Posts Tagged ‘Fifth Inning’

Freddy Galvis Walks It Off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 08, 2013 12:27 AM Comments: 1

Freddy Galvis, who homered to give the Phillies the victory, is interviewed after receiving a shaving cream pie. (Photo Credit: AP)

Freddy Galvis had a night to remember.  With Jimmy Rollins having the night off, Galvis had a chance to prove his worth.  He did just that as he went 4-for-5, including a walk-off home run.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well for the Phillies, lasting six innings.  He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.  He struck out eight.

Along with Galvis, Carlos Ruiz had himself a good night.  The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the third, but Chooch responded with a two-run single to tie the game.  Ruiz would later give the Phillies the lead in the fifth inning, smashing a double.  Galvis added an RBI single, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Kevin Frandsen put the Phillies up 5-3 with a run batted in during the eighth inning.  With Jonathan Papelbon in to close, it looked as if it would be another victory for the Phillies.

In the ninth, Chris Johnson, who doubled earlier in the game, hit a soft liner to center field.  It could be argued that Roger Bernadina should have made the catch, but didn’t.  It could have been a 1-2-3 inning, but wasn’t.  With a man on, Andrelton Simmons tied the game with a homer just over the left field fence.  Papelbon completely missed his spot as he left the pitch middle-in.  The game was suddenly tied at five.

Every time the Braves scored on Saturday, the Phillies quickly responded with some runs.  The trend continued into the ninth inning.  Freddy Galvis, the second batter of the inning, smashed the 1-0 offering into the right field seats.  There wasn’t a doubt about it, as he got under it and lifted it.  The dugout emptied onto the field, and the Phillies had themselves another walk-off victory.

With the 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies could complete the sweep over the first place team on Sunday.


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.


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.


- 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


Dodgers Continue Amazing Streak Behind Dominant Kershaw

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 17, 2013 10:06 PM Comments: 36

Kershaw is Unhittable 

It’s hard to believe that prior to Saturday, Clayton Kershaw had never beaten the Phillies.  He has been one of the top pitchers in the National League for the last few years, but the Phillies lineup would get to him.  However, this is a different Phillies lineup than in recent years.  When a pitcher with an ERA under 2 goes against an offense that’s almost last in the majors in runs scored, the outcome can be easily predicted.

Kershaw was perfect through four innings.  Everything was working for him as the Phillies didn’t stand a chance.  Domonic Brown finally got the Phillies first hit in the fifth inning, but that wasn’t going to stop Kershaw, who dominated all night.

The Phillies had their biggest threat in the eighth inning when Kershaw started to tire.  They managed to get two men into scoring position, but failed to bring them home.  Kershaw struck out Carlos Ruiz to end the inning and the threat.

Kershaw shut out the Phillies over eight innings.  He allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

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Recap of Lee, Brown, and the 2013 All Star Game

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, July 16, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 1

All Star Game Highlights

The American League beat the National League 3-0 in the 2013 midsummer classic.  The game was dominated by pitching, as the National League only managed three hits.

The American League scored two runs on a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice.  The AL added a run in the 8th inning against Craig Kimbrel, an RBI double by Jason Kipnis.

The best moment was in the eighth inning, when Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blasted over the speakers as Mariano Rivera entered his last All Star Game ever.  He walked on the field alone, as both dugouts gave him a standing ovation, sending goosebumps across the baseball nation.  Rivera tossed a 1-2-3 inning, and earned the MVP honors.

Lee Surrenders a Run

Cliff Lee appeared in the fifth inning, tossing 32 pitches.  He got himself into some trouble, but was able to get out of the jam with just one run.

He allowed a lead-off double to Adam Jones, who eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.  Joe Mauer followed Jones with a base hit of his own, a single off the glove of Troy Tulowitzki.  It could be argued that Jimmy Rollins would have made the play, but Brandon Phillips would soon make two great plays to help Lee escape the inning.

Lee gave up a run and two hits in the inning.  Luckily it doesn’t count towards his ERA.

Brown’s All Star Debut

Domonic Brown entered the game in the sixth inning.  His first and only at-bat was in the seventh inning, with a man on and the NL down 2-0.  Brett Cecil struck him out.


Solo Shots off Lee Help Nats Sink Phils

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 10, 2013 09:59 PM Comments: 25

Lee was in control early but gave up a pair of back-to-back homers in a 5-1 loss. Photo: AP

Cliff Lee was cruising right along. Through four scoreless innings, Lee had thrown only 40 pitches and looked in Cy Young form while his counterpart, Gio Gonzalez, was being worked into deep counts. And then the fifth inning happened. Back-to-back homers by Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos put the Nats ahead 2-0. That would be all the Nats needed as they cruised to a 5-1 victory, ending the Phillies three-game winning streak.

Lee Gives Up Four Solo Shots

If I would have told you before the game that Cliff Lee would exit the game with 64 of 76 pitches thrown for strikes after seven innings, what would you have guessed the result to be? How about if the opposing starter labored and threw 117 pitches through seven?

Through four innings, Lee looked un-hittable. Lee made quick work of the Nats and was efficient with his balls and strikes. But a pair of back-to-back homers, Rendon and Ramos in the fifth and to Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth in the sixth, put the Phils into a 4-0 hole. Darin Ruf‘s solo opposite field shot in the bottom of the seventh was the only Phillies’ run of the night.

