2010 Game Recaps

Phillies Fail to Clinch at Home, Lose to Mets, 7-3

—Citizens Bank Park

It’s not the way they wanted things to end at home, but the Phillies did get some help in the standings. Even though the Phils lost to the Mets 7-3 in the series finale, the Atlanta Braves lost to the Washington Nationals, 4-2.

With a six game lead with six to play, any win by the Phillies, or any loss by the Braves, means the Phillies will clinch the National League East.

On the mound, Cole Hamels was working with very little from the early stages of the game. He allowed a second inning home run to David Wright, which put the Mets on top 1-0. Hamels was visibly frustrated with the strike zone of home plate umpire Mike Winters all afternoon, and for good reason. Winters was not consistent, but let’s not place all of the blame on the umpire. Hamels wasn’t sharp and he made several mistakes, including another long one to Carlos Beltran in the fifth inning.

Hamels would last only four innings – plus one batter in the fifth, which was Beltran – allowing five runs on nine hits to go with three walks and two strikeouts. The five earned runs allowed were the most for Hamels since —. His two K’s on the day were a season low for a game that was not rain shortened.

“It was just one of those days where I couldn’t locate and I wasn’t being consistent,” said Hamels after his second-shortest outing of the season. “I just threw…too many pitches out of the zone, then when I was throwing strikes I left them up.”

Sound like you can chalk it up to a great pitcher just having a bad day. Unfortunately, it came in a spot where a win would have sent the Phillies off on the road with another NL East crown. That will have to wait until at least Monday.

Chase Utley accounted for all of the Phillies offense with one swing of the stick in the fifth inning. He lined one into the first row in right field for a three-run home run, his 16th of the season. Other than his contribution, little was provided elsewhere. The Phillies did manage nine hits on the afternoon, however, they again struggled with runners in scoring position going 1-for-13.

“You can’t hit every day, that’s life,” quipped Charlie Manuel following his teams first series loss since the Houston Astros swept them in late August.

Jimmy Rollins made his return to the lineup a quick and rather uninspiring one. Rollins pinch hit for Wilson Valdez in the eighth inning, his first at bat since September 8. He swung at the first pitch and rolled it over to second base. Not exactly how he wanted to come back, but at least he’s been deemed healthy enough to play from here on out.

The home schedule didn’t end on a high note, but there were reasons to celebrate the season on Fan Appreciation Day. Over 3.6 million fans pushed through the turnstiles, an average attendance of 45,028 per game, both franchise records.

They’ll now head to the Nation’s Capital for a three game set with the Nats, who did their part to aid the Phillies this weekend. Rain is forecasted for both Monday and Tuesday, which sets up an interesting situation should any game be rained out.

54 Comments

54 Comments

  1. Adam

    September 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Rollins had a typical Rollins at-bat. This guy never learns.

  2. bacardipr05

    September 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I was asleep folks heard Cole had a meltdown. Keep it together King Cole is just one game. We need the Cole you been since June for the playoffs.

  3. jeff

    September 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    and that is the difference between doc and hamels. doc does not have really bad games, ever. how do you lose two in a row at home against the worst team that biz has ever seen. rollins is a waste of space. i heard a very good sports guy agree with me about 125 million dollar waste howie. yes over 162 he will hit you 30 to 40 homers. he should. in the field he is horrible. also at big at bats we want him nowheres near the plate. maybe in bizs house. howie is the bni

  4. David

    September 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Padres Lose! Phillies Clinch Playoff berth!!!

    With today’s loss (down 12-2), the Padres will have 68 losses and the Giants have 68 losses. As a result, either the Padres or the Giants will have at least 70 losses (who play each other the last 3 games of the year), one more than the Phillies would have if they lost the last 6 games.

  5. Kate

    September 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Yes, today was disappointing, but in the context of the entire season, I’m not as disappointed as I could be.

    We’ll clinch in Washington and then ride out the rest of the season.

