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Phillies 42 Games Over .500 Makes History

With a 5-3 win over the Marlins tonight, the Phillies added another record to the franchise books.  And here is how it transpired:

Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt made the start tonight.  Since coming off the DL, he has produced one really good start, a couple of okay starts and one bad start.  The bad start was against the Marlins last week.  This week, facing the same team, he had another sort of up and down day.

While the results were not awful, Oswalt just did not look solid out there.   He gave up three runs in 6.1 innings, so it could have been worse.  But the Marlins hitters helped a lot by getting themselves out.  Oswalt’s control was not great and his pitches were all over the place.  Oddly enough, against this Marlins team, it seemed to work.

Oswalt’s inconsistent play is starting to raise some questions about whether or not he should pitch in the post-season.  With experience and a solid history on his side, the Phillies won’t yet count him out.  Hopefully, his next few starts will really show what he has left in the tank.

In the meantime, the Phillies offense helped Oswalt out with some runs in this game.  Shane Victorino started it off with a triple and Placido Polanco hit a sac fly to score him.  Most of the additional damage was done later by John Mayberry Jr. who also had a sac fly, plus a 2-run homer in the game.

Mayberry’s sudden emergence since his trip back to Triple-A in June has been amazing to watch.  He fixed his batting stance, worked on his defense and is now clicking on all cylinders.  There are no more Phillies fans complaining about the team not resigning Jayson Werth in the off-season.  Adding Hunter Pence has been a big boost as well.

Speaking of Werth, if you compare his numbers to Mayberry’s this year, the results are night and day.  Their home run and RBI numbers are very close, however, Werth has had more than twice the number of at-bats that Mayberry has gotten.  Werth has 269 more at-bats, to be precise.  That is a whole lot of production from Mayberry in a very short time.  Mayberry is simply “werth” more than Werth.

With the three RBI from Mayberry tonight and some bullpen help, the Phillies took a 5-3 lead into the 8th inning.  Antonio Bastardo, who seems to be untouchable this year, pitched another superb inning.  In fact, Bastardo is on the verge of making baseball history.  If Bastardo continues at his current pace, which had batters hitting only .112 against him coming into this game, he could wind up with the lowest BA against a reliever in all of baseball, ever.  Yes, EVER.  Wow.

As we await those results, the Phillies made another kind of history with today’s win.  Now at 42 games over the .500 mark, this is the best mark in Phillies franchise history.  No other Phillies team has ever had such a great record.  There is still a lot of baseball to go, but this team has the potential to be the greatest Phillies ballclub ever.

And as you let that sink in, remember to tune in again tomorrow night at 7:10pm.  Cole Hamels will pitch in game 2 against the Marlins.


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Phillies Breeze Through Four Game Sweep of Reds

With two days off before this series began due to Hurricane Irene, the Phillies did not skip a beat in their total dominance over the Reds this week.  This win made it only the third time in franchise history that the Phillies have been 41 games over .500. They did it twice in 1976.

Rookie pitcher Vance Worley is also knocking on the record books.  With a 10-1 record, the Phillies have won each of his last 13 starts.  That is the best streak since Steve Carlton pitched the Phillies to 15 consecutive wins in 1972.


In this game against the Reds, Worley was great through six innings, allowing just one run.  He ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a 3-run homer.  At that point, Worley was done.  But he walked away with the lead and even an RBI on a single in the 2nd inning.

The offense had already spotted Worley six runs by the time the bullpen took over.  Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for his 104th RBI of the year.  Filling in for Placido Polanco, Michael Martinez blasted a 2-run shot to right, which was his 3rd homer of the year.  Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez had two hits in the game as well.

So September started with a bang for the Phillies.  They currently hold an 8-game lead in the division and will play 3 games in Miami next.  Game 1 against the Marlins is Friday night at 7:10pm with Roy Oswalt pitching.


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Another UnbeLEEvable Month for Cliff Lee

In the month of August, Cliff Lee has been amazingLEE, wonderfuLEE and happiLEE spectacular on the mound.  Lee nearly duplicated his equally stunning month of June, where he went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA.  He ended August tonight with the same record of 5-0 and a 0.45 ERA.

