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Phillies Take One From The BoSox

In this 3-game series against a very good Red Sox team, the Phillies managed to escape with one win yesterday.  The game did not start out great, as JA Happ struggled in the 2nd inning and gave up 4 runs, including back-to-back homers.  But Happ went to his Happ-Y place and recovered nicely; although he walked 6 and allowed 5 runs total, Happ still managed to pitch though almost 6 innings to give the bullpen a much needed rest.

JROLL surf 2.jpgThe Phillies offense battled back and scored 4 runs in the 5th and then 6 in the 7th inning.  Singles by Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste and Chase Utley and a double from Ryan Howard led the charge in the 5th.  Then in the 7th, Jimmy Rollins emerged from his slump and hit a lead-off home run.  The rest of the team jumped on his back, decided to Hang Ten and ride the wave for 6 more runs which included 2 of those runs scored after Sox pitching hit J-Roll in his 2nd at-bat of the inning and then issued a walk to Shane Victorino all with the bases loaded to force in runs.  The game ended with a score of 11-6; the exact same score of the previous day’s game, but this time, it was in the Phillies favor.

Moyer Foundation

So the Phillies get a break from baseball today, but Jamie Moyer and many other players will do their part for charity tonight at the Philly Celebrity Waiters Dinner at the ballpark.  Benefiting the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin, which assists children in distress, many players will don aprons and serve food and drink to Philly locals in an effort to raise money for the cause.  It is always nice to see athletes using their free time to help the community.  Now just try not to drop a serving tray on anyone’s head… ;O)

Up Next

Tuesday night, the Phillies will host the Toronto Blue Jays for some more nerve-wracking interleague play.  Cole Hamels will take the mound at 7:05pm and Phillies fans will get to say hello to a few old friends; Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas.  So I know how Philly fans feel about Rolen, who publicly criticized the team years ago when he left, but he is still a cutie.  Please try to be gracious and not boo him…asking too much?  Oh well.

“The Pen”

Last night, the MLB Network premiered its new reality TV series, “The Pen,” which will follow the Phillies bullpen from Spring Training all the way to the All-Star break this year.  Last night’s episode gave a behind the scenes look at how pitchers are evaluated in Spring Training, how the 5th starter was chosen, what some of the players do in their free time with their kids and family, the impact of losing Harry Kalas and everything in between.  They even showed the agony that JA Happ went through when he had to call home to tell his family that Chan Ho Park was given the 5th spot and that he was unsure if he would make the team.  Cameras followed him as he sat on his bed in the hotel and made the phone call.  Gut wrenching, emotion stuff.  It was absolutely outstanding and after the hour was up, I was sad that it had to end.  But luckily, a new episode will air every Sunday night.  Make sure to tune in!

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The Interleague Nightmare Continues…

Friday night’s loss after an irresponsible decision by an umpire not to review a home run that was called foul was magnified last night as the Phillies dropped the 2nd game in the series to the Red Sox.  It began to pour as the game began and rookie pitcher, Antonio Bastardo, did not fare well in the rain.  Then again, the defense did little to help him.  The Phillies have had the best defense in baseball thus far, but last night committed 3 errors in the 1st inning.  Between that and the pitching, they were buried in a 5 run deficit after one inning going into a rain delay.061309a.jpg

95 minutes later, play resumed and Chad Durbin took the mound, pitching 3 scoreless innings.  The Phillies offense got the team back in the game, scoring 4 runs.  Chase Utley and Shane Victorino doubled to get 1 in the 3rd and then Raul Ibanez did his usual, knocking a solo shot over the right field wall in the 4th.   Jayson Werth singled next and Pedro Feliz hit a home run behind him to make the score 4-5; it was Feliz’s first home run in 40 games.

But the offensive outburst went for naught as reliever Jack Tashner (or Trashner?) took the mound and quickly gave up 3 more runs to the Sox in one inning.  Rookie Sergio Escalona, who was called up again after Kyle Kendrick was sent back to the minors, pitched 2 innings; Escalona did great in the 6th, but in the 7th got wild and allowed 2 more runs to score.  However, he did nail Phillie-hater, JD Drew very near the head with a pitch, so for that, Phillies fans everywhere thank him ;O) (FYI – this is a JOKE; I do not agree with anyone getting hit…in case that was unclear)

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Werth did hit a solo homer in the 7th, but that would do it for the offense.  The Phillies went down 11-6 in what took 5 hours and 16 minutes with the rain delay.  After 3 games in a row with extra innings, then this delayed game, we can only hope the Phillies can muster the energy today to face Josh Beckett and maybe sneak away with 1 win in the series.  JA Happ will pitch for the Phillies and the tired bullpen is counting on him.  Oh, no pressure man.  No pressure at all…

Here is the Photo Album from the game.  I took some very interesting photos of the dark and ominous Philadelphia skyline during the rain delay, as well as game action.

