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Brown, Pettibone Lead Phils to Series Win

Posted by Alex Lee, Sun, July 07, 2013 05:02 PM | Comments: 14
2013 Game Recaps

With a slash line of .281/.326/.560, Domonic Brown is showing any doubters he had left that his May was no fluke.

With a slash line of .281/.326/.560 well into July, Domonic Brown is showing any doubters he has left that his May outburst was no fluke.

The Phillies used a handful of clutch hits and an impressive outing from Jonathan Pettibone to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on a steamy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.  The game time temperature was a stifling 94 degrees.  Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) allowed only one run in 5.1 innings to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Phils’ offense provided the righty with two runs in the first, two more in the fourth and another in the fifth on a solo shot from Domonic Brown.  Brown went 2-for-4 on the day with a triple, a home run and two RBIs.   Ben Revere’s two-out double in the fourth proved huge when the Braves scored two runs off the Phillies bullpen after Pettibone’s exit.

After winning consecutive series against first place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, the Phils will host the Nats, winners of four in a row, at Citizens Bank Park starting tomorrow night.

OFFENSE SHOWS SIGNS OF LIFE

- With Freddie Freeman holding Chase Utley on at first base, Brown ripped a two-out line drive off Freeman’s glove and into the right field corner in the first, scoring Utley and putting Brown at third base with a triple.  Two batters later, Delmon Young plated Brown with a bloop single into center field for a 2-0 Phillies lead.  In a sweltering heat, the Phils forced starter Kris Medlen to throw 23 pitches in the first.

- Revere stayed hot in the fourth inning when he drove the first pitch he saw from Medlen into the left center field gap for a two-RBI triple.  Revere’s knock, the second triple of the day for the Phils, picked up Carlos Ruiz, who flew out to shallow left two batters earlier with runners on second and third and no outs.  Revere’s average is at .295 on the year (with a slash of.295/.331/.342) and he has hit over .300 in every month but April.  He is batting .370 with runners in scoring position, to lead the team, and is now 11 for his last 21 with ducks on the pond.

- Brown continued his assault on major league pitching in the fifth, smashing a one-out laser into the first row of seats in right field.  The pitch from Medlen was a good one, low and inside, but Brown was somehow able to turn on it enough to get the bat head out in front of the ball.  The result was his 23rd home run of the season.  Brown is currently on pace to hit 42 home runs and drive in 113.  The Phils added two more in the sixth inning on a wild pitch and a throwing error.

PETTIBONE GOOD AGAIN

- Considering how hot it looked out there, Pettibone was very, very good on Sunday afternoon… especially in the early going (and when compared to Medlen).  In all, the right-hander allowed one run on five hits in 5.1 innings, throwing 96 pitches and walking only one.  He retired 12 of the first 13 hitters, including eight in a row heading into the fifth inning.  Through four, Pettibone induced seven ground ball outs, one pop-up and K’d four… which will be a recipe for goose eggs more often than not.

- He ran into some trouble in the fifth, giving up consecutive hits to lead off the inning, but showed remarkable composure by striking out B.J. Upton and Chris Johnson before Medlen, of all people, lined an RBI single into left.  With a pitch count of 96 and two runners on, Pettibone gave way to the bullpen the next inning.  Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus were able to get out of the jam unscathed, preserving an impressive line for Pettibone on a scorching-hot day.

- Pettibone’s moxie has been on display throughout the year and today was no different.  More important, however, is that the righty has rebounded in July after tallying a 5.14 ERA in June.  In 11 July innings, Pettibone has allowed only two runs and has wins against two first place teams in Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

RUF SOLID IN FIRST START OF 2013

- In his first start since being called up, Darin Ruf went 1-for-2 with a strikeout, a double, a walk and two runs.  The big righty, starting at 1B, laced an outside fastball from Medlen into the right field corner for a double, later scoring on Revere’s bases-clearing triple.  He walked in the sixth inning and saw a total of 15 pitches in three plate appearances, taking the count full twice.

DID YOU NOTICE?

- For about five minutes in the fourth inning, the world as we know it, or at least as it relates to Delmon Young, seemed to turn upside down.  First, Young battled out of a 0-2 hole to draw a lead off walk, fouling off three pitches from Medlen in the process.  Medlen must have been as frazzled as I was, because the cement-footed Young drew two throws to first during the following at-bat.  Order was restored shortly thereafter when Young failed to score (or even come close to it) on Ruf’s double down the right field line.

- Angel Hernandez ejected B.J. Upton in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes after the center fielder was caught looking at a Pettibone change-up in a big spot.  It looked like the pitch caught the outside corner, but it’s been that kind of year for Upton, who is now hitting .175.

- Jimmy Rollins went 0-for-4 to end a nine-game hit streak.  Rollins is now hitting .263/.323/.358 on the year, down from his .270/.328/.429 career mark (but probably not as much as you’d think).  The big difference here for Rollins is obviously the power, as he’s on pace for only seven home runs.  The last time the shortstop didn’t eclipse 10 home runs in a non-injury plagued season was 2003.

- Charlie Manuel continued to employ his mix-and-match strategy with the Phillies bullpen.  It (sort of) worked on Sunday, as the much-maligned unit “only” surrendered two runs in 3.2 innings.  J.C. Ramirez gave up the first runs of his young career, but Diekman, De Fratus, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon were effective in shutting the door on the Braves.

