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October 24, 2010
The Giants' bullpen shut down Phillies batters after manager Bruce Bochy removed starter Jonathan Sanchez, who had hit Chase Utley with a pitch in the third inning, leading to both benches clearing. Pitcher   IP    H   R   ER   BB   K     Jeremy Affeldt   2    0   0   0   0   2    Madison Bumgarner   2    3   0   0   1   1    Javier Lopez   1    0   0   0   0   1    Tim Lincecum   1/3   2   0   0   0   1    Brian Wilson   12/3   0   0   0   2   1   
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September 14, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' bullpen has had its problems recently. It entered last night's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field looking a little wiped out, as if 143 games had been just about enough. In its previous 11 games, the bullpen had gone 3-5 with one save, four blown saves and a 5.94 ERA. The Phillies lost six of those 11 games, with five of the losses coming in the ninth inning or later. That made the bullpen's contribution last night in a sweep of the Braves more notable.
NEWS
April 22, 2000
When John Rocker sprinted out of the bullpen to face the Phillies at Turner Field in Atlanta Tuesday and Thursday nights, he got standing ovations. They were the Atlanta Braves' reliever's first games back from the suspension imposed on him for his stupid, bigoted remarks in a Sports Illustrated interview. Just as he didn't deserve the suspension, he also didn't deserve standing ovations. Some of those cheering were just happy to see that arm back in the home team's lineup.
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June 26, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With closer Brad Lidge back from the 15-day disabled list, the Phillies' tired bullpen recovers an important member, although it will continue to miss Scott Eyre and Clay Condrey. "It's going to be really big for our bullpen," to have Lidge back, said manager Charlie Manuel. "I think we're going to be able to put our guys in the right position. " Pitching coach Rich Dubee said earlier that while Lidge's return will solidify the late-inning structure - Lidge assumes ninth-inning responsibilities, Ryan Madson returns to the eighth inning, and J.C. Romero can pitch the seventh inning or face tough lefthanders in the eighth - the middle-relief situation remains murky.
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June 10, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are many reasons why the Phillies are in last place in the National League East, but none is bigger than the pitching staff, which had the worst earned run average in the league entering yesterday's game against the Detroit Tigers. It has been suggested in recent weeks that one way to improve the pitching would be to recall top prospect Brett Myers from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and move Terry Adams to the bullpen. The move would not be so much a demotion for Adams as a way to improve the bullpen.
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June 22, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Jerry DiPoto and the rest of the New York Mets bullpen have been waiting for weeks to show they could come through. Last night, they finally did. DiPoto (2-1) replaced starter Pete Harnisch, who left after three innings, and the bullpen combined to blank the visiting Cincinnati Reds over the last six innings in a 9-4 win. The Reds led, 4-0, when Harnisch left. DiPoto pitched three scoreless innings and Dave Mlicki closed out the Reds for his first career save. "Getting in there was the big thing," said DiPoto, whose last victory came on Opening Day against St. Louis.
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June 18, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chan Ho Park doesn't agree with the assessment by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee that he's better suited to be a reliever than a starter at this stage in his career. But the 35-year-old righthander, who lost his spot in the starting rotation to J.A. Happ a month ago, said he was willing to embrace his role as a middle reliever. Lately, he has been proving it. "I'm getting used to it and I'm learning," Park said before last night's game against Toronto at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 28, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Hideki Irabu, the Japanese-born pitcher who was signed earlier this season to a $12.8 million contract by the Yankees, was sent to the bullpen yesterday. Irabu, who was hit hard in his last three starts, has a 2-2 record and a 7.97 ERA. With Irabu's next start scheduled to fall on Thursday - a day off for the Yankees - manager Joe Torre said the pitcher would be skipped in the rotation. Torre did not say when he would make his next start. The Pirates announced that catcher Jason Kendall had agreed to a new contract that will pay him $7.2 million over four years, beginning next season.
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July 14, 1998 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Pitcher Charles Nagy, on the heels of signing a $24 million, four-year contract extension, could be headed to the Cleveland Indians' bullpen to get himself straightened out. Nagy leads the majors with 26 homers allowed. He is more than halfway to breaking Bert Blyleven's major-league record of 50. In his last outing, on Sunday, Nagy gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in an 11-6 loss to Minnesota. The New York Yankees were 17-8 at Cleveland's Jacobs Field after last night's loss there.
