Back to .500

The Phillies explode with nine runs tonight and now are back to .500 baseball on the season with this 9-2 win tonight over the Cubs.

Freddy Galvis started the offensive production tonight when he batted home his 16th RBI on the year in the top of the second inning to give the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick a 1-0 lead to work with.

Phillies could have added some much-needed runs in the top of the third inning but Carlos Ruiz who has been the most consistent offensive bat for the Phillies so far this season grounded into a 6-3 twin killing double play to end the one out bases loaded rally. This team continues to fail with runners in scoring position.

Those stranded runners would not come back to haunt them tonight.

After Juan Pierre lost a ball in the Chicago night sky and Kyle Kendrick gifted Alfonso Soriano with a pitch down the middle the Cubs took a 2-1 lead. How do you give up a home run to the washed up Alfonso Soriano?

Those would be the only runs the Cubs would score tonight.

I get nervous every time someone makes contact with a Kyle Kendrick pitch as of late because they are just floating up there on a tee waiting to get crushed.

The Phillies would tie it up in the next inning off of a weak little ground out that scored Kyle Kendrick from third base. Kendrick was able to earn his first hit of the season tonight and  even scored. He does everything, hit, score, and gives up runs.

I guess since Kyle Kendrick pitched very well tonight I can’t rag on him till his next performance, Kendrick pitched six innings and gave up two runs off of three hits, he was only charged with one run because Pierre can’t catch out in left field.

Kendrick however would not chalk up a win tonight but he sure pitched well tonight.

Mr. MVP himself Carlos Ruiz broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning as he crushed his 7th big fly of the season.

Phillies added a ton of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to pretty much secure the fourth win in a row, the longest winning streak of the season continues.

Hector Luna really blew the game open in the inning with his first career grand slam to send the Cubs fans to the exits.

Bullpen did not allow a run tonight.

The Phillies conclude this short two game road trip tomorrow night at 8:05 Pm EST in Chicago against the Cubs. Roy Halladay will toe the rubber for the Phillies tomorrow night before the Phillies head home to begin a three game series against the Boston Red Sox.

Some Other Notes

Vance Worley who was put on the 15 day disabled list earlier this afternoon due to right elbow pain was examined this afternoon and there was no structural damage to that elbow thank goodness. No real timetable on his return to the starting rotation.

Chase Utley came back to life today and fielded some ground balls for the first time since rejoining the team May 5th.

Placido Polanco left tonight’s game with a bruised left knee.

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Frustrating Game Ends Well for the Phils

Hunter Pence and the Phillies walk off with a 4-3 victory after blowing Cliff Lee’s great pitching performance in the ninth.

It was a rainy ugly grey morning as we moved closer to first pitch in South Philadelphia but with about an hour till game time the tarp was rolled off the field and they started to prepare it for some afternoon baseball.

The game started right on time despite meteorologists saying it was going to be pouring at this time. How do you get a meteorologist job? Would sure be easy to be wrong all of the time, I’m already a professional at being wrong.

Right off the bat this team frustrated me today and it was really to early out here on the west coast to be filled with rage, the Phillies tried to use small ball in the first inning to score a run but it backfired in their face and they got nada. You just have to love bunting with no outs when Jimmy Rollins is already in scoring position. What respectable team does that?

Phillies decided to use long ball in the next inning and it really worked a lot better, shockerino.

Brian Schneider did something he does not do to often in the bottom of the second inning, he hit a hit a two run home run to right field to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. The first home run for Schneider since April 21st of last year.

Hunter Pence added on to his home run total with an opposite field big fly to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, his eighth on the season.

Offense finally gave Cliff Lee some runs to work with today, something that has not happened in his prior starts.

Cliff Lee pitched like Cliff Lee normally does on a daily basis today, getting strikeouts, getting outs, and working fast. The only mistake Lee made on the day was a fastball down the middle to Matt Jones who crushed it to left field.

Lee went eight innings today and only allowed one run off of five hits. But gets a no decision because the bullpen sucks basically.

Jonathan Papelbon was not available today because he’s has pitched the last three days, Chad Qualls pitched the ninth instead.

Qualls can never pitch a relaxing inning, he allowed a run and Hunter Pence botched a play in right to blow his victory. Cliff Lee should get a free kick on Chad Qualls.

Qualls could not finish the inning and the Phillies brought out Jake Diekman to get the final out in the inning in his MLB debut, he did just that and stranded runners on second and third.

