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Oct
17
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:26 pm ET 20 Comments

Behind a stellar start from Roy Oswalt and a clutch double from Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies evened up the National League Division Series, as they downed the San Francisco Giants, 6-1, to bounce back from their Game One loss.

Oswalt held the Giants in check over eight innings, as he struck out nine while allowing three hits and one earned run. He was dominant from the start and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, while never allowing more than two hitters to reach base in an inning.

His counterpart, Jonathan Sanchez, was not so lucky, despite only allowing two earned runs over his six-plus innings. He lacked command early on, as he ran up a high pitch count in the first inning thanks to three walks, one with the bases loaded that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

After Cody Ross his a solo homer in the fifth to break up Roy Oswalt’s no-hitter, the Phillies came right back in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead behind a sacrifice fly from Placido Polanco.

It was all Phillies the rest of the way, as the offense sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a two-out, based loaded double from Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead. Oswalt would also single to leadoff the inning, and would later come around to score on a single from Polanco.

The Phillies take their World Series hopes on the road to San Francisco, where they will send Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) to the mound to face off against Matt Cain (0-0, 0.00).

Roy Oswalt (W, 2-0) allowed one run on three hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 3 with a double (2) and two walks.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and fours RBIs.

Jonathan Sanchez (L, o-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six plus innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and an RBI.

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Oct
11
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 12:36 am ET 35 Comments

The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Cincinnati Reds Cole Hamels’ complete game shutout was the icing on the cake that was the NLDS, with the Phillies sweeping the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the National League Championship Series for the third straight season.

A first inning throwing error on a Jayson Werth grounder by Scott Rolen put the Phillies up agaisnt Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto, whose solid performance over five innings was one of the lone bright spots of the series for Cincy.

Chase Utley added a solo shot in the fifth to complete the scoring from the Phillies at two runs, but it was more than enough for Hamels, whose career season extended into his first postseason start in 2010. It was a far cry from his Ocotober efforts from 2009 and a great booked to the series that began with a historic no hitter from Roy Halladay.

Hamels dominated the Reds from the get-go and did not allow a baserunner past second base the entire night and rarely found himself having to pitch out of any jams.

With a two-run lead to protect in the ninth, Hamels allowed a leadoff single from Brandon Phillips to bring Joey Votto to the plate as the tying run, before getting him to hit into a double play. He struck out Scott Rolen to end the inning, the game, and the series.

The Phillies are advancing to the National League Championship Series for the third straight season, where they will defend their NL crown against the Atlanta Braves or the San Francicso Giants. They’re due for nearly a week off before kicking off Game One in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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Oct
09
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 1:06 am ET 29 Comments

Despite a shaky outing from Roy Oswalt, the Philles took advantage of shoddy Reds defense in the late innings as they took a 2-0 series lead in the NLDS.

Roy Oswalt’s first playoff game in a Phillies uniform got off to a rough start with a Brandon Phillips leadoff homer, and it did not get much better, as the veteran fell victim to some poor defense from Chase Utley before getting lifted after allowing three earned runs in five innings.

After allowing a run in the first, Roy nearly got out of the second inning before a throwing error from Utley on a potential double play ball allowed the Reds to tack on a second run to extend their lead to 2-0. Jay Bruce would homer in the fourth and Joey Votto would knock in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give the Reds a 4-0 lead to starter Bronson Arroyo.

The Phillies struck in the bottom of the fifth, when Chase Utley’s two out single plated two runs following a pair of errors from Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen to cut the lead to 4-2. They added another run in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Shane Victorino to cut the lead to one run.

It was in the seventh that the Phillies once again took advantage of the Reds defensive gaffes, as they put together a rally against Aroldis Chapman. With Chase Utley on first and one away, Jayson Werth hit a grounder to third base that was mishandled by Scott Rolen, allowing Utley to slide safely into second. One batter later, Jimmy Rollins hit a sinking liner to right field that Jay Bruce misplayed, allowing both Utley and Werth to score to give the Phillies the lead. Two batters later, Carlos Ruiz hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Rollins from third to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead. They would add another on a Jayson Werth RBI single in the bottom of the eigth to make it a three run lead.

Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge both tossed a scoreless inning as the Phillies closed out the Reds to take a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Despite a rough outing for Roy Oswalt, the Phillies put together another trademark win in the postseason that relied on big hits from their offense and some timely errors from the Reds defense. No matter, a win is a win.

The Phillies head to Cincy for game three with a 2-0 series advantage, this time with Cole Hamels on the mound to face Johnny Cueto.

