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2010 Game Recaps

Werth Walks Off For 7-6 Phillies Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 19, 2010 07:13 PM Comments: 0

It was a frustrating first eight innings. Countless opportunities gone by the wayside and a Joe Blanton start turned ugly with one pitch. In the end, none of that mattered because a ninth inning rally gave the Phillies their seventh straight victory. Four runs in the final inning, capped by a Jayson Werth two-run, dead-center home run that gave the Phillies an epic comeback win over the Nationals.

Drew Storen quickly learned what this team is all about as he came on for the save up three runs. A 6-3 deficit became 6-5 in a hurry as Ryan Howard brought home two runs with a single to left-center. Placido Polanco, who led off with a single, and Chase Utley who doubled, both scored. Jayson Werth then unloaded.

To one of the deepest parts of the ballpark, Werth gave it just enough of a ride to clear the high fence near the 409 mark just to the left of dead center field. Werth admitted after the win that he hadn’t been performing in the clutch, but this ending certainly helps.

Blanton was cruising through the first few innings before it all went wrong. He gave up a solo home run to Willie Harris in the third, which was his only blemish until the sixth. In that inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Ian Desmond and then a walk to Adam Dunn, before Mike Morse crushed a ball to the opposite field and into the seats. The home run gave Washington a 4-3 lead, which would swell to 6-3 by the eighth. So what, said the Phillies.

As they’ve proven time and again over the last few seasons, you can never leave Citizens Bank Park early, no matter what. Werth’s epic shot secured their three game advantage in the NL East.

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Oswalt is magical once again, Phils win 9-1 over Nats

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, September 18, 2010 12:01 AM Comments: 0

When the Phillies sent JA Happ packing for Houston many Phillies fans, including myself, thought it might come back to haunt Philadelphia.  Up to this point, Rube looks to be spot on.  Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90 ERA) earned his seventh straight win for the Phillies going six innings and allowing just one run.  In his 10 starts since coming over from Houston, the Phillies are 9-1.

The Phillies didn’t wait long tonight to get the scoring going.  Jason Marquis started the game off getting Shane Victorino out.  I have nothing good left to say about Marquis’ outing.  It lasted only one third of the first inning.  By the time he took his spot in the dugout he was charged with six runs and six hits.

Placido Polanco started it in the first hitting a single to center.  After Chase Utley walked, Ryan Howard singled to load the bases.  Jayson Werth added an infield single scoring Polanco and moving the runners up.  Three more singles by Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt added four more runs.  The final run of the first came on a fielder’s choice by Shane Victorino.

That was all Oswalt needed.  He struck out seven Nationals while throwing 97 pitches.  Oswalt’s start was moved up a day to allow for the big three of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt to throw against the Braves starting Monday.  This move will also line them up to pitch the final series against Atlanta to end the season.

The Phillies still have a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East who kept pace by beating the Mets tonight.  Kyle Kendrick will take Oswalt’s place tomorrow on the mound.

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Phillies Top Fish, Move to Three Games Up

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, September 15, 2010 11:24 PM Comments: 0

It wasn’t pretty, but the Phillies now hold a three-game lead in the National League East with 15 games left to play.

Behind an impressive night from their lineup, the Phillies carried Roy Halladay to his 19th win as they topped the Marlins 10-5 to sweep the series and capitalize on the Atlanta Braves loss earlier in the afternoon.

Doc didn’t have his best stuff, scattering ten hits over six innings, but he did strike out nine Florida batters without walking anybody. Charlie Manuel continued to baffle fans with his use of the bullpen as he put his two anchors, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge into another game where there services probably shouldn’t have been used.

Madson cruised in the eighth inning, however the same cannot be said for Lidge as he walked three batters, gave up one hit and also allowed an earned run before being pulled with the bases loaded for Jose Contreras who picked up the save.

Before tonight, Lidge had been dominating, allowing just one earned run over his previous 17.1 IP. With the stretch run upon us, back to back days of rest couldn’t have hurt either Lidge or Madson, but a win is a win.

Wilson Valdez provided some strength from the eight-hole, going 3-5 with 2 RBI. Chase Utley hit his 15th home run of the season, the only one for the Phillies on the evening. Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez all scored two runs in the effort as well.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Phillies only struck out four times as a team and drew six walks, three of which by Ryan Howard.

