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Phils Walk Off For Second Straight Night

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, August 22, 2013 10:37 PM | Comments: 26
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Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Domonic Brown had plenty of reason to celebrate tonight. (Photo: AP)

Uh… what just happened?

I’m looking at the scoreboard here, and it appears the Phillies have defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on a walk-off single by Domonic Brown. This, after they looked dead in the water with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. Somehow, someway, the Phils have won a series. It’s the just the second time that’s happened since the All Star break, the first win coming against the hapless Cubs.

The Philles have now won four of their last five games, three by walk-off.

CIRCUMSTANCE LETS THE PHILS TIE IT

- The Phils would get the tying run in scoring position in the ninth on a two-out double by Jimmy Rollins. With Young at the plate, Rollins was able to steal third, and put himself 90 feet away from knotting the game at 4. With two outs, the extra base didn’t seem like it would matter much. That is, until Young hit a little dribbler past the mound on the left side. A swinging bunt, the Rockies would have no play on Young at first and Rollins would score. It was fluky, but Young atoned for failing to come through earlier in the game. Chase Utley would follow the single with a walk, and suddenly the Phillies had a shot. Up to the plate strolled Brown.

THE KIDS CONTRIBUTE

- Brown has been the Phil’s best offensive player this season, so it’s fitting his seeing-eye single through the right side would win it for the Phils. The hit was Brown’s second on the night.

- The Phillies first run came when rookie Cody Asche drove in Brown with a double in the second inning. Rockies pitching dominated the Phils for five innings after that, holding them without a run or even an extra base hit. The Phillies did threaten a couple times, even getting runners on first and third to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh. But Michael Young grounded out weakly to second on the first pitch he saw.

- In the eighth, the Phillies found a little life thanks to a lightning strike by Darin Ruf. His two-run dinger pulled the Phils to within a run and broke a long streak of lifelessness. After tonight’s game, Ruf is now OPSing .890 on the season. He’s also been serviceable in right field, hardly getting exposed like a lot of people (myself included) thought he would. Small sample size, sure. But Ruf has been a pleasure to watch since getting called up. His home run would make a difference tonight.

KENDRICK REMAINS INEFFECTIVE

- Like just about everything having to do with the Phillies, things have been pretty dreadful for Kyle Kendrick since the second half started. His 7.20 ERA only begins to tell the story of how bad it’s been.  Facing a formidable Rockies lineup, Kendrick stood no chance.

- He navigated the first four innings without incident, but he’d allow four runs over the fifth and sixth innings combined, the big blow coming on a three-run home run off the bat of  Wilin Rosario. On the pitch, Kendrick raised his hands in disbelief, seemingly baffled by his own inability to get hitters out. He looks lost out there. This is a version of Kendrick we haven’t seen in quite some time.

- Despite having thrown only 78 pitches, Sandberg opted to pull the plug on the maligned Kendrick shortly after the homer. He’d exit the game unable to record an out in the sixth, four runs and eight hits to his name, with only two strikeouts recorded. At the very least, you have to marvel Kendrick’s consistency since the break.

THE BULLPEN SHINES

- Hey, it’s not all bad in Phillies land, alright? That’s two walk-off wins in a row. To boot, over the last 10 games the Phillies bullpen has pitched pretty well. Tonight they didn’t allow a single run over four innings. Maybe some of the kids are starting to figure it out?

UP NEXT

-The Phillies kick off a three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend. Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61) takes the hill against Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56).

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    The bullpen looked good. Ruf looked powerful and Dom Brown was clutch. Now that is Phighten Phillies baseball !!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jay

    And it’s been far too long since I actually enjoyed watching and waiting for this phight!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner!!!!

    Another game it was never in doubt.

    This is why I call him Jimmy basepaths!

    Just win baby.

    Keep it rolling.

    Ken Bland I just picked up Darin Ruf in fantasy.

    The Phils have cut the Mets lead to 2 games.

    I still believe.
    92 wins gets you the wild card and save Rubens job!!!

    So nice to do a positive status on facebook too.

    Go Phillies!
    Arizona then a crucial 4 game series with the Mets!

