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Phillies Unravel Late, Miss Out on Sweep of Marlins

Roy was good. But not quite good enough. (AP)

Roy Halladay gave ’em a chance, but the Phillies offense couldn’t get it together once again. The Phillies had an opportunity to sweep the reeling Marlins, but instead were blown out, losing 9-2.


-It’s like playing Russian Roulette. Charlie Manuel has no choice but to call on someone; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t Today in Miami, it did not, as the bullpen allowed six runs in the eighth inning. The culprits: BJ Rosenberg, Raul Vales, and Michael Schwimer.

-Schwimer had been on a tear, but in his last few outings has really hit the skids. In his last two outings, Schwimer has allowed five earned in 1 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he’d only given up one run in his last 11 outings.


-Halladay gave it his all, going seven strong, but laboring toward the end. He allowed three earned and struck out seven innings. His last four starts have all been solid after hitting a rough patch following the DL stint. Not much more he could do here today.


Ty Wigginton (of all people) accounted for the only two runs the Phillies would score. He had two hits, including a home run, and was the only Phillie to collect multiple hits. The 0-fer’s were Utley, Luna, Brown, and Kratz.


-Or not. Nobody shows up to games, as you can see in the picture above. The announced attendance was over 22,000, but it looked like a little league game. Build it, and people still won’t go in South Florida.

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  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    More importantly lost a half game to the Mets.

    Halladay and Lee (OF ALL PEOPLE)
    Now have 8 or is it 9 wins?

  2. xxLouA

    August 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    It’s unreal is all I can say…One run last night and only 2 today.
    And they rest, mind you, the big bux guy and switch the line-ups as if it mattered.

  3. Dave P

    August 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hm…Melky Cabrera banned for 50 games…depending on how much of his performance can be attributed to PEDs, maybe he would be a cheap and effective outfield pick up next year?

    Or he could be a cheap and mediocre/underperforming pick up.

    Not saying I’m for it, but it could interesting to consider.

  4. DCmikey

    August 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    22,000 for a 12:40pm game on a Wednesday.
    2 teams that are the biggest underachievers in MLB.

    Sounds about right

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Ugly one today. After yesterday’s game I was thinking we could use today’s to pull even with the Mutts. Oh well.

    • Ryne Duren

      August 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

      big ed all i have to say is jimmy, jimmy . failed to try to break up a doublr play, and pulled up way too soon on a roller the SS that was bobbled a bit! someone who hustles had a possibility to maybe be save! he’s a good example to the younger guys of what not to do! dump him in the offseason. i’m sick of his show.

      • schmenkman

        August 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

        Lol the team doesn’t have enough holes to fill. Let’s dump one of the best shortstops in the game and create another hole there.

      • Lefty

        August 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        That play bothered me too. I don’t care how good he is, or how many holes we have, It’s just a terrible example for a “core player/ team leader” to set. It’s unrealistic to “dump” him Ryne, but a fine or day-off is in order. We’ll see if Charlie has the balls. Does the new CBA allow club fines? I have no idea.

        I had the Marlins feed here in Baltimore, and those guys were commenting on it. Hutton couldn’t believe it. Made me think about how they must have felt about Hanley, although I doubt they ever said anything.

      • Manny

        August 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm


        Oooooooof Jimmy’s twitter reply to the fan who called him out is very upsetting… More upsetting than not running hard to 1st.

      • Jeff Dowder

        August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm


        Manuel met with Rollins today to talk about his lack if hustle. Said he expects to see a difference, but “We’ll see.”

  6. psujoe

    August 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Focus on the starters and howard, Utley and the new guys. I see 3 guys from the Pen back Horst, Lindblum and Papplrbon. Corey talked about it early but 6 million AAV for Adams is worth it. obviously need another bat or two, but the BP, especially late is awful. Using minor leaguers again tonight is defatling.

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I’m with Ryne, Lefty, and Manny in that I’m disgusted by Rollins’s lack of effort. His response, doesn’t help, but it is his right to free speech. I don care if Jimmy was the greatest shortstop in the world and monkeys flew out his arse, you run out every ground ball. You never know what could happen. If I was the manager, he would sit and I’d fine him. But that is old school and apparently new school is make millions and then become “whatever”. Sometimes I get angry that I was born too late to see great baseball players play: Mays, Aaron, Williams, etc. Played 110%, most for just the love of the game. It’s sad. However, that is why he is J-Bag and unfortunately we are stuck with him. Would’ve have never happened on the 1980 team, Rose and others would have ran him out of town. Man, I’m f0(king angry.

    • Ken Bland

      August 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      The blog Crashburn Alley ran an interesting post out of the incident. The suggestion was it’s racist to criticize Rollins if you don’t criticize Jim Thome, who, with video provided in the post, didn’t run out a grounder earlier this year, and also Cliff Lee doing similarly. I remember Cliff’s “jaunt” to first, and recall being surprised by no reaction to it.

