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Tribe Smash Seven HRs, Thump Phils 14-2

Move along, not much to see here: the Indians hit seven HRs, most high and deep into the stands on a warm Cleveland night to beat the Phils 14-2.


As quickly as the optimism developed that Roy Halladay had turned the corner (1.71 ERA in his previous three starts), it evaporated three times as quickly. The Tribe got to Doc quickly – Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds each hit a two-run homer in the first.

Halladay seemingly regained his composure with a smooth second and third innings. Lonnie Chisenhall took Doc deep and Asdrubal Cabrera chased him with a two-run single in the fourth to end his night. Doc’s final line? 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR. Ouch.


One of the highlights of the weekend sweep of the Mets was the bullpen’s standout job. Tonight? Not so much. With the game already out of hand, 8-1, Chad Durbin gave up 4 ER in 1.1 IP and Raul Valdes gave up 2 ER in 2 IP. Aumont pitched a scoreless 8th but narrowly avoided self-inflicted trouble.


In one of the most anticipated, for both good and bad reasons, debuts of the season, Delmon Young delivered. Young went 2-3 with a second inning HR, a single, and a walk. That was a positive. The rest of the offense? The rest of the offense only mustered five more hits, including a Chase Utley solo homer and a Ryan Howard double. John Mayberry Jr. had the only other hit – a single.

Listen, this game was probably the worst game of the season and has the potential to be the game that leaves you with the sickest feeling in your stomach. The Phils seemed to have all the momentum in the world – three wins, Doc righting the ship headed into a pair in Cleveland with Chooch back. This seemed like their’s to take. But it wasn’t.

The Phils will play the Indians again tomorrow, sending Cliff Lee to the hill against Trevor Bauer. At least it couldn’t possibly be worse than today.



  1. Lefty

    April 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    The Cleveland Indians franchise was established in 1901. According to the announcers on their broadcast tonight, this is the first time in team history they have hit 7 home runs in one game. Wow. I so prefer pitching duels.

    One of those nights, gotta blow it off and start again tomorrow I guess.

  2. rednick261

    April 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I couldn’t believe what I saw tonight. Doc wasn’t at his best, for sure, but the Indians were on fire. They have some serious momentum coming out of KC, too. They’ve scored 33 runs now in their last three games. Hopefully Cliff can cool them off tomorrow, because I don’t know if I can stand to listen to all 7 Indians fans that show up to the game tomorrow if he doesn’t.

    • teeejay

      May 1, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Didn’t the Phillies have momentum, too?

  3. DaveP

    April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Delmon’s debut is dynamite with a downtown delivery. Dang!

  4. Bob D

    April 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Bullpen, worst is Durbin and may be time to cut him lose. He has ERA of 7.00 but also allowed 9 of 12 inherited runners to score – just down right bad with lots of walks to boot. Aumont is struggling but has some value especially if he can right the ship. I can see him sent to AAA and DeFratus brought up or so. Valdes well, I don’t know. I like how he pitches, just has bad ERA at 7.98 now. Bastardo, Papelbon, & Adams doing good. Maybe time to bring back Savery or even Robles who is dominating in AA

    • Rudy Canoza

      April 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Durbin had a 9.00 ERA and 2.13 WHIP last April and finished the season at 3.10/1.31.

      Our old friend Yuniesky Betancourt went yard again tonight and will finish April with 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, and a .848 OPS. Amazing.

      • schmenkman

        April 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        .838 OPS in Jul 2006
        .897 OPS in Aug 2007
        .875 OPS in Aug 2010
        .893 OPS in Sep 2008

        He’s an awful hitter who occasionally gets hot.

      • Rudy Canoza

        April 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        I never said he was a great hitter. I just said he had a great April!

      • schmenkman

        April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Yeah, I know. Between this and a message yesterday I thought you were saying the Phillies should have kept him. In any case, agreed — he did have a great month.

      • Lefty

        May 1, 2013 at 12:16 am

        I don’t think he would ever have been our old friend, if Jimmy didn’t play for team USA. I think he was brought in to fill in for as long as Jimmy needed, and I don’t think they ever intended to keep him. He did put on a quite a show in March, so technically, it’s been an amazing 2 months, not just one.

      • smitty

        May 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm


        All I could think of when watching the Pirate/Brewers game was Yuni’s 6 homeruns + his other offense and recalling how upset every blog member was by the Phillies even thinking of using him as he is such a horrible horrible baseball player – a total empty uniform… ? I wonder where they are now ? The Brewers also decided to use him at 3B ?

      • schmenkman

        May 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Smitty, one good month (or even two, as Lefty says), does not change that assessment.

      • Rudy Canoza

        May 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        Another day, another HR. It’s Yuniesky Mania!

