Phillies Continue Winning Ways

For the second straight night the Phillies have an offensive outburst and win 8-7, Carlos Ruiz topped the night off with four hits and batted home three runs. It got a little dicey at the end but the Phillies pull out the victory and push this winning streak to five games.

For the tenth straight game the Phillies grabbed the early lead off of a Carlos Ruiz RBI single that scored Jimmy Rollins in the top of the first inning. That was Carlos’s 25th RBI on the season, Ruiz is just a RBI machine to start this year and I’m loving every bit of it. The Phillies however would strand the bases loaded again for the billionth time this season in the inning, it was all set up for Hector Luna to hit another grand slam but he was about 350 feet short of one as he popped it straight up to the catcher.

The Cubs striked right back in the bottom half of the first with a RBI sacrifice fly, the inning was started off with a leadoff double from David Dejesus. Halladay throughout his career has never had a lot of success against the leadoff hitter and it cost him in the inning.

Halladay would only allow two runs the rest of the way, Halladay went eighth innings tonight and allowed three runs off of seven hits.

The Phillies just kept frustrating Chris Volstad in the top of the second inning, the Phillies added three runs in the inning and the Chicago Cubs already had their bullpen up. I just really love facing Chris Volstad.

I was just saddened by the fact that the Cubs went to the bullpen in the third inning ): but there bullpen is nothing spectacular.

Carlos Ruiz is unstoppable, he batted home his 26th RBI in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 5-1. At this rate he deserves to be voted into the All-Star game because he is just playing remarkable right now. He just keeps knocking in runs after runs.

Ruiz was not done, he batted home another run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Phillies a 8-2 lead. Ruiz had four hit night and batted home three runs. His sixth four-hit game of his career.

Going into the ninth inning the Phillies had a very comfortable 8-3 lead but Jake Diekman had a horrid outing and the Phillies were forced to bring in Jonathan Papelbon, Papelbon was able to get the final out and the Phillies move one game above .500.

There was a lot of highlights tonight but the highlight of the night was Gary Mattews singing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field, did a very fine job.

Boxscore

The Phillies now head home to play the Boston Red Sox in a three game interleague series that begins tomorrow, first pitch is around 7:05 Pm EST and Cole Hamels will start.

Some Other Notes

Chase Utley was fielding ground balls for the second straight day today during batting practice at Wrigley Field.

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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.

Thank You Polanco, Phillies win 6-4

Guys this was amazing, mark this day down in history because the Phillies were actually able to score some runs in the first inning tonight. It wasn’t just one run it was a whopping four runs in the bottom of the first innning. I was so shocked at these chain of events that I got off of my recliner and gave the Phillies a standing ovation at the end of the inning.

But the Phillies had to make the game interesting I guess, I thought we had this game won but the Phillies went to the bullpen and the arson squad gave up three runs which tied it up at four. Chad Qualls was charged with two runs and Antonio Bastardo was charged with one run.

Vance Worley pitched another great game tonight but the sad thing is he does not get credit for the win, sure deserved it but the Phillies bullpen blew the lead late. Worley pitched seven innings and only allowed one run off of five hits, struck out five cubbies.

The Phillies were able to take back the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with a little two out rally action, the rally began when pinch hitter Juan Pierre got hit by a pitch, then two batters later Jimmy Rollins got a single and Pierre was able to make it to third on the play, Placido Polanco was the next batter and he came through big with a 2 out 2 RBI double to give the Phillies the lead.

It was all up to Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning to shut the door on the Cubs and he did just that as he picks up his eighth save of the season.

It was the 214th consecutive sellout at the bank tonight.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST in Atlanta (Braves Country). This will begin a six game road trip for the Phillies, three games in Atlanta and three in Washington. We will see if the Nationals will be able to take back their park back this time around or we  will see the stadium full of the Phillies nation yet again, I’m thinking it’s going to be full of Phillies fans hopefully annoying the living hell out of the two Nats fans in attendance for the games.

Cole Hamels will pitch tomorrow

Some Other Notes 

After the win tonight David Herndon was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. Roster move coming tomorrow.

Cliff Lee will not come off of the DL on Friday and won’t start in our Nation’s Capital, Lee is improving but he must throw two bullpen sessions before coming off of the disabled list. That first bullpen session has not been scheduled just quite yet.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater Florida today.

Michael Martinez is out of the walking boot now and  will continue his rehabbing in Clearwater on that right foot.