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Oct
06
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 9:22 pm ET 53 Comments

In his first career postseason start, Roy Halladay allowed one walk, no hits and no runs to the Cincinnati Reds, becoming only the second player ever to throw a no hitter in the playoffs to lead the Phillies to a 4-0 win over the Reds in Game One of the National League Division Series. It was the first no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Photo courtesy of Reuters

After toiling for 12 years in Toronto, Halladay made a splash in Philadelphia with a 21-win season, a perfect game, a trip to the postseason and likely, a second Cy Young.

And just when things couldn’t get any better for Doc, he threw a no hitter in the playoffs. Against one of the N.L.’s best offensive teams. In his first career postseason start.

How is that for a debut on the big stage?

Needing only 104 pitches to cut through 28 batters, Halladay sat down eight via the strike out thanks to incredible movement on his breaking pitches and pinpoint control on his fastball. Even when the Reds managed to made contact, it was minimal, with the hardest hit ball of game coming on in the top of the third when pitcher Travis Wood hit a line drive that Jayson Werth was able to track down.

Roy set the tone with a 1-2-3 first inning, and was quickly given a run to work with when Shane Victorino hit a one out double, stole third, and then scored on Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly to put the Phillies on the board.

It was literally all the support that Roy would need.

Not wanting to be overshadowed by the offense, Roy struck with the bat in the bottom of the second, when he sent the first pitch he saw into left field to plate Carlos Ruiz to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead over Edinson Volquez.

After a walk to Jimmy Rollins to load the bases, Shane Victorino roped a single to center that scored both Wilson Valdez and Halladay, ending Volquez’s night and any chances the Reds had at taking the first game of the series.

It was all pitching from there, as the Phillies needed very little offense, with Shane Victorino contributing most of it with a 2-for-4 effort to continue his excellent postsesaon play.

And just like that, the Phillies are right back in the groove with a series lead over the Reds and that all important first postseason win.

Doc was right. It is only gonna get funner.

The Phillies will send Roy Oswalt to the mound in Game Two of the series on Friday night, where he will face off against Bronson Arroyo.

Breaking news from Citizens Bank Park: Placido Polanco will not be in the starting lineup for Game One of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. According to Delaware County Times beat writer Ryan Lawrence, the injury is not related to Polanco’s elbow, but his back. At this time, the severity of the injury is unknown, as is Polly’s status for Game Two on Friday. [Phollowing The Phillies]

Oct
06
2010
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 10:32 am ET 23 Comments

The venerable meech.one waxed about this earlier today, so forgive my double dipping. But where he lacked in a run down of the starting lineups and bullpens, I lack in pictures of Edinson Volquez brandishing a weapon while wearing a pair of plaid pants. Symbiosis, meet The Fightins.

Nonetheless, I’ll forge on with my take on the National League Division series.

In a few hours, the Philadelphia Phillies host the Cincinnati Reds to kick off their fourth straight postseason appearance, one that comes after an injury riddled season that somehow ended with a Major League-best 97 wins, three Aces in the rotation, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But for the next four weeks, it’s not so important how they got there, but what they can do once they get there. Let’s take a look.

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Oct
12
2009
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:33 pm ET 116 Comments

What happened?

The Phillies came from behind to defeat the Rockies to advance to the National League Championship Series for the second straight season.

Who did what?

Cliff Lee (ND) allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in seven and a third. He walked three and stuck out five.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 with a homer (1), two runs, and an RBI.

Chase Utley went 1 for 2 with a run and three walks.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a double (3) and two RBIs.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a homer (2) and two RBIs.

Ryan Madson (W, 1-0) allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk.

Brad Lidge (S, 2) struck out one in one-third of an inning to earn his second save of the post season.

Ubaldo Jimenez (ND) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings.

Troy Tulowitzki went 1 for 5 with a double (2) and an RBI.

Yorvit Torrealba went 2 for 4 with a double (2) and two RBIs.

Jason Giambi went 1 for 1 with a run and an RBI.

Huston Street (L, 0-2) allowed three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked and struck out one.

What does this mean?

Has everyone caught their breath? Yes? Oh, one guy in the back? Take your time, champ. Drink it in.

One inning after the Phillies damn near had the NLDS wrapped up, they were down to their final out. Then their final strike. And then their final out again. And then they had the lead. And then the Rockies had the tying run on base. And then the winning run was on base. And then there was silence. The deafening silence that is found only when the unthinkable has happened, and no one can muster so much as a syllable, for their tongues crawled into the pit of their stomachs.

