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Brown, Pettibone Lead Phils to Series Win

Posted by Alex Lee, Sun, July 07, 2013 05:02 PM Comments: 14

With a slash line of .281/.326/.560, Domonic Brown is showing any doubters he had left that his May was no fluke.

With a slash line of .281/.326/.560 well into July, Domonic Brown is showing any doubters he has left that his May outburst was no fluke.

The Phillies used a handful of clutch hits and an impressive outing from Jonathan Pettibone to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on a steamy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.  The game time temperature was a stifling 94 degrees.  Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) allowed only one run in 5.1 innings to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Phils’ offense provided the righty with two runs in the first, two more in the fourth and another in the fifth on a solo shot from Domonic Brown.  Brown went 2-for-4 on the day with a triple, a home run and two RBIs.   Ben Revere’s two-out double in the fourth proved huge when the Braves scored two runs off the Phillies bullpen after Pettibone’s exit.

After winning consecutive series against first place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, the Phils will host the Nats, winners of four in a row, at Citizens Bank Park starting tomorrow night.


- With Freddie Freeman holding Chase Utley on at first base, Brown ripped a two-out line drive off Freeman’s glove and into the right field corner in the first, scoring Utley and putting Brown at third base with a triple.  Two batters later, Delmon Young plated Brown with a bloop single into center field for a 2-0 Phillies lead.  In a sweltering heat, the Phils forced starter Kris Medlen to throw 23 pitches in the first. Continue reading Brown, Pettibone Lead Phils to Series Win


Braves Hammer Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 06, 2013 10:38 PM Comments: 17

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

The Braves had plenty to celebrate tonight. (Photo: AP)

The Phillies are the most unpredictable team game-to-game. Sometimes they come out and play well, like last night, and sometimes, well, they look like they don’t belong anywhere near a Major League baseball diamond.

Tonight’s game was an example of the latter. The Phillies combined a bad start with absolutely no offense, a bad effort from the bullpen, and a laughable performance in the field to put together a ghastly 13-4  defeat at the hands of the Braves.


- During tonight’s broadcast, they showed a graphic indicating that the Braves are just 5-36 when they fail to homer in a game. I thought to myself, “Huh. If Kendrick can keep these guys from going deep, we have a pretty good shot here.” Easier said than done. Like clockwork, Chris Johnson, leading off the game, sent the next pitch into the left field seats to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. It was an early indication that it was the dreaded Lyle Kendrick–the ill-equipped doppelganger of Kyle Kendrick who throws a flat sinker and makes getting outs about as difficult as landing a human being on Mars–that was pitching for the Phils. The Braves would tack on two more with a two-run dinger in the second from (Guess who?!) Dan Uggla.

- Kendrick was being tagged early and often. Even the hits that weren’t home runs were well struck. As good as he’s been against Atlanta in his career, he just didn’t seem to have it tonight. Not only was the ball hit hard consistently off him, he struggled to get guys out quickly. Runners reached base in every inning. Through two innings, he had thrown 44 pitches. Through four, he’d thrown 81. By the time the end of the fifth came around, he had fired 100 pitches and allowed 6 runs, 11 hits and 2 walks. It was then that Charlie Manuel mercifully removed the ailing pitcher from the ballgame.

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Fightins Quotables: Colvin, Joseph, Dugan, Collier Speak

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 06, 2013 02:05 PM Comments: 0

Following Friday’s night’s 8-0 loss by the Reading Fightins at the division rival Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), I spoke with several players.  Righty starter Brody Colvin, who took the loss in the contest after being charged with eight earned runs over two innings, offered his thoughts on a discouraging season, catcher Tommy Joseph spoke about dealing with and recovering from his third career concussion, outfielder Kelly Dugan shared his thoughts on making his Double-A debut as well as his 2013 success and outfielder Zach Collier gave some feedback on his 3-for-34 (.088 avg) slump in his last nine contests.

Read ahead for all the quotes from these Phillies prospects…

Brody Colvin:

- I wanted to get your thoughts on what would probably be the exact opposite of what you would find to be an ideal outing for you…

The best thing to say is, (stuff) like that happens.  You know, I’ve been pretty inconsistent lately.  Up and down.  I guess that’s why I’m in Double-A, you know.  I’ve just got to be more consistent.

