2012 Game Recaps

Pence Helps Phils Edge Cards In Extras


The Phillies and Cardinals played another close game Friday, this time with the Phillies taking the win in extras with the help of a Hunter Pence home run off Jason Motte. The Cardinals had a 3-2 lead  until the seventh, when Juan Pierre slapped a double to score Cliff Lee to tie it. The Cards looked like they could have taken the lead in the 8th, but great defense by the Phils prevented the winning run from scoring. Pence’s homer in the 10th broke the tie and the Phils took the 2nd of this four-game set, 5-3.


Kyle Lohse and Cliff Lee both pitched well Friday night. Lohse pounded the strike zone, relying on his fielders behind him to do their jobs. Despite the two errors, they did pretty well. Lee’s location was spot on, but with the mishaps in the fourth inning and a few mistakes, he surrendered three runs. Here are their lines:

Lee: (ND) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Lohse: (ND) 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Lee still does not have a win in 2012.


In the 2nd inning, with two outs, Jimmy Rollins slapped a soft line drive to right for an RBI single, which was followed by an amazingly placed ground ball by Juan Pierre that resulted in an error and another run.

In the Cardinals half of the inning, they responded with a little “getting it done” themselves, with a double by Matt Adams followed by a ground ball down the first base line by Shane Robinson that barely made it inside the first base bag, resulting in an RBI double.


In the Cardinals half of the fourth, David Freese started off with a deep fly ball to center that Shane Victorino lost in the night sky that resulted in a triple. After Yadier Molina singled up the middle, Matt Adams hit a pop up to right that Hunter Pence lost in the sky that dropped in as well. But thanks to Victorino’s strong arm, Molina was thrown out at third on the play. The next hitter was Shane Robinson, who hit a slow roller to third for an infield single. Pitcher Kyle Lohse stepped to the plate and squared to bunt, only to pop it up to Placido Polanco at third. Finally, Rafael Furcal struck out to end the inning. Wacky stuff.


In the top of the 7th, after a Cliff Lee two-out single, Juan Pierre smoked a ball in the left-center gap and Lee hustled all the way around to score to tie the game. Then Lee came out and threw a scoreless inning to make sure the Cards couldn’t respond right away.

Then in the 8th, with Molina at first, Adams hit a gapper that looked like it would be a potential game winning hit, but a perfect relay throw by Victorino to Galvis to Ruiz had Molina–who tried a collision to jar the ball loose–out by a mile. I particularly liked the fact that after the rough collision, both catchers exchanged what looked to be friendly words. It’s always good to see good sportsmanship in such tight situations.

In the ninth, with runners on 1st and second and two outs, Raul Valdes made a series of good pitches to push the game to extras, and went on to pick up the win.

In the 10th, Juan Pierre lead off with an outstanding at-bat against closer Jason Motte, knocking a single. Hunter Pence came to the plate and launched an opposite field bomb that would be the game-winner for the Phils.


Rafael Furcal still has Cliff Lee’s number,  as he hit his second home run off the Phillies lefty in 13 at-bats.

Lee continued to show his skills at the plate, as he collected two hits on the night.

The Phils take on the Cards again tomorrow night at 7:15 PM EST in the third of four games this weekend with Kyle Kendrick taking the mound for the Phillies and Jaime Garcia taking the mound for the Cardinals.

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  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Big win.
    Shane and Cliff having words is the most positive thing Ive seen all year.

    Answering Brooks in the other thread. I wuldnt have minded Paps. But the failure in the playoffs the last 2 years was not closer or even relief pitching related. It was a bad line up and I wanted then and still want it addressed.

    Having Utley and Howard out could become a long term positive here.
    But unfortunately they will probably come back and that will block any and all momentum.

    I am excited a little for this team now. Glavis Shane and Chooch are my players.
    Shane and Ruiz carried this team more from 07-11 more than Howard ,Utley or Rollins.
    But I get that none (or most) of you wont get it.

    The Giants won a world series by benching all their big contracts. Utley doesnt bother me alot. You stick Glavis at SS. But I really dont think you can win a WS with Rollins hitting first and Howard 4th. At least not since about 2010. Actually I am 100% sure you cant.

  2. bacardipr05

    May 26, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I dont think Cholly will sit Rollins down. Maybe for a game or two but thats it. Theres too much $$ involved with him. We already know Cholly will be faithful to “his guys” until the bitter end. I also dont buy he was worried about his prego wife. Unless she was having some type of complications that we arent aware of. As millionaires these people have access to the best healthcare, private 8K a night rooms, personal Dr’s that us poor folk dont. Shane is capable of carrying this team to a point. However he isnt a true power hitter and is extremely streaky. As usual he will get his BA up to around .300 for a while, have cold and mediocre streaks in there and then wind up around his careers norms .280ish. Rollins will have to step it up some. His numbers arent going to be enough if we get into the playoffs. Although even a struggling Jimmy has rising to the occasion in pressure situations. Pence is also going to have to get that BA up some as well.

