Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Phillies Make History Against Orioles

GAME RECAP: Orioles Obliterate Phillies 19-3

The Orioles hate to leave home after a night like this. They hit a franchise-record eight home runs on Tuesday night in a 19-3 victory over the Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Manny Machado (twice), Chris Parmelee (twice), Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis, David Lough and Ryan Flaherty each homered for Baltimore. They were the most homers the Orioles had hit in a game since moving to Baltimore. "We squared up a lot of mistakes they made and had a lot of good at-bats with the walks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It just kind of snowballed." The Orioles (33-31) have won 10 of their last 12 games to move two games over .500 for the first time since April 19. The Phillies suffered their first winless road trip of eight or more games (0-8) since the franchise's inaugural season in 1883, when they went 0-9. They snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak with a run in the fourth. Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the team's first homer since June 7. "Well, it's not going over well with us here," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, when asked how the road trip might have played with Phillies president Pat Gillick and others in the front office. "We've got to do something about it. We've got to come out and put together a game to get it going the other way. That's up to us down here. That's the way I look at that."

  • Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams already allowed four runs in the first inning when he uncorked a wild pitch to allow two more runs to score. But Williams strained his left hamstring when he unintentionally did a split while trying to field a throw at the plate from Carlos Ruiz. Williams left the game with a 6.43 ERA, which is the second-highest ERA among qualified pitchers in baseball.
  • Things got so bad for the Phillies that right fielder Jeff Francoeur pitched the seventh and eighth innings. He had pitched 7 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A El Paso, but never in the big leagues. No matter. Frenchy pitched a perfect seventh inning, the first scoreless inning of the night for the Orioles, before allowing two runs in the eighth. "It's not that easy, but it was fun -- getting a punch out, doing some [pitchers fielding practice], breaking a bat, giving up a homer, hitting a guy, walking a guy," Francoeur said. "I kind of got everything a pitcher experiences over a year in two innings. For me, the big thing was trying to save [the bullpen] because they had to throw extra innings in Pittsburgh."
  • Phillies right-hander Dustin McGowan allowed five home runs in just 3 1/3 innings. He is the first reliever in franchise history to allow five home runs in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He is the first reliever to allow five homers in an appearance since Milwaukee's Andrew Lorraine in 2002, and the fifth reliever since 1914.
  • Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley (strained right shoulder) made a rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He allowed three hits, one unearned run and one walk in three innings. "I felt a lot more comfortable knowing that I'm coming back from a month off as opposed to two years off," said Billingsley, who missed two seasons following a pair of elbow surgeries.
  • Correia has started against the Orioles three times in his career and boats a 2-1 record and 3.79 ERA. He beat Baltimore the last time he pitched against them on May 3, 2014, with the Twins. The righty went seven innings, allowing five hits and a run while striking out three.
  • Jimenez has never won against the Phillies in three career starts. He carries a 0-2 record and 11.25 ERA in 12 innings against the squad. All three of his starts came at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Jimenez has 276 at-bats under his belt in his career. He owns a .112 batting average with 31 hits, nine RBIs, 12 runs scored, 17 walks and 94 strikeouts.

The Orioles and Phillies will start another two-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET in Philadelphia after playing the first two in Baltimore on Monday and Tuesday. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 3.19 ERA) and Kevin Correia (0-0, 0.00) will matchup at Citizens Bank Park. Jimenez is coming off a win against the Yankees in his last start where he threw five innings, allowing six hits, three runs, one home run and two walks while striking out six. It was the right-hander's first win since May 11. Correia will make his second start of the season after joining the team on June 8 after exercising an opt-out clause in his contract on May 29 to seek a Major League deal. In six starts with the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, Correia posted a 0-1 record and 3.58 ERA in six starts. In his one outing with the Phillies, he threw 5 2/3 shutout innings against the Pirates.


Williams Headed To DL – Jerome Williams' season got worse Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He left a 19-3 loss to the Orioles in the first inning when he strained his left hamstring. He left the ballpark on crutches and said he is headed to the disabled list. "I felt a pop," he said. Williams had allowed four runs to score in the first inning when he uncorked a wild pitch to David Lough, which went toward the Phillies' dugout. The ricochet allowed two runners to score on the play, which included Williams unintentionally doing a split while trying to field a throw at the plate from Carlos Ruiz. Williams grimaced in pain as he fell to the ground. "I just rolled over and didn't move," he said. Williams has a 6.43 ERA, which is the second-highest ERA among 107 qualified pitchers in baseball. "I felt like I was going to turn the corner and then something like this happens," Williams said. "Can't dwell on it though. Just have to get better."

