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Gameday: Red Sox (32-21) vs. Phillies (25-27)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 29, 2013 07:00 PM Comments: 16

Boston Red Sox (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (25-27)

John Lackey (3-4, 2.72) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: 88, sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

For those wondering why Cesar Hernandez isn’t in the lineup tonight, he won’t be arriving until gametime. Also, the Phillies basically said he wouldn’t have been in the lineup anyway, so there’s that.

Tough report on Adam Morgan. He has been shut down with a shoulder ailment, he had tests done last night on it, so we’ll find out more soon. But never good news when it has to do with a top prospect and his shoulder.

Also, Carlos Ruiz caught a few bullpen session, is still feeling a little pain in the hammy. He’s still a few days away from testing the leg by running.

Lineup: Revere CF, Frandsen 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Galvis 3B, Kratz C, Kendrick P

Your Gameday Beer: Troegs Nugget Nectar

Tröegs’ newest single batch brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients of our flagship HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience.

GO PHILLIES!

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Young to Bereavement List, Hernandez to Philly, Utley Out Three More Weeks

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 29, 2013 01:34 PM Comments: 33

Hernandez will get his first taste of the big leagues. (Photo: Jay Floyd)Michael Young has been put on the bereavement list by the Phillies, and Cesar Hernandez has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. For those unaware of what such a list means, it’s when a player leaves the team to attend to a serious illness or death in his (or his spouse’s) immediate family. He’ll have to be on the list for at least three days and up to seven.

Young hit his second home run of the season yesterday at Fenway Park, but has been struggling mightily, seeing his average drop to .260.

At Lehigh Valley, Hernandez is hitting .308 with two home runs and 18 RBIs and a .383 on-base percentage. It seems possible he’ll be in the lineup tonight with Freddy Galvis playing third base for Young.

Today on MLB Network Radio, Charlie Manuel said that Chase Utley is having trouble with pain in his oblique/rib cage area, and it hurts when he breathes. Manuel put a time frame of another three weeks or so until Utley could return.

“He’ll be out another three weeks probably,” Manuel said. “He has kind of a tear in his ribcage, hurts when you breathe, and if you’re not careful, you keep tearing it.”

That could keep him out through most of June.

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Solid Effort For Zambrano in Phils Minors Debut

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 29, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Carlos Zambrano, photo- @BaseballBetsy

Carlos Zambrano continues to try to reestablish himself as an impact pitcher and made his first official minor league appearance for the Phillies on Tuesday.  In 4 1/3 innings, Zambrano threw 81 pitches while allowing no runs on three hits for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers.  The former Cubs and Marlins pitcher also struck out two and walked two en route to a no decision.

Zambrano did not exhibit any of the traits that have made him one of Major League Baseball’s most notorious characters (examples here and here).  In fact, according the Threshers catcher Logan Moore, who spoke exclusively with PhoulBallz.com following the team’s 3-0 win over Brevard County on Tuesday, Zambrano was a pleasure to deal with.

“It was a real cool experience,” Moore stated.  “He basically told me to call whatever (pitches) I wanted because I knew the hitters and he just threw what I called.” Continue reading Solid Effort For Zambrano in Phils Minors Debut

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Lee Brilliant, Brown Homers Again in Phils Win over Red Sox

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 28, 2013 09:50 PM Comments: 29

Cliff Lee was vintage. Absolutely exceptional against one of the best offenses in the game, shutting down Boston over eight innings in the Phillies 3-1 win. Jonathan Papelbon made his return to Beantown and recorded his 10th save.

LEE ON POINT

-Man did they need a line like this out of Lee: 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts, 95 pitches.

-I have a big issue taking Lee out there. He was absolutely cruising, and I get the fact that your high-priced closer is waiting to come in, but why fix what isn’t broken? Lee barely worked all night and the Phillies pulled him for the sentimental value of Papelbon in Boston. Can’t say I loved it. What did you think?

BROWN AND YOUNG HOMER

-Michael Young led off the scoring in the first inning, snapping an 0-for-22 streak with his second home run of the season. It hasn’t been easy for Young lately, especially in the power department, so it was nice to see him strike early.

