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Homers Hurt Hamels


Thumbnail image for P7098599 Hamels.jpgCole Hamels
started against the Blue Jays on Saturday.  In this 2nd of the 3 road games to be played at home, Hamels struggled to keep the Jays in the yard.  He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs, and also walked 3 batters.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time and this was certainly one of those for Hamels.  He lasted only 4 innings.  The disturbing part of this outing though was watching Hamels throw pitches down the middle of the plate with an 0-2 count and the Jays did not miss his mistakes.

The offense did little to help out as the only run scored for the Phils was a solo homer by Ryan Howard.  But the Jays pitcher, Shaun Marcum, looked good and was confusing the Phils batters.  Chase Utley had 2 hits, but no one could drive him home.

One more disturbing aspect in this game was that 3rd baseman, Placido Polanco sat out due to a shoulder injury.  Charlie Manuel said he was not sure how serious it was and that he would not know if Polly could play today until he shows up to the park.  Polanco has been the team’s most consistant hitter so we hope he will be okay.

Jamie Moyer pitches today at 1:35pm.  We wish him luck and hope he Phils can go on the road (officially) with a series victory!

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from Friday’s win which includes Roy Halladay pitching and the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner.  He hung out at batting practice and also threw the 1st pitch of the game. 

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Wins Away Game At Home

The Phillies played an away game at home in Philly for the first time ever, against the Blue Jays.  Because of the G-20 Summit in Toronto, the 3-games series was move to Philadelphia.  The team wore their grey road uniforms, batted first, used the DH and even took batting practice second.  The Canadian Mountaineers even made several appearances with the Phanatic:
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But the really fun part was seeing Roy Halladay pitch against his old team for the first time in his career.  And Halladay came out with his usual serious, mow-them-down attitude.  After 7 shut-out innings, Halladay walked off the mound with his 9th win of the year.

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The Phillies offense, which in previous Halladay starts had not helped him out much, finally scored some runs for him.  Ross Gload got a rare start at first base since Ryan Howard served as the DH and Gload took full advantage.  He went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the game.  Jayson Werth was also on base a lot, with 2 hits and 2 walks.  Chase Utley and Shane Victorino scored 2 RBI a piece and Jimmy Rollins walked 4 times.  J-Roll hit that walk-off homer the day before and now no one wants to pitch to him?  Strange.

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Defensively, the Phils were solid as well.  A very odd run-down double play happened in the 3rd inning where both Utley and Gload had to chase down runners and tag them out:

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So with all the Phillies offense, the crowd was actually a little bored by the 6th inning.  By the 7th inning, restless crowd began the wave.  It was probably the longest sustained wave I have ever seen:

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Victorino woke up the crowd in the 8th inning by smashing a homer to left center field, adding to the already huge Phillies lead.  Victorino, and really the whole team, were in good spirits before the game and it translated into a whole lot of scoring:

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When it was finished, the Phillies took away a 9-0 win for their 7th shut-out of 2010.  They will play the Jays this afternoon at 4:05pm with Cole Hamels on the mound.  Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game, which includes the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner, hanging out before the game and also throwing the 1st pitch.

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Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Devoured By Green Monster


Moyer green monster.jpgFenway Park
in Boston is endearingly referred to as the Green Monster.  The Phillies went to Boston today and shortly thereafter, pitcher Jamie Moyer was served up on a silver platter for appetizer, entrée and dessert as a human sacrifice to the Green Monster.  The Phillies lost 12-2 to the Red Sox; it was a complete and utter annihilation.

Moyer gave up 5 runs in the first inning and followed that with 4 more in the 2nd without recording an out.  Moyer was pulled and left the game with an official record of 1 inning pitched, 9 runs and 9 hits.  That calculates to an ERA of 81.00 for the game.  Luckily, when it is rolled into the rest of his stats for the year, it is a slightly less frightening 5.03 ERA.

The offense, again, did themselves no favors.  They scored only 2 runs and the usual problems, like grounding into double plays with the bases loaded, prevailed again.  By the 4th inning, the Phils basically threw in the towel and sat stars Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino in favor of bench players, giving them some playing time.

The other big loser in the game besides the Phillies was Bill Hall of the Red Sox.  While the rest of his team pounded Phillies pitching mercilessly, poor Hall was the only starter who went hitless.  I actually felt bad for the guy.  Maybe he is secretly a Phillies fan?  Nah….

Still looking for that elusive silver lining?  Ok, well the recently super-bad Jayson Werth finally started hitting again.  He went 3 for 4 at the plate, although he still managed to leave 3 men on base.  But a good day for Werth will hopefully get him back on track.

