m still not convinced that it was the right thing to do (Ben Fran’s hit came off of a lefty)… but a win is a win.

    One thing that caught my eye… Utley crossed the plate in the 5th and made a comment to Wilson Valdez… something like, “Let’s GO!” You don’t make that kind of gesture unless you’re feeling good about yourself (it’s hard to say something like that when you’re not backing it up)… that confidence and killer instinct is what we’ve been missing. The hits and runs have been slowly coming back but we were happy and relieved to put up one run and we all know that that is not what this team is about. This team thrives when they smell blood and attack… not settling for one run… we are at our best when we are knocking starters out of games with big innings. It’s one thing to put a guy in the corner… it’s another to knock him out when he gets there. That killer instinct takes confidence and a commitment to hold everyone accountable. It certainly starts with guys like Werth looking at the box scores and realizing that his effort is not acceptable but he’s more likely to turn his game up if the guys around him are saying, “Let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get back to playing baseball.”

    Hopefully, we can keep it rolling here against the Fish… good pitching match up tonight. Would like to see the Phils jump on JJ early.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    how come everytime Roy Halladay pitches, the Flyers are playing…..

    once again I wont be watching our ACE on the hill (except for intermission)

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    kinda unrelated.. but about the Phillies draft

    during the Phillies game on Tuesday.. they said that many of the high school pitchers were not very “signable” …. guys that aren’t going to be TOP draft picks, want to get to college to prove themselves and raise their stock

    BUT.. the Phillies guy (didnt pay too much attention to the early innings last night, as I was watching Stasburg’s debut) so I forget who it was, but he said that among the reasons the Phillies really like HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS.. is that they can get them under their control/watch/instruction earlier …they have control over the wear-&-tear on a guys arm ……they can improve mechanics before a guy commits more time on improper muscle memory, etc .. I thought that was pretty intersting.

    A college player is less likely to have arm troubles once they get to X-age, and prove that their arm can take it, but a high school player can be “reached” earlier, and the team can turn them into the pitcher that THEY want them to be

    Jesse Biddle was on with MikeMiss yesterday, and he sounded like he’s got a GREAT head on his shoulders… Im pretty sure that the Phillies liked the idea of a local kid, and figured that unless there was someone WAY better than him, that it would be a great idea to pick the local talent, get him signed, and maybe one day he’s our next Jamie Moyer story


  • Posts: 0 Barb

    I was at the game last night. After the Marlins scored their 4th run, I turned to my husband and said ” They’re (Phillies) going to get pissed so much that they’re going to fight back.” I could just feel this energy. Sure enough, they did. So it goes!

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    The reason Ben Francisco got the nod to start is that Cholly has been reading my blog and I have requested that Ben start more games and since Jayson is struggling, they put him in. All the Phillies read this blog to get a pulse reading on what the intellingent fan is thinking.


    Bart Shart

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I have been told that many team meetings start with “What has Phillies Nation Been Saying and Suggesting.” Usually a coach like Davy Lopes gives this report. The players take notes and discuss the validity of our points. Freaquently the conclude the meeting with a plan to incorporate our suggestions into the game plan.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    forgive my spelling. Preparing for a big meeting and speed typing.

  • Posts: 0 Roy

    to Don M. – I haven’t yet listened to the Biddle/Mikey Miss interview, but from what I have seen of his interviews, it looks like he purely wants to go out there and get better to play for this team. Immediately in one interview he even stated that he’s not going to ask for much (in terms of signing) and that whatever they offer will be more than enough.

    I think it says a lot about the kid that he’s basically already reached a deal and is expecting to go down to Florida next week.

    On that note, I’ll listen to the interview now.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    yea in the paper, it basically said his agent told the Phillies that if they draft him, he’ll sign …. he graduates high school on Friday, and then probably sign a deal not long after that

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    The bats have been better as of late, but last night the difference was they got key hits and drove in runs. Chase looked much better, but he too has been hitting the ball hard the last week, I like to see him using the entire field. Even though he lined out to left twice, on a sac fly, that is a good sign.
    My one issue with this team as of late, is more their defense, that is why Gload did not start, but as a whole this team has taken a step back on defense. I thought Polly would be the problem but he is not, some of the runs and baserunners KK let in, was a lack of D. Missed played balls, bad throws, just in general for the last month the D of the phillies has been just good at best, this is supposed to be an elite defensive team.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    But generally speaking wasn’t it a sloppy game? It seemed as if the way the game was going Francisco and Ibanez were lucky enough to accidentally hit at key times. It was a hitting free-for-all. Fielding wasn’t good and the Phillies had to catch-up all night. Francisco had a terrible night in RF to the point where I felt bad for the guy. Not sure Werth has to worry in that area.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Utley’s take out slide of Ramirez took him completely out of the game mentally (clean slide, thought it was classy of Chase to ask him if he was ok a few times). Got Ibanez the single later in the game (while Raul hit the ball hard, it was right at Ramirez, should have made the play).

    Another good sign from Utley that doesn’t show in the box score – he absolutely crushed that single to right. The ball was hit on a rope – a few feet either way, would have been a double.

    I think Francisco is a better outfielder than he showed last night, just doesn’t have the reps.

