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Phils Fail To Get To .500 Once Again In Loss To Boston

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

The game of baseball finally caught up with Jonathan Pettibone tonight. (Photo: AP)

The Phillies just can’t seem to make it over the hump. They had another opportunity to get back to .500 tonight, but as has happened every time they’ve had that chance since April 14–the last time they were even–they squandered it.

Jonathan Pettibone put the Phils in an early hole, and the offense wasn’t up the task of an uphill battle, as the hometown nine fell to the Red Sox 9-2. They’ll try to reach the .500 plateau once again this weekend.


– Through seven starts, Pettibone has been about as good as can be expected from a 22-year old during his first stint in the big leagues. But he’s also been very lucky with men on base, stranding 85.3% of baserunners, which is about 15% more than the league average. Tonight, his luck would finally give out, and fast. He gave up four runs in the first, allowing all but one of the baserunners who reached to score. Remarkably, he’d prevent the Red Sox from scoring after the first, despite allowing a baserunner in each of his five innings.

– Pettibone clearly wasn’t sharp tonight. He struggled with his control big time. He walked four and worked six three-ball counts. Given the amount of baserunners Pettibone allowed (with the 6 hits, his WHIP was an even 2.00), it’s pretty uncanny he only allowed four runs. It was the bullpen that imploded.


Delmon Young must’ve heard how much I’ve criticized him since the Phils signed him, because every time I recap a game, he homers. Tonight’s bomb came in the bottom of the first inning and was of the two-run variety, a rarity for these Phillies. Young hasn’t done much this year–though he continues to hit in the middle of the order–but he made it count with the homer batting cleanup for the first time as a Phillie. He also recorded an outfield assist tonight.

– The Phils’ best chance to score after the first came when they loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. With Boston starter Franklin Morales seemingly on the ropes, struggling to locate and looking a little rattled, Erik Kratz bailed him out. First he swung at a ball in the dirt on a 2-1 pitch. On the next pitch, with a 2-2 count instead of a 3-1, Kratz rolled a dead doubleplay ball to shortstop. The Sox easily turned it and the Phils failed to get even a single run. Expanding the zone on the 2-1 pitch really changed the tone of the at-bat. Having just walked Kevin Frandsen to load the bases, Morales should have been facing a 3-1 count. It was a huge mistake by Kratz to chase there. The Phillies are now 4-for-29 with the bases loaded this season. They’ve grounded into doubleplays three times in those instances.

– As for Domonic Brown, his hot streak continued. He went 2-for-4 with two singles. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that the team only had six hits, it’s quite a contribution.


– It didn’t take Cesar Hernandez long to get his first hit in his first big league start. He sent a liner into left in the first inning. To boot, it came after he worked a 3-2 count. It was the first of two hits for Hernandez on the night. He also started a nifty doubleplay in the fourth inning. Not a bad first start for the young prospect, and a highlight in an otherwise forgettable night.


– In case you were wondering, Chad Durbin is still on this team. He made that abundantly clear tonight, when he turned in another vintage performance, transforming an unremarkable game into a blowout in an instant. Before Durbin could get a second out, the BoSox had three runs in the ninth, and suddenly it was 9-2. Will this be enough for the Phils to part ways with Durbin? It’s a move that’s been a long time coming.


– Brown was caught stealing for the first time this season in the first inning. He had been 3-for-3 prior to being thrown out tonight.

– Speaking of steals, Jacoby Ellsbury did something pretty rare tonight. He stole five bases to set a new Boston Red Sox record. It also marks the first time the Phillies have allowed five stolen bases since 1916, when the MLB started keeping such records.

– The fifth and sixth inning solo home runs Jeremy Horst were the first runs Horst allowed in ten appearances.

– Up next, the Phils welcome the visiting Brewers for a weekend series. Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43) goes against Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79) in Friday night’s matchup.



  1. bacardipr

    May 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Middle relief sucks on this team. We know they arent going to mount many comebacks with this offense. However a 2 or 3 run lead is less demoralizing than a 4+ run lead and effects the players heads. Durbin and Horst both are awful. I had some small hope that Horst would turn it around. Whats worse is there anyone that the Phils havent tried that can replace these two?

  2. Betasigmadeltashag

    May 31, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I usually do not rip players. But can we stop with Chad Durbin. I mean really how much can it cost to just this guy go. Hopefully the Phil’s will show up against the Brewers and get Cole a win

    • Brooks

      May 31, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Don’t count on it. He leaves while behind 1-2, or even tied 1-1 – the middle relief comes in and the final 2-7. That has pretty much been most of the story line right?
      And, he throw 100 pitches in 5 innings.

  3. pamikedc

    May 31, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Agree. Bye Chad bye.

