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Pat Gallen on CSNPhilly.com’s “Lunch Break”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, July 28, 2011 01:56 PM Comments: 2

Today, I joined Rhea Hughes on CSNPhilly.com’s Lunch Break to talk Eagles AND Phillies. Thanks for watching!

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Phillies Drop One To Giants

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 27, 2011 10:49 PM Comments: 49

In a game that featured the same pitching matchup as Game 3 of last year’s NLCS, the end result was the same. Much like that NLCS game, the Phillies faced Matt Cain for the first 7 innings, Javier Lopez in the 8th, and Brian Wilson in the 9th. In those two games, Cain, Lopez, and Wilson combined for 18 IP/7 H/1 R/o ER/4 BB/8 K. Talk about a formula that works.

The game was scoreless until the top of the 3rd when the Giants pushed across a run on a triple by Aaron Rowand. Both offenses were quiet after that until the 7th, when Hamels got into a jam. A leadoff double followed by a walk and an RBI double by Nate Schierholtz gave the Giants a 2-0 lead and prompted a mound visit. Following the visit, Hamels plunked Eli Whiteside on the 2nd pitch to load the bases. Luckily, the pitcher Cain was the next batter, and Hamels quickly induced a pop-up to Chase Utley for the first out of the inning. Five pitches later, Hamels got Rowand to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning with just one run surrendered.

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Gameday: Giants (59-44) at Phillies (65-37)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, July 27, 2011 05:59 PM Comments: 7

San Francisco Giants (59-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-37)

Matt Cain, RHP (8-6, 3.06 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (12-5, 2.62 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: ESPN, Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 85
Media:
Twitter and  Facebook

Maybe the turning point of last year’s NLCS was Juan Uribe‘s game-winning sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt in Game 4. Otherwise, the most likely candidate game the day before, when Matt Cain outdueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 Giants victory from which the Phillies never really recovered. The revenge subplot to this series has been entirely overplayed, but it is interesting to note that tonight represents a repeat of that pitching matchup.

If reports are correct, Cain could have a new teammate in the next day or two. The Giants, whose excellence in pitching is matched perhaps only by their ineptitude at the plate, have capped off a huge day on the trade market by setting up a trade of top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran was rumored to be a top target for the Phillies, who are trying to upgrade their own outfield, but while the Giants offered a top prospect for the free agent-to-be, the Phillies balked at doing the same. Beltran will obviously not join the Giants tonight, as he still must approve the deal in order for it to become official.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Harp Lager

I was never crazy about the new label redesign–I preferred the old blue-and-cream label to the new electric green. This one recalls nothing so much as Bud Light Lime. However, I’ve always been crazy about the taste of this lager, which is lighter and than Yuengling without giving up anything in terms of taste, hoppiness, or machismo. -by Michael

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Darren Daulton’s Homeruns for Homelessness

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, July 27, 2011 01:49 PM Comments: 0

Dutch DaultonCome out to Bones Grille in Lansdale on Thursday, August 11 from 2-8pm for a charity event benefiting The Darren Daulton Foundation and Philadelphia’s street paper, One Step Away, both dedicated to ending homelessness.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy live music, great food and plenty of Yuengling Lager for only $25 per person!

Be there for the official ribbon cutting as the Phillie Phanatic unveils Dutchy’s Dugout, the smokin’ new bar at Bones Grille!

Dutch would like to personally invite you to participate in this event – RSVP by clicking here.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT

  • Live 97.5 the Fanatic broadcast – “Mike Missanelli Show” 2-6 pm
  • Live 97.5 the Fanatic broadcast – “Talkin’ Baseball with Dutch” 6-7 pm
  • Live music and DJ
  • Free smoked barbeque courtesy of the Bones Grille “Smoker”
  • Free beer provided the entire event courtesy of Yuengling Brewery
  • Prizes, Raffles, Silent Auction and other fun
  • Meet celebrities and professional athletes

Tickets are $25 and you can get them here.

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Worley, Utley Go the Distance vs. Giants

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 26, 2011 10:29 PM Comments: 21

(PHOTO: US Press)

His name has been in trade rumors the past few weeks because teams believe he’s capable of good, maybe even great, things. Vance Worley showed why he’s such a hot commodity, why the fans adore him in Philadelphia, and why it’ll be hard for the Phillies to trade such a solid young arm, as he sliced and diced the sub-par Giants offense, en route to a 7-2 win.

