A total 360 from yesterday’s game, the Phillies offense appeared to be hypnotized by the Brewers pitching. They did manage 8 hits, but they came at the wrong times and 3 of those were in the 9th inning, including a Jayson Werth home run; the only score of the day for the Phils.
Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs, much the same as he did against the Nats last week, but again, did not get any run support. The bullpen, which today included Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson, finally looked on-target as well. But those of us looking for any excitement in the hitting department may as well have slept though the first 8 innings; and why not? The Phillies did. :O)
But enough about that snooze fest, let’s move on to All-Star voting, which began today. You can help make Chase Utley the first Phil since Mike Schmidt to go to the All-Star game 4 years in a row! Just keep on VOTING! And vote for all the other Phillies, too! I will attempt to remember to post a link to the All-Star Ballot each day; you have no excuse not to vote! Even my pet chinchilla can do it…see! Gizmo is a very talented rodent; his favorite computer part is the mouse :O) Gizmo has vowed to vote 25 times per day, the maximum daily vote per email address or odd household pet. Please help him in his quest; after all, he is just a little guy. Don’t make him feel like a hamster on a wheel, working all by himself! Gizmo really hates the hamster reference because he is a WAY cooler, and cuter, fluffy rodent.
And it has now become apparent that I am seriously lacking in the quality sleep department… That explains the Phillies lack of production today! They knew I needed a nap…hey, thanks guys! I promise to get some shut-eye tonight so tomorrow, you can get back to work. Game time is 1:05pm…don’t sleep in too late!
Hypnosis Photo – abcnews.com
Chinchilla photo – Jenn
Jayson Werth won the game for the Phillies, knocking in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 12th inning! Final score was 6-5. A very long, very strange game, indeed, full of wild pitches, stolen bases, pick-offs, dropped balls and Ryan Howard being unsure of the count on him, still standing at the plate waiting to hit after he had been walked. Mike Cervenak got his first major league at bat; he slammed a ball out to far left field, but it was unfortunately right at the fielder. A great at bat though for his first time up and he showed a lot of power. In other offensive news, both Werth and Shane Victorino had 3 hit nights; Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had 2 a piece, with Howard adding yet another home run to the pile.
Kyle Kendrick still looks like he needs a lot of work against the left-handers. He gave up 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts. Most of his trouble though was against the lefties. Our bullpen was back in tip-top shape, giving up only 1 earned run between all 6 pitchers who appeared in relief.
And now for my rant of the day…David Wright of the Mets was announced today as the replacement for the open spot on the All-Star roster by Clint Hurdle, making me want to HURL! No offense to Wright, but the man has committed 12 ERRORS so far this season. I just don’t see that as being All-Star worthy, and I don’t care how long and luxurious his eyelashes are…get over it people! He is not THAT cute. So, guess how many errors Pat Burrell has made? NONE. Pat has a much higher Slugging percentage and On-base percentage than Wright; Also, Pat is nearly the same in total bases, even though he gets fewer innings with Charlie Manuel constantly pulling him late in games to run for him. This was SO obviously the wrong choice. SHAME on Clint Hurdle for holding a grudge against the Phillies for losing against them in the 1980 World Series. Grow up already!
Well, I feel a tad better having vented there. And after a Phillies win, who can be too sad J Incidentally, I will be going to New York this weekend for the All-Star events and am looking forward to that!! Going to check out Fan Fest, the Home Run Derby with CHASE UTLEY!!!, the Red Carpet Parade on 6th Ave. and then watch the game on TV (had to pick one or the other…decided HR’s would be more fun!). So, stay tuned for photos after those events which I’ll try to post as soon as I recover from all the hoopla and trying to figure out the subways again which I have not had to do since high school. Yikes! Hey, anybody else going? Feel free to E-Mail me!
2 more games to go with the D-backs! Go Phillies!
Ryan Howard hit 2 more home runs and added 3 more RBI’s to his league-leading totals in the 4-1 win against the Cardinals today. If things stand as they are, Howard will be the first player in 60 years to lead the league in both home runs and RBI’s at the break and NOT make the All-Star team. Having gotten off to a slow start may have contributed to the lack of votes, but still a sad state of affairs, indeed. Add to that the also much deserving Pat Burrell was unable to make the cut via fan voting today, coming in third place behind Cory Hart of the Brewers and David Wright of the Mets. There is still a small chance another Phillie can land on the All-Star roster as Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs has dropped out due to injury and has to be replaced. That selection however, has to be determined by Rockies manager, Clint Hurdle, and well, as much as I would like to think he’d do the right thing, I am not holding my breath. And so we wait…
Jamie Moyer pitched a great game today going 7 innings and giving up only 1 earned run on 7 hits and striking out 4. He moved the ball in and out of the zone and looked like the Jamie we all love. Nice to see great pitching finally rewarded with a win for a change. The offense had 10 combined hits, still looking a bit rusty, but showing small signs of life. They are really going to have to step it up for this next series with the D-Backs who have a much tougher pitching staff.
The Phillies sent rookie pitcher JA Happ back to AAA today, but don’t get all excited now…he should be back after the All-Star break. The only reason they did it was so that he would stay in a normal rhythm until after the break. If they kept him up, he would be going more than a week and a half without pitching which may hamper all the progress he has made. The other good new there is, with a roster spot open for now, the Phillies were able to call up Mike Cervenak (see photo), infielder for AAA, who is currently batting .308 with 50 RBI and 7 home runs on the year in the minors. Cervenak is 31 years old and, much like Chris Coste did, has paid his dues for a long time in the minors and is finally getting his first shot at the bigs. Also like Chris Coste, Cervenak spent a short time in the Independent Leagues. I met him in Spring Training and he is a very friendly and engaging guy and will fit well in this clubhouse. He is also very determined and I hope to see him get some playing time this week so we can all see what he can do.
Well, all we can do now folks is keep our fingers crossed for another Phillies All-Star to join the group! Thanks to everyone who helped with the voting J Go Phillies!
So I guess we are only going to win games when JA Happ pitches? Well, let’s hope not. But we’ll certainly take the much needed win tonight! And another great start from the rookie Happ was a nice shot in the arm for the still struggling Phillies. Happ went 6.1 innings with 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 5 strikeouts. During tonight’s TV broadcast, analyst Gary “Sarge” Matthews so eloquently put it that this team was in need of a “rumble in the clubhouse to get the juices flowing” or that perhaps the players needed some “slaps upside the head.” Well, like I said yesterday, they certainly need a wake-up call. I do think that tonight’s win and solid outing by Happ will be a good start to that.
Still a little slow offensively, but scoring 4 runs is better than what they have been putting up lately – zero! So, again, progress is good!
Ryan Howard had a great night, going 2 for 3 with a homer and a walk – his 2 RBI’s on the night gave him the Phillies record for the most RBI’s of any Phillies player in history before the All-Star break, passing Greg Luzinski; Pedro Feliz also homered; Jimmy Rollins hit a triple; Pat Burrell, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz also had hits tonight. And All-Star Brad Lidge added on to his save record, notching #20 tonight.
And one more time…VOTE FOR PAT! Time is running out! We have until tomorrow at 5pm…here are a few people that have come out in support of Pat recently (thanks to Larry Shenk at Phillies Insider for the info!):
“He’s the most deserving among the group of National Leaguers on the Final Vote ballot,” Jayson Stark, ESPN.com.
“Here’s the case for Pat to be elected….he’s the only player in the league’s top 10 in slugging percentage not already on the roster,” Paul White, USA Today.
“Pat is the most notable omission on the team,” Buster Olney, ESPN.com.
So, get those votes in! Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice. Go Phillies and VOTE PAT!
Zzzzzzzzz…. Oh, sorry, I was lulled to sleep yet again by the Phillies absentee offense. Poor Cole Hamels walks away today with another undeserved loss after pitching a great game, all because his team could not muster up any runs for him. What a waste of an All-Star (a-hem!) caliber pitcher! On the opposite side, you have a pitcher who had not won a game in 9 starts in Joel Pineiro, and the Phillies made him look like a Hall of Famer.
With only 6 hits in the game and guys hitting into three double plays to wipe the base runners out, this team stood no chance. The only player, yet again, who looked like he showed up to play was Pat Burrell, who went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. So again I say to you, VOTE FOR PAT! Let’s get him in this All-Star game! He deserves to be there and needs our help! Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice. We only have until Thursday at 5:00pm.
