2012 Game Recaps

Braves Slam Past Phillies

The Atlanta Braves shut out the Phillies, 5-0 on Friday.


Kyle Kendrick was surprisingly lights out.  The right-hander pitched seven shutout innings.  He only surrendered four hits, and walked one.  He struck out five.

Unfortunately for Kendrick, Hudson was just as good, tossing seven scoreless innings.  The Phillies only managed four hits and a walk against Hudson.  Hudson earned his seventh victory of the season.


In the eighth inning, Charlie Manuel decided to pull Kendrick before the inning started.  Antonio Bastardo immediately found himself in a bases-loaded jam.  With two outs and a 1-2 count to Chipper Jones, it looked as if Bastardo would escape the inning untouched.  Jones worked a walk to bring in a run, and give the Braves a 1-0 lead.  Brian McCann followed with a grand slam to center field.  The Braves went up 5-0, and didn’t look back.


Before Dan Baker could announce his name, Howard stepped into the batter’s box to a standing ovation.  Despite the loss, it’s always nice to have the Big Piece back in the lineup.

In his 2012 debut, Howard mustered two hits, the first being a double.  Howard finished the night 2-for-4, a decent way to return to the lineup.


The boo birds returned in full force tonight.  After Bastardo gave up the bomb to McCann, Phillies fans revealed their disappointment and anger.  It was some of the loudest boos Citizens Bank Park has heard in a long time.  It’s obvious to tell that fans are disappointed with the Phillies’ terrible performances.

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  1. Jaron B

    July 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Please post Charlie’s post-game comments on his decisions in the 8th inning: (1) pulling KK; (2) choosing Bastardo when Deikman warmed up previously (double switch); and (3) not pulling Bastardo after the bases-loaded walk.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      jaron i watch the post mortem show with the soon hopefully ex manager and it was pathetic! and that’s putting it lightly! i allready posted my thoughts on the game thread of the post mortem show, so i won’t repeat. he’s costing us games. SANDBERG SANDBERG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jaron B

        July 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        where can i find his answers to the 8th inning decisions? post the link. thanx

    • EricL

      July 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Those decisions were basically all okay. Objectively, Bastardo is a better pitcher than both Kendrick and Diekman. Further, a fresh reliever is almost always better than allowing your starter to face the opposing lineup 3+ times, and Diekman has been just as unreliable as Bastardo. They really had few other options there, especially with Papelbon having thrown a lot of pitches the last few days.

      Don’t be so results oriented. You have to examine the moves using the information that was known at the time, not using hindsight to critique them, and at the time, those moves were entirely defensible.

  2. Jeff Dowder

    July 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    He threw 89 pitches on a hot and humid night. I’m sure there was communication between Kendrick and Dubee, and then between Dubee and Manuel which led to them lifting Kendrick. That’s pretty much the way it works.

    1-8 since Utley’s return.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      so with that last comment does that mean what? it’s utley fault? i mean what ‘s the point of pointing something like that out? is what? i see this mentality on a lot of sites and it to me is pointless. is utley the whole team or part of a 25 man squad? so if they keep losing you can now say they’re 0-1 with howard! get real! and i’ll bet there was lots of meaningful communication between the braintrust there! kile you’re up to 89 pitches we think you’ve had it! uncle cholly has a hunch that you’re done son. those lefty’s you’re gonna face in the eighth been hittin you hard all night kile! but coach they were outs! shutup kile, cholly wants you on the team, he wants bastardo to blow this one boy! do you know klie, mcann is the 5th batter this inning and cholly wants a lefty in there to face him! but but rich… shut the eff up kile look how you’re sweating you’re done! ok coach , can i spit coach? yea kile but cholly has a hunch you’re gonna dribble on your shirt! you are done tonight kile you’re spittin cotton balls out of you mouth thats how cholly knows when you’re done. he’s good aint he? but dubee sometimes i spit that way in the first! yea kile we know and a lot of times you’re done in the 1st kile now shut the eff up we got a game to mismanage here

      • George

        July 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

        This is one of the most disgusting comments I’ve read concerning Manuel’s pitching choices. I suppose you were there to hear it all, though.

        Please note that the temperature was very high. Also note that Hudson was pulled by the Braves after having thrown ten fewer pitches than Kendrick. Please note that in similar weather Roy Halladay, a model of conditioning, nearly suffered heat stroke having thrown far fewer pitches than either of the starters last night.

        I can put up with some expressions of disgust with Manuel, but not garbage like this.

