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Phillies review: April 2013
by Scott Butler 5/1/13

Phillies April Storyline

The 2013 Phillies barely resembled the same team as the previous season on Opening Day. They had a different Opening Day starter (Cole Hamels) and only two players were on the Opening Day lineups from 2012 and 2013 (Rollins and Mayberry). What began with a sliver of excitement ended with major concerns.

Phillies April Win/Loss Totals

Record: 12-15
Home record: 6-8
Road record: 6-7
Top winning streak: 3
Top losing streak: 5
Series record: 3-4-1
Began month: --
Finished month: 12-16 - 3rd place
--5 games behind 1st place Braves & 1.5 games behind 2nd place Nationals

Phillies April Event Recap

The season started off badly with two losses to the Braves in Atlanta in which Hamels and Halladay combined for 10 ER in 8.1 innings pitched, but Cliff Lee came back with 8 shutout innings to salvage one win out of the series.

Then the Phils returned to Philly for the home opener and held a 4-0 lead entering the fifth inning, but Kendrick and the bullpen blew the lead and they lost 13-4. The Phillies found themselves down 3-1 with two outs in the ninth inning the next night when Kevin Frandsen hit a three-run walk-off triple. After losing the last game of the KC series, the Phillies hosted the Mets and Roy Halladay gave up seven rusn in just 4 innings in a 7-2 loss.

Two straight wins to finish the Mets series and a series win against the Marlins put the Phillies at .500. They then travelled to Cincinnati and were swept in four games to the Reds. Included in that series was a game which was halted due to rain. It resumed in the ninth inning the next day and Aumont did not retire a single batter and the Phils lost 1-0.

After splitting a four-game series with the Cardinals, the Phillies hosted the Pirates for a four-game series. After winning the first game, they lost the next three and blew leads in the last two, putting them at 9-14. They then visited the Mets where Kyle Kendrick pitched a complete game shutout in the first contest and the Phillies swept the Mets.

To make sure the month of April will not be remembered fondly, the Phillies lost 2-14 and allowed 7 home runs on April 30th to the Indians.

The Phillies rarely play well in April under Charlie Manuel and 12-14 is only tied for the worst start in his tenure at three games under .500.

Here is a list of the Phillies April records under Charlie Manuel.

Charlie Manuel April Phillies Record
2004 10-12
2005 11-14
2006 11-14
2007 12-14
2008 16-13
2009 11-10
2010 13-10
2011 18-9
2012 12-12
2013 12-15

 

Phillies April Highlights

- Hamels allows five runs in five innings on Opening Day in loss to Braves
- April 5 - Phillies blow 4-0 lead in home opener against Royals
- April 6 - Down 3-1, Frandsen hits walk-off bases loaded double against Royals.
- April 12 - Utley hits game winning triple in 10th against Marlins.
- April 14 - Nix hits game winning solo homer in 9th and Halladay gets 200th win.
- April 21 - Tied at 3 in 8th, Revere hits RBI single and Kratz hits 3-run homer.
- April 26 - Kendrick pitches complete game three-hit shutout.

Interesting Phillies notes

- April 12 - Aumont earns first career win.
- April 16/17 - Game suspended in ninth due to rain and Phils lose in ninth.
- April 19 - Halladay gets credited with a complete game while pitching just seven innings (game was called due to rain)
- April 27 - Jonathan Pettibone earns first major league win
- Chad Durbin allowed 9 of 11 inherited runners to score
- Roy Halladay struck out in 11 straight plate appearances as a hitter
- Freddy Galvis played four positions in April (2B, SS, 3B, LF)
- On April 18th the Phillies became just the fourth National League team since 1935 to go four straight games without a walk.

Phillies Transactions & Injuries

-4/2 - Phillies release Ender Inciarte and claim Ezequiel Carrer off waivers
- 4/18 - Phillies place John Lannan on the 15-day DL
- 4/28 - Carlos Ruiz activated off 25-game suspension and Umberto Quintero is designated for assignment
- Rever sits out 4 consecutive games due to a sore quad (plus he is awful at the plate right now)
- 4/30 - Delmon Young activated from the DL and Umberto Ezequiel Carrera is designated for assignment.

Phillies Totals and NL Ranks through April

Phillies Team Hitting Totals through April
Average: .249 (6th)
Runs: 100 (11th)
Runs/game: 3.71 (11th)
HR: 22 (10th)
BB: 64  (14th)
SO: 202 (8th)
OBP: .302 (12th)
SLG: .387 (9th)

Phillies Team Pitching through April
ERA: 4.47 (14th)
ER: 117
IP: 235.1

Phillies Starting Pitching through April
ERA: 5.48 (13th)
ER: 80
IP: 164

Phillies Relief Pitching through April
ERA: 4.34 (13th)
ER: 37
IP: 71.1

Phillies April Win/Loss Chart

Phillies April 2012 Win/Loss Chart

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