Gameday Preview: Game 19 Phillies vs Diamondbacks

Please get me back home, I have been in way too many hotels on this west coast trip. Some really good and others sadly really poor, but we get to go home after today.

Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies today at 3:40 Pm EST against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This is the final game of the west coast trip and if the Phillies can pull out victory this afternoon they would go .500 on road trip. A couple of days ago that did not look possible at all.

The Phillies offense will have to face Trevor Cahill, Cahill has a career record of 41-36. Prior to joining the Diamondbacks this year he spent his first three years of his major league career with the Oakland Athletics.

This game will be televised on TCN, 1210 WPHT for radio.

Another hot day in Phoenix today as the high is 93 degrees this afternoon.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (8-10)

1. Pierre LF

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Nix 1B

6. Orr 2B

7. Ruiz C

8. Galivs SS

9. Hamels P

Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9)

1. Bloomquist SS

2. Hill 2B

3. Upton RF

4. Kubel LF

5. Ransom 3B

6. Goldschmidt 1B

7. Pollock CF

8.  Blanco C

9. Cahill P

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Phillies Find Some Offense in 8-5 Victory

The Phillies really got their offense kick started in the fourth inning tonight off of a two run opposite field home run shot  off of Hunter Pence’s bat, what happen to that hurting shoulder? Three batters later Laynce Nix crushed a ball to right field for a two runs big fly. That would push the Phillies to the early 4-0 lead.

In the last two nights the Phillies have hit two home runs in the same inning.

The Phillies would chalk up some much-needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when Pete Orr cleared the bases with a three run triple.

The Phillies were able to muster up 12 hits tonight and then Vance Worley did his thing out there on the mound.

The Phillies really needed starter Vance Worley to go deep into this game because they really did not have a ton of options out of the bullpen tonight. He did just that by pitching six strong innings on his way to his second win of the season, Worley only gave up one run tonight off of five hits, he also struck out six Arizona batters.

Then Charlie Manuel went to the Phillies bullpen and it really was not pretty, over the course of the next three innings the Phillies used Contreras, Bastardo, Qualls, and Jonathan Papelbon out of the bullpen. Contreras allowed three runs and just did not seem like his command was quite there, Qualls allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning but would snap right back and strike out the side to set it up for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon would come into the game in the ninth inning and shut it down for his sixth save of the season.

If the Phillies can win tomorrow they would go .500 on this west coast trip, a couple of days ago that looked impossible.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon at 3:40 Pm EST, Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies before they head back home to Citizens Bank Park where there start a three game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Some roster moves right after the game tonight, RHP Mike Stutes was placed on the DL (right shoulder inflammation). RHP Mike Schwimer was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take his place.

Some Other Notes From Arizona 

Chase Utley is with the team this three game series, but once the Phillies conclude this three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks he will remain in Arizona for some rehabbing.

Ryan Howard’s wound still hasn’t fully healed, his baseball activities have been limited this week, the wound is healing but right now it is very small and still there, so there is still a problemo.

Hunter Pence was back in the lineup tonight, I was pretty shocked when I saw him penciled into the lineup this evening. Pence did not play yesterday because his left arm was bothering him, he injured that left arm on Sunday against the San Diego Padres and had a MRI today. Obviously the results from that were good or at least good enough to play. Hunter Pence said he woke up this morning feel fine.

Cliff Lee has thrown the past couple days, says his strained left oblique is getting better.

Phillies were shorthanded tonight out of the bullpen due to Kyle Kendrick’s three inning clunker yesterday.

Gameday Preview: Game 18 Phillies vs Diamondbacks

The Philadelphia Phillies look to shake off this three game losing skid tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies will hopefully look to score some runs earlier tonight then last night, the Phillies were shutout and embarrassed until they put together a five run ninth inning last night that included back to back home runs and the first home run with runners on base for the Phillies this year.

The Phillies offense is really making these hack pitchers look like Cy Young’s these past couple of games.

Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies tonight and hopefully he pitches a shutout tonight to help this offense, Worley is 1-1 on the year and he picked up that first victory last Thursday in San Diego when he pitched a shutout and the Phillies somehow scored some runs.

The powerful run producing Phillies offense will face Diamondbacks righty Josh Collmenter tonight, Collmenter has started 27 games in his two-year career and has a record of 10-11 an ERA of 3.89. The Phillies offense will probably make him look like an All Star.

This game will be televised on CSN, 1210 WPHT for radio

It is 92 degrees in Phoenix today and a 0 percent chance of rain tonight, the roof will likely be open.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (7-10)

1. Pierre LF

2. Orr 2B

3. Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Victorino CF

6. Wigginton 3B

7. Nix 1B

8. Schneider  C

9. Worley P

Arizona Diamondbacks (9-8)

1. Parra CF

2. Hill 2B

3. Upton RF

4. Montero C

5.  Kubel LF

6. Goldy 1B

7. Ransom 3B

8. Bloomquist SS,

9. Collmenter P

Phillies Lose in the Desert 9-5

The last three Phillies games have been very hard to watch, I even left the stadium tonight before the game was over. I rarely ever leave games but tonight it was just to hard to watch.

When Kyle Kendrick gave up four runs in the first inning you almost knew this game was probably over, then the Diamondbacks would add two more in the bottom of the second to basically seal the victory. The Phillies offense was defiantly not going to pull a New York Yankees and come back from a 8 run deficit.

There was a lot of Phillies fan in Phoenix Arizona tonight and they sure showed Kyle Kendrick some brotherly love after his atrocious innings. Loud boos rained in from the stands at Chase Field as Kendrick exited the game.

When a sinker ball pitcher is not getting ground ball outs you know there is something wrong, Kendrick was not getting those ground ball outs, instead the Diamondback hitters were hitting those balls into the stands.

Phillies pitching allowed a season high 16 hits tonight.

I know this is very shocking to you but guess what? The Phillies offense again could not get anything and I mean anything going tonight, they were just hacking away up there at the plate and it really didn’t work for them tonight. The Phillies are really making these rookie hack pitchers look good this season, dang you would think these pitchers the Phillies are facing are cy young winners but they are the complete opposite of that.

The Phillies made the game a little interesting in the ninth with a five run inning, Shane Victorino hit a three run home run and Carlos Ruiz backed that up with a Solo shot. The Victorino home run was the first home run of the year with runners on base. It felt like a ream in the ninth inning with all of those runs, but Freddy Galvis woke me up from the dream when he grounded into a double play to end the Phillies rally.

Phillies are now 3-5 on this west coast trip and have two games left before they head back to Philadelphia.

Phillies have now lost the last three games and are now three games under the five hunderd mark 17 games into the season.

The Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 9:40 Pm EST, Vance Worley will take the hill and he will basically have to pitch a shutout for the Phillies to have a chance at the win, so no pressure Vanimal.

Some Other Notes From Arizona

Chase Utley was back with the team today, shagged some balls in batting practice and even hit a little. Utley looked good out there and lively. Chase Utley will stay in Arizona and will not travel back to Philadelphia after Wednesdays game.

Hunter Pence was not in the lineup tonight because of a bruised left arm he suffered yesterday in the 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, he is day-to-day but he will be going to see some doctors to see the extent of the injury, so more to come on that.