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2014 Game Recaps

Quinn’s Speed Propels Scottsdale to AFL Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, October 14, 2014 12:53 AM Comments: 0

Center Fielder Roman Quinn

In front of a crowd with as many scouts as fans, speedster Roman Quinn led off, played center field, and went 1 for 4 with a stolen base en route to a 2-1 win for the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium.

Before the game, I talked to Quinn, who stated that his Achilles is “100%” and that he was looking forward to facing the best competition he has ever faced. Quinn had two at-bats from each side of the plate, helping him address his main goal of the AFL: becoming a switch hitter.

Quinn’s lone hit came in his second at-bat from the right side, a dribbler about five feet up the third base line, the first hit for the Scorpions. Quinn would get an amazing break on two straight pitches, one a foul ball, the second a walk for the Scorpions. Quinn would misread a flyball to center from second base but was able to tag anyways and easily beat out a throw from center. Quinn scored easily on passed ball to put Scottsdale up 1-0.

Quinn looked solid in the field, taking a great route to a sixth inning ball hit to the left center field gap, cutting what should have been a sure triple and keeping it to a double. Quinn took a solid route to a fly ball and fielded another can of corn. Quinn’s speed was on full display in the bottom of the seventh with Quinn stealing second easily with a good jump and a bad throw.

Quinn wasn’t the only Phillie to get in on the action. Colton Murray, a 2011 13th rounder out of the University of Kansas, got out of a jam created by Tyler Mizenko in the bottom of the eighth inning, retiring the only hitter he faced, earning a hold and preserving the Scorpions 2-1 lead.

Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan is scheduled to pitch Wednesday night for Scottsdale. Please check back tomorrow for the first of our five exclusive Arizona Fall League interviews.

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Bats Fall Silent in Support of Hamels, Phils Drop Finale to Atlanta 2-1

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, September 28, 2014 04:39 PM Comments: 15

One game couldn’t have summarized the entire 2014 season any better than the season finale: the Phils, behind Cole Hamels, fall behind early by a small margin, the bullpen keeps it close but the offense can’t string together enough walks, hits, or anything else to give the Phillies the lead. The Phillies dropped their season finale today to the Atlanta Braves 2-1, falling to 73-89 for the second season in a row, finishing 22 games out of first place and in last place in the NL East for the first time since 2000.

Hamels Completes Best Season of Career

Hamels took one on the chin today, both literally and figuratively. Hamels took a one-hopper to the face in the fifth inning of a meaningless game but stayed in the game despite moderate levels of blood coming from his mouth. Hamels, who gave up two Atlanta runs on an Emilio Bonafacio homer to start the game and on a Freddie Freeman single, would stay in the game, completing an eight-inning, seven-strikeout effort, adding two of the Phillies six hits. Hamels would not allow a hit after the first inning, essentially throwing eight innings of no-hit ball after allowing two runs.

Hamels finishes the season 9-9 despite posting a career-best 2.46 ERA. Hamels ends play fifth in the NL in ERA, seventh in FIP, and 11th in K/9 IP. Hamels ERA and FIP are career-bests. Hamels started 30 games for the seventh-straight season despite starting the season on the DL and has the longest Phillies’ streak of seasons with 30 or more starts since Steve Carlton strung together nine such seasons from 1972 through 1980.

Offense Once Again Goes Missing

Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis, and Grady Sizemore all had one hit each with Galvis scoring the only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth on a Revere double play ball. The missing offense was nothing new: the Phillies end the season tenth in the NL in batting average, 12th in OBP, 12th in SLG, 12th in OPS, and 14th in fWAR.

Goodbye, for now.

Starting this week, we have some exclusive end-of-season interviews with a few current and former Phillies and we will provide countdowns of the top moments and our customary end of season report cards. And of course, our Free Agent: Pass or Play series will return in the offseason, as well.

From all of us at Phillies Nation, thank you for visiting us throughout the season and for your support. Despite the long, sometimes arduous season, it has once again been a pleasure to discuss Phillies baseball with you during the 2014 season.

