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Phils Rocked by Brewers Again, Lose 9-4

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 09, 2014 10:33 PM | Comments: 25
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Gomez is good. (MLB)

Ryan Howard’s error in the eighth inning allowed Mark Reynolds to score the game winner and Ryan Braun iced the cake in the Brewers to a 9-4 win over the Phillies.

Ugly

-Ryan Howard made an awful error on a pretty routine play at first base that basically every first baseman should make. That cost the Phillies the game in the 8th inning Defensive miscues are absolutely destroying this team right now, along with the bullpen.

-Ryan Braun didn’t hit three home runs, which is positive news. However, he did hit a two-run triple to the deepest part of the ballpark in the eighth inning off Antonio Bastardo, pushing the Milwaukee lead to 7-4.

-Mark Reynolds added an insurance home run in the ninth off Justin De Fratus. This bullpen is just an absolute mess with no quick fixes; even if Mike Adams does return sooner than originally thought.

-The Phillies bullpen has allowed 9 runs in the last two games. As an entire pitching staff, they’ve allowed 27 runs in the last three games.

Wild Night for Roberto

-Roberto Hernandez struck out nine Brewers during an inconsistent performance. He allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings.

Other Stuff

-Carlos Gomez is good. He takes some healthy cuts on the ball, but when he makes contact it goes far as you saw in the fourth inning. His blast off Hernandez was his third of the season.

-Ryan Howard looks lost. He went 0 for 3 with two more strikeouts. The difference a few days makes.

-We’re going to see a lot of Larry Bowa on that damn phone.

-Jake Diekman, oddly enough, entered in the seventh with the heart of the order up. They were all righties. He allowed Aramis Ramirez to reach on a single (he went to second on a steal) and struck out the side. Was Ryne Sandberg seeing if he can trust Diekman in late-inning situations, perhaps closing if Jonathan Papelbon cannot? Interesting. He’s clearly their second best option.

-Jeff Manship came in and pitched a scoreless frame. I happen to agree with this, too.

-Time of game: a brisk 3 hours, 24 minutes. My God they need to speed this up.

 

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I really feel that the Phillies have not spent their 180 million nearly as well as the Brewers did their 100 million.

    Long season ladies and gentlemen.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Well I knew they were going to be less than stellar this year (he said, euphemistically) but I said to myself, “Self, at least baseball is back in town!”
      It’s just looking more like croquet.

       
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    The errors are what’s hurting the bullpen, it’s awful hard to pitch when the guys behind you are kicking the ball around, the whole team needs to get their heads out of their asses… The brewers make us look like a class a team

     
  • Posts: 0 Shelley

    So sad!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

    I picked them for less than 70 wins and so far they haven’t shown a good reason why that won’t happen. There isn’t any facet of the game that they do particularly well. It’s just a poorly constructed team.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      I find this comment a little on the silly side. Silly prolly sounds more derogatory than intended, but.

      I’d have more respect for it had it been expressed prior to Sunday, but after Saturday’s win. Each of the last 3 games has been just terrible, so I guess there’s a little balance in not writing that the <70 sentmient might be optimistic, but still, these 3 games are not going to be the dominant pattern.

      I guess what I'm saying is that from what we've seen of the last 3 games, considering the lows not getting you too low, or the highs inspiring over he top optimism, low 70's feels about right, pointless a it is to guess.

      It'll still be early, but maybe as early as the end of this homestand might provide t east the start of a sensible period of time to not be jumpy.

       
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Other than the terrible hitting, terrible pitching, terrible fielding, terrible baseball instincts, questionable management, questionable coaching, lack of cap space and bottom rung farm system why not look at the positives? I understand they’ve added some interesting food concessions and I’m sure there will be a free beach towel day coming up this summer.

    Plus, I’m looking forward to the 5th season of Boardwalk Empire this October.

     
    • Avatar of Tom in South Philly

      I have always considered myself a silver-linings type guy and I wish I could refute your comments, but it can’t be done. You’re absolutely right. The only even slightly positive thing I could say, is that it is early in the season and we have a very small sample size to make judgments on. I guess by late May we will have a much better idea how the season will turn out. I can only hope that last night’s game is an exception and not what we can expect from the Phillies this year.

      I was at the game last night; attendance is declining, it was cold and the game took way too long. At least I got a cool T-shirt.

       
      • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

        In their last 351 games this team has gone 167-184, so this sort of play isn’t exactly a fluke or the result of bad luck. That’s enough of a sample size to determine that this is just a bad team. Plain and simple.

