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Chase Utley is Still the Man

There is no denying it; Philadelphia still loves Chase Utley, despite the blue uniform.  I heard on the news this morning that someone said Utley could “punch my mom in the face” and they would still root for him.  After what I witnessed last night, that sounds about right.
2016.08.16 Welcome

The ovation as he stepped to the plate was ridiculously long, as I expected.  Utley tipped his capped to everyone in the ballpark, including his old teammates.
2016.08.16 Intro

Cameron Rupp understandably took the time to anoint his hand with the special blessings of the Utley rump:
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Grown men fought back tears (seriously, I saw this) and women tried to snap photos with trembling hands (ok, that was me).  Between that and the dreaded netting behind home plate, some shots are a tad blurry, but I got what I came for; lots and lots of Mr. Utley.
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Watching Utley on the bases interact with his former teammates warmed the heart.  But I have say, after the home run he hit in the 5th inning, I did not see the curtain call coming.  I have never seen that in an opposing team’s ballpark.  It was magical.
2016.08.16 Chase and Howie

Then another curtain call came after the Grand Slam he hit in the 7th inning!  Despite watching their home team get trampled, Phillies fans cheered him on anyway.  Their love for Chase simply knows no bounds; I can personally attest to that.
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Of course, the game would have been much improved if, for example, Elvis Araujo did not walk in 3 runs (1 hit batter) in the 7th inning.  And it would have been nice if the Phillies offense did better than 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.  And maybe the entire bullpen could, just thinking out loud here, not suck.

But since none of those wishes came true, we all settled for the Utley euphoria.  And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here is the full, Utley-tastic Photo Album from the game.

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Phillies Take Series Against Defending World Champs

With a 7-2 win today, the Phillies collected the series win against the defending World Champion Royals.  The fun began even before the game started as the Phanatic tormented Royals player Salvador Pérez by dumping a bucket of confetti on him.  Perez tried to fight back by tossing water, but the Phanatic used a small child as a human shield to avoid the soaking.  Eventually, Perez stole the Phanatic’s car keys and then they made up.
2016.07.03 Phanatic vs Perez

More excitement ensued in the first inning when, after only 5 pitches, the manager, pitching coach, team trainer and half the team made a visit to the pitching mound to check on starter Vince Velasquez.  His velocity was down around 85-90mph, which triggered panic, especially since Velasquez is fresh off an injury.  But Velasquez pitched well, despite the slow down of his fastball.  He went 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs.
2016.07.03 Velasquez

In the bottom of the 1st, Cameron Rupp kick-started the offense with a 3-run homer.  The Phillies went on to score 7 runs on 3 homers and 11 total hits.  Cody Asche and Maikel Franco also hit long balls.
2016.07.03 Rupp

Asche also shattered his bat during another plate appearance, sending Royals scrambling for cover.  Luckily, no one was hurt.
2016.07.03 Asche

The bullpen was able to hold down the lead after Velasquez left the game.  Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez finished out the game strong with little drama.
2016.07.03 Relief

So after a very bad month-long stretch where seemingly nothing went right, it looks like the Phillies are finally back on track.  Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

The Phillies begin a series tomorrow against the Braves at 4:05pm.  Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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Fan Running on the Field = Best Play of the Game

Friday night’s Phillies game against the Diamondbacks was utterly awful.  The only entertainment of the game turned out to be a young fan who ran onto the field, stripped off his shirt and danced around, much to the dismay of security officers chasing him.  The run down took quite a while, but security eventually tacked him.  It was pretty amusing; even the arresting officer was seen grinning as he escorted the fan off the field.
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And yes, that was the highlight of the game, unfortunately.  The 10-2 loss was ripe with struggling bats, bad base running and many errors.  The Phillies managed only 7 hits and both RBI came off the bat of Cameron Rupp, who had a single and a triple.  Although, the triple would have been an inside-the-park home run had Rupp actually been running instead of doing the home run trot around first base.
2016.06.17 offense

In the field, Cesar Hernandez was flat out awful.  He had 2 errors in the game, making it a total of 7 already this year.  Tommy Joseph had an error as well and his batting average has dipped down to .250 as he went 0-3 in the game.  Joseph has had 2 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
2016.06.17 Defense

But the worst player of the game has to go to pitcher Adam Morgan.  He allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, in 4.1 innings and now has an ERA of 6.49.  Later in the game, Elvis Araujo gave up 3 runs, including back-to-back homers in the 7th inning.
2016.06.17 Morgan

The Phillies started out the year with pretty good pitching; that has suddenly gone way downhill with 4 out of 5 starters getting blown out in the last week.  The offense is still awful and the defense seems to get worse by the day.  On the bright side, maybe another person or a small animal will run out onto the field again today.  We seriously need some entertainment.

Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game.

