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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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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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March 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brett Oberholtzer is out of minor-league options, so his spot on the roster was all but guaranteed when the Phillies traded for him last December. He has made more than 40 starts in the majors, which makes him one of the more experienced arms in camp. For now, he'll pitch as a reliever. Oberholtzer, 26, was one of three candidates to be the Phillies' fifth starter. He is scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days this week, which signals his transition to the bullpen.
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March 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Five teams, including his current employer, have placed Bobby LaFromboise on waivers in the last 22 months. So the lefthanded reliever has learned that six stellar Grapefruit League innings are merely that, and nothing more. But, in a spring in which the Phillies have invited two dozen relievers to camp and offered a handful of jobs, the smallest of adjustments could pay dividends. Like LaFromboise's moving his feet to the other side of the rubber to accentuate the movement on his sub-90-mph fastball.
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March 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Daniel Stumpf said he is here to get lefthanded hitters out, and that's what he did on Sunday. The lefthanded pitcher retired both lefties he faced as Stumpf continued to make his case for a spot in the team's bullpen. Stumpf retired five of his six batters in a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees. His lone hit allowed was a ground-ball single. It was the first hit he allowed this spring in 32/3 innings. Stumpf struck out lefthander Didi Gregorius in the third inning and forced lefthander Dustin Ackley to fly out in the fourth.
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February 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Greg Burke said he was just a typical righthander who threw 90 m.p.h. After one season in the big leagues, he returned to the minors. Burke needed something, he said, to set himself apart from "all of the guys throwing 100 miles per hour. " During spring training with Baltimore in 2012, Burke found a way to be different. The South Jersey native started throwing sidearm and returned to the majors a season later with the Mets. Burke, who is competing for a spot in the wide-open Phillies bullpen, is one of two pitchers in camp who uses a sidearm delivery.
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