MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - INSIDE PITCH
Roy Halladay's start on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park wasn't unlike the three starts he made prior to it. In each of his four starts since returning from mid-May shoulder surgery, Halladay has showed signs of a pitcher who can't command the strike zone and can't throw the ball by an opposing hitter -- two trouble spots that led to an 8.65 ERA after a month of baseball in 2013 and an eventual date with a shoulder surgeon.
But in his return from the disabled list, Halladay has also done enough to help the Phillies in three of the four games he's pitched. On Thursday, he retired 10 of 13 batters from the end of the first inning through the fourth.
Although he walked four straight batters in the fifth, and was taken out of the game before recording a second out in the inning, Halladay was encouraged with the overall results.
"It's tough and obviously you're under the microscope right now and no matter what you do, the negatives are going to be brought to the forefront," Halladay said of criticism since returning from the disabled list. "Me personally, I'm trying to focus on the positives and let (the media) worry about the negatives.
"(For me) it's not so much frustration as it is patience. It's hard to be patient. You go from not knowing if you're going to pitch again to getting back and then as soon as you're back, you expect to dominate. It's just not the way it works. I have to be patient with that. I feel like I've come a long way and I'm very optimistic moving forward and I feel like I'm going in the right direction."
Halladay has a 5.06 ERA in four starts since returning to the Phillies rotation. A free agent at the end of the season, the 36-year-old Halladay appeared to be annoyed with the negative tone that came with each of his postgame rap sessions with the media.
While the results haven't always been pretty in the box score, Halladay feels he's been progressing positively for a pitcher who only recently went under the knife.
"(I understand the doubt) but I also understand that there's a tremendous amount of guys who might have never pitched again, and probably wouldn't have been back in 3 1/2 months," Halladay said. "To me, that's something to build on and focus on. To have the desire and want to do that, and try to do that for your team and your city. I understand there's doubt. There's doubt any time you have surgery.
"I feel like in a lot of ways I beat some odds. I know it's hard for people to see that. They look at you as having a certain career, and it could be two weeks after surgery and they expect you to be there. I understand it, and that's fine. ... It's important for me to work on the things I need to work on, but also focus on the things that are good. Philly isn't an easy place to do that. (The media is) pretty tough. You have to be pretty mentally strong and block that out and go out there with confidence and trust."
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Phillies (Cole Hamels, 7-13, 3.45) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez, 10-6, 3.31)
--SS Jimmy Rollins entered Friday with 449 career doubles, 107 triples and 199 homers. Only 18 players in major league history have recorded 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 homers. Fifteen of the 18 are in the Hall of Fame. Rollins was hitless in four at-bats.
--LHP Cole Hamels will get the start on Saturday night at Washington. He is 14-6 (2.52 ERA) in his career against the Nationals. In his last start, on Sunday against the Braves, he gave up just two hits -- solo homers by Evan Gattis. He gave up two runs with two walks and nine strikeouts.
--RHP Kyle Kendrick got the start on Friday against Washington to open the three-game series. He gave up single runs in the first three innings -- an RBI hit by Ian Desmond in the first, a solo homer by Wilson Ramos in the second and a solo homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the third. Kendrick did not make it through the fifth as he gave up eight hits and six earned runs and lost his fifth decision in a row to set a career high. Said Kendrick: "I gave up a couple homers. Those were pitches up. Other than that, I had some ground balls through the hole and, you know, the walks aren't good. I walked a couple guys that ended up scoring. But keep going out there and making your pitches one pitch at a time." Kendrick gave up a homer to Zimmerman on an 0-2 pitch. "It was low, it was just over the plate. You want it in more. Just not a good 0-2 pitch," he said. Kendrick (12-11) lost his fifth straight decision, a career high, and is 0-3 at Nationals Park this year. "I would say the second half of the season, he just hasn't had his two-seam fastball that has a really good sinking action resulting in groundball outs or double-play possibilities with men on base," said interim Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg of Kendrick. "It seems to be a little bit of a flatter pitch right now. And so, tonight, on the flip side, it seemed like they were on top of his pitches and he still wasn't catching a break with them not being hard enough."
