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Hamels Ks 10 But Bullpen Blows 100th Win, Phils Lose 5-4

All of the potential excitement of Cole Hamels‘ 100 win was ruined by a shoddy bullpen effort as the Phillies dropped the series finale 5-4 to the Mets.

It looked like another one of those days for Hamels. And by those days, I mean another game against the Mets. Hamels entered the game 7-14 with a 4.64 ERA against the Mets and looked like he was in for a long day starting in the first inning. Hamels allowed a first inning David Wright RBI single and the Mets looked poised to do more damage.

But they didn’t. Hamels found his groove and, 133 pitches later, left the game after the seventh in line for the win up 3-1. That’s not to say he was lucky.

The Phils got on the board with the equalizer in the second when back-to-back doubles by Wil Nieves and Cody Asche plated Nieves. The fourth inning began with a single by Ryan Howard and a double by Marlon Byrd. Howard scored on a Domonic Brown fielder’s choice and Byrd on a Nieves ground out.  Chase Utley drove in Jimmy Rollins with a two-out triple in the ninth to add a fourth insurance run. The insurance run would be critical.

Mario Hollands ran into trouble but pitched a scoreless eighth. Antonio Bastardo, on the other hand, gave up a lead off double in the ninth to Eric Young Jr. followed be a two-run homer by Daniel Murphy. After striking out David Wright, Bastardo allowed a double to Chris Young before being pulled in favor of  Roberto Hernandez. Bobby Abreu singled off of Hernandez but it did not score Young.

No, Young would score off the bat of Juan Lagares on a slow roller to short. Hernandez struck out Anthony Recker in the ninth but the damage was done and Hamels, who is frequently so unlucky against the Mets, earned himself a no-decision despite going seven innings, striking out 10 and only allowing one run.

The Phils bats went limp in the 10th and Jeff Manship had an unlikely scoreless tenth after battling through first and second with two outs. Manship was not so lucky in the eleventh and allowed a game-winning, bases loaded single to Ruben Tejada.

Near-Historic Hamels

Hamels was robbed of his 100 victory today, which would have put him in pretty elite Phillies’ company. The win would move him into a tie for seventh place all-time in club history. Hamels ranks sixth in starts, ninth in innings pitched, and fifth in strikeouts in Phillies team history. Hamels sits just two wins behind Curt Schilling for sixth all-time in wins and 16 behind Curt Simmons for fifth.

With his 10 Ks today, Hamels is now only 31 behind Schilling for fourth place in team history and 62 behind Chris Short for third. With some good luck, Hamels will assume those positions on the strikeout leaderboard by the end of this year and should catch Simmons sometime early next year on the wins leaderboard. Hamels, who some write off as sort of a one World Series wonder, is officially in rarified air among the Phillies all-time elite pitchers.

Rollins Watch

Rollins hustled out a double in the first, continuing his own historic climb. Already the club leader in doubles, Rollins is now just 24 hits behind Mike Schmidt for the all-time franchise lead.

Nieves Has a Game

It is not uncommon to hear a player yell “Have a game, kid” from the dugout. Well, Nieves did that today. Nieves called a good game for Hamels, hit a double, scored a run, drove in a run, got a single, and… straight stole second base. It was Nieves first steal since 2009 and it was the first steal by a Phillies back-up catcher since Todd Pratt stole second base off of Mike Piazza on July 1, 2002 at Veteran’s Stadium against the Mets.

The Phillies will get a well-deserved day off after 10 games in 10 days. The Phils resume their schedule on Tuesday against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels.



  1. Jason

    May 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Little premature on this post

  2. lefty

    May 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm


  3. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Uh, Ian…

  4. rob

    May 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Bastardo strikes again! LOL — please send him down — Please? Trade the sucker if you can.

    And — really —- -I guess the blogger had to run to see Mom for dinner and couldn’t do his job. It not over till the Fat lady sings or Bastardo loses it for us.

  5. Dave

    May 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Can we please get rid of Bastardo!?!? This guy sucks with a capital S. Hamels guts it out with 7 innings and this clown gets 1 out before he blows the game.

