Phillies Lose Third Straight to Marlins, 4-3

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sat, May 02, 2015 12:19 AM Comments: 14

Jerome Williams was on the mound today for the Phillies, looking to get a win in his fifth start.  Williams pitched the first inning without giving up a hit before allowing a double to lead off batter Marcell Ozuna in the second inning.  Ichiro Suzuki was able to log a single on the inning, scoring Ozuna from second and giving Miami an early lead, 1-0.

The third inning didn’t go well for the Phillies, as they went 1-2-3 on a fly out, ground out, and strikeout to finish off the bottom of the order against Tom Koehler.  Jerome Williams was able to get through the bottom of the inning, only giving up one hit to Dee Gordon.

The fourth inning the Phillies offense lit up and strung two hits together for Chase Utley, who hit his third home run for the year, and lift the score to 3-1 and put the Phillies on top.  Ryan Howard was able to follow up Chase with a walk, and Grady Sizemore hit a single to put Ryan on second base.  Carlos Ruiz worked another walk to load the bases for the hot Freddie Galvis.  Freddie went down swinging and brought up Jerome Williams in the 9th spot.  The first pitch was a ball that went wild, and while Ryan Howard charged home plate, Tom Koehler was able to make a close tag that was upheld after a challenge by Ryne Sandberg.

Jerome went to pitch into the fifth inning and left two runs score and tie the game up at 3-3.  Jerome went 5.0 innings giving up seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks, while allowing three earned runs.

Jeanmar Gomez and Luis Garcia both pitched shutout innings only allowing three hits between the two of them, paving the way for Ken Giles to close the game and come in for the eighth and ninth innings.  After allowing two singles in a row with two outs in the eighth inning, Giles was able to strikeout Martin Prado and end the inning, keeping the score tied at 3-3.

After what looked like a home run and a sure lead by Cody Asche, his triple went for nought as Carlos Ruiz grounded out to second baseman, Dee Gordon, stranding Asche where he stood on third base.

After Giles walked Giancarlo Stanton to start off the ninth inning, Marcell Ozuna gave the final pitch of the game a ride to center field, which scored Stanton on a play judged by the centimeters after a review by the umpires.  The play was upheld and the score stood at 4-3, with Miami taking the walk off win to the next game, tomorrow at 4:10 EST.



Hollands already rehabbing, No timetable for Imhof return

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 01, 2015 05:08 PM Comments: 2

marioHIn early April it was announced that Phillies lefty reliever Mario Hollands would undergo Tommy John surgery.  The accompanying prognosis for being sidelined with that type of procedure is about a year or more.

Despite likely being two months away from beginning a throwing program, the 26-year-old UC Santa Barbara product is already in Clearwater, at the Phillies’ spring training home, rehabbing under the supervision of the organization’s training staff.

According to Hollands, who commented via text message on Friday, he has been in Florida rehabbing for the past week and is feeling good.

As a rookie last year, Hollands tallied a 2-2 record with a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances with the big league team.  The California native was a 10th round draft selection of the Phillies in 2010.

In other injury news, last year’s 2nd round draft pick Matt Imhof, who is sideline with bicep tendinitis, is rehabbing the ailment without a timetable for a return. Continue reading Hollands already rehabbing, No timetable for Imhof return


Phillies Drop Fourth of Series 9-3, Move on to Miami Marlins

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, April 30, 2015 05:51 PM Comments: 12

David Buchanan pitched 4.1 innings today, giving up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, and one strikeout.  Things didn’t go right for the young Buchanan early on in the game, where he gave up four hits in a row to the lead off batters of the Cardinals lineup.  David gave up two singles and two doubles to start the Cardinals off with a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Phillies offense put up a fight and started to work their way back to an even game after an RBI by Odubel Herrera in the top of the 2nd inning.  Buchanan came out in the bottom of the 2nd inning to throw 11 pitches and retire the side, only giving up a single to Pete Kozma.

With local pitcher Tim Cooney still in for St. Louis, the 3rd inning looked to be the Phillies inning.  Darin Ruf came out to lead off the inning with a solo shot just over the wall to make the score 3-2, Cardinals.  Following up Ruf was Ryan Howard with a double off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay.  Two batters later, Cesar Hernandez was able to get Ryan to third on a single through the right side, leaving it up to Cody Asche after a pitching change.  Cody was able to hit a flyout to right fielder Jason Heyward, scoring Ryan Howard and tying the score 3-3.

As I mentioned, the 3rd inning looked like the Phillies inning.  The Cardinals came out in the bottom of the 3rd to score two more runs on a Matt Adams two-run home run after Matt Carpenter walked to first base.  David Buchanan is able to make his way through the last of the inning and through the 4th inning unscathed before being removed in the 5th inning for Jake Diekman.  Buchanan gave up another walk to Carpenter and a double to Matt Holiday scoring a run before his exit in the 5th leaving the score at 6-3.  Diekman ended the inning on two strikeouts after giving up a single to Matt Adams.

Phillies offense was quiet for the rest of the game, giving no run support to the bullpen.  They were, however, able to see the first Major League triple of Cameron Rupp.