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Phillies Bats Provide Thunder Before the Rain

Everyone entered the ballpark on Sunday worried about a wash out.  Huge, violent storms were predicted to start close to game time.  But instead of rainstorms, the Phillies provided thunder with their bats in the final game against the Brewers.

It was another Retro Night at the ballpark, so the Phillies wore 1970’s uniforms.  They also brought Mike Schmidt and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski to toss first pitched in honor of the 70’s.  And of course, no 70’s revival is complete with the streaking Phanatic.
2016.06.05 pregame

Aaron Nola started the game and, despite getting into some rough spots, he pitched very well.  Nola did not allow a run over 6 innings, striking out 9 Brewers.  The defense pitched in, as well, to keep runs off the board.
2016.06.05 Nola

And then the Phillies bats suddenly came to life.  Odubel Herrera had his 4th 4-hit game of his career.  The only Phillies position player without a hit was Freddy Galvis, but he did collect an RBI on a sacrifice.
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In the 5th inning, things really heated up.  Tommy Joseph hit what appeared to be a 3-run homer, which was called back as a double due to fan interference.  Here are the three idiots who nearly ruined a good inning, celebrating as they got tossed out:
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For the record, real fans do not risk losing runs for their team just to snag a baseball.  Rant over…

Luckily, newcomer Jimmy Paredes took over and hit a no-doubt-about-it 3-run homer.  Not to be left out, Cameron Rupp smashed a solo shot right after that.  The Phillies scored 5 runs in the inning, which is their highest total in an inning this year.
2016.06.05 Homers

The Phillies went on to win the game easily by a score of 8-1.  They were able to split the 4-game series with the Brewers, which is great considering how sluggish this offense has been lately.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

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The Phillies Offense Drops in for a Visit

Hello, Phillies offense!  So nice to see you; it has been a while.  After a dreadful showing in the past many weeks, the Phillies bats came alive (mildly, anyway) against the Braves today.  The offense had been so bad, they were 29th in the league coming into today’s game; only the Braves were worse.

It is fitting then that the Phillies collected their largest margin of victory on the year, 5 runs, against the Braves.  Cameron Rupp had a monster game with a homer and 2 singles.  Both Tyler Goeddel and Freddy Galvis collected triples, while Maikel Franco finally picked up the pace with 2 hits.  And Peter Bourjos lifted his batting average over the Mendoza line with 2 hits today.
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Jerad Eickhoff had one of his best games of the year, pitching 7 scoreless innings.  The Braves hitters looked confused at the plate most of the night.
2015.05.22 Eickhoff

And let’s hear it for no errors in the game!  Whooo hoooo!
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Believe it or not, even with the Phillies anemic offense, they are still only 2 games out of first place behind the Nationals and Mets.  Who saw this coming at the start of the year?  Not I, that’s for sure.  The team has some interesting matches coming up now, including 3 games each against the Tigers and Cubs this week.  By the end of May, we should have a good idea of what the summer will bring.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

 

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Two Sweeps in a Row!

Where did this Phillies team come from?  It looked early on like another bad, rebuilding season was upon us.  But this young team has now won 9 of their last 10 games, sweeping both the Nationals and Indians in the last week.  Crazy.

Before the big win, the Phillies hosted their annual Mother’s Day celebration which began with Cameron Rupp’s mom tossing him the first ball; that was adorable.  And, of course, the Phanatic’s mom was around later in the game as well.
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Vince Velasquez started the game in the rain and miserable cold.  Still, he pitched well without allowing any runs over 6 innings.
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There was not much offense in the game; it was certainly not hitting weather today.  But the Phillies managed a few hits and scored twice in the 3rd inning.
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Some adventurous plays in the field were also on the schedule.  Darin Ruf had the highlight of the game with a diving catch in left field.  When did Ruf suddenly become Mr. Super-outfielder?  And then Maikel Franco turned a routine pop-up into a dare-devil grab:
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So the Phillies walked away with a 2-1 win.  They are back on the road tomorrow after this brief home stand, playing St. Louis on Monday night.  Can they keep the win streak alive?  We shall see…

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Asher’s Debut Does Not Go As Planned

P8304487SYou know it has been a rough day when you look back and realize the game highlight was seeing the Phanatic pinch an umpires behind.  And yes, that was as good as it got today for the Phillies who went down in flames to the Padres by a score of 4-9.

