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Lincecum Stifles Phillies as Worley Implodes

Timmy made a miserable night even worse for the Phillies. (AP)

After a promising road trip, the Phillies could not relay that momentum to their home park, where they’ve struggled mightily all season. Tim Lincecum came in and whooped up on the Phillies as the Giants took the series opener, 7-2. It was about as miserable a night as could be for late July. Wind, rain, and bad baseball.


Vance Worley couldn’t hold it together after a fine early part of the game. He retired 11 straight at one point, but fell apart over the fifth and sixth innings. It culminated in a Brandon Crawford grand slam with one out in the sixth. You can second guess Charlie Manuel for leaving him in the game, but really what does it matter. There’s no sense in beating a dead horse. Charlie’s options are severely limited and he’s trying to get as much out of a supposed strength (his starters) as possible.

-Worley’s final line: six innings, six hits, six runs – perhaps the handiwork of ol’ Lucifer himself. Worley struck out nine, but also walked three while tossing a career-high 119 pitches. Perhaps by leaving Worley in past his expiration, he was sending a message to the powers that be that he’s being hung out to dry. It could be noted that Worley was very close on a few pitches in the sixth. No matter, he couldn’t make pitches when necessary.


-The Phillies first run came on a gift as Tim Lincecum stumbled on the mound, pushing Shane Victorino home from third on a balk. Not sure I’ve ever seen that.

Ryan Howard‘s home run stroke is slowly regaining steam. He launched a blast to dead center field off Lincecum, his second of the season. His average is below .200, but think of this as spring training for Howard. The Big Piece is still finding that big swing.

Chase Utley just missed a home run to right field in the first inning, putting it just short of the foul pole and to the right. Perhaps if it were 10 degrees warmer and the wind were not blowing stiff to left field, that would have made the first row. Alas.

-Lincecum is having, by far, his most dreadful season. That didn’t stop him from going seven strong, allowing just two runs and five hits. He’s about as hittable as they come, having given up 19 first inning runs this season. His ERA was nearly six before the start. The Phillies could do damage.

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  1. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    At least the road games are somewhat interesting.
    The home games are almost unviewable.
    No spark.
    Horrible baseball.

    One of you stat geeks report how much Timmay lowered his 9.00 road ERA today.

    Yes it was really 9.00 coming in.

    • schmenkman

      July 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      His post-ASB ERA increased from 0.00 to something higher.

  2. Lefty

    July 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Charlie has no one he can count on in the pen. Worley should have been pulled prior to pitching to Crawford, but for who? The old man is in a no win position with this bull pen this year. I frequently question the Charlie Manuel hitting philosophy, but this is not his fault. He’s picking between the lesser of two evils.

  3. Bruce

    July 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Phillies broadcaster, “Sugarcoatin’ Tom McCarthy exasperately remarked on the air (paraphrasing) “It’s a odd game and an odd season”.. Duh! 😉

    Indeed, it’s hard to comprehend Phillies home record at CBP; A National League worst 17-28. I will give Lincecum some credit as he pitched another quality start with a 89-93 MPH fastball and changiing speeds with accurate location. He looks like he is on track to help his team in the 2nd half of the season and win their division.

    One positive note is Howard hitting a centerfield bomb for his 2nd HR of the season. He is gradually showing some sign of regaining his timing and stroke. As Pat Gallen commented, it’s spring training for Howard and one can only hope that he along with Utley will eventually provide the desperately needed offensive production from the 3-4 batting hole in the line-up. With that in mind, I like to see the team end the season on a positive note by winning enough games (40 of the last 68) to avoid a losing record and climbed out of the cellar.

    Can it happen? Why not? Yes, I know, the bullpen is their Achilles’ heel. That’s why I’m hoping the offense will pick up with Howard and Utley and starting pitching effectively putting in enough innings (more often than not) to turn it over to their closer, Papelbon.

  4. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 21, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Re: the broadcasters

    AKA cheerleaders
    At one point tonight they said they just cant believe this and no one saw it coming.

    If you take off the rose colored glasses the events of 2010 2011 and 2012 were simple.
    More then simple. They almost had to happen. Inevitable.

    So if they come back in 2013 with the same bunch?
    The injuries?
    The losing?

    It will be a shocker? To who?

    But Rollins is absolutely untradable.

    • c schreiber

      July 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Right on Andrew, lol, lol.

  5. Morris Buttermaker

    July 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

    CHARLIE MANUEL: Hey Mick, can we get somebody warming up in the bullpen?

    MICK BILLMEYER: Sure thing skip, who do you want up?

    CHARLIE MANUEL: Does it really effing matter?

  6. Tom

    July 21, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Just horrible…time to usher in the Ryno era before someone snatches him up! Thanks Cholly, but your time is up!!!

  7. jimmy

    July 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

    It’s mind boggling that RA has not been able to get a decent, experienced right handed reliever all season.

  8. brooks

    July 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

    It irks me when people bring up other teams but look at the Angels of Anehiem – holy crap –
    Trout (21, here is your ROY in the AL), Tremble(26), Hunter and Pujols – along with Weaver who is 12-1 with an ERA under 2.2, Freie out of the BP with 65 K’s in 35 innings and is 11 for 11 in saves/ops. Given that Albert has not shown the AL what he is all about yet and he is only 32, the Angels are sitting pretty.

  9. upandaway

    July 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Tremble? Lol

  10. Chuck A.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I laughed at Tremble, too. Ha!

    Sh*t….gotta keep laughing this season… what else are we all gonna do?

  11. brooks

    July 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hey, if the Phils had to face him.. I’d Tremble

  12. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

    @Lefty: My sentiments exactly. I turned the game off last night in utter disgust. It wasn’t even enjoyable. Man, teams have been lighting up Lincecum this year, but not the Phils. Curious to see how Cole ends up and, if we sign him, what happens at the deadline.

  13. Pat Gallen

    July 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    The people who blame Charlie Manuel this season clearly aren’t paying attention. Is he the worlds greatest in-game manager? No, but he’s never been mistaken for that. He’s tried every-which-way to work the game this year and it hasn’t worked in any situation. Sometimes, it’s not the managers fault.

    • Morris Buttermaker

      July 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I totally agree. Manuel is Old Mother Hubbard at this point. There is nothing but dust and bones in the bullpen and bench. And he got a bunch of old dogs who just roll over and play dead. Horst, Schwimer, Diekmann and Savery have absolutely no business being in the major leagues. He’s gotten a lot out of Ty Wiggington this year. But seriously, what can he really do with Mayberry, Pridie and Kratz? He’s been let down by his veterans this year- Rollins, Victorino, Lee and others. Seriously, if Charlie had a cure for J-Pop, Dumb and Dumber for the the 3-1 pop ups, he would surely use it.

  14. TheDipsy

    July 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Do what Chuck? The article doesn’t name a player the Phils would get.

    The Dipsy

    • c schreiber

      July 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      The Yanks can trade Qualls back for Vic. lol, lol, I crack me up!!!

  15. Chuck A.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Dipsy, the article suggests the Yankees might have a bullpen piece:

    “The Yankees need Victorino’s speed. A change of scenery is needed by Victorino, who is a free agent after the season. The Phillies need bullpen help, so surely Yankees general manager Brian Cashman can come up with a deal that is reasonable for both sides.”

    No names were mentioned, however.

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