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Ibanez Powers Phillies to 3-Game Sweep of Pirates

The Phillies completed a sweep of the Pirates this afternoon in 10 innings by a score of 6-5.  The newest member of the Phillies, Hunter Pence, had a hand in the 10th inning rally after a rough start where he misread a ball in the outfield.  Here is a quick look at the day for Pence:

The ball he missed came in the first inning, but pitcher Vance Worley bounced back quickly.  It was not until the fifth and sixth innings where Worley ran into trouble.

 

While it was not his best outing, Worley still went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.  He made one bad pitch in the sixth to Lyle Overbay who slammed a 2-run homer.

But the Phillies kept plugging away at the Pirates with a few timely hits and nice defense:

 

Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with two RBI to continue his recent hot streak.  But Raul Ibanez was the one player who came up big all game long.  After a solo homer in the first inning, Ibanez hit a massive  2-run homer in the eighth when the Phillies were still trailing.  That hit tied the game and kept hope alive for the Phillies.

 

As a quick side note, it appears that I may be Raul’s good luck charm.  If you look at the chart below of this entire home stand, you will see that Ibanez hit .500 with three homers and nine RBI in games that I attended.  When I was not there, he hit only .174, no homers, 2 RBI:
 

Ok, so maybe it is just a weird coincidence.  On the other hand, Raul may want to hurry up and buy me a plane ticket to Denver ;o)

Back to the game:  After Ibanez tied things up, the Phillies had to rely on the bullpen to keep it that way.  Brad Lidge had already allowed the fifth run in the seventh, but then four other guys combined to hold down the Pirates.  The photo below shows Juan Perez, David Herndon and Lidge:

 

Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo also pitched one scoreless inning each.  Then in the 10th inning, Pence doubled to put the Phillies in position for the win.  All they needed was one more big hit from Ibanez who delivered with the game winning double to score Pence.

The walk-off win capped a three hit, four RBI game for Ibanez who ended the month of July on a hot streak, batting .284 with 25 RBI.

A very tough road trip is up next for the Phillies, starting in Denver against the Rockies.  They will also face the Giants in a 4-game series and the Dodgers for three games.

It all begins Monday night at 8:40pm; Cole Hamels will pitch.

And here is the full Photo Album from Sunday’s game.  Enjoy!

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Cole Hamels In Top Form Against Dodgers

In eight shut-out innings against the Dodgers, pitcher Cole Hamels was absolutely dominant.  In 95 degree temperatures, it seemed like Hamels did not even break a sweat.

After the game, Charlie Manuel said about Hamels’ development, “He’s bigger than he used to be.  Ya know, if you see him with his shirt and stuff off he’s, ya know, he’s developing into a man.”

Besides Hamels’ manly physique, his pitching has grown as well.  Hamels allowed only six hits while striking out nine batters in the 2-0 win Wednesday night.

He got a little help from the offense, but only a little.  Luckily, it was all he needed.  Ryan Howard blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning, the first home run for the Phillies in 65 innings of play.  Howard’s last blast was on May 30.

They almost had a run before that in the fifth when Michael Martinez hit the first triple of his career.  Hamels then drew a walk.  With two outs, the Phillies needed a wild pitch or a hit from Shane Victorino.  They got the wild pitch, which sailed all the way to the back stop, but Martinez froze and did not go.  The goof did not come back to haunt them though, thanks to the pitching.

Another run scored in the seventh on a Domonic Brown fielder’s choice after Victorino had tripled.  Ryan Madson stepped in for the ninth and closed the game for his 14th save of the year.  Madson is still perfect in saves so far this season.

The Cubs come into town next.  Kyle Kendrick will start tonight and game time is 7:05pm.

And the Winner Is…

The winner of the contest for a ticket to the Phillies Phestival on Monday is Jeff from Clifton Heights, PA.  Congrats and see you there!

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Sloppy Loss As Phillies Continue to Struggle to Score

Whatever is being put into the Phillies Gatorade needs to stop, because this looks like a team with a serious hangover.  In a sad 6-2 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night, the Phils offense, once again, could not come through in the clutch.

The Dodgers put a rookie pitcher on the mound, Rubby De La Rosa, who was wild and wound up walking five batters in the first two innings.  The Phillies had the bases loaded in the 2nd inning with NO outs and got only ONE run out of it on another walk.  That just cannot happen if this team expects to keep winning.

De La Rosa handed this game to the Phillies on a silver platter, but instead of taking advantage, they passed.  It was as if they were being offered the black jelly beans instead of the red ones and they just did not want it.

