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Jul
10
2011
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 4:41 pm ET 26 Comments

On the final day of the first half of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies routed the Atlanta Braves to put an exclamation point on what has been a remarkable first half for the National League east leading club.

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Phils came into the game with a 2.5 game lead over their division rivals, and would send Cole Hamels to the hill to clinch what has been the most meaningful series of the season for the club.

He would not disappoint, and followed up masterful performances by both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee with one of his own, a eight inning, one run performance, where he struck put six Braves en route to his 11th win of the season – the highest total at the halfway point, to date, for the lefty.

After allowing a run in the second inning to fall into an early hole, Hamels did his usual thing, and proceeded to shut down the light-hitting Braves, allowing only two baseunners the rest of the way.

The Phillies’ offense, which had scored a combined four runs between the first two games of the series, went to work on Derek Lowe in the second, when John Mayberry’s two-out double scored Domonic Brown from first to even things up at one.

They continued their assault on the Braves right-hander over the next two innings, where they strung together four hits and got RBIs from Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins to give them the lead.

It was enough, but they were far from done, as they put the game way out of reach in the late innings, thanks to a six run seventh inning, where they got RBIs from Ibanez, Domonic Brown, and Mayberry, who roped his third double of the day. Ibanez and Mayberry would add to their days in the eighth, when Raul belted his 12th home run of the season, while Mayberry earned his 4th RBI of the afternoon with an RBI groundout to cap the Phillies scoring at 14.

It’s a nice bookend to the first half of the season, one that began with a come-from-behind victory on Opening Day at the hand of the Houston Astros, so it is only fitting that they head into the All Star break on the back of a drubbing. They finish the first half with a Major League best 57-34 record, as well as the largest lead in any division – 3.5 games.

After a four day vacation that will see the Phillies send five players – Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco – to the All Star Game (though only Halladay and Lee will actually get a chance to play), the Phillies get back to the grind on July 16th, when they open up the second half of the season in New York, where they will take on the Mets for a three game set.

Cole Hamels (W, 11-4) allowed one runs on three hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Michael Martinez went 4 for 5 with two runs.

Chase Utley went 2 for 5 with two runs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 5 with a homer (12) and six RBIs.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double (11) and two runs.

Domonic Brown went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

John Mayberry went 3 for 5 with three doubles (9) and four RBIs.

Uh oh…you know what that means?

EVERYBODY HITS!

In honor of this momentous occasion, here is a picture of a dog wearing a Phillies shirt. Well, look at that.

Derek Lowe (L, 5-7) allowed four earned runs on ten hits in six innings. He struck out one.

Dan Uggla went 1 for 4 with a run.

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Sep
08
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 10:55 pm ET 34 Comments

Cole Hamels extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings, Ryan Howard knocked in six, and the Phillies stayed atop the National League East with a drubbing of the Florida Marlins to move them to a season-high 21 games over .500.

The offense went to work in the first inning, when Howard knocked in his first two runs of the night with a single, and would go on to score in every inning until the sixth to give them a comfortable lead that would withstand a meltdown from call-up Nate Robertson, who allowed six runs in his mop-up appearance in the eighth inning.

It was more than enough for Hamels, who continued his stellar campaign with seven shutout innings on a night when he very clearly didn’t have his best stuff. It mattered little, as Cole was able to fillet the Fish with another strong performance en route to his 10th* win of the season.

*wins don’t matter

And for those keeping score,  it was only a year ago that Hamels was sporting an ERA above four and was, by all accounts, the worst pitcher in the rotation. After tonight, his ERA dropped to 3.06. What’s that about Cole not being an Ace?

With this win, the Phillies can bid farewell to the gauntlet that was 24 games in 23 days, where they went 15-9, with the lone dark spot being the four-game sweep at the hands of the Astros. Other than that, the Phils have taken every series dating back to the end of July.

They finally get a day off on Thursday, and will start a three game set agains the Mets in New York on Friday night, when Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.36) takes on Jenrry Mejia (0-3, 3.86).