      • Ryne Duren

        July 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

        george if you are referring to my jesting comments on what was said during their discussions telling kile he was being taken out for bastardo i am sorry if you were offended.disgusting? well i’m discusted with manuals whole handling of this pitching staff! he knows he has a bunch of raw rookies and he continues to mismanage them. instead of putting them in situations where they would benifit he continues to pitch them for too long of against the odds of succeeding. yes bastardo was gonna face lefty’s that’s ok. but to make the comment he wanted him in there to face mcann! 5 batters into the inning? and not having anyone warming up? don’t he know from the start of the inning that diaz ( phillie killer) was gonna face him! now thats disgusting. plus all the lefty’s he was gonna face had very high numbers against lefty’s this year so why not have someone else warming up? ( a lefty and a righty) just in case. and further to address the heat factor hudson and halladay are 37 and 35 respectively, KK is what 28? and he wasn’t laboring at all! now i’m not a KK fan but this is the second time in recent memory he has done this to KK! that’s a great way to build confidence with a still young pitcher. and just last week he leaves hin in after giving up 5 runs in the first against a week hitting bucs team. and you’re ragging on me?

      • George

        July 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        Yes, I am ragging on you. Your comments are still overcritical. While I can’t fault you for questioning Manuel’s moves, I can certainly fault you for the insipid and garbage-like way you put your remarks. None of us were there to hear the actual conversations among coaches, managers, Kendrick himself, or the catcher, who is regarded as very knowlegable and may have noticed some decreased pitch movement, or may have been calling for low pitches in spots that Kendrick didn’t hit. I am speculating, of course, but you have carried speculation to unfair accusation.

        Also, isn’t it a bit contradictory to say that Manuel continues to pitch rookies too long or in situations of pressure, when neither was the case last night? And knowing that the Phils’ ‘pen has little to offer except rookies, I think you should at least tell us all just who he should be using.

  3. artemis

    July 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Bastardo was placed in because he was SUPPOSED to perform! What we got instead was a meltdown! The bullpen has been terrible, but this one is the worst I have seen! Bastardo should be burnt at the stake! The ball was taken from him by CM, I hope that means he never plays in this ball club again! I hope we see his name tomorrow at the news being sold off, traded, or assigned to the minors! In a season of bad games, this Bastardo incident is one of the ugliest! He doesn’t deserve to wear the Phillies uniform! (Seething Phan…)

    • EricL

      July 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I’m pretty confident that there are laws in Pennsylvania that prohibit burning people at the stake. Like, 90% sure they don’t allow it anymore.

  4. Bruce

    July 7, 2012 at 12:12 am

    The bullpen imploded…again. Same old..same old. *sigh*

    Appropriately, ex-Phil, Chad Durbin (3.78 ERA) finished off the Phillies in the 9th inning with a perfect 3 outs and not even a sweat.

    Anyway, it’s nice to see The Big Piece back getting two hits (including a double). Too bad Howard couldn’t get an RBI or two because his teammates failed to get on base for him.

    Howard gets a day off tomorrow but hopely Utley will play.

    • Jaron B

      July 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Utley and Polanco will be in the line-up tonight and Mayberry or Wigginton will substitute for Howard. Utley may play all three games against the Braves since the All-Star Break is four days long. It’ll be a good test for his knees. Thinking ahead, I hope he can have a better off-season than this past winter so he’s able to play in Spring Training. If he has issues in Spring and won’t be ready for the season, then he needs to go to the AL.

  5. Bruce

    July 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

    To Amanda Orr: I don’t want to be nitpicking here regarding your game report but I like to correct an error. In that 8th inning, Chipper Jones walked to load the bases. Then it was Freddie Freeman who walked to force in the first run. Of course, Brian McCann followed with a grand slam. It was McCann’s 9th career grand slam including the two THIS season against the Phillies.

  6. bacardipr

    July 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I agree with Artemis…Now i didnt watch the game..However if Cholly keeps Kendrick in and he implodes…Then most would of said he should of bought in XYZ pitcher..Now i remember not sure if on this particular blog how people wanted to fill in the bullpen with minor league talent. To save $$$ etc, with Cole, Doc and Lee we only need 2 good bullpen arms..I might of even said it myself..Well there you have it…Theres going to be growing pains with young arms…Most wont be MLB caliber pitchers….One could say at least they are getting MLB experience for next year..Unfortunately this year is a wash out with a struggling team a bad bullpen…We cant make them magical comebacks like before our bullpen must be good..Ummm like the Braves…

    • psujoe

      July 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

      I totally disagree with this statement. Maybe flyby fans call that move into question. However, Kendrick had a low pitch count and was making the Braves hitters look silly. 4 Friggin hits in 7 innings. MEMO to CHARLIE: If you starter is dominating and well under his pitch max, leave him in because your bullpen sucks. He friggin would’ve left Lee in there if he had 110 pitches and was struggling the whole game. Watch the game and base your decisions on current conditions not your gut.

