Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14

With one swing by Jim Thome, the Philadelphia Phillies leapfrogged out of the cellar into sole possession of 4th place.  Can they continue the climb up the standings?



Penthouse Occupancy for the 7-6 triumph:  5

                                               The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Thoms.

Gentleman Jim Delivers The $5K Walk-Off In The 9th

The pinch hitter ended the drama with an opposite-field blast in the 9th. He was joined on the top floor by Juan Pierre, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Valdes and Chad Qualls.

J-Roll went yard and alertly advanced to 2nd on long-shot play at 3rd. Magic Juan hit a 2-out, 3-RBI dinger in the 4th to take a 5-3 advantage. He also made 2 nice defensive plays and swiped 2 bags. Valdes shut down the Rays for 2 innings after the squad went in front. He has passed Joe Savery on the depth chart. Qualls only was touched for a catcher’s interference during his 12th hold.

The Lighthouse warned of right-field winds before Jimmy enjoyed the elements for a paint-scraping homerun inside the foul pole during the 3rd.

Pierre visited Greenhouse Cholley in the 7th with his legs, taking 2nd to create a 2-base error, pilfering 3rd and scoring on a dunker.

The Kangaroo Courthouse placed Michael Martinez on the docket for a poor-judgment flip in the 8th that missed an out at 2nd.

The Whitehouse celebrated the 900th MLB victory for Cholley Manuel, and the MLB-leading 13th walk-off bomb by Thome. It was also number 609 to tie Sammy Sosa for 7th all-time.

A Cleveland First

The Clearinghouse accepted the $5K check offered by Jonathan Papelbon for a tater in the 9th, which was awarded to Thoms.

In-House Rehab:  2B Chase Utley went 0 for 6 with a HBP, a SB and a sac-fly RBI at Bright House Field during the last 2 contests.


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Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Thome’s impact

Magic Juan Dines On A Tater And 3 Steaks In The 4th


The Fish:

I didn’t say it was going to be easy or fast in my prediction. This is my 2nd forecast in 3.5 years. The rainout pushed this commentary back a day, which allowed Miami an opportunity to lose. That said, the red pinstripes are only a half game out of the basement. The next 2 steps are to stay ahead of the Marlins and reach .500 or slightly better.

J-Roll Bangs a 4th-Inning Two-Bagger

The front four of their 5-man staff have an ERA range from 3.82 to 4.01, and Ricky Nolasco has a 5.16 ERA. Heath Bell has a 5.47 ERA with 14 saves in 18 chances. Jose Reyes is averaging .270 with 16 SB in 20 tries, while Hanley Ramirez sits at .258, 11 dongs and 38 RBI. Both are below expectations. Giancarlo Stanton is having a solid summer with a .277 mark, 16 clouts and 44 RBI. Some of their other regulars are:  2B Omar Infante (.290), LF Logan Morrison (.231, 7 HR & 23 RBI), 1B Gaby Sanchez (.196), C John Buck (.165) and CF Emilio Bonifacio (.268).

The Marlins are in the middle of the majors with their gloves and their rotation. But they are at the bottom in hitting, bullpen and overall pitching. They are on a 2-15 run and went 1-8 earlier in the campaign. They have not jelled as a unit and it might be their contradictory personalities.

King Cole Delivers A Circle Change In The 2nd At The Bank On June 19 Against The Rockies


Cole Hamels:

He regained his mastery last time out, when he acknowledged last place and did only his role.  The Phils need both studs to eat frames, because the ‘pen was used extensively yesterday.  The team will need someone for Wednesday night unless one of the aces has a very short outing.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2LHP Cole Hamels10-3, 3.25 ERARaysLHP David Price9-4, 3.08 ERASunday, Day 3LHP Cliff Lee0-3, 3.48 ERARaysRHP Alex Cobb3-3, 3.82 ERASunday, Night 1RHP Joe Blanton6-6, 5.04 ERAPiratesLHP Erik Bedard4-7, 4.13 ERAMonday, Night

David Price Works On June 19 In Washington

David Price:

He has lasted at least 6.1 innings in 10 of 14 efforts with 2 debacles.  However, he is 5-2 with a 3.75 away ERA, which is 1.43 higher than at home.

HURLERCole HamelsDavid Price NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTThreeTwo FOR 20123-Quarters Sidearm3-Quarters Sidearm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories2nd of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter*Curveball LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories5th of 15 Categories

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

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PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

The General Commands From The Hill On June 16 In Toronto

Cliff Lee:

He will bounce back, like Hamels did, to the horse he is in this battle.  Plus, a win in his line will have a curing affect on him mentally.

HURLERCliff LeeAlex Cobb NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFive FOR 2012SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTSlider**Cutter* LAST HIGH OR LOW7th of 15 Categories3rd of 15 Categories

Alex Cobb Toils At Home On June 17 Against The Fish

Alex Cobb:

He has worked 6.2 frames or more in 4 of his 6 attempts with 2 clunkers.  That said, he is 1-2 with a 4.82 night ERA, which is 1.98 lower during the day.  He has only been up for a month and hasn’t been completely exposed to the AL.

The Comeback:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The comeback trail (Friday)


Trade Debate :  Check it out.

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade partners (Friday the 8th)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Targeted player (June 7)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade winds (June 6)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade deliberations (June 5)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade considerations (June 4)


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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Thome’s impact

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: A search for relief

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The uncoiling southpaw


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