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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.

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Hamels Escapes Late Jam, Phils Hang On For 4-2 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 09:55 PM Comments: 33

Hamels was the Hamels that earned the nine-figure deal last year in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the second inning with one out to begin what looked like a long night for former teammate Cole Hamels. The two met again in an epic bases loaded, two-out encounter in the eighth inning. Hamels had given up two singles followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Hamels got Ryan Zimmerman to chase high heat for the second out. Werth had a chance to put the Nats ahead with a second inning repeat.

On his 110th pitch of the evening, shortly after Charlie Manuel left Hamels laughing after a mound visit, Hamels got Werth to fly out to Ben Revere and effectively end the only Washington Nationals threat of the night. Antonio Bastardo closed out the Nats in the ninth after giving up a run to pick up his second save.

Hamels was every bit the ace he is advertised to be against the division rival Nats, allowing only earned run, six hits, striking out four, and walking only one.

The Bats Stay Hot

Aside from Carlos Ruiz, every Phillies starter had at least one hit tonight. Chase Utley hit his 14th double of the year and was knocked in via a Domonic Brown single in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Young hit the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Darin Ruf has extended his hitting streak to four games while Revere’s two hits put him at .302 and firmly sixteenth in the NL in batting average as of press time. The trade for Revere continues to look like a major steal for the Phillies.

Winning Ways Continue

The Phillies win was their third in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the present homestand. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 8, all against teams with records above .500 and look to take their fourth in a row tomorrow as Cliff Lee takes the hill against former Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez.

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Lee leads Phils to second straight win over Nats

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, June 18, 2013 10:49 PM Comments: 25

Richie Ashburn Award: Cliff Lee

It’s funny how fast things can change. Just two days after finishing up an atrocious road-trip against three bad teams, the Phillies have won two straight against the Nationals, with a chance to sweep the series on Wednesday.

Cliff Lee allowed a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the fourth, but the Phillies came back to score four straight runs, which was all they would need in their 4-2 victory. The Phillies have now won six straight games at home.

Lee dazzles again

PHOTO: AP

Lee tossed eight strong innings, striking out nine and walking none en route to his ninth win. PHOTO: AP

It seems like every start is the same. He works fast, pounds the strike zone, racks up the punchouts, and exits having only improved his season numbers. Yea he gave up a few mistakes (solo homers to Werth and Jeff Kobernus) but he was still flat out dealing tonight.

Lee tossed eight strong innings, giving up just the two runs on five hits while striking out nine. It’s his third nine strikeout game in his last four starts, and his ERA is sitting at 2.53. He threw 110 pitches, 82 for strikes and walked none.

Frandsen provides knockout punch in sixth

Kevin Frandsen has quietly been one of the most consistent hitters on the Phillies when he plays. In the sixth inning, after Domonic Brown and Delmon Young both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs, Frandsen came through with a clutch two-RBI single to give the Phils a nice three run cushion.

Frandsen, who has to deal with sometimes not playing for two, three or four days or only having one at bat per game, has an average of .286 after play tonight. He is also hitting .300 with six RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position, and in the month in June his average is .375 with an OBP/OPS of .464/.923

Howard tripled? And Young doubles thrice

I thought it was at least worth noting that with his triple tonight, Howard now has more triples than he did in his 2006 MVP season when he was young and spry (sort of). Who would have thought.

Michael Young smashed three doubles tonight, and drove in a run. It took Young 29 games to get his first three doubles of the season.

Up Next…

Wednesday provides the Phillies a chance to sweep the series, but they will have to do it against the reigning N.L. wins leader Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies. He will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who has pitched well for the Phillies this year, but is coming off his worst outing of the year in which he gave up seven runs on ten hits to Colorado. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

 

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Dom Brown Round Up; What’s Next?

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, June 07, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

With an incredible May behind him, where will Domonic Brown go from here?  (AP Photo)

With an incredible May behind him, where will Domonic Brown go from here? (AP Photo)

Thursday morning on WIP, MLB.com’s Peter Gammons questioned the sustainability of Domonic Brown’s recent hot streak, largely due to the absence of walks in his May outburst.  He compared Brown’s torrid stretch to that of free-swinging Jeff Francoeur when he first was called up to the Braves in 2005.  Gammons is just the latest national analyst to weigh in on Brown, who has been the talk of baseball over the past week.

