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Lee Falters, Phillies Can’t Catch Up

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 20, 2012 05:04 PM Comments: 17

Hey Ryan, please come back soon. Please.

The Boston Red Sox continued to use Citizens Bank Park as their personal home run derby today in the rubber match.  They jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the backs of Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s three run shot in the third inning.  Mike Aviles lead off the game with a home run for the second straight game.  He has homered in every game this series.

The Phillies could never quite catch up falling 5-1 and losing two out of three games in their first interleague series.

Off day for Cliff

Cliff Lee came into the ball game with an ERA under two but still had not logged his first win of the season.  Lee gave up five runs in the first three innings before finally settling in.  He ended up throwing 112 pitches in seven innings of work.  His ERA is now up to 2.66 and he is 0-2 for the season.

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Gameday: Red Sox (19-21) at Phillies (21-20)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 20, 2012 11:29 AM Comments: 34

Red Sox (19-21) at Phillies (21-20)

Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97) vs. Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Possible Showers, 79
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies offense is collecting the hits.  21 hits over their two games have yielded 11 runs.  This is exactly what they needed to keep pace with the Red Sox in this interleague series match up.  Up to this point, the Phillies split the first two games and will send Cliff Lee to the hill for the rubber match.

Lee will be up against Josh Beckett and both pitchers are very familiar with the opposition.  Beckett has over 100 innings against the Phillies and Lee has seen Boston in over 70 innings.  This just means both team are well versed in each pitcher.  This game could be another hitfest like last night.

Lee has pitched well all season but his first win has continued to escape him.  He has allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts getting a no decision in all of them.  Against the Giants, he pitched 10 scoreless innings which the Phillies would end up losing 1-0.

The Phillies are averaging only 2.6 runs a game when Lee starts and are 1-4 in his five starts.

Ty Wigginton has four home runs in his career against Beckett and Shane Victorino has also taken the right hander deep once.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Galvis 2B, Schneider C, Lee P

Your gameday beer: Monks Blood

Had this beer at an engagement party last night.  So good. - 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren. Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by itself, in a Belgian tulip glass, with a good book by the fire.



Hits Parade Leads To Loserville

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, May 19, 2012 11:18 PM Comments: 17

Celebrating one of the four home runs hit off Joe Blanton.

When your team smacks 15 hits around you expect them to score some runs.  The Phillies did manage five runs tonight but left too many runners on base.  Starter Joe Blanton was tagged for six runs in four plus innings tonight and the offense actually tried to keep him in the game.

Boston and Philly traded runs back and forth with the Red Sox getting the best of our Phillies winning 7-5 to set up the rubber match tomorrow with Cliff Lee on the hill.

Wait our bullpen? - It is no secret that the Phillies bullpen has had its issues this season.  Tonight, to no avail, the bullpen actually stepped up and did its job.  Joe Blanton got into some trouble early and gave up six runs working into just the fifth inning before being pulled.  The bullpen came in and threw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

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Gameday: Red Sox (18-21) at Phillies (21-19)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, May 19, 2012 06:00 PM Comments: 61

Red Sox (18-21) at Phillies (21-19)

Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71) vs. Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)

Time: 7:15, Citizens Bank Park
TV: Fox Regional
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 82
Media: Twitter and Facebook

This is a Phillies team we have grown to know.  Piecing together walks and hits to score runs.  As team they managed only six hits last night but pulled out a win behind the good outing from starter Cole Hamels.

The Phillies will look for another good outing from tonight’s starter Joe Blanton.  In his last start he only allowed one run in seven innings and is 3-0 over his last four starts.

Blanton will be up against Jon Lester who has faired very well when pitching against Philadelphia.  With 21 innings under his belt, Lester is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA.  In those 21 innings, the Phillies have only managed one run and 10 hits.  They will need to step their game up if they plan on keeping this win streak alive.

The Red Sox will be playing David Ortiz at first base after the Big Papi was called on to pinch hit in last night’s ball game.  The move will put Adrian Gonzalez in right field.

Ortiz, Gonzo and company have had a lot of success against Blanton.   Big Joe will have to some kind of smoke and mirror trick tonight to get ahead of hitters.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 3B, Luna 1B, Galvis 2B, Blanton P

Your gameday beer: Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale

Blonde ale mixed with blueberry juice and natural blueberry flavor, the Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale has a mild taste, defined by slightly bitter hops that really show off the blueberry undertone as you swallow. The refreshing blueberry taste is perfect for warmer spring nights like tonight, when our collective foot is just on the doorstep of summer. Have it with some fresh vegetables and pasta. –By Ryan



Hamels Wins Sixth In A Row

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, May 18, 2012 10:37 PM Comments: 32

Cole Hamels strikes out nine and wins his sixth straight game.

The Phillies aren’t the greatest during inter league play.  Heck, the National League has always been looked at as the inferior league.  The Red Sox came into town in sort of the same boat as the Phillies.  They are a team with a lot of talent that has seen injuries plague the early start of this season.

Anyways, we have Cole Hamels.  Hamels won his sixth game in a row.  This is the first time in his career he has done that.  The Phillies put him out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and although the Red Sox battled back, Jonathan Papelbon saved his 12th game in as many chances for a 6-4 Phillies win.

Ace in the bucket - There is no need to tell Cole what he is pitching for this season.  Hamels is a free agent when this season is over and he is showing the Phillies front office why they should keep him around.  The lefty struck out nine batters in seven innings.  He gave up three earned runs, which included two solo home runs.

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Week In Review – Hamels, Turning It Around

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 13, 2012 10:00 PM Comments: 58

Cole Hamels has been a bring spot for the Phillies this season.

