June 20, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Ryne Sandberg prefers '80s rock, maybe some Journey or REO Speedwagon, but the 54-year-old Phillies manager smiled when hip-hop penetrated his office's walls at Turner Field for three straight days. "I know the songs," Sandberg said Wednesday. That is because they played on repeat in the Phillies' clubhouse to celebrate wins over Atlanta. The Phillies are six games under .500 after a 10-5 destruction of the Braves, and teams on pace for 74 victories do not make statements in the span of three days.
June 19, 2014 |
ATLANTA - The Braves have not looked like a first-place team on either of the last two nights. And after a 5-2 Phillies victory last night, they no longer are a first-place team. What all of that means for the power structure in the National League East remains to be seen. The mood in the Phillies' clubhouse has certainly shifted dramatically over the last week, despite the fact that they are still seven games under .500. "You can sense that this team is starting to have fun again," said infielder Reid Brignac, who went 2-for-5 with a double last night.
June 19, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Kyle Kendrick experimented Tuesday before a 5-2 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves. He trotted to the left-field grass at Turner Field earlier than usual. He followed his normal preparation, completed his pregame throwing session, and sat for 10 minutes in the bullpen. Then, he threw some more in the muggy Georgian air. "I was pretty loose early," Kendrick said. In his first 13 starts, Kendrick allowed 15 first-inning runs (13 earned). In this start, Kendrick fired three strikes to Jason Heyward, and the Braves' hulking leadoff hitter watched them all. Next came B.J. Upton, and three more pitches dispatched him on a strikeout.
June 18, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle as the Phillies batted in the eighth inning Monday night. Cesar Hernandez popped from the dugout, instructed Hamels to retreat, and that is when a mediocre team remembered its shortcomings. Jonathan Papelbon blew a save with 28 ninth-inning pitches. Domonic Brown committed one of the more embarrassing defensive blunders possible in the 10th inning. The lineup stranded at least one runner on base in every inning from the eighth to the 12th.
June 12, 2014 |
Two Southwest Philadelphia honor students had a pretty good excuse for being 40 minutes late for school Tuesday: After two explosions and a fire in a neighbor's house, the pair of high school students broke a rear window, clambered over broken glass, raced up a smoke-filled staircase, pulled a sleeping boy out of bed, then hustled him out the rear door. "They're both heroes," exclaimed Rennu Teli-Johnson, principal of Motivation High School on Baltimore Avenue. "But one of them still owes me his senior-project topic.
May 25, 2014 |
It was a sadly familiar occurrence at Atlanta's Turner Field on Friday night when Braves third baseman Chris Johnson decided to make his feelings known to all and sundry after a second-inning strikeout against Colorado righthander Jordan Lyles. We've all seen it: A grown man reminding us that he plays a children's game for a living by throwing a tantrum that would embarrass your average 2-year-old, let alone a Little Leaguer, destroying whatever equipment or beverage container is within reach - because, hey, it's just not fair . In Johnson's case, his bat took the brunt of his ire - he went down the tunnel and shattered the maple implement of his discontent.
May 4, 2014 |
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't certain the Miami Marlins are stealing signs - but a sweep by the Fish this week made the Braves skipper a little, uh, suspicious. Gonzalez got a bit paranoid when the Marlins outscored his club, 23-7, while pounding Atlanta starters Alex Wood (he of the 1.54 ERA) and Aaron Harang (0.85), who combined to allow 16 runs in 92/3 innings. As he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it made Gonzalez turn the Braves dugout into a baseball version of the NSA on Wednesday night: "We got three guys looking at the scoreboard . . . two guys looking at their bullpen.
April 30, 2014 |
NBA REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS YEAR TEAM W-L PCT. W-L 1968-69 76ers 55-27 .671 1-4 1969-70 76ers 42-40 .512 1-4 1970-71 76ers 47-35 .573 3-4 1971-72 76ers 30-52 .366 1972-73 Braves 21-61 .256 1973-74 Braves 42-40 .512 2-4 1974-75 Braves 49-33 .598 3-4 ...
April 29, 2014 |
PITCHING AND DEFENSE has been the message that they've preached, and as Freddy Galvis fired a strike to first base from his knees for the first out of the ninth inning, you could almost sense Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro Jr. nodding contentedly. Both men are convinced that this Phillies team can win enough games to keep things interesting, and if they are proved correct, it will be performances like yesterday's that do it. A.J. Burnett turned in his most dominant outing of the season, striking out eight without issuing a walk in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.