2013 Game Recaps

Phils Drop First of Series to D-Backs

Cole Hamels had another good pitching performance, but was charged with the loss.

Cole Hamels had another good pitching performance, but was charged with the loss.

Unfortunately, Charlie Manuel could not win the game in which he became the Phillies longest-tenured manager. Cole Hamels didn’t get any help from the offense, as the Phillies dropped the first of a four game series to the Diamondbacks, 2-1. The Phils were only able to collect six hits in total, and made a few baserunning errors in a poor offensive performance.


Cole Hamels and Patrick Corbin really put on a show, giving up a combined three runs over a combined 12.1 innings. Hamels’ line was 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. He struggled with giving up walks, but still pitched a pretty good game. Both runs he gave up came on groundouts. Corbin’s line was 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He had the Phillies hitters guessing every at-bat. He even threw a good amount of fastballs to Ryan Howard, who had an 0-4 night with two strikeouts. Hamels lowered his ERA to 4.18, and Corbin lowered his to 1.75 (!!!).


There were baserunning blunders for both teams. Delmon Young was thrown out trying to stretch a liner down the line into a double, and John Mayberry Jr was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice by Kevin Frandsen, a play that scored a run but may have been a rally-killer.

Martin Prado was thrown out rounding third when third base coach Matt Williams did not give the stop sign soon enough, causing Prado to put the brakes on too late. Michael Young cut off the throw home and tagged Prado for the out.


John Mayberry Jr and Kevin Frandsen are players that need to be able to contribute as pinch-hitters. In Thursday night’s game, Frandsen had what should’ve been an RBI single (ended up being a fielder’s choice), and Mayberry had a clutch single in the same inning. Although the Phils only got one run out of it, the ability of Frandsen and Mayberry to hit in the clutch is a good sign.


The top four hitters in the lineup–Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Michael Young, and Ryan Howard–were a combined 0-14 with two walks. Delmon Young saw–wait for it–SEVEN total pitches in four at-bats. Seven. He had two hits, but that kind of plate discipline is counterproductive most of the time. And it hurt the Phillies tonight, as he was swinging on the first pitch with a new pitcher in the game twice.

As a whole, the Phillies drew just two walks while striking out five times. They saw 116 pitches in 35 plate appearances. The D-Backs saw 140 in 37.

The Phils were 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow, with Tyler Cloyd pitching for the Phils and Ian Kennedy pitching for the D-Backs.



  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 10, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Loser loser take a snoozer

    Just not a very good team.

    Worst almost blew it up out of the pen. Got lucky there.

    Howards at bats vs lefties are the most brutal things to watch since the pea soup and window scenes in the Exorcist.

    • brooks

      May 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I think CSN posted a stat that RISP with 2 outs for Howard is now 1/17. Outstanding.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        I’m not about to make judgments based on 17 at bats, when he’s been very good in those situations in the past.

        But if you’re going to start slicing and dicing, there’s this:

        .312/.359/.559 (.918 OPS) in close games (tied or within 3 runs) – 103 PAs
        .138/.133/.276 (.409 OPS) when the margin is 4+ – 30 PAs

        Or this:

        .444/.429/.667 (1.095 OPS) in high leverage situations – 21 PAs
        .288/.306/.542 (.849 OPS) in medium leverage – 62 PAs
        .178/.260/.356 (.616 OPS) in low leverage

  2. glutenous

    May 10, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Phillies fall behind the Mets in the standings. I wonder if they will reach .500 at any point this season.

    No run support for Cole again. Same old sickening story.

    Howard can’t hit lefties. Same old sickening story.

    Many blunders in the basepaths. Same old sickening story.

    This team just makes me sick at times.

    • teejvee

      May 10, 2013 at 5:54 am

      As the saying goes. ” You are what your record says you are”.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

        I’m not sure that’s meant to apply to a six-week record (nor that it should apply). How about a 3 week-record? One week? Maybe the saying should say “You’ve been what your record says you’ve been”.

      • Rudy Canoza

        May 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Maybe the past 220 regular season games (under .500) is a good sample size?