Note: Jimmy Rollins left the game in the third inning, when he came up lame after doubling and scoring from second on Carlos Ruiz’s RBI single. He was noticeably limping as he ran the bases, and word from the team is that he has tightness in his right hamstring and is day-to-day.

Cole Hamels (W, 10-10) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk, while striking out five.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 6 with a double (22), three runs and an RBI.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 5 with a run.

Chase Utley went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 3 for 6 with a homer (28) and six RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 1 for 5.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 2 with a double (15) and a run.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with a double (30) and a run.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Andrew Miller (L, 1-1) allowed seven runs on 11 hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out five.

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Sep
02
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:28 pm ET 45 Comments

The Phillies used 12 runs and 15 hits to outslug the Rockies in a come-from-behind-but-almost-blow-it victory to pull to within two games of the Braves in the east, while extending their lead over the Giants to two in the Wild Card race.

Joe Blanton, fresh off a great start in San Diego, got knocked around early and often, lasting all of four and a third to put the Phils in an early hole to the Rockies. The Phils battled back, adding a run in the fourth, fifth, and six, before exploding with a nine-run seventh inning that saw them send 12 men to the plate.

After Placido Polanco doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a single from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard blasted one over the right field wall to pull the Phils to within a run. Jayson Werth wasted little time and added a solo shot of his own to tie the game at seven. A few batters later, Ben Francisco roped a one-out single to right to give the Phils the lead. The scoring frenzy was capped by Chase Utley, whose two-out grand slam put the Phils ahead, 12-7.

The Rockies fought back, plating three in the bottom half of the frame to come to within two. The score would remain that way until the ninth, when Brad Lidge traversed a rocky (not by his own accord) ninth inning to close out the game and secure the win for the Phils.

And just like that, the Phils are 6-1 in their last seven, and have hit multiple homers in three straight games while appearing to get their offense back on track.

But as good as the offense was, the pitching was just as bad, as only one pitcher, David Herndon, managed to put up a clean line on the night. I guess that’s what happens when you play in Denver, though.

No matter, the Phils were the authors of another comeback win to wrap up the road trip and hopefully build some momentum before heading home for a series with the Milwaukee Brewers, as they set their eyes on the finish line of the 24-games-in-23-days gauntlet.

Cole Hamels (8-10, 3.31) takes the hill in game one opposite Chris Capuano (2-2, 5.06) at The Bank.

Joe Blanton (ND) allowed six runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with a run.

Placido Polano went 2 for 5 with a double (24) and a run.

Chase Utley went 2 for 4 with a grand slam (17), two runs and six RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a homer (25) and two RBIs.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with a run.

Brian Schneider went 1 for 4 with a run.

Antonio Bastardo (W, 1-0) allowed one run on four hits in an inning of work. He struck out two.

Brad Lidge (S, 19) allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk, while striking out one.

Jhoulys Chacin (ND) allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Eric Young Jr. went 2 for 6 with a double (4) and a run.

Dexter Fowler went 3 for 6 with a homer (4) and three RBIs.

Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with a homer (31) and an RBI.

Troy Tulowitzki went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

Melvin Mora went 3 for 4 with a run.

Seth Smith went 2 for 4 with a double (16) and an RBI.

Chris Iannetta went 1 for 5 with a homer (8) and three RBIs.

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Aug
06
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:46 pm ET 71 Comments

The Phillies used a five-run eighth inning to rally past the Mets, backing up Joe Blanton’s best start of the season as they take the first of the three game series. It is their fifth straight win, their 13th in their last 15 games, and their 12th straight win at Citizens Bank Park.

After plating one in the first on an RBI double from Placido Polanco, the Phils were poised to deliver a knockout blow to Mets starter Jonathon Niese early, but he got Carlos Ruiz on strikes with the bases loaded to end the threat in the bottom of the first.

It was all they would muster off of Niese, who engaged Joe Blanton in a bit of a pitcher’s duel the rest of the way, as both teams turned it over to the bullpens after seven, with the Mets leading, 2-1.

