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Phillies squander late lead en route to fifth straight loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, June 12, 2013 11:30 PM | Comments: 35
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The Phillies took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday, but were unable to hold on as Minnesota surged back to win the ballgame 4-3.

The Phillies have now lost a season-high five straight games as they fall to 31-35 on the season.

Wednesday’s game was the same type of nightmare they experienced the day before. Their starting pitching was okay, but labored and could not go deep enough. The offense got the team out to a lead but fell silent in the middle and late innings, and the bullpen just could not get the job done with the lead.

Bullpen woes continue

Who can you count on? There seems to be a finite number of pitchers that keep getting opportunities to pitch in big spots and none can ever get the job done. With Cloyd leaving after five innings, the Phillies needed help from the bullpen and did not get it.

Antonio Bastardo allowed three straight hits, which tied the game and put the eventual winning run on base in the eighth.

Antonio Bastardo allowed three straight hits to start the eighth, which allowed the Twins to tie the game and put the eventual winning run on base.

Joe Savery allowed a run in the sixth to make it 3-2, and in the eighth the wheels fell off. Antonio Bastardo allowed three straight hits to lead off the inning, including two doubles, which allowed the Twins to tie the game. Justin DeFratus entered, and after recording one out he threw a wild pitch with a runner on third, which gave Minnesota the 4-3 lead.

You almost knew it was going to happen. The Phillies’ 4.48 ERA from relievers is 28th of 30 teams, and they cannot seem to get the big outs when they are needed the most. It is especially discouraging to see Bastardo giving up so much to lefties, when he is really the only guy in the pen that can be used as a lefty specialist.

Offense goes silent again against poor starter

In Milwaukee the Phillies basically faced two relievers making starts, and a struggling Kyle Lohse. Yesterday they faced P.J. Walters, who was making just his fourth start of the season with the Twins. Today the faced Mike Pelfrey, owner of a 3-6 record and 6.40 ERA entering the game today.

The Phillies failed to muster even a respectable offensive attack against any of these pitchers. Tonight, Pelfrey allowed three runs in seven innings and struck out seven.The eighth inning was a microcosm of the offense’s struggles as Ryan Howard struck out looking and Domonic Brown popped out with runners on first and second and a chance to give the Phils some insurance.

The Phillies were retired in order in six innings, and continue to make mediocre pitching and mediocre teams look much better than they are.

Up Next…

Salvaging a game in the series is the best the Phillies can do now as they try to end their losing streak. There is no better guy to send to the mound to go deep into a game and give the Phillies a chance to win than Cliff Lee, who will get the ball tomorrow. he will be opposed by Kevin Correia, who sports a 4.11 ERA and 5-4 record. Game time is at 7:10 CT, 8:10 ET.

 

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Kenny Ayres has written 69 articles on Phillies Nation.

WCU class of 2014 majoring in communication with a journalism minor.

 
 
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

    Avatar of Lefty

    The Phillies got “Cleted” tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Marc from Los Angeles

    Time to tear this team down and start all over again. Long time phillies fan but I can no longer invest my valuable time watching a team that provides no entertainment value.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Get the fork ready gang, this turkey is almost done.

    It seems it’s time for the “I’ve lost it again” portion of the season for Bastardo, where he starts to fall apart. But do not worry he should right himself well after the all-star game like last year. (please not my sarcastic tone there.)

    As far as how our offense did against the starter who summoned up the ghost of Cy Young, has anyone watched a tee ball/ coach pitch baseball game. Yep, I think that sums it up.

    Got to run to work, plus the Titanic’s string band is warming up in the background.

    C’mon Phillies hit your bats with an AED or something. Wake up!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I had said yesterday to move your largest investment, even if just for a little to motivate him. Let me restate – he needs to be pulled out of the lineup. This is your most valuable asset who is not producing and whatever his issues are need to be addressed now. The team had great expectations with a 45 hr 140 RBI guy in the lineup. Study it, fix it, put it back. As far as the others go, there just is not enough talent anymore to expect they (brown, Mayberry, galvis, young, revere) they can progress without him. This years problems are all about scoring 3 runs or less per game. Bring up Ruf, what in the hell do they have to lose???

     
  • Posts: 0 hogey's role

    This game said it all for me.. Mike pelfrey a guy who the Phillies literally own… I’ve never seen him pitch into the seventh against the Phils… 3 runs really that’s the best they could do… this mediocre pitcher must be another one that’s having a really good year… oh wait what he has a 6.00 era, ha haha… wow outstanding job all around, that’s excellent…

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      He certainly isn’t — the Phils offense doesn’t discriminate; it’s below average against all types.

       
      • Posts: 0 hogey's role

        lol yup ain’t that the truth..

         
    • Posts: 0 Santos

      Well not that this is an excuse for the Phillies or an endorsement of Mike Pelfrey, but from what I could find, Pelf has 12 games started against the Phillies and pitched into the 7th or later 7 times. Also, just for fun, I think the Twins literally own him.

