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Phillies score early and often, take opener 13-8

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 10:59 PM | Comments: 33
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Richie Ashburn Award: Chase Utley

The Phillies bashed their way to a huge win on Friday, clubbing out 13 runs on 15 hits en route to a 13-8 win in their series opener against the Marlins. The Phillies are now over .500 for the first time since early June.

Offense roughs up Hefner 

AP Photo.

Domonic Brown hit his 24th homer in the game and drove in two runs. AP Photo.

Jeremy Hefner entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts. After two innings and eight earned runs tonight his ERA over his last five starts sits at 4.03.

Just about everyone got in on the fun. An RBI triple from Chase Utley and run-scoring singles from Domonic Brown, Delmon Young and John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the first. Two innings later the Phillies put the finishing touches on Hefner’s outing, who was ousted in the third without recording an out.

Domonic Brown led off the third with a solo homer, his 24th of the season, on an 0-2 pitch. It started a string of extra base hits that propelled the Phillies to a seven run inning. Darin Ruf doubled, and was driven home by a Delmon Young single one batter later. Back-to-back doubles from Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz scored two more runs and the inning was capped with a three-run homer from Michael Young, who at that point was the only Phillies without a hit.

Kendrick strong early, faltered later on

Kendrick had come off a strong outing his last time out, and looked good through the first three innings tonight. He allowed just one baserunner in the first three frames and struck out six batters. But things did not go so well for the righty in his next three innings. In the fourth he allowed five straight hits to start the inning, including a three-run homer from Marlon Byrd. He escaped further damage, but allowed another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. His final line was 5 2/3 innings, six runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts, and he earned his ninth win of the year. His ERA is now 3.94.

DeFratus not sharp again

Justin Defratus allowed two runs, including a home run in one inning of work. DeFratus had been pitching well enough in his last few outings, but has trouble stringing more than a couple good outings together. He has not had more than two scoreless innings in a row since June 11-14, and since then he has allowed 10 earned runs in 8 1/13 innings.

Up Next…

Tomorrow the Phillies will send Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) to the mound in hopes he can continue his strong pitching and give the Phillies an early series win. His opponent will be Mets prospect Zach Wheeler (3-1, 3.54 ERA), who has allowed just two runs in his last two starts. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

 

 

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    This bullpen is going to cost them sooner than later.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    Agree w you ^

     
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Bullpen wasn’t that bad tonight. The score affects the pitching. The big concern with a big league is not to walk anyone.

     
  • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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    Second Place sure looks good. Not good enough of course, but it’s a start. The Nats are starting to play the teams we’ve played like the Dodgers followed by the Pirates. And I think they travel to Detroit right after us.

     
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      Although 2007 will forever be with us, we can never really expect an epic collapse like what happened to the Muts back then… last day of the season we took the division just like we owned it (which we did for the next handful of years!)!

       
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    It’s strange that it’s Marlon Byrd and Eric Young who are really generating the offense for the New York Mets. Who can really make any predictions in this game?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The Nats believed their press.

    The Phillies just seem to be more alive with out the drain of Howard in the 4 hole.

    I do think theres a chance because the division is so bad.

     
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      With a healthy Ryan Howard the Phils would be in contention, period.
      That is an undeniable and indisputable fact.

       
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Agree with you Brooks..Phils only 5 1/2 back 2nd wildcard..6 1/2 back of Braves..Nats hurt themselves by letting Morse go in offseason, and Strasburg seems very hittable now..Phils rotation can still be the best in the NL without Doc..

         
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Andrew, I commend your honesty in admitting the Howard misperception ;-). Although the two blowouts have been without Howard in the lineup, this year the Phils have scored 4+ runs more often when he starts (51.4%), than when he doesn’t (43.5%). In terms of stat quality, that kind of thing comparing with and without the player is one the worst, but it’s certainly more meaningful than they “just seem to be more alive”.

       
  • Posts: 0 Borat

    The Phillies bashed their way to a huge win on Friday, clubbing out 13 runs on 15 hits en route to a 13-8 win in their series opener against the Marlins?

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Lol

       
    • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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      I missed that, good catch :-)

       
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I very well could be wrong about this but, since I have been following the Phils closely (2004) it seems like the Phils punish whoever they play when they jump out of the AS break.

    At least for a game or two they put the bash on..

     
    • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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      With Wheeler and Harvey coming up, I’m not expecting much bash the next 2 games.

       
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Lefty,

        It should be interesting to see how they fare against these two youngsters. Actually, with the Phils scheduled to face Miller, Westbrook and Lynn in STL and Fister, Scherzer and Porcello in DET, they will have their work cut out for them in the next 8 games, a stretch that will play a big part in determining whether they are buyers, holders or sellers before the deadline. Since all 8 of the pitchers they are scheduled to face are RHP’s, I am particularly interested to see how Darin Ruf fares.

         
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Speaking of the fact that the next 8 games will go a long way towards determining the Phils fate as a contender or pretender, isn’t it a bit odd that they have chosen to go with 3 catchers and 4 OF’s (including Nix, who rarely plays) for this stretch? I find it particularly troublesome that they may have to leave Delmon Young in the field or on the bases late in close games. I don’t know the first thing about Steve Susdorf, but I would think a 27 year old, LH-hitting OF with a .879 OPS and 27 K’s and 27 BB’s in AAA would be of more help to the roster than Humberto Quintero during this stretch.

