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Asche, Smith Named Minor League Players of the Month

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 07, 2013 03:36 PM Comments: 1

CodyAscheCody Asche is currently with the Phillies, but that didn’t stop him from winning a minor league award.

The third baseman was named the offensive player of the month after batting .330 with seven home runs, 21 RBI and a .978 OPS in 24 games during July.  Now in Philadelphia, Asche was on a tear before being promoted, putting together a 10-game hitting streak with Lehigh Valley where he was hitting .380 (16-for-42) from July 20 to 29.

Greg Smith, signed in May, wins the honors for pitchers. At Lehigh Valley, the lefty Smith went 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA over five starts in July. The former 6th round selection with the Arizona Diamondback struck out 15 batters while walking only seven in 34.0 innings of work.

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Fightins Quotables: Wathan on Biddle, Wright & Colvin; Wright on Role Change

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 04, 2013 01:35 PM Comments: 3

This weekend I chatted with Reading manager Dusty Wathan about the recent output of star prospect Jesse Biddle as well as changes of roles for hurlers Austin Wright and Brody Colvin.  Additionally, I spoke with Wright, the Phillies’ 8th round draft selection out of the University of Mississippi in 2011, about his move to the bullpen after steadily being a starter throughout his pro career.

Full Q&A with both men lies ahead…

Dusty Wathan:

- Can you share some thoughts on Jesse Biddle’s effort out there against the Trenton Thunder on Friday (Biddle allowed three earned runs in five innings, after allowing nine earned runs in two total innings in his previous two outings)?

I thought he did a lot better.  I mean, I think the biggest thing was he went out there and struggled, obviously, throwing strikes the last two outings, but the biggest thing was we got him back into a routine and he got himself out of a jam in the 1st and, you know, he’s still a guy that wants to be perfect and he’s learning that he can’t be perfect and he’s not going to be perfect.  You know, a couple pitches got him (in that game), but I thought he threw the ball well.  The velocity was up.  He threw some good breaking balls.  Could have threw some more change ups, but all in all I thought it was a very positive outing.

- I know with Jesse, you kind of alluded to struggles the past two outings, are there any specific things that the coaching staff cited with him or noticed differences in him that would have resulted in the poor efforts?

I think him just trying to be too perfect.  He’s a guy that thinks perfection is attainable and hasn’t quite realized that it’s not.  I think just trying to put the ball on the corner every time, I think he’s realizing that he can throw the ball over the plate.  With his stuff, he’s good enough to get outs by throwing the ball to thirds of the plate or halves of the plate early in the count and that’s just something he’s going to have to learn or realize.

- There’s lots of media attention and the park in Trenton has been packed for obvious reasons (Alex Rodriguez‘s rehab games).  I was wondering if you think extra buzz or attention like this can have a good impact on players at this level.

Oh, absolutely.  I think any time you get more people out to watch ball games and the more buzz you have in the crowd, it’s better for these guys any time you can do that.  We’re lucky in the affiliates that we have to draw a lot of fans and we’re very grateful for that and any time we come to Trenton, we seem to have a pretty good contingent.  But with A-Rod being here, I think it’s a great situation. Continue reading Fightins Quotables: Wathan on Biddle, Wright & Colvin; Wright on Role Change

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Phils Fall To Braves In Extras

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 03, 2013 08:17 PM Comments: 25

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

Jimmy Rollins did his part to help the offense today. It wasn’t enough. (Photo: AP)

Since the All Star break, the Phillies have become particularly skilled at finding new and embarrassing  ways to lose baseball games. Tonight, they squandered four runs and 6.2 scoreless innings from the bullpen en route to a 12-inning, 5-4 defeat against the Braves.

The decisive run came on a Dan Uggla groundball with one out and the bases loaded. The ball was hit softly and it would be tough to turn two. The throw from second on the turn appeared to beat Uggla to the bag, but Kevin Frandsen came off, letting what could have been an inning-ending doubleplay instead become a game-winning fielder’s choice. Remarkably, the run came around to score without the Braves recording a single hit in the inning. Another loss, this one coming on a first baseman coming off the bag and the Braves not getting a hit. The Phillies keep it varied at least.

