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Phillies Get Mauled By Cubs

For the second consecutive day, the Phillies bats took a vacation.  After pounding out 12 runs on Saturday, the Phils offense has since scored only 1 run in each of the last two games.  The real victims of this offensive offense have been starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer.  Both pitched great games, allowing only 2 runs to the opponents but got not support from the batters.

 

Last night against the Cubs, Moyer was very sharp and worked the strike zone in all directions.  With 7 strike outs in 7 innings and only 1 walk allowed, Moyer deserved a win, as did Halladay the day before.  Chad Durbin did not help matters when he loaded the bases in the 9th.  His pitches were so wild and so far out of the strike zone, I began to wonder if someone had spiked his Gatorade between innings.  When JC Romero took over for Durbin, he almost held it down but with 2 outs, a ground ball found a hole and 2 runs scored.

 


Werth_bears.jpgThe score was 1-4 and that is how it ended as the Phillies could not muster a rally in the 9th.  Cubs pitching smacked them around and made Phillies hitters look like they were defending themselves against a bear attack.  Jayson Werth went hitless and with each swing, he nearly screwed himself into the ground.  Shane Victorino has suddenly cooled off in the lead-off spot with no hits last night and only 1 the game before that.  All together, the Phillies had 5 hits in the game, 3 walks and left 9 men on base.

 

The final game against the Cubs will be this afternoon at 1:05pm.  Joe Blanton will be the third pitcher this week to pray for some offense.  Best of luck to him!

 

Player photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Complete Game Loss

Roy Halladay did his usual yesterday against the Pirates.  He pitched a complete game, however, the Phillies offense gave him no support and he lost the game despite the effort which included 132 pitches.  With the misty cold weather and the Flyers playoff game going on next door, the entire stadium was dead.  The Phillies offense followed suit and played like they were asleep in this 1-2 loss.

So the most exciting thing that happened all night besides Halladay’s 9 inning, 2-run game was watching actor and Delaware native, Ryan Phillippe, attempt to throw the ceremonial first pitch.  He drilled it into the ground nowhere near the plate.  I will post photos of that later. For now, here is a quick shot of Phillippe and Halladay:

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So while the Phillies batters collected just 6 hits, three of which were from Ryan Howard, and just 1 run, the defense behind Halladay looked sleepy as well.  Placido Polanco and Juan Castro made back-to-back errors in the 5th inning, extending Halladay’s work load.  Then in the 6th inning, Jayson Werth made a great throw home to catch Lastings Milledge trying to score. He would have been out by a mile, and it looked like he was, until the ball flew off into the grass.  Carlos Ruiz was so busy making the tag, he forgot to catch the ball first:

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Milledge did his job by plowing into Ruiz to break up the play.  Earlier in the game, Werth had the chance to do the same when the 3rd base coach sent him home after a Castro single.  He probably should not have been sent as the throw beat him there, but instead of sliding and trying to knock the ball out of the catcher’s glove, Werth, quite politely, walked slowly into the tag.  The Phillies failure to score there combined with the dropped ball by Ruiz turned out to be the difference in the game.

Here are a few other plays from the game…check out the shot of Polanco with both legs levitating off the ground…weird:

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So this game was a huge waste of a great performance from Halladay and on his bobblehead giveaway night, too.  Sad.  The good news is, I got my bobblehead and stayed mostly dry, which is what I had wished for before the game.  Perhaps I should have also wished for some offense?  Oh well…next time.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

Jamie Moyer will pitch later tonight as the Cubs come into town for another short 2-game series.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Two Day Hit Parade

explosion.jpgAn explosion of hitting broke out in Milwaukee this weekend.  The Phillies beat the Brewers both Friday and Saturday by wide margins with a lot of help from the offense.   In these last 2 games, Phillies hitters pounded out 28 hits and 19 runs, including 4 home runs.  The biggest bang came from Shane Victorino who collected 6 hits and 7 RBI in the two games combined.  And today, Paul Hoover, the 3rd string catcher, showed what he can do with 3 hits and 2 RBI to back pitcher Joe Blanton. 

The pitching was not as stellar as the hitting, but both Jamie Moyer and Blanton hung in there. 
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On Friday in a 9-5 win, Moyer went 6 1/3 innings allowing 4 earned runs and 1 unearned following last week’s historical complete game shut-out.  It was 70′s night at the park and the 47-year old Moyer looked quite at home in the old powder blue & magenta retro uniform. 

