After being able to score only two runs in the previous twenty-eight innings, the Phillies exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning off of Marlins’ reliever Matt Lindstrom, for a dramatic, 7-2, come from behind victory over the shocked Marlins.
The Marlins took a quick 3-0 lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Dan Uggla hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring John Baker, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Ross Gload’s single, and Gload, who had earlier singled. That would remain the score for the next seven innings, as Phils’ starter Brett Myers would constantly pitch himself in and out of trouble until he was relieved in the seventh by Clay Condrey, who would then proceed to pitch two scoreless innings, while Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson would three hit the Phils for the first seven innings and Leo Nunez would keep them off the board in the eighth. But, everything suddenly changed in the top of the ninth. With Matt Lindstrom now pitching for the Marlins, the Phils’ bats finally came alive, with a little help from Lindstrom’s own wildness. After Ryan Howard started the inning off by making the inning’s first out, a 4-3 ground out, Jayson Werth got on base with a double to center. Raul Ibanez followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second, with one out. The next batter, pinch hitter Matt Stairs, then knocked in Werth with an RBI pinch hit single, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base. After Miguel Cairo went to first to pinch run for Stairs, Lou Marson got on base with a walk, loading the bases, as Cairo moved up to second. After pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett struck out for the inning’s second out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, forcing home Ibanez, cutting the Marlins lead down to 3-2, and sending Cairo to third and Marson to second, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then connected for a grand slam home run to right, his second home run of the season and his first career grand slam during the regular season, scoring Cairo, Marson and Rollins, as he gave the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley followed by hitting a solo home run, also to right field, to give the Phillies a 7-3 lead, as the Phils had batted around. Howard then followed with a double, just missing hitting it out of the park for back-to-back-to-back home runs. After Werth walked, Renyal Pinto, who had earlier been brought in to relieve Lindstrom, was finally able to end the inning as he got Ibanez to strike out swinging. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tried to come back. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez hit a double, sending Alfredo Amezaga, who had started the inning off as a pinch hitter, and getting a walk, over to third. But Ryan Madson then ended the inning by getting Gload to strike out, swinging.
Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched sixth strong innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out five. Clay Condrey picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk. His record is now 3-0, leading the team in wins, with a low 1.86 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit and a walk, as he struck out the side. Josh Johnson also pitched a no-decision, throwing seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, as he struck out eight. Leo Nunez, pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out three. Matt Lindstrom took the lose as he blew his second save of the year, as he gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out only one batter, in two-thirds innings of work. His record is now 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. Renyel Pinto pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phillies had eight hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs, Lou Marson and Brett Myers each had a hit, with Victorino and Utley (Home Runs), and Werth and Howard’s (Doubles) hits being extra-base hits. Victorino had four RBIs with his grand slam home run, Utley knocked in one with his solo shot, Stairs brought in a run with his pinch hit single, and Jimmy Rollins brought in the other run with his bases-loaded walk. Although he gave up a home run, Myers was able to keep the Phils in the game, getting himself out of constant jams. Clay Condrey pitched two good frames, giving up only a walk, thus allowing him to be the winning pitcher when the Phils had their ninth inning explosion. With this win, all of the Phils’ victories so far this year has been of the coming from behind variety. The Phillies need to start dominating games early.
The Phillies (7-8, 3rd) continue their three-games series with the Marlins (11-5, 1st) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Flordia. The game will start tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 8.68), who is still looking for his first win, as he comes off his second straight no-decision as a starter, this time against the Padres on April 19, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ dramatic 5-4 win in the ninth inning. He will be looking for his first win as a Phils’ pitcher. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (2-0, 2.76), who is also coming of a no-decision against the Nationals, also on April 19, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out five, in the Marlins’ 7-4 win. He will be looking for his third win of the season, while trying to end the Marlins’ present four-games slide. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win and their second road series win.
They Phillies have announced that they will be giving the final two spots in the bullpen to J.A. Happ and Jack Taschner while they send Gary Majewski down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They will also be giving the final bench spot to infielder Miguel Cairo. With that, your 2009 defending World Champions Philadelphia Phillies look like this:
Chan Ho Park
…plus J.C. Romero, who will be returning later in the season from his stupid 50-game suspension, to retake his roster spot in the bullpen.
Although the team looks good and appear ready to defend the title, I still have this nagging question in the back of my head. Why are they putting Happ into the bullpen, where he has not done too well so far at the big league level, instead of Majewski? Let’s be honest, folks. Happ is a starter, no more, no less. He’s better off pitching some more at Lehigh Valley until something bad happens to one of the five starters, knock on wood, instead of the bullpen. I can only think that he’s up here just in case someone in the starting rotation blows it big time real early in the season. I am so hoping that I’m wrong and that Charlie Manuel and the brain-trust knows exactly what they are doing.
