June 7, 2009 |
Brad Lidge's jaw was clenched tighter than usual yesterday, and his voice was softer. "Maybe I shouldn't feel as confident, I don't know, but that's the only way I know how to do it," Lidge said after the Phillies lost, 3-2, to Los Angeles in 12 innings at Dodger Stadium. The game ended with Andre Ethier's second walk-off hit in two days, this one a home run off Chad Durbin. But Lidge's second blown save of the weekend - and sixth of the season - was more troubling for the team.
May 12, 2010
1. Miguel Cabrera 2. Andre Ethier 3. Roy Halladay 4. Ubaldo Jimenez
August 10, 2010 |
J.C. Romero has a new partner. Looking for another lefthanded reliever to help combat the dangerous Dodgers duo of James Loney and Andre Ethier, the Phillies have called up 24-year-old Antonio Bastardo from Triple A Lehigh Valley. Bastardo was on the Phils' Opening Day roster, but was used sparingly during the first two-and-a-half months of the season. After allowing two runs and hitting two batters in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on June 15, the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
May 5, 2011
The streak is on hold Andre Ethier was out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday night because of an inflamed left elbow, putting his 29-game hitting streak on hold. Ethier felt discomfort Tuesday night, when he moved within two games of the franchise record set by Willie Davis in 1969. Ethier has hit an even .400 during the streak, so it's not as if he's doing it by dumb luck. But he's had a few breaks, such as extending the streak four times with infield hits, and four more by getting the hit in his last time up. Show them the money The Los Angeles Times reported that the Dodgers lacked the cash to make their May 31 payroll and that MLB would step in and make the payroll.
August 31, 2010 |
10:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64) vs. Dodgers RHP Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54) Who's hot Ryan Madson: The veteran reliever entered last night having allowed two runs while striking out 28 in his last 18 innings, dating to July 31. Who's not Raul Ibanez: The leftfielder was one of a number of Phillies veterans to struggle against the Padres over the weekend, going 1-for-13 with an RBI in the three-game sweep over San Diego.
October 17, 2009 |
THE PLAY: In what should have been yet another routine doubleplay, Chase Utley throws wide of first baseman Ryan Howard for the second straight game. The ball caroms off the visitor's dugout to score pinch-runner Juan Pierre and tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. THE SETUP: With runners at first and second, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin swings on a 3-2 count and rips a grounder down the third-base line that Pedro Feliz snags and relays to Utley, forcing Ronnie Belliard out at second.
October 16, 2009 |
LOS ANGELES - Not sure whether the Phillies can win seven more this way, but, in October, you just keep trying to get outs however you can get outs. The Phillies got enough of them at the right time and got two home runs at perfect times. It was enough, barely, to win Game 1 of the National League Championship Seies against the Dodgers, 8-6, last night. Charlie Manuel used just about everybody he had in his bullpen. There were a few shaky moments, but every time a Phillies reliever absolutely had to get an out at Dodger Stadium, he got an out. There was J.A. Happ, protecting a one-run lead in the sixth, getting Rafael Furcal to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
October 22, 2009 |
What we're talking about after the Phillies' 10-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series: Return to the Fall Classic: Hard to believe, Harry, but the Phillies have never been to the World Series in back-to-back years. Until now. And if the Yankees finish off the Angels it will be both an Amtrak Series and a rematch of 1950. No surprise that first baseman Ryan Howard, who batted .333 with a double, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and five runs scored, got the nod. Honorable mention to LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00)