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Recap: Dominant Halladay gets fourth win, second shutout

Posted by mattsmith on 22nd April 2010

Phillies 2, Braves 0

Wednesday, April 21st

Roy Halladay is to awesome as this Golden Lab puppy is to cute.

Roy Halladay is to awesome as this Golden Lab puppy is to cute......... What? Too soft for a sports blog?

Give the Cy Young Award to Roy Halladay right now.

Halladay pitched his second complete game, got his fourth win and lowered his minscule ERA to 0.82.

This guy is a hell of a lot of fun to watch. The way he uses all five or six of his pitches… it’s absolutely impossible to sit on something if you’re the hitter.

Halladay had some fun battles with Jason Heyward, who I’m convinced is some kind of man beast.

The key play of the game, obviously, was the double play turned by Chase Utley with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. With one out, Yunel Escober hit a hot shot up the middle, which was stabbed by Utley, who flipped to Juan Castro for the start of a 4-6-3 twin-killing.

Halladay also benefited from a home run taken away by Shane Victorino in the second.

Jayson Werth hit an RBI triple. Werth, Utley and Ryan Howard are all batting well over .300.

While the runs haven’t been coming in bunches lately, the pitching has been solid. Throw away Jamie Moyer’s five-run inning against Florida last Friday and Ryan Madson’s disaster in the ninth Tuesday.

The bad news coming out of the game was Placido Polanco, who with a bruised left elbow after getting his by a pitch.

He could miss Thursday’s series finale.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chase Utley, Jason Heyward, Jayson Werth, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard
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Recap: Madson blows it

Posted by mattsmith on 21st April 2010

Tuesday, April 21st

Braves 4, Phillies 3

Ryan Madson had two outs and a three-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday. Troy Glaus hit a two-run shot and a few pitches later Jason Heyward muscled one out of the park.

Two batters later, in the bottom of the 10th, Nate McLouth delivered a walkoff homer off Jose Contreras.

Just like that, the Phillies’ losing streak expanded to three games.

Madson ruined Kyle Kendrick’s much-needed strong performance. Kendrick didn’t allow run over eight innings, an encouraging sign after two disastrous outings.

Obviously, Madson doesn’t have a closer’s mentality. That was as big of a choke job that I’ve seen from a so-called closer, and remember, we had more than 10 of those with Brad Lidge last season…

All in all, the Phils played well. This was a game that could bite them down the road. One of those “What If…” games that don’t seem too important right now…. but come September, who knows?

Charlie Manuel is loyal to his players — sometimes too loyal to a fault — so I suspect Madson will remain the closer until Brad Lidge returns…. whenever that might be.

The bullpen isn’t quite a mess just yet, but it ain’t looking good.

Tags: Jason Heyward, Jose Contreras, Kyle Kendrick, Ryan Madson, Troy Glaus
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Recap: Phils win by a touchdown

Posted by mattsmith on 14th April 2010

Phillies 14, Nationals 7

Wednesday, April 13th

The Flyin Hawaiian had himself a ballgame.

The Flyin' Hawaiian had himself a ballgame.

I was at this game — a chilly night in South Philly — and it’s safe to say I got my $48 worth.

Kyle Kendrick might need that much money on his inevitable bus ride to Lehigh Valley. He was awful.

Luckily for Kendrick, so was Greg Stammen.

Kendrick allowed three runs in the first inning — all with two outs. The Phillies promptly responded with four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by a two-run single by Ryan Howard.

Kendrick showed no appreciation for his offense and failed to get out of the second inning. The Nats scored three to take a 6-4 lead. The Phils stormed back when Chase Utley hit a three-run bomb to make it 7-6.

The Nationals tied the score off Nelson Figueroa in the third inning. The score was 7-7 after three.


The Phils’ bullpen, though, kept the lowly Nats, who despite their god-awful pitching are a pretty solid offensive squad, in check. Kudos to Figueroa, who really did a heck of a job in relief of Kendrick. Figgy (is that what those New Yawkers called him?) pitched 3 1/3 strong innings and helped his cause with two hits, including a double.

Shane Victorino hit a two-run homer in the fifth to put the Phils ahead to stay. Victorino, who entered with a .183 batting average, was 4-for-5 with a career-best five RBIs batting leadoff for the first time. It’s obvious that Victorino is not comfortable batting out of the No. 7 hole, and he’ll need to be the offensive spark at the top of the order until Rollins returns.

Utley hit a solo dinger in the sixth to make it 10-7, his18th career multi-homer game.

Placido Polanco had two hits, but sadly his BA dipped to .486.

I’m really impressed by Howard. He looks like a completely different hitter. He doesn’t swing at sliders outside in the dirt or chase high heaters. The Big Fella is really developing into a complete hitter.

