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Kendrick Shuts Out Mets, Phils Win 4-0

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, April 26, 2013 09:47 PM Comments: 18

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick
The Big Piece can still dazzle us with his monster home runs. (PHOTO: AP)

The Big Piece can still dazzle us with his monster home runs. (PHOTO: AP)

Kyle Kendrick pitched a gem and the offense was able to put up four runs as the Phillies topped the Mets Friday night at a atmosphere-less Citi Field. Michael Young and Ryan Howard drove in all the runs for the Phillies in the sixth inning, and the game featured just three umpires after home plate umpire Brian O’Nora ran off the field in the first inning with what was later called “flu-like symptoms.” The game was delayed for a few minutes while first base ump Adrian Johnson went to get the proper gear to take O’Nora’s place. Very odd. Continue reading Kendrick Shuts Out Mets, Phils Win 4-0

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Pettibone Solid in Debut, Phils Beat Pirates in Series Opener

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 22, 2013 09:59 PM Comments: 32

Jonathan Pettibone’s major league debut was a success in the Phillies 3-2 win.

Pettibone’s Performance

-Really impressive outing for Jonathan Pettibone. After the first few batters it didn’t look like he’d make it one inning, let alone 5 1/3. The rookie struck out six, did not issue a walk, and allowed only six hits. Two of those hits were solo home runs.

-Before the game, Charlie Manuel expressed the need for Pettibone to stay in control and keep emotions in check. The cold weather couldn’t have helped, either, as the chill of the air probably made for a wonderful grip. But Pettibone made it work and the results showed.

Phils O Puts Up Enough

-In the fourth, Burnett loaded the bases with nobody out on a single by Michael Young, a walk to Domonic Brown, and a single by Ben Revere. Erik Kratz put together a tough at-bat, fouling off six pitches before striking out. Pettibone did his best in the box, but struck out. The final hope of the inning, Jimmy Rollins, got plunked on the knee on an errant 94 mph sinker. That probably felt amazing in this weather. The result was the Phillies second run. John Mayberry would strike out to end the inning. The Phillies really needed two runs there, no excuse for coming away with less against a pitcher on the ropes.

-And why did they need that run? Because Russell Martin went yard during the first at bat the following inning for the Pirates.

-Hitting with runners in scoring position happens to be a major chore for this club. The Phils were 1-for-10 before Rollins knocked in Kratz in the sixth on a single to make it 3-2 Phillies. Either way, situational hitting remains puzzling experience.

 

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Phillies Bats Go Missing In Loss To Cardinals

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, April 20, 2013 09:58 PM Comments: 15

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Cliff Lee didn’t look himself tonight (Photo: AP).

Cliff Lee was cold and the bats were colder. The recipe was toxic, and made for a long and boring night for the Phillies, who fell to the Cardinals 5-0. The loss dropped the Phillies to 7-11 on the season.

LEE LOOKS HUMAN

- As I wrote in tonight’s Gameday, no Phillies pitcher has instilled more confidence in the team than Cliff Lee so far this year. Tonight, however, he’d stumble for the first time in 2013.

- Lee had baserunners early and often, including walking three straight batters in a four-run third–something he had never done before in his career. The lack of control was uncharacteristic of Lee, and it really cost him in the inning. Though, Lee should only be held responsible for two of the runs, despite what the box score says. That’s because of a strange play involving Chase Utley. With two outs and runners on first and second,  Utley inexplicably went to his right on a ground ball hit to his left. There’s no telling why Utley got crossed up on the play, but it cost the team at least one run, and arguably two as the next hitter also singled to score the runner from third. When the inning was over, it was 4-0 Cardinals.
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Phils Drop Pair To Reds, Lose Lannan and Brown

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, April 18, 2013 07:50 AM Comments: 25

Last night was not a fun night to watch the Phillies. Reliever Phillippe Aumont could not retire any of the batters he faced, compounded by a shaky play by Ben Revere, and quickly dropped the resumed first game 1-0 in nine and a half minutes. As for the second game, when the highlights include Raul Valdes doubling and Freddy Galvis hitting an eighth inning home to bring your team within nine, it is easy to say it was a rough night. They dropped the second game 11-2.