In other Phillies-related news, the Mets have just signed outfielder Gary Sheffield to a one-year, $400,000 deal. If Gary’s attitude is as bad as I’d been reading about during the past few days, our team has just bit the bullet by him signing elsewhere. As for the Mets, I hate to be in their clubhouse when he starts becoming disruptive.
After being embarrassed by Jon Lester and Boston Red Sox pitching yesterday afternoon, the Phillies’ batters decided to take their frustrations out on the Astros by crushing them today via the long ball, winning by the score of 13-3.
Chan Ho Park started for the Phils today, making it harder for Uncle Charlie to decide on either him, or J.A. Happ, as the team’s fifth starter, by pitching a good game, as he gave up only two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out seven Astros in five and two-thirds innings of work. Chad Durbin relieved him in the sixth, giving up the final Astros run on a solo home run to Edwin Maysonet. His line would be one run on one hit in a third of an inning. Clay Condrey, Mike Koplove and Cedrick Bower would each pitch an inning, giving up only two hits (one apiece by Koplove and Bower) with a strikeout (Condrey). Park spring record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.53.
The Phillies’ bats collected fourteen hits this afternoon, with four of them being home runs. Eric Bruntlett would lead the attack with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins who each had two hits. Howard, Bruntlett and Rollins had three of the Phillies’ home runs, with both Bruntlett and Howard’s being two-run shots. Miguel Cairo, Greg Dobbs, Raul Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and Pablo Ozuno had the other Phillies’ hit, with Ruiz’s hit being the final Phillies’ home run, another two-run shot, while Jenkins’ hit was a double. Bruntlett had four RBIs in the game, Ruiz knocked in three runs, Howards and Dobbs brought home two and Rollins knocked in one.
The next Phillies Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow night at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida against the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time is 7:05 pm Eastern.
After trailing for most of the game, the Phillies came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 7-6, thanks to a three-run ninth inning.
Chan Ho Park started the game for the Phillies, and produced a not too good outing which may hurt his changes in his battle with J.A. Happ for the last spot in the startingrotation. Park pitched four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four Blue Jays. Robert Mosebach, who is fighting for a spot in the bullpen, follows, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Chad Durbin follows him with a 1-2-3 inning, getting two strikeouts. Ryan Madson follows with a scoreless inning of his own, giving up a hit. Gary Majewski pitches two innings, giving up two runs on four hit and a walk as he strikes out a batter, while picking up the win, thanks to the Phillies scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. His spring training record is now 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA.
The Phillies’ bats collected thirteen hits today, with Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits each, with one of Werth’s two hits being a solo home run. Miguel Cairo, Jason Ellison, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Eric Bruntlett, Rich Thompson and Chris Coste each got a hit, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run. Utley would knock in three runs in the game, while Bruntlett knocks in two and Werth and Thompson knocks in a run each. Both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino returned to the lineup after their stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Both players went 0 for 2 with a walk each while Rollins crossed the plate with a run.
In other Phillies’ news, Cole Hamels, who pitched in a minor league game at Clearwater, is expected to pitch on April 10 against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, the Phils’ fourth game of the season, while Brett Myers will pitch opening night at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves on April 5, to be followed by Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton.
The Phillies will take the day off tomorrow before facing the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon for the second time this week, this time from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Game time will be at 1:05 pm.
This week’s trivia question is: Name the Phillies’ pitcher who holds the major league record for the most losses in a season? You know where to find it, and I will reveal the answer on Thursday.
After a short rain delay, the Phils proceeded to crush the Yankees yesterday afternoon, 8-3, getting even for the earlier 12-0 battering at the hands of the Bronx Bombers the previous week.
J.A. Happ started the game for the Phils, continuing to stake his claim to the final spot in the starting rotation by pitching a strong five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and three walks as he struck out three. He was followed to the mound, for one inning each, by Clay Condrey and Brad Lidge, who each gave up a hit while they both struck out a batter. Scott Eyre followed them, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, as he struck out two batters. Mike Koplove pitched the ninth for the Phils, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Condrey was the winning pitcher, with his spring training record now at 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA.
The Phillies bats came out swinging yesterday as they recorded twelve hits, with Eric Bruntlett and Raul Ibanez leading the way with three hits a piece, with each man knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles, Matt Stairs, Ronny Paulino and Jason Ellison would each get a hit, with Stairs and Cairo’s hits being a pair of two-run home runs while Giles’ hit was a double. Bruntlett and Ibanez also got doubles. Werth had the Phils other RBI, while the final run came in on a double play ball.
