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Late Rally Propels Phils To Victory

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 13, 2013 11:05 PM | Comments: 15
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Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

A solid performance from Cliff Lee helped the Phils to a victory tonight. (Photo: AP)

After their most agonizing week of the 2013 season so far, the Phillies have finally gotten back in the win column, as they defeated the Twins 3-2 to salvage one game in the three-game series.

It took a late rally and a stellar performance from Cliff Lee for the Phils to end their season-long, five-game losing streak, but they were able to pull it out. Finally, they scratched out a win against a bad team.

CLIFTON PHIFER LEE

- For six innings tonight, Cliff Lee was dealing, and it was a thing of beauty. He threw 76 pitches–56 for strikes– and didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. In fact, he faced the minimum through six innings. Though the Phils had only managed one run, it seemed like they might be able to squeak out a victory the way Lee was throwing. He seemed on pace for the complete game. Then the wheels fells off.

- With one out in the seventh, Lee issued a walk–his first of the night. The Twins then caught a break when Ryan Doumit was called safe on a bang-bang play at first. In real time he appeared to be out, and replays confirmed that fact. The blown call perfectly encapsulated the way things have gone for the Phillies lately, a team as snake-bitten as any. After a flyout, Justin Morneau sent a hard line drive toward the gap. A diving Ben Revere came up just short, and, with two outs, the double cleared the bases, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead, and the Phils appeared to be on their way to another loss.

- As well as Lee pitched, he deserved better. Fortunately, the team would manage to pull the game out and get him the W.

THE OFFENSE STARTS EARLY, FINISHES LATE

- Charlie Manuel did one of his patented lineup switches tonight–and they happen often with this bunch–in hopes of getting the bats going. It worked… sorta.

The Phils managed to push a run across in the first when Ryan Howard shot a grounder through the hole on the right side to score Revere. Then, in typical Phillies fashion, they shut it down for awhile.

- The team had a pretty good approach against Kevin Correia, making him throw 113 pitches in just five innings. However the run in the first was all they could push across against the journeyman, despite getting eight hits, a walk and having two players reach on an error against him. This team simply cannot score runs, even when they’re doing other things right. They came close when Young was thrown out at the plate to end the sixth, but that was really the only threat of a run after the first inning. After Lee gave up the lead in the seventh, they looked dead in the water. Enter Kevin Frandsen:

FRANDSEN SPARKS A RALLY

- After what appeared to be a back-breaking bottom of the seventh inning, the Phillies allowing another slim lead to slip away late in Minnesota, Manuel opted to pinch hit for Humberto Quintero with Frandsen. The gambit paid off. Frandsen sent a double into the gap in right to lead off the first. Following a Revere bunt for a hit, Michael Young singled down the right field line to tie it, and then Revere scored on a fielder’s choice, when Morneau opted to come home with a groundball but couldn’t get the fleet-footed centerfielder. The Phils once again ::gulp:: had a lead late against the Twins.

ADAMS NAVIGATES THE EIGHTH, PAP CLOSES IT OUT

- After failing to pitch a clean inning the other night, Manuel went right back to Mike Adams in hopes that the righthander could hold a lead and get the Phils to Jonathan Papelbon. Adams was critical of himself after his bad outing on Tuesday, and he looked like a man determined to pitch better. He set the Twins down in order, needing just 12 strikes to get the job done. For the first time in this series, the Phils took a lead into the eighth and made it through to the other side.

- That brought on Papelbon, who hadn’t pitched since Sunday’s blowout loss in Milwaukee. The layoff didn’t seem to affect him, as he breezed through the ninth. That makes 12 saves in 12 opportunities for Pap, and he’s done it with a 1.52 ERA. If only all their relievers could pitch this way.

GAME NOTES

- Revere hitting has been a regularity of late. He went 4-for-6 tonight, including hitting his third triple of the season, and is now batting .322 since May 1. He also has ten stolen bases during that span. Tonight marked the first four-hit game of the season for Revere.

- The Phillies left 15 runners on base tonight, a season high.