Worley went the full nine innings, giving up two runs – one in the first inning, one in the eighth on an Aaron Rowand home run – for his first career complete game. The lowly Giant offense was fooled into five strikeouts by Worley; he gave up just three hits and one walk. It was a defining performance for Worley, whom many believe to be a solid 4th starter, perhaps even a 3rd, but not an ace. Too bad, because he’s certainly pitching like one.

To make it easier on Worley, the Phillies offense showed up in a big way, led by Chase Utley and his inside-the-park home run. He blasted a ball off the tall wall in left center field, which caromed past centerfielder Andres Torres, allowing Utley to circle the bases for his 3rd career ITPHR. That knee ain’t an issue. And how about the slide at the end? Vintage Utley.

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Gamdeday: Giants (59-43) at Phillies (64-37)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 26, 2011 06:45 PM Comments: 10

San Francisco Giants (59-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (64-37)

Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: MY PHL 17, MLB Network
Weather: Sunny, 86
Media:
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Tonight’s game will feature an unexpected pitching matchup as Tim Lincecum was scratched due to sickness. Pitching for the Phillies will be Vance Worley, who is currently the Phillies’ hottest pitcher. In his last 6 starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 IP. This will be the first time Worley will face any of the Giants’ hitters, who collectively sport a wOBA that is good for 15th–or 2nd to last–in the NL.

Tim Lincecum Barry Zito will oppose Worley. This is very good news for the Phils because Lincecum has given up just 30 hits in 156  at bats (a .192 AVG) against all current Phillies. The two time Cy Young Award winner was almost as hot a Worley as well. In his last 7 starts, he was 3-4 with a 1.84 ERA  in 44.0 IP. On the other hand, Zito has an ERA very close to 5 in 37.2 innings pitched this year.

Both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have done well against Zito, hitting .375 and .364 respectively. Ryan Howard, who went from being the most successful Phillies hitter against Lincecum, now will face a guy who he is 0-5 with 3 K’s against in Zito.

Howard is part of  a Phillies offense that has put up an average of over 5 runs per game over their last 10. That pace may just continue tonight. For the Phillies to win, they need to get to Zito early, make him work, and get a few runs to support Worley, who is due for a down game.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF,  Mayberry RF, Schneider C, Worley RHP

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Troegs Nugget Nectar

Poured a medium amber color with a thick white head that laces down the glass nicely. The aroma has an initial blast of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, and floral sweetness. It was named one of the top beers in the world by Beer Advocate, whom I trust. It’s also a local beer (kinda) coming from Harrisburg, PA. It should be a nice beer to sip on for tonight’s game while you’re, hopefully, grilling steaks and asparagus on the grill. My mouth is watering for that. And a win. AND A WIN! -by Pat


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Potential Prospect Packages Phils Could Trade

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 26, 2011 10:00 AM Comments: 37

Jon Singleton is a top trade piece held by the Phillies. (PHOTO: Phoul Ballz)

In recent years, the Phillies have acquired elite talent, adding Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in separate blockbuster trades. The packages of players sent away to make those deals all included highly ranked prospects.

Fans and experts alike presume the Phillies have depleted their system of prospects with the amount top minor league players traded in those deals. That’s far from true, as many individuals currently in Philadelphia’s developmental system have proven worthy of high recognition.

If the Phillies are going to put together similar groups of players to add a key contributor at the big league level again this season, they’ll surely need to send away more ascending young talent. In order to understand what type of package the Phillies would be required to deal, it’s important to look at what they gave up in those previous trades.

Cleveland/Lee trade…July, 2009- RHP Jason Knapp, IF Jason Donald, C Lou Marson, RHP Carlos Carrasco.

Knapp was the young ace of the Class A Lakewood staff and had earned attention with his high-90′s fastball. The emerging young hurler with ace potential on the BlueClaws staff this year is last season’s top draft choice Jesse Biddle. But Biddle, a 19-year-old Philadelphia native, doesn’t throw quite as hard as Knapp – his fastball has been ranging in the low-90′s in recent starts. In his latest 10 starts, Biddle has been sharp, posting a 1.85 ERA.