  6. Scotty Ingerton

    May 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This bullpen is horrendous, we all agree. However, that can’t be an excuse for letting a guy who’s already missed a month of the season due to arm problems throw 133 pitches in a meaningless game. It was a awful decision by Sandberg.

  7. Dr. Dave

    May 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    You have an off day tomorrow and one on Thursday. I’m listening to the game in the 9th inning (I live in WI), and they say Diekman, Adams, and Papelbon are unavailable! You’ve got to be kidding!

    I don’t care that they pitched 2 days in a row. I question there toughness. I’m 62. I played ball everyday. Yes, occasionally I had a sore arm after pitching 7 innings. Guess what, I threw the next day!

    I can’t imagine telling the manager “I can’t go.” I wanted to play every day! If I wasn’t pitching, I was starting at another position. My guess is that if they say they can’t go, and you tell them to get up in the pen, you get a call from their agent.

    Cole should be celebrating tonight. How can those 3 pansies look him in the face?

    • Guest

      May 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I agree. What crap. You have two of the next four dsys off and three pitchers can’t go. That didn’t make sense. Also if Hernandez is available to pitch relieve why not keep him in longer and keeping manship on the bench. Just a very bad lose when you had the series sweep and you are scared to pitch someone three days in a row.

    • DavidE

      May 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I can understand Diekman not being available after pitching 1.2 innings last night and 1 inning the night before. I can understand Adams not being available because he is coming back from shoulder issues, he worked an inning on Friday night and had a really tough inning on Saturday. I can’t understand Papelbon not being available because he while he worked 1 inning on Friday and 1 inning on Saturday, he only threw 21 pitches.
      Regarding Bastardo, this is his 3rd bad game in a row. And, this wasn’t a question about balls dropping in. The 3 hits against Bastardo were smashed. Hernandez did a good job in relief to at least send it to extra innings. Maybe the Phillies should have let Hollands continue.

      • Lefty

        May 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

        I completely disagree that Papelbon should be available based on pitch count from the last two outings. I heard Gary Cohen on the Mets broadcast say that as well and IMO, that is not proper or healthy thinking.

        If your reliever gets up and begins preparation and stretching for warm up, and then takes proper warm up, they take it with the expectation that they may have to throw a maximum amount of pitches. They don’t know prior to an appearance that it will be a non stressful or low count appearance, so the prep and warm up and post appearance shoulder wrap and ice are the same no matter how many pitches are thrown.

        Yes, when we are young we are all invincible, we think we can rule the world and never get hurt- all of us felt that way. But we grow, mature, and learn from experience the things that our children don’t know, so that we can teach them well.

    • Lefty

      May 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

      “How can those three pansies look him in the face? ”

      That’s just the kind of macho thinking that gets players injured, and I for one, am glad the Phillies are taking a no nonsense approach to the health of their pitchers.

      That said, I can’t really explain why they let the starters go to such high pitch counts, but I have to assume they know something I don’t.

  8. Dr. Dave

    May 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    # pitchers saying they can’t pitch = 7 innings and 133 pitches for Hamels.

  9. wbramh

    May 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I don’t know whether any of you caught an interesting discussion today on the rash of pitching injuries plaguing the league (and organized baseball in general). One theory was that pitchers are not throwing enough, especially off the mound on flat surfaces. Jim Kaat, a relative iron man throughout his career, was one of the panelists and said he regularly threw the ball on his off-days and even took bunches of ground balls in the infield to make throws to first. (Kaat was also a fine fielder). One day an incredulously opposing pitcher sidled up to Kaat after his usual warmups at 2nd or short and asked him how he could push his arm like that without getting hurt. The curious pitcher was a pre-surgery player named Tommy John.

  10. bacardipr

    May 12, 2014 at 2:48 am

    For all their faults is the bullpen blowups that hurt the most i think.

  11. wbramh

    May 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Pretty dismal but there’s also a good argument to suggest that the most consistently dreadful part of this team is the bench. At least the pen has had it’s better moments. The bench just goes on stinking!

    And while Chooch didn’t show up at the plate until this month and Asche is still not out of the deep hole he dug for himself, little has been said about Dom Brown. Dom has remained a non-entity since opening day. I fear the remainder of his career will continue to be marked by entire half seasons (front or back) either hitting like Hank Aaron or like Mini-Mart.
    Okay, Mini-Mart may be too extreme a comparison. Perhaps a poor man’s John Mayberry, Jr. would be more accurate.

