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Lincecum Stops a Phillies Sweep

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, August 07, 2011 07:31 PM Comments: 17


The San Francisco Giants needed a stopper and they got one. Tim Lincecum spoiled Roy Oswalt’s return to the mound as the Giants beat the Phillies, 3-1, to avoid a four-game sweep.

Oswalt wasn’t sharp in his first game since June 23, giving up 12 hits in six innings, tying a career high, but the radar gun showed positive velocity on many of his pitches. Often times, the radar read 91-92 mph, meaning the Phillies 4th Ace is seemingly healthy once again. He also kept his team well within striking distance, although that’s easier said than done when facing Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum scattered seven hits over 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 5-0 with an ERA of 0.90 when matched-up against Oswalt in his career. Brian Wilson came on for his 34th save of the season in the ninth.

Ben Francisco smacked a one-out double in the final inning, but was left in place – as were eight other Phillies on Sunday.

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Runs, Hits Escape Phillies Vocabulary Once Again

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Tue, May 17, 2011 11:38 PM Comments: 27

Just when you think it can’t get any worse.

It was supposed to be a strategic move by Charlie Manuel.  With the right handed Lance Berkman coming to the plate, Manuel brought in left handed pitcher J.C. Romero to face him.  In my estimation Romero probably threw 10-12 warm up pitches before facing Berkman.  Any one of them could have been better than the one he actually offered up to him.

One pitch.  One hit.  One run.  Game over.

The Phillies were once again playing without their most valuable weapon tonight; the offense.  This is now the sixth time in their last 11 games where they have managed five hits or less.

Having now lost four games in a row, the Phillies were also swept for the first time this season.  Roy Oswalt came out firing tonight.  Against his ex-teammate Berkman, Oswalt hit 96 on the radar gun.  The adrenaline facing an old friend can do that, he was sitting regularly around 91-92 on his fastball.  Oswalt went five innings and gave up one run while throwing 76 pitches.

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Romero Has Successful Rehab Outing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 04, 2011 10:30 AM Comments: 3

LAKEWOOD, NJ- With Phillies’ left-handed reliever JC Romero on hand, the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws locked down a win to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Mets affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats on Tuesday night.

Romero was on a rehab assignment after being placed on the disabled list on April 19th with a right calf strain.

Set to throw one inning, the first batter that Romero faced put up quite a fight and refused to be retired by the left-hander’s best off-speed stuff. Savannah left fielder Cory Vaughn, son of former Major League player Greg Vaughn, worked a full count and fouled off many of Romero’s toughest offerings until he worked a walk.

“Right from the get go I had a great battle with (Cory) Vaughn. I faced his dad and I guess I got his daddy out, but I couldn’t get the son,” Romero said.

Romero faced Greg Vaughn three times in regular season MLB action, and retired him all three times. Good memory by JC.

Unable to retire the younger Vaughn at the plate, Romero removed him from the base paths, when he picked off the 22-year-old righty hitter, who was a 4th round draft selection by New York last year. Continue reading Romero Has Successful Rehab Outing


Brown Surgery Tuesday, Phils Split Split-Squad Games

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 06, 2011 03:52 PM Comments: 1


According to all the beat reporters, Domonic Brown is likely to have surgery on his broken right hand on Tuesday.  Brown is on his way back to Philadelphia to see hand specialist Randall Culp on Monday. If Culp sees a need for surgery on the break, he’ll go under the knife on Tuesday and miss four-to-six weeks.

Look tomorrow for Dash Treyhorn’s piece on Dom Brown.


Joel Naughton knocked in the game-winning run with a walkoff single in the ninth to beat the Rays in Clearwater, 5-4.

This one was all about Cliff Lee, however. Lee was stellar over four innings, striking out five while walking none. He allowed just two singles on the day. So, basically, the Big Four are in tip-top shape.

Offensively, the ball was jumping out of the park today as winds shot out to right field. Ryan Howard, Brian Schnieder, and Matt Rizzotti each launched one.


In Lakeland, Kyle Kendrick pitched three scoreless against the Tigers, but the Phillies fell 2-1.