 

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Kendrick’s Bat Pads Solid Outing, Phils Win 2-1

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 24, 2014 11:45 PM Comments: 8

Kyle Kendrick scattered six hits and one earned run across seven innings while adding two singles and an RBI double to lead the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Kendrick Takes Team Lead in Victories

With his tenth win of the year, Kendrick now leads the Phillies in victories. It was a very solid outing for Kendrick, who struck out two against one walk, but luck has been on his side for most of the 2014 season. Coming into tonight’s game, Kendrick ranked 42nd out of 43 qualified National League pitchers in ERA and 40th in WAR. Tonight, all of that went out the window as Kendrick all but locked up the spot as the team’s leader in wins.

The question now becomes: if you are the Phillies, do you sign Kendrick in the offseason? With question marks surrounding Cliff Lee (health) and A.J. Burnett (performance/retirement), the Phillies may go into the offseason with some combination of Cole Hamels, David Buchanan, and Jonathan Pettibone as guys who have significant Major League Experience with Kendrick expected to command somewhere in the neighborhood of $8-10 million per year. Do you do it?

Byrd Comes Through Late, Giles and Papelbon Continue Great Seasons

Marlon Byrd singled home Maikel Franco from second off Marlins reliever Chris Hatcher in the top of the eighth to make the game 2-1. Ken Giles pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game in the ninth for his 38th save. Papelbon is now just seven saves away from tying Jose Mesa for the Phillies’ all-time lead in saves.

The Phillies look to win the series against the Marlins tomorrow at 4:10 PM when David Buchanan takes on Tom Koehler.

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MAG Surrenders Tenth-Inning HR, Phils Lose 8-6

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, September 21, 2014 08:12 PM Comments: 1

The Phillies out-hit the A’s thirteen to nine but fell short in the column that counts: runs. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez allowed a tenth-inning Nate Freiman single before Josh Donaldson drove a 94 MPH fastball to center field, ending the game in favor of the Athletics, 8-6.

Byrd Starts Hot

Marlon Byrd doubled in the first inning, scoring Chase Utley. In the top of the third, Byrd would duplicate the feat, driving home both Utley and Ryan Howard. Byrd’s first RBI double gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead while his second double knotted up the game at three apiece. Byrd ended the game 2 for 5 with three RBI and two Ks. With his Ks, Byrd and Howard became the first pair of teammates in history to each reach 180 Ks in a season. (H/t Matt Gelb)

Burnett Remains Ice Cold

A.J. Burnett was awful once again today, going four and a third, giving up six earned via six walks and three hits while striking out six. Burnett avoided his 18th loss of the season but still leads the Majors with 17 losses. Burnett has faced some bad luck as well as bad defense but today’s wounds were self-inflicted.

Phils Can’t Capitalize on Hits, Bullpen Remains Solid.

Ben Revere, Utley, Howard, Byrd, and Cody Asche all had a pair of hits in tonight’s game while Freddy Galvis had an RBI triple in the sixth followed directly by an RBI by Revere to knot things up at six and hang six runs of their own on Athletics starter Scott Kazmir.

Meanwhile, Cesar Jimenez, Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman, and Justin De Fratus combined for four and two-thirds innings pitched with seven strikeouts, three coming from De Fratus. Their positive work was washed away in the tenth when Gonzalez surrendered the walk-off homer.

The Phillies return to action on Tuesday in Miami. Cole Hamels is scheduled to face Henderson Alvarez.

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Giles Notches First MLB Save, Phils Win 3-0

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, September 20, 2014 10:06 PM Comments: 5

Ken Giles entered the ninth inning in a situation he hasn’t yet faced in the Major Leagues earlier today: in his 42nd Major League appearance, the Albuquerquean entered a 3-0 game, Phils ahead, with a chance to earn his first big league save. On his 24th birthday, Giles got Stephen Vogt to strike out swinging then got third baseman Josh Donaldson to pop out to Marlon Byrd. The power-hitting Adam Dunn came to the plate in the ninth with two outs and Giles didn’t miss a beat. “100 Miles” Giles forced Dunn to pop out down the third base line to Cody Asche who made a nice catch to end the game and ensure Giles earned his first Major League save.

