Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Manuel’

Gameday: Mets (29-41) vs. Phillies (35-39)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, June 22, 2013 03:30 PM Comments: 40

New York Mets (29-41) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-39)

Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.56) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40)

TIME: 4:05, Citizens Bank Park
WEATHER: 84, sunny
MEDIA: Facebook or Twitter

After another disappointing loss last night, manager Charlie Manuel was heated in his post-game press conference.  He expressed that he doesn’t know what else he can do with his lineup, acknowledging the lack of run support.  Could these words fire up the offense?  Does it give them something to prove?  We’ll find out.

After an impressive start to his major league career, Jonathan Pettibone has struggled as of late.  In his last three starts, Pettibone is 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA.  He only lasted three innings in last start against Colorado as he allowed seven runs.  Pettibone will try to get back on track today against the Mets.

Dillon Gee, today’s starter for the Mets, has horrible career numbers against the Phillies.  He has a 7.49 ERA in 39.2 innings against Philadelphia.  It may look good on paper for the Phillies offense, but they have been so  unpredictable at times.

Lineup: SS Rollins, 2B Utley, 3B M. Young, 1B Howard, LF Brown, RF Mayberry, CF Revere, C Ruiz, P Pettibone.



Manuel Fired Up in Post Game Press Conference

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, June 22, 2013 11:16 AM Comments: 0

Charlie Manuel was not a happy camper last night. And who would be.

He talks about not knowing what else he can do with his lineup at this point, and even gets into it with a veteran reporter.



Late Rally Propels Phils To Victory

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 13, 2013 11:05 PM Comments: 15

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

A solid performance from Cliff Lee helped the Phils to a victory tonight. (Photo: AP)

After their most agonizing week of the 2013 season so far, the Phillies have finally gotten back in the win column, as they defeated the Twins 3-2 to salvage one game in the three-game series.

It took a late rally and a stellar performance from Cliff Lee for the Phils to end their season-long, five-game losing streak, but they were able to pull it out. Finally, they scratched out a win against a bad team.


- For six innings tonight, Cliff Lee was dealing, and it was a thing of beauty. He threw 76 pitches–56 for strikes– and didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. In fact, he faced the minimum through six innings. Though the Phils had only managed one run, it seemed like they might be able to squeak out a victory the way Lee was throwing. He seemed on pace for the complete game. Then the wheels fells off.

- With one out in the seventh, Lee issued a walk–his first of the night. The Twins then caught a break when Ryan Doumit was called safe on a bang-bang play at first. In real time he appeared to be out, and replays confirmed that fact. The blown call perfectly encapsulated the way things have gone for the Phillies lately, a team as snake-bitten as any. After a flyout, Justin Morneau sent a hard line drive toward the gap. A diving Ben Revere came up just short, and, with two outs, the double cleared the bases, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead, and the Phils appeared to be on their way to another loss.

- As well as Lee pitched, he deserved better. Fortunately, the team would manage to pull the game out and get him the W.

Continue reading Late Rally Propels Phils To Victory


Phils Beat Brewers For Fifth Straight Win

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 06, 2013 11:12 PM Comments: 18

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

Ryan Howard’s first inning sac fly started the scoring for the Phils. (Photo: AP)

It’s June 6, and the Phillies are finally over .500.

Soak that in for a little while. It’s the first time the Phils are above water this season, and it took five straight wins to get there. It feels good. A win streak like this is exactly what this teams needs, and they continued to roll tonight, knocking off the Brewers 5-1.

They had it all working, getting runs early and leaning on another positive start from Tyler Cloyd.


- Charlie Manuel raised some eyebrows when he tabbed Michael Young to be the leadoff man. The adjustment, as puzzling as it seemed to some people before the game, wouldn’t slow down a team that had scored at least six runs in their last four games, and at least five in five of their last six before tonight. Now you can make it six of their last seven.

- The bats got off to a fast start, scoring two in the first, one in the second and one in the third. Their run in the third was set up by Domonic Brown, who has decided he is now a premiere base stealer on top of his superhuman power. Brown stole both second and third in the inning, before scoring on a ground ball. He now has five steals this season, all of them coming after May 18.

- John Mayberry and Delmon Young are having themselves a week. After his late-inning heroics on Tuesday, Mayberry went 1-for-4 and scored a run yesterday. Tonight, he’d be in the mix once again, scoring a run in the first and driving in another one in the second. As for Young, he doubled in a run and scored a run in Tuesday’s win. His fifth inning home run tonight would make it 5-0 Phils. The two hitters would combine to go 5-for-8.

