Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan’

Does Papelbon Call Out Players, Coaches?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 20, 2013 07:29 AM Comments: 16

After last night’s blown save in the Phillies 6-2, 11 inning loss to the Nationals, Jonathan Papelbon had interesting things to say. Do you think he calls out the team here?


Phillies fall short in another Coors Field hit-fest

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 15, 2013 07:25 PM Comments: 10

It was another standard Coors Field-type game on Saturday, one which featured 15 runs and 29 hits, but also a 10-5 loss for the Phillies at the hands of the Rockies. The Phillies tried to mount another comeback like they did on Friday, but fell short as they dropped the middle game of the three-game series.

Jonathan Pettibone was chased from the game after the third inning, as the Rockies jumped on him for seven runs. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood held the Phillies in check for his five innings, allowing just two runs and scattering seven hits.

Pettibone hit hard again

Jonathan  Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Pettibone struggled mightily for his second straight outing on Saturday afternoon. He allowed a season high seven runs (six earned) on ten hits in just three innings of work. In his last two outings, he has allowed a combined 10 earned runs in just eight and one third innings. His earned run average has skyrocketed a full run over those last two outings, from 3.40 on June 4 to 4.40 after exiting the game today.

Middle of the Rockies order kills Phillies

I use ‘middle’ of the order loosely, it was really everyone but basically the very top and bottom of the order. The Rockies’ three through seven hitters went a combined 12-for-21 (.571) with a home run, triple, four doubles and eight runs batted in against Phillies pitching. When Carlos Gonzalez struck out in the fourth inning it was the first time he failed to reach base in the series.

Horst’s struggles continue, Brown cooling off

Jeremy Horst has never been the most dependable reliever, but lately things have been much worse for the left-hander. In his last six appearances (six total innings) Horst has allowed eight runs and has stranded none of his four inherited runners. He threw 41 pitches in his one inning of work, and only 21 of them were strikes.

Domonic Brown has been the backbone of the Phillies offense since the middle of May, but lately his production has started to taper off. Since going 2-for-4 with a home run on June 8, Brown has gone two for his last 21 (.095) with no extra base hits and just one RBI. In Saturday’s game he was 0-for-3, and his average is down from .293 on June 8 to .278.

Up next…

The Phillies still have a chance to win the series on Sunday, with Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45 ERA) scheduled to take the hill against the righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52 ERA) for Colorado. First pitch is at 4:15 ET.



Gameday: Phillies (33-35) vs. Rockies (35-33)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 15, 2013 03:36 PM Comments: 2

Philadelphia Phillies (33-35) vs Colorado Rockies (35-33)colorado-rockies-logo

Jonathan Pettibone (3-2, 3.70) vs Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 2.14)

TIME: 2:10 (4:10 ET), Coors Field

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WEATHER: 76, partly cloudy

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The Phillies will look to win their third straight game and second straight against the Rockies on Saturday, after a dramatic come-from behind 8-7 win on Friday night.

Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies. He struggled a bit against Milwaukee his last time out, going 5 1/3 innings while allowing six runs on four hits. Pettibone has pitched pretty well for the Phillies overall, however, and in ten starts he has allowed three runs or less in eighth of them. He will be facing Tyler Chatwood, who has allowed just four runs over his last five starts with Colorado.

Despite the Rockies missing start shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Pettibone will still have some tough customers in the Todd Helton and the red-hot Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez was 4-for-4 in last night’s game with a home run, and reached base five times.

For the Phillies, Freddy Galvis is coming off a huge game in which he had two-run triples in back-to-back innings, and finished the night with four RBIs. He is back in the lineup again tonight, hitting seventh. Rollins is also back in the lineup after missing a game with a sore foot and hip. Here is the full lineup:

Lineup: Revere CF, M. Young 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, Mayberry RF, Galvis 2B, Quintero C, Pettibone P

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Zambrano Nearing – Is He The Best Option?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, June 11, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 0

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/4499.png&w=350&h=254The big Phillies news this morning was that Carlos Zambrano will be headed to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to pitch against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders on Thursday night. Zambrano has pitched well against Minor League opponents (16.1 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 12 K, 7 BB per Matt Provence) and reiterated his readiness to pitch for the Phillies after his weekend start with the Fightins. “I’m here to pitch with them and I’m here to be one of the pieces along with the other 24 guys on the roster . . . be one little piece and help the team,” Zambrano said.

Despite Zambrano’s enthusiasm, a scout that the Inquirer’s Mike Still spoke to saw it differently: “He wasn’t like the old Carlos Zambrano. I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high. He won’t be anything close to what he used to be like.”

But is what Zambrano is right now better than what the Phillies already have?