Donald was a force with Double A Reading in 2008 (.304 avg, 14 HR, .889 OPS in 92 games) and turned 25-years-old in 2009, after he was sent to Cleveland. The current Phils prospect most comparable to Donald is likely third baseman/first baseman Cody Overbeck, who has ripped up Double A pitching, but has now hit a bit of a skid at Triple A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old Overbeck leads the Phillies organization thus far in 2011 with 21 homeruns, combined at two levels. Overbeck, an 8th round draft pick in 2008, has even dabbled in the outfield this year, adding to his versatility and appeal to potential trade partners.

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Early Exit for Lee, Phillies Come Up Short

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Mon, July 25, 2011 05:59 PM Comments: 3

(PHOTO: Philly.com)

I guess if something was going to give, it would have to be the Phillies.  Mother Nature has been pumping her hot breathe up and down the East Coast all weekend.  The Phillies stayed toe-to-toe with the beast for the first three games of the San Diego series taking all three heading into Monday.

Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05) was on the hill looking to get all double-digit in the win column to join mound-mates Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels who both have 12 wins for the season.  Unfortunately for Lee, he was only able to last five innings in the Philadelphia sun giving up five runs on 10 hits.

The Phillies were unable to overcome the five run hole after four innings but didn’t go down so easily.  Offensively they spread out four runs over a three inning stretch but failed to come through in the clutch.  The team left runners in scoring position three times today.  Ryan Howard was thrown out at the plate and Jimmy Rollins was caught stealing in the seventh inning.

Shane Victorino had a three hit game to lead the Phillies and Raul Ibanez added two more right behind him in the lineup.

Ironically enough, it was the two relief men the Phillies have been scouting that would shut it down in the late innings nailing down the 5-4 win for the Padres.  Mike Adams and Heath Bell pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, needing only 25 pitches and struck out three Phillies hitters; two looking.

Out of the Phillies bullpen, Michael Stutes threw two scoreless innings for the Phillies and now has 38 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.  He would have been in line for another win had the Phillies pulled it out.  Chatting with him Friday during batting practice, he said, when mentioning his five wins, ‘Yeah, I guess I keep getting lucky.’  Works for me.

A look ahead and the Phillies are welcoming in the World Series Champs for three games and America’s Team for another three.  Do I really need to explain who they are?

Now a look back….

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Gameday: Padres (44-58) vs. Phillies (64-36)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 25, 2011 01:00 PM Comments: 32


San Diego Padres (44-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (64-36)

Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: MY PHL 17
Weather: Scattered Storms, 88
Media:
Twitter and Facebook

Let’s sweep, shall we? While filling in on the radio last Friday (go to 973ESPN.com NOW to listen to me hosting from 1-3, thanks!) I called a Phillies sweep, and they’re about to make me look really smart. I felt coming in that the Padres were a completely overmatched team and that is apparently the case. The Phillies have beaten the Padres in every facet of this series. A sweep could put more distance between the Phils and their nearest competition, the Braves.

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Happy 7th Birthday Phillies Nation!

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 25, 2011 08:25 AM Comments: 4

On this day seven years ago, Phillies Nation was born. I was jealous of my roommate’s obsession with Sons of Sam Horn and wanted a similar home for Phillies fans. Mostly I wanted one place where I could find all my Phillies information. But at least part of me was inspired by Eric Milton’s excellence.  Here is Phillies Nation’s first post:

Milton Perfect though 8 1/3

What a game! Supurb pitching by Eric Milton, and Doug Glanville won’t have anything funny to say about this nailbiter. Phils funnyman nearly cost his team the win, which brings the unoffical total of 5 defensive mistakes in centerfield in the past week.

It was nice to see the Phillies’ young stars, Ryan Madson and Chase Utley, perform well today. Utley had the Phils first two RBIs including a HR. Smoltz just got the save up in New York, that means the Fightins’ are still a half game out.

Apparently they didn’t have spell checkers back then…but how about those young stars, I hope they work out!

Everyone, thank you for all your support over the past seven years.  Go Phils!

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