2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Win on Pence Walk-Off in 10th

Lee was stellar. Others were not. (AP)

What a weird one. Hunter Pence hits a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, his second home run of the game in the Phillies 4-3 win. It’s the Phillies first three-game winning streak of the season.

ANOTHER ONE BLOWN

-Man, this is getting old. Chad Qualls gave up two runs in the ninth inning, his fourth blown save of this season already. Absolutely brutal.

-Hunter Pence added to the madness by mishandling a single to right field that allowed the tying run to score in the ninth.

-Jake Diekman made his major league debut to clean up the mess Qualls left and held the tie with a strikeout in the ninth. He then retired the Astros in order in the 10th with two more strikeouts giving him the victory. Give the kid the eighth inning.

LEE IN TOP FORM

-Cliff Lee finally almost won his first game this season. He hadn’t hasn’t won a regular season game since September 26, 2011 against Atlanta. His line on Tuesday: eight innings, five hits, one run (earned), one walk, 10 strikeouts. He’s back.

-Lee dazzled with his array of pitches. He struck Astros hitters out with three changeups, three two-seam fastballs, three curveballs, and a cutter.

-He made a mistake to Matt Downs in the seventh inning, which landed 10 rows up in the left field seats for a long solo home run. There weren’t many other mistakes made.

-With 10 strikeouts, it was Lee’s 19th career double-digit strikeout game, and the first this year.

SCHNEIDER PROVIDES OFFENSE?

-You read that right, Brian Schneider gave the Phillies the lead in the second inning with a 3-iron shot to right field off Houston starter Jordan Lyles. It was his first home run since April 21, 2011 against San Diego and a total of 145 at-bats. Looong time coming. It’s nice to get a shot of offense from your backup.

Hunter Pence hit his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning, the first of his two bombs. The at-bat began poorly, but Pence held out and nailed a 2-2 pitch the opposite way. Pence plays at such a high level, I think it would be beneficial for him to slow the game down a bit and settle in the box a bit before hacking.

-Pence made a baserunning blunder in the eighth inning. With runners at first and third with no outs, John Mayberry scorched a ball to third, just in front of where Pence was standing. Pence inexplicably started for home, only to get caught in a rundown.

-Pence gets a pass though, since he did bail out the bullpen with a homer in the 10th.

Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4, so let’s hope this is the start of a turnaround for him. He got a gift-double in the first inning when first baseman Carlos Lee collided with the umpire. The ball trickled down the line, and Rollins scampered to second.

NOTES

-Charlie Manuel was ejected by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a strike three call that got away from Brian Schneider. It appeared from the replay that Davidson called a foul tip. I was unable to see more than one replay – correct me if I’m wrong.

-Juan Samuel didn’t have a good series as the third base coach. On Monday, he had Mayberry gunned out at the plate on a hard-hit ball to left field. On Tuesday afternoon, Brian Schneider smoked a ball to right fielder Matt Downs, who threw out Mayberry by a solid 8-10 feet. I get that Samuel is trying to be aggressive with the pitcher due up next, but both pitches were hit too hard to warrant the “go” sign. Plus, Cliff Lee can handle the stick a bit. So having him bat with the bases loaded was probably not the worst scenario ever.

-Astros starter Jordan Lyles fared pretty well arriving from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He allowed three runs in six innings while striking out four.

-Down in Lehigh Valley, Domonic Brown missed his 8th consecutive game with a bad hamstring.

-Paid attendance: 43,781. It was about 70 percent full by my estimation, but, it’s how many tickets they sell, not how many people sit in those seats.

-Tomorrow, the Phillies head to Chicago for their second two-game series of the week. Vance Worley takes on Matt Garza at 8:05.

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  1. Scott

    May 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Is there a reason WHY Charlie keeps putting Chad Qualls out there to blow games? I wish i had that type of job security.

  2. BART SHART

    May 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    GET RID OF QUALLS NOW !!!! THIS GUY STINKS AND WE NEED TO GET RID OF HIM ASAP !!!!! HE IS BAD FOR THE TEAM AS A PLAYER AND HE IS BAD BECAUSE HE ABSOLUTELY DE-MOTIVATES THE PITCHING STAFF.

    GET RID OF THIS BUM !!!!! DO IT NOW !!!!!

  3. branderson925

    May 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    That wasn’t really a baserunning error by Pence when he was on 3rd with zero outs. Wheeler made the right call (for once) stating he made the right decision and prevented a double play from happening by freezing up. When a ball is hit as hard the one JMJ hit, you gotta run.

    He obviously made up for it. How bad is it to have to watch Qualls blow that game. Imagine if Pap gets injured this season. Man will we really be screwed.

    3 in a row. Let’s keep rolling.

    GO PHILS

  4. upandaway

    May 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    With two outs, Samuel has to send those runners. If, in his estimation, the chances of being safe are better than the chance that the run scores if he doesn’t send him, then the green,light is warranted. Even with a decent hitter, the chances of driving in the runner are 30%, give or take. So, if there’s even a 1 in 3 chance of being safe at home, the correct move is to send him. Especially with the pitcher due up.

    • schmenkman

      May 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Yep, agreed.

      • Pat Gallen

        May 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        I dont agree with this. These are sure outs. They werent really even close. Yesterday’s was far worse than today. How do you know there is a 1/3 chance he’s safe at home? That’s a guess. It’s much worse when you give the outfielder 40-some feet to throw you out. He didn’t have to even put much on it to nail him easily.

