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Phils Win, But Nats Still Clinch NL East

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Mon, October 01, 2012 09:54 PM Comments: 44

Kendrick stymied the Nationals tonight. (PHOTO: AP)

A lights out performance from Kyle Kendrick, a two-run triple from Darin Ruf, a spectacular late-inning catch by centerfielder John Mayberry to save some runs, and a big strike out from Jeremy Horst to help the Phillies win a game with the NL East on the line. That’s exactly how you drew it up when you looked ahead to this first game against Washington in the final series of the season, isn’t it?

Probably not. But that’s how things went down tonight at Nationals Park in the Phillies 2-0 victory. Sure, the Nats won the division because the Braves lost. But they didn’t do it by beating us, damn it! With everything else in this 2012 season a lost cause, at least we’ll still have that.
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Phils Squeak Out Win Over Fish

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, August 14, 2012 09:56 PM Comments: 4


It wasn’t a game in which the outcome was ever certain. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run, and that was the last of the scoring. Kyle Kendrick tossed seven scoreless innings and the Phillies took away the 1-0 win. Here are some other notes:


Starter Kyle Kendrick pitched outstanding tonight. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits while striking out seven. Coming into the game, he had been 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA since the Joe Blanton trade. Here’s his line:

7.0 IP/5 H/0 R/0 ER/0BB/6 K

His counterpart, Josh Johnson, pitched argulably just as well. Johnson tossed eight innings while giving up just one run on three hits. Here’s his line:

8.0 IP/3 H/1 R/1 ER/1 BB/7 K


Kendrick threw the seven scoreless, but it was up to Josh Lindblom and Jonathan Papelbon to pitch in the high leverage situations to secure the win. And they did. They each threw a scoreless inning, throwing eighteen pitches, with ten strikes. This was Papelbon’s 26th save of the year, and he lowered his season ERA to 2.81.

GAME NOTES: The Phillies play the third and final game against the Fish tomorrow at 12:40 PM (yes, you read that right) with Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80 ERA) pitching for the Phillies and Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80 ERA) pitching for the Marlins.


Gameday: Phillies (53-62) at Marlins (52-64)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, August 14, 2012 06:36 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (53-62) at Miami Marlins (52-64)

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86) vs. Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
Weather: Lower 80′s, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies haven’t won three straight games in almost three weeks. But they can do just that tonight as they are coming off their second straight win.

However, the bad news is that Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) is on the mound tonight, and his last outing was, let’s say, unspectacular. He gave up six earned runs, seven hits, and three walks to the Braves in less than four innings pitched. Ever since Joe Blanton was sent to the Dodgers, Kendrick, who took Blanton’s spot in the rotation, is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) will start for the Marlins, and he is pitching pretty well right now. He is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last four starts. However, the Phillies tagged him earlier this season in a 6-1 win, but the second time around, he allowed just one run. Methinks we will see the “good” Johnson tonight.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Mayberry CF, Frandsen 3B, Schneider C, Kendrick P

GAMEDAY BEER: Pilsner Urquell

This Czech pils is just strong enough and tasty, just the way I like my beer. It’s not quite as light as other lagers, but it has a crisp look to it. Don’t be pushed away by it’s slightly bitter aroma, it’ll go down smoother than you think. There will be a slight, slight aftertaste to it, but don’t be alarmed. It’s quite refreshing.  -By Pat



Phillies Nation TV 23: Brown Era Begins, Worley’s Elbow

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 14, 2012 03:09 PM Comments: 3

On today’s Phillies Nation TV, Corey and I discuss Vance Worley‘s elbow and what exactly the issue is with the man that burst onto the scene last year. And how about Cliff Lee – what’s up with him this year?

We revisit the deadline deals to see how Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, and Joe Blanton are faring in their new towns.

The Domonic Brown era has started. We both believe it has gone quite well, and can get even better. We’ll tell you why.

And don’t forget about Miss Natalie – she’s along with some great comments and questions from Facebook and Twitter. See if you made the cut. Enjoy!


Gameday: Braves (63-47) at Phillies (50-60)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 08, 2012 06:41 PM Comments: 13

Atlanta Braves (63-47) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (50-60)

Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Chance of thunderstorms, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Kyle Kendrick appeared to find his place in the bullpen, but with the departure of Joe Blanton, he found himself back in the rotation.  Although he only spent  a short amount of time in the bullpen, there has been a slight difference (3.95 ERA as a reliever, 4.54 as starter).  Out of the bullpen, Kendrick limited hitters to a .231 average, opposed to .285 in the rotation.

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Snake Bitten Offense Dooms Phils Against D-Backs

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 03, 2012 09:49 PM Comments: 20

Kyle Kendrick was unexpectedly called into action tonight. (AP)

Behind a solid all around pitching effort, the Phillies offense came up short tonight, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, 4-2. This loss came at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks.


