2013 Game Recaps

Sandberg Gets His First Win as Phillies Manager

The Phillies snapped the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak with their 3-2 win on Sunday.  The victory gave Ryne Sandberg his first win as the Phillies manager.

Hanley Ramirez made two ninth inning errors which cost the Dodgers the game.  With the bases loaded and one out, Michael Young grounded to short, which should have been an inning-ending double play. Fortunately for the Phillies, Ramirez booted the ball.  Casper Wells scored from third as the error enabled the Phillies to win in walk-off fashion.

Cole Hamels pitched very well, allowing just two earned runs over  seven innings.  He surrendered seven hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out eight.

Darin Ruf homered in the fourth inning, his eighth of the year.  Jonathan Papelbon picked up the win after a quick ninth inning.



  1. Mike

    August 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    He should be fired for batting martinez leadoff!

    seriously though, can anyone name a worse player is MLB history than martinez?

    • hk

      August 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

      That decision surely does not instill a lot of confidence in Sandberg’s ability to make out the lineup. Speaking of Michael Martinez, his line is .167 / .167 / .167, which means he has not had a BB, HBP, SF or XBH in 30 plate appearances. This seems like an extremely high number of PA’s without doing anything other than making an out or getting a 1B. Does anyone (if anyone, I’d put my money on schmenkman) know where to find the record for most plate appearances without a BB, HBP, SF or XBH?

      • schmenkman

        August 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

        hk, you got me curious. There have been 40 seasons by non-pitchers with at least 30 PAs and no BB, HBP, or XBH (making BA, OBP, and SLG all the same number). The record is 79 by one Aleck Smith in 1901. Recent examples include:
        – William Bergola (2005 Reds, 38 PAs)
        – Fernando Perez (2009 Rays, 35 PAs)
        – Ryan Sweeney (2006 White Sox, 35 PAs)

        Other notable names with fewer PAs:
        – Matt Alexander (1976 A’s, 30 PAs), pinch running specialist (career stats: 374 games, 195 PAs, 103 SB, 42 CS)
        – Kyle Hudson (2011 Orioles, 29 PAs), the Phils acquired him last year for Rich Thompson, but released him in the off-season.
        – Dal Maxvill (1964 Cards, 27 PAs), long time St. Louis shortstop
        – Walt Hriniak (1968 Braves, 26 PAs), one of the most successful hitting coaches in recent history
        – Ruben Amaro Sr (1966 Yankees, 23 PAs)
        – Shoeless Joe Jackson (1908 A’s, 23 PAs)

        A couple of things for Mini to shoot for:
        – Glen Gorbus (33 PAs in 1956) holds the Phillies team record.
        – There have only been 9 such seasons in history with 40+ PAs.

        If you also require that sacrifice hits are 0, like Martinez, then there are only 19 seasons with 30+ PAs, and the record is 41 by Joe DeMaestri with the 1961 Yankees.

      • schmenkman

        August 19, 2013 at 8:05 am

        *at least 30 PAs and no BB, HBP, _SF_, or XBH…

      • hk

        August 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        Thanks. At least we have one Phillie going for a record this year.

  2. Chuck A.

    August 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Who cares? Nothing against Ryne Sandberg but I had a hard time even watching any of this. I seriously feel like my favorite uncle died. The ONLY thing that even got my attention a little bit was the continued all-out hustle of one Chase Utley.

  3. Art

    August 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

    The Phillies are still playing? I quit watching them a couple weeks ago. They’ve quit on the season, so there’s no reason to waste my time.

  4. joycedaffodil

    August 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I think time came and Mr. Amaro did what he does best, get what he wants. The teeth was actually funny. I have been grinding mine for most of the season and since I do not have dentures couldn’t do that, but . ….Nothing against Ryan, he was sold off by Phillies to the Cubs so he knows the players and what they are about. Charlie was a class act and from the onset of this season he was chopped chicken liver, his life cycle had already been determined. When I saw this on tv the other night I couldn’t believe it, you fire someone and then have them come to the table with you to explain your actions. That speaks more for Charlie than for Amaro. Go easy Charlie, we won’t forget you. Did anyone see Victorino/Ibanez playing over the weekend? We all could wish they were back and things could go back. Can’t help but wish Ryan good luck, he will need all he can find dealing with this crew. Chase continues to play flat out, the rest . . .

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