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Phillies Waste Two-Run Lead, Fall 3-2 to Rangers

Hollands made his debut in the 9th. (MLB Photo)

Hollands made his debut in the 9th. (MLB Photo)

Adrian Beltre’s walk-off single in the ninth inning gave the Rangers a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Phillies.

Burnett Solid, Yet Unspectacular in Debut

-A.J. Burnett wasn’t great, but certainly wasn’t bad. He finished six innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out three and walking two. Burnett looked shaky at times running six three-ball counts, yet kept the team in shape to win. A fine first outing.

-Jake Diekman took the seventh inning, working back to back nights, and it didn’t end well. Adrian Beltre’s double scored Shin-Soo Choo that tied the game at 2-2.

-Mario Hollands made his major league debut in the ninth inning of a tie game. Very cool moment for him. Not a good time for that cool moment. In a high leverage situation in a game you should be winning, Hollands probably shouldn’t be the guy to get the ball there. Choo walked on four pitches then was sacrificed to second by Elvis Andrus. Prince Fielder also walked before Hollands was pulled for BJ Rosenberg. Another interesting selection with Brad Lincoln and Justin De Fratus having not yet pitched. Rosenberg gave up the walk-off hit to Beltre.

No Fireworks Tonight

-Scoring began in the sixth inning as Jimmy Rollins brought home Cesar Hernandez with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Ryan Howard, batting fifth for the first time since 2008, roped an RBI-double to the wall in right field that scored Jimmy. Howard doubled off lefty Martin Perez, a monumental early-season accomplishment as we know Ryno has struggled against southpaws in a major way the last few seasons.

-Rollins has five RBI in two games. He only managed seven through the entire month of April in 2013. On defense, Jamie Moyer quipped that he’d never seen a play made like the one Rollins made in the seventh inning. Rollins cut across the infield on the second base side and did an underhand flip to get Prince Fielder on a slow roller. Excellent break to the ball by Rollins.

-Cesar Hernandez was solid as the nine-hole hitter, finishing 2-for-3 with a double.

-Kudos to Ryne Sandberg for his lineup. It takes stones to completely alter the order one day after scoring 14 runs. This isn’t Charlie Manuel’s team anymore. Sandberg will do things his own way and is sticking to his plan. That said, I would have liked to see Cody Asche play the day after a great game – although I certainly understand the reasoning with the lefty on the mound. His bullpen management left something to be desired.

Replay It Again

-Instant Replay was used for the first time during a Phillies game. Ben Revere was called safe on a spinning pickoff move by Martin Perez and Ron Washington didn’t like the call. After review, it showed that Revere could not get his hand in under the tag of Donnie Murphy and the umpires overturned the call.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. hot dog

    April 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Diekman needed to do a better job. Bastardo looks good. They were in a position to win.

  2. Morris Buttermaker

    April 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Last season, it took the Phillies 80 games to score 10 runs or more. The offense was completely anemic during Spring Training. Yesterday in the first game of the season, they score 14 runs. I do not understand why Sandberg shook up the lineup.

    It takes guts to do that. But it also takes guts to drive your car with your hood up. But that doesn’t make it a good idea.

    • Chuck A.

      April 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Too much “over-managing”. Just way too many weird things with that lineup.

      • Morris Buttermaker

        April 2, 2014 at 12:38 am

        It reminded me of LaRussa managing just for the sake of managing. But LaRussa was allowed to get away with moves like that.

    • Tracey

      April 2, 2014 at 5:40 am

      It’s early in the season, and it’s not a bad idea to see what works and what doesn’t. Last night didn’t work. Lesson learned.

  3. DavidE

    April 2, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I assume he changed the lineup because of the left-handed pitcher. Not sure that Asche shouldn’t be hitting against left-handed pitching but can’t really criticize the move. Revere can’t get picked off in that situation. That may have cost the Phillies 2 runs although you don’t how the inning would have played out if he hadn’t been picked off. Agree with the writer on Hollands. But maybe Sandberg wanted to see what he had.

    • schmenkman

      April 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      I’d rather win the game than see what Hollands has. Papelbon meanwhile, is still rested – yay. And Asche should have pinch hit for Nix against the righty.

      • Chuck A.

        April 2, 2014 at 12:45 am

        Totally can’t figure out Asche not pinch hitting in that situation. And NO WAY I put Hollands in the game at that point, either. Not saying that those two things alone cost us the game but it does make you wonder a bit.

      • Tracey

        April 2, 2014 at 5:43 am

        Yeah, in general I support the idea of “let’s see what works,” but tie game in the bottom of the 9th is not the time to see what works.

  4. Lefty

    April 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    “Burnett was solid but unspectacular”

    Wow, I rarely disagree with Pat. I thought Burnett was quite good, against that lineup, in that park. His BB/K rate wasn’t special, and probably won’t be all year, I’ll grant that. But the results were great.

    If Burnett ends the year with the same ERA (1.50) that he has right now, with a bunch of QS’s like last night, he’ll be in contention for the Cy Young award IMO.

  5. Dave

    April 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Your starter has to go 7 innings – especially when you have had an awful bullpen for the last several years. 6 innings for a #3 starter earning 16 million is embarrassing. 7 innings by your starter gives you Bastardo for the 8th and then your closer. It changes everything.

  6. jeff y

    April 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Bench Revere for a few games for getting picked off at second base. This can’t happen

  7. Phil Lee

    April 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

    It’s a fine line between managing and mangling

  8. PaMikeyDC

    April 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    As always I agree w @lefty I mean, 6 innings against that potent lineup!!! 1 run. C’mon! It’s a great start of the year for AJ. I mean we lost yes, but CLee doesn’t get hammered bc we won? C’mon.

    And let’s refer to Ryan Howard as RyHo. Can we??
    We have our manager as Ryno. And Sandberg has earned that one.

  9. Hogey's Role

    April 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I do not have a problem with the lineup changes I’m glad Howard got moved from the cleanup spot, I’ve wanted to see that for 5 years now… The only real problem I had with the lineup at all is that nix was in it, asche is young and coming off a great night at the plate, I understand the lefty on lefty thing but frankly does anyone think that nix is the better option against a lefty, I certainly don’t, and like others idk why he didn’t pinch hit with asche later in the game either…. Other than that Burnett pitched great IMO, his first start of the year it’s hard to expect him to throw 120 pitches or more to get the game into the 8th, so I’m happy he got through six, our bullpen couldn’t get the job done but they didn’t let it get out of control, they were able to keep it tied up to the bottom of the ninth and things derailed there, but I’m happy with that game, you aren’t going to win them all, and that wasn’t a bad loss to watch so I’ll take that and look forward to tonight’s game….

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    April 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Have no problem with splitting up lefties and with Revere and JRoll 1-2 it is hard to move Utley up. But I’m not sure you sit Asche and Brown. In the vain of “seeing what they can do”. Why not see Asche and Brown have against a really good young leftie. I could middle if the season wanting to rest these guys but second day, especially after a big offensive show Monday. There is something to be said for putting you same eight on the field most of the time despite L or R on the mound.
    Also not sure you want to first pitch hit and run against a guy who was throwing some nasty first pitches. A little over managing in my opinion

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