-Domonic Brown is freakin’ red hot. After winning the NL Player of the Week Award, Brown smashed his 11th home run to right center field into the bullpen. If you’re into this sort of thing, Dom Brown’s on pace for 34 homers and 93 RBI. Not bad. Raise your hand if you wanted him gone – I know you’re out there. At the conclusion of the game, Dom’s 11 homers were tied for 6th in the NL.

-Ugly evenings from Ryan Howard and Delmon Young. Howard fanned three times and on back-to-back at-bats, Young swung at the first pitch.

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Gameday: Phillies (24-27) vs. Red Sox (32-20)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 28, 2013 06:18 PM Comments: 17

Philadelphia Phillies (24-27) at Boston Red Sox (32-20)

Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48) vs. Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69)

TIME: 7:05, Fenway Park
TV:
Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: 60s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

If he truly is dealing with a knee issue, then why isn’t Ryan Howard the DH tonight? The lineup remains the same as in the opener of the series, when the Red Sox trounced the Phillies 9-3.

Domonic Brown was named the National League’s Player of the week. In his last six games, Brown hit .348 with two home runs, a triple and two doubles to go along with seven RBIs. It’s great to see him finally living up to the hype, leading the team with 10 homers. I know that “on pace” means little, but 31 homers and 90 RBI is pretty solid for a guy that many people wanted out of town after just about 450 AB’s.

Cliff Lee is truly the Phillies only hope. They’ll need a major shutdown performance from their ace tonight if they have any thoughts of winning. This Red Sox team can strike quickly, as we saw last night.

Lineup: Revere CF, M. Young, 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, D. Young DH, Brown LF, Mayberry RF, Galvis 2B, Kratz C

Your Gameday Beer: Manayunk Brewing Hive Honey IPA

I’ve not yet had this particular brew from Manayunk Brewing, but it sounds delightful. This copper ale will take your palate for a spin. This brew is loaded up with our favorite American hops and complimented by a touch of raw honey procured from a local hive. Using a small amount of specialty malt and nearly every method of hopping possible, we present to you this delicious seasonal. Sounds sweet. – PG

GO PHILLIES!

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Phillies Falter in Boston, Lose 9-3

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, May 27, 2013 11:12 PM Comments: 11

Keep the FaithThe setting and weather were beautiful, the game was not. The Red Sox used a 3-run first inning to slug their way to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies, who fall back to 3 games below .500.

Tyler Cloyd was tagged with his first road loss and drops to 1-1 on the year. In the first inning, Dustin Pedoria started the scoring with a 2-run homer. This was soon followed by a solo shot by Mike Napoli. Erik Kratz responded with a solo shot of his own in the third, but the Red Sox quickly responded with another three runs in the bottom of the frame. Cloyd was lifted after just 2 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 6 earned runs. His poor performance forced Charlie Manuel to use 5 bullpen pitchers, which is an ominous sign heading into a stretch of 14 games without a day off. Mike Adams skipped a rehab assignment to return to the team early and saw some action tonight. After hitting 92-mph on the radar gun and getting 2 outs, he allowed a single and 3 walks before exiting the game.

Offensively, the Phillies did not fare much better. Facing a pitcher with an ERA over 8.00, the Phils were only able to plate one run off the starter. The other two runs came in the form of Domonic Brown‘s club-leading 10th home run. As a team, the Phils grounded into 3 double plays. This helps to explain how their 11 hits equated to just 3 runs. They were 0-6 with runners in scoring position.

Ben Revere made another spectacular catch, diving hard into the outfield wall. In the third inning, Dom Brown and Jimmy Rollins gunned down Jarrod Saltalamacchia at home for the final out.

Cliff Lee pitches tomorrow.

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Gameday: Phillies (24-26) at Red Sox (31-20)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, May 27, 2013 06:55 PM Comments: 26

Philadelphia Phillies (24-26) at Boston Red Sox (31-20)

Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 8.20 ERA)

TIME: 7:05, Fenway Park
TV:
My Phl 17
Weather: High 60s, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Happy Memorial Day, folks. Please take a moment to visit Liberty USO, the Philadelphia and South Jersey chapter of the USO, and check out their group outing at the Phillies planned for June 22.

