Hamels Delivers, Offense Not So Much

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, June 25, 2011 09:55 PM | Comments: 27
2011 Game Recaps, Posts

Steve Jeltz Award: Phillies Offense

Cole Hamels has fallen victim to low run support since the first day he put on Phillies pinstripes.  Tonight, against the Oakland Athletics, was no different.  Hamels threw eight innings and allowed only two runs on eight hits while striking out five.

Hamels gave up a solo home run to Adam Rosales in the third inning and an RBI single to Scott Sizemore in the fourth for the only runs allowed in the game.  It was the second start in a row that Hamles allowed two runs but still took the loss.  He was on the losing end of 2-0 ball game in Seattle last Sunday.  This was Hamels sixth straight start where he allowed two runs or less.  He has only three wins in those six games.

The offense seemed in a daze for the majority of the night tonight mustering only three hits off Oakland starter Trevor Cahill.  Cahill does have a lot of movement on all his pitches and did a good job keeping the Phillies hitters off balance.

Charlie Manuel will have lots to discuss in the locker room after tonight’s game.  Shane Victorino took his time and gingerly threw a ball into the infield with Coco Crisp tagging up from second base.  Crisp would score on Sizemore’s single later in the inning.  Crisp would probably have scored anyways, but for Victorino to have a brain fart like that is very uncommon.

Domonic Brown will most likely get an earful as well.  Brown failed to run out a ground ball that would have been closer had he been running straight out the box.  Manuel, who has benched Jimmy Rollins in the past for lack of hustle, kept Brown in the game.  Brown would ground into a game ending double play as the Phillies lost at home for the first time in the last nine games 4-1.

As Phillies fans, we know how notorious this team is at getting streaky hot and streaky cold.  After the 1-0 walk off win last night you could sense a cooling off of a team who had won 14 of their last 22 games.  They still have the best record in the majors at 48-30 but the Braves are slowly creeping up the standings.

Reliever Michael Stutes, who has been brilliant all season, came in to pitch the ninth with an attempt to keep it close.  Stutes would end up throwing 22 pitches in the inning allowing two hits and two more runs to create a three run cushion for the A’s.

The whole team has been struggling offensively with no one hitting above the .300 mark.  Raul Ibanez and Domonic Brown are a combined 25 for 144 (.173) since the beginning of June.  Two of the eight hits in the past two games have come from the bench.  Ross Gload hit his Major League leading 12th pinch hit tonight.  Michael Martinez, who pinch ran for Gload and moved to third on a wild pitch, was stranded after Chase Utley grounded out to first to end the inning.

Going cold is not a good way to welcome the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.  Hopefully the bats can come alive for the rubber match tomorrow when Roy Halladay takes the hill.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    We arent a great hitting team. Line up needs to be shaken up trades needs to be made. People need to step up a new hitting philosophy should be introduced.

    • Posts: 2 cjsjags

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      To go along with stepping up to a new hitting philosophy ,,,, Milt Thompson got dumped after a few months of bad hitting …. So after 2 years of bad hitting why the hell is Gregg Gross still coaching … Holy crap get someone they will listen to …

      • Posts: 0 dmgabe

        i agree all the way

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    It can’t be a good offense when you have two pitchers in your lineup everyday (actual pitcher and Ibanez). Ibanez must be taken out of the lineup……yesterday. I don’t like Dom Brown not running that ball out one bit (and the one after that). That says to me that he’s got some mutt in him. Just sayin. Vic should have caught Weeks double in the eighth. Don’t gimme that baloney about shading him to left. That ball was in the air for a long time.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Kym

    Still the best record in baseball and still on top. That being said there are issues that need to be addressed. May we please address them before October when it really counts.

  • Posts: 0 charlie



  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Yes we are in first place. Most of the criticism is glaring flaws with this team. Not little problems but major flaws that can come to haunt us possibly in the playoffs. Also the dam Braves just wont let up an we dont have a lot of margin for error here. We need another outfielder is simple as that. Ben Fran, Dom Brown an Ibanez wont do it for us. While i partially agree that Dom Brown needs to figure it out at the MLB level. I believe he has enough AB that he/Phils needs to know what he needs to work on at AAA. Before calling him up again. A lot of us called for Dom Brown to be bought up i think even i did. RAJ didnt think he is ready. Sometimes they know more than we ordinary non playing baseballs fans know. Wow yeah believe it go figure that one.

