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Bullpen’s Scoreless Streak Ends; Loses Lead

The Phillies came off a fantastic sweep of the Washington Nationals, but couldn’t keep their winning streak together as they were defeated by the New York Mets, 9-5.


– The Phillies quickly answered after the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on David Wright’s RBI single.  Chris Young walked Jimmy Rollins, plunked Kevin Frandsen, and walked Chase Utley, loading the bases to lead off the inning.  Ryan Howard drilled a home run to deep right-center field.  The grand slam gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead.


-Vance Worley continues to be inconsistent.  His line: 4.1 innings, 9 hits, 4 earned runs, and 4 strikeouts.

-In the fourth inning, Worley surrendered a two-run home run to Mike Baxter.  The Mets were within one, but soon tied it at four.  The Phillies re-took the lead on Chase Utley’s ninth home run of the season.  The lead wouldn’t last long.

-The Phillies’ bullpen ended their scoreless inning streak at 15.2 innings.  Antonio Bastardo gave up a RBI double to Kelly Shoppach.  The Mets tied the game at 5, and it wouldn’t be the last time Shoppach hurt the Phils.

-In the tenth inning, BJ Rosenberg gave up a RBI double to Ike Davis.  The Mets took the lead, and kept adding on.  The big blow came on Shoppach’s two-run home run.  The Mets went up 9-5, and the Phillies couldn’t muster much offense in the bottom half of the inning.


-Jonathan Papelbon and Raul Valdes did their job.  Valdes pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.  Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

-Domonic Brown was pulled after he irritated his knee.

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  1. Morris Buttermaker

    August 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    What we witnessed tonight was the birth of a legend. B J Rosenberg, I salute you. BJ Rosenberg has earned his right to have his name mentioned among the all time horrible Phillies. He has earned his spot right along Travis Lee, Rick Schu, Steve Jeltz, Desi Relaford,Turk Wendell, Von Hayes, Lance Parrish, Greg Jefferies, Danny Tartabull, David Bell, and Adam Eaton.

    • George

      August 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

      After pitching for less than a half-season, I don’t think Rosenberg should be characterized as a legendary terrible Phil. Anyone can be bad for a period of time. Mike Schmidt didn’t even hit the Mendoza line his first season.

      • Morris Buttermaker

        August 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Last night.:4 runs in the 10th inning.

        For the season: 0-2 record. ERA just under 13.00. 10.2 innings pitched. 15 earned runs. 12 strikeouts, 8 walks.

        15 years from now, which do you think is more likely? You are looking at the BJ Rosenberg jersey hanging in your closet. Or you are saying, “This is the worst pitcher I have seen since BJ Rosenberg.”

      • George

        August 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        For the season? Are a few relief appearances an entire season? Was Schmidt’s first ENTIRE season his whole career?

        I’m not saying that B.J. Rosenberg is going to be good, I’m merely saying it’s too small a sample to know anything yet.

  2. Bob D

    August 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Von Hayes was awesome!

    • schmenkman

      August 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Yeah, there are some Phillies all-stars in that list. Hayes finished 8th in the MVP voting in ’86.

      Instead of “horrible”, I would say they fell short of expectations. Some of those expectations were reasonable (Jefferies, Tartabull). Some were not (Hayes).

      • Morris Buttermaker

        August 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

        Tartabull played 3 games. He did not get a hit. He had 4 walks and 2 runs scored. He made $2.3 million for the year. How is that not horrible?

        Jeffries averaged about 120 games a year, 9 home runs a year, and about 52 RBI a year. Not exactly great numbers.

      • schmenkman

        August 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

        I was trying to find the common theme for the ones on your list. I don’t think “horrible” applies for some of them, but I think it’s fair to say that they all fell short of what we expected from them. Tartabull was certainly horrible. You’re right that Jefferies missed a lot of time, but he was an average hitter who we rightly expected much more from after his very good 1993-94.

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  4. DCmikey

    August 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

    BJ Rosenberg started at AA this season correct??? Let’s give him a little credit here.

    Next season w Stutes returning BJ will be back at the AAA where he should be (for at least a season),

  5. Chuck A.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I absolutely cringed when I saw Rosenberg in the game.

  6. xxLouA

    August 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

    all I know is they had a shot and blew it. SameO, sameO all the time.
    they put theire combined heads up their rear ends and just die.
    They need some power (hitters) really, really bad.
    But bet Amaro the builder of this monster team is looking for more pitching.
    Maybe when Stutes gets well, with Aumont and company (can’t think of name) that will be solved. who knows

  7. Morris Buttermaker

    August 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    schmenkman, I can’t reply to your post for some reason.

    Here’s my common theme for all of those guys- If they brought them out onto a field now, I would boo until my vocal cords bled.

  8. Lefty

    August 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I always feel just a little sorry for Von Hayes. (not too sorry, he got to play big league ball) But he gave us 8 solid years, not great, solid. Was he worthy of a five for one player trade? No, absolutely not, but that’s on the talent evaluators that made the trade right? He didn’t make the trade.

  9. Bruce

    August 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Judging from the so few comments, I suppose many did not watched the game?

    Oh well, I’ll comment on one situation of the game in the 8th. inning, when Mets catcher, Shoppach lined a pitch from Worley into LF that drove in the runner Wright (who was on 1st base) with the tying run. On that hit Brown playing LF seemingly gave a lackadaisical attempt to go after the ball and allowing Wright to score all the way from 1st base. Later a Tv camera showed Phillies manager expressed emotion as he “talked” with Brown in the dugout. One can only surmise Manuel was upset with Brown on that play. My guess is that he told Brown ‘if you’re hurting..TELL me..I don’t want you to be a liability to my team out there.’ He subsequently replaced Brown in LF with Pierre.

    We know the excuses expressed here by some for Worley’s inept performance on the mound the past two months particularly the loose chips in his elbow. The team and Worley both have stated firmly that it has not affected his pitching whatsoever. Besides, excuses are for losers.

    I think that Major league hitters have figured out and made adjustment(s) on how to key on certain pitches Worley delivers. Plus Worley’s poor pitch selection and lack of command added to his woes. It’s becoming evident to me that he is a one year wonder who needs to make the neccessary adjustments and exhibit better command of his pitches. Otherwise his spot in rotation for next season is up for grabs.

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