Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Category Archives: Jon Jay

Pierre Legs Out Infield Single For 11th Inning Walk Off Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre celebrates beating out an infield single in the 11th inning that drove home Jimmy Rollins to win the game for the Phillies, 7-8, against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
WP – Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13)
LP – Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24)

PHILADELPHIA — “You can’t teach speed” was the call by Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

Juan Pierre used his speed to leg out an infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win. It capped a four unanswered runs as the Phillies overcame a 7-4 deficit created in the 8th.

Jon Jay’s two-run double broke the 4-4 tie in the 8th inning, and it was followed up by an RBI from Matt Carpenter to make it 7-4. But like most of the game, when the Cardinals did something, the Phillies repsonded.

It was Erik Kratz who hit a three-run homer to tie the game up, 7-7, eventually sending it to extra innings. That enabled Pierre’s walk-off infield single in the 11th to win the game for the Phillies.

Read more of this post


Westbrook Deals Phillies a Losing Hand

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)
LP – Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85)
SV – Jason Motte (26)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies manufactured an early first inning run, a good start for Cliff Lee.

In fact, Lee was dealing a spectacular outing against the Cards, having retired 12 straight batters through innings 2-5. But one swing from Matt Holliday changed that in the 6th and it was all Jake Westbrook and St. Louis needed in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Lee was absolutely on his best stuff through the first five innings. It changed in the blink of an eye, though.

Jon Jay led off the 6th with a single and Allen Craig followed it up with a double to put runners on second and third. Holliday then took Lee’s 1-2 fastball deep for a three-run homer to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Westbrook coasted the rest of the way with the lead, shutting the Phillies down through 7 2/3 innings. He gave up only one run, an RBI on a Ryan Howard ground out, on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

2B: Frandsen (1).


Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 22-23, 5th in NL East; STL: 25-19, 1st in NL Central

When: May 24-27
Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) vs Jake Westbrook (4-3, 2.41)
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) vs Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) vs Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.55)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) vs Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:15, PHL 17
Friday, 8:15, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 2:15, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

Read more of this post

Francisco’s heroics put Cardinals on brink of elimination

Phils pinch-hitter Ben Francisco hits a three-run home run in the 7th inning. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Phillies put their right-handed outfielder into tonight’s line up in hopes to solve Jaime Garcia.

Except, that right-handed outfield wasn’t John Mayberry Jr., who was 0-for-3 through the first seven innings. Instead, it was little used Ben Francisco that came through in a big way against the Cardinals soft-throwing lefty.

Prior to the 7th, Garcia had allowed only three hits and a walk in six shut out innings. Things looked glum for the Phillies offense, who were giving Garcia short at-bats and preserving his chances at an eight or nine-inning outing.

Cole Hamels bought the Phillies as much time as possible. Though he lasted only six innings, throwing a grueling 118 pitches, not a single runner crossed the plate as Hamels surrendered only fives hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Unfortunately for Garcia, that bought time caught up to him.

After Garcia walked Carlos Ruiz to take his chances on the pinch-hitter, he was forced to pay dearly for the mistake. An 89-MPH fastball was left over the plate for Francisco, who blasted the pitch into the left field bull pen to give the Phils a 3-0 lead.

Read more of this post

Cardinals show resilience; take Game 2

Cardinals RF Allen Craig triples to lead off the 7th. He scored on Albert Pujols' base hit, representing the winning run. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Perhaps, Cliff Lee was left in a bit too long.

The 7th inning aside, Lee was slowly losing his early lead due to being overly comfortable. And as resilient as they showed in the final month of the regular season, the Cards chipped away, stealing Game 2 from the Phillies with a 5-4 win.

The Phils started out with a 4-0 lead after two innings but through the course of the game, the Cardinals slowly erased the deficit until the 7th inning with the game tied 4-4.

Charle Manuel arguably left in Lee too long, who allowed 10 hits and threw 101 pitches through the first six innings. He gave up a lead-off triple to Allen Craig. Albert Pujols drove him in on a base hit to make it a 5-4 Cardinals lead. After a Lance Berkman single, Lee’s night was done.

Read more of this post

Cards jump on Oswalt early; win easy

Phils starter Roy Oswalt recieves a new ball after allowing a solo home run to Jon Jay in the 1st. Oswalt allowed four runs in two innings. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis and Roy Oswalt know each other way too well.

And this time, the Cards were all too familiar with the Phils right-hander, too much to the liking of Oswalt as they hit him up early en route to a 12-2 win Thursday night.

Oswalt’s night ended more abruptly than usual. He left after two innings, allowing four runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one. He said he was feeling discomfort in his back and that was all we would see of Oswalt.

The Cards jumped on him in the 1st when Jon Jay hit a solo home run. They tacked on three more in the 2nd with RBI singles and that was all she wrote for Oswalt.

The Phils made it a 5-1 game in the 6th when Ryan Howard hit an RBI single but that was the end of any interesting baseball for the Phils. St. Louis tacked on one in the bottom of the 6th to make it 6-1 and then doubled their run total off Danys Baez in the 8th.

2B: Gload (1) HR: Ruiz (3)

WP: Carpenter (2-7) LP: Oswalt (4-6)


Berkman walks-off Phils

Lance Berkman slides into home safely, avoiding Dane Sardinha's lazy tag in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The end was inevitable as it unfolded before our eyes.

Danys Baez loaded the bases and got one out in the bottom of the 9th before being replaced by J.C. Romero. But with Lance Berkman’s RBI single, the Cards pulled off the two-game sweep with a 2-1 win.

The loss extended the Phillies’ losing streak to four games. In their 16 losses this season, they have scored three or fewer runs in 14 games.

There were a lot of encouraging signs for Roy Oswalt, who made his first start since April 26. He was on a strict leash, getting yanked after five innings and 76 pitches. He allowed only one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

Oswalt only drew four swinging-and-miss strikes. But I think that was more of a testament on location and movement rather than velocity, the big concern heading into the game. His fastball was hitting 92-94 MPH, an encouraging sign. Read more of this post