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Phillies Season Ends with Ugly Loss to Braves

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 29, 2013 05:22 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies season ends at 73 wins, 89 losses after an ugly 12-5 defeat in the finale against the Atlanta Braves. It’s the most losses in a season since they hit 97 losses in 2000.

On the opposite end, the Atlanta Braves, winners of the NL East, finish the year 96-66.

On this day, the Phillies would be undone by the fact that their bullpen had to pitch the entire game again. Zach Miner started and allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Cesar Jimenez and JC Ramirez came in and gave up five more runs.

Erik Kratz hit his 9th home run of the season; Chase Utley had two hits.

The outcome of this game obviously meant nothing other than another notch in the win or loss column. What is does mean is that the Phillies are in a world of trouble heading into the 2014 season, unless Ruben Amaro Jr. can get crafty.

Looking ahead, it would appear many of the players currently on the roster would be back. Ryne Sandberg is already in place as the manager, but his coach staff is still relatively unknown. There is a belief that Rich Dubee could be on the way out as the Phillies transition to a new regime. But other than that, what moves can be made?

There’s always next year, as the old adage goes. All Phillies fans can look forward to is an offseason of hope and some nice player movement, and then Spring Training. See you in March.

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Braves Easily Defeat Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, September 26, 2013 10:27 PM Comments: 15

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Tyler Cloyd didn’t give the Phils much of a chance tonight. (Photo: AP)

The 2013 season is winding down, and the Phillies look like they’re already playing golf.

Behind a downright awful effort from Tyler Cloyd, and an absentee offense, the Braves easily defeated the Phillies tonight 7-1 in a game where they never really seemed interested in being there.

CLOYD LAYS AN EGG

- It was Tyler Cloyd, so there’s no way tonight’s result is surprising. Things got ugly early for the middling right-hander, as Jason Heyward took Cloyd deep to lead off the ballgame. It was a fitting start, as Heyward would lead the Braves all night, going 5-for-5 with four extra base hits. Atlanta would tack on four more runs in the first, Cloyd basically pitching BP to the Braves lineup. It would take him forty pitches to retire the nine hitters he faced in the inning, and nothing was easy.

- With the Phillies bullpen scheduled for a lot of work this weekend, Cloyd the Void would head back out for the second. Continuing his horrid start, he allowed two more runs before recording an out. With the score 7-1 in favor of the Braves, Sandberg would mercifully lift the once heralded Iron Pig. This could very well be the last time we see him in a Phillies uniform–or in the big leagues, period–and what a way for the Cloydster to go.
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Efficient Hamels Outing Wasted, Phils Fall 3-2

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 25, 2013 10:11 PM Comments: 9

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria broke an eighth inning 2-2 tie off reliever Ethan Martin after a costly Jimmy Rollins throwing error to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 victory and a series win.

Hamels Keeps It Close

Hamels pitched at least five innings for his 74th consecutive start, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Hamels threw 103 pitches, 70 for strikes, across six innings, striking out six while give up two runs, both earned. Hechavarria hit a two-run triple in the second inning off Hamels, scoring Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco. This was Hamels 25th quality start, ending the year just one behind NL leaders Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright and two ahead of teammate Cliff Lee.

Phillies Out-Hit Marlins, Can’t Piece it Together

The Phillies bats were pretty active Wednesday night but they struggled to string it together to score any runs. The Fightins outhit the Fish 10-6, including three hits from third baseman Freddy Galvis, two from Chase Utley, and two from Domonic Brown but left 15 men on. In a statistical oddity, the Phillies were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position but only scored two runs. Weird.

Pair of Questionable Calls Don’t Decide Outcome

Umpire Dale Scott blew what could have been a pivotal call in the seventh on an Ed Lucas fielder’s choice. This blown call was immediately followed up by CB Bucknor calling Christian Yelich out when Cesar Jimenez tug Yelich out with his bare hand. Very werid.

The Phillies start their final series of the 2013 campaign tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the number one seed in the National League. The Phillies will send Tyler Cloyd to the mound against righty David Hale.