      • George

        July 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Two of those four hits were given up in Kendrick’s final inning. He may really have been tiring. And pitch count maximums are always lower when the temperature and humidity are high. Hudson was dominating, too; he was pulled after 79 pitches. Is anyone ripping the Braves manager?

      • Ryne Duren

        July 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

        good point joe! you’re right. and on a few occassions he leaves his starters in too long way over their pitch count when it’s obvious they’re imploding and we lose! this was one of the reasons he got canned in cleveland! they had a similar team (power bats, pitching) when the power started to diminish he was exposed of his game skill management. now i also agree with bicaripr in that if he leaves him in and implodes we’d all be whining. yea! i would only becauise when he does that he doesn’t remove the pitcher until it’s way too late! he should know his pitchers be now! for him to say what he did at the post game int. was stupid! he had a hunch? he wanted to bring bastardo in so he was there for mcann? 5 batters into the inning? i was livid when i heard that! i’m sorry there was 2 outs which makes it even dumber! that’s 7 batters in. whew! and the press lets him slide on this? i love charlie for helping us to a WS twice and 1 WS title and 5 div. championships but after this game i’ve had it with this guy. they want to change the team to win they need a manager with game skills and bullpen help. that’s for sure.

  7. bacardipr

    July 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

    PS….except about Bastardo been traded and all that part…One thing with Bastardo his control and endurance has always been questionable…maybe those problems are rearing there ugly heads…

    • psujoe

      July 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Bastrado is not an 8th inning setup man. Not his fault the Manager pulled the starter who was dominating.

      • EricL

        July 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        How many times are you going to be wrong about pulling Kendrick? It’s perfectly acceptable to pull your starter after 7 innings, even if he’s pitching well and doesn’t have an astronomically high pitch count.

  8. Bruce

    July 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Well..when Bastardo arrived to the Phillies last season, he displayed unusually good control of his pitches (fastball & slider) . He gained the confidence of the manager and pitching coach and was allowed to pitched in late innings as a situational reliever along with Michael Stutes. If I remembered correctly, In September of last year, Bastardo began to noticeably lose command of his pitches due to possibly having a tired arm. For some reason, this season he has not shown the same command of his pitches he displayed when he was first called up last year. His inconsistency has carried over and contributed to the bullpen’s series of meltdowns that has hurt the phillies dearly ..right up to tonight.

    As you know, Stutes, Contreras and Herndon are all on the DL for the rest of the season. That is one of the main reasons that Manuel has struggled to find reliable arms for the bullpen and resorting to call-ups from the minor league team(s). What he has now are young, inexperienced relievers who may or may not have talent to stay in the big league. The manager’s hands are pretty much tied with with so few options. GM Amaro may be searching for quality arms for the bullpen as the trade deadline approaches.

  9. Chuck A.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

    The season is on life-support and management needs to make a call to Dr. Jack Kevorkian. But I’ll still watch, go to games and stay involved. It’s my team and it’s what I do. Anyone that wants to jump of the bandwagon, that’s fine with me. My legs were getting kind of cramped anyway.

  10. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Not a Kendrick fan at all, but I must give the guy props for the way he pitched last night. And tonight on the mound…Sloppy Joe. Gotta make sure the Maker’s Mark is handy when I watch tonight. Go Phils!

  11. Cheryl

    July 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

    That was painful to sit through last night. Still trying to figure out why Charlie pulled KK. SMDH!! While I’m not quite ready to pull the plug on the season, the Phils are definitely on life support with no visible cure in sight. Still on the wagon.

  12. Stuart

    July 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Check out the new page on facebook and be sure to sign the petition

    • schmenkman

      July 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm


    • EricL

      July 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Oh god. No.

      I think Charlie mismanages the bullpen and does some questionable things, but his handling of the staff yesterday was fine, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a replacement who is going to be much better.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        EricL, maybe this season my friend, but I’d love to see Sandberg at the helm next season! : )

      • EricL

        July 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        I just don’t know how good Sandberg is. I don’t know his managerial philosophy enough to be able to say that he would or wouldn’t be a better manager than Charlie, who, all criticisms aside, has done a pretty damn fine job of steering an admittedly talented group to a LOT of success over the better part of the last decade.