         
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Next 2 may be tough..never felt Charlie coached well when it came down to needing to advance runners and manufacture a run. He seems very reluctant to bunt, steal or hit and run. Against tough pitching every run is huge.

         
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Phillies have best record in baseball since 2007 post all star break…Yankees 2nd.

       
  • Posts: 0 Jay

    It’s been far too long since I could say wow it doesn’t matter how poor the pitching is….the Phils will destroy on offense alone- great offense last night- but my stomach started to get that weird feeling when Kendrick started to falter lol

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Probably not use to pitching with a big lead..lol I think he just got too much of the plate after getting the big lead..

       
      • Posts: 0 Jay

        Lol that is true- probably the shock of that lead perplexed the hell outta him

         
    • Posts: 0 George

      With a big lead, many pitchers will appraoch things a little differently. They can afford a couple of mistakes, so they might try things they don’t normally do, like blowing a fastball by someone when they’d normally nibble at the corners. I’m not going to worry too much about this one. I think KK must have been more aggressive than usual, given the strikeouts he got.

       
  • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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    hk, I noticed that fact that they were carrying three catchers and only 4 OF’s.

    I’m speculating now, I know nothing.
    But something must be brewing, or a transaction almost completed for a fifth OF. This could be Ruiz’ final series with the Phils, why else would you carry 3 catchers? You would think they would have brought Susdorf, Hernandez, Gillies or even Galvis up if they weren’t looking outside the organization, no? Where is Ender Incarte when you need him huh? :-)

    As far as the schedule and probable starters that loom, it’s a rocky road. I had no idea they were all righties, thanks for that info, but yikes! We only have 4 lefty batters at this time. (including Rollins)

    As you know as much as I root for the Phils, I really don’t want them to be buyers with the thought of hanging on for one last chance, especially if it means having to give up MORE promising prospects. If they can get to the top with what they have because the other teams they are vying with aren’t all that good anyway, then great. Otherwise, I’d rather they be smart and think about the future too. But I guess if we get shut down by some pretty good pitching coming up, that won’t be a concern anymore.

     
    • Posts: 0 Jay

      Hmmmmm interesting point- why the extra catcher is perplexing- and I think Kratz has proven himself and maybe if we make the postseason then one could look back and say wish we still had chooch- but I think I would gladly cross that bridge if the Phils managed to get there

       
    • Posts: 0 DavidE

      Susdorf seems like a possibility. My view is that Nix has to be replaced because he just looks awful at the plate right now. I really don’t know what is wrong but he hasn’t hit since April.

       
      • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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        A hk said, I also know nothing about Susdorf, but I know this. He’s hasn’t been playing CF at all. Mostly right and some left. I also agree on Nix, but as thin as they are right now, that seems like a problem that needs to wait until Revere is back IMO.

         
    • Posts: 0 hk

      Yeah, it’s weird that a team that’s on the outside looking in has had stretches of time where the roster configuration can (and has) reduced their chances of winning games. The 9, now 8, games after the Break are the ones that are going to decide the direction that this team is going to take and they have no late inning defensive replacement or pinch runner available for their poor fielding, poor base running RF. Whether or not you are right about them being on the verge of trading Chooch, I don’t understand the thought process while they are playing the most important games of the season. If the plan is to trade Chooch, send Quintero back to AAA and call up a 5th OF until you make the trade.

      I agree with you that I don’t want them to be buyers.

       
      • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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        The roster configuration is befuddling for sure. I’m probably wrong on Ruiz. I was just trying to think of, well, reaching I guess, for any possible reason.

         
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    I STILL say that it makes ZERO sense to trade Ruiz if they are thinking they’re in contention. Between Chooch, Kratz and Quintero it’s a clear-cut no-brainer who handles the pitching staff the best…day in and day out. I like Kratz…and Quintero is a decent enough backup I suppose…but why would a contending team (we’ll know soon enough if they really are) get rid of the catcher that REALLY knows how to call a game??

    Susdorf can play. But I guess they are thinking that Nix is their only left-handed option off the bench???

     
    • Posts: 5220 Lefty

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      Agreed, but I’m puzzled about the three catcher thing, and just looking for possible reasons. I hope my thoughts on it are wrong.

       
    • Posts: 0 George

      I can think of a few reasons for not bringing up an outfielder or even a quasi-outfielder like Galvis or Hernadez. They may not be good reasons, but here they are:

      1. No confidence in any of the minor leaguers.
      2. Wishing to have the better AA and AAA players get consistent at bats.
      3. Number of options a player still has (will they lose him when they have to send him back down?).
      4. Inability to fill AAA roster spot with well developed AA person.

      All in all, though, even bearing these possibilities in mind, I’m confused. Surely there’s someone around more useful than a third string catcher who doesn’t hit, can’t replace even D.Young, and has zero speed, especially when even the #4 outfielder, NIx, now hits like he’s never seen the major leagues.

       
      • Posts: 0 hk

        George,

        Even if they believe all of those reasons, they should go outside of the organization. For example, the Orioles designated Chris Dickerson for assignment. By most accounts, Dickerson is a good fielding OF who is also a decent base runner and a below average hitter. He also bats left-handed and makes the minimum salary. He has to be more helpful to this team’s chances of winning games than Humberto Quintero does (as long as Kratz is healthy) and he would allow them to keep all of their minor leaguers where they currently are.

         
 
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