Today, the Phils have announced that they have placed reliever Jose Contreras onto the 15-day disabled list for a right forearm strain, retroactive to June 20. This will be the second time that Contreras has been placed on the DL, having originally been placed on the shelf by the team from April 25 to May 26 because of a right flexner pronator strain. This could help explain why he had not been doing so well pitching in relief after coming off the DL late last month.
The Phils will replace him with Juan Perez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where, in 28 appearances, he has an 0-3 record with a 3.52 ERA. He had struck out 41 batters in 30.2 innings of work, with a .184 batting average against left handers.
Whatever happen, this should help Contreras to return to what he was doing against opponents before his injury. Of course, we won’t really know that until his return.
A sacrifice fly by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the 19th inning, give the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Reds in a 19 innings marathon, 5-4, as Wilson Valdez becomes the first position player to win a game since 2000.
The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Reds got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils tried to make it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as Raul Ibanez led-off the inning with a triple, just missing a home run as it hit the top of the fence. But, he would be left stranded there as Reds’ starter Travis Wood got Ruiz to pop out to Votto in foul territory for the first out, then struck out Mayberry, looking, for the inning’s second out. After Wilson Valdez is intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Wood gets out of the inning by getting Roy Halladay to ground out, 5-3. That would come back to haunt the Phils, as the Reds would tie the ballgame up at three-all in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by pinch hitter Miguel Cairo and Stubbs, with Cairo stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Phillips, sending Cairo to third and Stubbs to second base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, scoring Cairo and Stubbs, and sending Votto to second base. The Phils tried to win it in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via a single by Mayberry, who is then moved over to second base by a sac bunt by Valdez, 1-4, an intentional walk by pinch hitter Chase Utley, both runners then moving up a base on a Nick Masset wild pitch, and an intentional walk to Rollins, but would be denied as Masset would get pinch hitter Dom Brown to pop out to the catcher in foul territory for the inning’s second out and then get Placido Polanco to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Rollins at second base, to end the inning, sending the game into extra-innings. The Reds then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the tenth as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in their half of the tenth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Reds tried to retake the lead in the eleventh as they loaded the bases via Phillips being hit by the pitch, Votto walking, sending Phillips to second base, where he is picked off by J.C. Romero, for the inning’s second out, before Scott Rolen is walked, sending Votto up to second base, and then a walk to Bruce, before David Herndon ended the inning by getting Ramon Hernandez to ground out, 1-3. The score would stay that way until the nineteenth inning, when, as the Phils used up their last position player, Dane Sardinha, as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighteenth, they had to reorganize their defense, as they put Sardinha behind the plate, placed Ruiz at third, and moved Polanco over to second base, before sending Valdez to the mound. Valdez started his first inning as a pitcher off by getting Votto to fly out to center for the first out. After hitting Rolen, he then got Bruce to fly out to center, before finally ending the inning by getting Carlos Fisher to pop out to Polanco. The Phils then began their half of the nineteenth with Rollins getting on base with a single. Brown followed with a walk, moving Rollins up to second base. Polanco then followed with a well executed sac bunt, sending Rollins to third, and Brown up to second base. Howard is then given an intentional walk to load up the base with only one out, bringing Ibanez to the plate. With both the Reds infield and outfield drawn in, Ibanez hits a long fly ball to center field which was caught for a sacrifice fly by Stubbs, allowing Rollins to score with the winning run, giving the Phils a 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madison pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, walking three batters. David Herndon pitched two and a third scoreless innings, before being sent back to Lehigh Valley to make room for the just activated Jose Contreras. Danys Beaz pitched five scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wilson Valdez (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Travis Wood also received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray and Nick Masset combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Masset) and two walks (Masset), while striking out one (Bray) between them. Francisco Cordero blew his second save opportunity of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Fisher (0-1, 0.87) took the lost as he piched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) all followed with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits during a rather long game.
The Phils (30-19, 1st East) are presently concluding their four-game series with the Reds (26-24, 3rd Central), with a game in progress.
The Phils lost an extra-innings game to the Mets, 2-1.
In a well pitched game, the Mets finally took the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had also walked, over to third base. The game then developed into a battle of the bullpens until the top of the fourteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Paulino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wright, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Bay’s single, then moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ deep fly out to center, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in their half of the fourteenth, with Mayberry, Jr. striking out, swinging, for the final out.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched for seven innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Baez (1)) and three walks (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)), while striking out four (Bastardo (2), Madson (1), Baez (2)) between them. Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out one. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he once again kept the Phils off-balanced with his pitching. Jason Isringhausen received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. Tim Byrdak received his first blown save of the season as he pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Francisco Rodriguez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Pedro Beato pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Taylor Buchholz (1-0, 1.15) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two.
The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Ben Francisco and Pete Orr had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Howard knocking in the lone run. The Phils offense had only two real chances last night, getting only one key hit, Howards’ RBI single in the eighth, while Lee and the bullpen kept the Mets under control for most of the night.
The Phils (18-9, 1st) have the day off today, before they start a three-game series tomorrow night with the Nationals (13-14, 4th). The Phils announced that Roy Oswalt will be back with the team on Thursday, while they have activated Dom Brown, before sending him to Lehigh Valley to continue his rehab. They have also announced that Chase Utley had played three innings in a simulated game, to monitor his progress. Hopefully he will be back by the All-Star break.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Phils placed their fifth starter, Joe Blanton, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, because of discomfort in his right elbow that he had felt during his last two starts, but had gotten worst as he was preparing for his projected start against the Mets tonight. So, after he had taken an MRI, the team decided to put him on the shelf to allow his throwing arm to get better.
Before being placed on the dl, Blanton had gone 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts, although he had pitched well in his last two starts for a 2.57 ERA.
The Phils have called up Vance Worley from Lehigh Valley to take Blanton’s place. With the Iron Pig, Worley has gone 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, in four starts. Last year, in five games with the Phils, two of which were starts, Worley went 1-1 with an ERA of 1.38, as he gave up just two runs on eight hits in thirteen innings of work. Hopefully he’ll continue where he had left off last year as he faces the Mets.
Good luck, Vance, and get well soon, Joe.
Yesterday, the Phils announced the reason why Jose Contreras had not been used for most of the Padres series. He had strained the flexnor pronator tendon on his right elbow. Because of that, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, while coming back to Philadelphia to have an MRI taken to see how bad it really is. At the time of his injury, Contreras had appeared in eight games, pitching eight scoreless innings, and converting all five of his save opportunities.
To take his place as the team’s closer, while the club is still waiting for Brad Lidge to return from his injury, will be Ryan Madson, who has so far converted both of his save opportunities. To take Contreras’ spot on the roster will be Michael Stutes, who had pitched well during spring training. The Phils have bought Stutes’ contract from Lehigh Valley, planning to give him his first taste of going against Major League bats during the regular season. Hope he will do as well as Antonio Bastardo presently is, and hope that Contreras will be back soon.
The Phils have just announced that they will be placing J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he is taken out of last night’s game in the top of the ninth, as he attempted to field a ground ball hit by the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez, as he strained his right calf. Before the injury, Romero had pitched four and two-thirds innings, with a 3.86 ERA, as he was appearing in his seventh game of the season. Talk about tough luck.
The Phils have called up left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the 25-man roster. So far this year with the Iron Pigs, Zugurski had appeared in three games, with a 1-0 record and an 0.00 ERA, as he had allowed just two hits and have struck out seven in three and one-third innings. Hopefully he’ll do well with the parent club while J.C. recovers from his injury.
This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.
This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.
Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.