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Yasiel Puig Continues Hot Start; Phillies Lose 6-4

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Quite obviously, the first game of the series against the San Diego Padres did not end as the Phillies, and their fans, had hoped. However, the team did rally to secure the next two games, meaning they headed into their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a series win. Hoping to extend the small two-game winning streak was California-native Jonathan Pettibone, who was coming off a start in which he left with an apparent back injury. He would oppose former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and an LA team that has won five in a row.

To say things got off to an ugly start would be a dramatic understatement. Peittbone would allow a leadoff walk to Skip Schumaker. Young phenom Yasiel Puig hit one hard off Pettibone's foot, which allowed Jimmy Rollins to make the first out at second base. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single out to right field, which would move Puig to third. Consecutive doubles by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier would give the Dodgers a quick three-run lead. A.J. Ellis flew one to right that, by some miracle, Delmon Young made an impressive running catch on. Juan Uribe would ground out to finish it, but LA took a 3-0 lead. 

The Phillies would quickly get one of those runs back when Domonic Brown smashed his 21st homerun of the season to right centerfield. They'd continue to try to climb back into it, as Delmon Young would single and Kevin Frandsen walked. Unfortunately, things would come to a screeching halt. Humberto Quintero flied out to Kemp for the first out. Young was promptly picked off at second base for out number two, and Pettibone would strike out for the third. 3-1 Dodgers.

Scoring opportunities were scarce following these at bats, so when the next one came for the Phillies, they took advantage of it. Pettibone, who had settled nicely into the game, singled with one out in the fifth inning. Ben Revere would follow with a hard hit ball ricocheted off Greinke's foot and into right field. With the infield shifted for the double play, the ball went into no man's land and Pettibone made it to third. Chase Utley followed nicely with a bloop hit to left centerfield. Pettibone scored and Revere made it up to third. Jimmy Rollins would also single, bringing home Revere and tying the game. Ryan Howard ended things by grounding into a double play (on a 3-0 pitch, nonetheless), but the game was knotted up at 3. 

With two out in the top of the seventh inning, West Coast star Chase Utley put his East Coast team ahead, blasting a ball into the right field seats for a solo shot. For the first time in the ballgame, the Phillies had the lead. 4-3 Phillies heading to the bottom of the inning.

Not wanting to limp to the finish, the Dodgers put up a fight in their half of the seventh. Ellis began it with a walk. Uribe followed with a dribbler up the first base line. Justin De Fratus, who had just replaced Pettibone, stopped short to let Howard make the play. However, Piece slipped and couldn't come up with it. Nick Punto sacrificed to put runners on second and third. Then, pinch hitter Hanley Ramirez was walked to load the bases with one away. De Fratus got the second out of the inning by striking out Schumaker, but would be plagued by the incredible bat of Puig. A single through the left side of the infield scored two, and the Dodgers were now back on top. Antonio Bastardo would come on to replace De Fratus with two outs and two on. On the first pitch, Gonzalez flew out to center field, and the inning was over. 5-4 Dodgers going into the eighth. 

On quite a surprising note, Delmon Young recorded his first four hit since 2010. Unfortunately, through eight, it was all for nothing, as he was replaced by John Mayberry Jr. andthe Phillies were still trailing. 

The Doders were able to tag on an extra run in the bottom of the eighth. After he singled, Matt Kemp stole both second and third on Bastardo. When Ellis flew out to right, Kemp tagged up and scored the sixth run of the game. 6-4 Dodgers.

Ben Revere would collect his third hit of the night, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen would save the game, and the Dodgers took Game One, 6-4, for their sixth straight win. 

Certainly an unfortunate loss for the Phillies. It wasn't an ugly one like the last few L's have been. Instead, they battled equally with the Dodgers for a majority of the night. As always, there were a few things to pick at, like Delmon Young's baserunning and Mayberry Jr.'s arm. However, no glaring mistakes stole the show. With three games left in the series, the Phillies must go into Friday's game with a three game winning streak in mind. They'll have to do it with John Lannan on the mound, who will take on Chris Capuano in 10:10 action at Dodger Stadium.


Pettibone, Greinke Duel In Series Opener In L.A.

