What Happened

The frustration continues, I think I’m going to check into rehab. I really don’t know how the Phillies lost 5-2 to the Mets tonight. Worst loss of the season.

So after Cole Hamels picked up a five game suspension for telling the truth after a game and Jayson Werth going on a little crying spree to the Washington Post we actually played a ole fashioned ball game tonight under the lights in Philadelphia.

The Phillies put a one in the run column two batters into the game, Jimmy Rollins had a great at bat to leadoff the game, maybe the best at bat of the year. Rollins would double to center field and make it to third after some terrible fielding by center fielder Andres Torres, John Mayberry Jr. who was in the two hole tonight batted next and he flew out to center field for a RBI sacrifice fly.  First RBI for Mayberry since April 15.

Just like that, one of the best pitcher in major league baseball over the past couple of years has an early lead to work with.

The Phillies would add another run in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI double off of the bat of Placido Polanco that scored Carlos Ruiz all the way from first base, the Choocher was chugging from first base to score on that play. Glad to see the Phillies hitting the ball well through the first few innings.

Roy Halladay was pitching splendid tonight, he was throwing the kitchen sink at hitters and really don’t know who could even hit these pitches Halladay was heaving up there on a regular basis.

A walk to Andres Torres in the top of the sixth inning sparked a two out rally for the Mets that would eventually produce two runs in the inning and even up the game at two, that ended a string of 13 batters in a row retired by  Roy Halladay.

Halladay pitched seven innings and allowed two runs off of five hits, his great outing results  in a no decision.

The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded and one out. Hunter Pence killed that rally by hitting into a questionable double play, Pence was called safe at first base but Victorino was called for interference sliding into second base so the inning was over. The play is rarely called and is not very consistent so it’s whatever.

The Phillies went to the bullpen in the top of the eighth inning and used Antonio Bastardo, he was able to get a timely 5-3 double play to get out of the inning and out of the one out jam.

The Phillies bats had another chance in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies the go ahead lead but again stranded two runners on base.

In the top of the ninth inning the Phillies used Jonathan Papelbon in a tie game, I actually forgot we even had Papelbon on are team because of the lack of use, his last outing was last Tuesday in Atlanta. Papelbon had two outs in the inning but then allowed a three run home run to Jordany Valdespin, I have never heard of him and if you did before tonight you need to get a life.

Valdespin’s 3-run shot was the first Mets home run since April 29, a span of 69 innings.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST against the New York Mets, Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies.

44,365 fans at Citizens bank Park tonight,  215th consecutive regular-season sellout

Some Other Notes

About an hour and thirty minutes before tonight’s Phillies game Major League Baseball announced that they had suspended Cole Hamels five games for admitting he hit Bryce Harper with a 93 mph fastball after the game.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this afternoon he was disappointed in the comments Cole Hamels made after the game about him hitting Bryce Harper on purpose.

Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to talk about  Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s comments. You can find Rizzo’s comments about Cole Hamels here.

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Hamels Suspended Five Games

I guess we should reward people who lie after games and penalize players for telling the truth, or just get rid of post game interviews so people can’t throw out the truth to the media.

Cole Hamels was suspended five games today by Major League Baseball for saying he intentionally hit 19-year-old Bryce Harper with a 93 mph fastball.  “It’s just, ‘Welcome to the big leagues,’” Hamels said. “I was trying to hit him. I mean, I’m not going to deny it.”

So everybody should never come out and say the truth, we should all lie everyday.

Jordan Zimmermann pitcher for the Washington Nationals hit Cole Hamels with a pitch later in the game, but Zimmermann lied after the game so he will not be punished with a five game suspension.

If Hamels begins his suspension tonight he would not miss a start because of the day off on Thursday. Hamels was also fined, no word on an appeal yet.

 

 

Gameday Preview: Game 29 Phillies vs Nationals

The Philadelphia Phillies conclude the series against the Washington Nationals tonight, the Phillies will look to not get swept tonight and salvage the third and final game of this series tonight at 8:05 Pm EST.

Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies and will be in search for his fourth win on the season. Hamels has really been the most consistent starter in the Phillies starting rotation so far this season. Hamels pitched a pretty good game last time out but the bullpen blew the game and he received a no decision.

The struggling Phillies bats will have to face Nationals righty Jordan Zimmerman. On the year he has a 1-2 record but has a pretty good ERA of 1.89. The National just don’t back him up with any runs and hopefully that is the case tonight also.

