June 23, 2015 |
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
June 23, 2015 |
The team with baseball's worst record has been dealt some embarrassing defeats lately, most notably losing by 16 runs Tuesday, but also by eight and nine, respectively, Friday and Saturday. For at least one afternoon, the Phillies experienced the feel of a blowout win. "It was nice to be on the other end of it for once," Cody Asche said after Sunday's 9-2 Phillies' win against baseball's best team, the St. Louis Cardinals, at Citizens Bank Park. "We've taken some pretty big losses here the last five or six games.
June 22, 2015 |
A MEDIUM-SIZED rodent - perhaps about the size of the pitching rubber - deftly scaled the screen behind home plate in the second inning of last night's game between the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. It distracted everyone on the field and in the stands, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. The people, after all, came to be entertained. The Citizens Bank Park Squirrel, no relation to the 2011 NLDS Busch Stadium Squirrel, according to a baseball source, didn't stop with his high-wire act. With a hop, skip and a jump, our hero was suddenly dancing on the dugout.
June 21, 2015 |
The latest player to hit the Phillies' starting rotation didn't do so with the utmost confidence. Righthander Phillippe Aumont has always had the strongest of arms, but he conceded his biggest downfall has come between the ears. As for between the white lines, the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Aumont for six runs in four innings during Friday's 12-4 romp over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. "It has to be between the ears; I have done it plenty of times, physically," Aumont said.
June 18, 2015 |
WHAT IN THE name of Hack Wilson is going on? According to a New York Times report, the St. Louis Cardinals have allegedly taken stealing to a new level. The Times reported yesterday that the FBI and Justice Department are investigating whether Cardinals officials hacked into the Houston Astros' computer network to pilfer personnel database information. In sports, the only men in black used to be umpires. Now they're federal agents who investigate FIFA honchos one week and baseball officials the next.
May 29, 2015 |
A cyber-school principal has been hired to head Cardinal O'Hara High School, whose former principal - abruptly fired in November 2013 - recently settled a lawsuit with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Eileen Vice, an alumna of O'Hara who has worked at 21st Century Cyber Charter School in Downingtown since 2004, will replace Pete Balzano, who took over after the archdiocese dismissed Marie Rogai without explanation. Vice will begin at the 1,300-student school July 1, the archdiocese said in a news release Wednesday.
May 9, 2015
Here is a comparison of how Matt Harvey and Cole Hamels started their careers, and how their 2015 seasons have started: Career Through 41 Starts Pitcher ERA IP K BB Harvey (current) 2.39 217.1 295 61 Hamels (May 2006-July 2007) 3.91 251.0 269 77 Matt Harvey's 2015 Date Opponent IP H R K BB April 9 Nationals 6.0 4 0 9 1 April 14 Phillies 6.
May 2, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - The final day of the worst April of Chase Utley's major-league career started and ended in the visitors dugout at Busch Stadium. The struggling second baseman was given a game off Thursday afternoon in the Phillies' 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Utley is in a 3-for-45 slump since his two-homer performance against the Mets. His month went into the books with a woeful .114 batting average. That ranks dead last among 182 qualified major-league hitters. His .398 on-base-plus-slugging percentage ranks next to last.
May 2, 2015
ST. LOUIS - David Buchanan faced 21 batters Thursday in a 9-3 Phillies loss to the Cardinals, and 11 of them reached base. The second-year righthander left Busch Stadium with the worst rate of combined walks and hits per innings pitched (1.91) among 131 qualified major-league starters. "I want my team to win a game that I pitch in," he said. "I'm not looking at my record. I want my team to win when I pitch in a ball game. I don't care how it happens. [I'm] 0 for 5 right now. But I want my team to be confident when I take that mound.
May 1, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - With pitching injuries becoming contagious to potential contending teams, and the Boston Red Sox rotation sporting the worst ERA in either league, the Cole Hamels' trade buzz returned to the baseball world this week. Given the need for pitching throughout major league baseball, and the scarcity of top-level pitching that's likely to be available, it would be more than mildly surprising if Cole Hamels is still in a Phillies uniform three months from today. But since there are few aces to be had this summer, the teams left standing when Hamels finds a seat in the trade deadline's musical chairs will have to look elsewhere.