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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chooch’s Three-Hit Day Leads Phillies Past Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels went seven innings, allowing one run for his 17th win of the season. He ended the year with a 3.05 ERA. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Marlins 1
WP – Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (38)

MIAMI — The Phillies are on a mission to end their season on a high note.

With a 4-1 win over the Marlins, the Phillies put themselves at one game above .500. If they can win two in Washington, that will give them 83 wins and a winning season.

Cole Hamels capped off a tremendous season with a seven innings of one-run ball. The left-hander fanned eight, surrendering only one run on five hits and a walk.

Hamels finished the season with a career-high in wins with 17 as well as a career-high 216 strikeouts. To go along with that, Hamels finished with a 3.05 ERA and 215 1/3 innings pitched.

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Phillies Back Halladay’s Final Start of 2012 With Win

Phillies 9, Marlins 5
WP – Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49)
LP – Ricky Nolasco (12-14, 4.48)

MIAMI — Roy Halladay finished the 2012 season with a 4.49 ERA. But he also finished with a win.

In a performance that was again mediocre by Halladay’s standards, Doc got the win in the Phillies 9-5 win over Miami. Halladay allowed five runs on six hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings to bring his final record to 11-8.

Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Halladay surrendered four singles and a walk in the inning.

Pete Orr’s two-run double in the 2nd inning brought the Phillies to within 3-2. But after a Giancarlo Stanton’s solo homer in the 4th, the Marlins made some room with a 4-2 lead.

The Phillies got Halladay the only lead he would need in the 5th inning. Chase Utley hit a two-run single and Domonic Brown had an RBI triple to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

The Phillies padded the lead in the 7th with a Carlos Ruiz two-run single, making it a 7-4 game.

2B: Orr (5), Ruiz (30), Ruf (2). 3B: Brown (2).

Boxscore.

Phillies Prospect Cloyd’s Season Over

MIAMI — Phillies starting Tyler Cloyd’s season is done.

The 25-year-old right-hander has a tired arm, pitching coach Rich Dubee said, and he will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday in Washington.

Cloyd made 32 starts in AA, AAA and the Majors combined, throwing 200 innings. In six starts with the Phillies Cloyd was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA.

Dubee quipped, “Maybe it’ll be a position player,” regarding a starter for Tuesday.

Howard Breaks Toe; Season Over

MIAMI — An unfortunate end comes to Ryan Howard’s season.

During yesterday’s game, Ryan Howard dropped the led pipe that he swings in the on-deck circle on his foot, breaking his toe. Manager Charlie Manuel said his season is over.

In 71 games Howard hit .219 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs.

Phillies Decided On Friday to End Third Base Experiment For Utley

NOTE: News broke yesterday, but no one from the site was available to post it until this morning.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

After a month — since August 29 to be exact — of fielding ground balls at the hot corner and the discussion that followed, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not play third base in the final six games of the season for the Phillies.

The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel simply told Utley before Friday’s 2-1 loss to Miami that they were going to not pursue the idea of Utley at third base. They both felt that the six remaining games was not enough of a sample size to evaluate Utley at that position.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter whether or not he can do it,” Amaro said. “I think it’s more a matter of practicality and what’s really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don’t know if it’s really an option that’s going to make us necessarily better.”

Amaro also added, “”In retrospect, it would be difficult to make a real assessment in six games, to watch this guy play and say, ‘OK, we know Chase Utley is going to be an average defender and better for our team.’ That’s a very difficult thing to be able to assess. None of us are good enough scouts to be able to do that.”

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Lindblom Loses In 9th; Phillies Eliminated

Marlins 2, Phillies 1
WP – Steve Cishek (5-2, 2.77)
LP – Josh Lindblom (3-4, 3.34)

MIAMI — The Phillies have officially been eliminated from the playoffs.

Carlos Lee hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning off Josh Lindblom to beat the Phillies, 2-1, officially ending their season.

Cliff Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out five in the no-decision.

The Phillies tied the game up in the 8th on an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins.

2B: Mayberry (24).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: at Miami Marlins

PHI: 78-78, 3rd in NL East; MIA: 66-90, 5th in NL East

When: September 28-30
Where: SunLife Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (6-8, 8.18) vs Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40) vs Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.45)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11) vs Nate Eovaldi (4-12, 4.29)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, PHL 17
Saturday, 7:10, CSN 
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

Phillies Drop Final Home Game of Season to Nats

Nationals 7, Phillies 3
WP – Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies fell to Washington in their final home game of the season, a season that they will soon long to forget.

In his last start of the season, Tyler Cloyd was less-than-impressive again and the Nationals capitalized in their 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

Cloyd was shelled for six runs in five innings of work. He will head into the off season as a candidate for the rotation next season, but his unimpressive stint with the Phillies will certainly be on the minds of the coaching staff.

The Phillies led 3-1 after a 1st-inning three-run double by Darin Ruff.

The Nationals chipped away at the lead. They got a solo homer from Michael Morse in the 2nd inning to make it 3-2 and an RBI ground out by Morse tied the game up in the 4th.

Washington took the lead in the 5th and didn’t look back on Bryce Harper’s RBI single.

2B: Ruf (1).

Boxscore.

Phillies Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole; Drop to Nationals

Nationals 8, Phillies 4
WP – John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Three home runs and five runs was just big enough of a lead for Washington to hold off the Phillies.

Tapping Kyle Kendrick early, the Nationals were able to beat Philadelphia, 8-4. Kendrick was done after two innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strike out.

The Phillies bullpen shut the Nationals down for six innings until a few insurance runs in the 9th inning cut short a comeback attempt by the Phillies..

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Ruf’s First Major League Homer Sparks Phillies Win Over Nationals

Phillies rookier LF Darin Ruf hits his first Major League home run off Washington starter Ross Detwiler in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 6, Nationals 3
WP – Cole Hamels (16-6, 3-11)
LP – Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (37)

PHILADELPHIA — Seeing his name penciled into the starting line up for the first time as a Major Leaguer had to have felt good for Darin Ruf.

Blasting a solo homer in the 2nd inning for his first career hit in the Majors had to have felt even better.

Ruf hit the first of three Phillies home runs – the shot coming off of Nationals starter Ross Detwiler –  in their 6-3 win over the Nationals, backing Cole Hamels on a night he didn’t have his best stuff.

After a pair of pinch-hit at-bats, Ruf finally made his first start in left field. He finished the game going 2-for-3 with a homer and a single.

 

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