• December 9, 2022

Notes From The Phillies’ 12-1 Win Over Chicago

MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia PhilliesThe Philadelphia Phillies won the final game of their series with the Chicago Cubs 12-1. Their record improves to 52-62.

  • Ethan Martin made his second career start, and earned his first career win. Martin pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks.
  • Charlie Manuel trotted out a different lineup today, batting Kevin Frandsen leadoff, and Carlos Ruiz second. Frandsen went 0-5, and Ruiz went 2-5 with an RBI.
  • Darin Ruf and Cody Asche supplied the major offensive power for the team today. Ruf went 2-4 with a walk, and launched a two-run homer with two outs in the third inning. Asche went 3-5 and hit his first career home run in the fourth. Asche also hit his second double.
  • Chase Utley went 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
  • Domonic Brown went 1-5 and drove in two more runs.
  • John McDonald came on as a replacement for Utley late in game, and hit a two-run homer of his own.
  • Even Michael Martinez got into the hitting act, going 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Zach Miner pitched two scoreless innings.
  • Recently called up left-handed reliever Caesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Raul Valdes mopped up in the ninth with a scoreless frame.

Final Thoughts

Maybe someone in the Phillies’ organization read my “Notes From” column last night. (Ha, yeah right)

After last night’s game, I complained that Darin Ruf should have been playing in the outfield and Cody Asche should be in at third base. I stated that pllaying Delmon Young in right or Michael Young at third was simply a waste of the team’s remaining games this season.

Today, the Phillies had the proper lineup on the field, and Ruf and Asche treated fans that were in attendance or watching this afternoon’s game to quite a show. The young players getting an opportunity to play and show us what they could do for the team next year is the only relevancy that the Phils have at this point in the year.

And now after praising the Phillies for making the correct decision regarding their lineup, its now time to berate them for another completely pointless roster move.

Today the Phillies claimed outfielder Casper Wells off of waivers. Wells has been well traveled this year, playing for four other organizations including Toronto, Seattle, Oakland, and the White Sox. He’s batting an impressive .155 for the year.

Why? I must ask, why are we wasting our time with Casper Wells? We already had a useless outfielder who couldn’t give the team any kind of production, his name was Laynce Nix. Heck, Wells could actually be a downgrade from Nix if you can believe that; Nix finished his time with the Phillies hitting .180, .025 points greater than Wells.

Ruben Amaro sure does have a thing for guys who hit below .200. He’s had Ezequiel Carrera (.077 during his time with the Phillies early in the year), John McDonald (.098), Laynce Nix (.180), Michael Martinez (.091 before today’s game), and now the illustrious Casper Wells who hits .155.

And somehow Nate Schierholtz wasn’t good enough in this organization’s eyes to stick around?

“Casper is someone that we’ve had our eye on since spring training,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He’s a versatile outfielder who adds depth to our club and can be a power threat off the bench.”
This is someone we’ve had our eye on since Spring Training? Come on Ruben, you’ve got to be kidding. This addition is absurd and shameful enough on paper without you adding ridiculous statements about what Wells could bring to the table.

Denny Basens

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August 8, 2013 10:31 pm

We suck now but we can all see there is some young talent here. If we sign Mccants maybe next year we can do something.

August 8, 2013 10:48 pm

Then again they really that kid joseph in the minors so they might not go after Mccants.

August 9, 2013 9:40 am

this team needs a lot more than just Ruf and Asche… these guys need to hit real MLB pitching consistently, not the Cubs garbage!

August 9, 2013 12:05 pm

True, but if Ruf continues to hit (.303 in 26 games which were not all against the Cubs) and Asche develops, then you have a nice young nucleus with Brown and Revere.

Pdiddy- It would be great to get McCann, but he is gonna get paid big time.

August 9, 2013 7:21 pm
Reply to  bugsyhawk

Exactly Bugs the young nucleus would be nice to go along with some vets. And if Howard freakin comes to play for a change that would be a big boost. Love Ryan but dam man he gotta get healthy and hit better.

August 9, 2013 1:28 pm

McCann is a nice player, but perpetually hurt. Any chance Franco can transition to SS? Than you’d be young in the OF & left side of the INF. I am encouraged with what I’ve seen from the young guys so far. Samardja as a pitcher isn’t chopped liver.

August 9, 2013 7:27 pm

My bad with the Mccants fellas, but I think he would be worth the risk. He’s an excellent player when healthy. Maybe sign Ruiz for something small, just to be his backup.