Gameday Preview: Game 23 Phillies vs Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies play the final game of this home stand tonight at 7:05 Pm EST against the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies will look to take two games from this four game series.

Hopefully the Phillies can muster up more than two hits this evening and not frustrate the living hell out of me like they did yesterday.

If you’re going to watch this game you might as well drink a little bit, no not just a little bit you might want to drink a lot because this offense is pretty feeble. The more drinks in you the better. The strategy is that you get so drunk you forget to watch the game and you just pass out, if you try to watch this offense without a drink you might break a remote or something valuable so I suggest the first option.

Would you rather be drunk or sober watching this Phillies offense wale away at pitches out of the strike zone?

The Phillies send Vance Worley out to pitch tonight, Worley has a 2-1 record this season and has an ERA of 2.16.

The Phillies will face Cubs righty Chris Volstad, he is searching for his first win on the campaign.

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

60 degrees at game time tonight with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (10-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Orr 2B

9. Worley P

Cubs Lineup (8-14)

1. DeJesus RF

2.  Campana CF

3. Castro SS

4. LaHair 1B

5. Soriano LF

6. Stewart 3B

7. DeWitt 2B

8.  Soto C

9. Volstad P

Phillies Lose in Extra Innings 1-0, Head to San Diego

It was a pitching duel tonight in the bay area at AT&T park, both Cliff Lee and Matt Cain pitched a full nine innings scoreless, both were working extremely fast, If you went to the bathroom you would have missed the whole inning because both of these pitchers were working so fast.

The Phillies had only two hits through the first nine innings, the Giants only had five hits through the first nine innings. I was wondering with these two offenses at one point if either of these offense was ever going to push across a run.

Cliff Lee had only thrown 91 pitches in the game when he faced the second batter of the bottom of the tenth inning.

Matt Cain exited after pitching nine innings and only allowing four hits, he struck out four in a great performance that lived up to that big contract the Giants gave him earlier this season. Cain retired the last 13 batters he faced on the night.

The first team to one run won the game and that team was unfortunately the Giants tonight, the Phillies took out Cliff Lee for Jim Thome who pinch hit in the top of the eleventh inning with Carlos Ruiz at in scoring postion at third base, the Phillies would not get a run out of the opportunity. Charlie Manuel brought in Antonio Bastardo for the bottom of the eleventh inning and he would allow the winning run home on a RBI single, the Phillies may have gotten out of the inning if  third basemen Ty Wigginton could have controlled the ball cleanly and throw it to second to start a double play but instead the ball played him and the Phillies were unable to get any outs on the play, next batter was Melky Cabrera and he hit the RBI single to win the game for the Giants.

The only positive on offense tonight for the Phillies was Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to eight games in the top of the third.

With this loss the Phillies fall to 5-7 and sit alone in last place in the National League East Standings, this is the first time since April 21st of 2007 the Phillies are in last place.

This game really sucks because Cliff Lee pitched a phenomenal ball game tonight but had no offense to back him up and again he leaves the ballpark searching for his first win of the season. It was a great pitching duel all night long but this loss really sucks.

This was the fastest eleven inning game I ever witnessed in my short life of being a baseball fan.

The Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 10:05 Pm EST in San Diego California, the Padres have a beautiful ballpark down there and tomorrow morning I will be heading out to San Diego for the weekend to go to all four games of the Phillies series. If you’re a Phillies fan and you live near San Diego or you live back in Philly, San Diego is the perfect place to go see the Fightin Phils play, the weather is always wonderful and Petco Park is right downtown in the gaslamp district where there is a ton of restaurants and bars. Plus there is always a ton of Phillies fans that come out to the game.

Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies tomorrow night in Southern California.

Me After the game

 

Clutch Hits Never Came for the Phillies Tonight

Phillies had many opportunities to score runs in this game but they just could not take advantage of those baserunners and the Giants even up the series with a 4-2 victory tonight.

Joe Blanton took the hill tonight for the Phillies and he just did not have that good stuff he had a week ago when he pitched an excellent game in the win at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants got to Blanton early and held the lead the rest of the game, Giants would chalk up two runs in the first inning  just three batters into the game. Blanton would allow another two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Giants just jumped on Blanton like the Phillies jumped on Tim Lincecum last night in the first inning.

Kind of miss Roy Oswalt at this time, if Oswalt was still pitching for the Phillies Joe Blanton would not be in this rotation. The pitching rotation is much more dominant with Oswalt in it, Oswalt is still a free agent right now and will probably sign with a playoff contending team halfway through the season.