Continue reading Phils Beat Brewers For Fifth Straight Win


Gameday: Phillies (30-30) at Brewers (22-36)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 06, 2013 06:45 PM Comments: 6

marlins-miami-new-logoPhiladelphia Phillies (30-30) vs Milwaukee Brewers (22-36)

Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) vs Willy Peralta (4-6, 5.94)

TIME: 8:10, Miller Park
PHL 17
Weather: 58, Mostly Cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

For the first time since April 15, the Phillies have an opportunity to rise above the .500 mark. That’s right, folks. With a win tonight, your Phillies will be above .500 for the first time this season. It’s been an uphill battle to get to this point. But with four straight wins, the Phils are on a roll and making some headway.

Standing in their way: the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are one of the NL’s worst teams. But you wouldn’t know it from watching them kick around the Phillies in their three game series this past weekend. After a short layoff, the Phils now have a chance to exact some revenge, this time on the Brewers’ home turf. On the mound for the Brew Crew is the young Willy Peralta. Peralta has struggled so far this season, but he looked like Cy Young on Saturday against the Phils when he went seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out six. The Phillies absolutely cannot let a pitcher who has struggled do that to them again.

The Phils counter with Tyler Cloyd. In three of his four starts this season, Cloyd has managed to go at least six innings while allowing two runs or less. That includes a start on Saturday against Milwaukee when he allowed two runs over seven innings. The Phils will hope for more of the same from Cloyd tonight.

Charlie Manuel opted to go with an unusual lineup, batting Michael Young cleanup. It’s the first time Young has batted first since 2004. He also continues to keep Domonic Brown out of the three hole. Ben Revere sits while John Mayberry gets the start in center. Clearly Manuel isn’t reading this blog.

Lineup: M.Young 3B, Mayberry CF, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Kratz C, Galvis 2B, Cloyd P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Miller High Life
When the Phillies are in Milwaukee, there is no beer brand more fitting than Miller. Sure, they don’t make the fanciest beer on the planet, but it’s still a respectable name. Miller High Life is my favorite from the Milwaukee Brewery. Light in color and taste, this beer is far from great. But it’s also like $7 for a twelver. They call it the champagne of beers, and if couple it with a Phils game and some decent BBQ, you’ll truly be living the high life.  – By RD



Five Runs Not Enough in Loss to Brewers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 31, 2013 10:52 PM Comments: 13


Two home runs by Dom Brown weren’t enough against the Brew Crew. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies, who were averaging just 3.4 runs per game coming into tonight’s contest,  put up five runs on Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo–but lost the game 8-5. Domonic Brown launched two home runs, but was outdone by Jonathan Lucroy who hit two homers along with a double en route to a 5-5 night at the plate. Cole Hamels gave up seven runs (six earned), and took his ninth loss on the season.


How about Domonic Brown? He launched two home runs Friday night for a total of four RBI. His slash line is now .272/.306/.549 and he has fifteen home runs on the season. He is turning out to be the Phillies best offensive player this year, and it is a fantastic thing to see after all the undeserved bashing he got.


Cole Hamels had yet another tough outing. He surrendered six earned runs in just five innings of work. He allowed twelve hits and only struck out three. He raised his season ERA up to 4.86. It’s shaping up to be a tough year for Hamels, but he’s more mature than he was in 2009, so I think he will bounce back at some point.


Jonathan Lucroy, have yourself a night! It was hittin’ weather–as Charlie Manuel would say–as the Brewers catcher went 5-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI, and three runs scored. The Phillies simply did not have an answer for him. He hasn’t been a great hitter this year, so when he has a night like this, you know the Brewers will put up runs.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM, with Tyler Cloyd on the mound for the Phillies, and Mike Fiers on the mound for the Brewers.



Young to Bereavement List, Hernandez to Philly, Utley Out Three More Weeks

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 29, 2013 01:34 PM Comments: 33

Hernandez will get his first taste of the big leagues. (Photo: Jay Floyd)Michael Young has been put on the bereavement list by the Phillies, and Cesar Hernandez has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. For those unaware of what such a list means, it’s when a player leaves the team to attend to a serious illness or death in his (or his spouse’s) immediate family. He’ll have to be on the list for at least three days and up to seven.

Young hit his second home run of the season yesterday at Fenway Park, but has been struggling mightily, seeing his average drop to .260.

At Lehigh Valley, Hernandez is hitting .308 with two home runs and 18 RBIs and a .383 on-base percentage. It seems possible he’ll be in the lineup tonight with Freddy Galvis playing third base for Young.

Today on MLB Network Radio, Charlie Manuel said that Chase Utley is having trouble with pain in his oblique/rib cage area, and it hurts when he breathes. Manuel put a time frame of another three weeks or so until Utley could return.

