Halladay, bullpen lose game despite 13 runs from offense

Three runs per game is usually not enough to win consistently.  Yet the Phillies have won just less than half of their games this year averaging about three runs per game.  Roy Halladay’s starts should not end up being losses, but now the Phillies have just a .500 record when he starts games.  But even more importantly, when a team scores 13 runs in a game, there is absolutely no reason that they should lose.  Unfortunately for the Phillies, after 11 innings, the Braves had 15 runs and as much as 13 shouldn’t lose you a game, 15 should make a win even easier.  So despite their 13-run, 17-hit performance, the Phillies came away from the game empty-handed, unable to get a third straight win. Continue reading

Best of the Minors: April 2012

It’s a brand new season! Well, it’s a month into a brand new season, but still, early baseball is a really exciting time. So far the affiliates (aPhillyates?… nah) have gotten off to drastically different starts, from the 17-5 Reading Phillies to the 9-4 Lakewood Blueclaws. On every team, there have been some standout stars, and here are, at least what I think, are the best from each time in the first month of 2012.

Lehigh Valley

Cody Overbeck, 1B: the only qualifying hitter on the IronPigs hitting over .300 (he is currently at .313), Overbeck seemed to pop up in the highlights of every game in April. He leads the team in RBIs at 14 for the month, and is tied for the lead in doubles (6) and home runs (2). He is also the only position player with at least ten games played and zero errors in the field,   and his slugging percentage is the highest in Lehigh.

April Stats: .313 AVG in 24 games, 14 RBIs, .458 slugging

Jake Diekman, Relief: Diek has been dominant out of the bullpen so far, allowing just one earned run in the month of April. In 11 innings of work, he has struck out 17 while only walking three, and has picked up three saves. I’m starting to see what Rich Dubee likes about this kid.

April Stats: 0-0 in 9 games, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA. 17 Ks

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Phillies split series, find success scoring early

Nothing has been more frustrating this baseball season than watching the Phillies go six,seven, or even sometimes eight innings without a run and wasting a great outing from Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, or even Vance Worley.  It’s painstaking to watch a team put up consistent zeros in the runs column, especially when that team has been a serious World Series contender for about five years now.  So when the Phillies came up to bat in the first inning and quickly put four runs on the board, it was hard for even the most doubtful of fans to keep a smile off of their faces.  From that point on, Vance Worley was strong, the Phillies defense was solid and just less than three hours later,  the Phillies had salvaged a four-game series with the Cubs. Continue reading

Minor League Boxscores 4/23/2012

A little something to take your mind off of how awful the Phillies are. No jump today as only two games took place

Triple-A: Buffalo 5, IronPigs 1

New addition Mike Fortenot had a double, Cody Overbeck had the lone RBI. The PigPen did alright, except Phillippe Aumont shaky, 39 pitch 1.1 innings of work that included two walks and a wild pitch. Dom Brown went 1-4, his average on the year is .262.

Hi-A: Clearwater 8, Brevard 7 (f/12)

What a game offensively! Anthony Hewitt had a three run homerun, his first of the year, Edgar Duran contributed two RBIs on a second inning triple, his only hit of the game. Jim Murphy brought in Peter Lavin on a single in the bottom of the twelfth for the walkoff win. Perci Garner started for the Threshers, going 3.2 and allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks.