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Phillies Fishing for Offense in Series Win

All 3 games between the Phillies and the Marlins this weekend went into the 9th inning tied by a score of 1-1.  It is safe to say that both teams had a wee bit of trouble finding runs.

The Phillies had base runners in the series, but only hit 6 for 30 with runners in scoring position.  Both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley could not come through with the bases loaded; Rollins was 0 for 8 total.  And today, the Phils hit into 3 double plays to kill rallies.

Despite the seriously offensive offense, the Phillies managed to squeak out two wins.  A lot of that had much to do with the fact that they were playing the Marlins, who look a lot like Phillies-Lite: Placido Polanco, Juan Pierre, Greg Dobbs and Chad Qualls are all ex-Phils.

In another unusual turn of events, Laynce Nix wound up being the hero of the day in the finale.  Nix smashed a 2nd deck homer to right field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the top of the 9th inning.  It was Nix’s second home run pinch hit in the last 4 games.  He also made a diving grab in right field in Saturday’s game; diving is not his forte, so this was truly a sight to behold.  Ok Laynce, you win…I like you.  You can stay.  ;o)

But the real story of the day was Roy Halladay who picked up his 200th career win today.  Not only was that an amazing feat, but this win had to be a huge relief in another way as well.  After struggling mightily basically since last year, Halladay finally had a Halladay-like game.  In 8 innings, the Doc allowed only 1 run with 5 hits and a walk.  Granted it was against the Fish, but this will be a huge boost for his confidence.

So congratulations to Roy Halladay on his 200th career win!

The Phillies will celebrate tonight and then it is back to work tomorrow in Cincinnati.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

Fish Drown Phillies in Series Loss

The Phillies dropped two out of three games against the Marlins this weekend, with the ugliest of the 3 games coming in a 5-1 loss today.  Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 runs, including two home runs, one of which came off the bat of the opposing pitcher.  Blanton has now allowed 24 runs in his last 4 games.

For the Marlins, Carlos Zambrano had a good day, including a bunt base-hit and a home run.  The Phillies offense did a great job helping him out with only 6 hits in the game and 8 runners left on base.  3 of those 6 hits belonged to Juan Pierre.  Zambrano has certainly improved since leaving the Cubs, but the Phillies made him look like All-Star material.

Offensively, this game was so boring, a 20-something year old guy sitting next to me fell asleep in the 4th inning.  I am not kidding.  His friends were laughing about it and poking him but even that did not wake him.  He finally woke when it started to rain.

So since I have nothing much nice to say today after a very disappointing loss, I have decided instead to hand out some awards.  The winner of the “I Plastered Myself Against The Outfield Wall, But It Was A Home Run Anyway” award goes to Juan Pierre:

And Placido Polanco wins the award for the “Silliest Face Of The Day” on a play at third:

The “Oops, I Did It Again” award was a tie between Blanton (for 5 runs or more in his last 4 games) and  Hector Luna:

The “At Least The Bullpen Didn’t Totally Suck Award” goes to the bullpen:

The “I Came All This Way And Did Not Even Get To See My Son Play” award goes to former Major Leaguer, John Mayberry Sr. and Mrs. Mayberry:

And finally, the “Nothing Wrong With A Little Man-Love” award goes to Jimmy Rollins and Greg Dobbs:

The Phillies begin a 4-game series with the Dodgers tomorrow and hopefully, Vance Worley will be off the DL and pitching.

By the way, my condolences to Jose Contreras who is done for the year with a complete tear of the flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow…again.  At 40 years of age, it looks like this may be the end of his career :O(  That had to be devastating news for him, poor guy.  I wish him the best of luck.

And in other news, Chase Utley is finally headed to Clearwater to push forward with his recovery.  No clue when he will be back, but do not hold your breath.

Instead, enjoy my Photo Album from the game today.  Unlike the game, the album does not suck.  ;o)

 

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Pitching Role Reversal & Two Wins

Phillies pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay each started one game of a double header against the Marlins today.  So while the stats show that Game 2 should have been a win and game one was a toss-up, that is not exactly what happened.

