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Another night another bullpen loss. The Phillies get swept at home by the New York Mets.

Bullpen ignites a 10-6 loss to the Mets

Cliff Lee was back out on the mound tonight for the Phillies for the first time since April 18th. The first time he has pitched since pitching ten scoreless innings and receiving a no decision in San Francisco.

Lee helped his own cause in the bottom of the second inning as he hustled down the first base line to beat the throw from shortstop Justin Turner, Brian Schneider who was catching Lee tonight scored on the play.

Once again the Phillies pushed across the first run of the game, that has not turned into wins for the Phillies so far this season, it didn’t tonight.

The Mets answered right back in the top of the third inning, scoring one run off of a Daniel Murphy double to left field, Lee was able to work out of the jam and not allow anymore runs. Very important to limit the runs because this Phillies offense has an issue of scoring when it gets late into games.

Freddy Galvis hit a little weak ground out to second base to give the Phillies 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. I will take runs anyway I can’t possibly get them at this point. That little ground out to second gave Galvis his ninth RBI on the season.

In the top of the sixth inning I about lost my mind, Shane Victorino dove for a ball and missed it, that allowed Andres Torris to get all the way to third base on the play. Two batters later David Wright blooped a little single to centerfield to tie it up two. The Phillies did the worst thing possible which was going to the bullpen. They had there torches ready and they were ready to ignite a loss.

Cliff Lee was done after six innings of work, Lee was on a pitch count because this is his first start since being taken off of the disabled list. Lee allowed two runs off of five hits in his return to the rotation.

Freddy Galvis saved the day in the bottom of the sixth (at the time), Galvis came within inches off hitting his second home run of the season but the ball banged off of the top of the left field wall, nonetheless the Phillies were able to regain the lead on that play. Laynce Nix pinch hit for Lee in the inning and he blooped a little single to centerfield that scored Freddy Galvis from second base.

At this point in time I was cheering for rain to come pour down on Citizens Bank Park so the Phillies didn’t have to go to the bullpen.

But the rain did not come fast enough and we went off on the bullpen adventure once again.

Kyle Kendrick was the first lovely reliever we had to witness in the top of the seventh inning. Guess what happen? He blew the lead.

Contreras would come in later and blow the game even more.

I really can’t comprehend want I witnessed tonight, why after blowing the game in the seventh inning was Kyle Kendrick pitching in the beginning of the eighth.

The bullpen blows and there is really nothing positive about this team right now.

The Phillies have tomorrow off and then begin a three game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday. We need this day off just to relax for once.

Other Notes

Chase Utley participated in batting practice before today’s game at Citizens Bank Park. Here is what Utley had to say.

Joe Savery was optioned to triple a after the game, move to be made on Friday.

Charlie Manuel had a team meeting after the game.

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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.

Phillies Finish West Coast Trip with a 7-2 victory

Cole Hamels pitched an excellent ballgame today at Chase Field this afternoon, Hamels went eight innings and allowed four runs off of two hits, fanned seven Diamondbacks hitters. Hamels through the first six innings today only allowed one hit, retired 18 straight batters during that period of time. Hamels did get into a little jam in the bottom of the seventh inning but managed to get out of the inning and only allow two runs, could have been a lot worse but when you want a big money contract this is the type of jams you need to be able to get out of, Hamels did just that by getting a timely 4-6-3 double play to end the Diamondbacks chances of a big inning.

On the hitting side Hamels batted two runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 6-0

Michael Schwimer was called up to the big club before today’s game and he came into pitch the ninth inning and did a great job, retired the side in order for the Phillies 7-2 victory.

The Phillies backed up that great pitching performance by chalking up seven runs off of 13 hits. The Phillies offense clicked right of the start as Hunter Pence batted home a run in the top of the first inning, Phillies had a opportunity to score more in the inning but Hunter Pence hesitated from second base to third and was thrown out at home plate. That play would not come back to haunt the Phillies as they would score six more runs in the ball game to sail home with the victory.

Phillies now leave the west coast feeling pretty good about themselves, Phillies finish the west coast trip (5-5) and now have a record of (9-10) on the season.

Well when I thought this trip was going to be a complete disaster the Phillies turn it around in the desert and get back to their winning ways.

The Phillies now board a plane to head home back to Philadelphia for a four game series that starts Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park.

Some Other Notes From Arizona 

Chase Utley will remain in Arizona after the Phillies leave for Philadelphia, Utley will continue the rehabbing on his knees and sipping some margaritas out here in the beautiful desert.

