2013 Game Recaps

Phils Fall To Braves In Extras

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

Jimmy Rollins did his part to help the offense today. It wasn’t enough. (Photo: AP)

Since the All Star break, the Phillies have become particularly skilled at finding new and embarrassing  ways to lose baseball games. Tonight, they squandered four runs and 6.2 scoreless innings from the bullpen en route to a 12-inning, 5-4 defeat against the Braves.

The decisive run came on a Dan Uggla groundball with one out and the bases loaded. The ball was hit softly and it would be tough to turn two. The throw from second on the turn appeared to beat Uggla to the bag, but Kevin Frandsen came off, letting what could have been an inning-ending doubleplay instead become a game-winning fielder’s choice. Remarkably, the run came around to score without the Braves recording a single hit in the inning. Another loss, this one coming on a first baseman coming off the bag and the Braves not getting a hit. The Phillies keep it varied at least.

ROLLINS AND MAYBERRY PRODUCE THE RUNS

– You’ve heard it a million times. As Jimmy Rollins goes, so goes the Phillies offense. Today, it looked like Rollins might power the Phils to a win. He manufactured a run in the first by singling, stealing second, advancing to third on an overthrow, and scoring a ground ball. In the second inning, John Mayberry hammered a fastball into the seats in left for a two-run dinger. Things really seemed to be going well early, and a struggling-to-get-back Brandon Beachy looked like he would be giving the Braves more of the same. And then as soon as it came everything stopped for a while. Like water rushing from a faucet that is suddenly turned off, the bats disappeared.

– That was before the seventh. This time, it was Mayberry who would start it with a single. He’d advance to second on a sac bunt, and come around to score on a Rollins double to tie the game. The offensive faucet turned back off after that, as the Phils barely even threatened after the seventh.

LANNAN ON SHORT REST, BULLPEN DOES THE REST

– From a pitching standpoint, today’s game seemed like the Phillies were climbing a mountain from the start. For the first time in his big league career, John Lannan was called upon to pitch on short rest. Though he had decent numbers against the Braves, there was no telling how much he’d have with just a three day’s respite behind him. According to our own Corey Seidman, the Phillies haven’t won a game with a pitcher starting on three day’s rest since 2008. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Lannan said before the game of facing a Braves offense that has been red hot. While he didn’t dazzle, he did keep the team in the game.

– Lannan looked OK early, but Justin Upton homered for the 19th time this season in the third to give the Braves their first run. Lannan ran into more trouble in the fifth when he loaded the bases with one out and Freddie Freeman at the plate. Freeman would single on the first pitch of the at bat to tie drive in 2 runs and tie the game at 3. That would be all she wrote for Lannan, who threw 76 pitches, who would have a forth run tacked onto his line after being removed from the game.  From there, the bullpen would shut the Braves down, using four relievers to seal the deal. They’d only allow one hit and no runs in 6.2 innings before the Braves were able to get the lead. Even though they eventually relinquished the game, there is no way you can put this one on the ‘pen.

UP NEXT

-The Phillies hope to stave off a sweep on National TV tomorrow when they close out their series with the Braves. Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05) returns to action for the Phils. He’ll face Alex Wood (1-2, 3.51).

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Scooter

    August 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Oh, god, the humanity.

  2. Steve Kusheloff

    August 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Phils are obviously going nowhere. Replace Manuel with Sandberg now. Let the evaluation for 2014 start now.

  3. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Diekman’s walks set up the bases loaded and eventual win. Utley’s throw was a little high because the Braves player did a great job of disrupting the throw forcing Frandsen off the bag. It was still a close call. However. Frandsen’s at bat against Kimbrel was one of the worst he’s had – it was putrid. Well, there’s always tomorrow…

  4. DavidE

    August 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Why complain about Martinez? At least, he can do a variety of rolls with the team. Laynce Nix has just not been productive at all. Charlie is not even using him against RHP off the bench if he has either Frandsen or Kratz available. Nix’s OPS in July was .133. His OPS in June was .532. His OPS in May was .361. 44 strikeouts in 128 at bats. Even in his best month, his OPS was .741 in April. He might have the lowest OPS of any player in MLB with more than 100 at bats.

