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Phillies Win 3 Straight Against Cubs

The Phillies won three of their last four games against the Cubs thanks in part to the big bats of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.  The fourth game in the series today ended with a 4-3 victory.

Roy Oswalt got off to a rough start, allowing three runs in the first inning.  But after he calmed down, Oswalt wound up going seven innings and did allow another run after the first.

However, Oswalt was involved in a little controversy after being called out on strikes in the sixth.  The pitch looked like ball four and Charlie Manuel shouted from the dugout at the home plate umpire.  He was quickly ejected which led to a few fireworks:

Manuel had reason to be upset.  Prior to this incident, he watched his ball club load the bases twice with one out and score only one run each time.  The bases were even loaded with the exact same players in both the first and third innings; Utley, Howard and Ben Francisco.  Francisco drew a walk each time.

Coming away with only one run in the exact same situation twice had to be frustrating.  It was just another reminder of how the Phillies offense has struggled to score runs.

But the memory was just that….a memory.  Because in the seventh inning, Utley and Howard combined to set things straight.  Utley doubled and then a single from Howard drove in two runs.  Howard had three hits and three RBI in the game.  Utley ended with two hits, a walk and two runs scored.

Utley also made what was probably a game-saving catching to end the game in the ninth inning.  Ryan Madson allowed a single with two outs.  Then Geovany Soto, who hit the game tying homer against Madson on Thursday, hit a fly ball into no-man’s land.  Somehow, Utley got to the ball and the game was over.  Whew!

By the way, today was the annual Father’s Day celebration and catcher Brian Schneider brought his mom and dad.  Dad tossed out the first pitch.

The Phillies are off tomorrow, although they will all be at the Phillies Phestival which starts at 5pm Monday night.  Hope to see you there!

And here is the full Photo Album from the game today.  Enjoy!

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Rain, Errors, Blown Save, Stagnant Offense = Messy Loss

Game one between the Phillies and Cubs had a little bit of everything, although not all of it was good.  Here are just a few of the key events:

  • Jimmy Rollins was back in the line-up and hit a 3-run homer.
  • Kyle Kendrick pitched 3 scoreless innings & his outing was cut short because of….
  • A 1 hour 17 minute rain delay
  • In his 15th attempt, Ryan Madson finally blew a save.
  • Instant replay was used as the Cubs appeared to hit back-to-back homers.  It was ruled a double as a fan interfered.
  • Extra innings due to a 3-3 tie
  • With the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, Charlie Manuel allowed a pitcher to hit…more on that soon.
  • Placido Polanco allowed the Cubs go-ahead run to score in the 11th on a rare throwing error.

As for the bases loaded decision, Wilson Valdez was available to hit instead of pitcher David Herndon but the Phillies would have been out of pitchers.  Manuel let Herndon hit and he left the bases loaded.

However, Valdez is the team’s lead hitter with runners in scoring position.  And while that statistic says a lot about this anemic offense, it also begs for a different decision in this spot.

If Valdez gets a hit, the Phils win.  If not, he winds up having to pitch for the second time this year.  The first time, Valdez, an infielder, got the job done.  Could it have happened twice?  Probably not, but I think this is a chance you have to take with the bases loaded in this situation.  If he does not get a hit, no one can blame Valdez for giving up a run in the 11th as the pitcher.

The Phillies have had so few offensive chances due to a lack of hitting, I think you have to hit Valdez here, despite the possible consequences.  Most managers would have done the same as Charlie, but thinking outside the box can be a good thing.

So the Phillies lost 4-3, and that stinks.  But Roy Halladay will pitch tonight and hopefully, turn that frown upside-down ;o)

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Cole Hamels In Top Form Against Dodgers

In eight shut-out innings against the Dodgers, pitcher Cole Hamels was absolutely dominant.  In 95 degree temperatures, it seemed like Hamels did not even break a sweat.

After the game, Charlie Manuel said about Hamels’ development, “He’s bigger than he used to be.  Ya know, if you see him with his shirt and stuff off he’s, ya know, he’s developing into a man.”

Besides Hamels’ manly physique, his pitching has grown as well.  Hamels allowed only six hits while striking out nine batters in the 2-0 win Wednesday night.

