The Phillies Can Win and more Roster Moves

It feels real good, is this what victories feel like?  I wouldn’t know it has seemed like forever since I heard high hopes in the background and see the Phillies players patting each other on the ass. Yes I had to put that image in your mind.

I’m really glad the lovely San Diego Padres who are awful were able to come into town this weekend so we can hopefully pick up some victories. This is the perfect team to try to regroup after a brutal sweep from the New York Mets.

Now I did not watch the game very closely because I had some other matters to attend to but it seemed like it was a comfortable win, the bullpen came out there and did their job thankfully for once. Antonio Bastardo still looks a little shaky, he was able to pitch two scoreless innings but the part a saw was him throwing a lot of pitches out of the strike zone. These pitches were wild and not even close to the zone, thankfully we are facing the minor league San Diego Padres and they were hacking at these pitches out of the zone. What has happen to Bastardo? Last year he just did not seem like he had this wild problem, maybe this is just me.

The offense continued to push across runs, Carlos Ruiz continues to be the MVP of this ball club. Ruiz hit his sixth big fly of the year. John Mayberry Jr. is finally making great contact at the plate, he belted his first home run of the season tonight.

Slowly but surely everything on the offensive side of the ball is beginning to click, is this just because they are playing the pathetic San Diego Padres? It probably is but hopefully they can continue to have these hot bats when they face great pitching and elite teams. Maybe gain some offensive momentum while playing these less elite ball clubs.

In the past four games the offense is showing great consistency, even getting swept by the Mets the offense was still doing very well in the series, the bullpen a different story. But the bullpen tonight was exceptional.

Chad Qualls who I have despised the most out of the bullpen pitched a clean inning tonight to my delight. I still cringed when he took the mound.

Vance Worley was able to pick up his third win of the season tonight at Citizens Bank Park, he was hit around a little and his ERA shot up to 3.07 by the end of his outing but the offense was able to back their comrade up. Something the offense has not be able to do earlier in the season.

Phillies look to take the first two games of this series tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST.

These chain of events happened after today’s game.

There has been a lot of roster moves over the past couple of days, starting to confuse my little brain.

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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.