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The Phillies are coming off of a series win in San Diego against the Padres. Last night the Phillies pulled out a win in 13 innings. Despite Cole Hamels allowing five earned runs, the Phils were able to tie it up late in the game and take the lead and allowing Jonathan Papelbon the chance to save his 15th game of the year. Back to three games under .500 the Phillies will continue their road trip out west and travel 120 miles north to Los Angeles to open up a three-game series with the Dodgers. On the hill in tonight's opener will be Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) and Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79 ERA).

Jonathan Pettibone was pulled early from his last start due to lower back stiffness, but was cleared for his next start after a successful bullpen session on Monday. Pettibone lasted six innings on Saturday against the Mets, allowing an earned run on five hits. Pettibone had struggled in his other starts previous to Saturday, allowing 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings in two starts. In his last three, Pettibone is 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA. Pettibone will look to take it to the Dodgers for the first time in his career without any stiffness this evening.

Zack Greinke is coming off of his best start of the year on Saturday against the Padres. The veteran right hander went eight strong innings, allowing an earned run on four hits while striking out eight batters. In his eight starts since coming back from the disabled list (collar bone), Greinke is 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA (22 ER in 45 2/3 IP). Greinke has gone at least seven innings in three of his last four starts and owns a  3-0 record with 2.12 ERA in five starts at home this season. In three career starts against the Phillies, Greinke is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA. 

Game Notes: 

  • The Dodgers haven't won a series against Philadelphia in Los Angeles since they took two of three in August of 2007.
  • In 10 at bats against Greinke, Ben Revere is hitting for .400.
  • Kevin Frandsen is hitting a career .667 in three at bats against Greinke.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF 
  2. Chase Utley 2B 
  3. James Calvin Rollins SS 
  4. Ryan Howard 1B 
  5. Domonic Brown LF 
  6. Delmon Young 
  7. Kevin Frandsen 3B 
  8. Humberto Quintero C 
  9. Jon Pettibone P

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Skip Schumaker 2B 
  2. Yasiel Puig RF 
  3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 
  4. Matt Kemp CF 
  5. Andre Ethier LF 
  6. A.J. Ellis C 
  7. Juan Uribe 3B 
  8. Nick Punto SS 
  9. Zack Greinke P

First Pitch Forecast: Sunny - 76° - 0% PoP

TV: CSN
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.


BREAKING: 76ers select Michael Carter-Williams with 11th overall

The Sixers have just shocked the world. After trading their star player for Nerlens Noel and a draft pick, they select Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse. Williams stands 6'6", weighing just over 180 pounds, so he will most likely take over at his natural point guard position. 

 I think this pick could go great for the Sixers, or it could go horribly wrong. Williams' athleticism is promising, but his inability to shoot on a consistent basis may be the downfall for his offensive game. Defensively he is very sound and has a high basketball IQ. He also has good vision for a point guard. In the best case scenario, Williams will become a point guard version of Andre Iguodala. Worst case scenario, he becomes a career bench warmer. 

    With the Sixers taking Williams at 11, this opens the door for them to go anywhere from another point guard to wing man or even a big guy with their second round picks. 

    Sixerdelphia will keep you posted on everything Sixers!

 

 


BREAKING: 76ers trade Jrue Holiday to Pelicans for Nerlens Noel for 2014 first rounder

 WOW! According to sources, in a stunning move, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans minutes after the Pelicans took Nerlens Noel #6 overall. 

    Noel was at the top of most mock drafts, but slid to the Pelicans at 6, probably due to the uncertainty behind his recovery from a torn ACL he sustained in February. Noel is not expected to be back from the injury before December. 

   The stunner here is that new general manager Sam Hinkie just traded the assumed "franchise player" for a player who's future is a question mark. Many will speculate the possibility that the Sixers are eyeing the number 1 pick in next year’s draft, as Andrew Wiggins will almost assuredly be the consensus number 1 pick. 

    The trade is not official yet, but there will be more on this trade and the Sixers pick at #11 coming soon, stay tuned. 

 


Phillies Acquire 38 Year-Old John McDonald From Cleveland For Cash and PTBNL

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Michael Young and Roy Halladay are no longer the oldest players on this team.

This afternoon the Phillies acquired 38 year-old infielder John McDonald from the Cleveland Indians. Yes...38 year-old infielder from the Indians.

