Cliff Lee throws a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits, as the Phils take the series from the Marlins, winning 3-0. The Marlins tried to score first in the bottom of the second as they loaded up the bases on a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, a walk by Justin Ruggiano, moving Ozuna up to second base, and Chris Coghlan being hit by the pitch, with nobody out. Phils’ starter Cliff Lee then got himself of the jam by first getting Nick Green to hit into a 5-2-3 doubleplay, with Erik Kratz touching home plate, forcing out Ozuna, for the inning’s first out, as Ruggiano moved up to third base, while Coghlan stopped at second base, before he ended the inning by getting Jeff Mathis to pop up to the second baseman Freddy Galvis. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with...Read more
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Cliff Lee throws a three-hit complete game shutout as he leads the Phils to a series victory over the fish, as the Phils beat the Marlins, 3-0.May 23, 2013 Read more
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A four-run outburst in the seventh inning lead the Phils to victory over the Marlins, defeating the fish 7-3. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Delmon Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the score at one-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Rob Brantley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Ryan Howard, who...Read more
It was a week for pitching gems. There may not have been a no-hitter or perfect game but a whole slew of guys came pretty darn close.
- Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller allowed a leadoff single on Friday, then retired the next 27 batters.
- The next day, his teammate Adam Wainwright pitched another complete game shutout, allowing just two hits
- Also on Friday, Red Sox Jon Lester pitched a one-hit shutout over the Blue Jays.
- Mets Matt Harvey pitched a one-hit shutout on Monday with 12 strikeouts and no walks and didn't even get a win for it (Mets won 1-0 in ten innings, Harvey pitched nine).
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A month is in the books so here is my early May Power Report. For each team I have a ranking and a few interesting stats/observations. Enjoy it, because it took a lot of work! (I do these once a month and prefer little movement. When some "expert" moves a team up 6 spots and then down 5 spots a week later, that says more about the "expert" than the team. That's why some teams with worse records have better rank than "surprise" teams I expect to dip soon.) 30. Astros. Lost 10 out of 11 and outscored by 24 runs the last two. The 198 runs they’ve allowed is 34 more than the next team. On pace for 41-121 record. They’ve also racked up an impressive 323 strikeouts, which will shatter the all time record. Philip Humber not only has the highest ERA but also the lowest run support; that’s how you go 0-7. There’s no question...Read more
As the Marlins hits two solo shots off of Cole Hamels, the Phils are one-hit by Marlins’ pitching, as they lose to the fish, 2-0. The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with one man out, Chris Valaika hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the fish a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils could get only one hit off of Marlins’ pitching before Steve Cishek collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth. Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on...Read more
As rookie Jonathan Pettibone win his second straight start, the Phils win their second straight game from the Marlins, 4-1. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo blast to right field, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the third as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the fourth...Read more
Behind the once again good pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phils’ bats once again come alive as they crush the listless Marlins, 7-2. The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Donovan Solano, who had just singled, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the game off with a walk, moved up to second base on Solano’s single, then stole third base, the 600th steal of his career, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right field, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils took...Read more
Last night may be one of the nuttiest baseball days I can ever remember! Here are the highlights: Rough day for relief pitchers... - Mets' Jeremy Hefner pitches 8.1 shutout innings, leaves leading 1-0 with a man on third. His reliever Brandon Lyon gives up a single for a run, then the Marlins walk-off with a wild pitch. - Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks also pitched a shutout into the ninth inning. After he was removed (after throwing just 88 pitches), J.J. Putz gave up a two-run homer to lose the game 2-1. So two starting pitchers were removed in the ninth inning leading 1-0 and both teams lost. - Poor Robin Ventura, all he needs is a reliever he can count on. He brought in a new White Sox pitcher for the sixth inning in a tie game. The pitcher walked a batter and was taken out. The new pitcher gave up a double to his only batter and was removed. The...Read more
If you saw my previous article written earlier today, you know that the Red Sox have the best record in baseball. After one month, the Red Sox, Royals and Pirates are all alone in first place, and after Colorado lost two to Arizona this weekend, the Rockies and Diamondbacks are now tied for the division lead. Take that for what it's worth, we've seen it before. With that in mind, here are some notes from the last week of this great baseball season. - As mentioned in my Red Sox article, Boston is 14-0 in games that Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Felix Doubront pitch. - Boston's schedule through May 30 includes 27 games against the Twins, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Rays and Phillies. - Red Sox hit 29 doubles in seven games last week (ten more than anyone else). - After a slow start, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-4 against the Cardinals, Reds, Braves and D-Backs. - The Pirates' pitching staff, statistically...Read more
The Phils are involved in a pair of pitchers’ dues, as they split their last two games with the Marlins while they go on to win their second straight series. On Saturday night, the Marlins broke up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Jose Fernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Adeiny Hechavarria, who had just tripled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ walk, would score on second baseman Donovan Solano’s throwing error as he tried to complete a double play, as Erik Kratz hits into...Read more