The Phillies next Grapefruit League game is against the Toronto Blue Jays, which is presently in progress.
In Grapefruit League play, the Phils miss a chance at winning two straight games as they play to a tie game with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday before defeating the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Phils played the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-7 tie at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Their starter, J.A.Happ, pitches four good innings, although later saying that he was disappointed with his outing. Happ would give up three runs on three hits, with two of them being home runs, a two-run shot to Bradley Emaus in the third and a solo home run to Jason Lane in the fourth. Happ also gives up a walk while striking out two. Gary Majewski takes over for two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Scott Eyre follows, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Ryan Madson goes onto the mound next, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches the ninth inning, allowing three runs to cross the plate, leading to a 7-7 tie, as he gives up three hits and walking two while striking out a batter as he blows the save opportunity.
Among the batters, the Phillies would score seven runs on seven hits. Jayson Werth leads the attack with two hits, knocking in three runs with a three-run home run, while also getting a double. Chase Utley, Eric Bruntlett, Matt Stairs, Majewski and John Mayberry, Jr., would get the other five Phils’ hits, with Stairs and Bruntlett hits being doubles. Greg Dobbs, Majewski and Pedro Feliz would knock in three of the other four Phils runs with a single (Majewski) and two sacrifice flies (Dobbs and Feliz), while the other run would come in on a Blue Jays’ error.
Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies would do better as Joe Blanton one-hit the Marlins in a 5-1 Phils’ victory. Blanton started the game for the Phils, going six innings, as he gives up only one hit while striking out three batters. Brad Lidge follows Blanton, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on two hits as he strikes out one batter. Clay Condrey then pitches an inning, giving up the Marlins’ only run on two hits. Robert Mosebach pitches the ninth, giving up a hit. Blanton records the win, with his spring training record now being 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA.
The Phillies would get only six hits in the game. Jason Donald, Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles and Chris Coste would each get a hit, with Howard and Giles’ hits being doubles. Howard, Werth, Giles and Coste would each knock in a run, with Werth’s RBI being a sac fly. Ever since getting back into the lineup, Werth has batted .333 in Grapefruit League play, while a much slimer Howard has so far batted .282 with five spring home runs and fifteen RBIs.
The Phils are presently playing the Cardinals in Grapefruit League play, with the Phils presently trailing 2-1, with Howard hitting his sixth spring home run.
Meanwhile, team ace Cole Hamels did some extended long toss yesterday, saying that his elbow felt fine. There’s a possibility that he might be able to pitch in a Grapefruit League game next week.
Yesterday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, Jason Ellison wins the game for the Phils in the ninth by knocking in Miguel Cairo with a double, as the Phils defeated the Cardinals, 2-1.
Chan Ho Park, the Phils’ starter, who continues to battle for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, had a strong start as he went four and two-third innings, giving up only three hits to the redbirds while striking out six, as he used his pitches effectively to baffle the Cardinals’ batters. Clay Condrey relieves him in the fifth, pitching an inning and a third of shut out ball, although needing to pitch his way out of a jam in the sixth with a runner on second, Albert Pujols who had gotten on base with a double, with only one out, as he gives up only a hit and a walk while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo follows him with two innings of relief, allowing a run to score in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Brendan Ryan, knocking in Joe Thurston from second base, who was pinch running for Khalil Greene, who had earlier doubled, as Carlos Ruiz was unable to hold onto Raul Ibanez’s throw to the plate, which at the time tied the score at one run apiece. Bastardo would go on to give up two hits while striking out two. Joe Bisenius would pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, and picking up the win when the Phils scored the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. His spring training record is now 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA.
The Phillies batters had nine hits in the game. Jayson Werth would get the Phils’ first hit as he hits a solo home run in the first inning, his second home run in two straight games, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Werth would have two hits in the game, as would Greg Dobbs and Cairo. Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins and Ellison, who would knock in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, all had one hit each. Also, Chase Utley would start the game for the Phils at second base, going 0 for 2 as he stayed in the game for four innings, while Pedro Feliz would play at third, also going 0 for 2.
In other Phillies’ new, Cole Hamels will go back to Philadelphia tonight to have his elbow checked tomorrow morning for tightness. No serious problem is expected, but the Phils are just being cautious with their ace.
The Phillies are presently playing the New York Yankees in Grapefruit League play.
Lastly, I’d just discovered that I am actually 26th, not 27th in the latest fan leader ranking, as one of the blogs originally listed among the first 26 was removed.