Results tagged ‘ Clay Condrey ’

Too Little, Too Late

The Phillies attempted to put an end to their offensive slumber, but it all came after already being in the hole 10 runs to the Mets.  All-Star Chase Utley whacked another league-leading home run, his 25th of the year, to start the scoring for the Phillies in the 4th inning, but it was all too little, too late.  Ultimately, even with 4 homers and 12 total hits on the night, the Phillies still fell to the Mets for the third night in a row, this time by a score of 10-9.  Nearly pulling off an amazing comeback in the ninth inning, they fell just short as Jayson Werth flew out to right field with a runner on second base to end the game.

Pat Burrell made a great bid for getting some more votes towards the All-Star team tonight, smacking his 22nd homer of the year in the 6th inning and he also had an outfield assist.  Remember to keep voting for Pat…he needs our help to make the team!  Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone  to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice.  We only have until Thursday at 5pm to get those votes in, so get moving!

The real story of tonight’s game though is Adam Eaton.  A truly awful performance.  He went only 2.2 innings, gave up 6 earned runs on 10 hits and looked like the Eaton of 2007, which is someone nobody wanted to ever see again.  Clay Condrey did a great job filling in for 2.1 innings and giving up no runs.  Then we got to see the rookie, RJ Swindle, making his major league debut on his 25th birthday.  Looks like we won’t be seeing a lot of him, except against left-handers as he struggled mightily against the right-handers.  I assume the fact that his pitches range from 82-54mph will not help his case.  One curve ball he threw at about 54mph looked like I could have caught it barehanded…scary.

So when is this team going to start hitting before the end of the game?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Someone better figure it out quick though, because now we have both the Fish and the Mets knocking on the backdoor… 

Phils Start Road Trip With A Bang!

You know when the Phillies make the #1 spot on the Top Ten Plays of The Day on SportsCenter, it had to be a hell of a game!  Generally, we are a team ignored by such a market.  Jamie Moyer kept the game close through five innings, giving up only 2 earned runs and Chad Durbin did his usual part in getting him out of a jam.  Our offense struggled yet again, but Tim Hudson looked very good through 7.2 and did not budge, although the strike zone all night, as called by Alfonso Marquez, was all over the place.

 

Right at the top of the ninth inning, it looked like the game was over when Chris Coste, with men on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, popped up to second baseman, Kelly Johnson.  But no, Johnson, in a lapse of concentration, drops the ball!  Panic ensues, the crowd erupts, Feliz is tagged out at the plate and fans are screaming at the umpires wondering why the game is not over.  What many had not realized is that Eric Bruntlett had been running so fast from 2nd base, he had already scored to tie the game before Feliz was tagged out and was even already in the dugout before anyone had noticed…that is how fast he was going!  The thing I found most entertaining about that entire sequence was that it directly followed the incidence with Jimmy Rollins getting pulled from a game the day before for not hustling and not running out a pop fly, like he should have.  In that same instance on Thursday, the defender dropped the ball as well and it cost Jimmy an extra base.  So, Charlie Manuel made an example of him and benched him.  The timing and the extra reminder by their manager could not have been better, because had all three guys involved in this pop fly by Coste last night not hustled, this game was over and the Phillies walk away with a loss instead of a win.

 


P2241305 cr.jpgAnd to seal the victory, we were treated to an amazing throw and put out by Shane Victorino to nail Gregor Blanco at the plate for the final out of the game, which also prevented the tying run from scoring.  And what a tag by Chris Coste, as if to atone for his pop-up that almost ended the game earlier in the 9th.  The entire play was perfect.  Kudos to Shane and Chris for getting it done and giving this team a HUGE lift on the road!

 

The Phillies are going to need a BIG effort tonight out of Kyle Kendrick as our bullpen is starting to show some wear, especially Brad Lidge.  He NEEDS a break for sure.  His last two appearances have been shaky and it is now only a matter of time before the defense is unable to bail him out if he is pushed beyond what we should expect of him.  He should have a night off.  Our offense waking back up would certainly be a huge help!  Let’s get a giant lead and then let Condrey finish off a game…he could use some work!  I like my plan J  Go Phillies!

