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One day after their disappointing lost to the Twins, the once thought reguevnated Phils’ offense once again gives no runs support to their ace, Roy Halladay, as they lose to the Twins, 4-1. I am so getting tired of Interleague Play!!!
The Twins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Joe Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Twins made it 2-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Denard Span hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils would cut the Twins’ lead to 2-1 in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a solo home run of his own, his second of the season, and in as many games. The Twins would then get that run back in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jason Kubel hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Morneau, who had earlier singled, moved to second when Shane Victorino tried to throw him out by throwing behind him at first, and instead commiting a throwing error by allowing him to get to second base, and a Michael Cuddyer’s slow ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Twins’ lead. The Twins then made it 4-1 in the eighth as, with one man out, Morneau hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Twins’ starter Carl Pavano would pitch a complete game by getting Jayson Werth to end the game with a fly out to right, after he had given up a single to Ryan Howard, with two men out.
Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eleven hits, as he struck out eight. His record is now 8-6 with a 2.43 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Carl Pavano gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one run on four hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 8-6 with an ERA of 3.64.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, singles from Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a home run from Wilson Valdez. Yesterday’s lost was a result of Saturday’s extra-inning lost, as the Phils had the wind knocked out of their sails, after taking what looked like a commanding lead into the ninth and then watch the back end of the bullpen implode. Hopefully, they will be able to regroup as this is an off-day, and the team’s sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, will be back in the line-up, starting tomorrow night. Please Jimmy, do not get hurt again this season!!! Oh, and start lighting up a few backsides while you’re at it, a few guys need it, seriously.
The Phils (35-32, 3rd NL East), as mentioned earlier, have the day off today. Fellows, please, use the time to get your minds off of this weekend’s fiasco, and just get ready to beat up on the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central). And please, no repeat of what happen the last time you faced an AL last place team. Please, no getting swept!!!!!! That was too embarassing.
A crazy game ended in dramatic fashion as Jeff Francoeur hits into an unassisted triple play, the first time it have ever happened in a National League ballgame and for the second time in Major League history, as the Phils hung on to defeat the Mets, 9-7. The Phils’ lead in the NL East still remains at six-and-a-half games going into this afternoon’s game, as the Braves defeated the Marlins.
The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run bomb into left field, his twenty-ninth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and Shane Victorino, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead to 6-0 as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run bomb of his own, also into left field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second base on Eric Bruntlett’s single, and Bruntlett, who was playing second base as Chase Utley was given the day off, who had earlier singled. Then, after Mets’ starter Oliver Perez had thrown three straight balls to Phils’ starter Pedro Martinez, Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel had seen enough of ‘Bad’ Perez, and replaced him with Nelson Figueroa, who then struck out Martinez on three pitches to end the inning. The Mets then came back as their lead-off man, Angel Pagan hits an inside-the-park home run, his fourth home run of the year, on a ball that got stuck under the rail in left-center field, which the umpires did not call a ground-rule double because of the stadium’s rule on those kinds of hit balls, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 6-1. Three batters later, the Mets made it 6-2 Phils as, with a man on base, and with one out, Jeff Francoeur hits an RBI triple, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who was earlier safe on a force out, 6-4. The Phils then increased their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Raul Ibanez, a single to Feliz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and a single to Bruntlett, sending Ibanez over to third, and Feliz to second, with only one man out, as Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, and making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Feliz on to third, and Bruntlett over to second. Rollins would then make it 8-2 Phils as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz from third. The Mets got a run back in their half of the third as Pagan hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, as he cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-3. