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Phillies Demolish Strasburg, Nationals On Deadline Day

Phillies 8, Nationals 0
WP – Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73)
LP – Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12)

WASHINGTON — On the day the Phillies sent two of their starting outfielders to the NL West, the offense showed up against the 1st place Nats.

A shell of the Phillies beat up Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee shutout the Nationals in an 8-0 romp.

The Phils tagged Strasburg for six runs, knocking him out of the game after four innings. Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run homer to start things off in the second, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead.

Juan Pierre, who had three hits hitting in the two hole, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error in the 3rd inning to make it 3-0.

In the 4th, Lee hit an RBI single to make it 4-0. The pitcher then stole second base before scoring on Jimmy Rollins’ two-run inside-the-parker off Strasburg to make it 6-0.

Lee went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out seven to drop his ERA to 3.73. It was only his second win of the season.

2B: Ruiz (28), Mayberry (14). HR: Frandsen (1), Rollins (10).



Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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Poor Umpiring Costs Phillies In 7th

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake over balls and strikes in the 1st inning. Manuel was ejected. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

The game never should have gone 11 innings because it should have been over after nine.

An embarrassing display of umpiring in the 7th inning cost the Phillies an important fourth run. Instead, they wound up losing 4-3 in 11 innings, and dropping the first of a three-game series to Washington.

The Phillies were robbed twice in the same at-bat of an insurance run in the 7th inning while maintaining a 3-2 lead after the Nats added another run in the 5th.

With one out and Shane Victorino on second, Carlos Ruiz ripped a base hit over the third base bag. But because umpire Joe West was sick, the officiating crew was short one man and home plate umpire Rob Drake ruled it a foul ball.

Later in Ruiz’s at-bat, Victorino attempted to steal third but was called out despite the replays showed he was safe. Ruiz then roped a liner into right field that would have scored Victorino.

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Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 13-13, 4th in NL East; WAS: 16-9, 1st in NL East

When: May 4-6
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) vs Stephen Strasberg (2-0, 1.13)
Saturday: Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78) vs Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 1.89)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, TCN
Saturday, 1:05, CSN
Sunday, 8:05, ESPN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Washington manager Johnson would take Nats top 3 over Doc, Lee, Hamels

Washington is really trying hard to create a rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies.

First they begin rounding up former members of the 2008 World Series team. Then they start a campaign to take back their ballpark but blocking ticket sales to people outside the D.C. area.

Now, manager Davey Johnson says that he would take his trio of Stephen Strasberg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman over the Phillies three aces.

“Their top three versus our top three, stuff-wise, we match up as good,” Johnson told the Post.

We’ll give him Strasberg, the next big pitching phenomenon in baseball. Gonzalez is grossly overrated and Zimmerman doesn’t even have a full season under his Major League belt.

Yes, those three compare to three Cy Youngs, a pair of playoff MVPs, a perfect game and a no-hitter.

Lee, like he usually does, shrugs his shoulders at any mention of the Nationals plans.

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The Other Side of KK

Yes, it’s a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story with Kyle Kendrick. The right-hander had one of his bad turns, getting shelled by a lowly Nationals team in an 8-1 loss.

Kendrick was ugly, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched on nine hits and four walks while striking out two. He was wild and inefficient, the exact opposite of the young phenom on the mound against him.

Speaking of Stephen Strasburg, he had to leave the game early after making the Phillies look silly. Strasburg felt a pop in his elbow in the fifth inning. He had allowed only a run on two hits through 4 1/3 until he left. The news after the game was grim for the 21-year-old as his season is over.

The Phillies totaled only four hits with the lone run coming from an RBI single by Ryan Howard in the fourth. Three of the four hits were doubles.

Jayson Werth took the day off but if he had started, it would have been only the eighth time all season the projected starting eight would have been intact.

Luckily for the Phillies, both Atlanta and San Francisco lost today, allowing them to not sustain any damage in the division and wild card races.

2B: Polanco (22), Francisco (12), Rollins (12).

WP: Slaten (3-1). LP: Kendrick (8-6).


Halladay Shuts Out Nationals

Roy Halladay is a candidate for the Cy Young award for a reason.  Philadelphia hasn’t seen a stud pitcher like this in a quite a long time.  Halladay only needed one run of support to defeat the Washington Nationals 1-0 tonight.

