Archive for September, 2010

Gameday: Braves (86-64) at Phillies (89-61)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, September 20, 2010 06:37 PM Comments: 0

Atlanta Braves (86-64) at Philadelphia Phillies (88-61)Atlanta Braves

Brandon Beachy (0-0, – ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Partly cloudy, 72
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You want a playoff atmosphere? Well, you got it my friend. Tonight the Bank will be rocking – rally towels and all. The Phillies enter with a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East with 12 games remaining, six against each other.

To add to the drama, the Braves scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, has been scratched due to injury. 24-year-old rookie Brandon Beachy will start in his place. This move may favor the Braves as the Phils have not done well against guys they have not seen before. Not to mention Jurrjens’ struggles lately. Beachy has spent most of this season in AA and went 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 8 games in AAA before being called up earlier this month. He has an impressive 5.29 K/BB ratio – but of course, he has yet to face major league hitting.

And the Phillies have plenty of that. Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Phils have won 11 of their last 12. They are hot at the right time; even if those wins came against the bottom-feeders of the division. Nonetheless the bats are connecting, especially those of Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Plus, Cole Hamels is tossing some of his best games of his career. He has given up just a single run in his last 31 1/3 innings and over his last 13 games is 5-3 with a stingy 1.79 ERA.

There is no doubt tonight’s game a big one. Where will you be watching?

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Hamels P

Victory LagerYour gameday beer: Victory Lager
Pure and simple describes this offering from our friends at Victory. The well-balanced German-style lager satisfies the taste buds with roasted malts and flowery hops. It’s a nice substitute for the traditional American Lagers like Yuengling or Sam Adams. Lagers go great with anything, but I particularly prefer a good pepperoni pizza.



Werth Hires Boras

Posted by Paul Boye, Sun, September 19, 2010 08:30 PM Comments: 0

UPDATE (9/19, 8:30 P.M.): CSN’s Jim Salibury confirms via Twitter that Werth has hired Boras to be his new representation.

9/6: Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reports that soon-to-be free agent right fielder Jayson Werth is “way down the road” in talks to bring mega-agent Scott Boras on board to be his representation.

It shouldn’t really come as a shock; after all, this is probably Werth’s one and only shot to get a big payday. It does, however, come as a blow to the hopes of fans who had hoped the Phils would be able to retain Werth past this season.

Boras, known for pushing to get every last dollar the market will bear for his clients, figures to shop Werth at an initial price tag not unlike the multi-year extension Matt Holliday signed with the Cardinals last offseason. That deal netted Holliday seven years and $120 million, a figure the Phillies almost certainly would be unable to match. Whether he gets that money is an altogether separate issue, but the price tag is certain to be high, regardless of specifics.

Werth, 31, is hitting .296/.390/.524 with 20 home runs and 44 doubles at the start of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins.


Werth Walks Off For 7-6 Phillies Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 19, 2010 07:13 PM Comments: 0

It was a frustrating first eight innings. Countless opportunities gone by the wayside and a Joe Blanton start turned ugly with one pitch. In the end, none of that mattered because a ninth inning rally gave the Phillies their seventh straight victory. Four runs in the final inning, capped by a Jayson Werth two-run, dead-center home run that gave the Phillies an epic comeback win over the Nationals.

Drew Storen quickly learned what this team is all about as he came on for the save up three runs. A 6-3 deficit became 6-5 in a hurry as Ryan Howard brought home two runs with a single to left-center. Placido Polanco, who led off with a single, and Chase Utley who doubled, both scored. Jayson Werth then unloaded.

To one of the deepest parts of the ballpark, Werth gave it just enough of a ride to clear the high fence near the 409 mark just to the left of dead center field. Werth admitted after the win that he hadn’t been performing in the clutch, but this ending certainly helps.

Blanton was cruising through the first few innings before it all went wrong. He gave up a solo home run to Willie Harris in the third, which was his only blemish until the sixth. In that inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Ian Desmond and then a walk to Adam Dunn, before Mike Morse crushed a ball to the opposite field and into the seats. The home run gave Washington a 4-3 lead, which would swell to 6-3 by the eighth. So what, said the Phillies.

As they’ve proven time and again over the last few seasons, you can never leave Citizens Bank Park early, no matter what. Werth’s epic shot secured their three game advantage in the NL East.


Gameday: Nationals (62-86) at Phillies (88-61)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sun, September 19, 2010 12:30 PM Comments: 0

Washington Nationals (62-86) at Philadelphia Phillies (88-61)washington-nationals-logo

Yunesky Maya (0-2, 6.55 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (7-6, 5.00 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Partly cloudy, 72
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With their win last night, the Phillies clinched a series victory over the beleaguered Washington Nationals, ensuring at least a modicum of momentum for their most important series of the season, this week’s three-game tilt with the Atlanta Foam Rubber Tomahawk Wielders. With a three-game lead on the division, the Phillies can put another nail in the Braves’ coffin in this afternoon’s getaway game.

