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Phils Drop Pair To Reds, Lose Lannan and Brown

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, April 18, 2013 07:50 AM Comments: 25

Last night was not a fun night to watch the Phillies. Reliever Phillippe Aumont could not retire any of the batters he faced, compounded by a shaky play by Ben Revere, and quickly dropped the resumed first game 1-0 in nine and a half minutes. As for the second game, when the highlights include Raul Valdes doubling and Freddy Galvis hitting an eighth inning home to bring your team within nine, it is easy to say it was a rough night. They dropped the second game 11-2.


As Corey mentioned in his review of the suspended game, Kyle Kendrick was dealing. From Corey:

For the first time in his career, Kendrick allowed no runs and two or fewer hits over at least seven innings. His final line was: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. He induced 13 groundouts — two in every inning except the sixth. KK held Votto, Phillips and Jay Bruce hitless in seven at-bats, with four groundouts and three strikeouts.

Homer Bailey was even better, giving up only two hits in eight innings, striking out 12. Aumont let three straight batters reach base to start the ninth and Joey Votto singled in the winning run for a 1-0 win.


In the second game last night, the Phils bats were again stifled, with Mike Leake going seven, striking out seven and giving up only three hits and no walks. After being fifth in baseball in taking walks from 2007-2011, the Phils are now 25th in baseball since the start of the 2012 season.

Look, I get it: Ruben Amaro has literally looked me in the eye and told me his team doesn’t care about walks, he cares about production. Fine. But his strategy certainly didn’t hold up very well in this series against the Reds: 24 Ks, 0 free passes. The Phillies are now 27th in the MLB in BB%, eighth in K%, 23rd in batting average, and 26th in on-base percentage. The excuses and caveots about it being early do not really apply: this team, as constructed, does not take walks and is currently not hitting, they aren’t getting base runners. There are 147 games left, but if they don’t start to take some pitches, the Phillies will be in for a long season.


John Lannan, after two solid outings to start his Phillie tenure, got roughed up last night, getting plastered for six earned in 1.2 IP. Lannan, in his own words, tweaked his knee and does not know if he will miss any time. He will see a team doctor today in Philadelphia.

Domonic Brown was hurt on a Jay Bruce ball hit to left that he got a late jump on. The fleet-footed Brown used to his speed to make the play, but according to Matt Gelb, Brown felt a pop and some pain in his back and really felt it when he swang.

Brown will undergo an MRI while Lannan is attributing his issue to tendinitis.  It is unclear if either will need to visit the DL. If DL time is needed for Lannan, the Phillies could look to bring up 23-year old Adam Morgan (14 IP, 1.29 ERA, 9 K/2 BB), who dominated a very, very good Syracuse Chiefs team twice. Morgan is not on the 40-man roster but has outperformed 40-manners Tyler Cloyd (14 IP, 7.07 ERA), Ethan Martin (9 IP, 4.82 ERA), and Jonathan Pettibone (9.1 IP, 9.64 ERA) by a considerable margin.

Who would replace Brown? Darin Ruf is hitting .277/.300/.447 for the Pigs through 12 games and is on the 40-man roster. He would be the most logical fit, although the Phillies could theoretically take a shot on bringing up and sneaking back down Steve Susdorf, who is hitting .273/.273/.364. Susdorf, 27, is an unlikely call-up because, like Morgan, he is not on the 40-man roster. But if the Phillies want to let Ruf play pressure-free in Lehigh Valley for a few weeks longer, Susdorf could probably clear waivers if they added him to the 40-man roster and then designated him.

Tyson Gillies and Zach Collier are the only other healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster. Gillies has looked lost at the plate, in the field, and on the basepaths and it is hitting .111/.220/.167 for the Pigs and Collier is hitting a comparable .122/.234/.146 for Reading. Anthony Hewitt, 23, is currently hitting .343/.395/.457 for Reading with six steals in nine tries but is not on the 40-man roster. He is a long shot to fill a possible void left by Brown as he would absolutely not clear waivers on the way back down and the Phillies likely do not have a 40-manner right now that would but he is the only outfielder at any level in the system who is squaring up the ball right now.




Phillies Strike Early to Down Reds in Finale

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 05, 2012 03:22 PM Comments: 48

Everybody Kratz your hands! (AP)

The Roy Halladay you fell in love with has returned in a big way. Doc went 7 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one in the Phillies 6-2 win over Cincinnati. They took two of three from one of the best teams in the NL, and their hot stretch in August and September continues.

Halladay was backed offensively with all six runs in just the second and third innings. Domonic Brown ended an 0-for-19 slide (which felt like 0-for-300 because of the time missed) with an opposite-field, RBI single scoring Ryan Howard.

