• May 19, 2022

Notes From The Phillies’ 4-2 Win Over Washington

cleebeastThe Philadelphia Phillies won their second straight game on Tuesday night, taking down the Nationals 4-2. Their record improves to 35-37.

  • Cliff Lee continued to pitch at a high level, allowing just two runs on five hits over eight innings. Lee earned his ninth win of the season, and lowered his ERA to 2.53.
  • The Phillies took the lead with a three-run rally in the sixth inning. Ben Revere began the inning with a single, and scored on a double from Michael Young. Jimmy Rollins singled and Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch to load the bases with none out, but it looked as though the team wouldn’t be able to do any more damage. Domonic Brown and Delmon Young both struck out, but Kevin Frandsen came through with a two-run single.
  • Michael Young finished with a three-hit game and scored two runs. Young has played pretty well since rejoining the team several weeks ago, and has bumped his average back up to .288.
  • Ryan Howard went 1-2 and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
  • A night after supplying the game-winning hit, Domonic Brown went 0-4 and left four men on base.
  • Carlos Ruiz returned to the lineup, and went 1-3 with a single.
  • Jonathan Papelbon bounced back from his blown save on Monday to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win for Lee.

Final Thoughts

The Phillies have gotten off to a great start in this series, having already taken two of three from the Nationals, and will now have a chance to sweep the series tomorrow night with Kyle Kendrick on the mound.

Cliff Lee has been the model of consistency and greatness for the team this year. In his 15 starts, Lee has only allowed more than three runs three times. He’s gone eight innings in six starts, and he’s gone at least seven in 13 of them. Every fifth day, he’s giving them a great (not just a good) chance to win. While Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay have left very little positive impact on the team this year, Lee has stepped his game up and is pitching as well as he ever has.

He’s the true ace of this team. And by the way, can we please stop talking about trading this guy? I understand that Lee’s value will never be higher than what it is right now, but the reality is that its very unlikely that the Phillies would get anywhere near the same value in return. Maybe if Lee had an expiring contract it would certainly be alright to entertain the idea of dealing him away, but he’s still at the top of his game and under the team’s control for the next couple years. If you trade him away, who do you have to replace him in the rotation with in the next couple of years? Not to mention Ruben Amaro hasn’t exactly done well selling off his veteran players. He’s already traded away Lee once, he’s traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, and what does he have to show for it? Three All-Stars traded away right there, and Tommy Joseph is the only guy the team netted in return who might have a big league future. The Phillies are much better off with Lee in their future than without him.

On another note, I like that Charlie Manuel has been giving Kevin Frandsen the nod over Freddy Galvis at second the last couple of days. Frandsen has swung the bat well and come up with some big hits throughout the season, and he’s earned some more playing time. Galvis has had a couple of big hits himself, but Frandsen brings much more consistency offensively. His two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the game today.


Denny Basens

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  • I’ve heard a lot of people talking about Ryan Sandburg being the manager in waiting but this guy has been absolutely brutal as a 3rd base coach I mean 1 of the worst I’ve ever saw. If he can’t coach 3rd how is he gonna manage?

  • For all of his critics, Charlie Manuel has by far the best second half season record over the past 5-6 years, in fact it’s not even close, that’s why Manuel is a great manager, he manages his players extremely well over a long season, watch how the upstarts falter, run out of gas but Charlie’s team will get stronger assuming they get healthy, phillies win the division

    • No doubt the Phils have played very well over the 2nd half of the Season the last few Years. The big Diffenrence is that the NL has more depth and there are more Teams in the mix…
      Look at the Cardinals,Reds & Pirates (all 12-15 Games above .500 so far) and then the West with Arizona,Colorado and even the Padres all playing very well and I assume the SF GIants will be there at the end
      The East is wide open for the Nationals have been more disappointing than the Phils thus far and the Braves are stuttering and playing .500 ball after their fast start and don’t have the Starting Pitching and issues with their Bullpen as well.. so if the Phils can get on a 2 Week Tear and win 10 of 13 games they are right in line for the Division ..
      Positive signs is that Howard,Young,Revere are all hitting pretty well..
      D Brown has cooled down some,but will still be improtant for the long Summer now with Ruiz back and hopefully Utley soon, they can get hot..
      Starting Pitching has still held up and Closer Papelbon has been $$$ all Season.. Need to get the 7th/8th Inning straightened out and between
      Stutes,Bastardo & Adams, they should be able to do so..

    • careful Jake or you will be labeled delusional! you should have counted them out after 25 games the way the no it alls on here did. Hey they have warts there is no doubt but if you watched the braves every night you would see their warts as well. It is going to be a long uphill haul but maybe its their turn to get hot at the right time

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