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Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

The love/hate relationship the fans have with Ben Francisco turned to all love for one night.

Francisco, who found himself an almost permanent spot on the bench with Domonic Brown an everyday player, had the game-winning hit in the Phils 1-0 win Saturday night.

His hit was only the fourth hit for the Phils and the sixth on the night between the two teams. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, each team only had two hits. But a walk by Shane Victorino, a single by Brown and ground out by Brian Schneider moved the runners in scoring position.

With two down, Francisco pinch-hit for the pitcher, and grounded a ball between second and short to score Victorino easily and win the game.

Vance Worley pitched six innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and tallied four strike outs.

Only David Herndon allowed a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Juan Perez’s 1/3 in the 8th and Michael Stutes’ 9th cleaned up the game for the Phils.

A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso went seven innings of two-hit ball while walking three and striking out two.

NOTES – Before the game, the Phillies placed Roy Oswalt on the 15-day DL and called up right-hander Scott Mathieson. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider and optioned Dane Sardina to AA Reading.

WP: Stutes (3-0). LP: Fuentes (1-8).



Off Day: Mets take advantage of Phils bench

New York's Jose Reyes leads off the bottom of the 1st with a triple. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown enjoyed the day off while their back-ups took charge today.

Unfortunately, the only team taking charge was the New York Mets. Phillies starter Vance Worley couldn’t overcome an unfortunate 1st inning full of errors as the Mets went on to win, 9-5.

A misplay by Raul Ibanez and an error by Jimmy Rollins led to three unearned runs in a four-run 1st for the Mets. Jose Reyes led off with a triple that Ibanez didn’t read too well. He then scored on a force play the following hitter.

But after a pair of singles, Rollins poorly fielded a ball hit by Angel Pagan that scored Jason Bay to make it 2-0. The Mets added a couple more and Worley was quickly in a 4-0 hole.

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Schneider lands on the DL

Update: Brian Schneider has been placed on the 15 day DL. This may be an indication that Carlos Ruiz will be in Philadelphia tomorrow.

Original: Catcher Brian Schneider had to leave last night’s 5-3 win over the Marlins with what the Phillies are calling a strained left hamstring. He will be reevaluated during today’s off day in Atlanta.

“It’s not good,” Schneider said. “We’ll have to see how bad it is.”

Schneider is the second Phillies catcher to get injured, but with Carlos Ruiz expected to catch for Roy Oswalt in a rehab game at single-A Clearwater today, Chooch should return to the Phillies’ lineup by Friday when the Phillies open their series at Atlanta.

With Schneider expected to miss some time, this means Dane Sardinha will most likely stay with the club as the backup catcher.

Doc runs out of gas in 8th

Chris Coghlan drives in the winning run in the 8th inning. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Charlie Manuel tried to squeeze one more inning out of his starter but quite possibly at the cost of the game.

Starter Roy Halladay ran out of juice in the 8th and the Marlins capitalized, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Chris Coghlan was the hero of the night for Florida. He had a pair of hits, including the eventual game-winning single in the 8th inning off Doc.

Both Halladay and Marlins starter Josh Johnson were great in their starts. Halladay allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in an eight-inning complete game. Read more of this post

7th Heaven

Shades of last season were looming at Citizens Bank Park today.

With Roy Halladay dealing, the Mets held a 1-0 lead heading into the 7th. For sure it appeared the Phillies would have to life the right-hander with only 78 pitches under his belt.

But a big blast and some small ball scored two for the Phils and Halladay was able to finish the game, beating New York 2-1.

It was the 60th career complete game for Halladay. He allowed a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in the win. Halladay improved to 4-1 and lowered his ERA 2.14. Read more of this post

Phils DFA Zagurski, add third catcher

Ruben Amaro had commented the other day the Phils were going to add a third catcher in order to rest Carlos Ruiz’s back. In doing so, they desdignated left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski for assignment.

Taking his place on the 25 and 40-man roster is catcher Dane Sardinha. The 32-year-old catcher hit .205 (8-for-40) with the Phillies last season when Ruiz and back-up Brian Schneider shared separate stints on the DL.

Schneider will be making the starts and Sardinha’s presence is for emergency situations only. Once Ruiz is fully healthy, Sardinha will head back to Lehigh Valley where he’s currently hitting .105 (4-for-38).

Hamels roughed up

One thing I like about Spring Training is no matter how much you get pummeled, you’re going to pitch until you reach your spring max.

Cole Hamels got whacked around in his 6 2/3 innings of work but he was hitting his spots. Hamels struck out six and walked none wile surrendering six runs on nine hits, two of them homers, in the Phils 7-3 loss to Minnesota.

Hamels’ arm is strong and that’s all that matters at this point to the Phils.

On the offensive side of the ball, Luis Castillo tried to erase his first impression. Well, I don’t think he accomplished what he wanted, going 0-for-4 again and striking out twice. Castillo is on pace to not even be worthy of replacing Dom Brown offensively at this point.