Galvis Puts the Phils Ahead

At one point this season, Freddy Galvis was the Majors’ worst player by FanGraphs’ version of WAR despite only tallying 46 plate appearances prior to his May 9 demotion. Galvis has been hitting the ball better since his August promotion with an .812 OPS and broke a 0-0 tie in the seventh with his fourth homer of the year, a two run shot that brought home Cody Asche. Marlon Byrd brought home Chase Utley with a single with two outs in the eighth to push the score to 3-0.

Williams Making Case for 2015

Don’t let their tailspin fool you: the Oakland A’s are still a solid offensive ball club. Jerome Williams did not let them show their skills this afternoon. Williams went seven innings, struck out three, while scattering four hits and one walk. This is Williams’ second-straight outing with seven or more innings pitched while allowing no earned runs after two shaky outings. Williams could be a nice buy-low option to return to the Phillies in 2015.

The Phillies look for the series win tomorrow when A.J. Burnett takes the hill against Scott Kazmir.

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Franco Makes MLB Debut as Kendrick Shuts Down Braves

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Wed, September 03, 2014 12:53 AM Comments: 12

Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals

Following Monday’s combined no-hitter, Kyle Kendrick kept the Brave’s offense in check once again by allowing only three hits in one of his best starts of the season.

Kendrick threw seven innings of shutout baseball while striking out four and walking two against a struggling Brave’s offense, and led the Phillies to their 10th victory in their last 14 games.

Kendrick escaped a couple of jams, most notably in the first inning, which has been the toughest inning for the righty this season. After loading the bases, Kendrick was able to strike out Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson to end the inning.

maikel-franco-acbfe5b074b8992cKendrick was backed by Carlos Ruiz, who hit his fifth homer of the season and finished with two RBIs. Darin Ruf and September call-up Maikel Franco also contributed RBIs in the win.

Franco, who is the Phillies’ top prospect, is expected to see plenty of playing time at both first and third base during the last month of the season, and is expected to get about 50-60 at-bats.

Time to see what the kids got.

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Phillies Pitchers Combine for No-Hitter, Win 7-0

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 01, 2014 04:22 PM Comments: 12

Cole Hamels struggled out of the gate. The lefty needed 24 pitches to get through a first inning in which he walked the first two batters of the game. Hamels would exit the game in the sixth inning with 108 pitches in the book.

He would also leave the game with a “0″ in the opposing team’s hit column and seven K’s in his ledger.

Jake Diekman would relieve Hamels in the seventh and strike out a pair while not allowing a hit. Ken Giles would continue his masterful rookie campaign and strike out the top of the Braves’ line-up in order leaving the no-hitter in the hands of Jonathan Papelbon.

With the score 7-0 and the game in hand in the ninth, Ryne Sandberg put in Freddy Galvis at second base and Darin Ruf at first base as defensive replacements with Papelbon on the hill. A lazy fly to left retired Jose Constanza. Papelbon broke Chris Johnson‘s pitch on a slow grounder up the middle for out two. Then…

Breathe.

Exhale.

Papelbon got Phil Gosselin to line out to Ruf to end the first Phillies’ combined no hitter in team history. It was the 12th no hitter in Phillies’ history, the first since Roy Halladay‘s in the 2010 National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Revere Drives In Five, Stays Alive in Batting Title Race

Ben Revere went two for three with a single, a triple, and five RBI. Revere’s average rose to .310, putting him just two points behind NL-leader Josh Harrison who is at .312 as of press time. Jimmy Rollins added three hits while Cody Asche scored three runs.

The Phillies resume their series in Atlanta tomorrow where it is expected that top prospect Maikel Franco will join the team. Kyle Kendrick will take the hill against Mike Minor.

