The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.
On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.
Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.
The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.
On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.
The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.
The Phils tag their nemesis, Johan Santana, for ten runs, including four home runs, as they hammer the Mets, 11-5, taking the opening series in their rivalry, as they regain first place in the NL East.
The Mets took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, and with two men out, David Wright hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled and moved up to second base on a Jason Bay’s single, and Bay, who had just singled. The Phils would strike back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. Two batters later, now with two men out, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Mets’ lead. The Mets increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with one out, Rod Barajas hurt the Phils again as he hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, as he knocks in Jeff Francoeur, who has earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stole second, to make it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. The Phils would then lash out at Mets’ starter Johan Santana in their half of the fourth. With a runner on third, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Jayson Werth’s ground out, 2-3, cutting the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single to Juan Castro, moving Ibanez up to secod base, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving both Ibanez and Castro up a base, and still with two out, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer forces in a run with a walk, scoring Ibanez, and making it 5-4 Mets, while Castro and Ruiz both moved up a base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then gives the Phils the lead with a grand slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, and the second in two days, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead, as he knocks in Castro, Ruiz and Moyer. Two batters later, the Phils makes it a 10-5 lead as, with a man on base, and with still two men out, Utley, as the Phils have batted around, hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled. That would be it for Santana as he would be taken out of the game. Two batters later, the Phils would make it an 11-5 game, as Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score, as Danys Baez would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, as Moyer and the Phils’ bullpen would silence the Mets’ bats for the final five innings.
Jamie Moyers gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, and a hit batter, while striking out two. His record is now 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA. Chad Durbin and Danys Baez follows by pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Durbin) between them. Johan Santana took the lost as he pitches just three and two-thirds innings, being hammered for ten runs on eight hits, including four home runs and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Hisanori Takahashi pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. Pedro Feliciano, Fernando Nieve and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano), while striking out three (Feliciano (1), Nieve (2)).
The Phils’ bat struck for fifteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being a solo home run and two singles, knocking in a run, while Howard was a hit short of the cycle as he hit a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run. They were followed by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth, each getting two hits. Victornio’s hits were a single and a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, Utley’s hits were a double and a two-run home run, plating two runs, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Jamie Moyer had the other three Phils’ hit, all singles, as Ibanez knock in a run with a single, while Moyer brought home a run with a walk. The Phils had a total of seven extra-base hits in the game (2B (3), HR (4)).
The Phils (14-10, 1st East) with continue their home stand with a four game series with the Cardinals (17-8, 1st Central). The game will be played later tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is making his first start of the year after coming off an injury. He hopes to cool down the Cards. The redbirds will counter with Jaime Garcia (2-1, 1.04), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 28, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cadinals’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ potent offense under control. The Phils hope that their bats will continue to be hot as they get ready to meet the Cardinals.
The Mets once again deny Jamie Moyer a chance at winning his 250th career start by knocking him out of the box in the third inning, then held on to keep the Phils from performing another come-from-behind win, as the Phils fall to the Mets, 7-5, losing the two-games series in New York.
The Phillies scored first in the first inning, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would take the lead in their half of the first, when, with one man on, and one man out, Carlos Beltran hits a two-runs home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, with a runner on second and still one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run of his own, his third home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Delgaldo, who had earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Mets. The Mets made it 5-1 in the second, as, with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Met added to their lead in the third, as, with the bases loaded via a hit batter (Delgado) and two singles (Wright and Fernando Tatis) and one man out, Ramon Castro hits a two-run double, knocking in both Delgado and Wright, and sending Tatis to third, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead. That would be the game for Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, as Charlie Manuel would take him out and replace him with J.A. Happ. Happ proceeded to shut the Mets down by getting Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey to ground out, 6-3 and strike out Reyes looking, to end the inning with no further damage. The Phils then started to chip away at the Mets’ lead. In the fourth, they made it 7-2 Mets, as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had stolen second base. The Phils would make it 7-3 Mets in the sixth, as, with one out, Howard hits a solo home run to right center field, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Mets’ lead down to 7-5, as, with a runner on third, and two outs, Werth hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, being called safe on Reyes’ interference error, which would lead to Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel’s ejection from the game for arguing the call and hitting the umpire with the bill of his cap, and moving on to third on Howard’s ground out, also 4-3. In the ninth inning, the Phillies had a runner on second, Matt Stairs, who had a pinch hit walk and went to second on defensive indifference, and two outs, with Rollins at the plate, representing the tying run. Rollins would end the game by poping out to second, as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year and his fourth in four straight games.