         
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    In years to come, I fear Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will become the historical metaphor for the 2014 Phillies.

    Speaking of which, has anybody heard anything more about him since his “arm trouble” and demotion? I’m starting to wonder whether Rube paid him to un-defect.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    60 Day DL last i heard wbramh. Dont be surprised if he needs season ending surgery after that time period.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Thanks, Bacardi (and ouch!).

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    CBP was not even 3/4 of the way full last night…31,168. How far we’ve fallen in 3 years.

     
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Sad thing is jayson werth saw all of this coming

     
    • Posts: 877 schmenkman

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      You must mean his trash talking after he wasn’t re-signed? Because of course he wanted to stay here.

       
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        No and he could have stayed here if he wanted to, it would have been for a lesser contract but if he was happy here and wanted to stay he would have… But it didn’t turn out that way

         
      • Posts: 877 schmenkman

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        It didn’t turn out that way because 1) he got an insane offer, and 2) the Phillies didn’t want to go anywhere near that high. It certainly sounded at the time like he wished he could have stayed.

         
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        I don’t think so, and who wouldn’t take more money anyway… I think there was multiple reasons why he left, but if the years and money were equal who knows what would have happened

         
      • Posts: 877 schmenkman

        Avatar of schmenkman

        Agreed, so back to the original question, when was it that “Werth saw all this coming”?

         
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Boy did I ever see Jason Werth’s grand slam coming last night against the Fish.
      The vision occurred the moment the announcer claimed Werth couldn’t expect another fastball after one whizzed by for a questionable outside strike. I had a feeling Marmol was going to get cute and try to sneak one by him on the inside. Dumber yet, he tossed it down the middle of the plate. The only question, as Jason started his swing, was how many feet past the fence it would carry.

       
  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    The offense, so far, is actually better than I expected (which still isn’t saying much), but the pitching (especially the BP) and defense have been dreadful. Absolutely no one other than Ruin is surprised the BP is awful, but the defense being so bad is a bit of a surprise.

    I picked this team to go 67-95, and I’m beginning to think that was optimistic. Worst $180M payroll team in the history of professional sports…good job, Ruin!

     
  • Posts: 1104 betasigmadeltashag

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    First off Scotty this has not been the same for the last 350 games not by a long shoot. And the defense has been bad for a week. Not just the errors the missed played balls that aren’t called errors. This effect the pitchers in more ways then just unearned runs. Trying to make that perfect pitch or feel like I have to strike out everyone. And I agree it makes it tough to enjoy the game
    And the declining attendance just Feds the band wagon reputation. I lived through the early 70s and they were bad teams but I would still go to as many games as possible. And I harass people who talk about not buying their season tickets or renewing them. But I have to admit it is a lot harder to enjoy the games when good players play like this team has played the last 3 games. At least when they were bad before they were just not good players. JRoll with errors both mental and physical. I know Ryan Howard was never a gold glover but you have to make that play.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      You make a fair point about the season being too young to pass final judgment – plus based solely on errors this season, the Dodgers would have to be considered the worst defensive team in the league and I think it’s safe to assume they won’t be the worst in the league come October.

      Still, and as you rightly mentioned, its the missed plays, the none plays and those bonehead mental errors that have me worried. They’re not what you’d expect team loaded with 35-year-old veterans. Moreover, the broader trending down on every side of the ball since the glory years (plus lack of organization depth) is cause for much concern.

      I think the worst sign may be the club’s lack of initiative to blow itself up and start anew. I can understand Ruben’s hopes to get one last hurrah out of what was all too recently the greatest team in the club’s history. It’s hard to fault him for that wish but it’s a beautiful dream threatening to become a nightmare in the real World. I don’t doubt Ruben’s heart and loyalty; they are two wonderful traits rarely found at that level. He just needs to leave the dream and wake up.

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Just because I don’t renew my season tickets doesn’t make me a bandwagon fan. I still watch the games at home. But many won’t – they are the bandwagon fans. Then there are the multitudes of people hanging out in the concourse area for the entire game. Many of them are teens who buy the cheapest seats and view it as a way to hang out and flirt. Those people are not fans at all

     
    • Avatar of Tom in South Philly

      I was at the game last night; even 31,000 seemed a little high. You are right about the folks hanging out in the concourse. Walking around in the concourse, you would think the ballpark was packed the way it was in 2009-20011. Go out in the stands and you see a lot of empty seats, particularly in the upper level. I wouldn’t be too hard on the teens hanging out and flirting; if I was a teen, I’d probably be doing that too. Maybe some of them will turn into real fans as they get older.

       
 
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