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Phils Rally Falls Short in 4th Straight Loss

After experience major pains in Cincinnati earlier this week, an extension of the offensive troubles in Miami, the Phillies lit up the board with 13 hits, but still fell short against the Cardinals, 4-3.

Hamels Returning to Form

-Cole Hamels looked closer to the Hamels of old, as he struck out eight Cardinals in seven innings. He allowed five hits, two walks, and three runs, but looked to have better command of the strike zone, something that has plagued him in the early going.

Adams OK?

-Mike Adams gave up a solo home run to Carlos Beltran and also walked Allen Craig in the eighth inning. On the surface, it would look like a small blip. However, on the home run to Beltran, Adams hit just 90 mph on the gun. His average fastball this season is below 90, a 2 mph drop from 2012 and a 3 mph drop from 2011. Adams is coming off a surgery where a rib was permanently removed, so it could be a rebuilding of strength. Regardless, it’s something to keep an eye on.

Offense gets to Wainwright

-The offense didn’t torch him, but the Phillies did “explode” for nine hits against a pitcher who was coming off a 12-strikeout shutout of the Brewers last week. All told, they managed 13 hits against Cards pitching.

-The issue wasn’t the base hits, but the lack of pitches taken. The Phillies did not walk and haven’t taken a BB since Sunday in Miami. As Ruben Amaro stated before the game, that is unacceptable. Wainwright threw just 28 pitches that were not strikes. Yes, he’s one of the best in the game at pounding the strike zone. However, the Phillies could only work two three-ball counts against the St. Louis starter. It’s not going to get any better unless they find better ways to get guys aboard.

 

That stat from Jayson Stark is insane.

-Freddy Galvis is going to be a fan favorite soon. Not only was he in the lineup for the first time in his career as left fielder, but he belted a double deep to left-center field and finished the game 2-for-4 with a few hard hit balls. Charlie Manuel spoke very highly of him before the game. Could he be the spark? It’s going to be hard to keep him out of the lineup if he continues to have solid at-bats.

Ninth Inning Heroics Fall Short

-In the ninth, Ben Revere jump aboard with a single up the middle, then moved to third on an Erik Kratz bloop single. Frandsen moved Kratz up to second on a ground out. But that’s where it would end as Jimmy Rollins struck out and Galvis grounded out to end the threat.

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. Bart Shart

    April 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    No walks in four games. Who is the damn hitting coach and what is he doing to help these guys anyway? Damn poor at bats.

  2. Joshua

    April 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    All jimmy needed was a fly ball. Get rid of that bum and send Charlie with him

    • Andrew From Waldorf

      April 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Agree.

      If he went away in the 2011 off season would have been best case senario.

      Revere on 3rd 0 outs and yuo dont score LOLOL

      you cannot make this up

  3. Andrew From Waldorf

    April 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    0 walks now 37 innings

    and they cant hit either

    LOLOLOL

    Yea they pitch to rollins LOLOLOL

    Even with Galvis behind him

    This team is very very bad I said 95-100 loses was possible.

    That scenario is playing out.

    • Ryan H.

      April 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

      95 losses? this team finished 81 and 81 (that’s .500 for you numbskulls) last year with utley and howard out. this years team is clearly superior to last. your trolling is weak.

      • Dave

        April 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

        Yes, this team really looks superior to last years team.

  4. DaveP

    April 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    That ninth inning was at first exciting

    Then inexcusable

    To not score a single run when it’s first and third with 0 outs is pathetic.

  5. Rudy Canoza

    April 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Another game well below 40,000. I think we’ll see under 30,000 by the Pittsburgh series.

  6. Glutenous

    April 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Hey guys at least Howard was 3-4 tonight!

  7. Lefty

    April 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Walk are so 2008.

  8. Rudy Canoza

    April 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    The Braves have 29 HRs in their first 15 games!

    • schmenkman

      April 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Impressive. The best the Phils did last year was 22 home runs in a couple of 15-game stretches.

  9. JohnMatrix

    April 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Puke

    • glutenous

      April 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Let me add some to the pile.

  10. chuck schreiber

    April 18, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Same comment as last couple of nights PA..f—-ing THETIC

  11. frank

    April 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    The worst thing Ruben is doing is waiting before he does an overhaul, including himself. He was trying to squeeze out one more playoff run. The problem is if he started last year, I believe it would have been much quicker and less painful. If he continues to wait before moving a couple players for prospects, this process could have the phillies down for several years. But why should Ruben care because he will be long gone, probably with another team or a baseball analyst.

