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Halladay Reaches Ten Wins, Phils Defeat Athletics 3-1

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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Courtesy of Daylife.com

Thanks to our very own Christina Angelos, I get to write the recap today and was told to do so in the ninth inning, so I'll make this short and sweet.

Roy Halladay pitched his 63rd career complete game striking out four, and allowing one earned run on eight hits. He is the second pitcher in the National League to reach ten wins. Jair Jurrjens was the first.

Jimmy Rollins went 4-4 today scoring two runs. The Phillies' bats backed up Halladay in the first thanks to Victorino who singled to score Rollins, and Howard who grounded into a double play which scored Polanco. In the bottom of the fifth, Ben Francisco reached on an infield single with the bases loaded to make it a 3-1 game.

The Phillies defeated the Athletics 3-1, and will host the Boston Red Sox starting Tuesday night with Cliff Lee taking the mound against Josh Beckett.


Phillies' Bats Silenced by Cahill, Drop to the Athletics 4-1

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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Cole Hamels went for his tenth win of the season tonight, attempting to become the first National League pitcher to reach ten wins. Roy Halladay went for that feat on Thursday, but unfortunately the offense came too late in the game, after Roy was taken out.

It felt like 2010 tonight, because Cole pitched extremely well, but guess what didn't show up? The bats. The Phillies did take an early 1-0 lead in the first on Carlos Ruiz's RBI single, but that's just about it.

Rosales shot a solo homer to right field in the third to tie the score in the third. In the fourth inning, Sizemore singled to score Coco Crisp and give the Athletics a 2-1 lead.

The Phillies threatened in the eighth after Ross Gload's pinch-hit double (replaced by Martinez, advanced to third on wild pitch), and after Cahill was removed from the game,
the side was retired by Andrew Bailey.

Michael Stutes came in for the ninth, and allowed two runs to score. Ellis singled to score Pennington, and Crisp popped up a sac fly to deep right to score Weeks. 4-1 Oakland. The Phils couldn't come back in the ninth despite Shane Victorino's one-out double and Chase Utley's walk, thus losing to the Athletics 4-1.

Series finale tomorrow @ 1:35, it will be Roy Halladay against Josh Outman.


Phillies No-Hit Through Five, Win in Walk-Off Fashion

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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I'm going to be completely honest right now. I don't have an ounce of energy left in me and this game was just a total snooze-fest. Usually, I enjoy pitching duels in their entirety, but tonight, I just wasn't feeling it. The Vance Worley-Guillermo Moscoso matchup wasn't exactly considered a marquee one, but, they both pitched very well tonight.

Vance Worley had a tough first inning. He walked two and tossed 27 pitches, but made it out alive without allowing a hit, or a run to score. 

Fast forward to the sixth inning, and Vance Worley is working on a four-walk no-hitter. It was broken up by former Yankee Hideki Matsui with a double. Speaking of no-hitters, Moscoso also pitched one through five innings before allowing a single to Placido Polanco in the sixth.

David Herndon and Juan Perez combined to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Michael Stutes pitched a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two.

In the bottom of the ninth with two men in scoring position and two outs, Ben Francisco delivered a single to left field to bring home Shane from third, winning the game for the Phillies, 1-0. Michael Stutes took the win for his third in the past three games.

Cole Hamels tomorrow against Trevor Cahill @ 7:05.


Series Preview

Posted by Rich Wilkins

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Philadelphia Phillies (47-29, NL East-1) vs. Oakland Athletics (34-42, AL West-4)

PITCHING MATCH-UPS:
Vance Worley (2-1, 3.41) vs. Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.30)
Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51) vs. Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24)
Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.51) vs. Josh Outman (3-1, 2.86)
How the opposition rolls in-
Seven strikeouts, no walks, five hits, and no runs. It's hard to pitch better than that.

It was a fantastic performance by Mets starter Chris Capuano, and that's all that the Mets needed for a series win against Oakland. A's starter Graham Godfrey wasn't very sharp, but he pitched decently, considering he's Oakland's 9th starter. He allowed four runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings, while striking out four and walking two. In what's becoming a regular feature, Jemile Weeks reached base twice and stole two bases. Dynamic player, that guy is.

