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Ibanez Powers Phillies to 3-Game Sweep of Pirates

The Phillies completed a sweep of the Pirates this afternoon in 10 innings by a score of 6-5.  The newest member of the Phillies, Hunter Pence, had a hand in the 10th inning rally after a rough start where he misread a ball in the outfield.  Here is a quick look at the day for Pence:

The ball he missed came in the first inning, but pitcher Vance Worley bounced back quickly.  It was not until the fifth and sixth innings where Worley ran into trouble.

 

While it was not his best outing, Worley still went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.  He made one bad pitch in the sixth to Lyle Overbay who slammed a 2-run homer.

But the Phillies kept plugging away at the Pirates with a few timely hits and nice defense:

 

Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with two RBI to continue his recent hot streak.  But Raul Ibanez was the one player who came up big all game long.  After a solo homer in the first inning, Ibanez hit a massive  2-run homer in the eighth when the Phillies were still trailing.  That hit tied the game and kept hope alive for the Phillies.

 

As a quick side note, it appears that I may be Raul’s good luck charm.  If you look at the chart below of this entire home stand, you will see that Ibanez hit .500 with three homers and nine RBI in games that I attended.  When I was not there, he hit only .174, no homers, 2 RBI:
 

Ok, so maybe it is just a weird coincidence.  On the other hand, Raul may want to hurry up and buy me a plane ticket to Denver ;o)

Back to the game:  After Ibanez tied things up, the Phillies had to rely on the bullpen to keep it that way.  Brad Lidge had already allowed the fifth run in the seventh, but then four other guys combined to hold down the Pirates.  The photo below shows Juan Perez, David Herndon and Lidge:

 

Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo also pitched one scoreless inning each.  Then in the 10th inning, Pence doubled to put the Phillies in position for the win.  All they needed was one more big hit from Ibanez who delivered with the game winning double to score Pence.

The walk-off win capped a three hit, four RBI game for Ibanez who ended the month of July on a hot streak, batting .284 with 25 RBI.

A very tough road trip is up next for the Phillies, starting in Denver against the Rockies.  They will also face the Giants in a 4-game series and the Dodgers for three games.

It all begins Monday night at 8:40pm; Cole Hamels will pitch.

And here is the full Photo Album from Sunday’s game.  Enjoy!

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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See-Saw Battle Ends in Phillies Win

This team is never dull, although sometimes, I wish they were.  The Phillies see-saw battle with the Padres today was a real tummy-turner with lots of ups and downs.

UPChase Utley smashed a 3-run homer in the first inning.  The Phillies held onto the 3-run lead through 5-innings as Kyle Kendrick looked pretty good on the mound.  But as with all good things, they must soon end…

DOWN – Kendrick lost his mojo in the 6th inning, giving up two home runs for three RBI total.  With the game tied 3-3, Michael Stutes took over on the mound for the next four outs.  Despite getting into trouble in the 7th, it looked like Stutes was about to get out of the mess when a Cameron Maybin single put the Padres ahead, 4-3.

UP – As the Phillies bats had laid dormant for five straight innings, a comeback seemed like a remote possibility.  Enter, Ryan Howard.  Given the day off to try and work on his hitting, Howard was called upon to pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th.  It took just one pitch and Howard homered to re-tie the game, 4-4.

 

The homer was followed by a pinch hit double from Ross Gload and a Jimmy Rollins walk.  Then the improbable happened again; rookie Michael Martinez hit his second career homer to add on three more runs.  Utley homered again later the same inning to make it an 8-4 Phillies lead.

DOWN –  Antonio Bastardo had his first really bad day of the year as he loaded the bases with two outs in the 8th inning.  Then things got really wild as Bastardo literally began throwing the ball anywhere but over the plate.  After two straight wild pitches, the Padres finally scored again.

In another improbable and frankly, unbelievable move, the Phillies sent David Herndon to the mound to clean up the mess.  Herndon has been less than reliable all year so this was a shocker.  Not shocking was watching Herndon walk a run home.  But he did manage to escape the inning with the Phillies still leading, 8-6.

UPRyan Madson closed the game out in the 9th where he allowed one hit, but struck out two batters for the save.  And despite allowing a run, Stutes got the win.

UP x2 – The Phillies have won four straight and go for five tomorrow with Roy Halladay on the mound.  The Braves lost today, extending the Phillies lead to five game in the NL East.

Game time on Sunday is 1:35pm; I will return with photos.

