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Happ, Jays’ Bullpen Shut Out Phillies

The Phillies squandered several key scoring chances, and ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 score Monday in their first of four straight games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies continue to struggle to reach two games above .500, which they have not achieved since the end of the 2012 season.

Offense lacked timely hitting

Despite facing a pitcher who had not started a game this year, and a bullpen ranked among the worst in the majors, the Phillies failed to score a run in their series opener with the Blue Jays. They were not bereft of chances, but could not come through with runners in scoring position.

In the sixth inning Marlon Byrd got on with a leadoff triple, but was thrown out home trying to score after Ryan Howard lined out to right. One inning later, the Phillies had runners on first and second with one out, but consecutive strikeouts from Freddy Galvis and Chase Utley ended any chance of scoring. They finished 0-for-6 with RISP, and left 11 men on base. Both Galvis, who was hitting in the two-hole, and Howard left four men on base apiece.

Kendrick not sharp, but battled hard

Things got off to a rocky start for Kyle Kendrick after he allowed a leadoff homer to Jose Reyes, and allowed two more runs before getting out of the second inning. But, to his credit, he left the game after seven having allowed just those three runs. It could have been much worse. In that seventh inning, Kendrick allowed a walk, single and hit by pitch, bringing Edwin Encarnacion to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. But to Kendrick’s credit, he induced a double play to get out of the inning. Kendrick finished with seven hits, three walks and a hit by pitch in those seven innings. It is one of the positive signs in Kendrick’s game of late that although he might not have had his best stuff, he still managed to keep the team in the game.

Diekman throwing fire

Jake Diekman came on in the eighth and went six up, six down for the Phillies through the eighth and ninth, while stirking out three. He routinely hit 97 on his fastball, and even had a couple of pitches at 98. He threw 18 strikes and 11 balls, but many of those balls were sliders or high fastballs to get the batters to try to chase. He was a bright spot in an otherwise unimpressive day from the Phillies.

Up Next

Cole Hamels, who was pushed back because of the flu, will start tomorrow for the Phillies. Opposite Hamels will be the right-hander Drew Hutchison, who is 1-2 with a 3.82 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.




  1. Hogey's Role

    May 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Didn’t Rogers just pitch in the game tonight?? That’s crazy if he starts tomorrow…

    I would be real impressed if diekman could perform like that when we have the lead in the ball game, I like the kid so I would love to see it start happening…

    The bench and bullpen need major overhauls and are in need of it fast, otherwise this team is going nowhere fast

  2. Bruce

    May 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I agree that the bench and the bullpen are showing glaring weaknesses. However, after 30 games played and a parity in the N.L. East showing all teams with a .500 record or better, we should reserve our judgment for a later time. If there is no progress by summer, we will likely see “overhauls” before July 31st.

    I definitely made up my mind on one player that should not be on the team’s roster. What the manager sees in Galvis, I don’t know. To use a baseball expression, he can’t even reach the “Mendosa Line” with his little league bat. He hurts whatever bench strength the Phillies may have. Tonight is another example of how he can kill a potential rally, again and again, with such feeble hitting. He is simply a liability with the bat and not even his fielding can erase that.

  3. betasigmadeltashag

    May 6, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I’m usually a pretty positive guy and take one bad lose in stride in a marathon season. But it I find it pretty ridiculous that this team can not score a run against this pitching staff. I get JRoll is nursing a bad hammy, but really Nix two games in a row and batting Galvis 2nd is like throwing the game away. And with no outs and a man on Third and a short fly ball to a LF with a plus arm how do send Byrd. Why not best Chooch 2nd where he has had some success. Or even go Utley Byrd Howard 2-3-4.
    This game reminded me of last year showed no heart. Like they saw the line up and got down early and started cleaning their golf clubs.
    It may be time to send Galvis down and get consistent ABs and give Hernandez up and see what he can do.
    This teams needs to win more than 2 games then lose 2.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 6, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Happ+ Toronto’s bullpen (which is somehow worse than ours) + somewhat solid Kendrick = Strong potential for a win. However, add in the minuses: Mayberry + Nix+ Galvis+ poor line-up construction+ poor run choices on the field= “Cy” Happ and a loss.
    Bullpen and the bench need immediate restructuring. How though, since Rube has left us with a MENSA-sized puzzle to solve?
    Very frustrating game to watch last night. Very frustrating.

    • c. schreiber

      May 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Maybe he can bring back the “Mini Mart”!!!

  5. bacardipr

    May 6, 2014 at 6:14 am

    We’ve been focusing on the bullpen so much the offense inability took a backseat. They started off ok it seems looks like old habits are creeping up. Chase seems to have cooled off a ton. I hope they bounce back and hope Cole doesnt spit out a turd out their today.

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