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Hamels Beats Cain in Complete Game Effort

After Friday’s bench-clearing brawl when Ramon Ramirez purposely hit Shane Victorino with a pitch, Saturday’s Phillies – Giants match-up was going to be huge for both teams.  And each team had one of their top pitchers starting; Cole Hamels for the Phils and Matt Cain for the Giants.

 

It turned into a classic pitcher’s duel, with Hamels coming out on top.  The Phillies got to Cain early, scoring two runs in the first inning.  Jimmy Rollins double to start the inning and Hunter Pence drove him in with a single.  Chase Utley, who had walked, cruised home on a wild pitch to put the Phillies up 2-0.

But that was pretty much all of the offense for either team until the ninth inning.  Hamels held down the 2-0 lead as Cain returned to form after the first inning.  There were some hits sprinkled here and there, but no one crossed home plate.

Hamels had a complete game shut-out going through the ninth with two outs when Pablo Sandoval took him deep to left.  The solo homer did not engage the crowd for long as Hamels ended the game with just one more pitch as Orlando Cabrera grounded out.

Well, at least all of the Giants fans wearing those ridiculous panda hats felt a little less silly after the Sandoval homer.

Still, that does not change the fact that the Phillies have won the series, winning three straight against the Giants with one more game to go.  The Phillies total win streak now stands at nine games.

Right after the game, the Phillies optioned relief pitcher Juan Perez to the minors as Roy Oswalt was activated and will start Sunday’s game.

The only possible issue after today’s game is Placido Polanco, who was lifted from the game early with left hip soreness.   Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki tweeted that the injury is unrelated to his previous back issues.

However, a very big question now looms in the air.  During Friday night’s brawl, Giants catcher Eli Whiteside took a cheap shot at Polanco and attempted to tackle him by the knees.  You have to wonder if this has anything to do with the hip soreness.

There have been a lot of different reactions to the brawl and the Whiteside tackle, who nonchalantly stated after the game that he used to play football.  Why exactly would he bring that up?  Hmmmmm….

So here is just a small sampling of some of the reaction, mostly from media members, via Twitter yesterday.  What do you think?:

Sports Illustrated: SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman

I agree with victorino, eli whiteside was the instigater in phillies giants brawl. No lie, eli deserves longest suspension

 

Sirius XM radio: MadDogUnleashed Chris Mad Dog Russo

Hey giants, how about beating the phillies before you throw at them down 8-2 & eli whiteside when youre johnny bench then u can tackle guys

 

Philly SportsCast: PhillySports Philly SportsCast

Giants Are Sore Losers: Phillies are the class of Major League Baseball, while the Giants have become sore loser… http://bit.ly/q9aVpX

 

FOX Sports: jonmorosi Jon Morosi

#SFGiants have been outclassed by the #Phillies this wknd — and Friday’s brawl is only part of the reason. My column: http://t.co/TNoZd3I

 

FOX Sports: jonmorosi Jon Morosi

One point about the Rollins SB: #SFGiants were holding him on 1B. So how surprising could it have been? #Phillies

 

Fan & Hospital Chaplain: peacemover peacemover

Larry Andersen on Ramon Ramirez of #Giants deliberately hitting Victorino of #Phillies: “That’s about as gutless as you can get.” Agreed!

 

Fan & Hospital Chaplain: peacemover peacemover

That was a classless move from #Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez who clearly beaned Victorino of the #Phillies deliberately. No excuse for that.

 

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: JaymeeSireCSN Jaymee Sire

Eli Whiteside has no comment on the brawl. He played QB in high school in case anyone was wondering about his tackling skills.

 

Fan: Philadelphiandy Andrew Harris

I guess I can’t argue with Victorino being thrown out, but Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside clearly instigated this fight.

 

NBC: DashTreyhorn Dash Treyhorn

Just watched the video of the brawl. Whiteside was clearly looking for a fight, as evidenced by his silly hop right before tackling Polly.

 

Delaware County Times: ryanlawrence21 Ryan Lawrence

Eli Whiteside‘s hopping was totally Cobra Kai.

 

CSN Philly: RochesRWinners Dan Roche

Watch Whiteside on the replay.. No other evidence necessary that the pitch was premeditated. #Phillies #SFGiants #BushLeague

 

Editor, Crash Burn Alley: Phrontiersman Paul Boyé

Saw the “brawl” finally. Call my bias all you like, but nothing more than jawing happens last night if Whiteside doesn’t act a fool.

