The Phils take a walk-off win as they scored the only run to end a scoreless game in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.
The game was a pitchers’ duel between both teams’ pitching staffs as their respective offenses would get only two hits apiece, along with five walks each, through the first eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Michael Stutes would throw an eight-pitch inning, as he would strike out two A’s on six pitches, before getting Kurt Suzuki to end the inning by popping out to Chase Utley. The Phils then went to work as Shane Victorino got on base with a walk from Brian Fuentes. After Raul Ibanez flied out to left for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown followed with a single to right, his second hit of the night, moving Victorino up to second base. The runners then both moved up a base on a ground out to first by Brian Schneider, who had just returned from the DL, putting runners on second and third, with two men out. The next batter, pinch hitter Ben Francisco, then hit a single to left, which would score Victorino, that would be the winning run for the Phils as they took a 1-0 walk-off win from the A’s.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched six scoreless innings, missing a no-hit bid as Kurt Suzuki had a two-out double in the top of the sixth, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four. David Herndon and Juan Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Herndon) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out one man (Herndon) between them. Michael Stutes (3-0, 2.28) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Guillermo Moscoso also received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, as he also had a no-hit bid broken up in the sixth, as Placido Polanco had a one-out single, as he gave up two hits and three walks, while striking out two. Joey Devine pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks. Brian Fuentes (1-8, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, with Francisco’s hit plating the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phils (48-29, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the A’s (34-43, 4th AL West) tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on June 19, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. Hamels will once again try for his tenth win of the season. The A’s will try to counter with Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24), who is coming off a win against the Giants on June 19, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the A’s 2-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the A’s. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win.
The National League have just announced the leaders on the NL ballot for the 2011 All-Star Game, which will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Phils’ third baseman, Placido Polanco, is among the leaders, with 724,724, leading Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves. In other positions, Carlos Ruiz is presently fourth among catchers, Ryan Howard is fourth among first basemen, Chase Utley, despite his injury, is currently third among second basemen, Jimmy Rollins is second among shortshops, behind Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, and Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez are respectively seventh and thirteenth among outfielders.
Hopefully, Polly can hold on to his lead, and be voted the NL’s third baseman for the All-Star Game.
2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of May 31)
Buster Posey, Giants: 785,314
Brian McCann, Braves: 633,987
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 595,576
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 354,680
Ramon Hernandez, Reds: 350,771
Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 988,784
Joey Votto, Reds: 806,346
Prince Fielder, Brewers: 540,269
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 521,220
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 200,886
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 837,778
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 562,071
Chase Utley, Phillies: 561,585
Dan Uggla, Braves: 465,219
Freddy Sanchez, Giants: 347,713
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 724,724
Chipper Jones, Braves: 540,168
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 522,037
David Wright, Mets: 500,200
Scott Rolen, Reds: 370,271
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 975,777
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 454,782
Jose Reyes, Mets: 408,699
Alex Gonzalez, Braves: 328,021
Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks: 303,811
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 971,809
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 927,778
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 872,434
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 776,971
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 549,215
Jason Heyward, Braves: 484,291
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 476,644
Carlos Beltran, Mets: 389,561
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs: 354,231
Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: 338,487
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 337,728
Jay Bruce, Reds: 337,380
Raul Ibanez, Phillies: 294,294
Drew Stubbs, Reds: 292,907
Martin Prado, Braves: 284,558
Behind a Cliff Lee six-hitter, the Phils win the series by shutting out the American League Champions Rangers, 2-0.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as Ryan Howard breaks out of his 0-for-23 slump by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then added a run in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-o lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base, before he is caught in a run down between second and third and is then tagged out, 7-6-4-5, for the inning’s third out. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.69) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Arthur Rhodes and Brett Tomko combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tomko), while striking out one batter (Rhodes) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee also stole a base, the first stolen base of his career.
The Phils (28-17, 1st NL East) will conclude their Interleague Play preview with the Rangers (23-23, T-1st AL West) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 PM EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a sweep over the American League Champs. The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.27), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the White Sox on May 17, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Rangers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to help the Rangers avoid being swept. The Phils will be trying to complete the sweep.
Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.
The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.
Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.
The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.
Three home runs by Jason Giambi doom the Phils as they lose to the Rockies, 7-1.
The Rox took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jason Giambi hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Dexter Fowler, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third base on Troy Tulowitzki’s single, and Tulowitzki, who had just singled. The Rockies then increased their lead to 5-0 in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, scoring Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would get on the board in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch when he struck out Ross Gload, allowing Gload to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Rox’s lead, while sending Gload, who had reached first base on a strikeout-wild pitch, to stop at third base. The Rox then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the night and his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had reached first base on Polanco’s fielding error, making it a 7-1 Rockies’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Felipe Paulino pitched a scoreless ninth.
Kyle Kendrick (3-3, 3.28), who was pitching in place of scheduled starter Joe Blanton, who was taken out for an injury while warming up, took the lost as he went three innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out one. Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and J.C. Romero combine for four scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Mathieson (3), Stutes (1), Romero (1)), while striking out seven (Mathieson (3), Stutes (2), Romero (2)) between them. A Phil starter threw a bad game for the first time in several starts, thanks to the Phils needing to put in an emergency starter because of Blanton’s injury while warming up. Jhoulys Chacin (5-2, 2.70) got the win as he went seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Matt Lindstrom and Felipe Paulino would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Ground-Rule Double, RBI), both having two hits. Ross Gload (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense continue to be enemic as they now face their first American League team during a preview of Interleague Play.
