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Aug
19
2009
Posted by at 10:45 pm ET 31 Comments

What happened?

The Phillies hit four homers to back up another stellar performance from Cliff Lee to move to 68-49 on the season.

Who did what?

Cliff Lee (W, 4-0) tossed a complete game two-hitter, allowing one unearned run to remain undefeated as a Phillie, while striking out 11. He went 2 for 4 at the dish with a run scored.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with a double (31) and a run.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 3 with a double (31) and an RBI.

Chase Utley went 2 for 4 with a homer (25) and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a homer (31) and three RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 3 for 4 with two homers (27) and two RBIs.

Dan Haren (L, 12-8) gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six.

What does this mean?

On the same night that Roy Halladay got tagged by the Boston Red Sox, Cliff Lee quietly shut down the D’Backs en route to his second complete game in a Phillies uniform. And if not for a bad hop that got the better of Pedro Feliz in the fourth, then Clifton Phifer would be looking at his first shutout as a member of The Fightins.

Regardless, Lee is now 4-0 in four starts with the Phils. In those four starts, he’s given up no more than one run per game to the tune of a 0.82 ERA. That’s good.

Oh, and the offense lit up Dan Haren for the second time in as many starts. I suppose that’s worth talking about, but really, it’s Cliff Lee!

What’s next for our heroes?

The Phils go for the sweep in the series finale as Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88) takes on Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59).

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Aug
19
2009
Posted by at 12:07 am ET 12 Comments

What happened?

Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer combined to shut down the D’Backs as the Phillies moved to 67-49 on the season.

Who did what?

Pedro Martinez (ND) gave up one run on two hits in three innings. He didn’t walk a batter while striking out three.

Jamie Moyer (W, 11-9) gave up two hits and no runs in six innings of relief to earn the win. He struck out five.

Chase Utley went 1 for 2 with a run.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a double (20), a homer (25) and two RBIs.

Pedro Feliz went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Carlos Ruiz went 3 for 3 with a homer (6) and two RBIs.

Jon Garland (L, 6-11) gave up five runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings. He walked two (one intentional) and struck out three.

Stephen Drew went 1 for 4 with a homer (11) and an RBI.

What does this mean?

When the night started, the Phillies faithful were celebrating the arrival of Pedro Martinez as he toed the rubber at Citizens Bank Park as a member of the home team for the first time this season. When the night ended, the fans were left in awe of Jamie Moyer, who pitched six brilliant innings of relief to earn his 11th win of the season.

After an hour long rain delay sidelined Pedro, who had pitched very well over three innings, Moyer took to the mound in his first relief appearance since in half a decade. He shut down the D’Backs offense, allowing only two baserunners over the final six innings.

As good as Moyer was, the focus continues (and rightfully so) to be on Pedro Martinez, who looked sharp in his home debut. Aside from the barely-gone homer, he looked no worse for wear over the course of his outing, throwing 26 of his 38 pitches for strikes.

It was a good night for The Fightins, who won six of their last seven games to move to a season high 18 games over the .500 mark.

What’s next for our heroes?

In game two of the series, Cliff Lee (10-9, 2.86) takes on Dan Haren (12-7, 2.50)

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Aug
17
2009
Posted by at 6:51 pm ET 21 Comments

What happened?

Ryan Howard powered the Phillies offense as Jay Happ shut down the Braves to win the series to go to 66-49 on the season.

Who did what?

Jay Happ (W, 9-2) gave up one run on three hits over 7.2 innings. He walked six and struck out three.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with a run.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (30) and a run.

Ryan Howard went 3 for 3 with two homers (30) and four RBIs.

Brad Lidge (S, 23) worked a perfect one-third of an inning to earn the save.

Javier Vasquez (L, 10-8) gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Matt Diaz went 2 for 4 with a homer (7) and an RBI.

What does this mean?

Ryan Howard has four homers and 12 RBIs in his last seven games, while Jay Happ has the sixth best ERA in the National League.

Aah, I love the stretch drive.

What’s next for our heroes?

After an off-day on Monday, the Phillies host the Arizona Diamondbacks. In game one, Pedro Martinez (1-0, 5.40) takes on Jon Garland (6-10, 4.28).

