Philadelphia Phillies – Overboard

Last night the Phillies were hanging over the side of the S.S. Citizen’s Bank creating their own chum wake.  The Florida Marlins knocked around Jamie Moyer trying to make up for the previous 10 losses and then proceeded to spank young J.A. Happ just to ensure he does not follow in the elder’s footsteps.  The pain staking 8-2 loss was only over shadowed by the fact that Victorino’s 2 run homerun was actually foul.  So, those of you who are following along that means that the Phightins were actually shutout in my book.

The offense was able to accrue 8 hits last night, but it does not help when all of those hits were spread out over 9 innings.  In addition to the offense failure to make it happen was Ryan Howard’s ground ball that went between his legs.  Let’s put this in perspective . . . . .  If you were to fail this much at your normal everyday job you would probably be fired, but he still is able to keep his job and make 10 million a year.  Would someone please tell Ryan Howard that defense is also part of his job description and Philly does not except a doctor’s note to sit out on the defense.  Oh, thank you Geoff Jenkins for your web gem catch !!

Tonight Krazy “K” takes the mound with his mighty sinker ball trying to get his double digit win bringing him to 10 for the season.  Kendrick (4.59 ERA) will face off against Anibal “Anakin” Sanchez (3.18 ERA) trying to bring down the death star known as the Marlins.  Kendrick – Please do not embarass us !!

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 .266
Victorino, CF 5 1 2 2 0 0 3 .288
Utley, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .292
Howard, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .242
Burrell, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .278
Jenkins, RF 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 .244
  d-Werth, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Bruntlett, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .224
  b-Dobbs, PH-3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .301
Ruiz, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .216
Moyer, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .114
  a-Cervenak, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Walrond, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .224
  Happ, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  e-Coste, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277
Totals 32 2 8 2 5 7 22  
 
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Philadelphia Phillies – Approaching The Fishing Hole

The Philadelphia Phillies have that night off while transitioning back into Citizen Bank Park.   The Phillies had just came off of a 6 game road trip in which they swept the Nationals and won 2 out of 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Phils offense is just starting to heat up by accrueing 48 hits over the recent road trip.  The Phightins have a 6 game homestand where they will play against the Fish and the Bucs.  The Marlins are the Phillies closest competitor in the N.L. Eastern Division.  They currently sit on 2.5 games back behind the division leading Phillies.  The Phillies lead the Marlins in HR, AVG, OBP, SLG, and hits even after coming off of their 2 offensive slumps.  However, the folks at the Bright Orange Seats think that the Florida Marlins will be there with us at the end of September.  Yeah, and I think the Nationals will win the N.L. Eastern Division.  Seriously though with the good looks of Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu as well as the girlish looks of Scott Olsen and the actual marlin looking Dan Uggla they may have a chance . . . . . .

           Ross                          Cantu                          Olsen                       Uggla

        

Philadelphia Phillies – Fishing Trip

 

     Last night the ageless Jamie Moyer accrued his 9th win of the season by stringing up the fish.  The Florida Marlins were once again perplexed by Jamie Moyer in which he allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk with 3 strikeouts over 6 innings.  Brad Lidge was able to come in last night and toss the anchor over to solidify the Phillies on top of the N.L. East with his 21st consecutive save.

     Ryan Howard picked up where he left off prior to the All Star break by crushing the 2nd pitch of the 2nd inning out of Dolphin Stadium.  Also, Geoff Jenkins was able to connect to a homerun ball that exited in the deepest part of the stadium in center field.  The Phillies offense as a whole looked as the though the 4 day lay-off help to right their ship.  The Phillies strung up 8 hits in their 4-2 win against the Marlins.  Some other offensive notables were Chase Utley going 2-3 and Geoff jenkins hitting 2 out of 3 against the Righty Ricky Nolasco.

     The Phillies were able chum up the Marlins which places them alone ontop of the N.L. East with the Mets succumbing to the Reds ending their 10 game winning streak.  Jimmy Williams the Phillies bench coach received the win last night since Charlie Manuel was ejected after disagreeing with a call which led to Shane Victorino getting plugged at the plate while showing a bunt.

     Tonight the Phillies sinker ball pitcher Kyle Kendrick (4.47 ERA) takes the mound also in search of his 9th win against the Marlins Scott Olsen (3.77 ERA).

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 .273
Victorino, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276
Utley, 2B 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .294
Howard, 1B 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 .234
Burrell, LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .274
  Bruntlett, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Jenkins, RF 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .243
  b-Werth, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .270
Feliz, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 4 1 .266
Ruiz, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .203
Moyer, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .129
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .319
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 4 8 4 1 10 13  
 

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Philadelphia Phillies – High Noon In The Lonestar State

    

 The Philadelphia Phillies won last night while hornswaggling the Texas Rangers in a 8-6 showdown.  The Phillies were able to match bat for bat against the Rangers that lead the majors in runs and RBI’s.  Also, Cole Hamels pitched his 8th win of the year while Brad Lidge was able to close the door on 19/19 saves.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard smoked the longball out of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.  This ties Chase Utley (23 HR) with Dan Uggla (23 HR) from the Florida Marlins with the most homeruns in the majors in 2008.  This surpasses last year’s 22 HR produced by Utley and we are only 82 games into the season.