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Deja Vu

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I was so annoyed over last night’s 3-2, 12 inning loss to the Dodgers that I did not feel like writing anything.  I mean, what can I say?  Here is a brief synopsis to compare last night’s bone crushing loss to Friday nights:

Brad Lidge blew the save…again.

The offense took the day off…again.

Jimmy Rollins popped the ball up….again.

The starting pitcher (Blanton, Saturday) threw a great game and did not get the win…again.

Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz appeared to be the only players interested in getting on base…again.

Too many men (mostly Utley & Feliz) left on base…again.

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hit the walk off blow to win the game…again.

The Phillies lost a game they should have won…again.

I wanted to kick my foot through the TV set and up a Phillies’ back side…again.

That about sums it up.  If this team does not walk away with a series split tonight, I may end up in the hospital with chest pains.  I realize it is only 2 losses and yes, we are still in first place, but when a team loses games in this disgusting fashion, it really just makes me ill.  Knowing that they have all this talent and just keep forgetting how to use it is simply brutal for the fans and everyone involved.  Please, please Phillies…get it done tonight!

And that is my rant for the day.  Thank you for listening / reading :O)  I feel better now.

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Offense & Defense Waste Good Pitching

The Phillies had a 3-2 lead going into the 9th inning last night in their 2nd game against the Dodgers, but missed opportunities and shoddy defense gave the game away.  Going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position, the Phils wasted an outstanding performance by Jamie Moyer.  P5314951 Moyer.jpgMoyer had his longest outing of the year, going 7 innings and only allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with no walks.  You could not have asked for more from the veteran lefty.

But the bats went silent after the 4th inning and of 11 runners left on base, Jimmy Rollins accounted for 4 of those in scoring position, going 0 for 5 in the game.  Rollins is now batting a very sad .219.  Five other Phillies, including Chase Utley with 2 RBI in the game, had 2 hit nights, but most of them were not at key times. 

The big blow came in the 9th when Brad Lidge took over to attempt the save, which started out well.  He retired the first 2 batters quickly, but then gave up a hit and a walk, both coming after having the batters down in the count 1 ball, 2 strikes.  But when Russell Martin stepped up to the plate and hit an easy ground ball to third base, it looked like the Phils had the game in the bag.  One out and they were done.  No one expected Pedro Feliz to let the ball hop off his glove to load the bases, but that is exactly what happened.  Feliz, normally a stellar fielder, missed a routine play that a little leaguer could have handled.  And he cost the Phillies the game.  The next batter smacked a hit down the right field line, 2 runs scored, game over; Dodgers win.

Of course, you cannot blame it all on Feliz; the offense should have scored more runs.  All of the blown opportunities came back to bite them.  Shane Victorino was held out of the line-up again, which does not help, but Eric Bruntlett who replaced him had 2 hits.  So, you cannot say too much about that, except Bruntlett did miss a ball in the outfield that cost Moyer a run earlier in the game.  Add the awful defense together with the sleepy bats and this is the result; a very sad, very disappointing loss in a game that should have been won.

So the 7 game win streak comes to an end and the Phillies will try to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get a win this afternoon.  Joe Blanton will attempt to right the ship; game time is 4:10pm.

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A Sweep In San Diego / Hip Injuries On The Rise

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Greg Dobbs is a magician.  Just ask JA Happ.  While Happ pitched very well in last night’s 5-1 win over the Padres, he gives credit to Dobbs for turning his night around after a dicey 2nd inning.  Dobbs made a running, over the shoulder grab in right field to get Happ out of an inning where he had given up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases.  After the game, Happ said, “Dobber really turned the game around and gave me some confidence and made me focus in there more.”  Ultimately, Happ got through 7 scoreless innings with only 4 hits total surrendered.  He now has a record of 4-0 and a 2.48 ERA.

JC Romero returned to the mound tonight after that ridiculous 50-game suspension.  JC, welcome back!  We missed you!  Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 2 hits, a walk and one unearned run.  He was likely very emotional in his return, but he got the job done.  It must be a huge relief for him to finally get that first game out of the way.  By the way, Happy Birthday to JC who turns 33 today!

