Morning Phil Up – 4/25/2014 – Carlos Ruiz does it again as Philadelphia Phillies win the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers


Apr 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning during the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s Game

Phillies defeat Dodgers 7-2


Emotional reaction immediately after the game


Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit

Good pitching and clutch hitting appear to be a winning combination.


Carlos Ruiz was hot all series, and had the game-winning RBIs in the ninth. Marlon Byrd added four RBIs.


Former Phillies nemesis Brian Wilson surrendered the winning runs in the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez‘s error set up two Phillies runs in the fifth.

Today’s Game

Philadelphia Phillies (11-11) at Arizona Diamondbacks (7-18)

Roberto Hernandez. Image Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Game time: 9:40 PM


Starting pitchers: Roberto Hernandez (1-0) vs. Josh Collmenter (0-2)


Phillies fans got to experience a premier pitching matchup on Wednesday when Cole Hamels faced Zack Greinke, but tonight’s starters are a little less impressive.

Roberto Hernandez gets the ball for the Phillies, and he’s coming off a shaky start in Colorado. Hopefully, he fares better away from the thin air.

Arizona will counter with right-hander Josh Collmenter who began the season in the bullpen before shifting over to the rotation. He has not been especially impressive thus far as a starter, surrendering seven runs in ten innings.

Much like Hernandez’s previous start (a 10-9 Phillies win), this game has a chance to be a high scoring affair.

Link of Interest

CSN PhillyDo the Phillies have anywhere to turn for bullpen help?

The Phillies have already cycled through a few relievers in an attempt to find an effective bullpen. It’s looking more and more like they may need to seek help from outside the organization. A couple of the more intriguing names out there are Joel Hanrahan and Ryan Madson, although both players carry significant risks.

Tweet of Importance

The Phillies have a chance to make this a very successful road trip. Will they take advantage?