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Phillies Snap Out of Funk with 7-3 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, May 11, 2012 09:40 PM | Comments: 21
2012 Gameday, Analysis, News, Posts

Mayberry and Ruiz were a 1-2 punch on Friday. (AP)

The Phillies opened up their series with the worst team in the National League and calmly dispatched them with a solid all-around showing, winning game one of the series, 7-3.

WORLEY NOT BAD

-The line: 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 2 walks, 9 strikeouts (93 pitches/58 strikes). Overall a very good outing.

-His trouble spot came in the fourth inning when he gave up two runs on a walk and three singles. He got out of it after a Ty Wigginton error loaded the bases, which could have cost him the lead. Worley induced an inning-ending double-play.

-Worley allowed another run in the sixth as Yonder Alonso blasted a shot off the Budweiser sign in right field to make it 4-3, Phillies. After a one out single, Worley got Nick Hundley to ground into a twin-killing. Minimizing the damage was crucial.

BULLPEN NICE

-Antonio Bastardo allowed a walk to the first batter he faced, but calmly retired the next five in succession, including three straight strikeouts in the eighth inning. Man, they needed that.

-Chad Qualls came in with a four run lead in the ninth and allowed just a double while fanning two. Before the game he said he was completely healthy and it appeared he wasn’t lying. A nice night for the bullpen.

HOT CHOOCH

-Man, is Carlos Ruiz on fire or what? The dude cannot be stopped right now. He hit another home run and drew a walk in the sixth. His numbers right now are staggering: .340, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 7 BB, 10 K, .977 OPS.

-His RBI single in the seventh was beautiful. Chooch calmly poked it to right field, with the moral of that story being that he didn’t try to do to much.

-Vote for this guy for all-star, will ya?

MAYBERRY FREE

-John Mayberry finally stepping up, huh? That’s nice to see. JMJ has been pretty awful so far this year, but stepped up big on Friday night slamming a two-run home run and knocking in another run with a single in the seventh. Let’s hope this is the first step to busting out big.

PENCE AT-BATS

-I hate to be a downer on an otherwise positive night, but too many runs were left on the bases. Hunter Pence began the night with two brutal at-bats. He might be the only power threat the Phillies have in this order, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating when he hacks and hacks early. In the third inning, with runners at second and third base, Pence swung through three straight pitches. The third one was a ripper that he was trying to place in the stands. Instead of going the other way and attempting to place the ball, he just went hacking.

-In the fifth inning, he again swung at the first pitch with runners on first and third with one out, fouling it off. The second pitch he – you guessed it – swung, and softly chopped one back to the pitcher for the second out. Two awful at-bats from Pence with two runners on each time.

-What happened to preaching patience? Hell, Charlie Manuel just reamed the team out in a closed-door meeting because the team isn’t performing to their high standards. It’s at-bats like these that are causing the team harm.

NOTES

-Roy Halladay and Edinson Volquez go at it tomorrow night at 7:05.

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  • Posts: 84 Tom

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    Much needed win against one of the few NL teams that is worse than us right now! We gotta take advantage of the upcoming games after this series…2 vs Cubs, 2 vs Astros, & 3 vs the Red Sox who will hopefully still be struggling next weekend! Totally agree about Pence…how did he walk on 4 pitches later in the game? Pence is and always has been aggressive which is no problem if he is hitting the ball the other way too! He’s definitely pressing! JRoll looks completely clueless and needs to get going to help the rest of the order! Don’t know what his problem is…0 HR’s & 5 RBI’s at this point!

     
  • Posts: 2680 Tracey

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    I was nervous about tonight, because the Phils have a long history of playing poorly against second-rate teams. It’s nice to see them finally start playing up to their potential!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    this was more like phillie ball ! pitching ,D, and HR’s. nice game to watch! worley is the real deal. chooch IS the man right now! hope he stays healthy. pence should watch how chooch aproaches his ab’s take what they give you don’t try to do too much and hammer their mistakes. and mayberry whew i hope he’s out of his funk! it’s starting to look like it. and j-bag? well he’s making a case for a really bad signing so far! he just looks like someone who doesn’t give a flying you know what. hell everybody was worried about galvis not hitting! he’s doing better than mr j-bag at this point. i’m hoping that if and when utley comes back uncle cholly puts jimmy on the bench and slides freddy to short. haq maybe that would make jimmy realize something

     
    • Posts: 816 schmenkman

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      Rollins will be fine. Good signing and a fair contract — glad to have him.

