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Red Hot Ruiz Helps Phils Defeat Dodgers

The Phillies defeated the Dodgers 7-3 Thursday night, with big help from a red-hot Carlos Ruiz. He was 3-3 with 2 RBI and two walks. He also made a heads-up play earlier in the game that saved a run and helped get the Phils out of a jam. His two run double in the ninth inning not only gave the Phillies the go-ahead runs, but it started a rally for the offense that gave them a four-run cushion going into the final frame. I should mention that Marlon Byrd was 3-5 with four RBI, as well. Here are some other notes from the game:

Replay Review/New Rules

In the fifth inning, as Kendrick was in a bit of a jam, Yasiel Puig grounded to Cody Asche, who threw home to get Hanley Ramirez out at the plate. Seems normal enough. But with the new rules on plays at the plate, this play became a much bigger deal. Asche’s throw pulled Carlos Ruiz into the baseline. The new rules state that a catcher may not block the runner’s path to home unless the throw pulls him there. The play went under review for what seemed like an eternity, and eventually the original ruling was upheld. Plays at the plate like this are going to be controversial all year, and this is just one example of just how confusing it can get.

Good Outing For Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick had a good outing–5.2 IP and just two runs given up. He got himself into a few jams (gave up 10 hits and allowed one walk), but worked his way out of it each time. He was pulled for Jake Diekman in the sixth inning, leaving the bullpen faced with the task of protecting a one-run lead with ten outs remaining. That brings me to my next note:


OK, OK, it wasn’t that bad tonight. We all expected to get bullpen’d (verb: to be let down by the Phillies bullpen late in the game). And it started to look that way–after Kyle Kendrick left the game in the sixth,  Mike Adams promptly gave up the tying home run in the seventh inning. However, Adams pitched well aside from the home run given up to Adrian Gonzalez, as it was the only hit he’d give up over two crucial innings. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless frame in the ninth–in a non-save situation thanks to a rally by the Phils in the top half. He’s been pitching well lately.

The Phillies head to Arizona next for a three game set with the Diamondbacks.




  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 25, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Look out Mets here come the fightin Phillies!!!

    85 wins may get the division.

  2. PaMikeyDC

    April 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Question PN- I feel this way, but do some of you, that a playoff game could come down to this very stupid (home plate) rule. Clearly Hanley was 1000% out, but opposing managers will try and use a technicality that the square inch of his knee cap was in the way. Oh brother!! Use common sense! He was out by steps!!

    Also, question #2 (c’mon Schmekman) why was Pap used w a 4 run lead in a non save situation? I’m guessing bc there was no one really left in the BP.

    AMAZING SERIES WIN PHILS!!!!!! (But hey, those pesky mets continue winning, wth)

    • Dave

      April 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

      PaMikeyDC….I think the new home plate rule is the dumbest thing in the world. Let them play the game for crying out loud. If this is what’s coming for baseball (along with a DH for the National League) then baseball is headed in the wrong direction.

    • schmenkman

      April 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

      I’m going to guess that it was because Papelbon had already warmed up, so even if there was someone else available, why burn yet another reliever who then may not be available tomorrow?

      • Lefty

        April 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

        That’s what I think too. Once a pitcher has a lather up, go ahead and pitch him. No one knew they’d score 4 runs. Makes no sense to burn another guy.

  3. Scotty Ingerton

    April 25, 2014 at 7:02 am

    A very encouraging road trip so far! I’m not sure how much longer they can go with Asche though. He had a brutal September and his April has been worse.

    • Ken Bland

      April 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Not that I know the answer, if there is one, but at some point in the not too distant future, it would seem advantageous to be less selective about who he plays against, and who he doesn’t. Maybe not totally let him loose, but closer to it than not. For how long? Je ne c’est pas. I don’t put much stock in his troubles last September. Sure, more of a book exsisted on him by then, can’t argue that, but I thought fatigue entered into it. Only reason I can cite for his April, speaking for more recently than say the first couple weeks is it’s quite possible he’s pressing.

      What’s the upside? Still feel it’s pretty good. Can’t really define pretty good at this point though, but I’m more positive on him than not. Have short stroke, will succeed.

  4. PaMikeyDC

    April 25, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Well @scotty, Galvis is worse buddy.

    And…wouldn’t it have been marvelous to have torched Wilson when he was wearing that ugly Giants uni.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      April 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

      I’m not suggesting Galvis at all. I just don’t see how they can play the entire season with a thirdbaseman hovering around the Mendoza Line.

      • Chuck A.

        April 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

        I would imagine if Asche continues to flame out like this and if Franco is tearing it up at Reading that we may see a call-up at some point? I’m not advocating Franco being called up just for the sake of it..but I guess it could be a necessity. Galvis is NOT the answer. Nice defensive replacement late in games but that’s about it.

      • Double Trouble Del

        April 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Franco has struggled at Lehigh Valley although in the last week seems to have picked it up with a 3-4 performance including a home run.