       
  • Posts: 0 jake

    It’s over.
    Trade ‘em all.

    I know this will make Tommy in Bensalem upset (first time, long time) ’cause this team got a chance ya know. just need dem guys to get to hittin’ season. But really, it’s over. They don’t get on base, they don’t hit for power, they don’t make smart baserunning plays, they don’t play good defense, they have injured starting pitching and a shaky bullpen.

    WHAT POSSIBLY SUGGESTS THEY AREN’T AN 80 WIN TEAM?

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      Absolutely no way they aren’t an 80 win team. Maybe 77-78 wins, but certainly not 80.

      One thing you mentioned is bad baserunning plays. I’ve always had the impression that the third base coach is somewht responsible for holding or sending runners. That coach is Sandberg, who so many people think should be the manager. I wonder, myself. I can agree on all your complaints though, except the bullpen. That group is far worse than “shaky.”

       
      • Posts: 0 hogey's role

        yeah maybe they shouldn’t have Sandburg be manager… lets re- sign Charlie to another 5 years and let him take care of the base running game while we’re at it… and from what I understand 1st base coach Juan Samuel is the base running coach… not ryne Sandburg

         
      • Posts: 0 George

        Once again showing your pathetic excuse for sarcasm as well as your general ill manners and misinterpretations of what is being said.

        1. Questioning whether Sandburg should be manager is by no means an endorsement of Manuel.

        2. Despite who coaches runners off the field (and I’m guessing that that coaching has more to do with things like reading pickoff moves and how to slide), Sandburg is still in charge of sending or holding runners when they’re on the field. Samuel can’t do a damned thing once the player is going to second, because there’s not a runner alive who can see out the back of his head.

        3. If you think you’re so funny and superior with your remarks, maybe you should try doing a standup act in a nightclub. I’d love to be there to watch the beer bottles flying at you.

        4. I will no longer respond to your crap. I’ve got better things to do than read some drivel posted by a sarcastic idiot who has resorted even to calling one commenter an obscenity based name.

         
      • Posts: 0 hogey's role

        Why George whatever do you mean? Does this mean we are no longer friends?

        You know George if I thought we were no longer friends I just don’t think I could bear it…

        Lol, could you try not crying to your mommy this time,I don’t need her calling me again thanks Jorgè

         
      • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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        Apparently I must have missed it,

        Hogey, Please refrain from calling people vulgar or obscene names on here, there are lots of kids that read PN, and it’s just plain unnecessary. The team is playing horribly and that has the “emotionally charged” level of the board very high right now. We all disagree about stuff here, nothing wrong with that. Argue your case all you want, but keep in mind that this is a community of really good people, and we all want the Phils to do well. It’s ok to take an occasional jab, I’m certainly guilty of it. But, we can also be civil with each other at the same time. Okay?

         
  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    I barely watch this team any more…they are just so pathetic. Once Savery gave up the run to make it 3-2, you just knew they were going to lose, and I turned the game off. Wasn’t that the 2nd game in a row they gave up the go ahead run on a wild pitch? LOL.

    To make last night’s offensive output against yet another scrub with a 6 ERA even more pathetic, they shouldn’t have even gotten those 2 runs in the 1st inning. Revere was out at first, so Brown’s sac fly should have been the 3rd out.

     
  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    On scoring 3 runs or less: the Phillies are below average…
    - The Phils have scored 3 or less in 55% of their games
    - The NL average is to score 3 or less in 49% of games

    Also, scoring 2 or less: Phillies are exactly at the average…
    - The Phils have scored 2 or less in 35% of games
    - The NL average is to score 2 or less in 35% of games

     
    • Posts: 0 hogey's role

      Maybe that’s there goal this year is to be about average…

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        That would explain a lot! Seriously, I think the goal was to be better than average (giving them a chance at the playoffs), while at the same time not locking in to any more long term contracts, and not giving up draft picks.

         
      • Posts: 0 hogey's role

        I agree and I’m glad we didn’t lose our first round pick.. the free agent class wasn’t all that impressive anyhow… I think we went about it the right way

         
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Have faith people. The Phillies are a second half team. Wait till’ they get Utley, Chooch, Lannan and Doc back. Howard is starting to come around to where he almost makes contact. All they need to do to get on a win streak is to stop facing these ace pitchers and 1st place teams!

     
    • Posts: 0 hogey's role

      That was good you had me going for a little bit lol

       
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      It’s really not as funny (or frustrated) as you might have intended. You have to remember it’s a long season that still includes a bunch of games V The Braves and Nats, and the fact is, Utley (assumedly not temporarily) and to a lesser extent, Lannan are coming back. I guess Carlos is in the middle of that, and Doc is not void of the subject. The case for the club sucking is overly evident. Believe me, far, far stranger things have happened. It’s a waste to expect it, but it is not as case closed as it seems. Should something like it happen, it prolongs the agony becauase if it did, beneath the ridiculous hallucination that would cover it, it’s almost embarrassing that the watered down league would have a playtoff (type) team of such a minimum 70 game stretch. Inother words, paraphrasing the ex Empire catcher, “It’s over, but it ain’t over.