He got a little help from the offense, but only a little.  Luckily, it was all he needed.  Ryan Howard blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning, the first home run for the Phillies in 65 innings of play.  Howard’s last blast was on May 30.

They almost had a run before that in the fifth when Michael Martinez hit the first triple of his career.  Hamels then drew a walk.  With two outs, the Phillies needed a wild pitch or a hit from Shane Victorino.  They got the wild pitch, which sailed all the way to the back stop, but Martinez froze and did not go.  The goof did not come back to haunt them though, thanks to the pitching.

Another run scored in the seventh on a Domonic Brown fielder’s choice after Victorino had tripled.  Ryan Madson stepped in for the ninth and closed the game for his 14th save of the year.  Madson is still perfect in saves so far this season.

The Cubs come into town next.  Kyle Kendrick will start tonight and game time is 7:05pm.

And the Winner Is…

The winner of the contest for a ticket to the Phillies Phestival on Monday is Jeff from Clifton Heights, PA.  Congrats and see you there!

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Cliff Lee Back on Track In Win Over Dodgers

The Dodgers are in town!  In the first game of an 11-game home stand tonight, the Phillies came away with a victory.

Cliff Lee was coming off a bad start where he allowed 6 runs in 5.1 innings.  Lee has had a rough start to the year, wavering on and off his usual solid game.  But against the Dodgers, he found his stride once again.

Through seven innings, Lee did not allow a run and struck out 10 batters.  So frustrated were some of the Dodgers that Casey Blake wound up getting tossed from the game after apparently arguing balls and strikes.

And while the Phillies offense is still not setting the world on fire, they did manage a few runs.  In the third inning, Wilson Valdez led off with a double and Lee bunted him to third.  Singles from Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard plated two runs.

In the eighth, Carlos Ruiz doubled home Chase Utley for a 3-0 lead.  It was Ruiz’s second hit of the night.  Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson held down the lead in the eighth and ninth, giving Lee his fifth win of the year.

Although, Madson’s outing was an adventure.  Former Phillies closer Tom Gordon looked as his son, Dee Gordon, scored the first run of his major league career off Madson.  But Madson got the job done and the Phils won by a score of 3-1.

As for the walking wounded, Jimmy Rollins had an MRI on the knee he fouled a ball off of on Saturday and it was negative.  So J-Roll may be back in action very soon.

On the other hand, Brad Lidge is having more issues.  After reporting shoulder soreness a few days ago, Lidge now also has soreness in his pitching elbow.  When his arm finally falls off, I will let you all know.  In the meantime, the bullpen is moving on without Lidge.

The next game against the Dodgers is tomorrow night at 7:05pm.  Roy Oswalt will pitch.

In the meantime, do not forget to enter to win an admission ticket to the Phillies Phestival right here!  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday at 6pm.  Enter today…good luck!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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A Hot Win In D.C. For The Phillies

Hot may not be an accurate word to describe the Phillies day in D.C. where they beat the Nationals by a score of 5-4.  Perhaps scorching, boiling or searing would be appropriate terminology.

But despite the 95 degree heat, Roy Halladay kept pushing for a win.  He did not have an easy time either.  Through seven innings, Doc gave up four runs, three of which were solo homers.  But this time, the offense helped Halladay out.

 

Balls went flying off the bats like grenades in the sweltering heat:

 

The Nationals kept pace as the Phillies gained and lost the lead in the game like a see-saw.  But not even ex-Phillie Jayson Werth could stop this Raul Ibanez homer.  Ryan Howard hit one as well.  The other photo is Werth striking out, just for fun:

 

The Phillies also showed a lot of hustle on the base paths.  Although Placido Polanco is out by just a step in the photo below, he ran the play out hard:

 

And Chase Utley was all over the field.  It looks like he is going full throttle at second, jumping, leaping and diving to make plays.  One of the key defensive plays in the game came in the seventh.  Halladay had put runner on first and third with no outs and managed to pick off Alex Cora, who wandered too far off third on a fielder’s choice.