      • Lefty

        April 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

        Why not go with Asche this year? I can think of two great reasons to let the kid play his way in- or out of the bigs.

        The Phils are a .500 baseball team. Yes they may have a fighting chance late in the season to make a run, but why sacrifice good experience (and start the arbitration clock) for Franco this season?

        The other reason is that I remember in 1973 we had a third baseman that hovered on the Mendoza line all season, and ended with a .196 BA, and he turned out ok. I’m not saying that Asche is that good, just that it’s common for young guys to scuffle a bit in their first full year.

      • Scotty Ingerton

        April 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        Please, don’t compare Asche to a HOF player. The only thing they have in common is the position they play. If you look at the scouting reports on Asche, he’s never been projected to be anything more than a bench player.

      • Lefty

        April 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        Scotty, I wasn’t comparing the two, but I will say this. Some players do actually exceed their original scouting reports. Some are even drafted so late it makes a mockery of what the “experts” know. Keith Hernandez- 42nd round, Piazza – 62nd. Pujols- 13th? Seriously?

        I’ll repeat what I typed previously, “I’m not saying that Asche is that good, just that it’s common for young guys to scuffle a bit in their first year”

        That along with the fact that they are grooming a good looking kid to take over soon, and there is no earthly reason for a .500 ball club to rush him up.

  5. Double Trouble Del

    April 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    That 3-4 was in last night’s Iron Pig’s loss. A great melt down performance from Hunter Pence trade throw-in Seth Rosin cost the Pigs the game.

    • schmenkman

      April 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Ah yes. The Seth Rosin who was everyone’s favorite pitcher and the next Craig Kimbrel the first week of the season, after the Phillies left him unprotected and he was picked up in the rule 5 draft.

  6. Hogey's Role

    April 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Really good game for the phils… Let’s keep this train rolling into Arizona and beat on the diamondbacks…

    Hogey wants a sweep

    • Ken BlandHogey wants a sweep

      April 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      “Hogey wants a sweep”

      You know, if Arizona was 1-6 at home, you’d figure the law of averages would catch up. Instead, they’re 1-11. So from that standpoint, which is really pointless, a sweep is iffy. But while I guess most observors are looking at adding to the road trip, I’m looking at it as the next 6 games. 3 against Zona, 3 with the Mess. I’m thinking basing and taking it a step higher would essentially be achieved with 5 wins in the next 6 games. I guess negatively, not only is Zona due, but the Mets have periods where they play so much better than the Phils in head to head, but that whole thought process is SO general and generic. It really comes down to matchups, so they certainly can do well in the next 6 games based on the play of the last 5 games now. We’ll see.

  7. Lefty

    April 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I’m really enjoying this road trip. (the parts I manage to stay awake for anyway) I thought Asche made a tremendous play to the plate. The decision about Ruiz blocking was never in doubt in my mind.

    Diekman may be starting to show that he is a perfect LOOGY, but not an inning pitcher. I thought Adams pitched very well despite the HR, and he gives me hope for the pen.

    Ruiz is a Dodger killer and it seems like he always has been, particularly at Dodger Stadium. And Marlon Byrd broke out in a very great and timely way.

  8. Jacob Muran

    April 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Asche has to go.. Allowing Frandsen to leave is hurting us.. Its funny that Sandberg wanted GALVIS to start @ SS, LOL this guy is brutal with the bat, worst then Wilson Valdez was

    • George

      April 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Rollins has to be given a break once in a while, and at least Galvis can play better defense than Valdez.

      I’m sure if the Phils had a better option, Galvis would have sat.

      Personally, I don’t care if Minnie Mouse plays SS provided the team wins.

  9. photoFred

    April 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Asche has a grand total of 236 PA in the bigs. That’s not enough to make an evaluation.

  10. Jacob Muran

    April 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    We’ve clearly seen enough of Asche, he’s not an impact player, he’s below avg at best. This team needs a stopgap until Franco is ready.

    • schmenkman

      April 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Agree with photoFred here — it’s way too early to say we know anything much about Asche.

    • egl836

      April 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Asche has struggled for a few month every time he moves up a level. It is way to early to give up on him. He’s not going to be a star, but he has a great work ethic and has a chance to be a solid starter. You don’t give up on him a month into the season. Franco is not ready and needs at least a whole season in AAA before you consider starting him in the majors.

  11. Jacob Muran

    April 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Valdez was a splendid defender.. Lets make this clear, if SANDBERG had his way, Galvis would have been the starting SS this yr and Jimmy would have been jettisoned.

  12. bacardipr

    April 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    schmenkman speaking of Rosin and others too many times a player has a freak or fluke performance and people anoint them the next best thing too quick..If a player has a decent season say in low A ball people get worked out. Often when they rise up the ranks of the minors they drop off. Anyone that has been around beisbol long enough has certainly seen this enough times. Of course theres always the wildcard who “figures” it out. This is the rare exception not the rule.

  13. bacardipr

    April 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I think Galvis is extremely rusty. He wont have a All-Star bat i had pegged him to a .230 hitter with good defense.

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