I am pretty sure when Alec Asher pictured his major league debut, this was not what he had in mind.  Asher was not awful, but allowed 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings on 8 hits and a walk.  Three of those runs were due to home runs by Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.  On the plus side, Asher’s father was able to announce his first at-bat over the PA system.  Apparently, he used to be the announcer for the Lakeland Tiger’s Class A team. 083015 Asher

The rest of the team did little to help Asher’s cause.  Of course, Cameron Rupp, who is on a home run tear, smacked another one that was very impressive.  Odubel Hererra had 4 hits, but got thrown out stealing once and leaning too far off first another time.  Beyond that, not much positive was happening.
083015 miscIn fact, the bullpen was flat out horrendous.  Hector Neris gave up a home run in one inning of work.  And Adam Loewen allowed 4 runs without ever recording an out.  And just not to be left out, Justin DeFratus allowed yet another run to score in the 9th inning.  All 3 guys have ERA’s near or above 5, with Loewen’s 9.00 being the worst.  It is really too bad because he has such great hair.  I was rooting for the hair 😉 083015 pen

So the Phillies are off to New York to face the dreaded Mets again.  And with this bullpen, the prospects are bleak.  Cross your fingers…

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Circling the Drain

Remember was back a few weeks ago when the Phillies won 7 games in a row?  Ah, memories!  And it does seem like a very distant memory now that the Phillies have just lost 7 games in a row.  They were swept by the Rockies today, losing the 3rd game of the series by a score of 1-4.

So just how bad is this team?  Let us count the ways…

Before the game started, Cole Hamels tried to convince Kyle Kendrick to come back; Kyle thought this was very funny.  Odubel Hererra could not decide on a thumbs up or down for his team, which is sad.  And the Phanatic had to bring a Panda friend to the game to stop all the children from crying as the game got worse and worse.

2015.05.31 before game

But seriously, the Phillies were already down 0-2 only 5 pitches into the game.  This was not a good sign.  Jerome Williams has been struggling for a while now and today, he gave up 4 runs in only 5 innings.

2015.05.31 Williams

The Phillies managed only 7 hits in the game, with Cody Asche scoring the lone run.  And this is just how bad it got: In the 7th inning, the Phillies managed to load the bases with no outs and then Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf and Ben Revere all proceeded to strike out to end the threat.  There were not many people left in the stadium at that point, but those who were there boo’ed loudly.

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Actually, the attendance was bad even before that.  It seems like people are still coming to games for two reasons only – to get free giveaways for their kids or to get really, really, really drunk.  I unfortunately had a close encounter with some of those very drunk people today.  Two girls and a guy behind me were yelling, cussing, bumping into me and generally being such a nuisance, I was actually ready to call security.  Then one of the girls proceeded to throw up – everywhere.  Luckily, I heard it coming and moved, but the ground beneath me was puddling up with vomited beer, forcing me to find another seat.  And that, folks, just about sums up your 2015 Phillies.  A stomach churning, vomit-inducing mess that no one wants to clean up.  Yup…nailed it.

And yet, much like seeing an accident on the highway, I can’t stop watching.  I keep waiting for the next disaster.  Like sending Asche to the minors for two weeks just to piss him off.  And then letting Grady Sizemore go when they could have just done that in the first place and let Asche learn left field in the majors.  Then Ruben Amaro Jr. bites the hand that feeds him by saying Phillies fans don’t understand the game.  By the way, a few days later, I got a call from the Phillies thanking me for being a season ticket holder and offering to upgrade one of my next games for free.  Thanks, Ruben!  I’d also like free food at my games so maybe Ruben can go on TV again and call fans stupid a few more times…thank you in advance.

So you see where this is all going right?  Straight down the proverbial toilet.  But before you flush, at least try to enjoy the view 😉

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.

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Five Wins in a Row!

It’s a miracle!  The Phillies have won 5 consecutive games!  So I learned many things at today’s Phillies game.  First, this team can actually win games.  Next, Jonathan Papelbon has a tramp stamp and Odubel Herrera can fly.
2015.05.17 Papelbon-Herrera

P5172014AVAnd finally, getting hit in the face with a ball hurts.  Sean O’Sullivan does not recommend it.  Perhaps next time, catcher Cameron Rupp will wait to toss the ball until someone is actually paying attention?  Just a thought.

Aside from that little once every several decades incident, O’Sullivan had a great day.  He pitched 6 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win since the 2011 season.  And he was finally healthy; until, of course, Rupp whacked him in the face.  But he seemed to be okay afterwards.
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Ben Revere led the offense with 3 hits, a walk and an RBI; he is starting to look like the guy who almost won a batting title last year.  And Maikel Franco has certainly added some excitement the Phillies line-up.  In addition to a triple, he hit his first major league home run today.  Darin Ruf also homered and had 2 hits.  And even Ryan Howard helped out with a pinch-hit single in the 7th.
2015.05.17 Offense

Obviously, this team needed a spark and maybe Franco is that guy.  Although, I still think Cody Asche got a raw deal being sent to the minors to “learn” left field.  He could have done that just as easily here.  That brings us to the most awkward part of the day; the Asche whiffle ball and bat set that was handed out to kids entering the gates today.  Too bad Cody had to miss it.

And now for the O-M-G moment of the day: After the game, Chad Billingsley was put on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.  So after two elbow surgeries and only 3 starts with the Phillies, Billingsley could well be done.  Hector Neris has been recalled to take his place on the roster.

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.

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