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September 3, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The ninth pitch Jonathan Papelbon threw yesterday afternoon landed in first baseman Darin Ruf's glove at 4:22 p.m. The line-drive out was the final out of the Phillies' combined no-hitter on Labor Day. But since four different pitchers played a part - and catcher Carlos Ruiz, and the hitters who helped supply the rare run support for Cole Hamels - it was worth wondering just who would get the game ball. So, where is it going, Cole? "That last ball, because it is so special, I think we are going to dedicate it to David Montgomery," said Hamels, who threw the first six of nine no-hit innings.
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September 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Seven of the first eight pitches Cole Hamels threw on a sweltering Labor Day start at Turner Field landed out of the strike zone. Five of the first 12 batters he faced reached base with a free pass: a walk or after being hit by a pitch. The only thing rising quicker than the first-pitch temperature of 88 degrees in Atlanta yesterday afternoon was Hamels' pitch count. "Cole wasn't himself," manager Ryne Sandberg would say later. "Not even close. " Hamels had thrown 108 pitches as he stood in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning of a two-run game.
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September 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - As the first combined no-hitter in 132 years of Phillies baseball neared its strange conclusion, a rolling laundry cart inside the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field became an ice bucket. It held six champagne bottles. One for every Phillies pitcher and catcher who authored history, plus an extra for good measure. This accomplishment gave a hapless team the chance to celebrate something. The Phillies have stumbled together for five months, so they toasted together after Monday's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK, A.J. Burnett said he was "probably" going to retire after the season. It wasn't exactly a surprising development, since Burnett spent the first three months of last offseason thinking along the same lines. But after delivering his first stellar start in more than a month on Monday night, Burnett's words from a week ago are somewhat relevant. Burnett tossed five zeros on the board for the first five innings against a very talented team in leading the Phillies to a 3-2 victory.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seattle Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma is an example of a pitcher who prospers by grudgingly giving out free passes. He entered the game against the Phillies Tuesday night leading baseball in fewest walks per nine innings with 0.777. His counterpart, Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, took the mound leading MLB with 72 walks, an average of nearly four per nine innings. Although Burnett, 37, turned in a solid performance before running out of gas in the eighth inning, he couldn't keep pace with Iwakuma.
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August 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander Jerome Williams understood he was running out of chances, so he decided to put his trust in his new catcher. Following the lead of Carlos Ruiz has made a major difference for Williams, who made his second straight strong start Monday since the Phillies claimed him on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. Williams allowed one run on three hits in seven-plus innings of a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Citizens...
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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - There is no more appropriate cross section to illustrate Antonio Bastardo's maddening fluctuation than the previous eight days. He struck out six batters in two innings on Aug. 5; pitched a scoreless inning on Friday; suffered an 11th-inning loss the next day; rebounded with a scoreless inning on Monday; and endured the ignominy of a five-run disaster on Tuesday night. Ryne Sandberg heaped praise upon Bastardo for the better part of two weeks in July, a time when the Phillies shopped their lefthanded reliever.
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