Cole Hamels finished off the week with his fifth win in a row and leads the Phillies staff with those five wins.  Hamels is the third guy in a rotation behindRoy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but its the lefty thats been confusing hitters all season.

Hamels recent domination has people talking; and calling.  Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported this past week that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous has been asking about Hamels and Shane Victorino.

Both Hamels and Victorino are free agents after the season, and if the Phillies keep this up they could be sellers.


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Gameday: Phillies (13-15) at Nationals (18-9)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 06, 2012 07:00 PM Comments: 31

Philadelphia Phillies (13-15) at Washington Nationals (18-9)

Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 1.89)

Time: 8:05 PM, Nationals Park
Weather: Overcast, 71
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels will try and bring his continued success against Washington in the national spotlight tonight on ESPN.  Hamels is 6-0 in his last nine starts against the division rivals.  The Phillies lefty will also hope that the offense will remember to show up after getting out hit 15-5 last night.

The Phillies will be looking to tee off of young Jordan Zimmermann.  The righty is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA against the Phillies.  Carlos Ruiz is three for seven in his career with a home run against Zimmermann.  He is hitting .419 with 15 RBIs in his last eight games.

Its been a struggle dating back to last year while playing the Nationals.  The Phillies have now lost their last seven games against Washington.  This is a critical series for the Phillies.  They just finished up with the Braves last week and tomorrow start a series against the Mets.  These next few games could shake it up in the division.

Lineup: Rollins 6, Pierre 7, Victorino 8, Pence 9, Nix 3, Ruiz 2, Polanco 5, Orr 4, Hamels 1

Your Gameday Beer – BadAss Beer

Although it’s carefully crafted by the Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, Michigan, this is not a craft beer. This is not a snifter pour. This is not a beer with a flowery finish or oaky undertones. No, this beer takes water from the Saginaw aquifer and turns it into a beer that stands out and seems familiar at the same time.  Be a badass, and drink a good beer. Be safe and enjoy. -KC



Week In Review – Survival Is the Key

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 06, 2012 04:00 PM Comments: 11

Cliff Lee could start Wednesday against the Mets.

As frustrating as this week has seemed, the Phillies can still come out after tonight’s game 4-3 for the week.  A win tonight also helps the Phils avoid the sweep at the hands of the NL East Washington Nationals.  There were a couple bad tasting losses this week; both extra inning affairs with Atlanta and the Nats.

There are a lot of things ailing the Phillies.  Charlie Manuel has to better use his bullpen I think.  I have never been more uncomfortable with him calling for Joe Savory and Brian Sanches.  Jonathan Papelbon has been very good this season going a perfect nine for nine in saves, but it seems Manuel is skeptical about using him for more than one inning.

The offense has been clicking better lately.  There are still times where the bats disappear and it seems like a million runners get stranded.  Manuel has tried countless lineups to see what works best.  It is probably in his best interest to find one and stick with it.  This will give the guys he is using to have regular swings and looks.  It’s hard for a guy to come off the bench one day, and then play the next.  Consistency is key.

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Gameday: Phillies (13-14) at Nationals (17-9)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, May 05, 2012 12:26 PM Comments: 3

Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) at Washington Nationals (17-9)

Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)

Time: 1:05 PM, Nationals Park
TV: CSN, MASN (for us VA people)
Weather: Scattered Rain, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Coming off an extra inning loss is always tough.  Especially when its a quick turn around to a day game.  The Phillies will be back up early today to take on the surprise Nationals.  Washington is leading the NL East 26 games into the season.  One of the big reasons for their early success is their pitching staff.

Gio Gonzalez was brought in this past offseason to pitch and to pitch well.  With young arms on the team ilke Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, Gio was, in some sense of the word, to be the staff veteran.  He is a solid right handed pitcher who with Oakland the past two years notched 21 victories.  He has never faced this Phillies team and has a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched this season.

Philadelphia will be asking Vance Worley to just keep doing what he’s doing.  Just one month and five starts into his sophomore season, Worley is showing fans why Charlie Manuel wanted him in the rotation.  In 32 innings this season he has a 1.97 ERA and 32 strikeouts.  Worley is 2-1 in his young career against the Nationals.

Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre are the only two Phillies with hits off Gio, so I wouldn’t expect any barrage of offense tonight.  Another low scoring, good pitching matchup is what we are in store for I think.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Galvis 2B, Worley P

Your Gameday Beer – Tequila

No I am not trying to pull a fast one over on you.  I know this isn’t a beer.  But it is Cinco de Mayo for crying out loud.  Now, Herradura might not be your favorite brand but it is quite refreshing.  Born in 1870, Herradura tradition is as interesting as its heritage.  So for this holiday, go make margaritas, a mojito or take it straight to the face.  Be safe and enjoy. -KC



Free Baseball Not Friendly To Phils

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, May 04, 2012 11:35 PM Comments: 20

The Phillies took Strasburg deep twice, it just wasn't enough.

There is indeed something special about these Washington Nationals. They remind me a lot of the Phillies when they finally gave into the call for the youngsters.  The Phillies fought back all night but ultimately fell short 4-3 in the 11th inning.

Strasburg’ed – Hunter Pence homered off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  It was the first home run given up by Strasburg since August 2010.  Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear, also took the righty deep in the fifth inning.  Ruiz’s fifth home run of the year gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

KKKyle Kendrick, making another start in place of injured Cliff Lee, pitched very efficiently for five innings of work.  He allowed only one run on seven hits and struck out two.  The radar gun had him topping our at 94 tonight.  But then again it says Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez was hitting triple digits, so who knows.

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