Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!

Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!

According to Tom Fornelli
, the Phillies shouldn't even show up today in Arizona.

If I were a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, I'd probably just skip
the trip to Chase Field and go straight to the airport to catch my
flight to San Francisco. I mean, Brandon Webb is starting for the Diamondbacks this afternoon, so you already know you're going to lose, why waste your time?

Yeah, the Phillies should just go hit the links today instead, right? Wait just a minute. Mr. Fornelli later contradicts himself a bit.

He hasn't been that good against the Phillies in his career, though, as
even though he has a respectable 3.99 ERA against them, he's 2-3 in
eight career starts.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Phillies should show up.

It's Friday (Thursday), we ain't got no job (today) and we ain't got shit to do (except imbibe and watch baseball), so we may provide you with a Phillies live blog today.

Follow along with us on our tangential ramblings of the Phillies game today. First pitch at 3:40. Brett Myers will take the mound and try to prove he hasn't lost his stuff just yet for the Phils.


Harry and Wheels are on Comcast while is running the Arizona Fox Sportsnet broadcast. Jimmy Rollins won't be in the line up today but could make his return to the ball club tomorrow in San Fran.

Pat Burrell gets the day off. So what.

Top 1st:

Victorino leads off with an infield single. And he didn't even flinch when he ran by the bag. Tough Hawaiian.

Wheels is talking about the "beautiful natural air" flowing into the ball park with the roof opened up. Love that stuff.

Bruntlet grounds out but advances Shane.

Utley is 5-11 lifetime off Webb with a HR Shane moves to third on a passed ball.

Chase Utley hits a deep fly to center, Vic tags. 1-0 Phils

Ryan Howard strikes out, of course, to end the inning. But hell, I'll take a run per inning off Webb anytime. Nice to get to him early.

Bot 1st

Sorry, we got distracted reading about Comcast's venture into wireless Internet. Also, we did not see any signs that Clare was asking about.

Myers has not given up a HR yet but gave up his first hit to Ojeda.

Uh. Sorry. Brett Myers gives up his major league leading 12th home run. 2-1 Arizona

Brett Myers steals my will to blog. Geoff Jenkins made a nice play to end the inning, but damn it, Myers gave the lead right back to 'Zona.

Top 2nd

My buddy Scott's possible explanation of Myers: He's trying to take some of the heat off of Howard leading the lead in Ks.

Ground out, ground out, ground out. Inning over.

Bot 2nd

Myers doesn't look very sharp. Shocking! Gives up a single to start the inning. Synder follows that up with another single. Myers must not have done his tossing today.

DOUBLE PLAY! woo! Nice play by E-Brunt

I would like to be a major leaguer if for no other reason than to get to hang on the dugout fence and watch the game. That's a killer view.

Down goes Webb. Myers bounces back after two hits to get out of the inning unscathed.

Top 3

Tom McCarthy -- reporting live! -- tells us that BWebb was an average pitcher before he learned his sinker and later a nice change. On The DL did a podcast with TMac last night.

Another 1,2,3 inning for Webb. Vic almost slapped an infield single but they nailed him on a nice fielding effort.

Bot 3

Sorry, was reading about a man who shot a 66 on one hole of golf.

Two quick outs for Brett. and a nice K to end the inning. Myers is so Jekyll and Hyde.

Top 4

Also, more on Marvin Harrison. Did anyone hear Eskin bashing blogs yesterday? Man, that guy is worse than Buzz Bissinger.

Bruntlet gets on and Utley pops out.

E-Brunt puts on his wheels and steals second. Ryan Howard will not hit a HR.

My reverse psychology did not work. Howard grounds out and moves Bruntlet over to third.

Jenkins can't get anything done and pops out to short. This game is boring.

Bot 4th

Myers avoids the middle of the plate and walks Upton to start the inning.

Back to back walks and now men on first and second. This could be trouble.

Getting dicey. On a chopper to short, Bruntlet couldn't handle it and bases are juiced.

And there it goes. With bases juiced Myers gives up a 2 run double to Chris Synder. Where, oh where, did Brett Myers we all knew and loved go? 4-1 Dbacks with no outs.

I don't even know what happened on a ball hit to Dobbs, off his glove, to Bruntlett who had no play on it? 5-1 Dbacks. Damnit this is getting ugly quick.

ASDJASDJSDO!@#J!@#!@ crikey.  Bruntlet makes a nice play and flips to Utley at second but Chase didn't handle it properly and didn't even get one out.

Fly out to center gets in another. 6-1 Dbacks, 2 outs.  And a pop up to end the horrid inning. Ugh.

Top 5th

Phils can't catch a break as Dobbs is robbed of a single by a tremendous play at third.

Later in the Game

I got back just in time to see Howard get a hit! I swear he did. I didn't dream it.

Also, sixers of Newcastle for those curious.

Phils aren't getting anything, we're going on a beer run. Be back in a few.