      • c schreiber

        May 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Right on the nose, Rudy. They just keep letting Howard start games vs leftie starters. Just keep putting a dead out in the cleanup spot versus lefties. They don’t seem to want to put the best lineup on the field. It’s mind boggling.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        220 games is a good size sample, if you think the team going forward will be similar to the recent past. For example,

        that Phillies catchers will hit .202/.248/.290 the rest of the way
        that, unlike past years, Rollins won’t improve after a slow start
        that Revere’s last 2 years were a mirage and he’ll never get back to that
        that Halladay’s replacement will have a 8.65 ERA

      • Rudy Canoza

        May 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

        The problem is that time keeps moving forward, and players continue to age. I guess we can compare numbers from the past, but we need to keep in mind that these guys are another year older and aren’t coming off a 100 win season – they’re coming off an 81 win season. I’d love to believe Ruiz will hit .300, but we have no idea what a 34 year old Ruiz will hit without Adderall. When you look at this roster, what is it exactly that they do well? They don’t hit for average, they don’t get on base much, and they don’t hit for power. They’re not particularly skilled on the basepaths or defensively. They’re actually pretty average in all those categories – sometimes below the average. It seems like their record is an accurate reflection of their skills.

        Back in March, I predicted 78-82 wins and I haven’t seen anything yet that makes me think that they’ll be better than that.

  3. guest

    May 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I was at the game. bating and base running were terible. however when it’s Charlie going to grow a pair and pay the infield in? bring them in for one pitch and then push them back. next pitch the ball it’s hit right where money would have been. no run would score. be aggressive gosh darn it. what part of that game showed that the Phillies were going to score runs. you needed to play the infield in. thoughts

  4. Lefty

    May 10, 2013 at 7:11 am

    It’s too easy to second guess, so I try not to. But it seemed so elementary to me as a former coach that you play the infield in during the fifth inning in that situation. If played right, you might have a completely different result.

    For all those calling for Ryne Sandberg to take over for Charlie, buyer beware. According to Wheels, that one was on him.

    For the record, I don’t blame Mayberry on the base path, he couldn’t tell if that soft liner would be caught by the second baseman, that too is on the coach, in this case Samuel who should have been screaming instructions. Maybe he was, we don’t know that- but maybe he told Mayberry to step back, costing him second base. If not he should have been yelling for him to go balls out.

  5. Lefty

    May 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

    And why does JRoll get the Jeltz award? For going 0-4? For playing back because that’s where he was positioned? A lot of guys went 0 for.

  6. Dave

    May 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Speaking of J-Stroll…when was the last time he won a game with his bat?

    • schmenkman

      May 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

      You mean specifically 1) getting an opportunity with the game on the line and 2) coming through in that opportunity? It doesn’t happen very often, let alone for one particular player.

      He’s off to another slow start, which is not unusual for him. He is among the league leaders in doubles though, and with 11 more he’ll become the Phils’ all-time leader in a couple of months.

  7. Betasigmadeltashag

    May 10, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I’m pretty sure Howard hit a home run in SF Off a leftie. And why is revere even playing especially against a lefty

    • c schreiber

      May 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      You mean he hit a pitch from a leftie for a HR????? Wow, he must be earning his $26 million this year. Please, as they say even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now & then. I hit a 275 yd drive once or twice every 6 or 7 rounds of golf. Does that mean I should move up to the PGA tour. I think not!! Sit his ass down versus leftie starters. If they did he’d be a huge bat coming off the bench in later innings.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Howard does struggle vs. lefties, but much more so vs. lefty relievers, in particular.

        Against lefty starters, I don’t believe the difference between Howard and say, a Mayberry, is as great as people seem to think it is.

      • c schreiber

        May 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Oh, please Schmenk. What BS.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Without having the info on the starter/reliever splits I’d have to say you might be right. But I don’t think so. I’ll have to pull the numbers and see.

  8. Bart Shart

    May 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Seldom should Howard face lefties. He simply cannot hit them. Never will. But. old dumb Charlie will keep sending him up there to make an ass out of the fans, Howard, and the team. Just a damn shame.