Blanton escaped the embarrassing powder blue spotlight by pitching today in the regular greys, but it did not help his performance at all.  He did well through 6 innings, allowing just 2 solo homers, but by the end of the 6th, he looked tired.  Blanton has just 3 starts so far as he was on the DL the first month of the season.  With that in mind, maybe the Phillies needed to break him in a tad slower?  Because when they sent him out for the 7th, he gave up 3 more runs.

The bullpen held the Brewers down on Friday and had a fairly easy time closing the game out.  That did not happen today.  David Herndon allowed 3 hits and a run in just 1/3 of the 9th inning.  With 2 men on base, Jose Contreras came in and loaded the bases, bringing the tying run to the plate.  But that’s ok, he struck out the next 2 batters for the first save of career and the Phillies won, 10-6.  Whew!

The Phillies have one more game with the Brewers tomorrow night at 8:05pm and are hoping for a sweep.  Cole Hamels will pitch.

And in case you had not heard, Pat Burrell was released by the Tampa Bay Rays today.  Burrell did not fare well as a designated hitter, batting only .218 since he left the Phillies after the 2008 season.  Do not look for the Phillies to do him any favors by taking him back; he cannot play the field effectively anymore and our current bench players are performing well.  Maybe in September they can bring him back to retire as a Phillie?  In the meantime, I wish him luck in finding a job.  Burrell will always be remembered in Philly for helping to bring us a World Championship :O)

UPDATE: This just in…Brad Lidge has been put on the DL with elbow inflammation (can I say now I told you so?).  Lefty Antonio Bastardo will be brought back up to take his place on the roster.

 

Moyer photo by ESPN; Explosion: USDOE

 

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Doubleheader, Injuries and Sign Stealing Mania

After the Phillies – Rockies rain out on Tuesday, a day-night doubleheader was scheduled today and things did not go well for the Phils.  First, the Roy Halladay magic fizzled a bit in the 4-3 loss.  Second, the injuries are continuing to pile up.  The game going into extra innings did not help either.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz left the game in the 4th inning with a right knee injury.  Back-up Brian Schneider is already on the DL, which means the Phillies are now onto their 3rd string catcher, Paul Hoover.  Not only that, but now he will have to play both games of the double header.  The Phillies are also short one spot in the bullpen as Brad Lidge flew back to Philadelphia to see the team doctor about his eternally injured elbow.  This is more tragic news for a doubleheader during which the first game went long.


P4057301.jpgHalladay could not save the bullpen for the second game as he struggled to get through 6 1/3 innings.  10 hits and 3 runs later (2 earned), Halladay was pulled from the game.  The biggest nightmare for the Phillies was Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo.  This guy is a career .242 hitter, batting .240 coming into this game.  Can someone then explain to me HOW Olivo goes 5 for 5 with the game winning walk-off homer in the 10th inning?  Wow.

The defense did Halladay no favors by committing 3 errors in the field, although I think the scorekeeper only recorded two.  Give the scorekeeper an error too then; why should he miss out on the fun?  So, Chase Utley watched a ball roll right under his glove, which must have a hole in it.  Jayson Werth bobbled a ball in the outfield…twice in the same play.  And Ryan Howard bounced a ball to second, which should have been handled by Wilson Valdez but wasn’t.

Then again, Utley, Howard and Valdez made up almost the entire offense for the Phillies with 3,3 and 2 hits respectively.  Placido Polanco had 2 hits in the game and no errors, so I guess he gets two thumbs up for the day.

So the series is now tied 1-1 and game 3 will begin at 8:40pm.  The Phillies will rely on Jamie Moyer, who pitched a complete game shut-out in his last game.  They will need him to go long in order to preserve the weak bullpen.

Stealing Signs

There has been a big to-do today over the allegations that the Phillies are stealing signs from opposing catchers.  The Rockies complained about it after Monday’s loss, saying that bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was using binoculars during the 2nd inning and Shane Victorino was on the bullpen phone.  MLB has issued a “warning,” stating that there was no conclusive evidence.


Sign Stealing.jpgAccording to Victorino, he called to tell Billmeyer to put the binoculars away after the Rockies complained and manager Charlie Manuel spoke to the umpire.  You can see this does match the sequence of the events on the game tape.  Billmeyer uses the binoculars to watch the action and check on his catchers.

