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Same Issue Sink Phillies as Brewers Sweep

More runners left on base and more bullpen problems gave the Brewers a 6-2 win on Thursday night, and a three-game series sweep over the Phillies. It’s the first time in Brewers history they’ve swept the Phillies in Philadelphia.

They Keep Leavin’ ‘Em, Keep, Keep Leavin’ ‘Em

-The Phillies got on the board first with Marlon Byrd’s smash deep into the seats in left field. The home run was his second of the season. Defensively, Byrd made a terrible play in right field that turned into a Carlos Gomez triple. Byrd overran the ball in the corner and couldn’t hold onto what appeared to be a relatively routine play. Gomez did not score, but it once again highlights the defensive issues this team is having.

-Phils got one more in the sixth, but again left them loaded. They can get ’em on, can’t get ’em in with any regularity. It’s going to sink them quick.

Brewers Bats Bonkers

-The Brewers got their first two runs in the fourth inning. Aramis Ramirez doubled in Ryan Braun, while Khris Davis followed that up two batters later with an RBI single scoring Ramirez. While Braun may have done much of the damage in this series, Ramirez is red-hot as Braun. So much for him being an old man.

-Actually, Bruan did a ton of damage in this series. He knocked in another run tonight, totaling 10 in this series. He entered play in Philadelphia with nary an RBI, then decided to take it out on the Phillies and their booing fans. PED’s or not, sure seems like a good player. His career numbers against the Phillies: 14 homers, 40 RBI in 45 games.

-Khris Davis added one in the sixth on an RBI double to right-center field scoring Jonathan Lucroy. Consider me impressed by this Brewers offense. While it’s hard to tell if the Phillies just can’t pitch or Milwaukee can rake, it’s certainly a solid lineup 1 through 8.

-Three more crossed in the Brewers half of the seventh, once again beating up on the bullpen. This time it was Jeff Manship tagged with the runs, although Jake Diekman allowed two of the inherited runners to score.

Lee Good, Not Good Enough

-Cliff Lee went six innings, eight hits, three runs, no walks, eight strikeouts. Wasn’t bad by any stretch, but, because the offense could get nothing going against Marco Estrada, it wasn’t enough.

-The Phillies got 25,492 people to come to the ballgame tonight. That’s not a very high number considering where the Phillies were in the recent past. That’s the lowest attendance total since September 11, 2007 when 25,263 showed up to a game against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. That number is going to dip lower, fans.




  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    This is not the best baseball team I have ever followed or watched.

    I feel jipped or cheated!!!

    Couldn’t the general manager have found a better way to spend the $180,000,000.00??

    It is funny seeing how soon the stands empty out too.

    There is no more thoughts of rallies or late inning magic.

    Thank you PN for having the recaps up literally 1 second after the loss.

    I can make my post and go back to watching TVG.

    Thank you Ruben.

  2. Guest

    April 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Didn’t mention Ruiz throw to second that pulled Rollins off the bag. That allowed runs to score later in the inning. Why not challenge that call. It was pretty close and a huge point in the game. If it’s wrong then no biggie. Might as well try the challenge.

  3. Luna-tic

    April 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Those attendance numbers are even more shocking when you consider that the Phils gave away 12,000 tickets to the 6,000 5k runners.

    • Ken Bland

      April 11, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Like the screenname. Course it would appeal to a lunatic like me.

      Your point brought back memories of a story this winter. Some guy was somewhere and the Phils were trying to give out free tix.

      So one of the follow up messages was something like “That’s nothing. I went to visit my dad in the nursing home he’s in, and they were inside trying to recruit residents to try out for third base.”

      Hollywood takes liberties with the phrase “based on a true story”. Whole lot of liberties taken for creating a marketable product. I’d imagine that’s truer than however he got there, whoever got him there, JFK is dead.

      I believe the gentleman mentioned his dad was 86, so I found the story more than based ona true story.

    • Mike in NJ

      April 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Yep. They’ll be under 20k per game in no time if they keep playing like this.

  4. Ken Bland

    April 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Phils are only 2 and a half back in the wild card race. Course that 2 card only assures a 1 game playoff, so that’s an extra team they might wanna pass. Then again, the Phils are a much better road team than home, so maybe a road game’d be better.

    At least they are close enough to stave off the buy/sell debate. Particularly since a check of history reminds that Rube traded Young Mike between the turkey and pumpkin pie portions of T-Day, circa 2013.

    Hang on a sec.

    Ok, back. Staff was completing assignment of checking the archives, and it’s true. Evening Bulletin quote from January, 1973, at 4-44 does indeed quote John Block as saying the 10-9-8-76ers are playing very well. So clap your hands, everybody.

    Shame Ruben drove the Bulletin out of business. Always enjoyed Herm Rogul’s work.

