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2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Rained Out

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, September 08, 2012 09:59 PM Comments: 15

The rain came, and it didn’t stop.

The Phillies were supposed to take on the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park tonight. But they’ll have to wait, as a series of storm fronts moved through the region, beginning around 5 pm and not showing any sign of letting up at 10 pm, when the game was officially called.

The teams will make up the games tomorrow when they play a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1:05 pm, while the second game will begin at 6:35 pm. Cole Hamels is expected to start the first game, while Tyler Cloyd will start the second.

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Phils Come Back and Walk It Off Against Rockies

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 07, 2012 10:38 PM Comments: 33

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies couldn’t do much at the plate against the Rockies Friday night, but they did enough to win the game, as they came back from a late 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 on a pinch-hit, RBI single by Nate Schierholtz. It was their 10th walk-off win of the season.

NOT THAT FRANCIS GUY AGAIN

I remember Jeff Francis from 2007 when he shut down the Phillies in the NLDS. He did the same tonight, throwing 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. He had a pitch count limit of 75 pitches–which Larry Anderson rightfully bashed all night–and was pulled after 86. He walked just one and struck out seven, while allowing six hits.

DECENT NIGHT FOR LEE, BUT NOT A THIRD STRAIGHT ‘W’

For the Phils, Cliff Lee had an pretty good night. He had a rough first inning, where he gave up two runs, but then got in a groove for pretty much the rest of hit outing. He got in trouble in the 7th, but the bullpen surprisingly bailed him out.

Overall, he gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out seven in 6.1 innings. Both he and Francis received a no-decision on the night.

“CLUYTCH”

OK, that was bad. But it is a reference to Laynce Nix‘s 2 RBI pinch-hit double in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was only his 3rd pinch hit of the year.

You know who else was clutch? Erik Kratz and Nate Schierholtz. Kratz threw out a runner in the 9th and Schierholtz hit the game winning single in the ninth.

MINI MART CAN HIT?

Michael Martinez, who came into the game hitting a cool .115, collected two hits on the night in two at-bats before he was taken out in favor of Pete Orr.

GAME NOTES

The Phils play the Rockies again tomorrow at 7:05 PM, with Cole Hamels facing off with Tyler Chatwood.

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Rollins Reaches 2,000 Hits, Phillies Fall to Reds

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Tue, September 04, 2012 10:58 PM Comments: 15

Congrats to Jimmy Rollins on his 2,000th hit.

With a double in the fifth inning off Reds starter Mat Latos, Jimmy Rollins became the fourth Phillies hitter to collect 2,000 hits in their career.  The other three are Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, and Ed Delahanty.  All three of which are in the baseball Hall of Fame.

Rollins would need just 235 more hits to take over first place from Schmidt.  The short stop already has 134 hits this season but has only collected more than 200 hits one time in his career.  For the current Phillies, Rollins joins Juan Pierre (2,123) and Placido Polanco (2,044) as current roster players with at least 2,00o hits.  And for those who care, the next closest is Chase Utley with 1,248.

So amongst the excitement from Rollins, the rest of the Phillies couldn’t get much working against Latos.  The Reds right went seven innings, allowed just the one run and struck out six.  The Cincinnati bullpen pitched two scoreless innings to secure the 2-1 victory.

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Cloyd Fans Nine as Phillies Beat Reds

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 03, 2012 06:19 PM Comments: 13

Cloyd had everything working in Cincy. (AP)

The Tyler Cloyd Project is going smoothly thus far. Cloyd fanned nine Cincinnati Reds as the Phillies won the first game of the series, 4-2.

Jimmy Rollins was the difference as he launched a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his 17th, off Johnny Cueto. John Mayberry Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth inning off the NL Cy Young candidate.

Cloyd isn’t quite on Cueto’s level yet, but certainly outpitched him at Great American Ballpark on Labor Day. While the grills were burning, Cloyd was churning out strikeouts on the mound. The nine he posted is a season high for Cloyd, coming against a World Series contender in the NL.

