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SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Gwynn Jr., pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels after eight pristine innings of shutout baseball, issued a most fitting tribute Wednesday. San Diego righthander Joaquin Benoit, just inserted into the game, fired a 95-m.p.h. fastball. Gwynn attacked it. The ball sailed into foul territory. It landed in Padres third baseman Chase Headley's glove for a quick out. Hamels had nothing to show for an 11-strikeout effort on a night when both teams tried their hardest to lose. Someone had to win, and when Reid Brignac destroyed a Nick Vincent cutter, the Phillies could boast a winning streak for the first time in three weeks.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
HE GALLOPED in from the bullpen on a chariot made of solid gold, lightning bolts shooting from his eyes, flames streaming from his arms, thunder booming from the heavens as all in attendance threw themselves at his mercy. Eh, not quite. "I thought I was going to fall down," Kenny Giles said. "My legs were a little jellied. " Giles, a 23-year-old righthander whose ability to throw a fastball 100 miles per hour had made him a bit of a cause celebre amongst a fan base fatigued by some of the performances it had seen from the Phillies' bullpen, made his much-anticipated major league debut yesterday.
SPORTS
June 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST OCTOBER, Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants went through their normal postseason autopsy report. They took a look at the remnants of a team that lost 89 games and finished 23 games behind the National League East-champion Atlanta Braves and decided the best course of action was to keep playing the same hand. Over the winter, the general manager resisted trading veterans like Cliff Lee and re-signed his dependable-but-aging catcher, Carlos Ruiz. Amaro then added a position player older than everyone else in his projected starting lineup and swooped in before spring training and signed a pitcher older than every other player on his 40-man roster.
SPORTS
June 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Domonic Brown broke for home, but had nowhere to go. After hitting the first of back-to-back, one-out singles off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey, Brown left third and made way for the plate when Cesar Hernandez hit a ground ball to third. With the pitcher on deck, Brown pretty much had to head home on contact. Brown was out by at least a few feet. It was the third time in less than 24 hours that a Phillies baserunner morphed into a dead duck in the 90 feet that separates third base from the plate.
SPORTS
June 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Billy Hamilton sprinted around the diamond until he reached Homer Bailey near third base. Fireworks erupted Sunday at Great American Ball Park while a Reds pitcher - whose two-run single ignited a nightmarish fifth inning - scored on a slap-hitting outfielder's home run. This is how the 36th loss, 4-1 to Cincinnati, looked for the Phillies. There is no end in sight; they are on pace to lose 96 games. The Phillies have the worst record in the National League at 25-36.
SPORTS
June 5, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - After the fourth loss in five games, and with a 2-hour train ride standing between the beaten-up team and a much-needed night of rest, the only sounds in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park were the zippers closing as bags were packed for the trip. But then, in the distance, in the hallway between the clubhouse and the dugout, an unknown person let out a four-letter expletive in anger. He repeated it a few seconds later. And then the silence returned on Monday night.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Kids, one thing you will learn in life, if you haven't already learned it, is that meetings rarely beget solutions, only more meetings. Thus, when your favorite baseball team starts holding them, it is usually a good time to begin investigating other sources of emotional fulfillment. Yesterday, when the doors to the visitor's clubhouse at Nationals Park were closed to the media, it was supposedly a thing, the same kind of thing as the radio interview in which Larry Bowa said the Phillies weren't playing like major leaguers, the kind of thing that carries folks with blogs and Twitter accounts and deadlines through news cycles, the kind of thing that adds an element of story to what would otherwise be another day spent chronicling the meaningless existence of a baseball team headed nowhere.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three straight extra-inning games totaling 39 innings, the Phillies seemed to have no energy, emotion or offense. The pitching, especially the relief variety, wasn't too hot, either. Never mind that the New York Mets have endured the same marathon-like schedule. The Mets were a team showing plenty of pep and pop. In yet another game that deflated the Phillies and rejuvenated the visitors, the Mets earned an 11-2 victory on Monday night to win four of five in their series at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FROM THE END of the second inning to the beginning of the seventh, Zack Wheeler retired 14 straight Phillies hitters, and with relative ease. Only two balls left the outfield over that run spanning six innings. Wheeler's 14th straight out was also his ninth strikeout of the night. The New York Mets righthander was a Marlon Byrd solo home run away from joining an endless list of pitchers who have thrown zeroes up on the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard this month. Byrd's one-out home run in the seventh inning saved the Phillies from being shut out for the sixth time in their last 14 games at home.
SPORTS
May 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ballpark looked funereal at 10:35 p.m. with the result still in doubt. It was quiet enough to hear Scott Franzke's voice careen from the concourses onto the rows of empty blue seats. The mitts popped from the bullpens beyond center field. Willin Rosario jumped a first-pitch Cole Hamels fastball, and a single scream emanated from the stands. Colorado won, 6-2, once Rosario's three-run blast in the seventh cracked a tie game. His Rockies teammates shouted and pounded Rosario when he returned to the visiting dugout, and their celebration was audible through the empty stadium.
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