The Phils seven-game winning streak is brought to an end as they lose to the Mariners, 4-2. I hate Interleague Play.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Brandan Ryan hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier reached base with an infield single. The Mariners then increased their lead in the fourth as Miguel Olivo hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Mariners then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Justin Smoak hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Suzuki, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ryan’s walk, then moved up to third, while Ryan would move up to second base on Adam Kennedy’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mariners’ lead, 3-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, on to third. The Mariners would get the run back in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Mariners’ lead. The Phils then cut the Mariners’ lead down to 4-2 as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Brandon League picked up his twentieth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda (7-2, 2.64) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out five. Aaron Laffey received his third hold of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Brandon League recorded his twentieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.
The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single), Ben Francisco (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. I hate Interleague Play.
The Phils (44-27, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play weekend series with the Mariners (36-34, 2nd AL West) with a night game tonight from Safeco Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75), who is coming back to the majors for a spot start. In his last start, on May 29 against the Mets, he pitched only three innings, giving up eight runs, only five of which were earned, on twelve hits, while striking out one, as he took the lost in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. He will be trying to show that he’s back on the right track. The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez (7-5, 3.30), as he is coming off a win against the Tigers on June 12, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and five walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be trying to adjust to Safeco Park so that they can tie up the series. Did I mention that I hate Interleague Play?
Cliff Lee throws a complete game, two-hit shutout of the fish as the Phils complete a 9-2 home stand with a four-game sweep of the free falling Marlins, 3-0.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who has just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Martinez’s ground out, 6-3, then went to third on Lee’s ground out, 1-3. That would be all the runs that Lee would need, as he pitched a two-hit, complete game, shut out, his second complete game of the season, giving up two singles, one to Mike Stanton, with two outs in the fifth, ending his no-hit bid, and the other in the seventh by Logan Morrison, as he kept the fish under control.
Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) took the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Vazquez (3-7, 6.85) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Michael Dunn pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched two 1-2-3 innings.
The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Cliff Lee (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.
The Phils (44-26, 1st NL East) will now start Interleague Play with a three-game set against the Mariners (35-34, 2nd AL West), starting tomorrow night with a night game at Safeco Field in Seattle. The game will start at 10:10 EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 12, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 come from behind win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season, while trying to extend the Phils’ winning streak to eight games. The Mariners will try to counter with Michael Pineda (6-4, 2.72), who is coming off a lost against the Tigers on June 11, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mariners’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be looking to not allow Interleague Play to ruin their present momentum, like it has the past three seasons.
In a move that came completely out of the blue, the Phils have just signed free agent Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract, with a vesting option for a sixth year, beating the New York Yankees, who had offered Lee a six-year deal worth $135 million, with a vesting option for a seventh year, and the Texas Rangers, who had offered him a six-year deal worth $138 million, and with a vesting option for a seventh season. With this move, Lee returns to Philadelphia, after having been traded by the Phils to the Seattle Mariners, almost a year ago, giving the Phils a starting rotation that now have four aces (Lee, NL Cy Young Award Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels), that will be haunting the NL, especially the NL East, for at least a year (depending on whether Hamels will be resigned after the season, and if Oswalt decides not to retire after 2012.).
Lee, in 2010, as he pitched for first the Mariners, then the Rangers, went 12-9 with an ERA of 3.18, as he started in 28 games, pitching 212.1 innings, throwing seven complete games, including a shut out, as he struck out 185 batters, while walking only eighteen during the season. In the post-season, he helped pitched the Rangers into their first World Series appearance, before falling to the 2010 World Champions San Francisco Giants, as he went 3-2 overall for the Rangers.
The Phils will more than likely have to trade someone(s) to help them better afford their move. There is already rumors flying around that they have been trying to ship off Joe Blanton and or Raul Ibanez as a salary dump, with them willing to pay for part of Blanton’s salary to move him. I do not know if any of them is true, but, if they need to move someone, it should be Kyle Kendrick, not Blanton. After all, Blanton has been a bit more consistant, pitching wise, than has Kendrick, and he would be a lot better backup to the now Big Four than might Kendrick. Whatever does happen, I hope Ruben will know what he’s doing, although there does seem to be some method to his madness.
It seems that several things had occurred as far as the Phils are concerned.
