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Snake Bitten Offense Dooms Phils Against D-Backs

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 03, 2012 09:49 PM | Comments: 20
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Kyle Kendrick was unexpectedly called into action tonight. (AP)

Behind a solid all around pitching effort, the Phillies offense came up short tonight, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, 4-2. This loss came at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

KENDRICK ON SPEED DIAL

- A few hours before tonight’s game, Kyle Kendrick was expecting an uneventful night that could possibly include pitching an inning or two out of the bullpen. But when scheduled-starter Joe Blanton was sent to LA in a trade, Kendrick was thrust into the fire, forced to make an emergency start with no one else available. So Kendrick, 20-inning scoreless streak and all, did what he could to give his team some innings. Unfortunately, he was ill-prepared.

- After a scoreless first inning in which Kendrick looked very solid, he unraveled. In four innings work, he allowed two earned runs and three runs total. After a rocky fourth inning, he was yanked.

- It wasn’t a great effort by Kendrick, but it also wasn’t an easy position to be in. His inability to go a few more innings would put the Phils in a tough position, with Charlie Manuel asking his thin bullpen to record 15 outs.

THE MIDDLE RELIEVERS IMPRESS

- Impressively, the bullpen was extremely effective tonight. A few young guys in Jeremy Horst and B.J. Rosenberg took the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The pair combined for four strikeouts, while allowing one walks and no hits. Rosenberg was particularly impressive in his two innings, as he struck out three and walked none.

- The eighth inning would belong to Antonio Bastardo. Though inconsistent this season, he’d set the D-Backs down 1-2-3 to run the bullpen’s hitless streak to four innings.

LINDBLOM BURNED BY THE LONG BALL

- New guy Josh Lindblom would be summoned for the ninth inning. One of the notes on Lindblom indicates he is a fly ball pitcher. For his career, 46.3% of balls put in play off Lindblom have been in the air. This is something that could burn him pitching in shallow Citizens Bank Park. It’s not a good recipe for preventing home runs. Tonight we saw an example of that when Jason Kubel sent one into the seats off Lindblom. That ball was a laser beam, though, and probably would’ve been out of Yellowstone. After the home run, Lindblom settled in nicely, and the run allowed would prove to not be costly.

THE OFFENSE FALTERS

- Since their eight run outburst on Tuesday night in Washington, scoring runs has been a struggle for the Phillies. Maybe it’s the loss of Victorino and Pence or maybe it’s the absence of Carlos Ruiz, who has been banged up, but this team hasn’t been hitting the last few games. Tonight would be no different.

-  In the fourth inning, Chase Utley went deep to end the Phillies 16 inning scoreless streak. The offense would be sparse from that moment on, however, as the Phils scratched across just one more run. That run came on a sacrifice fly from Nate Schierholtz, who now has driven in a run in both of his games with the Phillies.

- Considering the pitching situation tonight, the offense needed to do better. To hold the other team to just four runs when you get four innings from your starter is a fantastic all around effort by the pitching staff, and the bats didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Put another loss in the books.

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Hey Greg Gross,
    Come out of hiding from your hidden cave of shadows in the Phillies dugout , and maybe, just maybe work with Ryan Howard. Howard, who admitted he was in a “funk” and not “comfortable seeing the ball”, obviously could use some external help. Maybe start with working on having him not swing at down and away junk. Logically, if I constantly swing at that junk, pitchers will keep throwing it to me. However, being a MLB professional hitter, and making more than a couple million, I would definitely do all in my power to work on avoiding succumbing to my Achillies’ heel. But what do I know, I only hit .415, half in the bag, as a Phillie one season, and have a lifetime batting average of .346. Now that Utley guy might be a good role-model for ya!
    Sincerely,
    Ed Delahanty

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    P.S. You are probably thinking, “What would you hit against modern pitching, Ed?” Well, I would hit .246, 100 points below my average. “Go away then, Ed!” you’d say. But then I would tell you I would bat .246 because I’d be 145 years old. Of course, if I wasn’t such a “trainwreck” (pun intended) I could have broken some MLB records. Go away, GG.

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Its clear Howard is still bothered by his achilles injury. This season is pointless and he needs to sit.- He needs to sit and do nothing more than watch film of pitchers throwing him trash low and away and heat high and outside. Eight hours a day watching the last 4 years of his every at bat. Maybe then will he re-think his position in the batters box and concentrate on some better bat control.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      his real achilles .. is the low and away big ed was refering to! i could see his injury effect his power or baserunning but it’s no excuse to continually swing at pitches that are totally unhittable. when he first came back he looked different he wasn’t swinging at junk and taking walks and actually hitting the ball pretty good! that lasted all of about a week. now it’s vintage howard. and please somebody please fire this whole coach stiff! i mean stiff too!

