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Seven-Run Eighth Powers Buchanan, Phils to Sweep

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 10, 2014 05:21 PM | Comments: 11
2014 Game Recaps

If you had the Phillies coming into Milwaukee and sweeping the team with the NL’s best record in their own yard after losing nine of their last ten, raise your hand?

After being held hitless until the top of the seventh by Matt Garza, the Phillies exploded for seven runs in the eighth and rewarded a fine effort by rookie David Buchanan and led the Phillies to a 9-1 win and a series sweep against the team with the NL’s best record in their own ballpark.

Wow.

Buchanan Stymies Brewers

Buchanan earned his fifth win of the season, pulling his record to an even 5-5. Buchanan’s ERA dropped to 4.40 after going seven innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits, striking out five. Buchanan surrendered a sixth inning homer to Carlos Gonzalez which had the feeling of a game-winner in a game strapped for offense. But…

The Offense Comes Out Swinging, Both Barrels Loaded With Two Outs in the Eighth

It looked like one of those all-too-common days where a Phillies pitcher would toss a winnable game only to have the offense not reward them but Cameron Rupp started an offensive onslaught that almost didn’t stop in the eighth inning. Rupp hit a one-out double and was followed by a pinch-hit walk by Cesar Hernandez. Rupp and Hernandez would each move up a base on a Tony Gwynn Jr. ground out.

With two outs, Jimmy Rollins singled home Rupp and Hernandez. Rollins would steal second before a Chase Utley walk. Ryan Howard would follow with a reviewed and up-held ground rule double, scoring Rollins, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Marlon Byrd would be intentionally walked before Cody Asche hit a ground-rule double of his own to make the score 5-1. Domonic Brown would join the party with a two-run single of his own to make it 7-1.

In the ninth, the Big Piece smashed a two-run homer, ending a 20-game homer-less drought, putting the Phillies ahead 9-1. Anotonio Bastardo struck out one in a perfect eighth and Jake Diekman struck out a pair in a perfect ninth to preserve the win.

Well, what now? The Phillies, left for dead, end a difficult road trip 5-5 on a four-game winning streak. With their playoff results improving 12-times over after yesterday’s results, going from 0.1% to 1.2%, each win pulls on your heart strings and makes you think this team has some kind of chance to play, at the very least, fun baseball for the rest of the summer, no?

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Ian Riccaboni has written 806 articles on Phillies Nation.

Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 TimC

    You still are selling. Papelbon is the first out the door as he wants to go, has great value to two playoff teams, can possibly return a useful piece, and has several internal cheaper options for replacing.

    One of the SPs (outside of a young, cheap Buchanan) should be traded, and bring Marquis up at league minimum to hold the spot. Kendrick/Hernandez will bring minimum return, but you try to get what you can for them before you get nothing in November.

    Castro and Sizemore should be called up over Gwynn Jr and ??? to see what they might bring. Sizemore for a few weeks in July/August, if hitting well, might even net a non-waiver trade return.

    Simple enough moves at this point that should have been done already probably.

     
    • Posts: 0 DavidE

      I think Papelbon can be traded. Giles looks like the real deal with 17 strikeouts and only 3 walks. 6 hits and 3 walks in 12.2 innings of pitching. I don’t think it would be crazy to give Giles the closer’s role. I think the Angels could use Papelbon as could the Tigers. Rollins, Byrd and Utley have significantly increased their trade value in the last week. Seattle is desperate for a shortstop who can hit more than Brad Miller. Boston needs help but their chances really aren’t any better than the Phillies at this point. The Giants could certainly use Chase Utley and would be willing to pay a good price for him. They also might go after Dan Murphy of the Mets who is reportedly being shopped around. Either would be a significant offensive upgrade over Brandon Hicks or Joe Panik.

      Not sure whether Reid Brignac can play but he sure looked good in his stint earlier. Maybe if Papelbon and Rollins go, you have capable replacements.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        Those numbers quoted on Giles do reflect reason for confidence. And every now and then, a reliever does pitch well consistently over years. The ups and downs of most are well documented. So it’s with some degree of restraint (some, mind you) that we read and hear the echoes of praise directed at Giles, although between THOSE numbers, and the eyeball test, you have to like what you see.

        That said, I thought a very fair and objective piece was penned by Corinne Landrey at C’burn Alley on Giles. I’ll give the link here, but first copy and paste one paragraph in particular that stood out to me.

        By the way, on Brignac. sort of reminds me of Frandsen. Nice player to have, probably not a guy that you can count on as a regular. Reach a certain age and if he’s not established by then, it’s probably more than just not getting a chance. But he’s NOT a joke.

        From Landrey, with the link behind it.

        According to FanGraphs the Contact%* against Giles in the majors is 61.1%. The only MLB pitcher (min. 20 IP) with a lower Contact% this season is Aroldis Chapman at 58.4%. Contact% for other notable relievers: Koji Uehara – 64.7%, Craig Kimbrel – 67.9%, Greg Holland – 65.9% and Jonathan Papelbon – 78.3%. Given the unlikelihood that Giles stepped on a Major League mound and immediately became the second best relief pitcher in the league at missing bats, it’s safe to bet that there will be regression in contact rate as hitters become more familiar with him. Additionally, his .208 BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is unsustainably low, indicating that when hitters have made contact Giles has been the beneficiary of a significant degree of luck on the results.

        http://crashburnalley.com/2014/07/10/a-word-of-caution-on-kenny-giles/

         
  • Posts: 0 Joe Hardy

    “With their playoff results improving 12-times over after yesterday’s results, going from 0.1% to 1.2%, each win pulls on your heart strings and makes you think this team has some kind of chance to play, at the very least, fun baseball for the rest of the summer, no?”

    Were you asking me, or is that a question open to others?

     
  • Posts: 0 Larry Csonka

    I’d say it depends. If Joe Pitchairsick hands off to me, then it could still be a fun summer.

     
  • Posts: 5189 Lefty

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    No

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of nova

    The key is to trade away pieces you can replace with guys within the system I.e. Byrd, Paps.

    AND get decent return

     
  • Posts: 980 betasigmadeltashag

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    I don’t think you trade anyone just to trade them in fear of getting nothing on a year. If someone will take Paps contract and give you a major league ready prospect you make that deal. If not keep him. The only guy I see moving and not getting a high prospect major league ready player is Byrd.

     
  • Posts: 2990 Chuck A.

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    Papelbon flat-out needs to go. He WANTS to go. I don’t blame him one bit for saying he wants to be on a contender and I think the Phillies …. if they can pull off the right deal……should trade him to 1) get something back that will help them and 2) rid themselves of him altogether.

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    I dont believe that any Phillies player with the exception of Cole Hamels will bring major league ready talent.

     
 
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