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Phillies Trounced In Milwaukee

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Brewers 6, Phillies 2
WP – Yovany Gallardo (12-8, 3.69)
LP – Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11)

MILWAUKEE — Fielding has never been Domonic Brown’s strong point and that was made evident again.

The Phillies right fielder made another mistake on a well-hit ball, factoring into a poor pitching night by Vance Worley as the Phillies dropped to the Brewers, 6-2.

Once again a ball hit in the direction of Brown set up a Phillies loss. Coming the day after Brown probably could have caught Corey Hart’s grand slam, he dropped a fly ball from Nyjer Morgan in the 4th inning that cost Vance Worley the early lead.

The Phillies got back to back doubles by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to lead off the 4th inning, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things were looking up but were quickly erased in the bottom half.

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Series Preview: vs. Milawaukee Brewers

PHI: 10-4, 1st in NL East; MIL: 7-8, 4th in NL Central

When: April 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) vs Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55)
Tuesday:
Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) vs Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32)
Wednesday:
Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) vs Chris Narveson (2-1, 1.45)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, PHL 17

Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch1B Prince Fielder: Fielder is off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, hitting .321 with four homers and 16 RBIs through 15 games. But that’s something to expect from Fielder, who has always consistently been one of the top hitting first basemen in the game.

There is a lot of boom in Prince Fielders bat. That can be a huge factor in a hitters park like CBP.

Fielder is also a monster against the Phillies, especially at CBP. In 32 games against the Phils, Fielder is hitting .339 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. At the stadium, Fielder has an average of .345 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games.

With Joe Blanton pitching today, Fielder could have himself a game. It will be interesting to see his match up against Cliff Lee on Wednesday.

Overview: The Brewers are off to a mediocre start, especially for a team considered to compete in the NL Central. But it’s still very early in the season to write anyone off (especially Boston).

They are led by Fielder as mentioned above and one of the best young players in the game in Ryan Braun. Braun is leading the team with a .329 average as well as hitting four homers and driving in nine RBIs.

They also have speed demons 2B Rickie Weeks, CF Carlos Gomez and OF bench player Nyjer Morgan.

The Phillies are still off to a very strong start offensively, especially when the bats were questioned before the season. Placido Polanco has been on a tear, hitting .373 with a homer and 12 RBIs from the two-spot. Ryan Howard has also been good to start off the season though he’s tapered off the past few games, hitting .288 with three homers and a team-high 14 RBIs.

Pitching this series again favors the Phils heavily as they have their two best pitchers going. Milwaukee is still without their newly acquired ace Zach Grienke, who is on the DL until early May.

The Phils have also dropped the first game of the past four series and with Blanton on the hill tonight, a fifth is likely if the offense doesn’t show up.

Lidge Blows the Comeback

Phillies fans thought they had it bad in 1993 with closer Mitch Williams.  Brad Lidge is taking the term “wild” to a whole different level.  Once again Lidge had a rocky ninth inning and couldn’t shut the door.  Lidge spoiled the Phillies comeback by allowing a three-run walkoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman.

The Phillies fell behind early courtesy of three first-inning runs given up by starter Joe Blanton.  As seems to always be the case, Blanton settled down through the middle innings before allowing a sacrifice fly to Ian Desmond.  Blanton didn’t have his best outing but certainly wasn’t the reason that the Phillies lost.  He pitched six innings giving up four runs on nine hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Carlos Ruiz led the charge with three hits on the evening including a solo home run.  Additionally he knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.  Raul Ibanez continued his incredible hot streak with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.  Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth each added two hits as well.

The ninth inning can never be easy with Brad Lidge on the mound.  He allowed the lead-off batter Michael Morse to walk and Nyjer Morgan sacrificed him over to second base.  Lidge preceded to walk Adam Kennedy.  Consequently Ryan Zimmerman deposited a mammoth three-run home run to dead center field to send Lidge home with a blown save.

Something has got to give.  Charlie Manuel once again stood by his closer and reaffirmed to everyone that Lidge is his guy.  Well I just don’t think that Lidge can be the guy anymore.  The Phillies have given Lidge every possible chance to remain as the closer.  I respect everything that he has done for the organization.  His perfect season in 2008 resulted in one of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history.  Everyone should be grateful to him for such a great accomplishment.  But Lidge just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to finish games anymore.

One thing that sticks out is his command – it just isn’t there anymore.  In addition, he cannot be counted on in the postseason.  No one will have confidence in sending Lidge out there to protect a one run lead against some of the top teams in baseball.  It’s not fair to the Phillies organization and it’s not fair to the fans.  Other options need to be exhausted.  Thanks for the pleasant memories Brad Lidge, but you’re just not the guy anymore.

HR: Ibanez (10), Ruiz (3)

WP: Storen (3-2). LP: Lidge (1-1).

Boxscore

-C.B.

