Late Offensive Flurry Backs Another Hamels Win In San Diego

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Sat, April 21, 2012 05:22 AM | Comments: 35
2012 Game Recaps, Posts

Richie Ashburn Award: Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels was victorious again in San Diego thanks to some late inning offense from an unlikely source. The Phils have won two straight in San Diego, and haven’t lost at Petco Park since August 16th, 2008.

- Hamels increased his lifetime record at Petco Park  in 12 starts against the Padres. According to the AP, in his last four starts against the Padres, he’s 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA. He is 7-2 lifetime in San Diego.

- Cole balked twice in the game, the first time ever in his career he was cited for two infractions in one game. In the second inning, after retiring Andy Parrino at thrid  on a bunt by Edinson Volquez, Hamels balked with Chris Denorfia at the plate, moving Orlando Hudson and Volquez up to second and third respectively. After hitting Denorfia with a pitch to load the bases, Hamels stuck out Cameron Maybin to end the scoring threat. In the forth, second base umpire Bob Davidson called a balk on Hamels on what he believed to be an improper step off of the rubber. Replays showed that the balk  call was dubious at best.

- It was another one of ‘those’ game where the offense decided to take its jolly time plating runners until the latter innings. The Phils left runners stranded on base in the first three innings and couldn’t cash in.

- The Phils didn’t get on the board until the seventh when Brian Schneider and Juan Pierre hit RBI singles.

- Sandwiched in between the Schneider and Pierre at-bats was another strike out for Jim Thome. Pinch hitting for Hamels in the seventh with runners on second and third, Thome fanned in a big spot of the game. In seven pinch hit appearances this season, Thome has stuck out in five of them. His only hit of the season, a single, last came on April 13th. Thome is batting .077 for the season.

- Shane Victorino hit a home run in the eighth to bring  deliver the deciding score of 4-1. After having his 10-game hit streak snapped in San Francisco Wednesday night, Shane has compiled back to back two-hit games. He has five multi-hit games this season.

- The single Padres run came after a Cameron Maybin lead-off triple in the fifth inning.  He later scored on a Jesus Guzman ground-out.

- Per Jim Salisbury, @JSalisburyCSN, Phillies pitching has allowed 7 runs in the last 86 innings in San Diego dating back to 2010.

- Roy Halladay takes the hill against Cory Luebke at 8:35PM.

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  • Posts: 0 brooks

    The point is, don’t get too worked up about a win in San Diego – this team will make any team look good.

    Nice win, just kind of expect the offense to pick up again where it left off prior to the 6th inning last night.

    Thome has to be pushing it, its a terrible thing to watch and I tell you what, when they come back home and if he does the same thing in front of his people – at least the second time he will get booed. That is just Philly.

  • Posts: 3061 Chuck A.

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    I don’t think Jim Thome gets booed. I know, I know. Santa Claus. The Pope. But this is Jim Thome…and as hard as it is to watch, I just can’t see “us” doing that to the guy. Or would we???…..


    And it’s nice to see one of the “old-timers” do a post on here (R.C. Cowie)! Nothing against the newest contributors and writers, of course. :)

  • Posts: 53 R.C. Cowie

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    I’ll pinch hit when needed. Nowadays, I’m focusing on other areas of the site where my contributions aren’t necessarily publicly noticed. But, I’m still here – somewhere.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Yea a win is a win but we need to just keep up until our big boys come
    Back. Yes I don’t like Charlie’s managing. Rollins looks bad
    But he is not a third hole hitter. When Howard comes back the
    Entire dynamics of this lineup change. Pence will be better for it even
    Though he has been great. Please release Thome. He is done

  • Posts: 5322 Lefty

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    Where was Cole’s evil twin that pithed last year in Petco? I was hoping to see him again.

    Seriously, What the heck is Pierre thinking stepping way out of the batters box like that, he was almost stepping on the plate to bunt. You can’t do that. No wonder he gets a great start out of the box when he bunts. I’m glad the ump finally caught him.

    But, not to give too much credit to the umps, the second balk was total BS.

    At 2.20 the Phils staff leads the majors in ERA.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    “Big Boys” come back?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Red McNertney

    I get excited when the Phils win these come-from-behind games.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    When I thnk of Cole I think about how great his fantasy value next year will be with the Dodgers in the NL west. Probably more than Docs will be and Doc is the greatestest baseball player on the planet. Period. Any position.