Erik Kratz continues his quest for Phillies second half MVP. I mean, is there anyone more deserving? He continued his tear with a three-run bomb off Mike Leake in the second inning, number nine on the season for the hulking catcher.  Chase Utley added a two-run shot in the third inning off Leake, his 10th in 2012.

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Gameday: Phillies (65-71) vs. Reds (83-54)

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, September 05, 2012 12:38 PM Comments: 19

Philadelphia Phillies (64-71) at Cincinnati Reds (83-54)

Roy Halladay (8-7, 4.02) vs. Mike Leake (7-8, 4.45)

Time: 12:35, Great American Ballpark
Weather: Scattered Clouds, 84
Media: Twitter and Facebook

We’ve got a day game, folks! It’s Joey Votto’s first game back since knee surgery in mid-July and he’ll be greeted by Roy Halladay.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown RF, Kratz C, Martinez 3B, Halladay P

Your gameday beer: For the Phillies, it’s a long road to redemption, and redemption is a beverage served ice-cold, correct? So have some Redemption this warm end-of-summer afternoon. It’s a smooth citrus-style beer that goes well with beef lo mein for lunch.

Go Phillies!


Offense Explodes in Victory Over Reds

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, August 20, 2012 10:20 PM Comments: 14

The offense came to life en route to a 12-5 Phillies victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  The offensive outburst led to an early exit for starter Mike Leake, as the Phillies finished the night with 15 hits.

The score went back and fourth like a see-saw for a few innings until the Phillies broke the game wide open.


-Roy Halladay finished the night after seven innings.  He surrendered five earned runs on ten hits and a walk.  He struck out three.

-It wasn’t  his best performance, but he was able to add to the win column.  Halladay’s record is now .500 (7-7) for the season.


-The Reds took an early 2-0 lead, but Ryan Howard practically tied the game  himself.  He hit a RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third to even the score.  Eric Kratz homered an inning later to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.  Howard finished the evening 2-for-4 with 2 RBI; Kratz went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and 2 RBI.

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Gameday: Reds (74-48) at Phillies (56-65)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, August 20, 2012 06:21 PM Comments: 23

Cincinnati Reds (74-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (56-65)

Mike Leake (5-7, 4.29 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Isolated Thunderstorms, 74
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels has been pitching out of his mind lately, and for that, he has won the NL Player of the Week award. In the American League it goes to Felix Hernandez after his perfect game last week. Now onto tonight…

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Gameday: Phillies (86-46) at Reds (67-69)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, September 01, 2011 11:33 AM Comments: 53

Philadelphia Phillies (86-46) at Cincinnati Reds (67-69)

Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) vs. Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04)

Time: 12:35 p.m., Great American Ballpark
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 87º
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Last night, the Phillies improved to an incredible forty games over .500.  On the other hand, the Reds are dipping below the .500 mark as the Phillies have a chance to sweep them this afternoon.

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Top Moment #6: Dobbs, Ransom HRs Rally Phils over Reds

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, February 11, 2011 11:01 AM Comments: 11

It seemed like every game went down to the wire between the Phillies and Reds during the 2010 season. It was fitting the two teams met during the NLDS, even though it wasn’t much of a series.

On Friday, July 9, it started off as just another game for the Phillies struggling offense. One run through the first eight innings, countless ugly at-bats, and another unknown pitcher putting them through hell. Yet, like so many times before, when you thought they were down and out, the Phillies caught you by surprise.

That’s exactly what they did against Reds starter Mike Leake in the ninth inning. Down to their final three outs, but down six runs, the 2-3-4 hitters approached the plate. Ryan Howard would send home Shane Victorino to make it 7-2 and with one out, the fun was kicked into high gear.

With Howard and Jayson Werth on base, the much-maligned Greg Dobbs stepped to the dish in the midst of one of his worst seasons as a pro. You’re thinking, soft ground out at minimum, maybe even double play. That’s the kind of season Dobbs had in ’10. Then…liftoff. Dobbs clanged one off the foul pole in right field, and with a 7-5 game, you’re suddenly thinking, “no effing way.”

With two outs, Ben Francisco walked to bring Cody Ransom to the plate to face Reds closer Francisco Cordero. His last name may as well be “random” because that’s basically what he was last season; a random player who happened to get a big hit in a big spot. Ransom unleashed an opposite field jack that sent the crowd into a frenzy and tied the game at seven.

Really? Cody Ransom? That’s a basic synopsis of the Phillies 2010 season – guys like Cody Ransom pulling through in the clutch, chipping in at key moments. As for Ransom, he didn’t last long with the team, but certainly made his presence felt in the short time he filled in for the injured Placido Polanco.