So, answer me this.  HOW is Billmeyer supposed to relay the signs in a split second all the way from the bullpen to the batter?  It is impossible.  Think about how fast things go from giving a sign to throwing the pitch.  The batter doesn’t have time to look to the dugout for a sign once he is in the box.  Again, it is impossible.  Billmeyer was likely watching the opposition in order to scout the pitcher; the same thing he can do by watching the video after the game, only doing it during the game is a time saver.

Besides, are some baseball fans and the media really convinced that no one tries to steal signs?  If so, they are delusional.  I really don’t care who steals signs.  It is a competition and teams will take any advantage they can get.  Trying to figure out what the opposing team is going to do is part of the game. 

A guy standing on second can read the signs from the catcher and relay it to the batter.  No one complains about this.  Base coaches use stop watches to time pitchers in order to gain an advantage for stealing bases.  No one complains about this either.  A-Rod yells for a pop-up when he is running the bases, not fielding.  Ok, so people did complain about that one…

But if teams are so concerned about the sign stealing, then they need to do a better job preparing and coming up with signs that are difficult to figure out or that change frequently.  Or, do like the Phillies have done in the past and change signs or don’t use them at all.  This is a matter of better managing your team and ensuring your pitchers and catchers are all on the same page.

In this case, there is no way the bullpen coach could have sent a sign fast enough to get to the batter.  Even if it was possible, whether it is a fast ball or a slider coming in, the batter still has to hit the ball.  Same as a runner trying to steal base; he still has to execute.  But it is not against the rules of baseball to steal signs by non-electronic means.  If people are unhappy about it, then the rules should be revised. 

So, should the Phillies now accuse the Rockies of stealing signs since they collected 10 hits off Roy Halladay?  Frankly, I do not care.  Kudos to the Rockies for hitting our ace and shame on them for whining about something that did not happen just because they were upset about losing the game.   This is a practice that has gone on for over a century amongst all MLB teams.  I think we all have better things to worry about; of course, that is just one gals humble opinion ;o)

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Moyer Makes History

The age-defying miracle that is Jamie Moyer never ceases to amaze.  Tonight, with a 7-0 win over the Braves, Moyer became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a complete game shut-out.  Not only that, but he did not walk a single batter and gave up only 2 hits.  That is a miniscule 2 hits away from a perfect game.  Unbelievable.


P4211377 Moyer.jpgThis is truly history being made right before our eyes; it is something we may never see again.  A 47-year old man defies the laws of time.  The last time Moyer threw a 2-hit shut-out was in 1986, 24 years ago.  In his final at-bat in the 8th inning, the crowd went wild as Moyer kept fouling pitches off and worked an 11-pitch at-bat.  As if the pitching were not impressive enough, Moyer shows everyone he is a class act and a true professional.

As for the offense, Jayson Werth continues to maul opposing pitchers, launching a 3-run shot into the left field seats in the 3rd inning.  Raul Ibanez appears to have slipped the slump and went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Wilson Valdez collected the last 2 RBI to make up for hitting into a double play earlier in the game with 2 men on base.  7 out of 8 starting position players had a hit and Chase Utley was on base all 4 times he batted with 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phillies will take this 4-game win streak into tomorrow afternoon’s game.  Joe Blanton will make his 2nd start of the year; game time is 3:10pm.  But before you check out the game, stop by the 30th Street Station for National Train Day where you can get autographs from former Phillies, Dallas Green and Gary Matthews.

Go Phillies!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Phillies Lose A Legend But Win The Game In His Honor

The Phillies pulled out a win today, although it was with heavy hearts.  One of the best Phillies pitchers of all time, Robin Roberts, passed away today at age 83 of natural causes.   Roberts played for the Phillies from 1948 – 1961 and in his entire career he had a 3.41 ERA over 676 games which included 305 complete games. 
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Roberts was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976 and has been a regular around the Phillies for all these years.  Roberts returned to Philly every year for annual induction ceremonies, special events and attended Spring Training each year as well.

Actually, Roberts was scheduled to attend a golf and dinner outing in honor of Harry Kalas in just a few weeks, along with many other Hall of Famers.  I have been invited to the event and was very much looking forward to seeing him and having the opportunity to chat with him.  But more than being very saddened by this news for that reason, I am terribly sorry for his family and the entire Phillies organization.  My heart goes out to everyone who knew him.  He was a very special individual.

