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Phillies Blow Lead, But Win in Walk-Off Fashion

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies were sitting pretty with a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning, thanks in part to two home runs by Ryan Howard, but an injury forced Jonathan Pettibone to be relieved and the bullpen nearly imploded in the 7th inning. The bleeding was stopped by Jake Diekman after four runs crossed the plate. But then in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up the lead with the help of some shoddy defense behind him, and the game went to the bottom of the ninth where Kevin Frandsen led off the inning with a walk-off home run.


The Phillies went with a lineup that had Michael Young batting third, followed by Ryan Howard and then Domonic Brown. Young was 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Howard was 3-4 with four RBI thanks to two home runs, and Brown was 2-4 with two doubles. Those three were involved in six of the the eight scoring plays. Brown is now slugging .550, and Howard .496.


Jonathan Pettibone pitched six great innings, giving up just one run and scattering five hits. However, he left the game with what was later called “lower back tightness on the right side”. There is no more information at this time. Michael Stutes came in for relief for him, which brings me to my next point…


Mike Stutes did not look good today. He ended up giving up four runs, and nearly threw as many balls as strikes. When he was pulled, he showed some discomfort in the dugout of his right shoulder, however nothing was formally announced yet.

He hasn’t looked all that good recently, and a shoulder injury could be an explanation. It would be a huge loss for the already diminished Phils bullpen, which looks like the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs bullpen right now.



  1. DavidE

    June 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Matt Harvey has been absolutely sensational this year for the Mets. He has given up only 4 home runs in 104 innings. The total of walks and hits against him is less than innings pitched. In 9 out of 15 games, he has given up one run or less. Even as well as Cliff Lee has pitched, Harvey has probably pitched a little bit better. I think to beat a guy like this, the Phillies are going to have to try and manufacture runs. So I think Revere needs to lead off tomorrow. Try to get him on and running.

    Regarding Ryan Howard, he has owned certain Mets pitchers including Dillon Gee. It’s a real good sign that he has been hitting well lately. But when he or any other power hitter goes up against Matt Harvey, 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts is pretty close to part for the course.

  2. Stuart

    June 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Isn’t there a trend with pitchers getting hurt or seeming hurt?

    Also I’m sick Howard getting picked on. He’s having a great month or two right now. Producing in many ways.

    • Lefty

      June 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

      You could argue that over the last seven days, he’s the best hitter in baseball.

      Howard 1.629
      Chris Davis 1.525
      Miguel Cabrera 1.326
      Joey Votto 1.241

      • schmenkman

        June 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

        For the full year overall, he’s almost up to 2008/10/11 levels.

        OPS+ in 2008-2013:

        125, 141, 127, 126, 90, 120

      • schmenkman

        June 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

        BY the more accurate wRC+, he’s even closer:

        120, 139, 127, 124, 87, 122

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 23, 2013 at 3:50 am

    You could argue that hes great.

    Until you see other mangers walk players to put a left hander in vs him.

    Then you would lose the argument.

    I drafted Howard because he is a number compiler.

    He will compile numbers.

    At least in my fantasy team I sit Howard vs lefties.

    Not so lucky on the hero ( major league) team.

    They swing for the fences.

    You have a hero like frandsen.

    That tops winning a game.

    • schmenkman

      June 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

      We are all in agreement that he’s not great, and putting up straw men that someone thinks he’s great is just an excuse to write funny poem-like comments consisting of incomplete sentences separated by blank lines, which do things like bemoan swinging for the fences while in the next breath celebrating a guy who won a game with a home run.

      • Chuck A.

        June 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

        I couldn’t have described his comments better myself.

      • hk

        June 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Well played, sir.

      • Mike

        June 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        You’re right schmenk, can’t imagine anyone who writes like that even finished high school.

  4. Lefty

    June 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Just to be clear Andy, I didn’t argue that he’s great.

    Let’s try this in your style.

    This might be fun!

    Maybe even easier to comprehend?

    Here’s what I said

    “You could argue that over the last seven days, he’s the best hitter in baseball.”

    The important part?

    The last seven days.

    Players get hot, and then they go cold

    Cylindrical bat, and round ball

    makes hitting a baseball the hardest thing in sports to do


    Not quite a Haiku or Iambic Pentameter was it?

    And I was wrong, it wasn’t fun at all.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      June 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Winner winner chicken dinner. Lol
      All great posts!

      On a serious note, I loved the post game interview with Frandsen. It was a much different vibe than that of Psychotron’s (Papelbon). While Pyschotron is a proven great reliever, I’d like to see him work on his own fundamentals, such as three blown saves this week, and I know there were fielding errors by his teammates in most, before he throws everyone under the bus but himself publicly. I’m sure he’s pissed at himself, it was just the tone he used that seemed to put the majority on the team and staff rather than himself, while Frandsen had nothing but positive praise for his TEAMMATE, Psychotron.
      I would love for the Phils to light up Harvey, but that ain’t happening, so I’ll take a win any which way we can snag one today! Go Phils!

    • EricL

      June 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      haha this thread is awesome

      • George

        June 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        I haven’t seen very many of your comments lately, EricL. Have you been busy, or just tired of reading the same old same old concerning Howard, Rollins, Amaro, D.Young, and Manuel?

        I wouldn’t blame you. There isn’t much to debate when nobody thinks the team is worthy of anything more than griping.

        Maybe you could help by posting more often.

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