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Cory Sullivan hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Murphy’s double, making it 8-4 Phils. That would remain the score until the seventh, as Martinez finally settled down in the middle innings. In the seventh, the Mets made it 8-5 as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. In the eighth, the Phils got that run back as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Matt Stairs, who had earlier reached base on a pinch walk, move up to second on a wild pitch, and then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, scored on a second wild pitch, making it 9-5 Phils. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Anderson Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Sullivan, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead. Then, in the ninth, things got even wierder. In the top of the inning, with two men out, Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, that Francouer caught as he dived for it, possibly hurting his hand as he did so, but was originally declared a trapped ball, with Bruntlett ending up on third with a triple. But, after Francoeur informed the umpires that he had in fact caught the ball, which would later be backed up by instant replay of the catch, the umpires, after a conference, would reversed the call as the third base umpire, Tim Timmons, had a better view of the play. But, when one of the umpires went to explain their ruling to Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel, it would lead to Charlie being ejected for disputing the call. Then in the bottom of the ninth, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Castillo reached base on a Bruntlett fielding error, which allowed Pagan, who had reached base earlier on a three-base error by Ryan Howard on a ball that Howard never touched, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 9-7. The next batter, Murphy, then reached base on an infield single, on a ball that Bruntlett was only able to stop behind second base, allowing Castillo to reach second. Then with Francouer batting, and with the count 2-2, J. Manuel sent both Castillo and Murphy running on the pitch. Francouer then hit a line drive up the middle, pass Phils’ closer Brad Lidge. Bruntlett, who had gone over to second to cover the bag on the back end of the double steal attempt, caught Francouer’s line drive for the first out of the inning, before his momentum caused him to tag second base, doubling up Castillo. Then he went after Murphy, soon tagging him for the third and final out, preserving the Phils’ win, and becoming the first National Leaguer to perform an unassisted triple play which ended a ballgame, and becoming the second major leaguer to do so since Johnny Nuen of the Tigers did it back on May 21, 1927 against the Indians.
Pedro Martinez won the game, going six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 5.14. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Ryan Madson also gave up a run, on two hits. Brad Lidge recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Oliver Perez took the lost, as he lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks. His record is now 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA. Nelson Figuera pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Pat Misch pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, as he struck out four. Sean Green pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and two wild pitches, while he struck out one. Elmer Dessens pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with, of all people, Eric Bruntlett, leading the way with thre hits, raising his low average to .154. Next was Jayson Werth with two hits, with one of them being a three-run home run, raising his average to .271. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Martinez had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double and Ruiz’s hit being a three-run home run. Besides the two three-run homers by Werth and Ruiz, Martinez knocked in a run, and Rollins plated a run with a sac fly. The offense took an early lead with a couple of three-run bombs, and then scored enough runs to hang on before Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play finally ended the game.
The Phils (71-50 1st) have just finished their four-games series with the Mets (57-68), with a 6-2 victory behind Cliff Lee, who is now 5-0 since coming from the American League. The Phils’ lead in the National League East is now at seven games as they head to Pittsburgh for a three-games series with the Pirates.
Jamie Moyer picks up a win in relief as he pitch six shut out innings in relief of Pedro Martinez after a rain delay.
Jamie Moyer picks up his eleventh win of the season after pitching six shut out innings for his first win in relief since pitching in relief for the Red Sox on May 15, 1996, as he took over for Pedro Martinez, who was taken out of the game after pitching only three innings because of a sixty-six minutes rain delay, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 5-1.
