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The Phils get crush as they lose to the Marlins, 14-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen give up eight runs late in the game, as the Phils end up being crushed by the fish, losing to the Marlins, 14-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who was safe at first on first baseman Garrett Jones’ missing catch error, after having originally been called out, which was then overturned on Phils’ manager Ryne Sandberg’s challenge, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, scoring Howard. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Derek Dietrich, who had earlier doubled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Giancarlo Stanton, who had just walked, over to third base. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all as Jones hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Stanton. The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Stanton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Dietrich, who had just tripled, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at three-all in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Byrd, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Cody Asche’s single, then moved up to third on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 1-3, while sending Asche, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brown’s ground out, up to third base. The Marlins regained the lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marcell Ozuna hits an RBI single, scoring Jones, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s fly out to center field, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Ed Lucas, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins added to their lead two batters later, after Nathan Eovaldi had hit a sacrifice bunt that loaded up the bases, as Lucas and Ozuna both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Christian Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Lucas, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead, while moving up both runners up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made it a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ozuna, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Lucas, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Marlins then broke the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jones, a walk by Saltalamacchia, moving Jones up to second base, and a single by Lucas, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ozuna hits a grand slam home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Jones, Saltalamacchia and Lucas, giving the Marlins a 10-3 lead. The Phils got two runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man and with nobody out, Brown hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Asche, who had started the inning off with an infield single, making it a 10-5 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a single by Yelich, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Luis Garcia’s wild pitch, a walk by Dietrich, and then a walk to McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Jones received a walk, forcing in Yelich, making it an 11-5 Marlins’ lead, while Dietrich and McGehee both moved up a base. The Marlins then made it an 13-5 lead as Saltalamacchia hits a two-run single, knocking in Dietrich and McGehee, while moving Jones up to second base. The Marlins added another run two batters later as, with the bases loaded once again, after Lucas had grounded out 4-3, moving up both runners and Ozuna had walked, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter Donovan Solano hits an RBI infield single to the pitcher Garcia, scoring Jones, while Saltalamachia and Ozuna both moved up a base, making it a 14-5 Marlins’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Kevin Slowey pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Asche to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick (0-5, 4.53) took the lost as he lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. Luis Garcia also pitched an inning, as he gave up four runs on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch, striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41) got the win as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Dunn collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Kevin Slowey pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils banged out fourteen hits in a losing effort, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, becoming tied for second place with Richie Ashburn for most career hits as a Phil with 2217), Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI), Cody Asche (Singles) and Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Kyle Kendrick (Single), Reid Brignac (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walls (Byrd, Gwynn) and a stolen base (Gwynn (2)) in the game.

The Phils are done in by a four-run sixth inning, featuring two errors, as they lose to the Angels, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesTwo fielding mistakes help lead to a four-run sixth as the Phils lose to the Angels, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, a triple that was challenged by the Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia, but was upheld after being reviewed by the umpires. The Phils added to their lead one batter later as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Angels got a run back in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Collin Cowgill, who then went to third base as Albert Pujols reached first base on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error, and a walk to Howie Kendrick, moving Pujols up a base, and with one man out, Cowgill would score on Asche’s throwing error to the plate of Chris Iannetta’s grounder to third on a force attempt at the plate, as the throw pulled catcher Carlos Ruiz off of the plate, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, a call that would be confirmed after a challenged was made by Phils’ manager Ryne Sandberg, while Pujols and Kendrick would both move up a base and Iannetta would be safe at first, leaving the bases loaded. The Angels then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Grant Green hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pujols, while moving Kendrick up to third base. The Angels then took a 4-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Luis Jimenez hits a two-run double, knocking in Kendrick and Ianenetta. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 4-3 Angels’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ernesto Frieri collected his fifth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to hit into a double play to end the ballgame.

Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.23) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four unearned runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Adams and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Adams) and a walk (Diekman) between them. Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 3.86) got the win as he threw five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Kohn received his third hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and a hit batter. Fernando Salas collected his third hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Joe Smith received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ernesto Frieri received his fifth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a triple by Chase Utley (RBI), a single by Ryan Howard (RBI) and a triple by Dom Brown. The final Phil run came in on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Ruiz. The Phils also had three walks (Howard, Brown, Ruiz) and a hit batter (Utley) in the game, while the defense committed three errors, all by Cody Asche.