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Pettibone Struggles; Phillies Lose Series

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 09, 2013 04:55 PM Comments: 95

(Photo Credit: Tom Lynn/AP)

The Phillies were blown out by the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-1. The Brewers ended up taking the series, 3-1.  The Phillies had a chance to take advantage of a last place team this series, but failed to do so.  The Phillies are now two games below the .500 mark at 31-33.

Rough Second Inning for Pettibone

The Brewers put up a four-spot in the second inning against Jonathan Pettibone. To begin the inning, Pettibone made a fielding error. He then proceeded to give up a single and hit a batter. The mistakes proved costly as the inning was capped off by Scooter Gennett’s two-run triple. The Brewers jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second.

Pettibone later surrendered a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning.

The start would be Pettibone’s worst start to this point in his major league career as he surrended a career high six runs. Four were earned.

Offense Silent

Kyle Lohse shut down the Phillies offense. He pitched 8 strong innings allowing just one run on a home run to Humberto Quintero.

Dom Brown Watch

Even the almighty Domonic Brown could not get to Lohse today.  Brown went 0-for-3, leaving two men on base today.


Mayberry’s 2 HR, Walkoff Grand Slam, Give Phils 7-3 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 04, 2013 10:57 PM Comments: 18

John Mayberry Jr, take a bow. You are the hero tonight. Mayberry smashed a game-tying home run to lead off the 10th inning. He then walked off with a grand slam in the 11th, giving the Phillies a crazy, weird, unbelievable 7-3 win over the Marlins.

The last extra-inning, walkoff grand slam was by Dale Murphy August 6, 1991 vs. the Cubs in the 11th inning.

Historic. Wild. Weird.

A Weird Evening at the Park

In the eighth inning, things got weird. Bob Davidson clearly blew a call on an interference at second base, saying Ben Revere got in the way of second baseman Derek Deitrich. Davidson then called Michael Young out at first, resulting in a double play. Balkin’ Bob at it again! Yet, he still has a job.

Phillies fans booed for the remainder of the inning, even chirping “Bob, you suck!” Awesome. Davidson also whiffed on a caught stealing by Juan Pierre, who was safe in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins also may have been safe in the 10th inning as he tried to grab a base on a ball in the dirt.

Remember this?:

-Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco did not allow a hit until Michael Young skipped an infield single up the middle in the fourth inning.

-Domonic Brown had a chance to redeem himself after a one-pitch at bat in the second inning. With two on and two out, Brown flied out to left field in the fourth. There is a sense of anticipation in the park when he steps to the plate. It’s palpable, we’ll see how he handles it moving forward. He also swung on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth, grounding out.

-The Phils got two big runs in the seventh to get Jonathan Pettibone off the hook. Delmon Young and Erik Kratz both missed home runs by three feet combined. Weird moment, seeing Kratz sprint in from the bullpen where he had been warming up a reliever. He pinch hit for Humberto Quintero and nearly put one in the seats.

Pettibone Better, But Still Shaky

-It was not his finest performance, especially against a lousy Marlins squad. Jonathan Pettibone allowed two runs in six innings, so it’s hard to complain about that. However, he allowed seven hits, walked two, struck out just one, and got out of a few sketchy situations.

-Pettibone got into a jam in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. He calmly got Chris Coghlan to pop out to third base and induced a fly-ball out off the bat of Marcell Ozuna to end the threat. He did allow one unearned run in the frame, but minimized the damage. Other than that, the Marlins mostly singled him to death, but ran his pitch count high.

-Jeremy Horst entered in the seventh and entered having given up no runs or hits. A clean inning, only his second full, clean inning – the other came May 12. Mike Adams pitched the eighth and wasn’t crisp. He had runners at second and third with two outs and needed Freddy Galvis to make a sick sliding grab to throw out Casey Kotchman. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a great ninth and continues to have a ridiculous season.

-Antonio Bastardo allowed a run and is getting harder and harder to figure out. After a few mostly solid appearances through the end of may, he just can’t seem to keep the good times rolling. Bastardo allowed a run on two hits and two walks on Sunday, following it up with this clunker.


Blown Call, Error, Lack of Offense Result in Third Straight Loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 01, 2013 07:58 PM Comments: 18

The Phillies dropped a very winnable game on Saturday against the Brewers after a late base running blunder (courtesy of a missed call by the umpire) combined with the usual lack of offense allowed Milwaukee to scrape out a 4-3 win. The loss guaranteed a series loss for the Phils, who have either lost or split each of their last four series.

The Phillies put together a rally in the ninth, but it was cut short when Kyle Kendrick was picked off second with one out in the inning. Upon replay it was evident that the second baseman did not catch the ball, less catch it and tag Kendrick out. Kendrick was pinch running for the injured Jimmy Rollins, and if he was on base he would have scored to tie the game on Cesar Hernandez‘s double, which immediately followed.