The only other score for the Phillies was on an RBI-triple from Chase Utley in the seventh.  But Utley had a bad game overall, as did most of this team.  He threw away an easy double play ball in the third inning.

That same inning, pitcher Roy Oswalt also committed a throwing error, which allowed another Dodger run to score.  Oswalt looked just as hung over and sleepy as the offense did.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings.  He started the third inning by walking the pitcher, which came back to haunt him as three runs scored.

Michael Stutes gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning, which was basically the nail in the coffin for the Phillies who lost 6-2.

This game was sloppy and an ugly loss.  Here is hoping that Cole Hamels can put things back in order on Wednesday night for the final game of the series.  First pitch is at 7:05pm.

In the meantime, do not forget to enter to win an admission ticket to the Phillies Phestival right here!  Entries will be accepted until TODAY (Weds) at 6pm.  Enter today…good luck!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Cliff Lee Back on Track In Win Over Dodgers

The Dodgers are in town!  In the first game of an 11-game home stand tonight, the Phillies came away with a victory.

Cliff Lee was coming off a bad start where he allowed 6 runs in 5.1 innings.  Lee has had a rough start to the year, wavering on and off his usual solid game.  But against the Dodgers, he found his stride once again.

Through seven innings, Lee did not allow a run and struck out 10 batters.  So frustrated were some of the Dodgers that Casey Blake wound up getting tossed from the game after apparently arguing balls and strikes.

And while the Phillies offense is still not setting the world on fire, they did manage a few runs.  In the third inning, Wilson Valdez led off with a double and Lee bunted him to third.  Singles from Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard plated two runs.

In the eighth, Carlos Ruiz doubled home Chase Utley for a 3-0 lead.  It was Ruiz’s second hit of the night.  Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson held down the lead in the eighth and ninth, giving Lee his fifth win of the year.

Although, Madson’s outing was an adventure.  Former Phillies closer Tom Gordon looked as his son, Dee Gordon, scored the first run of his major league career off Madson.  But Madson got the job done and the Phils won by a score of 3-1.

As for the walking wounded, Jimmy Rollins had an MRI on the knee he fouled a ball off of on Saturday and it was negative.  So J-Roll may be back in action very soon.

On the other hand, Brad Lidge is having more issues.  After reporting shoulder soreness a few days ago, Lidge now also has soreness in his pitching elbow.  When his arm finally falls off, I will let you all know.  In the meantime, the bullpen is moving on without Lidge.

The next game against the Dodgers is tomorrow night at 7:05pm.  Roy Oswalt will pitch.

In the meantime, do not forget to enter to win an admission ticket to the Phillies Phestival right here!  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday at 6pm.  Enter today…good luck!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Ends Losing Streak

After a four game losing streak, the longest of the season for the Phillies, Roy Halladay finally led this struggling team to a win against the Pirates.  It seemed like an eternity since the Phillies came out on the winning end.

However, the win was not without drama.  In the fourth inning, down by 2-1, Domonic Brown was all set to tie up the game when an umpire literally stepped in.

With two runners in scoring position, Brown powered a ball straight up the middle that should have shot into center field to score a run.  Instead, second-base umpire Chad Fairchild stepped into the ball while trying to avoid it.  Once the ball hit him, it was a dead ball.  And although Brown was awarded first base, the run was not allowed to score.

The next batter, Wilson Valdez, hit into an inning-ending double play.  After that, things looked grim for the Phillies who had a run stolen from them and lost a chance with the bases loaded.

But the team followed Halladay’s lead and pushed forward.  After allowing a two-run homer in the first, Halladay put it behind him and pitched extremely well after that.  The offense, despite the umpire goof, followed suit.

Chase Utley finally had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored.  Ryan Howard collected three RBI on two hits and a sac fly.  And Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Brown all had two hits in the game as well.

Utley was amazing on defense as well.  He saved Halladay in the seventh when he laid out, Superman-style, diving for a line drive.  The catch ended the inning that otherwise may have been a disaster.

Relief pitcher Jose Contreras gave up his first run of the year in the eighth, but Antonio Bastardo bailed him out, getting the final two outs of the inning.  Ryan Madson shut the door in the ninth and the Phillies pulled out a 7-3 win.

The team is headed home now for a long home stand, starting with the Dodgers tomorrow night at 7:05pm.

In the meantime, do not forget to enter to win an admission ticket to the Phillies Phestival right here!  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday at 6pm.  Enter today…good luck!

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies and Dodgers Families Mourn After Senseless Tragedy


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terrible tragedy.  Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords held a  routine voter meet-and-greet in Tucson on Saturday that turned into a blood bath.

