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Phillies Keep Wild Card in Sights with Win Over Miami

KK was great again (AP).

Behind Kyle Kendrick and Dom Brown, the Phillies inched closer to the Cardinals in the Wild Card standings with a 3-1 win over the Marlins.


-Kendrick did not give up a hit until the sixth inning, after Rob Brantly singled a sharp liner to center field. Two pitches prior to that base hit, Kendrick appeared to have Brantly struck out on a very close pitch, but did not get the benefit from home plate umpire.

-That sixth inning became a struggle for Kendrick after allowing that first hit, but he got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Giancarlo Stanton, his eighth of the night, a career high.

-Kendrick owns the Fish, not having lost to the club in over four years. The last time: September 9, 2008. His final line: seven innings, one run, two hits, three walks, and the eight K’s.

-Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc wasn’t half bad. He made a mistake to Dom Brown and had Michael Martinez hustle his way into a run, all of if coming in the fifth. He allowed three runs on four hits in five innings.


-Domonic Brown has had a serious lack of power during his latest stint in the major leagues. He struck his first home run on August 22, so it’s been a while since he last put a charge into one. In the fifth inning, he launched a two-run bomb deep to right field off Wade LeBlanc to get the Phillies on the board.

-I’ll state it again; I’ve preached patience with Brown and I think that needs to continue. He’s certainly not hurting the Phillies by being out there, let’s hope this is a stepping stone for a big final month. Brown also drew a walk

-Other than Brown, not much happened with the sticks.


-Man, have they been good or what? With the youth movement in full effect, Charlie Manuel went to Justin De Fratus for two outs in the eighth and then had Jake Diekman come in for the final out of the inning. With Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Manuel summoned Antonio Bastardo to shut it down, which he did.


-People started doing the wave in a pretty big spot. With two runners on and one out, the fans tried it out for a while. Not the best time, folks, come on.

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  1. DavidE

    September 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Bullpen has been very good in this stretch with the exception of the one Met game and the game ended by Chipper Jones’ homerun. Not sure how many scoreless innings have been hurled by the bullpen in a row but the group has really been effective and has been instrumental in all of these home wins. The playoffs are a big longshot still but its getting interesting.

    • Devin

      September 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Hell, I’ll settle for ending the season well enough to feel good going into next year. These guys thrive as underdogs, always have. Next season, they’ll start as underdogs and tear the league a new infield.

    • schmenkman

      September 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      11 2/3 straight scoreless.
      22 innings in September, with a 1.23 ERA

      • Ryne Duren

        September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        STATMAN strikes again. or that would be Mr. Schmenkman. good job there pal! you continue to impress me.

  2. Morris Buttermaker

    September 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    If the Phillies somehow sneak into the playoffs, the player most responsible for the turnaround is Kyle Kendrick.

    Yea, I never thought I would type that sentence either.

    • PhP54

      September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      That is the understatement of the decade. You are SO right.

  3. DCmikey

    September 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    KK is playing out of his mind. PN- 2nd half MVP?!?!

    Def the second half surprise Phillies player.

    We have all seen Kyle struggle over the years and seeing this is simply amazing.

    • Ryne Duren

      September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      yea guys he’s got me stumped! tell you what. he can stump me to and through the playoffs. would that be the sweetest of sweet or what? Go Fightens!

  4. artemis

    September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I believe.

  5. artemis

    September 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Only two words from this faithful Phillies Phan: I Believe.

  6. Jeff

    September 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Cards now losing 4-2. If the phillies held onto the win against the
    Braves things could be different. 4 games. Horrible blown game

  7. Glutenous

    September 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Looking back, that could be THE game…

    What happens if the Phillies end up tied with, say, the Cardinals after 162 games. Do they go by head-to-head record or is there a play-in game for the play-in game? That would be a pretty crazy scenario.

  8. Morris Buttermaker

    September 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    There have been like 5 or 6 “THE game”s this year. Last week in Atlanta is just the one most fresh in your mind.

    • Glutenous

      September 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

      You are absolutely right, the pen blew so many leads earlier in the season. If we had held on to one or two of THOSE games, instead of 5.5 back, its maybe 2.5 or less.

