Results tagged ‘ Chris Young ’

All Pitching, No Offense In 14 Inning Loss

On paper, Cliff Lee had a good night against the Mets on Sunday.  He went seven innings, allowing just one run.  But he did walk two batters, which is not usual for Lee, and gave up eight hits.

A tough first inning where Lee had to throw 34 pitches to get out of it probably cut his day a bit short.  But it did not matter too much as neither offense felt like playing.

Chris Young was very good for the Mets and allowed just two hits to the Phillies.  His wind-up is similar to that of ex-Phillie, J.A. Happ, as he hides the ball behind his leg before releasing, which probably keeps the hitter guessing.

 

While the offense was sleepy, the defense had a few nice plays.  It seems that Pete Orr, filling in at second base, has a penchant for going airborne:

 

The outfielders looked good too, unless they were at the plate, of course.  No one looked good on offense:

 

In fact, Raul Ibanez is still mired in a huge slump and is now 0-34.  He had chances to break out and propel the team to a win but he struck out in the seventh with two runners on.  And in the eighth, Ibanez had the bases loaded with two outs in a tie game and he hit a weak ground ball to end the inning.

The Phillies left the bases loaded earlier in the game, too.  Brian Schneider struck out on a check swing in the seventh, which was a late call from the 3rd base ump and prompted Charlie Manuel to get himself tossed out of the game.

Eventually, Kyle Kendrick gave up the winning run in the 14th inning, handing the Mets a 2-1 win.

But there were still a few special moments during the game.  People began to get word of Osama bin Laden’s demise via smartphone and chants of “USA! USA!” rang throughout the ballpark before even the players knew what had happened.

It was a touching moment where all fans, Phillies and Mets together, could celebrate something together.  So the next time someone rags on Philly fans and goes on about some 40-year old Santa Claus crap, show them this video.  These fans far outnumber the select few morons who simply cannot conduct themselves in a proper manner in public.

So a loss for the Phillies was still a win for America.  I am more than okay with that.

FYI - Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

 

***Important Blog FYI:  The entire MLBlogs community is going to be switched to a WordPress format beginning on Friday, May 6.  The transition may last through Monday night, May 9.  All MLBlogs writers will be unable to post and you will be unable to access any MLBlogs during this transition.  So do not panic if this and other blogs suddenly disappear during that weekend…we will be back :O)***

Go Phillies!

 

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

 

Doc Dominates The Mets

The Phillies offense cooled off today after a 10-run barrage on Friday night.  But no worries, Roy “Doc” Halladay was on the mound and ready to operate.


Doc operation copy.jpgHalladay pitched a complete game for the 60th time in his career.  In the 2-1 win over the Mets, Halladay allowed seven hits, one walk and one earned run.  The win is the fourth for Halladay this season and also marked a new franchise record for the most wins in April.  The Phils went 18-8 this month.

Yesterday, Placido Polanco set a new Phillies record for the most hits in April with 39.  Today, he extended that number to 41 and also had a sac fly in the seventh, giving the Phillies the 2-1 lead in the game.

The first run was scored on a John Mayberry Jr. homer to left in the same inning.  Those were the only two runs scored, but it was all the Phillies needed.  Mayberry was in the game in place of the struggling Raul Ibanez and had two hits total in the game.

Tomorrow, the Phillies hope to start May off with a 3-game sweep of the Mets.  Cliff Lee will face Chris Young, who is working his way back from both and injury and a bout of the flu.  In his first start back, Young allowed three runs in less than five innings.

Lee is coming off a sub-par start in Arizona where he allowed four runs.  Lee generally does not falter two game in a row.

If you have a ticket to the game, remember it has been changed to an 8pm start (thanks, ESPN….you suck).  I will be there and hope to post photos sometime Monday afternoon.