- A few hours before tonight’s game, Kyle Kendrick was expecting an uneventful night that could possibly include pitching an inning or two out of the bullpen. But when scheduled-starter Joe Blanton was sent to LA in a trade, Kendrick was thrust into the fire, forced to make an emergency start with no one else available. So Kendrick, 20-inning scoreless streak and all, did what he could to give his team some innings. Unfortunately, he was ill-prepared.

- After a scoreless first inning in which Kendrick looked very solid, he unraveled. In four innings work, he allowed two earned runs and three runs total. After a rocky fourth inning, he was yanked.

- It wasn’t a great effort by Kendrick, but it also wasn’t an easy position to be in. His inability to go a few more innings would put the Phils in a tough position, with Charlie Manuel asking his thin bullpen to record 15 outs.

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Gameday: Phillies (47-58) vs Diamondbacks (54-51)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 03, 2012 06:35 PM Comments: 14

Philadelphia Phillies (47-58) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (54-51)

Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.45) vs Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Upper 80′s/Lower 90′s, humid
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Before tonight’s game, Charlie Manuel was seen being called into a meeting during media time. Shortly thereafter, Joe Blanton–tonight’s scheduled starter–was not seen with the rest of the team. Then news came out of a trade that sent Blanton to the Dodgers.

So in his place on the mound tonight will be Kyle Kendrick, who currently owns MLB’s longest scoreless inning streak at 21. 13 of those innings are as a starter. Still, though, his ERA this year is well above 4, and a spot start like this could mean a poor outing on such short notice. However, Kendrick has done well in situations similar to this before, so it’s tough to predict how he will pitch tonight.

Opposing him will be righty Ian Kennedy, a guy who has fallen off considerably after his outstanding year last year where he finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting. His ERA is currently 4.20 (last year it was 2.88). The last time he pitched in Philly, he gave up three runs in three innings and took the loss back in August of 2011.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Schierholtz RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Frandsen 3B, Schneider C, Kendrick P

Orval Trappist AleYour Gameday Beer – Orval Trappist Ale

I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. – By Brian



Blanton Traded to Dodgers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 03, 2012 04:56 PM Comments: 27


As reported on Twitter by our own Pat Gallen, The Phillies have made another trade, this time sending Joe Blanton to the Dodgers for cash OR a player to be named later. Ruben Amaro Jr. implied that the Phillies are hoping to take the player over the cash, and that the Phils are still making moves.

Taking Blanton’s spot on the roster will be B.J. Rosenberg, who was brought up from AAA Lehigh Valley. Kyle Kendrick will start in place on Blanton tonight.


Phillies Nation TV 22: Trade Deadline Recap

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 02, 2012 01:59 PM Comments: 1

On this latest edition of Phillies Nation TV, Corey and I recap the trade deadline moves, as the Phillies shipped Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence out west. How about some of the guys that didn’t get moved? Joe Blanton, Juan Pierre, and Cliff Lee all stay put, so we talk about why.

We also take an in-depth look at Domonic Brown and what he’ll bring to the Phillies over the next year and a half. What does he need to do to knock the thought that he’s a bust.

Natalie has your reader comments and questions from Facebook and Twitter – see if you made the show.



Gameday: Phillies (46-57) at Nationals (61-41)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, August 01, 2012 05:51 PM Comments: 42

Philadelphia Phillies (46-57) at Washington Nationals (61-41)

Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88 ERA) vs Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Sunny, 90, Scattered T-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Well we might not see if ‘trying any damn thing’ will actually work any time soon but the new look Phillies gave us something to cheer for last night.  Enter Domonic Brown.  Brown will be making his long awaited return to the starting lineup tonight playing left field  a day after the Phillies sent Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants.

One of the pieces that the Giants sent over was Nate Schierholtz, who will be playing right field and batting second.  John Mayberry Jr. will be running wild in center to round out the rest of the outfield and hitting after Ryan Howard in the lineup.

This may not be the Phillies team we remember, but this is our Phillies team.  For the moment at least.  Some may think the white flag has been raised, and maybe yes it has for this season, but this team is not a bottom dweller.  It’s not their style.  Expect this team to continue to play hard and build some momentum through the end of the season.

Vance Worley will be on the hill tonight.  Worley has been knocked around a bit recently with opponents hitting .353 against him in his last five starts.  He will try and correct the ship against Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Nationals tonight.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Schierholtz RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Frandsen 3B, Kratz C, Worley P.

Your gameday beer: Yeah man. Here’s Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. The 90 Minute is a sterling beer, flavorful and not overly strong in taste. But it hits you, and it hits you hard. It’s 9 percent, so it gets you good after a few. Drink with caution. And eat some mussels with it. – By Tim


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