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Detwiler Blanks Phillies, Nats Escape Sweep

Three hits was all the Phillies could muster against lefty Ross Detwiler, as the Phillies fell short of a sweep over the Nationals in the 3-0 loss.

Cole Hamels went seven innings and struck out nine while walking one, a nice turnaround from his career-high six walk performance last start. Hamels did allow eight hits and three runs, but it clearly was all about his counterpart, Detwiler.

The Phillies offense could do very little against the hard-tossing left-hander. Detwiler was pulled after just seven innings and 88 pitches, but easily could have finished it out. All night long, Detwiler jammed Phillies batters and made it uncomfortable in the box, even though he struck out just three.

No Phillies hitter had more than one hit – Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen, and Michael Martinez accounted for the three. The Phillies had a shot at scoring in the second inning, but John Mayberry was gunned out at home plate on a strong throw by Bryce Harper.

Michael Schwimer had to work through a rough eighth, but got out unscathed. Schwimer hasn’t allowed an earned run June 13.

Jayson Werth returned for the Nationals, three months after breaking his wrist against the Phillies at Nationals Park in a start made by Cole Hamels. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

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  1. Double Trouble Del

    August 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Just painful to watch Howard. Please rest up for the remainder of the summer- see you next year for more of the same clueless approach at the plate. Oh, please rest Halladay as well. Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation.

    • Ryne Duren

      August 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      agreed! i’ve been bellyaching for some time now for a managerial change. tonites game which i stopped watching when the defensive guru they just brought up (martinez) jack off of all trades! threw to the wrong base to allow the runner to advance to 2cd!

      and charlie probably asked for him too! then i put the game on the radio sitting outside on my deck and listened. genius brings the broken piece in to PH for D. brown! now can anybody tell me why? if you bring brown up to see what he can do, and you’re in last place burried, why on earth would you mess with a young man’s confidence like that by pinch hitting another LH bat for him when the pitcher was a righty? he did the same shit with bastardo the other day! he got the first 2 batters out easily and took him out when a righty came up! we were up 6-0 and again we’re burried! last yr he let him throw to any hitter in any situation. his confidence was high then. since the end of last season his confidence has been crap. that was a perfect opportunity to give him a boost! someone here said well what if he didn’t get the batter out what would happen to his confidence then? well i say if the guy gets a hit you go out there and tell him calm down i know you can do it now get this next batter! ya pat him on the back and let hinm pitch. if he screws up then you take him out! and everybody wonders why the young guys aren’t effective. now he’s gonna do the same shit to brown.

      • George

        August 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Manuel is still trying to win, and you can’t fault him for that, “lost” season or not. Getting a look at new players doesn’t mean putting them in positions where failure is likely. Bastardo hasn’t had much success this year against righties, and I’m sure Brown won’t have his confidence hurt all that much (if at all) having been replaced by the team’s most productive hitter over the past several seasons. If the pinch-hitter had been someone like Michael Martinez, I could see your point.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    @DTD and Ryne: I made a similar comment concerning Howard and The Pinch Hit Debacle on this game’s game day thread. Good hitters adjust, Ryan Howards swing at junk down and away. not sure if anyone was thinking on the team today from Cholly Marbles to Rube “I heart Mini-Mart” Amaro. DBacks up next.

  3. bacardipr

    August 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Honestly i think if Howard and Utley dont come around next year, we will be in for more of the same. These two are suppose to carry the team. With this payroll im afraid are options are limited at least until Utley;s contract is up. Thats what it boils down to.

    • schmenkman

      August 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Utley has a .820 OPS — I don’t know how much more one could expect. Unless you mean playing closer to a full season.

  4. Dave

    August 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    They really need to trade Howard to an AL team and eat salary. You can’t handcuff the team for the next 4 years?? with him on your roster. He has been in decline now for several years.

    • schmenkman

      August 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

      “He has been in decline now for several years.”