  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    Geez…it appears some of the posters have stray over to here from the “Gameday” thread and continuing their rants.

    Well.. there is not much to be said about the game tonight other than to suggest for others to forget about this loss and move on. There will be a “doc” in the house (CBP) tomorrow to provide aid for what ails the team. (smile)

    So I’ll excuse myself here and provide an off topic news on Roy Oswalt and Ryan Madson to cheer you up. Go to http://tinyurl.com/5uhns8z …for the facts, not rumors.

    Oswalt is hopeful of returning and have a chance to help pitch the Phillies to another championship. Doctors are suggesting a series of injections as the next step. The program would sideline him three to five weeks while he strengthens his back.

    On Ryan Madson; The problem with his pitching hand has officially been diagnosed as inflammation. MRI showed no structural damage. He is listed as day to day after receiving a Cortisone shot on Friday and will begin throwing on Monday or Tuesday. Good news!

    • Posts: 0 DocNose

      I hope Doc is prepared for a loss or No Decision, because that’s what he’s gonna get if he can’t pitch a complete game shutout tomorrow.

    • Posts: 5449 Lefty

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      Bruce, Thank you for the links, good stuff.
      I have sent you a private message, please check for it.

  • Posts: 549 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Tonights game was the exact reason why seeing Dom Brown get 2 walks and 2 singles yesterday did not give me any hope. Him not legging out what definitely should have been an error is HORRIBLE. Ibanez has been downright bad this season, but he still plays with HEART and ALWAYS runs as hard as he can and tries to leg things out. There is nothing more that I hate than a player that does not play with intensity, or heart. J-Roll was benched when he did it, and personally I think Dom Brown should have been benched for it also. Hamels still have a very good game today, but the Phillies mustering a whopping 2 runs in that last 18 innings is downright pathetic.

    I dont understand some fans (not necessarily on this site) and their extreme short term memory. Middle of May and the Marlins were in 2nd place, and very close, and the Braves were battling between 3rd and 4th place. At the time many fans were so afraid of the Marlins, because “they are (were) for real”, but “the Braves are (were) not a threat”. NOW, end of June, all of sudden the Braves are the “2nd best team” and are “pesky” and “are creeping up”. Such short memory if people actually thought the Braves were never a threat to anyone. I believe the Phillies are still better overall than the Braves, but to think they were never a threat and things like that is funny.

    • Posts: 0 DocNose

      Dude, your cheese is good!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    The Braves where always an still are a threat whomever thought different was sniffing Wisconsin cheese too much…Their pitching matches up with ours for the most part. They have a good bullpen. They also have a lot of talent in the minors ready to be called up. That Chipper dude always has a knack for coming through at the right moment. Even without him they are still a threat due to their excellent staff an they can always add an extra piece at trade line.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    And remember, Uggla hasn’t started to hit yet.

    Just think…what would this board be like without criticism? No one wants to read one rah rah post after another.

    The Phils need to make changes if they are going to win the WS, and that is the goal. Boston or NY in a seven game series is gonna be a bear.

    We have AT LEAST 15 bonafide prospects in our farm system and after last night you can throw Dom Brown in there too.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Dipsy, I love Dom Brown and I want to give him every benefit of the doubt…..and a few extras as well. I think we have to be patient with this young man while he adjusts. The raw talent is there for sure.

    BUT…. There are times when I start to wonder a little bit if he’s really gonna amount to all the hype. Is he gonna be this superstar that everyone says he is? Or is he gonna be a bust and just be a “serviceable” type of player?

  • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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    Last nights game was more frustration.
    D Brown, I too love the guy but why didn’t Cholly yank him out of there when he displayed his apathy? True, we dont have much on the bench but whatever is left do they dog?

    A lot has been said about what a fine job Hamels did – I think the Phils and Hamels were actually lucky the lowly A’s did only score 2 runs through 8. If the Phils had 7 or 8 hits and only 2 runs we’d sure be all over them (we have in the past).

    My last point, why don’t we see more aggressiveness on the basepaths? Perhaps not so much last night (nobody got on base…) but the night before with all the walks, nobody stole second – Brown, Vic I believe Jimmy made an appearence at first and nobody even assumed second was theirs. I dont like it, not one bit and I dont understand it either. Apathy, plain and simple – its like the offense is hoping the pitching will get it done for them.