The D-backs took the lead in the first as their lead-off man, Stephen Drew, hits a 3-2 changeup into right field for his eleventh home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. After Ryan Roberts followed with a single, Pedro Martinez buckled down, and then got the next eight batters out, starting with a double play ball, 1-6-3, off of the bat of Gerardo Parra, wiping out Roberts at second base. The Phillies, meantime, blew opportunities to score runs in the first two innings against D-backs’ starter Jon Garland. Then in the bottom of the third, the rains came down in buckets, delaying the ballgame for sixty-six minutes. When play resumed, the Phillies’ offense went to work. With a man on base, and with two men out, Jayson Werth tied the ballgame up at one-all with an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. Then two batters later, the Phils took the lead on a Pedro Feliz RBI single, scoring Werth, making it 2-1 Phils, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier been intentionally walked, over to third, before Feliz would move on up to second on D-backs’ left fielder’s Roberts throwing error. Carlos Ruiz then made it 3-1 Phils as he hits an RBI single to right, scoring Ibanez. But, Feliz, who was following Ibanez, was tagged out at the plate, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. In the top of the fourth, the Phils sent out Jamie Moyer in relief of Martinez. After giving up a single to Garland, Moyer would proceed to get out the next eleven batters before giving up another hit. In the meantime, the Phils would add to their lead. In the fifth, the Phils made it 4-1 as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his career high twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Phils then made it 5-1 in the sixth as Carlos Ruiz started the inning off by hitting a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. That, and later singles to Moyer, his second hit of the night, and to Shane Victorino, with one man out, would lead to Garland’s exit, and his replacement by Daniel Schlereth. Schlereth proceeded to throw a wild pitch that would move Moyer up to third and Victorino up to second base. After Utley is walked to load the bases, Schlereth is able to get out of the inning by first striking out Ryan Howard, and then getting Werth to ground out, 5-3. In the seventh, Moyer would give up his second hit of the night, a two-out single to Miguel Montero. But he then gets out the next seven batters, ending the game as Parra lined out to Werth for the final out, recording the win.
Pedro Martinez received a no-decision, as he pitched only three innings, being taken out after the rain delay, as he gave up only a run on two hits, as he struck out three. Jamie Moyer picked up the win in relief, as he went six strong innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out five. His record is now 11-9 with a 5.22 ERA. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits, a hit batter and two walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 6-11 with a 4.42 ERA. David Schlereth, Leo Rosales and Jon Rauch combined for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just one hit (Rauch) and two walks (Schlereth and Rosales with a walk each), while they struck out three (one batter for each pitcher).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits, one of which was a solo home run, scoring two RBIs, as he raised his batting average to .235. He was followed by Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and, of all people, Jamie Moyer, with two hits each, with Werth’s two hits being a double and a solo home run, also knocking in two RBIs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz each followed with a hit, with Feliz knocking in the final Phils’ run. Although scoring several runs last night, the Phils are still having problems scoring runners in scoring position, as they left the bases loaded in both the first and sixth innings.
The Phils (67-49, 1st National League East) continue their short home stand tonight with the Diamondbacks (54-66, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their new ace Cliff Lee (10-9 (3-0), 2.86 (1.13)), who is coming off a strong start against the Cubs on August 13, as he pitched eight innings, giving up only one run on six hits and three walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 6-1 win. He will try to make it four straight wins since joining the Phils from the Indians, while giving the Phils a series win at home. The D-backs will try to counter with Dan Haren (12-7, 2.50), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 14, where he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to see if he can derail the Lee’ Express. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some more run support while Lee will be seeing if he can continue his dominance of National League hitters.
For the second straight game, the Phils are unable to get a key hit as they hit themselves out of runs as they lose to the Giants, 7-2. Their lead in the NL East remains at six games as the Marlins are defeated by the Braves.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Giants quickly tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and nobody out, Eugenio Velez hits an RBI double, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, and then stole second base, while Velez would move up to third on Jayson Werth’s fielding error on the ball. The Giants then took the lead as Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Velez, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one out, Sandoval hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Giants’ lead. The Giants then broke the game wide open in the fourth. With the bases loaded, via a single by Edgar Renteria, a Pedro Feliz throwing error to second base on a grounder hit to him by Juan Uribe, which had Renteria going to third and Uribe stopping at second base, and a walk to Randy Winn, and two men out, Velez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Uribe, making it a 5-1 Giants’ lead, while sending Winn up to second base. Sandoval then made it a 7-1 Giants’ lead as he hits an RBI double, scoring both Winn and Velez. The Phils made it 7-2 in the sixth, as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year. But, that would be the final score, as neither team would be able to score again as both bullpens shut down the other team’s offense.