      Not true. 2006, and to a lesser extent 2007, were career years and we’re never going to see those again. But he’s been fairly consistent since 2008. This is his OPS, relative to the rest of the league (called OPS+) in 2008-2011: 125, 141, 127, 125

      • xxLouA

        August 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

        I think he has been in a decline ever since the last game of the WS….after that he became a SO artist swinging at anything in left field …..He will NEVER change now. of course he will get his HRs now and then…..but carrying him is not the thing to do…..JUST consider it a loss and forget it…….He already got paid for a year of what “NOTHING” and now he is resting again…poor guy can only play a day at a time….BS

      • schmenkman

        August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        LOL thanks – very entertaining

    • George

      August 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

      If the team is paying millions to a player who’s now a 1st baseman for an AL team, please tell me how that helps the roster? They’d then have to add another productive 1st baseman (as well as an outfielder, third baseman, and starter to replace Blanton). Last I looked, most of the good first base guys were making more than Howard. Chances are that if they were still paying much of Howard’s contract, the team couldn’t even afford a scrub to replace him, and would have LESS money to address other concerns.

      • Dave

        August 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

        They could eat a little salary and still afford a decent 1st baseman. Would you take Adam LaRoche as your 1st baseman George? Before you tell me I’m crazy, look at his numbers with relation to salary. He’s averaging 24.5 HR and 90 RBI the last 2 full seasons (2009-2010) and he’s only making 8 million this year. Howard is averaging 32 HR and 112 RBI the last 2 years and he’s making 20 million. Is Howard worth 2 1/2 times Adam LaRoche? Now, I’m not advocating getting Adam LaRoche to replace Howard, but it’s just one example. My point is, if you can get a decent 3rd baseman with some power, we don’t need as much production from 1B. Heck we’re not even sure Howard will be able to return to his numbers from the last couple years.

      • xxLouA

        August 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Dave you got it laid out as good as can be saying it better than I already did….this guy is a waster as far as I’m concerned…….Sometimes you got to eat it and now the Phil’s must do the same

  5. Morris Buttermaker

    August 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    That line-up last night was a complete disgrace. Fans are still paying major-league money to watch these teams play. You need to put major league players on the field. Martinez and Frandsen are minor league players. Dom Brown and Mayberry are borderline. The journeymen like Scheirholtz, Nix and Fontenot at least give you a half decent at-bat. That lineup last night should have just been wearing Iron Pigs uniforms. The team finally wins back-to-back games, so they completely shake up the lineup.

    They should just tell Martinez to swing 3 times as hard as he can and see what happens. The Hunter Pence approach. Right now, he looks like he has a good chance statistically prove he is the single worst hitter in Major League Baseball history. Fans should get 1/9th of their ticket price back every time he is in the lineup.

  6. Tired

    August 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Couldn’t agree more, and I’ve had it with Charlie putting broken lineups out there. Pierre, Nix and Schierholtz are all more useful both offensively and defensively than Martinez. When a team is already depleted – and you have a player who is off to a solid start as a Philly on both sides of the ball in Schierholtz – you keep him in the game.

    With Schierholtz in the outfield, we have 3 above average fielders with strong arms in the outfield – and he is a career .285 hitter with power. Moreover, the reason he was excited to come to Philly was to become an everyday player and we are replacing him against lefties with a .143 hitter.

    I’m thankful to Charlie for the World Series win, but am sick and tired of watching him manage. Want him gone.

    • Dave

      August 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Couldn’t agree more. Replacing Brown with Howard last night, not starting Schierholtz, bringing up Mini-Fart to replace Fontenot, leaving Rollins at leadoff, batting Pierre 7th, not moving up Ruiz earlier in the season, etc. the list goes on and on. And let’s not mention the handling of the pitching staff or he way he gets out managed late in games. He is a good guy, but a bad manager.

  7. TID

    August 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’m still trying to figure out why Samuel sent Mayberry with less than two outs. So he could kill a nice inning where the bases would have been loaded with less than two out? Yeah, I wouldn’t want that either….

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