    • Chuck A.

      July 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, but no thanks. In fact, I won’t even read the link.

      Next suggestion….???…

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        @EricL: I wholeheartedly agree with you, but I think the old man’s run is over, and I think change would be good next season. He seems to relaxed with the players; no spark. I think he should finish the season, rightfully so, and maybe he can turn the sinking ship around. However, if he cannot, then new blood might be the spark we need, and reward Cholly with an internal position for his success. Go Phils! Sorry to respond to you comment her Chuck A, but it wouldn’t let me reply again to Eric L.

  13. hot dog

    July 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    The braves had left handed hitter to begin the inning. Charlie waited for him to be announced before he took Kendrick out. He did not want him facing a lefty that could hit a home run. The key to the inning was they had Chipper in a 1-2 count with two outs went to the mound and decided to give him three straight balls to see if he chased and not get beat by him. Knowing Freeman, a lefty, was up next. Freeman is not very good against lefties the problem was Bastardo was no where near the strike zone and walked him. He should have been taken out then. The recap was wrong.

  14. hot dog

    July 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Freeman was hitting .204 against lefties. This was the match up that was in our favor Bastardo could not get the job done. If he cant throw a strike he is no good. Whoever does the recap should actually watch the game. Wheels said about ten times that they do not have to give into chipper.

  15. Lefty

    July 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    You know, everyone wanted to see Qualls sent to Siberia. He WAS the eighth inning guy. I think their idea was that Bastardo could be that guy as he was for much of last year. And against the Mets 2 games ago he was perfect.

    There is no easy answer, the pen stinks this year, pens are fluky like that year to year and no one counted on losing Contreras, Stutes and Herndon. ( as if he was all that good) Some of you call for Charlie’s head, as I have many times before, but in this case he really doesn’t have much to work with.

    RA Jr. brought in the following for this season – Qualls, Piniero, Willis, Valdes, Misch, Sanches, Purcey, and Threets, and Diekamn,none of who are or have worked out too well. But they didn’t really have funding for much else after the ridiculous contract given to Papelbon.

  16. brooks

    July 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Hot Dog is right – Amanda, the decision to pull Kendrick was not done until the PH came up to bat in the 8th, not before. Kendrick was on the mound as he should have been. He looked that good, he should have stayed in even with a short leash until he showed the least bit of trouble – say if he would have allowed a base hit or, walked a batter or 2 maybe 3 in one inning – pull him when he looks bad, not while he’s hot.

    • George

      July 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      The problem is that in a 0-0 tie, had Kendrick looked bad against even one or two batters, it could have cost the game. Manuel made the decision based on match-ups, and I don’t think he should be criticized for that (LaRussa never was). The problem lies in the fact that Bastardo, who used to be able to get the job done, and sometimes still can, happened to stink. That isn’t Charlie’s fault; he can’t make any pitcher get the ball over the plate.

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    There are so many factors this season that have crippled this team: injuries, failure to hit in the clutch (if there is a stat for that, besides situational hitting..Schmenkman, sir, do you know?), starting pitching under-performing, the loss of Howard and Chase, etc. However, what makes me fit to be tied is that despite all of these factors, this team won 102 games last year and still should be in better standing. Wigginton and especially, Pierre, have not done a bad job at all, Chooch is at a Mike Piazza level, Fontenot has been a nice cheap pick-up. I know we have young rookies in the bullpen, but these guys were not that bad at the minor league level (Schwimer, Diekman), so why the incredibly rough adjustment? I think a lot of it falls on the staff slightly more so than the players. I could be wrong, but if the team was in the shape it was FUNDAMENTALLY, then wouldn’t the staff seek to rectify it? Don’t give me the bull$hit argument that it is tough to change the routine, swing, or work ethic of a professional. They are paid millions to put in an extraordinary effort, that is why they are professionals, so the staff has to hold them to it. Pence’s fielding? Other managers would have benched him. Make him take lessons with little-leaguers. Bullpen sucks, then get off your ass Dubee and work on their mechanics like you did with Schwimmer. Does Greg Gross even go to the games? The guy is a ghost? Cholly has not much to work with. Completely understandable, but even so, he should be able to produce a slightly better record than what we have compared to the line-ups and rotations of other teams, even with injuries. Same thing happened to him in Cleveland and it showed his weaknesses. Ruben tried to strengthen the pen in the summer, but it failed. How could it succeed when a lot of hope is on Contreas, an old man who just came off surgery? Poor decision-making, plus a lassiez-faire attitude with the players get you 13 games out of first. The players, not all, but most, need to rise to the occasion. Papelbon or Cinco-Ocho, or whatever personality he chooses, at 50 million, should be a leader in the pen for the young guys. You want stuff on your shoulders, then instead of writing fake checks to Thome, hot shot, help the young guys. I was blah about Juan Pierre during spring training, but you know what? The guy gives a 110%. He runs the bases well, bunts like a champion, and hits (extra-base hits would be nicer, but I’ll take it). He is lively in the dugout and seems intense, not Utley intense, but at least, he isn’t non-chalant like J-bag. I have been a fan of this team since I stayed up late in 1980, as a seven year-old to watch the NLCS, where the Phils did the impossible against Nolan Ryan, and have been loyal to them during the dark ages, always remaining hopeful. The difference this year is that this team, even with injuries should be better, but it is ineptitude, lassiez-faire attitudes, and poor-decision making that irk me and make me bitter. In the dark ages it was acceptable because the team was not talented, but to win 102 games many months ago, and then to just sleep walk through the season, that I cannot tolerate. I know many will disagree, but that is how I feel. Hoping the break will reset the season. Go Phils!