Halladay will get an extra day’s rest on each of his next two starts, which might be what the doctor ordered. Closing in on 250 innings, it is safe to say Halladay isn’t dominating the way he was early in the season. Since his dominance of the Mets on August 20th, Halladay has seen his ERA jump from 2.16 to 2.49 despite winning his last three starts.

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Hamels Blows Through 13 Marlins, Phillies Win 2-1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 14, 2010 11:34 PM Comments: 0

He didn’t have his best stuff early, but Cole Hamels overcame his location deficiencies to lead the Phillies to a 2-1 win. Hamels was able to zone in and eventually dominate a hackin’ Marlins order to the tune of 13 strikeouts.

The Phillies numero dos went 6 2/3 strong innings, 127-pitches strong, and walked two while giving up just one run. That first inning run did break his personal 25 1/3 inning scoreless streak, however, Hamels was dealing beyond that shaky opening frame. Those 127 pitches are a career high.

Charlie Manuel rode his horse knowing that the Phillies have an extra day to rest him this week.

On the offensive side, the scoring began early as Shane Victorino led off with a single, followed by a Plaicdo Polanco double off of starter Adalberto Mendez. Florida countered with their lone run thanks to a spinning cue shot by Dan Uggla that didn’t get out of the infield, but did score stud rookie Logan Morrison.

In the fifth inning, Mendez ran out of gas and loaded the bases, making way for Burke Badenhop. He got the bearded one, Jayson Werth, to ground out to third, which was enough to get Victorino home for the winning run. That it, that’s all. Hamels was a one man wrecking machine.

Kudos to the bullpen as well. Chad Durbin got the final out of the seventh inning, then gave the ball to Ryan Madson who allowed two base runners, but induced a ground out by catcher Brad Davis. Brad Lidge, who hadn’t seen action in eight days because of a tight elbow, came on for another clean save, his 94th as a Phillies.

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Phillies gutted out nine tough innings in the humidity of South Florida to jump ahead by two games in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves lost 6-0 to Livan Hernandez and the Nationals tonight, allowing the Phils to pad that lead. Roy Halladay is pitching tomorrow for the sweep. Against who, you ask? It hasn’t been determined yet, which bodes well for the Phils.

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Phillies Do Yard-work in Florida, Use Homers for 11-4 Win

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Tue, September 14, 2010 12:43 AM Comments: 0

The Phillies decided when getting to the ballpark in South Florida today that they would give all 1,200 of the fans in attendance a show. And they did not disappoint. Led by the ice cream man himself, Carlos Ruiz collected three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. His four RBIs tied a career high for the Phillies’ catcher. Not letting the Chooch stand alone Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs all added solo shots as part of the 15 hit barrage.

Knocking around 15 hits and scoring 11 runs was all Joe Blanton needed. Blanton went six innings allowing only one run and struck out eight. He did lower his ERA to 5.00, his lowest since early May.

Ryan Howard reached the 100 RBI mark for the fifth straight season. He is only the fourth Phillie to have at least five seasons of 100 RBIs joining the likes of Mike Schmidt, Del Ennis, and Chuck Klein. Klein is the only other to do in in five straight seasons. It was also the sixth straight game in which Howard has collected an RBI. He has 11 over that span.

With 17 games left in the season, the Phillies will only play teams from the NL East here on out. Six of the those games will be against the Atlanta Braves who, with beating the Nats 4-0 tonight, are still one game back of the Phillies.

Ryan Lawrence of the Delaware County Times points out that the big three, or H2O, of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt could line up just in time for the Atlanta series.

The Phillies have won 14 of their last 18 games and 15 of their last 18 road games. Eight of the Phillies’ final games are on the road.

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Oswalt Dominiant as Phillies Take Mets Finale

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 12, 2010 04:38 PM Comments: 0

This recap will be short, just as the 2 hour, 15 minute game was at Citi Field. Roy Oswalt was masterful, tossing a complete-game, 113-pitch, four-hitter in the Phillies 3-0 win over the happless Mets.

It was Oswalt’s 12th victory of the season, his 6th straight as a member of the Phils. It’s also his first shutout of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Last night’s loss coupled with a Braves win, made the NL East a tie ballgame. The win now ensures the Phils a spot at the top of the division, no matter the outcome of this evening’s Atlanta-St. Louis matchup.