      Seems like since the team to beat cry of a few years ago, Jimmy is regarded as the leader of the team, or at least one of them. i remember when Cole pulled that nonsense with Harper, one of the reactions from a known baseball person, whose name escapes me was “where’s the leadership on that team?” in a rather enthusiastic tone. Rightly or wrongly, that made me think of Jimmy.

      I’ll cast another vote for the discussion on twitter going too far. I’d bet Charlie was really pissed when they talked.

      • George

        August 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        Racism? Give me a break. Thome has a bad back, and in the video had an obvious limp. Lee is a starting pitcher and isn’t supposed to wear himself out in a mad race to first. People throw around that term “racism” far too frequently; it becomes meaningless with so much repetition.

        That said, I’ll also quote Schmenkman, but I’ll add my own comment:

        “You never know what could happen.” That includes pulling a hamstring in a futile move to beat a play that has about a 25 in 1000 chance of not being made.

        Rollins has had numerous leg problems over the years, so I can’t fault him for not going full-tilt. However, he should never have answered that fan, particularly with sarcasm.

    • schmenkman

      August 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      “you run out every ground ball. You never know what could happen.”
      – Yes, 2 or 3 times a year it would make a difference

      “Sometimes I get angry that I was born too late to see great baseball players play: Mays, Aaron, Williams, etc. Played 110%, most for just the love of the game.”
      – Interesting that you didn’t compare Rollins to the vast majority of current players who you apparently think run out every ball, for no purpose than to please fans like you. Or maybe you don’t think most current players do that.

  8. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    @schmenkman: I only care about the Phillies. However, I firmly believe a slew of players don’t run out ground balls. Money has denigrated the lack of love for the game by the majority of players. It makes me sick. All those millions. Apparently it doesn’t bother you. If it were someone I had not thought of as a role model for younger children and rookie players, maybe I would care less, but it sets a poor example all around. Look at Utley. Guy has bad knees, but runs out every play. The point isn’t the 2 or 3 instances in your stat book, but the principle. It’s also their job. If that was you or I at our jobs trying to keep our heads above water in a bad economy, we would get reprimanded for effort like that. In law, certain individuals like doctors, lawyers, and teachers are held to a higher standard than the reasonable person in their respective fields, so should those using steroids in sports. The argument can go on and on, but those older players I mentioned would not have been seen doing that and they are the ones who inspired JBag. To each his own Schmenkman. There is no stat for heart.

  9. Ken Bland

    August 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    “There is no stat for heart”.

    Nonsense, young man. Ask any saberneropologist what the winning percentage on a draw of an ace of hearts and a queen of hearts is, and they’ll tell you a pretty good OPS.

    Onto s more serious comment…

    I’m telling ya, people have it all wrong ripping modern day players for their attitude. First, common sense says that a negative is gonna draw attention, and with twice as many players in the selection pool as back in the day, and quick, and plentiful media exposure, it draws reaction, and overreaction, and faster than you can say, “did you see Joe Blanton’s sterling line V the Buccos today?”

    You never heard anything about whether the likes of Rogers Hornsby played all out, because there wasn’t any video 80 years back. Time heals the wounds of a then malcontent (whom I loved, but let’s get real) like Crash Allen 40 years later. All you hear about him now, which I think is great, is what a terrific hitter he was. A guy does something bad, or stupid now, and it’s fresh in your mind.

    If anything, the players now appreciate the opportunities afforded them more than any prior generation. They don’t have to sell cars in the winter to make ends meet (see the picture next to my name at the top as one of a long list of examples). The guys you mentioned, Hank, Willie, and Teddy Ballgame are cream of the crop. I can just as easily list Buster Posey, Mike Trout, and Chase Utley (I didn’t even have to throw in Derek Jeter or Dustin Pedroia) and see your equal.

    Each generation has bad apples.

    Bad apples are more consistent spoiled brats than Jimmy is. There’s no point raising your blood pressure higher than where Jimmy’s batting average is. He is what he is, which on the whole, is an above average career major leaguer to a good major leaguer.

    Every freaking time I offer my 2 cents, I have that much less net worth. This can get very expensive.

  10. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Lol. Ken, I completely understand your viewpoint. Utley and the others you mentioned always play hard. In fact, Chas was my Phils example. They deserve their pay. But can’t we admit that these contracts and salaries of astronomical importance are having an adverse effect on some aspects of the game? Sorry for my tirade. Like many of you I was raised to be respectful, work hard, and take pride in what I do in all aspects of my life whether I’m making five cents or 11 million a year, or 50k an at-bat. To me, Rollins just represents the lack of work ethic that is becoming an epidemic in this country in the past 15-20 years. But I digress. That is my 2 cents, which has just upped the value of yours! Lol.

  11. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “Everybody is going to hustle. That’s my job. That’s for the integrity of baseball. That’s for respect for the manager, the players and the organization. Everything. No matter who you are.”

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