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Crushing Disappointment

If you’re stunned, shocked, saddened, whatever, you’re not alone. I think a lot of Phillies fans feel that way. I think the Phillies feel that way, too.

A couple scenes from the clubhouse to illustrate that point:

  • Roy Halladay sitting at his locker for more than 20 minutes after the final out. It looked like he couldn’t bring himself to remove his uniform. He pitched a hell of a game. He deserved much, much better.
  • Shane Victorino grabbing a sleeve of World Series tickets from his locker, tearing them into pieces and tossing them in the trash before leaving the ballpark.

More to come in the coming days …

10 Mas

A few notes from tonight’s 11-6 victory over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS:

  • Roy Halladay is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four postseason starts. He retired 21 consecutive batters to finish the game.
  • Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino could make a friendly postseason wager. Howard passed Victorino as the franchise’s all-time postseason RBI leader with 31. Victorino has 30. Howard had no homers and no RBIs in last year’s postseason, so it’s good for him to put those questions behind him.
  • Raul Ibanez had big homer in the sixth. He hit .245 with 20 homers and 84 RBIs this season. Let’s pose this question: Would you bring back Ibanez on a one-year deal next season? Or are you comfortable enough with Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. in left field in 2012? Something to think about.
  • The Phillies are 15-7 in Game 1s.
  • The Phillies tied a postseason record with 14 hits. They had 14 in the Game 2 of the 1980 NLCS, Game 3 of the 1980 World Series and Game 4 of the 1993 World Series.
  • Mike Stutes was frustrated with his effort tonight. He said he wasn’t as aggressive as he normally is. He expects that to change the next time he pitches.
  • Carlos Ruiz wrote “10 mas” on the dry erase board in the center of the Phillies clubhouse. Of course, “10 mas” translates to 10 more. I’m sure you can figure out what that means.

Is There Time to Right the Ship?

The Phillies celebrated fan appreciation night tonight at Citizens Bank Park, and the fans booed.

It’s tough to blame them. The Phillies have the best record in baseball, but have played like the Houston Astros since clinching the National League East on Saturday. They have looked deader than dead, losing six consecutive games and getting swept in their first three- or four-game series since Aug. 2010.

The Phillies have six games to play before Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 1.

“That’s definitely enough time, but we do have to pick it up,” Charlie Manuel said. “It’s time for us to kick it and get ready for the playoffs.”

If you watched tonight’s ugly loss you know Roy Oswalt pitched much better than his line indicated. He looks ready for the postseason. But the offense looks like it’s in the early stages of spring training. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley were a combined 0-for-36 with five walks in the series against the Nationals.

“I’ll give a bat to anybody that boos and if they want to go up to the plate and think it’s that easy I’ll be glad to give them my bat,” Victorino said. “We hear the frustration from the crowd. They’re deserving and (they have the right to) feel frustration, but as a player you can’t sit there and mope about it.”

It hasn’t helped the Phillies have been without Ryan Howard and Hunter Pence. Howard will be back in the lineup tomorrow night in New York. He will not play Saturday, but Manuel said he will turn Howard loose Sunday. Pence should be back Saturday.

Maybe that gets them going. Maybe the Phillies can just flip the switch.

Oswalt doesn’t sound like he’s a big believer in “flipping the switch.”

“I’ve seen teams with the best record get beat in the first round,” Oswalt said. “It’s really the hottest team going in. Hopefully the next six games we’ll turn it around and start playing a little bit better, but teams that are hot when the playoffs start are tough to beat.”

Victorino Is Clutch (Again)

The Phillies got good news last night when Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings at Great American Ball Park.

They could enjoy his efforts a little more thanks to Shane Victorino‘s game-winning homer in the eighth.

Victorino is having a heck of a season. He ranks eighth in the National League in batting (.308), eighth in on-base percentage (.381), ninth in slugging percentage (.544) and eighth in OPS (.925). He has 21 doubles, 14 triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored.

He’s been especially clutch late in games, too. In close-and-late situations (seventh inning or later with the batting team ahead by one run, tied, or with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck), he is second in the league in batting (.396), sixth in on-base percentage (.448) and first in slugging percentage (.849).

An .849 slugging percentage in close-and-late situations is ridiculous, but it looks even more ridiculous when you see the guy ranked second in slugging in those situations, Jose Reyes, has a .627 slugging.

That’s a .222 differential.

No big deal.

If I had a NL MVP vote, Victorino would be my top Phillies player on the ballot. Not sure where he will finish overall, but if you’ve watched the Phillies play every day you know how valuable Victorino has been, both offensively and defensively.