That is, until Bobby Parnell entered the game and allowed four straight hits to the Phillies, who tied the game on Ben Francisco’s two-strike single, scoring new Phillie Mike Sweeney from third. One batter later, Carlos Ruiz singled, plating Jayson Werth to take the lead.

They poured in on from there, as Ross Gload worked a bases loaded walk to make it a 4-2 game, followed by an RBI single from Jimmy Rollins, a sacrifice fly from Polanco, and an RBI single from Sweeney to cap the scoring at seven.

The Mets would put three on the board in the top of the ninth, when Charlie make the questionable choice to lift Danys Baez for J.C. Romero, who promptly gave up a three run homer to bring the Mets within two. He was lifted for Brad Lidge, who needed five pitches to strike out Jesus Feliciano to close out the game.

The Phils look to keep their home winning streak alive on Saturday, when Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.56) takes the hill against Johan Santana (8-6, 3.20).

Joe Blanton (ND) allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 4 with a run.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 4 with a double (21) and two RBIs.

Mike Sweeney went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a run.

Ben Francisco went 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI.

Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Wilson Valdez went 1 for 4 with a run.

Brad Lidge (S, 13) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save.

Jonathon Niese (ND) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

Jose Reyes went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Josh Thole went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Mike Hessman went 1 for 1 with a homer (1) and three RBIs.

Bobby Parnell (L, 0-1) allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out.

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Jul
04
2010
Posted by Tug Haines at 11:35 am ET 14 Comments

Excuse me while I breathe on my fingernails, then rub them on my shirt. Is there even a name for that move? Let’s move on.

First of all, to all the haters who said I was crazy for thinking Cody Ransom could be as good a hitter as Ted Williams: He’s batting .400, suckers! Read it and weep!

I started drinking at 11 AM O’Clock in the morning and didn’t stop until my head hit the Steelers pillow on my friend’s couch early this morning. I dreamt that I was hanging out with Jimmy Rollins in West Virginia when Uzbekistan started carpet-bombing the shit out of us. Then I woke up and drank some coffee and now here I am.

P.S. The Phillies kicked the shit out of the Pirates last night. It was pretty sweet, BUT! BUT! BUT! that’s what they’re ‘POSED to do. So I enjoyed it at the time, but let’s just say I’m not convinced, okay? Like the usher said to me last night, “You are fickle people.” And like I responded, “That’s right.” Mostly because if you’re old enough to have an AARP card, I shouldn’t have to explain that a 2-run lead in the first inning of a ballgame, while promising, is no real reason to be exuberant.

Kyle Rodney Kendrick (W, 5-3) is like a 1995 Ford Taurus: he won’t always get you where you need to go, but it’s always a pleasant surprise when he does, and you can’t afford something that’s not a piece of shit anyway.

Cody Ransom is better than Greg Dobbs.

The Rest of the Guys hit everything several times.

Paul Maholm (L, 5-7) took a page from the book of Homer Simpson: don’t just be a failure, be a spectacular failure. That’s paraphrased, by the way.

Andrew McCutchen is still my favorite current Pirate.

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Jun
19
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 9:36 pm ET 100 Comments

The Philadelphia Phillies needed one more out to win their fourth straight game, but the Minnesota Twins needed only one swing.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Joe Mauer hit a two-run, game tying homer off Brad Lidge to cap a five run rally that turned the tables for the Twinkies, who scored eight runs in the final four frames to take the second game of the series by a score of 13-10.

It was a wasted effort from Cole Hamels, who allowed three earned runs over seven innings. After a rough first inning that saw the Twins send nine hitters to the plate, Hamels retired the next 13 hitters before allowing a solo homer to Justin Morneau to lead off the sixth inning. All told, it was aother fine outing from Cole, who struck out seven.

The same could not be said for Twins’ starter Kevin Slowey, who was lifted after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings, becoming the second Twins’ starting pitcher to be lifted before the third inning in as many games.

