2014 Game Recaps

Hernandez Keeps Nats Off Balance, Phils Win 1-0

Roberto Hernandez picked a fine day to go beyond 6 innings pitched for the first time in his Phillies tenure. Hernandez went 7 and 1/3, striking out 3, walking 3, giving up 4 hits and no runs. The Phillies could only muster 4 hits themselves but that would be all that was needed; the Phillies won 1-0.

Hernandez Carmona-Esque

Hernandez made it beyond the sixth inning for the first time since July 30 of last year when he was pitching with the Rays. Hernandez threw 104 pitches, 61 for strikes and was never in particular danger in this game.

Bullpen Keeps Nats off the Board

Hernandez was cruising through seven before giving a lead-off single to Denard Span on a ball that narrowly evaded Chase Utley. Hernandez retired Kevin Frandsen on a sacrifice bunt. Mike Adams, in his third appearance in 3 days, retired Jayson Werth. Antonio Bastardo walked Adam LaRoche to put runners on first and third before striking out Anthony Rendon to end the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon retired Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa before giving up a base hit to Sandy Leon. Papelbon struck out Zack Walters with a 93 MPH fastball to end the game. Since blowing a save on April 2, Papelbon has now pitched 11-straight innings without giving up an earned run, giving just up six hits and two walks, saving 9 straight.

Bats Quiet

Chase Utley drove in the only run of the game in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out triple before Utley drove him in. The only two other hits from the Phillies came off the bat of Ben Revere (triple) and Jayson Nix (single).

With the win, the Phillies pull to 1.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves, who have lost six in a row. The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick to the mound tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays send former Phil J.A. Happ to counter.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Jay

    May 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Go Phils!

  2. Phillies Fan from Germany

    May 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks Matt Williams for donating an out with that Frandsen SAC bunt in the top of the 8th on a 2-0 count, being One Run down on the road and facing a pitcher during his 4th Time through the Order. Huge mistake!!?

    • ASK

      May 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Great point. According to Fangraphs, that sacrifice bunt took the Phillies’ Win Expectancy from 66.4% to 70.4%. Put differently, the Phils needed to get 6 outs to win the game and the Nats handed them one of them on a silver platter.

      • Phillies fan from Germany

        May 5, 2014 at 3:53 am

        And that 4% delta doesn’t even account for the “4th time through the order” and the 2-0 count. With those two things in consideration the delta probably would be closer to 7% or 8%. That’s huge for one really bad managerial move!

  3. bacardipr

    May 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    The offense was stymied but Gio has become one heck of a pitcher. This was sort of expected. What wasnt expected that Fausto would pinch above and beyond and the BP would hold the lead. Facing Werth i think Adams had to get the nod. I dont think i would of let the other flunkies come up.

  4. Jacob Muran

    May 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Ruben has made alot of good moves #Respect

  5. Bob in Bucks

    May 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Did someone just say something positive about the GM?

  6. ray

    May 5, 2014 at 12:59 am

    He put together an older team that may have one more run in them ala 83 and 93. Who knows?

  7. PaMikeyDC

    May 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I totally agree w you @bacaridrp.

    Not ONE of us at PN expected this from our Pitcher (Hernandez/Faustino). It makes you wonder if the baseball Gods wanted us to win this series- by bumping Cole out. Bc he would have been rocked- ha ha joking of course.

    That’s toughen up that bullpen and win some more!

  8. Dave

    May 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

    When you are only leading 1-0, your starting pitcher is always in danger.

  9. Jacob Muran

    May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I fully expected this of Hernandez.. The change to the NL was always going to do him good.

    • schmenkman

      May 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I’m not sure a switch to the NL still means what it did for a few years. The NL has been closing the gap with the AL in interleague play, for example. It’s early yet but so far this year the NL has won 26 of 44.

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    May 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    A little off subject because the pen pitched well yesterday. But I was wondering if all the anti-RAJ comments are from the same people saying the Phils need to give the young arms a chance and not be paying for vets on the FA market. Well when you go with this is what you get one night 6 hits in a row and a blown lead the next 1.2 innings of shut out ball.
    I think if Sandburg handled game 1 of this series like he did last night it might have been different. You have 37 lefties in you pen why not bring one of them in to face just span in the 9th then Adams for the 2 righties. I knew Adams gave up hits to them. But with no one on base if the chosen lefty got the out maybe it turns out different.

  11. art kyriazis

    May 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    great win by the phils and great job beating the Nats in 2 of 3.

    this phils team definitely has another run in them. the rotation of Lee, Hamels, Hernandez-Carmona, Kendrick and AJ Burnett is very good. Mike Adams coming off the disabled list is a boon. Papelbon and Hollands seems solid and Bastardo is having a good year thus far. After that the bullpen is sort of a dice-roll, but eventually they will find one or two more young arms that can throw some innings. Jake Diekman is striking out more than 15 batters per 9 innings, so if he can somehow harness his walks and hits he has breakout potential.

    on 3b, it seems to me the manager needs to stop fooling around with Nix and Galvis at 3b. Nix does NOT have a very good platoon v LH, and Galvis is such a bad hitter that his offensive negative WAR more than offsets his glovework. There are no good alternatives in all of baseball to playing Cody Asche every game, and many teams are playing 3B much worse than Cody Asche.

    They should play the kid and let him develop.

    The really real answer to 3b is NOT Franco, but Josh Donaldson in Oakland. When Oakland can’t pay him anymore, the Phils should move all in to acquire him and sign him to a long term deal. That kid is a monster 3b who can hit like Schmidt and Rolen. It would be worth giving up Asche and Franco to get him. Donaldson would hit 40-50 HRS a year in our park.

    One other note: the Phils and Cubs need to push for an NL league vote to have the DH adopted in the NL. We need to stop having two sets of rules in baseball, especially with interleague play all the time.

    With a DH, the Phils could immediately move Ryan Howard to DH. This would save the back end of his career.

    One final note: the leagues need to vote to add 3 men to the regular roster. In the old days, teams carried 10 pitchers, when there were 4 men rotations and bullpen guys tosses 2-3 innings. Now, teams routinely carry 12-13 pitchers.

    The roster limits need to be reset to 13 pitchers and 15 position players, and 28 total players, to reflect how modern baseball is played. With 12-13 pitchers, the teams are playing, especially without the DH, essentially 3 men down on the roster.

    Putting in a DH and expanding the roster 3 players would solve these issues immediately and permanently.

    It would also create ninety new major league jobs overnight. Since the owners are making billions, it seems to me they could afford it.

    –art kyriazis

    • Manny

      May 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      One of the things I enjoy most about baseball is when one of our pitchers gets a hit. I wouldn’t want to lose the fun factor that comes with that. Think Cliff Lee.

    • Lefty

      May 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Art, I couldn’t agree more about the roster sizes, an adjustment to fit the the way the game is played/managed now seems like the right thing to do.

  12. Lefty

    May 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t know exactly why, but I’m not in favor of giving up on Freddy just yet. I don’t care about Mayberry, but I really like Freddy’s D. and think his bat will eventually be serviceable. Maybe not great, but good enough for a utility man.

    Also, if giving up on Galvis ultimately is the decision, why skip over Cesar Hernandez? .309/.375/.402 at LV last year, and .321/.378/.474 at Reading this year. He certainly can hit well enough for a bench player.

    • Lefty

      May 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Wrong thread- DOH!

  13. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Another solid game. We should have swept this series.
    Apparently, Papeltool calls Hernandez, “Rob-Er-Toe”. Classic.

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