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Fans looking for some kind of historian to explain what exactly happened last night, but some suggest it might have been a rally

The Phils offense has struggled horribly this season, but they delivered in a big way last night, picking up the bullpen as the Phils rallied late to top the Cubs 6-4. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the game and cruised behind another strong start by Vance Worley until the Cubs pounded out three runs against the pen in the top of the eighth. Polanco, who had already provided two outstanding defensive plays in the game at third, delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the inning that put the Phils on top to stay.

It was just the second win of the year for the Phillies in a game where they had allowed more than two runs.

The starting pitching for the Phillies has been outstanding lately. Worley was fantastic last night, holding the Cubs to a run over seven innings and giving the Phils their eleventh quality start in their last 12 games. Over those 12 games, their starters have thrown to a 2.69 ERA with a 1.13 ratio. The Phils have gone 6-6.

The bullpen is a different story. Last night’s game saw Bastardo and Qualls combine to blow a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. In the frame, Bastardo got an early hook and Qualls stayed in long enough to give up a game-tying homer to a left-handed hitter. Over the last nine games, the bullpen has allowed 15 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings (6.53 ERA). Bastardo still hasn’t gotten more than two outs in any appearance for the year.

The Phillies are 11-12 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 6-4 last night. The teams split the four-game series. The Phillies have won four of their last six.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.97.

Worley has made five starts on the season and allowed more than one run in one of them.

David DeJesus was the first batter of the game and he hammered a 2-2 pitch off the wall in right. The ball rolled right to Pence and Pence made a perfect throw to second to nail DeJesus for the first out. Worley got the next two hitters behind him.

Worley started the second with a 4-0 lead and set the Cubs down in order.

He got Blake DeWitt, Geovany Soto and pitcher Chris Volstad in order in the third.

Worley struck DeJesus out looking for the first out in the fourth. The speedy Tony Campana was next and he put down a pretty bunt, but Polanco made a great play to field and throw to first in time to nip Campana for the second out. Starlin Castro followed with a single on a ball deflected by Rollins. It brought lefty Bryan LaHair to the plate for Chicago and he slapped a ball down the left field line, just out of the reach of a diving Polanco for a double that moved Castro up to third. Alfonso Soriano flew to right for the third out.

Great play by Polanco on the bunt by Campana helps keep the Cubs off the board. Campana was 5-for-14 in the series with three stolen bases and six runs scored.

Worley walked Ian Stewart to start the fifth. DeWitt was next and he chopped a ball in-between first and second. Wigginton made a sliding backhand attempt to field the ball, but it went off of his glove for an error that put men on first and second with nobody out. Worley struck out Soto for the first out before Volstad bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. DeJesus flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

You want to avoid walking the leadoff man, especially with a four-run lead, but Worley works around that and the error by Wigginton nicely.

Worley threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Soriano doubled to right to start the seventh and Worley walked Stewart behind him. DeWitt was next and singled into center, loading the bases for Soto. Soto hit a ball to third. Polanco fielded, tagged third and threw to first to complete the double-play. Soriano scored from third to make it 4-1. With two down and a man on second, righty Reed Johnson hit for Volstad. Worley got Johnson on a ground ball to first to end the frame.

Another big defensive play by Polanco, this time starting a critical double-play. Worley again walks Stewart and again handles Soto in a big situation.

Bastardo started the eighth. He got DeJesus to foul out to Ruiz for the first out before walking Campana on four pitches. Qualls came in to pitch to the righty Castro. Campana stole second before Castro singled into left, scoring Campana to make it 4-2. LaHair was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center, tying the game at 4-4. Qualls got Soriano on a fly ball to left for the second out before Stewart singled to center. DeWitt flew to left to end the frame.

Bastardo gets the quick hook after walking Campana on four pitches, then Qualls gives up the homer to the lefty LaHair with Savery presumably available in the pen. For the year, lefties are hitting 333/375/688 against Qualls and righties are hitting 118/167/167. In 2011, lefties hit 320/381/452 against Qualls and righties 218/255/257. Qualls should not be pitching against left-handed hitters as the tying run late in the game a whole lot.

Bastardo walking Campana on four pitches is bad, but the Phils still haven’t let him get more than two outs in an appearance yet this year. He does have a 2.40 ratio, having allowed four hits and four walks over 3 1/3, which is kinda high.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 6-4 lead. He walked the leadoff hitter Stewart, but got the next three, striking Campana out looking 0-2 to end the game.

