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Phillies monthly review: May 2014
by Scott Butler 6/1/14

Phillies May Storyline

May was a difficult month for the Phillies, who finished with their first losing May since 2002. The month featured a four game home and home sweep at the hand of the Blue Jays, the return of Mike Trout, several final inning wins and losses, and a no-hitter by AJ Burnett. A slightly promising .500 record to begin the month evaporated and the Phillies dropped to 5 games under .500 at the conclusion.

Phillies May Win/Loss Totals

Record: 11-16
Home record: 8-11
Road record: 3-5
Top winning streak: 3
Top losing streak: 4
Series record: 4-4
Began month: 13-13, 4th place
--1/2 game ahead of Marlins for last place
--2 games behind Nationals for third place
--4 games behind 1st place Braves
Finished month: 24-29, last place
--1 game behind Mets for fourth place
--5 games behind 1st place Braves

Phillies May Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting May Totals 
Average: .230 (last) 
Runs: 104 (12th) 
Runs/game: 3.85 (11th) 
HR: 19 (12th) 
BB: 76  (11th) 
SO: 215 (11th most) 
OBP: .311 (9th) 
SLG: .373 (11th) 
OPS .684 (11th)

Phillies Team Pitching May Totals
ERA: 3.76 (9th) 
ER: 106
IP: 254

Phillies Starting Pitching May Totals
ERA: 3.96 (6th) 
ER: 75
IP: 170.2

Phillies Relief Pitching May Totals
ERA: 3.35 (8th) 
ER: 31
IP: 83.1

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through May

Phillies Team Hitting through May
Average: .243 (10th) 
Runs: 211 (10th) 
Runs/game: 3.98 (7th) 
HR: 43 (12th) 
BB: 177  (4th) 
SO: 442 (10th most) 
OBP: .313 (7th) 
SLG: .374 (10th) 
OPS .687 (10th)

Phillies Team Pitching through May
ERA: .402 (13th) 
ER: 216
IP: 483.2

Phillies Starting Pitching through May
ERA: 4.00 (12th) 
ER: 145  
IP: 326

Phillies Relief Pitching through May
ERA: 4.05 (14th) 
ER: 71
IP: 157.2

Phillies May Win/Loss Chart

Phillies May 2014 win/loss chart

Phillies May Event Recap

Washington Nationals May 2-4
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The Phillies carried a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning of the opener against the Nationals, but Adams and Diekman combined to blow the lead with three runs in a 5-3 loss. They rebounded with wins in the final two games, capped by a 1-0 win behind 7.1 scoreless innings from Hernandez and 1.2 scoreless innings from Adams, Bastardo, and Papelbon to win the series.

Toronto Blue Jays May 5-6 (Home) & May 7-8 (Road)
(Phillies lose series 0-4)

The Toronto Blue Jays destroyed the Phillies in a four game home and home series in which they were outscored 31-11 and allowed 11 long balls, dropping to three games under .500 for the second time. The toughest loss was on May 6 when Cody Asche tied the game in the sixth inning with a grand slam, but they eventually lost in 10 innings.

@ New York Mets May 9-11
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The lowly Mets played the Phillies at the perfect time following the embarrassing Blue Jays series. Marlon Byrd's game-winning hit in the 11th inning of the first game mercifully ended a 4 hour, 39 minute game in which the two teams combined for 28 runners left on base in 9 innings, two shy of the MLB record for a nine inning game. The Phils outlasted the Mets the following night with a game-winning single by Ryan Howard in the ninth. The Phillies had a 4-1 lead entering the 9th on Mother's Day in a game in which Jonathan Papelbon made himself unavailable due to soreness. Bastardo pitched in his place and allowed a two-run home run and a one out double before getting pulled for Roberto Hernandez, who pitched out of the bullpen after throwing 99 pitches two days earlier. Hernandez allowed the tying run to score and the Phils eventually lost in 11 innings.

Anaheim Angels May 13-14 (two game series)
(Phillies lose series 0-2)

Mike Trout played at Citizens Bank Park for the first time and walked away with two wins against the Phillies. Cody Asche committed 3 errors in the first game, contributing to a 3-4 loss. The Phils were shutout in the second and final game in a two-game sweep by the Angels.

Cincinnati Reds May 16-18
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The Phillies were shutout for the second straight game at home to begin a series against the Reds, but they came back with two straight wins, including Hamels' 100th victory in a win in game two in which Asche and Brown combined for 8 RBI.

