• March 24, 2023

Notes From The Phillies’ 4-3 Loss To Texas

papelbonfiveThe Philadelphia Phillies lost the final game of their series with the Rangers 4-3. Their record drops to 1-2.

  • Kyle Kendrick anchored the team with a solid start, tossing seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits and one walk.
  • Kendrick got into some early trouble in the first inning. He gave up two singles, and a throwing error by Domonic Brown put runners at second and third with none out. He managed to strikeout Prince Fielder, and then he, Cody Asche, and Carlos Ruiz were able to work together to get Shin Soo-Choo out at home on a ground ball by Adrian Beltre. Kendrick finished the frame by forcing Alex Rios to fly out.
  • Kendrick stayed out of trouble until the seventh inning, when he gave up a one-out triple to Mitch Mooreland who would come around to score two batters later.
  • Ryne Sandberg rolled out his third different lineup in as many days. Today, Sandberg hit Carlos Ruiz out of the two-hole, while starting Jayson Nix at short (Jimmy Rollins was on leave to be with his pregnant wife), played Ryan Howard as a DH while inserting John Mayberry at first, Domonic Brown returned to left, and Cody Asche was back in at third.
  • Sandberg’s new lineup enjoyed some early success in the first inning. Carlos Ruiz hit a one-out double, and then was driven in by Chase Utley with a single.
  • In the third inning, two batters after Carlos Ruiz worked a walk,  Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer, his first of the season.
  • Jayson Nix wasted a scoring opportunity in the second inning, grounding into an inning-ending double play.
  • Domonic Brown’s struggles continue. Brown struck out twice, and failed to come through with two on and two out in the fifth inning.
  • Ben Revere went 0-5 and left three runners on. He’s gone two games without a hit since his strong performance on Opening Day.
  • Cody Asche went 1-4 in his return to the lineup.
  • Ryne Sandberg went back to Mario Hollands one day after the rookie played a role in losing the team a game. Hollands was asked to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning, and he responded by tossing a scoreless inning.
  • Jonathan Papelbon blew the save and took the loss after imploding in the ninth inning. Papelbon allowed runners to reach second and third with one out, and then gave up two RBI-singles to tie the game. After loading the bases, the closer walked home the winning run.

Final Thoughts

The Phillies were so close to getting off to a great start. They could have potentially swept the series. They should have at least taken two of three. Instead, the Phillies leave Texas with a pair of gut-wrenching losses.

Two late bullpen collapses. Two games where the offense failed to score more than three runs, and tack on to their early leads.

Jonathan Papelbon’s ninth inning effort was absolutely wretched tonight. For a guy who speaks loudly about stepping up in big moments and providing leadership, he just doesn’t deliver. His final line for the night? Three runs on four hits and two walks. One miserable out recorded. He was spotted a two-run lead, and couldn’t protect it.

Way to step it up, Paps.

Ryne Sandberg has done a lot of juggling with his lineup so far, and it looks as though we’re going to continue to see a number of wild combinations until he finds one that he’s comfortable with. Batting Carlos Ruiz out of the two-hole turned out to be a pretty good decision, and helped generate all three of the team’s runs.

Sandberg’s management of the bullpen has been very curious so far. Its strange that he’s gone to Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, and Mario Hollands multiple teams throughout these three games while not using either Brad Lincoln or Justin De Fratus once. The decision to go back to Hollands one night after he lost the team a game paid off, but he’s going to have to give these other guys a shot too, just like how he’s trying every combination possible with his lineup.


Denny Basens

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April 3, 2014 8:58 am

I really dislike so much about pap

His 90 mph meatball fastball is gross

His max fastball of 92 mph is also gross

His poser attitude is gross

That corny wanna be bad ass breathing technique is moronic. Everytime I see it I’m embarrassed for him.

Get this guy outta here.

Desean Jackson him

April 3, 2014 9:08 am
Reply to  mhenski

yeah– we can’t afford to run out a closer that can’t close– will be very interesting — easily could have swept the rangers–i said yesterday and will say again-i like how they look as a team right now.

April 4, 2014 12:28 am
Reply to  haveacigar

Yep WS baby! Rah. rah. sis. boom. bah! SMFH!

April 4, 2014 6:55 am
Reply to  DCar

If the closer you signed could actually close a game we’d be in good shape! SMFH

April 4, 2014 1:30 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

I signed? BWAHAHAHA! If I was gm, instead of your hero Ruin 2morrow, this team wouldn’t be hopeless mess it is. I liked Papelbon, but didn’t like the contract, that your hero bid against himself to sign. But if you didn’t just cherry pick certain comments I made, to fit your agenda, & read all my conversations after I said I liked him, you would have seen that. But talking to an irrational, delusional, excuse making lemming, is a lost cause, so I’m not going to even waste my breath. Everyone knows what a catastrophic failure your hero is, & how he decimated a WS Championship team, & isn’t proactive, creative, nor competent to be a MLB GM. So no matter what BS you spew, no matter what comments you research, that I said, to fit your retarded thinking, will change that, nor change the fact that you STILL can’t admit you were wrong about him. Because you ain’t a man!

April 4, 2014 4:19 pm
Reply to  DCar

“I like the signing” was your quote …does that make you a flip flop or revisionist hysterical historian hypocrite? I think all three.
Oh and a fake internet tough guy..I ain’t a man? You threaten five people a week from your keyboard…. Pot meet kettle

April 3, 2014 9:24 am

walked in the winning run, smh

April 4, 2014 9:23 am

***NFL/MLB News**

Phillies Trade Closer Papelbon to the Washington Redskins where they will convert him to a Guard/RT and a Long-Snapper…. Details on Compensation will come out later as both Comissioners Goodell & Selig try to figure what fair compensation the Phillies should get in Return from the Redksins……

April 4, 2014 9:36 am
Reply to  paulman

can’t be a long snapper… the ball would take too long to get to the punter!

April 4, 2014 10:00 am
Reply to  haveacigar

Good point HAC.. Some Poor Scouting on my Part…