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Worley Wins Again

After nearly two hours of a rain delay, the second game of this Phillies – Braves series finally got underway.  And for Vance Worley especially, this was a very good thing.

In the last 14 starts by Worley, the Phillies have won every game.  The Phillies record for consecutive team wins with one starter was set by Steve Carlton in 1972.  Worley is on pace to tie that mark.
 

Although his starts never seem to be without a few troubles, Worley has developed into a pitcher who does not get rattled, as evidenced by the bases loaded, no out jam he pitched himself into in the 6th inning.  But still unshaken, Worley weaved his way out of the inning having allowed only one run to tie the game, 2-2.

The offense kept plugging away at the Braves as well.  Chase Utley homered in the 1st to start the scoring.  Ryan Howard and Hunter Pence did some damage as well.  But the big bat on this night was Raul Ibanez , who went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a double that bounced off the outfield wall, missing a homer by about an inch.

The resurgence of Ibanez has been encouraging.  Either he realizes that with John Mayberry Jr. in the mix, his job is in jeopardy or the time off is allowing him to stay fresh between starts.  Either way, this semi-platoon in left field is working.

This 6-3 win put the Phillies 9.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East.  With this commanding lead, any hopes the Braves had of catching the Phillies went out the window.  It also put the Phillies at the 90-win mark with 18 games to go.

Game 3 is scheduled for 7:05pm, weather permitting, and Roy Oswalt will pitch.

 

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Rain-Soaked, Dreary Loss for the Phils in Florida

Tonight in Florida, it looked like the soggy north east weather had followed the Phillies south.  Downpours delayed the start of tonight’s game against the Marlins by about an hour and a half.  It was the third rain delay / postponement between the Phillies and Marlins in the course of just a week.

The game began with a light, but steady rain, still pouring down.  And while the rain chased away many of the few fans who were actually at the game, Cole Hamels stuck it out and pitched fairly well.

Although he had some control issues, Hamels got through seven innings allowing three runs on four hits and three walks.  All three runs for the Marlins were scored on home runs.

But Hamels made up for his pitching mistakes at the plate.  In the second inning, Wilson Valdez tripled to score two runs and then Hamels followed up with an RBI-single.  Hamels duplicated the feat in his next at-bat in the fourth.  So he ended the night with two hits and two RBI.  Not too shabby for a pitcher.

Unfortunately, the scoring ended with Hamels’ 4th inning RBI.  Even less fortunate than that was a bad pitching decision by manager Charlie Manuel.  He sent Antonio Bastardo out to pitch the eighth after Bastardo had just pitched almost three innings in the last two games.  While Bastardo has been superb, he has also been overused.  And that was obvious tonight when he walked the first two batters he faced.

Manuel pulled Bastardo after the walks and put in David Herndon.  And that move also proved to be costly.  Herndon has been much better lately, but he is almost always better when he starts an inning as opposed to taking on inherited runners.  And just like that, Herndon imploded.  He gave up three home runs for a total of five in the inning, giving the Marlins a huge 8-4 lead.

The way the Phillies offense had played all night, it was clear that a four run deficit might be nearly impossible to overcome.  When the only guys hitting are your pitcher and the 7 & 8-hole hitters, it is probably not going to be a great night offensively.

So although Hamels left the game with a lead, the bullpen handed the game to the Marlins.  The Phillies lost 8-4.  The only good news is that the Braves also lost tonight.

The Phillies still have a chance to win the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:10pm.  Roy Halladay will pitch.

 

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Down Four Starters, the Phillies Rise Above Both the DBacks & the Rain

The Phillies began the game against the Diamondbacks last night without four of their starting players.  After pleading his three game suspension down to two games, Shane Victorino began that suspension last night.  And then Ryan Howard sat out with a sore hand and Carlos Ruiz was benched with a sore groin.  And of course, Placido Polanco is on the DL.

But the lack of star power in the line-up had little effect on this Phillies team, which is strong from top to bottom.  Rookie Vance Worley started the game and pitched three very solid innings before the rain began.  He did not allow a run and gave up only one hit.

The offense gave Worley support early, scoring one run on a Wilson Valdez double in the 2nd.  Then in the 3rd, John Mayberry Jr. came up big again with a monster 2-run homer.  It was Mayberry’s 10th homer of the year, which in limited at-bats, is very impressive.