  12. Ryan H.

    April 19, 2013 at 2:13 am

    hard to swallow this advice right now but you all have to calm down. this team can compete. and will compete. just having a bad week. three days ago we were all giddy about winning two straight series. calm down. let this play out. if halladay lee and hamels pitch like they’re capable, and the big piece rounds into form, this team can win a wild card this year. no doubt about it.

    baseball is a very very long season folks. step back off the ledge.

    • Chuck A.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Ryan H – Very well said!

      • Ken Bland

        April 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

        I wish I could agree about it being very well said. The general perspective, I think you’re spot on, but I think it’s a little optimistic about winning a wild card. Not impossible, but from what I’ve seen 10% on the books, gonna be tough. Still, a lot more patient view than some around here that react by the inning. I could be wrong, hope so.

    • Chris

      April 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Ryan Howard rounding into form and making the wild card? What, so we can watch him strike out to end the playoffs again? Howard is one of the last people I’d want up to the dish in a pressure situation. And that shouldn’t be the case with your cleanup hitter.

      • schmenkman

        April 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

        Yet year in and year out Howard hits better in pressure situations than non-pressure ones, and is always one of the Phils’ best hitters in those situations.

  13. jake

    April 19, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I can’t fathom how they don’t score a run with first and third and none out. NOTHING. It drives me nuts. Every other team can lift a ball to the outfield except this one.

    I was positive for a while on this team, but I see less and less reason to be so. Yes it’s a long season but I’ve seen the same song behind the plate for two years now.

    • Rudy Canoza

      April 19, 2013 at 7:08 am

      That’s the problem here. Everyone is saying small sample size, but these same problems have existed for well over a year now. What contending team would try to enter a season with an outfield as bad as this one? Plummeting attendance is what ultimately drives management to make changes. Unfortunately, Charlie will go first – the manager almost always goes before the GM. I’m sure they’ll give RAJ one more off-season to try to fix this mess, but I’ve lost faith in his decision making.

      • schmenkman

        April 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

        I think you’re referring to situational hitting as a problem, and I would say that hitting period is a much bigger problem. Can’t score runners from third if they’re not there. The Phillies have had a runner on 3rd with less than 2 out 28 times, and scored the runner 15 of those times. That’s a 54% success rate.

        The NL average success rate is… 54%.
        The Cardinals’ success rate is… 51%

        So the Phils haven’t been great at that, but not awful, either. The average success rate last year was 49%, and the Phils were below that at 46%.

        Having said that, with 1st and 3rd and no one out and the game on the line you have to find a way to get the run home, and the bottom of the ninth was e x t r e m e l y frustrating.

        I actually don’t have a problem with the outfield choices, partly because I expect Revere and Brown to do much better than they have so far. But choosing to put money in one part of the team (pitching, 3rd base) at the expense of another is not, by itself, going to keep them from making the playoffs. If Young stops hitting, or the pitching doesn’t improve (or the outfield for that matter), those are the issues that will keep them out of the playoffs.

  14. brooks

    April 19, 2013 at 6:24 am

    In the meantime, just down 95 a bit in Crabtown – Matt Weiters comes to bat in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded and hits a grandslam. The Orioles win their 17th consecutive extra inning game.
    So that’s how its done?

  15. brooks

    April 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

    All while limping along in April, 4 games under .500 and already 7.5 games out of first place.
    It was 8 games ago the last time the Phils scored more than 3 runs in one game.
    Noffense

  16. Dave

    April 19, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Galvis would be in my lineup every night someplace, somehow. He always has a professional at bat and rarely looks embarrassed at the plate. Not like these other bums. I’d start him in left field in place of the Mayberry/Nix platoon….period. It sends a message to the team that whoever is hitting is going to play.

    • JMills

      April 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Dave, I totally agree with you. I love Galvis’ intensity and I would keep rotating him around. Also it is time to give Revere a game off.

  17. Stu

    April 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Charlie needs to go. With first and third you play small ball if you’re down by 1 and that’s not something he knows how to manage. He was a good manager when he could let his players play but now they are old and need to change approaches and style and he refuses to do either.

  18. Jeff of Nova

    April 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Here is some good news

    Our Pinch Hitters are hitting over 300 and are 3rd best in baseball:)

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