August 14, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The remnants of a depleted crowd chanted "Freddie! Freddie! Freddie!" when Cole Hamels threw his 84th pitch of the damp night. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman waved at the majestic change-up that scraped the soaked dirt in the sixth inning. Carlos Ruiz hopped, ripped off his mask, and shouted at Hamels after the strikeout. "I know we haven't done it much, but we've got to start something," Hamels said. "The pride that we all have, it has to be for something. There's not too many opportunities to play the game of baseball.
August 6, 2013 |
BEFORE ONE INNING, Danny Jackson sang happy birthday to a random fan. After another, a collection of 1993 Phillies sang a pretty awful version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " Before the game, they took their positions on the field, with Mariano Duncan and Mickey Morandini sharing second base, just as they did 20 years ago. An announced crowd of 37,235 fans descended upon Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night. They came for nostalgia, stayed for the baseball. But the baseball was so bad during Alumni Weekend in South Philly that the people in the promotions department may want to find 28 more memorable seasons to celebrate in the remaining home dates on the 2013 schedule.
August 6, 2013 |
One of the bright spots during this sliding Phillies season has been the performance of all-star pitcher Cliff Lee. Yet as the team has struggled recently, Lee has followed a similar pattern. Making his first start in two weeks because of a stiff neck, Lee showed plenty of rust Sunday night in a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The lefthander labored through five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. Lee struck out eight and walked two while throwing 95 pitches, 65 for strikes.
August 5, 2013 |
At this stage, admitting that frustration has seeped into the Phillies clubhouse is no revelation. Manager Charlie Manuel insists the team continues to give the effort. The only thing missing is the result. The Phillies post-all-star fade from contention continued with Saturday's 5-4 loss in 12 innings to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The numbers clearly tell the story and it's not one the Phillies expected they would be part of. This was the Phillies' fourth loss in a row and 12th in the last 13 games.
August 2, 2013 |
As major-league debuts go, Ethan Martin's will likely be among the most nerve-racking. The Phillies announced Thursday that the 24-year-old righthander will make that debut Friday night at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies open a three-game series against the first-place Atlanta Braves. The fact that the Braves come in as one of the hottest teams in baseball and with a huge lead in the National League East will make Martin's debut tough enough. Adding to the degree of difficulty will be the fact that the Braves are the team that Martin grew up watching and rooting for as a young boy in Georgia.
July 26, 2013 |
TIM HUDSON took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting spiked at first base and carted off the field during visiting Atlanta's 8-2 win over the Mets last night. Tim Hudson had X-rays at Citi Field and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It's unclear how long Hudson will be out or whether he'll be able to pitch again this season. Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons all homered off an ineffective Jeremy Hefner to help the Braves' bats break loose after scoring only four runs in their previous three games.
July 24, 2013 |
JASON HEYWARD made a diving catch with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit a go-ahead single with two outs in a two-run top half, leading visiting Atlanta to a 2-1, comeback victory over the New York Mets last night. Playing for the first time after missing six games with a strained right hamstring, Heyward made a long run to his right and slid along the wet grass to hold his glove up after grabbing pinch-hitter Justin Turner's fly ball.
July 23, 2013
The New York Mets' troubles aren't confined to their record as of last week's All-Star break, which made the .500 Phillies look downright hopeful. The team also made the mistake of scheduling a Native American Heritage Night for this week - on the day of a game against the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves. After belatedly discovering the unfortunate coincidence, the team tried to dial back the festivities, which were being organized in partnership with the New York-based American Indian Community House.
July 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies trudged from the dugout stove to the boiling field Saturday in the middle of the sixth inning, and Jonathan Papelbon joined them. He makes his trek to the bullpen at that moment every day. More than half of the season's 162 games will end without Papelbon, their sixth-most expensive player, ever throwing a pitch. Yet Papelbon should be a prized trade commodity this July. There are two robust American League teams, Detroit and Boston, devoid of a stable closing presence.
July 21, 2013
* Re: Injecting some reality into Phillies' second half (July 19): This Phillies team doesn't resemble any past Phillies team. The current Braves team doesn't resemble any past Braves teams, and the current Nats team doesn't resemble any past Nats team. So, the argument that this Phillies team can't have a successful season and reach the playoffs is as flawed as the practice of comparing apples to oranges . . . I wouldn't write this Phillie team off quite yet. The reality of the situation is that it ain't over 'til it's over . . . onthebucks, Philly.com