Kendrick is a mess. It’sobvious he cannot handle the pressure of starting in the big leagues. My early guess is they’ll skip his next start or replace him with Figueroa until Joe Blanton gets back.

Unfortunately for K-K, he seems destined for a long relief role at best, but perhaps more likely, a baseball career spent primarily in the minors.

Tags: Craig Stammen, Jimmy Rollins, Kyle Kendrick, Nelson Figueroa, Philadelphia Phillies, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, Washington Nationals
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Recap: First home win comes with a price

Posted by mattsmith on 13th April 2010

Phillies 7, Nationals 4

Monday, April 12th



Cole Hamels allowed four earned runs over 5 2/3 laboring innings, but his offense picked him up (what else is new), rallying from a four-run deficit to down the Nats on opening day at The Bank.

The Phils scored five runs in the fifth inning off Jason Marquis, who for the second time in a week, couldn’t get through five against the Phils’ vaunted lineup.

Placido Polanco hit the go-ahead two-run single and Chase Utley smacked a homer that hit off the foul pole in right field to extend the lead to three.

The win came at a cost as both Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth were removed due to injury. Rollins suffered a right calf strain during pre-game warm ups and did not start. He is day-to-day and an MRI is scheduled on Tuesday.

Jayson Werth was removed after the fifth inning with hip soreness. Werth said afterward that the injury isn’t a big deal.

The Phils (6-1) are off to their best start since 1993.

Tags: Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Jason Marquis, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals
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Gameday: Can Hamels follow Doc in home opener?

Posted by mattsmith on 12th April 2010

Phillies vs. Nationals

3:05 PM EST at Citizens Bank Park

Mr. Four Days Rest

Mr. Four Days Rest

Let this be an early test for Cole Hamels.

Basically, whenever Roy Halladay throws a complete game, he should take it upon himself to outdo Halladay the very next day. So, for Hamels to be successful today in the Phillies’ home opener against Washington, he has to throw a no-hitter… at least.

OK, that isn’t fair to the at times fragile-minded left-hander, who is coming off a so-so season-opening outing last week. Hamels (1-0) allowed two earned runs over five laboring inning.

The red-hot Phillies’ lineup, which has a plus-25 run differential (*thanks, faces Jason “drives more like a Hyundai, not a” Marquis., who couldn’t even make it out of the fifth inning in his Nats debut against the Phils.

The Nats (3-3)  took two of three against the Mets over the weekend.

Fun Phact – Former Phillie Matt Stairs is now playing for his 12th different team, the San Diego Padres. Stairs is the first position player since Deacon McGuire (1888-1914) to play for 12 different teams.

Tags: Cole Hamels, Jason Marquis, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals
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Recap: Doc twirls a gem

Posted by mattsmith on 11th April 2010

Phillies 2, Astros 1

Sunday, April 11th

All killer, no filler

All killer, no filler

Roy Halladay carved up the Astros, earning career win No. 150 and complete game No. 50 on getaway day in Houston.

Halladay scattered seven hits, struck out eight, walked none and allowed one unearned run. He was masterful.

On a day when the bats weren’t clicking — Roy Oswalt pitched very well in defeat — Halladay did what all good aces are paid to do.  Halladay got into trouble in the sixth inning, loading the bases with no outs, but forced Cory Sullivan to ground into a rally-killing double play before getting Carlos Lee to pop up to Jimmy Rollins.

Rollins hit his 34th career leadoff homer and Carlos Ruiz knocked in Raul Ibanez with a fielder’s choice in the second inning to make it 2-0.

The Phils produced only six hits, the first time this season they failed to reach 10 or more knocks.

In two games, Halladay is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA. Stunning.

The Phils’ 5-1 record is their best start since 1993 (8-1).

Tags: Carlos Lee, Carlos Ruiz, Houston Astros, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt
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Recap: Phils’ bats do more damage to ‘Stros

Posted by mattsmith on 11th April 2010

Phillies 9, Astros 6

Saturday, April 10th

The Phils are smokin’ right now.

Even Jamie Moyer blowing a 4-0 lead couldn’t hold back the offense, which for the fifth time in as many games this season, churned out 10-plus hits. The last time the Phillies did that to start a season was 1926.

Ryan Howard’s mammoth two-run bomb to left field put the Phils, 6-5, a few innings after the Astros scored five runs with two outs off Jamie Moyer in the bottom of the fourth.

Shane Victorino’s hit a two-run homer for insurance in the ninth.

Look at what this lineup’s first five batters are doing (yes, I know it’s early). It’s off the charts: Jimmy Rollins (.386), Placido Polanco (.542), Chase Utley (.368), Ryan Howard (.417) and Jayson Werth (.400) .

Howard has three homers and 10 RBIs in five games. Polanco isn’t the vacuum bag at third base like Pedro Feliz was, but he’s be a godsend with the bat.