The Silver Lining

Luis Garcia made his Major League debut for the Phillies, pitching a scoreless eighth against the heart of the Nats line-up. Garcia got Bryce Harper to ground out, struck out Ryan Zimmerman on a wild pitch that landed in the dugout after bouncing in the dirt, and getting Adam LaRoche to ground into one of the best 4-6-3 double plays you will see all year. Garcia struggled slightly with command but showed a plus-slider and hit 97 MPH on the gun multiple times.

The Phils look to win the series tomorrow as Kyle Kendrick takes the hill against Jordan Zimmerman.


Blown Out, Shut Out

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 23, 2013 04:43 PM Comments: 25

The Phillies were blown out and shutout by the New York Mets, 8-0. They lost the series, 1-2.

Another Error Starts Another Mets Rally

In the fifth inning, Juan Lagares sent a fly ball to centerfield. It looked to be an easy catch for Ben Revere, but the ball was dropped. Actually, it was only ruled a drop by the second base umpire. The replay showed that Revere indeed made the catch, but lost the ball on the exchange. It was scored a three-base error, and Lagares started the inning on third base.

The Mets would go on to hit three doubles in the inning, giving them a 4-0 lead at the time.

Bottom line: Revere should have used two hands on the catch.

Lannan Struggles

John Lannan didn’t get the job done. He lasted only five innings, surrendering six runs on eight hits. The Mets, a typically weak hitting ball club, smacked Lannan around hitting extra base hit after extra base hit.

On the other hand, Matt Harvey controlled the Phillies, tossing six shutout innings. Harvey allowed only two hits. The Mets bullpen continued their recent success as they held the Phillies to just two hits.

Bottom line: You can’t win if you don’t score.


Bats Stage Wild Comeback Late, Bullpen Hangs on For Win 8-7

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, June 15, 2013 01:17 AM Comments: 0

Richie Ashburn Award: Freddy Galvis

Photo: Joe Mahoney

If you were out last night, went to bed early, or simply changed the channel, you missed a good one. Freddy Galvis hit a pair of two run triples to make up for a rare defensive mishap and help erase a 7-2 deficit, leading to a 8-7 Phillies victory. The win pulls them back within one of the Nationals for second place and back to just 6.5 back of the Braves for first.

Pedestrian Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick did not make it through the fifth inning tonight, giving up seven earned via ten hits and two walks, including Carlos Gonzalez’s NL-lead tying 19th homer and a home to Josh Rutledge. Jeremy Horst entered the game in the fifth with a runner on and induced a double play but, down 7-2 by then, the game seemed quite out of hand.

Wake up the bats!

In the top of the sixth, the Phils started to chip away. After a Ryan Howard walk and a Kevin Frandsen single, Galvis hit his first triple. He would score on a Humberto Quintero ground out. In the top of the seventh, Domonic Brown led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Following a John Mayberry walk, Galvis hit his second triple of the night, scoring both Brown and Mayberry. Jimmy Rollins entered the game to pinch hit for Quintero and hit a single into right to put the Phillies ahead for good with the score 8-7.

Fantastic Bullpen

The bullpen went five and 2/3 scoreless, giving up three hits and a walk. Horst pitched 2/3 of an inning, while Michael Stutes picked up the win by pitching a scoreless sixth. Jake Diekman made his 2013 Phillies debut and joined Justin DeFratus and Mike Adams as Phillies pitchers who earned holds tonight. Jonathan Papelbon got his 13th save in 13 tries.

The Phillies send Jonathan Pettibone to the hill tomorrow at 4:10 PM as they look to win the series.


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.

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Brown Homers Again, Hamels Shuts Down Marlins for Sweep

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 05, 2013 04:06 PM Comments: 17

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the Phillies beat the Marlins, 6-1, finally getting back to the .500 mark with a sweep. They’re back level ground for the first time since they were 6-6. It’s also the first time the Phils have won four straight games.

As my colleague Corey Seidman pointed out via twitter, the Phillies have scored at least six runs in four consecutive games for the first time since late September 2010.

Lucky #7

-In the seventh inning, the Phillies broke it open. They scored five in the frame, busting through with a Jimmy Rollins RBI single to start. Ryan Howard brought home two runs with his first triple since April 22, 2011. The Big Piece needed a big hit, and he got one.

-Not to be outdone was Man of the Year, Domonic Brown. He launched a two-run Dom Bomb into the seats in right for his 18th home run of the season. Brown was in a quick 0-for-8 “slump” just before he exploded for another homer. Wow, what more can you say.

-John Mayberry Jr. got the first hit of the day off of Jacob Turner in the second inning, a smoked single to left field. Erik Kratz continued his hot streak, getting the Phillies on the board one batter later.  With his second inning RBI-double, Kratz now has hits in 9 of the last 10 games.

Hamels Back in Top Form

-Hamels line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. His ball-to-strike ratio was impressive, throwing 81 of his 108 pitches for strikes. The issue had been, of course, run support. In his first three starts against the Marlins, the Phillies offense provided him with one, zero, and one run. It was slightly better today as the Phillies gave him six just before he left the game.

-It was the 23rd time in his career Hamels struck out 10 or more batters in a game, and the third time this season.

-Hamels allowed a fourth inning home run to Derek Deitrich, which tied the game at 1-1. It was a cutter, a pitch that Hamels has grappled with this season. Going into the game, Hamels had thrown 223 cutters, four of them leaving the yard (make that five with this one).

-Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck left the game in the seventh inning after taking a pitch off his right hand. It was a scary scene as he went down in a heap; Jim Reynolds replaced him.


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