      • Glutenous

        September 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

        Not 1 or 2, I should have said “some.”

  9. DCmikey

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 am

    @ Jeff, I agree w you pal.

    @morris, but then, I totally agree w you too. Both great points!!!

    You guys are awesome man

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 am

    5 games out.

    Thank you padres/

  11. DCmikey

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Former Phils AAA player BRANDON MOSS, now w the A’s, hit his 17th HR tonight!!!!!

    Um, did we not see his power?? Or was he blocked?

    • Lefty

      September 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Brandon Moss is not young. He has played for 4 different major league teams.

      Brandon Moss has always had the ability to hit with power in the minors, but every time he has been brought up to the show it disappears. He once had 424 PA’s with the Pirates and hit .236/.304/.364 with 7 home runs.

      The Phillies let a 28 year old AAA player go, and for the first time he learned to hit major league pitching. It happens, but it’s not like they gave away a young stud. I get on the Phils scouts and lower level development people more than anyone, this one is not on them.

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

    We block alot of people.

    Its funny to me that the Phillies got rid of 2 of thier best players and got better.

    If you had let AFW pcik the 2 to go instead of shane and Pence youd have really seen a difference.

    Ive been vegging Ruben Minaya to shake up the line up since after 2009
    Took falling apart to do it i guess.

    Probbly too little too late though.

  13. Ken Bland

    September 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Let’s not take a win for granted tonight, but in looking forward to taking care of business with Doc back in position to do what he came here for, compete to play in the post season (not to mention win), some thoughts on Tuesday’s action.

    The Phils got help from 2 of 3 games last night. Tonight, 4 games of importance, but all 5 stumbling blocks play. If the Phils win, and get help from 2 of the 5 losing, it’s pretty good. I guess it’s better if the Dbacks beat LA. It’s not like the Backs are so far back that you can forget about them, but Kshaw’s pretty important to LA’s rotation relative to ace/normal starter comps.

    Wainright goes for the Cards. That’d take baseball gods interference to get some help on.
    Pardon my AW subjectivity. Fan’s perrogative. Interestingly, the weekend matchup at LA will be AW against CK. Remind me to buy popcorn later today to get it ready.

    The Pirates and Brewers could easily lose, which is a bold statement the way the Brewers are playing.

    If the Cards lose, and the Phils lose, followers of the club will feel max frustration on Hump Day off the wasted op. But I’m here to tell you that in St. Louis’s miracle run of a year ago, they had a late September game against the Mets where they imitated your worst nightmares of the Phils pen. Blew a game in at least as fairly similar fashion to the recent Papelbon game as memory can recall, and you’d have thought their mo mo was dead. The Phils need a win tonight, but they need these other clubs to lose just as badly.

    Let’s see if the Phils can cut the Cards lead to a max of 3 games by Sunday, and still have them as the twocard leader.

  14. TheDipsy

    September 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Utley and Howard come back. The team gets stoked. Their performance has been fine and quite the improvement than what was in their stead.

    Roy got healthy.

    Ruben cut away some dead wood and infused the team with new blood.

    Very excited about the team going into next year. 5 GB is a lotta games. My fingers are crossed.

    The Dipsy

    • Ken Bland

      September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I don’t know that Doc’s completely healthy (nor that he isn’t, mind you). Maybe I’m playing overprotective devil’s advocate, but like his last start, he was awarded a sizable lead, and that’s a lot easier to pitch through.

      He’s been pretty good since returning, and seemingly healthier, but I’d like to think he (and Cliff) both have genuine Doc (and Cliff) starts to show off before it’s over. Mostly Doc, but I’m talking vintage Cliff, not very good Cliff.

      To my way of thinking, these are especially the 2 guys owed as competitive a team as can be fielded, and of course, a chance to add their greatness to that formula.

  15. DCmikey

    September 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

    @Lefty, thanks a lot for the input. I did not know that. And I agree w you now. N

    I’m just a youngin’ in my late 20’s. Ha!

