August 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - After temporarily taking a break from their second-half swoon as Cole Hamels pitched a gem and Charlie Manuel collected a milestone win on Monday, the Phillies reverted back to their losing ways last night to complete another forgettable road trip. John Lannan was bludgeoned for the second time in 6 nights as the Phils dropped their second straight game in Atlanta: a 6-3 defeat on a rain-soaked night at Turner Field. Lannan gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings and left the game with a left knee injury.
August 14, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Freshly armed with a comfortable lead, Cole Hamels toyed with Justin Upton in the bottom of the sixth inning last night at Turner Field. Hamels fell behind the dangerous Braves two-hole hitter. But with a 2-0 count, he went to his bread-and-butter pitch, the changeup, and got a swinging strike. Hamels stayed soft and eventually ended the seven-pitch at-bat with a strikeout. Three innings earlier, Hamels went the other way against Upton, showing a changeup on the first pitch before going hard the rest of the at-bat.
July 12, 2013 |
BEFORE THE game, Charlie Manuel was asked about missing the potentially powerful pinch-hitting stroke of injured backup catcher Erik Kratz. The manager didn't say it, but he already has a pretty capable and healthy righthanded bat on his bench. In fact, he has the most productive pinch-hitter in all of baseball. Manuel called on Kevin Frandsen in key spots in each of the last 2 nights. On Wednesday night, he legged out a perfectly executed bunt down the third-base line for a hit. Last night, he helped the Phillies overcome a horrendous night in the field with his major league-leading 11th pinch-hit of the season.
July 7, 2013 |
The Phillies were home on an idyllic summer evening, and they could dream. No team in baseball has played fewer games in their own ballpark. There are luxuries the road does not offer. Before a 5-4 victory Friday was complete, a grounds-crew member handed the Phanatic an Atlanta Braves batting helmet. The mascot crushed it. He flashed the Braves dugout. Everyone cheered. The fans crave that old winning sensation. No one knows what the Phillies' future will be, although portents could come during this 10-game home trial.
May 30, 2013 |
THE TORONTO Blue Jays came up with a winning formula to address their pitching woes. First, start a reliever. Then, bring in two guys just called up from the minors. The result was a four-hitter against the Atlanta Braves, who looked downright feeble in a 3-0 loss to the last-place Blue Jays last night. Four pitchers combined on visiting Toronto's second shutout of the season, with Casey Janssen working a 1-2-3 ninth to finish it off. But the most important work was turned in by the three pitchers who came before the closer.
May 3, 2013
Oshgie Ehigianusoi Age: 24 Where ya from? 48th and Baltimore Where he grew up: Atlanta. Lived in Philly four years. What he does: DJ What brought him to Philly: "Records. I collect records. Philly's a great place for that because it's got a history of soul and funk. Those records been here for a long time, and lot of people in the area have a background of buying and keeping those records. So I come out here and purchase them and go spin. " What's different about life up here?
April 24, 2013 |
B.J. UPTON and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time in their careers, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies, 10-2, Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep on a day that began with the coldest game ever played at Coors Field. It was the 27th time in major league history that brothers homered in the same game but only the second time they went deep in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates also hit successive homers on Sept.
April 17, 2013
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22, and the Toronto Raptors ran all over playoff-bound Atlanta, routing the host Hawks, 113-96, Tuesday night. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. McGrady a Spur The San Antonio Spurs signed veteran forward Tracy McGrady as the playoffs approach. The 33-year-old McGrady is a seven-time all-star. He has played for Toronto, Orlando, Houston, the New York Knicks, Detroit, and Atlanta in his career.
April 12, 2013 |
The Atlanta Hawks, still trying to improve their playoff position, easily handled the 76ers, who are playing out the string, 124-101, at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The 124 points are the most the Sixers have given up at home all season. Leading by 59-51 at the end of the first half, the Hawks converted 14 of 23 shots in the third quarter in extending the lead to 93-73 at the start of the fourth. Thaddeus Young scored 22 of his team-high 28 points in the first half to lead all scorers.
April 6, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Before Charlie Manuel tasted victory in this, his 69th year, he was salty. Maybe it was the brutal, see-your-breath weather. Maybe it was his lineup, which had not produced. Maybe he was just tired of answering questions about a small swatch of a long season. "We've played two ball games," Manuel deadpanned before Thursday's 2-0 Phillies victory. "I'm going to panic. I'm going to go up there and jump off the top of the stadium. It'll be my luck to live. " The manager laughed.