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Simon Says Phillies Score No Runs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, May 16, 2014 09:56 PM | Comments: 78
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Yeah, I went there. The Phillies, who have not scored in 20 straight innings, were blanked by Alfredo Simon and the Reds, 3-0.

KENDRICK BAD, THEN GOOD

-Kyle Kendrick started off the game with a lousy first inning, allowing a three-run homer to just-off-the-DL Devin Mesoraco. That would be all. At one point, he sat down 15 in a row, but it was not enough. Through seven innings, he struck out five and walked just one. It was quite Kendrickian.

SIMON VERY GOOD

-Apologies for the title of the post, but it was too easy. Simon has had a very good season and looked Cy-esque tonight, although the Phillies tend to do that to teams lately. Through 7 2/3 innings, Simon allowed no runs on just five hits while walking one and fanning eight.

OFFENSIVE

-Chase Utley had two hits, raising his average to .347 in the process. Cody Asche had the only extra base hit. That would pretty much be all. As I said at the top, the Phillies haven’t scored in 20 straight innings. That’s just embarrassing. They finished the night 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

BASTARDO?

-He struck out the side in the eighth inning and we continue to be unable to figure him out.

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  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Ugggggghhhhh!

     
  • Posts: 0 Guest

    Not even worth writing anything. Game over as soon as the home run happened

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Hmmm.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Bad

     
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    Horrible team and boring as hell. No offense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Glutenous

    I’d say the Phillies are a stone cold lock for dead last in the NL East. Not to be the doom and gloom, giving up all hope a quarter of the way through the season guy, but it would really take a whole lot to turn this thing around. The offense is impotent and the bullpen is too inconsistent. I’d be surprised if the Phillies are able to string together more than 3 wins in a row at any point this season. Time to blow it up.

    Sadly, us as a fan base will most likely have to suffer through some lean years of bad baseball before we ever see them sniff success again. As a person who grew up witnessing nothing but bad baseball from my beloved Fightins every year up until 2007, this is what the Phillies embody. That great run from 2007-2011 was an anomaly, and the team has now regressed to the norm. I’m grateful for that run and didn’t take a second of it for granted. For whatever reason, I’ll always love the Phillies.. but, man are they bad.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      The good news is, with every dismal loss I come that much closer to winning my office pool in which I predicted a 67-win season.
      The bad news is, I’m the only person in my office.

       
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Well it sure was a great day for ducks, hey kids?

    Okay gang, here’s a silly question while we’re waiting for major league baseball to someday resume in this city:

    Why was CBP fitted with blue seats?
    The color of the seats didn’t matter much back when people actually sat in them but as the crowds dwindle down towards the teens (or less) the lack of Phillies red in the stands becomes more & more pronounced. In fact, when I noticed that sea of blue in left field I thought the stadium had been invaded by Mets fans, perish the thought.

    Perhaps it’s time to consider using cardboard cutouts of happy families. Or maybe management will finally figure out that the empty seats didn’t force management into fielding a patchwork team – rather, a patchwork team created empty seats. In other words, management first laid an egg and now the chickens have come home to roost.

     
    • Posts: 4608 Lefty

      Avatar of Lefty

      I once took a tour of the Superdome soon after it was built. They informed us that they purposely painted each seat a different color to make it appear like the stadium was full. I thought it was strange since they only had a pro football team, Tulane University, and a few big events at the time like the Sugar Bowl or Super Bowl that mostly had sold out crowds. But I guess the Saints weren’t very good at that time. Yet still- if an empty seat didn’t have a mannequin with a bag over it’s head, you could tell it wasn’t a real ” Ain’ts ” fan.

       
  • Posts: 888 betasigmadeltashag

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    I’ve got two things. Why does Ryan Howard continue to swing at pitches that start out of the strike from the pitchers hand and just gets further out of the strike zone as it reaches the plate.
    Second isn’t the definition of band wagon fans-”fans that only show up when their home team is winning and disappear when the hit a bad streak”

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Answer 1:Ryan Howard needs to try corrective glasses. It worked for Dick Allen.
      Answer 2: Yes, that’s the definition of a bandwagon fan. They’re the lucky ones, never giving the team another thought while we eat our hearts out and die young.

