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After Early Rally, Phils Bats go Silent In Loss

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, May 11, 2013 12:27 AM | Comments: 5
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The Phils were swingin’ well early. Unfortunately they forgot games are nine innings. (Photo: AP)

One pitch. That’s all it took for Mike Adams to serve up a line drive home run to Miguel Montero in the eighth inning of a 2-2 game. The bomb down the rightfield line would be the difference in tonight’s game, as the Phils dropped their second straight to Arizona and third straight overall losing.

In a lot of ways, the homer seemed inevitable. After the Phils started fast, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the bats went cold. From riches to rags in an instant. And while the pitching did its part, desperately trying to nurse a one-run lead as it became apparent the offense had nothing more to contribute, the ominous feeling that eventually the bottom would drop out crept over the Phillies dugout. When Montero tagged Adams, destiny had been fulfilled. The Phils are now five games under .500 for the second time this season. After tonight’s 3-2 loss, they’ve lost three one run games in a row.

ROLLINS SPARKS THE BATS…BUT NOT FOR LONG

Jimmy Rollins jumpstarted the offense in a hurry tonight when he sent the first offering from Ian Kennedy over the wall in right center for his 44th career leadoff home run. It looked to be  the start of a big inning when Chase Utley hit one off the wall in center, but he was gunned down trying to stretch a double into a triple for the first out. The play seemed to sap a lot of the energy from the inning. However, the Phils would continue to battle, getting another run when Domonic Brown drove in Michael Young. It marked the first time the Phils managed two runs in the first since April 21. The good times would not last.After that first inning, the Phils fell back into their usual routine, working bad at bats and generally failing to produce positive outcomes at the plate. They chased out of the zone on a lot of balls and bailed a wild Ian Kennedy out. He had no business pitching deep into this game, but the Phils let him. When they made contact, they got under the ball. John Mayberry and Ryan Howard both hit long outs to the deepest part of the yard, just missing hittable fastballs up in the zone. They only had (three) hits after their four-hit first inning. Merriam Webster couldn’t define ineptitude more accurately than what the Phillies did on offense tonight after the first.

In one final kick in the teeth, The Phillies would get runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning. But you already know how this scenario ends. Two outs on the infield, and the game was over.

CLOYD DEBUTS  TO POSITIVE REVIEWS

With Roy Halladay on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the Phillies are looking for someone to step in and give them quality performances in the rotation over the long haul. Whether that will be Tyler Cloyd or not remains to be seen. Tonight, he took a step in the right direction.

Cloyd started the game with a four-pitch walk, and things didn’t get much better when he allowed a run on a two-out double. It looked like he might be  in for a rocky night. He settled in from there, however, throwing five clean innings, including inducing an inning-ending doubleplay in the fourth and sixth innings, before allowing a hit to leadoff the seventh when he was lifted for Antonio Bastardo. Cloyd’s final line: 6.1, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

Stuff wise, Cloyd wasn’t fantastic. He was a little wild, and the Diamondbacks missed on some mistakes. But he battled and found ways to get outs. The three walks weren’t great, but he limited the hits to keep his WHIP under 1.00. Early in this process to see if Cloyd can be the guy, that’s something to be encouraged about.

BULLPEN CAN’T HOLD THE LEAD

In relief of Cloyd, and trying to protect a 2-1 lead with a runner on base, Antonio Bastardo was unable to get the job done, allowing Cody Ross (God, I hate him!) to score on a two-out double by Martin Prado to tie the game. The Phils would catch a break when Prado was caught stealing during the next at-bat to end the inning. After what happened with Adams, that break would prove meaningless.

UP NEXT

- The Phillies’ long weekend in the desert continues tomorrow when Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) goes against Trevor Cahill (2-3, 2.80).

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    An impotent offense with patchwork pitching makes for a losing, struggling team that is becoming painful to watch. Ryan Howard is looking worse by the day. Charlie continues playing him against lefties.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

    Avatar of Brooks

    Rolllins is now what, 6 for 37 with RISP?
    Howard was 1 for 17 vs lefties this year with RISP and 2 outs. I think I heard 6 K’s before last night (2 more).
    There seems to be no one to depend on, no one we can rely on for something positive anyway, expecting the worst, that is anohter story.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I think my point is obvious. If anyone expects the Phils to suddenly improve by trading off their overpaid players they aren’t going to. Sure, the Astros have dumped contracts over the past few years, but it should be obvious to anyone that they won’t be any better for a few more years, just like the Astros won’t be.

    There are always differences between what one team can do and what another team can do. The Phils aren’t going to have the advantage that Boston had because the Dodgers have already been big suckers for bad trades and most likely aren’t going to be again. The Phils also don’t have the advantage of players to trade who aren’t decrepit unless they’re willing to “astutely” move Hamels or add “astutely” to the package with prospects. Fans are deluding themselves if they honestly think the Phils will get anything game-changing for mid-thirties infielders with large contracts or an aging catcher with a question mark next to last year’s offensive performance or a once-ace who’s had recent shoulder surgery. It’s possible someone would take Papelbon or Lee, but only if money is eaten. I’ll also point out that Lee has a no-trade provision, Rollins is a 10 and 5, and Utley will be soon. Trading any of them could be tricky.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    To hk: Lee may only have a partial no-trade, but it’s still a no-trade. I’m not going to say that trading him would be impossible, I’m just saying it could be tricky. When other teams know a player has veto rights, it limits the market, which in turn, limits the trade value. Same goes for Rollins and Utley, who, as G7 points out, also can block trades to 21 teams.

    There are just too many ifs for my liking. Ruiz, Rollins, Utley, even possibly Howard could all be traded, but money will need to be eaten, limiting what the Phils can do in the free agent market. I also still believe that unless the aforementioned players start performing better, the return just isn’t going to be the spectacular franchise rejuvenating event people are hoping for, and that in any event, improvement won’t happen overnight.

    I commented the other day about Boston’s situation; it wasn’t any thing like the Phils’. Certainly Amaro and company can make changes, and should, but to think they’ll reap instant success like the Sox did (and bear in mind that Boston may ot finish like they’ve started) to me is thinking that comes from the proverbial fool’s paradise.

     
  • Posts: 0 hk

    The recent trades for guys like Greinke and RA Dickey say otherwise.

     
 
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