Really, the only non-Jemile excitement from the Oakland dugout was Chris Carter, who was recalled from AAA Sacramento this morning. Considering that he had to fly from Phoenix into New York and be ready for a game that started at 10 AM Pacific, it's understandable that he didn't start today, but he came into the game as part of a double switch in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, in true Carter fashion, he made an error in the field before he could even record a plate appearance, but that's how it goes. I'd guess that Carter will get the bulk of the playing time at 1B while Daric Barton is down in Sacramento.

The A's are in Philadelphia tomorrow, facing one of the greatest names in sports: Vance Worley.
The Outlook:
It's Philadelphia's team vs. Philadelphia's old team, in Philadelphia. Sounds great, except that they left well over a half century ago. It's been so long that I root for them again. I wonder what baseball would be like in Philly with two teams? I think it would go well. Philly is a sports crazed town, an AL team would do well. I digress though. The Phillies come in enjoying a solid enough June for them, but on the heels of the Oswalt news. They face an A's team arriving after a series loss to the Mess up in New York. The Phils won two from St. Louis. Outman, pitching Sunday, was a Phillie farmhand.
The Prediction:
Well, if nothing else, the A's can pitch. No one wants to see Hamels and Halladay pitching against them though.
PHILS 2 OF 3.

Oswalt Departs With Tightness in His Back; Career Ending? ‎

Posted by Christina Angelos

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit around by the Cardinals in Thursday's loss. He allowed four runs: a homerun, only striking out one batter. He left the game with back spasms in the second inning.

According to a report on CSNPhilly.com, Oswalt has stated that he has been bothered by the condition for a while. He says that it hurts when he sits down, stands up, walks, sleeps, and pitches.

He also said that he doesn't know how much longer he'll pitch, if ever again.  “You throw as long as you can and when you can’t throw anymore you don’t,” Oswalt said. “Hopefully it’s not to the point where I can’t throw anymore. If it’s at that point, you just have to accept it.”

He had been planning to pitch through the pain but said that he realized that he has become a liability to the team.  He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.


Roy Oswalt Exits in Second Inning with Injury, Cardinals Defeat Phillies 12-2

Posted by Danielle Wilson

 

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Following last night's masterful outing from Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt took the mound against Chris Carpenter tonight for the possible series sweep in St. Louis. Unfortunately, the Cardinals got to little Roy early on, starting with John Jay's solo homer to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Three more runs would score in the second inning from Cruz's RBI single, and Theriot's two-run single.

It was clear that there was something very wrong with Roy Oswalt. It was even more clear after Cliff Lee came in to pinch hit for him in the top of the third inning. It was later reported that Roy Oswalt was suffering lower back tightness again. Kyle Kendrick replaced him in the third inning, allowing a run to score on Schumaker's groundout. 5-0 Cardinals.

As for the Phillies' lineup, they were held scoreless by Carpenter through five innings before Ryan Howard singled in the sixth to score Shane Victorino from third. Cruz responded with a single to score Rasmus in the same inning. 6-1 Cards.

Juan Perez made his first appearance as a Phillie, and first appearance in the majors since 2007. Perez walked two, but struck out Schumaker to end the inning.

...Then Danys Baez happened in the eighth inning. I'll just write his line out for you: four hits, two walks, one home run, six earned runs, one strikeout. Yep, 12-1 Cardinals. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz homered to left field, 12-2 Cards. Ross Gload hit his first extra-base hit of the season, a double to right, but Jimmy Rollins struck out to end the game.

The Phillies took two of three from the Cardinals, and will head home to start a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow with Vance Worley on the mound against Guillermo Moscoso at 7:05


Charlie Manuel, Master Tactician

Posted by Mike Frohwirth

(Spoiler Alert: The following is an excerpt from Digipedia, Version 5.0. It may contain spoilers, if read prior to December 31, 2061.)

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Charlie Manuel, Master Tactician

Despite being the most successful manager in the history of his sport, Manuel was not always regarded as a great strategist. While his ability to manage his clubhouse was rarely called into question, his tactical moves were once frequently derided. In Manuel's early years as Phillies' Manager, though he was highly successful from a winning percentage standpoint, he was oft-criticized for questionable management of his pitching staff, as well as his inability to create properly-optimized lineups.