First, on December 2, the Phils tendered contracts to outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick to keep them from becoming free agents. Kyle Kendrick will likely be fighting with Vance Worley for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, while Francisco will be involved in a platoon situation with Dom Brown, as…
on the following Sunday, December 5, it was announced that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Although he was expected to leave, Jayson’s signing with another team within the NL East came as a complete surprise to everyone, including Phils manager Charlie Manuel, as everyone had expected him to sign with an AL team, like the Red Sox or the Tigers. Well, Jayson, congrats on the money, but be prepared for a lot of boos, after being given some respectful cheers the first time you come to town in a Nat uniform. (The Nats? I hope you know what you’re doing Jayson.) As for the Phils’ compensation in draft picks, they will get a player in the draft between the first and second rounds, and then a player from the second round, as the Nats’ first round pick did not fall among the first 15 players of the draft.
The next day, December 6, the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee announced that it had elected ex-Phil General Manager Pat Gillick (2005-2008) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick, who was also the GM for the Blue Jays, who won World Series Championships in 1992-1993, to go along with the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship, as well as being the GM for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, in 27 years as a GM, had 11 teams enter the post-season.
The next day, December 7, it was announced that journalist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News (also formerly on the Philadelphia Bulletin) will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the BBWAA, for 50 years of meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be given the award during the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, NY, on July 25, 2011.
Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had signed former Cardinal relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one year deal for $1.1 million, with a $1.35 million option for 2012. Reyes, who has pitched in the major leagues for fourteen seasons out of the bullpen, will be joining his eleventh team when he joins the Phils, as he finished 2010 with a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.55, as he pitched in 59 games, with a save, as he struck out 25 batters, while walking 21. The Phils will likely be using him as their left handed specialist out of the bullpen, to compliment Antonio Bastardo.
On the 9th, the Phils took three players in the Rule 5 Draft, with the first one, Michael Martinez, an infielder, coming from the Nats organization, via their Syracuse Triple-A affiliate. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. jokingly commented that picking him up was the Phils way of getting back at the Nats for taking Jayson. (I just hope the last laugh ain’t on the Phils with this one.) The Phils would also pick up Chris Frey from the Rockies organization and Justin Friend from the A’s in the minor league part of the Rule 5 Draft. I guess it’ll be a while before we see if any of these guys pan out with the Phils.
Also during the week, the Phils brought Dom Brown back from the Dominican League, as they did not think that he was getting the seasoning that they thought he would need to be ready for spring training. Instead, they plan to do it during spring training itself, to get him ready for the regular season.
Lastly, the Phils had announced on Saturday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins had on Thursday undergone minor surgery on his left wrist. They also announced that he should be able to participate in spring training next year.
Sweeney brought aboard by Phillies
First baseman acquired from Seattle for player to be named later.
By Charlie Nobles / Special to MLB.com
MIAMI — First baseman Mike Sweeney was acquired by the Phillies from the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects Sweeney, 37, to get the bulk of playing time at first base until Ryan Howard, who was put on the disabled list Sunday, returns possibly in mid-August.
“I haven’t seen him in a couple of years, but he knows how to hit,” Manuel said.
The Phillies expect him to arrive on Thursday, before the final game of their three-game series with the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.
Sweeney, a five-time American League All-Star, came into the season with a career .298 batting average over 16 seasons. He was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBIs over 30 games for the Mariners this season,
including three starts at first base.
Sweeney has hit at least 20 home runs in six seasons, including 29 in back-to-back seasons (2000-01).
“He’s always been able to hit the ball,” said Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who has known Sweeney since they were on the same team in Class A.
“He has some power, too,” Ibanez added. “He’s played in some big parks, but he’s always hit the ball hard.”
Sweeney’s hitting pedigree combined with the fact he has made 570 career starts at first base prompted the Phillies to make the move.
According to Ibanez, they also are getting a special person.
“He’s a quality, upbeat human being,” Ibanez said. “He’s one of the nicest teammates I’ve ever had and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He brings positive energy everywhere he goes every single day.”
Ibanez said Sweeney will lead by example but “can pull somebody aside” for counsel. And he said he is capable of “getting in someone’s face” should it be necessary.
Originally selected by the Royals in the 10th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Sweeney had 213 home runs and 901 RBIs in 1,428 games for Kansas City (1995-2007), Oakland (2008) and Seattle (2009-10).