But the game went on today despite the sad news and the Phillies won it for him.  With the 1950 pennant hung at half mast and a black drape around Robert’s Wall of Fame plaque, Roy Halladay took the mound and was a true professional, as usual.  Against the Cardinals, he pitched 7 innings and allowing only 1 earned run, Halladay was not super sharp, but still extremely effective. 

Halladay walked 3 batters and had a lot of base runners; in the 7th inning with two outs and 2 men on, it even looked like manager Charlie Manuel may pull him from the game.  Manuel went out to the mound but with a stern look on his face, Halladay convinced him that he could finish the inning.  And with that, it only took one pitch to Matt Holliday to end it.  This guy is amazing.

Jayson Werth had a special connection to Roberts as they grew up in the same town and spoke about that often; Werth channeled his grief into a huge game at the plate.  He hit 2 doubles and a 3-run homer in the game.  Werth did commit an error in right field when the wind and sun helped him drop a fly ball, but no one was complaining after his offensive output.

Carlos Ruiz had a 3-hit day as well with Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard collecting 2 hits each.  Ibanez hit a solo homer in the 5th for the 900th RBI of his career.  The opposing pitcher, Kyle Loshe, lasted only 4 innings and allowed 5 of the Phillies 7 runs, although 2 were unearned due to errors.  Actually, it was a sloppy game all around defensively with each team committing 2 errors a piece.

The umpires did not have a clean game either.  Andy Fletcher, who played the villain in Game 1 of this series, had another blooper today.  While trying to turn a double play, the Cards Albert Pujols had to jump off first base to catch the ball for the 3rd out of the inning.  Replay showed that as Wilson Valdez crossed the bag, Pujols was in mid-air and not on the bag.  Valdez was called out by Fletcher who refused to argue with Manuel after the play and walked away.  The home plate umpire had some questionable calls as well, but Halladay handled him with a quick chat after the 5th inning.

So the Phillies walk away with a 3 games to 1 series victory over the Cardinals, the best team in the National League.  Although now, the Phillies have just 1 less win than the Cards and hold a 2 game lead for first place in the NL East.  Tomorrow at 7:05pm, they will begin a 3-game series with the Braves and Jamie Moyer will pitch.  The Phillies will begin wearing #36 patches on their jersey’s tomorrow as well in honor of Robin Roberts.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Hamels Is Back In Win Over Cards

Could the Cole Hamels of 2008 really be back?  In his start tonight against the Cardinals, it certainly looked like it.  Hamels pitched 8 innings of shut-out ball, even getting out of a bases-loaded jam against the amazing Albert Pujols. 
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Well, at least for today, Hamels has earned his wings back.  The real test will be his next start and whether or not he can show consistency and repeat an outstanding performance. 

Hamels had to be outstanding as the Cards pitcher was equally as impressive.  The Phillies managed to squeeze out one run against Adam Wainwright.  After a Raul Ibanez triple, Carlos Ruiz hit a long sac fly to score the only run of the game.  And Jayson Werth was able to extend his streak of reaching base safely in every game this year, which has not been done by a Phillie since 1920.

However, the 9th inning took an interesting turn.  Hamels was primed and ready to close out this ballgame himself when a fan did the unthinkable in such an important and tense situation.  Another idiot ran onto the field for the second day in a row to delay the start of the inning and it threw Hamels right off his game.  Hamels had to throw warm-up pitches while he waited for the moron to be dealt with.  By the time he got started with the real pitches, Hamels allowed two doubles in a row to tie up the game 1-1.

I hope the Philly police tasered this guy too.  And maybe later, the real fans can all get together and plan a proper tar and feathering for this bonehead.  This behavior is just shameful and gives the good fans a bad rap.

So Hamels was pulled without recording an out in the 9th and the Phillies would have to rely on Brad Lidge to maintain the 1-1 tie.  Lidge actually got the job done, putting to rest questions about how he would perform after a long stint on the DL.  On to the bottom of the 9th…

Ryan Howard walked, which is awesome.  But Werth struck out on a very bad pitch…not awesome.  Ibanez flew out to center and then Juan Castro stepped to the plate.  Castro was not good tonight at the plate; he was 0-3 at this point, having grounded into a double play and leaving 4 men on base.  Well, make it 0 for 4 as he grounded out to send the game into extra innings.


