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Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 06, 2013 06:50 PM Comments: 1

Not long before Saturday evening’s contest against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies announced that ailing first baseman Ryan Howard would be placed on the disabled list, as he has been battling left knee issues for several weeks.

The lefty hitting slugger was scratched from Saturday night’s lineup following batting practice that afternoon.  In 80 games this year, Howard has a .266 batting average along with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. 

To occupy the void on the roster, the Phillies announced the return of first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf, who made his major league debut with the Phils last September, hitting .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI in a dozen game with the big club.

This season, the Creighton University product who turns 27-years-old later this month, has posted a .266 average with seven homers and 46 RBI in 82 games with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Continue reading Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

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Gameday: Phillies (42-45) vs. Braves (49-37)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 06, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uPhiladelphia Phillies (42-45) vs. Atlanta Braves (49-37)

Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59) vs Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 91, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

You know what’s more fun than beating the Braves once? Beating the Braves twice and taking the series. That’s precisely what the Phillies will try to do tonight after hanging on to take the opener last night. And they’ve got just the man on the mound to do it.

For his career, Kyle Kendrick has posted a sparkling 2.86 ERA against the Braves while going 7-1. It’s the best numbers he has against an NL East opponent. Even in earlier days, when Kendrick struggled a lot more as a pitcher, he’d pitch well against the Bravos. Just one of those things.

The Braves counter with Tim Hudson, who is still pitching relatively well, despite beginning to show signs of age. Hudson did struggle in his first start against the Phils, way back in the first series of the season, surrendering three runs in just 4.1 innings of work. For his career, he’s got a 3.81 ERA when facing the Phillies.

Charlie keeps the lineup the same, aside from getting Chooch back in there. Keep an eye of Ryan Howard, who sees the ball very well off Hudson. For his career, he’s taken him deep seven times and posted a .328 average.

UPDATE: The Phillies have scratched Ryan Howard from tonight’s lineup, moving him to the DL. Darin Ruf has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Howard’s place on the roster. Laynce Nix is starting in place of Howard at 1B for tonight’s game. The updated lineup is below.

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS,  Brown LF, M Young 3B,D Young RF, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P.

YOUR GAMEDAY BEER Abita Purple Haze

Brewed in Braves country, Abita’s Purple Haze is a perfect accompaniment to watching the Phillies play in the heart of Dixie. A fruity beer with a hint of wheat in the aftertaste, it’ll pair well with some Memphis-style barbecue and a side of coleslaw. -RD

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Phils Hold On to Beat Braves, 5-4

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 05, 2013 09:58 PM Comments: 0

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

Cliff Lee, who had thrown six innings of shutout baseball, exited Friday after giving up a three run home run that put the Braves within two runs. They would get one more in the inning but the Phillies held on to beat the Braves 5-4. J.C. Ramirez cleaned up the mess that Lee made in the seventh.

The offense was able to put up five runs on Braves starter Paul Maholm, and Ryan Howard–yes that Ryan Howard–hit the first home run by a lefty off of Maholm this year. He has also been holding lefties to a .188 average prior to tonight’s game. Continue reading Phils Hold On to Beat Braves, 5-4

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Gameday: Phillies (40-44) vs. Pirates (51-31)

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0

images (2)Philadelphia Phillies (40-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-31)

LHP John Lannan (1-2, 4.83 ERA) vs LHP Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, PNC Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 84, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It is getting to be that time of the season for this Phillies core group… either put up or shut up.  The team has two more games on this devilish 10-game road trip to make a statement before they come home for the last 10-games before the All-Star Game.  Jimmy Rollins said last month that the veterans understand they have to contend or this team might be broken up.  A series win against the first-place Pirates followed by a successful homestand is a step in that direction.

It won’t be easy.  The Bucs had won nine straight before Jonathan Pettibone and beat them last night.  The Phils face lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday, who hasn’t lost since his opening start and has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight.  Locke dominated the Phillies lineup in April, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings of a 2-0 Pirates win.  The Phils will counter with John Lannan who had his best start (and only win) as a Phillie last Friday in Los Angeles.

