Posts Tagged ‘Pitches’

Phillies hang on for 5-4 victory

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, August 19, 2013 10:15 PM Comments: 22

ethan-martin2The Phillies lineup showed flashes of power tonight and it was enough to propel Ethan Martin to his second career win. It was also the Phils first back-to-back win since July 19th.

Offensively, the Phillies showed signs of improvement. They took an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice by Cody Asche. It was Asche’s ninth career RBI in 57 at bats. Not soon after, John Mayberry, Jr. blasted his ninth homer of the season with two men on base. Carlos Ruiz added a solo shot in the fifth to give the Phils a 5-0 lead. Chooch benefited from hitting in the two-hole this evening, going 2-4. Ryne Sandberg mentioned prior to the game that he wanted to take advantage of his Ruiz’s situational hitting by moving him up in the batting order. He also spoke at length about his focus on getting Jimmy Rollins going offensively – i.e. seeing more pitches, getting on base and scoring runs.

Ethan Martin pitched well tonight, going 6.1 innings with 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. This represented the longest outing in the 24-year old’s budding career. Although he had trouble escaping the seventh inning and allowed 2 runs, Justin DeFratus’s relief minimized the damage. Martin started the game with a strong 12-pitch first inning which allowed him to go longer than previous games, but he still had trouble during his third time through the opponent’s lineup. Still, it was an encouraging start for the righty auditioning for a spot in the 2014 rotation.

Luis Garcia took the mound in eighth inning and coughed up 2 runs on 2 singles and 2 walks before being yanked for Jake Diekman. After a strikeout to record the second out, Diekman was called for a balk on an odd play during Nolan Arenado‘s at bat. Arenado seemed to shiver after Carlos Ruiz moved behind the plate and Jake Diekman thought time had been called. It had not, and after a short argument by the new Phillies skipper, Diekman recovered quickly to strikeout Arenado with a 99-mph fastball. The drama of the eighth inning certainly energized the CBP crowd of 35,000+. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth, earning his 21st save on the season and first since July 11. Unfortunately during the inning, Carlos Ruiz took a hard pitch off the facemask.

Tyler Cloyd makes his return to the Phillies to start tomorrow at 7:05pm.


Halladay Tosses 6 Innings with GCL Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 15, 2013 03:01 PM Comments: 11

halladayRoy Halladay took a huge leap forward in his progression following shoulder surgery three months ago to the day. In Clearwater, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Halladay tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 87 pitches.

There has been no word on what kind of velocity was behind his fastball, although I’m sure we’ll know that information in the coming hours. According to Chris Branch of the Wilmington News Journal, some onlookers tweeted he was mostly in the mid-80′s.

If Halladay and the Phillies are happy with the start, the next move could be to Lehigh Valley as they will be home when his turn in the rotation takes place Tuesday. The Phillies have said Halladay could need as few as two starts before returning to the major leagues. That said, if he’s only in the 80′s with his fastball against teenagers in the GCL, maybe a few more starts to get his endurance back to normal levels wouldn’t be such a bad thing.


Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 11, 2013 07:55 PM Comments: 21

The Phillies were swept by the Nationals Sunday night after being shut out in the finale of their three game set 6-0. With the loss, the Phillies fall to 52-65 on the season, 19 games back of the first place Braves. It was the team’s eleventh straight road loss.

Strasburg shuts down Phillies’ bats


Kyle Kendrick was ousted in the fifth after allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits.

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg cut through the Phillies lineup, allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout with ten strikeouts. Against the Phillies this season Strasburg has gone 17 innings and allowed only one run, while racking up ten punchouts. 

The only hits Strasburg allowed were four singles- two from Kevin Frandsen and one a piece from Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins. At just 90 pitches through eight innings, Washington let him return for the ninth and earn his first complete game and shutout of his professional career. 

Kendrick struggles again
Early in the season Kendrick was easily the Phillies’ best starter. Now, he has struggled to show even glimpses of his prior success. The right-hander got touched up for six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, marking the fourth time in his last seven starts he allowed six runs, and the second time in his last three starts he has not lasted five innings.