    • George

      May 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Idiotic and unfeeling comment about Rollins and his pregnant wife. For one thing, complications don’t always show up until delivery time. It’s a worry for the entire nine months. And these people, despite being rich and having the best medical care, are still human beings who care about each other.

      Maybe you’ve never had a pregnant wife and had to worry about all the potential complications for months. Maybe you’ve never counted fingers and toes, or held your own breath until your baby started his/hers. I’m sure it’s not exactly a picnic when any person’s loved ones, either rich or poor, go through a life-changing and potentially fatal event. Even the best medical care can’t prevent everything.

  3. Stuart

    May 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I always find a couple typos and grammar issues and spelling issues in each article. Please! You are a highly read blog. Get writers that can proofread once or twice. Some of them are so obvious I think if they read it once they would notice it.

    But any how. I have been saying all year just give them time but everyone has been selling the ship. Glad to see that they are starting to make those fair weather fans get back on the bandwagon by playing some good ball. Guys who weren’t hitting are starting too. Keep it rolling!

  4. bacardipr05

    May 26, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Who was that dumb dumb who said said probably the guy that hit him. Referring to which is the best catcher. is this dumb dumb on the Phillies payroll?

    • schmenkman

      May 26, 2012 at 3:25 am

      dumb dumb = Chris Wheeler.

      I love Chooch but there is nothing wrong with saying Molina is the best catcher in baseball.

  5. schmenkman

    May 26, 2012 at 3:28 am

    AFW, following up from the last thread, you might like this article on the best divisions in baseball:


  6. bacardipr05

    May 26, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Not right now he isnt…

    • Brooks

      May 26, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Aye, Chooch is our AS

  7. GM

    May 26, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I know its not accurate, I’ve seen the stats, but I feel like this is the Jimmy Rollins we see far too often, swinging at the first pitch in 3 of 5 at bats.

  8. Brooks

    May 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

    GM you’re certainly not far off. Schmenk has the numbers, he is the numbers man.. it is annoying though

    The Phils are over .500 again but still in last place by 1.5 games. Moving up this week, I’m sure of it.

    • schmenkman

      May 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Brooks, is he “not accurate”, or “not far off”? Rollins has inched up to 18%, which is now 18th lowest out of 86 qualifiers.

      And all I have is the knowledge of where any of us can go look. Which you now also have:


      (scroll down to the players, and click on the 1stS column to sort it)

  9. Chuck A.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    schmenk – I love Chooch, too and there’s nothing wrong with saying that HE’S the best catcher…RIGHT NOW. Over the course of their careers, Molina…yes….but Chooch has him beat this year. And I actually like Chris Wheeler and think he’s a very good analyst but he’s an ass for saying what he did.

    • schmenkman

      May 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

      This year – so far. And it would be great if he can keep it up, but the odds are against him.

      • Chuck A.

        May 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

        Chooch is playing out of his mind right now. Would it be fair to say he’s the team MVP so far? With Hamels a close 2nd?

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Jonathan Lucroy is off to a great start as well (.343/.386/.582).

  10. Jeff

    May 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Nice article. You couldn’t finish it with paps coming out to slam
    The door.

  11. Dylan

    May 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Im almost more than convinced that utley wont return this year howard i hear progressivly good news how hes running hes hitting and playing simulated games. With chase utley its been hes having trouble playing ground balls for the past three months i honestly see chase coming back late july being nothing but a decoy or a presence i do think howard will be back with something to prove

  12. Ryne Duren

    May 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    i heard that utley was shagging balls in left recently? did anyone else here that? what’s the prospect of him doing that, and how much wear and tear is it on the knees opposed to playing scd, or first? if he was able to do that ! wow ! that would solve two problems .lf and second base! (not that 2cd base is a prob. with freddy there!) the problem at second would be losing a better defender than utley at second, with reduced playing time! galvis is currently hitting about .300 w/ 11 xbh and has 22 rbi! more than j-bag and poly combined! OUT OF THE 8 HOLE MOSTLY! not bad for a no hit good field guy! hate to see him ride the bench or be sent down when utley comes back! that would be almost criminal.
    and to all of our fallen heroes! god bless you and thanks for your sacrifice!


    May 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Rollins needs to sit for a week. He needs to get his head on straight and the team needs for him to do so. Manuel’s failure to “do his job” is most annoying.

