Phillies College Night Gets Wild

Phillies College Night Gets Wild

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Things got out of hand on Wednesday night at the Phillies game and we're not just talking about Tom Gordon and Ryan Madson.  From the Inquirer.

The Phillies said yesterday they would look at ways to improve college
nights at Citizens Bank Park after Wednesday's first college night got
out of hand
.

Rowdy fans threw objects from the upper deck onto the field and fans
below. There were 31 ejections Wednesday, which is higher than normal.
There also were reports of fights.

"We're very pleased about the increased attendance and interest by the college fans," said Mike Stiles,
senior vice president for administration and operations. "But we have
to curtail college fans or anybody else who engages in misbehavior that
takes away from the rest of our fans' enjoyment of the game. And so
we're going to explore ways to do that, and we have to find the right
balance."

And an email from The 700 Level reader Andrew:

So I had the pleasure of going down to the
Phillies night home opener last evening. Yes it was a cold evening but
I wore a double layer of thermal underwear so I was warm.(too much
info) I took the subway and was shocked at the standing room crowd on
the train. McFadden's was packed with drunk shot guzzling college kids.
I saw floody, spoke with him and he told me they had a pre sale of
35,000. When we got to our great seats 8 rows behind the plate my eyes
could not stop checking out the right field upper deck or the left and
center field outfield seats. Fights galore, food fights, beer bottle
throwing fights, fist fights among rival colleges, kids puking in the
bathrooms and hallways.
In a word it was great theatre. When McCann
tied up the game Victorino was showered with beer bottles, hot dogs
tennis and golf balls, they had to stop and pick the debris up and make
an announcement not to throw stuff onto the field. Oh by the way our
bullpen stinks.

It's always sunny in Philadelphia.  Now what kind of reject brings tennis and golf balls to a Phillies game?  Did anyone else witness this?

And the Ladies take on the evening.

UPDATE: When a reader sends me an email this long, I have to pass it along.

I was in the right field upper deck for the opening night game and
dollar dog night.  There was a lot of "asshole" and "you suck" chants
to people wearing everything from braves jerseys, hot dog costumes,
and even a batman costume.  The person who got it worst was some guy
wearing a Giants jersey who was purposely drawing attention to that
fact: he was treated to the asshole chant, then some shoving, and it
got so bad he had to leave.  Unfortunately for him, as he was headed
for the steps he got beers poured on him by what seemed like that
entire section, along with some bottles and hot dogs.  It was like the
beginning of the Pistons-Pacers fight.  Despite the fact that he was
wearing a Giants jersey and acting like an idiot, it got out of hand.
Other than that, there were a few minor skirmishes but no punches
thrown that I saw.

I have to say security did a terrible job.  The hot dog throwing and
debris started from a few drunk kids early on, maybe even the fourth
inning, and security didn't do anything.  Once, security saw the
person who actually threw the hotdog, so one security guard who looked
like Tony Dungee went over to the person and said something to him,
but didn't kick him out.  Once everyone saw that security wasn't going
to take any action, things got progressively worse from there.  Thank
god ballparks use plastic bottles these days.  Security shouldn't be
lenient; if someone is going to throw something, they should not get a
warning.  In fact, the same guy who got the warning earlier was one of
the people that threw a bottle onto the field from the upper deck.

There was definitely a tennis ball thrown onto the field behind 1st
base.  Howard was nice enough to toss it underhand into the crowd.  I
didn't see any golf balls - I think people mistook the balled up tin
foil of the dollar dogs for golf balls.  That doesn't make it any
better unfortunately.  I felt bad for the ball girls who had to pick
up those de-bunned hot dogs.  Even worse, quality, or at least cheap,
hot dogs went to waste.

Obviously the ugliest part was when McCann hit the game tying homerun.
Evertyhing was thrown, even a few hats.  It was a discgrace. Security
can't allow them to conduct themselves like that.  I've noticed this
throwing bottles phenomenon at college basketball games in the past
few years too. I am proud to be a fan, but I am ashamed of a lot of
these college fans recently.

