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June 4, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Monday's game against the New York Mets, Phillies relievers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman sat beside each other at their lockers. Diekman stared intently at his laptop while De Fratus listened to music. The pair had to cherish the time to relax; the bullpen hadn't had much time do that over the last four days. The team's bullpen racked up 25 innings in the series, the result of three extra-inning games. The relievers surrendered nine runs in those innings but just three before they allowed six in Monday's 11-2 loss.
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May 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels had thrown more pitches yesterday afternoon than he had in any of the 248 big-league games that preceded it. He struggled with command, but he combatted a rising pitch count with sheer talent and perseverance. He put six straight zeroes onto the scoreboard after allowing a single run in the first inning and, when his work was over following 133 pitches, the most any major league pitcher has thrown this season, Hamels retired to the clubhouse for his poststart workout.
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May 5, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLIFF LEE was better than Stephen Strasburg, and Marlon Byrd hit a three-run home run. On most nights, that should be enough to steer a team to victory when two aces do battle. When said game also involves an appearance by the Phillies bullpen, however, all bets are off. Buoyed by Byrd's home run, Lee left after seven innings with a one-run lead. But when Lee handed the ball over to the relief corps, they gave up the lead - and then some - before recording an out. The lefty-righty relief combo of Mike Adams and Jake Diekman provided little last night, giving up five straight hits to begin the eighth inning as the Phillies bullpen blew up in a 5-3 defeat to the Washington Nationals.
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May 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies bullpen continues to be a source of concern. Entering Friday with the worst bullpen ERA in the National League (4.84), the relievers couldn't match the performance of starter Cliff Lee.   Mike Adams allowed three eighth-inning runs without recording an out, as the Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-3, in the opening of a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. It was the sixth blown save for the Phillies. "I have to do a better job of holding the lead," Adams said.
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April 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The three-year hunt for an effective bullpen continues, and it has uncovered Shawn Camp, a 38-year-old righthander who became the 11th reliever used by the Phillies in less than a month. He has joined Jeff Manship, another nonroster invitee in spring training, to form half of the righthanded relief options for manager Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies entered the weekend with the National League's worst bullpen ERA. They have tried 31 relievers since the start of the 2012 season, and no combination has yielded success.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
GIVEN THE NATURE of his job, and the geography of his habitat, a major league reliever can sometimes feel as if he is on an island. If he is a Phillies reliever, he often can feel as if that island is 3 miles long, on the outskirts of Harrisburg. After the latest Level 7 meltdown, this one in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers last night, the club's bullpen ranks next-to-last in the majors in ERA, and, quite possibly, last in ability to complete the necessary repair work. When we say the Phillies have no options, we mean it figuratively only in the sense that their minor league rosters do contain human bodies that possess an ability to throw a baseball overhand, and thus are technically eligible for a promotion in accordance with major league rules.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE REAL STORY of this Phillies weekend was not Jimmy's Saturday night walkoff, or Chase's game-winning blast yesterday or even the 6-3 victory Friday. The real story was that Jake Diekman won a game as a middle-inning reliever, and looked comfortable in that spot. And that B.J. Rosenberg pitched perfect innings in two straight games, striking out Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of a statement seventh inning yesterday, then walking off the mound as if, well, he does this for a living.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 13, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
HELP COULD soon be on the way for the Phillies' beleaguered bullpen. Veteran setup man Mike Adams is targeting a Monday return, contingent upon a successful outing at Triple A Lehigh Valley today. The Phillies' bullpen entered yesterday with a 5.40 ERA, ranked second-worst in the National League. Phillies relievers were averaging only 7.09 strikeouts per nine innings, second-lowest in the NL (Washington and Atlanta rank first and second at 12.71 and 11.86). Adams, 35, was one of baseball's best setup men from 2008-12, prompting the Phillies to sign him to a 2-year, $12 million deal last offseason.
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April 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHEN JAKE DIEKMAN stepped onto the warning track and began his 335 1/2-foot jog toward the pitcher's mound last night, it was officially time to wonder whether the Phillies' bullpen situation was out of control. This was the seventh inning of a game that the home team trailed by two runs. Due up were three righthanded batters, a species that entered the night having touched Diekman for a .282 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, and .391 slugging percentage in his career. Of the 14 righties that the side-arming lefty had faced in 2014, six had reached base.
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