May 8, 2007 |
Is this what the immediate future holds? The Phillies watched their depleted bullpen cost them another game last night in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. After Freddy Garcia made his best start of the season and the Phillies' offense scratched out runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game, Antonio Alfonseca and Francisco Rosario each allowed a run in successive innings to lose it. The Phillies need to win tonight and tomorrow to head home 5-5 on this 10-game road trip.
December 20, 2003 |
Outfielder Carlos Lee yesterday agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who also agreed to an $800,000, one-year deal with pitcher Kelly Wunsch. Lee, 27, hit .291 last season with 31 homers, 113 RBIs and 18 steals, all career highs. Angels. Jose Guillen will be Anaheim's rightfielder next season, which means that Tim Salmon could become a full-time designated hitter. Guillen agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract. Braves. Atlanta signed free-agent relief pitcher Antonio Alfonseca to a one-year contract.
May 9, 2007 |
Charlie Manuel had a chance yesterday to watch Monday's 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a TV replay. He said he watched every minute of it, which means he relived Freddy Garcia's best start of the season. But it also means he watched his bullpen lose another one. Garcia allowed five hits, two runs and no walks in six innings. He struck out two. But, most impressive, he threw just 70 pitches. "I wish I could have gone one more inning," Garcia said. "It's really tough for me because in a game like this in the American League, I could go seven, eight, complete game.
May 6, 2003 |
The Chicago Cubs activated closer Antonio Alfonseca from the disabled list yesterday and designated pitcher Alan Benes for assignment. Alfonseca began the season on the DL with a strained right hamstring, which he injured in spring training. He made three appearances for triple-A Iowa in a minor-league rehabilitation assignment, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings. Derek Jeter took batting practice on the field for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder on opening day and expects to begin minor-league rehabilitation tomorrow.
February 17, 2007 |
In almost every way, Antonio Alfonseca is the wild card of the Phillies' bullpen. He is a cheap risk that could pay off big. Or not. "I like this team, and I like the competition," Alfonseca said yesterday at Bright House Networks Field, where the Phillies held Day 2 of spring training in chilly and cloudy conditions. "I've been a closer before. I've been a setup guy before. Wherever they need me, I'll be there. But I like the competition. " The Phillies seem to prefer to find one setup man for closer Tom Gordon, although they have said they could use Alfonseca, Ryan Madson or Geoff Geary in the eighth inning depending on how they are pitching.
August 29, 2008 |
A .500 record might win it In case you hadn't noticed, they are holding The Race That No One Wants to Win in the National League West. Exhibit A: First-place Arizona, loser of five of its last six games, including the last four. Exhibit B: Second-place Los Angeles, loser of six straight heading into last night. Well, at least one of the teams will get some wins over each of the next two weekends. That's because the Diamondbacks - who are atop the division despite a 68-65 record - and the Dodgers will play a three-game series against each other during that time.
February 14, 2001 |
The Phillies avoided salary arbitration with Wayne Gomes yesterday when the reliever agreed to a one-year deal. Gomes, who made $390,000 last season, will receive a base salary of $925,000 this season. The deal includes award and performance bonuses. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for tomorrow in Phoenix. Since the Phillies made him their first overall pick in 1993, Gomes has gone 23-18 with 27 saves and a 4.44 earned run average in parts of four big-league seasons.
March 22, 2003 |
Mets catcher Mike Piazza had the players' association appeal his five-game suspension yesterday, a move that likely will make him available for New York's opener against the Chicago Cubs on March 31. Because of the appeal, no discipline can be imposed until after a hearing before Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. Piazza charged the mound on March 12 after he was hit by a pitch from the Los Angeles Dodgers' Guillermo Mota. Piazza later went into the Dodgers' clubhouse in search of Mota.
September 24, 2007
WASHINGTON - "Wait 'Til Next Year" ran up against "One Game at a Time" yesterday and - much to your everlasting consternation - the wait won again. The Phillies lost Game 156 of the schedule, at least in part, protecting - or overprotecting - the most promising arm of their future. Having just struck out four of the last five hitters he faced, Cole Hamels was lifted for pinch-hitter Pete Laforest in the sixth inning, after the Phillies had just scratched out a one-run lead. He had thrown 76 pitches to that point, a threshold the Phillies had placed upon him beforehand - results and situation be damned.
April 11, 2007
SINCE HIS arrival 18 months ago, Pat Gillick has lived a charmed life in the City of Brotherly Love. Just as Wes Helms will receive a grace period because his last name does not end in Bell, so too has Gillick been allowed to run the Phillies with little or no criticism because his name does not end in Wade. And because his manager is Charlie Manuel. Well, that should stop now. The team that has again stumbled to a 1-6 start, this time amid lofty expectations, does so with his fingerprints smudged all over the place.