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Howard’s Ninth Inning Hit Pushes Phils Past Mets

Ryan Howard drove a Kyle Farnsworth fastball back up the middle to score Jimmy Rollins to put the Phillies ahead 5-4 in the ninth inning. Jonathan Papelbon came in to earn his 11th save in his last 11 chances, lowering his ERA to 1.76, and wrapping up a Phils 5-4 victory.

Hit Parade from the Heart of the Line-Up

The heart of the Phillies’ line-up made it feel like 2007 all over again: Rollins, Chase Utley, and Howard combined to go 9-12 with 4 runs and 4 RBI. Rollins had 3 hits and 4 runs scored, pulling him to within 25 of Mike Schmidt for the all-time franchise lead. Howard had his second four-hit game of the year, going 4-5 with an RBI.

Bullpen Hangs On

Kyle Kendrick pitched a pedestrian 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up four earned, before Jake Diekman came in the sixth. Diekman pitched one and 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out two. Diekman now has 31 Ks in 19 IP, good for a 14.68 K/9 IP. Diekman’s 9/IP mark ranks third in the NL and his xFIP of 1.80 ranks fifth.

Mike Adams got in trouble early in the eighth, allowing the first two hitters to single. Adams got a pair of outs, including a bizarre strikeout on Eric Campbell that started as an intentional walk, before walking the bases loaded. Adams got Bobby Abreu to ground out with the bases loaded to end the threat. Papelon would come in in the ninth to earn his 11th save.

The Phils look for the sweep tomorrow as Cole Hamels looks for revenge against LHP Jon Niese.



  1. Ken Bland

    May 11, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Ken Davidoff, one of two baseball columnists for the NY Post used an interesting word in his Saturday night piece on the downward spin of the New York Mess. He chronicled the Mets 8th loss in 9 outings as a loss to the TERRIBLE Phillies.

    Precisely, Davidoff penned..”The National League East basement has a sole occupant, after the Mets suffered another brutal loss — their fifth straight, and their eighth in nine games — 5-4 to the terrible Phillies, with the tiebreaking run coming across in the top of the ninth inning.”

    While I lead the league in aversions to overreacting, and misperceptions, an admittedly subjective thing, that word “terrible” really struck me as an interesting choice.

    Nobody’s saying the Phils are good. But terrible? I suppose even the Cubs are terrible, no question the Astros are, but that’s a strong word. And while MLBPA bylaws seem to suggest that you’re in the union only so long as you deny reading the papers, I’d bet both my sweet and sour bippie that there’s some Phillie reaction to Davidoff’s face around the cage come Sunday.

    While the hump to get over remains for the Phils, they are 3, count ’em 3 games out of first place. In a hardly perfect field of competition, offsetting the light years it feels like the club is from a hot streak. There are many less than scintillating adjectives that fit the Phils, terrible just seems the wrong word when you have several core players playing pretty well. When the Phils 2014 edition plays bad, they DO play terribly. Maybe I’m less reactive if a Toronto scribe uses the word. I think the best way Davidoff could have put it would have been to say “often mediocre” Phillies. I don’t know that anger or embarrassment spurs salvation of the Phils blatant weaknesses. But I suspect there’ll be some level of intensity resulting from it. After all, if the Phils are TERRIBLE, where does that leave the 2014 Mets? Besides where they belong (last place)?

    Good writer, bad word choice. Check that. Good writer, TERRIBLE word choice.

    • David

      May 11, 2014 at 6:44 am

      He can’t call them terrible. Only we can call them terrible! Why does one even read baseball news in the NY Post? Isn’t there enough baseball news on MLB?

      Anyway, I woke up now because I don’t want to sleep too late. Maybe I will even do something with my wife today rather than watch baseball. After the Phillies game.

  2. teejayvee

    May 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    He called them terrible? Maybe he read this blog during the Toronto series. LOL.I may have used that adjective myself a time or two.

  3. c. schreiber

    May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    They are as is the Mutts.

  4. ponch

    May 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Phil rock

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