Rodrigo Lopez took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 3.62. This was more than likely his last start in the Phils’ starting rotation. Kyle Kendrick pitched two shut out innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Tyler Walker also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk, as he struck out three Giants. Jonathan Sanchez got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds inning, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, as he struck out seven batters. His record is now 4-9 with an ERA of 4.81. Justin Miller, Merken Valdez and Bob Howry combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Miller and Valdez one hit each), as they struck out two Phils (Valdez and Howry one each).
The Phils had only five hits in yesterday’s game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco (playing for the hurt Shane Victorino) each recording a hit, with Howard’s hit being an RBI double, while Utley’s was a solo home run, knocking in the two Phils’ runs. The Phillies over agrressiveness did them in once again, as they are unable to stay patient enough to bring in the runs they needed to score via a clutch hit. They will try to break their losing streak tonight.
The Phillies (58-42, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-46, 2nd National League West), with a night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Cliff Lee (7-9, 3.14), who they had just acquired from the Indians in a trade. He has won his last three starts for the Indians, with his last one coming on July 26 against the Mariners, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out four, in the Indians’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to continue his personal dominance of the Giants while trying to contribute to his new team. His opponent will be Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, as he struck out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to continue the Phillies’ present offense problems. The Phils’ offense will be trying to give support to their new addition, while hoping that Lee will quickly prove his worth to the ballclub.
Phils make deal with Indians: Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco for four minor league prospects. Whoo Hoo!!!!
Phillies land Lee from Tribe
Defending AL Cy Young winner to join world champions
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Oh my god!! Are the Phils now the team to beat??? It sure looks that way to me!!!
Cliff Lee won the American League Cy Young Award last season. Less than a year later, he’ll join the defending world champions.
The Phillies and Indians reached agreement Wednesday that would send the left-handed Lee, along with outfielder Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for a package of four prospects — Class A right-hander Jason Knapp and Triple-A right-hander Carlos Carrasco, catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald.
The deal is pending medical reviews and could be announced later Wednesday.
The Phillies have been searching for starting pitching help for months. Lee is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA this season. He went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA last season, after spending much of 2007 in the Minor Leagues. And Francisco fills a void for a potent right-handed bat off the bench. Francisco, who played regularly in left field, is hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.
On the other hand, the trade may be a signal that Cleveland — which traded the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner last year, too, in the person of CC Sabathia — is entering a rebuilding period.
Knapp appears to be the key acquisition for the Tribe. He was the Phillies’ second-round pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, and he won’t turn 19 until Aug. 31. Listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Knapp has an upper-90s fastball and a large frame. He was starting for Class A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, where he was 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 17 starts, striking out a ******** 111 batters while walking 39 in 85 1/3 innings.
Knapp was recently shut down with right shoulder soreness. He hasn’t pitched since July 11.
It was well-documented that the Indians were seeking impact pitching prospects in advance of Friday’s Trade Deadline, and Carrasco is the other pitching piece of the deal. He had been discussed internally by the Tribe last year, when the club was shopping Sabathia. In the end, the Tribe turned down a package featuring Carrasco and instead shipped Sabathia to the Brewers for a package highlighted by outfielder Matt LaPorta.
But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Carrasco is now coming aboard. Carrasco, a 22-year-old native of Venezuela, was with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he was 6-9 with a 5.18 ERA in 20 starts. He had struck out 112 with 38 walks in 114 2/3 innings.
Marson is one of the game’s top catching prospects. His acquisition could signal that the Indians are on the brink of another move, possibly involving Victor Martinez.
The 23-year-old Marson has hit .294 with a homer, 13 doubles, 24 RBIs and a .751 OPS in 63 games at Lehigh Valley this season. He appeared in seven games with the Phillies, going 4-for-17 at the plate.