The Phillies are without Ryan Howard on Wednesday, who admitted his knee was sore after last night’s win.  Before collecting two hits and an RBI last night, Howard had been 0 for his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.  That slides Domonic Brown into the clean-up spot and the suddenly hot Delmon Young into the five-hole.  Young is hitting .462 with nine RBIs through the first eight games of this road trip.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Mayberry 1B, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

tumblr_mdrqqhVFlG1qck1jco1_400Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale

Smithwicks has been around forever yet it never gets old. This red ale is one of the most common Irish brews and is perfect if you are in that Irish mood and want something lighter than a Guinness and a bit more than a Harp lager. It might not jump out at you, but you know that you are going to get a consistently solid beer, and a lot of times, that is enough.

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Logic Says Amaro, Phillies Should Sell Big

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 02:32 PM Comments: 1

If Amaro doesn't change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth clinging to that will be his downfall.

If Amaro doesn’t change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth holding onto will be his downfall.

Back in March, I disagreed with the notion that the Phillies roster needed detonation, as was then being advocated by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com.  I thought there were too many pieces still in place to have that outlook going into 2013… that this veteran group had a legitimate shot at contention if enough went right.

Then the season started.  To be fair to myself, the performances of Domonic Brown, Chase Utley (when healthy) and Cliff Lee have proven me partially right – there was some gas left in the tank.  But the simultaneous play of Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Roy Halladay and nearly the entire bullpen has made it obvious that this core group needs to be broken up.

Keri hasn’t let up on his assertion that the Phillies are running themselves into the ground, which came to a head last week in his NL East Trade Deadline Preview.  He again advocated a fire sale and hurled some vitriol-filled grenades towards the Phils front office.  From Keri:

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and his bosses are either delusional, in denial, terribly misguided, or all of the above. Sure, making drastic changes to a team that’s ascended to elite revenue-generating status thanks to big crowds and a pending TV megascore carries risk. But so too does clinging to a group of fading veterans and watching them limit the Phillies to a string of 75-win seasons.

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Phillies best first place Pirates with 3-1 win

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 10:25 PM Comments: 9

Richie Ashburn Award: Jonathan Pettibone

The Phillies ended the Pirates nine game winning streak on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Bucs in the opener of their three game series.

A three run sixth and a strong combined effort from the starting pitching and relief helped the Phils to the win after a rough weekend in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone has been a revelation for the Phils.  How long can it continue? (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Another stellar outing for Pettibone

The young right-hander dazzled again on Tuesday, this time against the top team in baseball. Pettibone lasted 5 2/3 innings, and held Pittsburgh scoreless until a solo home run from Garrett Jones put the Pirates on the board. He allowed just the one run on three hits and struck out six in the game. Three walks contributed to a higher pitch count, which is why he was ousted in the sixth, but nonetheless he still dominated Pirates hitters.

This is Pettibone’s third straight outing of three or fewer runs, and his tenth such start of 14 this year. His ERA is once again under four, sitting at 3.99 after today’s start.

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Gameday: Phillies (39-44) vs. Pirates (51-30)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 06:27 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (39-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)images (2)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TIME: 7:10 ET

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WEATHER: 82,cloudy

MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies’ road trip gets no easier as they open a three game set with the first place Pirates tonight at PNC Park. Not only do the Pirates have the best record in the majors, the Phillies have not fared well at PNC park recently, even against the worst of Pirates teams.

Since 2001, when PNC Park opened, the Phillies are 12-23 against the Pirates on their home turf. The year 2000 was the last time they won a series against Pittsburgh on the road. The Pirates finished above .500 in none of those years since.

Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies. He gave up three early runs against the Dodgers his last time out but settled in, retiring the last 15 batters he faced. He finished the outing allowing just three runs on four hits in six innings.

