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2013 Game Recaps

Phils Blow Lead, Lose Series

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, September 04, 2013 10:09 PM Comments: 6

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th inning, after Roy Halladay had gutted out six innings of one-run baseball on the mound. But two batters later, the game was tied 2-2 after a home run by Ryan Zimmerman off Zach Miner. Then, in the 8th inning, a leadoff walk by Jake Diekman resulted in a manufactured run for the Nationals, and that’s all they would need to beat the Phils.

BAD START, GOOD FINISH FOR HALLADAY

Roy Halladay began the game in a…sub-optimal way. His first two innings included four walks and a HBP. However, he only gave up one run. He then seemed to settle in, and cruised four more innings without giving up a run before he was taken out after the sixth inning. His fastball sat in the 86-88 range, which was slightly better than his last outing. He also seemed to make real-time adjustments on his command, which was actually fascinating to watch. I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on him the rest of the year. Maybe he can learn to pitch like a Jamie Moyer type guy, as he suggested a couple weeks ago.

NEW LEADOFF HITTER?

This might be nothing, but I’ve noticed that Jimmy Rollins hasn’t been hitting leadoff lately. Tonight, Cesar Hernandez got the call at the top of the lineup, and delivered with a two-run double in the second inning along with a single and a walk. He was caught stealing in the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Phils are off tomorrow, but welcome the Atlanta Braves on Friday for a three game set. Friday is also the cool hat giveaway at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee will take the mound for the Phillies and Mike Minor will get the ball for the Braves.

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Martin Struggles Again, Nats Down Phils

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 03, 2013 10:46 PM Comments: 26

Ethan Martin helped dig a hole the Phillies could not climb out of as they fell to the Nationals, 9-6.

Martin’s Struggles Continue

-Martin continues to look more and more like a reliever. He scuffled his way through 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits with five walks. Martin continues to have control issues and it was apparent again tonight, throwing 45 balls and 41 strikes.

-One of those runs would come on a bases-loaded walk by Justin Defratus after Martin was pulled in the Nationals 2-run fifth inning.

-In the sixth inning the Phillies made it interesting again, tacking on three runs to put it within 7-5. In the seventh, a swinger named Corey Brown would hit one into a mostly vacant upper-deck to make it 8-5, Washington.

Bullpen Not Good

-Not only did Martin struggle, but the men who backed up him did, as well. De Fratus allowed the bases loaded walk while Mauricio Robles (Who? Yep.) would allow two to score in his one frame. Luis Garcia was the man responsible for the Corey Brown upper-tank shot. Not necessarily household names.

Nice Lineup, Ryne

-Before the game, Ryne Sandberg said he wanted to take a look at the younger players that were at his disposal. He certainly made it clear he would do so with the lineup he put out. The lineup wasn’t an issue, per se, although you won’t win many games with Hernandez, Galvis, and Frandsen as your 1-2-3 hitters — no offense. By the way, that top three finished 2-for-13 with two walks.

-Don’t take that as me ripping Ryne, either. The season is mostly in the tank, so he’s taking a look at these guys in certain situations and in certain places in the order, which is actually a good thing for the future. It just hurts in the present to have to watch this brand of baseball.

-Cody Asche put together another solid evening. His home run in the eighth gives him three on the year, and he’s knocked in 17 runs. Asche is proving he belongs. What will make it interesting is when Maikel Franco also proves he belongs. Then what?

-The paid attendance was 28,826, the lowest attendance for a game at CBP since April 3, 2008 when 25,831 watched the Phillies take on – you guessed it – the Washington Nationals.

-The nine-inning game ended at 10:45. It took 3 hours, 38 minutes. As Matt Gelb pointed out, it was not well-pitched. The Phillies threw a total of 180 pitches, only 88 of them were strikes. Brutal.

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Rally in Eighth Backs Dominant Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 02, 2013 10:31 PM Comments: 4

B.J. Rosenberg stood on the mound surrounded by Nationals, bases loaded with the team from Washington up 2-1. On three straight sliders, Rosenberg struck out Ryan Zimmerman and the Phillies went to the eight down 2-1. With two outs, center fielder Cesar Hernandez walked and Jimmy Rollins smacked the eighth pitch he saw for an RBI double off of Tyler Clippard. After an intentional walk to Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz drove in Rollins from second to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Jonathan Papelbon struck out Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon with runners on first and third to earn his 24th save of the year.

Positioned to Win

The Phillies would have never been in a position to win tonight’s game had it not been for yet another quality start from Cole Hamels. It was Hamels 21st quality start of 2013, tying him for third in the Majors, behind only Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. Hamels went seven, giving up just two hits, including a first inning solo homer from Zimmerman, striking out eight and walking none. Hamels and opposing starter Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 1 ER, 10 Ks, 2 BB) earned no decisions despite great outings.

Bullpen Nearly Lets it Slip Away

Justin De Fratus gave up a single and a walk before handing the ball to Cesar Jimenez. Jimenez walked Bryce Harper to load the bases before allowing Scott Hairston to hit a sacrifice fly. With two outs and the bases loaded, Rosenberg limited the damage by striking out Zimmerman to end the threat with three straight sliders.