In the meantime, let’s hope that someone steps up in this clubhouse and starts knocking heads together. These sleepy players need to WAKE UP! Throw a bucket of ice down their pants, pies in the face, hose them down, whatever! Just get it done. This team cannot afford another loss.
The Phillies attempted to put an end to their offensive slumber, but it all came after already being in the hole 10 runs to the Mets. All-Star Chase Utley whacked another league-leading home run, his 25th of the year, to start the scoring for the Phillies in the 4th inning, but it was all too little, too late. Ultimately, even with 4 homers and 12 total hits on the night, the Phillies still fell to the Mets for the third night in a row, this time by a score of 10-9. Nearly pulling off an amazing comeback in the ninth inning, they fell just short as Jayson Werth flew out to right field with a runner on second base to end the game.
Pat Burrell made a great bid for getting some more votes towards the All-Star team tonight, smacking his 22nd homer of the year in the 6th inning and he also had an outfield assist. Remember to keep voting for Pat…he needs our help to make the team! Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice. We only have until Thursday at 5pm to get those votes in, so get moving!
The real story of tonight’s game though is Adam Eaton. A truly awful performance. He went only 2.2 innings, gave up 6 earned runs on 10 hits and looked like the Eaton of 2007, which is someone nobody wanted to ever see again. Clay Condrey did a great job filling in for 2.1 innings and giving up no runs. Then we got to see the rookie, RJ Swindle, making his major league debut on his 25th birthday. Looks like we won’t be seeing a lot of him, except against left-handers as he struggled mightily against the right-handers. I assume the fact that his pitches range from 82-54mph will not help his case. One curve ball he threw at about 54mph looked like I could have caught it barehanded…scary.
So when is this team going to start hitting before the end of the game? Your guess is as good as mine. Someone better figure it out quick though, because now we have both the Fish and the Mets knocking on the backdoor…
So besides a valiant effort by Jayson Werth, can anyone tell me where the bats have gone? Hiding under a rock somewhere, perhaps? Trapped under a heavy object and they can’t get out? Can we hire a detective to go solve the mystery? I hear Scooby-Doo is not too busy these days…let’s put him on the case! He works pretty cheap…just toss him a Philly cheese steak and he’ll be happy to start sniffing around for us J Only 4 hits in last night’s game and then 10 hits tonight (in 12 innings), including the amazing 2 run homer by Jayson Werth, which temporarily tied up the game and gave the Phillies a shot at redemption.
However, tonight the Mets completed the total deconstruction of the Phillies bullpen. The only “virgins” left in the pen after last night’s horrid attack were Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin, who appeared untouchable. Not so, I am afraid. Both gave up runs today; Lidge gave up one and Durbin gave up two on a 2 run homer in the 12th inning to un-tie the game and give the Mets back the lead. But you really can’t complain about that. The pitch Durbin made was low and out of the zone and Fernando Tatis just reached down and golfed it out of the park. Besides that, both Durbin and Lidge have been outstanding all year and can’t be expected to perform miracles every night. Our offense should be expected to get hits in key situations, and this, they have not done.
So I say, Scooby Dooby-Doo, where are you? We need some help from you now! Won’t you please, please find the bats? I promise to throw in extra cheese with that Philly steak! And hey, just a suggestion for Charlie Manuel – STOP taking Pat Burrell out of the game! This continues to hurt the team late into games and almost never helps on the base path! Today, he replaced him with Geoff Jenkins in a bases loaded situation with 2 outs. First off, Jenkins runs almost as well as Burrell! DUH! Second, the bases are loaded! Aren’t we more concerned with the runners on 2nd and 3rd? Why waste Burrell’s bat? We REALLY could have used him later in the game, but instead, we were subjected to watching Jenkins do NOTHING at the plate, as usual. You cannot use his defense as an excuse as Burrell is the only Phillie who has NOT committed an error ALL year! SOOOOOOO…leave him in there!
Speaking of Pat, remember to keep voting! Here is the link for you….let’s get Pat to the All-Star game; we have until Thursday at 5pm! Get those fingers clicking people!