      Now answer my question.
      Why the blue seats? Was it a purchasing error?
      Did the contractor have a special?
      What?
      (You can ignore the rant part of the my full question above)

       
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Oh, and a note to Pat Gallen:
    Carly Simon could have pitched a shutout against this team, tonight.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I disagree on Carly Simon.

      If they didn’t have scoring chances, I might agree, but they had 8 opportunities with runners in scoring position.

      Given the Phils’ overall average, and their average with RISP this year, you would normally expect 2 hits in those 8 chances.

      But some nights they go 4 for 8 with RISP, and last night they were 0 for 8. So it goes, and that’s normal.

      Get ‘em tonight.

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Okay, I’ll meet you at Neil Simon.

         
    • Posts: 4608 Lefty

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      Yeah, WB there is no chance Carly Simon could do that. Now Carole King, she might be able to.

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        When Carole throws her fast ball I feel the Earth move under my feet, but Carly’s breaking balls? Well, Nobody does it better.
        (just ask James Taylor)

         
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Apparently, Bastardo is possessed by the spirit of Three Finger Brown when the Phil’s are losing, and reverts to his excruciatingly annoying bad pitcher imitation when we have a lead.
    On an unrelated, yet indirectly related note, in the hockey world, Pens GM Ray Shero (don o the famous Flyers coach) was relieved of his duties today, and not the Penguin’s coach. And now to the reason I even type any of this: the owners decided to start with the top of the operation and then bring in someone knew and have them evaluate the entire organization from the ground up, from scouts to coaches, to the minors to the pro players.
    I really think, once Ruin is gone, that the Phillies need to do the same. Re-evaluate everyone. I’m sure they do this every year, but it
    Might be time for a fresh perspective from a fresh evaluator.
    I also admit to reading NHL blogs while listening to Franzke and LA because the game was too brutal to watch.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Speaking of the Sheros, perhaps the Phils should change their name to the Broad Street Bulls Eyes since we’ve become an easy target for every team.

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      It’s a tiny sample, but you’re right about Bastardo this year:

      Batters have a .998 OPS against him when the Phillies are ahead, but only .536 when the Phils are losing.

      Again, too small a sample to be meaningful, but interesting.

       
  • Posts: 518 Bruce

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    It’s a bad night when certain fans here only sound off on hockey and the color of stadium seats(chuckles)

    I’ll stick to baseball and my beloved Phillies. Kendrick had a decent outing .. a quality start. However, he must be the most hard luck pitcher in baseball. Kendrick has had very little run support. I read that the Phillies have scored one run or less in his last 8 starts. Lee and Hamels know that experience from last year. None of us have the answer or solution for the team’s feeble hitting right now. They say a slump can be contagious and I guess we are seeing it. Sandberg may be overmanaging out of frustration as he has made 22 line-up changes in just 39 games but he is trying to help the team find their way.

    In mentioning line-up changes, why Sandberg did not use switch hitting Cesar Hernandez in centerfield (Revere has a stomach virus)? He played there last year (23 games). I feel you should give the young player a chance to hit especially after batting .340 plus in Reading this spring. One little spark can ignite the team’s offense.

    Well, Hamels will again try for his first win of the season tomorrow. “You gotta believe …”

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      There will be a lot of blue seats showing for Hamels’ outing as well.

      I would have splurged on Jacoby Ellsbury in FA, traded Brown and Asche for Matt Kemp while they still had value.

      Now, they can’t trade their old guys because they make too much money and are in decline and they can’t trade their young guys because they’re not playing on a major league level.

      I’d try offering the Red Sox a one-for-one franchise swap.We give them the Phils and they give us their Double A franchise, the Portland Sea Dogs. Maybe change the team name to the River Dogs since the Sea Dogs makes no sense in Philadelphia (like LA retaining the name “Lakers” after the team moved out of Minnesota – or worse,the Utah Jazz).
      But the Red Sox have to take our front office and player to be named later.