That play probably saved the game for the Phillies.  And here are a few other nice ones as well:

 

Once Halladay was out of the game, the bullpen did a nice job holding the 5-4 lead for him.  Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras took the eighth and Ryan Madson closed it in the ninth:

 

Here is the full Photo Album from the game Tuesday afternoon.  It includes a lot of nice pre-game shots, the President’s race and more. 

Game two with the Nats is Tuesday night at 7:05pm.  Cliff Lee will pitch.

Also as a side note, Vance Worley has been sent back to Triple-A to get more innings under his belt.  No word yet on a replacement, although it is possible that the Phillies add a bullpen piece and use Kyle Kendrick as a starter.

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
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Chase Utley Begins To Settle In

After coming off the DL on Monday, Chase Utley is now beginning to get into a rhythm at the plate.  He helped the Phillies to a 5-2 win over the Mets on Saturday night using his bat, his legs and his defense.

Utley had two hits, one RBI, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in the game.  He did a little bit of everything, even making some great plays on defense.  The bum right knee was really put to the test and it passed with flying colors.

This was especially great news for Cole Hamels who has suffered, along with the other starters, from a lack of run support.  When he exited the game after pitching seven innings, Hamels and the Phillies were down by a 2-1 score.  But Utley and Jimmy Rollins led a comeback in the eighth inning where three runs scored.  Rollins singled, stole a base and Utley drove him in.  Then Ryan Howard smacked a two-run double, putting the Phillies ahead 4-2.

The lead gave Hamels the opportunity to collect a win.  And although Hamels struggled early, allowing a career-high five stolen bases, he settled down and allowed only two runs. The Phillies then had to depend on the bullpen to preserve the win.

Jose Contreras tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his second appearance since returning from the DL.  And Ryan Madson took the ninth.  This year, he has been a closing machine.   Madson collected his 11th save in 11 opportunities to send the Phillies to bed with a 5-2 win.

The Phillies have taken the first two games in the series and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1:10pm.  Vance Worley will get his fourth start of the year.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

Cliff Lee Helps Himself to a Win

Just a short 12 hours after a stunning 19-inning victory, the Phillies won again, making it two wins in one day.  The 10-4 victory today gave the Phils a 3-1 series win over the Reds.

 The Phillies hoped that starting pitcher Cliff Lee could go deep into the game as nearly the entire bullpen was worked hard in the previous game.  Lee did not disappoint, going eight innings.  He did allow four runs on 10 hits and a walk, but he kept his team in the game in more ways than one.

Lee himself accounted for two of the Phillies 13 hits and he drove in three runs, two on a double and one more later on a single.  There have been a number of role reversals in the past two days.  Lee was the big slugger today and infielder Wilson Valdez was the winning pitcher in the game before.

Not so backwards was a three-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the third inning.  Chase Utley also hit his first home run of the year today.  Utley has now doubled and homered since coming off the DL on Monday and all is right with the world again.

Utley did appear to twist his right ankle / leg on a play today, which was a bit scary.  However, he kept playing and it looks like we all have to wait until tomorrow to see if Utley bounces back okay.

As for the rest of the offense, some of the younger players are starting to hit, which is a good sign.  The Reds starter Homer Bailey only lasted five innings and then rookie Daryl Thompson took over, making his major league debut.  However, Domonic Brown and Michael Martinez each had a hit off Bailey, so it was not like they were just abusing the rookie.  They hit a solid, veteran pitcher as well.

If the younger guys can keep stringing hits together like this, things may soon look-up for the Phillies offense.

And if injured players keep returning, like Jose Contreras did today, that is another big positive.  Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth inning today and looks like he is ready to pick up where he left off, although Ryan Madson will remain the closer.  And David Herndon was sent back to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

The Phillies will embark on a 9-game road trip next.  They play the Mets in New York Friday night at 7:10pm; Roy Oswalt will pitch.

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

Madson Has a Bad Day in Loss to Reds

Ryan Madson had been plowing down hitters, allowing just one run all season until Tuesday night.  The Phillies lost to the Reds by a score of 6-3 after a hairy ninth inning.

Rookie Vance Worley started the game and was a little rusty after being switched from starter to reliever to the minors and back to starting again as Joe Blanton made his second trip to the DL this month.  Worley was still pretty good, considering the way he has been bounced around lately.