The Marlins got off to a good start in Game 1 with a run against Kendrick, same as they did on Tuesday night.  But also the same as Tuesday night’s 9-1 win, the Phillies came charging back quick, scoring two runs in the first two innings.

Wilson Valdez wound up being the game hero, going 3-for-4 with a bases loaded triple in the third.  Jimmy Rollins had two hits, including a 3-run homer.

But the real surprise was Kendrick, who pitched seven innings without allowing another run after the first inning.  The Phillies went on to win Game 1 by a score of 8-1.

But in Game 2, the earth must have stopped spinning on its axis’ because as Kendrick did his best Halladay impersonation, Halladay suddenly turned in a Kendrick-like performance.  This is an alternate reality for Phillies fans who watched confused as Halladay got hit around by the Fish.

Someone should write a guide book for these situations as I was at a loss of how to cope with it.  Oh wait, someone did write a manual…

So after allowing two runs in the first inning, it looked like Halladay might reel in the Fish after that.  But in the fourth inning, the Fish stopped taking the bait.  Former Phillies, Greg Dobbs smacked a double to get things started and two more hits later, the Phillies were down by a score of 4-1.

Kendrick outpitched Halladay today?  What craziness is this?  And four runs for Halladay is like a freak accident; it simply should never happen.  This was only the third time all year that Halladay gave up more than three runs in a game.

For the Marlins, pitcher Anibal Sanchez was on point.  He allowed only two runs over seven innings, forcing the Phillies to try for a comeback in the ninth inning.

With two outs in the ninth and two men on base, Shane Victorino came through with a two-run single to ties up the game at 4-4.  He then stole second and landed on third after a bad throw.  But Chase Utley was not able to score Victorino as he flew out to left and sent the game into extra innings.

But in the 10th, Ryan Howard got hit by a pitch and Domonic Brown walked.  Carlos Ruiz then reversed the Phillies fortunes and smacked a walk-off single that scored Howard for a 5-4 win!

The Phillies have taken 3 straight from the Fish!  The earth has returned to its normal rotation and the universe is as it should be.  Game 4 is tomorrow at 1:05pm.

 

Kendrick Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Oswalt Gets Hurt; Baez Blows The Lead

The Phillies bullpen returned from their 2-day vacation tonight.  Due to some amazing starting pitching, the pen had not been used since Tuesday.  Many are wishing that the vacation had never ended.

Roy Oswalt was lights-out for four innings and finally gave up a hit in the fifth, a solo homer.  He then allowed one more run after back-to-back doubles by the Marlins in the sixth.

After a bunt in the bottom of the sixth inning, Oswalt grabbed his left side as he crossed first base.  Uh-oh.  While he walked to the mound to start the seventh, Charlie Manuel and the Phillies trainer quickly ran out after him and removed him before he threw a pitch.  The diagnosis was a lower back strain.

Oswalt has a history of back issues, while was one of the main concerns when he was traded to the Phils last year.  How serious this particular issue is has yet to be determined.

With the injury to Oswalt, the bullpen’s vacation was officially over.  JC Romero came in for one batter and on a hopping ground ball, he could not resist the urge to attempt to field it as it bounced over his head.  The ball glanced off his glove and spun away from Pete Orr at second base giving Logan Morrison an infield single.


Baez trust0415.jpgBad luck for Romero turned into a disaster for Danys Baez.  He quickly issued a walk and a single to load the bases.  Then instead of bringing in lefty Antonio Bastardo to face ex-Phillie Greg Dobbs, Manuel left Baez in.  Big mistake.  Dobbs greeted the undeserved boos from the crowd with a 2-run single.  The boos came before the hit.

Dobbs was an amazing pinch hitter for the Phils in 2008 when he helped them win the World Championship.  He had a bad year last year, but that was certainly not deserving of such a reception.  In addition, Dobbs is one of the nicest players I have ever met.  Genuinely nice, not just putting on a show.  He always had time to chat, time for autographs and did some great charity work with disabled children in the Philly area.  Those who booed him should be ashamed.