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Brooks, I wondered the same thing on Friday night. We were at the game and just waiting for someone to steal second. And it didn’t happen. Frustrating. I get it if the hits just don’t come sometimes. Good pitching will do that (Cahill is good and the kid on Friday was good, too) and sometimes good defensive plays will rob guys of hits. But I think the Phillies need to utilize their speed more….Vic, Brown, Jimmy….. and make something happen.

  • Posts: 5449 Lefty

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    Cole Hamels decreased his ERA again last night. it’s a shame.

    The Phillies probable starters vs the Red Sox are-

    Cliff Lee, Vance Worley, and I guess Kyle Kendrick or Scott Mathieson. Not a fear inducing trio against the best offense in baseball.

    We need to win today with Doc. The Braves are not going away.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Chuck, Brooks: I believe that a professional player that dogs it down the line has an innate problem; something with their hard wiring if you will. To be able, in front of 45,000 of your home fans, to not bust your ass down the first base line is galling to me. Now I may be in the minority in my thinking. If I was Chase Utley I would have taken him downstairs between innings and stuck his head in the toilet and flushed it, repeatedly (and I don’t know that he didn’t do it). He won’t lower his hands even though he’s been told to. Strike 1 and 2. Put me on the officially “Down On Dom” list.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Dipsy, I agree. EVERY player on EVERY play should bust it down the line. I don’t care what the circumstances are. No excuses at all. I hope Chase talked to him at the very least.

  • Posts: 1157 betasigmadeltashag

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    Last night was not the first time the Golden Boy Brown has dogged it or hot dogged it. I know most if not all of you out there think he is the next great thing for the phillies, but if he is not coachable(not working on changing his swing) and does not hustle I think he needs to be sent a message and sent back to AAA. If that was JRoll or Howard or even Vic that walked down the line last night they would be killed on here today. But all I here is give the kid some time to adjust, you all kill Raul, and he is hitting 50 points higher and hustles. I say not only sit The Golden Child down for the nex 4 games but send him back to the minors and let him know what it takes to play in the majors is not stricly talent, but hustle and wanting to play hard. Bring Mayberry back up head and shoulders a better defensive player and tries a lot harder. Brown needs to change his approach in AA not get a free ride in the majors. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall next to Browns locker last night

    • Posts: 549 Brian Sr. of CO

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      I 100% whole heartedly agree. Dom is being treated like a golden child. He hits 2 home runs in a game, then absolutely nothing the games following, but he is awesome. Then a few WEEKS later he get 2 singles and 2 walks and “wow this kid is amazing”. Sorry to those Dom Brown fans, but I think he is going to be a bust, or should I say remain a bust. Sure he is better defensively than Ben Fran, but is that really much of an accomplishment? What about tonights game, is anyone talking about J-Roll going 4 for 4? How about Polly going 2 for 4? Nothing. Not a word. I also agree about Mayberry. What sent me so far over the edge with this KID? The Dipsy and Chuck said it perfectly…” a professional player that dogs it down the line has an innate problem; something with their hard wiring if you will. To be able, in front of 45,000 of your home fans, to not bust your ass down the first base line is galling to me” “EVERY player on EVERY play should bust it down the line. I don’t care what the circumstances are. No excuses at all” Personally after that pathetic display of immaturity I say bye bye Brown. Come back when learn to listen to coaches and leaders on the team. Come back when you learn to play hard.

  • Posts: 0 dmgabe

    i really am tired of tuning in to watch a boring baseball game cause of a lack of hitting i really think things need to be shaken up a little come on these guys get paid way too much for what they don’t do which is Hit . Great pitching but the lack of hitting is pulling down the great pithing. the choaching staff needs to do a better job.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    One of the things i worry about Dom Brown is he sort of has this sleepy look to him. I notice this a little while ago. Sometimes i can judge character by looking at someones face an especially their eyes. Not saying im some sort of fortune teller is just a vibe i get.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    The sheer weight of the expectations of greatness are too much for Dom Brown. Philly fans will break this man’s back with these expectations. Trade him while he may still have some value in a package deal to Houston for Hunter Pence.

    • Posts: 549 Brian Sr. of CO

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      The expectations put on this KID’S back is NOTHING compared to the expectations the Braves put on Jason Heyward (by the way he is doing rather poorly in this Sophemore season hitting only .227) and ESPECIALLY the expectations put on Buster Posey. Dom Brown may be getting a decent amount of “pressure” in the Philly area, but he is getting almost ZERO national press or pressure such as the other 2 mentioned. Having said that, if we can trade him for Pence (yeah right, thats funny) GO FOR IT.

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