ROLLINS AND MAYBERRY PRODUCE THE RUNS

- You’ve heard it a million times. As Jimmy Rollins goes, so goes the Phillies offense. Today, it looked like Rollins might power the Phils to a win. He manufactured a run in the first by singling, stealing second, advancing to third on an overthrow, and scoring a ground ball. In the second inning, John Mayberry hammered a fastball into the seats in left for a two-run dinger. Things really seemed to be going well early, and a struggling-to-get-back Brandon Beachy looked like he would be giving the Braves more of the same. And then as soon as it came everything stopped for a while. Like water rushing from a faucet that is suddenly turned off, the bats disappeared.

- That was before the seventh. This time, it was Mayberry who would start it with a single. He’d advance to second on a sac bunt, and come around to score on a Rollins double to tie the game. The offensive faucet turned back off after that, as the Phils barely even threatened after the seventh. Continue reading Phils Fall To Braves In Extras

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Papelbon blows sixth save, spoils Hamels’ best outing of the year

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 01, 2013 10:13 PM Comments: 74

The Phillies lost their fourth straight series Thursday 2-1, despite a stellar outing from Cole Hamels. The Phillies held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save, allowing two runs in the inning en route to his sixth blown save of the season.

Hamels brilliant start wasted

Hamels is staying. (AP)

Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings, but received a no decision in the game. (AP)

Cole Hamels churned out his best start of the season on Thursday night. The lefty held his opponent scoreless for the first time this year, tossing eight strong innings in which he scattered seven hits and struck out five. It was the third time in his last five starts that he has gone eight innings, after accomplishing that feat just twice in his first 18 starts.

Hamels also delivered the only run for the Phillies in the game in the fifth when his two out single off Matt Cain drove home Laynce Nix to put the Phillies ahead.

But Hamels started was wasted on just three batters into the ninth inning. Papelbon allowed singles to Hunter Pence, Brett Pill and Roger Kieschnick, promptly blowing his sixth save of the year. Those six blown saves are the second most in all of baseball. He then allowed another run, which put the Phillies behind by one.

Offense slow yet again

The Phillies managed just the lone run on seven hits, and squandered several chances to score. They were just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game, and one of those hits did not even translate to a run.

Perhaps the most frustrating blown scoring opportunity came in the ninth, when the Phillies had the bases loaded with nobody out. It would not have even taken a hit to tie the game or even to win it. But Nix and Carlos Ruiz flied out and could not get the run home, and Erik Kratz grounded into a fielders choice to end the game.

Up next…

The Phillies will play host to the Atlanta Braves tomorrow looking to win their first series since before the All-Star break. Right-hander Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) will make his major league debut, and he will be opposed by Kris Medlen, who is 7-10 with a 3.74 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Papelbon Doesn’t Want to Stay if Phils Continue Down Path

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, July 28, 2013 06:37 PM Comments: 51

(AP)

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Jonathan Papelbon isn’t one to mince words. Once again, he spoke loudly following the disastrous loss on Sunday in Detroit. Papelbon told MLB.com he doesn’t want to be here if the team isn’t a winner.

Asked after the game if he wants to be traded, Papelbon said, “No, I would like to stay here. But if I’m going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don’t want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?”

Good question. However, Jimmy Rollins has already stated his case and intends to stay in Philadelphia. The same doesn’t seem to hold true for Papelbon, who sounds like a man who wants nothing to do with a rebuild.

Pretty much everyone in Philadelphia seems on board with trading this guy, anyway. He hasn’t connected with the fan base and he’s clearly being paid too much for the role he’s currently in. He’d be better suited elsewhere. But where could he go? Detroit and Boston seem to have solidified their 9th inning roles. Add that to the fact that Papelbon’s velocity has decreased fairly dramatically. That doesn’t bode well for anyone involved.

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Gameday: Phillies (49-54) at Tigers (57-45)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, July 27, 2013 02:03 PM Comments: 59

Philadelphia Phillies (49-54) at Detroit Tigers (57-45) 

Raul Valdes (1-0, 7.59) vs. Max Scherzer (14-1, 3.14)

Time: 7:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather:  Rain, 68
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Today’s game was all set up to be a real pitcher’s duel.  Cliff Lee was expected to start alongside fellow All-Star Max Scherzer, however Lee was scratched due to neck soreness. As rumors circulate about his impending departure, he is listed as day-to-day. In his place today, Raul Valdes will get the start. The lefty was 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA over 12 starts for the IronPigs before being recalled Tuesday. That day, he allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief against St. Louis. This will be his third career start.