Chase Utley started the scoring for the Phillies with an RBI single in the first inning, plating Shane Victorino. A third inning, Ryan Howard single scored Placido Polanco to make it 2-0. Raul Ibanez added another with a solo homer in the seventh, and that was more than plenty for the third ace.

You can’t ask for much more out of Oswalt. He’s blossoming during a pennant race and is providing the Phils an added weapon which will absolutely come in handy.

Tomorrow, the Phillies head to Florida for a three game series with the Marlins.

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Phillies bats hit snooze, don't wake up in time

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, September 11, 2010 07:58 PM Comments: 0

The big decision going into tonight’s game against the Mets was whether or not to let Kyle Kendrick pitch in his spot of the rotation. Charlie Manuel could have gone with Vance Worley. Worley pitched in Kendrick’s spot for game one of a double header against the Marlins on September 6 taking the loss after allowing two runs in five innings.

But as we all know, Manuel went with Kendrick. And like Worley did against the Marlins, KK went five innings and allowed two runs while only throwing 64 pitches. Kendrick didn’t pitch badly. He stayed within his usual game plan. His one big mistake was the solo home run he gave up to Jose Reyes.

On the other side of the diamond, Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey only allowed four hits through the first seven innings. In a typical Jerry Manuel-head scratcher kind of way, the manager brought Pelfrey out to start the eighth. Now you can hold Phillies’ bats down, but usually not for long. The Phillies put together a string of hits and quality at bats and went on to score three runs in the inning off Pelfrey and Bobby Parnell.

The ninth inning also looked promising with Mike Sweeney hitting a double and moving to third on a Wilson Valdez ground out. However, Carlos Ruiz grounded out to end the game 4-3 in favor of the Mets.

This game had some interesting scenarios play out. Ole Charlie had Jose Contreras intentionally walk David Wright to load the bases and allowed JC Romero to pitch to Ike Davis, who was already 3 for 3 in the game. As you guessed, Davis hits a two RBI single to increase the lead to 4-0. If Contreras actually pitches to Wright, maybe he gets the out and the Phillies escape the inning still only down 2-0. If.

Injury update: Jimmy Rollins was again out of the lineup and Manuel said there is no guarantee he will play Sunday.

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Halladay and Phils Cruise to 8-4 Win

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, September 11, 2010 12:58 AM Comments: 0

Roy Halladay could really get used to pitching against the National League, especially the Mets. In four starts this season, Doc is 4-0 against our neighbors to the north.

With tonight’s 8-4 victory he improved his record to 18-10 – the most wins by a Philadelphia pitcher since John Dehnny’s 19 in 1983. Unfortunately his ERA jumped to 2.36 after allowing four earned runs over seven and two-thirds innings.  Halladay has pitched 6+ innings in the past 53 road games, which is the most since the great Walter Johnson went 82 games beginning in 1911. Finally, in the Cy Young watch, the Phils ace tied Jimenez and Wainwright for the league lead in wins and recorded his 200th strikeout of the season on his way to the league lead at 201.

Halladay even got into the action at the plate knocking in 2 runs to put the Phillies ahead for good with a single in the fourth. In fact, everyone except for Placido Polanco recorded a hit with Carlos Ruiz leading the way going 3-for-3 with 2 walks. Both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit solo homers. The oppo-boppo (are we still saying that?) was Howard’s 29th of the season and 251st of his career – putting him in a third place tie with Pat Burrell on the Phils’ all-time list.

All-in-all it was a solid win to start the weekend series against the Mets. The Braves beat the Cardinals by a score of 8-6.

In other news:

  • Kyle Kendrick was announced as Sunday’s starter
  • Jimmy Rollins will be on the bench tomorrow, but his right hamstring remains sore – he likely will not play. Wilson Valdez had an RBI and GIDP in tonight’s game.
  • Brad Lidge will be available after hyperextending his right elbow last Saturday. He threw with Rich Dubee before the game for the second time this week and said he felt good. Ryan Madson pitched for the second consecutive night.
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Howard's six RBIs lead Phillies over Fish 10-6

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, September 08, 2010 11:25 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies, nay, the first place Phillies scored early and often on the Florida Marlins’ team tonight. The Phils scored in six of the eight innings they brought hitters to the plate. They were led by Ryan Howard and his six RBIs. It was Howard’s third career six RBI game and second this season. Howard also belted his 28th home run of the season and 250th for his career. He is now only one homer shy of tying Pat Burrell for third on the Phillies’ all time home run list. The Phillies as a team pounded out 17 hits, tying their season high.

