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Cliff Lee Joins The Phillies

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No more worries about Roy Halladay, trade deadlines and who is going where…the Phillies sealed the deal today with Cy Young award winning pitcher, Cliff Lee.  Lee comes to the Phillies from the Indians sporting a 7-9 record and a 3.14 ERA; his record is tainted though due to lack of run support from a struggling Indians team.  And last year, Lee won the AL Cy Young.  Without giving away either JA Happ or Kyle Drabek, the Phillies made the trade and also received outfielder Ben Francisco who will likely take John Mayberry’s spot on the bench and help to relieve Raul Ibanez.  Off to the Indians are pitcher Carlos Carrasco, catcher Lou Marson, infielder Jason Donald and pitcher Jason Knapp. 

While I am thrilled with this deal, and even more thrilled that we did not lose Happ or Drabek, I will miss Marson and Donald.  I had the opportunity to chat with them both over the last few years and they are really nice, down to earth guys.  Not to mention, they are both adorable :O)  Ok, so I guess I will get over it. ;o)

A few more reason this is a GREAT trade; Lee will cost considerably less than Halladay next year; his option is 9 million, where Halladay’s is 15.75 million.  In addition to keeping Happ and Drabek, the Phillies also retained top prospects Dominick Brown and Michael Taylor.  Essentially, the farm system will not suffer.

And a few more odd reasons this is a good trade:

         Lee’s name is easy to spell.

         Cole Hamels will get less attention from the media, thus, we do not have to hear as many weird things come out of his mouth.

         Our bullpen will have someone new to play with :O)  Not sure who that will be yet…

         Lee looks good in red.

         Lee is from Arkansas!  Actually, I am not sure why that is good, but maybe he knows President Clinton?  Just a thought…

The final game of the D-Backs series is about to begin…Go Phillies!

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Fireworks In Philly – How FOX Sports Tried To Ruin The 4th Of July

Before I get to FOX Sports, I have a game re-cap for you.  Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in the major leagues, took the mound today against the New York Mets for his 600th career start!  P5314936 Moyer.jpgCongratulations Jamie!  What a milestone!  Moyer was outstanding in his effort and allowed only 1 run in 6 1/3 innings.  Not only is Jamie an amazing baseball player, he is an even more amazing human being.  Jamie dedicates countless hours to charity work with The Moyer Foundation and is ever-present in the community; a true role model for children and people of all ages.  It is refreshing to see such success come to a person who really deserves it.

Jamie got the win by a score of 4-1.  Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz were the Phillies offensive stars of the game today; Victorino went 3 for 4 with an RBI; Feliz had 3 hits as well.  Even Jimmy Rollins joined the party and collected 2 RBI on a double.  SO nice to see Jimmy creeping back to life!  It is also a big relief to see Ryan Madson begin to pitch his way back to normal.  In to relieve JC Romero, he recorded 2 quick outs to retire the Mets in the 8th inning.  Then Brad Lidge came in for the 9th, saved the game, and all is as it should be…at least for today ;O)

This gives the Phillies a series win at home for a change, and more importantly, an opportunity to sweep the Mets!  I will be at the game tomorrow and bring back news and photos.

Trade??

In some very odd news, Paul Bako, our back-up, back-up catcher (not a typo) has started 3 of the last 4 games.  This has given me some reason to speculate.  Could Carlos Ruiz be on the trading block with the Phillies desperately seeking pitching?  If they are in the middle of negotiating with another team, it makes sense to sit Ruiz as they would not want him to get hurt while making decisions.  With Chris Coste as a solid back-up and Lou Marson waiting in AAA, this may not be such a strange move.  Another possibility is that Ruiz is hurt again and no one is talking.  Then again, maybe Charlie Manuel was just feeling a bit silly this week?  We shall see as the week progresses.

Why FOX Sports Sucks

Can someone please explain to me WHY my Phillies – Mets game today was interrupted multiple times so that FOX sports could should gratuitous footage of Manny Ramirez at bat in San Diego?  It was Manny’s 2nd game back with the Dodgers since serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy.  Can I get a big “WHO CARES??” from the peeps, please?  Thank you.