But I digress…those two runs Dobbs knocked in gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead.  But what it also did was give Phillies fan one more reason to dislike Baez.  He looked better than last year early in the year and in the spring, but clearly, he cannot be trusted in a close game.

While the rest of bullpen held, the offense could not come though.  Orr swung at the first pitch in the ninth inning and flew out.  John Mayberry Jr. drew a walk, but both Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco flew out as well.

This was a depressing game to lose, but the Phillies have made a habit early this year of losing the first game of a series and then winning the next two.  Let’s hope that trend continues.

In the meantime, here is a little comic relief.  It is a make-believe conversation between Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth.  Warning: If cuss words offend you or small children are around, do not play the video.  Otherwise, enjoy ;o)

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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2010 Phillies Photo Tribute

I normally do not have this video done before Christmas, but it is amazing how much extra time that the lack of a World Series provides ;o)  For those who have missed it previous years, at the end of every season, I pick out my favorite Phillies photos from that year and put them into a video slideshow.  These photos were all taken by me and my giant zoom lens, from the stands, at both home and away games throughout the season.

In the 2010 season, I attended 27 games and 7 Phillies-related special events, like the Phestival and the Phillies Cruise.  Yes, it was down year for me due to a lack of funds ;o)   Going through the digital files on my computer, I calculate that I shot more than 18,000 photos at Phillies games this year.  If you add in the special events, the total is over 25,000.  Of those, I picked out and published around 5,000.  The slideshow contains the best of the game shots for a total of 257 photos. 

I am eternally grateful for the invention of the digital camera.  Remember the days when we had to use film?  That was one expensive habit.  Well, here it is…enjoy!

 

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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NLDS Roster Announced


6a00e5513d181b8834013487fe1fcf970c-350wi.pngThe Phillies announced today who will be on the 25-man roster for the NLDS and there are really no surprises.  Those notable players who did not make it include Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez and David Herndon.  Here is the breakdown:

Pitchers

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Brad Lidge

Ryan Madson

Jose Contreras

 J.C. Romero

Chad Durbin

Antonio Bastardo

 

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz

Brian Schneider

 

Infielders                            Outfielders

Ryan Howard

Jayson Werth

Chase Utley

Shane Victorino

Jimmy Rollins

Raul Ibanez

Placido Polanco

Ben Francisco

Wilson Valdez

Ross Gload

Mike Sweeney

Domonic Brown

Greg Dobbs

 

 

Going with 10 pitchers instead of 11 allows the Phillies to add more fire power to the bench.  They expect the 3 starters to go deep into games so extra long men in the pen will likely not be necessary.  Blanton will fill the role if needed.

As for Ruiz and Romero, manager Charlie Manuel says both players are fine and ready to play after suffering minor injuries on Sunday.

If you are going to the game tomorrow, here is the information about pre-game festivities and other highlights:

2:00 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Party begins on Citizens Bank Way. Features music by Mr. Greengenes; Highlights include an inflatable obstacle course for children, face painters, an extreme rock wall climb and a Velcro race.

2:35 p.m.
Ashburn Alley opens.

3:05 p.m.
All gates open. Rally towels for all fans, compliments of StubHub.

3:30 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Rally on Citizens Bank Way! Special guests include former Phillies Scott Eyre and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, Comcast SportsNet analyst Ricky Bottalico, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls. Music provided by Mr. Greengenes; Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee.

4:40 p.m. – On-field pre-game ceremony begins.

4:44 p.m. – Introduction of Cincinnati Reds.

4:48 p.m. – Introduction of Philadelphia Phillies.

4:54 p.m.  - National Anthem: Sung by country singer Catherine Raney, niece of Tim McGraw, who will be representing the Tug McGraw Foundation.

4:56 p.m.  - Color Guard introduced.

4:58 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch: Phillies alumnus Scott Eyre.

5:07 p.m.  - Play ball! Phillies vs. Reds game begins.

5th Inning – “Lady PhaPha” makes her postseason debut.

7th Inning – God Bless America: Sung by national recording artist Lauren Hart, a Philadelphia native whose songs have been heard on television series and soap operas.

See you there!