Against the Reds on Wednesday night, Lee was dominant, as usual.  Over 8.2 innings, Lee allowed only six hits plus one walk and a hit batter in the 9th.  In short, he was magical.

The Phillies offense was a bit sluggish against an old foe in Dontrelle Willis, who pitched for the Marlins during his better days.  Since then, Willis has struggled to find a solid place in the majors.  But the Reds gave him another shot and he appears to be trying to take advantage of that.  He allowed some runs, but was pretty good overall.

After Willis walked the first two batters he faced, the Phillies scored one run on a Ryan Howard force out in the 1st.  Later in the sixth, Hunter Pence took Willis deep for a 2-0 Phillies lead.  Shane Victorino scored in the seventh on another ground ball out, this time from Chase Utley.

So while the offense scored only three runs, that appeared to be all Lee needed.  The defense backed Lee as well, although some of the outs they recorded were rather unorthodox.

For example, in the 5th, Wilson Valdez started to turn what looked like a great double play.  He fed the ball to Utley, but Utley fired to first way over the head of Howard.  As the ball ricocheted off the wall beyond 1st, Carlos Ruiz snagged the ball and fired back to Utley, who tagged out the runner going to second on the overthrow.  Ruiz saved Utley from the error and turned a very odd double play.

In the 9th inning, Lee finally ran into trouble after a hit, a walk and then a hit batter.  The hit batter was questionable as Miguel Cairo clearly leaned into the pitch.  And unfortunately, that prevented Lee from recording his sixth shut-out of the year as he was pulled in favor of Ryan Madson.  But Madson took care of the Reds with only three pitches to end the game.

With the 3-0 win, Cliff Lee has now recorded two months without a loss and at least five wins with an ERA under 1.00.  That feat has only been accomplished two times before.

The win also guarantees another series win for the Phillies who have taken the first three games in this four game series.  Vance Worley will pitch in the finale tomorrow; game time is 12:35pm.


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Phillies Wait Until Last Second to Call Off Saturday’s Game

To recap the recent Phillies hurricane horrors: On Thursday, it was announced that Sunday’s PhilliesMarlins game would be moved to Saturday afternoon as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05pm.  But as the weather forecast got uglier, the Phillies re-scheduled  the Saturday night game to Thursday, September 15.  But they still insisted that the day game would go on.

And then today, the forecast got worse again.  But this time, the Phillies did not act promptly.  This time, they screwed up….a lot.

Granted, the Phillies cannot predict the weather.  And on his 1210 radio show earlier today, Seth Everett made that point.  However, he also scolded angry fans for driving to the game, which he felt would never get played today, because they could have looked at a radar map.  Really?  So if we could look at a radar map at 8:00am and decide not to go, why couldn’t the Phillies look at the same map and call the game off?

Because I live two hours away, I made the drive.  I figured I had a 50/50 chance at seeing a game.  I am not a meteorologist, so I had to give it a shot.  Because if the game was played and I stayed home, I lose the money I paid for the ticket.  Not cool.

So I chose to drive and stopped repeatedly to check in with all of the media outlets on Twitter, which Mr. Everett also suggested.  Not one media person on Twitter had any official information on the game being cancelled.  And during my two hour drive, the weather looked okay.

Again, the Phillies had the same radar I had to look at.  But I understand them attempting to get the game in.  I just do not understand why, after it had been steady raining for hours, they waited so long to call it off.

If I lived closer, I could have waited to see what the weather was like and probably would not have gone.  But a two hour drive makes waiting to the last minute impossible, unless I am willing to risk losing the ticket.

I feel like the Phillies should have acted faster and cancelled the game way earlier or even played a double-header on Friday.  Instead, they waited until 10 minutes after the scheduled start time to announce it was cancelled so the 12,000 fans (a Phillies estimate on attendance) who did show up had sat around for hours for nothing.  And the boo’s rained down on the Phillies front office, along with the hurricane, as fans exited the building.

Adding insult to injury, both of the last two Sunday games have now been re-scheduled for daytime weekday games.   Most fans, like me, who have the Sunday season ticket plan chose that for a reason.  because we have JOBS during the week to go to.  Now we have TWO weekday day games that most of us cannot attend because we have to work.

