The Phillies Win in a Throwback

The Phillies Win in a Throwback

Cole Hamels was a throwback to May, the last time he picked up a win, or held a team to fewer than four runs in an outing. John Mayberry was a throwback to the second half of last year, slamming his fourth dinger over the last five games. Jimmy Rollins was a throwback to... well he was just a throwback, period.

J-Roll reached base on all four plate appearances, scored three runs, and made several sound plays at shortstop in leading the Phils to a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Hamels surrendered a quick run in the first, but save for a slight hiccup in the sixth, he otherwise quieted Colorado bats. It was Cole's 10th win of the season, and a performance the Phillies had to be relieved to see. Between injuries, bad luck, and flat out disappointment, their rotation has been front in center in the mess that is this season for the past month or so.

Meanwhile, Mayberry was 2-for-4, and is teasing another hot streak -- he's 8 for his last 19 (.421), with four runs and 10 RBI. Rollins was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Carlos Ruiz also brought the thunder with a 2-for-4 night, knocking in two of his three RBI on a line drive that left the yard like a bolt of lightning. Chooch raised his season average to .358.

To be fair, the Rockies might not win another game all year. They've dropped to 25-41 for the season, and as we mentioned in Inside the Standings, their pitching staff owns the worst ERA in baseball. Plus, what we learned on Tuesday night is they just began experimenting with a screwy four-man rotation, where the starter is relieved after 75 pitches or so no matter what. Honestly, I haven't figured out what this attempts to remedy, because it's not like that bullpen has been much better.

But I digress. This is an awful club in town, with their best hitter out of the lineup no less. Nothing to get too excited about here.

Yet the turnaround has to start somewhere, if it's to happen at all, and kicking off a 12-game homestand with a win feels as good a place as any. Even some of us looking at the glass half empty are waiting for the Phillies to pull the rip-cord and take off, because it's sort of what we've come to expect in recent years.

Still, for being a "bad" team right now, the Fightins don't seem to have too much trouble beating up on other inferior squads, raising their record to 15-7 against sub-.500 teams in 2012.

Watch: Eagles fan wearing Donald Trump mask gets roll thrown at him

Watch: Eagles fan wearing Donald Trump mask gets roll thrown at him

Philadelphia sports fans have a storied history of throwing things.

They threw snowballs at Santa Claus back in 1968 and bracelets onto the ice at the Wells Fargo Center during a Flyers home playoff game last April.

On Sunday, one fan took that long-standing reputation to new heights.

At a tailgate outside the Linc leading up to the Eagles-Steelers game, a dancing Birds fan wearing a Donald Trump mask had an Amoroso roll thrown at his face.

(h/t Deadspin)

Instant Replay: Mets 17, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Mets 17, Phillies 0

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NEW YORK — This time, there was no lead for the Phillies’ bullpen to blow.

Sunday, the Mets tagged five Phillies relievers for 14 runs in a 17-0 demolition and won the four-game series. 

The Phillies only recorded three hits against Robert Gsellman, a rookie righthanded starter who stands to play a large role in the Mets’ injury-ravaged rotation down the stretch.

The Mets — for now — regained control of the first wild card spot in the NL. They had entered Sunday tied in the standings with the Giants. The Giants’ game against the Padres had no score when the Mets’ game concluded. The Cardinals sit a half-game back of both teams. Their game against the Cubs does not begin until 8:08 p.m.

The Phillies fell to 70-86.

Players from the Mets and Phillies both poured out of the dugouts for a pregame moment of silence in honor of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who died early Sunday morning in a boating accident at 24 years old.

Starting pitching report
Jake Thompson showed life on his changeup, a pitch he has struggled to wield effectively since his August arrival in the majors. He ran into trouble in the second inning when he surrendered a double to Jay Bruce on a middle-in fastball and a single to T.J. Rivera, but escaped with only one run in damage after inducing James Loney into an easy double play.

He nearly imploded in the fourth, surrendering a solo homer to Curtis Granderson to lead off the inning and then walking Jose Reyes with the bases loaded and two out to force in a run. Thompson elicited a popout to left from Asdrubal Cabrera to end the bases-loaded scenario, but that was the end of his afternoon.

Gsellman erased the rough memories of his first major league start, a 5-1 defeat to the Phillies at Citi Field on Aug. 28 in which he surrendered four runs on five hits and was pulled in the seventh inning.

He struck out eight batters in seven shutout innings. Gsellman only ran into trouble in the first inning when he faced a runners-on-the-corners, two-out situation in the top of the first. He promptly got Ryan Howard to ground out to first base.

Gsellman even managed to reach base with a bunt single in the third despite not being able to swing a bat because of a labrum tear in his non-throwing shoulder.

Bullpen report
Phil Klein made his first appearance since being called up for the second time on Sept. 10. He had been dealing with elbow soreness. Klein retired just one batter in the fifth and surrendered two runs on two walks, two singles and a pitch that hit Rene Rivera in the left hand. He departed with the bases still loaded.

Colton Murray entered to clean up the mess in the fifth and allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch. He added a scoreless sixth but loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and got pulled.

Frank Herrmann inherited the bases-loaded situation and promptly walked the first batter he faced, Jose Reyes, to force in a run. It was all downhill from there, as Asdrubal Cabrera took him deep to right for a grand slam.

Patrick Schuster gave up four runs in the eighth on a Jose Reyes double with the bases loaded and a two-run single by Eric Campbell.

Luis Garcia allowed two runners to score in the eighth on a Michael Conforto double, one of which was assigned to Schuster.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez’s 29-game streak of reaching base safely came to an end.

Freddy Galvis was the only Phillies player to advance past second base, singling in the first and then advancing on a wild pitch and steal of third. He was stranded by Howard’s grandout.

In the field
Hernandez and Freddy Galvis turned a 4-6-3 double play in the second inning in a runners-on-the-corners, no out situation.

Health check
Tyler Goeddel did not play as he recuperates from his concussion. Relievers Luis Garcia and Severino Gonzalez were unavailable last night because of ankle issues. Garcia pitched the end of the eighth in mop-up duty.

Up next
The Phillies will have a day off before they start their final homestand of the season against the Braves on Tuesday. Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.75 ERA) will start for the Phillies. He has a 1.75 ERA against Atlanta in four starts against them this season.

The Braves’ scheduled starter has yet to be determined and their game against the Marlins scheduled for Sunday was cancelled once news emerged of Fernandez’s death.

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