     The Phillies pull  ahead in the N.L. standings with the eastern division all losing in yesterday’s games.  The Florida Marlins fall back to 2 games behind the Phightins with losing Dan Uggla to an ankle sprain.  The Braves and the Mets fall back to 4 games with the Mets losing the last 2 games during their subway series with the Yankees.  The Washington Nationals bring up the rear of the division with being an inflated 12 games in the defecit.

     The Phils are still trying to determine what they will do with Brett Myers and his starting rotation position.  They have considered moving Chad Durbin into the rotation and placing Myers in the bullpen.  There is always the option of J.A. Happ or Kris Benson that is pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs today in a rehab assignment.  They may even consider to move to a temporary 4 man rotation until a determination can be made.  With those decisions looming veteran Jamie Moyer (4.09 ERA) takes the mound against the Rangers Eric Hurley (4.24 ERA) in the series finale and the end of interleague play for the year.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 0 1 1 0 0 3 .264
Victorino, CF 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .275
Utley, 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 2 .298
Burrell, LF 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .270
  Bruntlett, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Howard, 1B 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 .215
Dobbs, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .330
Feliz, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .264
Werth, RF 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 .263
Coste, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .314
Totals 36 8 10 7 3 5 13
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Philadelphia Phillies – Win Self Epic Battle

     Tonight the Phillies broke the 6 game losing streak with a shut out win of 4-0 against the Oakland Athletics.  The Phils were able to get back into their groove with accruing 11 hits over 9 innings and manufacturing run support for Kyle Kendrick’s 7th win of 2008.  Kyle pitched 8 innings while only allowing 4 hits and no earned runs with 1 walk.  J.C. Romero came in to seal the deal in the 9th while striking out 1 and allowing 1 walk.  The most important offensive break out tonight was from Chase Utley who went 4-5 at the plate.  Chase almost went the cycle with 2 singles, 1 double, and a triple.  Some other offensive notables were Pedro Feliz going 2-5 with an RBI triple and Chris Coste hitting 2-3.  Even though the Phightins stranded 11 runners on base they are showing signs of good base running and advancing the runners at the plate.

     With the win tonight the Phillies pull ahead to 2 games in the lead in the N.L. East.  The Florida Marlins’ were the only team in the eastern division to fall tonight with their loss to Tampa Bay.  The Phillies look ahead to gain some ground in their division before the All Star break.

     Tonight Adam Eaton (4.94 ERA) takes the mound in search of his 3rd win against Rich Harden (2.44 ERA) of the Athletics.  Adam has been able to keep his game ERA under 5.0 since May 28th.  If the Phillies offense shows up again tonight we should be ready to take on the Texas Rangers in the upcoming 3 game series.

Philadelphia Phillies – Moyer Chummed The Marlins

Tonight the ageless Jamie Moyer pitched 8 innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while bedazzling the Marlins into a Phillies victory.  Moyer was able to clinch his 7th win of the season improving his record to 7-3 which ties him for 8th place with the likes of Johan Santana and Kyle Lohse in the N.L. for wins in 2008.  The Phillies offense tonight started to show signs of life once again with 11 hits, but they left 10 runners on base (L.O.B.).  The Phils were able to capitalize 2 runs on a pitch thrown in the dirt in the 6th inning by the Marlin’s starter Scott Olsen with the final score being a shutout 3-0.  Brad Lidge was able to record his 18th save with a scoreless 9th inning while improving his ERA to 0.93.  I would also like to thank the Marlin’s fans on brightorangeseats.com , waxheaven.com , and fortheloveofbaseball.com for dealing with my banter over the past several days.  The Phillies are now headed off to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in a 3 game series with Kyle Kendrick (4.87 ERA) taking the mound against Todd Wellemeyer (2.93 ERA).

Don’t forget to vote for Pat “The Bat” Burrell at MLB.com or Phillies.com.  Let’s not forget to also talk up Jamie Moyer for the All Star game remember he is 45 yrs old with a lot of heart . . . . . .

 

Philadelphia Phillies – Swimming With The Fishes

The Philadelphia Phillies lost tonight 6-2 against the Florida Marlins by a walk-off grand slam issued by Tom Gordon.  Cole Hamels recorded a season high record of 13 strikeouts, but was denied a win due to the longballs and Tom Gordon’s inability to shutdown the Marlin’s offense.  He entered the game in the 9th inning and surrendered 2 walks along with 2 hits including the monsterous drive by Florida’s 2nd baseman Dan Uggla whom currently went 0-3 against Hamels.  Gordon has now raised his ERA to 5.19 as the set-up man in Phillies bullpen.  The Phillies offense tonight was silenced by the young Florida southpaw Andrew Miller who gave up 4 hits over 7 innings and only 1 earned run.  The Phils did make a run for it in the top of the ninth inning were they tied the game and had a opportunity to seal the deal until Jayson Werth put on a squeeze play with 2 outs and bases loaded.  Unfortunately he was unable to place the bunt closer to the 3rd baseman and was thrown out at 1st base ending the game by Kevin Gregg the Marlin’s closer.  Tonight the Phils crafty left hander Jamie Moyer (4.56 ERA) will take the mound in search of his 7th win against Florida’s Scott Olsen (3.44 ERA).  Next the Phillies are headed off to St. Louis to have a 3 game series against the Cardinals whom are missing Albert Pujols.