A lone-gunman shot 18 people, including Giffords, killing six of them.  Giffords survived, despite being shot in the head.  But one of people killed was 9-year old Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green.

Dallas Green currently serves as Senior Advisor to the GM for the Phillies and was the manager of the 1980 World Series Championship team.  This senseless act of violence has sent shock waves from coast to coast as the Green family mourns the loss of this precious child.

Christina-Taylor Green was born into tragedy on September 11, 2001.  She left this world much the same way she entered it, during a heartbreaking catastrophe.  The young third-grader was an aspiring politician who attended the meet-and-greet after being elected to her school student council.


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Sarah Palin has drawn much criticism after this shooting due to a map she published earlier in 2010.  The map to the right literally “targets” specific representatives who voted for the Obama health care bill and even includes a countdown at the bottom, “17 more to go!”  Giffords was one of the targets.

Some blame Palin for posting what was surely an extremely distasteful and potentially dangerous message.  But while Palin should be ashamed for using gun targets in this advertisement, the real criminal is the man who held the gun.

If there was ever a case for a public hanging in the modern world, this certainly may qualify.  What kind of seriously damaged human being could bring himself to slaughter innocent people, especially a child?  This tragedy leaves us all with more questions than answers.

My heart breaks for the entire Green family.  They will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Photo courtesy of the Green Family

 

Oswalt Leads Phillies To Series Win

After scoring 8 runs yesterday, the question remained as to whether or not the Phillies could repeat the offensive performance.  Jimmy Rollins started off the game with a home run, which was a good sign.  In the 2nd, Shane Victorino led off that inning with a home run as well.  But facing a good Dodgers pitcher in Clayton Kershaw, the Phils offense still had some issues.

Luckily, Roy Oswalt was on the mound for the Phillies to keep the game in hand.  Although he was very wild, walking 6 batters, Oswalt got through 6 1/3 innings allowing only 1 hit and no runs.  Oswalt also struck out 6 batters and collected his 10th win of the year.

The Phillies did not score off Kershaw after the 2 homers and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.  However, they did take a few more runs from the Dodgers bullpen.  Chase Utley doubled Rollins home in the 7th; Utley had 3 doubled in the game off 3 different pitchers which he has never done before.  This is a great sign from Utley who has been very rusty since coming off the DL.


4 Pre-Game (8).jpgThere was a comedic moment in the 9th inning that led to a few more runs.  Rookie Domonic Brown was put in as a pinch hitter and hit a ground rule double to left.  But Brown either thought the ball was foul or failed to realize it was a ground rule double as he ran back towards first base.  Ryan Howard and the rest of the team in the dugout broke up in laughter at the young players’ expense.  Brown finally went back to 2nd and wound up scoring on a Rollins single.  Utley’s 3rd double then scored Rollins.

The Phillies went on to win by a score of 5-1 and won the Dodgers series 2 game to 1.  They will now travel to Denver for a single make-up game against the Rockies tomorrow before returning home.  Tomorrow’s game time is 7:10pm and Joe Blanton will pitch.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Bats Return In Win Over Dodgers

It appears that the Phillies bats have cut their vacation short.  Perhaps they ran out of those froofy umbrella drinks and decided to leave the island that they were apparently hiding on.  Whatever the case, it is nice to see them again.


P7265877X.jpgNo one was happier than Ryan Howard who had not hit a home run the entire month of August.  Finally last night, he blasted a 3-run shot to left center.  Back-up catcher Brian Schneider also hit a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to give the team an early lead, which is another thing they have not had much of lately.  Most starters had at least one hit in the game except for Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, although Victorino walked twice. 

With a 6-4 lead going into the 7th inning, the Phillies sent Carlos Ruiz in to pinch hit for Schneider and Joe Torre countered with pitcher Jonathan Broxton.  Ruiz and Broxton have quite a history; on August 12th this year, the Phillies rallied back against the Dodgers from a 9-2 deficit and a Ruiz double off Broxton capped the victory at 10-9.  Last night, Ruiz smacked Broxton around again, this time for a 2-run single to give the Phillies a nice 8-4 cushion.

As for starter Kyle Kendrick, he ended the month of August with yet another unimpressive outing.  In 6 starts for the month, Kendrick allowed 21 earned runs, pitching at an ERA of 5.79.  Last night’s start consisted of 4 earned runs over only 5 innings.