      What is it with those blue seats, anyway?

       
      • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

        What’s wrong with blue? I like blue…

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Blue is my favorite color.
        But I would have painted the seats at CBP with alternating red and white vertical rows.
        Make the opposition feel like they’re in the belly of the beast.

         
  • Posts: 0 Carlos

    Wow, we stink! What is Amaro’s projected MSPW?(Millions spent per Win)

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    There is a stench coming from Citizens Bank Park. Perhaps some aging or rotten hot dogs?

     
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Perfect, orioles got Heath bell and Astros got Farnsworth… excellent work!!

     
    • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

      Neither one would do anything for us in the long run. Bring the kids up and let them go. Don’t care how deep in the minors they have to dig. Rather watch the kids lose 3 – 0 then the Old folks.

       
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        I’d rather win

         
    • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

      Apparently, the pitcher on Amaro’s radar right now is Todd Coffey.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/Phillies_posibly_interested_in_Todd_Coffey.html

       
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Lol yup that’s exactly who would expect amaro to sign… Unbelievable

         
    • Posts: 0 George

      Actually, in the case of Bell, the Orioles AAA affiliate got him. I don’t see how a minor league guy would be much help. It’s possible Bell could return to his yeats ago form, but that’s pretty doubtful.

      Farnsworth has had declining velocity for years now, and he’s 38 years old. Not sure how long he’ll last, even with the Astros, and their ‘pen is even worse than the Phils’.

       
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Actually Farnsworth still throws hard and had been pitching well for the mets before his release

         
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    I do not understand why Hernandez isn’t starting in centerfield while revere is sick

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Gameday number40: Reds vs Phillies

     
    • Posts: 0 lefty

      Well, it doesn’t seem like anyone else is gonna do it.

       
      • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

        Thanks Lefty! Even the bloggers tend to lose interest when a team gets this bad.

         
      • Posts: 0 lefty

        Yeah Scotty, gotta wonder what’s wrong with us, you know?

         
    • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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      Yeah, it’s depressing state of affairs when even “Phillies Nation” isn’t interested enough to put up a post.

       
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Wow, just heard TMac say Gwynn Junior is making his 10th start of the year. I remember in Spring training thinking what a nice gesture that the Phillies were giving Tony’s kid a shot. Never thought it would be any more than that.

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Rally time with no outs! A run!

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    WOO HOO!!! 4 RUNS AND NO OUTS!!!

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    FIRST RUNS SINCE TUESDAY!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    4 runs!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

    They just ended a 23 inning scoreless streak!

     
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Downtown brown sighting baby!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Chooooooch!

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    WOO HOO!!! 5 RUNS!!! HALF-PRICE PIZZA AT PAPA JOHN’S TOMORROW!!!

    …. unless the bullpen blows it again…

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Somebody has a worse bullpen than we do!

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    OK guys, we’ve got the pizza let’s save some runs for tomorrow. We don’t want to wait another four days for some more runs…

     
    • Posts: 0 lefty

      Haha Never enough with this bullpen

       
      • Posts: 0 lefty

        Then again, if Hamels keeps this up, maybe we won’t need them tonight.

         
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Hitting w RISP!

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    After the way Hamels got burned last time, I don’t think he’s going to let them take him out…

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    Hamels is only at 90 pitches, with 6 outs to go. I think he can CG this.

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    Hmn… 10-1… do you think it’s safe for Hamels to call it a night yet? I’m not sure.

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Batted around twice? Cant remember that happening for a while.

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    I’m getting a little nervous — the Phillies announcers are too confident… (grin)

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    WHEW!!!

    Congrats to Hamels! MLB’s website was predicting that he wouldn’t hit this milestone until late June, believe it or not. I thought he was overdue.

     
  • Posts: 0 Carlos

    WOW! We can’t be that good but I’ll take it,great game.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Congrats, Cole! Figures the on game I cannot watch because I’m out of town and the offense explodes for 12 runs! Hopefully, the bats keep going and don’t hibernate for a while.
    Hmmm…maybe I should not watch the games…they seem to do great when I can’t catch the game. Lol.