To his credit, Gammons did suggest that Brown’s hand injury may have made him the Phillies next version of Jayson Werth; a late-bloomer who was at one time a highly thought of prospect.  But Werth’s status as a legitimate blue chipper was derailed long before Brown’s, and never reached the heights of being considered one of baseball’s best minor league talents.  Is Brown’s emergence really that much of a surprise?

Outside of the raw home runs totals, there is no doubt that what makes Dom’s offensive explosion especially unique is the lack of walks – exactly zero in 109 May at-bats.  But to me, the most compelling part of that – and what makes Gammon’s Francoeur comparison nonsensical – is that a big chunk of Brown’s value as a prospect (and what I loved about him) stemmed from a patient approach at the plate.

In nearly 2,000 minor league at-bats, Brown was the owner of an impressive walk rate of 10.8 percent.  Through 433 major league at-bats entering this season, he nearly replicated that at 10.5 percent.  Burnt out by the swing-at-everything version of the Phillies offense that evolved after the departures of Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth, I welcomed Brown’s approach despite the lack of production, with the assumption that part would eventually follow suit.  Obviously, this version of Brown is better – 18 home runs with a walk rate around five percent – but shouldn’t we expect the truth to lie somewhere in between rather than writing off his arrival as a free-swinging fluke of sorts?

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Phillies Player Review: Laynce Nix

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, November 15, 2012 07:00 PM Comments: 9

Before the 2012 season, Ruben Amaro, Jr. signed Laynce Nix to fill the team’s need for a left-handed bat off the bench in the same vein as Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs before him. The deal was relatively cheap and also provided the roster with a player who had a superfluous “y” in their name, something the team was lacking after Jayson Werth skipped town in 2010 and left the Phillies in desperate need for a player of that ilk in 2011.

Nix also figured to help pitch in playing some time in left field, where it was wide open, and also at first base while the Phillies waited for the return of the injured Ryan Howard. On paper, it was a prudent move by the Phillies GM.

For awhile, the move seemed to translate from paper to the field, as well. Nix started off the season pretty well, hitting .326 through the first five weeks of the season with two dingers and eleven RBI in 46 total at-bats. At that time, his OPS was a very impressive .979. Things seemed to be going swimmingly for Nix. Then an event happened that would come to define his 2012 season: Nix got hurt.

On May 11, he was placed on the DL with a calf strain. By the time Nix returned to the big league roster on July 22, he was a forgotten man, a footnote on a season that seemed all but lost. Upon his return, he appeared to be a drastically different player than the one that was contributing the way he expected to at the start of the season. His first half/second half splits read like night and day:

First half: 51 PA, 7 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI, .326/.392/.587

Second half: 76 PA, 6 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .191/.263/.294

His OPS+ went from 168 in the first half to 55 in the second half. Yikes. That’s really the story when it comes to Nix. He started off well, but an injury caused him to miss a lot of time. When he returned, he just wasn’t the same player. Had he stayed healthy, could he have produced at the rate he was for the first five weeks of the season? There’s no way of knowing. But it’s not too outlandish to suggest he could’ve maintained some semblance of positive production had he kept getting regular at-bats.

Grade: D … Had Nix been able to maintain his production from the beginning of the season, he’d easily be a candidate for an A. Had he played the entire season the way he did after returning from injury, he’d surely get an F. I arrived at a D because the scale shifts slightly more to the failing grade when considering the larger sample size of Nix’s second half performance. All in all, it seems likely that it was a one-time hurrah for Nix in a Phillies uniform. With a bloated cast of potential back-up outfielders, and the Phillies clearly looking to add a couple more, Nix seems a likely candidate to be released.

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Phils Complete Sweep of First Place Nationals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 26, 2012 04:22 PM Comments: 40

PHOTO: AP

The Phils weren’t satisfied with just a series win against the first place Nationals, as they came out to play Sunday afternoon and collected a 4-1 win.

It’s the first sweep the Phillies have completed since a sweep of the Brewers a month ago, and the first time the Nats have been swept since they were swept  by the Yankees back in June.