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Phillies Lose 5-4 In Rain-Shortened Game

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 21, 2013 11:30 PM Comments: 2

Rain shortened Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.  The rains heavily picked up in the seventh inning, causing the game to stop.  After a significant delay, the game was finally called.  In result, the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5-4, in seven innings of play.

The Mets had a four-run sixth inning, which was basically the game.  Daniel Murphy set the tone for the inning with a lead-off home run.  Juan Lagares doubled to center to score two, and Travis d’Arnaud tripled in a run.  The Mets took a 5-1 lead at that point.  All the runs were off Tyler Cloyd, who gave up five earned in as many innings.

The Phillies responded with three runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.  It was then when the rains picked up.  The Phillies wouldn’t get another chance to redeem themselves.

Tomorrow, the Phillies and Mets wrap up the series at 1:35 p.m.

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Phillies Struggle in Loss to Mets

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 20, 2013 10:19 PM Comments: 10

PHIvNYMFor the first time since 2002, Phillies have clinched a losing season. Tonight marked their 82nd loss on the year. Cole Hamels had a rough night, surrendering six earned runs for the first time since May.

He let up three of those before recording an out in the first, including allowing a homer to David Wright, in his first at-bat since August 2. Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed four (two earned) runs in six innings pitched, and allowed just four hits. Overall, the Phils were only able to scatter five hits in 36 tries at the plate.

These two teams are back at it tomorrow, with Tyler Cloyd scheduled for the Phillies and Dillon Gee scheduled for the Mets.

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Homers, missed opportunities hurt Phils in extras

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, September 18, 2013 10:59 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies put together a three run fifth, but it was not enough to put an exclamation point on their series with the Miami Marlins as they dropped the finale 4-3 in ten innings.

The Phillies had chances to score, including a prime chance to win in the tenth but failed to make the comeback as they fall to 71-81 on the season.

Phillies blow prime chances to score

Carlos Ruiz reached on an error in the tenth, and Domonic Brown promptly doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but the Phillies failed to score even just one run to tie the game. It was a sloppy game offensively from the Phillies, who were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base in addition to two base running blunders that led to chances ending prematurely.

Longball hurts Phils

UTLEY

With his two run single tonight, Chase Utley has driven in 10 runs in the last three games. AP Photo

It was a pair of home runs (very long home runs) that came back to haunt the Phillies tonight, as Giancarlo Stanton’s sixth inning bomb tied the game and Ed Lucas’ solo shot in the tenth gave the Fish the lead for good.

Stanton’s home run was among the longest in the history of the park. Just about a week after Evan Gattis crushed a home run into Ashburn Alley against the Phillies, Stanton did the same, depositing his majestic shot in the Planet Hoagie in left center field. It was calculated at 463 feet, his longest of the season.

Utley driving in runs at torrid pace

Chase Utley gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the fifth with a two-RBI single into right field to break a 1-1 tie. Utley has been off the charts hot over the last five games, going 7-for-22 (.318) with two homers and 12 RBI. If you want to know the last time Utley has driven in multiple runs in three straight games, you have to return to July 15-17, 2005, against these same Marlins.

Up Next…

The Phillies welcome the Mets into town tomorrow night for the final home series of the 2013 season. Lefty Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA) will take the hill for the Phillies opposite right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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Halladay Beats Marlins in Possible Last Start in Philly

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 17, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 5

Weird to think, but it could be true. We could have witnessed the final start by Roy Halladay in Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies. Over six innings, Halladay gave up just one run on four hits as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4

Jonathan Papelbon made it extremely interesting in the ninth, allowing one run on three hits.

Halladay’s fastball was around 85-88 most of the evening and if the opposition were a little bit more apt to hit, it may have been a different outcome.  He’s just not as sharp as he needs to be if he wants to pitch consistently into the sixth, seventh, or even eighth inning. Halladay walked three and struck out just two.

Think about how weird it would be if Halladay never stepped on a mound as a member of the Phils again. Clearly, his skills are eroding, and have done so rapidly. There’s a chance that the Phillies see something in him this offseason that would move the team to bring him back. But he’ll have to show them that his velocity has increased and leveled off somewhere near 90, and that he can control his pitches well enough. It’s a tough road ahead.

