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A night after teasing their fans with a seven run performance the Philadelphia Phillies (3-3) returned to their early season form by squeaking out a 3-1 win over the Ozzie Guillen-less Miami Marlins (2-5) and winning their first series of the season. Maybe the idea that 98% of the state of Pennsylvania would be watching what turned out to be a magnificent playoff hockey game took the pressure off their shoulders, and once the focus was back solely on the team in pinstripes they tightened up again. If that’s the case Phillies fans better hope that the Flyers go deep into the playoffs if they intend to make the October show (like Philly fans wouldn’t be pulling for the Black and Orange anyway).
RHP Joe Blanton (1-1) pitched seven clean innings, giving up one run on three hits and showing a level of command on his fastball that we haven’t seen for a looonnnnggg time after an injury plagued 2011 season. He challenged hitters early in the counts by throwing 15 first-pitch strikes against 26 batters and worked both sides of the plate to great effect. With all the fanfare that the three aces on staff get Blanton goes out and gives a workman-like performance: not flashy but he gets the job done.
Saying that being able to hit and score runs is this team’s weakness is like saying that there are craters on the moon— as in it’s completely obvious to anyone with a working pair of eyeballs regardless of how bad their sight is. That specter continued to hang over the team Thursday as this lineup, the fifth different one in six games, managed eight hits and only three runs. Although each starter aside from Big Joe and Carlos Ruiz had at least one hit, only RF Hunter Pence managed more than that (he had two). Then again you don’t need hits and base runners if you’re hitting the ball out of the park as both CF Shane Victorino and 1B Ty Wiggington both hit their first dingers of the season with Victorino hitting his in the 4th to break the 0-0 tie and Wiggington crushing a 416 ft. monster into the left field stands the 7th to make it 3-1.
With the offensive drought almost being the Philadelphia equivalent to the great Dust Bowl the need for top notch defense is at a peak. Fortunately 2B Freddy Galvis, filling in for lost-in-Arizona 2B Chase Utley, flashed some brilliant leather at second making some critical plays to keep the game tight. Wiggington also made a fantastic stretch play to corral a wide throw by Blanton in the 4th. This will need to continue as 1B Ryan Howard continues to struggle healing from his torn Achilles and is now doubtful to be ready anytime before the All-Star break; Utley is even more of a question mark as his injury isn’t one that is going to get any better, his bad knees may keep him out a majority of the season.
Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless 8th and closer Jonathan Papelbon got his first save in front of the home crowd by forcing Marlins catcher John Buck to ground into a game ending double play.
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Michael Taylor has been gone from the Phillies organization since December, 2009, when he was included in a package of players that was sent to Toronto for ace hurler Roy Halladay. Taylor was quickly flipped to Oakland in a separate trade and has had a tough time reaching and staying in the big leagues ever since.The 6-foot-5-inch 255-pound outfielder has been mashing opposing...
Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies is the last man standing from 3 intertwined teams. Are the red pinstripes more than lucky? Is this an omen for 2012?
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Penthouse Occupancy for the 3-1 triumph: 5
The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Ty Wigginton.
Ty Wigginton Trots After His 7th-Inning Bomb
He gave the arms some...
New Phillies closer, hours before picking up his first career save in Citizens Bank Park as a member of the Phillies (and fifth career save in CBP), Jonathan Papelbon was a guest on MLB Network's Intentional Talk, with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. As expected, it was Papelbon being Papelbon during the interview segment, so it was an enjoyable segment.
Papelbon talked about his...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton homered, Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Miami 3-1 on Thursday night in the Marlins' second game without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.
Blanton (1-1) allowed three hits and a run in his first start following an injured-plagued season. Blanton had two lengthy stints on the disabled...
PHILADELPHIA – Roy Halladay threw seven sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies broke out of their offensive slump, beating the Marlins 7-1 on Wednesday night in Miami’s first game without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.
A once-potent offense that’s missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard struggled in the first four games, scoring eight runs total. But they rocked Marlins...
It's not often that fans in Philadelphia would be cheering a guy hitting just .118, but Freddy Galvis is the exception. With his heads-up style of play and impressive defense, fans are rooting for the 22-year old rookie.
Injured Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has already earned $65 million at the major league level and this year his 5-year $125 million extension kicks in, so it's fair to say he has some spare loot rattling around the ol' bank account. Eager to divest himself of some of that pesky money, Howard paid $3.5 million for a beachfront lot of land in Belleair, Florida...
7 games, 20 runs..285 On Base %.13 extra base hits.Jim Thome, Laynce Nix, and Brian Schneider 1-18 with 6 K.Placido Polanco .415 OPS.At least they're not the Pirates, who have scored a MLB low 11 runs. Of course, the Buccos did take 2 of 3 from the Phils in the Opening Series...________________________________________________________Welcome Aboard Fontenot:Mike Fontenot is a...
The Mets head to Philadelphia this evening for a 7:05 pm start against the defending division champions Phillies. The game will mark the start of the team's first road trip of the season, and they will start without injured third baseman, David Wright, who is still ailing from his recently broken pinky.While nursing a one game lead over the Phillies tonight, the Mets will be...
Galvis with the dagger. (AP)Oh, the difference a day off makes.Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Josh Johnson and the Miami Marlins, it appeared a pitchers duel was shaping up with Roy Halladay on the bump for the Phillies. But in this crazy game of baseball, your luck can change just that quick.During the first four games of the season, the Phillies managed to put...
Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) vs. Miami Marlins (2-3)Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) vs. Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.50)Time: 7:00 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL 17, ESPN2 Weather: Cloudy, Low 50′s Media: Twitter and FacebookDon’t expect many runs to be scored tonight, as tonight’s pitching matchup features two of the best pitchers in not only the National League, but the entire MLB as...
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal, Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports. Just before the start of the season, the Giants released Fontenot.
Fontenot posted a .227 avg, .304 OBP and.377 SLG in 252 plate while logging time at second base, shortstop and third base last season.
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Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. R.A. Dickey
Domonic Brown5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167
Ryan Howard12 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
Michael Martinez3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250
John Mayberry Jr.6 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Pete Orr1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Hunter Pence12 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 .167...
PHOTO: APOn a night that we thought runs would be tough to come by, the Phillies offense exploded for seven runs–with six of them off Marlins Ace Josh Johnson. Now, the word “exploded” may be a hyperbole, but considering the fact that prior to Wednesday night’s game the Phillies were only averaging two runs a game, tripling that number in a single game should be worthy...
The New York Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Citizens BAnk Park in Philadelphia. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM EDT.
1) Ruben Tejada SS
2) Daniel Murphy 2B
3) Justin Turner 3B
4) Ike Davis 1B
5) Jason Bay LF
6) Lucas Duda RF
7) Scott Hairston CF
8) Josh Thole C
9) R.A. Dickey RHP
Tonight on the Hill:
R.A. Dickey (1-0,...