Eighth save of the year for Papelbon, who lowered his ERA on the season to 0.90. He’s allowed one run in ten innings on six hits and three walks.

Two innings for the pen in which they are charged with three runs on three hits and two walks. Papelbon threw 16 pitches. Bastardo and Qualls were both under ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Volstad went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Rollins continues to lead off with Polanco hitting second. Wigginton at first and Nix in left with Pierre on the bench against the righty. Orr plays second with Galvis on the bench.

Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a single. Polanco struck out for the first out before Victorino moved Rollins up to second with a single. Pence singled into center, scoring Rollins to put the Phils up 1-0 and moving Victorino to second. Wigginton strucko out for the second out before a walk to Nix loaded the bases for Ruiz. Ruiz singled into right, scoring Victorino and Pence to make it 3-0. With men on first and second, Orr lined a single into right, scoring Nix to make it 4-0. DeJesus’s throw from right wasn’t close to getting Nix, but Soto didn’t handle it cleanly and the error allowed Orr to move up to second. Worley grounded to short for the third out.

Polanco singled with one out in the second, but Victorino struck out for the second out and Pence grounded to short to end the inning.

Ruiz walked with two outs in the third, but Orr grounded back to the pitcher to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Wigginton singled with two outs in the fifth, but Nix lined to right behind him for the third out.

Orr bunted for a single with one out in the sixth. Worley bunted him to second with the first out. Orr moved up to third on a balk before Rollins walked, putting runners on first and third for Polanco. Polanco flew to center to end the inning.

Righty Shawn Camp started the seventh for the Cubs with the lead cut to 4-1. Wigginton singled with two outs. Lefty Scott Maine came in to pitch to Nix. Mayberry hit for Nix and struck out swinging to leave Wigginton at first.

Mayberry’s average drops to .204 after striking out against the lefty. 1-for-10 as a pinch-hitter with six strikeouts. Phillies pinch-hitters overall are 3-for-30 on the year with three singles and a walk (100/156/100).

It was 4-4 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. With one out and the lefty Maine still on the mound for the Cubs, Pierre hit for Qualls and was hit by a pitch. Galvis popped out out foul for the second out before righty Rafael Dolis came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins singled into right, moving Pierre up to third. Polanco was next and lined a double into left, scoring both runners to put the Phils on top 6-4. Victorino grounded hard to second to leave Polanco stranded.

Pierre pinch-hits against the lefty and gets on base. Thome and Schneider, both lefties, were the other guys on the bench for the Phils at the time with Thome unavailable.

Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a big hit in the eighth-inning rally. 4-for-15 with a double and two walks in the four-game set. 4-for-11 with a double and a 364/462/455 line in three games since his insertion into the leadoff spot. He’s still hitting a miserable 235/283/271 for the year.

Polanco was 2-for-5 with a double, the only-extra base hit of the game for the Phils, and two big RBI. He also made two big defensive plays in the game, one on the bunt by Campana and the other starting the double-play on the ball hit by Soto with the bases loaded. He was 4-for-13 with a double in the series. He’s 7-for-his-last-16 with two walks and two doubles. 250/299/292 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-5 in the game and 2-for-17 with a double in the series. He’s 4-for-his-last-38 (105/128/289 over 39 PA). 228/276/380 for the year.

Pence 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game and 3-for-16 with a double in the series. 203/239/313 over his last 67 PA. 253/293/391 for the year.

Wigginton 2-for-4 in the game with his third error of the season, which is the most of anyone on the squad. Nix and Wigginton have combined to make five errors defensively for the Phils so far. Wigginton was 5-for-13 with a walk and a homer in the series. 322/379/475 for the year. He went 1-for-9 with a single to start the season and has hit 360/411/540 in 56 plate appearances since.

Nix was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game. 0-for-6 with three walks in the series. 276/382/517 for the year. For the season, he has five walks in 34 plate appearances, which is about 14.7% of his PA. Coming into the season he had walked in about 5.7% of his plate appearances for his career. His walk rate is the best of anyone on the team except for Blanton — Blanton has walked in two of nine plate appearances to this point. Nix leads the team in on-base percentage. He’s also leading the team in isolated power at .241. The Phillies ought to play him a whole lot as long as he’s going to lead the team in both on-base percentage and isolated power.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. 4-for-11 with a walk, a double, a home run and five RBI in the set. 313/343/516 for the year.