Scherzer, meanwhile, was the AL started for the All-Star game and was tied for the Major League lead in wins as of Friday. This will be his first start against the Phillies.

GO PHILLIES!

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Happy 9th Birthday Phillies Nation!

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, July 24, 2013 08:22 PM Comments: 7

Phillies birthday cake

Cake from sweetnesscake.com

On this day nine years ago, Phillies Nation was born.

I was living in Washington, DC (then a baseball wasteland) and had no quality Phillies news readily available.  I decided to take it upon myself to start something I would enjoy reading.  Thankfully, nine years later Phillies Nation is still my go-to source for news and analysis on the Phils.

Here is our first post:

Milton Perfect though 8 1/3

What a game! Supurb pitching by Eric Milton, and Doug Glanville won’t have anything funny to say about this nailbiter. Phils funnyman nearly cost his team the win, which brings the unoffical total of 5 defensive mistakes in centerfield in the past week.

It was nice to see the Phillies’ young stars, Ryan Madson and Chase Utley, perform well today. Utley had the Phils first two RBIs including a HR. Smoltz just got the save up in New York, that means the Fightins’ are still a half game out.

Everyone, thank you for all your support over the past nine years. Phillies Nation has grown and thrived because of people like you who are dedicated not just to winning a World Series, but to enjoying the journey with fellow fans. Go Phils!

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Domonic Brown Out Of Lineup with Concussion Symptoms

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, July 24, 2013 05:31 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies continue to receive bad news.

Domonic Brown is out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Brown is being tested for a concussion today, and could return Friday if the test goes well. If not, he’ll be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list at the very least.

This is just the second time that Brown is out of the lineup in 101 games this season.  Brown likely suffered the injury in last night’s game after falling hard when diving for a ball.  He complained of dizziness after the dive; however claims to feel much better today.

This is extremely poor timing for the Phillies, who are in desperate need of a run.  Now, they are without one of their best players, making a possible run tougher. If Brown is out a significant period of time, it could be safe to say that the Phillies will be sellers at the trade deadline.

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Phillies score early and often, take opener 13-8

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 10:59 PM Comments: 33

Richie Ashburn Award: Chase Utley

The Phillies bashed their way to a huge win on Friday, clubbing out 13 runs on 15 hits en route to a 13-8 win in their series opener against the Marlins. The Phillies are now over .500 for the first time since early June.

Offense roughs up Hefner 

AP Photo.

Domonic Brown hit his 24th homer in the game and drove in two runs. AP Photo.

Jeremy Hefner entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts. After two innings and eight earned runs tonight his ERA over his last five starts sits at 4.03.

Just about everyone got in on the fun. An RBI triple from Chase Utley and run-scoring singles from Domonic Brown, Delmon Young and John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the first. Two innings later the Phillies put the finishing touches on Hefner’s outing, who was ousted in the third without recording an out.

Domonic Brown led off the third with a solo homer, his 24th of the season, on an 0-2 pitch. It started a string of extra base hits that propelled the Phillies to a seven run inning. Darin Ruf doubled, and was driven home by a Delmon Young single one batter later. Back-to-back doubles from Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz scored two more runs and the inning was capped with a three-run homer from Michael Young, who at that point was the only Phillies without a hit.

Kendrick strong early, faltered later on

Kendrick had come off a strong outing his last time out, and looked good through the first three innings tonight. He allowed just one baserunner in the first three frames and struck out six batters. But things did not go so well for the righty in his next three innings. In the fourth he allowed five straight hits to start the inning, including a three-run homer from Marlon Byrd. He escaped further damage, but allowed another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. His final line was 5 2/3 innings, six runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts, and he earned his ninth win of the year. His ERA is now 3.94.

DeFratus not sharp again

Justin Defratus allowed two runs, including a home run in one inning of work. DeFratus had been pitching well enough in his last few outings, but has trouble stringing more than a couple good outings together. He has not had more than two scoreless innings in a row since June 11-14, and since then he has allowed 10 earned runs in 8 1/13 innings.

Up Next…

Tomorrow the Phillies will send Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) to the mound in hopes he can continue his strong pitching and give the Phillies an early series win. His opponent will be Mets prospect Zach Wheeler (3-1, 3.54 ERA), who has allowed just two runs in his last two starts. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

 

 

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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.

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