    Then I thank RAJ for making it impossible to retain Cole the one guy they should have kept.

    Really dont know what people expect from a Howard who hasnt played in 9 months.
    The last 3 years you could chart the decline.
    How can this not speed that up? Also with Utley I dont want to take Glavis out of the line up. The one young hard charger they got. To put in Utley?
    Sell crazy someplace else this is 2012 not 2007.

    But a win is a win. Tonight should be another if the Phils can muster a run.
    A no hitter for Doc might be possible. Jinx

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ Brooks regarding Thome.

    Hes 150 years old. What did you expect?

    At some point players just cant play anymore. It happened to Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. It will happen to the phillies fossils. Sooner or later.

    Unfortunately for us it seems to all be happening at once to this team.

    I did hear Barry Bonds still wants to play. Make it happen Ruben.
    And somehow he missed out on Moyer. BOOOOOO

    • Posts: 1045 betasigmadeltashag

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      AFW so nice to have you back, your bright and shinning optimism is greatly missed on the site. Nice to see your love the HOward has not diminished in your time away. And I have to 100% have to agree with that Glavis who is hitting .225 should be playing instead of a guy even with bad knees was considered on of the top 5 2nd basemen last year. Utley is no threat in the eyes of pitchers facing him if he can be healthy even just as healthy as he was last year. Cause I am pretty sure even on on leg last year Ryan had 30+HR and 120 RBI’s seeing his achilies gave out on the last swing, I am sure it was 100% all year. Though I thought I missed you mindless useless negitivity to start spirit debate once in a while here i was wrong.

    • Posts: 1045 betasigmadeltashag

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      yes the Phillies should have traded Utley and Rollins and Chooch and for propects so we could be a five hundred team instead of 4 straight NL East Titles, and maybe in 5 years be good again oh wait then the their would be no aces, your are brillent

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Yes big boys. Utley and Howard. You know the guys that helped win a world series. You know winning 102 games last year. They will be back and the offense will pick up. Putting howards bat at 4 is huge. Pence can even go to number 3 if we need.

  • Posts: 559 Bruce

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    A comment on a nice at bat for Freddy Galvis in the 7th inning. That is the inning that brought a smile to Hamels in the dugout (after being lifted for a pinch hitter). Galvis’s assignment is to move the runners (on 1st and 2nd) with a sacrifice bunt. He did more than that with a beautifully placed bunt single to third. That set the stage for Schneider who subbed for injured Ruiz and singled for his first hit and RBI of the season. Pierre finished the rally with the huge 2-run single.

    That’s what “smallball’ is all about and hopefully to see more of that since Utley and Howard is on the DL for some time..

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    One of my big issues with Utley coming back is it displaces Glavis to the minors.
    IMO he has been the brightest spot for this team so far.
    Gee a young guy. Who plays hard and tries and runs things out etc etc.

    Phillies need 3 more Glavises in their line up.
    Not waiting for some other old guy past his prime inches his way back into the line up.

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      3 more Galvis’ and the phillies will be hoping to score 2 runs a game and not 3. LOL

  • Posts: 0 David

    I don’t know when Utley will be back and I don’t know that Galvis won’t be kept on the roster as a utlity man who fills in periodically for Rollins, Utley and Polanco.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    If they had been smart and let Rollins walk away could have Glavis at SS when/if Utley comes back.
    I dont have a problem so much with any of the old guys individualy.

    Its having it be all old guys that is making the line up stale and boring and bad.

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      Yes because Galvis is just solving all the offensive problems. Galvis will get to stay as the utility guy when utley comes back and well he figures to see plenty of time filling in for Utley/Rollins/Polanco. Periodic days of rest with no decrease in defense will be what he provides.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Glavis knows his role and hits 8th and makes nothing.

    He isnt signed long term to hit first or third or whatever it is.
    That doesnt work.

    When the shake up comes. And its coming.

    The trade will be of one of the 3 big pitchers. It has to be. Because no one wants any your offensive players except Pence Shane and Carlos.

    I am going to get a kick out of some your reactions.

    The way you stick up for these old has been guys.
    It reminds me of Ted Knight in Caddyshack

    Sell Bushwood?
    He just couldnt get his mind around it .