Donald, 24, was batting .236 with a homer, 15 doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and a .629 OPS in 51 games at Lehigh Valley. He just recently returned to action after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Lee was one of three pieces acquired by Cleveland in the 2002 trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos, and he’s the second of those pieces to be shipped out, joining the Reds’ Brandon Phillips. Grady Sizemore is the lone remaining player from the trade that has defined Mark Shapiro’s tenure as general manager and the rebuilding effort that got the Indians into the postseason in 2007.
Lee, however, wasn’t part of that postseason run. The Indians demoted him to Triple-A that season to get him straightened out after an ineffective, injury-plagued start to the season. And Lee certainly looked straightened out in 2008, when he became the Tribe’s first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry in 1974. His .880 winning percentage was the second-best in franchise history.
This season, Lee has continued to put up ace-caliber performances, but his supporting cast has let him down. His 7-9 record is no indication of how well he’s pitched, but his 3.14 ERA is. With the trade rumors swirling, Lee has really heated up in the second half. He was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his first three starts after the All-Star break.
The Indians get four of the Phillies’ top prospects. But in what certainly made the deal attractive to the Phillies, they did not have to part with any of the three players the Blue Jays had been seeking for Roy Halladay: left-hander J.A. Happ, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown. (H/T Phillies.com)
Oh, my. After letting one get away, Roy Halladay, the Phils are able to hook another pitcher, Cliff Lee, and he’s bringing with him a right handed bat, Ben Francisco, to come off of our bench, two of the three parts that the Phils need to cover before the playoffs. And they did it without hurting themselves too badly among their prospects, or J.A. Happ, as it looks like, to me anyway, that Donald needed to be able to play full time elsewhere, thanks to the roadblocks of Jimmy Rollins and Pedro Feliz. As for Marson, I hate to see him go, but I wish both him and Donald luck in the Indians organization. Now, if Reuben can find the extra bullpen help we need, I think this team will be set for the playoffs. If this works out, all I can say is, Roy who? :) I never thought I would be feeling so happy as July ends. Whoo HOOOOOO!!!!!!
The Phillies’ Ryan Howard, along with the Indians’ Cliff Lee and the Blue Jays’ Cito Gaston will be among those receiving a Legacy Award during the ninth annual Legacy Awards of the Negro Leagues Baseball Musuem, which will be held this upcoming Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas.
Ryan Howard will be receiving the Josh Gibson Award as the National League top player, winning the award for the second time in three years. Cliff Lee will be receiving the Bullet Rogan Award for the best pitcher in the American League, while Cito Gaston will be receiving the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award for being the first African-American to manage a team into a World Series Championship, as he managed the World Champions Blue Jays of 1992-1993.
Congrats on winning another award, Howard.
Well, Jamie has finally re-signed with the Phillies, and for two years. What was the hold up, Ruben?
During the 2 pm progress report on Chase Utley’s right hip, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro announced that the Phillies have re-signed veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer to a new two-year contract. The 22 years veteran went 16-7 for the Phils in 33 starts, with a 3.71 ERA in 2008, being the team leader in wins. In a two plus month period, from June 6 to August 21, he would give up three earned runs or less to opposing team. The soon to be 47 years old, has a record of 246-185 in 637 games (548 starts) with a 4.19 ERA, tied for 47th place on the all-time Major League wins list, while being presently third among active starters, with the recent retirement of Mike Mussina of the Yankees and Greg Maddux of the Padres/Dodgers. Since joining the Phillies in mid-2006, he has gone 35-21 with a 4.33 ERA in 74 starts, with the team going 46-28 (.622) in his starts, while pitching the divisional pennant clinchers in both 2007 and 2008, and having a good start in Game 3 of the World Series which the Phillies would win in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth.