    • Lefty

      September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      That’s cool DCmikey,
      Do you know any good Phillies bars near where you live? I’m going to be in a meeting in downtown DC this week. If you don’t want to discuss it out in the open, you can log on, and send me a private message.

  16. Chuck A.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Dipsy, Roy being on the DL for a month an a half just happens to coincide with their sh!tty record that included the month of June. Is it fair to say that his injury is the main reason (not the only one) that they fell so far behind? I think so.

    • Ryne Duren

      September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

      yea chuck agreed! that whole time he was out was very painfull to watch that’s for sure! but the beuaty of this game i love is that you have to play it ALL out my friend. and as yogi said ” it aint over till it’s over” we’re pretty much healthy and the pitching came around. what would be really nice is if howard can go on a tear right now. and i gotta tell ya i’ll bet those other teams in front of us are watching what we’re doing too! because they know that if our pitching pitches the way they capable they got problems. and if we do get in the teams we play gotta be scared.

    • George

      September 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Actually, the rest of the team was playing so horribly I don’t think there’s any correlation at all between Halladay’s injury and the losing. Had Roy been pitching, the losses may have been a little closer, say 2-1 instead of 6-1, because Wiggy would still have been making errors at third, Pence would have been running in when he should have been going out, the pen would have been blowing leads, and nobody would have been hitting with runners at third.

      And Halladay hadn’t really been pitching all that well before he was shut down, anyway.

      • Chuck A.

        September 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

        I disagree. Losing him was a tremendous blow to a team that already had it’s 3 and 4 hitters out for long stints. It messed with the rotation and it messed with the psyche of the team. Of course, there’s no actual evidence and they probably wouldn’t have been a .600+ team through that stretch…..but if they had won even 5 games that they lost in the month of June they would be 75-66 right now…..and tied with STL.

      • George

        September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        5 games? If Halladay had been pitching well before the injury, and for the first few games after he came back, they might have won those 5.

        I just don’t buy that “psyche” stuff. It’s a blow to lose a good player, but a good team still plays the game right, which the Phils didn’t in June.

        Halladay is A reason, but probably not THE reason.

  17. Big Mike

    September 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    A lot of stepping up last night again. KK big time, DB – even Martinez getting his head into this now. No doubt the bullpen has become a little more stable which helps keep our earned wins, and keep us in games when we’re down. Most importantly however is the emotional effect it has on my nights.

    Tonight, after 40+ years rooting for the Phils, I’m going to be passionately rooting for a few others just as hard: Go Reds, Braves, dBacks and Padres.

    • Ken Bland

      September 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Good job clearing that up for us Big Mike. I’d hate to think you were rooting for your research to prove true with the Fightins finishing 7 back.

      Get that tomahawk chop goin’. LETS GO BRAVES!

  18. Manny

    September 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    So I moved to London a couple weeks ago but I’ve been following the Phillies from here. The other night T-Mac woke me up at 3am with”PHILLIES COME BACK AND WIN IT IN THE 9TH!” I hope he keeps doing that. I just leave the Ipad with the game on and wake up to hear the good news, then back to bed.

    KK has been extremely solid.. kinda insane, really. And the pen is finally stable. 5 games back… I believe!!

    • Lefty

      September 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      You moved to London? Permanently?


    September 11, 2012 at 11:30 am


    If the Phils make the playoffs, then they will likely be the hottest team in baseball at that time.
    Remember what the Cardinals and Giants did to us. It is a longshot but worth following and it certainly boosts hopes.

  20. JohnMatrix

    September 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    They made a good point this morning on WIP. Said maybe the older players gave it up as “just one of those seasons” then you cut some dead weight and bring up some hungry guys like Kratz, Dom, Frandsen and you get a shot in the arm. Maybe some October baseball? im pumped!

    • Ken Bland

      September 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I dunno. There seems to be some real professionalism amongst many of the veterans. I’d tend to doubt that especially Doc and Cliff were hanging any heads.

      But, of course there could be a healthy mix of both, or the youngsters should maybe get more credit. But it’s a good story, bordering on very good, and maybe reaches great story status.