Jamie Moyer took the lost as he is once again denied his 250th career win. He would go only two and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only one. His record is now 3-2 with a 7.26 ERA. J.A. Happ pitched three and two-thirds strong innings of relief, giving up only two hits, while striking out two. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a hit and a walk. Jack Taschner also pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 4-0 with an ERA of 5.46. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year, and his fourth save in four straight games, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk.
The Phillies had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with four hits, two singles, a double and a home-run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, raising his season average to .284. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phillies’ hits, all singles. Ibanez knocked in the Phils other run. Once again, starting pitching has done in the Phillies, as the relief corps had to once again come in early to shut down the opposition, giving the Phillies’ bats time to chip away at the lead. Sadly, the Phils were unable to overcome the Mets’ lead, but the comeback still put the rest of the National League on notice that this is a ballclub that refuses to quit.
The Phils (14-12, 1st) come back home, still in first place in the National League East, to start a three-games weekend home stand with the Braves (13-15, 4th). The first game of the three-games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels, who is recovering from an injury to his left foot, which he had rolled over trying to field a bunt on April 28 against the Nationals. In that game, he was dominating the Nationals before his mishap, having shut them down for four and a third innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 7-1 blow out win. He is still looking for his first win, while the Phillies hope that he will once again dominate opposing batters while not suffering another freak injury. The Braves will counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.00), who is coming off a no-decision of his own, as he pitched five and a third innings against the Astros on May 3, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 7-5 lost. He is also looking for his first win. The Phils hope to win the weekend series with the Braves, before starting their first series of the year with the now-Manny Ramirez-less Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Phillies lost a very unforeseen pitchers’ duel between Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana on a Pedro Feliz throwing error in the seventh inning, as the Phils lose a close one to the Mets, 1-0. The Phils are still in first place as the Marlins lose to the Braves.
For the first six-plus innings, Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park and Mets’ ace Johan Santana found themselves involved in an unexpected pitchers’ duel. In fact, Park gave up only a single to the Mets during those six innings, although getting into a jam in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men out, Jose Reyes would reach first base when Park would be unable to catch the throw to first from Ryan Howard, after Howard has caught Reyes’ grounder to first, for a catch error. Reyes would then steal second, and go on to third on Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error. Alex Cora then walked, to put runners on the corners for Carlos Beltran. Beltran ended the threat by flying out to left, keeping the game tied at 0-0. Meanwhile, Santana once again dominated the Phils’ batters, giving up only a hit and three walks, while striking out nine, in the first sixth innings. The Phils then had a threat of their own going in the top of the seventh, as Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a lead-off ground-rule double. But, that would be as far as he would get, as Pedro Feliz poped up to the catcher Omir Santos for the first out of the inning. Ruiz then grounded out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out. Eric Bruntlett then went to the plate to pinch hit for Park, and proceeded to become Santana’s tenth strike out victim. Scott Eyre then came out to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Phils. He started the inning off by walking Carlos Delgado. After he got the next two batters, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, out by fly outs, he would be replaced on the mound by Chad Durbin to face pinch hitter Fernando Tatis. On a 1-1 fastball, Tatis hits a slow grounder to third. Instead of eating the ball, as it was obvious that he had no play, Feliz still tried to throw Tatis out at first base. Sadly, the throw went pass Howard, and into the right field foul area for a hit and a throwing error. Delgado, after going from second to third on the errant throw, kept on running to try and score from third. Jayson Werth, after picking up the ball, looked at Tatis, seeing him heading from second to third, before finally realizing that Delgado was heading for home plate. Werth then proceeded to throw a strike to home. Delgado, sliding, was able to get his foot onto home plate, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would turn out to be the final score, as a Phils threat in the eighth inning would fall flat and they would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, giving the Mets the win.
Chan Ho Park got a no-decision as he pitched an unexpected six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Scott Eyre took the lost, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Chan Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Johan Santana got the win as he pitched seven strong innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-1 with an 0.91 ERA. Pedro Feliciano recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phillies had only three hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Raul Ibanez. The Phils would be done in by both their offense being once again dominated by Santana and by their defense, which committed three errors in the game, one of which would end up being costly.