    • Dave P

      July 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      holy wall of text, batman.

    • Chuck A.

      July 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Yeah, kind of hard to read. Ed…maybe try braking it up into separate paragraphs. You’re a nice guy though… and one of the funniest posts I’ve read on here was the one you wrote about falling down into Niagara Falls.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        Sorry about the block of text! I appreciate your comment! I love the Phillies and I love this website. There are great people on here, like yourself, who love the Phils and talking baseball.

    • George

      July 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      I think you are confusing attitude with performance. I also think that despite Rollin’s apparent lack of intensity, he’s still putting in effort. Papelbon, for all we know, might be a leader; one who, unfortunately, has no one to lead. Any team needs different personalities; too much intensity, like Larry Bowa’s no-nonsense attitude, usually leads to dissent. A team needs a few laid back types.

      As far as minor league performance is concerned, the major knock on Diekman was his inability to throw strikes consistently; in his case, his skill set has transferred to the NL pretty much as people should have expected. I’d give the rest of those rookies more time; they’re not the only guys who’ve had rough beginnings in the majors.

      I’ll certainly agree, though, that something might be amiss with coaching, because nobody seems to be playing much better as the season progresses. Gross doesn’t appear to be doing his job, and I’ll agree that Amaro placed way too much faith in the ancient Contreras, and made a questionable move signing Qualls. No one else really wanted him at the time, probably for good reason.

      There’s a lot going wrong with this team. When a lot goes wrong, it’s hard to place the blame because it’s usually everybody at fault, if even just a little. But sometimes it’s no one’s fault, it’s just the Gods. Any decision looks terrible when it doesn’t work; it may have been a good decision in 2008 or 2009, or 2011, but for 2012 the same decisions have turned sour, but all the new decisions have also turned sour. Who’s to know what really gives?

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        George, great comment. I see much of what you are saying and I agree that the true catalyst of the poor performance is unknown. It is dialogues like these that make this a great site!

    • c schreiber

      July 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Damn, Big Ed your just a pup a 7 yr old in the 80’s?? I thought you went back with the P’s. I remember my 1st game as a 7yr old in 1951, P’s and Braves (with Warren Spahn) a guy who hit fungos to the OF during BP and on purpose would hit them backwards to the fans behind 1st base in the upper deck at Shibe Park. Spahn was a fan favorite.. Anyhow i’m disgressing. I remember those teams were worst than now but we didn’t have the expectations as we did this year so it makes it much harder to accept.

      • Ken Bland

        July 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Perhaps you’ll enjoy being reminded that today is the 48th anniversary of a Kodak moment, one where, like Kennedy being shot, you will always remember exactly where you were when Johnny Callison blasted a Dick Radatz pitch to put the NL ahead 7-4 at Shea Stadium. The then storybook Phillies had a 1.5 game lead at the all-star break at that time.

        It’s safe to say that it’s a good thing this website didn’t exsist the rest of that year. Brutal would be an understatement.


      • c schreiber

        July 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        Thanks Ken, that was a great moment and Johnny was a great outfielder who doesn’t get his due. Gene Mauch was the manager and after the season he was getting blasted like Cholly is now

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        Seeing a great like Spahn must have been beyond awesome! I would have loved to see those guys play. Feller, Musial, DiMaggio, Koufax, etc.

  18. Joey Spagna

    July 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Phillie Phans: Turn out the liiiiights. The party’s over……..good night y’all.

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