       
  • Posts: 0 Rob

    I guess you really can not send Ryan Howard down to the Ironpigs for a few weeks but there is something wrong here. For multiple reasons, I know this will not be done but I agree with the previous comment concerning Howard and its time for serious action.

    Charlie Manual should go. Great guy, great manager but has been ineffective that last three years.

    Antonio Bastardo. Please, you got be kidding me. Bye bye!

    Let’s not settle for mediocre, let’s go into a serious rebuilding phase. Utley will be gone next year. Trade Papelbon, Rollins, Young.

    Delmon Young — You gotta be kidding me!

    Ben Revere — WTF?

    My two cents

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Realistically speaking, it’s not time for serious action. Alone, anyway.

      But it’s PAST time for serious TEMPORARY action.

      Now where that leads, who knows.

      You can’t have a gimpy, easy to pitch to guy bat 4th. You may not even be able to have him play, I dunno.

      The Ironpig suggestion is not even on the board, but with the frustration of seeing him penciled in 4th every freaking day (ok, not every, but close), frustration is more entitled to be voiced than Charlie has the right to get pissed off at an inquisitive reporter doing his job along the lines of representing the fans and asking the questions they want answers.

      Even if they do nothing, and Ryan works his way out of it, this should have been done 2 weeks ago (very approximate guess).. But it’s all good. The ease of which you can pitch to The Lesser Piece has secured the imaginary Vegas wager of more wins in a row by the Heat, or RyHo shots this year. At 27, Miami’s a winner. RyHo’s on pace to hit 18. Sorry to counter Rube’s beliefs, but I’d be inclined to think under on that pace. That’d mean Dom’s got him already for the year. That’s wild.

       
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Ryan is not performing because he has no sense what to do at the plate and because he’s hurt – the former being the more prominent issue. Ryan Howard should not be batting fourth he should be batting sixth. Actually, he should just shut it down and do what he has to do for his knee. Its not like we will miss the production.

    Young (OB%)
    Utley (OB%)
    Rollins
    Brown
    D. Young
    Howard
    Mayberry (Revere can’t hit OR field)
    Chooch

    This lineup will stink less than the one we have now.

    The Dipsy

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      If you’re gonna keep playing Young under the premise that he’s get a full portion of at bats, the only thing I’d disagree with in this lineup is Jimmy 3, Young 5. I’d flip ‘em. Go a half dozen or so games, the results aren’t there, pull the plug. I’d probably flip Chooch and Howard, too. Jimmy at 5 is still in a seemingly important slot (mid order is mid order) and I have doubts, but I cringe every tiem he bats 3rd.

       
    • Posts: 0 Dave

      I agree with you 100% on the statement that “he has no sense what to do at the plate.” Of course, the bad knee isn’t helping, but in the past you still had to be careful because 40 or so times a year the ball would wind up in the outfield seats. Now you don’t have to be careful at all because the most a fastball down the middle will cost you is a warning track flyball or maybe a double. But the point is that he has no idea what to swing at. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…he is just guessing at the plate. When you swing at bad pitches you are always behind in the count. How many times do you look up at your tv and see the count on Howard is 0-2? Look at the check swings too. No one else on the team check swings that much. Charlie is as much to blame for leaving him in the 4 hole. Would it hurt his ego to move him down? Maybe. But it’s not helping his confidence leaving him at cleanup to suck for the 1st 65 games or so.

       
  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    There are two possibilites with Howard:

    1) His knee is bothering him, in which case put him on the DL and let him rest it, and if that doesn’t work, get him whatever surgery he needs NOW.

    2) He is truly shot, in which case,this team is in serious trouble for the next 3 years.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Interesting comparison:

      .204/.306/.436 (.742 OPS, same as league average) – Howard through June 12, 2008
      .252/.297/.431 (.728 OPS, 3% over league average) – Howard through June 12, 2013

      I don’t think it was either #1 or #2 in 2008.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        I think there’s a good chance it’s #1 (his knee), and a slight chance it’s #2 (shot), but there’s also a good chance that he’s simply in a slump.

         
  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    Were those the two easiest saves ever for Perkins? You could hear the disgust in Wheels’ voice when Delmon grounded out on pitch #1.

     
    • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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      I was also disgusted with that Delmon AB, if you can even call it that, he was only there for a second. And I’m one of the few that supports swinging at first pitches situationally, – not that situation.

       
      • Posts: 0 hogey's role

        there haven’t been many of delmons ab’s I haven’t been disgusted with

         
    • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

      If I was the manager, everyone that batted in the 9th would be riding the pine today. There is no excuse NONE for the side to be retired on 8 pitches.

      When I talk about this being a dumb team, this is an example of what I’m talking about.

       
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    It’s obvious, Rube & Mini are “partners”. Why else would that clown be called back up?? We are waving the white flag with that move. It’s OK Rube you can come “out”.

     
 
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