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Phillies month in review: May 2013
by Scott Butler 6/3/13

Phillies May Storyline

The good news about the month of May is that the Phillies went .500 for the month. The bad news is they finished May at three games below .500. Innjures played a major role with Halladay, Utley, Ruiz, and Adams all going on the DL. May was also another tough month for Cole Hamels, who dropped to 1-9 on the season. On the positive side, Dom Brown won player of the week (and possibly for the month) and finished with the league lead in home runs. All in all, the month could have been much worse and the Phillies are still barely keeping their heads above water.

Phillies May Win/Loss Totals

Record: 14-14
Home record: 6-6
Road record: 8-8
Top winning streak: 3
Top losing streak: 3
Series record: 3-1-4
Began month: 12-15 - 3rd place
Finished month: 26-29 - 3rd place
  --6.5 games behind 1st place Braves & 2 games behind 2nd place Nationals

Phillies May Totals

Phillies Team Hitting May Totals
Average: .240 (10th)
Runs: 92 (11th)
Runs/game: 3.71 (13th)
HR: 32 (3rd)
BB: 78   (7th)
SO: 204 (8th)
OBP: .303 (11th)
SLG: .391 (8th)
OPS .694 (9th)

Phillies Team Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.12 (12th)
ER: 113
IP: 246.2

Phillies Starting Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.09 (10th)
ER: 79
IP: 174

Phillies Relief Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.21 (14th)
ER: 34
IP: 72.2

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through May

Phillies Team Hitting Totals through May
Average: .244 (10th)
Runs: 192 (13th)
Runs/game: 3.49 (11th)
HR: 54 (5th)
BB: 142   (12th)
SO: 406 (8th)
OBP: .302 (12th)
SLG: .389 (9th)
OPS: .691 (10th)

Phillies Team Pitching through May
ERA: 4.29 (14th)
ER: 230
IP: 482.0

Phillies Starting Pitching through May
ERA: 4.23 (11th)
ER: 159
IP: 338.0

Phillies Relief Pitching through May
ERA: 4.44 (13th)
ER: 71
IP: 144.0

Phillies May Win/Loss Chart

Phillies May 2013 Win/Loss Chart

Phillies May Event Recap

@ Cleveland Indians - May 1
Following a sweep of the Mets in New York, the Phillies traveled to Clevend to face the Indians for a two game set. After losing the first game 14-2 to finish the month of April, the Phillies were blown out the following night in a 6-0 loss and dropped to four games under .500.

Miami Marlins May 2-5
The Phillies won the first two against the Marlins in a four-game series and were shutout by Jose Fernandez and the Marlins bullpen in the third game. In the final game, the Marlins tagged Roy Halladay for 9 earned runs, 4 walks, and 4 hits in 2.1 innings. Halladay revealed after the game that he had been dealing with an injured shoulder for the last two starts and went under the knife on May 16.

@ San Francisco Giants May 6-8
The Phillies followed the Halladay disaster with a flight to San Francisco to begin a 7 game west coast trip. The Phillies played well against the defending champs. The series started with two 6-2 wins and had a chance to win the final game after scoring two in the ninth off Sergio Romo to tie the game, but Bastardo allowed a walk-off single in the tenth in a 4-3 loss.

@ Arizona Diamondbacks May 9-12
After losing the first game of a four game series, the Phils were down by one with a chance to tie with runners on first and third with one out, but failed to score in the loss. Cliff Lee pitched seven shutout innings the following night and Papelbon earned a five-out save in game three. In the final game on Mother's Day, Domonic Brown hit a two-run game-tying single in the ninth and Howard's two-run single in the tenth won it.

Cleveland Indians May 14-15
The Phillies won the first game of the two game set behind Jonathan Pettibone, but Hamels allowed 5 runs in five innings in the last game for yet another loss for Cole.

Cincinnati Reds May 17-19
The Phillies took two of three from the Reds in pretty exciting fashion with two late-inning wins sandwiched around a 10-0 loss. They won the first by scoring two runs in the eighth inning of a tie game and held on for the win. The Phils were down by one in the finale and started the ninth with a leadoff single by Delmon Young. Cliff Lee then pinch-ran for Young and was promptly picked off first base. Kratz then hit what would have been a game-winning solo homer which instead just tied the game, but Freddy Galvis followed with a true walk-off homerun.

@ Miami Marlins May 20-22
The Phillies took two of three in Miami, finishing the series with a complete game shutout from Cliff Lee.

@ Washington Nationals May 24-26
The Phillies had a chance to tie the Nationals in the standings with a series win after splitting the first two in DC. Hamels and Strasburg matched zeros in the finale through six, but Hamels was rocked for five runs in the seventh inning in a 6-1 loss.

Boston Red Sox May 27-28 (Boston) & May 29-30 (Philadelphia)
The Phillies split the four game home & home series against the first place Red Sox. In the second game of the series in Boston, Cliff Lee pitched eight innings and Papelbon earned the first save against his former team. The Phillies then split the two games in Philly.

Milwaukee Brewers May 31
In the final game of the month, Cole Hamels allowed 7 runs (6 earned) and 12 hits in 5 innings. It gave him a major league leading 9th loss (1-9) and pushed his ERA to 4.86.

Phillies May Highlights

May 5 - Halladay tagged for eight runs by the Marlins and revealed his injury after the game.
May 12 - Down by two in the ninth, Brown knocks in a pair to tie and Howard's 2-run single wins it in the 10th.
May 17 - Tied at three in the 8th, Phils score two runs in eventual win.
May 19 - Down by 1 in the ninth, after pinch-runner Cliff Lee got picked off, Kratz and Galvis hit back-to-back homers for walk-off win.
May 22 - Lee pitches complete game shutout.

Interesting Phillies notes

-Charlie Manuel sets Phillies record for games managed with 1,332nd on May 9
-Brown earns player of the week honors on May 28
-Hamels goes 0-6 with a 4.95 ERA in June, giving him a 1-9 record and the most losses in baseball.
-Jonathan Papelbon goes 7-for-7 in saves with a 0.77 ERA in May to increasing his perfect save streak for the season to 11.
-Roy Halladay as a hitter has struck out in every single at-bat this season and now has 11 strikeouts in 11 at-bats.

Phillies Transactions & Injuries

May 11 - Tyler Cloyd was sent back to Lehigh Valley and replaced by Justin De Fratus
May 14 - The Phillies signed Julsan Kamara, a 17-year-old outfielder from Germany, to a Minor League contract.
May 15 - The Phillies agreed to a Minor League contract with pitcher Carlos Zambrano.
May 16 - Halladay undergoes shoulder surgery
May 17 - The Phillies recalled B.J. Rosenberg from Lehigh Valley and sent Raul Valdes down.
May 20 - Ruiz went on DL with strained right hamstring.
May 20 - Adams placed on 15-day DL with strained back.
May 23 - Utley went on 15-day DL with strained oblique.
May 24 - Michael Martinez called up to replace Utley.
May 24- Mike Stutes called up from Lehigh Valley
May 26 - Adams activated from DL; Rosenberg sent out
May 29 - The Phillies placed Michael Young on the bereavement list Wednesday and recalled second baseman Cesar Hernandez to take his place.
May 31 - Phillies release Chad Durbin.

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