The bullpen session of Justin De Fratus and Luis Garcia that followed Diekman yielded four walks, three hits, and two runs over three innings of work.  The final score was 9-3 St. Louis.  The Phillies head to Miami to face the Marlins in a three game series starting tomorrow at 7:10 EST.



BlueClaws Quotables: Undrafted LHP Josh Taylor

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 30, 2015 03:30 PM Comments: 0

Taylor, image- Jay Floyd

Lakewood BlueClaws hurler Josh Taylor has made an impact with the Class A club in the early going this season.  Through four starts, the 22-year-old sports a 1-1 record with a 3.68 ERA while having struck out 24 and walked four in 22 innings.

After pitching in a summer showcase for college players last summer, the Phillies made an offer to the undrafted hard-throwing lefty.  Once he signed, the six-foot-five 225-pounder notched a 2-0 record without allowing a run in three relief appearances for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Recently, I spoke with Josh, an Arizona native, about how he came to sign with the Phils last year, his pitching coach with Lakewood, Aaron Fultz, and more.  Read ahead for those quotes.

-Speaking on how the Phillies came to sign him…

I went to two years at junior college and then I signed with a Division II school out of Georgia, Georgia College, and they set me up with a summer league out in the Northwoods League.  And, from there, I got put into a showcase game and right after the game I got a call from a scout from (the Phillies) and after that, that’s what it was.  I couldn’t say no. 

-Describing his outing that the Phils first saw him…

I was pumped, because I think it’s called The Big League Dream Showcase and I got the start.  My velocity was good and I think that’s what really sent me there.  I allowed one hit, one walk, it was only an inning of work.  I mean, it was nothing special.  It was just a tall lefty throwing hard.

-Sharing details on his repertoire and velocity…

My fastball (in my first start) topped out at 95, but I’m usually 92 to 94.  I got a curve ball, slider, change up and two-seam. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Undrafted LHP Josh Taylor


Phillies Nation TV: Ep 6 – Papelbon, Gonzalez and hitting lesson

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 30, 2015 01:28 PM Comments: 0

This week, Pat and Corey discuss the often-maligned but always productive Jonathan Papelbon and where he might end up after his days with the Phillies. They also preview Severino Gonzalez, who makes his first MLB start this week. Hitting instructor Kevin Wilson discusses how players can beat the shift. All this, plus fantasy baseball picks of the week – including Corey picking the hot Ryan Howard!


Gameday 23: Phillies vs. Cardinals

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, April 30, 2015 12:02 PM Comments: 4

Philadelphia Phillies (8-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (14-6)


Starting Pitchers:

PHIDavid Buchanan (0-4, 7.52)
Tim Cooney (0-0, 0.00)

Time: 1:45 EST, Busch Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 60′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  David Buchanan gets the start today and looks to improve his ERA some more, which currently stands at 7.52, down from his 18.0 ERA at the beginning of the season.  Ryan Howard gets the nod back into the clean up spot after heating up and hitting 3 home runs in the last week.  Chase Utley gets the day off today along with Ben Revere, who will be replaced by Darren Ruf and Cesar Hernandez respectively.  Cameron Rupp will be behind the plate for David Buchanan in place of Chooch.  The Phillies look to get another win and split the series against the St. Louis Cardinals before heading to Miami to face the Marlins tomorrow at 7:10 pm EST.  The Phillies will face Philadelphia local, Tim Cooney, a lefty from Collegeville, PA who will get his first Major League start tonight.

 Lineup: Herrera CF, Galvis SS, Ruf LF,  Howard 1B, Francoeur RF,  Hernandez 2B, Asche 3B, Rupp C,  Buchanan RHP


Is Ryan Howard Heating Up? 

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, April 30, 2015 09:18 AM Comments: 3

PHOTO: Laurence Kesterson/AP

PHOTO: Laurence Kesterson/AP

Ryan Howard hit another home run last night, giving him four on the season. All four of them have come within the last eight games. Over that span, he’s hitting .214/.290/.643 (a .933 OPS), and has two walks and eight RBI to go with it.

In those eight games, the Phillies as a whole are are hitting .239/.289/.351. Howard accounts for 9.7% of their plate appearances, but 67% of their home runs and 29.6% of their RBI.

Over the last week, he’s been hitting the ball hard 36.8% of the time (according to FanGraphs), which is best on the Phillies and up from his season average of 33.3% (fire emoji). However, his BABIP has been absurdly low. It’s at .063 over the last week and .205 on the season. This is easily explainable. Howard pulls the ball 54.2% of the time in 2015 (68.4% over the last week). With the insane amount shifts he sees, tons of hard-hit balls to the right side get swallowed up for outs. By my count, about 63% of his outs in play in 2015 have come on the right side, with many of them being fielded in shallow right field. This explains his low season batting average of .191.

Still, Howard has been producing over the last week or so. He’s looked good. I think it’s a little much to expect him to hit a home run every seven or eight plate appearances, which is what he’s been doing over the last eight games–that would equate to about 82 home runs over 162. But I don’t think it’s too much to expect him to produce for the Phillies. Remember, there were a lot of people, myself included, that believed Howard shouldn’t start for this team. Yet, now he’s on pace for 35 home runs and 86 RBI.