De Fratus Ejected – vPhillies right-hander Justin De Fratus wisely said little when asked if he tried to hit Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy with a pitch in the sixth inning Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. "I know what it looked like," he said after the 19-3 loss. De Fratus had just allowed a home run to Chris Parmelee, the Orioles' seventh homer of the game, when the next pitch came inside to Hardy. The pitch missed, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale immediately ejected De Fratus. "Once he pointed at me, you just walk off the mound," De Fratus said. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that was not the time to throw a purpose pitch. "Nah," he said. "We need him to pitch. We needed as much as we could out of him, preferably through that inning. That would have saved Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] from going two innings. Not the time to get kicked out." So was it intentional? "Doesn't matter," De Fratus said. "I got tossed. That's all I can say about that."

Frenchie Takes The Mound – Only Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur could silence the Orioles' offense for an inning Tuesday night at Camden Yards. He pitched two innings in a 19-3 loss to the Orioles, becoming the first Phillies position player to appear in a game since Casper Wells in 2013. Francoeur pitched a perfect seventh inning, which was the first and only inning Baltimore did not score a run. He then allowed two runs in the eighth as Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg tried to squeeze an extra inning out of his right fielder in the blowout loss, which capped the franchise's first winless road trip (0-8) of eight or more games since 1883 (0-9). "I was able to save the bullpen," Francoeur said. "I wanted to do it." Francoeur, who pitched 7 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A El Paso, retired the side in order in the seventh, striking out Nolan Reimold looking, getting Chris Parmelee to ground out and getting Steve Pearce to line out. But Frenchy allowed a homer to Ryan Flaherty to start the eighth. He then hit Caleb Joseph with a pitch and walked Matt Wieters and Travis Snider to load the bases. Francoeur clearly tired as his pitch count increased, but the Phillies had nobody warming up in the bullpen. There was a reason for that: the bullpen phone was off the hook. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure started to wave a towel toward the bullpen to get somebody's attention. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols finally put the phone on the hook and the Phillies got Ken Giles to warm up, although Francoeur finished the inning. "It was a fun experience," Francoeur said. "I got tired at the end there, obviously, but I was able to save the bullpen." Phillies first baseman Chase Utley was upset that the Phillies left Francoeur in the game because the last thing the team needed was Francoeur to suffer a serious injury pitching a second inning in a meaningless game. "He knew I was getting tired," Francoeur said. "He didn't want me to blow out or hurt for the rest of the season. But like I said, that was just enough. I don't think I could have done any more."

Phillies Try To Put Ugliness Behind Them – Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg called Tuesday's 19-3 loss to the Orioles an ugly one. That was one way to describe it. "Almost don't know what to say," Sandberg said. "Yeah, it was ugly. It was an ugly game." Could it lead to an organizational shakeup? "Well, it's not going over well with us here," said Sandberg, asked how he thought the road trip played with Phillies president Pat Gillick and others in the Phillies' front office. "We've got to do something about it. We've got to come out and put together a game to get it going the other way. That's up to us down here. That's the way I look at that." reported earlier this week that the Phillies have targeted Andy MacPhail as Gillick's eventual replacement, so changes could be coming anyway. "I'm unaware of that," Sandberg said when asked if he wonders about potential changes in the organization. "I'm here to deal with the job at hand here. We have to come out and play a solid game and turn it around and get it going in the other direction. Get a good outing from our starter tomorrow and do something offensively to put together a game." The Phillies went 0-8 on their road trip through Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. It is their first winless road trip of eight or more games since 1883, when the Phillies had an 0-9 road trip in their inaugural season. The Phillies have lost 18 of their last 21 games to fall to 22-44, which is their worst start through 66 games since they were 22-44 in 1997. "What are you going to shake up?" said Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who pitched two innings in relief. "We're out there playing hard. "It's a bad road trip, the worst road trip I've ever been on as far as the way we lost games. I think it will be good to get home. We've played pretty good at home. Hopefully, we can get home and play well tomorrow night. We owe these guys a whuppin' to be honest with you. We'll get home tonight, get some sleep and play well tomorrow."

Phillies Sign Randolph – The Phillies have been locking up their Draft picks relatively quickly. They agreed to terms on Tuesday with first-round pick Cornelius Randolph. He will receive a $3,231,300 signing bonus, which was the full value for the 10th overall pick. They also agreed to terms with second-round pick Scott Kingery, a second baseman, on a $1,259,600 bonus, which was full value for the 48th pick. The team has not confirmed any signings, although they have agreed to terms with at least 21. That includes fourth-round pick and first baseman Kyle Martin ($200,000), seventh-round pick and RHP Luke Leftwich ($209,300) and eighth-round pick and outfielder Greg Pickett ($350,000). Pickett's bonus was $176,100 more than the amount slotted for the 234th pick, but they needed to pay more for him to bypass college. They saved some bonus pool money with Martin, who received nearly $300,000 under the amount slotted. The Phillies also agreed to terms with 12th-round pick Skylar Hunter ($100,000) and 20th-round pick Will Stewart ($100,000). Stewart, who is a left-hander, just graduated high school in Alabama.