That was the mood in Colorado tonight, as 50,000 baseball fans witnessed a pitcher’s duel for seven innings, only to be followed by a comeback from the home team, which was then washed away with a three-run dagger from the visitors, who reclaimed their rightful lead en route to their title defense.

But allow me to back up a bit.

The Phillies got off to a fast start, with Shane Victorino lining a solo shot in the top of the first to jump out to an 1-0 lead. Despite making Jimenez throw a lot of pitches early on, the Phillies couldn’t break through, as they failed to scored with a bases loaded, one out situation in the third. In the sixth, Jayson Werth added a solo shot to give the Phillies a two-run lead.

Cliff Lee followed up his complete game effort in the series opener with another solid start, this time allowing one earned run in seven and a third. Despite running into some trouble in the first inning, Lee would toss five shutout innings before  Troy Tulowitzki double brought home Todd Helton for Colorado’s first run in the bottom half of the sixth. Lee would pitch around an error in the bottom of the seventh, before heading to the hill in the bottom of the eighth to preserve a 2-1 Phillies lead.

After retiring Carlos Gonzales for the first out of the inning, Lee walked Dexter Fowler on four (great) pitches to bring up Helton. With Fowler at first, Helton hit a knubber to Chase Utley for what looked to be an inning ending double play. Fowler, trying to avoid Utley, literally leap-frogged Chase, whose shovel pass to Jimmy Rollins was bobbled, allowing Fowler to be safe at second.

It was the end of the night for Cliff Lee, who was pulled in favor of Ryan Madson, brought on to face Tulowitzki with two on and one out. Tulowitzki hit a dying line drive to left, which was fielded by Ben Francisco, who made a spectacular diving catch to record the out and prevent the tying run from scoring.

Madson wouldn’t be so lucky with the next hitter, as Jason Giambi blooped a single to left field to bring home the tying run. With the score at two-all, Yorvit Torrealba laced a two-run double to center, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth.

Huston Street, who recorded a save in game two of the series, struck out Greg Dobbs to start the ninth. Jimmy Rollins beat out an infield single before being erased on a fielders choice grounder off the bat of Shane Victorino for the second out of the inning. After Chase Utley walked, Ryan Howard delivered a two out, two run double to right field to drive in Victorino and Utley to tie the game at four. With Howard at second, Werth blooped a single to center to score Howard and to give the Phillies the lead.

With a one run lead, Charlie Manuel turned to Scott Eyre to record the final three outs. After recording the first two outs, Eyre allowed a single to Todd Helton to put runners on first and second. With Troy Tulowitzki looming, Brad Lidge came on to record the final out of the game, a strikeout on a 2-2 slider.

And here they are, yet again, heading to the National League Championship Series to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Without question, this is among the best (if not THE best) come from behind win of the season for the Phillies. Early on, the Phillies couldn’t seem to solve Ubaldo Jimenez, and twice they squandered one-out, bases loaded situations. Things looked to be over after the Rockies rallied in the eighth, but the Phillies proved, yet again, that this game has 27 outs – and they play every. Single. One.

Three Most Important Things:

1. Cliff Lee once again came up big. If not for Jimmy’s error in the eighth, he might have the W next to his name.

2. The Phillies’ offense once again comes up big against a tough pitcher.

3. Brad Lidge recorded his second save in as many nights.

What’s next for our 2009 National League East Division Series Champions?

The Phillies are facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS for the second straight season, with Cole Hamels (0-1, 7.20) taking on Joe Tibba (No record) in game one.

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Oct
12
2009
Posted by Chris at 11:15 pm ET 40 Comments

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Rocktober comes crashing down. BEAT LA.

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Oct
12
2009
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 2:29 am ET 44 Comments

What happened?

Brad Lidge earned his first save of the post season as the Phillies took game three of the NLDS to take a 2-1 series lead.

Who did what?

Jay Happ (ND) allowed three runs on five hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with a run.

Chase Utley went 2 for 4 with a homer (1) and an RBI.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with two RBIs.

Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Chad Durbin (W, 1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win.

Brad Lidge (S, 1) walked two in a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Jason Hammel (ND) allowed four runs on four hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a double (2), a homer (1), three runs and an RBI.

Todd Helton went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Garrett Atkins went 2 for 4 with a double (2) and two RBIs.

What does this mean?

