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Offense Powers Phils Past Miami, Reach .500

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, September 11, 2012 10:40 PM | Comments: 43
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Utley reached base five times tonight, powering a surging Phillies club. Photo: AP

The Phillies offense bailed-out a good-but-not-great effort by Roy Halladay and a near-meltdown in the 55 minute seventh inning to win 9-7, winning their sixth in a row, and reaching the .500 mark for the first time since June 4. Big stops by B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont powered the Phils out of jams as the offense put up a nine spot.

Phillies Capitalize on Marlin Errors

Rookie catcher Rob Brantly dropped a routine fly ball hit by Jimmy Rollins in the sixth behind home plate. J-Rol proceeded swat a long fly to deep right on the very next pitch. Giancarlo Stanton, who smashed a homer in the sixth also, misplayed a John Mayberry double in the seventh that led to a Rollins sac fly.

Top of the Line-Up Delivers

While errors undoubtedly kept the Phillies in the game, the Phillies line-up was in full swing tonight, putting up 15 hits, scoring nine. But the standouts were the 1-3 hitters. Jimmy Rollins (2-3, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB), Juan Pierre (3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI), and Chase Utley (3-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI) set the table perfectly for what turned out to be a slug fest. Domonic Brown went 2-4 and every starter, including Roy Halladay, had at least one hit. The Phillies also drew six walks.

Rosenberg and Aumont, Cold as Ice

Two key moments in the game came from the bullpen. Rosenberg entered the game as the fourth pitcher for the Phils and retired the only batter he faced, Donovan Solano, and stopped the bleeding with runners on first and second as the Marlins appeared to be gearing up for a major rally. Aumont showed signs of dominance as the set-up man in the 8th, getting out of a self-created jam. Aumont drew a sacrifice bunt and then struck out Justin Ruggiano and Jose Reyes in order with runners on second and third. Aumont’s curveball and change-up had the Marlins guessing and missing. Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in the ninth for his 33rd save.

Playoffs? Playoffs?!

The Phils’ playoff hopes have a pulse. The Pirates fell 5-3 to Cincinnati during the Phils’ 55-minute seventh, pulling the Phils within 1.5 of the Pirates. Pending the results of the Cardinals v. Padres, the Phillies sit at just 4.5 behind the red birds, who lost Lance Berkman for the year earlier today. We’ve got high hopes!

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Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lets see if Lee can earn some of his contract tomorrow.

    JJ will bring his a game for the fish.

    The padres have 2 errors in an inning.

    Cards up 2-0

    Phils have been getting very lucky with the other teams.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      AFW 4th inn pads up 3-2

       
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I’d like to see Darrin Ruf at the plate. An older rookie with a lot of power. Maybe what the Phils need in left field for the next five years. Can’t be worse on defense than Pat THe Bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    5-2 padres in the 5th inning.

    Wow this may haooen.

    And Dick Enberg is so good.

    Wish the phils had a good broadcasting team.

    I could live with Mccarthy and Dibble.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      i just replied to your post buddy that cards were up 2-0 . i posted that pads were up 3-2! i scrolled down ad you posted an update! pads up 5-2 holy schnikies! this can’t be happening!
      hey i think the next series for the cards is a 4 gamer with the dodgers! hope we win 4 and they split! would that be sweet? shave off 2 games from each.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Volquez has 5 walks.

    Not good

     
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Somehow the Phillies are winning. It’s great stuff for the fans who come out to CBP and probably had thought the Phillies would just be playing out the string. They could be just 4 out after tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Volquez got out of another jam.

    Still 5-2

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Howard did not strike out in 5 at-bats today…progress?

     
    • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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      No – Howard looks bad. First 2 atbats, both double plays. The first one he plated a run since the bases were loaded with 0 outs. The second double play, even Carlos Lee might have made it to first faster than Howard.

      The 3rd atbat, men on first and second and he did manage to hit the ball long and hard enough to move them both up.

      There was a ball hit to his right, I have seen Howard get that many times and it skirted past him. There was a foul ball that he dove for and it really looked like he hurt himself but it was in his glove and he dropped it.

      Howard looks slow, his hitting is anemic right now.

      Just as a side note, Giancarlo Stanton is now known as the beast. The man can rip the cover off the ball but he plays defense like crap. He is awful. He should have gunned down (I think it was) Mayberry on a short fly to right field, the throw was in time but off line. He should did not make some catches, he is a terrible outfielder.

       
  • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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    Not enough credit goes to Juan Pierre. He had to win me over in the beginning of the year and he did. He just keeps working hard, does what he can, and plays heads up smart hustling baseball.

    Volquez more walks than hits allowed, got out of a tough jam. Not that I’m watching.

     
    • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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      Lefty what gets me is this logic; Pierre had 3 hits and at the end of the game Cholly takes him out for Sherholtz – why?