It wasn't until the middle of the Phillies' 2011 season (See also: 2011 Philadelphia Phillies, Baseball's Greatest Teams) that Manuel began to gain his reputation as one of baseball's greatest innovators. In a seemingly innocuous personnel move on June 23, 2011, relief pitcher Juan Perez was recalled from the Phillies' AAA Minor League affiliate at the time, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (See also: Allentown Stoners.) In each of Perez' first three appearances, he faced only a single left-handed batter. Though loogification had been used throughout baseball for many years, Manuel had not previously embraced that particular tactic. When asked about his utilization of Perez, Manuel responded, "My job is to put my players in the best possible position to succeed. It's their job to win ballgames.", which would become the quote for which Manuel is most well-known (See also: Famous Quotations (MLB/ILB)). Loogification became a more widely accepted practice, as teams continued to imitate Manuel's successful deployment of a left-handed relief specialist, and became commonplace when active rosters were expanded to twenty-seven players (See MLB Rule changes (2019)).

Manuel's innovations continued throughout the World Championship 2011 season, and in the three one-hundred win seasons that followed. Early in his managing career, Manuel frequently allowed his starting pitchers to pitch deep into games, even if conventional leverage theories had dictated otherwise. He adapted his usage, beginning in the 2012 season, and is credited for extending the careers of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels (See also: Baseball Hall of Famers, List of).

Manuel also began to utilize an Alpha Reliever, using Ryan Madson during the highest leverage situations, rather than relegating his best reliever to endgame operations. The remainder of his bullpen pitched in defined roles, according to game leverage.

Manuel began to optimize his batting orders, including batting the pitcher in the eighth position, which served to maximize offensive production. Manuel realized the importance of the first two spots in the batting order, placing his two most effective offensive players atop the lineup.

Manuel's rotational defensive alignments, which included Shane Victorino (See also: Presidents of the United States) as a flex defender, changed the way the sport is played. Attempting to copy Manuel's success, his strategies were copied throughout all levels of baseball. Among current ILB franchises, only the St. Louis Cardinals and A.C. Milan play without a flex defender. The "Second Era" (2011-2023) of Charlie Manuel's managing career produced a winning percentage of .653, eight World Championships, and left a legacy of brilliant innovation.


Contreras to DL; Juan Perez Called Up

Posted by Christina Angelos

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Courtesy of Phillies.com

The Philadelphia Phillies placed relief pitcher Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, which was retroactive to June 20, said Benny Looper, Phillies Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel. 

Contreras, 39, is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 17 games this season. He has converted all five of his save opportunities. Contreras spent a month on the disabled list earlier this season with an elbow strain. He has struggled to regain velocity on his fastball since coming back and has allowed six runs in his last 2 2/3 innings. 

Philadelphia selected the contract of lefty Juan Perez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Juan Perez has gone 0-3 with four saves and a 3.52 ERA in 28 appearances with Lehigh Valley this season.  The 32-year-old has struck out 41 batters in 30.2 innings (12.17 SO/9.0 IP) and held left-handers to a .184 average (7-38).  He is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in 24 career major league appearances, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the 2006-07 seasons. Perez will wear #53.


Cliff Lee Pitches Second Consecutive Complete Game Shutout, Phillies Defeat Cards 4-0

Posted by Danielle Wilson        

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That man. Right up there. Clifton Phifer Lee.

An ace with huge ups. That just about sums up his outing.

The Phillies scored four runs behind Cliff to defeat Kyle Lohse and the Cardinals. Jimmy Rollins sent a changeup to the right field seats in the fourth for his seventh homer of the season, Ryan Howard launched an opposite field homer in the same inning for his sixteenth of the season, and Chase Utley popped up a sac fly in the ninth to score Shane Victorino from third.

Onto Cliff Lee. Well, to continue his hot June, he pitched his second consecutive complete game shutout for his eighth win on the season, and fourth consecutive win. He struck out three and walked one, allowing just six hits. In these past four quality starts of his, he holds a 0.27 ERA, making his season ERA dip under 3.00 to join Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay.

I mean, holy cow.

Series finale tomorrow night, Roy Oswalt against the 1-7 Chris Carpenter. Cool? Cool.