  • Posts: 0 Adrian

    For whatever reason, stranding runners on base has been a hallmark of this team since the lowest of times in the mid-1990s and even in 2008 when the Phils managed to overcome a 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position over the first two games of the World Series. Ironically, the guy who led the Phitins in hitting with runners in scoring position is now playing for the Houston Astros. The only thing that seems to truly cure this issue is some good, old-fashioned home run derby. As refreshing as last night’s win was, a game where the Phils unload with four or five bombs would be a sign that they’ve fully returned.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I forgot to give credit to the crowd… I could tell that it was a very spirited crowd last night and that certainly helps in a game like that.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Raul Ibanez’s 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs’ performance earned him “player of the game” honors by CSN TV. Rau..uul !

    Read a report that Seattle Mariners (13 games behind in their division) are considering a trade with Cliff Lee to the Yankees for prospects (a need for catcher and shortstop positions). Also Lee is in the last year of his contract. It’s also reported that the Mariners have sent scouts to numerous Yankees minor-league games in preparation for that possible trade.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    bfo – I think Francisco is better in LF, though I’ve seen him mess up there. My overall impression is that he’s nervous and trying almost desperately to make a good impression. He should relax. But I’ve never played pro-ball. Who the heck am I? Anyway, RF is the real horror; it makes everyone look like a fool, a total pinball machine in the outfield.

    Adrian – Unfortunately I think you’re right. I don’t necessarily think HRs are the best thing for playing the game. Pls don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to take away from the emotion they cause in fans or the team (or the hitter), and I don’t mean to take away from the skill / power it takes to hit one, or to know the right ball to hit. HRs can be gorgeous things (when they happen for your team, or at least not against your team, lol). But it seems like overall too much is made of them when they aren’t, and shouldn’t be the largest part of baseball or a team as a whole.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Bruce – I said this a while ago here: the Yankees have wanted Cliff Lee at lease since the Phils let him go (and possibly before that). They are going to get him ‘come hell or high water’. We all know how the Yankees are (unless the player has an inner core that doesn’t allow for the Yankees, and some don’t). If it doesn’t happen now, it will happen later this season. I’ve been hearing it here (I live in nyc) since ST.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Sorry, that would be at *least*.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    For the record, the reports are that the Mariners are willing to trade Lee and the team they think they have the best chance to trade him to is New York because that is who they have identified as having the pieces they want in return. One of the Two Yankee catching prospects and their SS prospect. The Yankees have not offered Seattle anything yet.

    Wouldn’t shock me in the least if Lee goes to the Yankees. I just don’t know why anyone cares. Halladay threw a perfect game a week or so ago, clearly he has done his job.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, I noticed as well the intensity and the talking and cheerleading between the players last night. It seems like they are starting to have fun again.

    I think it was Wheeler that made the comment (or maybe it was Ricky Bottalico) that even when the Phillies were down at various points in the game….he felt like they were going to pull it out. I felt the same way…like they had a real chance to come back. When was the last time any of felt like that??!!

    Game might be in doubt tonight becaase of the weather. I won’t complain since the Flyers are on!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    ^ any of US felt like that

  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    The thing about seeing Lee pitching for the evil empire is that even though he’s not our guy anymore, he was last year. He’s a Phillie who we got to cheer for in the World Series which puts him on a short list. I’m absoulutely more pleased having Halladay here but I’ve got a soft spot for Lee and I HATE everything about New York so it would kinda be a kick in the ass.

  • Posts: 0 Section118

    Anyone know if tonight’s game is getting in? i gotta go down to the stadium soon…

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Ed R – I live & work in nyc and have been hearing about the Yankees wanting certain players since ST. I also just kind of liked Cliff when he was with the Phillies. He seemed like a straight forward sort of guy. But honestly he wasn’t here long enough for me to love the guy. Obviously living here I don’t hate everything about NY in general, but I sure as heck hate everything about all the various NY teams, in particular the Yankees. I’m hard-pressed to think of another team I dislike as much, with the possible exception of the Cowgirls. I promise you constantly hearing about them, seeing their games on 2 – 4 channels, etc. doesn’t make one any more endeared to them.

  • Posts: 0 George

    At present, the Yankees have a solid rotation but have some issues with hitting since Nick Johnson is out. It’s not a lock that they’ll trade for Cliff Lee, especially now that Vasquez is beginning to pitch well. They may trade their top prospects for a hitter, instead, and go for Lee as a free agent.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    The only part of the game last night that worried me a bit was when Ibanez almost got hit by that fly ball to left. Someone should tell him that the leather thing on his right hand is good for trapping those balls out of the air. What….a…..butcher. Mechanical things in his swing that he’s working on? Great to hear. Would that involve not swinging at balls that come in two inches from his neck? Good game for him though. Even the sun shines on a dog’s ass some days.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Cliff to the Yankees WILL happen. It just will. 6y/111m.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Francisco “butchered” some plays in right, too. Sloppy game in some respects. But a win is a win is a win….and there were a lot of bright spots.

    I can see Lee to NYY as well. He’ll get his 5 or 6 years of guaranteed money….something the Phillies weren’t interested in doing…..with good reason. Plus…we have Halladay now. So it’s all good.

    I’m glad tonight’s game is ppd. Now I can focus on playoff hockey without feeling like I have to constantly change the channel to see what’s up with Doc.

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