The Phils (17-20, 5th NL East) conclude their two-game series with the Angels (20-18, 2nd AL West), with a game already in progress.

The Phils’ rally in the ninth ends up being a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA Phils’ ninth inning rally ends up a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Paul Goldschmidt hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier singed, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3,  giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later as, after Montero had walked, moving Goldschmidt up to second base, Hill hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Goldschmidt, while Montero would stop at third base. The Phils would get on the board in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with one man out, Cody Asche received a bases loaded walk, forcing in Byrd, making it a 4-1 D-backs’ lead, while sending Brown up to third base, and Ruiz on to second base, with still one man out. The Phils then made it a 4-3 D-backs’ lead as pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. reached base on shortstop Cliff Pennington’s fielding error, allowing Brown and Ruiz to score, before Asche was called out at second base on the throw to second by center fielder Montero. Phils’ manager Ryne Sanberg challenged the call, saying that Asche was tagged while on the bag, and the challenge was upheld, leaving two men on base with only one out. The D-backs got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, A.J. Pollock hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 5-3 D-backs lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then move up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-4 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then threaten to tie the game as Rollins stole second base, followed by Chase Utley being intentionally walked. But Addison Reed would c0llect his sixth save of the season as he struck out John Mayberry, Jr.  on a called third strike, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.81) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38) got the win as he threw sixth scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while striking out five. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Randall Delgado collected his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Oliver Perez received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Ziegler also collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Addison Reed received his sixth save of the year as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, all singles, led by Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown with two hits each. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hits (Chase Utley, Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (7), Rollins (4)) in the game.

The Phils (11-12, 4th East) continue their series with the D-backs (8-18, 5th West) with a game now in progress.

The Phils are unable to sweep the Cubs as A.J. Burnett is pounded for eight runs, as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA.J. Burnett give up eight runs as the Phils are unable to sweep the series in Chicago, as they lose to the Cubs 8-3.

The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Kalish hits an RBI triple, knocking in Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Anthony Rizzo had walked, putting runners on the corners, with still nobody out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kalish, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Rizzo up to second base. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead two batters later, after Luis Valbuena had walked, putting runners on second and first, and with one man out, as Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Rizzo, and sending Valbuena up to third base. The Cubs then increased their lead as Ryan Sweeney hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valbuena, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown, with Byrd stopping at second base, and with both runners moving up a base on shortstop Castros’ force attempt fielding error of Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw out Byrd at home plate, as catcher John Baker touched the plate for the inning’s second out, while Brown and Ruiz both moved up a base, and Asche reached first base, leaving the bases loaded, before A.J. Burnett ended the threat by flying to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils would finally score in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a grounder up the middle which looked like it had a chance to be a base hit, but would be deflected off of pitcher Villanueva’s glove to the shortstop Castro, who then threw out Utley, 1-6-3, for the inning’s first out, while Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, before going on to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, as Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would be forced to stay at second base because of the deflection, before Phils’ manager Ryne Sandburg would come out to dispute the call, asking for a review. The umpires would review the play, before upholding the call, leaving the Phils with a man on second, and with one man out. The inning would then end as Ryan Howard hits a sharp line drive that would be caught by Bonifacio, who then threw to second base to double up Rollins in a 4-6 doubleplay. The Cubs would get the run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected by pitcher Burnett, allowing Sweeney, who had reached third base on a three base fielding error by center fielder Revere, to score, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead, while sending Baker, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, to reach second base. The Cubs then made it a 7-1 lead as Kalish followed with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Bonifacio. After the Phils had replaced Burnett with Brad Lincoln, the Cubs made it an 8-1 lead as Rizzo hits an RBI single, knocking in Kalish. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr., a wild pitch by pitcher Jose Veras, moving up both runners, and a walk to Revere, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Asche, making it an 8-2 Cubs’ lead, as Gwynn is forced out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Revere moved up to second base. After Utley had walked to reload the bases, as Revere and Rollins both moved up a base, and Pedro Strop replaces Veras on the mound, the Phils made it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead as Strop threw a wild pitch, allowing Revere to score, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base. That would end up being the final score as Howard would line out to left field for the game’s final out.