As for the rest of the team, I personally think they all need either a butt-kicking or a group hug.  The fact that I cannot decide which would be more helpful is a testament to the complete horror of the past month in Phillies baseball.  Ok, let us count today as the butt-kicking then, just to be more upbeat about it.

However, the Phillies are in big, big trouble.  Fans are all familiar with the Phillies Interleague play follies of years past and this year has begun no differently.  If they continue on this path, they may dig a hole too deep to climb out of.  Start praying that tomorrow will be a better day.  Joe Blanton will pitch and game time is 4:10pm.

 

Moyer photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Hit Hard

With a 3-8 loss to the Red Sox, it was a bad day all around for Phillies fans.  First, two of the stars from the movie “The Hangover” were supposed to throw out first pitches, but I guess it got bumped due to time constraints after the rain clean-up and tarp removal.  And I really, really wanted a picture of Bradley Cooper.  A sad day for women everywhere…

Next, the curse of the Phillies and Interleague play continued…  Roy Halladay had a very, very bad day.  Worries about his being overworked in his last outing, throwing 132 pitches, are beginning to look justified.  Todd Zolecki reported that due to the increased work load, Halladay actually adjusted his routine between starts.  Anytime a pitcher is thrown off his usual routine, something is wrong.

And that something is that Halladay is being used and abused and it finally caught up to him.  He had given up just 1 run going into the 4th inning but that is where the game took a serious turn for the worse.  With the bases loaded and one out, Greg Dobbs missed a ball that looked like a routine double play ball. Instead, it trickled into the outfield and 2 runs scored.
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Knowing that would have gotten him out of the jam, Halladay was visibly upset and had to be calmed by pitching coach, Rich Dubee.  It all went downhill from there.  Halladay ended the game with 7 runs, 6 of them earned, in just 5 2/3 innings.  The defense did not help him out as witnessed by the Dobbs blunder and check out this miss, which Shane Victorino almost caught:


052310a.jpgBy the way, this begs the question, why was Dobbs playing third with a sinker ball pitcher on the mound?  There is way too much action at 3rd in this situation and, as a bench player, Dobbs does not get much practice.  Placido Polanco could have taken a day off when either Joe Blanton or Cole Hamels were going to pitch.  The move made no sense and it cost the Phillies.

What also cost them was the lack of offense…again.  The Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield, had not thrown a shut-out since 1997.  But today, it looked like it may happen as he went 8 scoreless innings.  The Phillies made this 43-year old pitcher look like a spring chicken.

Once Wakefield was pulled, the Phillies managed to squeak out 3 runs in the 9th with a Ross Gload 2-run homer and doubles from Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez. Here are a few more game shots:


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Photo Album from today’s game which includes these shots and more.

So the Phillies will be holding their annual Phillies Phestival tomorrow and I will report back on those events sometime on Tuesday.  After the Phestival,  they hit the road and start a series with the Mets at 7:10pm on Tuesday night.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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The Bats Return

After the sluggish bats the last few games, seeing the Phillies score 5 runs today was a huge relief.  And seeing Jimmy Rollins, still fresh off the DL, smack a huge 3-run homer was an even bigger relief.  It is good to have J-Roll back!


Thumbnail image for P7260632 Blanton.jpgJoe Blanton looked
very good through 6 innings, although he started to get beat up in the 7th inning where he loaded the bases and allowed 2 runs.  Blanton allowed a total of 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  Overall, he did a very good job.

But Blanton still did not get the win as the Cubs tied the game up when Antonio Bastardo gave up a homer in the 8th to Kosuke Fukudome.  The 4-4 tie was broken up by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the 8th.  Chase Utley used his speed to score from 2nd on the Ibanez single.

Jose Contreras earned the save, although it was an interesting 9th inning for him.  After throwing 10 pitches to Alfonso Soriano who kept fouling them off, Contreras finally hit him with pitch #11.  The next batter singled, putting Contreras in a 1st and 3rd no out jam.  But he struck out the next two batters and popped up the third to seal the 5-4 win for the Phillies.

So now the real fun begins: Interleague play.  And while the 3-game series with the Red Sox is really just a short interlude to the full interleague schedule that will go full force on June 11th for the Phils, this weekend will still be very interesting.  The Sox have struggled this year and are lingering down in 4th place in the AL East.  And the Phillies have been very, very bad in Interleague play over the last several years.  So will the curse of Phillies Interleague play endure or are the struggling Sox the spell breaker?  Game 1 starts tomorrow at 7:05pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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