Halladay pitched seven solid innings giving up no runs on eight hits with four walks and one strikeout.  He got off to a rocky start in the first inning when he loaded up the bases with one out.  Halladay was able to strand the runners with a double play thanks to Roger Bernadina.  Halladay left a one run game to the bullpen where Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge held the lead.

The Phillies offense certainly wasn’t on fire tonight.  They only registered four hits, all coming off Nationals starter Jason Marquis.  Their only run came in the third inning.  Chase Utley and Jayson Werth worked two-out walks off Marquis.  Raul Ibanez  then hit an RBI double that kicked off the glove of Adam Dunn.  It was one of the Phillies only scoring opportunities on the night and it proved to be the only run they would need.

The Phillies stayed two and a half games behind the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the Chicago Cubs earlier today.  The Phillies send Kyle Kendrick to the mound on Saturday against young phenom Stephen Strasburg.  Kendrick has been pitching well lately, going 3-1 in his last five starts.  The Phillies are getting their first look at the young Strasburg and this offense should be able to string more hits together than they did tonight.

2B: Werth (41)  Ibanez (24)

WP: Halladay (16-8) LP: Marquis (0-6)  S: Lidge (17).


Series Preview: Nationals

Phillies (56-46, 2nd in NL East) at Washington Nationals (44-58, 5th in NL East)

Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Oswalt (6-12, 3.42) vs. Craig Stammen (2-4, 5.50)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.85) vs. Ross Detwiler* (0-1, 0.00)
Sunday: Cole Hamels* (7-7, 3.48) vs. TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05: CSN
Saturday, 7:05: CSN
Sunday, 1:35: MyPHL17
All Games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Raul Ibanez: .458 (11-for-24), 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB. He is also on an 8-game hitting streak.

Player to Watch – Roy Oswalt: This isn’t usually a segment for Phillies players but this is Oswalt’s debut as a Phillie and he is the player to watch. It also doesn’t help that the Nats have no one worth watching. Oswalt is 6-12 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. He’s a top-of-the-rotation pitcher on any team and will give the Phillies the depth they need in their rotation. Another Phillies Roy (Halladay) made his debut in Washington as well, breezing through the Nats order. Oswalt is a competitor so expect big things from him to start the series.

Series Overview: The Phillies lead the season series 4-2… The Phils are going into Washington on a complete tear, winning eight straight to put themselves in prime position to retake first in the division. The Nats took two-of-three from Atlanta to help the Phils but now stand in their way… The Phillies have been awful on the road (22-28) while Washington has been much better at home (27-22)… The Phillies are still rolling and with no Adam Dunn or Stephen Strasburg in the line up/rotation for Washington this weekend, things are lined up for a third-straight sweep.

Phillies Send Three to ASG

By John Russo

The fans have once again given their biased opinion on this year’s All-Star Game. There were many question marks on this year’s squads like in the past, including one of our very own. Chase Utley was the only starter voted in by fans, who obviously picked by name and not by most deserving. Thankfully with Utley’s unfortunate injury, Martin Prado of Atlanta will start for the second baseman, who has been voted every year since 2006.

Ryan Howard was voted to his second straight and third overall All-Star Game as one of manager Charlie Manuel’s reserves. Roy Halladay was voted to his seventh game and third straight. Both of these players were well deserved selections. Jayson Werth, who put up some very good numbers, and certainly much better numbers than voted in starter Jason Heyward of Atlanta, was not picked for the team and is not one of the five players chosen for the final ballot.

Utley has had a disappointing and injury-laden season. The left-hander is batting only .277 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs, numbers that are significantly down from years past. Prado, who will start in place of Utley, is having a career year and is one of the reasons the Braves are in first place. He leads the NL with a .336 average with seven homers and 36 RBIs.

Howard is having himself a very nice start of the season in which he’s improved his average greatly despite still having inflated strike out numbers. The Big Piece isn’t hitting many long flies but he’s getting the ball in play and reaching base safely. He’s batting .296 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs.

Halladay, despite the 9-7 record, is proving why win totals are an over-rated stat. The Phillies ace has a remarkable 112/17 K/BB ratio in his 17 starts so far for the Phillies. His ERA is also at a nice 2.42. He’s pitched 130 innings with six complete games (three shut outs). He was also one of four no-hitters tossed this year, his being the second perfect game of the season on May 29 against the Marlins.

On a side note, here is Manuel’s thoughts on not choosing Stephen Starsburg for the Midsummer Classic:

“He got quite a bit of consideration,” Philadelphia’s Manuel told TBS during the selection show. “He is going be an All-Star for a long time. What does he have, five starts? I just felt there are other guys who have started 18 to 20 games. I just felt leave him alone and let him get used to the major league level.”