      Nice job hearing a good point on WIP. I thought there hadn’t been one since Ken Garland handled morning drive on that former Metromedia station.

      • schmenkman

        September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        Ken, believe it or not I agree (on both the quitting and the WIP points).

      • JohnMatrix

        September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

        i think they were refering to Vic and pence, and maybe jimmy. I find myself listening to WIP just to hear eagles fans hang themselves every day. its hilarious. The guys on there are idiots. Talk about frontrunners.

      • Ken Bland

        September 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        The WIP comment was facetious. Don’t listen to much commercial radio sportstalk any more, but my true opinion is if you can be selective (might take a while), you can learn some stuff.
        No biggie either way.

  21. Chuck A.

    September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Just the fact that we’re even talking about this after the way things have gone this season is pretty amazing.

  22. Ken Bland

    September 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Think I changed by mind about entering the “Why I Love the Phillies” scramble. What’s a late dated and out of format contribution when you’re submitting a sure fire winner.

    Without further adieu, my entry on “Why I Love the Phillies” for the judges and company to labor through.


    The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies.

    The end.


    The fireupedness rages on.

  23. Lefty

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve read all the reasons you good folks think they played so badly, and are now playing much better. All valid in their own way.

    I never include injuries as an excuse- The Nationals had plenty of key players injured this year, it didn’t hurt them, and Charlie has never let it hurt us in the past. We won 102 games with a lot of injured guys.

    Here are my reasons-

    #1 Chad Qualls- Thank god they got rid of him before his ERA then blew up to over 6 for both the Yankees and Pirates.
    #2 Brian Sanches- Thank god they got rid of him before his ERA went over 10!
    #3) Defense. “Hands of stone” Wigginton and “Hide your eyes” because a ball is hit anywhere near Hunter Pence.

    That’s the 5-7 “difference making” games everyone is looking for, just my two cents.

    • George

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      I think your reasons are right on the mark.

      • schmenkman

        September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        The above are all valid reasons, but I think there is another big one that’s missing.

        At the All-star break, Phillies starters had a 4.04 ERA, compared to last year’s 2.86.

        Since then, it’s been 3.38.

        Qualls pitched 31.1 innings in the 1st half
        Sanches pitched 6.1
        The starters pitched 558

        Whether because of injury, or bad luck, or just not executing as well, the results out of the starters were a big reason for first half struggles.

      • Chuck A.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        And that’s exactly my point about Halladay and his injury being …at least to me… the main reason for where the Phillies were mid-season. Yeah, some of the bullpen (Qualls in particular) sucked, and there was some bad defense. But if the starters ERA was THAT much of a difference then a lot of the reason HAS to fall on Halladay because he wasn’t the same for most of the season leading up to the DL stint and then there was the stint itself.

  24. schmenkman

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  25. Bob in Bucks

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Lefty –

    Sure there were problems with Wigginton fielding at 3B and Pence and some of the bullpen. But the stats point to one overwhelming reason why the team was underperforming. STARTING PITCHING! Yes, I know this is supposed to be the strong point but forget the past and look at the stats. With the exception of Cole Hamels our vaunted starters were mediocre to bad in the first half.

    While they have all improved deal with the fact that Lee has an ERA of 3.5 which is a run higher than 2011. Halladay just recently got under 4 ERA, Worley is at 4.2, Blanton was about 5.

    The Phils were not built to outhit anyone, they are supposed to have starters with 3 or less than 3 ERA and hand off the game after 7 or 8 innings. The starters were not putting in the innings which highlighted a deliberate weakness with no middle relief.

    Yes the bullpen was bad with injuries to Stutes and Herndon but here is the question – why was that important? Because the starters were not delivering!

    Even now the Phils are not hitting but they are winning because of pitching. Howard and Utley have little to do with this. Look at their batting averages. This all about pitching, pitching, pitching. NIce to see some of the kids developing in the bullpen. Let’s hope the starters make it through although I don’t buy into Cloyd.

    • Lefty

      September 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Bob, you have been commenting here longer than I have and I respect your opinions greatly. I mostly agree about the starters. And certainly the dependence on the pen goes down when they don’t pitch as well.