As for the offense, Ryan Howard belted a 2-run homer in the 1st to get the game off to a great start.  And Dobbs was a magician at the plate, as well as in the field, with 2 hits, including a double.  Pedro Feliz, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth each knocked in a run and Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 8 games.  Every starting position player had a hit in the game except Chris Coste, but he walked twice.

This win in San Diego marks the Phillies 2nd sweep and 6th victory in a row!

Shooting From The Hip

The New York Times did an article this week on the recent rise in hip injuries, which have included Phillies’ Chase Utley, Brett Myers and now, Shane Victorino, who left the game last night with a left hip problem. 

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Other big names like Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Delgado of the Mets have suffered the same injuries this year to their hip labrums.  Are they putting something in our water or is there another explanation?

While the theories vary, it seems many doctors think it may be a combination of kids who start playing at young ages before their bones are fully developed and strength training that focuses on knees and other areas, thereby putting more strain on the hips.  In my own personal experience, I can tell you both may be true.  I was diagnosed with the same hip injury over a year ago.  I chose to avoid surgery (for now) because it is very risky and in my case, it was possible that it may make things worse.  Being that I do not have a physical job like a professional athlete, I can get away with hobbling around when I need to.

In my case, I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old; plus, I have an underlying genetic bone deformity that is not helping the situation.  But I played anyway, because I wanted to feel like a normal kid.  Doctors were always worried about my knees and sure enough, a knee injury ended my playing days half way through high school.  In the years that passed, I spent countless hours building leg strength to protect my knees, as instructed by the doctors.  Now you can use my calf muscles to hold up a coffee table, but my hips are shot.  Coincidence?  They say hindsight is always 20-20.

When you focus on one part of the body, how can you expect the rest not to suffer?  This seems to be the case here.  Ten years from now, we may have the answer.  For the time being, all that can be done is to treat the issues as they arise.  I will keep you updated on Shane’s condition as the information is published.

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The weary eyes of all those intent on following this west coast trip will get no rest this week.  The play continues tonight in Los Angeles, which begins a 4-game series with the Dodgers.  And no sleep in sight for the East Coast fans…

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Blanton Knocks Out Marlins

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Joe Blanton had a great turn around to his season tonight as he shut out the Marlins through 7 innings of 5 hit ball.  Blanton did his best Rocky impersonation and punched out 11 Fish; the 11 strikeouts mark a career high for Blanton in one game.  After the game, Blanton was quoted as saying, “Yo Adrian!  I did it!”   Ok, not really… ;O)

Ryan Madson pitched the 8th and did his usual; no hits, no runs.  Chad Durbin, on the other hand, came in for the 9th with a 5-0 lead and began to unravel.  After the 1st out, Durbin gave up a walk, a hit and another walk.  Scott Eyre was called in to clean up the mess but Ryan Howard committed his first error of the season on a ground ball that he threw into left field instead of to Jimmy Rollins; 2 runs scored.  Yikes!   

Brad Lidge then got the call to save the game and we all took a deep breath and swallowed a bottle of Tums.  Lidge walked the first batter he faced to re-load the bases.  Feeling ill, I quickly laid my head down on a pillow and prayed for mercy.  The next batter grounded out, but another run scored.  2 outs and the score was then 5-3.  Dizzy…SO dizzy…please make the room stop spinning!  Could Lidge finally get out of an inning without blowing a save and making me lose my dinner?  YES!  He struck out former teammate Wes Helms and relief washed over me like rainbows and sunshine :O)  Ahhhhhh!

Relief also found Shane Victorino today, who made amends for his base running gaffe in the 9th last night, where he was picked off trying to steal with Matt Stairs poised to try to tie the game up.  Tonight, Victorino went 4 for 5 with an RBI and all is right with the world again. 

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Pedro Feliz
continues to rack up the hits with runners in scoring position, adding 2 more hits and 2 RBI to his totals.  If Blanton was Rocky Balboa tonight, Feliz was Oscar De La Hoya.  Nice.

The Florida series is now ties 1 game apiece; game 3 will kick off tomorrow at 7:05pm with Brett Myers pitching.