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Seriously, it was not Manny setting some amazing record; not Manny greeting aliens from a spaceship for our first extraterrestrial encounter; not even the President of the United States giving an important speech…Manny’s 2nd game back after a STEROID suspension.  Heck, not even the 1st game back (even so, I would not have cared to see that either).  Has FOX Sports reached an all-time low in trying to get ratings?  You betcha.  It was like them interrupting a blessing from Jesus Christ himself to show a drive-by shooting.  What exactly were they expecting to happen?  That Manny’s head would explode?  Or, he was going to announce the cure for cancer?  Now THAT would have been news.

And yet, on this most important day in America where we celebrate the freedom of our great country, we are subjected to this ridiculous, infantile Mannywood hype by FOX Sports.  On the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig retiring from baseball while suffering from a fatal disease…we get Manny-Insanity.  On the day Jamie Moyer celebrates his 600th career start as a pitcher, are we shown historical footage of the eldest current player in baseball…a person who is a great humanitarian as well?  No…we get dreadlock fever.  

 Truly disgusting.  FOX Sports – you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Moyer & Manny Photos by Jenn

 

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Phinally – A Series Win

The Phillies wrapped up the series with the Blue Jays today and also ended interleague play for the year…finally!  As usual, interleague play was not kind to the Phillies and most are happy it is over.

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However, there were a few highlights, including JA Happ’s first career complete game shut-out yesterday.  Happ allowed only 5 hits in the game and gave the bullpen a much needed rest.  The Phillies offense found their bats after a spanking from manager Charlie Manuel in a closed door meeting, and the team racked up ten runs in the game for Happ.  The very Happ-Y pitcher is now 5-0 on the season with a 3.00 ERA.

Today, the Phillies sent Jamie Moyer to the mound and he allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs.  After the 5th, Manuel decided to take advantage of his rested pen and sent Chan Ho Park in who pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings.  It is nice to see Park finally settling into his role and feeling good after getting hit with a batted ball two days ago.       

With the Phillies up 5-4 in the 8th, Ryan Madson was set up to have an easy inning; he got the first out, Scott Rolen hit a single, but then a routine double play ball to Eric Bruntlett turned into a disaster.  Bruntlett, filling in for Jimmy Rollins the last 3 days, dropped the ball leaving 2 runners on with only 1 out.  Poor Madson was sweating by the time he got to the 3rd out, but he got there and Pedro Feliz snagged a pop-up to end the threat.

Brad Lidge came in to get the save and, as usual, it was an adventure.  A bunt single, then a walk and hearts were racing again.  But Lidge got a pop-out, another out on a run down and finally capped it off with Bruntlett snagging a grounder and tossing to Ryan Howard for the final out.  Whew!  Finally…a series win.  Time to exhale…

Iron Pigs (AAA)

Pigs (28).jpgYesterday, I attended an Iron Pigs game and saw Drew Carpenter pitch.  Carpenter has been a highly touted player in the minors and he did pitch a shut-out through 8 innings.  However, his fastball tops out at around 80mph (or at least it did last night).  Solid pitcher, but I am not sure the Phillies need another Jamie Moyer in the rotation.  Carlos Carassco and Kyle Drabek (AA) may still be possibilities to fill the hole left by Brett Myers.  Going outside the organization to get an experienced arm would be much better, but there are still very few pitchers available.  We shall see…

Mike Cervenak (photo) is doing very well after suffering a broken wrist last month; he was 2 for 5 in the game and is batting .313.  Mike Spidale (OF) led the pack with 3 hits and is batting .353; and Lou Marson (C) has been doing better of late – he had 2 hits and 2 RBI last night. 

Here is a PHOTO ALBUM from the Iron Pigs game, including shots from the fireworks show afterwards and even a 3-D fireworks shot!  I held the camera up to the 3-D glasses and it actually worked…check it out!

Up Next

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow to travel to Atlanta for a 3 game series before returning home on July 3rd to face the Mets.  Joe Blanton will pitch on Tuesday; game time is 7:00pm.

VOTE

The clock is ticking…please keep VOTING for your Phillies All-Stars!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!  Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, July 2, 2009.