      Does your last sentence mean that if Rollins just tried harder, he’d be hitting better?

       
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Pence needs to calm down might be too much pressure for him batting clean up. He is to twitchy at times. I know he has a good RISP BA, but i dont think its ideal for him.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Ryne I agree it does appear that Rollins doesnt really care much. I think Rube didnt want to sign him but was forced to simply because he was the best/only option. The thing that sucks is J-Roll is suppose to be the leader of the bunch since Utley is out.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      That’s an interesting reaction — I don’t see that at all. He certainly doesn’t look like he doesn’t care in the field.

       
  • Posts: 4636 Lefty

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    Last year’s NL division winners right now.

    Arizona 15-18
    Milwaukee 14- 18
    Phillies 15-18

    I don’t know what that means, just thought it was interesting. The WC Cardinals lost Pujols and LaRussa and are playing better than all of them. Strange season so far.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Speaking of Prince Albert how about this, in 32 games, 136 atbats, Albert has 1 hr, 11 rbi and his batting average is .192
    When are the boo-birds coming to Los Angeles?
    Odd season indeed.

     
    • Posts: 0 Dave P

      Meanwhile, Freddy Galvis is hitting .214, 1 HR, and 12 RBI in 98 at bats.

      Someone should inform Freddy he’s a better hitter than Pujols. :P

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave Lerch

    I think consistent playing time will get Mayberry going. I think if you just leave him out there, he will produce and produce at a high level.Hopefully, the bullpen additions will shore things up and we get rolling. Still believe we win this division regardless if Howard or Utley return or contribute much of anything once they do. In regard to Rollins, I think he is what he is at this point in his career and don’t expect him to do much offensively anymore. He can still play defense at a high level and steal a base whenever he gets on, which isn’t very often. The three year extension won’t help us at all,but won’t kill us as long as he plays shortstop at a high level.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    I was at this game. Very fun one, too. Worley was firing on all cylinders, except for the fourth when he seemed to be having trouble getting the pitches where he wanted them. Those 9 Ks are pretty delicious, though.

    It’s pretty interesting to see that when Mayberry starts producing, this line up looks a whole lot better than when he doesn’t. Replace his hits with outs, and you have a 4-3 narrow margin of victory. I was a little surprised before the game to see Chooch placed in front of mayberry, galvis, and worley, and expected chooch to be left on base a bit. Glad Mayberry found his swing and it worked out, though.

     
  • Posts: 816 schmenkman

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    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      We got it now. Fontenot up..whoop te f—–g do.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    For the record Lefty never wanted Rollins back either. Was only pointing out the irony that Ruben Minaya is on a level with most of the posters on a blog. Hoarding all the old talent.
    And there are very few if any here that understand the sport. More like regurgitating what Wheeler and Mccarthy are spewing on their talking points for that day.

    Its funny in real life the friends I talk to who are Phillies fans seem to get whats going on.
    Then yuo come here and its fantasy island.
    Where everything is great and they didnt lose game 5 with 0 runs last year.
    And Howard and Utley are on the incline and these injuries should make them better.

    Carry on

     
    • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

      Andrew, very few of us here think that everything is fine with this team. We just choose not to say the same things over and over (and over and over) day after day (after day after day).

      This team has very serious issues, most of us realize that (and many of us saw this coming).

       
    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      Once again Andrew, you’re right on. Whole lot of dreamers and kool aid drinkers on this site.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I hear you dude.

    I wanted major line up changes after the 2010 playoff debacle.
    Still waiting for it to happen. People seem to get personaly mad with me because I honestly analyze the team. I told you in 2010 you didnt want to play the Giants. I took crap. Ditto cardinals last year.

    My issue is people say the phils were better than the Giants or the Cardinals the last 2 years. Etc etc.

    For the record I also thnk the NAts are a 2013 team still and think the Phillies can still win this division. They just need to do some major changes. Especially if they want to win a world series. And to me thats always the goal. Winning 102 games and losing in the first round is for me. As bad as it gets. Would rather lose 102.

    I dont post much anymore. Maybe once a day average. I get it.
    I admire the kool aid drinkers. Its a nice way to go through life. Must be fun.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Don’t worry too much about Pence, He will get better. Personally, I worry more about Rollins, Mayberry and Victorino. We need these guys to show more offense. And our bullpen, whew !!!!! Stinky !!!

     
 
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