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Mayberry Homers, Giles Appears as Phillies Sweep Padres

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 12, 2014 04:17 PM Comments: 3

Ken Giles made his major league debut and John Mayberry Jr. hit a home run in a rain soaked, 7-3 win over the Padres. It was just the Phillies second sweep of the season.

Kendrick Settles In

-It hasn’t been pretty for Kyle Kendrick in the first inning and today was no different as he allowed the Padres to open up with two runs. Heading into the game, KK had allowed 13 first inning runs this season.

-Overall, he calmed down and got through six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five.

Rollins Nears Record

-With his first inning RBI single, Jimmy Rollins moved to within one of Mike Schimdt’s franchise hit record. If I’m doing the math correctly, with two hits he’ll pass him for all-time lead.

-Dom Brown also slapped an RBI single, knocking in the Phillies second run of the day.

-The bigger blow came in the sixth when, you guessed it, Reid Brignac, doubled to left-center knocking in two runs to put the Phillies ahead 4-2. Earlier in the inning, the leading run could have scored but John Mayberry was called out on a bang-bang play at the plate. Upon review, Mayberry’s front leg never touched home, although he beat the throw to the plate.

-Mayberry made up for it later, hitting a monster three-run home run in the seventh inning.

Ken Giles Appears

-Giles made his first career appearance with two outs in the ninth inning and hit 100 mph on the stadium gun in with his first pitch. However, Yasmani Grandal went yard in the at-bat, making it a 7-3 game. He’d finish off with a strikeout. One to remember I suppose.


Gameday 64: Padres vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 12, 2014 12:18 PM Comments: 17



San Diego Padres (28-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-36)

Starting Pitchers:
SD: Eric Stults (2-7, 5.68)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 4.30)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Chance of Rain, 77
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: 

How much will it rain? That is the question as the Phillies go for a sweep of the Padres in an afternoon tilt. Kyle Kendrick, looking at you, dude. Kendrick needs to shut it down early and often and the Phillies could have their first 3-game winning streak since 1987. Kidding. Kinda.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Mayberry 1B / Brown LF / Nieves C / Hernandez 3B / Kendrick P


Efficient Burnett Helps Phillies to Win Over Padres

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 10, 2014 10:37 PM Comments: 16

AJ Burnett shook off a few ugly starts to pitch 7+ innings, leading the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Good Burnett

-All year it has been Jekyll and Hyde with AJ Burnett. Tonight, we got the proper version. Burnett needed just 89 pitches to throw 7 1/3 innings, a breeze by his standards. He allowed just two runs while striking out three and walking two. I’d caution, however; the Padres aren’t good.

-Jake Diekman came in and lit up the gun. He hit 100 mph once, much to the delight of the crowd. Ken Giles who?

-Jonathan Papelbon closed it out, but not before loading the bases and throwing 28 pitches. Jayson Stark said on our Monday show that execs around the league have no idea how he’s getting by with his stuff. Wonder if there will be a market for him?

It was also career save No. 300 for Paps.

Byrd Flies

-Marlon Byrd hit his 10th home run of the year, a three-run blast in a four-run fourth inning. Consider me shocked that Marlon has become a bit of a power hitter.

-Three other Phillies (Revere, Utley, and Howard) posted two hits a piece.

Clever Jimmy

-Great play by Jimmy Rollins in the 8th inning to dodge a tag by Evereth Cabrera, which allowed Chase Utley to make it to first base. The Phillies didn’t score, but I was very much a fan of that heads up play. Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for things like that. If that were Chase, it would have been the smartest, bestest play ever.



Gameday 62: Padres vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 10, 2014 06:55 PM Comments: 9



San Diego Padres (28-35) at Philadelphia Phillies (25-36)

Starting Pitchers:
SD: Ian Kennedy (5-6, 3.39)
PHI: AJ Burnett (3-5, 4.41)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, Showers, 82
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: 

The number one thing to watch for tonight is to see if Ken Giles makes his highly-anticipate debut. Most else is secondary. Sure, some good baseball, and a good start by AJ Burnett, would be nice. But lets face it; seeing Giles hit triple-digits would fire some people up.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Ruiz C / Hernandez 3B / Burnett P


Nola’s Goofy Shoulder; Phillies Run Differential

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 06, 2014 12:29 PM Comments: 8

-David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, who joined us on Phillies Nation TV this past week, wrote a quick, yet interesting post on Aaron Nola’s release and arm action when throwing a baseball.

There seems to be an awful lot of force concentrated on his right shoulder just before he releases his ball to home plate. The force pushes it toward third base, before its physical structure slams its momentum to a stop and turns into the fulcrum off of which the baseball is launched.

Go ahead, watch the video. It does not look normal, or comfortable.