A. J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brian Schlitter collected his second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Hector Rondon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Pedro Strop pitched a third of an inning, as he threw a wild pitch, before finally getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Byrd (Single) and Cody Asche (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Revere, Utley, Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Revere (4), Rollins (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere) and picked a runner off first (Burnett).

The Phils (3-3, 4th East) are off today as their home opener against the Brewers (4-2, T-1st Central) was called off yesterday because of the possibility of rain in today’s forecast. Instead, it will be played tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, to start at 4:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.29) who is coming off a no-decision against the Rangers on April 2, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to the win on opening day. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his first victory of the season, while trying to silent the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to start off their first home stand of the year on a good note.

2014 Philadelphia Phillies (for the moment)

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyne Sandberg – Manager

Larry Bowa – Bench Coach

Steve Henderson – Hitting Coach

John Mizerock – Assistant Hitting Coach

Bob McClure – Pitching Coach

Juan Samuel – First Base Coach

Pete Mackanin – Third Base Coach

Rod Nichols – Bullpen Coach

Jesus Tiamo – Bullpen Catcher

Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez (Cole Hamels (late April)) – Starters

Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, Mario Hollands, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo, Jonathan Papelbon (Closer) – Bullpen

Carlos Ruiz, Wil Nieves (Backup) – Catchers

Ryan Howard (1st), Chase Utley (2nd), Cody Asche (3rd), Jimmy Rollins (Shortstop), Cesar Hernandez (Utility), Jayson Nix (Utility) – Infielders

Dom Brown (Left Field), Ben Revere (Center Field), Marlon Byrd (Right Field), John Mayberry, Jr. (Utility), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Utility) – Outfielders

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

The Phils win their first series under new manager Ryne Sandberg, as they defeat the Rockies for the second straight in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFor the second straight night, the Phils win in walk-off fashion, as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4, giving new manager Ryne Sandberg his first series win.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then moved up to third base on Chad Bettis’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, then went to third base on Bettis’ sacrifice bunt, 2-4, while LeMahieu would stop at second base, before he moved up to third on the late throw to the plate. The Rockies took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, via singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, with Tulowitzki stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in both Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 2-3. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Young hits a slow roller that got past closer Rafael Betancourt, before third baseman Arenado was unable to picked the ball up, for an RBI infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then took third base on defensive indifference, scored. Two batters later, after pitcher Jeff Francis comes in to replace Betancourt, who had gotten injured on the play, and a walk to Utley, sending Young up to second base, the Phils win the game in walk-off fashion as Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while Utley would stop at third base, giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw five innings plus four batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zach Miner pitched two innings, striking out a batter. B.J Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Bettis also received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Wilton Lopez received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Josh Outman received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Matt Belisle collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.08) as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Francis pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a hit, and walked a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a presently red-hot Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), pinch hitter Casper Wells) and one sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (57-70, 4th NL East) will conclude their homestand with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (65-61, 2nd West). The first game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 18, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He’ll be trying to continue his second half of better pitching while trying to lead the Phils to their fifth win in six games. The D-backs will counter with Wade Wiley (9-8, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 18, as he threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get their first three-game winning streak under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils made a quick shake up among their coaches after the last game of the season.

After the last game of the 2012 season, the Phils made a quick shake up among their coaches: Pete Mackanin, Greg Gross and Sam Perlozzo are out, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Henderson and Rod Nichols are in.

After yesterday’s game in Washington, the Phils announced that they were releasing their bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross and first base coach Sam Perlozzo, all casualties of the 2012 season. Today, the Phils announced that they were going to keep Juan Samuel, who will now be the team’s first base coach, as well as their outfield/baserunning instructor, moving over from the third base coach’s box, Mick Billmeyer, who will now be the team’s catching coach, being promoted from being their bullpen coach, and Rich Dubee, who would remain the team’s pitching coach. They also announced their three new members of the coach staff:

Ryne Sandberg, who was formerly the manager of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, would be taking over Juan Samuel’s spot as the team’s third base coach, as well as becoming the team’s infield instructor; Steve Henderson, who will become the team’s new hitting coach, taking over for Gross, while Rod Nichols would become the new bullpen coach, taking Billmeyer’s place.

