Placido Polanco tied it up for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Shane Victorino delivered the death blow in the 4-3 comeback victory. These were not swing-for-the-fences homeruns from the locals, but hit-it-hard knocks that landed on the other side of the wall.
The pitching held The Brewers down, and the offense produced enough punch to win by a 1-run margin. The first 2 lineup holes drove in all 4 runs, and not the other way around. The ‘pen kept Milwaukee off the scoreboard after a blue-collar endeavor from Cliff Lee.
For newer visitors place your pointer on MLB at the top of the page until the six divisions drop down, hover over NL East, and click Philadelphia Phillies to view Polly’s homerun in the eighth, if you are so inclined.
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The Sum Of Its Parts:
The club is the whole of the puzzle with individual pieces fitting perfectly, and that is the 2011 Phillies. Yesterday was a solid example. The number one maneuvered around his lack of ace stuff, and Kyle Kendrick filled the normally porous seventh with 3 outs. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras lowered the hammer on any rally hopes. The sluggish sticks bounced back to life with a game-tying poke from Polly, and an over-the-centerfield-seats swat by Vic. Wilson Valdez snatched a no-man’s-land threat with an over-the-shoulder catch, which made up for an earlier miscue.
Roy Oswalt Vs. Mat Latos
Oswalt is healed from his middle-back tightness, and could have thrown another frame in that adventure. He has required 89, 90 and 88 darts respectively, but in his last appearance his arm was ready for 105-110. The mild climate, the big yard and the lineup minus their big bopper will favor a big night from Little Roy. Latos is in the adjustment phase of his progress, which means teams have studied his tendencies. Most of the young western staff was figured out in last summer’s second half, but after 2 months on others. Latos is their stud but he can have emotional blow-ups, which is his biggest flaw. That said, you can expect a competitor who will not go down easily.
Oswalt was strong last time out for 6 plus, managing 4 hits, 2 both-earned runs and 1 walk to 6 fanned. He has authored 18 complete, navigating around 15 hits, 6 runs (5 earned) and 4 free tickets to 14 out on strikes. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. He fired 6 total in his second turn, negotiating through 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 2 BB to 2 K’s. In his first start he hurled 6 full, permitting 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs and 1 base on balls to 6 whiffs.
Game 1: RHP Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50 ERA) vs. RHP Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84 ERA) on Late Thursday Night
Latos is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA for 12.1 innings, giving up 8 hits, 8 all-earned runs and 4 walked to 13 strikeouts. His last outing was 6.1 frames, and he survived 4 hits, 5 all-earned runs and 2 passed to 6 retired on strikes. He opened the year with 6 total, allowing 4 hits, 3 all-earned runs and 2 BB to 7 K’ed.
Upcoming Away Precaps:
Game 2: LHP Cole Hamels vs. LHP Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50 ERA) on Late Friday Night
Game 3: RHP Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.27 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27 ERA) on Saturday Night
Game 4: RHP Doc Halladay (2-1, 2.83 ERA) vs. TBA on Late Sunday Afternoon
The Apocalyptic Horsemen:
Lee provided a workman-like effort for 6 complete on 93 bullets, curbing The Brew Crew to 8 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) and 1 walk with 1 punch out. His pitches were up on occasion, he didn’t have his dominate zing, but he gutted out the matinee performance with guile. He had a seventh inning in the tank, but the deficit was wiped out after he was pinch-hit for.
|Total||7||3||3.35||7.0+||7 of 14||2||1||3 of 3|
|Halladay||2||1||2.83||7.0+||3 of 04||1||0||1 of 1|
|Lee||2||1||3.91||7.0+||2 of 04||1||1||0 of 0|
|Oswalt||2||0||2.50||6.1+||0 of 03||0||0||1 of 1|
|Hamels||1||1||4.32||7.0+||2 of 03||0||0||1 of 1|
I am doing a game-day 2011 ERA For The NL East, and 2011 ERA For The MLB 5. They are on my page ( Tal Venada ) and I would bookmark it, if you intend to return for any games between 17 through 162. The MLB 5 features the best or most interesting rotations: The Phillies, The Giants, The Red Sox, The Dodgers and The Brewers.