Photos by Jenn

 

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WALK-Off Win

P4211429 Ibanez.jpgLiterally.  Manager Charlie Manuel decided to shake up the line-up today, moving lead-off hitter Jimmy Rollins to the six hole.  Shane Victorino led off and Raul Ibanez slid into the 2 hole.  The move paid off, as Victorino led off the game with a triple and hit a double his next time up.  Ibanez nailed a solo homer in the 6th inning to tie the game up 5-5.  And then in the 10th inning, Victorino stepped up to the plate again with 2 outs and the bases loaded and drew the walk!  Literally, a walk-off win for the Phillies.

Jamie Moyer started the game and pitched well until the 6th inning when he surrendered back to back homers to the Mets.  Scott Eyre, coming in to relieve him with 2 outs, allowed another run in the inning (charged to Moyer) and failed to get the final out.  P4191052 Condrey.jpg

Clay Condrey got the Phillies out of the inning, but the damage was done.  Condrey has been great so far this season and currently has a 1.26 ERA which leads the team.  Brad Lidge made a 1 inning appearance today in the 9th, coming back after a right knee injury, and he got through it without allowing a run.  Sadly, the Phillies did not score in the bottom of the 9th, forcing the game into extra innings.

Pitcher Jack Taschner got into trouble in the 10th, but Pedro Feliz started an around the horn double play to end the inning and prevent the runner on 3rd from scoring.  Whew!  That allowed the Phillies to load up the bases in the bottom of the 10th for Victorino who walked in the winning run.

Carlos Ruiz was back today from his rehab assignment after a strained oblique.  Ruiz was 0 for 2 in the game, but did draw 2 walks.  Lou Marson was sent back to the Iron Pigs where he will get a chance to play every day and continue to improve his already impressive skills.

In other injury news, Cole Hamels will most likely not be ready to start on Monday.  His bullpen session was moved back 1 day to today and afterwards, he reported some discomfort in his ankle.  JA Happ seems to be the probable candidate to start in his spot and this also likely keeps Chan Ho Park in the rotation with the Phillies being short an arm.  Not good news for the Phils; the starters will all have to pick up the slack.

The final game of the Mets series will start tomorrow at 1:35pm.  Joe Blanton will take the mound and we hope, start a good run for our starting pitching which has been very, very shaky.  The Phillies need this game to win the series.

And again, don’t forget to VOTE your Phillies into the All-Star game!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!

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Two Grand Slams Save The Phillies Pitching

This is why I love baseball.  Anything can happen.  The Phillies pitching sucked big time, but even bigger, timely hits saved the day!  Phillies beat the Nationals 13-11 and we all LOVE Raul Ibanez!  Get to that in a minute…. 


First, let’s give the pitching a well deserved spanking!  I’m sorry Joe Blanton, but the nickname I gave you last year when you were stinking up the joint is back:  It’s Joe Blah-nton!  As much as I hate to dub anyone with a “BLAH!”, after a horrid start to the season and an 8.41 ERA, it only seems fitting.  Consider it a challenge.  Prove me wrong.  PLEASE.

Blah-anton surrendered 6 runs tonight on 8 hits and 3 walks, including 3 monster home runs; and all this in only 4.1 innings.  Yikes!  But hey, the bullpen did no better.  Jack Taschner chipped in one run and Scott Eyre, entering the “every pitchers nightmare” category, gave up not one, but TWO 2-run home runs in ZERO innings.  He was pulled before he even recorded an out.

But thank goodness for Ryan Howard and RAUUUUUUUUUL Ibanez!  Both players whacked a GRAND SLAM in the game!  The last time the Phillies hit 2 slams in one game was 2003 when Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels did it.  Howard’s slam tied the game up at 6-6.  Later, after the pitching exploded again and the Phils trailed 11-7, Ibanez gave them the lead in the 8th with his salami.  It was Raul’s 3rd hit of the game.  Jimmy Rollins also had a 3 hit game, while attempting to slip out of his slump; looks like he found his mojo again.P4170401 Ibanez.jpg

Ryan Madson got the save in the 9th in the absence of Brad Lidge, who has inflammation in his right knee.  Hopefully, it is not serious; the MRI was clean and he is day-to-day.  Carlos Ruiz was given a rest today in AAA Lehigh Valley; he experienced some discomfort in his injured oblique area during batting practice and was held out of the game.  Looks like Lou Marson and Chris Coste will continue to man the backstop for a while.  Marson looks great behind the plate; he keeps ball in front of him and he has a good arm too.  His hitting will come along as he gets more at-bats.  And Coste is Coste…he’ll get the job done.

