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Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, September 24, 2011 10:06 PM | Comments: 27
2011 Game Recaps, Posts

Steve Jeltz Award: Lidge and Pence

For the first time since Terry Francona was manager, the Phillies are sitting on an eight-game losing streak as a doubleheader against the Mets that played more like a pair of split-squad spring training games went south, by a score of 2-1 this afternoon and 6-3 in the nightcap.

Game one of the doubleheader bore an eerie similarity to this game, where R.A. Dickey outdeuled Cole Hamels to the tune of a one-hit complete game shutout, with that one hit coming off Hamels’ bat. In this afternoon’s game, Dickey was perfect through five and hitless through six, but in the top of the seventh, Shane Victorino (batting right-handed against the knuckleballer) doubled with one out and was singled home by Ryan Howard on the next pitch.

But Hamels, who was himself excellent through six innings, allowed a game-tying home run to something called Valentino Pascucci in the bottom of the seventh, and in the next inning, Ruben Tejada and David Wright combined for a single, a double, and two stolen bases off of Brad Lidge, and while the Phillies made some noise off Mets reliever Manny Acosta in the top of the ninth, Acosta retired Carols Ruiz to end the game with the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

In Game Two, things started off well, as the Phillies, despite loading the bases with no outs in the first and coming away empty-handed, tagged Mets started Dillon Gee for two runs in the second and another in the third, thanks in part to–believe it or not–two doubles by Ross Gload, who had hit for extra bases only six times in 115 plate appearances coming into today. Joe Blanton struck out the side in the second and was lifted up 3-0.

Then the wheels fell off. David Herndon, in for Blanton, who was scheduled only to throw two innings or so, had a runner on second and two out when Hunter Pence ran down a fly ball and booted it, then ran into the outfield wall. Two runs scored and Herndon walked David Wright before being lifted for Kyle Kendrick, who allowed both inherited runners, plus one more, to score before striking out Josh Satin to end the inning. All told, five unearned runs scored with two outs.

If you’re looking for a silver lining, it’s that Michael Schwimer, Mike Stutes, and Justin De Fratus, the three headline members of the class of young, hard-throwing righties who will make up the bulk of next year’s bullpen, combined for four perfect innings to close out the game.

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About Michael Baumann

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 Scott in D.C.

    Tired of hearing that these games are “meaningless.” Exactly how confident are they going to be at the plate a week from now, if they don’t at least sniff something like positive momentum?

    This team is poised for an epic flop.

    Wonder if Lee is having second thoughts about not going to New York. The same aging core that failed him in ’09 is that much older, and up to its same old tricks.

     
    • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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      Hahahahahahahahahaha…

      That’s how laughable your comment is.

       
  • Posts: 0 Jay in WV

    No me gusta…switch or no switch, 8 game skids are no good. Hope this ship can right itself by next week.

     
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    Someone made this comment on another site and I quote, “Have the Phillies been eliminated from the playoffs? No? Ah. Then I don’t give a shit.”

    Sounds like good advice for all of us phans, huh?

     
  • Posts: 84 Tom

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    I know that these games are meaningless, but when does your pride as a major league athlete kick in? What professional athlete ever wants to lose eight games in a row no matter what the situation? This is uncharted waters for this team since they’ve always had to fight to near the end the last four years…I sure hope that they can flip a switch and take care of business starting next Saturday, or it will make for a very long off-season!! Trying to keep the faith, but definitely not as confident as I was a week ago!!

     
  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Chuck, you truly have your head in the sand.

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Shut the f up already. First off idiots if we lost 8 with our starters and pitchers then u have a point. Not Dave coming in the third. Valdez gload and Brian playing. So shut up.

     
    • Posts: 84 Tom

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      If you have something constructive to say then please do…but if all you have is to throw insults around, find something else pathetic to do…this is a blog…everyone is entitled to an opinion!!!

       
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    sportsphan, do you know anything about major league baseball? I don’t like this either but they haven’t had any kind of consistent lineup out there since clinching. I hate to say it but Original Jeff is right when he says “Shut the f up already.”

     
    • Posts: 84 Tom

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      See above!!

       
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    Ok. I lost myself and shouldn’t have said that. But really guys…everyone needs to get a grip and realize what has transpired since clinching and just what we have.

     
    • Posts: 84 Tom

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      Agreed!! Keeping the faith!!

       
  • Posts: 0 Jay in WV

    Seriously though, even without the every day lineup, who saw this one coming? I would have rather seen the franchise record for wins, than the worst losing streak in 11 years. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to settle for a world championship.

     
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    100 wins would be nice. But give me another WFC and I’ll sleep well all winter long.

    The part that’s hard to watch is the miscues in the field. Herndon sucks but if Pence makes that catch…which he should have….then the Phillies are out of the inning without any Met runs scoring.