So far, he’s been as advertised after going 15-1 in the minor leagues this season. As the Phillies make a late run at a wild card berth, they’re also holding tryouts for 2013. Cloyd is surely penciling his name in early for a chance at a rotation spot.

Phillippe Aumont recorded his first ever Major League save, but did give up two hits and a run in the ninth inning.

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Bullpen’s Scoreless Streak Ends; Loses Lead

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 28, 2012 11:03 PM Comments: 16

The Phillies came off a fantastic sweep of the Washington Nationals, but couldn’t keep their winning streak together as they were defeated by the New York Mets, 9-5.

GRAND SLAM GIVES PHILS EARLY LEAD

- The Phillies quickly answered after the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on David Wright’s RBI single.  Chris Young walked Jimmy Rollins, plunked Kevin Frandsen, and walked Chase Utley, loading the bases to lead off the inning.  Ryan Howard drilled a home run to deep right-center field.  The grand slam gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

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Phils Complete Sweep of First Place Nationals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 26, 2012 04:22 PM Comments: 40

PHOTO: AP

The Phils weren’t satisfied with just a series win against the first place Nationals, as they came out to play Sunday afternoon and collected a 4-1 win.

It’s the first sweep the Phillies have completed since a sweep of the Brewers a month ago, and the first time the Nats have been swept since they were swept  by the Yankees back in June.

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Mayberry Provides the Offense in 4-2 Win

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 25, 2012 09:56 PM Comments: 14

For once, the Phillies did not look like the 2012 Phillies; they looked like the Phillies of old in their 4-2 victory.  They played a little small ball and the pitching was terrific.  The Phillies will go for the sweep tomorrow!

HALLADAY HAS STRONG START

- Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings.  He gave up two earned runs, both coming from Steve Lombordozzi’s two-run single in the fifth inning.  Halladay gave up seven hits and one walk.  He struck out six.

-Halladay’s winning percentage is over .500!  He is now 8-7 with a 3.88 ERA.

MAYBERRY COMES THROUGH

-The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  Chase Utley hit a RBI single to right field.  Then, John Mayberry Jr. singled to bring home the second run.

-With the game tied at two in the sixth inning, Mayberry smacked a fly ball into the first row of the left-center field seats.  Mayberry’s twelfth homer of the year gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

-The Phillies added an insurance run in the eighth inning.  Utley was hit by a pitch and stole second and third base.  Mayberry lifted a fly ball to right-center and Utley scored on the sacrifice fly.  The Phillies took a 4-2 lead.

-Mayberry finished the night 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

GAME NOTES

-Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the 8th inning.

-Jonathan Papelbon completed the 1-2-3 save.  He struck out two in his 29th save of the season.

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Phillies Grind Out Nail Biter Against Washington

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 24, 2012 08:15 PM Comments: 10

Kyle Kendrick: Ace. (AP)

Yes, the Nats have a gigantic lead on the Phillies in the standings. Yes, as usual one of the teams in this inter-divisional matchup will be playing in October while another one wallows in the basement, and this year the shoe is on the other foot. Yes, the Phillies’ season has become a glorified audition for 2013. But, for one sweet night, behind the right arm of Kyle Kendrick, it felt like better days. It was throwback night at CBP tonight, 2007-2011 edition. And, just like in those better times, the Phillies found themselves on top, this time winning, 4-2. The pitching was superb and the offense did enough. It’s a formula that became quite familiar over the last couple seasons.

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR CY KENDRICK

- Ladies and gentleman, you have a new ace, and his name is Kyle Kendrick. Alright, maybe that’s a bit extreme. But! Coming into tonight’s game, Kendrick had a fifteen inning scoreless streak. Tonight he kept on rolling, running the scoreless streak to twenty-one straight innings, before losing it in the seventh. Lately, he has been pitching like a bona fide ace.

