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There are two words that are usually associated with Aroldis Chapman. They are not walk-off win. They are game over.
But like every closer, Chapman is subject to mortality. The pitcher who usually dazzles with triple-digit speeds was very hittable, topping off at 98 mph on the afternoon. The 98 mph fastball that was Chapman’s fastest ran into the bat of Erik Kratz. Kratz had 11 career home runs entering the game. In his book already was another dangerous and well-established closer: Craig Kimbrel. Add Chapman to the list.
Kratz’ game-tying home run negated a baserunning blunder that appeared to cost the Phillies a chance to at the very least tie the game. After Kratz showed the heroics to tie the game, Freddy Galvis ended it with a blast of his own, giving the Phillies a dramatic 3-2 win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Ruben Amaro Jr. is absolutely right. The Phillies are in a great spot. If you’re having trouble comprehending, see Amaro’s reasoning.
“We’re in a great spot,” Amaro said. “We’ve played terrible. And we’re 3 1/2 games out.”
It’s a very true statement. The Phillies are a mediocre-at-best 19-22 on the season, can’t put together a winning streak of more than three games and have looking inferior to some teams – last time I’ll mention the Indians series, I promise – but are still within striking distance of the NL East lead.
Pretty impressive, all things considered.
There’s something about the top three in the rotation. There’s something about the Cleveland Indians. Whatever the reason, the Phillies just can’t play well on the days when Cole Hamels pitches. For whatever reason, the Indians have the Phillies’ number this year.
Hamels battled deep counts and a tight strike zone all day, managing one of his worst outings of the season. Even with that, the game was still close enough for the Phillies to rally back. But the bullpen failed the Phillies as well, never really stopping the bleeding.
In the end, the Indians posted their third rout of the Phillies on the season, winning the series finale on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 10-4 at Citizens Bank Park.
Cole Hamels has received exactly 10 runs of support in his last six starts. Up until his start in San Francisco a little over a week ago, so had Cliff Lee. Lee has received nine runs of support since. Perhaps it’s finally Hamels’ turn.
The Phillies (19-21) are coming off a strong 6-2 win over the Indians (21-17) led by Jonathan Pettibone and John Mayberry Jr. Pettibone has certainly looked like a fit in the rotation. He is 3-0. Hamels, the ace of the staff, is 1-5. Strange game, this baseball.
Hamels (1-5, 4.18 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Hamels lost his start against the D’Backs despite allowing two runs in six innings of work. Hamels did not face the Indians in 2012, but has faced them once in his career, allowing six runs in five innings in a 2007 start. Hamels is also a career 48-35 with a 3.26 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will face right-hander Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64 ERA). Kluber suffered the loss in his last start against the Tigers, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. Kluber is making his first appearance against the Phillies and in Citizens Bank Park. Since starting the season as a reliever, he is 1-2 as a start with two losses in May.
Game notes and lineups are available after the jump.
Jonathan Pettibone started the game for the Phillies on the mound and led the pitching. John Mayberry Jr. lifted the offense. Jonathan Papelbon closed the door.
The three Johns – or Jons – were the leaders on a night when everything seemed to click for the Phillies. They hit consistently once again, scattering 10 hits. They pitched well, led by Pettibone, despite having to use three pitchers in a crazy eighth inning. And finally, Papelbon finished the job again.
It all resulted in the completion of the Phillies’ second three-game winning streak of the season as they started their revenge on Ohio with a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies played the Cincinnati Reds from April 15 to April 17. They were swept in a three-game series. They played the Cleveland Indians on April 30 and May 1. They were embarrassingly swept.
The Phillies have five games this week. They host the Indians on Tuesday and Wednesday. They host the Reds this weekend. There was never a more perfect time to gain redemption.
Cliff Lee may have had the most puzzling season for a pitcher in recent memory in 2012. He simply couldn’t buy a win.
Cole Hamels can now sympathize.
The 1-4 pitcher fell to 1-5 after another solid performance on the mound went by the wayside as the Phillies suffered a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field.
After taking two of three games in San Francisco, the Phillies head to Arizona. The NL West is an absolute logjam with the top three teams separated by just a game.
The Phillies (16-19) will open a four-game series with the Diamondbacks (19-15) on Thursday night. The Phillies played one of their most complete series, even in losing the finale, against the Giants. An effort like that could put the Phillies on the cusp of returning to .500 for the first time this season.
Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels suffered the loss against the Marlins despite only allowing two runs on four hits in eight innings. Hamels faced the D’Backs once in 2012, going eight innings and allowing two runs on four hits in a 7-2 Phillies’ win. In his career against the D’Backs, Hamels is 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA. At Chase Field, Hamels is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
The Phillies will face left-hander Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.81 ERA). Corbin won his last start, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on five hits against the Padres. Corbin is making his first career start against the Phillies and 23rd career start. In his career at Chase Field, Corbin is 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA.
Game notes and lineups are available after the jump.
Over the 162 games in a season, there are plenty that will warrant a look back. Wednesday afternoon’s game will probably be one of those games.
For eight innings, it appeared to be one of those tough-luck games that would just be lost because the Phillies were simply beat on the mound. But in the ninth, they found new life.
Suddenly, the game was tied, going to extras and had the potential of being stolen. But the Phillies faltered in the 10th and finally dropped a game that appeared to be going the Giants’ way all along anyway, losing the series finale on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3, in 10 innings at AT&T Park.
Freddy Galvis singled two batters into the game. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that Galvis would reach again, this time on a walk.
Galvis represented the only two baserunners the Phillies had in eight innings. Jose Fernandez and the Marlins’ bullpen combined for a one-hit shutout, snapping the Phillies’ two-game winning streak with a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.