He fell victim to a Phillies offense that continued their assault on opposing pitchers, as they put up three runs in the bottom of the inning, with the blows coming on a two-run triple from Chase Utley and a sacrifice fly from Jayson Werth.

They added four more runs in the second inning, with homers coming from Wilson Valdez and Ryan Howard, to put the Phillies ahead by a score of 7-3. Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth would later add solo shots to give the Phillies a 9-4 lead heading into the final frame.

It fell apart in the ninth for the Phils, when Jose Contreras walked Delom Young to open the frame, before allowing  a pinch hit homer to former Phillie Jim Thome. After walking Nick Punto, Contreras was lifted for Brad Lidge, who got two quick outs, but not before allowing Denard Span to rope an RBI single to center to bring the Twins within two. With two away, he allowed a two-run homer to Joe Mauer, tying the game at nine-apiece.

Despite putting two on with one away in the bottom half of the ninth, the Phils failed to score, sending the game into extra innings, where Daniel Butera lead off with a solo shot off new reliever Chad Durbin. The Phils added a solo shot of their own the bottom of the tenth, when Ross Gload delivered with the game-tying shot with two away off Twins’ closer Jon Rauch.

But it was in the top of the 11th, with Danys Baez on the hill, that the Twins put the game away. With runners on second and third, Delmon Young hit an RBI infield single, followed by a two-run double from Matt Tolbert, giving the Twins the 13-10 lead, and eventually the win.

By far, this was the worst loss of the 2010 campaign for the Phillies, whose normally reliable bullpen coughed up a five game lead and a chance for a series sweep at the hands of the A.L. Central leading Twins.

While every reliever from the ninth inning on takes some blame for this loss, the bulk of it falls squarely on the shoulders of Jose Contreras, whose leadoff walk to Denard Span set in motion a series of events that ultimately led to the loss.

With a five run lead, the goal of the relief pitcher is to throw strikes, and Contreras failed to do so, allowing the Twins to get themselves back into a game that they really had no business to win.

But despite this crushing loss, the Phils (and the fans) can take a bit of solace in the fact that Cole Hamels continues to pitch well, and that the offense looked very good for the fourth straight game.

The Phils will look to take the rubber match on Sunday, when Roy Halladay (8-5, 2.36) takes on Carl Pavano (7-6, 3.92).

Cole Hamels (ND) allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven. At the dish, he went 1 for 3 with a run.

Placido Polacno went 2 for 5 with a double (14) and a run.

Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with a double (13), a triple (2) and three RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 6 with a homer (13) and two RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 with a homer (12) and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 3 with a homer (5) and an RBI and an RBI.

Wilson Valdez went 1 for 4 with a homer (1) and an RBI.

Brad Lidge (BS, 1) allowed two earned runs on two hits. He struck out one.

Danys Baez (L, 2-3) allowed three earned runs on two hits.

Kevin Slowey (ND) allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Joe Mauer went 1 for 5 with a homer (3) and two RBIs.

Justin Morneau went 2 for 5 with a homer (14) and three RBIs.

Delmon Young went 3 for 6 with a double (16) and two RBIs.

Jim Thome went 1 for 1 with a pinch-hit homer (6) and two RBIs.

Matt Tolbert went 1 for 2 with a double (2) and two RBIs.

Jon Rauch (BS3, W, 2-1) allowed one earned run on two hits in two innings. He struck out one.

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May
17
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:35 pm ET 48 Comments

Welcome back, Jimmy Rollins.

It was the first start for Young James since in April 11th, and the shortstop didn’t miss a beat.  He went 2-for-4 from the three-hole, including a double, as he and the rest of the Phillies (24-13) offense routed the Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22) to kick off their homestand with their fourth straight win.

Their effort backed up Kyle Kendrick, who, despite allowing a leadoff homer to Delwyn Young, pitched very well, allowing only two earned over eight innings en route to his second win of the season.

