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Infante Homers Twice As New-Look Fish Beat Phils

A frustrated Hunter Pence takes his helmet off after popping out to end the 1st inning. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

No Giancarlo Stanton? No problem says Miami, who found their power source elsewhere Monday afternoon.

Spoiling the home opener for the Phillies, Miami went into Philadelphia without their most dangerous hitter against one of the division’s premier aces and dominated.

It was Omar Infante who was the unlikely power source in the Marlins 6-2 win.

Infante hit two solo home runs off starter Cole Hamels and reliever Joe Savery, his second and third dingers of the season. Austin Kearns, who was playing in place of Stanton, also homered late in the game off Jonathan Papelbon, who was pitching in relief to get some work in.

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Longball powers Phils past Fish

Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins celebrate after Howard's two-run homer in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

For one night, Cole Hamels knew what it was like to get run support.

For one night, the Phillies knew what it was like to absolutely explode with the long ball.

For one night, the fans could relax and enjoy a game without the worry of a come back or close game.

Tonight was that one night, as the Phils exploded with five home runs to beat the Marlins, 9-1, and gain a game in the division on both Florida and Atlanta, who lost as well.

The Phils won their fourth straight game and improved to a three-game lead on the Braves and a distant eight-game lead on the Marlins, who were knocked into fourth place.

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Series Preview: vs Florida Marlins

PHI: 40-26, 1st in NL East; FLA: 32-32, 3rd in NL East

When: June 14-16
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hames (8-2, 2.58) vs Chris Volstad (2-6, 5.51)
Wednesday 1: Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.47) vs Elih Villanueava (0-0, -.–)
Wednesday 2: Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39) vs Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06)
Thursday: Cliff Lee (6-5, 3.41) vs Javier Vazquez (3-6, 7.09)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday 1, 1:05, CSN
Wednesday 2, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Blanton’s First Victory

Placido Polanco slides safley into home after Ross Gload's RBI single in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

It’s baby steps for Joe Blanton.

In his return from the disabled list, Blanton allowed three runs in the first two innings. He settled down as he scattered eight hits over five innings along with two strikeouts and two walks as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4, Monday night.

Blanton also forced four double play balls in his five innings, an inkling of the keep-it-down approach taught in high school.

Jimmy Rollins started the first of a three-game series against the Marlins with a lead-off homer making it his 36th career lead-off homer. However, that would be the only run the Phillies scored in the first inning after Howard gets caught up at home plate.

The Marlins struck back in the bottom of the 1st when Gaby Sanchez doubled to center field scoring Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez giving them a 2-1 lead over the Phils.

Blanton then gave up a walk to Stanton, but the inning would end with the former Phillie Greg Dobbs hitting a liner to Howard who tossed to second to start a double play.

The Marlins were able to tack on another run when Coghlan hit an RBI single to score Omar Infante taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. Read more of this post

Series Preview: at Florida Marlins

PHI: 22-11, 1st in NL East; FLA: 20-13, 2nd in NL East

When: May 9-11
Where: Pick-A-Name Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92) vs. Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) vs. Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.68)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) vs Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs. Florida Marlins

PHI: 9-3, 1st in NL East; FLA: 7-5, 2nd in NL East

When: April 15-17
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers (UPDATED 4/16)
Friday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) vs. Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64)
Saturday: PPD

Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN

Saturday, 7:05, TCN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchLF Logan Morrison: LoMo is building himself a nice legacy among the Philadelphia fans of Twitter (@LoMoMarlins) – and he’s on a division rival!

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison joked a few times on Twitter that he would be striking out a lot to the Phils rotation. Well if thats the case, well be seeing a lot more of this picture in the next three days. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

But his popularity among our fans isn’t the only reason to watch him play in his first trip to CBP this season. Morrison is an incredibly talented ball player. Batting .304 with a team-high three homers and nine RBIs, Morrison is an all-around threat at the plate. His .913 OPS is another indication of that.

Morrison is another one of the handful of young players the Marlins have currently on their roster. It makes for an incredible under rated offense. If they can put together a decent rotation and strong bull pen, they would be a serious threat. But if the past is any indication, LoMo could be traded or sign elsewhere, and the fans in Philly hope it’s there.

Overview: The Marlins are in second place in the NL East, currently two games behind the Phils. Florida is always off to a very good start but taper off as the season’s grind kicks in.

They are loaded with young talent such as outfielders Morrison, Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan and first baseman Gabby Sanchez.

But Florida also has arguably the best player in baseball: Hanley Ramirez. He is the total package when it comes to a ball player: bat, speed and an excellent glove and arm. In 84 games in his career against the Phillies, he’s batting .295 with 28 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 32 RBIs. He’s also stolen 20/24 bases.