The Phillies (14-11, 1st) will conclude their two-games series with the Mets (13-13, 3rd) with a night game at Citi Field. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65), who will once again be trying for his 250th career victory, after being handed a no-decision on May 2, against these same Mets. In that game, he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ dramatic 6-5 extra-innings win. He will be going for both his fourth win of the year and the 250th win of his long career. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (3-0, 6.00), who defeated the Phils on May 1, going five and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year and his second straight win over the Phils in a week’s time. The Phillies will be looking to leave Citi Field with a series split, while going back home to Citizens Bank Park to face the Braves in a weekend series, hopefully still leading the National League East.
The Phillies are unable to overcome Chan Ho Park’s poor performance, as he gave up seven earned runs to the Phillies’ main rival in the East, the Mets, as the Phils lose, 7-4.
The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first, as, with one man on, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Alex Cora, who had earlier walked. The Mets added to their lead in the second, when, with two men on, and no one out, Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey helped his own cause by hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Fernando Tatis, who had earlier singled, and had moved over to third on Omir Santos’ double, making it 3-0 Mets, while sending Santos over to third. One batter later, with Santos on third, and now one man out, Jose Reyes knocked him in with a sacrifice fly of his own, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. The Mets made it 5-0 in the third, as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Carlos Beltran, a double to David Wright, sending Beltran over to third base, and an intentional walk to Tatis, with one man out, Santos hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Beltran, who beat out Jayson Werth’s throw to the plate, while Wright and Tatis both moved up a base. The Phillies would strike back in their half of the third, as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Shane Victorino, who later moved to second base on a throwing error by Pelfrey, who was trying to pick him off first, and walks to both Chase Utley and Werth, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run RBI single, scoring both Victorino and Utley, while sending Werth over to third, making it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. One batter later, Pedro Feliz made it a 5-3 Mets’ lead by hitting an RBI single, scoring Werth, and sending Ibanez over to third. In the fifth, Wright made it 6-3 Mets as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltran, who had earlier doubled. Later in the inning, with two men on, and two men out, Pelfrey once again helped his cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Tatis, who had earlier doubled, while sending Santos, who had earlier been intentionally walked, over to third. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Phillies ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity, as, with one out, with Chris Coste, who had earlier been safe on a force out as Feliz, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second, 6-4, and had moved on to second on pinch hitter Greg Dobbs’ pinch hit single, on second, and Dobbs’ on first via his pinch hit single, Jimmy Rollins hits a ground ball to shortstop Reyes. Reyes committed a throwing error, as he tried to throw out Coste at third. But, instead of going home, Coste stopped in front of third base, which turned out to be a bad move, as Dobbs, who had not seen Coste stop, had ran past second and had continued on to third. This would force Coste to head for home, where he would be tagged out by catcher Santos, after being caught in a rundown, 2-4-2, for the inning’s second out, while Dobbs would be safe at third, and Rollins would move up to second base on the rundown. Victorino then ended the inning with a fly out. Utley would make it a 7-4 Mets’ lead in the seventh, as he hits a lead-off solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. But that would be the final score as Francisco Rodriguez came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his fifth save of the year.
Chan Ho Park took the lost, his first as a Phillie, as he would pitch only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 0-1 with an 8.57 ERA. Chad Durbin followed for one and one-third innings of relief, giving up only one hit and a walk. J.A. Happ and Clay Condrey would combine for three scoreless innings, only giving up a walk (Happ), while striking out one batter (Happ). Mike Pelfrey got the win, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up just three runs on seven hits and three walks. His record is now 3-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning and two-thirds, holding off the Phils, as he gave up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. J.J. Putz pitched a 1-2-3 inning, recording a hold. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his fifth save of the year, as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, recording a strikeout.
The Phillies had eight hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs had the Phillies’ other hits, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Feliz and Utley, Ibanez knocked in two runs. The Phillies were unable to get into this game thanks to Parks ineffectiveness on the mound which put them behind early.