It’s certainly a weird movement within the shoulder on Nola’s followthrough, however, to ease your mind, he has had no history of shoulder issues, obviously a good note.

-Corey Seidman tweeted this beaut today:

That is how far they’ve fallen in a little over two months time. Forget the record, forget the division; the Phillies will not win anything if they can’t come close to winning the run-differential battle.


Reports: Cedeno Called up, Gillies removed from 40-man

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 06, 2014 11:25 AM Comments: 14

According to the Express-Times, the Phillies will call up veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno today. No word on who will be sent down from the roster. Cedeno is hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI while playing the middle infield.

According to the Lehigh Valley broadcast, via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly who tweeted this late last night, the Phillies have released Tyson Gillies. Haven’t heard any other news from any sources yet on this, but will keep an eye/ear out. If so, the Phillies have finally give up on a talented, yet oft-injured piece of the Cliff Lee trade. Man, that did not work out AT ALL.

 UPDATE:  Official word on Gillies is that he cleared waivers and was outrighted off the the Phillies’ 40-man roster and will remain on the Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster.

PhilliesNation’s minor league insider Jay Floyd contacted Gillies for comment today, but the 25-year-old British Columbia native declined to offer any thoughts.

Gillies, who has had repeated disciplinary concerns since joining the Phillies organization and reportedly had a verbal bout with coaches over being removed from a game last week, is batting .217 with two homers and 10 RBI in 37 games with the IronPigs this year.


Phillies Select LSU Righty Nola with 7th Overall Pick

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 05, 2014 08:52 PM Comments: 10

The Phillies selected LSU right hander Aaron Nola with the seventh pick in the 2014 first year player draft.

Here is our own Pat Egan’s write up on Nola:

Aaron Nola has been LSU’s ace for the past few years and for good reason. In 16 games this season Nola went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA (16th in NCAA). He struck out 134 batters (2nd in NCAA) in 116.1 innings pitched. Hitters are batting just .172 off of him this season, and his .83 WHIP was good for fourth among NCAA pitchers.

Nola can place his 90-93 MPH fastball wherever he wants. He has no problem working it inside or outside to hitters. He also possesses a breaking ball that he can throw for strikes and a nice changeup that he uses to keep the batters guessing. Nola’s big strength is his ability to locate the strike zone. Think the opposite of Phillippe Aumont.

Keith Law told Jayson Stark and I on Monday that Nola would be the first pitcher in the draft to reach the major leagues, and that’s exactly what the Phillies need.

They have little depth in the pitching department outside of Jesse Biddle and maybe Severino Gonzalez, so it was imperative that the Phillies come away with a guy they know will be ready soon. No more 17-year-old projects. The Phillies cant afford it. So they went with the right pick at no. 7 in Nola.


Gameday 57: Phillies vs. Nationals

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 04, 2014 06:40 PM Comments: 26



Philadelphia Phillies (24-32) vs. Washington Nationals (28-28)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: AJ Burnett (3-4, 3.79)
WAS: Stephen Strasburg (4-4, 3.15)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies are having a tough time scoring runs and they’ll try again tonight against Stephen Strasburg.


Some updates on a few players. Darin Ruf has hit the DL with wrist and knee issues after slamming into the wall last night in a Triple-A game. But nothing is broken, which is good. Cliff Lee still has not resumed baseball activities. It has been 18 days since he has pitched and the closer it gets to the trade deadline without him pitching, the less and less the Phillies will receive if they attempt to deal him.

Lineup:  Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Brown LF / Brignac 3B / Revere CF / Burnett P


Gameday 56: Phillies vs. Nationals

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 03, 2014 07:07 PM Comments: 57



Philadelphia Phillies (24-31) vs. Washington Nationals (27-28)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86)
WAS: Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 4.07)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Sunny, 74
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Here’s your note tonight. The Phillies need a win and need to start a lengthy winning streak.

Lineup:  Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Brown LF / Brignac 3B / Revere CF / Buchanan P


Listen to the Jayson Stark Show with Pat Gallen on 97.5 the Fanatic

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 02, 2014 05:45 PM Comments: 0

irOur very own Pat Gallen is hosting a radio show with ESPN’s Jayson Stark every Monday from 6-7pm on 97.5 the Fanatic. It comes to you live from the Green Parrot Pub & Patio in Newtown, PA.

Jayson, of course, is the preeminent baseball writer in the world. He’ll be giving his insights on the Phillies and the world of baseball. Plus, he’ll always have his awesome trivia question ready to go.

Our friend, Pat can be seen on Phillies Nation TV on TCN & CSN and heard on 97.5 the Fanatic on Sundays also. Plus, he’s the Phillies Nation Editor-in-Chief!

Should make for an insanely informative and fun hour of baseball talk! Click below to LISTEN LIVE!

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