- Tonight’s start was nothing to turn your nose up to. It came against a first-place Nats team that has scored the third most runs in the NL since the All Star break. And while he did allow a two-run home run to the final hitter of the evening, it came on his 115th and final pitch of the outing. It was disappointing that he couldn’t finish off the seventh, but that shouldn’t discount the six scoreless innings he threw to get to that point. Frankly, with a better bullpen, I suspect Manuel would’ve gone to a reliever after Kendrick walked Kurt Suzuki in the at-bat before he allowed the home run. Also, bear in mind those were the first runs KK allowed in his last three starts.

- Kendrick’s final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER,  2 BB, 3 K. I think everyone would take that from Kendrick every time out.

- Behind only Cole Hamels, Kendrick has been the Phillies’ best pitcher over the last couple of weeks. The coaching staff attributes this to KK’s heavier reliance on his changeup, which has become one of his main pitches during his last few starts. He’d once again turn to that pitch tonight, and the results remained positive. He may be on to something here.

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Phils Walk Off for Series Split With Reds

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 23, 2012 11:33 PM Comments: 20

PHOTO: AP

After four hours and 24 minutes of baseball, the Phils came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in 11 innings. Despite missing opportunity after opportunity to score the winning run, they finally got it home in the 11th on a walk off by John Mayberry Jr.   Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto both pitched ‘OK’; Hamels gave up three runs, while Cueto only gave up two. Neither pitched past the sixth inning. Here are some notes:

MAKING CUETO WORK

Last night, 27 Phillies faced Bronson Arroyo, who threw 86 pitches over eight innings. That is an average of just 3.19 pitches per batter, an extremely low number.

However, tonight the Phillies faced Cueto 23 times, and saw 111 pitches, or an average of 4.83 pitches per batter. Still though, they weren’t able to score any runs off Cueto, as he was relieved in the sixth. His earned runs came after he left the game. Here’s his final line:

5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

For the Phillies, Cole Hamels had a similar outing. He pitched pretty well until the sixth inning, which ended up being his last inning. Here’s his line:

6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

SOLID NIGHT FOR BROWN

Domonic Brown had another solid game, as he collected two hits, including a huge double in the sixth that set up two runs, and a single in the eighth that led to him scoring the tying run on a sac fly by Jimmy Rollins. He also had some of the best at-bats of the game. He did ground into a double play to end the ninth inning, but hey–Dom can’t do it all.

GAME NOTES:

The Phillies now hold sole possesion of third place for the first time since April 12, 6 games into the season.

The Phillies welcome the NL East leading Nationals to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow at 7:05 PM, as Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20 ERA) squares off with Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69 ERA).

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Arroyo Dazzles Phils En Route To Reds 3-2 Triumph

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, August 22, 2012 09:45 PM Comments: 27

Vance Worley didn't pitch badly tonight. Bronson Arroyo just pitched stupendously. (AP)

When the Phillies came to the ballpark tonight, they stood no chance. That’s because Bronson Arroyo was pitching, and pitching extremely well. Mix in Aroldis Chapman to close it out, and this one was over before it started. The final score was3-2, but the gap between the two teams was almost much larger compared to what the scoreboard read.

WORLEY ON THE BUMP

- It’s no secret that Vance Worley has struggled mightily over the last two months. Since July 1, he’s 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA. During that span, he’s pitched 48.2 innings, but recorded just 34 strikeouts while walking 20. Looking at his career marks for K/9 and BB/9 (7.78 and 3.20, respectively), his strikeouts are down and his walks are up. That’s always a recipe for disaster for a pitcher, and begins to explain Worley’s struggles. But more than that, Worley is playing with bone chips in his pitching elbow. That, no doubt, is affecting Worley in some manner, despite the fact that he says it isn’t.

- It was more of the same for Worley tonight. He worked hard early on, throwing 52 pitches through the first three, but managed to escape without any damage. After a rocky fourth where Worley went unscathed (more on that later), the Reds finally broke through with two runs in the fifth. Following a clean sixth, Worley was up to 99 pitches, and would call it a night. He allowed eight hits and walked two, but he battled out of jams all night, never retiring the side in order. Considering how bad it could’ve been, I’d say the Reds won this game more than Worley lost it.

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