The Phillies catch a break with Pittsburgh’s starter, as Jeff Locke was scratched because he warmed up extensively last night in the Pirates long extra inning affair. Locke is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Instead the Phillies will face Brandon Cumpton, who was recalled from Triple-A to make the start in the series opener. Cumpton has no record in two starts with Pittsburgh this year, and no Phillies player has ever faced him.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

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Phillies Leave L.A. After Ugly Weekend

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 30, 2013 07:59 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

This weekend was mostly unfortunate for the Phillies outside of their 16-run barrage on Friday night, which happened to be the only time this season the team has eclipsed 10 runs in game.

Few things:

-Yaisel Puig certainly looks like the real deal. And it’s a damn shame he ripped on the Phils all weekend, although we’re seeing history in the making. With four hits on Sunday, Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh’s Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player’s first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982.

-The news of Cole Hamels being pushed back is disheartening, but necessary. The guy needs to clear his head and come back against the Pirates with a strong outing.

-It’s nice to see Ben Revere hitting. His average is up to .289, so if you ripped on the guy, time to apologize.

-Ryan Howard is now 0-for-20 on this current slump, including 11 strikeouts. Do they DL him? Do they bench him? You know it’s ugly when Charlie Manuel is swapping him out in a big hitting situation for Kevin Frandsen.

 

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Phillies (38-41) vs. Dodgers (35-42)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, June 27, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (38-41) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (35-42)images (1)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79 ERA)

TIME: 10:10 ET (7:10 PT)

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 80, mostly sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will try to extend their win streak to three games and improve to 3-1 on the road trip tonight when they open up a four game series with the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Phillies lost five of their seven games with the Dodgers last season, but their two wins did come in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone is on the hill for the Phillies, coming off a strong outing against the Mets where he allowed just a run on five hits in six innings of work. It was his first outing of six innings and one run since May 3 against the Marlins.

The Phillies will have to work through tough right-hander Zack Greinke tonight, who is coming off his best outing of the year (eight innings, one run, eight strikeouts). It was his first game of eight innings pitched this season. Greinke has pitched well in three career starts against the Phillies, going 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Of all the Phillies, Michael Young and Delmon Young have by far the most at bats against Greinke. Michael is 9-for-36 (.250) with two RBI, but is not in the lineup tonight, and Delmon is 7-for-28 (.250) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI. Here is how the lineup looks for tonight:

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Frandsen 3B, Quintero C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (36-40) vs. Padres (38-38)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Mon, June 24, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 13

Philadelphia Phillies (36-40) vs. San Diego Padres (38-38)padres-logo

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53 ERA) vs. Eric Stults (6-5, 3.25 ERA)

TIME: 10:10 ET (7:10 PT)

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 70, mostly sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will turn to their ace tonight to try to take game one of a three game series against the Padres, which also kicks off a nine game road trip. The Phillies are down to four games under .500 and have lost three of their last four, including a dismal blowout/shutout at the hands of the Mets yesterday.

The good news for the staggering Phillies is that Cliff Lee is on the hill, and he has been unstoppable of late. Lee has won seven straight decisions and the Phillies have won eighth of the last nine games he started. Lee has allowed just two runs in  each of his last two outings, and has walked only one batter while striking out 15 over that span.

Opposing Lee is the fellow southpaw Eric Stults, who has pitched very well for the Padres this season. In his last three starts he is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.61. He has only had one career start against the Phillies, and he was chased from the game early after allowing four runs in the first three innings.

Ryan Howard has been on a tear lately, hitting .476 in the last week with three home runs, but he is not in the lineup against the lefty Stults tonight due to a sore knee. Domonic Brown moves up to the clean-up spot and the red-hot Frandsen gets the nod at first. Here is the rest of the lineup tonight.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, M. Young 3B, Brown LF, Frandsen 1B, D. Young RF, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lee P

download (1)Gameday Beer: Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

This strange beer brings out the classic blackberry flavor with hints of citrus. The blackberry flavor is fairly strong and very unique, especially paired with the fact that it is not brewed with traditional hops, but with coriander instead. When the team isn’t going too well maybe it is time to shake things up and try something unconventional.

 

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