No Offense But the Phillies have No Offense

The Phillies went just 4 for 27 tonight with five walks and nine LOB. This is not a particularly encouraging sign considering the club hit just .202 on their most recent seven game road trip.

The Philies continue their set with the Nats tomorrow as Ethan Martin will pitch against Gio Gonzalez.

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Phils Drop Middle Game To Cubs

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 31, 2013 07:29 PM Comments: 1

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

Cliff Lee wasn’t on his game today. (Photo: AP)

Well, you can’t win ‘em all. Or even most of them if you’re the 2013 Phillies. They dropped another game today, losing to the Cubs 4-3. It’s the 74th time they’ve lost this season. Methinks they’ll be finishing below .500.

In a game where neither starting pitcher was able to make it beyond the fifth inning, the two teams traded runs back and forth through the first six innings before shutting it down completely. An incredibly sloppy ballgame (seriously, it looked like little league at points), neither team was very sharp, and the Cubs simply outlasted the Phils.

CLIFTON STRUGGLES

- Cliff Lee just didn’t look himself today. His usual pinpoint control was slightly off, and it cost him. And while he didn’t pitch terribly, he just didn’t dominate the Cubs lineup the way he probably should have. In fact, he failed to even record a single 1-2-3 inning. By the time the end of the fifth inning rolled around, Lee had thrown 113 pitches and was finished, allowing three runs. He struck out four and walked three. Continue reading Phils Drop Middle Game To Cubs

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Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, August 30, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 6

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Phillies stormed back from a five-run deficit to beat the Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon in Ryne Sandberg‘s managerial debut in his old stomping grounds.  Michael Young had the decisive hit, a two-out flare into right field in the ninth inning that scored Roger Bernadina and put the Phillies up for good.  The go-ahead single was the exclamation point on a great day for Young.  Starting at third, Young tallied four hits, two RBIs and scored a run.  It was the second time this season the Phillies have come from five behind to win, the first time being on June 14 in Colorado.

The Cubs jumped on a wild and ineffective Roy Halladay early to take a 5-0 lead.  The Phillies offense, behind two big Kevin Frandsen hits, came to life in the sixth and seventh innings while the bullpen shut down the Cubs over the game’s final four innings to seal the win.  Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his 23rd save of the season in the ninth.

DOC ALL OVER THE PLACE AT WRIGLEY

- In short, Halladay looked awful on Friday afternoon in an outing that was very reminiscent of the worrisome starts we saw from him in March and April.  For the day, Doc lasted only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks.  He lacked command with all of his pitches, and his fastball sat between 85-87 miles-per-hour throughout the start.  He threw 77 pitches, only 48 of which went for strikes.  Not good.

- While he only gave up one run in the first three innings – an Anthony Rizzo wind-aided home run in the first – Doc was more effectively wild than he was effective in the early going.  Eventually it would catch up with him, as Nate Schierholtz hit a screaming liner over the right field fence to lead off the fourth to make it 2-0.  The Cubs added five more hits and a walk in the next two innings – the biggest of which was a two-run Starlin Castro double – to make it 5-0 through five. Continue reading Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

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Phillies Crushed by Mets, 11-3

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 29, 2013 04:24 PM Comments: 20

Struggle

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.

STRUGGLING PITCHING

Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.

QUIET OFFENSE

With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.

UP NEXT:

The Phillies head to Chicago tomorrow for another day game with Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija getting the call.

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Lee and Asche Lead Phils Over Mets

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, August 26, 2013 10:07 PM Comments: 16

Cliff Lee got his 11th win of 2013 on Monday night in New York. (AP Photo)

Cliff Lee got his 11th win of 2013 on Monday night in New York. (AP Photo)

The Phillies beat the Mets, 2-1, at Citifield on Monday night behind a stellar outing from Cliff Lee and a two-run triple by Cody Asche.  Lee was brilliant against a depleted New York lineup that was without third baseman David Wright, earning his 11th win of the season.  He was economical with his pitches (at least until the eighth) and fielded his position well, recording five outs himself on ground balls back to the pitcher.

The Phils’ bats struggled against rookie phenom Zack Wheeler, but Asche’s first career triple provided all the offense Lee would need.  After a Michael Young single and a Darin Ruf walk, Asche launched a 1-0 high fastball into the gap in right field.  It rolled all the way to the fence and Asche ended up on third base.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 22nd save on the year.  It was only the third save opportunity for Papelbon since the All-Star break.  The Phils have now won seven of nine.

VINTAGE CLIFF LEE

- Lee had his best start since May on Monday night, tossing eight innings and allowing only one earned run on five hits.  He faced three batters in six of his first seven innings and retired 10 consecutive hitters heading into the eighth inning.  Lee threw 121 pitches on the night, 84 of which went for strikes.  He struck out seven Mets.  It was Lee’s first win in his last nine starts. Continue reading Lee and Asche Lead Phils Over Mets

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Doc’s Comeback Results in Series Win Over D’Backs

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, August 25, 2013 06:22 PM Comments: 12

Roy Halladay returned to the mound for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, under 12 hours after the conclusion of Saturday’s 18 inning marathon. His return, and results for that matter, were a pleasant surprise: Halladay used precision to navigate six innings against Arizona, pitching the Phillies to a 9-5 win.