Bench Players’ Home Run Barrage

In game 3 of this Phillies – Nationals series, the playoff-bound Phils looked very relaxed.  Joe Blanton pitched 7 fairly easy innings allowing only 3 hits and one unearned run.  Blanton probably will not get much playing time in the NLDS as the rotation is set up to include only Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.  So this was a good outing for Blanton to end the regular season with; his final record is 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA.


P4189553A.jpgA barrage of home runs from the Phillies bench players helped Blanton out tonight.  Taking full advantage of extra playing time, Ben Francisco smashed two home runs and went 3 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBI.  John Mayberry Jr. also had a big night with a 3-run homer and a single.  Mayberry made vast improvements in AAA this year and is now hitting both right and left handed pitching well.

Also joining the home run party was Mike Sweeney; he whacked a long ball to left center in the 2nd.  He and Francisco went back to back that inning.  And you know what a Sweeney home run means…HUGS for everyone!  If you do not know what I mean, check out my “I Want A Hug From Mike Sweeney” Facebook page. 
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I love watching this guy play; he has brought an exuberance to this team that is rarely seen.  It will be a joy to see him in the playoffs, finally, after 16 years in the majors.

Catcher Paul Hoover also got some playing time, but went 0 for 4 at the plate.  Regulars like Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez (a regular due to many injuries) all went hitless.  But Greg Dobbs bounced back after a bad game yesterday and had 2 hits.  The best pinch hitter in the National League in 2008, Dobbs has suffered a very bad season this year.  Maybe this extra playing time will snap him out of the funk.

The Phillies went on to win the game by a score of 7-1, giving them a record of 95-64, which will either be the best record in baseball or very close to tied for the best after all the games are done tonight.  The Phils are off tomorrow and will return on Friday.  The remaining 3 games will be in Atlanta where the Braves are still battling for the Wild Card spot.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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The Back-Up Plan


rman4000l.jpgWith both the division and home field advantage wrapped up, the plan for the Phillies back-up players this week is simple: Make the post-season roster.  With the September call-ups plus the usual bench players, the Phillies have a lot of spare parts.  A few of those will make the roster; the rest will sit and watch.  After tonight against the Nationals, there are 4 games remaining to decide who will fill the roles.

A few position players who made a good case in tonight’s game were Domonic Brown in right field and Ben Francisco in center.  Francisco went 2 for 4 and should be a lock for the roster.  Brown had 1 hit, a stolen base and a walk; he will likely be competing with Greg Dobbs for a roster spot.  Dobbs did not help his case with an error at third base tonight, no hits and he also dribbled a ball in front of home plate for an easy force out with the bases loaded and only one out.

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Decisions in the bullpen will be a bit more complicated.  After a fairly awful year, Danys Baez pitched mostly okay in one inning tonight, although he did walk a batter.  David Herndon looked better with two easy outs in the 7th.  The two lefties JC Romero and Antonio Bastardo each pitched one scoreless inning.  Bastardo is going to have an electric arm if he learns to control it; but the problem with him and all the other bullpen pieces we saw tonight is a lack of consistency.

But under pressure against the Nats knowing he was competing for a roster spot, Bastardo turned up the heat and struck out the side.  If a decision had to be made tonight, I would take Bastardo over Baez, keeping the two lefties.

Roy Oswalt started the game and pitched 5 innings allowing only an unearned run after the Dobbs error.  Sadly, he did not get a win as he left the game with a 1-1 tie score after a Raul Ibanez home run.  So Oswalt, if he does not pitch again in the regular season, will end with a 13-13 record.  12 of those 13 loses came when he was with the Astros.

Jimmy Rollins finally started a game tonight for the first time since September 8th.  He moved well in the field and went 1 for 3 at the plate.  Rollins played 5 innings total and should see more playing time as the week goes on in order to prepare him for the playoffs.  The hamstring injury did not appear to be an issue tonight…fingers crossed!

While the Phillies had a few hits in the game, it was still a 1-1 tie in the 9th.  Jose Contreras pitched the final inning for the Phils and threw only 3 pitches.  Adam Dunn mashed a long home run off Contreras, giving the Nats a 2-1 walk-off win.  While the loss makes little difference at this point, the performance by Contreras was not a good thing.  However, Contreras has been fairly reliable most of the year.