@ Miami Marlins May 20-22
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

The Phils won the opener in Miami 6-5, but were torched the following night 14-5 with Kendrick allowing 6 runs in 5.2 innings and the bullpen allowing 8 runs, including a grand slam surrendered by Jeff Manship. After tying the finale with a sac fly by Howard and a two-run homer by Byrd, the Phillies lost in the ninth.

Los Angeles Dodgers May 23-25
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

The Phillies were shutout 2-0 to begin a three game set with the Dodgers. Despite getting only 3 hits off Clayton Kershaw, the Phillies had multiple chances with runners on third and less than two outs. They came back with a win in the second game and David Buchanan earned the victory in his Major League debut. And then...the Phillies were no-hit by Josh Beckett. It was the first no-hitter against the Phillies since 1978.

Colorado Rockies May 26-28
(Phillies won series 2-1)
The Phillies rebounded from the no-hitter with a convincing 9-0 win against the Rockies. Cole Hamels pitched well the following night until he allowed a three-run homer in the seventh inning of a tie game in an eventual 6-2 loss. It appeared the Phils were headed towards a series loss as they carried a 3-2 deficit in the final game, but Chase Utley tied the game in the ninth and Howard followed with a walk-off three-run homer in a 6-3 win.

New York Mets May 29-June 2
(In progress - Phillies losing series 1-2)
This was an ugly series with two bad teams. The Phils appeared lifeless in an opening 4-1 loss. The two teams would split long 14-inning affairs in the next two games which took a combined 10 hours and 53 minutes to play. The Phillies won the first 14-inning game on a walk-off single by Reid Brignac but lost the next one with Antonio Bastardo allowing the winning hit against David Wright.

Phillies May Highlights

May 6 - Asche hits game-tying grand slam but Phillies lose 6-5 in 10th.
May 9 - Byrd hits game winning double in 11th in 4 hour, 39 minute game.
May 10 - Howard hits game-winning RBI single in ninth.
May 17 - Cole Hamels wins 100th game and Asche and Brown combine for 8 RBI in 12-1 win.
May 22 - Phillies tie with 3 runs in 8th including Byrd two-run blast, but lose in 9th.
May 27 - Revere hits first major league home run in his 1,565th plate appearance.
May 28 - Down 3-2 in ninth, Utley tied game with single and Howard hit walk-off 3-run homer.
May 30 - Reid Brignac hits walk-off single in 14th.

Interesting Phillies notes

--Ryne Sandberg was nearly late for the May 4 game against the Nationals because he was caught in the Broad Street Run. His driver took him to the wrong side of Broad Street and he ended up literally running a few feet of the race to get to the ballpark.
--May 10 - Sandberg held a team meeting prior to the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Mets in 11 innings.
--May 13 - Millville, N.J. native Mike Trout of the Angels makes his first visit to Philadelphia.
May 13 - Jonathan Papelbon told Ryne Sandberg he could not pitch because of soreness in his neck and back. The Phillies blew a three-run ninth inning lead in Papelbon's absence and lost in extra innings.
May 21 - Kendrick's winless streak reached 16 in a 14-5 loss to the Marlins which dropped him to 0-10 with a 5.11 ERA in 16 starts since Aug. 11, 2013.
--May 24 - David Buchanan wins in Major League debut.
--May 25 - Josh Beckett throws the first no hitter against the Phillies since 1978.
--May 27 - Carlos Ruiz helped rescue two of his missing childhood friends whose fishing boat capsized in Panama. Ruiz’s friends were lost in the water for 35-40 hours, but they were rescued thanks in part to Ruiz, who hired boats, helicopters and airplanes to search for them.
--May 31 - Howard tallies 1,000th career RBI on a three-run homer, reaching 1,000 career RBIs in the fewest games in Major League History.

Phillies Transactions & Injuries

May 8 - Phillies outright Shawn Camp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recall Luis Garcia.
May 8 - Phillies option Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
May 9- Reid Brignac called up by Phils to replace Freddy Galvis on the roster.
May 12 - Freddy Galvis breaks clavicle and will be out for an indefinite period of time. The Phillies also outright Jayson Nix from the 40-man roster.
May 20 - Phillies place Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a grade 1/2 left elbow strain, retroactive to May 19. To fill his spot on the Phillies 25-man roster, Darin Ruf is recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
May 22 - Phillies to call up David Buchanan to take Cliff Lee's spot in the Phillies' rotation.
May 24- Luis Garcia placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.
May 25 - Cody Asche placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recall Justin De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

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