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Nats Cure What Ails The Phillies

Well, they cured the offensive woes anyway.  The Phillies completed a 4-game sweep of the Nationals this afternoon with an 8-6 win and Brad Lidge threw only 2 pitches to get the save.  The starting pitching, however, still has BIG issues, not the least of which is Chan Ho Park.  You know how I hate to repeat myself, but I have been wondering if Park’s last 2 good outings were a fluke; a result of the pressure on him to keep his job.  Once the pressure was seemingly off him today because of those 2 good games, he went right back to stinking up the joint.

Park could have been pulled after one inning, where he gave up 3 runs to the lowly Nationals.  But Charlie Manuel sent him out for a 2nd inning; Park got 1 out and then proceeded to load the bases and walk a run in.  So, that was that.  1 1/3 innings is the official line with 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.  Jack Taschner added the 5th run when he came in on relief and hit the next batter, sending another run home.  Something needs to be done with Park.  It is clear now that, as I suspected, he only pitches well when threatened with losing his job.  We need a starter who is self-motivated.

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The good news amidst all the starting pitching hoopla is that the offense found their bats in this series against the Nats.  Jimmy Rollins had 7 hits in this series and is slowly digging out of an early offensive hole.  Raul Ibanez continues to impress; he had 9 hits and 3 home runs in the last 4 games!  And Pedro Feliz had 7 hits in the series.  Everyone is contributing, and things are beginning to look up.

A few other pitching notes for the series:  P3046225 Carpenter.jpgAndrew Carpenter came up from AA for the day yesterday to pitch the 2nd game of the doubleheader and got the job done.  He gave up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings, but he gave them the innings they needed and the offense, plus a rain-shortened night, gave the Phils the 7-5 win.  Carpenter went back to AA and Sergio Escalona, 24, was called in to replace him.  Escalona, in his major league debut today, pitched one scoreless inning and earned the win.  Congrats to the rookies!

The Phillies will take tomorrow off and then begin a 3 game series in Cincinnati, continuing the long road trip.  Who will be starting for the Phillies?  Nothing is written in stone right now.  Jamie Moyer had his schedules Tuesday start pushed back to Wednesday; Joe Blanton has been terrible; and I think we all know how Park is doing.  A lot of decisions are going to have to be made soon.

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A Very Long Night

Are you still awake out there?  It was a long game tonight; the Phillies tried to repeat last night’s nightmare of tying up the game, only to blow it, but JA Happ and a little offense bailed them out.  In fact, it took 12 innings and four and a half hours, but the Phillies squeaked one out, winning 10-6 over the Nationals.

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Carlos Ruiz
had a rough start this year with an oblique injury, but he has certainly found his way back.  In the last week, he has been a hitting machine!  With 7 hits and 5 walks in his last 3 games, Ruiz is the bright light in what has been a dim offense of late.  Today he racked up 2 more RBI for the Phils.

Raul Ibanez has also had 7 hits in the last 3 games; the biggest one came in the 12th today when he singled and 2 runs scored, putting the Phillies in the lead.  Between him, Ruiz and Pedro Feliz, who was 4 for 5 today with 2 RBI, the bottom part of the line-up has held up their end of the bargain.  The top half is coming around slowly; Shane Victorino had a 2 hit night and Ryan Howard, although he looked awkward at the plate most of the night, did knock in 3 runs with a homer in the 7th.

The pitching, as usual, has not been great.  JA Happ was supposed to get his first start of the season tomorrow, but the Phillies were forced to use him in relief tonight after Brad Lidge blew the save.  doghouse Blanton Lidge.jpgHowever, with as well as Happ has pitched, one has to wonder which starting pitcher is going to be in the dog house?  Joe Blanton did nothing tonight to keep his job; he struggled to get through 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and SIX walks, including a run walked in with the bases loaded.  Jamie Moyer may have to watch his back as well, although his experience gives him an edge over Blanton.  But Moyer’s 8.15 ERA also has the dog’s barking.  Chan Ho Park is hanging in there with 2 good starts in a row, but questions are still floating around about his ability to keep up the pace after a very bad start to the year.