    In a way, this is a good thing, because it drives home the fact that two of our aces need rest and so do Howard and Polanco. Charlie will have no choice but to bench them after we clinch. And then we’ll have a mixed record for the rest of the season.

    Madson wasn’t out there for long and Lidge got an extra day.

    We’re in good shape heading to Washington.

  6. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    ANDREW-YOU SHOULD HAVE TOOK VICK IN FANTASY…LOL——–PHILLIES CLINCH NEXT GAME!!!!!

  7. George

    September 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Halladay doesn’t have really bad games ever? Seems to me he had more than one this year.

    I think Hamels had every right to show some frustration. He had no command, a bad umpire, and was probably hoping to pitch the clincher. He also has pitched more than a few games this year when he allowed one or zero runs and didn’t get a win. One gesture doesn’t mean a mental meltdown, and at least he didn’t kick any folding chairs, like the unflappable Mr. Madson.

    The Phils just came off an 11 game winning streak, and Hamels has been pitching phenomenally for a long series of games. This is a two game losing streak for the team, and a one game streak for Hamels. I think we should cut some slack here. They’ll clinch soon enough, and still have the best record in the NL if every other contender wins all their remaining games. (And that’s not likely when the Padres and Giants will be playing each other!)

  8. psujoe

    September 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Phils want home field advantage all the way through. If they win 3 of 7 home field is gaurenteed. may only take 2 depending on other outcomes. Let’s nail this down.

  9. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    PHILLIES NOW HAVE A X NEXT TO THEM IN THE STANDINGS-GREAT JOB PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!

  10. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THE POSTSEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Manny

    September 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Roy started the 2010 party. He will end it tomorrow night. ­čÖé

  12. Manny

    September 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    *the regular season party. The postseason bash is a different story.

  13. Andrew from waldorf

    September 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    @ Jay I know and Schaub sucked
    and i will lose by less than the difference between the 2

    Ill use con-vick next week vs the sorry skins.

    Not too worried abtou the fightins. Maybe they wanna clinch Tuesday when I am in the building.

  14. bacardipr05

    September 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Jeff the Mets arent the worst team in the Biz. They where up to recently a decent team…the Mets still can play ball an still have decent players…

  15. Andrew from waldorf

    September 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    The Mets are the worst team. They dont do anything fundamental and they dont care either. I dont think they have any players id want on my team. Johan maybe if he ever comes back. Wright I guess. Maybe Ike davis.

    They are really a disgrace and have been since Yadier Molina homered on them.

    But the last 2 games arent a big deal. Didnt like Coles body language today but I am confident he will be ok for the playoffs.

  16. Andrew from waldorf

    September 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Even the Mets announcers today were talking abotu effort and picking each other up and caring about each other.
    Basicly saying its important too. Were highlighting that Beltran is all stats and no guts and a total waste.
    Probably no one will take him now. I bet Reyes isnt worth much in a trade anymore either.

  17. Bruce

    September 27, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Ahh..h, I had that feeling those pesky Mets would be fired up (thanks to Utley) and played for pride if nothing else. Taking this series at CBP resulted in a season series split at 9 all. By the way, Hamels is 0-4 this season against the Mets. We can blame it on a lack of run support. Right?

    Well, the champagne is put on ice again. Let’s hope the Phillies can snap their losing streak at two with a win tomorrow and clinch the division title and give themselves the all important home field advantage. Let’s go Phillies!

  18. jt

    September 27, 2010 at 1:10 am

    the nats got lannan goin tomorrow and he’s been having a good 2nd half…we brought doc here to be the ace and clinch important game tomorrow will be big…as for the muts of course their playing for pride i dunno if utley got em fired up but i’m sure making the phils have to go on the road and try to clinch makes them feel good…git er done phillie!

  19. biz

    September 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Sarge said it best after yet another low, low strike was called for Misch, “If Cole was getting those calls, he’s still in the game.”

    The ump was awful. He was squeezing Cole, forcing him to elevate his pitches to find the zone. I forget who the batter was he walked on 4 straight balls, but pitch 3 was definitely a strike and pitch 4 looked pretty good, too.