1 Pre-game.jpgBut just when things were looking dreary, thank goodness for CHOOOOCH!!!  Carlos Ruiz popped a wall-off homer to center to win it in the 10th!  Whooo Hooo!!!!  Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs put the exclamation mark on the evening with double shaving cream pies to the face of Ruiz.  :O)

Game 3 with the Cardinals starts tomorrow night at 7:05pm.  Kyle Kendrick will be pitching for his Major League life.  If he has another horrible outing, the Phillies may be forced to look for another solution.  Cross your fingers!

Here is a quick injury update:  Ryan Madson and his self-inflicted broken toe will be out for a minimum of 2 months.  The break was so bad, the doctor had to operate and insert pins to stabilize the fracture.  For a bullpen that is already in bad shape, this is not good.  Starter JA Happ is also not expected back very soon; it will be the end of May at the earliest.  Same goes for Jimmy Rollins.  May should be another interesting month.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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A Tale Of Two Innings

The Phillies reclaimed their spot in first place last night after an 11-5 win over the Mets.  Let us begin with the Tale of Two Teams: Before the game, people like Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino had their game faces on.  Jimmy Rollins, still on the DL, was relaxed and posing for me and Jose Reyes was busy fixing his hair.  A foretelling of things to come perhaps?
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As for the game itself, most of it can be summed up in two innings.  In the first inning, things did not look good for pitcher Jamie Moyer and the Phillies.  Moyer got the first two outs but after allowing a few singles and then a home run to David Wright, he was in a big hole quickly.

Moyer’s performances this year have had one huge flaw; he always seems to have one bad inning where he gives up a bunch of runs.  In the top of the 4th, he allowed 2 more runs on a Rod Barajas homer.  Barajas has done serious damage to the Phillies every time he has played his ex-team.  Although, Placido Polanco did manage to tag Barajas out going to third:


050210b.jpgBut the bottom of the 4th inning blew the game wide open for the Phillies.  The Mets ace, Johan Santana, had been mowing down Phillies batters, except for solo homers from Polanco and Howard in the 1st.  After a Chase Utley double, Santana got the next two batters out, but things then spun wildly out of control.

Raul Ibanez singled to score Utley and Carlos Ruiz walked after that.  The bases were loaded with 2 outs for the pitcher, Moyer.  You had to imagine Moyer would just make the last out and that would be that.  But once Moyer ran the count 2-0, the crowd exploded with anticipation of what might happen next.

On their feet and screaming, “Johan! Johan!” the fans rattled Santana and Moyer, will amazing discipline at the plate, drew the walk to force in a run.  Everyone began having flashbacks to Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS when Brett Myers and the crowd did the exact same thing to pitcher CC Sabathia. And who should step to the plate but the same hero from that NLDS game, Shane Victorino.

Back in October of 2008, Victorino followed up the Myers walk with a Grand Slam.  Last night, history repeated itself as Victorino, with the crowd cheering him on, hit another Grand Slam!  It was the 2nd of his career and I have been present for both of those slams.  Shane may want to send me some tickets as it appears I am his good luck charm ;o)

But the inning did not end there.  Polanco singled and then Utley homered; and with that, Santana was finally run out of the game.  The Mets bullpen gave up one more run after that making it a grand total of 9 runs in the inning.  Santana was responsible for 8 of those, which is more runs that he gave up in the entire month of April.  And the 10 runs total marks the most runs ever allowed by Santana in a single game for his career.


050210c.jpgThe Phillies batted around plus 4 in the inning and the outburst seemed to give Moyer new life on the mound.  He pitched two scoreless innings after that and even got a hit in the 5th inning.  Chad Durbin pitched the 7th and 8th innings without allowing a hit and Danys Baez, feeling comfy with a 6-run lead, closed out the game.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  Tonight, the Phillies will begin a new series against the Cardinals with Joe Blanton finally returning from the DL.  Game time is 7:05pm.  Best of luck to Blanton in his season debut! 

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Halla-Day = Win-Day

Yesterday we pondered the question, will April Showers produce May Flowers for the Phillies?  Well, with Roy Halladay on the mound they will.  Now all they need to do is tip-toe through the tulips and meander their way back to first place.