    • schmenkman

      May 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      It’s all relative of course. This year he’s hitting lefties better than Utley, Galvis, or Kratz, on the Phillies.

      Also better than Scutaro, Alvarez, Span, Prado, Desmond, VMartinez, DOrtiz, Frazier, Morneau, Jay, Ike Davis, and on and on.

      Nevertheless, the point is valid that he should face fewer lefties.

      • G7

        May 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

        At. 25 mill he better be playing every day..

      • Lefty

        May 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        G7 sums it up perfectly.

        I don’t share that opinion, but he has every right to it. What’s important to me about his statement is, I bet that’s the way management looks at it. Heck it might not even be Charlie’s choice for all we know.

  9. George

    May 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Personally, I don’t care if a player only sees FOUR pitches in four at bats if he manages two hits out of it. There’s way to much complainining about not seeing enough pitches. It shouldn’t so much be the number of pitches, it should be what the hitter does with them that should count.

    The rest of the offense did nearly nothing, even though some of the other guys were letting more go by.

  10. bacardipr

    May 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Kennedy has been struggling this year has been handing out BB. The Phils line up is his cure to his ailments.

  11. bacardipr

    May 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    George you are correct in one way. However the problem is insert whomever you want to blame(RAJ) that the rest of the line up isnt taking up the slack that aging core lacks. Put Ruiz in there as well he often gets left out I consider him part of the “core” as well. The rest of the crew doesnt complete/complement the aging core. For example Werth was good at taking pitches and had a good eye while he was here. Revere is struggling, Chooch off to a slow start, Brown is still a question mark, Mayberry is Maybrerry a .250ish hitter.

    • What secret is Mayberry holdiing over the Phillies?

      May 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      I have never seen him go even 80% on the base paths or in the outfield; he is the antithesis of Bryce Harper. As long as such effort is deem acceptable, we are all wasting our time pulling for this squad. Manuel goes overboard in stroking egos and not making the right calls; i.e. platooning Howard against lefties, which is a no-brainer. Or putting up with J-Stroll ‘tude; give me a .320 leadoff hitter that hits 10 homers a season instead over the leadoff homer ( that he just hit) on occasion and a sub .300 OBP. Ouch Utley!

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        You’re way off on Mayberry’s effort. And managers don’t platoon their stars, even when it’s the most effective thing to do. And I agree, if the Phillies had a .320 hitter who didn’t fit better somewhere else, he should have led off. Unfortunately they’ve never had that.

      • I stand corrected?

        May 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        Lest I defer to your superior “wisdom”: :When was the last time you saw JMJ layout for a flyball, or even dive for one. He always seems to can the tentative approach; the safe way out. When was the last time you saw him pump his arms running around the bases like his life depended on it? NEVER. Did LaRussa ever let his “stars: dicktate his lineup? Garbage in, garbage out. Oh, hold on, the .217 wonder is up.

      • schmenkman

        May 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        So you wish Mayberry laid out more, and that the Phillies had hired LaRussa. Ok.

  12. George

    May 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Everyone gripes about the aging lineup, but I plain haven’t seen any signes whatsoever that the younger guys like Revere, or Galvis or Brown or anybody else are doing better than that “aging core.” Personally, I’ll take M. Young’s .300+ average or Utley’s team leading RBIs over all three of those others’ production so far.

    Until those young guys get their acts together, the likes of Howard, Utley, M,Young, and even possibly Rollins are just about the only things this lineup has going right now.

  13. What does his tanning have to do w/ it?

    May 11, 2013 at 6:16 am

    NO LaRussa! Only pointing out the flaws in your “logic”. Howard has not been the same player since they gave him that mega-deal in San Fran press conference, only to watch SF go on to win the WS that year. Justifying continuing to play him full time based on previous poor judgement is the type of twisted thinking that has driven this team into mediocrity.

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Not sure who you’re responding to (I didn’t mention Howard other than to agree that he should face fewer lefties), or what “logic” you mean. In terms of his decline, I’ll just say that his OPS+ (i.e. overall hitting relative to the league) was the same in 2010 and 2011 (his last two full healthy years) as it was in 2008 — around 125.

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