--2B Chase Utley and SS Jimmy Rollins have played in 1,058 games together, the most among active double-play combinations. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano of the Yankees are second at 1,051. Utley had a single in four at-bats Friday.
--OF Roger Bernadina returned to Nationals Park on Friday. Drafted by the Expos/Nationals, he was released by Washington on Aug. 19 and signed by the Phillies two days later. He had one hit in six at-bats against the Nationals in Philadelphia earlier this summer. He has made 10 starts in center and two in right for Philadelphia.
--INF Freddy Galvis entered Friday with 10 hits in last 21 at-bats, a mark of .476. He was retired on a fly to right in his first at-bat, singled in the fifth and flew out to right in the seventh. Galvis was thrown out at second by Bryce Harper on his single to left.
--3B Cody Asche has shown promise since he was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley this summer. He had two hits and a walk in four trips to the plate Friday and is hitting .260.
--OF Dominic Brown pinch-hit with one out and one on in the ninth against Drew Storen and grounded into a double play to end the game. "He was cleared to pinch hit in a pinch-hit role tonight. It was the perfect opportunity to give him an at-bat and see how he looked. We'll take it day-to-day. He had a solid pregame and no complaints there, to get a pinch hit and I actually watched him run real hard to first base, so that all looked good. So that's just a passing of the test to get him back in the lineup," said interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
--C Erik Kratz played in college at Division III Eastern Mennonite University, about 120 miles from Nationals Park in Harrisonburg, Va. He had family in attendance on Friday. He has six hits in his last 49 at-bats.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would say the second half of the season, he just hasn't had his two-seam fastball that has a really good sinking action resulting in groundball outs or double-play possibilities with men on base. It seems to be a little bit of a flatter pitch right now. And so, tonight, on the flip side, it seemed like they were on top of his pitches and he still wasn't catching a break with them not being hard enough." -- Interim manager Ryne Sandberg, of RHP Kyle Kendrick, who gave up six earned runs in Friday's 6-1 loss to Washington.
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - ROSTER REPORT
--LF Domonic Brown (Achilles tendon soreness) left in the sixth inning Aug. 30. He did not play Sept. 6, marking the 11th time in 12 games he hasn't started. Brown underwent an MRI on Sept. 2 that revealed mild tendinitis and bursitis. He took batting practice Sept. 10 and 12 and will be monitored closely, interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. He pinch hit Sept. 13.
--OF Casper Wells (vision problems) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 26.
--RHP Jonathan Pettibone (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 25. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Reading on Aug. 15, then pitched for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 20. A subsequent MRI found shoulder inflammation, and he was shut down for the season.
--LHP John Lannan (partially ruptured left knee tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 30. An MRI revealed a recurrence of the tendinitis that cost him six weeks at the beginning of the year. He is done for the season after being diagnosed Aug. 19 with a 60 percent tendon rupture, and he might undergo surgery.
--RHP Michael Stutes (right biceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 25.
--OF Ben Revere (broken right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list July 14. He had two screws placed in his foot during surgery July 16. He will go to Clearwater, Fla., on Sept. 12 to continue his rehab in Instructional League games.
--1B Ryan Howard (torn meniscus in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list July 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 26. He underwent surgery July 10. He began a hitting and fielding program Aug. 22 in Clearwater, Fla.
--LHP Jeremy Horst (left elbow sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 16, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 25. He started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 8. He had a setback, and he is likely out the remainder of the season.
--RHP Mike Adams (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 20. Tests revealed three tears in the shoulder, and he underwent season-ending surgery July 31.
LHP Cole Hamels
LHP Cliff Lee
RHP Kyle Kendrick
RHP Ethan Martin
RHP Roy Halladay
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)
RHP Justin De Fratus
LHP Jake Diekman
RHP Zach Miner
LHP Cesar Jimenez
RHP B.J. Rosenberg
RHP J.C. Ramirez
RHP Tyler Cloyd
RHP Luis Garcia
LHP Mauricio Robles
LHP Joe Savery
1B Kevin Frandsen
2B Chase Utley
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Cody Asche
INF Pete Orr
INF Cesar Hernandez
INF/OF Michael Martinez
INF Freddy Galvis
LF Domonic Brown
CF John Mayberry
RF Roger Bernadina
OF/1B Darin Ruf