Blanton pitched five innings tonight and allowed four runs off of 11 hits.

The Phillies offense had a ton of opportunities in this ball game to take the lead or at least tie the game up but they just could not get any timely hits to push the runs home, in the top of the sixth inning the Phillies had the bases loaded with no outs and only could come out of the inning with one run off of Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly to left field. Hunter Pence hit his second home of the year in the top of the fourth inning. Phillies would only mustered up two runs off of seven hits tonight. The alarming stat from this game was the 19 batters the Phillies left on base.

Phillies could have easily won this game if they would have gotten some clutch hits, but that would not be the case tonight and the Phillies drop one game under .500 again (5-6)

Phillies have now scored a total of 6 runs in 4 games started by a lefty this season.

Phillies used Kyle Kendrick and Michael Stutes out of the bullpen tonight and both of them pitched scoreless innings to try to keep the Phillies in the game and they did that. But the offense never helped them out.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the San Francisco Giants at 10:15 Pm EST, this is the final game of the series before the Phillies head to San Diego for a four game series. Cliff Lee will pitch for the Phillies and he will opposed by Matt Cain.

Injury Updates

Chase Utley is supposed to return to the ball club next week when the Phillies play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix for a three game series before the Phillies head back home. Hopefully Chase Utley has some brand new legs.

Ryan Howard visited a wound specialist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital yesterday, still no timetable when he will return which is kind of frightening.

Placido Polanco got hit by a ball last night in his left elbow, he looked like he was in a lot of pain at the time but he remained in the ball game and was in the lineup tonight, after yesterdays game Polanco said he was fine.

Some Other Notes From The Bay Area

Hunter Pence hit the coke bottle way up in left field at AT&T park in batting practice this afternoon, gosh he is a really strong human specimen.

MLB Draft

The Major League Baseball draft will be held on June 4th at 7 Pm.

The MLB released the order of the annual draft earlier today and the Phillies have four picks in the top 100: 40th, 54th, 77th, and 95th overall. The Phillies gave up there first pick of the draft which would have been a 31st pick to the Red Sox for closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies did however pick up some picks whens they lost Ryan Madson and Raul Ibanez.

The  Houston Astros will have the first pick in the draft, third time in thei franchiser history they have had the first pick.

Off Day In Pittsburgh

Good Morning everyone from the west coast, let’s have a relaxing off day before the season really gets into the swing of things.

After all of the anticipation for the Phillies season to start we now have an off day today to relax and recuperate before we start back up Saturday evening in Pittsburgh. It was a pleasant first game of the year for the Phillies.

Roy Halladay started his tenth consecutive opening day yesterday and his third for the Phillies on a beautiful day in the Steel City at least from my vantage points which is on a recliner 2,000 miles away in California. It may have been a tad bit brisk in Pittsburgh yesterday for the game but where I was sitting watching the tv it sure looked beautiful with the river and the city in the background. I have always loved seeing Halladay pitch and I will never get tired of seeing him out there for the Phillies pitching, hopefully when the Phillies come out here in a couple of weeks to San Diego California I can see him pitch for once. Everytime the Phillies have come out to the west in the past couple of years I have always missed him pitch and that saddens me a tad bit. It’s on my bucket list to see Roy Halladay pitch one time live.

The Phillies were able to chalk up one run in yesterdays ballgame, with Howard and Utley out I think this is kind of how these couple of months of games are going to be, low scoring and pitching duels. Pitching duels are fine with me as long as we win those duels. Carlos Ruiz brought home the only run of the game for either sides yesterday as hit a line drive out to right field that scored Ty Wigginton, now when Wigginton tagged up from third base on this play I thought he was going to be out by a mile but the throw was high to catcher Rod Barajas and Wigginton snuck under the tag to score the only run of the day.

When a game is this close it is just nerve-racking if you’re a fan, I really dislike pitchers duels games but I guess I’m going to have to get used to it this year with the Phillies and the lack of offense. I prefer when the Phillies are up 10 to nothing on a opponent team especially the Giants or Mets, the game is so much more enjoyable at that time. If you’re on the fan of the team that is down by ten you are frustrated out of your mind and you hate the sport, at least that is how I handle the situation but you may react to it much better and with a little more sportsmanship than I would handle it.

Freddy Galvis made his Major League debut today at second base on opening day, it was a day to forget for him but he won’t forget about it because it was his first Major League ballgame. He had an opportunity to grant the Phillies some run support yesterday but he grounded into rally killing double plays in two of his at bats yesterday. I hope he cleared up those first major league game jitters out-of-the-way and I hope to see him blossom into a wonderful baseball player at the elite level, he sure has the potential.