       
      • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

        At this stage of his career, despite my earlier comment that he could benefit from some film watching, he’s probably NEVER going to change. I remember watching and listening to comments made by our broadcast teams in 2005 and 2006 to the effect that he would become that much more dangerous when he learned to turn on a ball and pull it instead of going the opposite way. Were they ever wrong. Learning to turn on a ball and pull it was the beginning of his downfall.

         
  • Posts: 498 Bruce

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    It’s the same old story with the offense only it’s weaker now that Pence and Victorino have gone to contending teams.The starting rotation is now minus one quality starter with Blanton gone..yes, to a contending team. I wish all the ex-Phils success with their new teams. It’s facing reality to say that Amaro is cost cutting with his salary dumps and getting so little in return. The Blanton trade borders on the ridiculousness.

    One positive note is seeing Utley hit his sixth homer. This one came in his 97th at-bat. Last year, he had just 11 homers in 398 at-bats. A sure sign that Utley has regained his strength in his knees and able to use his legs to drive the ball with power.

    So we face these next two months with little expectations from the offense other than having hopes for Howard to regain his timing and stroke and add a little power to the line-up. Other than that, I can’t see the Phillies improve in the standings. They may be able to catch Miami and escape the cellar but to say they will have 81 wins to avoid a losing record is a bit far fetched. I like to be wrong but it’s not likely to happen.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Utley has an OBP about .350 so he’s right near were he needs to be. I really hope Galvis can recover from the back injury as the PEds thing was minor. Minny Mart is a waste of space. A great replacement for Bruntlett when you had Werth, Vic, A healthy hitting Polanc, Howard and Rollins, but a total waste on this team. Hope we can get a player or two off waivers.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    I caught of wind of the Blanton trade late Bruce and was a little shocked that they basically gave him away. I dont know exactly how this PTBNL stuff works exactly. Could the Dodgers offer the Phils the worst prospect in there system? Does the PTBNL have to be approved by the Phils? I know the main reason for trade was a salary dump, but it would of been nice if we at least got a decent prospect him.

     
    • Posts: 0 psujoe

      Usually there is an agreed upon list of players that the team(in this case Phillies) can chose from by a certain date.

       
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    I have a feeling at some point the Phils are going to bring up a young arm to be a starter. This person would probably be the prime candidate for the 5th starter spot next year. With 3 20+ million dollar starers, a 12 million reliever the fifth starter is most likely going to have to be a rookie or inexpensive. With Worley been semi-established 3/4 starter and Kendrick to fall back on Rube will have probably go this route to save money on the payroll.

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      Tyler Cloyd is tearing up AAA, so he’s probably in line for the next starting role.

      He doesn’t have great strike-out stuff, and wasn’t really thought of as a high-ceiling prospect, but he’s shown a great ability to get guys out at the lower levels, and at some point they’re going to give him a chance to see if he can keep it up, I would think.

       
  • Posts: 0 Floyd

    The PTBNL in this case is probably already decided. Or it may be a couple of players. Typically, when they say “or cash considerations” it means that the player is perhaps currently injured; or perhaps the player is in the first year of his contract with LA (players need to be with their drafting team for at least one year). The cash considerations is a clause that provides insurance if the player selected is deemed unable to play due to injury.

     
  • Posts: 0 Cs

    There is usually a agreed on list of this mystery player as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    from what i read in my morning local paper amaro made the comment that they apparently have claims on players on waivers but they haven’t gone through yet. and i think the way it works on the PTBNL is the team (dodgers) gives us a list of players to choose fromm and we pick one. unfortunately we did the same to huston last year and put domingo santiago on the list as one of the PTBNL. how dumb was that? does anyone think the dodgers are gonna be that dumb? i don’t

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      it would be nice if the phils could put the whole coaching staff on waivers and they all got claimed! by a japanese club. lol outta hereeeeeeeeeeee!!!

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        Yo, Ryne Duren…..

        Okay, I’ll finally bite.

        No doubt most of the youngbloods around here must think Ryne Duren is like your real name, but you and I, being both older than dirt know better. Charasmatic as he was, he’s not a common enough idol to be screen named after all these years later without an interesting story, if you’d like to share.

        Also, as a point oif curiousity, go back to your first baseball glove. What player’s name was on there…you know…the printed autograph… a man’s character is defined by that attachment. Mine was Roy McMillian, good field, no hit SS of the Reds.

         
      • Posts: 4146 Lefty

        Avatar of Lefty

        Wild Thing would be better. Winning!

         
      • Posts: 0 c schreiber

        Johnny Logan, Boston Braves, SS

         
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    And there go the post season aspirations. Chooch is out 4-6 weeks now. Hector Luna back with the big club. So I guess we’ll see what Kratz can do with more than scattered playing time.

     
    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      “there go the post season aspirations” ?????? Wha, Wha, What?????? They were gone by the end of May!!!

       
 
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