Orr 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 286/318/476 for the season. Galvis was 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the set and is at 191/225/294 for the year.

Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) faces righty Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05) tonight as the Phils face the Braves in Atlanta. Since allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins his first start of the season, Hamels is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA and an 0.86 ratio. Beachy has allowed two earned runs in 20 2/3 innings (0.87 ERA) over his last three starts. He’s allowed one extra-base hit to a right-handed hitter so far this season (Matt Kemp homered off of him in his most recent start).


Fans concur they don’t care if it is the heat or the humidity as long as the Phillies keep on hitting

The Phillies continued to pound out runs yesterday afternoon in Arizona, scoring seven more as they topped the Snakes 7-2. The Phillies scored 20 runs in the three-game set, which they came into averaging 2.69 runs per game for the season.

The Phils also got very good starting pitching in each of the two games they won in the series. Hamels allowed two runs over eight innings yesterday in game three, coming off of a game two performance in which Worley held the Diamondbacks to a run over six frames.

After 19 games, the Phils are tied for 14th in the NL in runs scored per game and fourth in runs allowed per game. They’ve still won just one game on the season in which they’ve allowed more than two runs.

The Phillies are 9-10 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 yesterday afternoon. They take the series two games to one and have won two games in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven. Through four starts, Hamels has thrown to a 2.73 ERA and allowed 24 hits and just three walks over 26 1/3 innings. He has struck out 30.

After allowing a home run in each of his first two starts on the season, Hamels has not allowed one in his last two outings.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Willie Bloomquist led off and doubled to left. Aaron Hill was next and he fouled out to Ruiz for the first out. With Justin Upton at the plate, Bloomquist tried to steal third but left too early. Hamels threw to third and Bloomquist was eventually tagged out after a long and ugly rundown. Upton struck out to end the inning.

Hamels was perfect for the next five innings, setting the Diamondbacks down in order in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

He started the seventh with a 6-0 lead and struck out Bloomquist for the first out. Hill and Upton followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Kubel. Kubel singled into center, scoring Hill to cut the lead to 6-1 with one out and men on first and second. Hamels walked Cody Ransom on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Goldschmidt was next and hit a double-play ball to short. Galvis fielded, but his throw to second was low and not handled by Orr. Orr was given an error and everyone moved up a base. Upton scored to make it 6-2. AJ Pollack was the next hitter and Hamels got him on a double-play ball to Orr, ending the inning.

Would have been nice to get a double-play on the Goldschmidt grounder, but instead the Phils don’t get an out anywhere. Fortunately they still had a four-run lead and Hamels got the next hitter to hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Hamels was back for the eighth. He struck Henry Blanco out looking for the first out. Lefty Gerardo Parra hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and Hamels struck him out swinging for the second out. Bloomquist was next and Hamels got him swinging as well to set down the Snakes.

Hamels strikes out the side in the eighth. Bloomquist’s strikeout was his seventh on the day and strike three came on the 108th pitch of the game for Hamels.

Michael Schwimer, just called up when Stutes hit the DL, pitched the ninth with a 7-2 lead, setting the Diamondbacks down in order.

First action of the year for Schwimer, who threw to a 5.02 ERA with the Phillies over 14 1/3 innings in 2011. He threw 12 pitches in the game.

One perfect inning for the pen in the game. For the series, the bullpen threw nine innings in which they allowed six runs, five of which were earned.

The Phillies lineup against righty Trevor Cahill went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Nix (6) Orr (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Rollins on the bench with Galvis making his first start at short. Orr and Nix both in the lineup, Orr at second and Nix at first, after both had big games at the plate in game two of the set. Polanco at third base. Victorino hits third in the slot vacated by Rollins.

Polanco singled to right with one out in the first. Victorino flew to center for the first out before Polanco took second on a passed ball. Pence followed that with a single into left, scoring Polanco to put the Phils up 1-0. Nix was next and popped a ball up down the left field line. It was deflected by a diving Ransom and fell for a double. Pence tried to score from first, but Kubel got to the ball and made a strong and accurate throw to the plate in time to nail him for the third out and end the frame.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second. With Galvis at the plate, a wild pitch got away and rolled towards the Phillies dugout. Ruiz went to third and, seeing nobody covering home, tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate as Ransom got there in time to take Blanco’s throw and apply the tag. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.

