Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Battle scars

Cole Hamels leads the Philadelphia Phillies into Miami and Milwaukee.  Can he initiate the push to go higher in the standings for good?




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Magic Juan Pokes A Walk-Off Infield Hit In The 11th



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-7 Triumph In 11

The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance
The PenthousePete Orr

Chase Utley

Dom Brown
Chooch Ruiz
* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening
The WorkhouseHome SP* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning
The Leather Warehouse1B Darin RufMade A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsHome RF

The Defense
Takes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th
House CallRyan Howard
Tyler Cloyd
Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm



Chase Gets The Call For His 1st-Inning 2-RBI Triple






7 For The Road:


If you are still interested in the red pinstripes, you are receiving 7 more weeks of solid baseball. Since the break, this squad has taken 6 of 9 series, going 4-3 against contenders. They lost to a then-hot San Francisco team and Atlanta twice–1 a sweep. The Braves have had their number this year after the last 2 campaigns that ended with a thud at the Chop Shop.

Erik Kratz Plants A 3-Run Tater Into The Flower Beds In The 8th

The club travels to face the Fish and the Brewers for 7 matchups, where the later innings have the challenge of compromised bullpens. Heath Bell has been a one-season hammer that has been nailed after inking a big deal in party town. Currently, the locals have the best relief corps of the three organizations, and the offense recently has been potent in the ending frames. Prior to their selling posture, Miami took Carlos Lee off the generous hands of the ‘Stros, and he was available 18 days hence. Hanley Ramirez has joined Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton near Hollywood, while Anibal Sanchez is now in the Motor City. While Hunter Pence went to the Giants, Omar Infante is now a Tiger and Randy Choate is a Dodger.

Mini Mart Falls Backwards To Snare The Bullet, Spins Around, But Saves A Run In The 1st

The hometown 9 have a interesting schedule when they return to Philly with battles against the Reds, the Nats and the Mets before a series at the Ted. Ten contests are against also-rans out of the next 17, while these first 7 can be a nice springboard to pause a few playoff hopefuls. Plus, the Phils are 5-1 against out-of-it competition in the 2nd half. These players have waited most of the tour to be healthy, play dynamic baseball, and taste consistent victory. I don’t believe that Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Doc Halladay, Hamels and most of the others know how to finish the string by going through the motions. I think you’ll see just that in the next 7 games. They are relaxed, and their talent can surface without the burden of the have-to-win hype.


King Cole Delivers More Domination In The 8th Of His CG, SO 5-Hitter At The Bank On August 7 Against The Braves






Cole Hamels:


He is 6-3 with a 3.43 away ERA, which is 0.68 lower at the Bank.  Against the Fish in 3 outings (1 at home) during the first half, his ledger read:  0-3, 5.21 ERA, 19 innings, 22 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 7 free passes (2 intentional) and 22 punch outs.  However, this is his first look at them after the trading deadline.


3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

Nathan Eovaldi Loads Up On August 8 At New York




Nathan Eovaldi:


He is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA as a Marlin. He had lasted 7 frames during late May in his 1st of 13 attempts with 4 clunkers. Against the Phils in Los Angeles around mid-July, his line was: 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 87 misfired bullets.




Over The TopExcellent
3-Quarter SidearmGood
SidearmAbove Average
Short Arm Approximately Average
SubmarineBelow Average



Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.


Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation


Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th of 15 Categories



DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 2 Ticks UP


ER - R- H
1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64
2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53
3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity
4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster
5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected
6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+
7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured
8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also




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