Phillies Weekly – Too Much Inconsistency

The Phillies started off the week right beating the Washington Nationals in the final game of their 3 game series on Sunday 1-0. The biggest factor in the win for the Phillies was pitcher Roberto Hernandez who turned in his best start of the year. Hernandez went 7 1/3 innings gave up 4 hits, walked 3 batters, and struck out 3. Jonathan Papelbon shut it down in the ninth inning recording his ninth save of the season in one inning of work. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 3 and scored the game’s only run. Chase Utley went 1 for 4 and the was the man who drove in  J-Roll for the game’s only RBI. Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez went 3 innings in an extended spring game and his fastball topped out at 95.

The Phillies got the favor returned to them by the Toronto Blue Jays as they were shutout 3-0. Carlos Ruiz had the best offensive game as he went 2 for 3 but other than that the Phillies were taken care of by the Blue Jay pitchers. Kyle Kendrick was very good in this start as he went 7 innings while giving up 7 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 3,and striking out 4. The Phillies comeback fell short as the Blue Jays 6-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday. Cole Hamels is not producing the way his contract says he should as he went 6 innings and gave 5 earned runs. Bastardo gave up the game winning run in the 10th inning. Cody Asche shined in this won as he went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI as he hit the game tying grand slam in the Phillies 5 run 6th inning.

The Phillies lost again to the Blue Jays in a beat down of 10-0 on Wednesday. Marlon Byrd was the only player for the Phillies that stood out offensively as he went 2 for 3. J-Roll played his first game since Sunday as he played designated hitter and Ryan Howard got the night off. Cliff Lee was working a very nice pitchers duel until it all blew up in the seventh. Lee went 6 1/3 innings up to that point and gave up 6 runs before getting the hook from Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies lost their fourth straight game to Blue Jays and overall as they fell 12-6 on Thursday. Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 5 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Ryan Howard produced in his return to the lineup as he went  1 for with 1 run scored and 2 RBI as he belted his 7th homer of the year. A.J. Burnett turned in a bad start as he went 6 innings and gave up 9 hits, 7 runs, and 6 earned runs.

The Phillies have moved up the June 28th game against the Atlanta Braves up an hour to scheduled the rained out April 15th game as a doubleheader. On Friday the Phillies outrighted 38 year old relief pitcher Shawn Camp to Triple-A and recalled Luis Garcia who had 0.00 ERA in Triple-A, The Phillies also sent down utility man Freddy Galvis to Triple-A as he was atrocious at the plate so far this season hitting .048 and shortstop Reid Brignac to replace Galvis’ spot on the big club. Fireballer Ken Giles was promoted to Triple-A and Shawn Camp elected free agency.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets picked up the win on Friday night 3-2 in 11 innings. Chase Utley shined in this one as he went 3 for 5 in the win. Dom Brown also shined as he 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Roberto Hernandez turned in another quality start as he went 5 innings and gave up 6 hits, 1 earned run, and walked 3 batters. The bullpen held up in this one as Mario Hollands picked up his first win of the year and Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 10th save. The Phillies picked their 2nd straight win overall and over the Mets with the score of 5-4 on Saturday. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the charge as they went for a combined 7 for 9 with 2 RBI and 1 homer. Kendrick struggled in 5 1/3 innings of work and gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, and walked 2 batters. Mike Adams picked up his 2nd win of the year and Papelbon recorded his 2nd straight and 10th save of the year.

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