Polanco walked with two outs in the third, but Victorino went down on a well-hit ball handled by Hill at second for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Pierre singled to left to start the sixth and moved to second when Polanco walked behind him. Victorino was next and grounded to second for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. With Pence at the plate, a wild pitch by Cahill allowed Pierre to score (2-0) and Polanco to move up to third. Pence brought Polanco home with a single into left and the Phils led 3-0. Lefty Craig Breslow came in to pitch to Nix. Wigginton hit for Nix and singled to center, moving Pence up to second. Orr struck out swinging for the second out, Ruiz followed him with a single into center that scored Pence (4-0) and sent Wigginton to third. Galvis walked and the bases were loaded. Hamels singled to center, scoring Wigginton and Ruiz to make it 6-0 and moving Galvis up to third. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Five singles and two walks for the Phils. They sent ten men to the plate in the inning. Hamels is 3-for-10 with a double at the plate for the year. Hamels, Lee and Halladay have combined to go 8-for-27 (.296) at the plate for the year. Halladay and Hamels both had more hits on the season than Thome.

Polanco singled off of righty Brad Ziegler to start the seventh, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Righty David Hernandez started the eighth for Arizona with the lead cut to 6-2. Ruiz singled with one out, but Galvis and Hamels both struck out behind him.

Pierre started the ninth with a single and came around to score on a double by Polanco, putting the Phils up 7-2. Victorino, Pence and Wigginton went in order behind Polanco.

Pierre was 2-for-5 in the game and 5-for-13 with five singles in the three-game series. He’s hitting 339/361/373 for the year. If he hits 339/361/373 the rest of the way, it would be absolutely fantastic for the Phillies.

Polanco 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. He came into the game with one double and two walks for the season. 4-for-7 with three walks in the series. 237/297/271 for the season. Wigginton was 1-for-3 yesterday and 4-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 304/365/435 for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left six men on base. 2-for-13 with two home runs in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-21. 253/309/427 for the year.

Pence was 2-for-5 with two RBI and three strikeouts. 3-for-9 with a home run and five strikeouts in the series. 268/316/423 for the season. 3-for-his-last-22 with nine strikeouts.

Nix was 1-for-2 with a double in the game and 5-for-6 with two doubles and a home run in the series. His line is up to 348/400/652 for the season. Mayberry did not play yesterday, but was 2-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s at 200/200/244 for the season.

Orr was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a double and a triple in the series. 267/267/533 for the year. No longer leads the team in batting average or slugging percentage, although he is still second in slugging percentage behind Nix.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI yesterday and 4-for-9 with a home run in the series. He’s at 302/328/472 for the year. Three walks in 58 plate appearances so far, one of which was intentional. Coming into the 2012 season, Ruiz had walked 241 times in 2,164 plate appearances, which is about 11.1% of PA. He’s at about 5.2% of PA so far this year.

Galvis was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 1-for-8 with a walk and a double in the series. 200/238/317 for the season. He’s hitting .184 against righties with a .225 on-base percentage. Rollins was 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in the game. He’s hitting 229/267/257 for the year. 400/462/480 at home and 111/163/133 on the road.

It wasn’t a huge factor in the series, but Phillies pinch-hitters are 2-for-25 (.080) on the season with two singles. Thome and Mayberry have combined to go 0-for-14 as pinch-hitters with nine strikeouts.

The Phillies are off today and play the Cubs tomorrow night in Philly.


The truth is out there — way, way, way out there

This just in: No timetable for Chase Utley’s return. No, really. And apparently we should all just try and calm down a little.

As if.

Two games for the Phils over the weekend.

Jim Thome played first base in an official Spring Training game for the first time this year yesterday as the Phils and Orioles played to a 3-3 tie.

Halladay started for the Phils and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. He has a 5.40 ERA and a 1.30 ratio through five starts, but has struck out 24 in 20 innings.

Bastardo took over for Halladay in the seventh, faced two men with runners on the corners and struck both out. Contreras pitched the eighth in his third appearance and allowed a run on a single and a double. He has now been charged with six runs in 2 1/3 innings, but the good news is there may be something magical about the way the ball is coming out of his hand. Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth to drop his ERA to 1.13. Juan Morillo threw a 1-2-3 tenth.

Thome played five innings at first and went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. No balls were hit to him. Ruiz was 2-for-4 with a double to up his line to 484/515/774 after 31 at-bats. Mayberry went 0-for-5 to drop his line to 217/266/263.

