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Defense Doesn’t Help Lopez’s Cause

Rodrigo Lopez most likely made his last start as a Phillie.  Not because he didn’t pitch well, but because of new additions to the Phillies rotation.  If he had pitched well, the Phillies may have considered Lopez differently, but he could not handle his own pressure.  Also, poor defense did not factor in well.

Lopez allowed seven runs, three earned, in four innings.  In the first, the Phillies had a 1-0 lead, but the Giants went ahead 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning.  Jayson Werth misjudged a line drive, and that opened the gates.

In the fourth inning, Pedro Feliz made a throwing error which led to two runs.  At the last second, Feliz decided to go for the force out at second base instead of the easy play at first.  Assuming Feliz was throwing to first, Chase Utley was off the bag and the ball tipped his glove, scooting to right field.

Pablo Sandoval must have been very unhappy with Charlie Manuel’s All Star selections.  He showed Manuel what he missed.  He went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in.

The Phillies weren’t able to provide any offense other than Ryan Howard’s RBI double and Utley’s solo homer. Sanchez threw a pitch that sailed over Utley’s head. Utely clearly had a problem with it and stared him down.  On the next pitch he called time before he homered down the right field line.

The Phillies were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  The three fielding errors didn’t help either in the 7-2 loss.

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  1. Sam the man

    July 31, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I guess the Phils were so excited to see Lee pitch tomorrow they forgot THEY HAD TO PLAY 2 GAMES BEFOREHAND. wow 5 errors last 2 days for the best D in the majors is rough… and the lack of clutch hitting last 2 days has me annoyed, although not worried (and granted Ibanez’s K in the 8th Wednesday was NOT a strike). Hopefully they’ll remember Lee has 9 losses b/c he lacked run support in cleveland and actually score for the guy.

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  3. Brooks

    July 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

    According to Sarge last night, the Phils are now 0 for their last 24 RISP.
    Regardless of what Cliff Lee can do (a no hitter??) the Phils tired offense still holds the key to a W.
    Sanchez last night nearly decapitated several of our key players. Chase Utley answered the wildness by slaming his 23rd hr of the year after watching a pitch sail over his head and hit the backstop – Sanchez is garbage, the night before, Petit HAD and ERA over 7 before facing the tired Phillies offense. He looked like Tom Seaver vs the Phils…
    I expect the Phils to rebound some tonight, probably more because of the effort of Cliff Lee than anything else.
    Has there been a perspective from Lopez regarding his new assignment in the BP? Does he seem OK with the decision?

  4. Duffie_D

    July 31, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I’d hate to be super critical or anything, but if you’re going to write a recap of the game, you should at some point in the post mention what the score was. Any recap of any game should have the final score of the game mentioned somewhere in it, preferably somewhere near the top.

  5. Terrence

    July 31, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Alright, I think Phils O will get it done today with Lee pitching for them and Ryan Sadowski (rookie RHP, 2-3, 4.81) pitching against us. The bats should get going after doing nothing for two straight days. Charlie will get the ship right back on track. Tough loss tonight. D needs to step up. They’re basically beating themselves. Heck if Feliz didn’t make the error Pablo wouldn’t have hit a HR. We’ve made Petit and Sanchez look like Hall of Famers the last two nights. I’m also sure Phils are tired because they haven’t had a break in a long time. Well Monday is a day off. We need to split this series at the least.

    Also Pedro Martinez starts for Leigh Valley tonight.

  6. Repeat!

    July 31, 2009 at 8:53 am

    J Reed- Gotta agree w/u somewhat. I guess I was thinking about Lee against the trio of “Utley, Ibanez and Howard.” Thank God we don’t have to face Cliff Lee and hopefully we won’t have to face Roy Halladay this yr. Talks around the league all seem to have gone ice cold. Why does tonite’s game feel like kinda a must win? It’s off to work for me. Good day Phillies Nation.

  7. Bob

    July 31, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Something tells me the ball over Utley’s head woke this team up a bit.

    I dont care how wild you are, that is BS. Santoval’s little mini Jose Reyes gestures were a bit annoying. We get it, you’re pissed that you weren’t an All-Star. Get over it!

  8. Brian of CO

    July 31, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Repeat, it feels like a must win because the Marlins are playing the Braves, and they are neck and neck, granted 6 and 7 games back, but 6 games back can turn into 1 game back in 5 games if the Phils continue on the same track. The slow offense isnt just the last two games, they were also very slow against Haren, granted a good pitcher, but I believe they scored most of the runs that night on errors, which should have been easy outs. The Phils did this last year as well, go really cold after the All Star Break, prior to being extremely clutch again. Granted this year just after the All Star break this year they were EXTREMELY hot, hopefully this current streak doesnt continue. If anything, hope th rest of the NL East stats losing again, because the NL East teams look like they are starting to hit. What the Phils need is a day off.

  9. Brian of CO

    July 31, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Maybe Fat Boy Panda should be pissed at HIS OWN FANS! He was on the list as an add-in, and his fans failed him. Not to mention, I think the NL All Stars had 3 3rd basemen on the roster, they didnt need another. I guess he is pissed that there really are 3 other 3rd basemen that are better than him?

  10. Manny

    July 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

    The Utley-Sanchez duel was amazing… You could tell Utley was pissed as he stared at Sanchez, as if saying “I’m going to hit this one out of, you’ll see” And I was glued to my TV hoping he would do it. And he did.

    Chase Fu**ing Utley! That’s some character, my friends.

