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Phillies Take One From The BoSox

In this 3-game series against a very good Red Sox team, the Phillies managed to escape with one win yesterday.  The game did not start out great, as JA Happ struggled in the 2nd inning and gave up 4 runs, including back-to-back homers.  But Happ went to his Happ-Y place and recovered nicely; although he walked 6 and allowed 5 runs total, Happ still managed to pitch though almost 6 innings to give the bullpen a much needed rest.

JROLL surf 2.jpgThe Phillies offense battled back and scored 4 runs in the 5th and then 6 in the 7th inning.  Singles by Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste and Chase Utley and a double from Ryan Howard led the charge in the 5th.  Then in the 7th, Jimmy Rollins emerged from his slump and hit a lead-off home run.  The rest of the team jumped on his back, decided to Hang Ten and ride the wave for 6 more runs which included 2 of those runs scored after Sox pitching hit J-Roll in his 2nd at-bat of the inning and then issued a walk to Shane Victorino all with the bases loaded to force in runs.  The game ended with a score of 11-6; the exact same score of the previous day’s game, but this time, it was in the Phillies favor.

Moyer Foundation

So the Phillies get a break from baseball today, but Jamie Moyer and many other players will do their part for charity tonight at the Philly Celebrity Waiters Dinner at the ballpark.  Benefiting the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin, which assists children in distress, many players will don aprons and serve food and drink to Philly locals in an effort to raise money for the cause.  It is always nice to see athletes using their free time to help the community.  Now just try not to drop a serving tray on anyone’s head… ;O)

Up Next

Tuesday night, the Phillies will host the Toronto Blue Jays for some more nerve-wracking interleague play.  Cole Hamels will take the mound at 7:05pm and Phillies fans will get to say hello to a few old friends; Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas.  So I know how Philly fans feel about Rolen, who publicly criticized the team years ago when he left, but he is still a cutie.  Please try to be gracious and not boo him…asking too much?  Oh well.

“The Pen”

Last night, the MLB Network premiered its new reality TV series, “The Pen,” which will follow the Phillies bullpen from Spring Training all the way to the All-Star break this year.  Last night’s episode gave a behind the scenes look at how pitchers are evaluated in Spring Training, how the 5th starter was chosen, what some of the players do in their free time with their kids and family, the impact of losing Harry Kalas and everything in between.  They even showed the agony that JA Happ went through when he had to call home to tell his family that Chan Ho Park was given the 5th spot and that he was unsure if he would make the team.  Cameras followed him as he sat on his bed in the hotel and made the phone call.  Gut wrenching, emotion stuff.  It was absolutely outstanding and after the hour was up, I was sad that it had to end.  But luckily, a new episode will air every Sunday night.  Make sure to tune in!

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Utley Is Still THE Man…

…And Jayson Werth ain’t bad either ;O)  Chase Utley and Werth combined yesterday to help the Phillies overcome a 4-1 deficit to win the game in 11 innings over the New York Mets.  Werth’s 10th inning diving catch had eyes popping all over the place; had he dove and missed, the winning run may have scored for the Mets.  But Werth got the job done after Chan Ho Park got into some trouble with 2 outs.

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Chase Utley had an eventful day as well.  It began when he smacked a solo home run off the Mets Mike Pelfrey in the 4th inning.  Then in the 6th inning, Pelfrey had a childish fit on the mound when Utley stepped out of the batter’s box and requested time out.  He tossed his arms in the air and shouted at Utley who questioned what the problem was.  Pelfrey continued to rant, then Utley looked at him and said what appeared to be, “Seriously??”  Was Pelfrey really annoyed that time was called, which players do all the time?  Or was he maybe upset about the previous home run?  Either way, looks like Pelfrey needs to grow up.

Impervious to controversy as usual, Utley came back up to bat in the 11th and gave the Phillies the lead with another solo homer.  Ryan Madson, who is filling in for the injured Brad Lidge, closed the game and got the save.  Cole Hamels had started the game, but only went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks.  It was a very un-Cole like performance.  But 6 relief pitchers combined to hold the Mets to just those 4 runs and give the Phillies a chance to win.  Chad Durbin had another adventurous outing though, as he loaded the bases with 1 out in the 7th, but he escaped unharmed.  Whew!

Speaking of loading the bases, the Phillies did just that in the top of the 7th.  While they did score 3 runs to ties the game, a strange move off the bench may have kept them from scoring more.  With no outs and the bags packed, the new guy, Paul Bako, was sent up to bat and struck out in his first appearance for the Phils.  Charlie Manuel still had Chris Coste and Matt Stairs on the bench, both of whom can easily hit a long fly ball.  Why then is Bako sent to the plate in this situation?  Last year, he batted .217 in 99 games for the Reds and has been up and down between the bigs and the minors in his 11 year career.  This was a waste of an out, if you ask me.  But they did still win the game so, all is well that ends well. :O)

Phillies escape.jpgThe Phillies will try to escape from New York tonight with a series win.  Game time is 7:10pm and Jamie Moyer will face Tim Redding of the Mets.  This will end a 10 game road trip for the Phillies who return to Philly to face the Red Sox this weekend.

