July 8, 2016 |
The Phillies crushed two more homers Wednesday, and that is why they swept Atlanta with a 4-3 victory, but when they needed the tying run to reach base in the eighth inning, Maikel Franco did not swing. A 100-mph fastball zoomed past him for ball four. Franco flicked his bat toward the Phillies dugout, a challenge to the rest of his teammates to keep mashing the ball like they have for weeks. "He looks like he's more under control," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It could a byproduct of the fact that other guys around him have started to chip in, to where he doesn't feel like he has to do it all by himself.
July 7, 2016 |
Zach Eflin was shaking on the mound, the adrenaline of the night hitting him all at once. He had just thrown his 92nd pitch, a slider to Ender Inciarte, who popped out to third for the night's final out. Eflin led the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to throw a complete game for his first major-league win since Mike Williams did so 24 years ago to the day....
July 6, 2016 |
As Peter Bourjos enjoyed his own renaissance at the plate, the veteran outfielder noticed something else last week from the Phillies dugout. He saw his teammates look more comfortable. They began to unlock the mysteries of hitting a baseball, which can paralyze anyone, and the offense took shape. "It's fun watching from the dugout," Bourjos said. "You can start seeing the at- bats coming. " In the second inning of an 8-2 romp Monday at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies assaulted Atlanta with a barrage of seven extra-base hits to the point where a well-struck double became the expectation.
July 6, 2016 |
THE UMPIRE hesitated. Then he twisted his hips and unleashed an animated one-two punch indicating Strike 3, the sixth inning over. Jerad Eickhoff walked off the mound, his head tilted downward, his gaze straight ahead. Monday afternoon, the righthander was all business. Eickhoff, who has at numerous times this season has struggled to keep his hit count down, dominated the visiting Braves' hapless offense for the better part of the Phillies' 8-2 win Monday. He allowed one hit in the top of the first inning, a line-drive home run to rightfield by Erick Aybar, and then shut things down until the seventh inning, going five innings without allowing a hit. In the end, Eickhoff scattered five hits across 7 2/3 innings, with eight strikeouts and three walks.
June 24, 2016
By Taylor Hosking Some concerned citizens have been raising questions, a lot of questions, about what Philadelphia will look like post-soda tax. I have a few ideas that I'm sure will quell concerns. No more free soda with your $5 halal. They'll all want an extra dollar for that soda, so there's no longer a good way to decide which halal food cart is the best. You might as well have gotten Chipotle. To save money, soda companies will deliver fewer days out of the month. The real soda addicts will figure out what days those are - and you'll know when it's empty shelf day. In order to increase sales, Coke will capitalize on the success of its names-on-the-can marketing campaign by adding millennial slang and Philly-specific words.
May 26, 2016
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to vote Wednesday on Mayor Kenney's sugary-drink tax. We urge Council members to summon their courage and pass it. As Kenney has proposed it, the 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks would raise $95 million to fully fund pre-kindergarten and create a special fund to accelerate repairs and renovations on rec centers, libraries and police and fire facilities. No other alternative offered so far comes close to raising the total needed for those initiatives.
May 24, 2016 |
The winning pattern for Phillies righthander Jerad Eickhoff this year has been simple: Pitch seven scoreless innings and watch the bullpen finish matters. Eickhoff earned his second win of the season with seven shutout innings Sunday as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 5-0, winning one of their three games with Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park. On April 13, Eickhoff also pitched seven scoreless innings and got the win in a 2-1 triumph over San Diego. In between, things have not gone as smoothly.
May 23, 2016 |
For the second time this season, the Phillies were stymied by the Atlanta Braves' Williams Perez, who gave himself the best of birthday presents. Pitching on his 25th birthday, the righthander limited the Phillies to two hits for the second time this season as the Braves earned a 2-0 win on a cold, rainy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, where the infield looked like a quagmire by game's end. "It was ugly weather and an ugly game," manager Pete Mackanin said. Perez (2-1) pitched 61/3 shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. In his previous appearance this season against the Phillies, on May 11 in Atlanta, Perez allowed one run on just two hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win. "He was throwing the ball down and away and threw a pretty good change-up, too," said shortstop Freddy Galvis, who was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
May 23, 2016
In the wake of thousands of collegiate student athletes converging on the Schuylkill last weekend for the 2016 Dad Vail Regatta, consider the story of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, the oldest organization of its kind in the country. The development of American athletics is intimately connected to the history of competitive rowing. It was not on a diamond, court, or gridiron that the first intercollegiate sport was contested. Instead, it was on the nation's (calmer) rivers, and Philadelphia's connections to rowing are fathoms deep.
May 22, 2016 |
Tyler Goeddel leaped against the wall in left field, but he never had a chance. The home run - the second yielded by Aaron Nola on an uncharacteristic Friday night - landed in the first row of the stands at Citizens Bank Park and a 7-1 loss to Atlanta was all but sealed. The two-run home run by Nick Markakis in the seventh inning marked just the fourth time in 43 starts that Nola has allowed more than one homer in a game. Both of the pitches were four-seam fastballs that tailed over the heart of the plate.