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      Doesn’t change the fact that Galvis isn’t very good offensively and that’s what the team needs. Having 3 more Galvis’ would make this team worse not better. Even if he gets paid nothing.

  • Posts: 0 Bob Myers

    Wow, I see it exactly opposite than those who think Rollins should have been allowed to walk.

    Without Rollins we lose the guy who is mentoring Galvis, giving him confidence, coaching, and modeling professionalism in so many areas.

    Rollins has never been more necessary for this team. Besides, he’s having a very decent start, and has a way of coming through in big games.

    • Posts: 3061 Chuck A.

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      There’s really only one person on here that think Rollins should have walked. Pay no attention to him.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Manuel said that Galvis will likely stay on the team when Utely comes back. He has been doing better than advertised defensively. I’m still leery about both. Utley the mute isnt or will not report much so god only know whats his real progress or lack off. Howard a notoriously slow starter who is possibly on the decline and is coming back from a major injury. I dont know how much we will get out of him. He does have a knack for coming through for us in pressure situations. Lets see if still holds on to at least that.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Missed you Chuck my friend.

    You guys dont see that there wouldnt be some hole at SS.
    There would be a major league player in there. One that might hit 7th or 8th. Which is where Rollins shuld be hitting now.

    No one else wanted Rollins and now he is another untradable player to go with the others.

    And once again if some of the other old guys had been moved when they had value his signing could be justified.
    Its the hoarding of all of them that is killing the line up.

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      No one else wanted Rollins? I love the way you revise history.

    • Posts: 0 brooks

      Andrew, before you get pasted please look at the previous post (from last night). There were some gracious things said about you and not all relating to your absence…
      Get’em while you can man!

      What do I expect out of Thome? Even the blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while… that’s all.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Utley and Howard…..the “big boys” will not be coming back this year, Jeff. Howard will come back in August and play poorly. Utley will probably never come back. Bone on bone. Not Blonde on Blonde…….bone on bone. He can’t play. IMO, everyone has to get used to the fact that Utley is done being a meaningful contributor to the Phillies and stop keeping the porch light on for him. AFW….where ya been? Finally off parole and allowed to use a computer again? ::) Without you, I think I’ve picked up the mantle of resident doomsayer. For what its worth, Phil form Mt. Airy was beating the David Wright drum today.

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Lots of room for speculation — can’t really blame you for assuming the worst. We all, including you of course, hope you’re wrong, but only time will tell.

      Wright is everyone’s flavor of the month. The price is very steep and would blow away the luxury tax threshold. Did Phil address that? Wright’s also been one of the worst fielders in baseball the past few years, so much of the improvement on offense would be given right back.

      Last year, as bad as Polanco was with the bat, overall he was at least as good as Wright, or better:

      Now, in the first 14 games Polanco looks like he may be even worse with the bat this year, though his glove still looks as good as everl.

    • Posts: 1045 betasigmadeltashag

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      glad you are a doctor, even the pesimistic are saying Howard will be back around the all star game which if I remember correctly is in july, and I would like to borrow you crystal ball because Utley will be back this year. I am pretty sure I stated this before, Howard’s injury is not something that happened on that one swing, he was hurt all year and played sitll hitting HR and driving in runs. I would like to make a bet with you that if Chase and Ryan do not play 85 games I will buy you a beer, and if they play that many, and do not produce at the same rate as last year in games played I will buy beer all day. how many games did Utley play last year how many did Howard play they may play less but they will produce when they come back

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Well, respectfully, if Wright performs as you say, why would the Mets price for him be so steep? This may be Wright’s walk year unless the Mets don’t buy him out for next year. I don’t think that the asking price for Wright is as steep as you think. I think they would like to get rid of that money. The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to trade any more young talent away to try to get better for this year – at least not right now. I don’t think the type of guy the Phils would get, like a Dave Wright, would be enough to make a difference in the lineup. Lets just keep playing a see what happens.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    The trade price will be steep for the face of the franchise, but I was actually referring to his $115 million salary.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      $15 million

  • Posts: 3061 Chuck A.

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    Phil from Mt. Airy knows his shit but David Wright is NOT the answer right now. Too injury-prone and too expensive.

    And, Dipsy…friend and respected poster (stole that line from you)…. don’t EVER put yourself in the same class as AFW. You’re intelligent and can write and probably speak in complete rational sentences.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Dipsy your an a s s h o l e

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