The pitching match-ups favor the Phillies incredible seeing as Florida has no one going with an ERA below 5.59. Josh Johnson, who started the other day, will not pitch this series against the Phils. Joe Blanton will look to have his first quality start of the season on Sunday, hopefully correcting his “poor mechanics” he claimed to be the problem.

The Marlins have the capability of giving the Phillies trouble all

Series Preview: Marlins

PHI: 78-59, 2nd in NL East
FLA: 66-69, 3rd in NL East
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Monday 1: Vance Worley (0-0, 0.00) vs. Adalberto Mendez (0-0, -.–)
Monday 2: Roy Oswalt (10-13, 3.01) vs. Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.14)
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.25) vs. Chris Volstad (9-9, 4.82)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.18) vs. Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.60)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05: CSN
Monday, 7:05: CSN/MLBN
Tuesday, 7:05: CSN
Wednesday, 7:05: CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Gabby Sanchez: He clotheslines players like The Rock but hits the ball really well. The first baseman is the Marlins most coveted prize right now. Playing in his first full season, the front-runner for Rookie of the Year is hitting .286 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. When he isn’t decking Nyjer Morgan, he could be a very dangerous player to watch out for.

Series Overview: The Phillies lead the season series 7-4. The two teams will engage in a four-game series that includes a double header on Monday. Florida is having fun playing spoiler as they hold the best record against the division at 31-26.

The Phils are exactly where they want to be during this series. They only trail the Braves by one game in the division and they are playing a weak Marlins team at home where they are 44-27 on the season. Florida is 34-33 on the road.

Both the Marlins and Phillies are throwing untested rookies into the fire during the first game of Monday’s double header. Vance Worley pitched a few relief innings for the Phils earlier this season but Marlins starter Adalberto Mendez is making his first 2010 appearance against one of the best offenses in the league.

The Monday nighter will feature Anibal Sanchez and Roy Oswalt, two of the teams best pitchers. It will be an important battle as neither team will want to drop the first two games of the series.

Tuesday’s heavyweight battle will be between the 6’8″, 230 pound Chris Volstad and the 6’3″, 244 pound Joe Blanton. One likes to eat burgers and the other likes to eat sucker punches.

Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phillies on Wednesday as he looks to extend his scoreless innings streak.

Phils Triumph In High-Scoring Affair

Usually when an opposing team has scored at least eight runs on the Phillies, it was a wrap. But that wasn’t the case Tuesday night as the Phillies beat Florida 10-8 to snap a two-game skid and hopefully a span of low-scoring efforts.

Pitching was not a factor at all in this game for either team, who used a combined 10 pitchers. Brad Lidge was a little rocky in the ninth inning but got himself the save, his third on the year and second after return from his second trip on the DL.

Raul Ibanez had a four-hit game, driving in two runs. Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino both homered and Chase Utley had two hits.Gaby Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez each homered for the Fish, who jumped out to an early 4-0 and then 6-3 lead before the Phillies surged back.

But the big hit came from Ben Francisco in the eight with the Phillies trailing 8-7. Francisco lined a two-out single into left field that scored two to give the Phillies a 9-8 lead. They tacked on one more in the inning.

The night also featured a tailgate before and after the game with myself along with Dan MacNeal of Liberty Bell Sports, a few people from another blog, and a few other friends.

HR: Howard (10), Victorino (10).

WP: Contreras (3-2). LP: Hensley (1-3). S: Lidge (3).


Pen Nearly Collapses; Doc 3-0

David Herndon knows the chance of him getting sent to the minors once Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, and Brad Lidge get healthy is very high. He didn’t do a good job of helping keep a lasting impression as he got smoked in the ninth inning but the Phillies held on to win 8-6 over Florida on Friday.

Roy Halladay (3-0) was excellent once again as he breezed through eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out four. His ERA shot up to a 1.13, terrible numbers indeed.

After Herndon’s poor showing, Ryan Madson came in to close out the game, earning his third save on the year in as many chances.

The offense showed up once again as they were led by Chase Utley’s 2-for-3 game with a homer. Utley has been on a tear this season with six homers in 10 games. Placido Polanco also homered in the game, Jayson Werth hit a pair of doubles, and Juan Castro continued to fill in nicely for Jimmy Rollins with three RBIs.

Infield hits and the inability to get ahead in counts is what did in Herndon. Dan Uggla and Cody Ross hit a pair of singles. After a ground out advanced both runners, Brett Carroll drove in Uggla on an infield single. Then Gabby Sanchez hit a deep flyball to center that drove in a run. Florida added a couple more weak runs before Madson sealed the game up.

Doubles: Werth 2 (6). HR: Polanco (2), Utley (6).

WP: Halladay (3-0). LP: Sanchez (0-1).