Then suddenly the skies opened up and flooded the stadium as the grounds crew rushed to cover the field.  What appeared might be a short, 30 minute rain delay turned into two and a half hours.

By that time, Worley could not go back out and pitch so David Herndon took over.  Herndon has been given a lot of grief from the fans this year after he got off to a rocky start.  But in his last 22 games going back to May, Herndon is pitching at a 2.00 ERA.  He figured out why he was having issues in April and made the adjustment.

In this game against the D-Backs, Herndon pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.  In the 5th inning, he struck out the side.  Herndon has really improved his game.  Michael Stutes, on the other hand, is watching the scales slowly tip downward and out of his favor.

 

Stutes gets all the praise because he got off to a very good start, unlike Herndon.  Plus it does not hurt that he is adorable, right ladies?  So Stutes has gotten a pass in situations that Herndon has not.

But last night Stutes was visibly upset after allowing a home run in the 8th inning to the first batter.  Charlie Manuel was seen in the dugout consoling Stutes, patting him on the back as he held his head in his hands in defeat.

Why is Stutes so upset after a solo homer?  Because he too recognizes that things are beginning to go downhill for him.  In his last 12 games, Stutes is pitching at an ERA of 5.17.  His ERA has risen every month since ending May with a 2.38 ERA.  His total ERA is now up to 3.40.

Stutes, like a lot of rookies in the same position, is starting to struggle.  It could be a combination of many factors like a lack of experience, teams knowing better what to expect from him and being slightly overworked.  Stutes has pitched a lot and, especially for a rookie, this can take its toll.

Hopefully for Stutes, he can make an adjustment and work his way back, like Herndon has done.  But in the meantime, he may spend a lot of time being frustrated until he figures it out.

The one run Stutes allowed was the only run of the night for the D-Backs and the Phillies went on to win by a 4-1 score.  The Phillies, still holding the best record in baseball, became the first team to reach 80 wins on the season.

And the reason why the Phillies continue to have success is simple.  Like I mentioned earlier, they are solid in every aspect of the game.  More importantly, role players like Mayberry, Valdez and Herndon, continue to come through in big situations.  So even with four starters out and a rookie pitcher, they continue to win.

It is a good time to be a Phillies fan.

The Nationals are up next; game time tonight is 7:05pm with Roy Oswalt pitching.

 

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Lidge: 11 Strikes, And He’s Out…Or Is He?


The Phillies needed a win last night to bury the Florida Marlins and end any chance they may have at the playoffs.  Cole Hamels pitched 7 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits.  Not a great day for Cole, but it kept the team in the game.

The team took a 6-4 lead into the 8th inning last night and after a 45 minute rain delay, Ryan Madson pitched the 8th.  Madson gave up a single, hit the next batter and eventually gave up one run to make it a 6-5 game.  Ok, fine.  They should still win the game, right?  Wrong.

P8306049 Lidge.jpgEnter (again) Brad Lidge: a double, a walk and 2 singles later, not only does Lidge blow the save, but he loses the game for the Phillies…again. 

11 blown saves later, a disgusting 7.48 ERA which leads all closers in baseball and what does manager Charlie Manuel have to say about it?  In a Forrest Gump moment, Manuel tells the media, “I’ve got confidence in him. I keep sending him back out there and hopefully he does the job. That’s about all I can say.”  Really?  Is that ALL you have to say about that???  OMG.

Ok, let me throw a cushion out there for a second – we all love Manuel and we all appreciate Lidge for what he did last year.  And as people, they are both very nice, dedicated and all-around good guys.  That being said, here come the pins in the cushion.  Lidge is DONE as this team’s closer, at least for 2009.  Manuel, as loyal as he is, needs to put the TEAM first and personal feelings aside.  He cannot continue to let Lidge hurt this team!

I sound like a broken record again, I know.  But how many more disasters does the rest of this team have to put up with?  They play their hearts out every game to win only to be let down by BOTH Lidge and Manuel.  Lidge clearly has issues and maybe he can work them out in the off-season and come back next year renewed.  But for 2009, he should be benched and if the team makes the playoffs, he should not even be on the post-season roster.

