2013 Game Recaps

Blown Call, Error, Lack of Offense Result in Third Straight Loss

The Phillies dropped a very winnable game on Saturday against the Brewers after a late base running blunder (courtesy of a missed call by the umpire) combined with the usual lack of offense allowed Milwaukee to scrape out a 4-3 win. The loss guaranteed a series loss for the Phils, who have either lost or split each of their last four series.

The Phillies put together a rally in the ninth, but it was cut short when Kyle Kendrick was picked off second with one out in the inning. Upon replay it was evident that the second baseman did not catch the ball, less catch it and tag Kendrick out. Kendrick was pinch running for the injured Jimmy Rollins, and if he was on base he would have scored to tie the game on Cesar Hernandez‘s double, which immediately followed.

Milwaukee’s offense struck for four runs, led by catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Logan Schaeffer who combined to go 5-for-8 with two runs, a double, a homer and two RBI. It was Lucroy’s third homer through the first two games of the series.

Sloppy play haunts Phils again

Both on the bases and in the field, the Phillies have been failing to make fundamental plays of late. Last night they had three errors in their loss to Milwaukee. Today they had another fielding error and a base running blunder (albeit it might have been a bad call, but you still do not want Kendrick to even be in that situation when the game is on the line).

Expect to see Delmon Young in the lineup tonight in Cleveland (AP Photo).

Delmon Young’s throwing error in the second allowed an extra Milwaukee run to score. (AP Photo).

But whether he was safe or not, the Phillies have not been playing sound baseball. Delmon Young‘s throwing error today led directly to Milwaukee runs, while Kendrick being picked off led directly to a missed chance for the Phillies to tie the game. They now have six errors in their last four games, which does not count any mistakes on the base paths, and there have been plenty of those as well.

Situational Woes Continue

The Phillies had their chances in the game against Brewer’s starter Wily Peralta (who entered with a 6.35 ERA and has been very hittable this year), but they failed to capitalize as they should have. Peralta threw seven strong innings, striking out six while allowing two runs for the second time in 12 starts this year (and the other was against the lowly Cubs).

Situational hitting has been a shortcoming for this team all year, and it continued today. The Phils were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, with the one being Erik Kratz‘s RBI single in the fifth. They left eight runners in scoring position to end innings, and left ten men on base overall.

Late in the game they failed to come through on several chances to score. Domonic Brown in the seventh, Kratz in the eighth and Michael Martinez in the ninth all failed to come through with a runner in scoring position and two outs.

Cloyd Rebounds from last outing

Cloyd tossed seven innings today, and he allowed just three runs while scattering eight hits. He walked only one and struck out three Milwaukee batters. Cloyd stayed out of the middle of the plate for the most part today, and worked himself out of a few jams. He allowed at least one runner to reach second base in all but two of his seven innings, but got a few strikeouts in key spots and limited hard contact with runners on base. Cloyd now has three quality starts out of his four total starts with Philadelphia this year.

Up Next…

The Phillies will try to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday, and they certainly will feel comfortable with who they are trotting out to the mound. Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA) will take the ball for the Phillies opposite Mike Fiers (1-3, 5.66 ERA) for the Brewers. Lee has allowed only five runs in his last five starts combined, and the Phillies are 5-0 over that stretch. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank Park.

 

 

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. bacardipr

    June 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Wasted effort by Cloyd. I dont wanna blame Kendrick but he shouldnt have been taking such a long lead coupled with a blown call. Its just one of them things. When stuff goes bad nothing goes your way. Its just the way the Universe works

    • George

      June 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Kendrick’s lead was absolutely too long; he would have been out if the throw had actually been caught, and blaming the ump is simpy a poor excuse.

      It may be true that when things go bad nothing goes your way, but a lot of that is because when things go bad, you’re already asking or maybe even demanding that nothing goes your way. A team can’t have a slug playing RF, need to use TWO pinch runners (one very inexperienced), and keep running out a lineup that can’t even find the paper bag they’re trying to hit their way out of and expect anything to go right.

      • hk

        June 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

        All great points. The fact that this team has had to use pitchers to pinch-run in the 9th inning of two one-run games in the past two weeks speaks to poor roster construction and poor in-game management. Delmon Young, who isn’t even doing the one thing (hitting) that we hoped he’d be able to do, is costing the team in multiple ways, his performance in the field is bad enough, but the need to replace him defensively and on the base paths is part of the reason they called up Mini-Mart instead of someone like Ruf or Fields when Utley went down.

      • wbramh

        June 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        HK – I totally agree. This is a poorly constructed team and the need to use pitchers as pinch runners is just one good example. The fact that these guys are getting caught sleeping on base also suggests that they’re poorly coached or suffering from group attention deficit. Nobody expects (most) pitchers to be great hitters but anybody can be taught how to avoid being picked off base and should know what their own lead limitations are from high school on,
        In my 65 years watching this club play I’ve seen some pretty lousy teams, talent-wise. This team may not be at the very bottom for talent but it sure is the sleepiest bunch I’ve ever watched.

  2. Brooks

    June 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Here are a few observations – from a positive perspective –
    If you are an opposing pitcher having a terrible year with an ERA over 6, the Phils will fix that for you.
    If you (as an opposing team) come in here with a sucky losing streak, the Phils will fix that for you too.
    If the Phils were not in the midst of a losing streak and playing a team with the second worst record in all of baseball, I would say this was an entertaining game. A 9th inning rally? How often have we seen one of those this year? Kratz sliding into second and the Phils getting the call??? How often has that happened this year?
    Hey, a special thanks to Michael Adams too. Who came in and gave up a 2 out homerun to Luckyroy in the top of the 8th, much appreciated Mikey.

  3. pamikedc

    June 2, 2013 at 6:08 am

    0% chance that Mary-Mart was doing anything at that last AB.

    • Manny

      June 2, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Yup. Still watched it, though. I don’t know why… so damn painful.

    • schmenkman

      June 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Not 0. Less than virtually every hitter in baseball, but not even close to 0.

      • wbramh

        June 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        True. MM could have been hit by a pitch, but he still would have faced the task of finding first base without a map.

  4. Brooks

    June 2, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Agreed Mike but you know, a whole bunch of people stuck around to watch anyway.

  5. misterpet

    June 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Isn’t it time to release fat Delmon Young. He’s not hitting, can’t run or field. Why is he on the roster? Is he an upgrade over Mayberry or what Ruf could give you? Let’s face it, Phils aren’t going anywhere. Trade Utley in July or August after he’s healthy and move Young to 1st after Howard goes on the DL for his knee. Give Galvis and Hernandez consistent playing time. We’re seeing what Brown can do now that RAJ stopped jerking him around.

  6. Dave

    June 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    We had 2 tickets to yesterdays game and couldn’t find anyone to take them even though we told them they were FREE. My wife and I would rather stay home and eat $86 then go to a game and be miserable.

    • hk

      June 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Unfortunately for ownership, I have been hearing more and more of this same sort of thing from my friends.

      • George

        June 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Unfortunately for ownership? I doubt if they’re losing so much money they’ll actually go broke, and it’s there own fault if they do.

        The really unfortunate thing is that fans can no longer experience an entertaining game.

      • hk

        June 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        That was sarcasm. I rarely have sympathy for billionaires. I do hope the empty seats wake them up and initiate some changes; otherwise, it could be a while until we fans can experience an entertaining team again.

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