PROPER GAME ONE WRAP UP

As Corey mentioned in his review of the suspended game, Kyle Kendrick was dealing. From Corey:

For the first time in his career, Kendrick allowed no runs and two or fewer hits over at least seven innings. His final line was: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. He induced 13 groundouts — two in every inning except the sixth. KK held Votto, Phillips and Jay Bruce hitless in seven at-bats, with four groundouts and three strikeouts.

Homer Bailey was even better, giving up only two hits in eight innings, striking out 12. Aumont let three straight batters reach base to start the ninth and Joey Votto singled in the winning run for a 1-0 win.

OFFENSE? WHAT OFFENSE?!

In the second game last night, the Phils bats were again stifled, with Mike Leake going seven, striking out seven and giving up only three hits and no walks. After being fifth in baseball in taking walks from 2007-2011, the Phils are now 25th in baseball since the start of the 2012 season.

Look, I get it: Ruben Amaro has literally looked me in the eye and told me his team doesn’t care about walks, he cares about production. Fine. But his strategy certainly didn’t hold up very well in this series against the Reds: 24 Ks, 0 free passes. The Phillies are now 27th in the MLB in BB%, eighth in K%, 23rd in batting average, and 26th in on-base percentage. The excuses and caveots about it being early do not really apply: this team, as constructed, does not take walks and is currently not hitting, they aren’t getting base runners. There are 147 games left, but if they don’t start to take some pitches, the Phillies will be in for a long season.

LANNAN AND BROWN OUT?

John Lannan, after two solid outings to start his Phillie tenure, got roughed up last night, getting plastered for six earned in 1.2 IP. Lannan, in his own words, tweaked his knee and does not know if he will miss any time. He will see a team doctor today in Philadelphia.

Domonic Brown was hurt on a Jay Bruce ball hit to left that he got a late jump on. The fleet-footed Brown used to his speed to make the play, but according to Matt Gelb, Brown felt a pop and some pain in his back and really felt it when he swang.

Brown will undergo an MRI while Lannan is attributing his issue to tendinitis.  It is unclear if either will need to visit the DL. If DL time is needed for Lannan, the Phillies could look to bring up 23-year old Adam Morgan (14 IP, 1.29 ERA, 9 K/2 BB), who dominated a very, very good Syracuse Chiefs team twice. Morgan is not on the 40-man roster but has outperformed 40-manners Tyler Cloyd (14 IP, 7.07 ERA), Ethan Martin (9 IP, 4.82 ERA), and Jonathan Pettibone (9.1 IP, 9.64 ERA) by a considerable margin.

Who would replace Brown? Darin Ruf is hitting .277/.300/.447 for the Pigs through 12 games and is on the 40-man roster. He would be the most logical fit, although the Phillies could theoretically take a shot on bringing up and sneaking back down Steve Susdorf, who is hitting .273/.273/.364. Susdorf, 27, is an unlikely call-up because, like Morgan, he is not on the 40-man roster. But if the Phillies want to let Ruf play pressure-free in Lehigh Valley for a few weeks longer, Susdorf could probably clear waivers if they added him to the 40-man roster and then designated him.

Tyson Gillies and Zach Collier are the only other healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster. Gillies has looked lost at the plate, in the field, and on the basepaths and it is hitting .111/.220/.167 for the Pigs and Collier is hitting a comparable .122/.234/.146 for Reading. Anthony Hewitt, 23, is currently hitting .343/.395/.457 for Reading with six steals in nine tries but is not on the 40-man roster. He is a long shot to fill a possible void left by Brown as he would absolutely not clear waivers on the way back down and the Phillies likely do not have a 40-manner right now that would but he is the only outfielder at any level in the system who is squaring up the ball right now.

Yikes.

 

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Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 17, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s time, once again, for our weekly glance around the Phillies’ developmental ranks, taking a look a some exceptional performers and those that have raised some eyebrows for different reasons.