Note I said “if” the team makes the playoffs.  With a 6.5 game lead, it should be a lock.  However, if Manuel keeps throwing Lidge out there, I’d say the chances are closer to 50/50.  Give the closers role to Madson or Brett Myers, if he gets healthy or even JC Romero if he returns soon.  I would rather see Eric “unassisted triple play” Bruntlett (Phillies utility player) on the mound than Lidge at this point.  It is THAT bad.  So, why does everyone see this except for Manuel?

Charlie: I love ya, but if this team goes down in flames because of your loyalty to Lidge, the Philadelphia fans, media and maybe even the team management will tear you to pieces.  And how are the other players going to feel when their hard work goes down the toilet as a result?  I would not want to be in your shoes when this happens.

And so the Magic Number stays at 5 since the Phillies lost their series to the Fish, 1-2.  Up next, the Phils will play a 4-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers starting tonight at 8:05pm.  I wish them luck and a “Lidge-Free” day.

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Moyer & Martinez: Together Again

Fate or coincidence?  If you ask me, lightning (or rain in this case) does not tend to strike twice unless it means it.  For the second home start in a row for Pedro, Mother Nature intervened to bring Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer together once more.  Martinez only notched 2 scoreless innings against the Braves before the storm came and then he had to sit through not one, but two rain delays.  He almost made it to the mound after the 1st delay, but only a few minutes later, the rain came again and the umpires called for the tarp again.  By the time the game resumed, Pedro was out and again, Jamie was in.

Moyer went on to pitch 4 1/3 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 batters.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but this Martinez-Moyer 5th start duo works.  Obviously some higher power is trying to sell this idea to the Phillies as well.  Fate has intervened yet again and brought the Phillies a win on the strength of this Batman and Robin combo.

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Ryan Howard’s
bat did not hurt the situation either; Howard blasted 2 home runs for 3 RBI in the game plus a double and a walk.  Howard looked like there was nothing he could not hit, rain or no rain.  Pedro Feliz had the only other RBI for the Phillies which came off a single to score Raul Ibanez from third.

Charlie Manuel, the most loyal manager in baseball, sent Ryan Madson out for the 8th inning and Brad Lidge out for the 9th again.  Both pitchers have struggled, especially Lidge who looks like a shell of his former self.  Madson got into trouble in the 8th, loaded the bases and allowed a run to score.  But he worked his way out of the potential disaster and handed the game to Lidge. 

With a 4-2 lead, Lidge pitched a clean inning and secured the win for the Phillies.  Do not jump up and down just yet; it has been this type of performance that Lidge has been unable to duplicate all season long.  No one, except maybe Manuel, is convinced yet that this is the end of the Lidge problems, although we all hope that it may be so :O)

Tonight the series will continue with the Braves at 7:05pm.  The match-up of Cliff Lee and Derek Lowe should be an interesting one!

By the way, the Phillies Cruise package that I posted yesterday is still available!  And yes, I will be going!  I also went last year and can attest that is was the BEST vacation ever!  Hanging out with major league players, their families and fellow fans….what could be better?  NOTHING I tell you….nothing.  Join us!

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Soggy Game, Soggy Play

The Cardinals walked away last night after putting a beating on the Phillies in an 8-1 loss.  JA Happ took his first loss after giving up 5 runs in 6 innings. P7249651.JPGThe 48 minute rain delay did him no favors, but the bigger issue was that softly hit balls just kept dropping into holes all around the field where no one was standing.  Add to the, the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday that same day who went 4 for 5 with his brand new team.  Holliday was complaining before the game while shagging balls in batting practice that his new cleats did not fit right; well, looks like he did fine with them after all.

But Happ could have given up 30 runs and it would not have mattered.  The Phillies were simply not hitting the ball.  In fact, their only run of the game came on a wild pitch; Jayson Werth walked home on the play and that was the end of the scoring. 

Shane Victorino came up lame after a play in the wet outfield grass, but after being checked by the Phillies trainer, he stayed in the game and appears to be fine.  Disaster averted…whew!

This will be a short one today; as it turns out, I will be at every game this weekend so computer time and access will be limited.  But I will compile all my photos from the weekend and try to post them Sunday night when I get home. 

Today is Photo Day at the ballpark and, unlike previous years, this year the Phillies are limiting the number of people who will get on the field to take photos of the players.  I will let you know how that goes.  And please, pray for clear skies…I am officially tired of rain!  Go Phillies!

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