 

Game 4 starts at 4:05pm on Sunday; Roy Oswalt will pitch.

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Offense Non-Existent In Game 3 Loss

The Phillies travelled to San Francisco for Game 3 of the NLCS but apparently, they did not take their bats with them.  They did the same thing back in April when they scored only 3 runs in the first 2 games of that series.  And last year, the Phils lost 3 of 4 against the Giants in San Fran.  The Phillies lack of offense and extended slumps throughout the year were a big concern going into the postseason and it is easy to see why.

In today’s game, the Phillies left 7 men on base and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.  They had hit Giants pitcher Matt Cain very well in previous meetings, but not today.  Cain blanked them through 7 innings despite hitting 2 batters and walking 3; that is 5 free base runners that the Phillies did absolutely nothing with. 


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was the worst offender, leaving 3 on base and hitting a bunch of weak grounders.  He also missed a ground ball which led to runs, although it was officially not scored an error.  Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino left 2 on base and Raul Ibanez left 3.  Ibanez looked ridiculous at the plate, swinging at pitches well out of the strike zone, even grounding into a double play to end the game.  Early in the year, Ibanez suffered from prolonged slumps that took weeks and months to emerge from.  The Phillies do not have time for him, or anyone else, to break out of it.  I admire Charlie Manuel for sticking by his guys, but it is time for a wake-up call here.

So the Phillies offense wound up with only three hits the entire game.  And although Cole Hamels was not at his best, it really didn’t matter what he did.  Three hits are not going to win any ball games.  Hamels had a quality start with 3 runs allowed in 6 innings, but I am sure even Hamels is not happy with that result.  But he certainly did not get any help.

The two ex-Phillies on the Giants roster had a hand in the damage.  Pat Burrell walked with 2 outs in the 4th to set up Cody “The Devil” Ross, who singled in a run.  Burrell then scored on an Aubrey Huff single.  Then Aaron Rowand led off the 5th with a double and eventually scored.  I am sure Burrell and Rowand had a nice time sticking it to the team who sent them packing.

While this is a best of 7 series, the Phillies are now in big trouble.  Joe Blanton was set to pitch tomorrow, but that game is now a must-win.  It is possible that Manuel may ask his 3 ace’s all to pitch on 3 day’s rest.  Blanton has not pitched since 9/24. 

However, I am not so sure that short rest will be a good thing for any of these 3 starters, especially when you consider the number of innings they all pitched in the regular season.  Roy Halladay pitched 250 2/3 innings this year, 2nd most in his career.  Roy Oswalt pitched 211 2/3 and Hamels has never pitched on short rest.  In fact, Hamels would be most affected as he has been very vocal in years past about being able to stick to his usual routine.

But even more concerning is the lack of energy and production out of this Phillies offense.  They look lethargic and complacent.  Right now, I feel like I am writing an obituary instead of a blog entry.  No, they are not dead yet, but it is getting close.  I would love to be wrong on this.  Game 4 tomorrow: 7:30pm.

UPDATE: In
a post-game interview, Charlie Manuel said Blanton will start tomorrow.

 


Happy Bunny by Jim Benton

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Series Tied 1-1 As Phillies Offense Returns

After last night’s disappointing loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS, it was a huge relief to see the offense return for the Phillies in Game 2 tonight.  The Phillies have done very badly against pitcher Jonathan Sanchez in the past.  But now they can put those performances exactly there…in the past.




P8248836 Rollins cr2.jpgWhile it was not a major explosion at first, the Phils took advantage of Sanchez’s wildness in the first inning where he loaded the bases and Jimmy Rollins took a walk for an RBI.  They scratched out 2 more runs off Sanchez, although one was unearned.  But with a little patience, they drew 3 walks, forced his pitch count up and chased Sanchez out of the game early in the 7th inning.

When the Giants bullpen took over in the 7th, so did the Phillies.  Pitcher Roy Oswalt singled off Sanchez which is what brought on the pen.  Another single from Placido Polanco plus a double steal from Polanco and Chase Utley kept things moving.  Jayson Werth was intentionally walked and then Jimmy Rollins had another chance to get back in the swing of things.  J-Roll whacked a bases clearing double!  Finally, Rollins looks like the light has turned on in his head.