The Phils (26-17, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game set with the Rangers (23-21, 1st AL West) in their first Interleague Play series. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-3, 2.21) as he is coming off a lost to the Braves on May 15, as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two-game losing streak. The Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Angels on May 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out two, in the Rangers’ 5-4 win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get the offense going, as Dom Brown and Scott Herndon (What? Are they kidding bringing back that stiff?!?) are both called up from the Iron Pigs to replace Shane Victorino, who was placed on the disabled list, while Joe Blanton will stay with the team, for now, as Mathieson is sent back to Lehigh Valley.
In the Phillies’ 128-year history as a member of the National League, they have spent most of that time being either a cellar dweller or as a member of the second division. But, the team has spent some time in the first division, winning two World Series Championship, seven National League pennants, with two in consecutive seasons (2008-2009) and ten National League Eastern Division flags, including winning the last four (2007-2010). The team has also finished in second place in either the National League (1883-1968) or in the National League Eastern Division (1969 to the present) a grand total of thirteen time.
The first time they would end up in second place would be in 1887, the fifth year of the team’s existence, as they would finish the season behind the first place Detroit Wolverines with a record of 75-48 for a winning percentage of .610, finishing 3.5 games behind the Wolverines in a league of eight teams, before the expansion to twelve teams in 1892. For the Phils, who were also called the Quakers at the time, this would be their only second place finish in the 19th Century. The next time the Phils would finish in second place, and the first time in the 20th Century, would occur in 1901, as they fell behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were at the beginning of winning three straight NL pennants (1901-1903), as they finish the season with a record of 83-57, with a .593 winning percentage, finishing 7.5 games behind the Bucos. The next time that the Phils would end up in second place would occur in 1913, as they finished behind the New York Giants, who had won their third straight NL pennant (1911-1913), ending the year with a record of 88-63 for a winning percentage of .583, ending up 12.5 games behind the Giants. The Phils would then finished second for the two seasons after they had won their first NL pennant in 1915. The first time, for the fourth time overall, would occur in 1916, when they would finish behind the Brooklyn Robins, now Dodgers, with a 91-62 record, winning one game more than they did the year that they won the pennant, with a winning percentage of .595, finishing 2.5 games behind the Robins. The following season, 1917, they would finish in second place again, this time behind the Giants, with a record of 87-65, with a .572 winning percentage, trailing the Giants by 10 games. The Phils would then spend most of the next 47 years in the second division before once again finishing second. The Phils would then end up tied for second place with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964, after collapsing in September, finishing behind the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 92-70, with a winning percentage of .568, a game out of first. This would be the sixth and final time that they would finish in second place in the National League before the two major leagues split into divisions in 1969, with the Phils becoming a member of the NL East. The first time the Phils would end up in second place in the NL East would occur in 1975, when they finished second to the Pirates, finishing the year with a record of 86-76, with a .531 winning percentage, finishing 6.5 games before the Pirates. The second time they would end up in second place in the NL East would happen in 1982, as they trail the Cardinals, ending up with a record of 89-73, with a winning percentage of .549, finishing 3 games behind the redbirds. The third time they would finish second in the NL East would be in 1986, as they finished behind the New York Mets with a record of 86-75, with a .534 winning percentage, trailing by 21.5 games. The fourth time they would finish the season in second place in the NL East would not occur until 2001, when they finished behind the Atlanta Braves with an 86-76 record, a winning percentage of .531, ending up 2 games out of first. The Phils will then end up in second place in the East, missing being the wild card winner each season, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, finishing behind the Braves in 2004 and 2005 and then behind the Mets in 2006. In 2004, they finished the season with an 86-76 record, a .531 winning percentage, as they finished 10 games behind the Braves. In 2005, they finished the year with a record of 88-74, with a winning percentage of .543, 2 games behind the Braves. In 2006, they would end the baseball season with a record of 85-77, a winning percentage of .525, 12 games in back of the Mets.
Of their thirteen finishes in second place, six occurred as a member of the NL, and the other seven as a member of the NL East. They would finish in second place once in the 19th Century, eight times in the 20th Century (5 (NL), 3 (NL East)), and four, so far, in the 21st Century as a member of the NL East. Their best record in second place was when they finished second in 1964, when they finished with a record of 91-70. Their worst second place finish was in 1887, the first time they would finish second, as they had a record of 75-48. Their highest winning percentage would be the .610 of 1887, while the worst would be the .525 of 2006. Their best game behind finish was when they ended a game behind (with the Reds) in 1964, while their worst was when they fell 21.5 games behind (the Mets in the East) in 1986.
With the way the Phils are presently structured, they could remain as either a first or a second place team in the NL East for several more seasons.
During the sixty-three years that the Rookie of the Year has been voted on by the Baseball Writers Associations of America (BBWAA), only four Phils have won the NL version of the award.
The first Phil to win the award was pitcher Jack Sanford in 1957 who in 33 starts complied a win-lost record of 19-8 with a 3.08 ERA, as he struck out 188 batters. The second Phil to win the award was third baseman Dick Allen in 1964, who in that year batted .318, hitting 29 home runs, 19 triples, leading the league in that category, and knocking in 91 RBIs, while scoring 125, the league leader in that category. It would be thirty-three years before another Phil would be voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Third baseman Scott Rolen would win the award in 1997, with a .283 batting average, as he hit 21 home runs, while knocking in 92 RBIs. The fourth, and presently final, Phil to win the award would be first baseman Ryan Howard in 2005, who that year batted .288, as he hit 22 home runs, while knocking in 63 RBIs.
Of the four awards won by a Phil, three were won in the 20th Century and one, so far, in the 21st. Three have been won by position players and one by a pitcher. So far, none of the award has been won by a member of the Hall of Fame, since both Rolen and Howard are still active players, although Allen is presently under consideration by the Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee.
Who will be the next Phil to win the Award? Considering the Phils’ farm system, that is a good question, since the Phils just missed having a fifth award as J.A. Happ ended up second place in 2009.