Because as of last night, if you peered at the NL East standings, you may have thought you were looking through a mirror.  Those 5 teams are experiencing a bit of a role reversal from what most people predicted.  Here was the order from first place to last: Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Marlins, Braves.  The Mets and Nats should be in the last 2 spots, right?  The Phillies seriously need to return order to the division.

The Phillies took one small step in that direction today with a complete game shut-out from Halladay in their 10-0 win over the Mets to even the series at a game apiece.  They are currently tied for 2nd with the Nats.  As usual, Halladay was unbelievable; he allowed only 3 hits, a walk and hit one batter, throwing 118 pitches.  This man is a pitching machine.  The rest of the Phillies pitching staff had better be taking notes.


P4057287.jpgBehind the amazing performance of Halladay, the Phillies bats finally woke up.  The only player who did not have a hit in the game was Placido Polanco.  Even Halladay knocked a single.  Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and Shane Victorino hit a 3-run homer in the 4th.  Victorino was criticized last night after not hustling on a dropped third strike; he made up for the lack of effort today.

Mets pitcher Mike Pelfry came into this game with a record of 4-0 and a miniscule 0.69 ERA.  He left with his first loss of the year and a very human 2.40 ERA.  The Phils offense exploited the Mets bullpen as well, scoring 3 more runs off reliever Raul Valdez.  This energy will need to carry over into tomorrow night if the Phillies are going to win the series.

As for the huge pile of Phillies injuries, JA Happ, suffering from his second forearm strain in three years, had what the Phils are calling a “minor setback” in his rehab.  Translate that anyway you like, but it is still not good news.

The bad news is magnified of course by the performance of Kyle Kendrick so far this year.  With a 7.61 ERA and no wins to his credit on the year, Kendrick is pitching like a minor leaguer and frankly, that is where he needs to go.  Once Joe Blanton returns, which could be as soon as Monday, Kendrick may get the boot.  Nelson Figueroa has the experience to fill in until Happ returns and Kendrick has done nothing to warrant keeping him in the rotation.

But first things first; tomorrow Jamie Moyer will take the mound opposite the Mets ace, Johan Santana.  On paper, this looks like a slaughter for the Phillies.  Moyer has allowed at least 4 runs in 3 out of his last 4 starts.  But Santana is not untouchable either and the Phillies have hit him in the past.  This should be an interesting one.  Game time is 8:05pm for the national ESPN broadcast.  I will be there and should be posting photos sometime Monday afternoon.  Go Phillies!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Missing: Phillies Bats


missing bats.jpgLast seen on April 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA, the Phillies bats have mysteriously gone missing.  Weighing around 33 ounces and measuring about 40 inches in length, these large wooden sticks may be seen in either a tan or black color with the “Phillies” name engraved in them.  If you happen to see these missing bats, please notify authorities at 1-888-WECANTHIT.

The Phillies have gone from the best offense in the league during the first 10 days of the season to one of the worst.  Where, oh where, have those little bats gone?  Even a very hittable pitcher with an 8.16 ERA like the Giants Todd Wellemeyer could not cure the slump.  The Phils managed only 2 runs in the game and went only 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

Ryan Howard had two hits in the game, but one was spoiled as he did not hustle on his way to second, did not slide and got tagged out in an embarrassing play. For the rest of the starters only Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had a hit with Raul Ibanez picking up an RBI on a sacrifice. The rest of the evening was more of the same: nothing.

There was one spectacular defensive play in the game; Juan Castro and Utley turned a double play like you have probably never seen before.  Castro dove for a ball that was ready to scoot past him up the middle, but he snagged it and in the same motion, while lying on the ground, he tossed the ball with his glove up to Utley.  Utley barehanded the ball and threw to first in time for the second out.  Amazing.

But sadly, that was the end of the “amazing” for the day.  Jamie Moyer did what we normally expect of him and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits over 6 innings.  Chad Durbin gave the Giants two more insurance runs in the 7th inning on a walk and 2 hits.  Last time out, Durbin was great.  We just never know what to expect from this bullpen.  Although, JC Romero did come back strong from his last outing and pitched a scoreless, hitless 8th inning.

But the pitching did not really matter; with no offense, they cannot be expected to win.  And having to face Tim Lincecum this afternoon is not going to help bust the slump either.  The Phillies dropped out of first place for the first time this year with no signs of improvement on the horizon.  Look for a sweep by the Giants in San Francisco today…bust out your sense of humor.  You will need it.

 

Photoshopping by Jenn

 

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