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2012 Game Recaps

Rollins, Ruiz Power Phillies Past Mets

The Phillies finished up their series at Shea Citi Field with a 10-6 victory over the Mets to take two of three from their division rivals. They also finish up their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record.

Choooooch! (AP)


Cliff Lee is STILL winless. Not sure how that’s possible, but it’s still the case as Lee was pulled after six innings. The Phillies started scoring, of course, in the seventh. Lee fanned seven and walked two, while giving up three runs on seven hits.

-Taking bets on when Cliff will win his first game…

-Other than Raul Valdes, who struggled in the ninth and had to be pulled with two outs, the bullpen did a fine job. Antonio Bastardo struck out one in one inning, getting the victory, while Jose Contreras fanned two in his inning of work. Jonathan Papelbon had to come on to finish it off after warming up a couple of times in the bullpen.


-Before we get to how great the offense was over the final three innings, they were pretty bad over the first six. Dillon Gee was pretty good, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

-How awesome is Carlos Ruiz? The dude is locked in in a way I’ve never seen. His pinch-hit homer in the seventh tied the game and kicked off the string of nine runs over the final three frames.

-This was Jimmy Rollins finest game of the year. We’ve been waiting for this kind of game from him and he delivered, going 3-for-5 with a three-run jack in the six-run ninth inning. It was an absolute bomb for his second homer of the season.  Let’s hope he can get on a hot streak here. When he’s firing on all cylinders, it usually means the Phillies are as a whole.

Shane Victorino went 1-for-4, but knocked in three runs on a sac fly and a two-run single.

Ty Wigginton went yard and is giving the Phillies some power where it has been lacking. He’s been a fine pickup. And he’s also hot, going 6-for-11 in the Mets series.

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  1. johhny

    May 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    On the 7 train now leaving the game, Phils fans in nyc are in high spirits. Everyone in the park tonight knew something good was bound to occur with Ruiz warming up in the on deck circle. Pence redeemed himself in the end, but looked pitiful against Gee throughout the game.

  2. Lefty

    May 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Even Chuck Norris is fears Carlos Ruiz!

  3. Ryne Duren

    May 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    it’s always a good day when you write about a win pat! happy day! they had me a little worried early. but they pulled away and won! screw the stinkin mutts! maybe they’re starting to remember just who they are. and again poor cliff! he should have at least 5-6 wins by now. when they have a road trip like this it makes me think if only they would start to win at home regularly.
    you know pat if they do win this division and go to the series this year i think with all the crap they’ve gone through already and most likely will go through more.. this one would be really sweet! i keep hoping! they’re keeping me on the edge. this year actually feels like 07 without the pop! but who knows baseball has a way of things evening out. what’s up now might not be up in 3 months. hope we can slow down the fish!

  4. terd

    May 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    If you put shea and citi together you get shiti

  5. Dave P

    May 31, 2012 at 1:04 am

    That jimmy jack went flying… and Chooch is a god damn spark plug. If he’s not an all star this year then the all star game will have lost all credibility.

  6. EricL

    May 31, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Yo, where the Jimmy haters at?

    The only crap thing about this game was Chuckles using Papelbon with a 5 run lead and only 1 out to go. Give the guy a few days off bro. That’s what we have Savery and Diekman and Qualls for.

    • George

      May 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

      I believe the logic behind using Papelbon was that he’d already warmed up. The game would have been a save situation without that 6-run ninth. He’d have been wasted even without entering the game, and there certainly wouldn’t be much sense using up yet another arm.

      Also, while Diekman probably would have gotten the job done, I’d have reservations about the other two, especially Qualls, and especially with a man on base. If the game had gotten any closer, Manuel would have had to put Paps in, anyway.

      • Chuck A.

        May 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Exactly right. He was throwing anyway, so pitching to a batter or two would be fine. Plus, with the off day today it’s not as much of a big deal. Some people just want to find fault with Charlie for SOMETHING, especially when it has to do with the bullpen. This time the criticism is not warranted.

      • EricL

        May 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

        If you can’t get one out without giving up 4 runs you shouldn’t be on a major league roster, and if the manager thinks his pitcher can’t get one out without giving up four runs he shouldn’t ever use him.

        I don’t care if he had thrown a bit in the bullpen, let him save his bullets for an actual high-leverage situation, not one in which the Phillies were still something like 99.5% sure of winning.

      • GM

        May 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

        I agree that a pitcher who can’t get one out with a 4 run lead shouldn’t be on the roster, but that’s not Charlie’s fault. He has to use the players on the roster, and in the bullpen. Using Papelbon with an off day before & after is not a problem, he didn’t pitch on Tuesday and ther is no game on Thursday.

  7. bacardipr05

    May 31, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Well the Phils have been winning despite there problems.

  8. TheDipsy

    May 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Jimmy haters? I’m not a Jimmy hater, just a fan of the phrase “even the sun shines on dogs ass some days”.

    The Dipsy

  9. Chuck A.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Ha! That’s a funny phrase. Jimmy looked good at the plate (except for that pop-up). The HR was a BOMB. If he can get sparked it will be a very good thing.

    When will Cliff win his first game? Well, we all know it won’t be until June at least. Whatever. He’ll be fine.


    ….We could do a lot worse for the next 2 months.

    • schmenkman

      May 31, 2012 at 8:26 am

      “Whatever. He’ll be fine.”

      Exactly. And arguably, he’s been fine all along:
      – 18th in ERA (out of 66 NL qualifiers)
      – 16th in FIP
      – 2nd in xFIP
      – 2nd in SIERA,a

      • Manny

        May 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

        Absolutely. He’s been dominant and SHOULD be an All-Star but will never get the nod because he has zero wins. That’s annoying.

      • GM

        May 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

        It’s better that he doesn’t make the All-Star team. No reason to have him throw needless innings and risk injury, its better that he gets a few extra days rest. Also, it will most likely cost the Phils some additional bonus money, probably small like $25-$50k, but for a team worried about the luxury tax, every dollar counts.

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    May 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I do not have a problem using Pap there he has only pitched on day this week and has today off. I know Jimmy probably was not trying to go the other way on his two hits but that Mutts shift on him is just stupid. I think at least one if not both were hits even if they did not do it. He just love to hit against the Mutts. It appears Wiggy is going to be streaky like everyone else on the Phillies. And as much as I think Chooch should be an All-Star I think he should come down with an ailment that week and rest for the second half. The offense apprears to play better on the road for some reason, but they have been pretty good for the last few weeks. I also think the Sac fly by Vic settle him down some and hopefully he will relax at the plate more. I do not think this team is underacheiving, some players are, but as a whole right now, without Ryan and Chase and Roy being hurt, over 500 is pretty good with JRoll hitting 230 and Three guys in the starting line up every day that are not everyday players. I know I have a man crush on him but JMJ had a good at bat against a righty last night and think he can hit 260-270 the rest of the way out
    Good series win and good road trip

  11. MaryPat

    May 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Terrific game! I feel like Pierre is not getting nearly the credit he deserves, though! When it’s time for a sac fly, how nice is it to know there’s someone out there with serious speed?! Not sure many of the other players could’ve pulled that off. Not to mention that recent suicide squeeze. Pierre’s just been off the charts this year!

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