Back-to-back dingers from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard help to support a strong effort by ‘Kentucky Joe’ Blanton as the Phils defeated the Padres, 5-3.
The Padres took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Kevin Kouzmanoff hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Brian Giles, who had earlier singled, while scoring on the play Scott Hairston, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Giles’ single, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino on to second, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils made it 3-1 in the fifth as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year. One batter later, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Padres would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Hairston, followed with a solo shot of his own, his eighth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tacked on an insurance run in the eighth as, with a man on and two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ lined out to right, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Padres’ off the scoreboard in the final two innings, with Brad Lidge recording his fourth save in four straight games and his thirteenth save of the season.
Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched a strong seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 4-3 with a 5.86 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched an inning plus one batter, recording his tenth hold, as he gave up no runs on no hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth as he nailed down his thirteenth save of the year. Kevin Correia took the lost as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-4 with a 5.37 ERA. Cla Meredith pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, with a strikeout. Joe Thatcher pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Luke Gregerson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out one. Greg Burke pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.
The Phillies had a total of twelve hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez each led the way with two hits each, with one of Utley’s hits being a solo home run. Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other four Phils’ hits, with Howard’s being a home run. Utley and Victorino each knocked in two runs, while Howard knocked in one. Half of the Phils’ hits were for extra-bases (2Bs (4), HRs (2)). The Phils left eleven men on base, which they will need to improve on if they expect to have a good road trip.
The Phillies (29-20, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Padres (25-26, 3rd National League West), with a night game tonight at PETCO Park. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be rookie Antonio Bastardo (0-0, -.–), who is making his major league debut, taking the place, in the Phils’ starting rotation, of the injured Brett Myers. He will be going after his first major league win. The Padres will counter with their ace Jake Peavy (5-5, 3.67), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 27, as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to give a lot of run support to Bastardo in his first start in the big leagues.
Ryan Howard’s two massive home runs, a solo shot and a team record setting grand-slam home run, help leads the Phils to a 9-6 win over the lowly Nationals. The Phils, meanwhile, regain first place from the Mets.
The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and one man out, Wil Nieves hits a two run double, knocking in Josh Willingham, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Alberto Gonzalez’s single, and Gonzalez, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Nieves still on second, and now with two men out, Anderson Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieves, who beat the throw to the plate, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead, while Hernandez would move up to second on the throw. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, cutting the Nats’ lead to 3-1. In the third, with a runner on second, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. After Rollins stole second base, the Phils loaded the bases on a Shane Victorino walk and a Chase Utley infield single. Ryan Howard then clears them with a 475-ft monster to right for a grand-slam home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, his third grand-salm of the season, and the eighth grand-slam of his career, setting a new franchise record, as he scored Rollins, Victorino and Utley before him, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. In the fourth, the Nats would get one of the runs back, as, with one man on, and nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI triple, knocking in Austin Kearns, who had earlier walked, making it a 6-4 Phils lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the inning as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Hamels hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. In the sixth, with a man on, and two men out, pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard hits a pinch hit two-run home run, scoring Kearns, who had earlier singled, had gone to second when Gonzalez was hit by the pitch, and had gone over to third on Nieves’ double play, 5-4-3, wiping out Gonzalez at second, making it 7-6 Phils. The Phils would get those two runs back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, a double by Victorino, which sent Dobbs to third, and a walk to Utley, with two men out, Howard would reach base on a fielding error by second baseman Hernandez, allowing both Dobbs and Victorino to score, and Utley to reach third, as the Phils take a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as the Phillies’ bullpen shut down the Nats for the final three innings, with Brad Lidge notching his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels got the victory as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out seven. His record is now 3-2 with a 5.21 ERA. Scott Eyre recorded his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, recording his fourth hold of the season, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge recorded his eleventh save of the season as he gave up only a hit, while striking out a batter. Shairon Martis took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 5-1 with a 5.62 ERA. Jason Bergmann pitched a scoreless inning. Mike MacDougal pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ron Villone, Julian Taverez, Kip Wells and Jesus Colome combined for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Tavarez (1), Colome (1)), a walk (Villone) and two hit batters (Tavarez (1), Colome (1)), while striking out four (Tavarez (1), Colome (3)) between them.
The Phillies had ten hits, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard leading the way with two hits each, with both of Howard’s hits being home runs. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels had the Phils’ other four hits. Besides Howard’s five RBIs, Hamels and Rollins both knocked in a run. The Phils had six extra-base hits, four doubles and two home runs. The Phils also stole five bases, with Utley, Rollins, Victorino, Ruiz and Werth each stealing a base. The win gives the Phils a series win, as they now go for the series sweep against the Nationals.
