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Brooms Absent As Phils Fall To Rockies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 21, 2012 10:11 PM | Comments: 12
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Worley made one mistake tonight, but it would cost him (AP.

The bats were nowhere to be found tonight as the Phillies fell to the Colorado Rockies 4-1 in a game marked by offensive ineptitude.

FRANCIS OFF THE HOOK:

- The Phillies made Jeff Francis, who had a career 10.80 ERA pitching at Citizens Bank Park, look like a young Tom Glavine tonight. Well if Glavine was forced to adhere to a 75-pitch pitch count due to his manager’s change in philosophy, anyway.

- During his five innings on the mound, the Phillies were only able to amass six hits off Francis, but only two balls were hit hard. Of the 15 outs Francis recorded, 11 never left the infield, and three more came on a strikeout. When he left after the fifth, the score was 1-0. The Phillies should’ve battered this guy, and they didn’t. Their inability to do more damage against Francis wasted Worley’s third straight outstanding effort and cost the team the sweep.

- After Francis came out of the game, the Rockies bullpen, which ranks 28th in baseball with a 6.05 ERA, continued the dominance, holding the Phils’ bats scoreless.

WORLEY THE IMPRUDENT:

- Economical Vance Worley was not, at least not early on. He labored through four innings, throwing 69 pitches. He would be able to settle in, however, and make it through the seventh inning.

- In that seventh inning, Worley would give up a two-run home run to Chris Nelson, which gave the Rockies the lead. The shot to left center was particularly deflating because it came with two outs, after Worley had battled to get himself into a position to pitch seven scoreless. It was a mistake. But it was the only mistake Worley made during an outstanding outing. This loss was entirely on the offense.

- If there is one knock on Worley (and it’s a small blemish on what has been an otherwise fantastic start to a career), it’s his inability to pitch deep into ball games. He can almost always get you into the sixth or seventh inning with a great effort, but he’s pitched into the eighth inning just twice in his 34 career starts, and hasn’t yet this season. If there’s one area where you’d like to see him improve as he matures, it’s his ability to get guys out quicker and go the distance.

NO COMEBACK FOR THE OFFENSE:

- Last night, when Hunter Pence came up with Ty Wigginton on second base and the Phillies down by one, Pence was able to rip a double down the leftfield line to tie the game and open the door for the Phils first walk-off victory of the night. Tonight, Pence would once again come up with the Phils down one and Wigginton on second. This time, it was not meant to be. Pence would strikeout in an at-bat where he looked very overmatched by Matt Belisle.

A BIT OF HISTORY FOR ROLLINS:

- The lone run for the Phils came in their first at-bat of the game, when Jimmy Rollins laced a changeup into the left field seats for the 175th home run of his career. It was also the 39th career lead-off home run for Rollins. That makes him second on the active list behind Alfonso Soriano (54).

GAME NOTES:

- The Phillies have now lost all four games Worley has started since returning from the DL on June 4th. In those games, Worley has a 2.25 ERA.

- The Phillies have yet to sweep a three-game series this season.

- The Phillies return to inter-league play tomorrow when the Tampa Bay Rays come to town. Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) takes the mound for the Phils while James Shield (7-4, 3.72) gets the start for Tampa.

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  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    i guess this means worley is the new lee! pitch good nothing to show! of course j-bag homers in his first AB then goes on to show just how much pop he really has! if he would just try to hit the pitch were it is instead of trying to jerk it out! pence too, balls way outside and the runner is going and he chased it twice! now instead of being in a hitters count he’s screwed. just when you think yea there goung to go on a run…. well it’s 2012! those horse turds hittin me in the face as i hang from the bandwagon sure taste like …..

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      oh i forgot to mention that SCHWIMMER SUCKS! he would be on a cab headed for reading! forget AAA. i’d tell him don’t unpack you might be headed somewhere asap. and it’s not one of our affiliates!

       
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Hear ye!!! Hear YE !!!

    Phils offense sucks swamp water. Phils offense sucks swamp water

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    The bull pen sucks, the offense is average.

     
  • Posts: 0 sakkirook

    Do the Phillies have 60 wins left in their tank? I doubt it. The Rockies are one of the very few NL teams more troubled and downtrodden than us. If we can’t sweep them, then where, and how, will we find the needed wins?

    We need a legit home run threat in the middle of our lineup. The only solution I see is to start Jim Thome at 1st base, have him bat twice, then sub in Jr. or Wiggy. If Thome’s back breaks, so be it. It’s that or writing the @@@@season off.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    In how many games have the Phillies given up leads?

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    No need to put any blame on Vance Worley. What more could you ask from your starter?
    The offense failed, again and miserably.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Went to the game last night. It was bad enough to sit through that heat, but the game was extremely boring. What an awful display by our lineup! I counted 7 pop ups by the Phillies hitters. Let’s not forget the bullpen. I told my wife that there is no way the Phillies pen will hold a 1 run lead. The bullpen is truly our achilles heal. If Amaro decides to be a buyer in July, he HAS to pick up a reliever. They are KILLING our chances right now and the losses are piling up!

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    I was watching this game from home (I’m the other Dave, btw), and 6th inning, two outs, man on, and the announcers start talking about how good Vance Worley was doing, limiting damage etc. My friend and I looked at each other and were making jokes, “Well, here comes the two run homer”, because the announcers always seem to jinx the team. Well, sure enough, a couple pitches later that home run came.

    They should just stick to talking about sarge’s ipad all game.

     
  • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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    I’m not blaming Worley at all for the 2 run HR. It happens and he battled all night and kept his team in the game. The offense sh!t the bed, however, and the bullpen (Schwimer) sucked it big-time. I was there and it wasn’t pretty.

     
    • Posts: 0 Jaron B

      No fatigue and nothing was in the wrong spot… he barely missed his mark. It was a good effort by Vance, but the offense gets the most blame, followed by the bullpen who allowed two insurance runs to score and then worley.

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    No, you can’t blame Worley. We all saw it coming. When you watch as much baseball as we have, you know that when you don’t take advantage of a struggling pitcher (and team) and let them hang around, it will come back to bite you in the end. Even if Worley didn’t give up the 2 run homer, the bullpen would have blown it anyway. Of course scoring 1 run won’t win you many games either.

     
 
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