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.

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 31 Phillies vs Mets, Please keep me Sane

Happy Tuesday.

After last nights horrible 5-2 loss the Phillies are right back at it this evening to play game two of this three game series against the New York Mets, first pitch around 7:05 Pm EST.

Last nights game was one of those game where you finish the whole bottle of rum off, when Roy Halladay is on the mound you just don’t expect him to walk away from a game with a no decision. You also don’t expect your 50 billion dollar closer to give up a three run home run to a guy that has never hit a home run in the major leagues, let alone a hit. Anything that could go bad for the Phillies last night went bad, the good thing about this sport is that there is always a game the next day.

That guy who hit the home run last night was Jordany Valdespin, and yes he is the starting lineup tonight.

The Phillies bats were hitting the balls hard in the first couple of innings but after that the bats went into hibernation and could never push across another run.

The Phillies are going to keep all of the bars in business at this rate.

Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies tonight and in his last performance he probably pitched the best of any Phillies pitcher so far this season, the Phillies also really needed that outing from him. Last time out for Blanton he pitched a three hit shutout in Atlanta, the Phillies lost the night before in eleven innings so the Phillies really needed an outing like this because the bullpen was on their last leg. Phillies got the win that day and the bullpen was granted a much-needed rest.

Veteran righty Miguel Batista will pitch for the Mets, over his eighteen year major league career he has been on twelve different ball clubs. Career record of 101-113 and an ERA of  4.49 in his lengthy career.

A cool rainy 60 degrees around game time tonight at Citizens Bank Park, 50 percent chance of rain at game time.

This game is not on ESPN tonight so I will not get blacked out, ESPN just has horrible announces, and they like to have make out sessions with a certain player throughout the game. Especially if your name is Bryce Harper. If you had to take a shot of tequila every time ESPN mentioned Bryce Harper’s name you would probably die quickly of Alcohol poisoning.

And on that very positive note the picture down below represents my reaction tonight if the Phillies lose. I apologize to my house.

Go Phillies!

Go Flyers!

Go Sports!

Phillies lineup (14-16)

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Ruiz C

6. Polanco 3B

7. Mayberry 1B

8. Orr 2B

9. Blanton P

New York Mets (16-13)

1. Torres CF

2. Nieuwenhuis LF

3. Wright CF

4. Duda RF

5. Murphy 2B

6. Davis 1B

7. Valdespin

8. Nickeas C

9. Batista

Phillies please win this game so you can save the city from jumping off the bridge

Gameday Preview: Game 26 Phillies at Braves

After the game of rollercoaster frustration last night the Phillies get right back at it today at 12:10 Pm EST against the Atlanta Braves.

I’m still trying to recover from yesterday’s ball game, my brain is fried and I think I need some heart medicine but I’m here to write about it once again so wish me luck and bring me some medication and some energy drinks with liquor in them.

Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phils today and he will be opposed by Braves righty Randall Delgado.

Joe Blanton has a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 3.81 on the season. He has had some good starts and some pretty horrid starts so far this season.

Randall Delgado has a record of 2-2 on the season and an ERA of 6.30 so far. Delgado won his first two outings of the season but something has gone south in the last two outings, he has given up five runs and four runs in the last two outings and both of those resulted in a loss for him.

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

Go Phillies! 

Phillies Lineup (12-13)

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 3B

6. Nix 1B

7. Orr 2B

8. Schneider C

9. Blanton P

What did I Witness Tonight in Atlanta?

This game was a frustrating mess as the Phillies lose in extras 15-13  . Please chug a bottle of rum.

I need some heart medicine.

Roy Halladay took the hill for the Phillies tonight and found himself in some trouble right away, Braves had first and second and one out but Doc got a timely 3-6-1 double play to get out of the early jam.

In the top of the second inning the Phillies threatened with first and second with no outs, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Freddy Galvis struck out swinging at a pitch above his head to end the early rally.

Both Roy Halladay and Tommy Hanson were able to get very timely double plays early in this game.

The Phillies would however push across four runs in the top of the third inning, the highlight of the inning was when Laynce Nix cleared the bases with his 3 run double. The Phillies batted around in the top of the third inning and also forced Braves Starter Tommy Hanson to pitch a lot of pitches.

Tommy Hanson only went 3.2 innings tonight and allowed four runs off of eight hits. Phillies made him throw lots and lots of pitches and were able to push across some early runs.

Phillies would produce some insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning off of two back to back run scoring doubles from the bats of Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis.

The unthinkable happened in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Braves put up a six spot off of Halladay, the big hit of the inning was a grand slam off of the bat of Brian McCann that tied the game up at six.

That was the first home run Halladay has allowed this season.

The Braves would push across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and that would end Roy Halladay’s night. The Braves push across eight runs in Halladay’s final two innings on the hill, Halladay was pitching great before that I just really don’t know what happened but that’s baseball for you.

Halladay went 5.1 innings and allows eight runs off of twelve hits.

Both Starters tonight had pretty horrible games to say the least.

The madness continued in the top half of the seventh, the Phillies regained the lead off of a Carlos Ruiz three runs home run.

Carlos Ruiz would produce more runs in the top of the eighth inning by a bases clearing double to once again give the Phillies some insurance runs.

The Braves would put a five-spot up in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Phillies bullpen collapses once again.