Diekman came back out to pitch the tenth inning and did an outstanding job.

This was the final time the Houston Astros played in Philadelphia as a National League club. I did not realize this before today. This really sucks because I always loved playing the Astros because they are horrid and we can usually beat them.

222nd sellout in a row today at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 8:05 Pm EST in Chicago against the Cubs.

Phillies win 5-1, Polanco Reaches Milestone

This was a battle between two very bad teams, the sea of empty blue seats at first pitch was a result of these teams combined suckness so far this season.

These next four games for the Phillies are almost must win games because they are playing the Astros and Cubs. Both teams do not have a lot going for them so the Phillies need to pick up some victories.

The offense did well tonight, however the first four innings it would have seemed we were facing a Cy Young out there, pitching did very well tonight. But we were facing the Astros so don’t get to excited.

The Phillies were able to push across the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning off of a Freddy Galvis RBI single, both offenses were sputtering until the Phillies were actually able to get people on base in that inning. The Phillies had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning but Juan Pierre was up and we all know how that ended.

While the rain continued misting over Citizens Bank Park Carlos Ruiz singled home Shane Victorino in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies were not done in the sixth, Freddy Galvis singled home another run in the  inning to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Galvis was the offensive spark plug tonight.

Placido Polanco reached the 2,000 mark in hits tonight and did it in grand style. Polanco hit a two run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to capture this milestone.

Joe Blanton pitched a pretty great game tonight against a pretty horrid Houston Astros offense. Blanton allowed one run off of six hits tonight in his seven innings of work.

Bastardo and Qualls together got the Phillies through the eighth inning without allowing any more runs and that set it up for the billion dollar reliever.

Papelbon pitched a clean ninth inning and the Phillies are only two game under .500 now.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 Pm EST. After tomorrow’s game against the Houston Astros the Phillies will head to Chicago to play the Cubs for two games and then return to Citizens Bank Park Friday for a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. This Schedule is little loopy this week, someone must have been a little tipsy when they were writing this weeks schedule.

Gameday Preview: Game 36 Phillies vs Astros

The Philadelphia Phillies begin a two game quick series against the Houston Astros tonight at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia, first pitch around 7:05 Pm EST.

It was nice to see the Phillies edge on the Padres yesterday to pick up the win and win the series on Mother’s Day. Yesterday was the final time the Phillies and Padres will meet this season.

Joe Blanton will toe the rubber for the Phillies tonight, he comes into tonight with a 3-3 record and a respectable 3.24 ERA. Blanton allowed four runs off of five hits in his last outing against the New York Mets, he wound up with a no decision as the bullpen blew the ball game.

Phillies bats will face righty Lucas Harrel, he has a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 4.58 so far in this young season.

Placido Polanco will again go for his 2,000th hit tonight, he bats sixth tonight.

Weather at game time tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (16-19)

1. Rollins SS
2. Pierre LF
3. Victorino CF
4. Pence RF
5. Ruiz C
6. Polanco 3B
7. Mayberry 1B
8.  Galvis 2B
9. Blanton P

Gameday Preview: Game 35 Phillies vs Padres

Happy Mother’s Day.

We roll out the pink equipment this afternoon so hopefully these pink bats can help the offense pick up some runs, and maybe just maybe stop Hunter Pence from swinging at every single pitch. I never seen a more inpatient hitter at the plate then Hunter Pence

This is the final game of this three game series against the San Diego Padres, first pitch around 1:35 Pm EST.

Cole Hamels will start his first game since his little incident with Bryce Harper that landed Hamels a five game suspension.

Weather at game time

Phillies Lineup (15-19)

1.Rollins SS
2. Pierre LF
3. Victorino CF
4. Pence RF
5. Wigginton 3B
6. Mayberry 1B
7. Galvis 2B
8. Schneider C
9. Hamels P

Gameday Preview: Game 34 Phillies vs Padres

I guess the key to the Phillies victories is me not watching the games, so someone come into my house and please take all of the tv’s out of my house.

Just for your information I will not be able to watch tonight’s game so the Phillies will win again.

Okay enough of that stupidity

The Phillies look to win game two of this three game series tonight at 7:05 Pm EST against the San Diego Padres.