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Rookie Impressive In Debut

Antonio Bastardo made his major league debut last night against the Padres and held them to only 1 run; a solo homer from Adrian Gonzalez. The 23-year old rookie pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 hits total, 1 walk and he struck out 5.  Bastardo threw mostly fastballs, but the 95mph heat proved to be explosive.  If he can begin mixing in a few more off-speed pitches, this kid may be the answer to the Phillies’ prayers.

P5314819 Ibanez.jpgAlso feeling the power last night was Raul Ibanez who, on his 37th birthday, knocked in 5 runs with a double and two homers; a very Happy Birthday indeed!  The birthday bash continued with 2 hits from Shane Victorino, and 2 RBI each from Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs.  The score was 10-1 by the middle of the 7th.

Enter Chan Ho Park: Park allowed 4 runs to the Padres in the bottom of the 7th and looked like a little league pitcher.  Obviously disappointed about losing his starting spot, Park has really begun to unravel.  But if he cannot accept his new role, then what good is he?  I believe the clock may be ticking for Park…

Chad Durbin ran into trouble as well in the 9th when he loaded the bases.  Durbin has not looked like the pitcher of 2008 all year long; he did have a quick and easy 8th inning, but the hit and 2 walks in the 9th still leave everyone with the feeling that he is just not right.  Luckily, Ryan Madson threw one pitch to end the game and bail Durbin out, avoiding a huge disaster; but you still have to wonder, what is wrong with Durbin?  But give him a few more outings and let’s see if he can fix the issue.

The Phillies will try for their 2nd sweep in a row tonight with JA Happ on the mound; game time is 10:05pm again.

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Phillies Clean-Up In Cincy

After a non-existent offense last night, the Phillies cleaned up their act today and scored big in a 12-5 win over the Reds to cap off the series win.  Raul Ibanez continued his All-Star bid by whacking home run #15 and now has 40 RBI on the year, which leads the league. 


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cleaned-up as well, swiping stolen base #300 for his career.  Rollins has woken up of late and brought his batting average up .034 points to .234 since the start of the Nationals series last week.  He had 4 hits today alone.  And Chase Utley is still on tear; he was just a triple short of the cycle today with 3 hits and 4 RBI.

4 home runs in the game helped, including homers from Utley, Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs, getting a rare start.  Dobbs had a base running blunder early in the game when he was picked off 1st base as he somehow mistook the first baseman’s ankle for the base.  Whoops!  But all was forgiven when he nailed the solo shot in the 3rd.

Joe Blanton pitched well for 4 innings, but fell apart in the 5th and gave up 5 runs.  If he could just duplicate the first 4 innings for say 6 or 7 innings, that would be great.  Obviously, he still has work to do, but those 4 innings were a step in the right direction.  The bullpen, including Chan Ho Park in his first Phillies relief appearance since losing the starting job, held down the Reds for 4 more innings.  Park was a bit shaky and had 2 base runners, but he settled in and got out of the jam.  Everyone is hoping he can turn his season around by given the Phillies some solid innings out of the pen.

It is now on to New York to face the Yankees for a 3-game Memorial Day weekend series.  Tomorrow night, Brett Myers will face AJ Burnett in what should be quite a showdown with the run the Yankees have been on lately.  The Phillies have won 6 of their last 7 games and the Yanks are on an 8-game win streak.  Add a brand new stadium into the mix and this should be a good one.  My 2 favorite teams going at it – always a treat!

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Lidge Saves A Nail Biter

Brad Lidge allowed 2 base runners with only 1 out in the bottom of the 9th in a 4-3 game tonight; just as Phillies fans everywhere were ready to throw in the towel again, Lidge buckled down and got the next 2 batters out to save the game.  Whew!  Does he have to make every save a tummy-turner?  Oh well, at least he got the job done.

Cole Hamels did his job too; 6 innings pitched and 3 runs allowed.  Not super, but good enough to win the game.  And the offense only had 7 hits in the game, including a Ryan Howard solo home run, but it was also enough to win the game.  They faced a very tough pitcher, so we will take it.

And while Hamels is our pitching Angel, Chan Ho Park has been the Devil.hamels park.jpgAfter Spring Training, many thought JA Happ should have been given the 5th starters spot, but instead, the Phillies went with Park.  That turned out to be a big mistake as Park limped through April and the first part of May with a lousy 7.08 ERA.  The Phils finally came to their senses and sent him to the pen where he belongs.  Happ will take over the 5th spot starting this Saturday against the Yankees.  Talk about a trial by fire…this poor kid has to be shaking in his boots.  He finally gets the job he deserves and now he has to face A-Rod and Jeter.  We wish him luck!

