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Phils Bats Breakout In Win Over Marlins

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Tyler Cloyd pitched another gem. (Photo: AP)

Behind a second straight admirable start by Tyler Cloyd, the Phillies were able to snap a three-game losing streak against the Marlins, beating them 7-3.

After scoring three runs in three straight against Miami, the Phillies offense finally found its stride. The team notched 15 total hits, including four doubles and a home run. The outburst was a welcome sign for a team that had really been struggling. It’s a step forward. Now the challenge becomes doing it consistently and preventing the two steps back.


Juan Pierre has always been known for causing havoc on the base path, finding inventive ways to get on. Tonight, it was Tyler Cloyd injecting a little chaos of his own that allowed Pierre to reach base. Leading off the game, Pierre bunted a ball hard down the first base line. Ryan Howard fielded it cleanly and should have been able to tag Pierre with ease. Except Cloyd, who also broke on the ball, was still standing on the base line, directly in Howard’s path to Pierre. Using Cloyd as a human shield, Pierre averted the tag and slid safely into first. The play looked like a potential tone setter for Cloyd, an indication of snake bite. That proved to be untrue, as Cloyd would instead shake off the mishap and go on to pitch another good game. By the time Cloyd walked off the mound to close out the seventh inning, the unrecorded error was a distant memory.

– Much like his last outing, Cloyd wasn’t particularly dominant. The Marlins managed eight hits, but only two for extra bases. It was ex-Phillies who did all of the damage. Pierre had an RBI and Placido Polanco scored two runs–the only ones Cloyd allowed. Hovering in the mid-80s, he doesn’t blow it by anyone. But right now, he’s missing bats. He struck out five and walked two. Cloyd also got two doubleplays to get out of tough jams, including one to erase his first inning gaffe. Thus far, Cloyd has turned in two very valuable starts.


– For 52 at bats, Delmon Young was on sabbatical. Scuffling along (as many of us thought he would), not doing much of anything on offense. But tonight, he came to life, hammering a pitch over the left center fence for a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. The homer gave the Phils a 1-0 lead, and was the first for Young since his first at bat of the season.

He would not stop there, doubling in the sixth, which moved Ryan Howard to third. Howard would go on to score on a Domonic Brown groundout. While many have suggested Young should be benched, Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel have been adamant in their belief that Young will get it going. Before tonight, he had given no indication of doing that. But maybe this will start him in the right direction? I’m not exactly banking on it after one good night, but this team sure could use it.


– With just two runs heading into the 7th inning, the Phillies looked destined for another low-scoring effort. But then something funny happened. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Michael Young squibbled a ball towards shortstop. Adeiny Hechavarria fielded it and hesitated, costing the Marlins even a single out. With the bases loaded and the infield in, Howard lined a ball through the right side to plate two runs and make it 4-1. The Phils notched two more run on a D. Young groundout and a Brown double. The double was Brown’s second extra base hit of the series. It marked the first time the Phillies scored seven runs since May 2.

Ben Revere stood out tonight, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Since the calendar flipped to May, Revere is hitting .390 with three doubles and an OPS over .800. Howard also had a great night coming off an injury, adding three hits of his own and driving in three.

– The Phils have now scored ten runs in two Cloyd starts. Somewhere, Cole Hamels is gritting his teeth.


Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83) starts tomorrow in the series finale. Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44) will be on the mound for the Marlins.



  1. Jaron B

    May 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

    When will Charlie put Ben in lead-off again?!!! Yes, Rollins has been pretty good recently, but Revere is outdoing Rollins this month! If it weren’t for Chase scratching himself from the line-up, Ben would be hitting 7th or 8th. Then, what would the outcome of this game have been? A 3-2 loss? C’mon, Charlie!!!

    • schmenkman

      May 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

      You mean they would have scored 5 fewer runs if Revere’s hits had come in the 8th spot instead of the 2nd?

      • Jaron B

        May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        It’s possible.

  2. Brooks

    May 22, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Anyone else catch this interview with Dallas Green about his new book, “The Mouth That Roared”?
    Check out his answer to Scott regarding what turned the team around – tell me you dont think the Phils need this:

    • Lefty

      May 22, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I’ve heard that story before, Bowa has told it many times. They were told they would play better or be broken up, and that willed them on.

      No one needs to yell at this team to tell them pieces will be traded off if they don’t win, they already know it. Teams are sold off every year as a matter of practice now Brooks. Free agency takes teams apart, trade deadlines, over-reactive management acting like fans. It’s not the way it used to be, there was a time when teammates wanted to stick together, I’m not sure they care now.

  3. Chuck A.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    .600 ball over the last 10, 5 of those wins against teams over .500…contending teams. Win 60% of the remaining schedule and they will have 91.6 (92) wins.

    • Rudy Canoza

      May 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Over their last 228 games they’ve gone 111-117 (.487). I don’t expect them to suddenly start playing .600 ball for the rest of the season.

      • Chuck A.

        May 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        Rudy C – They had one of the best records in the NL after the trade deadline last season. The final 2 months of the season…60 games…they went 36-24. .600 ball.