Seriously, I am thoroughly disgusted.  Today’s game, which was supposed to be Sunday’s game, is now re-scheduled for Thursday, September 15 at 2:35pm as part of a day/night doubleheader.

Mr. Everett also had a suggestion for this issue.  He says you should sell your tickets on StubHub and make a profit.  Excuse me, Mr. Everett, but this is not a solution for me.  Because I have a solo ticket plan and very few people will buy a single ticket.  I have tried to sell them in the past at face value, not even for profit, and had NO success.

So I either have to eat the money for TWO games now or call out of work.  Neither of these options are good ones.

I get that you cannot make everyone happy.  If they change the September 20th 1:05pm game to a night game, some people who had the original Sunday, August 14th ticket will complain it is a night game.  But the odds are very good that even more people are upset about it falling during a time when they have to work.  Why can’t the Phillies go by the majority and schedule the previous Sunday game to a night game during the week?

Between the hurricane, the earthquake, school starting and all these missed games, my frustration level is through the roof.  So thank you for enduring my rant.  And if anyone would like to buy one ticket to either the 9/20 1:05pm game or the 9/5 2:35pm game, please feel free to e-mail me.

And if you also went to the non-game today, please share your story in the comment section.  Thank-you :O)


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Hurricane Irene Forces Phillies to Juggle the Schedule

On Thursday, the Phillies announced that Sunday’s Phillies – Marlins game would be moved to Saturday afternoon as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05pm.  With hurricane Irene on the move towards the east coast, the Phillies chose to be pro-active in their approach to the schedule.

However, as the weather forecast continues to worsen, the Phillies made yet another pre-emptive move.  The Saturday night, August 27th 7:05pm game has been re-scheduled to Thursday, September 15.  The time has not been decided yet,  but that officially removes the final off-day on the Phillies schedule before the end of the regular season.

Confused yet?  To recap, the Sunday, August 28 game will now be played on Saturday, August 27 at 1:05pm.  The Saturday night, August 27 game will be played on Thursday, September 15.

And all this is happening after an east coast earthquake on Tuesday, which is pretty much an unheard of event in this area.  Is the world coming to an end?  We sure hope not.  But the weather certainly is throwing a wrench into this baseball season.

I have a ticket for Sunday’s game, which means I am going tomorrow and crossing my fingers that the 1:05pm start time on Saturday will actually happen without another weather disaster.  If so, I will return with photos.

In the meantime, here is a video slideshow for you to enjoy and remember happier weather days.  These were taken in D.C. this past May at a Phillies – Nationals game.  It is J-Roll Smurf and his adventures at Nationals Park!

Go Phillies!

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Two Blow-Outs and a Blow-Up

On Monday, the Phillies blew-out the Mets in a 10-0 shut-out victory.  Then after Tuesday’s east coast earthquake, the Phillies shook the Mets down with another big win, 9-4.  But on Wednesday, the earth stopped shaking things up, and so did the Phillies.

With a big error only nine pitches into the game, Michael Martinez set the tone.  He bobbled a ground ball, putting two men on base with no outs to start the game.  After that, pitcher Kyle Kendrick imploded.

Although the four runs the Mets score in the 1st were unearned due to the error, Kendrick had a chance to pitch out of the jam with little damage but was unable to do so.  Through four innings, Kendrick gave up two more runs on seven hits and a walk.

The Phillies rallied in the 2nd, scoring three runs.  And four players had multi-hit games, including Chase Utley with three.  But all together, the Phillies left 12 men on base and were unable to capitalize on opportunities.

The Phillies still won the series 2 games to 1, but a sweep sure would have been nice when you look at the way the Braves are playing.  The Phillies lead in the division, once at 9 games, has dwindled to 6.  And with a win tonight, the Braves can cut it to 5.5.

With an off-day tomorrow, the Phillies will have a chance to recharge their batteries before the weekend Marlins series.  So, get some rest guys.  There is still a ways to go before claiming the division.