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Nats Cure What Ails The Phillies

Well, they cured the offensive woes anyway.  The Phillies completed a 4-game sweep of the Nationals this afternoon with an 8-6 win and Brad Lidge threw only 2 pitches to get the save.  The starting pitching, however, still has BIG issues, not the least of which is Chan Ho Park.  You know how I hate to repeat myself, but I have been wondering if Park’s last 2 good outings were a fluke; a result of the pressure on him to keep his job.  Once the pressure was seemingly off him today because of those 2 good games, he went right back to stinking up the joint.

Park could have been pulled after one inning, where he gave up 3 runs to the lowly Nationals.  But Charlie Manuel sent him out for a 2nd inning; Park got 1 out and then proceeded to load the bases and walk a run in.  So, that was that.  1 1/3 innings is the official line with 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.  Jack Taschner added the 5th run when he came in on relief and hit the next batter, sending another run home.  Something needs to be done with Park.  It is clear now that, as I suspected, he only pitches well when threatened with losing his job.  We need a starter who is self-motivated.

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The good news amidst all the starting pitching hoopla is that the offense found their bats in this series against the Nats.  Jimmy Rollins had 7 hits in this series and is slowly digging out of an early offensive hole.  Raul Ibanez continues to impress; he had 9 hits and 3 home runs in the last 4 games!  And Pedro Feliz had 7 hits in the series.  Everyone is contributing, and things are beginning to look up.

A few other pitching notes for the series:  P3046225 Carpenter.jpgAndrew Carpenter came up from AA for the day yesterday to pitch the 2nd game of the doubleheader and got the job done.  He gave up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings, but he gave them the innings they needed and the offense, plus a rain-shortened night, gave the Phils the 7-5 win.  Carpenter went back to AA and Sergio Escalona, 24, was called in to replace him.  Escalona, in his major league debut today, pitched one scoreless inning and earned the win.  Congrats to the rookies!

The Phillies will take tomorrow off and then begin a 3 game series in Cincinnati, continuing the long road trip.  Who will be starting for the Phillies?  Nothing is written in stone right now.  Jamie Moyer had his schedules Tuesday start pushed back to Wednesday; Joe Blanton has been terrible; and I think we all know how Park is doing.  A lot of decisions are going to have to be made soon.

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A Very Long Night

Are you still awake out there?  It was a long game tonight; the Phillies tried to repeat last night’s nightmare of tying up the game, only to blow it, but JA Happ and a little offense bailed them out.  In fact, it took 12 innings and four and a half hours, but the Phillies squeaked one out, winning 10-6 over the Nationals.

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Carlos Ruiz
had a rough start this year with an oblique injury, but he has certainly found his way back.  In the last week, he has been a hitting machine!  With 7 hits and 5 walks in his last 3 games, Ruiz is the bright light in what has been a dim offense of late.  Today he racked up 2 more RBI for the Phils.

Raul Ibanez has also had 7 hits in the last 3 games; the biggest one came in the 12th today when he singled and 2 runs scored, putting the Phillies in the lead.  Between him, Ruiz and Pedro Feliz, who was 4 for 5 today with 2 RBI, the bottom part of the line-up has held up their end of the bargain.  The top half is coming around slowly; Shane Victorino had a 2 hit night and Ryan Howard, although he looked awkward at the plate most of the night, did knock in 3 runs with a homer in the 7th.

The pitching, as usual, has not been great.  JA Happ was supposed to get his first start of the season tomorrow, but the Phillies were forced to use him in relief tonight after Brad Lidge blew the save.  doghouse Blanton Lidge.jpgHowever, with as well as Happ has pitched, one has to wonder which starting pitcher is going to be in the dog house?  Joe Blanton did nothing tonight to keep his job; he struggled to get through 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and SIX walks, including a run walked in with the bases loaded.  Jamie Moyer may have to watch his back as well, although his experience gives him an edge over Blanton.  But Moyer’s 8.15 ERA also has the dog’s barking.  Chan Ho Park is hanging in there with 2 good starts in a row, but questions are still floating around about his ability to keep up the pace after a very bad start to the year.