Class A Lakewood
hot list-

Art Charles, photo- Jay Floyd

First baseman Art Charles, who was acquired from Toronto this spring in the Michael Schwimer trade, has hit in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409 avg) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that stretch. Overall, the lefty batting 22-year-old is hitting .239 in 13 games this season.

Righty reliever Nic Hanson, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week, has struck out 10 batters while walking two in eight innings of work through three appearances. Additionally, he has a save and a 3.38 ERA during that time as well. The six-foot-seven 210-pounder was drafted by the Phils in the 16th round last year out of Golden West College.

Lakewood red flags-

OF Brian Pointer is batting .174 this season, despite a current three-game hitting streak. The lefty batting 21-year-old was the Phillies’ 28th round draft pick in 2010.

17-year-old outfielder Carlos Tocci, the youngest player in the South Atlantic League, has posted a .186 batting average with one extra-base hit (a double) in 12 contests this season. The right-handed hitting Venezuelan batted .278 with two doubles in 38 games last season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Continue reading Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

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Phillies & Reds Suspended in the 9th Inning

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, April 16, 2013 11:50 PM Comments: 47

It was a historic outing for Kyle Kendrick. It was an even more historic outing for Homer Bailey.

And they’ll both have to wait until Wednesday afternoon to see if it means anything for their team.

The Phillies and Reds will resume Tuesday’s game at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the series finale. The game is scoreless and will begin in the bottom of the ninth with Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips due up.

The teams had two hits apiece in a game that started 90 minutes late and had rain throughout.

For the first time in his career, Kendrick allowed no runs and two or fewer hits over at least seven innings. His final line was: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. He induced 13 groundouts — two in every inning except the sixth. KK held Votto, Phillips and Jay Bruce hitless in seven at-bats, with four groundouts and three strikeouts.

Bailey was even better. He became the fifth pitcher in the history of baseball to strike out 10 batters and allow two or fewer hits in under 90 pitches. The last pitcher to do it was David Cone, in his perfect game in 1999. Jim Bunning did it, as well, in his 1964 perfecto.

The offense

Ben Revere continues to struggle mightily at the plate. He was 0-for-4 with his 10th strikeout of the season, putting him on pace for 115. Revere has 10 Ks in 63 plate appearances. His 10th strikeout last year came in his 174th plate appearance.

Revere just isn’t getting it done at the top of the order. He’s batting .207/.258/.207. His on-base percentage is 97 points lower than the National League average for leadoff batters.

Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard each came within feet of home runs on flyouts to the warning track.

The Phillies have scored in seven of their last 53 innings.

The offense has been absolutely pitiful after the third inning of games. In innings 4-9, the Phils are hitting .184/.241/.297. I don’t even know how that’s possible.

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Phils Drop Pitchers’ Duel Late to Reds 4-2

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, April 15, 2013 09:46 PM Comments: 29

On a day filled with sadness for so many, baseball played on. On Jackie Robinson Day, and only a few hours after the horrifying explosions in Boston, the Phillies and Reds’ starters went toe-to-toe in a terrific pitcher’s duel. Unfortunately, the Phillies came up on the losing end of a 4-2 outing to the Reds.

THE CATCH

Above is one of the greatest catches I have ever seen. It might be one of the greatest any of us have ever seen. Keep your eyes on it. It’s just as incredible the 100th time you watch it as it is the first.

It’s Ben Revere laying out completely to rob Todd Frazier of an RBI and extra bases, turning a sure double into a double play.

It’s up there with the likes of Griffey, Mays, Edmonds, and some of the greatest plays ever made in center field.

As for the game itself….

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Halladay’s Future

Posted by Eric Seidman, Mon, April 15, 2013 08:14 AM Comments: 22

Roy Halladay pitched relatively well on Sunday, scattering five hits and a single run over eight innings of work. He worked quickly, needing just 87 pitches over those eight frames, and threw twice as many strikes as balls. Doc also kept the ball on the ground, generating nearly 50 percent grounders on a day when he managed just two strikeouts.

Two schools of thought were formed after he exited the game. Some fans instantly wrote his performance off as being a byproduct of facing the punchless Marlins. Other fans took this as a big step in getting back on track.