The Phils came right back in the bottom of the first, with some picture-perfect execution that belies the powerful nature of their lineup. After Shane Victorino led off with a single and stole second base, Placido Polanco moved him over with a single to the right side, and was followed by Jimmy Rollins, who grounded out to bring him home.

It was only the beginning for the Phils, who used a five-run third inning, capped off by a two-out, bases loaded single from Ryan Howard that plated two, followed by Jayson Werth, who hit an opposite field, three-run blast to put the Phils on top by a score of 6-1, which was more than enough for Kendrick, who allowed only two runners to get past second base for the rest of the game.

The offense was cruising right along, adding one run in the sixth and seventh inning, but it was in the bottom of the eighth that they added the big blow, when Ryan Howard crushed his first grand slam of the season to dead center off former Phillie Jack Taschner, to give the Phils a 12-2 lead, which they obviously would not relinquish.

This win puts the Phillies 11 games over .500 for the season, and at 24-13, gives them the best record in the National League, and if the scores hold, a five game lead over both the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals, which would be the largest divisional lead in baseball.

But win or lose, this game was all about Jimmy Rollins, who made his first start at home in 2010 after injuring his calf before the home opener on April 12th.

Rollins saw all of two pitches in his first two at-bats, which is only fitting for Jimmy. Fortunately, the first swing tied the game in the bottom of the first, where he was hitting in the three-hole while Chase Utley sat out with flu-like symptoms.

All in all, it was a good return for Jimmy, who went 2 for 4 with a double and a few sparkling defensive plays. While he isn’t at 100% yet (Very, very close), it’s nice to see the Phillies offense back to full strength.

The Phils wrap-up the two-game series tomorrow night, as Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59) opposes Zach Duke (2-4, 5.56).

Kyle Kendrick (W, 2-1) allowed two runs over eight innings on five hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with three runs.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 4 with two runs.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with a double (4) and two runs.

Ryan Howard went 3 for 5 with a grand slam (7) and six RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 5 with a double (20), a homer (8) and four RBIs.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 4 with a run.

Greg Dobbs went 1 for 4.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4.

Charlie Morton (L, 1-7 ) allowed six runs on six hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out three.

Delwyn Young went 1 for 4 with a homer (1) and two RBIs.

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Apr
05
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 10:56 pm ET 85 Comments

When Roy Halladay was traded to the Phillies in December of last year, it seemed as if though every waking moment was spent preparing us for today, when he would finally toe the rubber on Opening Day.

He didn’t disappoint.

Halladay allowed one run in seven innings on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine. After a shaky first inning that saw the Nationals take the early lead on on two hits and a walk, Doc got into a groove and allowed only five baserunners over the next six innings. As is usually the case, Halladay got ahead of the hitter and buried them with a mix of breaking pitches and cut fastballs.

The Phillies’ offense wouldn’t let him down, as they used a five run fifth inning to take their first – and only – lead of the day.

Ryan Howard started things off with a two-run shot to right field, scoring Chase Utley. After back-to-back singles from Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino singled to left to plate Werth. After a Ruiz fly-out advanced Ibanez to third, Halladay got his first hit and RBI of the season on a swinging bunt to third base that scored Ibanez. The Phils finished off the scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Placido Polanco.

The biggest bat of the day belonged to the new third baseman Polanco, who added an RBI single in the sixth inning. But it was his seventh inning grand slam that capped the scoring and gave him three hits and six RBIs on the day, a career high for the Phillie who was once traded to make room at second base for Utley.

The ten run lead gave the bullpen a chance to showcase their talents, as Antonio Bastardo, the lone lefty in the ‘pen got some work in, as well as new addition Danyz Baez and Rule 5 draft pick David Herndon. Although neither Bastardo nor Herndon were terribly impressive, they didn’t look impressively terrible, either. Bastardo allowed a leadoff double on a very good pitch, but retired the next two hitters, including striking out Ryan Zimmerman. However, he walked Adam Dunn on four straight pitches to spell the end of his day. He was relieved by Danyz Baez, who needed one pitch to get the final out of the inning. Herndon fared better, as he worked around two one-out hits. He strck out Cristian Guzman on a fastball with some very nice movement, and retired Willy Tavares on a groundout to win the game.