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        To improve the defense, I assume. Brown to left, Schierholtz to right. Not that Brown is necessarily better than PIerre, but Sch is certainly better than Brown.

         
      • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

        While Pierre is a great defensive tool he has no arm. In fact he can rarely reach 2B without a bounce. Nothing against him but late inning defensive replacement (Schieholtz may have the best arm of the OF) makes a lot of sense.

         
    • Posts: 0 Dave

      Love Pierre! Problem is i wanted him here 10 years ago. If everyone had his attitude and work ethic we’d be in first place!

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Every time I mention Howard you guys get me in trouble.

    Shame on Lefty and Brooks.

    It is obvious to some.
    OOthers see everything through rose colored glasses.
    And thats OK.

    5-3 deacons in the 6th

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Dodgers lost

    It is amazing just how lucky the phils have been getting here lately.

    Just saying

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    5-4 Padres

    Leftys hero David Freeze with the homer.

    Going to be a close one in SD

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Padres win.

    Phillies 4 games out.

    Considering that it was 10 on august 29th (2 weeks ago) not a bad turn of events.

    Dodgers are 3 ahead of the fightins
    Bucs are 1.5 ahead
    Cards 4 games ahead
    With 20 to play
    Dont forget about the Brewers either. They scare me. They too are 4 out.

    4 gamer with Dodgers and Cards happens when the Phillies goto houston on thursday.
    So if the Phillies win they are making up ground on someone.

    Important thing is to just keep wininng your games like they have been.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      We may wind up rooting for the Dodgers in that series V The Cards under most circumstances. The Cards play 9 straight against the Cubs, and Astros.

      I suspect the Cubs and Stros are 2 ballclubs that would be thrilled to have RyHo face lefties.

       
  • Posts: 452 Ian Riccaboni

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    Ball game in SD! Phils are 4 out. Wow.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Indeed the Howard comment wasn’t meant to be serious. He looks bad at the plate most at-bats, and yes, slower than molasses in January on the basepaths. That being said, at least he was making contact, and that second double play ball was hit pretty solid.

     
  • Posts: 0 jake

    4 out. While I think there might be too many teams to jump, I’m in regardless. Lets see them sweep Houston and pick up two more games. Then it will get really interesting.
    REgardless it’s just nice to have a real team back on the diamond. The junk show that showed up from June through July was horrid and to see the team battling of late at least will leave a nice taste in your mouth going into the offseason.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    This is getting frick’in awesome!! I love the groove this team is in right now – firing on all cylinders.

     
  • Posts: 3073 Chuck A.

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    Yo, everyone…. REEELLLLLAAAAXXXX…. One. Game. At. A. Time.

     
  • Posts: 0 DCmikey

    @Chuck A, with all due respect we don’t have to relax. We can be extremely excited in what has been a completely down year. This is FUN!!! It’s fun creating scenarios. If this team does this or that, etc. FOR THE FIRST time all season the Phillies are having fun and playing relaxed. And, I do agree w you Chuck A, about taking one game at a time- bc that’s exactly what OUR Phillies are doing!!

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Good job, Mike. What these people who mention .500 by season’s end as satisfying are talking about is out of my scope.

      This why we all follow this team, and game…to win. Hell, even the people who are living for .500 will get uptight if the Phils lose tonight, and fall under again.

      You wanna have fun? Have fun. The position remains challenging enough without checking yourself against disppointment. The time to relax is if or when the season ends short of what you want. In the meantime, rock on.

       
  • Posts: 3073 Chuck A.

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    DCMikey – I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be excited or hopeful or have fun with this. I certainly am. But a lot of people are now thinking that the Phillies are somehow destined to make it. And I’m not one of them.

    The math is still really not in our favor. Yes, we’ve won 8 out of 10 and that’s fantastic. We’re back to .500 and earlier than I thought we would be. But there are only 20 games left and our opponents (even the lowly Astros) aren’t gonna lay down for us. Before the recent 8-2, we went 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4. That’s 26-14 over the last 40 games. Take the average of that and I have us winning 13 of the next 20…good enough to finish over .500 and take some good feeling into the off-season….but not good enough to get a WC spot.

    Even if the Phils go 16-4 (keeping pace with the 8-2) it still might not be enough with STL and LAD in front of us. PIT is probably done (but who knows) and there’s still MIL right there with us.