As per usual, we’re looking at a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

Halladay no doubt threw better on Sunday but he still made several mistakes that an actual major league offense — you know, one that doesn’t include Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs as the bread in a Giancarlo Stanton sandwich — would have exploited. Though the results didn’t bear this out, he struggled with both command and control during the first few frames, and if he makes some of those same mistakes against the Cardinals this coming weekend, we’re again looking at a potential 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER outing.

Perhaps that is part of his current growing pains in adjusting to his lesser ‘stuff’ but it’s something he will need to figure out quickly. He adjusted on the fly, incorporated his curveball far more, and by the latter stages of the game had seemingly settled into a nice rhythm. He pitched well, but if you remove the end results and focus on the process this game wasn’t really that far off of his last start against the Mets.

However, maybe all he needed was a solid results-based outing to get some of his mojo back.

As fans in Column B were quick to point out, Halladay has repeatedly said that he feels fine, physically, and that he’s struggling with the mental side of things right now. I’m no psychologist but perhaps throwing eight effective innings of one-run ball was enough to prove to himself that he could still get batters out and go deep into games. With that reinforced knowledge perhaps his confidence grows.

We can’t simply discount this start because of who he faced but we also can’t assume he is anywhere near back yet. This may have been a step in the right direction but we’re dealing with a pretty big staircase. Getting Halladay right is a Chrysler Key to the Season and Sunday’s outing moved the needle in the positive direction.

However, during each of his three starts this season I have ruminated on his future. I’m trying to focus on his present and what he can do to get back on track but what happens to Halladay after this season has the potential to represent one of the most compelling free agent situations in recent history. Simply put, he is a big unknown this season and that carries material financial implications heading into next season.

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Minor League Notebook: Injuries, Signings and Stats

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 10, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Mario Hollands

Lefty hurler Mario Hollands, who is on the disabled list for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, is not currently ailing and is spending time with the Phils’ extended spring training team until further notice. Pitching at four levels of the organization’s developmental system last season, the 24-year-old posted a 7-9 record with a 4.55 ERA and a .282 batting average against in 27 outings (18 starts).

Right-handed reliever Kenny Giles, who also opened the 2013 season on the disabled list for the Threshers, is dealing with an oblique strain. There is no known time frame for the Phillies’ 2011 7th round draft selection’s return. Last season, with Class A Lakewood and Clearwater, the 22-year-old tallied a 4-3 record with eight saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 12.18 K/9 mark in 39 contests.

Left-handed starting pitcher Nick Hernandez made his official return to the mound for the Threshers on Tuesday evening. Out since 2010 with repeated shoulder injuries, the 24-year-old had a very good outing for Clearwater, throwing five innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while surrendering four walks and striking out five opposing batters.  Hernandez, the nephew on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez, was a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star with Lakewood in 2010, when he went 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in eight outings prior to being sidelined. Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Injuries, Signings and Stats

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Phils Rally in 9th, Not Enough as Pitching Continues to Struggle

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, April 07, 2013 07:12 PM Comments: 33

Billy Butler finishes the night with a grand slam and 7 RBIs (Photo: AP)

The game looked to be over as the Phillies trailed the Royals 9-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Could there be more ninth inning magic left over from Saturday?

Ezequiel Carrerra lead off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk.  Two batters later, Ben Revere singled.  With two on and one out, it still didn’t appear that anything spectacular would happen.  Maybe the Phillies would get one run.  But Jimmy Rollins changed the momentum with one swing of the bat.  Rollins smashed his first home run of the year, a three-run shot.  The Phillies were now trailing 9-7.  The crowd, who had lost enthusiasm earlier, was now back into the game and fully behind the home team.  Maybe there was some magic left after all.

The hits kept coming, and there was hope again.  Ryan Howard and Michael Young singled with two outs.  Laynce Nix followed with an RBI single to put the Phillies within one.  With Erik Kratz up, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.  A single would win the game!

The intense, ninth-inning, heart-pounding adrenaline was rushing through the bodies of anxious Phillies fans — a feeling that drives fans crazy, but is needed at the same time.  Could Kratz be the hero?  Could the Phillies have another miracle comeback?

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