     
  • Posts: 0 BobS

    If the Phils were in 3rd place and had a 8 game losing streak, who would even notice? This does conjur up distant memories of 1964 for some of us but while a playoff appearance is guaranteed, what happens in it is also subject to more recent nightmares, like the silent bats against Colorado and SF. I have never heard of a team throwing the switch on so pardon me if I dont believe any of you who say its a given. I would have thought that the Phils, just by dumb luck, would have run into at least one pitcher who would crap the bed and hand them a walkover in the last two weeks but 41 runs in 17 games has nothing to do with the other guy on the mound. My team is in a serious funk and my only hope is that they can unexplainably get out of it just as they got into it. Maybe the stars will get realigned by Friday and they cruise throught he competition. If not they just handed the keys to the city back to the Eagles

     
  • Posts: 5142 Lefty

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    I keep asking myself,- Is this really happening? Am I in some strange bad dream that has gone on for over a week? Did the number one team in baseball just lose two double headers to the Mets and Nats in 5 days? This is just plain strange.

    And Chuck thanks for trying to keep everyone positive, I know your heart is in it. But you have to be a little worried too, no?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken

    Im not worried because for the most part they have PITCHED and pitching and defense wins in the playoffs. Id be more concerned about the Red Sox who cant get a decently pitched game and are routiunely giving up 7 runs a game. Charlie will get these guys going.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    A friend who is a Yankees fan old me not to worry, that the Yankees have done this after clinching, and it never hurt them in the playoffs. So fine, they’re entitled to a break.

    But I’ve seen what the Phillies look like for a few days after the All Star Break, and I don’t want to see that in the playoffs. You want to take a week off to celebrate? Fine. But it’s time to stop celebrating and start getting ready for the playoffs. You’ve got four games left. How about trying to win a couple of them?

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Every great team goes through a losing streak during a season. Did you expect the Phils to win 106 games? It just so happens that ours happened in late September. Much rather go into the post season hot then cold, but hey, it was a perfect season. No one could have asked for a better one. Until about a week ago. It just takes one game to get out of a slump.

    Go Phils!

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Ryan Howard said fans don’t panic. We are not as a team. One win and we will be ready with our real lineup.

     
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    And today is the day for that game and that win. IF the Phillies don’t win today with Doc on the mound and their regular “playoff” lineup in there….then maybe I will be a little concerned. But up to now….no…I’m not worried at all.

    Like I said earlier…it’s the absolute sh!tty defense that I have a hard time with. Pitchers will make mistake pitches. And hitters get into slumps all the time and look silly. If hitters fail 70% of the time they are still considered successful. But some of this defense is just hard to watch. I love Hunter Pence. LOVE the guy. Think he was a great addition to this team and is gonna do some great things. But come on, bro….you gotta run a better route to get to that ball. That HAS to be an out.

     
  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Only a few games into this season, I predicted the Phillies would win 100 games. Through force of will, I will not allow this team to do less than that.

    Since they clinched, I have been silent. I didn’t realize how much the Phillies would miss me.
    I apologize; I am back. Phillies win, beginning today.

     
    • Posts: 5142 Lefty

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      Thanks Lou,
      Just make sure you are here during the playoffs! It’s over folks, Lou’s back and just in time. I literally ran out of lucky winning Phillies clothes to wear, because, well, they know what I’m wearing, right?

      Yes I’m Stupidstitious!

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    We still have the best record in Major League Baseball

     
  • Posts: 2987 Chuck A.

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    So what are Philly fans gonna do today?? … Watch and see if the Phillies break the drought with their best pitcher on the mound and their “A” lineup on the field??…. Or watch and see if Mike Vick is healthy enough and can help the Eagles win their home opener??

    I guess that’s what that button on the remote is for that allows you to go back and forth between channels.

     
  • Posts: 5142 Lefty

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    Phillies only for me. Football can wait a while, hopefully a long while.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Watching the Eagles, Phillies at commercials….. as this is another “meaningless” Phillies game


    phlly.com

    By losing eight straight, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday in New York, the Phillies have jeopardized their chances of topping the franchise record of 101 victories in a single season and damaged their chances for being known as one of the best teams in baseball history.

    “[The franchise record] would be nice, but it doesn’t compare to the World Series,” Manuel said. “I’ll take a World Series.”

    Before the Nationals finished a four-game sweep of the Phillies last week at Citizens Bank Park, a man who used to reside in the home clubhouse was asked if there was any reason to worry about the 2011 Phillies.

    Jayson Werth didn’t seem to think so.

    “I know those guys don’t like to lose, but at the same time we’ll see how they finish,” Werth said. “They could be one of the best teams this city has ever seen. Either way, they have to be right there. Right now, they’re playing games that essentially don’t mean anything. Guys are a little nicked up. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t think they’ll have a problem turning it on once the postseason comes.”

     
 
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