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Nix sickens me.

    • Lefty

      August 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      It doesn’t even seem possible to have an OPS of .133 does it? I mean an OBP of .133 is bad enough- but an OBP+SLG of .133????

    • c. schreiber

      August 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      DavidE _ And Minimart’s OPS is?

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Almost forgot a positive…Ruf extends his streak of reaching base to 31 games, and is two behind Utley’s record. Go Ruf!

    • JMills

      August 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

      I have been very impressed by Ruf’s at bats . He is one of e few, if any, phillies player who knows how to waste a good pitch.

  6. Double Trouble Del

    August 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Lefty noted in another thread that it was an entertaining game. I agree. I was going to digress on Diekman and how it would be a mistake to extend Utley but then I thought, WHO CARES?

  7. DavidE

    August 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    They had 3 very good at bats against Carpenter. Asche and Mayberry really hit the ball hard. Frandsen really tagged one too.

  8. Johnmatrix

    August 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hope papelbon watched Kimbrel to see how a real closer does it.

  9. Mazinman

    August 4, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Its sad when the waiver wire is going to become the most exciting part of the year.

  10. Chuck A.

    August 4, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Again…my question from a few days ago…. Just why in God’s name is Laynce Nix still on this baseball team???

    And this time I don’t want to hear the answer that he’s the only LH option off the bench. He needs to go. NOW.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      August 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Chuck A.,
      I completely agree. The only reason he is still here is most likely due to his contract, another Amaro gem. Why sign a guy like Nix to two years and let Scheirholtz go? The man mystifies me.

    • George

      August 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I think there may be other reasons besides the contract and Nix being lefthanded.

      There’s very little available to replace him except possibly from the minor leagues. Minor legue players, if they are going to develop, need regular at bats, something they won’t get by taking over Nix’s role.

      The other thing is the Phil’s current lack of outfield options. They’re playing the second string in CF already, and left is being manned by a former 1st baseman (at least he’s doing a decent job, though). When Brown come off the DL, and especially when Rever is back, that situation will change. I’ll start complaining about Nix (and Martinez and McDonald) if nothing is done then.

      Of course, one can still fault the front office for failing to build a more useful roster in the first place. Someone certainly didn’t scout these duds very well, and they certainly misjudged Schierholtz.

      • Chuck A.

        August 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

        All three of those guys…Nix, Martinez and McDonald…along with Delmon Young…are an absolute drag on this team.

      • DavidE

        August 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Disagree that there is little to replace him. Galvis would be a better option. Susdorf would be a better option. Overbeck would be a better option. I am not talking about his strikeout against Kimbrel. That happens against Kimbrel. It’s the fact that he has been a terrible player for the last 3 months. When Howard comes back, Ruf can replace him. At this point, the team just has to replace Nix.

  11. Robotnik

    August 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Can’t wait for Cody Asche to start ripping the cover off the ball. He can’t get any worse. He’s even below the Nix Line which is far below the Mendoza Line.

    • George

      August 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      I, too, can’t wait, but I also think I’ll have to. Just so long as we don’t hold out breath, things might barely be okay.

      I watched all of Asche’s at bats yesterday, and he just didn’t impress me at all. Maybe he’s still adjusting, but I really have no faith that he’ll ever be the player everyone hopes for.

      • Robotnik

        August 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        George, I agree with your assessment. I just hope that Franco can develop faster and has the skills to compete in the majors.

      • Lefty

        August 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        I hope you are wrong. We really need some homegrown guys to step up. Based on minor league numbers I think we have to cut Asche some slack yet. 17 AB’s? Come on.

        The first thing I’d do is send his mother home. She’s been on TV more in the last week than Al Roker. 🙂

      • Double Trouble Del

        August 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        I think Asche had a slow star in Lehigh Valley . Took him about a month before he hit his stride.

  12. Hogey's Role

    August 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I’m all for resigning Utley, to a two year deal with a third year option… but if we do that what becomes the plan with Cesar Hernandez,I know he’s been playing cf in the minors now but is that gonna be where he plays next year and we move revere to right or left or will one of them become trade bait… I’m curious to see what’ll happen

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