Kendrick allowed a run in the first, but never really settled in despite scoreless innings in the second and third. He gave up two more in the fourth, and then, aided by a Chase Utley error, three more in the fifth before he was pulled. On June 25, Kendrick’s ERA was 3.46, and since then it has ballooned more than 100 points to 4.48.

Up Next…
The Phillies will head further south tomorrow to open a series against the first place Braves. Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) will take the baseball opposite young right-hander Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.


Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 10, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 46

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

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies a quality start tonight. Why would that be enough? (Photo: AP)

All the best metaphors and similes to describe a Phillies loss in which they blow an early lead have been exhausted over the course of this dreadful season. At this stage, you can only come out and say it: The Phillies were up 4-0 to start the third inning of tonight’s game. They’d end up down 8-5 by the time the ninth inning was over. It’s an outcome as predictable as the sunset at the end of a long summer’s day (Turns out there was one simile left). Charlie Manuel’s 1,000th win celebration will be delayed for another day, as his squad is not much in the business of winning presently.


- They’ve done it all year, so why should tonight have been any different? After putting up some runs early, the Phils shut it down, and the inability to tack on resulted in a loss.

- Darin Ruf stayed hot with a two-run homer in the second. The home run would spark a four-run inning for the Phils, with Lee and Jimmy Rollins accounting for the other RBIs. Ruf now has four home runs in the month of August and is posting a .984 OPS. He’s been a bright spot, for sure. The Phils were helped a bit by some sloppy Nats D, but they had done the necessary damage. Unfortunately, they would go cold after that. And that is understating it. Continue reading Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils


Halladay Progressing, Still Plans to Pitch in ’13

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 07, 2013 05:32 PM Comments: 4

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

It’s been a long ride for Roy Halladay, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

On Monday, Halladay threw 75 pitches in what he called five “up and downs,” then followed it up with a 30-toss bullpen session today. On Saturday, he’ll take part in a simulated game in Clearwater. After being encouraged over the past few days by his performance, Halladay felt well enough to make the move to the Phillies spring home.

What follows the simulated game could be a rehab assignment depending on how he feels. He and the Phillies still have no timetable on his return to the big leagues, however Halladay is planning on being in the rotation at some point this year.

“I want to go out and pitch in those games and compete the way I would here so I know that when I get here I know where I stand.”

There have been no setbacks in his quest to return, either. “Everything we’ve set out to do we’ve accomplished,” said the 36-year-old. Halladay did not dive into specific details about his velocity, but said his arm slot is as good as its been since 2011, which has help his cutter and curveball the most. The velocity will come, but he’s more worried about mechanics.

Halladay also addressed next season, saying he’s not looking too far ahead.

“I’m not worried about next year.  I want to come back and pitch and I want to be a part of things and be effective. Really, for myself to come back and say ‘this is something I can overcome.’ To come back and pitch means more than anything.”

Whether or not next season comes with him in red pinstripes is also an unknown. Halladay acknowledged his first choice would be Philadelphia, but there are factors that come into play.

“I always want to play this game to win, and I’m not coming back to try and get a contract for next year, or a bigger contract for next year…and we’ll go from there. After that, hopefully, make a decision on where I can win. I hope that’s here.”

What we see on the field right now isn’t winning baseball, which leads you to believe it’s wide open for Halladay once free agents sets in after the season. He seems to be serious when he says Philly is the place he wants to be, but we all know what has eluded Halladay thus far: a championship. There’s no telling what will happen this offseason, but on paper, it doesn’t appear the Phillies are a serious contender, although that could change with a strong offseason.

“I see a lot here, actually. I see Chase, will they bring Michael Young back. I like our third baseman (Asche), I like his swing. Domonic Brown has been a positive. Seeing how Ryan Howard does this winter. And obviously myself, can I come back and compete at a high level?”

It should be noted that Halladay’s relationship with pitching coach Rich Dubee is strong. Dubee’s contract also expires after the season and Doc admitted that also could come into play when the time comes to re-up in Philadelphia.

Clearly, there is still much work to be done, not only on the mound for Halladay, but in the front office for the Phillies. If





Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 05, 2013 11:35 PM Comments: 9

Dom Brown, Image- Joe Wombough

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown laced three hits including a home run while driving in two runs in a rehab outing for Class A Lakewood on Monday night in Hagerstown.

