Kemp’s Walkoff Ends Phils’ Streak – Phillies Nation

Kemp’s Walkoff Ends Phils’ Streak

Cliff Lee needed to be great today and he certainly was that. The only problem, Clayton Kershaw was pretty awesome, as well. The two dueled until they could duel no more, but in the end Lee got yet another no-decision in the 5-3 loss.


-Let’s start with Lee, who was as efficient as ever. After eight innings, he was pulled for a pinch hitter, but could have easily gone 12 or 13 frames today. Over the eight, he allowed just two hits, one run, and struck out four while walking one. Sixty-four of his 89 pitches went for strikes. About as good as can be.

-According to ESPN Stats, Lee received less than two runs of support for the 8th time in 16 starts. That’s just the kind of season he’s going through.

-Clayton Kershaw showed why he’s a Cy Young winner, too. It took him 120 pitches, but he also worked eight innings, allowing just one run. Kershaw fanned seven and left with a no-decision as well.

-It may not have ended the way Phillies fans wanted it to, but either way it was a hell of a pitching matchup. Just went the wrong way.


-The Phillies had a golden opportunity in the ninth after finally getting rid of Kershaw. They had Kenley Jansen on the ropes, loading the bases on a Ryan Howard single and walks by Placido Polanco and John Mayberry Jr., all with two outs. Jason Pridie hit for Lee, but flied out softly to left field to end the threat.

-Wild ninth for the pen. Kyle Kendrick had a tough job in front of him: retire Matt Kemp with one on and one out. He did that, striking out the all-star. Unfortunately, Jeremy Horst couldn’t do the same with Andre Ethier. Horst allowed Ethier to single to right field, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Michael Schwimer walked Jerry Hairston and it came down to James Loney vs. Schwimer and Schwim won. He got Loney to chase a nasty 2-2 slider, ending the threat. What an inning.

-RE: Schwimer – perhaps that’s the sort of at-bat that kicks him in the rear end. I’ve always thought Scwhimer could be a very good relief pitcher, as he cruised through the minors. Maybe this is the one that pushes him one step close to that.


-Let’s hear it for Hunter Pence. He came through again with a huge, two-run single in the tenth inning, putting the Phillies up 3-1. I, among many others, have killed him for his inability to come through in the clutch. That’s back-to-back games with clutch hits for Pence.

– Jonathan Papelbon couldn’t close the deal in the bottom of the tenth, as he quickly got into  jam.  Bobby Abreu’s RBI single put the Dodgers within one.  Papelbon struck out Mark Ellis for the second out, but Matt Kemp followed with a game-tying single.

Kemp grounded to Rollins, who made a terrific back-handed play.  It appeared as if the web gem would end the game, but Kemp barely beat out the throw.  The bang-bang play created some arguments from the Phillies’ side, but the replay showed that Kemp just beat the throw by an inch.  On the play, Abreu scored to even the score at three.  Papelbon would then get Andre Either to fly out to end the inning.


-The Phillies had a perfect opportunity to score with two men on and nobody out, but could not capitalize.  The lineup collectively left 12 men on base today.

-Kemp launched Jake Diekman’s fastball into the right-centerfield bleachers.  Kemp’s two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 5-3 victory, ending the Phillies’ four game winning streak.  The Phillies bullpen battled in extra innings, but Kemp found a way to come through.

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  1. Double Trouble Del

    July 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    When you need a big save Papelbon is going to be exactly like Billy Wagner-disappearing. The Papelbon of 2007 is gone. The Papelbon who blew a save opportunity with his team’s playoff hopes in the balance on the last game of the season is signed for 4 years to the tune of 50 million. The worst move Amaro made last year!

    • schmenkman

      July 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I wasn’t a fan of the Papelbon signing either, but this might be interesting on the blown save…

      • Chuck A.

        July 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Good analysis and I would agree with it..