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Victorino Begins Suspension Tonight

Major League Baseball reduced Shane Victorino’s suspension to two games.

He will begin serving it tonight.

MLB initially suspended Victorino three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 5 at AT&T Park. Victorino spoke with the commissioner’s office earlier this week to plead his case, which resulted in him having his suspension reduced one game.

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Rollins: Stolen Base Shouldn’t Have Upset Giants

Jimmy Rollins stole second base with a six-run lead in the top of the sixth inning last night at AT&T Park.

Could that have fueled Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez to drill Shane Victorino in the back with a first-pitch fastball, instigating a bench clearing brawl?

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Carlos Beltran said.

Rollins offered his take this morning.

“Two things,” he said. “Either Charlie (Manuel) stops me or they don’t hold me on. When you’re holding the guy on you’re still playing the game. You’re not conceding. If you concede the running part of the game, then I’ll concede the running part of the game. If you’re holding me on you’re saying, ‘We’re still playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played.’

“You’ve got 12 outs (remaining). In the seventh inning obviously I’m not going to run. But in the sixth inning? When we don’t want guys to run our bench coach (Pete Mackanin) tells Ryan (Howard) to back up, play behind him or whatever. OK, the running game is off. The running game usually stops after the sixth or if it’s just way out of hand early. Like if it’s 7-0 in the second or third inning you don’t run. I understand the gentleman’s code, but if you’ve got 12 outs to work with? I’ve got the green light. It’s on until they take it off or you take it off.”

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Fight Night

What did you miss if you fell asleep last night?

Well, there’s this.

Then there are the postgame quotes:

Shane Victorino, on the pitch from Ramon Ramirez being intentional: “Yeah, absolutely. I think he did. That’s why I took a step forward. I had no intentions of going out there and charging the mound. I just wanted to know why in that situation … he was around the plate all night and throughout that inning … obviously with two outs and I get up to the plate and the first pitch is at my back. I just wanted to go out there and get an answer. I had no intentions of charging the mound. I did step forward. Obviously, Eli (Whiteside), I guess from looking at his reaction, thought I was going to go and he started jumping around. Obviously, (Placido) Polanco came in and he tackled Polanco. I think everything escalated from there.”

Polanco, on Victorino’s comment he got tackled: “He didn’t tackle me.”

Victorino, on why he jumped back into the scrum: “I just felt like Carlos (Ruiz) was in a position like I needed to go in and help him get away from everything.”

Charlie Manuel, on Ramirez: “He hit Vic and then came off the mound at him. Vic almost has to go, unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken. That’s the way baseball works. I’ve been playing for almost 50 years. He pretty much called him out.”

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Victorino to DL, Orr Recalled

Shane Victorino has been placed on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right thumb. The Phillies recalled Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the 25-man roster.

The move is retroactive to Monday, which means Victorino could be activated July 19 in Chicago.

The injury comes at a bad time (not there is a good time for an injury). The Phillies need him this weekend in a big series against the Braves. He is hitting .303 with 14 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 53 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. He ranks seventh in the league with a .524 slugging percentage. He also just won the Final Vote yesterday, which put him on the National League All-Star team. Victorino obviously won’t be playing in the All-Star Game.

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Update: Victorino Has Grade 1 Sprain

The Phillies hope Shane Victorino’s significantly swollen right thumb is nothing serious.

They will know more in the next 48 hours.

He flew this afternoon to Philadelphia, where he visited hand specialist Randall Culp. The Phillies said after tonight’s 14-2 victory over the Marlins that Victorino has a Grade 1 sprain, which is the most mild.

“He is feeling better,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Victorino will remain in Philadelphia and be evaluated again Friday. If he is not better he could be placed on the disabled list.

“Will he miss some time? Probably,” Charlie Manuel said before the game. “How much? I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to be a whole lot. But I say that sometimes and the guys go from two weeks to six months. We’ll see. … He has a jammed thumb. He can’t grip a ball. And it’s hard to grip the bat, of course. They wanted to run some tests and see if something was wrong with it.”

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Victorino’s Thumb Problem

Shane Victorino is headed to Philadelphia to see hand specialist Randall Culp.

He is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow in Florida.

Victorino jammed his right thumb when taking a bad fall in center field Sunday in Toronto. Victorino had the thumb in a sleeve yesterday. He said he thought it would be OK, but Charlie Manuel said after last night’s game Victorino would not be able to play tonight.

The Phillies recalled John Mayberry Jr. Expect to see him in center field tonight. The Phillies optioned Vance Worley following last night’s game, so the Phillies had an open spot on the roster.

More to come later today at the ballpark …

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