Gameday 17: Phillies vs Braves

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, April 24, 2015 06:00 PM Comments: 0

Atlanta Braves (8-7) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-11)

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Aaron Harang (2-1 , 1.96)
ATL: Alex Wood (1-0 , 3.93)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clouds, low 50′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  Aaron Harang has been the Phillies best starter in 2015, and he’ll try to keep up the good work against his 2014 team, the Atlanta Braves. He had one of his best seasons in a long time last year, going 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts–his most since 2007. The Braves will counter with 24 year old lefty Alex Wood.

Lineup: Revere LF, Herrera CF, Utley 2B, Francoeur RF, Howard 1B, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Harang RHP


PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 76: Matt Hockenberry & Jake Fox Interviews

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, April 24, 2015 07:45 AM Comments: 23

On the 76th edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Jay and Tug chat about the brand new baseball season, running down the hot starts of prospects such as Brock Stassi, Jesse Biddle, Roman Quinn, Zach Eflin, Carlos Tocci, Rhys Hoskins and others. The show also features two exclusive interviews as “El Sangre” Jake Fox talks about leaving the Phillies organization and Temple University product Matt Hockenberry participates in the fun segment Nine Silly-ass Questions.

Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE.
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Phelps Quiets Offense as Pitching and Defense Struggles in Loss

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, April 23, 2015 04:56 PM Comments: 9

The Phillies followed up their poor performance last night with an even poorer performance this afternoon, dropping the series finale to the Marlins 9-1.

It was ugly game all around for the Phillies, as the offense scored only one run on eight hits while the pitching gave up eight runs on 12 hits.

Dustin McGowan, who got the start for the injured Sean O’Sullivan, managed to only go 3.1 innings with four strikeouts, four walks, and four earned runs on three hits. Hector Neris, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, and Jeanmar Gomez combined to pitch the remaining innings, striking out six while giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits.

Defensively, the Phillies made two more errors to add to their league-leading total of 17.

For the Marlins, starter David Phelps was able to shut down the Phillies’ offense, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five over seven solid innings of work.

The Marlins’ offense was led by Martin Prado, Giancarlo Stanton, and Adeiny Hechavarria, who combined for all nine RBIs on eight hits. Two of those runs came off the bat of Stanton, who hit an absolute bullet into the left-field seats for his third home run of the season.

The Phillies get set to begin another inter-divisional series, as they welcome in the Braves tomorrow night at 7:05.  The Phillies are 4-9 against the NL East so far this season.


Gameday 16: Marlins vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, April 23, 2015 12:56 PM Comments: 9

Miami Marlins (4-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-10)

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Dustin McGowan (1-0, 2.57)
MIA: David Phelps (0-0, 7.94)

Time: 1:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 46 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  The Phillies get a fresh, young look for the lineup today.  Perhaps a foreshadowing of a future Phils?  Dustin McGowan gets the start on the mound with O’Sullivan on the 15-day DL list.  Phillies look to win the series against a struggling David Phelps.

Lineup: Herrera CF, Revere LF, Asche 3B, Francoeur RF, Ruf 1B, Hernandez 2B, Rupp C, Blanco SS, McGowan P


Phillies Drop Second Game of the Series to the Marlins (Literally), 6-1

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Wed, April 22, 2015 08:55 PM Comments: 3

As the game started in Philadelphia, we saw something from Cole Hamels that we hadn’t seen in some time; a solid first inning.  Cole started the game strong with two strike outs and a walk to Giancarlo Stanton.  The offense started hot again with Odubel Herrera singling in the lead-off spot, and another hit from Chase Utley for the half inning.  The Phillies ended the inning, stranding two runners on base with one in scoring position.

Cole came out in the 2nd inning hoping for the same success.  He started out the inning giving up a single and a strike out, before giving up a walk to Ichiro Suzuki.  After Miami worked runners to first and third in the inning, Chase showed outstanding hustle to make a nearly impossible play on a ball that goes in and out of Hamels’ glove to give up a run on an error, making the score 1-0 Miami.

After giving up the run to Miami, Hamels was able to recollect and ground out Dee Gordon to finish off the 2nd inning and keep damage to a minimum.  To lead off the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cody Asche tried to single-handedly ignite the offense by hitting a lead-off home run and tying the score at 1-1.  Following that hit, the Phillies offense was unable to keep the bats going, and went 1-2-3 for the rest of the inning with two ground outs and a fly out.