-Dan

P.S. When the game went to extra innings, I heard the first
E-A-G-L-E-S chant of the year.  That didn't take long.

Jake Thompson left searching for answers after latest rough start

Jake Thompson left searching for answers after latest rough start

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO — On the whole, the Phillies have made steady progress in their rebuild this season.

Cameron Rupp has improved. Maikel Franco has had a nice year. Odubel Herrera, even with his recent inconsistency, has had more ups than downs. Cesar Hernandez has been on a good roll. Freddy Galvis has 36 extra-base hits, and Tommy Joseph has opened eyes with his power. In the bullpen, Hector Neris and Edubray Ramos have shown that they just might be future studs.
 
For a good chunk of the season, the young starting pitching has shown promise, as well.
 
But lately, that corner of the team has taken some hits. Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin were both ruled out for the remainder of the season last week with elbow and knee injuries, respectively, and hard-throwing Vince Velasquez has been tagged for 19 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts.
 
Jake Thompson’s first four major-league starts haven’t exactly inspired confidence, either. The 22-year-old right-hander was hit hard in a 9-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night (see Instant Replay). He gave up eight hits, including five for extra bases, and seven runs as his ERA swelled to 9.78. Only Mike Maddux (9.98) in 1986 had a higher ERA for the Phillies in his first four big-league starts.
 
“I’m not used to this,” Thompson said after the defeat. “I feel certain that I’m a lot better than my performance has indicated.”
 
Few pitchers come to the big leagues and dazzle right away. There is a learning curve and occasionally growing pains. But no one expected Thompson to have this much trouble out of the chute, not after what he did in his final 11 starts at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
 
Thompson went 8-0 in those 11 starts and recorded a 1.21 ERA while allowing just 10 earned runs in 74 1/3 innings. He gave up just 52 hits and 18 walks over that span while striking out 42.
 
In four starts with the big club, he has given up 22 hits and 21 earned runs in 19 1/3 innings. He has walked 13 and struck out 13.
 
He was advertised as a control and command pitcher. He has yet to show that in the majors.
 
“A lot of it has to do with his age and, I think, the fact he’s in the big leagues for the first time trying to make a good impression,” manager Peter Mackanin said. “He probably feels like he needs to make perfect pitches every time. All he’s got to do is keep the ball down. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff. He relies on command and control and he hasn’t shown that. I attribute a lot of that to his youth and inexperience.”
 
So does Rupp, the catcher.
 
“How many guys do you see come to the big leagues at 22 years old and just flat out dominate every time they go out?” Rupp said. “Not very many. He's young. It was his first time in Triple A this year and he pitched really well and now he's got a chance in the big leagues. I'm sure he feels like there's pressure. When you come up and you pitch so well all year and then you finally get your opportunity, you want to impress. It puts a lot on you. And as a kid, you've got to be able to control it and it's tough. It's hard.

“Nobody wants to see anybody fail. It's hard to go through. It's something that's going to make him better when he does finally figure it out."
 
Two of the walks Thompson gave up Tuesday night became runs. He gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau in the fifth inning as the White Sox turned it into a rout.
 
“Just too many pitches up in the strike zone,” Mackanin said. “Everything he threw was thigh high, waist high. He couldn’t get the ball down. It’s as simple as that.”
 
Thompson concurred with his manager.
 
“The issue is pretty evident,” he said. “I'm not throwing strikes and when I am throwing strikes, they're not good strikes. It’s a frustrating thing because it's a relatively easy thing to do. I don't really have the answer right now to fix it.”
 
The game moves fast at the big-league level and confidence can become bruised quickly. Thompson said his confidence was unshaken. Still, Phillies officials have to be careful that this difficult baptism to the majors does not snowball and become something that adversely impacts Thompson's growth.
 