Opposing La Furia Roja today is Yunesky Maya. I had never heard of him before taping the latest Phillies Nation Podcast on Friday. Since then, I’ve learned that he’s 5-foot-11 and will be making his third major league appearance this afternoon. I also discovered that he’s a Cuban, which must surely mean that he’s full of pork, mustard, and Swiss cheese and is very tasty with a glass of iced tea and some potato chips.

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Schneider C, Valdez SS, Blanton P

Spaten OktoberfestbierYour gameday beer: Budweiser Select 55
Today, the English fashion model Twiggy turns 61. In her honor, today’s beer is designed not to taste good or get you drunk, but to give you something to hold while you’re too busy worrying about your figure to actually engage in social activity. At 2.4% ABV, Bud Select 55 is so wussified, it’s taxed as a non-alcoholic beer in some states. And yes, that dress does make you look fat, sweetheart. –Michael Baumann



Lakewood Blue Claws Win League Championship

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, September 18, 2010 10:23 PM Comments: 0

The Lakewood Blue Claws won their second consecutive South Atlantic League Championship on Saturday. The Phillies Single A affiliate beat the Greenville Drive by a score of 4-2 to take the best-of-five series in Game Four and become the first team in SAL history to win the first half, second half, and league title.

The Claws were led by Sebastian Valle (catcher) who smacked a three-run home run in the fifth inning – his third homer of the series. Righty Jonathan Pettibone gave up two runs over five innings to earn the win, while Josh Zeid tossed four scoreless innings in relief for the save.


Gameday: Nationals (62-85) at Phillies (87-61)

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, September 18, 2010 06:06 PM Comments: 0

Washington Nationals (62-85) at Philadelphia Phillies (87-61)washington-nationals-logo

Jordan Zimmerman (0-1, 5.29 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-9, 4.85 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
72 Clear, Sunny
TV: Comcast
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It’s Saturday night and and the mood is right. Hopefully the faithful fans visiting Citizens Bank Park will be treated to another victory as the Phillies seek to put further distance between themselves and the Braves; and inch closer to another division title. Heading into tonight’s game, the Phils are riding their fifth winning streak of five or more games this season.

Kyle Kendrick will take to the mound for the hometown nine in what could be his last start of the season. With an off day in each of the final weeks, Charlie Manuel may opt to go with a four-man rotation leaving Kyle as the odd man out. Still, a win tonight could mean Kendrick finishes the season with a winning record despite going 1-4 in his last 5 starts.

Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmermann will throw for the Nationals in his tenth start of his career. In four starts this season, Zimmermann has amassed a total of just 17 innings pitched. If the Phils can jump on him early like they did to the Nats pitcher last night, the fans should be in for a treat.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest Phillies Nation Podcast between innings.

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Kendrick P

Spaten OktoberfestbierYour gamenight beer: Spaten Oktoberfestbier
In honor of the first day of Oktoberfest, we’re going with Spaten’s seasonal offering. It’s a typical lager for a beer hall – or on a day like today, a biergarden – so it goes down smooth with some roasted flavors. Of course drink it alongside your favorite wurst, Knockwurst, Bratwurst or whatever as long as it’s got some sauerkraut.



PN Podcast, Rebooted: Episode 2

Posted by Paul Boye, Sat, September 18, 2010 01:11 AM Comments: 0

Aw, man.

You mean this doofus recorded ANOTHER one of these things? And he brought his Phrontier-cha-ma-callit buddy on to do it with him? Oh, well this should be superb.

What? It’s an HOUR of baseball talk? Man, I bet that guy won’t even include a handy timeline for us to navigate in case we don’t want to listen to these two nincompoops while we’re working/reading/being awesome. He’s probably above it all. Jerk. No WAY am I listening to this podcast, despite its potential to be somewhat relevant to me as a Phillies fan. No sirree. I’m totally ignoring the link to listen at the bottom, and in no way will I send feedback on Twitter to Phrontiersman or atomicruckus, and I’m definitely not calling the Trade Me Line at (801)-TRADE-ME to give feedback or leave a rant/rave. Pshaw.

What’s that? A timeline for easy navigation and a download/listen link can be found after the jump? Well, you won’t find me checking it out!

Continue reading PN Podcast, Rebooted: Episode 2


Oswalt is magical once again, Phils win 9-1 over Nats

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, September 18, 2010 12:01 AM Comments: 0

When the Phillies sent JA Happ packing for Houston many Phillies fans, including myself, thought it might come back to haunt Philadelphia.  Up to this point, Rube looks to be spot on.  Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90 ERA) earned his seventh straight win for the Phillies going six innings and allowing just one run.  In his 10 starts since coming over from Houston, the Phillies are 9-1.

The Phillies didn’t wait long tonight to get the scoring going.  Jason Marquis started the game off getting Shane Victorino out.  I have nothing good left to say about Marquis’ outing.  It lasted only one third of the first inning.  By the time he took his spot in the dugout he was charged with six runs and six hits.