Tonight, the Phillies begin the first game of their home-and-home series with the Boston Red Sox. Fortunately they are avoiding Clay Buchholz and his 7-0 record as he was scratched due to a right shoulder injury. Replacing him on the hill today for Boston will be Alfredo Aceves, who is making his first start since April 23, when he gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Tyler Cloyd is pitching for the Phillies and although he grew up in Nebraska, he is a lifelong Red Sox fan. This will be his first visit to the venerable Fenway Park. Cloyd is coming off his first win of the season since being recalled to replace Roy Halladay. He has allowed 3 ER or fewer in 6 of his 8 career starts, including all five of his career starts on the road. In fact, he is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA (9 ER, 31.1 IP) in 5 career road starts.

Overall since 2004, the Phillies are an unimpressive 9-21 against the Red Sox, while sporting a 2-7 record at Fenway Park.

Lineup: Revere CF, M. Young, 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, D. Young DH, Brown LF, Mayberry RF, Galvis 2B, Kratz C

Your Gameday Beer: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

It’s the unofficial start of summer. What better way to ring in the hottest of the seasons than with a beer/lemonade combo? Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is just that. With a malted wheat and barley beginning, and a tart lemonade finish, this beer just tastes like summertime. The real beauty in it is that the lemon flavor doesn’t overpower the taste of the beer. It’s remarkably well-balanced. Have it with some barbecued pulled pork and a side of baked beans. – by Ryan

GO PHILLIES!

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Minor League Notebook: Hernandez, Collier, Biddle & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 27, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s another round of our weekly minor league notes, featuring key performers from each full season level.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012

In 23 contests this month, second base prospect Cesar Hernandez is sporting a .241 batting average, after he posted a .375 mark in 24 April games.  The switch-hitting Venezuelan turned 23 years old last week.

OF Steve Susdorf is batting .346 with five doubles and seven RBI in 18 May games.  The 27-year-old lefty hitter was a 19th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2008.

OF Darin Ruf has been out of action since Thursday, sidelined with a jammed thumb.  The slugger batted .195 in his previous 10 games prior to the ailment.

Double-A Reading Fightin’ Phillies-

Top prospect Jesse Biddle had a weak outing (4 IP, 6R/5ER) on the mound against Harrisburg for the Fightins on Sunday, but his two hits raised his season batting average to .556.  The 21-year-old left-hander saw his season ERA go from 2.50 up to 3.15 with that performance.  Biddle’s 66 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, while he ranks just 12th in the league with 54 1/3 innings pitched.
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Phils Can’t Figure Out Strasburg; Hamels Loses Yet Again

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, May 26, 2013 08:47 PM Comments: 0

Cole hurt by lack of offense again. (AP)

Cole hurt by lack of offense again. (AP)

Cole Hamels moved to 1-8 on the season. Think about that.

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Gameday: Phillies (24-25) at Nationals (25-24)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, May 26, 2013 12:30 PM Comments: 0

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (24-25) at Washington Nationals (25-24)

Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66)

TIME: 1:35, Nationals Park
TV:
My Phl 17
Weather: High 60s, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

In today’s rubber match, the Phillies hope to take the series and get back to .500. Two aces take the mound; one has pitched very well this season, while the other has yet to meet his expectations.

Along with Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg is the future of the Washington Nationals. He has lived up to all the hype as he has dominated in the major leagues. He has had success against the Phillies in his short career thus far, as the Phillies roster collectively has a .200 average against him.

It will likely not be a fun day for both offenses, as the game has the potential to be a pitcher’s duel. Cole Hamels has lacked run support in 2013, and it is doubtful he will receive much today with Strasburg on the hill. Despite some of his struggles this season, Hamels is capable of pitching a great game. At Nationals Park, he is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Galvis 2B, M. Young 3B, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Frandsen 1B, Revere CF, Quintero C, Hamels P

GO PHILLIES!

 

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