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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No Sweep As Phils Stumble Against the Fish

On Tuesday night, the Phillies pounded the Marlins to the tune of 14 runs, their highest run total for a single game this year.  The Phils played solid baseball while winning the first two games of this series.  But tonight was a different story.

Sloppy play and mental mistakes highlighted Wednesday night’s game.  Chase Utley got caught in a run down after wandering too far off first base after getting a hit in the first.  John Mayberry Jr. dropped a ball in center that hit the webbing of his glove.  Domonic Brown let an easy ball bounce right past him in left, allowing two runs to score in the third.  And Michael Stutes made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt in the eighth.

In the midst of all the errors, Brown was called out after a triple; the umpire says he did not touch the base.  In the replay, it looks like the umpire, who did not get in proper position to make such a call, screwed up.  Frankly, if the ump is too lazy to get into position, he has no business making these calls.

There were still a few highlights.  Mayberry had his first multi-home run game of his career with two homers and three RBI on the night.  Jimmy Rollins hit a homer as well  and has six hits in the last two games.

But the pitching tonight was not great.  Even with six runs scored, the Phils could not hang onto the lead.  Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs in five innings; David Herndon allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Then Andrew Carpenter collected a blown save in the seventh, allowing the Fish to tie the game, 6-6.  And the final blow came from Danys Baez who allowed a game winning homer in the 10th to Mike Stanton.

The Phillies have Thursday off to get their heads back on straight before facing the Braves on Friday.  That will be a huge series as the Braves are right on the Phillies heels for first place in the NL East.

Neither Shane Victorino or Placido Polanco are available to play right now either, which complicates the situation.  Victorino has a mild thumb sprain and Polanco is going to see a back specialist.  More on that later…good night, all!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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No Sweep as Hamels Exited Early With a Bruised Hand

The Phillies had a chance to sweep the Red Sox today in this 3-game series, but once Cole Hamels was pulled early, that opportunity passed by.  In the fourth inning, a line-drive from Adrian Gonzalez knocked the glove off Hamels’ non-pitching hand.  He exited the game to receive treatment.

The injury is being called a bruise but it is unclear if Hamels will make his next start.  It will depend on whether or not he can grip his glove and bat.

So the game was handed over to a very young, inexperienced bullpen.  David Herndon allowed three runs over two innings.  Then Drew Carpenter gave up two more.

But the bullpen’s performance really made little difference as the Phillies mustered only four hits in the game and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  The only scoring was a 2-run bomb from Ryan Howard in the ninth inning.

The lack of offense is gruesome as usual.  And with pitchers dropping like flies, the Phillies may have to lean on their bats in the near future.  So, someone better figure out where they hid those bats…fast.

This weekend, the Phillies face the Blue Jays for three games and I am here in Toronto to bring you all the torrid details.  Kyle Kendrick pitches tomorrow but Saturday is a big one.  It will be the first time Roy Halladay pitches against his old team in Toronto.

The people of Toronto are so excited to see Roy Halladay again, the local TV station is even running a promo about it detailing Halladay’s time in Toronto and how much he meant to the city.  The ad encourages fans to come to the game and cheer for Halladay to welcome him back.  It is a real class move by Toronto.  However, I assume the cheering will stop once Halladay starts mowing down Jays.

Tomorrow is also Canada Day here, which celebrates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.  I find it odd, however, that their currency still bears the Queen’s image on their $20 bill.  I would tell you who is on the $100 dollar bill, but sadly, I don’t have any of those ;o)

But I digress…anyway, check back for updates on the games and, of course, photos!  Speaking of which, here is one I took of Niagara Falls before I headed over to Toronto:

 

Go Phillies!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Big Bats Cookin’ at Phillies Fish Fry

Last night the Phillies faced the Marlins in what was to be first of four games in 48 hours with the Fish.  As rain poured onto the field, delaying the start of the game, the hours dwindled down.  But after the one hour and 20 minute delay, the game finally began.

 And although Cole Hamels allowed on run in the first inning, the offense got that run and more right back for him in the bottom half of the inning.  Ryan Howard smashed a two-run homer, which was to be the first of many on the night.

Hamels took the 2-1 lead and ran with it.  Over 7+ innings, Hamels filleted the Fish with six strikeouts, allowing only three hits and the one run.  He left the game early in the seventh when his back tightened up, but all reports say he will be fine to make his next start.  David Herndon pitched the final two innings without allowing a run.

As for the home runs, they just kept on coming.  Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins all hit 2-run homers in the game.  Not to be left behind in the home run barrage, rookie Domonic Brown smashed TWO solo shots, one of which went far into the second deck in right field.