In a deal that will send cash and a player to be named later to Cleveland, the Phillies have gained depth in the infield. McDonald will join the Phillies in Los Angeles in time for tomorrow's game. To make room for McDonald on the 40-man roster, the Phillies have outrighted catcher Steven Lerud to Triple-A Lehigh. The Phillies will make a move tomorrow to accommodate him to the 25-man roster.

In his 15-year career, McDonald is hitting a career .236 with 27 home runs and 202 RBI. In eight games with the Indians this season, McDonald is hitless in seven at bats. 

Way to go, Rube.

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.


Darren Daulton Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

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Per a statement on 97.5 The Fanatic, former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors and is to have surgery next week to remove them. Dutch of course is credited with being the team leader of the 1993 team and found a home on the Wall of Fame in 2010.

Since then he's been on 97.5 hosting a weekday pregame show during baseball season. Well wishes can be sent to him at :  dutch@975thefanatic.com

Update: Phillies President Dave Montgomery released a statement on behalf of the Phillies:

"We’re saddened by the news about Darren. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time. We, along with our fans, are praying for a full recovery."


No Need to Sell?

Yes, even Delmon could stay.
There's been a lot of talk about the Phillies selling off the team at the deadline to whoever wants these guys. The sense is, the team stinks, and it's old, and it's expensive, so they have to blow it up. Even I've bought into it so far. Let me take an alternative view on that though.

There are a couple of reasons you sell off a team at the deadline. One is money. One is a bunch of bad, long term deals. Another is old players blocking young players. Yet another is a lack of minor league talent. I think the general assumption is that all of these apply to the Phillies. That is not true though, at least not the way it was true before.

The Phillies do not have a money problem. For one, the contracts of Utley, both Youngs, Ruiz, Doc, Lannan, and even Kendrick if they want, are all off the books this year. That's about $50 million in payroll for this year that is not already paid out for next year. For that reason alone, even if they need to lower their payroll, they could do nothing and have that still happen for 2014. Even if that's not enough economic relief, there's more. MLB's TV deal increases payouts starting next season to every team in the league. Still not enough? The Phillies are due for a new, very, very large TV deal of their own. Money is not an issue.

Bad contracts? Well, Ryan Howard's is pretty awful. Papelbon's deal is too much for a closer. Hamels' deal is iffy right now, after half of year one. That's three, and really only one of those is even considerable to deal (Papelbon). Hamels deal has too much left, and could still end up good, and I really doubt anyone would take the Howard deal on. Sure, I'm leaving out Lee and Rollins deals, and that's by design. Both are in their later stages now, and if the Phillies had to ride them out, they could easily do so.

Are there old players blocking young ones? Yes. Utley, Michael Young, Delmon Young, and even Rollins are blocking younger guys. Guess what though? The first three names there are free agents after this season. It would be nice to move them and get a look at say, Cesar Hernandez or Darin Ruf now, but they could just do it next spring. Even Jimmy could play out the rest of his deal, and Freddy Galvis would still be plenty young to stick out there at shortstop. It's not an imperative to do this now, as opposed to in the winter.

Then there's the minor league system, and it's status right now. Well all knew about how weak it was supposedly before the season, and it's still not exactly the best in the league. With that said, Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco, Carlos Tocci, Roman Quinn, Kelly Dugan, Cameron Perkins, and Aaron Altherr have all impressed. Cord Sandberg is another I'm watching. Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, and Cody Asche all appear capable of helping the team soon, and Tommy Joseph and the other catching prospects aren't many years away either. In fact, Franco and Biddle are going to the Futures' Game in New York.

So none of this means the Phillies should do nothing, but the point is that even if they just wait until the winter, they will have available money, space to slide in youth, and less bad contracts. Sure, if they can move Papelbon for some value, or if they can get rid of Utley, either Young, or Ruiz for value, do it. The point is, things aren't so bad that the Phillies have to trade everything away. If there are no good deals, or they have to pay to part ways with guys, the Phillies can play it out as is, and hope for the best.

Phillies Win in 13!

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Cole Hamels started the game with two hitless innings, and it went downhill from there. He went 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 1 homer. His line was not terrible tonight, but his pitch placement was. He was putting the ball dead center over the plate during 2-0 counts. However, he does have a 4.97 ERA in the last 9 starts.

J.C. Ramirez replaced Cole and went for two innings. He was solid with 1 strikeout.

Aumont came in the 9th inning. He was able to work his way out of trouble to stay in the game for two innings. He had 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

Diekman came in to replace Aumont. Pitched one inning, gave up a hit.