“It’s something that you’re concerned about and I’m concerned about,” Mackanin said.
 
Concerned enough that Thompson might not make his next start?
 
Mackanin said he expected Thompson to stay in the rotation, but added that he would speak with general manager Matt Klentak on the topic.
 
“I don’t want to see him keep getting beat up and keep struggling like this,” Mackanin said. “We’ll talk about it and see what Matt wants to do.”

Best of MLB: Royals shut out Marlins for 9th straight win

Best of MLB: Royals shut out Marlins for 9th straight win

MIAMI -- Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Ventura (9-9), who reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Royals starters have an ERA of 1.69 during the winning streak, Kansas City's longest since June 2014.

Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen's streak of 32 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 10. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

The Marlins had won three straight but were shut out despite totaling seven hits. They went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position (see full recap).

Nova, Pirates beat Astros to snap 4-game skid
PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees in an Aug. 1 trade.

It was the fourth complete game of the right-hander's seven-year career with the others coming in 2013.

His bid for his third career shutout ended when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve led off the ninth with consecutive doubles.

After the Pirates scored four runs in the first inning, Polanco hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Joe Musgrove and Tony Sipp to extend the lead to 6-0 and raise his season total to a team-high 19 homers (see full recap).

Gausman, Jones help Orioles roll over Nationals
BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings, Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for the Orioles, who won two straight over Washington to conclude a 3-5 homestand.

Baltimore is 34-24 against the Nationals in a rivalry that began in 2006. The series shifts 38 miles south to Nationals Park on Wednesday for the first of two games.

Gausman (5-10) walked two, struck out two and permitted only one runner past second base. He's 5-1 at home and 0-9 on the road.

The 25-year-old Gausman outpitched Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old making his fifth major league start. Lopez (2-2) yielded six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 2 2/3 rocky innings (see full recap).

Instant Replay: White Sox 9, Phillies 1

Instant Replay: White Sox 9, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO — Jake Thompson’s difficult big-league baptism continued in the Phillies’ 9-1 interleague loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
 
The rookie right-hander was tagged for seven runs in five innings. He allowed eight hits and walked four as his ERA in four starts since coming up from Triple A swelled to 9.78. Only Mike Maddux (9.98) in 1986 had a higher ERA for the Phillies in his first four big-league starts.
 
Offensively, the Phillies did little against White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon. They had just five hits for the game.
 
The Phillies have lost five of their last seven and are 58-68 on the season. They have been outscored 18-1 in their last two games.
 
Starting pitching report
Thompson, 22, has been a much different pitcher since coming to the majors than he was in his last 11 starts at Triple A Lehigh Valley. He went 8-0 in those 11 starts and recorded a 1.21 ERA while allowing just 10 earned runs in 74 1/3 innings. He gave up just 52 hits and 18 walks over that span while striking out 42.
 
In four starts with the big club, he has given up 22 hits and 21 earned runs in 19 1/3 innings. He has walked 13 and struck out 13.
 
Two of the four walks that Thompson gave up in this game became runs.
 
Five of the eight hits he allowed were for extra bases, including a pair of homers.
 
Rodon, 23, was the third pick in the 2014 draft, four ahead of Aaron Nola. The lefty held the Phillies to three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked one.
 
Bullpen report
David Hernandez was tagged for two runs.
 
At the plate
Freddy Galvis broke up the White Sox’s shutout bid with a solo homer off reliever Chris Beck in the seventh. Galvis has 13 homers.
 
Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back homers against Thompson in the fifth inning to help the Sox pull away.
 
Abreu has homered in three straight games.
 
Minor matters
Pitcher Alec Asher, who serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a PED, has begun a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with the Phillies’ Gulf Coast League team. Asher is expected to be activated by the big club during the second week of September and he could make several starts down the stretch as the club watches the workload of several pitchers.
 
Up next
The two-game series concludes on Wednesday night. Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) opposes right-hander James Shields (5-15, 5.98).