    Oh well. Can’t win em all. 5 games up on the entire NL with 6 to play is fantastic. Lets get the next 2, lock up home field, and then give our guys a rest.

    Go Phillies!

  20. Bart Shart

    September 27, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Someday baseball will take advantage of technology and use it to effectively call balls and strikes. And everyone will be happier and the game will improve.

  21. Lefty

    September 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Bruce, Zero runs scored in four the four starts Cole made against NY
    Yeah, that’s a slight lack of support.

    Happy playoffs everyone! We’re officially in! Now we go after the Division title and best record.

    As Jay said, X Marks the spot-

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

  22. George

    September 27, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Right now, the only NL team that can win even 94 games is the Giants, and they’d have to win ALL their remaining games, which isn’t likely. If the Phils win two more, they’ve got 95. I’m pretty sure they’re capable of that, so the best record is almost a certainty.

  23. The Original Chuck P

    September 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    In the context of this season, Halladay is the guy that deserves to be on the mound (or, at least, the winning pitcher) when they clinch… you had to know that this was how it would go down. The Mets played inspired and you have to give them credit. They’ve got a couple young players that are game; Davis, Duda, Tejada… those guys are gamer… but they’re where they are because they have no leadership and not enough consistent pitching.

    Regardless, Halladay clinches tonight (or whenever they decide to play). Get ready for postseason baseball!

  24. Mostone

    September 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I am trying to remember the last couple of Division clinches. None of them happened on a loss, did they? I was thinking about it since the Phils could lose and still clinch w/ a Braves loss. That wouldn’t be too celebratory, but of course I’d take it!

  25. David

    September 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    2 big defensive plays by the Mets kept them in front. Beltran made a very nice catch on Gload’s drive to the outfield and Evans made a diving catch on Howard’s blooper.

  26. Kate

    September 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’d like to see a bit on SNL about losing a game and clinching anyway because the other team lost. It’d be pretty funny.

  27. MikeB.

    September 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hamels pitched on a full five days of rest. Hmm…wonder if it affected his control? Maybe a younger pitcher like Hamels does not benefit with an extra day of rest and needs to stay on a regular schedule. An older pitcher like Haladay who throws a lot of innings maybe benefits more from an extra day of rest.

    Not the end of the world that the Phillies did not clinch against the Mets but to lose a series to your hated rival and wind up with a 9-9 split for the year really spoils your Monday morning breakfast. Their 3-game sweep from the Phillies earlier in the year in New York, the Phillies lack of run support for Hamels in the games he started against them and a knuckle ball pitcher named Dickey along with Pelfrey and Santana were big factors in the Mets getting the season series split against the Phillies but a Phillies offense that often went to sleep against them, like over the weekend, was big too.

  28. Manny

    September 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

    This morning weather.com had a 70-80% chance of rain, every hour today in DC. But I’m here in DC and it’s not raining, though it feels that it just might any minute now. At 3pm it’s supposed to be 100% chance of rain… and then goes down to 70% throughout the rest of the day and into tomorrow AM.

    So, I really don’t think we’ll play today… and it would kinda suck to *clinch* tonight with a Braves loss.

    Also, what happens if the game gets postponed? If I’m right, neither the Nats nor the Phillies play on Thursday, so I would imagine the game would get moved to that day… but you never know what this Nats office is up to and they might schedule a double header instead… which would SUCK.

  29. Chuck

    September 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I sort of hope that the game’s postponed tonight because I have a meeting and won’t be home til after 9PM (I know that’s selfish on my part, right?).

    I really don’t care how we clinch. Win by us. Loss by the Braves. Either way is fine. The division….and best NL record is ours. Enjoy it, Phillies Phans!!

  30. Brooks

    September 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

    On the other hand we def are caught up in a 19-5 September record. Winning out would be history in our making as being witness, part of the best September record posted by the Phillies.

  31. Scott in D.C.

    September 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I’m hoping for a rainout, too, because I’m going to be at Tuesday’s game!

