Phils Lose, Still Screw Braves

Posted by Michael Baumann, Mon, September 19, 2011 10:07 PM | Comments: 23
2011 Game Recaps, Posts

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The Phillies announced a paid attendance of 45,048 for tonight’s game, and while those fans showed up tonight, the Phillies, division title in hand and two weeks to go on the season, really didn’t until the ninth inning, when a furious last-ditch comeback fell just short. La Furia Roja, to borrow a phrase from James Richardson of The Guardian, resembled a pair of pants and went down to defeat, this time by a score of 4-3. Of course, with the Cardinals offering a potentially easier first-round opponent than Milwaukee or Arizona come playoff time, and the Redbirds breathing down Atlanta’s neck for the Wild Card, losing 3 of 4 isn’t the worst-case scenario.

As the FanGraphs WPA chart illustrates, the Cards had this one in hand pretty much from start to finish. St. Louis tagged Roy Halladay for three runs in the first two innings, led by Lance Berkman‘s solo homer in the first and RBI single in the second. Halladay threw 107 pitches in eight innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and an appalling (for Halladay) four walks. Former Phillie Nick Punto chipped in with an RBI in the first and a run scored on an Albert Pujols double in the seventh.

Ross Gload of all people led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance, and while the Phillies put at least one man on base in seven of their nine innings, they managed but one unearned run off Cardinals started Kyle Lohse, who dodged trouble for 7 1/3 innings.

But like a teenager who spots his kid brother a 10-point lead in a game of pickup basketball, the Phillies came storming back in the bottom of the ninth. Cardinals closer Jason Motte allowed a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz, struck out pinch hitter Brandon Moss, and allowed Jimmy Rollins‘ 100th career triple to plate Ruiz and make the score 4-2. Shane Victorino grounded out to drive in Rollins and make the score 4-3, but crucially for the Cardinals, the bases were empty with two outs. At this point, Tony LaRussa, who thinks we follow baseball to watch him manage, went to lefty Arthur Rhodes to face the left-handed Chase Utley. Utley, disregarding the platoon disadvantage, kept the game alive with a single. Then LaRussa, who goes to the bullpen more than Charlie Manuel puts his hands down his pants, retrieved Octavio Dotel from the bullpen, and he retired Hunter Pence to end the game.

It was the first time this season the Phillies lost a four-game series this season, they had won each of their first eight.

Tomorrow, we’ve got a big ol’ mess of baseball, with two, count ‘em, two ballgames against Ross Detwiler and the Washington Nationals of D.C. Tune in at 1:05 p.m. for the top half of the doubleheader. Now go watch the Charlie Sheen roast.

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    The Cardinals have owned us all year, if we draw them in the first round we are in huge trouble, and this historic regular season will have been for naught..

    • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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      We went 3 and 4 against them, not 0-7, or 1-6- they hardly owned us.

      The Sky is Falling!!!

      The Sky is Falling!!!

      • Posts: 0 Devin

        Huh? The Cardinals are 6-3 against us. That’s nothing to get overly confident about. I also don’t see how a red hot Cardinals team, who happens to have an amazing offense and who’s pitching has pitched to a 1.45 ERA against us in the season series, is a “easier” match up. The Brewers, if anything, is the easier match up. Mainly because I feel their record is a mirage. They’re not even .500 against winning teams and haven’t won a series against a winning team in forever.

      • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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        You are right Devin, I stand corrected. So now what? Do we just take that wisdom and declare the season over? All becasue “They own us, and our historic season will have all been for naught” or we can’t possibly hit them, “they have a 1.45 ERA against us”.

        Give me a break with the negativity please. We are the best team in baseball and I assure you that no matter who we play in the first round, the playoffs are a crapshoot that have nothing to do with the regular season anyway.

        The sky is not falling, as long as the fighin’s are still in it, they will compete at the highest level possible, and have just as good a chance as any other team to win it all.

      • Posts: 0 David

        Not sure why the Phillies and Cardinals played 9 times this year. Must be some way of balancing the schedule. Phillies won 3 and the Cardinals won 6.

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    PHILLIES increasingly NOT likely to WIN the NLCS and NOT likely to get to the world series..

    they continue to play AWFUL baseball in every sense of the word. Since the sweep of ATL in ATL and 3 or 4 in in MIL they have playesd well like … shit. 9 of last 10 games they have scored 3 run or less. The defense is terrible . They are hitting .216. On Sundays game thay hit into 3 DPs… numerous times with bases loaded with No outs or 2 out there are no runs are scored.

    Halladay this evening threw 7 pitches in a row… ALL balls… Hamels getting hit hard his last 2 starts? I am not asking or suggesting the Phils have to win every game but only scpring MORE than 3 runs 1 time in last 10 games…. htting into numerous DPs ….ases laoaded and getting No runs out of it…

    • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Oh no, you are so right, the TEAM with the BEST record in baseball wrapped the season up with 3 weeks to go, have a magic number of ONE (1) to have the #1 seed in the playoffs are horrible. Cole Hamels and Halladay are the worst pitchers in the league, they are horrible. oh my, what are we ever going to do? Did you think before you posted? Seriously. “Halladay this evening threw 7 pitches in a row… ALL balls” LOL. I hope you were trying to sound like a complete tool, because it worked!

  • Posts: 0 davehist

    Those seven balls in a row that Halladay threw – half of them were strikes, but the plate umpire was very inconsistent and squeezed Doc early.

  • Posts: 84 Tom

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    C’mon…when is it ever acceptable to lose 3 out of 4 at home!! The way the Cards have been playing lately including against us, I don’t want to face them in the first round!! Would rather face a team with no playoff experience like the D’Backs!! To somehow suggest that the Phils are purposely throwing games to hurt the Braves in ludicrous!!

    • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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      When is it acceptable? It is acceptable when the division is LOCKED UP ( that means the Phillies are the NL East Champions) and the magic number to clinch the #1 seed in the NL is down to 1 (which means they would end the season with the best record in the NL if not MLB). Not to mention, the Cards are red hot. CHILL.

  • Posts: 0 HotelBar

    I don’t comment on here much but everyone needs to calm down. I am actually glad we are playing poorly right now. I am serious. This is the perfect time for a swoon. With the Brewers losing tonight, we have literally nothing to play for. This swoon is a wake up call to every man in that locker room to value every AB, every play, every pitch of every inning. Teams needs this. You never know how any of these teams will play in the NLDS so to be “scared” at facing St. Louis or San Fran in the NLDS instead of Arizona or Milwaukee does not concern me. When we get to the NLDS whomever we face will have to deal with a perfectly rested Halladay, Lee and Hamels in that order. Look at their first starts of the LCS last year: Halladay no hitter vs. loaded Cinci offense, Hamels CG shutout on vs. Cinci, Lee dominant vs. good Rays offense. Remember: we are BETTER than people think.

    • Posts: 0 HotelBar

      *I meant their first starts of the Division Series, not the “LCS.”

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Cardinals rule us…We got “Steamrolled’

    • Posts: 0 HotelBar

      We played about as poorly as we have all year and we did it against a red hot team fighting for it’s playoff life and lost game 1 in extras, blew them out in game 2, everyone was hungover for game 3 and we played terribly and had Halladay with an off couple of early innings tonight and still almost came back and won. Everyone take a chill pill.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Ummm no we got steamrolled….No sugar coating….an Roy H had a cold…because every time he has a so-so outing or a poor outing something wrong him…Good as he is he is human why not just say he didnt do good today instead of something must be wrong with him

    • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Ummm no we were playing for NOTHING. What exactly were the Phillies seriously playing for? #1 seed? before the game, it was 2 with what 9 or 10 games left? Do you really honestly think that the Phillies will lose the rest of the season, and have the Brewerd win the rest of the season? Well, then the Brewers lost and the number was 1. Now with 1 less game to play, we have 1 less game to win to LOCK UP the best record in the NL (if not MLB). In the last few years the Phillies have player pretty well against the Cards, and lets not forget, before the All Star Break, the Cards had the best Offense in MLB, AND had one of the best ERA’s for starting pitchers in the NL, at one point lower then the Phillies. Just because the Phillies have this pitching staff, doesnt mean they will win the World Series. Ask the Braves from the 90′s.

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    I cant believe everyone is freaking out here. The Phillies did not get steamrolled.

    There are no competitive juices flowing for this team, and rightfully so. These games means nothing to them. They will turn on the switch when it’s needed, but for now, they are playing at half speed. Is that the right thing to do? No, because people are paying a lot of money to see them win games and want to be entertained. But it’s hard to get up for games that mean zero.

    Halladay, Lee, Hamels, yeah they want to win every time out. But the fact is, they’re all pitching OK and are just keeping their routine. Don’t go crazy folks! When the bright lights start shining in October, Halladay will be as locked in as ever, Howard will be back with a rested foot, and Utley and company will be ready to go as they have been for the last 4 years.

  • Posts: 0 Kerry

    find to one’s mind your things round it Phils Let slip through the fingers, House Scrimp Braves | Phillies

  • Posts: 0 BobS

    for the last week + the back ups are not playing up to the level that they were a month ago. Hopefully someone will clue them in that they are backups and in order to not be replaced by some other backup they need to get it in gear. The regulars had been playing at a high level for so long (for reference, please see their season record) that once the clinch was done, they relaxed and let down. Give them the week off and start to amp up on Sunday. I would make last years NLCS mandatory viewing on the flight to Atlanta. If time permits, throw in some clips from the Yankmees WS too, just to increase the burn.

  • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, What are we going to do? I can’t believe the Phillies only took 1 game from the Cards, the Season is officially over…Oh wait, the regular season pretty much is officially over, and the Phillies have NOTHING to play for. Not one thing. If you start to say home field advantage…The Brewers need to win the rest of their games to have the same winning percentage, PLUS the Phillies have to lose the rest of their games. Lets think about this for a second. You mean than the chances are 99.999999999% that the Phillies can FORFEIT the rest of their regular season games, and STILL have the #1 seed locked up? Wierd. And do you really think Cholly is seriously concerned? He is so concerned that he put Brandon Moss in to pinch hit. Wow, that is really concerned. I work with a Cardinals fan (not to mention my father is also a Cards fan) that said, “Its not like it matters, they can forfeit the rest of the season, they don’t have anything to play for”. RELAX people, PLEASE. Because this is REALLY getting annoying. I am not annoyed at the Phillies for losing games that mean NOTHING, but I am really getting tired of some other fans that are acting like over privileged baby’s acting like someone just stole their Cheerio’s.

  • Posts: 0 Gus Fring

    Cardinals are a very dnagerous matchup.

    2 pitchers who own the Phillies ( Carpenter and Garcia) plus the best offensive lineup in the league, especially if they get Holliday back.
    Also, they have a sinkerballer ( westbrook) who can be tough. Phillies approcah ( try to pull and yank everything, don’t take pitches) feeds right into a sinkerballer’s approcah.
    They do have bullpen issues, but so do the Phillies.

  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Can’t believe those who are freaking out… haha. Good stuff.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Giants right there. This team lost motivation. Bad

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