    I assume we cannot demote him to AAA right? If we can’t, dueces

  4. Manny

    May 31, 2013 at 5:30 am

    1) Yes, Durbin needs to go. Plus, we need a real long man in the pen to take his spot. Especially when we have starters like Pettibone, KK, and Cloyd (and Hamels this year) who aren’t your prototypical workhorses that’ll give you 7+ innings. And odds are that on any given week they’ll blow up the game early and we need to use a pen guy for 3+ innings. Stutes, for example, shouldn’t be pitching in a game like last night’s.
    2) RE: Delmon Young. The worst case scenario is taking place. He has been very bad but not atrocious enough to force a move (and cut him, which is what we need to do). The rare homer or extra base hit is keeping him in the lineup even though other players on the roster (Mayberry, Nix) have outperformed him.
    3) This “almost at .500” thing is getting old. This team needs some fire under its a$$!

  5. George

    May 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Get over the hump? I’m assuming the “hump” is .500, and so far, this team hasn’t even made it as far as that hump, let alone geting over it. If they continue playing like this, they never will.

    The only way to even possibly reach an even keel is to jettison some of the cargo. I’d start with Durbin, and continue with D. Young, M. Martinez, and probably Horst (although AAA might straighten him out). With two hitting coaches, one would think there’d be some improvement, but either these players can’t learn doo-doo, or those coaches need to go, too.

    Something is definitely wrong. This team may be getting old, but that’s no excuse for playing like idiots. It’s as if Alheimer’s has taken effect in the clubhouse.

  6. Dave

    May 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

    It seems like every year we have a pitcher like this who is absolutely atrocious. Adam Eaton and Chad Qualls are the top 2 that come to mind.

    • George

      May 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      How about the last year of Jose Mesa? How about the 2010 version of Brad Lidge? How about Brian Sanches? Mike Zagurski? The amazing thing is that many times these bozos catch on somewhere else after they’re released by the Phils. Qualls is still in the Majors, Brad Lidge was signed after the Phils let him go, Zagurski is still around somewhere, Eaton managed a few more innings before teams finally stopped scouting him.

      Every team out there almost always has a pitcher that sucks. Somtimes they have two or three per season. The Phils just keep the duds around longer. Any other team would have dumped Durbin by now.

      • Mike

        May 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        George, your wish has come true.

        RT @patgallen_975: The Phillies have released Chad Durbin. Joe Savery recalled from Lehigh Valley.

  7. Jeff of Nova

    May 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

    This game sucked.

    But…. let’s not get ahead of ourselves with all the bashing, both Howard and Young were out of the lineup.

    We did split with the Red Sox, a team that has had our number over the years. They are also the best record in the American League.

    Its a push, but better a push than them getting swept or lose 3 out of 4.

    Howard should be fresh for Cole’s start, so maybe we can get some run support. get Cole a win.

    • rellis

      May 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Wouldn’t it be nice if Cole could get a win?? Even the worse pitcher in the league would have more than 1 win going into June and Cole is far from the worse pitcher in the league. He just can’t catch a break after those first 2 starts. I’m also weary of the town trashing him after each start.

      That being said, does anyone think he will ask for a trade if he continues to lose in the same fashion? If he gets to 10 losses after pitching well, I can see him doing a 180 from last year and asking out.

      • Ken Bland

        May 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        Most of his starts this year, maybe you didn’t think he’d lose, but did you feel good about his chances of winning? Generally speaking, he’s run up against a lot, including pretty good competition on the other side that wasn’t gonna embellish his chances of support.

        Now you could build a case for Yo Gallardo being a good pitcher, close to that class, but he’s not having an ace or top rotation type guy, and the Crew has probably had many moments where they were looking to lose, instead of playing to win.

        Hell, Cole’s fortunate to have the win he does, thanks to a Nix shot after Cole was pulled that gave him a lead. But I’d be quite surprised if at least the team doesn’t win tonight, which would only be their 2nd win in games he’s started.

        There is zero chance he asks for a trade. Less than that. He’s not that impatient, he’s totally entrenched in Philadelphia life and activity, and I’m more than certain he has multiple reasons to feel good about the organization’s future. He’s just frustrated. Show me anyone associated with the team who isn’t, player, fan, media, I’ll show you a dead as can be corpse.

    • Ken Bland

      May 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      “We did split with the Red Sox, a team that has had our number over the years. They are also the best record in the American League”

      Course you take whatever positivity you can and move on, so looking at it like that isn’t wrong. But what stood out to me as the dominant theme was the Boston club splkitting without using up Buchholz and Lester. Farrell has them for the double standings swing this weekend V NY. Like I said, there’s truth in your point, but with ground to make up, the Phils are using time up to play for moral mental points. No Clay, no Jon, you probably have to consider anything less than 3 of 4 as not any sort of a win. But the split’s not terrible.

