Archive for May, 2012

Morandini Ejection Video, Minor League News & Notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 28, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 12

The Class A Lakewood BlueClaws lost in controversial fashion on Sunday evening, dropping their series finale against the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals affiliate), by a score of 7-6, in front of 5,457 fans at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, trailing 7-5 with the bases loaded and 1 out, Lakewood second baseman Carlos Perdomo laced a low liner toward Hagerstown shortstop Jason Martinson.  In a fashion that Phillies fans are used to seeing, when Chase Utley, on occasion, allows such hits in similar situations to drop so he can attempt to double up baserunners, Martinson did not catch the ball on the fly and immediately flipped the ball to second base for a force out on the runner from first base.  Outfielder Brian Pointer, who was on second base, retreated to the bag with the assumption the liner would be caught. A throw to third base then drew the call from the umpiring crew for the second out. The umps then ruled that the runner at second had been tagged, off the base, and credited Lakewood with having scored a run between the time the force out was recorded and the imaginary tag out of Pointer was made.

BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini then gave the umpires, Charlie Tierney and Doug Del Bello, a considerable ear full.  Morandini lashed out at the blundering duo until he was ejected from the contest.  Video of that exchange can be seen in the media player below.

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Week In Review – No Brooms, Galvis is My Homeboy

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 27, 2012 09:02 PM Comments: 5

Yup, these are our Philadelphia Phillies.  A constant up and down roller coaster peeking about the .500 line before dropping back down.  Win streaks of five games are continuously overshadowed by losing streaks of three and four.  At one point this season the Phillies were 0-8 when Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee pitched.


The Phillies haven’t had much to get excited about this season.   The starting pitching has been sketchy and the offense just doesn’t like to show up sometimes.  A couple of bright spots for the team has been the output from rookie Freddy Galvis.  He was brought in to fill the gap at second base for Chase Utley defensively.  No one thought it would be his bat we would be talking about come May.

Also, Placido Polanco has seemed to turn things around and is hitting a lot better.  He may not be the .300 guy we are used to but he can definitely help this team out.


Don’t forget about the future of the Phillies with the Minor League weekly wrap up.  The organization has to be happy with Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley sitting in second place for their leagues.


There has not been much going on this week besides the usual game play.  Some things to think about this week is the fact Roy Halladay just left the game after two innings in St. Louis and Roy Oswalt is still available.  We are hoping it’s nothing serious, but it seems the Phillies are going to need some help.


Don’t forget that we here at Phillies Nations are more than just text.  You can watch us on Phillies Nation TV every week.  This week David Hale from the Wilmington News Journal stops by and the guys talk Ryan Howard and Kevin Youkilis.


Game Notes

Phillies squander many opportunities

Phillies lose their fourth straight

Phillies win wild one in St. Louis

Pence helps Phils edge Cards in extras

Kendrick auditions for fourth ace spot

Phils can’t sweep, Halladay exits early


The Phillies are still holding on at 25-24, 4.5 games back of Washington.  As always the NL East is a tight race and I suspect it will continue to be.


Phils Can’t Sweep, Halladay Exits Early

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 27, 2012 06:33 PM Comments: 23

You see, he's not a machine. He's a man.

A pinch hitter?  In the third inning?

A collective holding our breathe made its way from St. Louis to Virginia Beach all the way up to Philadelphia as Pete Orr came in to hit for Roy Halladay in the top of the third inning.  Halladay pitched only two innings.  He gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the first inning.  That’s not the reason.

Not much of a Halladay – Halladay exited the game as a precaution to tightness in his right shoulder.  It was his shortest outing since July last season when he lasted only four innings due to the heat in Chicago.  The month of May has just been awful for the Phillies ace.

Halladay has given up 24 earned runs in just over 35 innings this month.  That’s a 6.11 ERA in May compared to 1.95 in April.  We can hope this is just soreness and nothing is seriously wrong.  But those of us who have been watching him carefully fear the worse, as always.  Halladay will be reevaluated this week.

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Gameday: Phillies (25-23) at Cardinals (25-22)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, May 27, 2012 01:20 PM Comments: 31

Philadelphia Phillies (25-23) at St Louis Cardinals (25-22)

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) vs. Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78)

Time: 2:15, Busch Stadium
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Clear, 95
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to do something today that they haven’t done all year–and that’s sweep a series. In fact, it’s the first time this year that they will even be in a position to do so.