Flyers beat Hurricanes with offensive explosion, bounce-back game for Ivan Provorov

Flyers beat Hurricanes with offensive explosion, bounce-back game for Ivan Provorov


You know it’s a good night when seven players are plus-2.
When your rookies have strong bounce-back games.
When Jakub Voracek scores his first two goals of the season.
And when Matt Read, ladies and gentleman, climbs atop the NHL leader board with five goals.
All of which unfolded Saturday night as the Flyers snapped a three-game losing skid and earned their first home victory, 6-3, over the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center (see Instant Replay).
“It was pretty solid and the goals we let in there were our own mistakes,” said Steve Mason, who picked up his first win in four games with 27 saves.
“We need to clean that up but when it came down to third period we needed to lock it up, it was a pretty good test, there.”
There’s still work to be done. Things like bearing down on the faceoff and open men in the high slot where Mason again twice faced tee shots without support.
Yet the good outweighs all that. The Flyers again rallied, this time from a two-goal deficit, to score four times in the second period to take over the game.
Few players could be happier than 19-year-old rookie Ivan Provorov.
The Russian defenseman has had a tough week on both sides of the puck. He set up two goals and almost three with a flip pass to Read for a breakaway chance that led to a Flyers power play that ended with Wayne Simmonds’ tipping one home to put the game out of reach late at 5-3
“I felt comfortable from the first shift and built on that,” Provorov said. “It helps when the whole team plays a great game.”
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol changed his partner to Brandon Manning but didn’t think that impacted much on the kid’s offensive performance.
“He played a good hockey game,” Hakstol said. “There were a lot of questions coming in how he handled things. We all felt inside our locker room that he has handled things well through some ups and downs.
“He was a solid player tonight. Sometimes, a little change for the sake of change is a good thing.”
Although they weren’t setting the net afire, the Flyers did have a better start to the game. Carolina is a speed team which forces you to match their pace and the Flyers responded in kind.
Carolina scored twice off coverage gaffes in the opening three minutes of the second period before Brandon Manning, surprisingly the club’s best defenseman thus far, went forehand/backhand on Eddie Lack for a clutch goal that gave the Flyers life.
Couple minutes later, Provorov set up Voracek, then Read with excellent point drives to turn the deficit into a 3-2 lead.
“It happens in games – you fall behind,” Provorov said. “All you have to do is stick with it. That’s what we did.”
Voracek now has seven points which leads the Flyers in scoring. He promised a bounce-back season after last year’s disappointment.
“He’s been pretty consistent right from camp all the way through,” Hakstol said.  “Tonight was one of his better 60-minute performances. He played at a high level, start to finish.”
Meanwhile, Read was impressed with how Provorov responded after consecutive minus efforts. You can’t underestimate the importance of getting point shots through to generate goal scoring.
“He’s such a smart, heads-up player out there,” Read said. “He had a minus in Chicago, a couple bad bounces, things happened and he had a tough game.
“I still think every game, for a 19-year-old defenseman, making plays the way he is playing, it’s fun to watch out there. He keeps playing like this, he is gonna be a good D in this league for a long time.”

Instant Replay: Flyers 6, Hurricanes 3

Instant Replay: Flyers 6, Hurricanes 3


A four-goal outburst in the second period enabled the Flyers to overcome a two-goal deficit en route to a 6-3 victory Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The win – first at home this season -- snapped a three-game losing skid.
Matt Read scored his fifth goal in as many games which ties him for the NHL goal lead while four other players had two points.
Defensemen Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere both had strong rebound games after struggling earlier this week.
Wayne Simmonds gave goalie Steve Mason some breathing room late in the third period with a power play goal to make it 5-3.
Notable goals
Jakub Voracek’s first goal of the season: a redirect in the paint off  Provorov’s point drive to make it 2-2 in the second period. He had a goal late, as well.
Goalie report
Mason needs to get some help in front. It’s not all on the defense, either. The forwards are being slack in coming back up ice. Too much room in the slot for guys to tee it up on Mason.
Power play
More entry problems and not enough quality shots on Eddie Lack at the outset. Read’s goal late in the second period off a Provorov drive came one second after a power play ended and it gave the Flyers their first lead at 3-2. Provorov had a very strong game, springing Read for a breakaway in the third period that resulted in a power play (tripping) leading to Simmonds' goal. The Flyers were 1 of 4 on the man advantage overall.
Penalty kill
Despite traffic in front, Carolina’s Justin Faulk found all net with a point shot on the Canes' carryover power play in the second period.
Strange call
I can’t remember ever seeing a charging call at center ice. Almost always happens along the boards. Yet Konecny was given one on Joakim Nordstrom, who’s four inches taller. That aside, it was a clean shoulder hit. Konecny never made contact with the head.
Flyers again having trouble, losing 60 percent of them in the first period.
Radko Gudas (suspended) and Dale Weise (suspended); Scott Laughton (knee), Michael Del Zotto (knee), and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull).  
Up next
The Flyers will practice Sunday at Skate Zone, then travel immediately to Montreal for Monday’s game against the Canadiens.