      • Lefty

        May 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        IMO- As long as people understand that the Philles were never actually considering giving Betancourt a starting job, then you can feel better that he would never have performed like this here. He simply would not have gotten the AB’s to put up numbers like this. They had already traded Lindblom and Lisaverto, and made the expenditure for Michael Young. And they weren’t going to start him over Rollins or Utley.

        Additionally, I think there was no way Betancourt wanted to play for the Phils as a back up either. I’m told he spent the entire winter in the Mexican league trying to better his hitting in a full out effort to regain starting status in the bigs.

        IMO- This sudden resurgence, be it temporary or not, was going to happen, and it would have happened whether he had spent the spring in the Phils camp or that of any other team.

  5. big Mike

    April 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I was traveling and didn’t get a chance to see the game tonight. Doesn’t sound like I missed much. We better get a couple of the cylinders firing – we can’t play the Mets everynight. Same old story, but not sure how we would overcome 8 ER given the way we’ve been hitting. C’mon Phils, let’s pull it together here!

  6. Bruce

    May 1, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Holy Toledo!
    I thought I was watching “Home Run Derby” tonight. Those Indians were on the warpath. Boom! Boom! Count them.. SEVEN HRs for the Indians plus two for the Phillies. They are a hot ballclub winning their third in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 in that span.
    Got to give some credit to their pitcher, Zach McAllister, who kept pounding the strike zone. 70 of his 106 pitches thrown were strikes. Very good ratio. He now has a nice ERA of 3.30. Unfortunately, for the Phillies, Halladay obviously didn’t have it tonight. I can see it coming.. the whining doubters will reappear and in unison will shout “he’s washed up!” (chuckles)
    From watching the game, I say that Halladay had location problems with his pitches. Many of those pitches were right down “Broadway”. Very hittable pitches. His velocity was fine (89-92 mph). Again, it’s a matter of location and pitch selection. I think Ruiz, after a 25 games suspension, needs a little to time to reconnect with the starters and calling their repertoire of pitches.
    I am truly concerned with Ben Revere who returned to the line-up and went hitless in three ABs including a GIDP. He is now hitting .200 and desperately trying to stay above the “Mendoza Line”. This is the first year I have seen him played in the NL and I want to give him a benefit of a doubt as he has major league experience and a good track record.

    As mentioned by the writer, Ian Riccaboni, we need to forget this game and move on. We have another “ace” waiting in Cliff Lee going against a young pitcher, Trevor Bauer, recently called from the minors. Let’s go Phillies!

    • Ryne Duren

      May 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

      well Bruce. you said you can see it coming. (about the naysayers saying doc is washed up) now i’m not saying he’s washed up, which he isn’t. but he’s in the washing machine, that’s for sure. i think this is what we better get used to. he’s gonna pitch some good games, and have games like this. how often i don’t know, but certainly a lot more than in the past. he’s not the pitcher he once was. he’s now an average type pitcher prone to games like this. i sure hope i eat my words.

  7. Chuck A.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    So I was away for the weekend and missed the Mets series and there was a day off on Monday….so I was pumped to watch this game. Before I even sat down to get “settled in” the freaking thing was over. Jesus.

    (I sat and watched it anyway because…well…that’s what we do as fans, I suppose.)

    • Lefty

      May 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

      Don’t take this personally, but Go away again, get the heck out of here. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

      • Chuck A.

        May 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

        No offense taken. I actually thought about it!

  8. Bob D

    May 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Is it me, or is this Ben Revere trade looking really bad? Other than speed and great defense I see him as a 5th OF’er on this team or defensive replacement. His hitting consists of ground balls that sometimes leave the infield and rarely drives the ball.

    • schmenkman

      May 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

      He has no power, but he hit .294 last year with a .333 OBP. If he can get back to that level of hitting, and I have no reason to think he won’t, he’ll be fine. And at only 25, he should probably even improve on that over the coming years.

    • Manny

      May 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Neither Worley nor May are lighting up the world on fire, so the answer to that is no.

      And “other than speed and great defense?” Those two things are HUGE, are you kidding me! He’s easily our best defender in the outfield and we need him out there to keep things under control, especially when Delmon Young is in the house.

  9. Dr. Dave

    May 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I remember in the off season when Amaro traded for Revere. My first thought was “you got to be kidding me!”

    Defensive late inning replacement at best.

    As a remember, there were a lot of better OFers out there to be had.

    Unfortunately, I see a fire sale coming. I live and die with this franchise. 61 years old and rooting for them as long as I can remember. This club is going nowhere.

    • c schreiber

      May 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Got to agree with ya Doc but I’ve been rooting for them from all over the world (Germany, Italy, Korea, Vietnam) and all over the US for 62 years. Hope it changes but I can’t see how with this cast of characters they’ve had for the last 2 years.

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