The Phillies (11-10, 2nd) continue their three-games weekend series with the Mets (10-12, 4th). The second game of the series will be played this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park and will be nationally televised by Fox Sports. The game will start at 3:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter with be the ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.09), who will be going for his 250th career victory. He is coming off a victory against the Marlins on April 26, where he went six innings, giving up only one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 13-2 blowout win. He will be going for his fourth win of the season while hoping to end the Phils’ present two-game slide. The Mets will counter with Oliver Perez (1-2, 9.31), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals, also on April 26, as he pitched only four and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out only three, in the Mets’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phillies will be trying to even the series while doing so in front of a national audience.
Well, spring training has just started, and it seems that a few Phils have decided to show up in better shape then they did when they left Citizen Bank Park after the victory parade last Halloween.
Ryan Howard has shown up at Bright House Field weighing 30 pounds less. Brett Myers has meanwhile lost 20 pounds and Scott Eyre has lost 10. Hhhhmm, 30, 20 and 10? Is someone trying to tell us something? Hopefully, it will all translate into better seasons for all three players.
Also, Ryan has said that he plans to work on his defense this spring, and is working out with third base coach Sam Perlozzo, and that some of the things that he has shown him has clicked. Sam, if you are able to get Ryan to stop leaking balls during the season, I’ll try and see if I can get the other fans to raise a moument in your honor.
Meanwhile, Brett plans to do a lot better this season than he did during the first half of last season. We’ll all be watching you very closely Brett, as the batters won’t be the only ones seeing if you can continue what you did after coming back from the all-star break last season.
Phils’ pitching coach Rich Dubee had announced that he sees Kyle Kendrick as the present favorite to win the number five starting job in the Phillies’ starting rotation, when he commented that it was Kyle’s job to lose. Hear that Kyle, that means that only you can pitch yourself out of that position right now. And, I hear that both J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park want your job badly, especially Park. So, you better show Dubee and the rest of the brain trust your best stuff while you’re out there pitching this spring, or you might be seeing yourself either heading back to the minors, or being used as trade bait.
The Phillies this weekend have signed Miguel Cairo to a minor league contract and an invite to spring training while they still continue to see if they can get Nomar Garciaparra to signed as their righthanded bench bat. Cairo spent the 2008 season playing the infield for the Seattle Mariners as he batted .249 with no home runs and 23 RBIs in 221 at-bats. A career .266 hitter, Cairo has been a journeyman in the majors for 13 seasons. Well, I’ll say this for the team, they certainly won’t be lacking for players if someone goes down during the season.
Lastly, Francisco Rodriguez, the Mets’ new closer has once again says that the Mets will be the team to beat this season. Yawn!!! Jimmy Rollins, when are you going to defend your copyright against these New Yorkers? But seriously, F-Rod, saying it is one thing. Prove it on the playing field, mister!!!
During the 2 pm progress report on Chase Utley’s right hip, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro announced that the Phillies have re-signed veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer to a new two-year contract. The 22 years veteran went 16-7 for the Phils in 33 starts, with a 3.71 ERA in 2008, being the team leader in wins. In a two plus month period, from June 6 to August 21, he would give up three earned runs or less to opposing team. The soon to be 47 years old, has a record of 246-185 in 637 games (548 starts) with a 4.19 ERA, tied for 47th place on the all-time Major League wins list, while being presently third among active starters, with the recent retirement of Mike Mussina of the Yankees and Greg Maddux of the Padres/Dodgers. Since joining the Phillies in mid-2006, he has gone 35-21 with a 4.33 ERA in 74 starts, with the team going 46-28 (.622) in his starts, while pitching the divisional pennant clinchers in both 2007 and 2008, and having a good start in Game 3 of the World Series which the Phillies would win in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth.
Moyer’s re-signing means that the first four spots in the Phils’ starting rotation (Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, Moyer) is now set, with the fifth and final spot now being an audition between Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, prospect Carlos Carrasco and Chan Ho Park. Whether the Phils will continue to go after free agent Derek Lowe after signing Moyer and Park is a good question, especially when they should be looking out for a right handed power bat to help counter balance their recent signing of Raul Ibanez, and the obvious departure of Pat Burrell, to counter the presently loaded left-handed power of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But such a signing would serve notice to the rest of the National League East, after the Mets’ signing of free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez and their trade with Cleveland for J.J. Putz to be Rodriguez’s set-up man to better their weak bullpen, that the Phillies will be looking to repeat as the National League Champions with a very strong starting rotation.