Notably, he has batted .328 in his career with runners in scoring position. And in 27 career games against National League East teams, he has hit .320.
Now the Phillies just hope to keep him healthy.
Sweeney has been on the disabled list twice this season with back inflammation/spasms. Most recently, he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. In 12 games there, he hit .366 with two home runs and nine RBIs.
The Phillies must make a move on the 25-man roster to accommodate Sweeney when he reports.
Hmm, I get the feeling that John Mayberry, Jr. is going back to the minors, unless its someone else that might not be expected. Either way, I hope Sweeney is to be part of temp answer to first base while Howard is out, and will be helpful on the bench afterwards. We will see.
The Phils have now won two games in a row in Grapefruit League play, evening their record at 3-3, as they defeat the Blue Jay, 4-2. Phils starter, Cole Hamels, had an up and down start. He started out with three scoreless innings, before giving up a lead-off home run at the start of the fourth inning, before being lifted after pitching three and two-thirds innings, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out three. He was followed by eventual winner Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Prospect J.C. Ramirez, part of the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle, then came in to pitch the final three innings, recording the save, his first in Spring Training, as he gave up just two hits, while striking out three.
The Phils scored a run in the fourth, taking a short lead, before taking the lead for good in the sixth, as they scored twice in that inning. They then scored an insurance run in the ninth. The Phils’ bats collected ten hits, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco, Greg Dobbs and John Mayberry Jr. with each recording two hits, while Cody Ransom had one. The Phils had three extra-base hits, two doubles, one by Dobbs, and the other by Mayberry, and a home run, a solo shot in the ninth by Ransom. Besides Ransom, Mayberry, Valdez and Carlos Ruiz each knocked in a run, with Ruiz’s rbi being on a sacrifice fly.
The next Phillies game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Detroit Tigers, with game time at 1:05 pm.
For the second straight game, the Phils are unable to get a key hit as they hit themselves out of runs as they lose to the Giants, 7-2. Their lead in the NL East remains at six games as the Marlins are defeated by the Braves.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Giants quickly tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and nobody out, Eugenio Velez hits an RBI double, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, and then stole second base, while Velez would move up to third on Jayson Werth’s fielding error on the ball. The Giants then took the lead as Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Velez, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one out, Sandoval hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Giants’ lead. The Giants then broke the game wide open in the fourth. With the bases loaded, via a single by Edgar Renteria, a Pedro Feliz throwing error to second base on a grounder hit to him by Juan Uribe, which had Renteria going to third and Uribe stopping at second base, and a walk to Randy Winn, and two men out, Velez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Uribe, making it a 5-1 Giants’ lead, while sending Winn up to second base. Sandoval then made it a 7-1 Giants’ lead as he hits an RBI double, scoring both Winn and Velez. The Phils made it 7-2 in the sixth, as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year. But, that would be the final score, as neither team would be able to score again as both bullpens shut down the other team’s offense.
Rodrigo Lopez took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 3.62. This was more than likely his last start in the Phils’ starting rotation. Kyle Kendrick pitched two shut out innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Tyler Walker also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk, as he struck out three Giants. Jonathan Sanchez got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds inning, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, as he struck out seven batters. His record is now 4-9 with an ERA of 4.81. Justin Miller, Merken Valdez and Bob Howry combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Miller and Valdez one hit each), as they struck out two Phils (Valdez and Howry one each).
The Phils had only five hits in yesterday’s game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco (playing for the hurt Shane Victorino) each recording a hit, with Howard’s hit being an RBI double, while Utley’s was a solo home run, knocking in the two Phils’ runs. The Phillies over agrressiveness did them in once again, as they are unable to stay patient enough to bring in the runs they needed to score via a clutch hit. They will try to break their losing streak tonight.
The Phillies (58-42, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-46, 2nd National League West), with a night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Cliff Lee (7-9, 3.14), who they had just acquired from the Indians in a trade. He has won his last three starts for the Indians, with his last one coming on July 26 against the Mariners, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out four, in the Indians’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to continue his personal dominance of the Giants while trying to contribute to his new team. His opponent will be Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, as he struck out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to continue the Phillies’ present offense problems. The Phils’ offense will be trying to give support to their new addition, while hoping that Lee will quickly prove his worth to the ballclub.