Earlier today, the Phils have announced that they had signed outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league contract and have invited him to Spring Training.
Pierre, who was playing left field for the Chicago White Sox in 2011, would appear in 158 games for the pale socks last season, batting .279 (178-639), getting 17 doubles, four triples and two home runs, knocking in 50 RBIs, while scoring 80. He would also steal 27 bases, while being caught only 17 times. During a 12-years career, during which he would also play for the Rockies, the Florida Marlins, the Cubs and the Dodgers, he would compile a career .296 batting average (2020-6823), playing in 1751 games, as he got 234 doubles, 86 triples and 16 home runs, scoring 980 times, while knocking in 484 RBIs. He would also have 554 stolen bases, while being caught just 190 times.
Pierre will be trying to become the team’s fifth outfielder, who will probably be used mainly as a late-inning baserunning threat, which should put some pressure on the defense late in games, as well as a pinch hitter. Pierre is suppose to have good bat control and be able to bunt. He was also a good lead-off hitter while he was with the White Sox, which should come in handy if Jimmy Rollins gets injured at some point during the season.
Welcome to the Phils, Pierre. Wish you luck making the team during spring training.
The Phils have just announced that they have traded utility infielder Wilson Valdez to the Reds for left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Horst.
Wilson Valdez, who had spent two seasons (2010-11) with the Phils, playing second base, shortstop and third base, as well as pitch a shutout inning in an extra-innings game (19), getting the win, played in 210 games for the Phils, batting .254 (154 for 606) with a .300 on-base percentage, as he hit 30 doubles, 7 triples and 5 HRs, while knocking in 65 RBIs. During last season, he batted .249 (68 for 273) as he appeared in 99 games, hitting 14 doubles, 4 triples and a home run, while knocking in 30 RBIs, while scoring 39 runs. Valdez, a career .243 hitter, has also played for the White Sox, the Mariners, the Padres, the Dodgers and the Mets from 2004-05, 2007-09, before joining the Phils.
Jeremy Horst, who the Phils are getting in return, is a 2007 Reds draft pitch, who made his major league debut last season. Coming out of the bullpen, he pitched in 12 games, compiling a record of 0-0 with a 2.93 ERA, as he pitched in 15.1 innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, as he gave up 18 hits. He also struck out nine players, while walking only six. He will come to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Horst, who is a left-hander, will likely be trying to become the late-innings left-handed specialist the Phils want to compliment Antonio Bastardo.
With the move, it is most likely that former Rule 5 pick, Michael Martinez, will be taking Valdez’s place as the Phils’ utility infielder. The less I’ll say about that, the better I’ll feel. Prove us all wrong, Mini-Mart!!!
Sorry to see you go, Wilson, and welcome to the club, Jeremy.
Jim Thome, who had played first base for the Phils from 2003-2005, before being traded to the White Sox after the 2005 season, allowing Ryan Howard to become the everyday first baseman, will return to the Phils as he signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million dollars, to become mainly the left-handed bat off the bench, although expected to play a few games at first base early in the 2012 season as Howard recovers from his Achilles tendon injury, pending a physical.
During his three seasons with the Phils, ‘Gentleman Jim’ Thome help to make the Phils a contender as he had 333 hits, including 96 home runs, 65 doubles and 4 triples, while knocking in 266 runs while scoring 234. He also walked 260 times. Last season, as he played for both the Twins and the Indians, he hit a combined .256 batting average, with 71 hits, including 15 home runs and 16 doubles, as he knocked in 50 runs, while scoring 32 runs. Breaking into the majors with the Indians in 1991, Thome has a career total of 2287 hits, which includes 604 home runs, 444 doubles and 26 triples, knocking in1674 RBIs, for a career batting average of .277.
Welcome back, Jim. Hopefully you’re the left-handed bench bat that the team presently need once Howard comes back from his injury.
For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.
The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.
Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.
The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.
The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.
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.
After being held scoreless during the Mets’ series, the Phils finally end their thirty straight innings without scoring a run with a run in the fourth, before going on to defeat the fish, 3-2.
The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick committed a two-base throwing error on a Hanley Ramirez ground ball back to him, as his errant throw gets past the outstretched arm of first baseman Ryan Howard, allowing both Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gaby Sanchez’s single, and Sanchez, who had just singled, to score, while allowing Ramirez to reach second base. What, at first, looks like the start of another bad night for the slumping Phils would instead turn around in the fourth. In that inning, with a man on first and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, the first Phil RBI since Ross Gload’s pinch hit home run against the Bosox on Sunday, as the ball shoot pass Cameron Maybin in center field, scoring Howard, who had just singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh, their first lead in a week, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe on first on a force out, 4-6, as pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, was forced out at second, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then stole third as part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Valdez, who had earlier singled, and was the back half of the double steal, went to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras records his third save of the season, as he got out of a two on, one out jam, by first striking out Cody Ross and then getting Ronny Paulino to fly out to center.
Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 5.04. Chad Durbin records his seventh hold as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez receives his fifth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jose Contreras records his third save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad took the lost as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 4.31. Taylor Tankersley and Jorge Sosa combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, getting out the eight men that they would face.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Howard knocking in a run, while also scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Gload and Ruiz’s hits were singles. Chase Utley knocks in the other Phil run with a ground out.
The Phils (27-20, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (24-25, 5th) with a night game. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22), who is coming off a lost to the Bosox on May 23, when he pitched only five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He’ll be looking for his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with their ace Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Chisox on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, in the Marlins’ 13-0 win. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to build a new winning streak, while trying to give Doc some much needed offense.