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.
June 8, 2015 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Williamstown's first three batters in the sixth inning reached base with singles. Williamstown's first three batters in the seventh inning also reached base with singles. It was way too little, way too late for the Braves. Millburn was comfortably in command, and would cruise to an 11-3 victory over Williamstown in the Group 4 state championship game Saturday at Toms River South. But those two late rallies still meant something to the Braves, to their coaches and to the legion of blue-clad fans who made the long drive on a hazy and humid day to see the program's first appearance in the state finals.
May 8, 2015 |
ATLANTA - The worst of Jerome Williams' 15 starts in red pinstripes created a hole out of which the Phillies could not dig. On a night when their offense managed 12 hits, four for extra bases, the game's result still mirrored much of the previous week's. A 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday capped the Phillies' first 10-game road trip of the season, a three-city jaunt that produced only three wins. They have yet to win a road series this season and have lost each of their last nine dating to September.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - The day after eclipsing five runs for only the second time this season, the Phillies managed a season-high 14 hits Monday night. They combined them with another quality start on the mound and mostly effective bullpen work, a formula that, although seldom seen this season, typically translates to success. Their 5-2 win against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field earned them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season. Tuesday offers another chance for the Phillies (10-17)