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Offense Rolls Behind Halladay

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, April 11, 2012 10:04 PM | Comments: 18
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On a night that we thought runs would be tough to come by, the Phillies offense exploded for seven runs–with six of them off Marlins Ace Josh Johnson. Now, the word “exploded” may be a hyperbole, but considering the fact that prior to Wednesday night’s game the Phillies were only averaging two runs a game, tripling that number in a single game should be worthy of the term “exploded”.

The Phils were down 1-0 until the third, when they put up–as Wheels loves to say–a crooked number with five runs in the inning. It started with a 1-out single by Juan Pierre, who went on to steal second base with the help of a missed call. Then, Placido Polanco hit a ball right up the middle that deflected off Johnson’s glove, allowing Pierre to score from second and Polanco to advance to second. Jimmy Rollins then singled in Polanco and advanced to second on a throwing error by outfielder Logan Morrison, which was followed by a RBI single by Hunter Pence, who also then advanced to second. Shane Victorino reached base on an error by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton–a play that would later be ruled a hit. After Victorino stole second, John Mayberry Jr. popped out, seemingly killing the rally that was going. The Marlins elected to intentionally walk  the hot Carlos Ruiz to load the bases and get to the struggling Freddy Galvis–a move that backfired on them as Galvis slapped a double down the right field line, scoring two runs and pushing the lead to 5-1.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Halladay, the Phils struck again, this time a two-out single by Victorino that scored Rollins and ended Johnson’s night. Chad Gaudin came in and pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball before he was replaced by Ryan Webb. The second batter Webb faced was Ruiz, who took him deep to left, his first of the year.

As for Halladay, he was spectacular as usual. He finished with a line of 7.0 IP/5 H/1 R/1 ER/1 BB/3 K. After an expected rough start, he settled in and mowed down Marlins hitter after Marlins hitter. After the second inning, he only allowed three Marlins to reach base before he was pinch-hit for by Jim Thome–his first at bat in Citizens Bank Park this year–in the 7th. Some of the pitches he threw were straight filthy, even better than what we saw in Pittsburgh on Opening Day. With questions surrounding the offense, the bullpen, and even some of the starting pitching, it’s nice to know that we can again count on Roy Halladay to always bring his ‘A’ game.

Chad Qualls relieved Halladay in his first appearance of 2011, and he pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, though the three outs were all well-hit to the outfield. Michael Stutes shut the door in the ninth and the Phils finally won a game while scoring more than one run.

The Phils and Marlins play the rubber match tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    A game like this is probably what our guys need to loosing them up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kevin Sefcik

    I know this is a total tangent but can anyone here explain to me the love for Jim Thome? What did he ever do here? Last time I checked after he left Ryan Howard helped lead this team to a Division crown and the a World Series. Come on Phillies fans and stop trying to blow a guy who was a failure here back in his prime.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      It’s late 2002. The Phillies have had ONE winning season since the 1993 WS.

      Jim Thome is a free agent after hitting 49 and 52 HRs the prior two years.

      He chose the Phillies when it was a moribund franchise, and that, as well as the fact that he’s a very nice, down to earth guy, made him a fan favorite immediately.

      He goes on to close out the Vet in 2003, hitting 47 HRs with a .958 OPS (finishing 4th in MVP). Picture Raul Ibanez personality with Mike Schmidt performance.

      In 2004 he is the centerpiece of an exciting first year at CBP, hitting 42 more, including his 400th, with a .977 OPS.

      In 2005 he’s hurt, opening the door for Howard and is traded for Rowand and, as the PTBNL, Gio Gonzalez.

      So as an established star, he chose the Phillies when there seemed little reason to, and was an instant fan favorite as well as one of the best hitters in baseball.

      Not sure where “guy who was a failure” is coming from.

       
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      i beg to differ with you kevin but what thome did was give the phils respectability and someone for us fans to cheer about! he helped set the tone for the winning years that followed. either you’re too young to remember or just too ignorant of the long losing years us lifelong fans have endured. the man is and will always be a class act. and a big producer of runs his whole career! and to top all that off he chose to finish here because of the fans and the city! that why we cheer and resect the man! the comment below by schenkman puts it admirably of what he did here. and if he didn’t get injured he probably would have helped this team to the same thing howard did and howard most likely would have been traded. and people like you who probably bang on howard would be complaining about that!

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    Dat’s a good troll, Kev. :)

    Ah, offense. I missed you old friend. Here’s to hoping Galvis has started to find his offensive footing. Not asking for much, an average in the .260-.270 range would do quite nicely.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Thome is still great although i think he was bought in more for publicity and possibly for his knowledge of the game/hitting.

     
  • Posts: 2965 Chuck A.

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    Seriously?????? Someone’s gonna come on here and actually bash Jim Thome??????

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    I just worry that the offense will put up 2 runs tonight and people will jump right back off.

     
    • Posts: 4889 Lefty

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      You’re the sayer of sooth Pat. They aren’t going to get many easy ones like last night, so the hysterics of the emotional roller coaster will ensue. It kept them calm for one night without the need for schizophrenic drugs.

      Although I do have to admit the Flyers drove me a little bananas last night :-)

       
      • Posts: 2965 Chuck A.

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        Yeah, can the Flyers PLEASE stop staking the opposing team to big leads in the 1st period? Great win though…..huge. Danny Brierre is the Mr. October (April) of hockey.

         
      • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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        Scoring runs is like valium for Phillies fans.

         
  • Posts: 14 arminius

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    Here is what we learned:

    1. They can play good baseball.
    2. Although one bat does not make a hero, Galvis still may be a clutch hitter if not a good one.
    3. Pierre at the top is essential.
    4. Jim Thome is a class guy. If he contributes nothing, I would still admire him.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      here here arminius! i feel the same way! i watched him all spring and he reminds me of ” senior octobre” chooch! makes every shot count. at this pace he’ll get 50 hits and 100 rbi lol

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      As happy as I am about last night, we did not learn 2 and 3 from one game. 1 and 4 was already known.

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Jim Thome was brought-in because as a guy used to a DH role – he can transition to that of a sometimes-player, but mainly as the Left Handed Power Bat off the bench . .

    in 2010 he hit 25 HRs in 340 plate appearances.. (with a .412 On Base %)
    in 2011 he hit 15 HRs in 324 plate appearances.. (with a .361 On Base %)

    so he’s a guy with Power, and plate discipline – that wont be upset at any lack of playing time, and will get along with everyone in the clubhouse … everything about the Thome signing was smart

     
  • Posts: 2965 Chuck A.

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    Just heard Mitch Williams being interviewed on the radio and he said that against RHP Thome should be in the lineup every day that he is physically capable of being there.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      i didn’t hear that chuck a ! i don’t know if that’s a good idea or not. it sounds good to me in one sence but then i think if he got injured then he wouldn’t be of any value off the bench. i don’t know, do you roll the dice? i mean he is a better defender than wiggy or nix, mayberry might be less experienced but still has proved more than able at first! all i know is it’s not easy to be charlie with all us monday morning quarterbacks ya know. makes me glad to be just a fan haha

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I had no idea Mitchie Poo moonlighted as Thome’s personal physician. Fascinating.

       
 
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