The final score to tonight’s affair was 10-6. That’s what the box score will say. Just don’t go thinking Cole Hamels (10-10, 3.06) had anything to do with those Marlins’ runs. Hamels pitched a great game going seven innings and not allowing a run. He lowered his ERA to 3.06 and extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings. That is the most by any Phillies pitcher since Randy Wolf threw 27 in 2002.

Hamels came into the game without picking up a win against the Marlins in his last 10 starts. He had been 0-6 with a 4.62 ERA dating back to September 22nd of 2006.

Playing in first place for the first time since May 30th, the Phillies are looking to have another hot September leading into the playoffs. Every starter, including Hamels, had a hit for the Fightins. Five of those hitters had more than one hit. Even Ross Gload and Wilson Valdez had a hit tonight filling in.

Valdez came into the game in the fourth inning replacing Jimmy Rollins. After doubling and scoring on a Carlos Ruiz single Rollins slowly walked back to the dugout. After talking with Charlie Manuel he didn’t take the field for the top of the next inning.

Phillies Nation’s own Pat Gallen, who was at Citizens Bank tonight, says it is only a tight hamstring and is listed as day to day. Gallen also said Rollins was not feeling well before the game and didn’t take part in batting practice. He went on to say this was caused by dehydration, something that others on the team have been dealing with as well.

Rollins has already spent time on the DL twice this season.

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Phils Win, Leapfrog Braves for First in NL East

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 07, 2010 11:23 PM Comments: 0

Citizens Bank Park –

During the middle of a seemingly normal at-bat, fans began to cheer. All in attendance were well aware of what was happening across the turnpike in Pittsburgh. The Atlanta Braves were losing, the Phillies were winning, and all was right with the world again.

Wait, you thought it would be that easy? Wrong.

With the game tied at seven in the eighth, Shane Victorino slapped a two-out, bloop single to center field. He then took second base on an aggressive attempt that Charlie Manuel said was his own doing. Placido Polanco followed that up by going to right field, scoring Victorino, and giving the Phillies an 8-7 lead, which they would not relinquish. Polanco was one of many heroes to step forward.

The rallying began for the Phillies in the fourth inning, down 3-1. The fun picked up as Raul Ibanez went yard to the opposite field to take on another run. Ibanez had been previously been mired in a power drought –  it was his first homer since August 24. The real fireworks came in the fifth inning, just as Joe Blanton was settling in.

Shane Victorino led off with a home run to right field to tie the game at three. Later in the inning, with one on and two out, Ryan Howard unloaded one into the left-center field seats to make it 4-3 Phillies. A 4-3 lead became 7-4 by the seventh inning, as the crooked numbers were scattered across the board. The two run inning was made possible by a Jimmy Rollins sac fly on a 3-0 count and a huge Raul Ibanez triple scoring Ryan Howard.

Blanton was, at times, erratic. He was also, at times, on point. Blanton pitched into the seventh, giving up four runs (two earned) while striking out five and walking two. Just another day at work for Blanton who has bent, a lot, but hasn’t quite broken over his past few starts (excluding Colorado).

Marlins starter Chris Volstad was shaky as well, giving up three homers. All told, the big righty gave up five earned over five frames.

Florida’s offense nearly kept pace. Mike Stanton continued to terrorize the good people of left field as he smashed his third homer in two days off of Jose Contreras in the seventh. Logan Morrison is also on a tear, which didn’t stop tonight. He went 2-for-4 and has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games. The late Marlin comeback, however, wasn’t enough. It couldn’t stand up to the offensive fireworks, which were needed tonight. Nearly every Phillie in the lineup made their presence known.

Defensively, Jayson Werth provided the lowlight of the evening in the eighth with his errant throw behind the runner at third base. Werth, who was a late insertion into the order, was then pulled by Manuel later that inning on a double-switch, solidifying his spot as the goat for the night. The bullpen tried to trump him, but fell just short.

Ugly appearances by Bastardo, Romero, and Contreras stood out from the bullpen. Luckily, Chad Durbin and winning pitcher Ryan Madson were there to douse the flames and send the faithful home happy, knowing that first place has a new, old tenant.

NOTES: Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a tender right elbow. He said after the game that he would “definitely” be ready for Friday’s game against the Mets. Charlie Manuel somewhat reiterated that thought in his press conference.

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