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  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    Great game. Why take out Darin?

    3 toss up games vs the Nats coming up…

    Haren v Lannan
    Jordan v Cole (adv us)
    Gio v Lee
    Weds??- Zimm v KK (adv them).

    Lets go Phils

     
    • Posts: 0 hk

      Gotta win at least 3 of 4.

       
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Great to whip Atlanta. Hope we can hammer Washington. Timely hitting and decent pitching go a long way.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Checked the wildcard standings for the first time in must be 3 weeks when they were more abysmal (that can’t be spelled right, but spell check stays black, carry on…^5) than most Detroit Lion seasons.

    The Phils now only have 2 clubs to pass. One is Washington (or Atlanta if Justin keeps hitting like BJ…good lord, what is up with that?), the other’d be 1 of Cincy, Pitt and the Cards. The NL West is a mess. What the frig happened to my once proud League? Could the problem be that both Uptons play in it?

    Anyhow let’s say for chit chat sake the Phils pass 1 of the NL Easterners above, and the West stays yuck. Gotta catch the tailspinners of Bucs, Cards, Reds.The Phils playing well enough to is 1 thing, the others faltering is another. Dusty or Clint Hurdle let the bottom drop out, whoa is me. Can we call it The National League Survivor Series?

    Ray of hope in progress, say the Phils avoid the oft discussed sales mode and RAJ Jr. tries to buy so the ballclub is less mediocore. Wonder if Brian Wilson would be receptive to an 8th inning gig. I wonder if we can somehow see fewer wasted at bats from the first baseman now and if that helps.

    The crtowds were blase and “small” this weekend. I guess the first step is to get in position to where enough attendees think there’s a chance, and show some spirit. Perhaps we’ll see a spark of that during this next series. Doncha just love perhaps as a protection word?

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Ken,, all 3 games were sold out for the weekend..

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        Not by the boxscores I looked at. 37. 38 42 and change. Turnstile count. Actual bodies.

         
  • Posts: 5062 Lefty

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    Nice job, They won 2 out of 3 form the first place Pirates, then 2 out of 3 from the first place Braves. Gained 2 games closer to the Braves in the standings in one week.
    9.5 out on 7/1
    7.5 out on 7/7

    You have to wonder what we would be with a healthy Mike Adams, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard all year. But that’s also the chance you take when you have too many players in their 30′s, they break down.

    I root for the team to win every game, but IMO- buying to try to stay in this thing would be the wrong move. If they can get back in it without doing so, that would be great.

    But let common sense prevail- The frequency of injuries, whether disabling or just the nagging kind we never even know about that slowly drives down performance, is more prevalent in older players. Due to the relative weakness of the division, I’m not sold that it’s time to “blow it up”, but I know it’s not time to buy.

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      I can’t see them getting back in it without some changes to the bullpen. It seems every game the pen gives up something, and the offense still doesn’t appear strong enough to counteract all those runs the ‘pen allows.

       
      • Posts: 5062 Lefty

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        Well let me add then, that when I say buying, I mean spending foolishly short term, giving up more prospects, money, that sort of thing. However, if they can find some bargain basement guys that have been cast off, but can play well for us now, like many up and down relief pitchers do, I’m all for that.

         
  • Posts: 0 G7

    Real nice job ny Dom Brown in 4 hole..now if Ruf can relax and hit..where can we get some bullpen help?

     
  • Posts: 0 jake

    It’s nice to see the Phillies win. Always. But does anybody seriously believe this is a playoff team? They have show that they are a 500 team. They don’t play steady enough defense, don’t run the bases well enough, have an inconsistent bullpen and up and down starting pitching along with a streaky offense. That doesn’t make for “wins” over the long haul.

    Now, I get that making a run this year would greatly improve their TV deal over selling everybody off. Thus you can’t just say “for the long term health of the club” the team needs to be a seller. a $3-5B T.V. deal makes for a lot of health. However, this aging core needs to be augmented. Selling pieces has to happen.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      On July 12 2010, they were only 2 games over .500, 48-46
      On July 13 2007, they were 1 game under .500, 47-48

      I realize this is a different team, and they may not have a 2nd half push in them, but I am just wondering whether those 2010 and 2007 teams looked like playoff teams in mid-July, or whether they just looked like .500 teams.

       
  • Posts: 2976 Chuck A.

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    Last year at this point they were 38-51 …. and finished 81-81. This season they are 5 games better at 43-46. I have to think that they will play at least as well as last season in the second half (but who really knows for sure). Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that they do. That puts them at 86 wins. Not enough. I would think, and have been saying all season long, that 90 wins probably gets them in. So if they can play as well as they did last year after the break (really after the trade deadline) and pick up 4 extra wins somewhere….

    Keep to the mantra… one game at a time and one series at a time. Nice job with the Braves and Pirates. Now on to facing the Nats. Let’s go.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    IMO they need to go 5-2 these next 7 before the break to get back to .500

    After the break, they have a 9 game road trip ending July 28th, including 3 @STL and 3 @DET. July 29th is an off day, and should be very interesting trade-wise, whether we are back over .500, or have fallen out of the race.

     
 
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