Halladay Sharp

Halladay maxed out at 89 MPH today, but gave up just four hits and two walks through six innings, limiting the Diamondback damage to just two runs, both earned.

Halladay’s outing began with reason for fans to hold their breath: the lead-off hitter, Tony Campana, started the game with a lead-off triple. The next batter, Adam Eaton, followed with an RBI single. But Halladay settled in, including a stretch of seven straight retired.

Diekman Sharper

Diekman entered the game on a tear: from July 31 until today, Diekman had help opponents to a .158 BAA with a 2.25 ERA. Diekman finished the game for the Phils in the ninth, pitching a perfect frame, racking up two strikeouts, lowering his ERA for 2013 to 3.18.

Bats Get Hot to Support Halladay

With a line-up that featured six players ending the day with batting averages between .178 and .248, the Phillies attacked Diamondbacks pitching early and often. The Phils responded to a 1-0 first inning deficit in the bottom half with a Darin Ruf RBI single and two-run double from Cody Asche. Kevin Frandsen followed Asche with an RBI ground out.

With the game now 4-2, John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, scoring Frandsen, in the fourth. Chase Utley made the game 7-2 with an RBI single with the bases loaded as a pinch hitter off of starter Patrick Corbin  in the sixth, followed by a two-run double by Roger Bernadina off of  Heath Bell. The onslaught of offense pinned nine runs, eight earned on second-year starter Patrick Corbin’s ERA 0.35 points.

Transactional Odds and Ends

To make room for Halladay, the Phillies optioned starter Tyler Cloyd to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phils also optioned reliever Luis Garcia (5.59 ERA) and replaced him with J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez had a poor eighth inning, today, giving up one walk and four hits, including a three-run A.J. Pollock homer.

The Phillies wrapped up their nine game homestand against the NL West with a 6-3 mark, including four walk-off wins. They travel to Citi Field tomorrow to start a four game set against the Mets.

 

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18-inning Marathon Results in Early Return For Doc

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 25, 2013 06:15 AM Comments: 33

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Roy Halladay, Image- Jay Floyd

Righty hurler Roy Halladay, who was slated to appear in another rehab outing for Double-A Reading on Sunday will return to the big league club instead, following a marathon of baseball Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

In Saturday night’s (Sunday morning’s?) 12-7 defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, the Phillies sent nine pitchers and two position players to the mound to make it through the lengthy affair. Starter Ethan Martin could not escape the opening frame, as he allowed three hits, three walks and three earned runs. Over the 4 2/3 innings that followed, Luis Garcia and Zach Miner allowed a combined four earned runs. The remainder of the relief corps including Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman and B.J Rosenberg combined for 6 2/3 scoreless innings while Sunday’s originally scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd was called upon to toss five scoreless frames.

As the need to use Cloyd approached, the Phillies dugout got in touch with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to consult him on the possibility of having Halladay return to Philly, instead of taking the mound in Reading on Sunday. The GM obliged and Cloyd was used in relief to begin the 12th inning with no end in sight.

In Halladay’s most recent rehab effort on Tuesday, the 36-year-old, who has been out of action since May following shoulder surgery, allowed seven hits while striking out four and walking three in six innings for Class A Lakewood. He threw 90 pitches, 52 of which were strikes, in that effort and gave up two runs, although only one was earned.

In his nightly press conference Phils manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed that with the taxed bullpen, the team anticipated adding a rested relief pitcher to the mix on Sunday prior to the team’s 1:35 PM series finale against Arizona. Cloyd, who threw 91 pitches, and Rosenberg, who pitched three straight days, are the likely candidates to be demoted.

Continue reading 18-inning Marathon Results in Early Return For Doc

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Phillies Win Via Third Straight Walk-Off

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 23, 2013 10:23 PM Comments: 5

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

SHRIMP. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Phillies and Diamondbacks wearing throwback uniforms for retro night,  Chase Utley drew a walk to give the Phillies their third straight win–all via the walk-off. They’ve now won five of their last six.

The inning started off with two straight singles by Cody Asche and Jimmy Rollins, followed by an intentional walk to Michael Young. Kevin Frandsen struck out swinging, but Utley was able to draw the game-winning walk off a wild Eury De La Rosa.

Cole Hamels had a decent start, giving up three runs over seven innings. He gave up six hits, struck out four, and walked one. His ERA is now 3.62. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth, his sixth scoreless appearance in his last seven outings.

Darin Ruf homered again, his 10th of the year. Domonic Brown, Carlos Ruiz, and Ruf all had multiple hits.

UP NEXT

The Phillies and Diamondbacks are back at it again tomorrow, with Randall Delgado pitching for the D-Backs and Ethan Martin Pitching for the Phillies.

 

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