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.

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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

Gameday Preview: Game 17 Phillies vs Diamondbacks

The Philadelphia Phillies look to end there two game losing streak tonight at 9:40 Pm EST in Phoenix Arizona at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Skipper Charlie Manuel again pencils in a different looking lineup tonight in Phoenix.

The slumping Hunter Pence will sit tonight, Pence is in a 0-for-15 funk. Skipper Charlie Manuel also said Pence is dealing with an arm injury, Pence hurt it last week when he ran into the fence in San Francisco.

Cliff Lee was the scheduled starting pitcher for tonight a week ago but since he went the DL Kyle Kendrick the long man out of the bullpen will take the hill for the Phillies tonight.

Wade Miley will pitch for the Diamondbacks tonight, he has only started seven game in his short career thus far, in those seven games he had a record of 5-2 and an ERA of 4.25.

Some good news today at the ballpark was Chase Utley was shagging some balls and hitting in batting practice.

Can the Phillies have an offensive miracle tonight and score more than one run?

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (7-9)

1. Pierre LF

2. Polanco 3B

3. Rollins SS

4. Wigginton 1B

5. Victorino CF

6. Ruiz C

7. Mayberry Jr. LF

8. Galvis 2B

9. Kyle Kendrick P

Arizona Diamondbacks (8-8)

1. Parra CF

2. Hill 2B

3. Upton RF

4. Montero C

5. Kubel LF

6.  Ransom 3B

7. Overbay 1B

8. McDonald SS

9. Miley P