Last night featured some offense and the bullpen for once did not blow the freaking game, it’s a miracle. The bullpen was able to pitch three scoreless innings in relief of Vance Worley who got hit just a tad bit last night. I really thought that our bullpen could never be able to throw three scoreless innings but they somehow pulled a rabbit out of their ass and worked some magic.

Roy Halladay will take the hill for the Phillies this evening, Halladay has had some rough outings as of late and it really is saddening me. Doc has received a no decision in his past two outings, has that ever happen before? I don’t recall Halladay having two no decisions in a row since joining the Phillies until now.

Edinson Volquez will start for the Padres.

Since Velocity has been a big storyline this year for Halladay here is his velocity in the past years.

The Phillies have made more roster moves. Mike Fontenot has been called up to the big club. There has been a ton of roster moves this week and my small brain is beginning to hurt because of it.

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

Weather at game time tonight in South Philadelphia.


 

 

 

 

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (15-18)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Ruiz C

7. Mayberry LF

8. Galvis 2B

9. Halladay P

 

Gameday Preview: Game 32 Phillies vs Mets, Still Sane

Happy Wednesday, everybody have a good evening.

After last nights blunder of a loss where the Phillies blew a 4-0 lead and could not push across any runs late in the game are right back at it tonight against the Mets, this is the series finale and first pitch is around 7:05 Pm EST. The Phillies are about to get swept by the Mets, just ponder that for a second.

I really don’t have the actually stats sitting in front of me but the Phillies bullpen has blown at least eight games this year, the pitcher I thought that would never blow game blew a game on monday and that was Jonathan Papelbon. I never thought the billion dollar closer would give up a home run to a guy that has never even had a hit in the major leagues. It’s like just pick your poison out there in the bullpen. The poison last night was Chad Qualls,  the first batter he faced the Mets tied it up after the worst rundown I have ever seen in my life.

Cliff Lee will toe the rubber for the Phillies tonight, the first time since April 18th.  In that game Cliff Lee pitched ten scoreless innings and the Phillies still lost the game, just nauseating. That has been the story of the season, nauseating.

To make room to activate Cliff Lee the Phillies sent Michael Schwimer down to triple A this afternoon. Schwimer had an 8.53 ERA in five appearances with the Phillies.

Guys you need to drink to watch the Phillies this season.

Dillon Gee will pitch for the Mets tonight, Gee is 2-2 on the season. He received a no decision his last time out against Arizona.

So if the Phillies get out to the early lead tonight I fully expect them to blow the game late, I know I sound negative but how could you be positive right now. My head is slowly exploding.

We just need Ryan Howard and Chase Utley back on this team.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (14-17)

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Polanco 3B

6. Mayberry 1B

7. Schneider C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Lee P

Mets Lineup (17-13)

1. Torres CF

2. Murphy 2B

3. Wright 3B

4. Hairston RF

5. Rottino LF

6. Turner SS

7. Davis 1B

8. Johnson C

9. Gee P

Gameday Preview: Game 30 Phillies vs Mets

The Philadelphia Phillies return home tonight to begin a lengthy home stand, the New York Mets start off of that home stand tonight at 7:05 Pm EST.

Yesterdays game went very lovely if you were a Phillies fans, Cole Hamels pitched a tremendous ball game and the Phillies bats woke up from hibernation and supported Cole’s great pitching performance.

Now I have always had respect for Cole Hamels but after yesterdays game and his comments after the game I have total respect for him now. In the first inning young phenom Bryce Harper stepped up to the plate and the first pitch Hamels threw to him was a fastball that hit his back. At the time of the event I really just thought Hamels lost control of his fastball, but his post game comments said otherwise, “I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it.” I have mad respect for Mr. I’m going to break the bank with the contract I’m going to be offered in the offseason. I love people who just come out and speak the truth, that don’t sugarcoat everything. I really hope the Phillies can muster up some money to sign Hamels to an extension.

He will probably get fined for this which is chicken shit but I just hope he doesn’t get suspended.

“never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball.” This is what Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo had to say about Cole Hamels hitting Bryce Harper. The Nationals visit Citizens Bank Park in two weeks, to bad we can’t hit the general manager with a ball right between his eyes.

Roy Halladay will take the hill for the Phillies this evening at Citizens Bank Park, he will look to make up or redeem himself from his last start where he gave up eight runs to the Atlanta Braves. I will always love Halladay no matter what so I wasn’t really mad after last weeks game. Every pitcher no matter who you are is going to have a bad game every once in a while and that was the case last weekend with Roy Halladay. It just seemed like through the first four innings of that baseball game Halladay had his stuff and was going to cruise to the victory, but in the fifth and sixth inning the Braves figured out something and began to pound Halladay. Just goes to show you that baseball is one weird sport and don’t even try to predict it or it will bite you in the tush.