Roy Halladay will get the start, and he’s coming off a performance against the Nationals where he let up five runs in six innings and took the loss.  He’s been “off” this year, and even admitted that he didn’t feel himself, as well as admitting to trying to carry the team on his back.

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Weekly Minor League Wrap Up: 5/27/12

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 27, 2012 08:15 AM Comments: 0

Here’s your weekly walk through the Phillies minor leagues.  This time we glance at some noteworthy performances from the four full season clubs as well as the Venezuelan Summer League.

Venezuelan Summer League team….9-3 record, 1st place tie in the 4 team league.

Catcher Rafael Fernandez has been scorching hot for the VSL Phils in the early going. Through his first 7 games, the 20-year-old posted a .458 batting average with a double and a homer while driving in 7 runs. The righty batting native of Caracas, VZ is in his 3rd season in the VSL and tallied a .220 batting average with 1 HR in 65 games over his 2 previous seasons.

Through 3 starts, Douglas Parada has a 2-0 record with a 2.00 ERA while striking out 14 batters and walking only 1 in 18 innings pitched. Additionally, Parada has held opponents to a .161 batting average. The 19-year-old left-hander was signed last July and made 5 starts in the VSL last summer, posting a 0-2 record with a 5.40 ERA in his debut campaign as a pro.

In Friday’s contest against the Tigers’ club, Wilmer Oberto was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Oberto, 19, is a lefty hitting outfielder that has posted a .326 average with 6 doubles, a triple and a homerun while driving in 6 runs through his first 11 games this season. Continue reading Weekly Minor League Wrap Up: 5/27/12


Kendrick Audtitions For Fourth Ace Spot

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 27, 2012 07:40 AM Comments: 2

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick

My name is Kyle Kendrick, and I like to play.

Hi, my name is Kyle Kendrick and I am a Major League pitcher.  No, seriously, I am.

Kendrick tossed his first complete game shut out for his career tonight as a guy who has never quite had a secure spot on this Phillies team.  He was once a starter moved to the bullpen then pulled back into the rotation and, again, trotted back out to the pen.  And tonight, he was a starter, the bullpen and the winning pitcher of a complete game shut out beating the Cardinals 4-0.

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Gameday: Phillies (24-23) at Cardinals (25-21)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, May 26, 2012 06:15 PM Comments: 27

Philadelphia Phillies (24-23) at St Louis Cardinals (25-21)

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) vs. Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.55)

Time: 7:15, Busch Stadium
TV: Fox
Weather: Sunny, 94
Media: Twitter and Facebook

In the first two games of this series, the Phillies have looked like a team that is still very much feeling the sting that accompanied an early playoff exit when the Cardinals unexpectedly upset them in last season’s NLDS . The Phils can still taste the bitterness, and they’ve looked determined to wash it away in defeating the Cardinals two games in a row. In a way, the Phils have turned the tables on the Cards in the two victories. Much like the Cardinals during last year’s playoffs, the Phils have been the team to keep battling, to claw and scrap and find a way to victory, no matter what it takes. The effort has been a breath of fresh air for a Phillies team that has, at times this season, looked completely incapable of coming back from a deficit or out-slugging an opponent to win a ball game. The series has all the makings of a turning point, if only the Phils can get one of these next two games.

Behind the arm of Kyle Kendrick, they’ll try to assure themselves a series victory tonight. Despite most fans’ perception of KK, he hasn’t been too bad as a starter this season. His 4.33 ERA in five starts is respectable. If you take away his first start against Arizona, in which he allowed seven runs over just 3+ innings, his ERA drops to 2.25. In his last start against Washington, he took the loss. But it was more due to the fact that the Phillies didn’t score any runs. He went seven innings and gave up just two runs. It does bear mentioning that in those last four starts where Kendrick has been much better, he’s faced the Cubs twice and the Nationals twice–two teams that rank 14th and 13th in the NL in runs scored, respectively. He’ll be dealing with a different monster tonight when he faces an offensive juggernaut in the Cardinals.

Jaime Garcia gets the nod for the Cardinals, looking to stop their two-game skid. Fans are, no doubt, very familiar with Garcia, as he has been a thorn in the side of Phillies hitters for a few years now. In six career games (four starts) against the Phils, Garcia has posted a 1.20 ERA. Current Phillies hitters have hit a combined .193 against Garcia, though they do have nine walks to 11 strikeouts. Some will remember that Garcia’s last start against the Phils came when he faced Cole Hamels in game three of last year’s NLDS. Garcia stymied the Phils over six innings until Ben Francisco did this.