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Aug
15
2009
Posted by at 7:23 pm ET 68 Comments

What happened?

Poor clutch hitting and bad late-inning defense led to a comeback from the Braves and a tough loss for the Phillies.

Who did what?

Cole Hamels (ND) gave up two runs on three hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Shane Victorino went 1 for 3 with a triple (9) and a run.

Jayson Werth went 1 for 3 with a homer (24) and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with two doubles (25) and a run.

Pedro Feliz went 1 for 4 with a triple (2) and an RBI.

Brad Lidge (L, 1-5) gave up two runs and recorded just one out in the ninth to earn the loss.

Kenshin Kawakami (ND) gave up three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out one.

Omar Infante went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Chipper Jones went 2 for 3 with a run.

Brian McCann went 1 for 4 with a homer (13) and two RBIs.

Garret Anderson went 1 for 4 with a run.

Matt Diaz went 1 for 2 with a run.

What does this mean?

I’ll sum this one up the same way I did on Twitter (@DashTreyhorn): Hard to blame this one on Lidge. Poor clutch hitting plus Chase’s error = bad loss.

Let me expand on that a bit. It’s really easy for us to blame Brad Lidge for the debacle that was today’s loss. After all, the savior of 2008 has been, well, awful in 2009. However, it wasn’t his fault today.

If the offense would have been able to plate at least one of the runners on third base with less than two outs in both the seventh and eighth inning, then the Braves don’t sacrifice in the bottom of the ninth, and then Brad Lidge doesn’t throw the ball down the right field line.

Or,

If Chase Utley would have fielded the not-hardly-scorched grounder off the bat of Garret Anderson (which was graciously ruled a hit, I might add) to lead off the ninth, then Lidge deals with Matt Diaz with one out and nobody on.

Either way, this game was a cluster-eff of magnificent proportions. Cole Hamels pitched well, but the offense couldn’t seem to get a base hit when it mattered.

Blah.

What’s next for our heroes?

In the series finale, Jay Happ (8-2, 2.75) takes on Javier Vazquez (10-7, 2.90).

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Aug
15
2009
Posted by at 12:55 pm ET 2 Comments

What happened?

Ryan Howard’s 9th inning homer led the Phillies past the Braves to go to 65-48 on the season.

Who did what?

Joe Blanton (ND) gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Shane Victorino went 1 for 4 with a run.

Chase Utley went 1 for 4 with a homer (24) and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with a homer (28) and an RBI.

Brad Lidge (S, 22) kept the Braves off the board in the ninth to earn the save. He allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out one.

Jair Jurrjens (ND) gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Nate McClouth went 2 for 5 with a double and a run.

Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Ryan Church went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Rafeal Soriano (L, 1-4) gave up one run on one hit in the ninth to take the loss.

What does this mean?

After being swept in Atlanta at the beginning of last month, the Phillies got off on the right foot by taking game one of this series in a hard fought win against one of the best pitchers in the Braves rotation.

The offense made the most of their few scoring opportunities, as Chase Utley broke out of his homer slump to give the Phils the early lead in the fourth while Ryan Howard’s towering solo blast in the ninth put them ahead for good.

Equally as impressive was Joe Blanton, who has been nothing short of spectacular since the end of May. Going back to May 21, where he allowed five runs in a win against the Cincinatti Reds, Big Joe has made 14 starts. In those 14 starts, he’s pitched less than six innings only twice, pitched at least seven innings 10 times, and has allowed three or more runs only four times. That’s what we call pitching, folks.

And of course, Brad Lidge came out in the ninth inning to earn the save, however nerve-wracking it was.

What’s next for heroes?

In game two of the series, Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.77) takes on Kenshin Kawakami (5-9, 4.12).

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Aug
13
2009
Posted by at 10:26 pm ET 7 Comments

What happened?

Cliff Lee won his third straight start as the Phillies swept the Cubs to go to 64-48 on the season.

Who did what?

Cliff Lee (W, 3-0) gave up one run on six hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out eight.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with a double (29) and two runs.

Chase Utley went 2 for 3with a run and an RBI.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 3 with a homer (27) and three RBIs.

Pedro Feliz went 3 for 4 with a homer (9) and 2 RBIs.

Ryan Dempster (L, 6-6) gave up six runs in seven innings in the loss. He allowed eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight.

Ryan Theriot went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Jeff Baker went 2 for 2 with a double (6) and a run.

What does this mean?

Roy Halla-who?

Cliff Lee earned his third win is as many games with The Fightins, after he dropped some convincing ownage on the Chicago Cubs. Despite a high pitch count early on, Lee pitched eight strong innings to lead the Phillies to their third straight victory and first sweep of the Cubbies at Wrigley since 1984.

Although there were some other promising signs of life from Ryan Howard, who homered for the first time in August, the story of the month (if not the year) is Cliff Lee. He has been nothing short of spectacular in his brief stint with the Phillies, and each successive start makes Ruben Amaro look more and more like a genius.

What’s next for our heroes?

The Phillies head to Atlanta for a three game set. In game one, Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.02) faces off against Jair Jurrjens (9-8, 3.01).

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Aug
12
2009
Posted by at 11:07 pm ET 23 Comments

What happened?

Pedro Martinez earned his first win as a Phillie as The Fightins routed the Cubs in game two of the series to go to 63-48 on the season.

Who did what?

Pedro Martinez (W, 1-0) gave up three runs over five innings to earn his first win of the season. He allowed seven hits and walked one, while striking out five.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with a double (29), a homer (15) and three RBIs.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with a triple (8), a homer (9) and two RBIs.

Chase Utley went 3 for 4 with a double (22), two runs and an RBI.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a triple (3) and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 5 with a homer (27) and three RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 5 with a double (19) and two runs

Pedro Feliz went 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Which means…EVERYBODY HITS!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, and in honor of Pedro Martinez’s debut with our beloved Phillies, here is a video of Pedro’s good luck charm, the late Nelson De La Rosa. Oh, did I mention he is dancing? Because he is dancing.

Jeff Samardzija (L, 1-2) gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings. He struck out four.

Ryan Theriot went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Kosuke Fukadome went 1 for 4 with a double (26) and a run.

Koyie Hill went 1 for 4 with two runs.

What does this mean?

After weeks of speculation about what the Phillies would be getting when they signed Pedro Martinez, it appears that the questions have been answered. Despite a rocky fifth inning that Pedro manged to navigate out of, it looks as if though the former Cy Young winner earned himself another few starts in the rotation.

Over five innings, Martinez was every bit the pitcher that we could have hoped he would be. He didn’t outright dominate the Cubs, but he came close. The only big mistake he made was when he walked Sean Marshall with one on and none out in the fifth. Besides that, he did everything possible to earn his 215th career victory.

While Pedro was certainly the high point of the evening, the offense also got the ball rolling early and often for what seems like the first time since the All Star game. They took it to the Cubs’ pitchers in the first inning, and they didn’t lay off until they were well ahead.

Although the Phils have scuffled as of late, the problem has been with the bats and not with the arms. With the addition of Pedro, who looked very good, it’s just a matter of the bats getting on a roll to carry the team into October.

What’s next for our heroes?

The Phillies go for the sweep in game three as Cliff Lee (9-9, 2.95) takes on Ryan Dempster (6-5, 4.04).


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Aug
08
2009
Posted by at 11:24 pm ET 26 Comments

What happened?

Cole Hamels had another rocky outing as the Marlins won the second game of the series to get within five games of the Phillies in the National League east.

Who did what?

Cole Hamels (L, 7-7) went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out four.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with an RBI.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with a triple (7) and an RBI.

Ryan Howard went 4 for 4 with two doubles (26) and a run.

Sean West gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

Chris Coghlan went 2 for 3 with a homer (6) and two RBIs.

Cody Ross went 2 for 4 with a homer (20) and two RBIs.

Emilio Bonafacio went 2 for 4 with two runs.

Brian Sanches (W, 2-1) pitched one scoreless inning to earn the win.

What does this mean?

This is what happens when you leave 11 runners on base against a team that was just swept by the Washington Nationals.