This game is televised on ESPN at 8:05 Pm EST.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (13-15) 

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Nix 1B

6. Ruiz C

7. Polanco 3B

8. Orr 2B

9. Hamels P

Phillies in Prime Time

Yes the title is correct, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals have been picked as the Sunday Night game on the lovely ESPN network. Now obviously when they had to pick these games way before the season began they thought that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley would be in the lineup, also that Ryan Zimmerman would be playing out there for the Washington Nationals but all three will not due to injuries.

What ESPN has now is a Washington team that is playing some pretty good ball and a Philadelphia Phillies team that has a very embarrassing offense as of late that is not very consistent. So the whole United States can see the Phillies offense wale and wale away at pitches out of the strike zone tomorrow night in a prime time slot on Sunday night.

In the first two games of this series against the Washington Nationals the Phillies have produced the opening runs but in both games the Nationals came back and won, yesterdays game was a little more lopsided then friday nights game where the Nationals won the game on a walk off single in the bottom of the eleventh inning and then started celebrating like they won the world series, this series is actually there world series for the year I guess you could say.

The whole world can see all of the Natitude the Nationals have in them Sunday night, it just seems like the Nationals care more about blocking the Phillies fans out of their ball park then actually winning these games. We will see if this team will last till September but the Nationals fans are celebrating like it’s late in the season.

 

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

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.

What did I Witness Tonight in Atlanta?

This game was a frustrating mess as the Phillies lose in extras 15-13  . Please chug a bottle of rum.

I need some heart medicine.

Roy Halladay took the hill for the Phillies tonight and found himself in some trouble right away, Braves had first and second and one out but Doc got a timely 3-6-1 double play to get out of the early jam.

In the top of the second inning the Phillies threatened with first and second with no outs, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Freddy Galvis struck out swinging at a pitch above his head to end the early rally.

Both Roy Halladay and Tommy Hanson were able to get very timely double plays early in this game.

The Phillies would however push across four runs in the top of the third inning, the highlight of the inning was when Laynce Nix cleared the bases with his 3 run double. The Phillies batted around in the top of the third inning and also forced Braves Starter Tommy Hanson to pitch a lot of pitches.

Tommy Hanson only went 3.2 innings tonight and allowed four runs off of eight hits. Phillies made him throw lots and lots of pitches and were able to push across some early runs.

Phillies would produce some insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning off of two back to back run scoring doubles from the bats of Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis.

The unthinkable happened in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Braves put up a six spot off of Halladay, the big hit of the inning was a grand slam off of the bat of Brian McCann that tied the game up at six.

That was the first home run Halladay has allowed this season.

The Braves would push across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and that would end Roy Halladay’s night. The Braves push across eight runs in Halladay’s final two innings on the hill, Halladay was pitching great before that I just really don’t know what happened but that’s baseball for you.

Halladay went 5.1 innings and allows eight runs off of twelve hits.

Both Starters tonight had pretty horrible games to say the least.

The madness continued in the top half of the seventh, the Phillies regained the lead off of a Carlos Ruiz three runs home run.

Carlos Ruiz would produce more runs in the top of the eighth inning by a bases clearing double to once again give the Phillies some insurance runs.

The Braves would put a five-spot up in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Phillies bullpen collapses once again.

The Phillies were down to their last out in the top of the ninth with a runner on third but were able to tie it up on an infield single by Shane Victorino to continue this fun ball game.

In the bottom of the eleventh inning Chipper Jones ended the game with a two run home run off of Brian Sanchez, Jonathan Papelbon was not used in the game.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, this game will be a 12:10 Pm EST start and is the final game of this three game series against the Atlanta Braves. Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies and Randall Delgado for the Braves. The Phillies will head to Washington after tomorrows game to begin a three game weekend series against the Nationals.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta

Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list and has left the team already for Clearwater Florida where he will rehab his back. Erik Kratz was recalled to replace Thome. Skipper Charlie Manuel said the weather will be good for Thome in Clearwater and also good for him to get ABs in extended spring when his back improves.

David Herndon has a flexor pronator strain he is shut down completely for three weeks. Not a candidate for surgery, for now.

Cliff Lee threw a bullpen session today and said he felt fine, if the next bullpen session which is Saturday goes well we may see Cliff Lee start a game next week. Story on Lee’s bullpen session today.

No time has been set for Chase Utley to rejoin the team.

Ryan Howard continues his rehab in Clearwater Florida.

OF Domonic Brown strained his left hamstring today in a Triple-A game. He is day-to-day.