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Detwiler Blanks Phillies, Nats Escape Sweep

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 02, 2012 10:05 PM Comments: 17

Three hits was all the Phillies could muster against lefty Ross Detwiler, as the Phillies fell short of a sweep over the Nationals in the 3-0 loss.

Cole Hamels went seven innings and struck out nine while walking one, a nice turnaround from his career-high six walk performance last start. Hamels did allow eight hits and three runs, but it clearly was all about his counterpart, Detwiler.

The Phillies offense could do very little against the hard-tossing left-hander. Detwiler was pulled after just seven innings and 88 pitches, but easily could have finished it out. All night long, Detwiler jammed Phillies batters and made it uncomfortable in the box, even though he struck out just three.

No Phillies hitter had more than one hit – Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen, and Michael Martinez accounted for the three. The Phillies had a shot at scoring in the second inning, but John Mayberry was gunned out at home plate on a strong throw by Bryce Harper.

Michael Schwimer had to work through a rough eighth, but got out unscathed. Schwimer hasn’t allowed an earned run June 13.

Jayson Werth returned for the Nationals, three months after breaking his wrist against the Phillies at Nationals Park in a start made by Cole Hamels. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

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All-Star Break Grades: The Bench

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 10, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 3

Mike Fontenot has filled in admirably at second and third for the depleted 2012 Phillies. Photo (AP)

Welcome to the first of five of our All-Star Break assessments. Today we tackle: The Bench.

The Surprises:

Mike FontenotThe seven year Major League veteran was a free agent after being cut from the Giants at the conclusion of the Cactus League but has been a valuable bench piece, splitting time at 2nd and 3rd and posting a .325/.364/.386 triple-slash in 24 games since being called up on May 13. His .388 BABIP and career triple-slash .267/.334/.405 suggests this pace is an abnormality and I won’t disagree. However, I will say that this value off the bench is being wasted in a down year for the Phils; I can’t help but imagine what even his normal production could have done to help the team last year, being able to spell Placido Polanco in the playoffs. Grade: A

Pete OrrThe player Fontenot essentially replaced was having a fine bench year in his own right (.286/.302/.429) but got squeezed off the roster when the Phils activated Jim Thome. Orr performed when put in the game and that is about as much as you can ask for a bench player. Because Fontenot graded at an A as the most valuable piece of the bench, Orr, who was slightly less productive, must be ranked a little lower, but not that much. Grade: B+

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Phillies Nation TV: Hamels/Harper; Werth/Philly

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 08, 2012 05:40 PM Comments: 3

On this latest edition of Phillies Nation TV, we talk about two big topics from this week; Cole Hamels plunking Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth ripping Philadelphia.

Natalie jumps in with some reader comments and questions, as always.

Our minor league contributor, Jay Floyd, also joins us for some chatter about the Phillies farm system. He highlights some players who are making waves and others who are not.

Enjoy!

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Jayson Werth Vs. The City Of Philadelphia

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Tue, May 08, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 77

Jayson Werth reportedly heard taunts from Phillies fans after he broke his wrist in Sunday night's game. Photo AP

By now, you’ve probably heard about what happened between Jayson Werth and some Phillies fans when Werth broke his left wrist trying to make a sliding catch during Sunday night’s game.

After failing to make the catch on Placido Polanco’s line drive, there was Werth, writhing in pain, Davey Johnson and Nationals trainer, Mike McGowan, coming to his aid, and in the background, Phillies fans could be heard cheering. Many speculated that fans were lustily jeering the sight of Werth down on the field.

After undergoing surgery Monday morning that could keep him out 12 weeks, Werth shared his thoughts regarding the matter in an email to Nationals beat writer Adam Kilgore, and they were not what one would describe as cordial.

From Adam Kilgore’s blog for the Washington Post:

“After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and ‘That’s what you get,’” Werth wrote, “I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”

Bitter. Spiteful. Vindictive. That’s the sense I get from Werth when reading these comments. And, in a way, I can understand where he’s coming from. It’s been a rapid fall from grace for Werth around these parts. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few misguided goons, one too many beers deep and pumped up by the fact that the Phillies were winning the game, saw Werth walking off the field in a moment of weakness, and thought it the perfect opportunity to pile on. I’m also not going to deny that once some people started heckling Werth, a few others got caught up in the gang mentality, and started to go at him as well.

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