Cole takes care of business with a twelve pitch inning in the 3rd, retiring the side in order, which was mirrored by Jarred Cosart who shut down the Phillies offense for the bottom of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings until the Phillies got another base runner in the bottom of the 6th inning on a triple from Ben Revere.

Cole Hamels was able to finish off the top of the 6th inning and leave the game with a no-decision.  He pitched for five strike outs, three walks, and five hits, while only giving up one run (not earned).  Of course, the error was charged to Cole on the first Miami run in the 2nd inning.

There was a slim chance for the Phillies to take the lead with two outs in the 6th inning after Ben Revere got his triple, leaving scoring the run up to the slumping Chase Utley who ended up striking out to end the inning and keep the game tied at one.

Luis Garcia came in for the Phillies to pitch the 7th inning.  Garcia has been a strong asset in the Phillies bullpen, pitching 8.0 innings with six hits, eight strike outs, and one earned run.  Garcia was charged with a balk in the inning, which lead to a run scored by Adieny Hechavarria from third to put the Marlins on top 2-1 in the top of the 7th inning.

The Phillies went on to face A.J. Ramos in the bottom of the 7th inning, who picked up three strikeouts in a row against Carlos Ruiz, Cody Asche, and Ryan Howard.

Ken Giles came out to pitch for the Phillies in the top of the 8th inning and popped out the first two batters of the inning before giving up two singles in a row to Ichiro and Hechavarria.  In a recurring theme of balls bouncing off gloves and errors, Chase missed the third out of the 8th inning on an easy toss from Freddy Galvis, which ended up loading the bases for Dee Gordon.   Herrera had a miscue trying to get the Phillies out of the inning after a fly ball dribbled off the end of his glove allowing three runs to score and make it 5-1.  The final run for the Marlins came right after the error by Herrera, when Martin Prado hit a double to drive in Dee Gordon from third base and make the score 6-1, Miami.

After a single by Grady Sizemore in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Phillies were unable to get the bats going again for the rest of the game, going down in order in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Jake Diekman finished off the 9th inning for the Phillies and Steve Cishek closed out the game for the Miami Marlins.

Join the Phillies tomorrow for the final game of the series at 1:00 pm EST at CBP.


Gameday 15: Marlins vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Wed, April 22, 2015 06:46 PM Comments: 13

Miami Marlins (3-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-9)

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Cole Hamels (0-2, 5.00)
MIA: Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.76)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Chance of rain, 56 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today: Cole Hamels looks to right the ship tonight against a Marlins offense that got ten hits last night.  Phillies batting order looking the same as last night, they must be thinking there is no need to change something that finally worked to put together seven runs on seven hits against the Marlins in the first game of this series.  Hector Neris was called up from AAA after O’Sullivan was placed on the DL.  Neris’ last MLB start was 8/5/14 against the Houston Astros where he pitched one inning with one K, and gaining a win for the outing.  Phillies look to win two straight since the Nationals series at home, Opening Week.

Lineup: Herrera CF, Revere LF, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Asche 3B, Howard 1B, Sizemore RF, Galvis SS, Hamels P


Howard, Revere Power Phils Past Marlins

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, April 21, 2015 09:51 PM Comments: 3

Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Marlins, Ryan Howard was homerless and in a heavy slump at the plate. But he had himself a good night. He went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a walk–and hit his first home run of the year. That home run, a two-run shot in the sixth, put the Phils ahead 4-3 and proved to be the eventual game winner.

Ben Revere, who was also in a bit of a slump, hit a two-run triple in the next inning, giving the Phils some insurance runs. He ended up going 1-3 on the night, and just like The Big Piece, had two RBI and a walk. The rest of the Phillies seven runs came from a home run by Freddy Galvis and a sacrifice fly by the ice cold Chase Utley.

On the mound, Phils starter Jerome Williams had a decent outing, giving up two earned runs over six innings. He gave up three runs total. The unearned run was a result of an error by Howsard. Williams also scattered eight hits, and recorded six strikeouts. After him, Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon all tossed a scoreless inning each. Giles again looked a bit shaky, but came away unscathed. His season so far has a very “2008 Brad Lidge” feel to it.

For the Marlins, starter Dan Haren threw six innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster home run in the fourth inning, which landed in the upper bullpen. Tuesday night was Ichiro’s first ever game at Citizens Bank Park.

