Posts Tagged ‘Game’

Halladay Injured as Phillies Blanked by Marlins

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 23, 2013 10:17 PM Comments: 2

In what could be the final start by Roy Halladay in Phillies pinstripes, the Phillies were shutout by the Miami Marlins, 4-0. The injury was the biggest news of the evening.

Halladay left the game after just 16 pitches – registering one out and walking two batters – with what the team called “arm fatigue.” His velocity peaked at just 83 mph and Doc worked up a healthy lather that should only happen after 160 pitches, not 16. Something is clearly not right and it seems unlikely he’ll make his final start of the season in Atlanta.

Offensively, it was the 14th time in 2013 the Phillies were shutout. Nate Eovaldi was the man who blanked them, working 7 2/3  innings, allowing just three hits while fanning five. The Phillies could muster up just four hits on the evening.


Phillies Lose 5-4 In Rain-Shortened Game

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 21, 2013 11:30 PM Comments: 2

Rain shortened Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.  The rains heavily picked up in the seventh inning, causing the game to stop.  After a significant delay, the game was finally called.  In result, the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5-4, in seven innings of play.

The Mets had a four-run sixth inning, which was basically the game.  Daniel Murphy set the tone for the inning with a lead-off home run.  Juan Lagares doubled to center to score two, and Travis d’Arnaud tripled in a run.  The Mets took a 5-1 lead at that point.  All the runs were off Tyler Cloyd, who gave up five earned in as many innings.

The Phillies responded with three runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.  It was then when the rains picked up.  The Phillies wouldn’t get another chance to redeem themselves.

Tomorrow, the Phillies and Mets wrap up the series at 1:35 p.m.


Stutes Activated for Tonight’s Game

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, September 20, 2013 06:03 PM Comments: 0

http://www.philsbaseball.com/images/Phillies_player_photos/michael_stutes.jpgPer the Phillies’ Twitter account, Michael Stutes has been activated for tonight’s game against the New York Mets. Stutes last pitched in an 8-7 win over the New York Mets on June 22, allowing three earned runs and leaving with bicep tendonitis before recording an out. Stutes will be replacing Kyle Kendrick on the active roster and Zach Miner will replace Kyle Kendrick in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Kendrick is out with elbow tendonitis.


Salisbury: Sandberg’s Solid Status, Bowa on Bench?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, September 19, 2013 06:33 PM Comments: 18

Photo: MLB.com

Jim Salisbury wrote early this morning that it “seems to be a fait accompli that Ryne Sandberg will soon have the interim tag lifted from his job title. Salisbury believes that an announcement may come before the September 29 season-ender in Atlanta or in the days shortly after. Sandberg has led the Phillies to a 18-14 record since taking over the club.

Salisbury wrote this afternoon that should Sandberg shed the interim tag for next year, a leading candidate to fill his coaching staff may be a shortstop he was once traded with to the Cubs, Larry Bowa. Bowa, 68, managed the Phillies to a 337-308 composite mark from 2001 until Game 160 of the 2004 season. According to Salisbury, Bowa visited Sandberg on Wendesday. While Salisbury said Sandberg deflected questions about filling out his bench coach line-up, noting that he was currently the interim manager, the always good-for-a-quote Bowa had this to say to Salisbury:

“Let’s just say this: I like what I’m doing,” said Bowa, an analyst for the MLB Network since 2011. “Do I miss the game? Yeah. I miss a lot of parts of it. But that’s something that Ryno and Ruben Amaro and David Montgomery have to figure it out.”

A return to the Phillies would be interesting to say the least – Bowa did not leave the team on good terms, exiting after game 160 of the 2004 season on his own terms.


Gameday: Braves (85-54) vs. Phillies (63-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 06, 2013 06:43 PM Comments: 16

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-54) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) 

Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.09) vs Mike Minor (13-5, 3.08)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 72, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

With 84 wins, the Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball.  First place is safe for the Braves, as they have a significant 14-game lead over the Washington Nationals.  Their magic number to clinch the National League East is set at ten, which is the lowest in the majors.  Atlanta is getting ready for a postseason push, but first they have seven games left against Philadelphia.