    That’s the way it is, April10, 2013. Good night from last place.

  5. Carlos

    April 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Yikes! Say it ain’t so Rube.

  6. jeff orbach

    April 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    On the positive side:

    1: More good seats available.

    2. I liked Ryan Howards last 2 AB’s especially working out a walk down 0-2. I don’t know if I can remember the last time he did that. I was sitting in front of the TV last night thinking he K’d already and was very surprised that he let 2 outside pitches go!

    3. They will be better than this , though not enough to make a difference.

  7. Brett

    April 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

    It’s a good thing we didn’t go after Jose abreu…who needs a power hitting right handed hitter anyway?!?!?!?

    • schmenkman

      April 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Until they can move Howard they have a first baseman. And while he’s off to a good start in his first few games, the scouting reports didn’t sound like a slam dunk. From mlbtr:

      “Abreu’s bat speed was questioned in a pair of excellent reports from Badler and Crasnick, and there are multiple scouts who feel he will struggle against hard fastballs inside. Crasnick talked to a scout who described Abreu as a less-athletic Dayan Viciedo, a player with a .264/.306/.432 line in over 1,200 big league plate appearances. In sum, Viciedo has been about replacement level for his career.”

    • c. schreiber

      April 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      He wastoo young for Rube.

  8. Mike in NJ

    April 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Phils bullpen currently has an ERA of 5.40
    You’re going NO WHERE with this bullpen even if they start hitting, and stop kicking the ball around like they’re playing soccer instead of baseball.

  9. Scotty Ingerton

    April 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Entering the season the general consensus was that this was a below .500 team. In fact most people had projected them to be well below .500, which makes me wonder why people seem surprised when they see the actual lack of talent on the field. They looked like one of the five worst teams in baseball two weeks ago, and haven’t really done anything to sway my opinion.

    I’ll see you guys at the BPS next Thursday. Stop by and have a Bubba Burger before the game!

    • Lefty

      April 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Good point Scotty. I’ve been mostly silent the past few days but that same question has been on my mind. I think they are performing exactly as expected.

      It’s not as much fun as winning, it’s not fun at all. And it’s good that people have a chance to vent in a place like this, but there should be absolutely no surprise about this team IMO.

  10. Skylar0201

    April 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Still think this is a playoff-contending team? Still think we’re headed for a winning season? Remember that we have yet in first 12 games to face a great pitcher or what is likely to be contending team outside of the Rangers. I predicted before the season started that we would win no more than 70 games and I still stand by that. At our current pace we are looking at only a 60 win season. Hey Ruben, not bad for the team with the third highest payroll in baseball, eh?

  11. Chuck A.

    April 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Back to Ryan Howard’s comments about panicking – Yeah…it’s not good to panic. But Howard is completely delusional if he actually believes that they are “playing well”.

    This quote from Howard:

    “In all actuality we’ve actually played very well this year,” Howard said Thursday afternoon. “I disagree with everybody else. Our record doesn’t necessarily reflect that right now, but, you know, we’ve played well. We had three real bad games. So the only thing to do is go out there and try to win again.”

    Three really bad games. But what about the other 3 losses? Ryan…are you going to actually believe that this is a good team right now?

    I agree….don’t panic. But don’t pretend that the team doesn’t have a lot of problems, either.

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    The team finished behind the Mets last year.

    The Mets aren’t trying this year.
    They didn’t try last year.

    They will be trying next year when Harvey is back etc etc.

    Its about as bleak as it can get.

    I have been right about most things and saw all this coming long before most did.

    There is no hope with Amaro in the organization.

    But I do believe that when hes gone it can turn around rather rapidly.

    All the bad contracts aside.

    It should have been Amaro last year with Charlie.

    I know it is not normal to fire a GM mid season.

    But I think this is a special case. Because he is a historically bad GM.
    Far worse than Omar Mjnaya with the Mets.

    I actually think you would see a bounce on the field if he was fired.

    As a fan I know if he was no longer the GM I would be much more interested and feel there was light at the end of the tunnel.

    I bet some players and some of the coaching staff may feel the same way.

    It couldn’t hurt to fire.

    You literally couldn’t be worse.
    If you purposely tried to destroy a franchise.
    You could not do more damage than Amaro has done in a few short years.

  13. Bart Shart

    April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Ryan Howard is delusional. He is so delusional that he should be placed on the disabled list and we should bring up the best minor league first baseman in the system. And Ruf should start when he gets off the disabled list. This team is awful right now. Howard looks like he has NO IDEA of what to do at the plate. To hell with what we owe Howard. The Phillies owe us a winning effort, not this crap we are seeing now. Cancer is best removed in the early stages, and Howard is in the middle stages of costing this team’s fanbase. Also, let’s fire Amaro. The guy is a trainwreck.

  14. lefty

    April 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm


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