“He’ll be out another three weeks probably,” Manuel said. “He has kind of a tear in his ribcage, hurts when you breathe, and if you’re not careful, you keep tearing it.”

That could keep him out through most of June.


Phillies Falter in Boston, Lose 9-3

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, May 27, 2013 11:12 PM Comments: 11

Keep the FaithThe setting and weather were beautiful, the game was not. The Red Sox used a 3-run first inning to slug their way to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies, who fall back to 3 games below .500.

Tyler Cloyd was tagged with his first road loss and drops to 1-1 on the year. In the first inning, Dustin Pedoria started the scoring with a 2-run homer. This was soon followed by a solo shot by Mike Napoli. Erik Kratz responded with a solo shot of his own in the third, but the Red Sox quickly responded with another three runs in the bottom of the frame. Cloyd was lifted after just 2 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 6 earned runs. His poor performance forced Charlie Manuel to use 5 bullpen pitchers, which is an ominous sign heading into a stretch of 14 games without a day off. Mike Adams skipped a rehab assignment to return to the team early and saw some action tonight. After hitting 92-mph on the radar gun and getting 2 outs, he allowed a single and 3 walks before exiting the game.

Offensively, the Phillies did not fare much better. Facing a pitcher with an ERA over 8.00, the Phils were only able to plate one run off the starter. The other two runs came in the form of Domonic Brown‘s club-leading 10th home run. As a team, the Phils grounded into 3 double plays. This helps to explain how their 11 hits equated to just 3 runs. They were 0-6 with runners in scoring position.

Ben Revere made another spectacular catch, diving hard into the outfield wall. In the third inning, Dom Brown and Jimmy Rollins gunned down Jarrod Saltalamacchia at home for the final out.

Cliff Lee pitches tomorrow.


Utley DL Stint Appears Likely

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 22, 2013 05:56 PM Comments: 4



According to the beats down in Miami with the Phillies, it appears likely Chase Utley will find himself on the disabled list soon. From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Chase Utley swung for the first time in batting practice Tuesday and it did not feel right. He took a second hack, then another, and one more. That is when he went to Charlie Manuel and told him his right side hurt.

“It definitely scared me a little bit,” Utley said Wednesday.

More bad news for the Phillies, who have been crushed by the injury bug. Add Utley to the bloated list including Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz, John Lannan, and Mike Adams.

Adams could return by Wednesday, Rich Dubee told the Inky. He’s scheduled to pitch in a rehab game in Clearwater on Monday.




On A Dreary Evening, The Reds Thump The Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, May 18, 2013 07:16 PM Comments: 36

Phillies Mets Baseball

Kyle Kendrick was due for lackluster outing, and that’s just what he had today. (Photo: AP)

On April 15, Bronson Arroyo dominated the Phillies for eight innings in Cincinnati, allowing just two runs and five hits in a deflating 4-2 defeat. Today’s ballgame felt eerily similar to the one that took place at Great American Ballpark last month, only this time the Reds more than doubled their output, while the Phillies didn’t bother scoring any runs–though they did equal their five hits–in an 10-0 defeat. The damp weather was a perfect accompaniment to the sleepy feeling this game had, a long and painful loss.

The game got away from the Phils quickly. The Reds went up early, and the bats never had an answer for Arroyo. It was the perfect formula for a dull drubbing, the Reds asserting their will over an overmatched Phillies team.


Kyle Kendrick hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any start since he allowed five to the Royals in his 2013 debut. That streak swiftly came to an end today when he served up a second inning meatball to Ryan Hanigan, who sent it into the seats in left to give the Reds a 3-0 lead. The homer looked to be a portentous sign of how things would go for Kendrick today.

He would calm down, though. And while Kendrick didn’t pitch a great game–the Reds hit a lot of balls hard off him–he did manage to limit the runs after Hanigan’s long ball. In fact, I’d even argue that the fourth run Kendrick allowed was more on bad managing than Kendrick himself.

It looked like he’d be lifted for a pinch hitter after five when he had over 90 pitches, but Charlie Manuel inexplicably let him hit with a runner on first and two outs in the fifth. Kendrick struck out to end the inning, and went on to allow another run in the sixth. There was absolutely no reason to let Kendrick pitch in that spot and it cost the Phils a run–not that it would matter in the end. Kendrick’s final line looked like this: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. It was no doubt a battle for KK, as he failed to record a single 1-2-3 inning. A definite throwaway game.

Continue reading On A Dreary Evening, The Reds Thump The Phillies

Previous Page Next Page