Analyzing The Draft –'s experts will break down how each team fared in the recently concluded Draft, though we'll have to wait until the July 17 signing deadline to know exactly who will and won't turn pro. Here's our look at the National League East: The Phillies clearly had offense on their mind during the early stages of the Draft. Starting with Cornelius Randolph at No. 10 overall, Philadelphia selected four straight bats to kick things off, mixing it up with two college hitters and two prep ones. Toolsy shortstop Lucas Williams certainly fits the profile of the high upside athlete the Phillies have taken in the past, even with new scouting director Johnny Almaraz at the helm. After three straight pitchers, they took a flier on Greg Pickett's raw power from the Colorado high school ranks in the eighth round. The offensive-minded approach continued as the Phillies took hitters with seven of their 10 picks in the top 10 rounds and 13 out of their first 20 selections.

ASG Looks To Be Light On Phillies – If the National League All-Star roster had to be announced Tuesday, it seems the Phillies have only two possibilities: Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon. The latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot did not feature any Phillies position players in the top 5. Hamels is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA. His ERA is 13th out of 51 qualifying pitchers in the National League. His 1.11 WHIP is 14th and his 3.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio is 19th. Papelbon is 1-1 with a 1.05 ERA and 12 saves in 12 opportunities. His ERA is third in the league among 71 qualified relievers. He is tied for 10th in saves, but tied for first in save percentage. His 1.01 WHIP is 22nd, and his 4.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio is 12th. Some position players who have made a case are Ryan Howard, who is tied for 12th in the NL with 11 homers. Also write-in candidate, Maikel Franco has impressed in his rookie season, clubbing six homers and boasting a .830 OPS. Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots. Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info. Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit

Minors Report – Player 3B Mitch Walding, Clearwater...Walding, 22, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after hitting .409 (9-for-22) with a home run, five RBI, four runs scored, a double and a 1.026 OPS in seven games with for Threshers. The left-handed hitting third baseman had multiple hits in four of those games, which helped raise his batting average by more than 20 points. In Clearwater's three game series against Brevard County, he went 5-for-10 with a home run, four runs scored and four RBI. Walding was selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and was signed by Joey Davis. Pitcher - RHP Edubray Ramos, Clearwater...The 22-year-old right-hander was dominant in three relief outings, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 batters while walking none and holding opponents scoreless over 7.0 innings of work. All three of his outings were at least 2.0 innings, culminating with a perfect 3.0-inning save on June 14 during which he posted a career-high six strikeouts. He currently leads the league with an average of 0.70 walks per 9.0 innings pitched and would rank fifth with a 1.86 ERA if he had enough innings to qualify. Ramos was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in November, 2012 and was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals and Carlos Salas. Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…23-42, 5th place…Lehigh Valley struggled on the mound early in the week in a three-game series against Durham as they were swept and allowed seven runs or more in each game. But the pitching rebounded in the next series to hold the Norfolk Tides to just nine total runs in four games-including a pair of shutouts-as the IronPigs capped the week with a series split. Top hitting performers - OF Russ Canzler clubbed two home runs, drove in eight runs, scored another four and batted .344 in seven games for Lehigh Valley. He recorded multiple hits in three of his last five games, including two three-hit games…OF Domonic Brown hit his first two home runs of the season and batted a lofty .364 with a .727 slugging average. In the IronPigs' three game set against Durham, he went 8-for-14 with seven runs, four extra-base hits and three RBI…OF Brian Bogusevic was the third Lehigh Valley outfielder to find his power stroke, as he also hit two home runs in addition to driving in five runs and recording 16 total bases. Top pitching performers - RHP Phillippe Aumont made two starts last week, and combined to allow three earned runs in 11.1 innings (2.38 ERA) while striking out 16 batters. Aumont has made 10 starts this season and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them…LHP Adam Morgan tossed 6.0 shutout innings on June 12 against Norfolk, scattering six hits for his first scoreless start of the season…RHP Hector Neris appeared in three games out of the bullpen, and combined to allow just two hits in 6.0 scoreless frames while striking out four…LHP Jake Diekman struck out four in 4.0 innings of work and did not allow a run. He has yet to allow a run in five games so far with Lehigh Valley. Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division …33-29, 3rd place… The Fightin Phils took two of three from the Altoona Curve early in the week to win their third straight series, but the series win did not come easily. In the finale on May 11, the two teams played an 18-inning, 5:07 game that eventually was taken by Reading on a walk-off walk. They were unable to build on the victory, however, as they were then swept for the first time since May 11-13, dropping three straight to Akron. Top hitting performers - OF Aaron Altherr reached base 16 times in six games, as he led the team with 10 hits and six walks last week for a .471 on-base percentage. He also homered, hit three doubles and knocked in a pair of runs…1B Brock Stassi brought his RBI total up to 49 for the season after knocking in six more runs in six games last week. He had two games with two RBI, giving him 12 multi-RBI games in just 58 games overall…CF Roman Quinn showed his versatility by hitting .353 with a home run, three runs scored, two stolen bases and a .421 on-base percentage. His 29 stolen bases are most in the league. Top pitching performers - RHP Zach Eflin made one start, striking out a season-high six batters while holding Altoona scoreless over 5.0 innings of work…RHP Colton Murray had three separate 2.0-inning relief appearances over a span of five days and allowed only one run while recording 10 total strikeouts…1B Brock Stassi made his 2015 pitching debut in Reading's 18-inning affair on June 11. He tossed 3.0 innings with three strikeouts and was perfect aside from a walk as he earned the first win of his career (five total games as a pitcher). Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…32-31, 2nd place…Clearwater was able to climb above .500 with a strong 5-2 week that included series wins over both Bradenton and Brevard County. The Threshers' pitching set the tone all week, yielding two runs or fewer in four of the team's seven games. Top hitting performers - 3B Mitch Walding built upon a strong start to June, leading all Threshers' players last week with a .409 batting average in seven games. He hit a home run, knocked in five runs and scored four more, earning Phillies Minor League Player of the Week honors…OF Dylan Cozens recorded a team-high 10 hits-six of which went for extra bases (five doubles and a home run). He hit .357 with a .643 slugging percentage…C Andrew Knapp collected seven hits, walked five times and scored five runs while hitting .333 in his six games played. Top pitching performers - RHP Edubray Ramos struck out 10 batters in 7.0 innings in relief last week. He surrendered only three total hits, did not walk a batter and was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for his efforts…RHP Colin Kleven let in just one unearned run over 7.0 innings in his start last week, marking the 10th consecutive start in which he allowed three runs or fewer…RHP David Whitehead went 6.0 scoreless innings on June 8 against Bradenton, and followed that up with a 5.0-inning, two-run performance against Brevard County later in the week. He struck out nine in those 11.0 innings…LHP Matt Imhof made his first start since April 14 and picked up right where he left off, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5.0 innings on June 11…RHP Mark Leiter Jr. made two starts for Clearwater, combining for four earned runs allowed in 12.0 innings (3.00 ERA) while striking out seven. Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division…31-28, 3rd place…The BlueClaws also had a productive week, as they vaulted into third place after taking two of three from Lexington and then their first two games against Harrisburg over the weekend. They finished the week with six wins in the last eight games and three straight victories. Top hitting performers - SS Malquin Canelo went 9-for-22 (.409) with two home runs, a double, a triple, seven RBI and a 1.277 OPS. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games …CF Carlos Tocci also hit .409 for the BlueClaws, adding a home run, four runs scored and two more driven in. He is currently fourth in the league in batting with a .321 average…SS Grenny Cumana had six hits in 18 at bats, scored three runs, drove in three runs and stole a base…1B Rhys Hoskins displayed his power yet again with three home runs, eight RBI and a .727 slugging average in just five games played last week. He has driven in at least one run in 10 of his last 13 games and has 49 RBI this season. Top pitching performers -  LHP Josh Taylor had his best start of the season on June 9, limiting Lexington to a just four hits and no runs over 7.0 innings. It was his second straight game of 7.0 innings or more after having just one such game in his first eight outings…RHP Tyler Viza struck out seven in 7.0 innings during his lone start of the week. He yielded just four hits and one run, giving him a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts (two earned runs in 21.0 innings)…LHP Elniery Garcia scattered eight hits and allowed just one run in 6.0 innings against Hagerstown.

Torres Suspended – Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it has suspended Phillies Minor League pitcher Juan Torres. He tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the league's drug program. Torres, who plays for the Dominican Summer League Phillies, will be suspended 72 games. The Phillies signed Torres as an amateur free agent in December 2011.

The Phillies are starting the season as expected and are now at the bottom of the NL east at 22-44. Given the departures, aging stars, injuries, and performance this spring, don’t expect their competitive place in the standings to last. All time, the Phillies are 48-60-0 on this day.

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