September Phillies baseball might not be as meaningful as it has been in recent years, but it gives us a chance to see what the younger players can bring.  Fans also get to enjoy Cliff Lee, as he rarely disappoints.  Lee hit a little bit of a rough patch in the middle of the summer, but he has improved over his last five starts, posting a 2.91 ERA.

(Stats as of 2:00 PM Thursday)

Go Phillies!


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


Gameday: Rockies (59-69) vs. Phillies (56-70)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 22, 2013 05:00 PM Comments: 27

Colorado Rockies (59-69) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (56-70)

Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 86, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

A win tonight would give Ryne Sandberg his first series win as manager of the Phillies.  A loss would give the Phillies and Rockies a split.

Go Phillies!


Phils Come Back to Beat Rockies in Walkoff Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 21, 2013 11:54 PM Comments: 18



A Phillies comeback win? Remember what that feels like? It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen one. Down a run going into the ninth inning, the game looked about over. But a leadoff double by Erik Kratz gave the Phillies life. Carlos Ruiz doubled in Kratz, and Michael Young finished the game with walkoff single.

Cliff Lee had his best outing in a while. It was the first time that he allowed less than three runs in a start since late June. After giving up two runs in the 2nd inning, he settled into a groove and the Rockies didn’t really even threaten him for the rest of the night.

Justin De Fratus relieved Lee, and gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th. Jake Diekman pitched a flawless ninth and recorded the win. He’s quietly been very solid lately.

Three Phillies recorded multiple hits: Darin Ruf, Erik Kratz, and John Mayberry Jr. Jimmy Rollins walked twice, hopefully a sign of more patience at the plate from him.

UP NEXT: The series finale is tomorrow at 7:05 with Kyle Kendrick and Chad Bettis squaring off.


Halladay Says Comments on Manuel “Lost in translation”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 21, 2013 05:05 PM Comments: 8

halladaySomething didn’t seem right. Roy Halladay has never been the kind of person to throw a manager or coach under the bus. He’s one of the most thoughtful players I’ve come across and last night’s comments seemed out of the ordinary for him.

Halladay cleared the air with the media today.

Here are yesterday’s comments following his start at Lakewood. Below are today’s:

“I’ve exchanged texts with Charlie,” Halladay said after pitching six innings in a minor-league rehab game Tuesday night. “Obviously, I loved him. He was great. But from what I’ve seen, Ryne [Sandberg] came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked. So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne’s going to do a good job and I think he’s going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we’ve had the last couple of years. You know, we really haven’t had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that I think we’ve had in prior years.”

“Just different things,” he said. “Guys being in places on time. Being on the field on time. Taking ground balls, taking extra BP, and all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.

“So I think [Sandberg] has been very good so far. But, again, I don’t want to take anything away from Charlie. We all respected him tremendously. You know, I think he’s going to have the choice of what he wants to do at this point in his life, so I’m happy for him.”


Today’s comments:

“I felt like what was said necessarily wasn’t written. And I just want to make it well known that I have a lot of respect for Charlie. There were some articles put out that offended me and I’m sure offended Charlie. I called him today and talked to him about it. We’ve been in a lot of contact since he’s left. I loved playing for him, he was a great manager and everybody here loved him; the players loved him, and he was a lot of the reason they won the World Series here. I just want to make that point clear.

I was also trying to say that I feel like if there’s somebody that’s going to replace a guy like that, it’s gonna be a Ryne Sandberg type of person with the experience that he carries and everything else. But I really felt like a lot was lost in translation with respect to Charlie. I just want to make that clear, that I don’t endorse any managers firing. That’s the players who get managers fired.

Anytime a manager is fired you feel like you haven’t done your job. Really, that’s it. I just want to make sure that the air is clear there. And I talked to Charlie and we’re good. But I wanted him to know that I really enjoyed playing for him and as far as managers have gone, he’s the best I’ve ever been around. I really enjoyed the time with him.

On the same token, I look forward to working with Ryne, too. Really that’s about it. I think I saw one title that said I endorsed the firing of Charlie Manuel, and that really bothered me. Just wanted to make sure that we were all clear.”


Opinion: It seemed to me that Halladay was calling out his teammates more than anything. Everyone knows his level of respect for Manuel is through the roof and it’s not in Halladay’s nature to rip a guy that he has played for.

On a side note, Halladay will pitch Sunday at Double-A Reading.

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