Phillies Honor Military With Offensive Fireworks

Memorial Day was a truly awesome celebration as the Phillies bat’s lit up the night sky, sending balls flying out of the park and scorched down the lines for extra base hits.  Utley led the massive 20 to 5 pounding and total KO of the Rockies, with a career high 6 RBI’s, going 3 for 6 including a home run, 2 singles, and a stolen base.  And as always, he looked GOOD doing it.  I’d imagine he felt a bit like celebrating after the game…maybe like skipping joyfully through a field of flowers?

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Ok, so I took some liberty on the flower part, but it was fun :o)  As for the rest of the gang, Pedro Feliz with 4 hits?  Wow!  Coste and Taguchi with 3 apiece; Dobbs in his short appearance goes 1 for 2; Bruntlett 1 for 1.  And if they weren’t getting the hits, they were getting the walks!  Howard and Victorino racked up 5 between them.  The only quiet night really was Pat Burrell, with just 1 walk and no hits…poor guy :o(  So, now if you are Adam Eaton, you have to be wondering, hey, where is this offensive when I’M pitching?  Let’s hope they saved some for the next few games…

The extra bonus here is that they really wore out the Rockies bullpen.  Hopefully, they’ll be nice and tired for our next 2 games…  And, we did not use ANY of our guys once again, thanks to the man who loves to take out the garbage for us, Clay “The Trash Man” Condrey.  As I said before, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.  Keep eating up those useless innings for us Clay!  Can’t wait to see what happens tonight…Go Phillies!

Caveman Approach Diminishing With An Offensive Explosion

Sure they still hit 4 home runs last night for 5 RBI’s, but out of 12 total runs, that means 7 of them were earned the hard way, proving that when they put their brains to work, the Phillies actually CAN play ball the right way.  One at bat at a time, one runner at a time, move the guy over into scoring position, use the sacrifice when you need to and score the run.  This is what the team has been lacking and now that they see it actually works, maybe we’ll see more of it.  No more of this caveman-style, kill-the-ball, swing at anything, approach at the plate.  The Phillies especially need to work on this when facing pitchers they have trouble with, as this is a great way to rattle a guy.  Get someone into scoring position and you put pressure on the pitcher.  He is more likely to make a mistake and your odds of getting a hit go up.  Tonight they face Roy Oswalt who, back on 4/16, totally shut them down and allowed only one run in 7 innings.  But Oswalt is now 4 for 4 on the season with a 5.43 ERA…he CAN be hit and the Phillies should be able to take advantage of him.  Let’s see how it goes…

So, what do we all think about Ryan Howard?  Is the slump over?  The good news is, he had a killer game last night and hit 2 massive homers!  And, one of them was on a pitch that was low and away, which is the pitch he usually strikes out on.  So, that alone was especially nice to see.  Overall, he looked very comfortable and really locked in.  My only concern still is how he will perform in a high pressure situation.  Last night was pretty easy going for him, with the team having a huge lead.  Now, they did not have a huge lead at the beginning, so that is promising.  But, because it does seem like the pressures of this new salary and the expectations that have come along with it have affected his performance, both offensively and defensively, you have to continue to wonder if he will crack when the load becomes heavy.  I really hope not…I do miss the happy-go-lucky Ryan the Rhino :o)  Here he is playing with his peeps in Clearwater, wearing an appropriate “rhino” tee:

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And we should give thanks to Clay Condrey for eating up innings last night so the rest of our bullpen could get a rest.  He has not had the best track record of late, but he does certainly come in handy when we need to just waste some innings!  He’s like the trash man…it’s a stinky job that no one really wants, but someone has to do it.  Now the rest of the pitching staff can go into Houston refreshed and smelling like roses :o)

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