The battle of the back-ups will continue tomorrow in DC; game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Snack On Filet O’ Fish

The Phillies went to Florida today and filleted the Fish with 11 runs scored.  The dinner bell rang early as Jayson Werth smacked a solo homer in the 2nd inning to start the feast.  The offense continued to rack up runs in every inning from the 2nd to the 7th.

Utley filet o fish.jpgFour home runs tonight were a welcome sight; Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs all followed in Werth’s footsteps after the first bomb in the 2nd.  Utley looked very hungry with his homer plus 2 walks.  And Ruiz snacked on the Marlins with 3 hits and 4 RBI.  Even starting pitcher, Joe Blanton, helped out with a hit and a run scored.

Blanton allowed just one run through 6 innings and had a fairly easy time knocking down Marlins batters.  With 8 strike outs recorded, the only real disappointment was that Blanton could not go 7 innings.  Blanton has struggled all year to get past 6 innings; he has pitched 7 innings or more only 8 times in 25 starts.

But with an 11-1 lead in the 7th, there was no need to push Blanton further.  The bullpen was fully rested after a Roy Oswalt complete game shut-out yesterday.  Jose Contreras pitched the 7th and did well.  In his last 2 outings, he allowed 2 runs each game and looked tired.  A clean outing tonight was probably a nice confidence boost for him.

On the other hand, David Herndon was brought in to get some work in the 8th and got beat up by the angry Fish.  He gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run homer.  But after he finally got out of the inning, the Phillies still led by a score of 11-4.

The Phillies were able to rest some of their regulars near the end of the game, giving bench players like Ben Francisco and John Mayberry Jr. a chance to play.  Wilson Valdez is still filling in for Jimmy Rollins who had an MRI on his hamstring today.  The MRI showed a slight strain, but no tear.  So Rollins should be back in action in a few days.  Although, Valdez has been great in his absence; Valdez collected 2 hits tonight.

With the Phillies win plus a Braves win over the Nationals tonight, the Phils remain 1 game in first place.  They have 2 more games with the Fish…game time tomorrow is 7:10pm and Cole Hamels will pitch.

 

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Hamels Shines In Tight Game

The Phillies won their 4th game in a row tonight with an amazing start from Cole Hamels.  The Brewers did not get a hit off Hamels until the 5th inning as he mowed down hitter after hitter.  He walked 3 batters, gave up just 3 hits and struck out 7.

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Most impressive with Hamels tonight was his demeanor.  Even thought the Phils have not scored for him basically all year long, he did not let it bother him that the offense gave him only one run to work with…again.   Hamels got into some trouble in the 7th when he issued a lead-off walk and then a single but he worked out of the jam.

Although it did not appear to affect him, Hamels must be wondering what he has done to offend his teammates.  In his last 6 games, including tonight, the Phils offense scored 2 runs or less for him in five of those games, with two of them being shut-outs.  Perhaps he needs to change deodorants?

Whatever the reason, runs seem to be impossible to come by when Hamels is on the mound.  The one run scored tonight was after a 2nd inning Shane Victorino double; Raul Ibanez moved him to third and Carlos Ruiz grounded out to score him.  But after that…nothing.  The Phillies even left the bases loaded with NO outs in the 4th and did not score.  Ibanez struck out and Ruiz hit into a line-drive double play, catching Jayson Werth off the bag.  As a team, the Phillies went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

Despite the offensive struggle, the Phillies went on to win 1-0 and Ryan Madson got the save in the 9th.  Roy Halladay will pitch tomorrow; game time is 7:05pm.

A few roster moves were made today also; Greg Dobbs was brought up from AAA and Ross Gload was activated off the DL after a groin injury last month.  A few more moves will be made in the next few days as the Monday double-header approaches and an extra pitcher will be needed.  No word yet on who will be called upon, but it may be Vance Worley who pitched very well in AAA and pitched one scoreless inning for the Phils in July.  Other possibilities may be Nate Robertson or Drew Carpenter.  We shall see.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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