Oswalt Roughed Up in Debut

Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt gets roughed up in his debut. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Well it wasn’t the start that everyone anticipated from Roy Oswalt tonight. In a matter of hours, Oswalt went from a highly-praised acquisition to a complete mystery on the mound. The Washington Nationals just went off on Oswalt as they crushed the Phils, ending their winning streak at eight with an 8-1 inning.

Oswalt allowed five runs, four earned, off of seven hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings. Chad Durbin got blown up for three runs in the seventh inning to knock the game out of reach.

Craig Stammen pitched 6 1/3 brilliant innings for the Nationals. He allowed a run on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

Raul Ibanez continued on his tear with another two hit game. Jayson Werth and Domonic Brown each added a pair of hits with one of Werth’s being a solo homer, as that was the only offense the Phils could muster.

Washington jumped on Oswalt early. Nyjer Morgan led-off the game with a triple and scored on the next batter. They added four more before the seventh when Werth homered. After that, the rest was history.

HR: Werth (15).

WP: Stammen (3-4). LP: Oswalt (6-13).

Boxscore.

Victorino Leads-Off Power Surge

Many were worried that Jimmy Rollins’ absence from the lead-off spot would affect the Phillies’ offense. Well Shane Victorino quelled those fears with his four-hit, five-RBI game in the Phillies’ 14-7 win over Washington Wednesday night.

Victorino was 4-for-5 with a triple and homer and five RBI’s. Three of the runs he drove in came on a three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh. Chase Utley had a nice game of his own as he went 2-for-four with a pair of homers and four RBI’s.

Kyle Kendrick was absolutely terrible, lasting on 1.2 innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, striking out one. But Nelson Figueroa (1-1) pitched 3.1 masterful innings in relief to earn the win, allowing only a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. He even went 2-for2 with a double and run scored.

Kendrick hit Nyjer Morgan to lead off the game but got Willie Harris to ground into a double play. It got ugly from there as he gave up a hit and a couple walks before Adam Kennedy hit a three-run double.

But the Phillies answered with four runs in the bottom half. The Nationals weren’t done with Kendrick just yet as they got three more runs in the top of the second. The Phillies wouldn’t just lie down as they put up three more if their own to make it 7-6. Washington then added a run in the top of the third to tie it up but Victorino’s two-run homer in the fifth gave the Phillies the 9-7 lead, which they held permanently.

Doubles: Dobbs (1), Polanco (4), Figueroa (1). Triples: Victorino (1). HR: Utley 2 (4), Victorino (2).

WP: Figuero (1-1). LP: Bergman (0-1).

Boxscore.

Doc, Polly Impress In Debuts

  Ryan Howard #6, Chase Utley #26, Jimmy Rollins #11, Shane Victorino #8 And Raul Ibanez #29 Of The Philadelphia

Phils celebrate after first win. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The anticipation ws mounting all week heading into Opening Day. With the big offseason acquisitions of Roy Halladay and Placido Polanco still fresh in the minds of Philly fans, their performance today in the first game of the 2010 season was nothing short of expected.

Roy Halladay needed only 88 pitches and seven innings of work to officially win over the hearts of the fans. He allowed only a run in seven innings off of six hits, two walks, and nine strike outs. Polanco wasn’t to be out-done in his return to Philly as he went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI’s.

“I’m OK. I feel good,” Polanco said. “This is a career high for me in RBIs. You can’t beat that. I know how hard the game is. You try to stay humble, because the game can turn around at any time.”

The Phillies fell early in the first inning, 1-0, when Nyjer Morgan led off with an infield single, stole second, and scored on a double by Ryan Zimmerman. After getting a couple hits in the second, Doc settled down to blow through the Nationals line up.

Ryan Howard gave the Phillies the lead with his two-run homer in the fourth after Chase Utley walked. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez followed with hits, Shane Victorino drove in Werth to make it 3-1, Halladay scored Ibanez on an infield single to make it 4-1 and Jimmy Rollins drove in another to make it 5-1. This inning chased Nationals starter John Lannan.

The Phillies added two more in the sixth and Polanco’s grand slam in the seventh capped the scoring.

Howard was 2-for6 with a pair of RBI’s and Rollins added a couple hits. Howard’s homer was his 223rd of his career and tied him with Greg Luzinski for fifth in the Phillies all-time homer list.

Halladay just saw this as another day to get back to business.

“I felt pretty comfortable early on,” Halladay said. “That just goes back to where your focus is. You try not to get too caught up in the outside things that are going on and where you are and who you’re playing for and try to focus on your game plan. Strangely, I felt very comfortable. I felt very normal.”

Doc was everything the Phillies fans expected him to be and things will only get better as the season picks up steam.

Boxscore.

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Me and Dan wound up tying on the Opening Day Prop Pool at three apiece.

John: (innings of Doc K, first RP, J-Roll’s first pitch

Dan: (innings of Doc K, first PH, J-Roll’s first pitch

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