- You seem like the focus is right.  You know what the deal is.  Clearly, you’ve gone back and forth, spending time as a reliever and starting in each of the past two years.  I want to get your thoughts on if maybe that has messed with you at all.

Um, I mean, I can’t really say that’s what it is.  Just, I really wish I knew what it was that contributed to why I’m so inconsistent and things like that.  Everybody would want to figure out what it is.  I guess you could say that, but, um, I really don’t think so.  It’s just, I gotta keep a cooler head out there and try to make pitches.  I can’t be up in the zone, like I was today.

- You don’t want to point a finger at the switch in roles being an issue and that’s understandable.  Would you assert that there’s any level of frustration with going back and forth (between starting and relieving) though?

No, not frustration.  Obviously, I want to be a starter.  That’s why they drafted me.  That’s what they want me to be.  You know, and I want to keep starting and just hopefully, figure it out and be more consistent, because really that’s what it comes down to and how you hopefully make the big leagues.  Continue reading Fightins Quotables: Colvin, Joseph, Dugan, Collier Speak


Cafardo on Papelbon: Not Available? Don’t Believe It

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, June 23, 2013 12:57 PM Comments: 0

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia PhilliesNick Cafardo weighed in on the availability of Jonathan Papelbon in his Sunday column for the Boston Globe today. He had the following to say:

The Phillies declared last week that Jonathan Papelbon was not available. Don’t believe it. Papelbon didn’t do himself any favors when he scolded teammates, saying, “To be able to win and be in the forefront of the playoff race, you have to play good fundamental baseball and do the little things, and the little things are before the pitches are thrown. There’s 150 pitches thrown by our pitchers, and before every one of those we have to make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position to be the best we can before each pitch. I’m seeing some of the same mistakes. I think for us we have to make the fundamental plays we’re supposed to make.”

Cafardo’s beliefs are in direct conflict with what Ruben Amaro Jr. said just two days ago; Amaro, at that time, declared that both Papelbon and Cliff Lee were not available.

With his third blown save of the season, and week for that matter, yesterday, you have to wonder if some of the trade talk is wearing on Papelbon. At the same time, it is refreshing to know that outside the Phillies’ bubble, others believe that Papelbon would be available should the Phillies fall out of contention. Entering today, the Phillies are 6.5 games out, the closest they have been since May 29 when they were 5.5 games out after a win at home against Boston.


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


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.



Horst to 15-Day DL

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, June 17, 2013 03:50 PM Comments: 3

In a bit of a shocker, lefty reliever Jeremy Horst is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The corresponding move is the activation of starter John Lannan for tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: This one came out of left field. On Saturday, I wrote that I anticipated Joe Savery to head back down to Lehigh Valley today. Instead, it is Horst heading to the DL. Horst’s effectiveness has varied this year: for instance from May 8 to May 27, Horst did not allow a run in ten appearances but from May 30 to June 15, Horst’s BAA was .429/.500/.679.

In his last outing, Horst threw 41 pitches in Saturday’s outing, the only time he has topped 40 pitches this year. The high pitch count likely played a big part in his strain.


No Run Support for Hamels Once Again

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 16, 2013 06:05 PM Comments: 24

The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Colarado Rockies, 5-2.

Rough Seventh Inning for Hamels

Cole Hamels pitched well, but was tagged with the loss.  He finished after 7 innings. Hamels cruised through six innings allowing just a home run, but hit a bump in the road during the seventh inning.  The Rockies weren’t completely crushing the ball, but strung a few hits together, including some bloop hits and infield dribblers.

Hamels’ final line: 7 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.

The Rockies added two runs in the eighth inning as Justin De Fratus gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Offense Woes Continue

The Phillies were shut down by Jhoulys Chacin, who almost threw a complete game shut out.  Chacin was an out away from the shut out before Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard drove in a run a piece. The Phillies only squiggled out four hits before the ninth inning.  Chacin had less than 80 pitches entering the ninth.  After Howard’s RBI, Chachin was pulled and Domonic Brown struck out to end the game.

