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Phillies Follow Formula for Success

Tonight we witnessed Phillies baseball in it’s purest form. The Fightins won 3-1 as Roy Halladay pitched a gem, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown pieced together a run, Chase Utley delivered a clutch bomb and Jonathan Paplebon scraped together a save.

Mike  Lieberthal

The newest member of the Phillies Wall of Fame

Phillies Family Reunion
The start of tonight’s game was delayed approximately 30 minutes for Mike Lieberthal’s induction ceremony in to the Phillies Wall of Fame. 1993 shortstop Kevin Stocker unveiled the plaque in center field, while Pat the Bat, Lefty, the Bull, Schmitty, the Secretary of Defense, Krukker, Larry Bowa and Dallas Green celebrated on the field. Lieby gave a light-hearted speech and later Bowa and Kruk participated in the telecast. All-in-all it was a fun night for the alumni. But if fans are having a hard time remembering some of Mike Lieberthal’s career highlights, recall he was a Gold Glove Award winner, two-time All-Star and 2002 NL Comeback Player of the Year while playing 12 years in Philadelphia.

Doc Operates
Roy Halladay threw 99 pitches over eight innings and 72 of them were strikes. He was in command all night, fanning eight batters while allowing just two hits and zero walks. The one run allowed came in the second inning in the form of a solo home run by Carlos Beltran. That was the only blemish on the evening and Doc improved his record on the season to 6-6 with a 3.80 ERA. To his credit, Kyle Lohse pitched well himself, allowing one run over 7 innings with seven strikeouts. The game lasted just under two-and-a-half hours.

Chase Clutchly
With the starters cruising past the seventh inning stretch and the game tied at one, it was unclear how this game was going to end. Rookie manager Mike Matheny pinch hit for Lohse with two outs and nobody on in the eighth. Halladay promptly struck out Matt Carpenter and Barret Browning came in to pitch the bottom half of the inning for the Cardinals. Jimmy Rollins started off the frame with a single. After a balk and sac fly bunt by Juan Pierre, JRoll was on third and Utley was at the plate looking to hit something deep enough to score a run. Boy did he! Chase blasted a clutch 2-run home run into the bullpen in right-center. This was Papelbon’s cue to get loose and preserve the 3-1 lead.

A wacky little ending
Jonathan Papelbon‘s 25th save of the season wasn’t without some drama. He allowed a double and single and faced runners on the corner with two outs. Before delivering a pitch to David Freese, Paplebon faked a pick off attempt to third base and instead turned to witness Carlos Beltran breaking for second. A quick toss to Jimmy Rollins and the game was over.

Phils are out of the basement, at least for now.

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  1. Bob in Bucks

    August 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Just back from the game. FYI it was not a sac fly but a sac bunt by Juan Pierre, a master bunter!

  2. DavidE

    August 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    The real good signs for next year are the performances lately of Utley, Howard, Hallady and Lee plus generally effective work by the bullpen.

    Here are some notes regarding Hunter Pence:


    Hunter Pence .744
    Ryan Howard .739
    Dom Brown .736
    Nate Schierholtz.731

    How much is the team really losing offensively when it lost Pence? Pence has 37 extra base hits in 441 at bats. Howard, who was in a slump for most of the season, has 9 extra base hits in 93 at bats. And, everybody talks about how bad Howard is doing. Pence is a major league quality player but he is not a superstar and can be replaced.

    Utley is hitting the ball phenomenally and looks much better than he did last year.

    Halladay’s performance is particularly encouraging because the Cardinals have five players with OPS over .849. And, it’s not like they haven’t seen Roy Halladay pitch before either.