     
  • Posts: 1060 betasigmadeltashag

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    fun game to watch, nice to see the Phillies are playing up to there potential, nice to see them scoring runs with only one HR. Dispite giving up some runs the pen did a decent job, not many hard hit balls seeing eye grounders on good pitches. Amonte looks pretty good, got squeezed a bit, but came back and go himself out of it. And Chooch just continues to rake big time going to be an interesting twenty games down the streach.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The card and dodgers play a series this weekend. 4 games. Maybe
    A split. We will get in. We are better. We are going forward and
    They are going backwards. God we would be 3 if we held onto
    The braves game.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    The Braves game is not the team’s potential downfall. They lost a ton of games before that one, most of them just as stupidly. There were errors, blown leads, poor situational hitting, etc., before the Phils even played the Braves. If the had scored just one measly run in that 10 inning scoreless effort by Cliff Lee, they’d also only be 3 games out.

    It’s great that they’re playing well finally, but if they don’t make it, that Braves game won’t be the main reason why. It’ll just be the most recent reason in an entire season of reasons.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      George, my man, I wish you the best of luck trying to explain to that guy about how 1 game doesn’t sum a season up. First of all, since only 1 club’s going home happy for the winter, there is an excellent chance that the Phillies most painful failure has yet to occur, and secondly, for a guy obsessed with mentioning the Sunday night game against the Braves, which isn’t exactly unfair, he’s demonstrated an outstanding short term memory by not ever mentionibng the 6-0 lead V the same Braves that resulted in a 15-13 loss. About that particular loss, I would say that I recall reading on multiple fronts how some people were captivated with the excitement of that game to the point where they were okay with the Phils losing. Bullbleep. Personally, I’d have quickly forgotten Willie Valdez (.190, 1 dinger this year, but who’s counting) and his CY level performance in that Instaclassic against the Reds in 19 last year if the Phils lost. Well, sort of. That was a special game.

       
    • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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      You are absolutely right of course.

      But I can see where it’s possible that one particular game can stick in your craw. For me, it was Papelbon in the Valdespin game. Why? I don’t know. Paps has pitched very well and is bound to have a few losses. Maybe it’s because Valdespin is a rookie, or has a funny name, I don’t know, but that one resonates for some reason.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        I, too, can see how one game seems to stick, get under one’s skin, or whatever. I wasn’t really trying to criticize Jeff for pointing out that one, just attempting to show that tone of other games were just as pathetic IN MY OPINION.

        Maybe I’m cursed, but about 50 or 60 games this year have made me want to toss my supper, and about 400 particular gaffes are still making my skin crawl. Thankfully, some of the perpetrators of those gaffes (Pence, Qualls, Sanches) have been dumped, and I’m beginning to keep my food down. Provided Wigginton is kept away from 3rd base, I’ll probably fully recover.

         
  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Aumont’s splitter might be one of the most deadly pitches in the entire league. That thing is just nasty.

     
  • Posts: 120 Dave P

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    Holy shit. What a run by the phillies. In their last 18 games, they are 15-3. It’s okay to get excited, our team is doing very well and playing good baseball.

    I still stick by my guns – I just wanted them to finish the season without a losing record. Considering there was a point this team was 37-51, that is an accomplishment. Be proud of your phils for not giving up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Fire Amaro, Fire Charlie …

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Not only that, but what about the people that were scared of winning because they thought Amaro would get lured into thinking he had a winner, and would forget where he had to improve.

      I bet those people have slept through this, and still think the Phils are headed to a hundred losses.

       
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        if we make the playoffs or not, I think this just shows the intense overreaction by so many fans . . . blaming Ruben and Charlie for a team that was obviously getting killed by injuries. .

        Utley, Howard… Halladay ….are the obvious ones. .

        but the other thing that people were blaming Ruben and Charlie for were the underperforming players … Victorino, Bastardo, etc . . . . .

        if we had a bullpen with a healthy Stutes, and the “normal” Bastardo, our overall bullpen would’ve looked a little bit better ………. I think all those young arms are a strength of the team, they just need to stay healthy and Bastardo and Aumont need to cut down on the free passes

         
  • Posts: 79 branderson925

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    Keep the dream alive. Another gritty performance as the Phils keep pulling it out.

    So many interesting storylines. Will the PIrates screw up their almost sure thing of a first winning record since 1992?
    What do Kemp’s physical issues mean for the Dodgers playoff hopes?
    What about the banged up Cards?

    At the very least when it all comes down to it, thank you Phils for making this one fun when everyone counted you guys out

    Ke

     
  • Posts: 0 Big Mike

    The math might not be in our favor, but the baseball Gods sure seem to be moving the pieces around.

    As the great Bluto once said: “Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

    Go PHILS!

     
  • Posts: 0 DCmikey

    @Ken Bland, thank you man!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bokica

    Saw it last night driving here in Charlotte, N.C. 7/22/2008Never saw antyhing like it or even heard of it before!It was storming heavily and all the lightning i saw was normal white till that wierd green flash.It was awesome.I was on the cell phone with my wife and i just paused and told her about it.Don’t think she believed me. LOL!

     
 
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