Moyer’s re-signing means that the first four spots in the Phils’ starting rotation (Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, Moyer) is now set, with the fifth and final spot now being an audition between Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, prospect Carlos Carrasco and Chan Ho Park. Whether the Phils will continue to go after free agent Derek Lowe after signing Moyer and Park is a good question, especially when they should be looking out for a right handed power bat to help counter balance their recent signing of Raul Ibanez, and the obvious departure of Pat Burrell, to counter the presently loaded left-handed power of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But such a signing would serve notice to the rest of the National League East, after the Mets’ signing of free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez and their trade with Cleveland for J.J. Putz to be Rodriguez’s set-up man to better their weak bullpen, that the Phillies will be looking to repeat as the National League Champions with a very strong starting rotation.
Hall of Fame Veterans Committee only able to elect former Yank and Indian Joe Gordon to the Hall; Ex-Phil Jim Kaat ended up second among post-1943 players.
The late Joe Gordon, former second baseman for the Yankees and Indians of the 1930s and 1940s was the only one of 20 men voted on by the Veterans Committee to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was placed on 10 of 12 ballots for 83.3 percent of the vote of those who started their baseball careers prior to 1942, going over the required 75 percent of the vote needed to enter the hall. The ex-Yank and Indian star beat out Allie Reynolds, who received 8 votes and Wes Ferrell, who received 6 votes. The Veterans were at the same time unable to elect any of the ten players who were on the post-1943 ballot. The player with the highest amount was ex-Cub Ron Santo, who received 39 votes for 60.9 percent of the ballots. He was followed by ex-Red Sox, Senator, Twin, Phil and Cardinal Jim Kaat, who received 38 votes for 59.4 percent of the vote. Once again, the Veterans Committee, which is made up of all living hall of famers, were unable to elect someone who was among their contemporaries, being unable to do so previously in 2003, ’05 and ’07. The committee will next vote on players whose playing careers began after 1943 in 2010. Maybe by then they will be able to decide on which of their contemporaries to get behind and elect, although it looks like Santo and Kaat may be the favorites in that year.
Anyway, congratulations to Gordon, and good luck to Reynolds, Ferrell, Santo and Kaat when they are before the committee in 2013 and 2010, respectively.
The Phillies (24-19) will continue their Interleague play weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays (21-23, 4th American League East) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter for tonight’s game will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40), who is still looking for his first win. He pitched well in his last start against the Giants on May 11, getting a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits in a heartbreaker 4-3 Phillies lost. Eaton will do his best to add another quality start which he hopes will this time translate into a win, especially with the way the Phils’ offense has been hitting the ball lately. His opponent will be A.J. Burnett (3-4, 4.94), the first right handed starter that the Phils have faced in a week. Burnett is coming off a lost to the Cleveland Indians on May 12 in the first game of a doubleheader. In that game, he would go seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 lost. He had also lost his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6, where he went six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 lost. He will be looking to even his record.
The final game of Interleague play and of the six games home stand will be played this Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:35 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will be sending Kyle Kendrick to the mound, who is coming off of a win against the Braves on May 13, in spite of giving up three runs to the Braves in the first inning. Kendrick would eventually go six innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year. His opponent will be Shaun Marcum (4-2, 2.22), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Indians also on May 12, as he pitched the second game of the doubleheader, which the Blue Jays won 3-0. He would go eight innings, giving up no runs on two hits while being involved in a pitcher’s duel with Indians’ starter Cliff Lee. Marcum has won his two previous starts, on May 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays (6-2) and May 2 against the Chicago White Sox (2-0). In those two games he would pitch a combined total of fifteen and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. He’ll be looking to get his fifth win of the year at the Phils’ expense.
The Phillies are once again tied for first place in the National League East, .003 percentage points behind the Marlins who lost a close game last night against the Kansas City Royals. The Phils hope that when they go to Washington, D.C. on Monday to face the Nationals for the first of three games in their new ballpark, Nationals Park, that they will either still be tied for first or be in first place by themselves. The Marlins will continue their three games interleague series against the Royals tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The Phils and Marlins are both presently a game and a half ahead of the New York Mets, who have just defeated the New York Yankees, and two games ahead of Atlanta, who will be playing the Oakland Athletics for two more games.