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      Andrew I love that phrase. I have my 5 year old grandson saying that now. He was playing his dad in a game of war with a deck of cards while the Phils were playing and I here him yelling out yes yes and fist pumping and strutting like no tomorrow. I told him to say your famous phrase and he’s hooked. thanks pal.

       
      • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

        Nice.
        Its always fun when they are winning. Even if its just 2 walk offs in a row or 4 out of 5 on a 4th place team. As much as I rag some players and the team. I am always as excited as anyone when they win. Id love nothing more than Rollins and Howard to finish 1 and 2 in the MVP balloting next year. My analysis though is just that what I think not what I want.
        Go Phils!
        Even if this may be more of a product of the Rockies stinking than anything else these last couple of nights.

         
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Maybe this was the product of RAJ making the right move.. Removing the manager and getting new leadership..of course you can never fire the whole team.

       
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Ruf has awesome power. Not a LH pitcher masher like I think the lineup needs, but a player who understands how to get on base(44 of 48 games, OBP over 365). Aclear upgrade.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      Joe his stats last year were split pretty good at LHV. he hit 19 dingers against lefty’s and 19 against righty’s . I don’t know the exact numbers off hand but I remember he hit lefty’s for a very high ave. And most of his hits and HR’s have come against righty’s up here so if he starts hitting lefty’s woo hoo. I like the almost a kid.

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Ruf has always been a much better hitter against Lefties. This year’s 18 at bats against them are almost certainly just a fluke.

      Ryne’s right that last year his home runs were split evenly, 19 vs. RHPs, 19 vs. LHPs. But there are many more righty pitchers, so he actually hit much better vs. lefties:

      vs. RHPs: 19 HR in 404 PAs, .898 OPS
      vs. LHPs: 19 HR in 175 PAs, 1.318 OPS

      He’s looked very good so far this year. The key will be how he adjusts when pitchers get to know him better.

       
  • Posts: 0 Rabbi

    I am pleasantly surprised with Ruf’s play in right. He made a great sliding catch earlier in the game. Watching the replay, you could clearly see him call Utley off the ball. Also, he’s shown that he has a right-fielder’s arm. In fact, when he’s played 1st base, he’s made some very precise throws to 2nd that were over and around runners. I don’t cringe when he’s throwing the ball in the infield. I can’t say the same for The Big Piece’s throwing.

    Call me crazy, but with Brown, Ruf, and Asche, I think the farm system has plugged three holes in the Phil’s line-up. And it sounds like the pipeline is filling up!

     
    • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

      I want to see a lot more offense from Asche before I’d be comfortable having him at 3B next year. I think he’ll adjust and get his average up, but if not, they’ll have to consider giving Franco a look in September.

       
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Jury is still out on Asche’s ability to hit major league pitching..need power from the corners..defensively he looks solid..

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        Give Asche time fella’s every level he has advanced to he has struggled for a time then he turned it up and was a very good hitter. It’s too little a sample size to make a determination of his ability. (see D. Brown) Ruf on the other hand I do expect he will turn it up and give us something to cheer about. He looks like he’s getting comfy in right. Maybe once he settles in and if some of these others guys hit a bit more he’ll relax and then we’ll be cheering.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        “Ruf on the other hand I do expect he will turn it up and give us something to cheer about.”

        Ruf is already hitting .269/.368/.522 (.890 OPS), which would be the second highest OPS of all RFs in baseball, if he had enough PAs to qualify.

        I would be extremely surprised if he “turns it up” and hits much more than that going forward. I’m just hoping that he is able to adjust once he’s been around the league a few times and pitchers get to know him, and stay as good as he’s been.

         
      • Posts: 0 Carlos Danger

        Ruf is batting .243 in August, which is probably indicative of what he is – a .230-.240 hitter with power. His OBP is a definite plus on this team. Maybe he ends up being a poor man’s (righthanded) Adam Dunn.

         
  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    Phils are now tied with SD for the last protected pick in the draft.

    I like the wins, but I also wouldn’t be too upset if they didn’t keep up the recent pace…

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2013-standings.shtml

     
    • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

      Unless the Phils plan on making a run at McCann, I’m not sure where else they are going to go in FA that would cost them their 1st round pick. Would the Braves even make him a qualifying offer with Geddis ready to step in?