Joining Blanton in the doghouse tonight is Lidge who, as I mentioned, blew his second save of the year tonight.  2 hits and 2 runs in one inning now balloons his ERA to a disgusting 9.19.  What in the world is wrong with Lidge?  Well, I hope he likes doggy chow…

As for Happ, after 2 scoreless innings tonight, he is set up to replace Blanton in the rotation as that spot comes up again in 5 days; will that actually happen?  No official word yet.  And who will pitch in the double-header tomorrow?  Brett Myers is scheduled for game 1 at 1:05pm.  The 7:05pm game starter is yet unknown.  Stay tuned…

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Myers Goes Medieval; Phils Still Lose

Yes, Brett Myers was determined to take down the Braves – literally.  Braves players and even their bats were strewn all over the field as a result of Myers’ penchant for Medieval  warrior-type violence:051009a.jpg

The first guy was hit near the head; the second, the Braves pitcher, attempted to dodge a wicked and way inside ball and wound up fouling it off…into his own face.  Both batters were fine, but Myers left his mark.    Six innings pitched and only one run given up led Myers to his best start of the season.  But alas, the offense sputtered again and still no win for the much-deserving Myers.

In fact, the only real offense of the day came from the two big men; Ryan Howard had 2 doubles and scored the only 2 runs for the Phillies.  And Matt Stairs, in a rare start, went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 1 RBI.  The big problem is that the top of the line-up is not hitting.  They are doing WAY too much of this:

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Swinging at pitches clearly out of the zone.  Does anyone in this line-up remember how to work a count?  Can someone please tell Jimmy Rollins to stop popping the ball up?  And then tell Pedro Feliz he is NOT allowed to swing at the first pitch – ever.

And how many men exactly does it take to catch a pop-up?  Let’s see…

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These guys just seem to be forgetting how to communicate, on all sides of the ball.  Yes, they caught the balls, but this is just another example of how this team is not clicking.

Still, the Phillies may have won the game had Jack Taschner not given up the lead in the 7th.  He loaded the bases and then gave up 2 runs.  But Taschner is sporadic like that; once in a while, he gets lucky and comes away clean; then there are the days when it all goes wrong.  Charlie Manuel should know this; he was the same way with the Giants too.  So, in a 1 run ballgame where you need to keep the lead, why is Taschner sent in?  He serves his purpose on occasion, but he is certainly NOT your go to guy in tight situations.

So the Phillies go on to lose the game, 4-2, dropping 2 out of 3 to the Braves in pathetic fashion.  And if that were not bad enough, Jayson Werth did not get to have his very exciting “blanket” day!  The manufacturer messed up the design for the Mother’s Day giveaway and we all got coupons instead to pick up the blanket at the end of July! 

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What a major Mother’s Day bummer. :O(  And poor Scott Eyre – his whole family came out for the Mother’s Day celebration and he didn’t even get to pitch!  The photo to the right shows Scott holding his daughter with his mom and wife.  Will have more photos of that later…

The Phillies will get tomorrow off to reflect on their lack-luster play of late.  Then on Tuesday, the Manny-less Dodgers come to town.

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Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game as promised.  Hope you enjoy them!  Now, have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Hamels


Thumbnail image for Hamels in a bubble.jpgSomeone finally took the whammy off Cole Hamels.  And it is about time!  Hamels made his comeback tonight from the elbow injury, the shoulder injury and finally, the ankle injury; he got through 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  I guess my protective bubble worked for him :O)  Hamels can now breathe a huge sigh of relief!  Whew!

The sad news today is that Shane Victorino ended his 16-game hit streak, going 0 for 5.  :O(  But all the other position starters had a hit in the game, so it’s all good.  Jayson Werth knocked in 2 runs in the 3rd inning on a home run.  Chase Utley and Chris Coste also blasted homers in the game; Utley’s went into the 2nd deck of right centerfield.  A few Braves errors helped out the scoring early on as well.

Brad Lidge had a rough 9th inning, but lucky for the Phils, he had a 7 run pad to work with.  Lidge started the inning with a walk, a double and then a 3-run homer.  After he got that insanity out of his system though, he buckled down and got the 3 outs needed to end the game.  Phillies win, 10-6.

But the real excitement of the game came in the 4th inning when a fan ran onto the field to high-five Pedro Feliz.  Personally, I’d have jumped Utley, but that’s just me :O)  The chase was not shown on TV, like usual, but we were entertained by the giggling of Chipper Jones and Ryan Howard as they watched the events unfold.  Eventually, the fan was run down and taken away…probably to the funny farm and the people in the funny white coats :O)

I don’t know about you, but if I watch that puppet any longer, they are going to have to come take me away…

So on to the next game!  Phillies-Braves tomorrow afternoon, 3:40pm with Joe Blanton pitching.  And as usual, don’t forget to go on-line and VOTE for your All-Stars!  Do it, or I’ll send the men in the funny white coats to come getcha! ;O)

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