Matt Anderson got the call in the ninth inning, and while he did give up the Tigers winning run, he hit 99 on the radar gun. Anderson is working to get back to the major leagues and he seems to have found his old heater. The question now is, can he get enough reps and stick around? Anderson is a long shot for the Phillies roster, but he could find himself in Lehigh Valley to begin the year.

Wilson Valdez had three more hits and John Mayberry smashed an opposite field homer for the Phillies only run.


Phils Down Jays For Second Grapefruit Win

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, February 28, 2011 04:25 PM Comments: 16

On Monday afternoon, in Dunedin, FL, the Phillies won their second Grapefruit League game, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-3.  Read ahead for key notes from the match up.

-Roy Halladay made the start against his former team, earning the win with 2 shut out innings of work. Halladay allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 1.

-Ben Francisco continued to make a firm case to be the Phillies’ everyday right fielder to start the season. Through 3 spring games, “Benny Fresh” is batting .571. He collected his fourth RBI in two days with an RBI single off of Jays hurler Carlos Villanueva in the 4th inning.

-JC Ramirez, who was named the Phillies’ #15 prospect recently by PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation, looked tremendous, throwing 2 shut out innings against the Blue Jays starting lineup. Ramirez struck out 4 and walked 1, while allowing a hit and reached 95 MPH with his fastball on the stadium radar gun.

-Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco each drove in 2 runs in the victory for Philadelphia.

-Domonic Brown played the entire game in right field, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the contest. Brown is now 0-for-9 in Grapefruit League action.

-Former Phillies prospects Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud each went 0-for-1, striking out. Gose drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning against Scott Mathieson. Gose was dealt to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade last July, before being flipped to Toronto in a separate deal. d’Arnaud was part of the trade that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2009.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Hamels Excellent Once Again as Phils Grab a Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 13, 2010 06:57 PM Comments: 26

It wasn’t a pretty game, but they seldom are when facing the Red Sox. Boston made it uncomfortable once again, this time getting to within two in the ninth. Brad Lidge was able to seal up the leak JC Romero caused for his fourth save of the season in the Phillies 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels continued his brilliance, this time stymying the Sawx over seven innings of one run ball. With this outing, Hamels solidified himself as a surefire number two-starter by striking out eight batters while tossing 113 pitches. He has now gone seven straight full starts (we’ll exclude the Atlanta outing where he went just 2/3 of an inning, for obvious reasons) without allowing more than three earned runs. What he has earned is the confidence of the Phillies faithful.  Hamels has proven that his 2008 season is closer to reappearing than his dreadful 2009 campaign.

If you noticed the radar gun today, you witnessed Cole throwing perhaps the hardest fastball of his career. Routinely, Hamels touched 95 or 96 miles per hour, an unheard of number a year ago. The Phillies top lefty looks about as locked in as you can get at this point.

Boston’s offense has been unstoppable throughout the past month. Since May 1, the Red Sox have scored nine runs or more 11 times.  Hamels mixed that rocket fastball with his patented changeup, which he threw 26 times for a 65 percent strike rate.  According to MLB’s Pitch F/X, Hamels tried his cutter one time, and Adrian Beltre deposited the ball over the Green Monster in left field.  It was his one mistake on the day and it came on a pitch he has struggled to control all season.

Other than that, it was a shutdown performance by the guy they used to call “Hollywood.” It appears he’s beginning to regain that old swagger.

While Boston’s offense did a 180 in the month of May, the Phillies bats did an exact opposite turn during the same period. They’ve struggled to find consistency, but today was a decent effort. Five runs won’t make people high-five in the street. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

Tim Wakefield was not as dominating as his first start against the Phils this season, thankfully.  He made it through 7 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs.  It could have been worse. Wakefield loaded the bases in the first innings before getting Ryan Howard to fly out. Jayson Werth followed that up with a double-play, already his fifth DP of the season. No one touched the plate in that inning, a familiar scene as of late with the bases loaded.

Things opened up in the fourth inning as a sustained run was finally accomplished. With one out, Ryan Howard doubled and Jayson Werth promptly singled him home. Raul Ibanez followed that up with his fourth home run of the season. The next batter was Ben Francisco who kept the rally going with a double. Juan Castro sent him to the plate with an RBI single.  Just like that, four runs were scored the way the Phillies have done it for the past two-plus seasons.  They blasted extra-base hits and used that power to their advantage.