Three quick hits about tonight’s game:

1. The Phillies came up huge with runners on base, to the tune of 4 for 11 with RISP.

2. Carlos Ruiz totally loves October.

3. Brad Lidge earned the save.

(Also, I have a bone to pick with Major League Baseball. You see, the game just ended four minutes ago, at 2:16 EST. That’s a problem, because the late start time effectively wiped out a good portion of the fans watching on the east coast. It didn’t need to be this way, of course. They didn’t need to start this game at 10 PM. In fact, it could have very easily started two hours earlier. Allow me to explain: At noon Sunday, the Angels/Red Sox game started. If you allow four hours for your typical AL game, it means you could start the second game of the day (Yankees/Twins) at 4 PM. Allowing another four hours to play, that means you can start the third game (Phillies/Rockies) at 8PM. If someone (Bud Selig, I’m looking in your direction) had any amount of common sense, then I’m not dreading a night of four hours sleep. Granted, this game would have ended just past midnight, but it’s a much, much better alternative than 2Am.

Big picture, the MLB is doing a fine, fine job of alienating their fans with the late start times. We have this discussion every. Single. Year. Yet, nothing ever changes. Let’s fix this, Bud. There is NO excuse for this to happen. The fact that the game in Denver, Colorado (where it gets cold) had to have the latest start time as opposed to a domed stadium (where it doesn’t get cold) is inexcusable. It’s ridiculous that these players had to take the field as late as they did, when they could have taken the field four hours earlier, when the weather was much (or at least a little bit) warmer.

Sorry for the rant, folks. I’ll have an actual recap up tomorrow. G’night.)

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

In game four of the series, the Phillies go for the series victory as Cliff Lee (1-0, 1.00) takes on Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 9.00).

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Oct
08
2009
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 8:23 pm ET 38 Comments

What happened?

Cole Hamels allowed four runs in five innings as the Rockies held off a late Phillies rally to take game two of the series. The series is tied at a game apiece.

Who did what?

Cole Hamels (L, 0-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five.

Shane Victorino went 3 for 5 with a run.

Chase Utley went 1 for 4 with a run.

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

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

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Aaron Cook (W, 1-0) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with a run.

Todd Helton went 1 for 5 with an RBI.

Yorvit Torrealba went 2 for 3 with a homer (1) and two RBIs.

Huston Street (S, 1) walked one and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth.

What does this mean?

When you think about it, it all came down to one pitch.

It was the top of the fourth, and the Phillies were trailing 1-0. Cole Hamels, despite allowing a first inning run, was looking every bit like the MVP of last October. With a man on first and two outs, the lefty was looking for this third straight scoreless inning, and Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba was all that stood in the way.

On a 1-1 count, Hamels went to his curve ball, his third best pitch. Torrealba promptly deposited the offering into the left field seats to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, and essentially, the game.

Hamels, who had been cruising through the lineup, wouldn’t get back into a rythm. After getting the lead off hitter in the fifth, he gave up a single to the pitcher on a 1-2 count, followed by a double to Carlos Gonzalez to put men on second and third. Carlos Gonzalez drove home a run on a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 affair. The inning would end on a Todd Helton popup, but the damage had been done to Cole. His day was done, and his line was far from respectable.

And it all goes back to that curveball.

Before Torrealba gave the Rockies a three run lead, Hamels was in control. He was spotting his fastball on the corners, which he used to set up his bread and butter pitch, the changeup. It was that same formula that made him so successful in 2008; the same formula that he used through the first four innings of today’s game.

But the curve that he never quite could figure out reared its ugly head, and at the worst possible time. Maybe it’s irrelevant, because the Rockies could have jumped on his fastball or caught a high changeup and they could have wont he game anyway. But maybe not.

Whatever the case may be, the Phillies are now even with the Rockies as the series shifts to Colorado, where literally tens of Rockies fans will be waiting to greet their hometown heroes, awash in a sea Denny Neagle and Dante Bichette jerseys, recently sprung from their musty, moth infested asylum.

Although the Phillies have lost home field advantage, they can take solace in the fact that their rotation is much deeper than that of Colorado’s. With Pedro, Joe Blanton and Jay Happ all on standby, the Rockies have only Jason Marquis or Jason Hammel to turn to for the final games of the series. Advantage: Philadephia.

It was a tough game to lose, especially having won eight straight postseason games at The Bank. No matter, the Phillies are still the game’s best road team – something that we can all expect them to carry into Colorado.

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

The Phillies head to Colorado for game three of the series. Pitchers have not been announced, but you can be sure a pitcher from the Phillies will toe the rubber and face off against a pitcher from the Rockies. (This is hard hitting journalism, folks.)

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