Galvis was 3-for-4 with three singles, upping his line to 271/292/475.

Orr, Galvis and Ruiz all homered for the Phils on Saturday in a 10-5 win over Boston.

Hamels started the game for the Phils and allowed two runs over four innings on four hits and two walks, raising his ERA to 4.00. Qualls and Diekman each threw a scoreless inning in the game, with Diekman keeping his ERA at 0.00. Raul Valdes went two frames and was charged with a run on three singles, pushing his ERA to 2.08. Sanches pitched the eighth and allowed a run on a walk and three singles, which pushed his ERA up to 6.43.

Galvis started at second and went 1-for-4 with his second spring home run and first error. Pierre was 2-for-5 with a double. Podsednik 0-for-2. Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Orr 2-for-4 with his first homer. Nix had two hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and raising his average to .226.

Polanco played third base on Sunday and went 1-for-2.

Ryan Madson will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2012 season.


What’s the matter here? I mean, besides the obvious things

And by obvious things, what I have in mind is Utley and Howard topping out their combined Spring Training production by fielding ground balls while sitting in a chair. Stuff like that.

The Phillies can’t score in Spring Training, which wouldn’t matter at all except there’s a whole lot of fans out there worried they won’t be able to score when they start playing games where nobody is running laps in the outfield either.

As if on cue, the Phils got four hits yesterday, all singles, as they lost to Toronto 2-0 to drop to 9-10 in official Spring Training action. Over their last six games they’ve scored 16 runs, which is about 2.67 runs per game.

Cliff Lee started the game for the Phillies and pitched very well. He went six innings, allowing a run on five hits to drop his ERA to 3.45. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Chad Qualls set Toronto down in order in the seventh, dropping his spring ERA to 5.40. Contreras pitched the eighth and allowed an unearned run. Travis Snider reached on an error by Podsednik in center with one out and Kelly Johnson followed that with a double to right that scored Snider. Contreras got the next two batters, dropping his ERA to 27.00 after two outings and 1 1/3 official innings.

The Phillies got one hit, a single by Ruiz, and two walks (Nix and Mayberry) over five shutout innings by Brandon Morrow. Ruiz was 2-for-3 on the day, upping his average to .478. Mayberry 1-for-2 with a walk to up his line to 224/283/306 in 49 at-bats.

Podsednik 0-for-1 with an error. Pierre 0-for-3 with a pickoff/caught stealing and left five men on base. His average is down to .257. He has stolen two bases this spring and been caught three times.

Galvis started at second and hit eighth, going 0-for-3 to drop his average to .255.

Miguel Abreu played three innings defensively at short, handling one grounder and going 0-for-1. He’s 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI at the plate so far. Just about anybody who can play short warrants attention for the Phils, but Abreu probably doesn’t have the bat to help the team no matter what he can do defensively. Abreu has a career 265/293/382 line in 2,811 minor league plate appearances. That’s not real inspiring, but he does top Freddy Galvis in all three categories (246/292/321 for Galvis). I’d say there’s just about no chance for Abreu, but it’s not that kind of thing anymore when it comes to middle infielders for the Phillies. Abreu and Galvis were born on the same day, November 14, with Abreu born five years earlier.

Abreu is also not a shortstop. He has primarily been a second baseman in the minors, making just four appearances at short over the 711 minor league games he has appeared in.

The Phillies play the Yankees this afternoon with Worley expected to pitch.

This suggests that Polanco could be back in the lineup within a few days.

The article linked above says that Thome played seven innings in a minor league game yesterday and things went well.


But can they play second?

There’s a lot going wrong for the Phils these days, but one thing going unexpectedly right is the performance they’ve gotten from left-handed relievers this Spring Training.

In yesterday’s game against Detroit, lefties out of the pen for the Phils combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in which they allowed three hits, no walks and struck out seven. It seemed like a good a time as any to check in on the lefty relievers in camp other than Bastardo.

Here’s what lefty relievers in camp have done in official Spring Training action so far:

IP ERA Ratio K
David Purcey 7 2.57 1.14 5
Raul Valdes 6 2/3 1.35 0.75 8
Joe Savery 5 1/3 0.00 0.94 7
Jeremy Horst 4 6.75 2.00 4
Pat Misch 4 2.25 1.75 3
Jake Diekman 4 0.00 0.75 8
Dontrelle Willis 2 2/3 16.87 3.38 0

Purcey has been good. Valdes, Savery and Diekman have been great.