Brown, who has been sidelined since July 23rd with a concussion, joined the BlueClaws and played all nine innings as the club’s left fielder, getting five at bats.

Following his first action in nearly two weeks, Brown told BlueClaws media relations director Greg Giombarrese that he felt no lasting effects from his concussion.

“I felt pretty good, no symptoms.  Felt pretty good in the box.  Just, really, trying to see some good pitches up and, you know, I had some pretty good swings,” Brown said.

The comfort level seemed to be up for the Phils All-Star as he got off to a great start in the contest, recording all three of his hits in his first three turns at the dish.

Batting in the three hole, Brown stroked an RBI single in the first inning.  He then led off the third inning with a home run.  Two frames later, the Phils’ 20th round draft choice from 2006 singled once more.  Brown grounded out to second base to end the 7th.  In the 9th, with the ‘Claws trailing 8-4, Brown stepped to the plate with the bases loaded with a chance to keep the team alive, but he grounded out to shortstop for the final out of the game.

The 25-year-old is expected to play one more rehab game on Tuesday with Double-A Reading as they visit Harrisburg. Continue reading Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws


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


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.


- 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


BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini, Fultz, Carmona, Greene Speak

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 29, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

Prior to Lakewood’s 4-3 walk-off victory over Greenville on Sunday, I spoke with a couple of the team’s coaches and a pair of players. Manager Mickey Morandini shared his thoughts on several of his players, while pitching coach Aaron Fultz talked about how big confidence is for pitchers and injured hurler Yoel Mecias. Corner infielder Willie Carmona and outfielder Larry Greene Jr. each discussed their improvements at the plate.

Read ahead for all the exclusive quotes straight from Lakewood.

Mickey Morandini

On guys like Mitch WaldingChace Numata and Art Charles having trouble keeping their batting averages in respectable ranges-

I mean, the averages aren’t good overall. Take Willie (Carmona) out of the mix, I mean, throughout the lineup the averages aren’t where they want them to be. In Art’s defense, he’s hit a lot of balls hard, right at people, so I don’t think his average is truly reflective of how he’s hit. The other guys are pretty much where they should be, based on what they’ve done, but, you know, I think their goal is to get to that .250 mark. If they can get to that .250 mark, I think it’ll be a successful season for most of them.

On Carmona and his progress at the plate of late-

Yeah, early in the year he was taking a lot of pitches and wasn’t very aggressive in the strike zone. We talked to him numerous times about being more aggressive and being a run producer. And about early May, mid-May, he started being more aggressive in the strike zone and started having success with it. And now, heck, he’s squaring up to at least two balls a game, driving balls, driving in runs, hitting some home runs. Obviously, he’s been a big part in the middle of our offense. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini, Fultz, Carmona, Greene Speak


PN Interview: Kelly Dugan on Adjusting to Double-A

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, July 24, 2013 08:15 AM Comments: 2

Kelly Dugan, photo- Jay Floyd

This season, outfielder Kelly Dugan has shown why the Phillies once selected him with their top draft choice (2nd round, 2009).  Earlier this season, the California native tallied a .318 average along with 10 homers and 36 RBI in 56 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater.  Since being promoted to Double-A Reading, the 22-year-old lefty hitter has posted a .274 average with four doubles, a home run and three RBI in 16 games.

In the past Dugan was held back by injuries, but now the youngster is finally excelling in the Phillies’ developmental ranks and fully looks like he belongs at the upper levels of the minors.

Recently, Kelly shared some thoughts on transitioning to the Eastern League, having some friends and family checking out his Double-A debut and more.

- I know you had some family in Trenton for your first weekend in Double-A.  Talk a bit about who was there.

Aw, yeah, my dad (movie director Dennis Dugan) and Richard and Beverly Kline (Richard played Larry on TV’s Three’s Company).  They’re friends.  They live in New Jersey, in Orange, so they were just (there) visiting.

- Was the visit impromptu?  Or was dad planning to be in Florida and changed plans after you were promoted?

No, they were in New York.  They were gonna go hang out over there for a while and they just- it was about an hour drive and they just happened to be over there, so they came down. Continue reading PN Interview: Kelly Dugan on Adjusting to Double-A

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