        The 228 games you mention include ALL of last season, a good portion of which Utley and Howard were on the DL. While Howard has a bum knee and Utley was scratched from yesterday’s game due to soreness in his side, they are both playing regularly at this point. Having your #3 and #4 hitters in the lineup for more games than not is HUGE. Now…if they both see extended time on the DL this season then I would agree that .600 ball is a huge stretch if not almost impossible.

  4. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Has there ever been a more average team in the history of baseball than the 2013 Phillies? Maybe the 2012 Phillies, although that included a fairly above average second half against a backdrop of we’re not gonna make it, but what the hey.

    Now only 2 games under even Steven for about the 45th time this year, the Phils are a game behind Jayson Werth’s March proclaimed Best team in Baseball, here are two W-L stats that stand out for this tease ’em time and time again that have headline writers wasting their time applying trend like words to one night anomoles that float by like a subway train at 3 am, or as Poppa Gold used to say, at 3 AM in the morning.

    Number one, when Doc Halladay was finished getting shellacked and gave way to the disabled list, the Phils were commencing upon a West Coast type swing Since that time, the at least we keep trying Phils headed west to battle the Giants and Zona and needed wins worse than Jodi Arias needed a personality transplant. Sworn to be finished by countless dozens with Doc down for at least a while, the team suffering from Averageitis has since won 8 of 14 games, a winning percentage of roundabouts .571. No doubt a detailed look would offer multiple woulda shoulda couldas that EASILY could lift an imaginary slate higher. Add in health issues since that has allowed for heart demonstrations from unsung hero types, and it’s pretty apparent that proclamators that the season was fini and kaput once Doc was shelved were way in over their heads assessing the situation. Even in that plus 2 over .500 time frame, the Phils stumble along offensively, a larger concern to some, but one surely can’t say the 14 game frame hasn’t been against better competition than early on. A. win tonight against the Miami juggernaut, and 2 of 3 V The Best Team in Baseball, which, by the way offers a winning percentage only slightly better than Miggy Cabrera’s OBP would advance the Phils to 11-7 post Halladay, not to mention Sea Level at last.

    The second standings standout is the here a win, there a loss theme the Phils have demonstrated to date. Whatever happened to winning and losing streaks? Maybe Uncle Selig passed a Parity Law and didn’t nobody notice. The Phils YTD results that even within, NOT uniquely spell SO routine They have had 1 4 game losing streak. They have not had a win streak of over 3 games. There is NO winning roll, like win 3 of 4, lose 1, then win 4 of 5. The evidence is clear. The Phils are hanging. Nothing more, nothing less. But the good news is it’s gonna be tough to get worse than this. 1-Freaking 9 in games started by Hamels? The theme remains, as expected, and as usual this time of year. The Hell with Sell.

    • Phillies fan from Germany

      May 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      2 Games under… that is the real hurdle: Phillies are 0-8 since being 6-8 when they were exactly 2 under. Hopefully Cliff will get them to 1 under tonight and that will get a streak going 😉

      • Ken Bland

        May 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        If you’re saying the c;ub is 0-8 in games played when climbing to within 2 of .500, that’s both amazing and highly believable at the same time. It FEELS like that’s the pace at which they played multiple times for sure, and on the other hand, who in God’s name runs up to the same rung on the ladder 8straight times and succumbs that regularly.

        I’m a little amazed at the plight of the Milwaukee Brewers. They started poorly, then won about 8 of 10, appeared straightened out, and have fallen off the cliff again. There are maybe no answers consistency or inconsistency wise in The Grand Old Game. Kudos to all that thought Kyle Lohse was such a great idea.

        Unlike you, .500 isn’t a goal of mine like it matters. That’s a given in what only matters (although I can live with an entertaining summer. A minimum of 9 innings of playoff baseball is what I’m on bored with.

  5. Bruce

    May 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome back Ryan Howard! Keep the hits coming. It’s amusing to me how one PN writer quotes a unreliable “tweet’ and writes that Howard goes to the DL with a question mark for his heading.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      May 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I have known Jeff Schuler of the Allentown Morning Call since my days as a bat boy for the Allentown Ambassadors from 1999-2001. There is not a better sports writer in Allentown. He’s an award-winning journalist – if he was speculating that Howard was going to the DL, it was certainly newsworthy.

      Schuler wasn’t the only one: Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb picked up on the story and Pigs beat-writer Michael LoRe also ran with the strange occurance as well.

      The Tweet wasn’t unreliable and to Schumer’s credit, he made the correction when things were sorted out better the next morning. I put the question mark because there was a legitimate question as to whether or not what was happening was really happening. At no point did we state that either Ryan Howard would officially be heading to the DL or Josh Fields was coming up.

      If Schuler or LoRe say it or report seeing it, it is worth reporting. There aren’t two finer, “reliable” writers around that cover the IronPigs.

      • G7

        May 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        It’s ok Ian..DL was certainly a possibility especially with the “arthuritis” condition in Howard’s knee..

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