  11. The Original Chuck P

    July 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I expected this kind of performance from Lopez… I know that it’s not fair to completely pin this one on Lopez considering the bad calls and lack of offense but he’s not someone that I’m willing to rely on down the stretch… can he help this team? Possibly… but likely as a reliever. The Giants are a scrappy team… if you let a scrappy team get extra outs, you’re going to end up looking back, scratching your head wondering how they ended up with that many runs. It’s pretty clear that Kung Fu Panda Sandoval entered this game trying to make a statement… and he did. Sanchez is a lot like Oliver Perez… a big lefty with dominant stuff but if you can find a way to get him rattled, he’s prone to giving up big innings. We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were there to shake him. You have to remember that the Phils have played 15 consecutive days in a row… and now they’re on the far west coast. It’s easy to see why they might be a little tired, a little unfocused and out of sorts.

    I will say this; I expect a better performance tonight. They need to welcome Cliff Lee to this team by letting him know that he can expect better run support than he got in Cleveland. We should try to get on this kid early tonight… he’s a young righthander with control issues. He’s already on a short leash and he knows it. San Francisco feels more confident going to their bullpen than they do sticking with this kid when things get sticky.

    Hopefully, Cliff Lee can return the favor with a good outing… a strong performance would really help team morale. They can show him why he’s here and he can show them why they should feel really good about having him.

  12. Terrence

    July 31, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Around MILB last night:

    – Lakewood had day off

    – Clearwater beat Fort Myers 2-0. Darren Byrd improved his record to 4-3 with 8 shutout innings of 4hit ball in which he struck out 6. Dominic Brown had 1 hit and now his .BA is .308.

    – Reading beat Portland 2-0. Vance Worley threw 6 shutout innings of 3hit ball. Scott Mathieson kept his minor league scoreless streak going as he threw 2 innings of shut out ball. Serge Escalona got his 11th save and improved his era to 1.66. He threw a scoreless inning. Quinton Berry got his 38th steal and jeremy slayden hit his 9th homer of the year.

    – Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus 5-4 in 10 innings. Former Iron Pigs Donald and Marson started at SS and C for Columbus. Donald was 1-3 with a BB, a K, an error and started a DP. Marson was 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. He was also thrown out at home by still Iron Pig Michael Taylor trying to score. Andy Tracy hit his 17th homer and got his 60 and 61st rbi of the year. Andrew Carpenter allowed 1 run in 5 innings striking out 4 to reduce his era to 2.71. Francisco Butto got his 1st BS after he allowed 3 runs in 1.2IP. Jack Taschner got the loss after he allowed 1 unearned run 0.2IP. Jack is 0-1 with a 1.80ERA. Gary Majewski pitched 0.2IP scoreless.

  13. Manny

    July 31, 2009 at 9:50 am

    By the way, good to see Kendrick and Walker not give up any runs…

  14. Terrence

    July 31, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Also in Class A short season, williamsport had a double header in which they split losing the first one 2-1 and winning 4-0 the next one. In the first game, Matthew Way continues to impress. Sure he got the loss and his record is now 2-3 but that is due to lack of run support. The game was only 7 innings to the doubleheader and Way was impressive. He went 6IP, 5H, 2R (1 earned), 2BB, 11K to reduce his ERA to 1.67. Not many people realize but many scouts say the Phils have the best single ball farm system ( so class A advanced, class a and class a short season). I know that it is single a and many players won’t do what they are doing now but they are some really good players in single a for the phils future. Dominic Brown, Anthony Gose, Matthew Way, Zach collier etc. Not saying you should expect all of them to be superstars but some of these guys can be really good once they get to the majors.

  15. Manny

    July 31, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the recap, Terrence…Escalona’s and Taschner’s ERAs are pretty damn good (1.66 and 1.80). Don’t forget about them!

  16. The Original Chuck P

    July 31, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Good stuff, Terrence…

  17. beta sigma shag

    July 31, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I am not one to get upset by a loss, and I am not concerned at all,
    But last night’s game was hard to watch, to many early opportunities to score runs, to many strike outs, thought the ump did not help. And why Pete Happy just did not get the out at first on that error boggles the mind. But the one thing that got to me the most was Charlie, I know it was not Lopez’s fault, but he is a AAA pitcher and when the D is failing him, and he did not have the best control, you sit him down before he gets down 7-0. I do not care if it is the 4th inning or second inning. But that is just me, and Charlie won a World Series, so he knows better than me. I just wanted to vent

  18. Amanda Orr

    July 31, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Sorry Duffie, It was about 1:30 in the morning when I wrote this recap… Score 7-2, I’ll add it in now.

  19. Bruce

    July 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Phillies’ hot bats are showing signs of cooling off. Cliff Lee sitting in the dugout with his new team mates during the game, must have wondered where is all that offense he heard about. (chuckles)

    After a lengthy period of winning games where both offense and pitching jelled together, comes a period of stagnating slump that spread like a contagious virus to some or all the players. I hope I’m wrong but that’s what is call “law of averages”. However, with the addition of another “ace” in Lee, he along with Hamels are the ‘stoppers” of any potential losing streak.

    I noticed that the new RH bat of Ben Francisco had the opportunity to play in place of the injured Victorino. He played CF well and contributed an extra base hit (double) on offense. Manuel might want to consider give Francisco more playing time and have Werth sit occasionally and ponder on his inability to hit RH pitching consistently. Personally, I find it annoying that pitchers know they can throw first pitch strikes and not worry about Werth taking his bat off his shoulder. Werth, more often than not, allows the pitchers to get ahead in the count. Against righthanders, that spells “Werthless” in the outcomes.

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