The bullpen pitched the final 4 innings and held the Dodgers down.  Chad Durbin, JC Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge capped off the 8-4 victory.  Even former Phillie Rod Barajas, who is hitting over .500 against the Phillies since 2008, was held to just one hit.

This afternoon at 3:10pm is the final game of the series and Roy Oswalt will face Clayton Kershaw.  If the Phillies can hit Kershaw tonight, we may be able to announce the official return of the Phillies offense.  If not, then last night will be chalked up to bad pitching by the Dodgers.  The Phillies are 3 games behind the Braves going into September.  Now is the time to put their collective feet on the gas pedal and not let up.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Victorino Breaks Up No Hitter But Bats Still On Vacation


Bats vacation.jpgYes, the Phillies bats are off somewhere on vacation…still.  Perhaps they have landed on some tropical island in a remote area of the Pacific?  I suppose I can understand why they do not want to return home, but have they not been gone long enough?  Well bats, have a drink for me, preferable something with a paper umbrella and fruit slices…I need one.

The Phillies remained hitless against Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda until part way into the 7th inning when Shane Victorino got the first, and only, Phillies hit of the night.  And while Kuroda did a fine job, the Phillies should have been able to get at him…at least a little bit.  But as has been the case all year, the Phillies have not been hitting good pitching when they should be.

Amidst the vacationing bats, Roy Halladay had another solid outing wasted.  He went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs.  The 2 runs he allowed in the first inning were off some very odd bloop hits and a few defensive misses. 

Of course, then Rod Barajas nailed Halladay for a homer in the 5th.  Barajas has been a Phillie killer since leaving the team after the 2007 season where he did basically nothing for the Phils.  He batted .230 with 4 homers.  He has 45 homers since 2008 and 9 of those (20%) have been against the Phils.  I’ll bet the Dodgers took a look at those stats and quickly sent word that they needed Barajas for this series.  Because yesterday was his first game in a Dodgers uniform.  Nicely done, Dodgers.

So the Phillies lost Game 1 of the series 3-0 and will send Kyle Kendrick to the mound tonight at 10:10pm.  With any luck, the bats will be back soon…

And in case you missed it yesterday, I have created a Facebook page in Mike Sweeney’s honor.  Join “I Want A Hug From Mike Sweeney” by clicking on the “LIKE” button on the page.  The page is dedicated to his awe-inspiring man-hugs.  Yes, real men hug.  You go, Sweeney!

 

Photoshopping by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Sweep Padres Behind Hot Hamels

The San Diego Padres came into today’s game against the Phillies tied with the Reds for the best fielding percentage in the National League.  They also lead the league in defensive efficiency ratio, which is basically how many times they turn a batted ball into an out.  But facing the Phils and trying to defend against a 3-game sweep, the Padres committed 4 errors today.

While the errors helped, as 2 of the Phillies 5 runs were unearned, the bigger factor in the game was the Phillies pitching.  Cole Hamels was outstanding on the mound; he did not allow a run through 8 innings and struck out 6 batters.  It looked like he was slinging gas-powered rockets up there.  In the entire 3-game series, Phillies starting pitching allowed just 2 runs.

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Hamels was in such a groove today, he did not want to come out of the game after the 8th inning.  In the dugout, he even refused to shake his pitching coaches’ hand for a few seconds, hoping that Rich Dubee would change his mind and let him pitch the 9th.  But with a 4-0 lead at the time and Hamels having thrown 115 pitches, there was no need to take a chance that Hamels might get hurt.

The defense was sharp behind Hamels as well.  Placido Polanco made several tough plays at third base.  Mike Sweeney, giving Ryan Howard the day off, made a great running catch on a pop-up and handled many difficult throws at first base. 

Sweeney contributed on offense as well; he smacked his first home run as a Phillie in the 7th inning; it was a 2-run shot.  Sweeney ran around the dugout afterwards hugging everyone he could get his hands on.  This guy is pure positive energy…you have to love that.

Later in the 8th, Jayson Werth hit a solo homer, which had to feel good.  It was just his 3rd homer in August, which has been a month full of ups and downs for Werth.  Jimmy Rollins also had an RBI in the game and Carlos Ruiz was the only Phillie with multiple hits.

Ryan Madson pitched the 9th inning and slammed the door for the Phillies 16th shut-out of the year.  The 5-0 win went to Hamels who finally got some run support from his teammates.  The Padres, for the first time all year, have now lost 4 games in a row.

The Phillies will take a short ride from San Diego over to Los Angeles tonight and start a 3-game series with the Dodgers tomorrow night.  Roy Halladay will pitch and game time is 10:10pm.  Break out the No-doze, East Coast fans.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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