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Phillies Bats Go Missing In Loss To Cardinals

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, April 20, 2013 09:58 PM | Comments: 15
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Cliff Lee didn’t look himself tonight (Photo: AP).

Cliff Lee was cold and the bats were colder. The recipe was toxic, and made for a long and boring night for the Phillies, who fell to the Cardinals 5-0. The loss dropped the Phillies to 7-11 on the season.

LEE LOOKS HUMAN

- As I wrote in tonight’s Gameday, no Phillies pitcher has instilled more confidence in the team than Cliff Lee so far this year. Tonight, however, he’d stumble for the first time in 2013.

- Lee had baserunners early and often, including walking three straight batters in a four-run third–something he had never done before in his career. The lack of control was uncharacteristic of Lee, and it really cost him in the inning. Though, Lee should only be held responsible for two of the runs, despite what the box score says. That’s because of a strange play involving Chase Utley. With two outs and runners on first and second,  Utley inexplicably went to his right on a ground ball hit to his left. There’s no telling why Utley got crossed up on the play, but it cost the team at least one run, and arguably two as the next hitter also singled to score the runner from third. When the inning was over, it was 4-0 Cardinals.

- Even in this down start, Lee still wasn’t that terrible. His final line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. As I said above, two of the runs in the third weren’t his fault. The other run came on a solo home run by Carlos Beltran. As for the walks, Lee was very close to the zone on many of the pitches that were called balls (some might say he was squeezed). He was just slightly off. However, as we’ve seen with Lee in the past, a lack of pinpoint control makes him seem like a very average pitcher. Nothing to worry about here, though. Lee will bounce back, as he always does.

WALKIN’ TO VICTORY? NOT TONIGHT

- Here’s a notable stat: In all seven of the Phillies victories before tonight, they recorded at least two walks. They snapped a four-game walkless streak in their victory last night, causing many to point to correlations between the team’s walk rate and record. Facing an erratic Lance Lynn, who has walked 4.4 batters per nine this season, the Phils once again took a patient approach, walking a few times through the early innings. Problem is, the team couldn’t hit. Literally.

- They didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning, when John Mayberry lead off with a double. He was stranded. And Lynn would retire seven in a row following that first hit. The Phillies only other hits would come on a fluke infield single from Erik Kratz, and a single through the left side by Michael Young–who kept his hitting streak alive, so there’s that. This, after the team had two straight games of double-digit hits. It’s just one of those nights. With this performance, it didn’t matter who was on the mound–the team never stood a chance. Hopefully the offense can put this one behind them and try to get back on track tomorrow.

BULLPEN ROUNDING INTO FORM?

- Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when the bullpen was causing mass panic all over the Delaware Valley? They’ve been a lot better lately, namely because the starting pitching has been able to consistently go at least six innings. Tonight, though, the bullpen was put into another tricky situation when Lee was lifted after five. There would be no further damage, as Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst and Joe Savery (Yes, Joe Savery!) combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless in the final four frames. On a night with very few positives, this is one thing to taken away from this game.

GAME NOTES

- The Phillies look for a split tomorrow night behind the arm of Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) as they make their first appearance on Sunday Night Baseball. Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00) gets the ball for the Cards.

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  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    Manuel using Horst in the 8th was still not the right move… it worked out, but why are we spending $6MM per season on Mike Adams if we’re gonna use a righty against a lefty?!!!

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      Down 5-0 you use a mop-up man, not a set-up man. Adams needs to be limited to games when they actually have a chance of winning. If he isn’t used correctly, his arm will fall off. Then your $6 million is wasted.

       
  • Posts: 0 Jon

    i am ready to bash Charlie as much as the next person, but you are down 5-0. no issue at all with horst being used tonight. if its a 1 run game in either direction or tied, i am with you. we are paying adams alot, but he cant pitch every game, especially one like this!

     
    • Posts: 0 Jaron B

      Good point! Maybe Aumont could have gone a third inning then even after 30 pitches? Let’s test him as a long man…?

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Before it was walks, now it is bak to not hitting. This team is like a real-life Jekyll and Hyde, except Hyde came out very aggressive last night, and Jekyll…well, he was timid and taciturn with three hits. Even better, other teams’ lefties are 9 for 28 off Lynn this season, but the Phillies, who have two hitting coaches, our lefties went 0 for 13. We need a strong performance again from KK, and to stop this Jekyll and Hyde crap and get a groove and some consistency going.

    Cliff was squeezed on a couple close ones, that led to walks and two hits that burned him, but he will bounce back in his next start.

    As Big Ed Delahanty once said about his childhood with his brothers, who were also major leaguers, “We were given bats instead of rattles.” it’s time the Phillies find their permanent bats. Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Jekyll and Hyde, two hitting coaches

     
  • Posts: 0 teeejay

    Has anybody noticed that Wheels doesn’t say ‘no doubles’ defense any more He calls it the ‘ don’t hit it over your head defense”.

     
    • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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      Yeah, I’ve noticed that as well. Wonder why?? “No doubles defense” sounds better for some reason.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        I agree. It’s more succinct and has that alliterative “DD” that just rolls off the tongue more easily. “Don’t hit it over your head” sounds like he’s describing some stupid defender who can’t run back on the ball and might be hit on the noggin with it.

        One other thing, “no doubles defense” also usually means the corner infielders are playing close to the foul lines so Wheels’ descripion isn’t even that accurate.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        I’ve haven’t noticed him changing it, but I agree “no doubles defense” sounds better. Is it possible he’s using “don’t hit it over my head” when fielders are in but NOT playing the lines?

         
      • Posts: 0 EricL

        I’m with Joe Sheehan. I think we should call the “no doubles” defense the “singles” defense, which is more accurate. We should also call for an end to it, because it’s overused and not as practical as managers tend to think it is.

         
  • Posts: 62 LCMRSalazar85

    Avatar of LCMRSalazar85

    Does anyone think we can get Milt Thompson back as our hitting coach? This team has NO offensive life, and that in itself is becoming very offensive if not already.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I’m not sure Thompson would be any better than the buy-one-coach-get-one-free approach they’re using right now; he was certainly ineffective before.

    My own theory is that being more selective is the Phils’ downfall. I’m reminded of the famous “Casey at the Bat:”

    “That ain’t my style, said Casey. “Strike one,” the umpire said.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Patrick petre

    It’s time to reload. Trade the old guys, eat the money and start the long road back. It is painful to watch these guys

     
  • Posts: 542 Bruce

    Avatar of Bruce

    Geez..with so much spam and needless ads on this site, it has really s-l-o-w down my attempt to connect here and make a comment. *sigh*

    I won’t bother commenting on the game last nite except for one line by the writer, Ryan Dinger…”a strange play involving Chase Utley. With two outs and runners on first and second, Utley inexplicably went to his right on a ground ball hit to his left. There’s no telling why Utley got crossed up on the play, but it cost the team at least one run,..”. My perception on that is the runner on first was breaking early for 2nd base (double steal or run and hit?) and Utley’s baseball instinct is immediately go to cover 2nd base. The opposing manager will often use that tactic to benefit the batter hitting a grounder BEHIND the runner. Ok?

     
 
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