Hopefully the Phils can find some more magic tonight against Garcia.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Victorino CF, Mayberry LF, Galvis 2B, Schneider C, Kendrick P

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Summer Ale

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. That means, whether you’re celebrating down the shore, going to a local picnic, relaxing at home, or watching the game after a day of work, you pretty much have to drink an American beer. Why not go with the summer selection from one of the finest breweries our fair country has to offer? Enjoy it and be safe out there this weekend. – By Ryan



Pence Helps Phils Edge Cards In Extras

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 25, 2012 11:30 PM Comments: 30

Richie Ashburn Award: Hunter Pence


The Phillies and Cardinals played another close game Friday, this time with the Phillies taking the win in extras with the help of a Hunter Pence home run off Jason Motte. The Cardinals had a 3-2 lead  until the seventh, when Juan Pierre slapped a double to score Cliff Lee to tie it. The Cards looked like they could have taken the lead in the 8th, but great defense by the Phils prevented the winning run from scoring. Pence’s homer in the 10th broke the tie and the Phils took the 2nd of this four-game set, 5-3.


Kyle Lohse and Cliff Lee both pitched well Friday night. Lohse pounded the strike zone, relying on his fielders behind him to do their jobs. Despite the two errors, they did pretty well. Lee’s location was spot on, but with the mishaps in the fourth inning and a few mistakes, he surrendered three runs. Here are their lines:

Lee: (ND) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Lohse: (ND) 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Lee still does not have a win in 2012.

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Gameday: Phillies (23-23) at Cardinals (25-20)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 25, 2012 06:30 PM Comments: 21

Philadelphia Phillies (23-23) at St Louis Cardinals (25-20)

Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) vs. Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91 ERA)

Time: 8:15, Busch Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 79
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies and Cardinals combined for nineteen runs on 33 hits in last night’s wild game. Eleven of the 33 hits were for extra bases, and the starting pitchers surrendered a combined thirteen earned runs.

Expect nothing like that tonight, as two pitchers–Cliff Lee and Kyle Lohse–will take the mound tonight with ERA’s under three. Lee has been exceptionally great away from home, as he’s only given up one earned run in 16 innings away from Citizens Bank Park, along with a very low .170 AVG against.

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More Good News: Freddy Galvis Is Hitting

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, May 25, 2012 10:00 AM Comments: 30

Galvis will make the Phillies make tough decisions.

Pop quiz: Which National League team had the highest production, measured in fWAR (click for definition), from second base in the entire Major Leagues in the last 7 days? How about the last 14 days? It’s the Freddy Galvis-led Philadelphia Phillies.

Galvis’s expectations for the year were generally low; the young infielder was expected to be a warm body to man second base with a great glove and Michael Martinez-level offense. The early returns matched those expectations: Galvis started the season 0-12, reaching base only once with a walk. Galvis has been a different player in the month of May, however.

Galvis has hit .321/.321/.571 with 2 HRs in his last 7 games, .315/.351/.519 in his last 14, and .300/.325/.500 in the month of May. Galvis’s second-best-in-the-NL defense was expected – his offensive contributions on a team lacking punch were not. Galvis leads all NL second basemen in doubles, is only 3 RBIs off the pace for the NL second basemen lead in that category, and is fourth among NL second basemen in SLG%. Galvis is quietly building a case for Rookie of the Year consideration, pacing all rookies in doubles and RBIs, and effectively thrusting himself into a conversation that includes a guy nicknamed “Captain Kirk”, a hot-hitting shortstop from Cincinnati, and the legendary Bryce Harper.

Galvis’s increased production has put the Phillies in an interesting spot – what do they do with Galvis if he continues to produce when Chase Utley returns? Some have suggested first base or left field for Utley, something that even a year ago may have been unthinkable for a second basemen who may have had the greatest 4 year run for any second baseman of all-time. Utley-to-left may be an interesting fit: the Phillies currently rank 12 out of 16 in WAR in the NL from their left fielders and Utley’s production, even if at 80% of his previous production, would be an improvement over Juan Pierre.

Whatever the case may be, Galvis will force the Phillies to make a series of difficult decisions regarding playing time and that is OK with me.

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