Congratulations on the promotions, or moving to new positions, Juan, and Billmeyer and congrats on joining the main club as coaches, Ryne, Steve and Rod. Hopefully, you five, and Rich, will help get this team back to being a pennant contender. Sorry to see you all go, Pete, Greg and Sam. I know what happened this year wasn’t all of your faults, but, well, a shake was called for after this sucky year. Wish you all luck in finding new teams.

Spring Training: On the eve of the team’s first spring training game.

As the Phils get ready for their first spring training game, tomorrow, against Florida State, they have made several announcements after the arrival of all of their players to camp:

1) Charlie Manuel announced that the team was going to do some more small ball this season, which was quickly emphasised by him talking to the team’s lead-off man, and one of the leaders of the team, Jimmy Rollins last Thursday. This was followed by announcements that he was going to allow possible Hall of Famer Jim Thome to help some of the hitters improve on their hitting approach, and that he was going to have them bunt more (for base hits). Mike Schmidt, who is now in camp as a special coach, will also be helping the batters’ with their hitting approach, along with fellow Hall of Famer, and Iron Pigs coach Ryne Sandburg, while staying in camp a bit longer. While this is good news, since using small ball, as well as stealing more bases, should give the opposing defenses something to think about, I will not be convinced until the Phils leave Florida in late March with Juan Pierre as one of their players coming off the bench, since he would be a good option to use late in games because of both his speed and bat control.

2) Jose Contreras had another bullpen session, and is continuing to pitch fine with no elbow trouble, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. This is good news, as it should give the team several good eighth innings options between him, Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls, if all three players make the team out of spring training.

3) And speaking of pitchers, starter Cliff Lee missed a bullpen session last week because of abdominal problems, and was told to skip the session. Lee said that he is feeling fine now and should be able to pitch in a bullpen session today. Hopefully, it was only a temporary problem.

4) Speaking of players’ health, Ryan Howard is right now in Baltimore, having a check-up with foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson, to check on his achilles tendon, to make sure that there’s no problem with it, since it was mentioned during the weekend that Howard was having a delayed reaction to the sutures. GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. later announced that they doubt that it was a major problem. Anyway, it should help the Phils decide how they should continue their approach on Howard’s rehab, although they don’t really expect him back until about late May at the earliest. My opinion is that they should take as much time as they can to get Howard back healthy, as they already have a few options to play first base.

and 5), Chase Utley has announced that he should be able to come back from his leg troubles last year, while it is expected that he will be given the occasional rest, to help his legs, while Placido Polanco has announced that he is ready to go.

Hail, hail..

…the team’s all here.

All of the position players have decided to come to Clearwater earlier than the official Saturday date when they are suppose to report. To me, that means that they are all eager to get started, which brings a big smile to my face.

The news that has come out of camp, so far, is that the Phils plan to have Wilson Valdez work out some in centerfield, so that they can use him there during the season, as well as at second, third and short. Sounds like a good idea to me, since they are obviously planning to optimize the use of their bench players so that they can insert them anywhere on the field in the late innings, if they aren’t using them as pinch hitters, or intend to give their starters a few days off to rest.

Raul Ibanez has come to camp in good shape, having worked out during the off-season, showing himself prepared to play a full season without injury, thereby helping the ballclub both with the bat, and in the field.

Dom Brown is prepared to get the right fielder job while admitting that he had played poorly in the Domnican Winter League, and that he has no excuse for that. In fact, he hopes that it’ll help motivate him in his fight for the right field position. He has also mentioned that while he was in Clearwater earlier this year, that batting coach Greg Gross has helped him to correct his swing, to get rid of the kinks that had developed while he was on the bench during the last month or so of the 2010 regular season, figuring it’ll help him out.

Lastly, Chase Utley, when asked if he would take the opportunity to speak with Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the Phils’ new manager for their Triple-A team (Lehigh Valley), said that he planned to pick his brains. In fact, the pair had already spoken with each other, and Sandberg has said that he is impressed with Utley’s work ethic. I hope that the pair’s talking will help Utley bounce back from what happened last season.

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