Phils Drop Game, Series to Marlins in Ugly Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, June 03, 2012 04:14 PM | Comments: 14
2012 Game Recaps, Analysis, Posts

Steve Jeltz Award: The Offense


The Phillies lost to the Marlins on Sunday 5-1, losing their first series since the Nationals series on May 23. It was an ugly loss all around–there was some poor pitching, some poor fielding, and some really poor hitting. Actually, starter Joe Blanton didn’t pitch too bad, it was just a combination of a few mistakes, some great hitting by the Marlins, some seeing-eye hits, and some mistakes in the field by the Phils. Nonetheless, the Phillies didn’t look good.


Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano pitched a great game, but the Phils offense didn’t exactly make it too difficult for him. He finished with a line of:7.2 IP/4 H/1 R/1 ER/2 BB/7 K and retired 13 straight Phillies until Juan Pierre successfully bunted–for a double–in the bottom of the sixth–and then retired five more in a row. The Phils weren’t patient and let Zambrano just cruise along most of the game. The Phils threatened in the ninth, but Heath Bell shut to door for the Marlins.


Joe Blanton finished with a line of 6.0 + IP/9 H/5 R/5 ER/1 BB/6 K. Prior to today’s game, he came in with a 12.51 ERA, .412/.444/.882 (1.327 OPS) against, 2.268 WHIP in his last three starts. He pitched pretty well outside of the two home runs and a bad inning.

He got into trouble in the seventh, but a seeing-eye single that probably could’ve been a double play started the bleeding, which was followed by a perfectly placed bunt that loaded the bases with no outs. From there on, runs were inevitable. Today’s start was definitely an improvement over his last three.


Blanton came into the game with the highest rate of home runs given up amongst Phils starters, and fifth-highest overall in the National League. He gave up two more Sunday–one to opposing pitcher Carlos Zambrano and one to Hanley Ramirez.


Mother Nature was at it again Sunday, as the rain started to pour down in the top of the fifth inning. Blanton escaped the inning without surrendering a run, but Hanley Ramirez nearly killed a few fans in the front row when his bat slipped out of his hand as he struck out. The Phillies ground crew might been in a little bit of trouble if anyone was injured. The rain subsided, so there were no delays.

Then in the bottom of the sixth, the rains came again, and the inning ended with Hector Luna launching his bat in the stands as he struck out, just as Ramirez did. That’s two bats that flew into the stands due to the rain, something that could have been prevented.


Juan Pierre did something that you don’t see very often, and that is a bunt for a double. He placed the drag bunt perfectly down the 3rd base line, and Hanley Ramirez, thinking it would roll foul, let it go until it was too late and he couldn’t grab it. Pierre hustled his way to 2nd for the double.

The Phillies welcome the Dodgers for a four-game series starting tomorrow at 7:00 PM EST with Vance Worley taking on Clayton Kershaw.

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  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Another losing effort from Joe Blanton. Another stellar effort from Juan Pierre. Lackluster offensive day for the Phils, along with being a really boring day. Hate to lose to hot heads like Guillen and Zambrano. Just hate it.

    • Posts: 64 Jonathan Nisula

      Avatar of Jonathan Nisula

      I thought Blanton pitched very well. He made two mistakes on the home runs, and the 7th inning was just…bad luck and poor fielding after the leadoff walk

  • Posts: 0 charlie

    Why don’t we face it. Blanton sucks.he always will suck. He gives up more dingers than hamels and that is a lot.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Comparing him to one of the best pitchers in baseball is not the most effective insult.

  • Posts: 0 David

    Loved the bunt by Piere. I think he saw where Ramirez was playing and just slapped the ball by him. More of a slap hit than a bunt but great stuff. Ramirez just couldn’t reach it where he was playing which was a little bit off the line and in shallow. .

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Here’s Blanton: “You never want to give up five runs, but I felt like it was a huge improvement over the way I threw the last two or three times.”

    Wow. Very astute, Joe. Can’t we try Tyler Cloyd(sp) or Elarton from the minors? They would probably do better. Also, why is Rollins still at the lead-off? Pierre has made his case to be the lead- off guy in my opinion. Some good news about Utley heading to Clearwater. I still am mystified by the whole situation and it’s progress. Phils need to bounce back next game, they could have gained ground today and yesterday. Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    Just not enough talent in our starting 8. I love the team but we are not good enough. I will watch and hope for the best.Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Well, when the manager benches Ruiz and Wigginton and bats Luna at cleanup, all the while keeping a .230 hitter in the leadoff spot, he’s not helping things at all, but instead making them worse. And i don’t care if I get ripped for it, I just dont’ think Charlie is a very good manager in terms of putting lineups together, and making pitching changes. Yes, we all know the players love him…blah, blah, blah. But all the games are important and they cannot afford to continue to give them away. You know in advance your going to need to score runs with Joey Pancakes on the mound. You need all the offense you can get.

    • Posts: 7 PhillPhan12

      Avatar of PhillPhan12

      I concur….

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Whether Luna bats 4th or 6th is a relatively minor change.

      The others are defensible:
      - Ruiz, nursing a touchy hamstring, gets the day off after a later afternoon game
      - Rollins was 8 for 19 in the previous 4 games (.421)

      • Posts: 0 c schreiber

        Yes, but with Luna cleanup it tells you how weak an extra base hitting team we are. No kind of power most days. Usually we have 6 hitters in the lineup who normally are one, two or the eighth type hitter in lineups.

      • Posts: 891 schmenkman

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        Well, somehow they’ve been the 3rd most potent offense in the league over the last 6 weeks, with the 2nd most games of 3 runs or more, and also the 2nd most with 4+.

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