Found June 12, 2013 on
Justin De Fratus
The Phillies took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday, but were unable to hold on as Minnesota surged back to win the ballgame 4-3.
The Phillies have now lost a season-high five straight games as they fall to 31-35 on the season.
Wednesday’s game was the same type of nightmare they experienced the day before. Their starting pitching was okay, but labored and could not go deep enough. The offense got the team out to a lead but fell silent in the middle and late innings, and the bullpen just could not get the job done with the lead.
Bullpen woes continue
Who can you count on? There seems to be a finite number of pitchers that keep getting opportunities to pitch in big spots and none can ever get the job done. With Cloyd leaving after five innings, the Phillies needed help from the bullpen and did not get it.
Antonio Bastardo allowed three straight hits to start the eighth, which allowed the Twins to tie the game and put the eventual winning run on base.
Joe Savery allowed a r...
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As reported by Chris Branch, the Phillies have optioned Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. While the move drew sighs yesterday on the Twitter-sphere, the move will allow Hernandez, who turned just 23 in May, to play every day in Lehigh Valley. There has been no corresponding move announced.
Analysis: Hernandez’s initial promotion came when Michael Young was placed on the...
It was not a bad night for Carlos Zambrano at Lehigh valley, but it was not exactly a great night either. The righty, who is looking to re-invent himself with the Phillies allowed two runs in five innings while striking out five and walking four in his first start at Triple-A. He threw 101 pitches in the outing, 64 for strikes.
The first two innings were as perfect as could be for...
On Tuesday, the Phillies played the Twins and fielded the most visually amusing outfield I can remember. In left field, they have slugger Dominic Brown, and in center, they played popular former Twin Ben Revere. In right field, they usually play Delmon Young, but since they were able to play a DH, they had Delmon fill that role and played John Mayberry instead. Brown is 6’5″...
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz suffered a knee injury over the weekend that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. It turns out he'll be sidelined much longer than the 15 days, as he recently underwent knee surgery that will require him to be on the shelf for six to eight weeks, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Phillies are saying 6-8 weeks...
MINNEAPOLIS The list of highlight reel catches that Ben Revere made in 133 games at Target Field is a long one. For most fans, it might be tough to pick a favorite.
The former Twin has one in mind, though. He refers to it only as "the one I made in 2011." He made several plays that year, but the one that Revere recalls fondest came back on Aug. 22, 2011 when he robbed...
The bullpen and the lineup are major culprits of the Philadelphia Phillies' longest losing streak of the season.
They hope starting Cliff Lee means they won't have to rely much on either one.
Lee will try to help the Phillies end their skid in the finale of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Philadelphia (31-35) has seen its relievers post...
Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher John Lannan made a rehab appearance at Double-A Reading on Wednesday night. The start came exactly eight weeks after Lannan sustained a quadriceps tendon strain in his left knee against the Cincinnati Reds.
As reported by Stephen Pianovich at MLB.com,
"Lannan made one rehab start for Class A Clearwater and went four
Michael Young hit the bereavement list to tend to his son, dealing with an undisclosed ailment and the Phillies turned to the one player generally regarded as most ready at AAA: Cesar Hernandez. After an impressive few days, the Phillies opted to option Michael Martinez to the minor leagues upon...
Pat and Corey are back this week with their unique perspective on Phillies baseball. They make a case for Dom Brown starting the All-Star game, preview the Phillies current road trip (and why now is the time to bury the Nationals), plus figure out what’s going on with Mike Adams. Ryann relays some of the best fan questions of the week, like when is the right time to promote Darin...
Hamels was solid, but not good enough on Tuesday behind an anemic offensive effort. (Photo: AP)
It took the Phillies offense eight innings to get two hits in one frame on Tuesday night. Ryan Howard’s two-out eighth inning single tied the score at two. It took their bullpen only five batters to give it right back, as a Justin Morneau single off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth...
The Phillies have lost five straight games after winning five straight games. Baseball sure is a funny sport, a lot of things happen that leave us scratching our heads. That's what this team has basically done all year to us. The past two nights in Minnesota have nobody else to...
I haven't followed the Phillies closely for every year of my life. But one thing I can tell you is that of all of the teams I have seen since becoming a huge fan of this team, this is the worst. The Phillies had missed the playoffs for years after...
Philadelphia Phillies (21-23) vs. Minnesota Twins (27-33)
LHP Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.56 ERA) v. RHP P.J. Walters (2-1, 3.00 ERA)
TIME: 8:10, Target Field
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 78, broken clouds
Media: Twitter and Facebook
For the optimistic Phils fan, watching this team in 2013 has been torturous. The Phillies were unable to put together anything more than a three...