Hamels Eight Innings Strong, Phillies bats show up for Once

The Phillies silenced the Natitude tonight in a 9-3 victory, Cole Hamels pitched wonderful.

The Nationals picked up an early run in the bottom of the first inning by some great base running from Bryce Harper, he was on third base and he basically stole home on an attempted pick-off play to first. Just the luck of this Phillies season.

The Phillies bats got going in the top of the fourth inning, the Phils scored three runs in the inning, two off of a Hunter Pence home run and one more off of a Placido Polanco RBI single up the middle.

Cole Hamels pitched a pretty marvelous game as usual, I always have liked watching Hamels pitch and I sure hope we can sign him long-term. Hamels pitched eight strong innings and only allowed one run off of five hits. Hamels even  got a hit in the game and drawed a walk. Maybe Hamels should bat in this lineup every night, he was more productive than some these Phillies bats I see on other nights. Don’t take that last sentence seriously guys.

The Phillies would push across six insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to basically give the Phillies the victory and silence the Natitude. Hunter Pence hit his second home run of the game in that outburst of an inning.

Brian Sanches pitched the ninth inning for the Phillies and thank goodness we had a big lead because it was a little shaky out there for the reliever. He allowed two runs but would eventually get the final out of the inning and give the Phillies their fourth victory of the year.

Former Phillie Jayson Werth left the game in the top of the sixth injury with what looks like a wrist injury. He was trying to dive for a ball and he hurt the wrist on the play. It was a really hard replay to even watch.

The ESPN network I think wants to have a make out session with Bryce Harper or have some alone time with him. The three idiots in the broadcasting booth were foaming of the mouth about him all game long. I was about to throw up or I was going to throw my tv in the pool.

The Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the New York Mets, this will begin a six game home stand for the Phillies. This home stand the Phillies will play the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Houston Astros. Perfect teams for this offense to maybe get the bat on the ball and chalk up some runs.

Some Other Notes

Ryan Howard is progressing well in Florida. Is expected to intensify workouts this week, Which means hitting, running and weight-bearing exercises.

Kyle Kendrick will once again return to the bullpen because Cliff Lee is back in the starting rotation and will start Wednesday against the New York Mets.

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Gameday Preview: Game 28 Phillies vs Nationals

The Philadelphia Phillies will play game two of this three game series this afternoon at 1:05 PM EST in Natitude land.

Last nights game did not go as planned, the bullpen again was a little shaky and they lost the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning. I did not see the ending of that lovely game last night but I’m glad I didn’t because it would not have been pretty, something might have been broken. Phillies can’t keep giving up these leads late in these games, the starters who pitch great ball games are getting screwed out of victories.

Even with the Phillies struggles this year they are only 4.5 games out of first place.

Both pitchers today have been really good so far this season, both of them have an ERA under two.

Mr. Vanimal Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies today in hope of winning his third game of the season. Worley is 2-1 on the season and has a very impressive 1.97 ERA on the season. They say the most telling year of a young pitchers career is his second season in the major leagues, this is Worley’s second season and so far it is going very well and let’s hope this continues.

The Phillies bats will have to face another great starter for the Washington Nationals, Gio Gonzalez will toe the rubber for the Nats and he looks to win his third game of the season. Gonzalez has a 1.82 ERA going into today’s ball game.

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

Isolated ThunderStorms at game time.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (13-14)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Ruiz C

6. Wigginton

7. Mayberry LF

8. Galvis 2B

9. Worley

Gameday Preview: Game 27 Phillies at Nationals

Can You feel the Natitude? I sure don’t.

The Philadelphia Phillies begin a three game weekend series this evening at 7:05 Pm EST against the first place Washington Nationals, yes I can’t believe I typed that but the Nationals are actually in first place but remember folks it is still way to early in the season to even take a glance at the standings.

We will see if the Nats can actually take back their park this weekend, my guess no not even close but there bringing the punch with their Natitude.

Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies, normally this is Cliff Lee’s spot but Lee is still trying to get better, Lee should be back in the starting rotation next week. Kendrick is searching for his first win on the season as he is 0-2 and has an ERA of 6.59 in his 13.2 innings of work. He has been hit around in his starts.

The Phillies will have the tough task of facing Stephen Strasburg tonight, Strasburg on the year has a record of 2-0 and a pretty impressive 1.13 ERA. This will be a tough one tonight for the Phils

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

I will not be at the game tonight, but it sure should be a great atmosphere at Nationals Park.

80 degrees at game time tonight with scattered thunderstorms around the area, 40 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (13-13)

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Polanco 3B

4. Pence RF

5. Victorino CF

6. Nix 1B

7. Ruiz C

8. Orr 2B

9. Kyle Kendrick P

Blanton goes the Distance in Phillies 4-0 Victory

After the cluster mess of a loss last night the Phillies got back to their winning ways this afternoon with a 4-0 win, Joe Blanton pitches first complete game shutout of the year for the Phillies.

The Phillies striked first this afternoon as they put together some early baserunners and Hunter Pence would push across one of those runs and the only run in the inning on a deep Sacrifice fly to center field.

But we now know no lead is safe anymore.

In the top of the seventh inning the Phillies did the unthinkable, they actually were able to hit a ball out of the ballpark. Laynce Nix crushed a ball to dead centerfield for a solo shot to give the Phils a 2-0 lead.

On the pitching side big Joe Blanton actually pitched a pretty impressive game today, he was working fast, getting people out and was not throwing a ton of pitches. Blanton only allowed one hit through the first four innings today.

Shane Victorino gave Blanton some insurance in the top of the ninth inning with a two run home run to right field, the first home run of the year for Shane batting on the left side, his other four home runs were all from the right side.

Blanton pitches a three hit complete game shutout today and only pitched 88 pitches overall today. Pounded the strike zone all day long and even chalked up a hit.

This game was only two hours and two minutes.

Phillies are now back to .500 once again.

The umpire today who was behind home plate scared the living hell out of me, every time there was a strike he would ferociously make sure everybody in the ballpark knew it was a strike. He sure was overachieving at his job today.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night in Washington where the Phillies begin a three game weekend series against the Nationals.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta 

Roy Halladay was not with the team today but will rejoin the Phillies tomorrow in Washington, Halladay left the team because of personal reasons. No matter what the result was last night he was going to leave the ball club today.