Placido Polanco started it in the first hitting a single to center.  After Chase Utley walked, Ryan Howard singled to load the bases.  Jayson Werth added an infield single scoring Polanco and moving the runners up.  Three more singles by Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt added four more runs.  The final run of the first came on a fielder’s choice by Shane Victorino.

That was all Oswalt needed.  He struck out seven Nationals while throwing 97 pitches.  Oswalt’s start was moved up a day to allow for the big three of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt to throw against the Braves starting Monday.  This move will also line them up to pitch the final series against Atlanta to end the season.

The Phillies still have a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East who kept pace by beating the Mets tonight.  Kyle Kendrick will take Oswalt’s place tomorrow on the mound.


Gameday: Nationals (62-84) at Phillies (86-61)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, September 17, 2010 04:42 PM Comments: 0

Washington Nationals (62-84) at Philadelphia Phillies 86-61)washington-nationals-logo

Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (12-13, 2.94 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
74 Mostly Sunny
TV: Comcast
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It’s September.  The Phillies are in first place and on a tear.  Tip your hats to the visiting Nationals coming into town after taking two of three from the Braves.  The Phillies, on their current four game win streak, are now three games ahead of said Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies will look to stay hot against a pitcher who has yet to warm up this season.  To say Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60) hasn’t lived up to his role would be an understatement.  He was brought in this past off-season to be an inning eater and lead a rotation of young pitchers.  He has pitched just over 46 innings in 10 starts this year.  And though he is Jewish, he decided to take his spot in the rotation and pitch tonight, the start of Yom Kipper.

The Phillies should be greatful as well.  Against the Phils, Marquis’ ERA is over five in 91 innings pitched.  This season, Marquis is 0-3 with a 8.78 ERA against the Phillies.  Chase Utley has 12 hits in 25 at bats in his career against the righty.  Along with Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth have all homered of Marquis.

Roy Oswalt (12-13, 2.94) will be on the hill for the Phillies one day earlier than his scheduled start for tomorrow.  The bump will allow Oswalt to pitch against the Braves next week.  This move also allow the Phillies to have their big three or H2O (Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt) go against Atlanta.

Since the beginning of August, Oswalt has been untouchable.  He is 6-0 with a 1.56 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .177 batting average.

UPDATE, 5:50 : The word on Jimmy Rollins is he may be ready for the Atlanta series. He did take grounders in bp and looked to be moving pretty well. There is no timetable yet, but looks like within the next week, according to Charlie Manuel. -Pat Gallen

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Oswalt P

Your gamenight beer: Today’s offering is from Harpoon, and it’s Harpoon Munich Type Dark Beer. It’s your typical brown ale: Hoppy, malty, roasted. Toffee-like. Coffee-like. A nice beer to have, and definitely fitting with some ribs. - By Tim



Will the Braves Roll Over Starting Monday?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 17, 2010 11:35 AM Comments: 0

Or, will they give the Phillies a run for their money? It’s an honest question, really. The Atlanta Braves as recently as 10 days ago held sole possession of first place in the NL East and had been in that position the entire summer. Lately, it hasn’t been pretty.

Atlanta has lost seven of 11, tumbling from the top spot into second place. Even a playoff spot is no longer a definite at this point for a team that was once ahead of the Phillies by seven games in late-July. They’ve hit a rough patch at at time when the Phils have hit their stride. Think Bobby Cox is sweating it out in his final days as Braves manager? Breathing down their necks in the Wild Card standings are San Diego (0.5 games back) and Colorado (2.5 back).

There is still a weekend series standing between the Phillies/Braves set, but it’s never to early to look ahead (Charlie Manuel would probably ring my neck for looking this far ahead). However, it’s getting too exciting to not talk about it. Washington is in town to play spoiler and they haven’t exactly set the world on fire in Philadelphia lately. The Nats are just 6-18 at Citizens Bank Park over the past three seasons, so winning 2-out-of-3 here is basically a given. Yes, I know anything can happen, but I’m trying to look ahead here!

As for the Bravo’s, they’ve been bitten by the late season-pitching bug. Tim Hudson, a Cy Young contender all year, has flamed out in September, posting a 6.38 ERA in three starts. Jair Jurrjens has a 6.32 ERA over his last three. Rookie Mike Minor was brought up in early August, won three of his first four decisions, and has bombed since. Minor’s September has been the ugliest of the bunch. His ERA over 14 innings this month is a bloated 9.00. Their bullpen, besides thorn-in-the-side Billy Wagner, has been leakier than normal. The seams are falling apart.

Which Braves squad will we see on Monday? The one fighting for their playoff lives, eager to send Bobby Cox out with yet another pennant? Or the one we’ve come to find lately – uninspired and sloppy? Are they the overachieving team we saw for 3-4 months, or the underachieving squad that’s been around the last few weeks. For the sake of the Phillies chances, you’ll hope the former shows up.  For the sake of watching great baseball, I’d like to see Atlanta bring their best to make this race interesting.

But if they don’t, that’s fine, too.

Oh, and by the way, the Phillies play the Nationals tonight, incase you forgot!

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