  8. bacardipr

    May 31, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Their not getting old at this point George they are old lol. Well the “Core” is anyways. Utley and Howard can no longer carry a team like they where capable of a few years ago. Manny im not a fan of but I dont hate Delmon as much as some of the guys that posts to these blogs but i think your assessment is right. Though Delmon isnt really doing much Rube will probably look at the fact that he has 4 HR’s in less than 100 Ab’s. He will use that as a reason to keep him on board. Actually the way this club has been playing im a touch surpised that they record is as such.

    • Don M

      May 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Delmon Young hitting HR’s helps build trade value … I hate Delmon Young, but want him to start hitting, so we can trade him to an AL team at the deadline.

      The Phillies aren’t as good as their record indicates.. their “expected W-L record” based on Runs Scored and Runs Allowed .. says the Phillies should be 22-32, instead of their actual record of 26-28.

  9. Don M

    May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Last night was a AAA-AAAA lineup, and they got pounded by a good offensive team in the Red Sox.

    That said, I’ve been saying this team should be SELLERS for a few weeks now, because I can’t see them “winning” with this roster. They are a .500-ish team … if you leave this roster in tact, they may or may not win 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 games and grab the 2nd Wild Card spot …. but that shouldn’t be the course of action for this team as it does not help the franchise moving forward.

    As much as the majority of fans don’t want to hear it, we should be actively looking to trade anyone that can bring back young talent, including Chase Utley. … I don’t think Lee and Papelbon get traded during this deadline, but wouldn’t be shocked to see Lee traded in the offseason…

    If I was Rubem, I’d contact a team like Detroit where he could create baseball’s new best rotation. Verlander, Lee, Sanchez, Fister, Scherzer …

    Maybe we eat a generous portion of salary and ask for Nick Castellanos in return… ..

    Doubt they’d go for that, but maybe Lee and Papelbon (and half their contracts) for Castellanos, and a few other prospects. . . if you’re going into a rebuild, you have to start with some real young talent to build around… someone in addition to Dom Brown

  10. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Once upon a time, during Week 1 of the current baseball season, the Atlanta Braves clinched a post season berth thanks largely to Upton clinching 2013 MVP honors in that time frame. Somebody will ask which Upton, sort of like the guy who walks into Burger King and asks for a sandwich and drink, leaving the underpaid counter girl to think about which sandwich, and wht kind of drink.

    Long season that it is, Justin has fallen subject to the in stereo winds of the baseball gods and laws of average.

    Far less noticeable in the publicity limelight was the team with the worst OF in NL history dating back about 3 years that calls Flushing home, and the one guy who has stepped up large time of that godforsaken trio. Delmon Young’s probably a bit better than that, but not a significant chunk. Duane Kuiper’s probably the only OFer I ever heard of who never homers (he had 1 in his career, and the only reason I’m calling him an OFer is so Bennie “GDiuP” don’t get lonely.

    What Brown has already done for you is pretty nice even on a club where realistic playoff hopes adorn. He stands out in a semi realistic playoff hopes fill the air. In that time, INBLEEPINGCREDIBLY, he has CAUGHT Justin Upton almost to the point where they are Siamese baseball types.


    total bases Upton 100 Brown 99

    Dingers Upton 14 Brown 13

    Doubles Upton 8 Brown 7

    Games Upton 51 Brown 53

    RIBS Upton 29 Brown 32

    Average Upton .259 Brown .267

    K’a Upton 60 Brown 37

    I’m sure I could go on, if not on and on. There is one area, and it’s sequential byproduct where Justin is crushing Dom. He’s got 2x as many walks. Thus, his OBP is way ahead. .
    This, as proven by the eyeball test in no way measures the Phillies guy’s patience. And you can pitch around the Braves lineup, but you can practically pitch through the Phillies tragic offense. People scream for him to move up in the lineup because he’s productive, perhaps with some protection, he’d hit AND blossom his OBP.

    The vault to Uptown’s level is perhaps a fleeting thing. But it’s there as we write. And with it will come the anticipated discussion as an all-star candidate. Brown told a WIP audience in the spring he works at his game to be a champion. On an individual basis, he’s on his way.

  11. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Somebody hit Ruben with smelling salts and woke him from his comatose state. Now after releasing Durbin, he needs to yank D Young, an Mini Mart. That would be a great start!

  12. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    How ’bout I not bash Rube and just put this up since it’s not like I had well exercised vocal chords on this back when he could have been a recycled Phillie.

    Jason Grilli rhp
    2 years/$6.75M (2013-14)
    ◾2 year/$6.75M (2013-14)
    ◾re-signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/11/12

    Buccos getting their money’s worth.

  13. Manny

    May 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Remember when there were rumors about the Phillies entertaining a trade of BROWN for SORIANO? Omg.

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