       
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    I’m excited for September call ups to get here, it’ll be interesting to see if one or two of our younger catchers can step it up….

    Any chance Franco gets a September call up??

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I think calling up Franco this year would be a mistake. He’s cooled off considerably in July and August:

      June: .404/.439/.778 (1.217 OPS), 10 HR
      July: .323/.356/.485 (.841), 4 HR
      Aug: .274/.300/.476 (.776), 4 HR

      No need to rush him — he turns 21 on Monday, by the way.

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    “I want to see a lot more offense from Asche before I’d be comfortable having him at 3B next year. I think he’ll adjust and get his average up, but if not, they’ll have to consider giving Franco a look in September.”

    The words from Mike on the Jersey side. Not opinions I’d agree with. Matter of fact, just to reconclie in my won mind, I’d pretty much enthusiastically disagree with. This half season for Asche is serving as a really terrific experience, and a reminder that the half season still includes about 100 at bats to show more comfort, more improvement than the admitted lack of offensive ability largely demonstrated so far.

    ll most folks remember about Mike Schmidt was that he was terrible his first full year. They don’t go back to the year before when he looked REALLY lost in a far fewer pack of games, but terrible nonetheless. Patience. A chance to grow.

    Another guy that played here, and played well, despite a number of morons hating him was Scott Rolem. A full first year for him wasn’t particularly good, and hardly a sign of things to come.

    All you have to do is look at Ache and you see he’s a player. He’ll be fine. Might be June of next year, might be August. Might be 2015. But contract nonsense be damned, for 8-10 years, you trade off the growing pains and run with him. Thinsk as you wish about 2014, but it’s especially true since 2014 as a contending year isn’t close to odds on.

    Third baseman, number 25, without a doubt, CO-DEE ASCHEEEEEEEE.

    And by the way, Franco’s not coming up in September. Not this one. Dare I go so far as to say not a chance? It really doesn’t even require an explanation to back the opinion. Doesn’t seem like anybody rushes young players up for September. The Phils seem to operate in recent times as a we’re not calling a guy up unless he’s gonna play. Take the success of 2013, draw off it and prep for ’14 after what’s already been a long season for the youngster.

    Two cents poorer, once again. One can go broke feeling an urge to comment on things.

     
    • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

      Yeah I remember Schmidt and even Utley weren’t exactly tearing it up offensively as rookies, but IIRC no one says Asche has 30+ HR potential, which would be nice for a corner infielder to have. IMO as long as Asche can hit .270ish and 10-15 HR, he’ll be moved to 2nd base in a few years to make room for Franco at 3B.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        From what I’ve heard, it’s not clear he’ll be able to play 2nd competently.

         
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Little early to formulate a serious opinion on this, maybe particularly if you’re Ruben Amaro, but in week 1, Sandberg seems to have donw a capable job of more urge to invite him back than end the interim career on a note of exit.

    Pretty capable job on the whole, and at least stirs interest with what he might do with the influence to have input on his coaches and roster.

    Two-three weeks in, opinions of those of weight and those not should be more decisive, but so far, pretty decent, which was about all that was to be expected. So far, no major challenges, unless his work with The Shortstop is more complicated than publicly known.

     
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    It’s starting to be fun to watch the Phillies again. I am almost convinced that they can still win even if they are down a few runs. Love to see that hustle and enthusiasm again.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      It’s funny how good pitching makes the offense looks like it’s clutch and it’s hustling.

      If they had given up 6 runs, like they were doing often before this week, it would have been another loss and I don’t think we’d be talking about hustle and enthusiasm returning.

      The fact is winning is much more fun, and having the pitching putting the team in a position to win can do wonders for the apparent “hustle” and “enthusiasm”.

       
  • Posts: 0 DC

    To the “I still believe. 92 wins gets you the wildcard…” comment, I’m in favor of optimism when it comes to the Phillies’ chances, but let’s not lose touch with reality. In case you haven’t done the math, 92 wins means winning all 35 remaining games.

    The remainder of this season is about preparing for next season and those beyond. It’s great to see some inspired baseball nonetheless!

     
 
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