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Series Preview: Diamondbacks

Phillies (53-46, 2nd in NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-62, 5th in NL West)

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Tue: Rodrigo Lopez (5-9, 4.58) at Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.40)
Wed: Edwin Jackson (6-9, 5.01) at Roy Halladay (11-8, 2.28)
Thu: Joe Saunders (6-10, 4.62) at Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 4.60)

Tue: 7:05, CSN
Wed: 7:05, CSN
Thu: 7:05, CSN
All games on 1210 am

Hot (last 3) – Cole Hamels: 1-0, 0.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 BB, 16 K.
Not (last 7) – Wilson Valdez: .071 (1-for-14), 1 R, 2 RBI, 4 K.

Player to Watch – Mark Reynolds: He’s their horse despite striking out another ridiculous rate. I think the thing to watch with his is how many times he will go down on strikes. His 139 strike outs make Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard look like patient hitters. But Reynolds leads the team with 23 homers and second with 62 RBIs. He’s a free swinger and with the pitchers the Phils have on the mound, it should be fun to feel the breeze he’ll create on the hot days ahead.

Series Overview: The D’Backs lead the season series 2-1… The Phillies are riding a five-game winning streak and eight-game home winning streak. They came out of the four-straight four-game series’ with a 10-6 record… Arizona isn’t exactly a group of road warriors as they are 13-33 on the road and the Phillies are 31-18 at home… The Phillies are basically on a roll and can continue with two of their three best pitchers going against such a lowly Diamondbacks team.


Jimmy Rollins was hobbled after fouling a ball off his foot in the Phillies 5-4 win over Colorado. The X-rays for his right foot came back negative and all Rollins has is a bruised foot. We’ll find out tomorrow if he will be in the line up or not.


Pitching Non-Existent in Loss

Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez, or David Herndon: take your pick on who was the goat in the Phillies 8-6 loss to Arizona, ultimately losing the series in the desert. Kendrick lasted five innings in the no-decision, allowing five runs on eight hits, four walks, and striking out four.

Kendrick started pitching very well through the first four innings, holding a 3-0 lead. But in a matter of minutes, the game quickly turned into the Diamondbacks’ favor. Pitcher Rodrigo Lopez led off with a single and Kelly Johnson, who killed the Phillies all series, ripped a two-run homer to left field. It wasn’t over yet as Stephen Drew then tripled and Justin Upton walked. Mark Reynolds then hit a three-run bomb that gave Arizona the 5-3 lead.

The Phillies answered rather quickly in the top of the sixth. With Chase Utley on third, Jayson Werth hit a no-out sacrifice fly to score him to make it a 5-4 game. Raul Ibanez followed that up with a double that put runners on second and third. After a Wilson Valdez ground out, Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run single to give the Phillies the 6-5 lead.

But then Baez surrendered the lead in the seventh thanks to John Hester’s RBI double. Arizona then took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with two runs off of Drew Herndon.

The odd line up for the Phillies produced some offense. Ross Gload led-off and had a pair of hits. Greg Dobbs hit second and homered. Utley, Ryan Howard, Werth, and Ibanez made up the 3-through-6. Wilson Valdez got the start at short and had a pair of hits and a spectacular defensive game where he turned a double play and made a great throw at the plate. Ruiz had two hits as well.

Doubles: Ibanez (5). HR: Dobbs (1)

WP: Rosales (2-0). LP: Herndon (0-1). S: Qualls (4).


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)



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.

Series Preview: Diamondbacks

Phillies (10-5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (6-9)


Where: Chase Field

Pitching Probables
 Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.86) vs. Kris Benson (0-1, 3.00)
Sat: Nelson Gigueroa (1-1, 2.45) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-1, 5.65)
Sun: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.24) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.50)

Fri: 9:40, CSN
Sat: 8:10, MyPHL17
Sun: 4:10, MyPHL17

Hot (last 7 games) – Juan Castro: .423 (11-for-26), 2 R, 6 RBIs
Not (last 7 games) – Ryan Howard: .194 (6-for-31), 0 HR, 5 K, 1 BB

Player to watch: Stephen Drew. Though he isn’t the best player on the team, he’s been the best this year so far. Mark Reynolds is a threat to hit home runs but he strikes out. Josh Upton has had a shockingly terribly season thus far batting .186. Drew brings a few different tools to the D’backs. He’s a very solid fielder and a good hitter. Many think he can have a break-out season this year. He gets on base (.383 OBP) but the rest of his team doesn’t. Shutting him down will make for a very easy series.

Series overview: This should be a very easy series for the Phillies. The Diamonbacks aren’t offering any scary pitchers at all and the Phillies offense is still firing without Jimmy Rollins… Kendrick will look to make his second straight quality start on Sunday… Castro has been phenomenal for the Phillies in place of Rollins… Howard needs a good series. He hasn’t homered in 10 games (45 at-bats)… Phillies will sweep.

It’s All in the Cards

The red birds were left feeling blue after their little visit to Philly. After being swept by the Astros, the Cardinals came into this big series a little hungry. They even gained a big bat in Matt Holliday in a trade prior to the series. They also took command of game one, beating up JA Happ en route to an 8-1 victory. But that was it. The Cardinals awoke the angry beast known as the Phillies’ offense and they completely dominated the Cards to win the next two games.

Friday – Cardinals won 8-1: The Cardinals finally solved the young phenom, JA Happ. He was pitching well until the sixth inning, where he saw his last action, giving up five runs in six innings pitched. Holliday made his presence known with a four-hit night.

Saturday – Phillies won 14-6: When Jimmy Rollins hits, everyone hits. J-Roll went 2-5 with a grand slam and Shane Victorino had a four-hit night as Rodrigo Lopez pitched a solid outing to give the Phillies the boost they needed to right the ship that sunk the previous night.

Sunday – Phillies won 9-2: The Phillies powered their way to a big win with four homers coming from Rollins, Victorino, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez. Joe Blanton pitched a brilliant gem, going eight strong innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk.

Series MVP’s:
Shane Victorino: 8-13, 5 runs, double, homer, 3 RBI’s
Joe Blanton: 8 IP, 7 H, BB, 2 ER, 6 K
Ryan Howard: 6-12, 2 runs, 2 doubles, homer, 5 RBI’s

Next Series: Philadelphia Phillies (56-40, 29-15 on road) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56, 23-31 at home)

This should be a cake series as the Diamondbacks pretty much stink. This is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. Much like San Diego, the D’Backs have only one real bright spot in Josh Upton, who’s batting .296 with 18 homers. Mark Reynolds leads the team in homers with 26.

The Phillies are the best team on the road. The D’Backs are 14th in batting in the NL while the Phillies are 5th. As far as scoring, the Phillies own the top spot with Arizona at 6. Phillies are easily the better team. They should and will sweep.

Pitching Probables:
7/27: PHI: Moyer (9-7, 5.65), ARI: Garland (5-9, 4.41)
7/28: PHI: Hamels (6-5, 4.66), ARI: Haren (10-5, 2.14)
7/29: PHI: Happ (7-1, 2.97, ARI: Petit (0-5, 7.68)