The Phillies (27-20, 1st) will conclude their three-games home stand with an afternoon game against the Nationals (13-35, 5th) that will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-5, 7.42), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 25, where he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, and for his first victory in over a month. The Nationals will counter with John Lannan (2-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost on May 25 to the Mets, as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, in the Nats’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils from sweeping the Nats. The Phillies will be trying to leave home with a winning home stand before going back onto the road, where they have the best record in baseball.
The Phillies’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2009 season, as the team squanders an early 7-1 lead, as the Padres come from behind to defeat the Phillies, 8-7. After the game, Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel said that he was not happy with the final result, as the Phils had wanted to win the game for the late Harry Kalas.
The Phillies started the game off by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chase Utley gave the Phils a quick 3-0 lead as he hit a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, off of Padres’ starter Chris Young, after Young had given up two straight singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, with nobody out. Two outs later, with runners on first and second, Chris Coste made it a 5-0 Phillies’ lead with a two-run double, as he knocked in Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz, who had both gotten on base with walks. The Padres got one of the runs back in the top of the third as Phils’ starter Coel Hamels gave up a lead-off, solo home run to Luis Rodriguez, his first home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phillies got the run back in their half of the third as Feliz hit a two-out, RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phillies made it 7-1 in the fourth inning, as Ryan Howard hit a two-out, RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, stole second, his second steal of the game, and had moved over to third on an Utley’s ground out to first. But, from that point on, it would be the Padres fighting back. They started their come back in the fifth, as Hamels gave up a two-out, two-run home run to Scott Hairston, his second home run of the year, knocking in Rodriguez, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, wiping out Nick Hundley, who had gotten on base with a walk, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. An inning later, Hundley made the score 7-5 Phils as he hit a two-run home run off of Hamels, his first home run of the season, knocking in Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had earlier singled. In the eighth inning, the Padres made it a 7-6 Phillies’ lead as pinch hitter Jody Gerut hit an RBI single, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled and sending Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, over to third base, putting runners on the corners. Hairston followed with a two-run RBI double, scoring both Rodriguez and Gerut, giving the Padres the lead, 8-7. The Phillies tried to tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, when, with pinch hitter Greg Dobbs on second base, via a pinch hit single and moving up to second on a Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, trying to score on a two-out single to left by Utley. Sadly, a strong throw by Padres’ left fielder Headley would cut down Dobbs at the plate, 7-2, as Padres’ catcher, Hundley, tagged him out. The Phils made one last threat as Ibanez got on base with a single with one man out. After Jayson Werth had flied out to right for the inning’s second out, Matt Stairs came up to the plate to pinch hit for Feliz, to hopefully end the game with another two-run home run. After getting behind on the count, 3-0, Padres’ closer Heath Bell got the count up to 3-2, before finally ending the game by striking out Stairs, looking, with a fastball, collecting his sixth save of the season.
Cole Hamels got a no-decision, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. Clay Condrey pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Eyre followed, pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits as he struck out one. Ryan Madson took the lost as he blew the save, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Brad Lidge then pitched an inning, giving up no runs on three hits, leaving the bases loaded, as he struck out one batter. Chris Young also got a no-decision, as he got hit hard by the Phillies, giving up seven runs, on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two batters, in three and two-third innings. Luis Pedromo followed, pitching one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only two walks. Luke Gregerson then pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits. His record is now 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Duaner Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Heath Bell recorded his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit while striking out a batter.
Phillies’ hitters collected fourteen hits in the game. Raul Ibanez lead the way with three hits, as he increased his batting average to .361. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste would each follow with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs got the other three Phillies’ hits, with Dobbs’ hit being his first pinch hit of the season. Utley knocked in three of the Phils’ runs with a three-run homer. Coste knocked in two runs with a double, while Howard would knock in one with a double. Feliz brought in the other Phillie run with a single. But, the bullpen would blow its first game of the year as Ryan Madson gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Phillies’ pitching, though, is getting hurt by the long ball as Cole Hamels gave up three of them in the game, allowing the Padres to get back into the game. Phillies’ pitchers have now given up twenty-three home runs in just nine games. The pitchers need to give up less home runs if they hope to win games.
The Phillies (4-5, 4th) continue their four games home stand with the Padres (8-3, T-1st, National League West) tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Brett Myers (1-1, 5.54) will start the game for the Phils, coming off a win in Colorado on April 11, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Rockies. Myers will be looking for his second straight victory while trying to keep the ball inside the park, having already given up six home runs, counting for all eight of the runs that he has so far given up this season. The Padres will counter with Shawn Hill (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a victory over the Giants on April 10, as he went just five innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Padres’ 7-3 victory. He will also be trying for his second straight win. The Phillies hope to rebound with a victory tonight, after having now lost two games in a row.