With six runs on the board in the ninth, they had to win, right? Yep. Ryan Howard made sure of it.

Not exactly his most productive power season, Howard let everyone know he was still capable of the long ball on this mid-July evening. His two-run blast to the opposite field gave the Phillies yet another improbable come from behind win. Oh, those poor Cincinnati Reds.

(Photo: CSN, MLB)


Arizona Fall League a Hot Spot for Future Talent

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 29, 2010 07:48 AM Comments: 2

This is the latest post from our minor league writer, Jay Floyd of PhoulBallz.com

The Arizona Fall League is a place for aspiring Major Leaguers to go to work on their baseball skills in the Autumn months. As the weather begins to cool elsewhere, the diamond stays hot and for many of baseball’s most promising young talents in Arizona.

Rosters in the AFL are a mixture of different organizations’ prospects, with each Major League club sending 7 players that combine to fill up the 35-man rosters of the league’s six teams.

With many of the sport’s top prospects playing in the league annually, the AFL has become a virtual launching pad to the big leagues. Several players from last year’s AFL rosters made their MLB debuts in 2010. The likes of Ike Reese, Mike Leake, Domonic Brown, Starlin Castro, Stephen Strasburg and Buster Posey all made their names known in their respective organization’s cities and around MLB this year.

Certainly not all of this year’s AFL players are gearing up to be playing on their sport’s biggest stage within the next 6-11 months, but it’s a lock that some of them are.
This year, the Phillies’ players are merged with individuals from the Mets, Angels, Pirates and Cubs to complete the Mesa Solar Sox roster.

Mark Parent, a man who has quickly become well liked throughout the Philadelphia organization is the Solar Sox hitting coach. Parent, who in his first season managing affiliated ball, led the Phillies Class A team the Lakewood BlueClaws to a second consecutive South Atlantic League championship in 2010. The former big leaguer has some people close to the organization thinking he is on the fast track upward in the Phils’ system as a coach. Early in the season, Phillies brass mentioned the coaching assignments in the AFL to Parent, who stuck by something he stated when he was hired for the Lakewood job. Upon joining the Phillies organization, Parent told general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he would do whatever the Phillies asked, and Parent excitedly took the AFL assignment.

“It’s cool. It’s certainly a job I haven’t had. The more jobs you have, and building a resume of some sort, it’s a good thing,” Parent said in an exclusive interview recently.

So, not only is the AFL a place for players to sharpen and develop their skills, it also works as a platform for coaching personnel to do the same.

Catcher Tim Kennelly, first baseman Matt Rizzotti and outfielder John Mayberry Jr. are the offensive Philadelphia properties that Parent is working with closely out in Mesa.

Also on the team are pitchers BJ Rosenberg, Tyson Brummett, Justin De Fratus and Chris Kissock.

Mayberry Jr. saw some action at the Major League level in each of the past two season with the Phillies, but which of the other six Fightins hopefuls would be likely to make a splash with the big club sooner than later? With Matt Rizzotti’s .500 OBP through 7 AFL games, his .343 avg. and .985 OPS in 125 minor league games during the 2010 regular season and a roadblock at his position named Ryan Howard making Rizzotti resemble a delicious trading chip, the best candidate to make his debut in red pin stripes next year is righty reliever Justin De Fratus.

De Fratus, who turned 23-years-old last week, posted a 3-0 record, 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA with 71 strike outs and 16 walks in 65 innings combined at High-A Cleawater and Double A Reading in 2010. De Fratus, who sports a fastball that registers around the 93 MPH mark, was assigned the honor of having best control in the Phillies’ system last off-season by Baseball America. De Fratus, a California native, was an 11th round draft selection in 2007 and is primed to be the hurler that makes big moves in 2011.

Check back for updates and exclusive interviews from the Arizona Fall League in the coming weeks.


Improbable Comeback Stuns Reds

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, July 09, 2010 11:46 PM Comments: 61

Baseball is such an unpredictable sport. One team can have all the momentum, but in the blink of an eye, it can switch over to the other side. That’s what makes the game great. Just when it can’t get any worse for the Phillies, Greg Dobbs shines a light of hope. The Phillies pulled off an improbable 9-7 comeback on an evening with a huge turn of events. These are the comeback kids that the fans love. It’s amazing how quickly boos turn to cheers.

There were several misplays on both sides during Thursday’s game. The errors carried over immediately on Friday as Jimmy Rollins botched the very first play of the game.  Several batters later, Johnny Gomes sent Joe Blanton’s offering into the left field seats.  Blanton never settled in.