Milwaukee’s offense struck for four runs, led by catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Logan Schaeffer who combined to go 5-for-8 with two runs, a double, a homer and two RBI. It was Lucroy’s third homer through the first two games of the series.

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Five Runs Not Enough in Loss to Brewers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 31, 2013 10:52 PM Comments: 13


Two home runs by Dom Brown weren’t enough against the Brew Crew. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies, who were averaging just 3.4 runs per game coming into tonight’s contest,  put up five runs on Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo–but lost the game 8-5. Domonic Brown launched two home runs, but was outdone by Jonathan Lucroy who hit two homers along with a double en route to a 5-5 night at the plate. Cole Hamels gave up seven runs (six earned), and took his ninth loss on the season.


How about Domonic Brown? He launched two home runs Friday night for a total of four RBI. His slash line is now .272/.306/.549 and he has fifteen home runs on the season. He is turning out to be the Phillies best offensive player this year, and it is a fantastic thing to see after all the undeserved bashing he got.


Cole Hamels had yet another tough outing. He surrendered six earned runs in just five innings of work. He allowed twelve hits and only struck out three. He raised his season ERA up to 4.86. It’s shaping up to be a tough year for Hamels, but he’s more mature than he was in 2009, so I think he will bounce back at some point.


Jonathan Lucroy, have yourself a night! It was hittin’ weather–as Charlie Manuel would say–as the Brewers catcher went 5-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI, and three runs scored. The Phillies simply did not have an answer for him. He hasn’t been a great hitter this year, so when he has a night like this, you know the Brewers will put up runs.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM, with Tyler Cloyd on the mound for the Phillies, and Mike Fiers on the mound for the Brewers.



De Fratus Proclaims Himself Papelbon’s Protege

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 31, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 1

Justin De Fratus

Justin De Fratus, image- AP

On the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast, Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus joined me and my co-host Tug Haines as our guest.  Among the topics of discussion was the type of impact that veteran teammates have had on him thus far in his big league career.

While sharing his thoughts on Phils closer Jonathan Papelbon, the 25-year-old De Fratus, who is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in seven games this season,  declared that he has inserted himself into the role of the five-time All-Star’s protege.

From episode 28 of the PhoulBallz Podcast, De Fratus said:

“Well, to be honest, my first encounters with Pap and Mike Adams were, you know, I kind of just stayed away from them.  I just kind of let them do their thing and tried to observe. But, really recently, in the last two weeks, or so, in my time up here, I feel at least my relationship with Pap has really taken off as far as, like, I really feel like he’s a mentor to me…teaching me about, you know, everything, like what it takes to be a closer or a successful major leaguer.  He’s a closer, so he’s gonna talk to me on what it takes to be a closer and I just really enjoy listening to what he has to say. He talks to me about being aggressive and about being prepared to throw every day…But as far as the preparation and the mindset of what it takes to be a dominant major leaguer and, you know, so we’ll sit in the bullpen and he’ll just fill me with all this knowledge…it’s awesome for me. I’m kind of just making myself…or self-proclaiming that I’m going to be his protege kind of thing. That’s what I’m looking for and that’s why I’m trying to get everything from him as much as I can.”

“Obviously, at the end of the day what’s important is pitching in the big leagues, staying in the big leagues and making sure your team is winning. Continue reading De Fratus Proclaims Himself Papelbon’s Protege


Phils Fail To Get To .500 Once Again In Loss To Boston

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, May 30, 2013 10:22 PM Comments: 20

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

The game of baseball finally caught up with Jonathan Pettibone tonight. (Photo: AP)

The Phillies just can’t seem to make it over the hump. They had another opportunity to get back to .500 tonight, but as has happened every time they’ve had that chance since April 14–the last time they were even–they squandered it.

Jonathan Pettibone put the Phils in an early hole, and the offense wasn’t up the task of an uphill battle, as the hometown nine fell to the Red Sox 9-2. They’ll try to reach the .500 plateau once again this weekend.


- Through seven starts, Pettibone has been about as good as can be expected from a 22-year old during his first stint in the big leagues. But he’s also been very lucky with men on base, stranding 85.3% of baserunners, which is about 15% more than the league average. Tonight, his luck would finally give out, and fast. He gave up four runs in the first, allowing all but one of the baserunners who reached to score. Remarkably, he’d prevent the Red Sox from scoring after the first, despite allowing a baserunner in each of his five innings.

- Pettibone clearly wasn’t sharp tonight. He struggled with his control big time. He walked four and worked six three-ball counts. Given the amount of baserunners Pettibone allowed (with the 6 hits, his WHIP was an even 2.00), it’s pretty uncanny he only allowed four runs. It was the bullpen that imploded.

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