The Phillies bats will face New York Mets lefty Jon Niese tonight, Niese is 2-1 on the season and has an ERA of 4.08 so far. The Philllies faced Niese earlier this season at Citizens Bank Park and were shutout, Phillies were only able to chalk up five hits in that game.

This game is on ESPN again tonight and my question is what will ESPN cameras show since there mancrush Bryce Harper isn’t playing? Will they actually have to show the game that’s being played for once? Its Armageddon.

A cloudy 64 degrees at game time tonight. 20 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (14-15)

1. Rollins SS

2. Mayberry LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Ruiz C

7. Polanco 2B

8. Galvis SS

9. Halladay P

New York Mets (15-13)

1. Torres CF

2. Nieuwenhuis LF

3. Wright 3B

4. Duda RF

5. Murphy 2B

6. Davis 1B

7. Turner SS

8. Thole C

9. Niese P

Gameday Preview: Game 29 Phillies vs Nationals

The Philadelphia Phillies conclude the series against the Washington Nationals tonight, the Phillies will look to not get swept tonight and salvage the third and final game of this series tonight at 8:05 Pm EST.

Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies and will be in search for his fourth win on the season. Hamels has really been the most consistent starter in the Phillies starting rotation so far this season. Hamels pitched a pretty good game last time out but the bullpen blew the game and he received a no decision.

The struggling Phillies bats will have to face Nationals righty Jordan Zimmerman. On the year he has a 1-2 record but has a pretty good ERA of 1.89. The National just don’t back him up with any runs and hopefully that is the case tonight also.

This game is televised on ESPN at 8:05 Pm EST.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (13-15) 

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Nix 1B

6. Ruiz C

7. Polanco 3B

8. Orr 2B

9. Hamels P

Shocking Late Inning Offense

For the second night in a row the Phillies were able to spark some late inning offense.

That no offensive production all the Phillies fans love and know to heart made an appearance through the first three innings tonight but something sparked them in the top of the four inning. Placido Polanco the God from last night erased that goose egg out of the hit column in the top of the fourth, two batters later Hunter Pence hit a little cue shot to the right side of the infield and it got through the infield to right field, the balls was hit slow enough that Hunter Pence was able to make it to second base on the play. Next batter was Wigginton and he got both of those runners home on a 2 RBI clutch single, he was able to make it to third on the play because the Braves Left fielder let the ball go right by him.

Cole Hamels pitched a really great game tonight but was not able to pick up the victory, Hamels went six strong innings but the Phillies had to go to the bullpen because Hamels threw a lot of pitches tonight, Hamels allowed two runs overall tonight and it just seemed like he fell behind hitters 2-0 a lot tonight and because of that his pitch count was high.

Both the Phillies and the Braves went to the bullpen at almost the same time tonight, the Braves have a really great bullpen and the Phillies so far this season have had a pretty shaky bullpen.

You would have never thought the Phillies would be able to produce runs off of this strong Braves bullpen but in the eighth inning the Phillies pushed across two runs off of a wild pitch and a Hunter Pence single to the opposite way to get the win and move the Phillies back to a .500 record on the season.

The Phillies shaky bullpen was able to make it through the late innings tonight without allowing a run, Bastardo pitched great in his inning of work, Qualls allowed some baserunners in his inning but was able to pitch himself out of the jam, and Papelbon continues to be perfect in his save situations as he picked up his ninth save on the season.

21,640 fans at Turner Field tonight, pretty pathetic.

The Phillies now look to get their record above .500 for the first time since opening day tomorrow night.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 Pm EST. Roy Halladay will pitch for the Phillies and Tommy Hanson for the Braves.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta 

33-year-old righty Brian Sanches has been added to the 40 man roster to fill the spot of the injured David Herndon. I thought the Phillies might give prospect Jake Diekman the promotion but the Phillies decided to go with experience and a right-handed pticher. Sanches pitched very well in spring training and has continued that in Triple A. The starters for the Phillies really need to go deep into games because this bullpen is very shaky. A quality start from a starter could just vanish with this bullpen.

Here is a great story on Antonio Bastardo and his use this year out of the bullpen.