***Important Blog FYI:  The entire MLBlogs community is going to be switched to a WordPress format beginning on Friday, May 6.  The transition may last through Monday night, May 9.  All MLBlogs writers will be unable to post and you will be unable to access any MLBlogs during this transition.  So do not panic if this and other blogs suddenly disappear during that weekend…we will be back :O)***

Go Phillies!

 

Photoshopping by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

 

Hamels Blows First Start of Season


P8198649 Hamels egg.jpgIt seems that Easter came early for the Phillies tonight as Cole Hamels laid an egg on the field.  To be fair, the Phillies offense did no better.  Hold your breath; this one is stinky.

Hamels got into trouble right away, but the first two innings, he worked out of it.  Then came a disastrous third inning which began with a hit from the opposing pitcher.  Oddly enough, Hamels’ outing ended the exact same way in the exact same inning.

The Mets batted around, scoring six earned runs on seven hits and two walks.  With two outs and the pitcher coming up, again, it looked like Hamels might get out of the inning.  But once again, pitcher Chris Young singled, this time for an RBI.

Young was not done yet either.  Hamels was pulled after 2.2 innings and a frightening 20.25 ERA in his first start of 2011.  But at least Kyle Kendrick tried to make Hamels feel better; he too, gave up a hit to Young.

As for the Phillies offense, the best that can be said is at least they did not get shut-out.  That was thanks to a Wilson Valdez single followed by a Michael Martinez walk and a Placido Polanco RBI-double.

But everything that could go wrong did.  Ryan Howard grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded.  Valdez ended the sixth inning with an old habit that no one missed, hitting into a double play.

And so the Phillies went on to lose the first of this three game series with the Mets by a score of 7-1.  Joe Blanton will pitch tomorrow and try to avoid laying an egg.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

 

Disaster in the Desert


Hamels roller coaster.jpgWatching Cole Hamels pitch over the last year has been a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs.  But the ride is making many people sick; please make it stop, we’d like to get off.

Last night’s Hamels Arizona adventure included a 4th inning where he gave up 4 home runs for 5 runs scored total.  The following inning, he gave up another homer, making it 5 homers on the night.  Prior to that, he looked like the Hamels of old, striking out batters and confusing them with his change-up.  Then all of a sudden, Hamels got the ball up in the zone and threw nearly everything right over the plate.  He looked like he was pitching batting practice to a thankful D-Backs team.

Hamels even had a hand in scoring before the mysterious 4th inning disaster happened; he belted a double in the 3rd inning and Shane Victorino drove him home with a triple.  A very strange play led to the Phillies 2nd run of the night; Jayson Werth hit a long fly ball in the 4th which center fielder Chris Young caught, for just a moment.  Young let the ball dribble out the bottom of his glove before he made the exchange to his throwing hand and it was ruled a ball in play.  Werth saw the ball drop and kept running until he crossed home plate.

The D-Backs manager A.J. Hinch, who played for the Phillies in 2004, argued that it was a catch but the ump ruled it was not a catch as the fielder did not have control and did not make the exchange to his other hand before dropping it.  It was scored as a 4-base error.  There’s one you won’t see every day.

So things were looking up for the Phillies until the bottom of that same inning when the bottom fell out for Hamels and batting practice took over.  JC Romero made his season debut after coming off the DL but he looked very rusty.  Romero fell behind both batters he faced, giving up a solo homer and walking the next batter.

Jose Contreras took over the 7th inning and escaped without further drama.  Rookie David Herndon pitched the 8th and did a good job as well.  The Phillies entered the 9th inning losing 3-7.  Victorino managed a 2-out single and RBI, but the Phillies rally ended there and they lost 4-7 to a last place team.

The only proper response to a pounding by a last place team is to win the next two games.  And the Phillies had better do just that if they are going to avoid total humiliation.  Nelson Figueroa will pitch tonight in place of the injured JA Happ.  I do not envy Figueroa; this poor guy has the weight of the world on his shoulders right now.  Best of luck to him…game time is 8:10pm.

 

Head shot by Jenn; cartoon by grinningplanet.com

 

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