      • schmenkman

        May 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        I think with the pitcher up next you have to try it and force the other team to make the play. These are major leaguers, but there are any of a number of things that can go wrong:
        – the outfielder bobbles it
        – the throw is off-line
        – the throw takes a bad bounce
        – the catcher bobbles it

        I think when you have a not-particularly-good hitting pitcher up next, like Blanton last night, you defnitely go for it, no question. When it’s a better-hitting pitcher like Lee, it’s not as certain, and you might err a little more on the side of caution. But not much.

  5. Don M

    May 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Yea on the Pence play at home …. that call “going on contact” comes from either the 3b coach, or the dugout ……. there was a bullet hit to 3b, and Pence was a dead duck ……..

    similar to hit & run line drives that result in a double play

    …………..
    Funny thing about Wheeler, is I think he is BY FAR the best of the 3 TV announcers …. Sarge is tough to listen to … and TMAC is growing more annoying to me by the game .. today of Hunter Pence’s 9th inning bobble Tmac started rambling about how pence “did a nice job to get to that ball” ……………..it was a ground ball to RF !??

  6. Chuck A.

    May 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    TMac really annoys me to no end. He seems like a nice enough guy but is really not that good. And his laugh grates on my nerves. Sarge is just a boob…plain and simple. Wheels is Wheels….some really hate the guy because of his “feud” or whatever with Harry…but the man knows the game and knows this franchise better than most. I’ve learned a lot about some of the intricasies of the game just by listening to his analysis.

  7. grismundo

    May 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It’s getting to the point where I am going to heckle the bullpen next time I’m at a game. Mainly Qualls and Kendrick. Whenever they come into the game, you know it’s about to get bad. Tony No Dad seems to be doing better, but he still needs some more good innings to get past his shaky start of the season. Glad to see Diekman get the win. Let’s hope his success in the minors carries over to the major league level. CONTINUED SUCCESS.

    • Chuck A.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Technically, “Tony No Dad” doesn’t make any sense for a name. A bastard has a father (I would presume he has to…if you know what I mean). It’s just that the father isn’t married to the mother. The child is born out of wedlock. So a better name might be something like “Tony My Daddy Isn’t Married To My Momma”

  8. Lefty

    May 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I had to miss the game.

    So if I have this right, Hunter giveth, and Hunter taketh away, then Hunter giveth again? This guy might be a higher power than any of us realized. 🙂

    Three in a row, yes!

    If they are smart they will walk Bryan LaHair 8 straight times the next two days, dude is -en fuego.

    Anyone know a Phillies bar not too far from Baltimore? Fox has me blacked out Saturday. U. Delaware maybe?

    • Chuck A.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Yeah, head north towards Wilmington. And how ’bout them O’s ?? !! …

      • Brooks

        May 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        The O’s will fade, hard. They will wind up in last place in the AL east, again.

      • Lefty

        May 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        Agree with Brooks, no way they can sustain this.

  9. chappdaddy

    May 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    The problem is that they pitched Pap yesterday when they should have pitched Diekman. Would have gotten his feet wet and Pap would have been available today.

    • Lefty

      May 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I understand how you might feel that way. But once Pap was fully warmed in the pen last night, it was too late. They had to pitch him, because he wouldn’t have been available today anyway. No way to predict Polly hitting that two run HR.

  10. Chuck A.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Lefty, Brooks – Watching the O’s/Yankees on MLB Network. Birds look good. I didn’t realize that they have the 2nd most HRs in the majors. But I agree that I can’t see them sustaining this success for the entire season. Nice to see this late in the season though.

    • brooks

      May 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Next thing you know Mark Reynolds will be hitting his weight – wow!

  11. David

    May 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Well the good thing is Diekman got a shot today and made the most of it. Kendrick did the same when he came up in 2007 and Worley did the same when he came up last year. Sometimes the adversity helps because you have to give someone else a shot.

  12. brooks

    May 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Qualls is just brutal. This cannot be tolerated – I was wondering what he might do since he had no inherited runners but that double took care of that…
    Once again the ‘snake bite’ syndrome came into play – once Qualls started screwing up, Pence joined in the action by fumbling the ball hit to deep right. Why in the world the runner on third had stopped to begin with cannot be explained but when Pence fumbled the ball twice, he took off running. Thank goodness his goofiness hit the second HR – as it left his bat nobody expected it was going over the fence, it barely made it but good, first extra inning win, first walk off win – lets see if the word momentum means anything now on the way to Chicago.

  13. Dave

    May 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Call Wade Boggs and see if he still has his knuckler for the 8th inning!

  14. Manny

    May 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Those of you who’re asking for Qualls’ head: I hope you guys actually watched what happened in the inning. Qualls was making some good pitches, it’s not like he was missing and throwing garbage. If Hunter doesn’t boot that play RF, Qualls could’ve more likely than not come out with the save. His pitches look good. The results will follow eventually.

  15. betasigmadeltashag

    May 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Hunter Pence needs to learn how to field his position better, especially in key situations, he needs to know that he does not have to hurry that throw cause the guy was not running. What I did like was he seemed almost mad that there was a celebration after his second HR because he knew that it was his fault that they were playing the tenth inning and he cost Lee the win.
    The offense seems to be swinging at better pitches and is more relaxed at the plate, not sure if it was because the pithchers they have been facing are not that good or they are not putting pressure on themselves as much. JMJ his hiting the ball hard and squaring the ball up better even his outs seems to be hard. Along with Poly having some good at bats. And jFreddy had a great homestand at the plate and he was an rbi machine for a guy hitting 230

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