The Phillies were down to their last out in the top of the ninth with a runner on third but were able to tie it up on an infield single by Shane Victorino to continue this fun ball game.

In the bottom of the eleventh inning Chipper Jones ended the game with a two run home run off of Brian Sanchez, Jonathan Papelbon was not used in the game.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, this game will be a 12:10 Pm EST start and is the final game of this three game series against the Atlanta Braves. Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies and Randall Delgado for the Braves. The Phillies will head to Washington after tomorrows game to begin a three game weekend series against the Nationals.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta

Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list and has left the team already for Clearwater Florida where he will rehab his back. Erik Kratz was recalled to replace Thome. Skipper Charlie Manuel said the weather will be good for Thome in Clearwater and also good for him to get ABs in extended spring when his back improves.

David Herndon has a flexor pronator strain he is shut down completely for three weeks. Not a candidate for surgery, for now.

Cliff Lee threw a bullpen session today and said he felt fine, if the next bullpen session which is Saturday goes well we may see Cliff Lee start a game next week. Story on Lee’s bullpen session today.

No time has been set for Chase Utley to rejoin the team.

Ryan Howard continues his rehab in Clearwater Florida.

OF Domonic Brown strained his left hamstring today in a Triple-A game. He is day-to-day.

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.

Gameday Preview: Game 24 Phillies at Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies begin there six game road trip tonight at 7:10 Pm EST in Atlanta against the Braves.

Awww I remember this ball park, this is where the Phillies knocked the Atlanta Braves out of the playoffs on the final day of the regular season last year, also on that great day where the Phillies won their 102nd game of the season, the most in franchise history.

Hopefully if the Phillies get a lead tonight  the bullpen arson squad doesn’t blow it like last night. Vance Worley got screwed out of a win last night and that saddens me.

The Phillies will send out Cole Hamels who has a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.73.

The Braves will send out starter Brandon Beachy who is having a wonderful start to his season, he is 2-1 and has a remarkable ERA of 1.05. In the two victories he has both of those game were shutouts.

This game will be televised on TCN and the MLB Network, 1210 WPHT for radio.

It will be 83 degrees at game time tonight in Atlanta with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (11-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Hamels P


This graph is from yesterdays victory.

Month In Review

The first month of the regular season for the Phillies could have been worse, it actuallycould have been really bad but as we flip the calendars to May the Phillies finish the month with a 11-12 record and are only 3.5 games out of first place.

It wasn’t the best month ever but we did get through it and somehow come out of it with only one game under .500. Some of the game were really hard to watch and really frustrated the living hell out of me but some games were actually pretty enjoyable if that’s possible. The Phillies really did a lot better than I thought through the first month of play, especially after the Phillies dropped two games to the pathetic San Diego Padres. That west coast trip really looked like it was going to go really horrible but the Phillies pulled some offense out of their ass or somewhere and won the games with their offense in the final two games of that road trip in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

On that trip Cliff Lee was put on the disabled list, this upcoming friday there was a chance Cliff Lee might come off of the disabled list to pitch against the Nationals in Washington but that will not happen. Lee is getting better but he must throw two bullpen session before he can go out there and start a ball game, so far the first bullpen session has not been scheduled quite yet.

The Flyers hockey offense out scores the Phillies offense on a regular basis but at least we are pulling out some victories and we are not six games back already, the Phillies are in the hunt and I know its way too early to say this kind of garbage but hey I’m just giddy and thrilled we are keeping pace and getting these much-needed victories with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out of the lineup.

Speaking of Chase Utley we had a glimpse of Utley when the Phillies were in Arizona, he was with the team that three game series against the Diamondbacks and he even shagged some fly balls and hit a little in batting practice before those games. Once the team left Arizona Chase remained there to continue to rehab and sip margaritas throughout the day.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater today.

So lets hope as the months roll by the Phillies keep getting better and more importantly the Phillies keep getting healthier.

Here are some pictures from when the Phillies were out west, and thanks to everybody that has stopped by this site through the first month of the regular season. It really means a lot to me and I thank each and every one of you.

Phillies vs Padres, Thursday April 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Friday April 20th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Saturday April 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Sunday April 22nd

A Look at The Road Trip

The Philies now will fly to Atlanta Georgia to begin a six game road trip, this road trip consists of three games in Atlanta and three games in Washington against the Nationals.

This Phillies can gain some much-needed ground in the National League East Standings if they can pull out some victories on this road trip as Atlanta and Washington are both above the Phillies in the standings as of right now, but remember folks it is still really early in the season to talk to much about the standings. The important thing is to not get to far back in the standings.

On this trip we will see if the Nationals strategy of keeping the Phillies fans out of their ball park as worked, I highly doubt it worked because who roots for the Nats?

Pitching Match-ups for This Road Trip 

Tuesday

Phillies vs Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Brandon Beachy

Wednesday

Phillies at Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Roy Halladay vs Tommy Hanson

Thursday

Phillies vs Braves 12:10 Pm EST

Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado

Friday

Phillies vs Nationals 7:05 Pm Est

Kyle Kendrick vs Stephen Strasburg

Saturday

Phillies vs Nationals 1:05 Pm EST

Vance Worley vs Gio Gonzalez

Sunday 

Phillies vs Nationals 8:05 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Jordan Zimmermann