The two teams are at it again tomorrow, with Cole Hamels getting the ball for the Phillies, and former Phillies prospect Jarred Cosart getting the start for the Marlins.


Gameday 14: Marlins vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Tue, April 21, 2015 06:27 PM Comments: 30

Miami Marlins (3-10) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Jerome Williams (0-1, 4.09)
MIA: Dan Haren (1-0, 2.08)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today: Phillies lineup looking a little different tonight versus Dan Haren.  Jerome Williams gets the start after his disastrous five innings against the Mets where he gave up five runs (four earned).  Chase Utley gets back in the lineup at second base and Grady Sizemore gets the start in RF.  Odubel Herrera comes into this game tied for first in extra-base hits for rookies this year gathering seven, tied only with Toronto’s Devon Travis.

Lineup: Herrera CF, Revere LF, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Asche 3B, Howard 1B, Sizemore RF, Galvis SS, Williams P


Opposing Starters Not Helping The Phillies’ Offense

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Tue, April 21, 2015 03:31 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies return home after a brutal 10-game road stretch against the division rival New York Mets, and Washington Nationals. The team struggled mightily, finishing 3-7 during that stretch.

What hurt the Phillies the most was their lack of offense, as they scored three runs or fewer in seven of the 10 games.

Through 13 games in 2015, the Phillies’ offense ranks 27th in MLB in team batting average at .212, and 29th in runs with 32. While these numbers can be credited to the mediocrity of the offense, some credit has to be given to the starting pitching the offense has faced, especially over their last 10 games.

The Nationals, who accounted for seven of the 10 games against the Phillies, have one of the best starting rotations in all of MLB with Max Scherzer, Steven Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez. The Nats’ starting pitching ranks seventh early this season with a 3.28 ERA, while Scherzer (0.83 ERA) and Fister (0.69 ERA) are both ranked in the top five among all starters in MLB. Needless to say, a lot team’s offenses are going to struggle when faced with a rotation as dominant as Washington’s.

The Mets accounted for the remaining three games over the 10-game stretch, and their starting pitching has been even better than the Nationals’. Through 13 games, the Mets’ starters rank fifth in MLB with a 9-2 record and a 2.84 ERA. Bartolo Colon (2.25 ERA), Jacob deGrom (0.93 ERA), and Jon Niese (1.59 ERA), and Matt Harvey (3.50 ERA) have been rock solid for the Mets early on. Dillon Gee has been the only blemish thus far, as he has given up nine ERs in 10.2 innings pitched.

The Phillies’ offense in 2015 will not be great by any stretch of the imagination, especially if their most valuable bats in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard continue to struggle. However,  the offense could start to look better as it faces lower-quality starting pitching.

With the Miami Marlins, whose starting pitching ranks 26th in MLB with a 5.23 ERA, coming to Philadelphia to start a three game series, the Phillies’ offense will look to get on track.


Minor League Hot List: Franco, Quinn, Tocci, Eflin Start Blazing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, April 20, 2015 08:30 AM Comments: 21

milb logoAfter roughly a week and a half of the minor league schedule has past, so here’s a quick run down of the top performers from the Phillies’ developmental ranks thus far in the young baseball season.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley…

3B/1B Maikel Franco- The righty hitting slugger sports a .386 average with a homer and eight RBI through 10 games.  After going 0-for-3 on opening day, the 22-year-old has put together a nine-game hitting streak with at least one extra-base hit in eight of those games.

RHP Phillippe Aumont- In three appearances, the 26-year-old has allowed one earned run in eight innings (1.13 ERA) while striking out 10 and walking four.  Aumont has a career 6.13 ERA in 45 big league outings.

Double-A Reading…

RHP Zach Eflin- In two starts, the 21-year-old right has a 2-0 record while throwing 14 scoreless frames, having struck out seven and walked two.  Eflin was acquired over the off-season from the Dodgers in the Jimmy Rollins trade.

LHP Jesse Biddle- The 23-year-old has allowed two earned runs in 11 innings (1.64 ERA) while striking out 12 and walking three to notch a 1-0 record in two starts.  Biddle was drafted by the Phillies in the opening round in 2010. Continue reading Minor League Hot List: Franco, Quinn, Tocci, Eflin Start Blazing

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