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March 28, 2010 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The outlook for the Phillies' bullpen this season is similar to the 10th day of a 10-day weather forecast. You really don't know whether to expect sunshine or rain. The greatest concern, of course, is the health of closer Brad Lidge and late-inning lefthander J.C. Romero, both of whom will remain in Clearwater when the Phillies begin the regular season a week from tomorrow. "We have to get Romero and Lidge healthy and pitching," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after yesterday's 8-4 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
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June 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Phillies and Giants traded runs in the later innings Sunday, the Phillies shuttled relievers back and forth from the dugout to the bullpen in foul territory at AT&T Park. A few warmed up, then sat. Then warmed up again. An 8-7 loss was sealed with Severino Gonzalez on the mound for his second inning of work. The bullpen has endured the brunt of the workload in recent weeks, and the unit looks spent. That is why the Phillies will transition Adam Morgan from the rotation to the bullpen beginning Monday.
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May 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
It feels like forever ago when Pete Mackanin stared at the losing lineup card on the desk inside the visiting manager's office at Citi Field and lamented his broken bullpen. Everyone, the Phillies manager said, had tried too hard. The Phillies were 0-4, and their relievers lugged a 12.66 ERA. A rebuilding team does not prioritize its bullpen, and this was the greatest fear for those around the Phillies: The young starting pitchers would not taste winning because of an inept bullpen.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies bullpen entered the season as one of the team's glaring uncertainties. A month into the season, it has been an obvious reason for the team's surprising start. The unit - which entered Wednesday with 98 strikeouts in 87 innings - is finding success without having firepower. It is unconventional, but it is working. The Phillies relief pitchers, according to PitchF/X data, throw an average fastball of 91.7 mph. It is the fourth-slowest mark by a Phillies bullpen since the data began being tracked in 2007.
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May 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin walked to the mound Saturday night with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over Cleveland. The manager took the ball from Elvis Araujo as the bullpen roulette wheel spun again. A new reliever - righthander Colton Murray - jogged through the opened bullpen door in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Another inning ended without a run crossing the plate as the manager's spins continued to come up winners. The Phillies bullpen has not allowed a run in five games, a streak that spans 16 innings.
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April 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Charlie Morton handed the ball over to manager Pete Mackanin and the pitcher's fate on Tuesday night was placed in the hands of the bullpen. Morton walked to the dugout with a one-run lead, hoping his relievers would be able to piece together seven more outs. A week ago, Morton probably would have been doomed. The relief corps was tagged in the season-opening sweep in Cincinnati. The unit looked beleaguered. But much has seemed to change, at least for now. The Phillies bullpen awarded Morton with seven outs, closing the door on a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 8, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI — The Phillies jogged onto the field without a pitcher in the middle of the seventh of a one-run game. The bullpen bustled as Aaron Nola lingered in the dugout. Pete Mackanin encountered the exact situation he faced two days earlier, and this time the manager instructed his 22-year-old righthander to continue. Nola obliged with two more strikeouts. It did not matter. "Hopefully," Mackanin said after a 3-2 loss to the Reds, "we don't have one-run games the rest of the year.
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April 8, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CINCINNATI - The door to the manager's office opened about 10 minutes after the Phillies' debilitating 3-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night and Pete Mackanin confessed how difficult his job has been through just two games. "Boy, these close ones are killing me already," he said. "It is a shame because we wasted two good starting performances and couldn't close it out. We need to score more runs, make it a little easier. " Easier is not something Mackanin's job is likely to become between now and the season finale in early October.
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April 6, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - The bullpen door opened in right field at Great American Ball Park, and Jeanmar Gomez paused. Nine outs. Pete Mackanin asked his bullpen for nine outs. Nine outs, and the Phillies could secure an opening-day win Monday to start this season rife with drab expectations. A quartet sang "God Bless America. " Mackanin pleaded in silence. But when two rebuilding teams gathered before 43,683 people in a city that holds a parade for opening day, the weakest group in the building was exposed.
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April 6, 2016
CINCINNATI - They began trickling into the business district more than three hours before the parade. They were walking across intersections, standing in lines, sitting in cubicles inside offices: jerseys, T-shirts, caps, everybody dressed in all-Reds everything. Turns out Opening Day is a bit of a thing here in the Queen City, and as Joey Votto stepped into the box in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded, the home crowd finally had somewhere to channel all of that energy.
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March 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The subject of who will close for the Phillies arose again this week, and Pete Mackanin stressed patience. He listed three names - Andrew Bailey, David Hernandez, and Cuban righthander Dalier Hinojosa, who has all of 23 innings in the majors. "He's in the mix," Mackanin said. "They're all in the mix. It's a big mix. " With a week until the Phillies break camp, the projected bullpen is no clearer. Just about every option is in play. Mackanin expects decisions to be made at the last possible moment.
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