     
    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      Big Ed – Same here….I didn’t watch or listen to one pitch of this game. I was “conveniently” busy last night (figured I would take a much-needed break from this mess).

       
      • Posts: 4608 Lefty

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        I hereby order both of you to never watch a game again, ever. Don’t know exactly what I’m gonna do to stop Chuck A. yet, I’m working on that one.

        But hey Big Ed, have you ever been to Niagra falls? I hear it’s absolutely beautiful in May.

         
  • Posts: 888 betasigmadeltashag

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    This is crazy no game day and wrap up. Are the writers on strike?
    Nice game by Brown and Asche
    And nice pitching by Cole.
    Hopefully this wakes up the offense, and I think Hernandez should playing while Revere is sick also

     
  • Posts: 4608 Lefty

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    Gameday # 41 : Reds vs. Phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 Hungryent

    Ever since Howard got married he’s been terrible I blame his wife she needs to go

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I had to laugh when the announcers started talking up attendance.

    Like one game with 13 runs would cure it all.

    Gotta love it.

     
  • Posts: 2659 Tracey

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    Is this blog still in business? Two good games in a row with no gameday post?

    Then again, maybe lack of a gameday post is lucky for the Phils… hmn…

     
    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      Too many posts anyway. Sometimes I think just having a running thread is better. People can say what they want and it’s more flexible and open-ended.

       
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    I didn’t care much for Schmidt in the booth back in the old Prism days, but I think Sundays with Schmidt are great now. IMO He’s more relaxed and fun to listen to now.

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    That was pretty funny. TMAC says “Matt you want to give us a little scouting report on Jonathan Braxton?”

     
  • Posts: 0 lefty

    Two really nice wins after that stinker Friday night.

     
  • Posts: 0 Hungryent

    3 games back for division lead and wildcard

     
  • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

    It’s a small sample size, but since the PN bloggers have mysteriously disappeared the Phillies are 2-0 and have averaged 10 runs per game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Now that the Phillies have pushed forth their only consistency, that of a 2014 rendition of Jekyll and Hyde once again with a 2 of 3 beating of the Big Injured Machine, it’s time to express some thoughts on the always popular Jonathan Papelbon. That’s really using the star name to grab attention. It’s more about Sandberg, Ryne, and it’s timed in the spirit of the time to yell at your kids is not when they misbehave, but when they done good. Kick a kiddo’s ass when they done bad, and the multiplication factor squares and triples.

    Part of a managers job is handling, or dealing with the press. Ryno SEEMS to have more than totally botched handling of Jimmy Rollins in the spring, which seems to be nicely, and productively resolved. But The Skipper has come back with what appears to be another E-4 only several weeks later with the aforementioned Paps.

    Why is the press, and through them, the public guided to take liberties with words like “we need a closer who can go 3 days in a row”. No bleep, Burrlock. Handle it with the player. It’s not a matter of “today’s player,” because in Rollins and Papelbon, we’re talking about 2 guys who have a great many characteristics of throwback types. Maybe not wholly, mind you, but a lot of similarities. Sandberg’s the one who ultimately had a chance to convince Papelbon he should have saved Hamels a week ago today, and either didn’t, or didn’t try. That should have been the ballgame right there. Not several days later with media types looking for trouble between the rookie manager, and his image beleaguered critical player..

    I wonder who might be next. Dallas Green made a living touching players nerves. But at least he didn’t do it through the press. I’d rather hear about the consistency of the Phils Jekyll and Hyde season than agitation. Then again, miraculously, this maze of mix is still only 3.5 from first place. And if that end were to somehow surface, any means to justify are okay by me. The Fish and Bums are next. Two clubs the Phils kinda manhandled earlier this year. Gonna be a big week. Or it could be a killer week. More consistency. As in consistently unpredictable. But the on the field aspect of it is what should be the issue at hand..

     
    • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

      I think Dallas Green did his share of manipulation through the press. Didn’t he go on WIP in 2001 and criticize Scott Rolen publicly?

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        I was referring to Green’s time as manager of the Phillies.

         
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