However, we have the good times, too. The no-hitter, the perfect game, the overall awesomeness. So if this is his final start here, it’s been a hell of a run.

As an aside, people hit the ball tonight. Chase Utley went bonkers, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Jimmy Rollins also finished the night 3-for-4, while Cesar Hernandez and Darin Ruf each had two hits. Carlos Ruiz chipped in with two RBI.

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Lee Does it All in Blowout Win Over Marlins

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 16, 2013 10:04 PM Comments: 23

Cliff Lee, well-rounded individual.

On the mound, he was as sharp as ever, striking out 14 over eight innings in the Phillies 12-2 win over the Miami Marlins. With those strikeouts, Lee reached the 200-strikeout plateau for the third consecutive season.

At the plate, Lee went 3-for-4, a triple included, with a career high four RBI. He’s the first Phillies pitcher to knock in four runs in a game since Robert Person in 2002.

Lee is also the one of just five pitchers in the last 30 years to have three or more hits and four or more RBI in a game. The others: Dwight Gooden ’85, Kirk Rueter ’00, Bronson Arroyo ’06, Micah Owings ’07. And none of them happened to strike out 14 batters.

Basically everyone else wearing red followed Cliff’s lead. Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Darin Ruf also went yard. For Utley, that was number 17. For Ruf, number 14. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Ruf this offseason. The power is clearly there, but can he do that over 600 at-bats at the major league level? He continues to impress.

What’s most impressive is how Lee just keeps on going. It was one of the most complete performances of the season by a pitcher

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Phillies score six in the first to fuel win

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Carlos Ruiz

After scoring 6 runs in the first inning, the Phillies held on tonight to beat the Padres 10-5.  The Phils won their second straight series and are 5-1 in their last six games.

Tonight’s match started after a rain delay and Will Venable led off the game with a home run off Roy Halladay.  Undoubtedly fans worried that we, especially Doc, were going to be in for a long night.  It turned into a long first inning for sure, but it was all good news after that.  With 6 runs on 5 hits, the Phillies jumped all over Padres starter Tyson Ross.

Halladay settled down and pitched well throughout the second, third and fourth innings.  But then he got into serious trouble in the fifth and allowed 4 Padres runs.  Their rally was fueled by 4 straight walks to start the inning then a throwing error Roy himself.  He didn’t make it out of the fifth which means Justin DeFratus left with the win.  DeFratus, along with Cesar Jimenez, Ethan Martin, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman held San Diego hitless over the final four innings.   Despite the win, concern for Halladay remains.

The Phillies offensive output was led by Carlos Ruiz who finished the game 3-3 with a double and 3 RBI out of the cleanup spot.  Chase Utley also drove in two runs and Jimmy Rollins was constantly on base with 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phils head to Washington for a weekend series against the Nationals.  Kendrick, Hamels and Cloyd will start against Strasberg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman.

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Phils Snatch Victory From Braves

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, September 06, 2013 09:22 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Cody Asche
Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Cliff Lee was brilliant tonight. (Photo: AP)

For a long time, it seemed like the Phillies were going to lose tonight, and then, just like that, they didn’t.

A quick swing of Cody Asche’s bat, and a great effort from Cliff Lee, and the Phils found themselves a 2-1 victory over the first place Braves.

OUR HERO, CODY ASCHE

- For a long time, it looked bleak tonight. Not much happened. Mike Minor was in control, and the Phils were his obeyers, looking like they’d go quietly into the night. they didn’t even get a hit until the fourth inning. And when that first came off the bat of Jimmy Rollins, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. They’d get just one hit in four innings after that. And then a hero came along. A brash youngster, full of talent and expectations. It took Cody Asche to turn things around.

- Asche came to the plate in the seventh with two outs and a runner on first. Darin Ruf had singled before him to keep the inning alive, but it still appeared like Minor, facing the left-handed Asche, could see his way out of the inning with the lead intact. But Asche had other ideas. He came to the plate looking for a fastball, and when Minor gave him one on the first pitch of the at-bat, he didn’t miss it. The home run gave the Phillies the lead, and a cruising Cliff Lee didn’t waste it. Lee wouldn’t waste it. Continue reading Phils Snatch Victory From Braves

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