I really like the Phillies lineup that Charlie Manuel constructed for yesterdays game, I would really keep this lineup and make minimal changes to it the rest of the way. Like have Thome at first base every once in a while. I like having Juan Pierre on the bench, If Pierre is on the bench he can’t obtain outs and Pierre can’t get caught stealing when he is on the hard wood bench so it’s like a win win situation for the Phillies and me, the Phillies aren’t chalking up outs and I’m not yelling at the tv.

In other news Scott Podsednik who lost the major league job to Juan Pierre is reporting to the Minor Leagues,

Scott Podsednik’s agent says he will be reporting to Lehigh Valley. So Phils will have that depth, this tweet was via David Murphy who is the beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Jonathan Papelbon made his debut as the Phillies closer yesterday, I liked it because it was a 1 2 3 inning with no baserunners on about to blow the game drama that about gives me a heart attack type of closing like Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde tries to pull every game. If I was a Detroit Tigers fan I think I may have to take some heart medicine if I had to see his type of closing every game, I really don’t think I could last a season alive. Valverde likes to stress out those Tigers fans by flirting with trouble and then bounce back and get the save, that almost did not work yesterday against the Red Sox as Valverde blew the save but secured the win when the tigers offense won the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth inning.

I don’t know about you but it felt like Christmas for me yesterday with all of the baseball games going, I don’t about you but this is the best time of year because there is a baseball game every single day.

Well if the rest of the Phillies pitchers can pitch a game like Roy Halladay did yesterday I would say we are looking pretty great, just hope the offense can acquire some type of spark while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley or out due to injury, I really just hope that when Howard and Utley return they are still the same type of offensive players.

If video games could predict the future the Phillies have a record 48-27 on June 26th of the season, Ryan Howard can hit curveballs in the video game and has an actual Achilles.

So let’s all toast to the Phillies new season and that baseball is back.

Phillies Shut out Pirates 1-0, Doc Was Dealing

It was a pitchers duel today at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on a beautiful day for opening day baseball. The Phillies one run off of a Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly would be enough for the victory.

Roy Halladay was pitching like Roy Halladay today, a pitcher really in a league of his own. Halladay got into some first inning trouble but got a timely 6-4-3 double play and a fly out to get out of the inning with a goose egg still in the opponents run column, Doc would not allow another hit the rest of the way. He would hit two batters later in the game but the Pirates would not threaten at all. Roy Halladay pitched eight scoreless innings today and Jonathan Papelbon made his Phillies debut as he tried to shut down the Pirates in the ninth, he would do just that has he set the 1- 2-3 hitters down in order to get the save.

Phillies offense produced one run today off of eight hits, Carlos Ruiz got the only run for the Phillies today when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Ty Wigginton, Wigginton just barely slid under the tag as the throw was high and catcher Rod Barajas had to jump up in the air to get the ball. That would end up being the only run of the game for either club.

Carlos Ruiz was a beast today, 3 for 3 and a sac fly.

Freddy Galvis today made his debut for the Phillies and it was not a great game for him, Galvis ended two Phillies rallies by grounding into double plays both times.

Ryan Howard even chirped in via his twitter on Carlos’s great game today, I apologize I didn’t mention Chooch being a beast today. 3-3, RBI. Good day today

Feels great to get the season started with a win!….That one is over, now on with the process. Game 2 :). What Hunter Pence had to say after today’s Phillies win in Pittsburgh. Pence did not have a good day at all to start the 2012 campaign, Pence went 0 for 4.

1st Game in the books…lots of adrenaline today! Nice win:) Hope everyone had a wonderful day.  Shane Victorino took to twitter after the game, Victorino went o for three with a walk in the leadoff spot today.

If this would have been a midseason game Roy Halladay would have probably pitched the ninth inning but since it is the first game of the season most managers don’t like having their starters throw a ton of pitches, but in the end it all worked as Papelbon sure looked strong in his Phillies debut.

Roy Halladay said he was not surprised by being removed after eight by Pitching Coach Rich Dubee.

Time of game was 2 hours and 14 minutes, 39, 585 Phillies fans and Pirates fan showed up at PNC Park to watch opening day.

The Phillies have tomorrow off and resume play Saturday night against the Pirates, this game will be at 7:05 Pm Eastern Time as Cliff Lee will take the hill for the Phillies.

Just Another Phillies Victory