September 9, 2015 |
A dreadful stretch of performances from the Atlanta Braves ensured Monday's Phillies' game to be the least desirable of Major League Baseball's 15 Labor Day games. The matchup was reflected in the attendance as the smallest crowd in Citizens Bank Park's 12-season history showed up to watch baseball's two worst teams. An announced 15,125 in the stands for the Phillies' 7-2 loss marked the team's worst attendance since April 23, 2003, when a mere 13,444 attended a win against the Colorado Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
September 3, 2015 |
Tyrik Glenn's commemoration of his old friend runs from his neck to his toes. Glenn, a senior linebacker and running back for the Williamstown football team, lowered his shoulder pads to show off the writing on his under pads - "R.I.P #62. " He has the same message on the toes of his football cleats. "This is our biggest motivation now," Glenn said during a break in Williamstown's preseason practice on a hot and humid morning in Monroe Township. Glenn and two-way back Joe Early - and many of the Braves' seniors - were close friends with Darius Boyer, who drowned July 2 at the age of 17 while swimming at a former quarry in the township.
August 4, 2015 |
The second-half steamroller known as the Phillies finally was slowed, but for those looking at the future of this franchise, it should be an interesting final two months. A 6-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park enabled the winners to salvage a victory from the four-game set. Since the all-star break the Phillies are 12-3, and even after the loss they own a plus-31 run differential. With all the minor-leaguers acquired in recent trades, plenty of young guns will be knocking on the major-league door, so the players already here have to hold their ground.
August 3, 2015 |
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin gathered his players before last month's all-star break. He challenged them to "choose one of two paths" before they departed San Francisco for a four-day recess. "Either we're the team that has the bad record, or we're a better team than our record," he told them. Mackanin believed the Phillies were better than baseball's worst record. He hoped his team agreed. Since that meeting, the Phillies have been the major leagues' hottest team.
August 2, 2015 |
The Phillies may not be turning heads, but at least they haven't succumbed to the easiest of temptations - packing it in following a seemingly hopeless first half of the season. On the day Cole Hamels' departure to Texas was made official, the Phillies continued their unexpected second-half turnaround with a 9-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Entering the evening, the Phillies were tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best winning percentage since the all-star break.
August 1, 2015 |
Aaron Harang was supposed to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension on Thursday morning and pitch in Allentown. The plan called for Harang to make a rehab start with triple-A Lehigh Valley before joining the Phillies. But the team's plans were expedited. Harang was in the majors - not the minors - Thursday. The righthander's opposition was not the triple-A Yankees, but the major-league Braves, whom he stymied for five innings in a 4-1 win. Despite no rehab start, he looked fit as he allowed one run. Harang had been sidelined since July 1 with plantar fasciitis, which caused a stabbing pain in the bottom of his left foot.
July 31, 2015 |
IN THE MIDST of a pending trade with the Texas Rangers, which has franchise cornerstone Cole Hamels and lefthanded reliever Jake Diekman being exchanged for five prospects and another player already in the big leages, the Phillies had a date with the Atlanta Braves last night to kick off a four-game homestand. The whereabouts of both Hamels and Diekman was a hot topic in the Phillies clubhouse throughout the day. "I'm excited for him to go somewhere and get a little change of scenery, 'cause I know the kind of pitcher he is and I know what he can do, and who knows, maybe just a different stadium might do him some good," righthanded reliever Justin DeFratus said of Diekman, his bullpen mate, before the game.
July 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco held his helmet as he slowly jogged toward home plate in the 10th inning of a 4-0 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Phillies offense had been stagnant for the first 27 innings of the weekend series against the Braves at Turner Field. Now it was coming alive. The Phillies scored four times in the 10th. Ryan Howard gave them their first lead of the series on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Carlos Ruiz doubled to drive in Cesar Hernandez and Franco. Freddy Galvis singled home Ruiz.
July 5, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Adam Morgan held his glove to his mouth for what must have felt like an eternity. The pitcher walked off the mound during the seventh inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Braves. He turned and watched Juan Uribe's arching home run sky past him. Morgan did not lower his glove until the ball finally landed. The rookie's homecoming had been spoiled. Morgan grew up 20 miles north of Turner Field. He and his friends used to tailgate in the stadium's Blue Lot and buy $5 tickets when they were in high school.
June 29, 2015 |
Chanting "black lives matter" and the names of the victims of the fatal shootings in Charleston, S.C., about 80 protesters braved the wind and rain Saturday in a two-mile march along Broad Street. After the Rev. Mark Tyler of Philadelphia's Mother Bethel A.M.E. led a prayer for the nine victims, the group walked in the southbound lanes from Broad and Erie to Cecil B. Moore Avenue under a police escort as traffic crept behind. The marchers carried nine posters with photographs of the victims, but the demonstration went beyond the June 17 incident at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.