Michael Stutes was placed on the 15 day DL after Tuesday’s 8-5 victory, he is the sixth Phillies player this year to go on the disabled list. Righthander Michael Schwimer was called up to replace Stutes. Michael Stutes was pitching through his shoulder soreness most of the early season. Schwimer joined the team today.

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

Injury Updates

Philles general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. released a statement on some injuries today.

      After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard’s wound has     gotten smaller and is healing. We’ve been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal. We hope that he will be able to re-start his baseball activities thereafter. 

This is really taken a long time to heal and something just does not seem right with this healing process, I’m not a doctor and I will never be one because as a patient you would never want me to perform any type of procedure on you but something is just not adding up here, this healing process is not going well. Will we see Howard back at anytime this season?

Hunter Pence will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder (non-throwing) here in Phoenix. We hope to have the results later this afternoon.

Hunter Pence hurt his left shoulder in a game on Sunday, Let’s hope he is okay.

Chase Utley was back with the team yesterday in Phoenix, he shagged some fly balls in batting practice and even hit a little before the game. After the Phillies conclude this three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase will remain in Arizona to continue his rehabbing.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Giants

The Phillies begin there 10 game west coast road trip tonight at 10:15 Pm EST  agianst the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, this game is really late for my east coast friends so drink an energy drink or brew some coffee so you can stay up.

We have another fantastical pitching matchup tonight in the bay area, Roy Halladay will take on Tim Lincecum. Halladay has a perfect 2-0 record in his 2 starting appearances this year for the Phillies. Lincecum on the other hand is 0-1 in his two appearances this season for the Giants, is ERA is through the roof 12.91

The Giants and Phillies are very similar, they both try to beat you with pitching because there offense is not the greatest. So in this three game series you will probably see a lot of low scoring games but again anything can happen in baseball and any team on any night can just go out there and light it up. Hopefully the Phillies can light up the Bay Area tonight.

It is supposed to be a little chilly in San Francisco tonight as usual, 53 degrees at game time with a slight breeze and a zero percent chance of rain.

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

I won’t be able to watch the game tonight ):

Phillies Lineup (4-5)

1. Pierre LF

2. Polanco 3B

3.  Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Victorino CF

6. Nix 1B

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Halladay P

San Francisco Giants (4-5)

1. Pagan CF

2. Cabrera RF

3. Sandoval 3B

4. Posey C

5. Huff LF

6. Belt 1B

7. Crawford SS

8. Burriss 2B

9. Lincecum P

A Look At The Phillies West Coast Trip

After the Phillies won a very crucial early game of the year 8-2 against the New York Mets today they boarded a plane for a long trip out west to San Francisco. This trip consists of ten games in ten days, three against the San Francisco Giants, four against the San Diego Padres, and three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks to conclude the trip.

This is a wonderful trip for me because I will be at Petco Park in San Diego for all four of those ball games, it seems like the Phillies always play great against the San Diego Padres because the Padres are basically a Triple A team

Chase Utley is supposed to rejoin the team at some point on this trip.

Here is how the road trip looks for the Phillies

Monday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST start. 

Roy Halladay vs Tim Lincecum

Tuesday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST Start

Joe Blanton vs Madison Bumgarner

Wednesday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST Start

Cliff Lee Vs Matt Cain

Thursday at San Diego 10:05 Pm EST Start

Vance Worley vs Joe Wieland

Friday at San Diego 10:05 Pm EST Start

 Cole Hamels vs Edinson Volquez

Saturday at San Diego 8:35 Pm EST Start

Roy Halladay vs Corey Luebke

Sunday at San Diego 4:05 Pm EST Start

Joe Blanton vs Anthony Bass

then a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Phillies Pull Out A Much Needed Victory

It was one of those on the edge of your seat all game long kind of games today at Citizens Bank Park against the Mets, the Phillies really needed this win to avoid getting swept at home by the New York Mets.

Cole Hamels pitched a great game as he usual does but was the offense going to help him out at all today? Through the first six innings it looked like Hamels was not going to get any run support at all but something sparked the Phillies bats in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to rally to the win. Cole Hamels was dominant after the first inning today when he gave up a two run home run to Ike Davis, after that home run Hamels gave up you almost start doubting a comeback with this Phillies team because of the slight lacking of power with this offense. Hamels would not allow a run the rest of his seven innings of work, Hamels struck out 10 Mets batters.