So who’s going to get their Charlie Manuel bobblehead tomorrow night?  You know I am!  Hope to see ya there….7:05pm start with Cole Hamels getting the start!

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Phillies’ Bats: Lost and Found

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Please help the Phillies find their bats!  Last seen on Tuesday during the 11-4 win over the Brewers, the bats disappeared after that game, never to be seen again.  The bats are an average height of 33 inches, beige in color and may be found crying for their mommies as they are lost and apparently, afraid of strangers.

Wait!  This just in: The bats have been located!  It took until the 9th inning tonight against the Marlins to find them, but it turns out they were hiding in the Marlins bullpen in Miami!  With the score 3-0 going into the 9th and one out recorded, it looked as if those pesky bats would be lost forever.  But then Jayson Werth caught a glimpse of them as he doubled; Raul Ibanez walked and Matt Stairs singled to bring 1 run in.  Could the bats have been recovered?  Well, it was only one run.

But wait!  There’s more!  Rookie Lou Marson, who up until this inning, had one of the only 3 hits in the game, drew a walk in the 9th.  Eric Bruntlett tried to crash the homecoming by striking out, but Jimmy Rollins kept hope of finding the bats alive with another walk. 

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Shane Victorino stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and 2 outs and, OMG!  He found the bats!!!!  GRAND SLAM Victorino!  Whoo Hoo!  And just to make sure there was no doubt, Chase Utley followed with another home run! 

The Phillies found the bats and scored 7 runs in the 9th inning!  Their reward?  A win!!!!  Phillies beat the Marlins 7-3!  And Brett Myers, who had a shaky start with 3 runs allowed in the first inning, can hold his head high.  He went 5 more scoreless innings to notch a quality start.  The bullpen held it down, and we have a very happy homecoming for the Phillies bats!  We hope they are here to stay!

Next Up

The Phillies will continue the 3-game series with the Florida Marlins tomorrow.  Game time is 7:10pm with Chan Ho Park on the mound.   Park will attempt to redeem himself after 2 sub-par outings.

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Phils Drown the Brew Crew

What began as a beautiful day for baseball last night, ended with a soggy, windy chill in the air, but a big win for the Phillies.  The Brewers sunk under the weight of the Phillies bats.  The 11-4 win included a 1 hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning when the heavens opened up and dumped buckets of water upon us, plus thunder and lightning.  But not even Mother Nature could keep the Phillies down on this day.

Jamie Moyer pitched a good game and had trouble only with Ryan Braun, who he has yet to figure out.  Braun was 5 for 5 in the game with all 4 RBI’s for the Brewers and 2 home runs off Moyer.  Aside from Braun though, Jamie sailed through the game in which he lasted 6 innings giving up those 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.  Moyer even scored a run after drawing a walk in the 5th inning.042109a.jpg

The offense tore up the Brewers pitching, with everyone except Moyer and Ryan Howard getting a hit, although each drew a walk.  Pedro Feliz led the charge with 3 hits, including a solo homer and 3 RBI total on the day.  He appears to be fully recovered after the off-season back surgery.  As does Chase Utley, after his hip surgery; Utley drew 3 walks in the game, had 1 hit, 1 RBI and scored a run.

In other injury news, Carlos Ruiz is said to be doing well after an oblique strain and hopes to return sometime next week.  No need to rush though, as Chris Coste and Lou Marson have done a great job filling in behind the plate.  Coste had 2 doubles last night, both of which came with 2 outs in the inning.  Ruiz needs to make sure he is healthy before coming back as the oblique is an easy area to re-injury if you are not careful.

Speaking of Marson, I snagged a ball that he hit over the outfield wall during batting practice; not only did he almost tear the cover off it, but the once round ball now looks like an egg.  It is actually slightly oblong now.  I’ll try to get a picture of it later and add it to the Photo Album from the game.  In the meantime, here are a few more shots from the game; Jayson Werth batting, Utley running and Raul Ibanez with a pop-up slide into home:

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Joe Blanton will tow the rubber tonight in Game 2 against the Brewers.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

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