In their next to last Spring Training game in Florida, a ninth inning rally by the Phils fell short as they lose to the Yanks, 8-5.
Kyle Drabeck, who is coming back from injury, started the game for the Phils, receiving a rough reception from the Bronx Bombers. In two and one-third innings, Drabeck gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, including a two-run home run by Mark Teixeira in the third, and two walks while striking out one Yank. J.A. Happ followed him and was stung by the Yankees as well, giving up three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run by Hideki Matsui in the fourth, and two walks while striking out only one man. The bullpen then came in and shut down the Yanks, as Brad Lidge, Mike Koplove and Scott Eyre each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only two walks (Lidge and Koplove one man each) while striking out a total of three (Koplove (2), Eyre (1)). Drabeck took the lost, his spring record at 0-1 with a high ERA of 15.43, while Happ might have seen his chances of joining the main team, via the bullpen, go up in smoke.
Among the batters, the Phils had ten hits, with Jimmy Rollins and Jason Ellison both leading the way with two hits apiece, followed by Shane Victorino, Rich Thompson, Pablo Ozuna, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz with one hit each, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his sixth of the spring. Along with Werth, Thompson and Ellison both had one RBI while Ozuna knocked in two runs.
The Phillies are presently playing their last spring training game in Florida, as they face the Washington Nationals at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The score is presently tied 10-10 after seven innings of play.
This week’s trivia question is: Name the first ex-Phil to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame? You know where to find the answer.
Right on the heels of Jayson Werth signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the Phils, the Phillies has just signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year deal worth $1.635 million dollars, leaving Ryan Howard as the only one of the original arbitration eight still not under contract.
Chad Durbin, pitching in the bullpen, made 71 appearances for the Phillies in 2008, going 5-4 with an ERA of 2.87 while pitching a total of 87.2 innings. Career-wise, Durbin has a record of 30-41 with an ERA of 5.29, appearing in 185, 75 of which were starts, for a total of 552.2 innings of work.
With Durbin’s signing, the Phillies now have only Ryan Howard to worry about going to arbitration, as he asks for $18 million while they offer him $14 million.
I was right again about the Phillies signing Durbin before the weekend, I just was not expecting it to happen so soon. Another good move by the front office. Now then, how about trying to tie down Howard, while getting a right handed bat for the bench and someone of the lefthanded variety to pitch in place of J.C. Romero while he’s out for fifty games.
Phillies add Koplove to bullpen
Champs reportedly add veteran right-handed reliever
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
Hopefully this move will help the team next year.
The Phillies aren’t resting on their World Series accomplishments. In a move that could eventually add depth to their 2009 bullpen, the Phils have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Mike Koplove, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Citing two sources familiar with the situation who confirmed the agreement, the Daily News said Koplove is likely to wind up at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but will have an invitation to be in Clearwater, Fla., with the Major League club for Spring Training.
Koplove spent last season in the Dodgers’ system, going 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Last year, the Phils made a relatively unheralded bullpen move in signing Chad Durbin, and Durbin wound up being a key factor in Philadelphia’s run to a World Series title. Koplove, 32, has only seven Major League appearances since 2005, but has pitched 254 2/3 innings in his career. (H/T Phillies.com)
Well, I’ll wait until spring training to see if this guy will actually help the team or not. But, if he does, how the Dodgers let him out of their minor league system I’ll never know.
Phils re-sign lefty reliever Eyre
A late-season add, hurler helped in World Series title run
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Looks like you got you wish, Scott. You’re still here in Philly. Now just have fun, dude!!!
PHILADELPHIA — Scott Eyre’s first rule in any situation, especially on the baseball field, is to have fun. He has lived that mantra every day he’s walked into the clubhouse.
“It’s written in my hat: ‘Have fun,'” Eyre said, upon joining the Phillies in August. “I like to laugh and have a good time.”
Eyre had so much fun with the World Series champions that he re-signed with them Monday, inking a one-year, $2 million deal, which also includes performance bonuses.
Acquired from the Cubs on Aug. 7 for Minor League pitcher Brian Schlitter, the 36-year-old southpaw went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Combined, he went 5-0 with a 4.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings in 2008, holding left-handed batters to a .220 average and one home run in 50 at-bats.
Eyre provided manager Charlie Manuel with a key complement to fellow lefty J.C. Romero, allowing Eyre to face lefty batters earlier in the game.
Eyre immediately fit in a bullpen of unique personalities that consists of Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Romero, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin.
For his career, Eyre is 26-29 with a 4.36 ERA for the White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Cubs and Phillies. (H/T Phillies.com)
One post-season contract signing down, two more to go (Jamie Moyer and Pat Burrell). You’re doing okay so far, Rueben. Keep up the good work.