  32. jeff

    September 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Stop blaming the umps already. Cole pitched like he did last year. he lost focus serveral times and let things get to him. We have not seen that in a while. You have to battle. You also cant lose to the Mets twice. Show some passion in the last game at home. If Howie comes up in a big spot run away….joke

  33. Philly Geoff

    September 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Referring to Ryan Howard as “Howie” is pretty obnoxious.

  34. Chuck

    September 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    jeff, I think these guys were playing at such intensity for a few weeks and just lost a little steam. I agree, losing Sat to the Mets would have been ok if not followed by a loss yesterday. Definitely a downer. But these guys will be ready for the postseason. No doubt in my mind.

    ———

    Philly “Geoffie”….who cares…

  35. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Yea,don’t think they play tonight,LOTS of rain in the forecast!!!!

  36. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I got tickets now to both games.

    I am thinking tongiht gets rained out. Which sucks cause got 4 free ones behind home and wanted to see Doc clinch it tonight..

  37. Phillistein

    September 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I agree Geoff. Ryan Howard is a lot of things but he is NOT “Howie”

    Ok – So Jimmy comes up – great ovation from the phans – and then swings and grounds out ON THE FIRST PITCH.

    So, J-Roll.

    Maybe ya wanna take a pitch dude.

    And I think we left 183 men in scoring position.

    Yeah – think they took a couple of days off w/o actually having a day off.

    They deserve it I guess.

    Halladay wins tonight I say we shut him down

  38. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    DAMMIT! DC (Clinch Day) Weather: Showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

  39. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Raul Ibanez has had a rough season, but he is one RBI short of a sixth straight 80 RBI effort!!!

  40. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    The weather is not looking good. Tomorrow night is clear though.

  41. JeffK

    September 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I think there’s going to be break in the weather between 6-8 tonight, so I’m thinking they’re going to get this thing started. They’ve been saying “100%” chance of storms all afternoon, and as I look out of my window … it’s not doing a thing (I’m in DC, about 5 miles from Nats Park). Would a win by called game, in like the 6th inning, be the worst way to win the division?

  42. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    WELL JeFFk thats a little good news……….hope they get this one in some how!

  43. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    In 11 career games against Washington, Roy Halladay is 7-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

  44. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    im hearing its postponed
    its nasty out

  45. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    The question is if they postpone do we want the braves to win or lose tonight?
    Id like to be in attendence tomorrow for the clincher.

  46. Manny

    September 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    That’s the thing… if it gets postponed, we might clinch with a Braves loss.. We’ll just have to wait and see. I’m planning on going today and tomorrow.

  47. Chuck

    September 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Anybody that actually wants the Braves to win….should have their “fan card revoked” (to quote Don M).

    Anything can/could still happen. Not likely. But while it’s nice to clinch with a Phillies win ….and to be in attendance….it’s just good to get this thing over with.

    Let’s not give let the Braves even think that the door is even slightly ajar…

  48. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    If the phillies lose every game left on the schedule to not make the playoffs. Better to get the pain out of the way now. Cause they are a crappy team better to not make it.
    Meaning: not happening.
    Dont care f the braves win or lose tonight.
    I just need to know if I need to get ready to go tonght. Tomorrow night is clear weather wise.

  49. Kate

    September 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    YES….

    We clinch tonight.

    In front of more Phillies fans than probably should be there, no matter if Nationals stadium is more like CBP South when the Phillies are there.

    If it can’t be home, Washington’s nearly the next best place (New York being the best).

  50. Andrew from waldorf

    September 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Well I am on my way tonight. Watch it rain out as soon as we get there.
    Going tomorrow too so should get to see the clincher one way or the other.

  51. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    magelb Charlie says Rollins isn’t playing because of the weather.

  52. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Told the Phillies will watch the Braves game here if there is a rainout.

  53. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Tonight’s lineup @ WAS: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P.

  54. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    September 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Clinch it tonight #Phillies! Washington DC radar: http://bit.ly/dp18E2

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