Phillies Week 8 in Review
- Updated: May 28, 2013
The Phillies ended a rough week with a loss to the Washington Nationals, and began the next with an ugly loss in Boston against the Red Sox. In their last 11 games at storied Fenway Park, the Phils are 2-9. Last night they managed just one run against Sox starter Alfredo Aceves, who had allowed 18 runs in 18 2/3 innings pitched this season.
The week started off on the right foot, even with a 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday night. Cole Hamels was strong yet again, striking out 10 and allowing two runs in six innings. His team, once again, could not support him. They scored one run on seven hits and Hamels’ record dropped to 1-7.
The next night they finally managed to win a game started by Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez. They netted five hits and a run against him, but would knock out 10 hits and six runs against the Miami bullpen. Tyler Cloyd turned in another solid outing since his call up, going seven strong innings and allowing just two runs.
In the series finale, Cliff Lee took center stage and dazzled the Marlins. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and struck out five. The Phillies were able to take another series from the Marlins. They didn’t score a lot, but their pitching provided enough consistency to make it stand up.
After an off day on Thursday, they traveled to Nationals Park to take on the second place Nats in a crucial division series battle.
Kyle Kendrick got the start Friday night, and after a rough start against the Red last Saturday, Kendrick was again hit hard. He gave up five runs in five innings, and also walked four. His ERA now stands at a respectable 3.29, but has risen in the last two weeks. The offense managed just six hits and two runs against Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmerman.
Saturday night it was another young gun, Jonathan Pettibone, on the hill for the Phils. He again turned in an admirable performance and kept his team in the game. He battled through six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and walked one.
He was in trouble a few times and gave a few one run leads back, but never allowed the Nationals to take the lead. Delmon Young and Domonic Brown each came through with 2 out hits in the eighth inning to put the Phils ahead for good to get the win.
Sunday it was Hamels again, trying desperately to get his second win of the season. As usual, he got no run support, but he was opposed by Nationals young stud Stephen Strasburg. The Phils only scored one run on five hits against Strasburg, and Hamels couldn’t make up for the offensive futility.
He was not helped by three errors in the field behind him, allowing five runs to the Nats, but only three of them were earned. He went 6 1/3 innings and scattered six hits and struck out six. His record is now an unbelievable 1-8 and his ERA sits at 4.43. That’s higher than it should be, but constantly having no runs to work with makes pitching arduous. It’s been a struggle for Hamels this season for that reason alone. It wears on his psyche, having to be near perfect every time out.
As mentioned earlier, the Phils lost last night on Memorial Day to the Red Sox. Cloyd made the start for the Phils and did not make it out of the third inning. The Sox battered him for nine hits and six runs before giving way to Michael Stutes in the bottom of the third. Cloyd’s record is now 1-1 and his ERA rose to 5.74.
A major struggle this past week has been the hitting of Michael Young. He is currently in an 0-22 slump, dropping his average down to .260 after being over .300 for the much of the year. In his last 10 games, Young is hitting .132 with five walks and one run batted in.
On the other hand, left fielder Domonic Brown has been the team’s most consistent hitter all season. He leads the team in home runs with 10 and runs batted in with 29. In his last 10 games he is hitting .282 with three homers and 10 RBIs.
Injuries have mounted in the last week for the Phils, as Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley both landed on the 15 day disabled list. Ruiz pulled a hamstring running the bases and Utley has a sore ribcage muscle. Ryan Howard has also been hampered by a sore knee, and just yesterday Ben Revere made a great catch at Fenway, but paid for it by running into an unpadded area of the wall. He would remain in the game however, but said after the game that he’s sore.
Freddy Galvis has seen majority of the time at second base and his glove is enough to warrant that. He’ll get his hits.
Erik Kratz will get the bulk of the catching duty, and the team did recall Humberto Quintero from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to provide depth.
The Phillies have three more games against the Red Sox this week, splitting the four games between Boston and Philadelphia. They remain where they’ve been all year, close to .500 and unable to get above it.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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