Ibanez’s homer was the first for him since May 14th against Milwaukee. During the Phillies latest homestand, Ibanez said he found a flaw in his swing and corrected it. Maybe he was right – he’s 8-for-20 in the last five games.

Charlie Manuel called on JC Romero to start the ninth inning with two lefties coming up. Those two lefties reached base and Romero finished with a line of 1/3 of an inning, one hit, two earned runs, and a walk. Brad Lidge cleaned up the mess by getting the final two outs using that wicked Fastball/Slider combo that has been deadly this season.

Lidge has dealt with injuries this year, but his numbers speak volumes. His 1.13 ERA has reverted back to 2008 form.

The Phillies couldn’t leave Boston without a victory after their demoralizing start to the series. They were able to capture one, which gives them at least a hint of confidence heading into their World Series rematch with the Yankees on Tuesday.


World Series Gameday: Yankees at Phillies, Game 3

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, October 31, 2009 06:55 PM Comments: 479

YankeesNew York Yankees (1-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-1)

Andy Pettitte, LHP vs. Cole Hamels, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Few Showers, 69 degrees
Twitter: Phillies Nation

When asked if this year felt “more like a World Series” compared to last year’s, Jimmy Rollins responded: “when we get to Philly, it will.”  The Fall Classic moves to the city of brotherly love with the series split at a game apiece.  The Phillies are 11-1 at home in the postseason since 2008.  “It makes it a lot more fun, because you know they’re your fans, and you know how that sound can echo off your ears when they’re not your fans,” Rollins said.

Cole Hamels starts defending his World Series MVP award tonight, but he isn’t going to win back-to-back MVPs unless he has an outstanding start tonight.  His 2008 postseason heroics are almost forgotten with his 1-1, 6.75 ERA during this year’s playoffs.  Cole has allowed 20 hits in 14.1 innings, but has only allowed two walks.  Not only does he need to limit the hits, but Hamels needs to keep the ball in the yard.  In his career against the Yankees, Hamels is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

Hamels will be opposed by Andy Pettitte, the all-time leader in postseason wins and career pickoffs.  Pettitte is a finesse pitcher, not overpowering;  however, he has stretches where he lacks command.  In all of his starts this postseason, the lefty lasted 6.1 innings and did not allowed more than three runs.  In May, Pettitte allowed four runs over seven innings against the Phillies.  He hasn’t pitched at Citizens Bank Park since 2006.

On Thursday, A.J Burnett was magnificent, and there wasn’t much that the Phillies could do.  Today, the right-handed bats will need to step it up, as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez are a combined 8-for-37 against Pettitte.

Phillies lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Hamels (P).

Greg Dobbs is available after recovering from the flu.

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeira (1B), A-Rod (3B), Posada (C), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Cabrera (CF), Pettitte (P).

No DH tonight, Yankees.

Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin PorterYour Gameday Beer – Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter

On a night like tonight, this is the beer you need. Brewed by Midnight Sun Brewing out of Alaska, this thick dark beer pours like melted chocolate. However neither the chocolate nor pumpkin flavors are overwhelming. The scents of molasses, gingerbread, and roasted malts help to polish this brew into something delicious. It goes well with BBQ, but tonight have it alongside the candy intended for trick-or-treaters. – By Brian




Prospect Rankings No. 8: Vance Worley

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, September 18, 2009 12:00 PM Comments: 3

Vance Worley, RHPworley

Born: 9/25/1987 in Sacramento, California

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 220

Alongside fellow righty Mike Stutes, Worley was drafted by the Phils last season (3rd round, 102 overall) and found himself at double-A Reading to open his first full pro season. That’s a big jump for anyone and Worley handled it well despite not putting up very impressive numbers. He pitched at Long Beach State, a well-known college pitching program, before coming to Philadelphia, and already has some of the polish that prospects take years to develop. With four pitches and great control, he has all the makings of a Top 10 prospect.

Stutes and Worley will always be linked because of their early experiences in the minor leagues. Both were high picks in the ’08 Draft, then pitched at Williamsport and Lakewood last season. Just like Stutes, Worley dominated opponents at those levels, striking out 61 batters against 8 walks in 69 innings last year. The two made the significant leap to Reading together this season, and both struggled to continue their success. With Worley, though, there is reason to believe that there could be a statistical turnaround next year that will elevate his status as a top prospect.

Worley throws four pitches: a four-seam and two-seam fastball, a curveball and a changeup. He offers a two-seamer in the 87-89 range that has some sink, as well as a four-seamer that sits around 91-93 but can touch 94 or 95. The four-seamer has good life as well. His changeup is right where it should be, around 79-81 on the radar gun, and his low-70s curve is developing quickly. Worley’s struggles this season might have been in part caused by an attempt to strengthen all of those pitches and focus on increasing the effectiveness of his off-speed stuff. His greatest strength is probably his control of all those pitches, which his double-A pitching coach said is “major league.”

It was a tough year for Worley, adjusting to an entirely new level of opponents in the Eastern League, but he will need to step it up next year to remain a highly-rated prospect. The pieces are all in place – four pitches, great command, a quality pitching education in college – for him to turn it around quickly and achieve success in 2010. That may mean he starts at Reading to show that he can perform well at double-A, or he might be challenged yet again with a spot in the staff at Lehigh Valley. Either way next year will be a big test for his future in the organization.


Year   Level   W   L   ERA    IP     H    ER   BB   K    K/9

2008   A-      0   0    1.12   8.0    3   1     1    8   9.0

2008   A       3   2   2.66   61.0   58   18   7   53   7.8

2009   AA     7   12  5.34  153.1  163  91  49  100  5.9

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

8.   Vance Worley, RHP
9.   Sebastian Valle, C
10.  Mike Stutes, RHP
11.  Antonio Bastardo, LHP
12.  Anthony Gose, OF
13.  Colby Shreve, RHP
14.  Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15.  Justin De Fratus, RHP
16.  Sergio Escalona, LHP
17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP


Prospect Rankings No. 13: Colby Shreve

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, September 04, 2009 12:00 PM Comments: 3

shreveColby Shreve, RHP

Born: 1/5/1988 in Las Vegas, NV

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 210

This is easily the most ambitious of all the rankings you will find in our Top 25 Prospects. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2008, Shreve has still not thrown a professional pitch. But the Phillies are knowledgeable when it comes to bringing pitchers back from the surgery, as Kyle Drabek’s success this season attests. And because Shreve, who was chosen in the 6th round of the 2008 draft, regularly hit 96 mph on the radar gun before his surgery, with two other pitches to complement his fastball, he has the potential to bounce back next year and start off on the fast-track.

Shreve was drafted in the 7th round by the Braves in 2007 but chose not to sign and instead returned for another year of JuCo ball at Southern Nevada. The extra year gave Shreve a chance to really work on his arsenal and he took advantage. He cranked his fastball up from the low-90s to the mid-90s on a regular basis and developed a strong changeup to go with it. He uses his curveball as a spot pitch, much like Cole Hamels, and will need to improve on it to use it in pro ball. Shreve’s long frame allows him to easily throw blazing fastballs, and with an above-average changeup he has two pitches to get batters out with.

Obviously there is not much to go by with Shreve, but the fact that the Phillies drafted him in a high slot despite his surgery coming before the draft says a lot. It was a risky pick, one that the Phillies know will yield a high return if he is capable of maximizing his ability. It won’t be until 2010 that we get a feel for what Shreve can do against professional hitters, but the potential for a great bullpen arm is there, so keep an eye on him.

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

13.  Colby Shreve, RHP
14.  Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15.  Justin De Fratus, RHP
16.  Sergio Escalona, LHP
17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP


Myers Progressing Nicely

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, September 02, 2009 12:33 PM Comments: 7

Brett Myers could find himself in the Phillies bullpen sooner rather than later.  Myers, who is recovering from hip surgery, got the save in a rehab appearance last night.

In two rehab appearances in Double-A Reading, Myers went 0-1, allowing one run in four innings.  He struck out seven.  Last night, he added two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

“It’s good to be able to get out there, obviously,” Myers said. “I haven’t felt anything in the hip for about a month.”

Myers topped 92 mph on the radar gun.  He will pitch again today to see if he can go back-to-back days, the final step before returning.

UPDATE: Myers pitched a 1-2-3 inning on Wednesday night in Lehigh Valley.  He threw 8 pitches: 6 strikes.

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