Savery came in the 12th and struck out the side.

Papelbon came in to save the game in the 13th. He allowed one hit.

The bullpen was absolutely amazing tonight. They allowed no runs for two straight days! (It’s 2 AM and I think I’m funny.)

Chase Utley got a single to get on base in the first, and Michael Young was able to double to bring Chase home. 1-0, Phillies.

Delmon Young opens the second inning with a double. Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly to score Delmon Young. 2-0, Phillies.

Cole hung a changeup, and Forsythe got an RBI double. 2-1, Phillies. Forsyhe was able to score easily on a single and an E9 from Denorfia. 2-2, Phillies.

Padres take the lead in the 5th with a 2-run homerun by Denorfia, 4-2, Padres.

Padres expand their lead to 5-2 in the 6th after a Blanks double to score Headley.

Frandsen gets an RBI pinch-hit single to score Dom Brown in the 7th, 5-3, Padres. Bases were loaded for Utley with 2 outs. Chase swung on the first pitch and made an easy out to end the inning.

Delmon Young ties the game in the 8th inning with a 2-run homerun. 5-5, Tie.

The clock struck 2 AM in the 13th inning and Ben Revere hit into what looked like an easy out to end the inning, but a bobble and an overthrown ball to first score Utley and Brown. 7-5, Phillies.

Papelbon gets the save, Savery gets the win, and the Phillies win the series.

Christine Schramm is a writer for Philliedelphia. You can follow her on Twitter @schrammalot

Could the Phillies Trade Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Michael Young to the Yankees?

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We can fully expect the Phillies to be in the middle of Major League Baseball trade talk between now and the July 31 deadline.  As the team continues to remain below the .500 mark, with no real sign of improvement, the team may have to make some tough decisions.  And many will involve some popular Phillies players.

Jim Salisbury of CSN has linked three Phillies players to the New York Yankees.

Three of those players –- Utley, Ruiz and Young –- could be of serious interest to the Yankees, who are in the market for catching and corner-infield help.

According to a baseball executive, the Yankees have already kicked around Ruiz’s name as a possible upgrade at the catcher position. Ruiz, 34, is in the final year of his contract.

Utley and Young and can both play first base and could be of interest to the Yankees as they look to get by without Teixeira. Young played a significant amount of first base in Texas before shifting to third base with the Phillies this season. He could also give the Yanks depth at third as they wait for Alex Rodriguez to return.

It just doesn't sit right with me.

However, if this is what will make the Phillies better in the long-run, I am all for it.  Sometimes the hard thing and the right thing are the same...


Hamels Looks to Right the Ship in San Diego Rubber Match

Yes, they'll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly.
It's good to touch the green, green grass of home.

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Why am I belting out Tom Jones lyrics in tonight's game preview? Cole Hamels returns to his hometown of San Diego, CA looking to right the ship that has gone way off course during this really rocky season.  Poor run support, defensive blunders, badly hit balls and a few clunkers of his own, it just hasn't been a good season for Hamels. In six starts at PETCO, he holds a 1.27 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and a very impressive BAA of .188. It's a pitcher friendly park as well so this is a great night for Hamels to get straightened out. It's important to note some of the deep stathead type numbers during Hamels's struggles such as his 3.78 FIP and 3.67 xFIP which show he should be having a much more pleasant season than he is. It's something to build on.

His oppnonent tonight is lefty, Robbie Erlin who is making his second career start.  Erlin wound up in San Diego's system in the Mike Adams trade to Texas in 2011. His numbers in Triple-A Tucson are rough but so are many pitchers' in the PCL.  He's known as a command pitcher and has a ceiling as a mid rotation starter according to some of the books I've read up on him. Baseball America had him ranked as the 10th best prospect in the organization at the start of the season.

Domonic Brown looks to follow up on a nice evening at the plate last night. Mayberry is in at centerfield batting 7th. 

LINE UPS

 

PHILLIES

Rollins 6

Utley 4

M. Young 5

Howard 3

Brown 7

D. Young 9

Mayberry 8

Ruiz 2

Hamels 1

 

PADRES

Forsythe 4

Denorfia 8

Quentin 7

Headley 5

Blanks 9

Guzman 3

Grandal 2

Ciriaco 6

Erlin 1