  12. Ryne Duren

    May 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Surprisingly all the veterans that we were worried about cause of their age are doing ok or better. In some cases exceeding my expectations anyway. There are quite a few though at this point on the bench and in the bullpen and starters. Brown, Revere that if they disappeared in the night and were replaced. I don’t think they’d be missed at all! In fact the team wouldn’t be much worse without them.
    Hopefully some of these guys can come around but I’m losing hope over that. They are what they are. What I’m afraid of is that this is all their going to be. The players of age that are doing what we hoped they would do? Well put it this way. If for some reason injuries happen to one or two of them, we’re looking at a really really long season. Why does Bastardo always look like a deer in the headlights. Every time I see that look I have to leave the room. I know bad things are about to happen. How many times he has a batter buried in the count 0-2 and he grooves a pitch? sheesh!

    • wbramh

      May 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

      “How many times he has a batter buried in the count 0-2 and he grooves a pitch?”

      That’s Bastardo’s “waist” pitch.
      Waist high and over the middle of the plate.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The more I think about it the more this all pisses me off.

    Why go into a game with no bullpen available?

    Why put Hamels through 135 pitches coming off an injury?

    Why not just forfeit or call up a minor leaguer or 2 to go 9?

    How soon till the the Phillies have a game with less than 20 000 fans?

    The team is remarkably tough to watch. The games with the Mets are particularily bad as both those teams are excruciatingly poor.

    It is hard to believe how bad this team is.

    I know changing the GM shouldn’t spark fan interest or affect play on the field.
    But Amaro is so bad.
    Possibly the worst GM in organized sports history.

    That if he was canned I think interest would go up. More fans in the stands and the team would play better.

    I know its hard to grasp.

    But that’s just how poor a GM he is.

    He is a dark cloud over the team.

    Until he is gone there is no hope.

    Looks like the braves will get the division.

    With all of their team hurt and Uggla benched.

    See teams that want to win bench over paid has beens who suck now.

  14. Chris

    May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Why is it that today’s players are constantly hurt yet, have start of the art equipment, great health foods and vitamins and fitness instructors? Not to mention the fact that they’re hurt doing considerably less than the players did 30 and 40 years ago. Today’s players are candy asses.

  15. Jacob Muran

    May 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    “Ryne Sandberg is the worst manager I have saw.”- Mike Franscesa

    • schmenkman

      May 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      I’m no great fan of Sandberg, but quoting Mike Francesa may not be to the best way to support your (or any) argument.

  16. Jacob Muran

    May 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Francesa is knowledgable of the game.. Sandberg is the worst I have ever saw

    • Scotty Ingerton

      May 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Well the fans got what they spent the past two seasons clamoring for. Everyone thought Sandberg was the next great baseball mind when he was managing in the minors – even though there was no real evidence of his skills either way.

      In all fairness, it’s still too early to pass judgement and he doesn’t have much in the way of talent to work with. The bigger problem still remains Ruben Amaro Junior. He’s the grand architect of this mess.

  17. Jacob Muran

    May 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Please dude! There is plenty of talent here.. The Phils have more talent on there roster then the Yankees do.. The Manager has cost the Phils way too many games

    • wbramh

      May 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      If you could assess WAR to managers, I doubt very few would rise above +4 or fall below -4, Sandberg included. Managers are perpetually recycled. A guy loses in one town and wins in another, and more often than not, never significantly changes his managerial style, if at all.

      As an example I’ve used before, did Casey Stengel really get that much smarter after never finishing higher than 5th place in the first ten years of his managerial career? If that’s what it takes to make a Stengel out of a rookie manager we may want to give Ryne another 9.7 years to learn the ropes. Or at least give him some slack before pulling the confidence plug.

  18. Dave

    May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Galvis, Nix and Asche are a combined 29 for 192. That’s good for a .151 average out of your 3rd basemen. Not that I’m defending Sandberg. I haven’t agreed with several of his lineup changes and batting orders, but he doesn’t really have much to work with.

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