Give a lot of credit to Hamels for keeping the Phillies in the ball game this afternoon.

The Phillies would only have one run through the first six innings of play today, Phillies offense was facing Mike Pelfrey and he was making his pitches against this Phillies offense. The Phillies had some opportunities to knock in some runs early in the game but they could not take advantage. Something popped the top off of the offense in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Phillies the lead, Wigginton flew out to deep right field which scored a run to tie up the ball game, next batter was Laynce Nix and he doubled to left field and that would  score the go ahead run, it was a sigh of relief at Citizens Bank Park after that double by Nix.

The Phillies would take advantage of some errors and some walks in the bottom of the eighth to score 5 important insurance runs.

Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Phillies and that set it up for Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, Papelbon came into the ninth inning to try to hold a six run lead. He would not allow a run in the inning but I guess he had to make it interesting for the fans. Papelbon got two quick outs in the inning but then allowed the next three runners on base, Papelbon would however get the next batter out and strand the bases loaded for the victory.

Juan Pierre had a great game hitting today but he continues to piss me off, with two outs and the Phillies down by one he attempted to steal third base and he was thrown out, I really hope Pierre is not allowed on the plane to San Francisco.

Everybody in the Major Leagues wore number 42 today to honor Jackie Robinson, so it was a little hard to know which players were which at times on the field. A nice patch on the jersey would be a lot better than changing everybody’s number to 42.

The Phillies go 3-3 on this home stand and salvage the final game of the weekend series, Phillies improve their record to 4-5.

After the game today the Phillies made some moves, RHP José Contreras activated from the DL. LHP Joe Savery optioned to Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies will now head to the airport and board a plane to San Francisco.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night in San Francisco, this will be at 10:15 Pm EST and it starts a ten game road trip for the Phillies on the west coast. If you like pitching duels you will likely see one tomorrow night as Roy Halladay goes for the Phillies and Tim Lincecum for the Giants, seems like when the Phillies and Giants play each other it is always a good game, just some of those games over the past years went real bad for the team in red pinstripes.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs New York Mets

The Phillies will try to get back to their winning ways this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park against the New York Mets at 4:05 Pm Eastern Time. The Phillies dropped the first game of the series last night when Cliff Lee gave up some early runs in the first inning off of two doubles to start off the game and a Jason bay big fly later in the first inning, the Phillies offense could not fight off the early deficient.

Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies this afternoon, Worley was charged with a no decision last Sunday in Pittsburgh after he pitched very well on Easter. Worley could not get any run support like all of the Phillies pitchers through the first four games of the season but the Phillies offense has been scoring some runs since then so lets see what happens.

The Phillies offense will have to face Lefty Jon Niese, Niese has pitched in the majors five seasons and has a career record of 23-23, has a career ERA of 4.40. Just a week ago Jon Niese signed a five-year $25.5 million dollar contract that has two team options with it and at the end of all of this the contract could be worth nearly 46 million. This is a lot for an unproven pitcher but we are talking about the Mets.

Mets pitchers have 10 or more Ks in five straight games, the longest consecutive streak since April 15-April 20, 1990.

It is supposed to be 72 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain today in South Philly, beautiful day.

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

Phillies Lineup (3-4)

1. Victorino CF

2. Polanco 3B

3. Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Mayberry LF

6. Wigginton 1B

7. Galvis 2B

8. Schneider C

9. Worley P

New York Mets Lineup (5-2) 

1. Tejada SS

2. Murphy 2B

3. Wright 3B

4. Davis 1B

5. Bay LF

6. Duda RF

7. Nieuwenhuis CF

8. Thole C

9. Niese P

Pat Burrel To Retire As Phillie

The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that they will sign former Phillies Left Fielder Pat Burrel to a one day minor league contract so he can retire as a Phillie, 35-year-old Burrel will retire as a member of the Phillies and will be honored in a ceremony on May 19th at Citizens Bank Park, he will also throw at the first pitched that day before the Phillies game against the Boston Red Sox.

Burrell was the first overall draft pick by the Phillies in 1998. He played nine seasons in the Phillies red pinstripes and ranks fourth in home runs for the club with 251 big flys, only trailing Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard, and Del Ennis.

Pat Burrel helped the Phillies win the 2008 championship.

The last three season Burrel played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants, Burrel contributed to the Giants winning the 2010 World Series.

To bad we can’t sign him to a starting role, we sure do need some power in this lineup.