  3. ARc

    August 11, 2012 at 1:56 am

    The Phillies follow formula for success? Are the headlines for this poor excuse for a franchise barf worthy, or are these journalists printing what amounts to some kind of sick joke slap in the face? I neednt say more beyond the fact that one only needs to look at the recent count of posters during and after a game on this site, and frankly I love it! good for you Philadelphia fans for not supporting this crappy product. Fact is a Philly sports fans we’ve seen it all before.
    There is not even a remote trace of anything on this team that could be considered a formula for success, that is as perposterous as canonizing the eagles as a “dynasty”. Winning off of a rare Utley homer which comes after him being like 1 for his last 15 at bats is sickening. How many more games will it be that he produces nothing for this team until again the dog has his day? The few and far between blasts from Utley, howard, and Rollins never have impressed me. They, to me were all over valued overachieving, one hit wonders who, on top of being a combination of mediocre, non-clutch, players managed by a hillbilly, who all work under moron Gm who knows more about finance than putting together a baseball team- dream teams only work in Miami, Los Angeles, and New york. Trying to assemble a pitching rotation, with all number 1’s was pure vanity. Paying your number 3 starter one of the highest salaries in baseball for a pitcher was ludicrous. But for all Amaros sins; good God that rules over heaven and earth, what does Amaro do when even babies and fools know its been our offense which has killed us? he goes and gets rid of the batter with the highest avg. I, as many other Philadelphia sports fans, again as is evident from the dwinling numbers of posters refuse to watch the product put out on the field anymore. I have more important things to do then to have my intelligence insulted. Do you hear me Amaro! I, a paying Phila sports fan will no longer watch this teams broadcast, which means viewership will affect your sponsors, nor will i purchase anymore tickets, and I alone am good for close to 2,000 in ticket sales and merchandise. In the end this is what will hurt Amaro, that which jeopardizes all mens positions in life; the bottom dollar. I hope you lose your job in baseball, however in parting, i think you may make a mighty fine GM in the show business world of rigged games, teams, and prima donnas in the NBA, or maybe even try professional wrestling. These are both sports you may still have success in manipulating through vanity, and arrogance. As for Americas passtime? STAY THE F**CK AWAY!!!

    • moondog

      August 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

      What are you getting for your 9th birthday?

    • DavidE

      August 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Maybe Ed Rendell should be the next President of the United States. Under a Rendell administration, stress-related fan depresssion would become a basis for sick leave and businesses and governments would not be able to discriminate against stress-related fan depression in their sick leave policies. Anyway, it sounds like you could use the time off.

      Anyway, Utley has an OPS of .837 and some of his homeruns have been really clutch.

  4. Melvin

    August 11, 2012 at 2:59 am

    50 games left. If we go 38-12 we will make the playoffs. I know, that’s .760 baseball. Improbable? Yes. Impossible? Absolutely not. It ain’t over until it is. As fans, we have to keep the faith. My reverse magic number is 13. I will give up on the season when the Phils have lost their 13th game from today. Then I’ll go into “we’ll get ’em next year” mode. Until then…

    • sportsphan

      August 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Melvin, I’ve tried to be as optimistic as anyone, but look at who we play after the next ten days or so. We could (and probably will) have those thirteen losses by Labor Day. Id’ LOVE for you to be right, and I’m glad you figured out a definitive number for it, and I’m positive we’ll be in the mix next year, but not this one.

    • c schreiber

      August 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      !3th lose 7th of Sept if not before.

  5. larry

    August 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Do people forget that half of our starters and key players were on the DL this season for most of June / July?

    You cannot compare a players OPS who has over 100 games played to one who has less than half that either.

    Howard 923
    Pence 812

    Don’t get me wrong – I like Pence as a hitter – I followed his career and wondered why the Phils never picked him up. But Howard this year has had only 27 games and Pence has 4 times that amount.

    This is why I think Phils should just bring up people from their 40 man roster to finish the season and rest their starters. Give young players a chance to show off their talent…so that next year we have a healthy team.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    There comes a point when you log into a last place teams blog.

    And you have this.

    Ryan Howard OPS in order

    2006 1.084
    2007 .976
    2008 881
    2009 .931
    2010 .859
    2011 .835
    2012 .729

    Not any type of downward trend
    AFW didnt see it all coming.

    Next year all the old people will get better.
    Thats what old people do.

    • Ken Bland

      August 12, 2012 at 11:25 am


      I agree with your oft stated premise about the age of the club, and how that’s a hinderance for what roster canj be expected for 2013. So it’s not in a spirit of disagreement that I present these achievements by some players during age 38 seasons. One of the Phillies “seasoned veterans” will surprise next year and put up numbers like they are younger in ’13. I base that on percentages, not a particular individual. This really is just to salute these guys that did a number on the numbers at age 38, hardly a pom pom rah rah homer prediction that the Phils are still young.

      “Derek Jeter does not hit with as much oomph as in his best years, nor get on base as often, nor run like he did when he does get on base. But Jeter is collecting hits at his prime rate, and better than just about anyone ever at his age.

      Jeter has an AL-high 150 hits, which projects to 215 for the season. Only once in his hit-laden career — 1999 — did he amass more than that. The record for a player in his age-38 season or older was 225 by Paul Molitor in 1996 (Jeter’s Rookie of the Year season). The second-highest total was 208 by Pete Rose in 1979 in his age-38 season.

      Rose finished that year with 3,372 hits en route to a record 4,256 hits. Jeter has 3,236 hits.

      The most hits in a season by a shortstop age-38 or older was 181 by Honus Wagner in 1912. Wagner hit .324 that season, the best ever by a shortstop that age or older. The second best was .309 by Luke Appling in 1946. Jeter is hitting .315.”

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    August 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

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