The Phillies offense, led by Jayson Werth’s three homers, resulting in eight RBIs, hits the Phils back into a first place tie with the Florida Marlin as they defeat the visiting Blue Jays, 10-3. Jamie Moyer would pitch six and two-thirds innings, staying in control for most of the game, as he picks up his third win of the season. Werth would start the Phils’ scoring off in the second inning as he hits a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, off of Blue Jays’ losing pitcher David Purcey, scoring Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell, who have both gotten on base with a walk, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phillies would increase their lead in the third as Howard knocks in Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, with a RBI single, making it 4-0 Phils. Werth would then break the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who has singled, Howard, and Burrell, who has been walked for the second time that night, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Blue Jays would get two runs back in the top of the fourth, as Alex Rios gets a RBI double off of Moyer, knocking in Aaron Hill, who has earlier singled, making it 8-1 Phils. Rios would then come home on a RBI single by Scott Rolen, making the score 8-2 Phillies. The Phils would get one of those runs back in the fifth inning on Jayson Werth’s third home run of the night, as he hits a solo shot off of Jesse Litsch, who was pitching in relief of Pucey, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. The last Phils run would come in the six on a RBI double by Shane Victorino, scoring Rollins, who has also doubled, making it 10-2 Phils. Moyer would give up a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI single to Marco Scutaro, scoring Lyle Overbay, who has earlier singled, with two out. Chad Durbin would then come in to relieve Moyer, with runners on first and third, and two outs, before he got Hill to pop out to Chris Coste in foul territory, ending the threat. Clay Condrey would then come in to pitch the ninth, ending the game in spite of a last minute threat by the Blue Jays.
Jamie Moyer gets the victory as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits. His season record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 4.89. The victory also makes his career record against the Blue Jays 14-8. Chad Durbin pitched one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while Clay Condrey would pitched the ninth inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Blue Jays’ starter David Purcey took the lose, going only three innings, giving up eight earned runs on five hits, two of them being two of Jayson Werth’s three home runs. His record is now 0-1 as his ERA balloons to 11.05. Jesse Litsch would also pitch three innings, as he gives up two earned runs on five hits, all but one of them being extra-base hits. Brian Tallet would pitch the last two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
Jayson Werth would be the 18th player (20th overall) in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, with the last one to do it being Ryan Howard back on September 3, 2006 against the Braves in the first game of a twin-bill. His eight RBIs would also tie a franchise record, being the fifth Phil to do it, tying Kitty Bransfield, Gavvy Cravath, Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones and Mike Schmidt. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard would hit in his eighth straight game, while getting at least one RBI in seventh straight games.
David Purcey would be the last left handed starter the Phils will face for a while. In facing five straight lefties, the Phils have banged up all five, winning three of the games, losing one, and having a no-decision in the fifth, although later losing the game. The Phils will now face five straight right handers, starting with tonight’s game at Citizens Bank Park, which will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40), who is still looking for his first win of the season. His last start was a no-decision against the Giants on May 11. In that game, he would go five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phils’ tough 4-3 lost. Career-wise, Eaton is 6-6 against the Blue Jays with a 2.91 ERA. The Blue Jays (21-23, 4th American League East) will be sending to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 4.94), who is coming off of a lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 lost to the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on May 12. His previous start was also a lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hit, in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 lost to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils hope that they will now do to righties what they have just recently done to lefties.
The Phils’ (24-19) win puts them back in a first place tie with the Florida Marlins, who lost their interleague game with the Royals. Both teams are presently two games ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Yankees last night was postponed because of rain, and the Braves, who came from behind to defeat the Athletics. The Phils hope to be able to stay in a tie for first place or be in first place all by themselves after tonight’s ball game.