What’s next for our heroes?

In the series finale, Jamie Moyer (10-8, 5.55) takes on Josh Johnson (10-2, 2.98).

Bonus baseball!

Hey folks, I’m heading out of town for a few days for what is known as a “business trip,” so meech.one and the rest of the boys will be taking over the recappin’ duties until Wednesday. Now, I think I can trust you all do behave in my absence, but just in case anything happens, I left the emergency numbers on the fridge.

Also, don’t answer the door unless you are absolutely sure you know who it is, and whatever you do, don’t feed Gizmo after midnight.

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Aug
08
2009
Posted by at 11:00 am ET 3 Comments

What happened?

Ricky Nolasco shut down the Phillies offense as the Marlins took the first game of the series.

Who did what?

Joe Blanton (L, 7-6) gave up three runs in 6.2 innings on eight hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with a run.

Ben Francisco went 1 for 4 with a homer (1) and 2 RBIs.

Ricky Nolasco (W, 8-7) gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Nick Johnson went 2 for 3 with a homer (7) and an RBI.

Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 5 with a double (31) and a run.

Dan Uggla went 1 for 4 with a double (18) and an RBI.

Cody Ross went 1 for 4 with a homer (19) and an RBI.

What does this mean?

First and third with nobody out, and yet the Phillies were unable to score.

That was the story in the bottom of the second, when a leadoff double from Ryan Howard, followed by an infield error that allowed Raul Ibanez to reach and moved Howard to third base, put men on the corners with no outs and the Phils trailing by three.

A popup, a line-out, a walk, and a ground out followed, resulting in three men left on base and nary a run in sight.

That was how things went for the Phillies in the first game of the series with the second place Florida Marlins. Despite another solid outing from Joe Blanton, who has allowed more than three earned runs just once since May 26th, the offense was held in check by the Marlins.

While this might just qualify as one of those “shrug your shoulders and say oh well” losses, it looms large that the Marlins are only six games out, and the Phillies have a huge opportunity to bury them in the standings. Granted, a three game sweep would far from end their season, but it lessens the pressure on the Phillies the rest of the way.

All things being equal, the Phillies are still pitching well, and the six game lead in the east is quite a cushion. At least for now.

What’s next for our heroes?

In game two of the series, Cole Hamels (7-6, 4.68) takes on Sean West (3-4, 4.91.)

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Aug
06
2009
Posted by at 11:42 pm ET 7 Comments

What happened?

Cliff Lee won his Citizens Bank Park debut as the Phillies extended their lead in the National League east to seven games.

Who did what?

Cliff Lee (W, 2-0) gave up one run on six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out nine.

Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 with a double (28), a triple (3) and two runs.

Chase Utley went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Paul Bako went 2 for 3 with a homer (1) and an RBI.

Brad Lidge (S, 21) gave up one hit and struck out two to earn the save.

Aaron Cook (L, 10-4) gave up three runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and didn’t walk or strike out a batter.

Dexter Fowler went 2 for 4 with a double (24) and a run.

Todd Helton went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

What does this mean?

For the second straight day, a Phillies starter shut down a high powered Rockies offense, as Cliff Lee was solid over seven innings in his debut at Citizens Bank Park.

Despite a rocky first inning, Lee controlled Colorado for seven innings before handing it over to the familiar combo of Ryan Madon and Brad Lige, who coasted through the eighth and ninth innings without incident.

We are just two starts into the Cliff Lee era, and already he’s more than made up for the four prospects that were traded away. He didn’t give the San Francisco Giants much of a chance, and he was perhaps more impressive against Colorado, whose offense is among the best in the National League.

The offense did what it needed to do by giving him just enough run support to earn the win. It wasn’t a rout like last night, but a 3-1 win is in many ways far more important than a 7-0 victory.

The Phillies are now sitting on a seven game lead over the Florida Marlins in the National League east, and with the fish in town for a three game set, this gives the Phils ample opportunity to put the division to rest.

What’s next for our heroes?

The second place Florida Marlins come into town for a three game series. In game one, Joe Blanton (7-5, 4.02) takes on Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 5.00)

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