Oswalt was brilliant on the mound, as well as at the plate.  In fact, through 8 innings, the only run he allowed was from the Phillies new nemesis, Cody “The Devil” Ross.  Ross has no idea that this is his new nickname as I have not-so-anonymously assigned it to him.  But I think it fits.  In 2 games, Ross has seen 3 fastball sent middle-in to him; all 3 times, he sent the ball out of the yard.  Two homers were off Roy Halladay yesterday and one off Oswalt today.  So it is official…he is the devil.

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But as we all know, the Devil does not always win.  And tonight, it was Oswalt and the Phillies offense that came out on top.  Rollins collected 4 RBI and his first 2 hits of the series.  Polanco had 2 RBI, Ryan Howard had 2 hits and Utley walked twice.  The only batters who looked totally lost at the plate today were Raul Ibanez and Werth who both struck out twice.

Ryan Madson pitched the 9th inning and kept the 6-1 score intact.  So the series is tied at 1 game each and both teams will travel to San Francisco for the next 3 games.  Monday is an off-day with the series resuming on Tuesday.  Cole Hamels will pitch against Matt Cain; game time is 4:00pm.

 

Rollins photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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NLCS Rotation Announced

Manager Charlie Manuel has announced the Phillies starting rotation for the NLCS which is set to begin on Saturday.  There are really no surprises here:

Game 1:  Roy Halladay

Game 2:  Roy Oswalt

Game 3:  Cole Hamels

Game 4:  Joe Blanton

Game 5:  Roy Halladay

Game 6:  Roy Oswalt

Game 7:  Cole Hamels

Manuel could have switched Oswalt and Hamels, but there should not be much difference.  Also, Hamels usually pitches well on the road.  The Giants have named their first 3 starters: Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain. Lefty Madison Bumgarner is penciled in as the 4th starter.

I was thinking about the Game 1 match-up of Halladay and Lincecum and realized, if you look beyond the stats, these are two very different individuals.  Take a look at the comparison:

Halladay

Lincecum

Age – 33

Age – 26

230 pounds

170 pounds soaking wet

Short, cropped hair

Long, wild hippie hair

Is an awesome Daddy

Has an awesome Daddy

Super polite

Drops F-Bombs on camera

Loves kids

Is a kid

Thinks “pot” is something you cook noodles in

Thinks about “pot” and wants to eat lots of noodles

Has a web page dedicated to him called “I Want To Go To The Zoo With Roy Halladay.”

Has a baby monkey named after him at the SF zoo (see photo)

Nickname – “Doc”

Nickname – “The Freak”

Most spoken phrase/word – “Win”

Most spoken phrase – “I don’t know”  In 1 Q&A session, he said it 8 times.

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And if you enjoyed that, here is another fun tidbit.  During the NLDS against the Reds, the Phillies players were so relaxed, that even the usually serious Roy Oswalt had a little fun in front of the camera’s during an in-game interview with pitching coach Rich Dubee:

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Yes, that is Oswalt cheesing it up for the viewing public.  Nicely done, Roy 2.0.

 

Zoo photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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J-Rolling Past The Giants


The Phillies have taken the first two games of this three game series with the Giants.  Last night, Jimmy Rollins led the pack, coming just a double short of hitting for the cycle.  His 3 RBI came on a 3-run homer in the 4th inning off Giants pitcher Matt Cain.  The Phillies tagged Cain for 5 runs and then kept right on rolling through the Giants bullpen. 

Other players with multiple hit nights were Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley, who got his first hits since coming off the DL on Tuesday.  One was a dribbler down the 3rd base line, but the other was a solid line drive into right field for a double.  The Phillies hit a bunch of triples as well; Rollins, Ruiz and Raul Ibanez each collected one.

Phillies starter Joe Blanton had a good night as well.  Blanton allowed only 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings without walking a batter.  Both runs were solo homers; one was in the first at-bat of the game and then ex-Phil Pat Burrell hit one later.  Since Burrell has hit a homer in each game of the series, I would expect another tonight just for good measure.  He does love this ballpark.

 

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Here are my Photos of the Day:  Before the game, the Phanatic assaulted the Giants players while they warmed up.  He goosed Burrell and made fun of Pablo Sandoval’s figure:


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The Giants were very gracious and had fun playing with the furry green mascot.

Here are a few more shots from the game:

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Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  Cole Hamels will pitch tonight in the final game of the series at 7:05pm.  I should have photos from that one tomorrow as well.  Let’s hope for a SWEEP!

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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