2013 Game Recaps

Brown Homers Again, Hamels Shuts Down Marlins for Sweep

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the Phillies beat the Marlins, 6-1, finally getting back to the .500 mark with a sweep. They’re back level ground for the first time since they were 6-6. It’s also the first time the Phils have won four straight games.

As my colleague Corey Seidman pointed out via twitter, the Phillies have scored at least six runs in four consecutive games for the first time since late September 2010.

Lucky #7

-In the seventh inning, the Phillies broke it open. They scored five in the frame, busting through with a Jimmy Rollins RBI single to start. Ryan Howard brought home two runs with his first triple since April 22, 2011. The Big Piece needed a big hit, and he got one.

-Not to be outdone was Man of the Year, Domonic Brown. He launched a two-run Dom Bomb into the seats in right for his 18th home run of the season. Brown was in a quick 0-for-8 “slump” just before he exploded for another homer. Wow, what more can you say.

-John Mayberry Jr. got the first hit of the day off of Jacob Turner in the second inning, a smoked single to left field. Erik Kratz continued his hot streak, getting the Phillies on the board one batter later.  With his second inning RBI-double, Kratz now has hits in 9 of the last 10 games.

Hamels Back in Top Form

-Hamels line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. His ball-to-strike ratio was impressive, throwing 81 of his 108 pitches for strikes. The issue had been, of course, run support. In his first three starts against the Marlins, the Phillies offense provided him with one, zero, and one run. It was slightly better today as the Phillies gave him six just before he left the game.

-It was the 23rd time in his career Hamels struck out 10 or more batters in a game, and the third time this season.

-Hamels allowed a fourth inning home run to Derek Deitrich, which tied the game at 1-1. It was a cutter, a pitch that Hamels has grappled with this season. Going into the game, Hamels had thrown 223 cutters, four of them leaving the yard (make that five with this one).

-Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck left the game in the seventh inning after taking a pitch off his right hand. It was a scary scene as he went down in a heap; Jim Reynolds replaced him.

 

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Joe a

    June 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I love the phrase Dom Bomb! Almost as cool as Trumbomb.

  2. Josh

    June 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Since April 24th, the Phillies are 21-16. That is good for the fifth best record in the National League over that span. Eight of those loses too are with Halladay or Hamels starting.

    Gentleman, I have a good feeling. Take care of business against the Brew-crew, Twins and even the surprisingly above .500 Rookies..

  3. Devin

    June 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    D-Bo is a monster.

  4. Lefty

    June 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    A funny coincidence,- last night between innings I switched to the Red Sox/Rangers game. I saw the very large David Ortiz hit a triple. And I thought he just had “similar” surgery to Ryan Howard, and there is no way Howard could hit a triple like that now!

    Sometimes the strangest things happen, and for the record, Ortiz hit his into the deepest part of Fenway, it bounced around that little triangle cut-out in CF. Howard’s was much more impressive, It’s great to see him running well.

  5. Ken Bland

    June 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Philadelphia 30 30 .500 7 1/2 16-15 14-15 16-9 Won 4

    Washington 29 30 .492 8 16-12 13-18 12-12 Lost 1

  6. ken stfu

    June 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Can you take that dopey pic of you with the guitar down Pat? Nerd.

  7. George

    June 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I thought sure the offense would fall flat in the 7th just because Hamels has had such rotten support this year. I don’t know why they didn’t wait until the eighth so that Hamels would once again come up empty.

    Maybe it’s a good sign, but I still have doubts.

  8. Glutenous

    June 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Well, I benched Hamels and he got a win. Do I keep him benched?

    • Manny

      June 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

      How could you possibly bench Hamels against the Marlins lineup (without Stanton)?? He’s had some very good outings, and yes, some poor ones, but if there was one game in which he could finally get lucky enough for a W it was this one!

  9. teejvee

    June 6, 2013 at 5:30 am

    The last 2 Marlins starters dominated this anemic lineup . At least they are hitting garbage bullpen pitchers .They weren’t even doing that before. It’s progress, I guess, but I’m not getting too excited yet.

  10. Mike in NJ

    June 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    This one had 2-1 loss written all over it in the top of the 7th. I’m glad they finally scored some runs for Cole and he got a much needed win.

    Phils need to go absolutely no worse than 6-4 on this 10 game road trip, and then maybe I’ll start to believe they have a shot.

  11. Brooks

    June 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Excellent win yesterday, beautiful day all around.
    Cole wins, Phils at .500 and in second place – another Dom Bomb – Stutes and De Fratus were perfect in relief – Howard with a big hit, Delmon did not start – M Young did NOT hit into a DP – my personal streak of going to 4 losses in a row broken – great day all around.
    There were these businessmen sitting behind us and they left in the top of the 7th (cheese!) – they were saying how Howard is one of the worst fielding first basemen in all of baseball. Are you kidding me? His error the other day was the first for him in 77 games – he is as proficient as they come at first, not the best but I think above average fielding.
    Anyone disagree?

    • G7

      June 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Good glove..awful throwing to 2nd..

    • Mike in NJ

      June 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Yeah you have to take his inability to start a 3-6-3 DP as part of his fielding.

    • Dave P

      June 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

      I do think his ability to catch everythng thrown his way is underrated. But he doesn’t have much else, in terms of range or arm, etc. Still, sufficient at first.

    • Manny

      June 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

      His fielding is below average (and has been throughout his career). But to say that he is one of the very worst may be a stretch. UZR/150 has him as No.17 out of 22 qualified 1B (Fielder, Freeman, A-Gonz, Craig, and Chris Davis all substantially worse than him this year). That’s pretty bad, but not disastrous.

      What really hurts his UZR numbers is his lack of range, which doesn’t allow him to get balls near him. That may partially help explain why he’s only had 1 error this season… if he can’t get to balls in the first place, then the probability of committing an error decreases substantially.

  12. HolyGhostPhillies

    June 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This team has shown it can play well as it hit .500 yesterday. Granted that they are playing the worst teams in MLB over this stretch upcoming, if they can keep playing well, we can improve our chances at a playoff spot!!

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