Joining Blanton in the doghouse tonight is Lidge who, as I mentioned, blew his second save of the year tonight.  2 hits and 2 runs in one inning now balloons his ERA to a disgusting 9.19.  What in the world is wrong with Lidge?  Well, I hope he likes doggy chow…

As for Happ, after 2 scoreless innings tonight, he is set up to replace Blanton in the rotation as that spot comes up again in 5 days; will that actually happen?  No official word yet.  And who will pitch in the double-header tomorrow?  Brett Myers is scheduled for game 1 at 1:05pm.  The 7:05pm game starter is yet unknown.  Stay tuned…

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Today In Phillies Land


Greg_House.jpgI am still in Gregory House-type withdrawal after an off-day yesterday.  Sad, I know.  But the Phillies will start a 3-game series with the Dodgers tonight, and without Manny Ramirez.  Chan Ho Park is going to do his best not to lose his starting job; JA Happ will secretly wish Park screws up (kidding!); Jimmy Rollins will try to remember how to hit a baseball (line drives Jimmy; think line drives…none of this air-ball crap!); Brad Lidge will pray for a save opportunity which have been few and far between so far; Chase Utley will continue his bid for a 4th straight All-Star appearance; and me?  I will be screaming at the TV.

Baseball 101

Then tomorrow I will attend, for the 4th year in a row, the Phillies Baseball 101 event for women.  100 plus ladies will wander the field, toss a few balls, hit in the cages and even throw a pitch in the bullpen, all under the tutelage of the Phillies coaching staff.  It is an all-day and all-night event as we will stay for the 7:05pm game afterwards.  And since I will not get home until oh, probably one in the morning, I will post photos and a diary of the day on Thursday once I am conscious.

Mr. Manuel Goes To Washington

In other news, the Phillies have rescheduled their visit with President Obama at the White House for this coming Friday while they are in town to play the Nats.  The previous date was cancelled after the passing of our friend, Harry Kalas.   Will Obama dare wear a White Sox hat at the meeting?  Will the Phanatic frighten the new white house dog?  Oh, the drama.

Tonight’s Line-Up

J-Roll has been bumped down to the 5 hole.  Hope it helps!

1.     Shane Victorino, CF

2.     Chase Utley, 2B

3.     Jayson Werth, RF

4.     Ryan Howard, 1B

5.     Jimmy Rollins, SS

6.     Raul Ibanez, LF

7.     Pedro Feliz, 3B

8.     Carlos Ruiz, C

9.    Chan Ho Park, P

First pitch is 7:05pm…Go Phillies!

 

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Whipping Our Pitchers Into Shape

The horrendous commencement to the season for the Phillies starting pitching staff has left many wondering, what can be done to turn it around?  However, the last two outings from Joe Blanton and then last night from Chan Ho Park have given Phillies fans hope.  How did Charlie Manuel and gang get these guys to turn things around?  The threat of losing their jobs may be a big factor, but I suspect a few more creative measures may be in play.

Did Manuel whip out the Spanish Inquisition?  Nobody ever expects that…

Or maybe he pulled out the Comfy Chair.  NO!  Not the Comfy Chair!

And in an even more diabolical scheme, I also suspect the starting rotation was tortured further with the Slapping Fish:

Whatever the device, I fully support them.  If these guys need a fishy slap in the face to wake them up, then so be it!  Jamie Moyer will take the mound tonight and try to continue the improvement of the rotation.  But after last night’s loss, despite the great performance of Park, I feel a little extra help may be needed.  And so, again I give you the Smurfy Mets voodoo:

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Yes, J-Roll Smurf and friends are back with their voodoo magic!  The Phillies no longer have any excuses.  They must beat the Mets tonight!  Go Phillies!

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Park Likes His Job

Many expected tonight’s match-up of Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana to be a really bad day for the Phillies.  However, no one really expected Park, who has been horrible on the mound, to keep pace with Santana.  And certainly, no one expected for the deciding factor in the game to be THREE errors by the Phils.  The first 2 did not do much damage, but the 3rd gave the Mets the 1-0 lead (final score).  P4190898 Feliz.jpgWith a man on 1st and 2 outs in the 7th, Fernando Tatis hit a ball to Pedro Feliz that he should have held onto.  It was a slow chopper far from Feliz; he managed to grab it and made a very bad, unbalanced throw to 1st, which flew over Ryan Howard’s head.  Jayson Werth backed-up the play, but hesitated to throw home.  His hesitation let Carlos Delgado score.  Had Feliz just held onto the ball, you still have 2 outs and no one scores.

The real shame of it was that this game was winnable.  Despite his very bad start to the season, Park managed to throw 6 innings of 1 hit, no run ball.  Apparently, he likes his job as a starter and is aiming to keep it.  Park kept the Phillies in the game, but the defense let it slip away.  The offense had a bad day too, but they were facing Santana, so this was not a huge shock.  Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez each had one hit, but that was it for the offense.  Oddly enough, Park drew 2 walks, but again, the Phils did not take advantage.  Victorino did extend his hitting streak to 15 games, which is about the only happy news on the day.

Chase Utley did play today, and his foot seems to be fine.  He struggled at the plate, like everyone else though.  The Phillies will have one more shot at the Mets tomorrow night at 7:10pm with Jamie Moyer on the mound.

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