      • Manny

        July 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        All fair points… BUT the article fails to mention that Abreu easily stole second off Papelbon… he didn’t pay any attention to him. Abreau and his bloop single got him to first…then he steals 2nd.. then gets to 3rd on the Gwynn weak grounder… and then scores with Kemp’s infield hit… He would’ve NOT scored on that play had Papelbon not allowed that stolen base. Papelbon, and most relievers in general, need to get better at that.

  2. bacardipr

    July 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Papelbon could of done better, Unfortunately couple of dink hits did him in. Luck wasnt on our side. These are the games we must win if any hope of making the playoffs. Still it was some positive out of these last few games. Cliff Lee pitched a gem of a game. Many tough decisions for Rube and the Phils await. Many of them will probably be decided in the next 1 or 2 series. The Giants are up next and they can very well make or break the tide in some of Rubes plans.

    • George

      July 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

      What will influence Amaro is probably not so much how the Phils do against the Giants, but how the Hamels negotiations work out. If Hamels doesn’t sign, the Phils trade him and others. If he does sign, the Phils will still probably trade others. I believe Victorino is probably gone, because the F.O. will decide it will be too risky to make a “qualifying offer” to get the draft picks at year’s end. That offer will supposedly have to be in the neighborhood of $12.5 million, and that’s a lot to commit to an aging player having a bad season. That has little to do with San Francisco. Amaro must know by now that post-season hopes are really, really dim, and that changes will be needed to an aging team.

      • Ken Bland

        July 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

        I don’t know about the word aging in describing Vic. I’m not defending his year, and I don’t know about the accuracy of 12.5, or if 5 years was more than a negotiating point in the papers, but when you steal 20 of 23 bases, it seems more accurate to describe the flaws in his year as an off year than aging. His decline might have started, but I think he has a couple years mixed in of pretty good play left. Will he see a year like last year again? Quite possibly, because last year wasn’t a year of consistency, it was a year of strong peaks carrying his numbers through. So I’d think he has a couple more years like that, with periods of strength.

        Course he hasn’t had much of anything like that this year, but my weapon choice would be off year.

      • George

        July 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

        I’ll grant that Vic may (and probably does) have a few good seasons left. The real question is whether those seasons warrant an offer of $12.5 million dollars, or even a short extension (which Victorino probably wouldn’t find palatable). He is aging in the sense that he’s not getting younger, so his numbers will likely decline. If only slightly, it’s still a decline and may not warrant the money the Phils will have to pay to retain him. That $12.5 figure is based on the average pay of the top performers; 10% or something. That’s part of the new CBA. It’s an estimate, for sure, but it’s based on current salaries and isn’t going to change much.

        While I believe that Victorino in a bad year is still worth close to that (maybe a slight overpay) I doubt the Phils will, particularly considering their proximity to the luxury tax. Most the so-called experts are saying the Phils front office gives absolutely no indication that they want Vic for next year. If they have no intentions of extending him, surely they won’t want to risk him accepting the qualifying offer, and they will get what they can for him by July 31.

        This is, of course, only opinion. I think he’s a valuable player, myself. But he’s probably also replaceable.

  3. Cs

    July 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Oh my

  4. Manny

    July 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    That was a tough loss 🙁

    When your team gives you a 3-1 lead in extra innings, you better seal the deal. Papelbon couldn’t get it done. Sure there were some bloop hits but he let Abreu easily steal 2nd…and that ended up costing us. The other day they stole 3rd easily off him with 2 outs but he managed to save it anyway. He needs to get better at holding runners.

  5. Chuck A.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I’m happy with a 4-2 trip and 2 series wins. We’re gonna have to reel off something like 8-10 in a row, though, in order to really try getting back into it. The Giants this weekend will be a tough test. HAVE to take 2 of 3 in that series!

  6. c schreiber

    July 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    To fully sum up the year for the P’s is “its HISTORY”, “OVER” so lets get to dealing and start the transformation to the 2013 Phils and quit BS around Rube.

    • Chuck A.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I’m pretty confident in saying that Ruben isn’t “BSing around” right now.

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