These two young arms could very well factor heavily into the success of the bullpen in 2010. Until J.C. Romero returns from the DL, Bastardo is going to be the LOOGY that Charlie Manuel turns to in a close game, so his inability to attack Adam Dunn, a left-handed hitter, did not help his cause. And while it’s tough to judge David Herndon on his first appearance in The Show, we fortunately have more good than bad to say about his Phillies debut.

As far as Opening Days go, this one was fun to watch. Excepting the first inning, it was all Phillies. Halladay was as sharp and dominant as ever, and the offense was relentless. Granted, it was against a weak Nationals team, but it was refreshing to see the bats and arms clicking so early in the season.

And while you couldn’t see this in the box score, Polanco looked sharp at the hot corner. There were concerns about his ability to play third early on in spring training, but it appears that his comfort level has improved since the beginning of March. He didn’t have too much action over there, but he did start a tidy 5-4-3 double play to end the fourth inning.

It’s a long season, and the Phillies cannot be expected to rack up double-digit run totals every time out. But hey, that’d be nice, right?

Bonus baseball!

Thanks to everyone who came by for our live chat during today’s game. It was as good a time as a bunch of strangers could have when not getting drunk at a baseball stadium. I appreciate everyone’s comments and particpation.

And congratulations to reader Jesse, who correctly predicted Doc’s line of seven innings, one ER, and nine Ks. You earned yourself a copy of Todd Zolecki’s book, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Phillies History.

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Oct
07
2009
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 9:28 pm ET 31 Comments

What happened?

Cliff Lee dominated the Rockies over nine innings to lead the Phillies to a victory in the first game of the National League Division Series.

Who did what?

Cliff Lee (W, 1-0) allowed one run on six hits in nine innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter, while going 1 for 2 with a stolen base (1) at the dish.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4.

Shane Victorino went 1 for 4 with a double (1).

Chase Utley went 1 for 4 with a run.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with a double (1), a run, and an RBI.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 3 with a triple (1), two runs and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with a double (1), a run, and two RBIs.

Pedro Feliz went 1 for 4.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Oooooh snap, son. Did that just happen?

Yes, it did.

EVERYBODY HITS! (Playoff Edition)

In honer of such a momentous occasion, here is a picture of the co-o-o-lest Phillies fan in town, courtesy of @cranekickers. They say that the glasses make the man, amirite?

Ubaldo Jimenez (L, 0-1) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Carlos Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a run.

Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and an RBI.

What does this mean?

If Cliff Lee was affected by the pomp and circumstance of the big stage, then he’s got an awfully funny way of showing it.

The veteran lefty, making his first career postseason appearance in front of 46,000 Philadelphians, dominated the Colorado Rockies with a complete game, six hit gem that saw the Rockies cross the plate only once.

After allowing three hits in the first two innings, Lee retired 16 straight and 23 of his last 25 he faced. With a pitch count hovering in the low 100s, Lee was one strike away from recording a complete game shutout in his first October action until Troy Tulowitzki doubled to drive in Colorado’s only run of the game.

While Lee shut down the Rockies, the Phillies’ bats were being stifled early on by Ubaldo Jimenez, who held the offense at bay for the first four innings. It was in the fifth inning that the Phillies struck, when Jayson Werth walked to leadoff the inning. Raul Ibanez doubled to bring him in, and would score when Carlos Ruiz singled to right to make it a 2-0 game.

The Phillies went back to work in the sixth inning, as Chase Utley led of the bottom of the sixth with a single. After stealing second, he was plated on Ryan Howard’s double to left. Werth followed with an RBI triple, and would score on a single from Ibanez.

That would cap the scoring for the Phillies, but it was more than enough support for Cliff Lee, who is proving to be the best midseason acquisition in baseball.