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Phillies Lose To Cards In 12

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, August 23, 2014 09:29 PM Comments: 5

Dave Buchanan gave up just two runs over five innings, but the Phillies spoiled his outing in the sixth. They came back in the eighth to tie it, but eventually lost it in the 12th, 6-5. The game took nearly five full hours. Here are a few notes:

- Jimmy Rollins collected his 450th stolen base of his career after he swiped a bag in the first inning. He stole another bag in the eighth.

- Ben Revere was held hitless, lowering his batting average to .312.

- The sixth inning was an abysmal one for the Phillies all around. Mario Hollands was on the mound, and gave up three runs with the help of two errors. Domonic Brown threw a ball past Cody Asche to allow a run, and then Asche threw a ball away to allow in an additional two runs 2 batters later.

- Ryan Howard hit his 19th home run of the year on a ball that barely cleared the left field wall.

- The Phillies bullpen came into tonight’s game at 2nd in the NL in K%. They continued to strike guys out, as they K’d eight in seven innings.

UP NEXT: The Phillies and Cardinals will play the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon, with Jerome Williams going for the Phils and Justin Masterson going for the Cardinals.

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Howard Tops off Comeback with Walk-off Single

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, August 10, 2014 05:18 PM Comments: 13

Late-inning comebacks used to be a common occurrence in Philadelphia.  The contending teams of the past would often pull off amazing come-from behind victories that got fans pumped.  With the 2014 Phillies far from contention, there hasn’t been much to cheer about; however, a few games this week have given fans a small taste of what that late-inning energy used to be like.  The Phillies pulled off another late-inning comeback in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the New York Mets.  The Phillies trailed 6-1 at one point, but were able to come up with some magic.

In the 7th inning, Chase Utley tripled to bring home a run and make the game 6-5. Utley had a tremendous game, finishing a double shy of a cycle.  He homered in the first inning.

In the 9th inning, the Mets brought in Jenrry Mejia to close.  Marlon Byrd came in to pinch hit with a runner on.  He came through in the clutch, driving home Cody Asche.  After Byrd stole second and the Mets intentionally walked Utley, Ryan Howard was due up.  Howard has had a rough season, including a period where he was benched.  Howard has been better as of late, and he came up big here.  He singled down the line, bringing home Byrd.  The walk-off gave the Phillies a 7-6 win.

Kendrick Struggles

Kendrick lasted five innings.  He surrended 10 hits and six runs, five earned.  He walked three and struck out one.  He surrended home runs to Lucas Duda and Travis D’Arnaud.

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Byrd’s Homer Lifts Phils Over Nats

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 01, 2014 10:01 PM Comments: 6

With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Marlon Byrd launched a solo home run–his 21st on the year–to right field, which ended up being the eventual game winner.

Phillies starter Robert Hernandez tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run (unearned), and five hits. Jonathan Papelbon saved his 26th game of the year. The win guarantees at least a split in this four game series with the first-place Nationals, something I don’t think anyone expected. Here are some other notes:

Sizemore Stays Hot

Grady Sizemore collected two more hits Friday night, upping his slash line numbers to .344/.382/.484. Of course, it’s a very small sample still, but impressive nonetheless. He’s arguably been the Phillies best hitter since he was called up. If this is a sign of him rejuvenating his career, it could be really good news for the Phillies.

A Horse With Two Names

Over his last four starts, Roberto Hernandez (and Fausto Carmona) has thrown 28.2 innings while allowing just six earned runs (1.88 ERA). He’s been a “horse”, Ricky Bo likes to say, as he’s thrown 8, 5.2, 7, and 8 innings in those starts. This has helped the Phillies a ton in resting some guys in the bullpen.

Up Next:

A.J. Burnett and Jordan Zimmerman will square off tomorrow, as the Phils and Nats play the third of this four game series at 7:05. If the Phillies win, it’ll be the first series win in Washington since this time in 2012.

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