 

Over five innings, Worley allowed three runs on six hits and four walks.

Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz carried the offense as both players are suddenly on fire.  Ibanez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ruiz was 2-for-3, also with an RBI. 

 

Chase Utley was in the line-up again since returning from the DL.  He was hitless on Monday, but finally got a hit Tuesday night.  That single turned out to be a momentum shift in the game, only not in the right direction.

 

Juan Samuel waived home Jimmy Rollins from second on the play for no apparent reason and he was a dead duck at home plate by about a mile.  There had been only one out in the inning at the time and losing that run seemed to kill the Phillies offense.

Utley was involved in a number of odd plays in the field as well, which sent him scrambling all over the place to track down balls hit into no-man’s land.  Here are a few of those plus some other plays:

 

But in the end, the game came down to the bullpen.  After a 13-inning scoreless streak, Ryan Madson finally had a bad day.  With one out in the ninth, Madson made a bad throw to first and things snowballed from there.

After loading the bases, Madson gave up a 3-run double to Jay Bruce.  The Reds had a 6-3 lead and the Phillies offense was unable to come back in the bottom of the inning.  Hopefully, Madson can start a new streak tonight.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  The third game with the Reds is tonight at 7:05pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Cliff Lee Shuts-Out His Former Team

After choosing Philadelphia over Texas this offseason, Cliff Lee faced his former team for the first time since pitching in the 2010 World Series for them.  The reunion appeared to be motivating, as Lee was on top of his game.

Over eight innings, Lee struck out 10 Rangers, allowed only five hits and did not give up a run.  Lee has been the victim of a lack of run support this year, but it did matter this time as he kept the Rangers off the board.

The offense had another rough day, but they managed to squeak out two runs for Lee.  Ryan Howard busted out of his slump with a solo homer and a single in the game.  John Mayberry Jr. collected a two-out RBI single in the sixth for the Phillies second run.

Domonic Brown made his 2011 debut in right field.  He got off to an ugly start in the first inning by grounding into a fielder’s choice in which Jimmy Rollins was thrown out at second.  Brown then was caught stealing afterwards.  He later left the bases loaded with two outs by hitting a fly ball to end the fifth inning.

Another player who had a bad day was Raul Ibanez.  He went 0-3 and hit into two double plays.  The first one came with one out and a runner on third, which was really disappointing as a sac fly could have added on a run.

But even though the offense is still holding on by a thread, Lee pitched them out of trouble.  He even tried to help out with a single and his first career stolen base.  But the two runs on eight hits turned out to be enough.

After Ryan Madson closed the game, the Phillies walked away with a 2-0 win and a chance to sweep the series.  The final game with the Rangers is Sunday afternoon at 1:35pm.  Roy Oswalt gets the start.  I will be there and return with photos.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Homers + Halladay = Win

A few of the Phillies bats had a small, yet short-lived, resurrection on Friday night against the Texas Rangers.  Both Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez went deep to score all three of the Phillies runs in the 3-2 win.

Both players have been struggling, especially Francisco.  Perhaps the call-up of Domonic Brown lit a fire under the two outfielders. Francisco won the right field spot out of spring training, but he may be on the verge of losing it now with his recent slump, the Brown call-up and better defense from John Mayberry Jr.

 While the future of the outfield is up in the air, the starting rotation remains steady.  Led by Roy Halladay, the Phillies put together a win while totaling only four hits in the game, two of which were home runs.

Both teams had issues with home plate umpire, Andy Fletcher, who had a moving strike zone that no one could nail down.  But Halladay stayed on his game, despite the inconsistencies.  He went eight innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk.  Halladay also struck out seven.

The closer role for the Phillies has been another question mark this year with both Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras going on the DL.  But Ryan Madson, who had trouble with this role in the past, has left little doubt about who the Phillies closer should be.

Madson has been practically unhittable.  He has allowed only one run the entire season so far and last night, he earned his eighth save in eight opportunities.  So now it is Madson who is lights-out, not Lidge.

Saturday night Cliff Lee will face the reigning AL Champs and his former team, the Rangers.  Game time is 7:10pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

 

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