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Phillies Head Home After Another Pirates Walk Off

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 08, 2012 05:24 PM | Comments: 8
2012 Game Recaps, Posts

Steve Jeltz Award: The Bullpen

Pence is congratulated after his home run. Courtesy Yahoo Sports.

Well it seemed the Phillies had finally found enough offense to get it done with some room to spare.  But the bullpen made us remember that no lead is safe.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Vance Worley came into the game trying to shed the idea of a sophomore slump.  He did just that.  Worley went six innings, struck out five and only allowed one run.  For the first three games to open the season, the starting pitchers have gone 20 innings and only allowed two earned runs.  And yet the Phillies are 1-2.

Hunter Pence once again provided the first inning RBI as he did last night and then broke a 1-1 tie with his first home run of the season.  Pence now has two of the three extra base hits for the Phillies this season.

Juan Pierre, who started in left and batted lead off, had a two run single in the seventh to give the Phils a 4-1 lead.  Michael Stutes came in to pitch the seventh and pitched well.  Pedro Alvarez should have been down on strikes but advanced to first when catcher Brian Schneider couldn’t hold on to the ball and Ty Wigginton dropped it again.

Alvarez would later come around to score on a Casey McGehee double and the Pirates would cut the deficit to 4-3 by the end of the seventh.  Another run off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth, charged to Kyle Kendrick, would tie it up.  The Pirates would walk off in the ninth on a game winning single by Andrew McCutchen off everyone’s favorite reliever David Herndon and beat the Phillies 5-4.

The Phillies offense struggled again only collecting five hits.  Pierre and Pence each had two hits while Shane Victorino singled and scored the first run of the game in the first inning.

The Mets and Orioles are 3-0.  Just an observation.  Back to Philly we go.

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    17 hits in 28 innings for the series.

     
  • Posts: 0 davehist

    I hope this isn’t what we’ve got to look forward to for the season. Very fine starting pitching, next to no hitting, and some defensive troubles at bad times (Chooch’s throw behind Lee last night, Schneider and Wigginton messing up the strikeout today). The new-and-improved bench (Wigginton, Nix, and even Jim Thome) have us missing Ross Gload already. Three games isn’t much to go on, I know, but how many times did they have a runner on third with one out and the batter struck out?

     
  • Posts: 0 Richie T

    I guess what I don’t understand is why Rube went out and got argueably the best closer in MLB and the guy was just sitting there BOTH 9th innings!! Clint Hurdle was smart, he put out Hanrahan and it paid off! Charlie I love you but you screwed that up…
    If you have the Zombrex, dammit, use it!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I hope our offense doesn’t kill us this year. Amaro could have picked up two decent switch hitters this year but didn’t. Perhaps he was scared off by the luxury tax, but we will suffer because of this.

    We could have had Melky Cabrera, now with the Giants, and a decent hitter and able to play all outfield positions. Moreover, we could have picked up Wilson Betemit, a switch-hitting third baseman and second baseman. Polanco could move to second and we would have much more offensive potency than starting young Freddie Galvis at second. Both switch hitters, Betemit and Cabrera are good hitters,and would have improved our offense.

    Oh well,

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I still believe them to be the most talented team in the NL. I want to see about 12-15 games before I make a definitive statement. It’s early, they’re just getting the motor running.

    Am I concerned? Sure. But it’s a long season. And if you recall how ominous it looked last year with the offense – that eventually became a respectable offense. I understand there are other, new issues this year. But let’s wait before we get too crazy. The Phillies struggle every year, it seems, in Pittsburgh.

     
  • Posts: 58 LCMRSalazar85

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    If this is the best offense we got, we’re in for a long season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    So far so bad

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    LET’S GO PHILLIES!! We scored 4 runs yesterday- that’s going to win a lot of ballgames (will be well above league average). Bastardo is a big key – he looked good but I’m wondering if we wouldn’t have been better off throwing Pap out there in the 8the yesterday against the meat of their order. Hurdle is a good manager- the Pirates will be the most improved team in baseball. Just one man’s observation.

    Who’s heading to the game today? Hope to meet some of the PN folks today and see a Phillies win. I think Galvis pops his cherry at home today.

     
 
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