    Chooch is our all- star. The guy is a very, very positive example.

    Lee was the best hitter in the lineup last night. He is the only one with two hits. LET’S GET THIS GUY A WIN.

    It is great to see the Phightins playing better offense. (Hope I don’t jinx them now)

    Gotta love Freddy Galvis

  14. Betasigmadeltashag

    May 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    After a pretty good baseball game and a third win in a row the first comment is about how Howard is no good thanks AFW. The Phillies have shown some of the swagger I was used to seeing. Enough offense to win and a solid bull pen effort and excellent defense(except two lost balls in the lights). And solid starting pitching.
    To get to AFW because I can not help myself. Explain how in the last two years JRoll, Vic, and Choch have missed extended periods of time and the Philliies won. This is really the first time Howard has missed significant time and they ate struggling to stay five hundred. Choch is the man on this team and has been a rock but up to this year offensively he was not carrying this team yes he has been clutch. Their record without Ryan speaks for itself

    • George

      May 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

      When AFW doesn’t gripe about Howard, it’ll be time to carry a very strong umbrella, something strong enough to protect you from all the pigs whizzing overhead. You’ll also have to watch where you step. If you’ve sinned lately, you also might want to buy some ice skates.

  15. George

    May 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I haven’t heard that. But even pitchers are known to shag flies, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Utley does sometimes.

    As far as the strain, I don’t think anyone really knows. It would seem that LF wouldn’t involve as many quick turns and there’d be no chance of being taken out on a double play. But outfield does have it’s own strains:crashing into walls, diving catches, racing back then making a quick turnaround at the warning track. The answer might be to look into the histories of others who have made the switch. Soriano did it, but he doesn’t have chondromalacia. Biggio went from 2B to center, but again, he didn’t have leg problems. Chipper Jones was moved from 3B to LF, but had to be moved back because the new position was no easier on his legs. So, really, who knows?

    One thing I will point out is that Chipper Jones has managed to be a superior player even though his legs have been an issue almost his entire career. Utley could conceivably do the same, provided the Phils have someone productive enough to play when Utley’s on the DL.

    • George

      May 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

      This was a reply to Ryne Duren. I must have hit the wrong icon or something.

  16. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    An overall solid effort by the team last night. Maybe everyone is finally starting to gel, at least I’m hoping. Hats off to Lee, CHOOCH, Pence, Pap, and Galvis, especially the heads up laser he threw to nail thug life Molina. The best part of the game for me was the argument between Shane and Lee. It shows some fire and life in the team-finally! Go Phillies!

  17. Bruce

    May 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Some brief observations: The Phillies have won 9 out of last 13 games. That’s encouraging. There are positive signs of the offense picking up with the team. Polanco and Victorino are hitting with consistency and surprisingly Galvis has had some key hits this month. Pence has provided power production and Ruiz continues his hot streak.

    It is puzzling to me to see Utley as a dugout spectator this long and not in Florida to join Howard for baseball drills. Is Utley still bothered with his cronic knee(s) condition? I’m beginning to wonder if Utley can salvage what season there is left for him after the All-Star game break.

    What went on between Lee and Victorino in the dugout last night after the misplay in the outfield? I think it’s the momentary heat of the emotion and Lee realized that Victorino (as well as Pence) didn’t see the ball. All is forgiven hopefully.

    It’s also encouraging to see the young arms in the bullpen, Valdes and Diekman making significant contributions as the bullpen is looking better these days.

  18. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Now Utley in left makes sense.

    But it has to be the old Utley with the .900 OPS

    Left field is a position yuo put non fielders and in this case cripples.
    And they swing the bat like a first baseman.

    Rollins still stellar defensively. If you can talk him into hitting 8th like he shuld have been the last 2 years and put Utley in left. Keep Galvis at 2B.
    And Howard misses the whole year…

    I am getting excited!

    • betasigmadeltashag

      May 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I feel like you are rubbing off cause all I do is repeat myself, check the phillies record with out Vic, Rollilns, Utley and Chooch over the last two years when they missed significant time, it was well over .500 This year with no Howard the are struggleing to stay .500. You are simply a joke

  19. Robert

    May 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Jonathan, the play at home with Molina and Ruiz was close, he was not out by a mile.

    If you have watched Utley during Phils batting practice, he has been shagging FLY Balls in the outfield. He does not run after any balls in the outfield, Yesterday he took 25 grounders at 2nd game during pre-game practice. He is not yet ready to play in a game.


    May 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Rollins does not run this team. If he does not like hitting eighth , then he can bat first in Lehigh Valley.

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