Also, FYI: Jose Contreras is having surgery on his elbow…he is done
for the year :O(


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No Sweep As Phils Stumble Against the Fish

On Tuesday night, the Phillies pounded the Marlins to the tune of 14 runs, their highest run total for a single game this year.  The Phils played solid baseball while winning the first two games of this series.  But tonight was a different story.

Sloppy play and mental mistakes highlighted Wednesday night’s game.  Chase Utley got caught in a run down after wandering too far off first base after getting a hit in the first.  John Mayberry Jr. dropped a ball in center that hit the webbing of his glove.  Domonic Brown let an easy ball bounce right past him in left, allowing two runs to score in the third.  And Michael Stutes made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt in the eighth.

In the midst of all the errors, Brown was called out after a triple; the umpire says he did not touch the base.  In the replay, it looks like the umpire, who did not get in proper position to make such a call, screwed up.  Frankly, if the ump is too lazy to get into position, he has no business making these calls.

There were still a few highlights.  Mayberry had his first multi-home run game of his career with two homers and three RBI on the night.  Jimmy Rollins hit a homer as well  and has six hits in the last two games.

But the pitching tonight was not great.  Even with six runs scored, the Phils could not hang onto the lead.  Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs in five innings; David Herndon allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Then Andrew Carpenter collected a blown save in the seventh, allowing the Fish to tie the game, 6-6.  And the final blow came from Danys Baez who allowed a game winning homer in the 10th to Mike Stanton.

The Phillies have Thursday off to get their heads back on straight before facing the Braves on Friday.  That will be a huge series as the Braves are right on the Phillies heels for first place in the NL East.

Neither Shane Victorino or Placido Polanco are available to play right now either, which complicates the situation.  Victorino has a mild thumb sprain and Polanco is going to see a back specialist.  More on that later…good night, all!


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Phillies Offense Sleeping with the Fish; Young Pitching Bails Them Out

The Phillies started a 3-game series tonight with the Fish and both offenses seemed to be floundering.  If you had decided to take a nap and did not wake up until the seventh inning, you would have missed practically nothing.

Vance Worley started for the Phillies and was very sharp.  He pitched seven innings total, allowing only two hits, two walks and no runs.

But while Worley held his own, the Phillies offense could not seem to manage any action.  Domonic Brown was the only hitter with a big night that included two hits and he scored the Phillies’ only run on a Michael Martinez single in the seventh.

As for the scoring, that was it.  Worley had a chance to move runners on first and second over with a bunt in the seventh, but he struck out.  Worley seriously needs to work on his bunting.

So the bullpen took over after that.  Michael Stutes was fantastic as usual, pitching a scoreless, hitless eighth.  And then Antonio Bastardo saved the game, winning by a score of just 1-0.  It was a combined 2-hitter for three rookies / young players in Worley, Stutes and Bastardo.  The fountain of youth takes one for the team…nice.

Game two with the Marlins kicks off tomorrow night at 7:10pm.

By the way, Happy Fourth of July everyone!  Enjoy your evening :O)


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Lee Implodes In Finale Against Blue Jays

In the month of June, Cliff Lee was untouchable.  After five starts, he allowed only one run and threw 3-consecutive complete game shut-outs.  But today, it was apparent that the magical month of June was officially over for Lee.

Prior to the game, the vibes were nothing but positive.  The Phillies were so loose and happy that they laughed and chatted with the mass of fans standing behind the dugout, most of whom had travelled great distances to see their team play in Toronto.  Many bantered with a particularly exuberant fan a few feet away from me who was shouting their names one after another.

The Phillies are always great with the fans, but today there was a level of interaction that I have never seen before during warm-ups.  Everyone was smiling and laughing, even the Blue Jays fans and stadium employees.  Nothing but hugs and smiles, literally:


So when the game began, it felt like nothing could quell the excitement.  The Phillies offense got off to a hot start, scoring four runs in the second inning.  It looked like the bats were going to be hot all day.


But perhaps the Phillies were a bit too relaxed going into this one.  Because after the second inning, the offense went right to sleep.

However, with Cliff Lee pitching, it seemed like four runs should get the job done.  But through seven innings, Lee had allowed three runs narrowing the Phils lead to 4-3.  Multiple stolen bases and balls finding holes put the Jays back in the game.