Today, Roy Halladay takes the hill as the Phillies try to sweep Houston before their home opener Monday versus the Nationals.

Tags: Chase Utley, Houston Astros, Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino
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Recap: Left stranded

Posted by mattsmith on 8th April 2010

Nationals 6, Phillies 5

Thursday, April 8th

The Phillies should have came away with a season-opening sweep of the lowly Nats on Thursday. They had ample opportunities to score the game-tying and winning runs. Ultimately, they fell flat… sort of like Raul Ibanez’s batting average.

Kyle Kendrick resembled the same marginal major-league pitching talent from last year. He allowed three runs in the first inning and five total over four innings.

So much for all the preseason hype.

The Phils battled back and eventually tied the score. Jayson Werth was 3-for-5 with three doubles, while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley both had two hits.

Too many dudes left stranded in this one (11 LOBS, 1-for-14 RISP), though. The Phils had runners on second and third in the eighth, but couldn’t capitalize.

In the ninth, you got the sense they were going to pummel Matt Capps, who might as well be the team’s personal BP hurler. Utley got things going with a hustle double, followed by an intentional walk to Howard. Werth got Utley over to third with a fly ball, but Ibanez popped up and Shane Victorino grounded out to end the game.

Ibanez is a smokin’ 1-for-11 on the year. Victorino’s not too far off.

Well, the 162-0 season is out the window.

On a personal note, I vomited in my mouth in the bottom of the seventh inning when Nelson Figueroa and Brian Schneider re-formed one of the greatest battery’s in recent Mets history.

For the love of hell, why must we employ not one, but two regulars from the Mets’ 2009 roster?

Having  a pair of perennial losers on the 25-man roster is a bad omen. Believe it.

Where’s Paul Bako?

Tags: Brian Schneider, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Kyle Kendrick, Nelson Figueroa, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino
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Recap: The NL East Three-Peat

Posted by mattsmith on 1st October 2009

Phillies 10, Astros 3

Wednesday, October 1st

You know the Phillies won or were about to win their third straight NL East Division title when…

  • Brad Lidge is called on to record ONE out in the ninth inning of a 10-3 game. The Braves had already lost, therefore the strong possibility that he would have blown a seven-run lead wouldn’t have mattered, anyway.
  • Kyle Kendrick tosses three shutdown innings after Pedro Martinez exited after four.
  • Brian Moehler.
  • Chris Wheeler getting doused with bottles of champagne, but remarkably keeps his toupee intact.

Not much else to say here. Um, yeah, it’s getting a little boring watching the Phillies wins division titles. Poor us.

The big prize is another world title…

These next few days will be a great time to give guys some rest.


Just another NL East championship. Ho-hum

Somewhere high above, Harry Kalas is singing “High Hopes” and joining in on the celebration…

Tags: Brad Lidge, Chris Wheeler, Harry Kalas, Kyle Kendrick, NL East, Philadelphia Phillies, Shane Victorino
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Recap: Madson blanks Brew Crew in 9th (Whew!)

Posted by mattsmith on 28th September 2009

Phillies 6, Brewers 5

Sunday, September 29th

Due to some computer-related problems here at Phillies Phandom, this recap is a mere 20 hours late. But hey, better late than never, right??

Ryan Madson let out an exasperated “F*ck yes!” after getting Mike Cameron looking on strikes, sealing a thrilling victory.

Madson, as you might expect, will be the de facto closer unless someone emerges in the last week of the season. Of course, it wouldn’t have been a ninth inning without some drama. Prince Fielder, who is fatter than King Kong Bundy, smacked a double the other way with one out.

Madson, though, buckled down and showed some moxy by getting the final two outs. It was a rare (rare, rare, rare) one-run save for a Phillies relief pitcher.

Of course, the Phillies jumped out to a big lead for the second day in a row, and nearly blew it for the second day in a row. Jimmy Rollins belted a leadoff homer — his 21st of the year and the Phillies’ franchise record-setting 217th of the season — to make it 1-0. Ryan Howard knocked in a run with a double and Pedro Feliz collected a two-RBI hit.

The Phillies carried 6-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

However, Joe Blanton was far from effective, allowing five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He still managed to pick up his 12th win of the year.

The Phillies wrapped up a mediocre road trip (5-5). Chase Utley’s forgettable 10 games away from home ended with a two-hit effort at the plate. Rollins finished 3-for-5 in the finale.

With the red-hot Braves dominating the lowly Nationals over the weekend, while the Phillies split in Milwaukee, the magic number to clinch the division is three. And if the Phillies are to claim their third consecutive NL East crown, they’ll do it at home for the third straight season against either Houston or Florida.

Player of the Game

Ryan Madson (1.1 IP, 1 K, S)

Ryan Madson (1.1 IP, 1 K, S)

Tags: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, Mike Cameron, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson
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