Once again, the offense is to blame as they lacked support for Hamels.


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.



Zambrano struggles with command, but has decent outing in Lehigh Valley

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, June 13, 2013 11:08 PM Comments: 1

It was not a bad night for Carlos Zambrano at Lehigh Valley, but it was not exactly a great night either. The righty, who is looking to reinvent himself with the Phillies allowed two runs in five innings while striking out five and walking four in his first start at Triple-A. He threw 101 pitches in the outing, 64 for strikes.

The first two innings were as perfect as could be for Zambrano. He retired the first six batters he faced, and did so on just 23 pitches. Things started to fall apart a little bit for him after that. It took him 27 pitches to get through the third, in which he allowed a hit and a walk, and in the fourth he walked three more batters, allowed a hit and gave up two runs. It took him 31 pitches to get through the fourth inning, which put him at 81 up to that point. He had a fairly clean fifth and final frame, allowing just a single.

Carlos Zambrano allowed two runs in five innings while walking four and striking out five for the IronPigs.

Carlos Zambrano allowed two runs in five innings while walking four and striking out five for the IronPigs.

There were a couple of concerning things about Zambrano’s start, with command being the most concerning. In the fourth inning Zambrano issued one walk after being ahead in the count 0-2, issued another on four straight balls, and the third one came with the bases loaded and allowed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders to take the lead.  Granted, home plate umpire Ian Fazzio had a small strike zone all night (and Zambrano on several occasions stared in after what he thought was a good pitch) but nonetheless his location was not spot on tonight.

The number of walks he has allowed so far in the minor leagues has increased with every stop along the way. In his two starts in Clearwater he allowed two walks in each. In Reading he walked three, and now four in Lehigh Valley.

The other concerning thing, which would not be as concerning had he located better, was his velocity. Zambrano was consistently between 84-87 mph with is fastball, and touched 88 just twice. It may not matter at all, but it was certainly different than the flame-thrower we have seen with the Cubs in the past.

There were also a couple positives in Zambrano’s outing, one of which was that he was able to work out of jams. He had runners on the corners in the third and escaped any trouble, and in the fourth he did not give up a hit after having two runners in scoring position with nobody out, and struck out the final batter of the inning with the bases loaded in what could have been a much worse inning.

His off-speed stuff was also working well. He got quite a few swings and misses from his curveball (which he was throwing anywhere from 65-75 mph with sharp break), and was also able to throw his change-up effectively.

All things said and done, he was not awful at all, but he really did not look ready to pitch in the major leagues yet, like he said he was after his start in Reading last week.

Here is a link to what Zambrano had to say after the game.




Late Rally Propels Phils To Victory

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, June 13, 2013 11:05 PM Comments: 15

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

A solid performance from Cliff Lee helped the Phils to a victory tonight. (Photo: AP)

After their most agonizing week of the 2013 season so far, the Phillies have finally gotten back in the win column, as they defeated the Twins 3-2 to salvage one game in the three-game series.

It took a late rally and a stellar performance from Cliff Lee for the Phils to end their season-long, five-game losing streak, but they were able to pull it out. Finally, they scratched out a win against a bad team.


- For six innings tonight, Cliff Lee was dealing, and it was a thing of beauty. He threw 76 pitches–56 for strikes– and didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. In fact, he faced the minimum through six innings. Though the Phils had only managed one run, it seemed like they might be able to squeak out a victory the way Lee was throwing. He seemed on pace for the complete game. Then the wheels fells off.

- With one out in the seventh, Lee issued a walk–his first of the night. The Twins then caught a break when Ryan Doumit was called safe on a bang-bang play at first. In real time he appeared to be out, and replays confirmed that fact. The blown call perfectly encapsulated the way things have gone for the Phillies lately, a team as snake-bitten as any. After a flyout, Justin Morneau sent a hard line drive toward the gap. A diving Ben Revere came up just short, and, with two outs, the double cleared the bases, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead, and the Phils appeared to be on their way to another loss.

- As well as Lee pitched, he deserved better. Fortunately, the team would manage to pull the game out and get him the W.

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