If I was Manuel, I would say, “What are you, freakin’ nuts?” and walk away. Simple, yet effective. Strasburg is not an All Star this year and anyone who thinks he is the same moron who undeservedly voted for Heyward, who cooled down drastically and should surrender his spot to a more deserving outfielder.

So with my ranting done, here are your 2010 All-Star squads:

AL starters
C: Joe Mauer, MIN
1B: Justin Morneau, MIN
2B: Robinson Cano, NYY
SS: Derek Jeter, NYY
3B: Evan Longoria, TB
OF: Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, SEA
OF: Carl Crawford, TB
DH: Vladimir Guerrero, TEX

AL Pitchers
David Price, TB
Clay Buchholz, BOS
Jon Lester, BOS
Phil Hughes, NYY
Cliff Lee, SEA
Neftali Feliz, TEX
Mariano Rivera, NYY
Jose Valverde, DET
Matt Thornton, CWS
Fausto Carmona, CLE
Joakim Soria, KC
Trevor Cahill, OAK
CC Sabathia, NYY

AL Reserves
3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS
C: Victor Martinez, BOS
3B: Adrian Beltre, BOS
DH: David Ortiz, BOS
SS: Elvis Andrus, TEX
OF: Vernon Well, TOR
OF: Jose Bautista, TOR
OF: Torii Hunter, LAA
2B: Ty Wigginton, BAL
3B: Alex Rodriguez, NYY

NL starters
C: Yadier Molina, STL
1B: Albert Pujols, STL
2B: Chase Utley, PHI
SS: Hanley Ramirez, FLA
3B: David Wright, NYM
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL
OF: Andre Ethier, LA
OF: Jason Heyward, ATL

NL Pitchers
Ubaldo Jimenez, COL
Roy Halladay, PHI
Josh Johnson, FLA
Tim Lincecum, SFG
Adam Wainwright, STL
Matt Capps, WAS
Brian Wilson, SFG
Jonathan Broxton, LAD
Chris Carpenter, STL
Yovani Gallardo, MIL
Tim Hudson, ATL
Evan Meek, PIT
Arthur Rhodes, CIN

NL Reserves
2B: Martin Prado, ATL
C: Brian McCann, ATL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, SD
SS: Jose Reyes, NYM (replacing Troy Tulowitzki, COL)
3B: Scott Rolen, CIN
OF: Corey Hart, MIL
OF: Matt Holliday, STL
OF: Marlon Byrd CHC
1B: Ryan Howard, PHI
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN (replacing Utley on the roster)
IF: Omar Infante, ATL
OF: Michael Bourn, HOU
OF: Chris Young, ARI

Series Preview: Reds

Phillies (40-33; 3rd in NL East) at Cincinnati Reds (42-34; 1st in NL Central)

Where: Great American Ball Park (Cincy, OH)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Mon: Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.71) vs. Johnny Cueto (7-2, 3.97)
Tues: Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.53) vs. Mike Leake (5-1, 2.92)
Wed: Roy Halladay (9-6, 2.29) vs. Aaron Harang (6-7, 5.07)

Mon: 7:10, CSN
Tues: 7:10, CSN
Wed: 12:35, CSN
*all games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Chase Utley: .360 (9-for-25), 4 R, 4 RBI.
Not: Phils are winners of 5-of-6 and 8-of-11, there isn’t anyone consistently struggling.

Player to Watch – Scott Rolen: He has been a phenomenal story this year. The former Phillies all star third baseman is enjoying a nice season after battling shoulder and back problems the past few years, preventing him from being the power-hitting gold glover he was in Philadelphia and on the world champion Cardinals. Rolen’s batting .300 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs. He’s also slugging his highest (.571) since 2004. Though it will be hard for me to root against him seeing as he’s a boy-hood idol of mine. Sorry Scotty but you’re the enemy for three days (though for other fans, he’s an enemy 365 days of the year).

Series Overview: The Phillies are rolling and are two games down to the Braves and Mets, considerable ground gained from over a week ago… Cincy is throwing out two of their better pitchers on the mound, including Mike Leake, a rookie phenom who is having the attention from him taken away by a certain Stephen Strasburg… Cincy is a lot stronger at home (25-18) while the Phillies are 50/50 on the road (18-17)… Phils won last year’s series 5-2… The Phillies are starting a seven-game road trip.