Shane Victorino added to the drama of the day when he got his cleat stuck in the astro turf and jammed his thumb.  He was eventually fine and stayed in the game.  But then in the eighth after hitting a double, Victorino got picked off leaning too far off base.


Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, the wheels completely fell off.  On the first pitch of the inning, Eric Thames took Lee deep to centerfield to tie the game.  And the horror did not end there.  Jose Bautista homered next, as he did in each game of this series.  An Adam Lind single was followed shortly after by the third home run of inning, this time from Edwin Encarnacion.


And just like that, Lee was lifted from the game and the Phillies were down by a score of 7-4.

So while they did not sweep, the Phillies still won 2 out of 3 in this series to end Interleague play for the year.  The Marlins are up next starting tomorrow night at 6:10pm.

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.  Once I return home at the end of the week, I will also post photos from the rest of my trip to Canada for anyone who is curious.  Check back for that.

All-Star Update

The All-Stars have been announced.  Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Placido Polanco will be representing the Phillies!

Shane Victorino is on the ballot for the final vote.  VOTE for Shane HERE and send him to the game with his teammates!


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More Injuries & a Blow-Out Loss

This has not been a good couple of days in the injury department for the Phillies.  Here is a quick look at the damage:

Jose Contreras was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season with elbow inflammation.  Lefty Juan Perez was called-up from the Triple-A Iron Pigs to take his roster spot.  Perez played for the Pirates in 2006 & 2007 for a short time, but has spent most of his seven-year career in the minors.

– The Phillie Phanatic suffered an injury as well.  While entertaining atop the first base dugout at an Iron Pigs game, the Phanatic was hit in the neck with a foul ball.  For the Phanatic’s best friend Tom Burgoyne, the neck area was actually Tom’s face.

The Phanatic went to the hospital; I am not sure whether they called a doctor, a veterinarian or an environmental biologist, but the Phanatic will not be joining Contreras on the DL.  He should be ready for the weekend series at CBP.

– And finally, Roy Oswalt was pulled from today’s game against the Cardinals after two innings where he allowed four runs.  After about one out in the second, Oswalt began teetering sideways off the mound after his delivery.  It got worse as the inning went on, where he began hopping and stumbling after pitches while grabbing his lower back.

Why no one else saw this is curious.  I was screaming at the TV, but sadly, no one heard me ;o)  Oswalt was left in to finish the inning and reports are that he has back spasms.

I suppose the spasms are no surprise; Oswalt has a history of back issues and has been on the DL once already this season with the same issue.  In his last four starts, Oswalt has allowed 15 runs in only 21.1 innings.

As for the new bullpen piece, Perez pitched the seventh and walked two batters, but did not allow a run.  Kyle Kendrick pitched the 3rd-6th innings and gave up two runs, adding to Oswalt’s four.

So with 6 runs, the Cardinals were ready to run away with the game as the Phillies offense was lulled to sleep.  It did matter too much though as Danys Baez put the game well out of reach for the Phillies in the 8th inning.  He walked in a run, gave up a 3-run homer and ended up with six earned runs handed over to the Cards.  You could say he added insult to all the injuries.

The Phillies went down in flames by a score of 12-2.  They travel back home tonight to go back to Interleague play.  The Athletics are first on the schedule; Vance Worley will pitch at 7:05pm.

An NL East Update

This has been a weird week overall for the NL East.  First, the Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez suddenly quit after the Fish went on a real bender, losing 18 of 19 games in the month of June.

Not to be outdone, the Nationals manager Jim Riggleman one-upped Rodriguez.  After the Nationals WON 11 of their last 12 games, the opposite of the Marlins month, Riggleman gave the Nats an ultimatum.  He told his GM in a meeting they needed to extend his contract then and there or he would not get on the bus for the Nats next game.

Riggleman quit, just like that.  And just like that, he will probably never work in baseball again.  Who in their right mind would hire a guy who just quits when he does not get his way?  It was unprofessional and just plain stupid.  I do not care how disrespected he felt that his contract was not extended sooner.  If the team felt it should wait until the end of the year, then he should have just waited it out.  Abandoning his team like that is just wrong.   Nats fans should be livid.


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