On a positive note, Raul Ibanez had a double and bench player Ross Gload, who is quietly putting himself in the right field mix, went 2-for-3.

The Phils also got production from behind the plate as Carlos Ruiz had a pair of hits and Dan Sardhina had a two-run double.

2B: Ibanez (2), Sardinha (2).

WP: Blackburn (3-1). LP: Hamels (1-1).


Phils take Yanks in first GFL play

Dane Sardhina (remember him?) proved to be a hero in the Phillies first action against a major league team on Saturday. His two-run single in the top of the eighth gave the Phils the 5-4 come-back win over the Yankees.

Cole Hamels got the start, going two innings and allowing a run on one hit and one walk while striking out two. Bartolo Colon got the start for the Yankees.

Sardhina, Josh Barfield and Ross Glaod (who played the whole game), had two hits apiece. Newly acquired Brian Schlitter got the win.

2B: Orr, Sardhina.

WP: Schlitter (1-0). LP: Wordekemper (0-1). S: Grilli (1).


Grading the Phillies: Bench

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ben Francisco – C+: His lack of playing time came as a surprise to fans this year, especially when Raul Ibanez had some early-season struggles. He’s the type of player who needs every day at-bats to heat up. It will be interesting to see what happens next season if the Phils don’t sign Jays Werth or think Domonic Brown will be ready to start.

Ross Gload – B-: Gload had stretches of brilliance but also had some stretches of poor hitting. He became their go-to guy late in the season and in the playoffs when facing a right-handed reliever.

Brian Schneider – B-: His job was simple: be good enough to spell Carlos Ruiz or when Ruiz gets injured.

Mike Sweeney – B: Acquired in August, Sweeney became an immediate fan favorite and got some solid playing time when Ryan Howard was hurt.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Wilson Valdez – A-: Valdez stepped in beautifully when Jimmy Rollins was hurt for a majority of the season.

Other guys

Dom Brown – C+: He was making his making his major league debut so much wasn’t expected. Next year will be interesting. If he starts, expectations will be high. If he doesn’t, fans will wonder when he will be major league-ready.

Juan Castro – D: He didn’t last long so obviously his grade won’t be that good

Greg Dobbs – C-: There’s a reason why the Phillies let him go after the season. 2008 was more a fluke than what the Phils thought Dobbs was capable of.

Paul Hoover and Dane Sardhina – C-: These guys were bad replacements when Ruiz and Schneider were hurt.

Blast Off, Schneider

Phillies catcher Brian Schnieder hits a walk-off home run in the 12th inning against the Reds. (David Swanson, Philly Inquirer)

Brian Schneider’s return to the line up was going to be a much needed improvement over the hole that Dane Sardinha was in the line up. But he made his presence known when he sent a laser into the rightfield seats to lead off the 12th. Schneider’s walk off blast, his third homer of the season, led the Phillies to a 4-3 win over Cincinnati Thursday night.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well in his start against the Reds but wound up getting the no decision. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. He lost the no decision when Ryan Madson, making his first appearance in over two months, allowed the game tying run in the eighth. Brad Lidge then blew a save in the ninth. Nelson Figueroa pitched the last two innings to earn the win.

Schneider’s home run was gone as soon as it left the bat. The bullet rocketed into the rightfield bleachers to greet the joyous fans. This type of win was huge for a team in need of some sort of spark and Schneider provided it in a big way.

Shane Victorino, who called out the fans last night and deservedly so, had himself a big game. The centerfielder went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning. Wilson Valdez had himself a two-hit night. Victorino’s homer tied the game after Joey Votto hit a solo shot in the top of the first, his 22nd of the season.

With the game tied at 1 in the third, Victorino hit a ground ball that scored Jimmy Rollins on a missed catch by pitcher Johnny Cueto. Victorino was not credited with an RBI on the error. Then the Reds tied it up on a wacky play of their own in the eighth. Madson struck out Brandon Phillips but the ball got away from Schneider. Both Madson and Schneider went after the ball and Drew Stubbs, who was on second at the time, kept running and scored with no one covering the plate.

Valdez then led off the bottom half with a triple and later scored on a Jimmy Rollins sacrifice fly. But Lidge blew the save with a runner on third and two outs. He gave up the game tying double to former Phil Miguel Cairo. But Schneider’s blast three innings later made it all better.

3B: Valdez (2). HR: Victorino (14), Schneider (3).

WP: Figueroa (2-1). LP: J. Smith (2-2).



Former Phillies coach and a member of the Whiz Kids staff, Robert “Maje” McDonnell, died today in his Philadelphia home. He was 89. He was awarded the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award in 2002, is a member of the Villanova Sports Hall of Fame, and has been honored by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a fan favorite and a great person to those who knew him.