He’s moved himself up to fourth on the Phillies–behind Odubel Herrera, Freddy Galvis, and Cody Asche–in advanced stats like wOBA and wRC+, and he’s doing it with a BABIP at least 168 points below the three ahead of him and a batting average under .200. We are still in the first month of the season, so a lot can obviously change–small sample sizes can be extremely deceiving. But Howard has been one of the better Phillies hitters, and, for now, deserves some praise.


Gameday 22: Phillies vs. Cardinals

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Wed, April 29, 2015 08:00 PM Comments: 16

Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) at St. Louis Cardinals (13-6)

philadelphia-phillies-p Cardinals

Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Aaron Harang (2-1, 1.97)
Carlos Martinez (2-0, 1.35)

Time: 8:15 EST, Busch Stadium
Weather: Cloudy, 71 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today:  Aaron Harang looks to continue his success on the mound versus the St. Louis Cardinals after throwing eight shutout innings in his last outing.  Even though the final score didn’t show much hope from last night, the Phillies offense was able to score five runs on nine hits for the night.  Sevorino Gonzalez had a harsh welcome to the Major Leagues and gave up seven earned runs in the 2.2 innings he pitched and didn’t help the Phillies offense there.  Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus continue to struggle in the bullpen as we are all hoping they can turn things around.  Jeff Francoeur continues his clean up stint, batting .193 with 11 hits and 4 RBIs in 57 at bats.

 Lineup: Revere LF, Herrera CF, Utley 2B, Francoeur RF, Howard 1B, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Harang RHP


Gonzalez Hammered in Debut, Phils Lose 11-5

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, April 28, 2015 11:56 PM Comments: 9

To say things didn’t go as planned for Severino Gonzalez would be a massive understatement. The 22-year old rookie made his Major League debut this evening and was tasked with facing one of the NL’s best offenses.

He did not do well.

Gonzalez was hit hard and hit often, allowing seven earned runs in just two and two thirds innings pitched. Three straight hits in the first plated two for the Cards off the Panamanian hurler while two more were plated in the second via three Cardinals hits, a walk, and a ground out. Down 4-0, the Phillies punched back in the top of the third, with Odubel Herrera driving in Freddy Galvis with Herrera’s sixth double of the season. Chase Utley would follow Herrera with a RBI single to pull the Phillies to within two.

But the wheels continued to fall off for Gonzalez until the chassis hit the ground. Gonzalez’s final line? Seven runs, all earned, allowed via ten hits and two walks in two and two thirds innings pitched.

Gonzalez, leaving pitch after pitch over the plate, allowed three more runs in the third, getting pulled after an RBI single by pitcher Michael Wacha. Dustin McGowan shut the door in the third and pitched a scoreless fourth.

The offense, now down 7-2, did not give up. In the top of the fifth, Galvis scored after his second of three singles on a Herrera ground out. Utley would drive in Grady Sizemore, who had a pinch hit walk, on a ground out as well. But the Phillies couldn’t keep the game close: Jake Diekman would let Jason Heyward walk before retiring Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong. With two outs, Diekman walked the pitcher, Wacha, and the Baseball Gods responded accordingly with a Jon Jay RBI single and a Matt Carpenter double.

The Phillies would draw the game to 9-5 with an RBI, pinch hit double by Andres Blanco scoring Ben Revere but that would be the closest they came all night to the lead. The Cards would score a pair of unearned runs by way of a Grady Sizemore error in the eighth and the Phils would fall 11-5.

The Phillies send Aaron Harang to the mound tomorrow night in Game 3 of the four game set to face Carlos Martinez. First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 PM EST.


Prospect Injury Notes: Crawford activation imminent, Watson progressing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 28, 2015 11:30 PM Comments: 0


JP Crawford, image- Jay Floyd

Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford, who has been out of action since late March with an oblique strain, is nearing a return.

After required rest, the 20-year-old is back in action, playing daily with the extended spring training team in Florida.

According to Crawford, he is feeling “ready to go”, but the decision to activate him to a full-season team roster, either Class A Advanced Clearwater or Double-A Reading, will come from the team’s athletic training staff, who is keeping a close eye on the youngster.

Crawford, who represented the Phillies in last year’s MLB All-Star Futures Game, was the organization’s top draft selection in 2013.  He sported a .285/.375/.406 slash line in 123 games combined at two levels last year.

Additionally, right-handed hurler Shane Watson continues to recover from his second shoulder surgery.

According the the 21-year-old Watson, he tossed two innings of live batting practice on Tuesday.  He’ll continue his throwing program and anticipates competing with the extended spring training team in one week.

Watson, who last pitched in a regular season game with Class A Lakewood in 2013, was the Phils’ top draft pick the year prior.  He tallied a 4-7 record with a 4.44 ERA and a .227 batting average against in 21 combined games at two levels.

The goal for Watson, once he’s stretched out without any setbacks this season, is for him to return to Lakewood, according to Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan.

Crawford and Watson grew up as childhood friends and were teammates at Lakewood High School in California.

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