- The Phils head to Colorado to put a cap on this dreadful road trip. Jonathan Pettibone (6-4, 3.22) gets the fun started on the mound. The Rockies counter with Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.62)

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner!

    Never in doubt.

    Ill see Brooks and Ken at the parade in late October or early November.

    To quote the Monkees

    Im a believer!

    P.S.

    Schenkman how many good team have a 3 and 4 hitter whose OPS is hovering around league average of .715?

    Even teams like the Astros and Marlins do better than that.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Not many, but obviously the 2008 Phillies did.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        (i.e. a league-average hitter, which in 2008 was .744 OPS, and this year is .709).

         
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lets see in 2008
    Howard .881
    Utley .915
    burrell .875
    victorino .799
    werth .861
    rollins 786

    But it moot Shenk.

    You have your opinion.

    I don’t think this team or its players get as many clutch hits as other players and teams and that would be reflected in the win loss record the last few years.

    Yes the 2007 and 2008 line ups were maybe the best in baseball.

    But its 2013.

    I am going to enjoy the win

    Have a great weekend.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Here is on for you Schekman..Such a game has happened eight times in all of baseball since 1916….

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I see 42 games with exactly 16 hits and 3 runs, and 35 other games with either more than 16 hits, or less than 3 runs. What’s the 8?

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Ah, maybe this is it: it’s the 8th game the Phillies have been involved in where one team or the other has had at least 16 hits and no more than 3 runs.

       
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Revere is doing some really good things lately…

     
  • Posts: 0 Simple Observation

    NB Revere went 4-6 and hit his 2nd triple of the season. His was also the first four hit game of the 2013 season for a Phillie. He continues to hit much better with runners on base than with the bases empty. If the youngster ever learns to work the pitcher for walks, he will be a great top of the order hitter. After a terrible April. he hit .312 in May and is hitting .325 so far in June.

    In addition, he continues to lead the NL in OF RF/9Inn at 2.96 despite a slow night in center and the near miss on that double. Any centerfielder with an average above 2.75 is among the best of the best.

     
    • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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      I’m not certain, but I’m pretty sure Michael Young had a 4 hit game early in the season. I’ll look it up later when I have more time.

       
      • Posts: 0 Simple Observation

        You’re right. Young went 4-5 in the sixth game of the season. Thanks for the correction.

         
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I understand that they sent Hernandez down to get “everyday playing time” to enhance his development. However, the kid did nicely up here and I’d rather have him take up a spot on the roster and help us out from the bench, rather than…you guessed it. Mini Mart is like the Lerynian Hydra – you just cannot bring him down; everytime you do, he grows three more heads!

     
  • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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    If only Cliff Lee could pitch every night, then our normal 3 runs or less would hold up. Lee should definitely get an All Star nod IMO, Brown has to continue hitting, he can’t tail off, in order to squeak in.

    Well, upcoming they have three in Colorado (3 runs won’t be enough there) and then three at home to the Nats. Hate to say it , but this has the makings of “make or break time”. Go Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    Lefty my optimism this year is long gone sad to say. Kudos to you and all the others who are holding the line on that optimism. Personally I don’t see them being anything more than a .500 or less team this year. All of the questions we had in the past offseason and spring training are still with us in the middle of june. It’s getting to the point for me that I didn’t care if they won the game, I just wanted them to tie it and get cliff off the hook! That would’ve been the moral victory of the day! But I’m glad we got the win for him and the team.
    I don’t see this team as a second half team that some are proposing they are. For one it’s not the same team as in the past and I don’t see without a productive cleanup hitter how they can possibly make a second half run. Now when I say productive I mean a cleanup hitter hitting bombs at least once in a while. Howards gonna knock runs in once in a while but the other teams have absolutely no fear of him at this point. Another thing is poor D. Brown will see less and less good pitches to hit without anyone else doing anything. It’s already happening. If I sound digusted pal. I am! All I can say is I hope I eat crow. actually more crow than I have been eating. D. Brown whom I’ve bashed in the past for lack of everything is making me love crow, so I’m happy with that. I hope that crow is on the menu alot in the second half pal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Kendrick is going tonight. Pettibone Saturday

     
 
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