Blanton got knocked around in 5.1 innings.  He surrendered six runs, five earned, on a whopping twelve hits and two walks.  The Reds were hitting shots off him; he never found a groove.  Lately, Charlie Manuel has been critizied for leaving his starters in too long.  If there was ever a good time to lift Blanton, it was in the bottom of the fifth.  Instead, Manuel let Blanton hit for himself.  Blanton allowed a few base runners in the top of the sixth before Manuel pulled him.  Blanton tipped his cap to an upset crowd, and headed for the showers.  Luckily, David Herdon avoided further damage.

In the meantime, Mike Leake cruised.  The rookie who skipped the minor leagues looked like a long time veteran retiring batter after batter.  At one point, Herdon’s pitch count in a little over an inning matched Leake’s through five.  Leake dominated.  He even went 3-for-4, having a much better night at the plate than most Phillies.

It looked like the game was over, and the Reds had an easy victory.  Not so fast.  All the trouble came in the ninth.  Leake went out for the complete game, but ran into trouble: the return of the Phillies offense.  Shane Victorino led off with a double, and Leake could not finish the game off.  Ryan Howard drove in Victorino with a single, but the big momentum shift came off the bat of Dobbs.  Since being designated for assignment, Dobbs has had a fire under his belt.  He’s starting to hit again, and boy did he get ahold of one.  Dobbs smoked a three-run shot off the foul pole, putting the Phillies down 7-5.  The damage was far from over.

Leake failed to close out the game, so Dusty Baker brought in closer Francisco Cordero.  He didn’t exactly get the job done either.  Ben Francisco drew a huge two-out walk, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Then, Cody Ransom earned his pinstripes.  Cordero threw him an outside fastball, and he hit the ball where it was pitched; he sent it in the first row of the opposite field.  The crowd turned electric as the score became even.

The Phillies were unable to score another in the ninth, but the six-run inning was plenty, sending the game into extra innings for the second straight night.  Ryan Madson tossed a 1-2-3 tenth, striking out two, with his changeup looking better than ever.

In the bottom of the tenth, a lead-off double once again started a rally.  Raul Ibanez greeted Arthur Rhodes with a double, but Howard topped that with an opposite field blast.  Another day, another walk-off home run.  Arthur Rhodes sure must hate facing the Phillies.  He has given up six runs all year; five to the Phillies (revenge for 2006?).

As Howard rounded the bases, all sorts of excitement and emotion were released.  This is the team that the fans want to see more of.  This is the team that the city fell in love with.  Perhaps these are the types of games that can turn a season around for the better.


Gameday: Reds (49-38) at Phillies (44-40)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, July 09, 2010 06:36 PM Comments: 218

Cincinnati Reds (49-38) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-40)

Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Possible Thunderstorms, 85
TV:Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

It wasn’t pretty.  It wasn’t easy.  But the Phillies pulled out a much needed victory in last night’s 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds, thanks to Brian Schneider’s walk-off home run.  Hopefully tonight’s game is a little more well-played, and a Phillies win can come easier.

Unfortunately, wins haven’t come easy for Joe Blanton, but it would be nice to see him end the first half on a high note.  He is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in his last ten starts, however, the big right-hander has struggled all season long, as opponents are batting .294 against him.  Many times, he has become a victim of a big inning for the opposition.  Blanton needs to limit the damage and put his team into position to win.  In addition, as witnessed last night, the bullpen can not always be relied on.  The Phillies could use seven or eight innings from Blanton.  With that being said, the Phillies also need to score more than four runs.  They’ll have to do that against Mike Leake.

Leake, who skipped the minor leagues completely, has had a solid rookie campaign.  Leake had a stretch where he struggled, but overall he has pitched very well.  Last week, the Phillies were able to figure him out, scoring six runs in six innings against him.  It would be nice to see the Phillies do that again.

The Reds are contenders this year. They’re going to continue to play the Phillies tough.  The Phillies just have to keep up with them.  For the Phillies to show that they are still in this race, they need to beat other first place teams. This is a perfect time for it.

Lineup: Leslie Gudel of CSN reports some late changes to both lineups: “Wilson Valdez out with sore left wrist, Castro playing 2nd. Scott Rolen out with sore back. Miguel Cairo playing 3rd.”

Your Gameday Beer: A local brew, Prima Pils by Victory is on tap tonight. It is delicious. Full of body with a flowery but not too sweet flavor, this is a fairly hoppy beer. It goes perfect with anything hot off the grill that is also rich in flavor, like ribs or a kona-encrusted steak. -By Brian


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