      However ERA is a tricky stat that sometimes doesn’t give us the whole picture. I’ll let smarter guys than me (calling schmenkman or publius) explain that in more detail. But as an example, most would say that Cole Hamels due to record and ERA is having a better year than Cliff Lee, when both Lee and Hamels have an identical WAR number of f3.9 so far this year, and Lee is ahead of Hamels in FIP. (Fielding independent pitching) Also, and this doesn’t account for Sanches, but Qualls was supposed to be our 8th inning guy, and was not good at that even when the starter got us that far.

      But again you are right, better performances from the starters easily could make the difference.

  26. DCmikey

    September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    We need a healthy Fransden!!!

  27. DCmikey

    September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    @Lefty, nothing so much for baseball. When the playoffs begin, the papers will announce places in dc.

    There are plenty for the eagles, which is funny bc they don’t double as the phillies places. Weird.
    Rhino Bar is the eagles, but is red sox for baseball.
    Sign of the Whale may be baseball?? Thats what a friend said.

    I follow the Phillies via PN and my pc.

  28. Dave P

    September 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I know I shouldn’t get excited…but for a while, .500 seemed like a distant dream and now it’s a good possibility. I am REALLY happy with the way the phillies have played lately, and things are starting to go their way, luck-wise. Good job phils. Keep on phightin. 🙂

  29. JohnMatrix

    September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    By the way, i love how you can totally tell Wheels hates Jose Reyes


    September 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    THE PHILLY FANATIC………………..He just did not do his job. That’s why we had such a horrible season until August. Forget the fact that Howard was hurt, Utley was hurt, Halladay was hurt Polanco was hurt, the bullpen was hurt (Contraras, Herndon, Bastardo, ) Overall, I believe that THE PHANATIC was way off his game. He got it back, and now we are winning. It is that simple

    Plus, the PHANATIC is a dreal drama queen and loves these close encounters and season-ending excitement

  31. TheDipsy

    September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    As is probably obvious to everyone is that a drastic turnaround in anything, a stock market, a company, a family, etc. is usually about a confluence of events rather than just one thing. The Phillies are a great example.

    The Phillies started the season decimated. Then:

    Utley and Howard came back
    Halladay came back
    Victorino and Pence got dumped, as we can see for good reason
    Hamels signed
    The infusion of youth has really helped – we’ve built a bullpen.
    AND Kyle Kendrick has learned to pitch and he’s great.
    Cloyd can pitch.

    Now whether you view them as independent events or all of them as part of a snowball rolling down a hill, this is a team that has retooled itself and reinvigorated itself. I couldn’t be happier. RAJ, I guess, deserves a lot of credit and we have a real good idea about next year now.

    Its always darkest before the dawn and dawn came sooner that, personally, I thought it was gonna come. Go Phlls.

    The Dipsy

  32. betasigmadeltashag

    September 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    A couple of things from my end, The defense did play worse then it has in the past and not only Wiggington and Pence in the field but there were some games Vic and Rollins where off there game and made errors in criticle times. And the pen has had it’s ups and downs, with some really bad games. And would not inherited runners scoring effect the starters ERA, and is a problem with the pen for a while.
    I was wondering if you can equate the trading of Vic and Pence, with Trading Away Bobby A. a few years back and then the Phillies going on a tear.
    I am glad to see Bastardo getting alittle confidence back because now even if the phillies do not make a big run and get into the Playofffs I think this will be a good sign for 2013.
    I am also wondering where all the RAJ haters are, because some of the moves have paid some good results. The guy he got for Valdez, Nix has had some big hits all year, and remember he was out for awhile.
    I still have phaith but even if thy do not make a unprecented run to the wild card, I think they have found some cheap options to fill in gaps.
    I was also wondering if they do make a run a get some help from the failing of others teams would Charlie get any MOY votes. My two cents

    • schmenkman

      September 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      I would say that this year’s trades can be equated to the trade of Abreu in that the trades didn’t cause the surge that followed in either case.

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