It’s already clear that several of those guys are out of the running to start the year with the Phils. Willis has already been released and Misch assigned to minor league camp. Purcey and Horst were reassigned this morning.

The Phillies beat the Tigers 4-3 yesterday.

Scott Elarton started the game for the Phillies and was charged with three runs over 2 1/3 innings, pushing his Spring Training ERA to 6.10. Valdes followed Elarton, allowing a single over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Savery was next and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Brian Sanches pitched the seventh, allowing a two-out double but keeping the Tigers off the board. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.67 ratio over six innings. Diekman threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Purcey allowed a double with two outs in the ninth, but got Austin Jackson on a ground ball to third to end the game.

Galvis had a two-run triple in a four-run fifth for the Phillies. He was 1-for-3 in the game and upped his line to 282/311/462 with a team-high ten RBI. Wigginton went 1-for-3 with a single and his hitting .219. Nix started in left and went 1-for-3.

The Phillies play Baltimore this afternoon with Halladay expected to pitch.

Chase Utley has left camp to see a specialist about his knees. It looks as if Freddy Galvis may see significant time at second base early in the season for the Phillies. Galvis has a career .292 on-base percentage in the minor leagues.

Jimmy Rollins fires up his own private uplifting quote machine yet again in this article, saying of Utley, “If he doesn’t play again that would be something horrible.”

Other in-house options for the Phillies at second would appear to include Martinez and Polanco, although Manuel points out in the article linked above that he’s having a lot of trouble keeping Polanco healthy at third.

The Phillies released Joel Piniero.


Past weekend edition

The Phillies played two games with the Blue Jays this weekend, winning one and losing one.

Toronto hammered the Phils 10-2 yesterday in a game memorable because Hamels and Contreras combined to allow nine runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Hamels got the start and didn’t fare well, allowing five runs on eight hits and no walks over 3 1/3 innings. Only four of the runs were earned thanks to a fourth-inning throwing error by Mayberry at first. Eight hits is a lot to allow in 3 1/3 innings — opponents are now hitting .322 against Hamels in official Spring Training action. His ERA is 3.86. Qualls followed Hamels and he pitched very well, facing six hitters and retiring five of them (the other reached on an error by Frandsen, his fourth). Contreras started the sixth and things didn’t go well. He faced five hitters, striking out one and allowing two singles, two doubles and a stolen base. After he left, Herndon promptly allowed a two-run homer to Jose Bautista, with one of the runs charged to Contreras and leaving Contreras with a 108.00 ERA after one official appearance. Herdon went 1 2/3 frames, allowing a run on two hits and upping his ERA to 2.57. Opponents have hit .310 against Herndon so far. Bastardo threw a scoreless eighth, allowing a single and a walk to the first two men he faced but keeping the Blue Jays off the board.

Montanez started in left and went 3-for-4 with a double, raising his line to a monster 448/452/655. Pierre was 1-for-1 to raise his average to .267. Podsednik 1-for-1 and has a 371/450/514 line.

Mayberry started at first, went 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 195/250/268.

Saturday the Phils beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in ten innings.

Worley got the start and threw four scoreless innings, dropping his Spring Training ERA to 1.80. Papelbon was next and allowed two hits, but kept Toronto off the board in his inning, also dropping his ERA to 1.80. Aumont pitched the sixth and was charged with a run on two hits and three stolen bases. Sanches threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Purcey pitched the eighth, allowing a leadoff homer to JP Arencibia before retiring the next three batters. His ERA is up to 3.00 with the run. Stutes surrendered a single and a home run in the ninth, pushing his ERA to 4.50. Raul Valdes set Toronto down in order in the top of the tenth, keeping his ERA at 0.00.

Luna was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the tenth when he singled home Podsednik. Podsednik was 1-for-1 with a walk and a double, raising his line to 353/436/500 with a team-high five extra-base hits (all doubles). Polanco was 1-for-1 to up his average to .529.

Polanco hurt the ring finger on his left hand on Saturday. The linked article suggests he will miss a few days. This says it is not broken.

Ryan Madson still seems to think the Phillies made an offer that may not have been made. Whatever happened, the Phillies would be a whole lot better off with Madson for one-year, $8.5 million than they are having signed Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal.

Jim Thome played first base in minor league games over the weekend. The linked article also says that Nix hopes to play today against Detroit. Scott Elarton will start that game.


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