It was just the start that the Phillies were looking for, and quite honestly, better than many could have expected. The Rockies were, just like in 2007, a team that headed into the playoffs with a head of steam and a starting pitcher that is among the best in the National League.

But the Phillies picked up where the left off in 2008: Winning at home. Today’s victory marks the eighth straight home playoff win for the Phillies, dating back to game one of last year’s NLDS versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

With today’s win, The Fightins are set up nicely for game two, as Cole Hamels, the reigning NLCS and World Series MVP, toes the rubber. Although his struggles this season are well documented, and while he didn’t end the season on a particularly high note, if there’s one thing about October baseball, it’s this: The cream always rises to the top.

What’s next for our 2009 National League East Division Champion Heroes?

In game two of the NLDS, Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32) takes on Aaron Cook (11-6, 4.16).

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Sep
27
2009
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 7:59 pm ET 49 Comments

What happened?

Ryan Madson earned the save as the Phillies split the final road series of the season to drop their magic number to three.

Who did what?

Joe Blanton (W, 12-7) allowed five runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds. He walked and struck out four.

Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 5 with a double (41), a homer (21) and an RBI.

Shane Victorino went 1 for 5 with a double (38) and two RBIs.

Chase Utley went 2 for 5 with a triple (4) and a run.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 with two doubles (37) and an RBI.

Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 with a walk.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 2 with two runs.

Pedro Feliz went 1 for 5 with two RBIs.

Paul Bako went 2 for 5 with a double (4) and two RBIs.

My goodness.

Is it?

Can it be?

Yes folks, on the last road game of the regular season, EVERYBODY HITS!

In honor of this momentous occasion, won’t you please join me in wishing a very happy and healthy birthday to the greatest third baseman in the history of the game, Michael Jack Schmidt. Happy 60th, Schmitty.

Ryan Madson (S, 9) struck out one and allowed one hit in an inning and a third to earn the save.

Dave Bush (L, 5-9) allowed five runs on nine hits in four and a third. He walked one and struck out five.

Ryan Braun went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Mike Cameron went 1 for 4 with a homer (23) and an RBI.

Mat Gamel went 1 for 2 with a homer (5) and three RBIs.

What does this mean?

What looked to be an easy win for the Phillies got too close for comfort in the late innings, but stellar work from the bullpen turned what could have been another disappointing loss into a win on the final road game of the regular season.

Jimmy Rollins started the scoring with a leadoff homer in the first, with Chase Utley scoring three hitters later on a Ryan Howard double. They tacked on two more in the second inning on a two-0ut double from Shane Victorino to give starter Joe Blanton a 4-0 lead.

The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the second on a solo homer from Mike Cameron to cut the lead to three, but the Phils came back with two more in the top of the fifth on a two-run single from Pedro Feliz. Things would remain that way until the bottom of the sixth, when pinch hitter Mat Gamel hit a three run homer to bring the Brewers to within two. Three batters later, with Clay Condrey on in relief, Ryan Braun singled in Corey Hart to make it a one-run game.

Sergio Escalona and Chad Durbin pitching an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief before giving way to Ryan Madson, who came on for the four out save in the bottom of the eighth. He retired Ryan Braun to start the ninth before giving up a double to Prince Fielder, who advanced to third on a groundout from Felipe Lopez. And with two outs and the tying run at third, Ryan Madson struck out Mike Cameron to get the save and preserve the win for Joe Blanton.

As important as this win was, at times it seemed like the Phillies won in spite of themselves and not because of it. Joe Blanton wasn’t sharp, and a small strike zone made things even tougher for the righty. Compounded with the fact that the Phillies left 14 men on base, including leaving the bases loaded for three straight innings, it’s a surprise that they even won at all.

That itself is reason enough for the Phillies to clench the division. With seven left, the offense can use a break, and taking care of business against Houston would guarantee at least a week off to rest themselves, both mentally and physically.

What’s next for our heroes?

The Phillies return home for the final seven games of the season as they take on the Houston Astros in a four-game set. In game one, Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.11) takes on Yorman Bazardo (0-2, 9.55)

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