TTB

Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Category Archives: Chris Young

Series Preview: at Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 7-9, 5th in NL East; ARI: 8-8, 3rd in NL West

When: April 23-25
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AR)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) vs Wade Miley (1-0, 1.93)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) vs Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) vs Trevor Cahill (1-1, 284)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, TCN
Tuesday, 9:40, CSN
Wednesday, 9:40, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

Read more of this post

Silent Night: Phils bats go quiet despite Lee’s sturdy outing

Cliff Lee pitched a helluva lot better than the line score really showed.

Despite a few hard-hit balls, Lee was money against the Diamondbacks. Too bad his offense wasn’t there to back him up.

The Diamondbacks snapped the Phillies five-game winning streak with a 4-0 win Monday night in Arizona. It was the 14th game the Phils failed to score more than four runs, dropping to 9-5 in that span.

Two home runs that equated three runs were the only real blemishes on Lee’s night. The left-hander went seven innings allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 12.

Arizona got home runs from Chris Young, a two-run blast in the third, and a solo homer from Gerardo Parra.

Lee’s opponent Ian Kennedy had an easy night against the Phils. Kennedy went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing only three hits in outing. He retired the last 11 batters he faced for his first career complete game.

The Phillies managed only three hits on the night. Two of those hits came from a streaking Placido Polanco, who is now batting .376 on the season.

Michael Stutes replaced Lee to pitch the eighth. It was the 24-year-old’s major league debut as he retired the D’Backs in order, striking out one.

2B: Polanco (5).

WP: Kennedy (3-1). LP: Lee (2-2).

Boxscore.

Hamels, Phillies struggle in blowout loss to Mets

Back to reality.

After sweeping the Houston Astros over the weekend, Phillies fans thought this team looked invincible. The New York Mets proved otherwise, beating the Phils 7-1 in the first game of the three game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies and Mets are now both 3-1 on the season

The Cole Hamels-Chris Young matchup seemed unfair. While Hamels could be an ace on most teams, Young is clearly a fourth starter.

One of these starts looked sharp. The other was Cole Hamels.

Hamels looked good through the first two innings, but was chased in the third inning after allowing five hits and six earned runs in the third inning. Perhaps worst of all was the fact two of those hits came off the bat of opposing pitcher Chris Young.

Two of those RBI’s came courtesy of third-basemen David Wright who would go 4 for 5 with two runs scored.

The Phillies offense was no better. The Phils would only muster one run on an RBI double by Placido Polanco that scored Wilson Valdez to break the shutout. Jimmy Rollins would get a walk the next at bat, but any hopes of a rally ended on a ground out by Ryan Howard.

Shane Victorino didn’t look too comfortable in the leadoff spot tonight, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. Amazingly enough he wasn’t the only Phillie to strike out three times. He would share that honor with Howard who was 0-4 with three K’s.

The Phillies continue their series tomorrow night with Joe Blanton taking the mound for his first start of the season.

WP: Young (1-0) LP: Hamels (0-1)

2B: Polanco (3)

His Bat Got Papi

Another night of “Back, Back, Back’s” and Joe Morgan’s stupidity has concluded. David Ortiz, the nicest guy to ever do steroids, was victorious over the player he mentored, Hanley Ramirez. Big Papi blasted 11 home runs in the final round as Ramirez managed five. Ortiz was also the first Red Sox player to win the Derby in it’s 26th year.

Ortiz was the true winner of the Derby, hitting the most total homers with 32. Both he and Ramirez went into the finals round with 21 homers so there was going to be a real winner and not an instance like two years ago with Josh Hamilton.

Corey Hart (13 total) and Miguel Cabrera (12) were the other two players to move onto the second round. Matt Holliday (5), Nick Swisher (4), Vernon Wells (3), and Chris Young (1) were the other four contestants. Hart in the first round and Ortiz in the second round hit the most home runs in a single round with 13 dingers.

Not a single Phillies player participated in the derby this year, a first in six years. In the past six, Jim Thome, Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley all participated in the event with Abreu and Howard each winning one. Howard was interviewed by Morgan and Chris Berman and marveled out the feel of Mickey Mantle’s bat that was being auctioned off later that night.

The 81st All-Star game will air tomorrow at 8:00 p.m ET. Howard will be the DH and Roy Halladay will not pitch more than one inning said Charlie Manuel.

Five HRs Power D’backs

Mark Reynolds is always a threat to hit a home run. Unfortunately for Cole Hamels, his two-run shot in the fourth fueled a five-run inning that led to a 7-4 win for the Diamondbacks. Arizona hit five home runs on the night.

Hamels (2-2, 5.11) was out-pitched by Kris Benson. Hamels went six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. He allowed four homers in the game, three of them in that big fourth inning. Benson (1-1, 3.00) lasted six-plus innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits and striking out five.

The offense never truly got going for the Phillies. Ben Francisco had the only multi-hit game with two hits. Shane Victorino’s triple drove in Hamels after the pitcher doubled in the third inning.

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 for the Diamondbacks with two homers. Chris Young had three hits and Josh Upton had a pair of hits to get him over the Mendoza line.

The Phillies got a bizarre run in the top of the fourth inning when Jayson Werth skied a ball deep to center field. As Young caught it, he went to take the ball out of his glove and dropped it. Second base umpire Dale Scott ruled it a drop and Werth, who was hustling the entire way, scored to make it a 2-0 game. The ruling: a four-base error.

They gave it one last go in the ninth inning. Raul Ibanez led off with a walk. Brian Schneider followed up with a strike out. Greg Dobbs pinch-hit and flew out in foul territory in left field. Victorino then hit an RBI single after Ibanez stole second to make it a 7-4 game.

Chad Qualls came into the game to face Placido Polanco. He got Polanco to ground out to seal the game and earn his third save on the year.

Doubles: Hamels (1). Triples: Victorino (2).

WP: Benson (1-1). LP: Hamels (2-2). Save: Qualls (3)

Boxscore.

**************************************************************

On a side note, J.C. Romero made his season debut after rehabbing his elbow. His first opponent was Johnson and he belted a homer to right field, his second fo the night. After he walked Stephen Drew on four pitches, the Phillies yanked him.

It was obvious Romero was rusty, not even coming close to hitting his spots. His fastball was between 88 and 90 MPH, not the full velocity he’s used to. Hopefully he will be fine as he gets back to pitching to major league hitting.

**************************************************************

Chris Wheeler and Tom McCarthy went off on one of the dumbest tangents I have ever heard. They spent an entire inning talking about these two guys dressed like Rey Mysterio’s fat cousins. These guys truly are clowns and make me miss Harry Kalas even more and wish Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson get off the radio and do TV.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,626 other followers