Just to recap, that is five home runs for a total of eight of the Phillies nine runs in the game.’

This break-out game was amazing for a number of reasons.  First, the top four in the batting order, including Shane Victorino who had three hits in the game, are all clicking for the first time this season.  Second, the rookie Brown looks like a legit big leaguer now.  Also, nine runs in a game is what this team is capable of and they are finally living up to their true potential.

I actually felt sorry for Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad by the fifth inning.  This poor guy was getting the crap beat out of him and his manager, probably trying to save the pen for the doubleheader today, just left him out there to dry.  Volstad was finally pulled mid-way through the sixth inning, but this spanking is going to hurt for a while.

So the big doubleheader is set to kick off at 1:05pm with Kyle Kendrick on the mound.  The second game starts at 7:05pm and Roy Halladay will pitch against Marlins ace Anibal Sanchez.  Should be a great day for baseball!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Rain, Errors, Blown Save, Stagnant Offense = Messy Loss

Game one between the Phillies and Cubs had a little bit of everything, although not all of it was good.  Here are just a few of the key events:

  • Jimmy Rollins was back in the line-up and hit a 3-run homer.
  • Kyle Kendrick pitched 3 scoreless innings & his outing was cut short because of….
  • A 1 hour 17 minute rain delay
  • In his 15th attempt, Ryan Madson finally blew a save.
  • Instant replay was used as the Cubs appeared to hit back-to-back homers.  It was ruled a double as a fan interfered.
  • Extra innings due to a 3-3 tie
  • With the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, Charlie Manuel allowed a pitcher to hit…more on that soon.
  • Placido Polanco allowed the Cubs go-ahead run to score in the 11th on a rare throwing error.

As for the bases loaded decision, Wilson Valdez was available to hit instead of pitcher David Herndon but the Phillies would have been out of pitchers.  Manuel let Herndon hit and he left the bases loaded.

However, Valdez is the team’s lead hitter with runners in scoring position.  And while that statistic says a lot about this anemic offense, it also begs for a different decision in this spot.

If Valdez gets a hit, the Phils win.  If not, he winds up having to pitch for the second time this year.  The first time, Valdez, an infielder, got the job done.  Could it have happened twice?  Probably not, but I think this is a chance you have to take with the bases loaded in this situation.  If he does not get a hit, no one can blame Valdez for giving up a run in the 11th as the pitcher.

The Phillies have had so few offensive chances due to a lack of hitting, I think you have to hit Valdez here, despite the possible consequences.  Most managers would have done the same as Charlie, but thinking outside the box can be a good thing.

So the Phillies lost 4-3, and that stinks.  But Roy Halladay will pitch tonight and hopefully, turn that frown upside-down ;o)

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Cliff Lee Helps Himself to a Win

Just a short 12 hours after a stunning 19-inning victory, the Phillies won again, making it two wins in one day.  The 10-4 victory today gave the Phils a 3-1 series win over the Reds.

 The Phillies hoped that starting pitcher Cliff Lee could go deep into the game as nearly the entire bullpen was worked hard in the previous game.  Lee did not disappoint, going eight innings.  He did allow four runs on 10 hits and a walk, but he kept his team in the game in more ways than one.

Lee himself accounted for two of the Phillies 13 hits and he drove in three runs, two on a double and one more later on a single.  There have been a number of role reversals in the past two days.  Lee was the big slugger today and infielder Wilson Valdez was the winning pitcher in the game before.

Not so backwards was a three-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the third inning.  Chase Utley also hit his first home run of the year today.  Utley has now doubled and homered since coming off the DL on Monday and all is right with the world again.

Utley did appear to twist his right ankle / leg on a play today, which was a bit scary.  However, he kept playing and it looks like we all have to wait until tomorrow to see if Utley bounces back okay.

As for the rest of the offense, some of the younger players are starting to hit, which is a good sign.  The Reds starter Homer Bailey only lasted five innings and then rookie Daryl Thompson took over, making his major league debut.  However, Domonic Brown and Michael Martinez each had a hit off Bailey, so it was not like they were just abusing the rookie.  They hit a solid, veteran pitcher as well.

If the younger guys can keep stringing hits together like this, things may soon look-up for the Phillies offense.

And if injured players keep returning, like Jose Contreras did today, that is another big positive.  Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth inning today and looks like he is ready to pick up where he left off, although Ryan Madson will remain the closer.  And David Herndon was sent back to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

The Phillies will embark on a 9-game road trip next.  They play the Mets in New York Friday night at 7:10pm; Roy Oswalt will pitch.

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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