March 30, 2011
Here is how Placido Polanco stacked up against the top-hitting regular third basemen in the National League last season: G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBIs BB SO OBP SLG AVG R. Zimmerman, Nationals 142 525 85 161 32 0 25 85 69 98 .388 .510 .307 Placido Polanco, Phillies 132 554 76...
October 9, 2012 |
WHAT THE PHILS WILL DO: Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel love Freddy Galvis. They gush over his defense and baseball acumen. They wanted him in the field enough that they endorsed Chase Utley taking ground balls at third base in a monthlong experiment that was eventually shut down. With Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins healthy, the only hole the Phils should have is third base and it says here that Galvis will be given the job this spring after adjusting to the position just as easily as he moved from shortstop to second base last spring.
August 6, 2011 |
Tim Hudson was very impressed with his speedy new teammate, George Costanza. Er, make that Jose Constanza. Kid about "Seinfeld" now. The way this rookie is playing soon no one is going to get his name wrong. Constanza had an RBI triple and made two outstanding catches in the outfield to back Hudson, Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting streak to 26 games with a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the host New York Mets, 4-1, last night. "Costanza, Georgie, came in, he's doing well . . . that's his name right?"
August 17, 2008 |
From Greg Maddux's 733 career starts Friday night to Chad Reineke's big-league debut last night, it didn't matter. The Phillies continued their nine-week offensive funk, and Kyle Kendrick struggled again in an 8-3 loss last night to the San Diego Padres as the Phillies fell two games behind the New York Mets in the National League East. Reineke, whom the Padres acquired late last month in a trade with the Houston Astros for Randy Wolf, didn't have anyone in awe, but he pitched well enough to beat the Phillies at Petco Park.
April 17, 2009 |
Chase Headley tied a career high with four hits and the visiting San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets, 6-5, last night to win the first regular-season series at Citi Field. Jake Peavy settled down after allowing Carlos Delgado's long three-run homer in the first and surprising San Diego held on for its sixth win in seven games. Former Mets reliever Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances. New York's spacious new home, with its expansive outfield, is reminiscent of the power alleys in the Padres' Petco Park.
April 19, 2010 |
No one told Ubaldo Jimenez he'd have trouble sleeping the night after throwing a no-hitter. Who on the Colorado Rockies could have warned Jimenez? There was no one to prepare him for what would come after allowing no hits in Saturday night's 4-0 win over the host Atlanta Braves. No other pitcher in the Rockies' 18-year history has thrown a no-hitter. It was the first no-hitter in the majors since White Sox ace Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.
September 10, 2012 |
MIAMI'S RICKY Nolasco has been on a roll of late. Just ask the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Nolasco tossed a four-hitter to shut out Washington for the second time in 2 weeks and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third straight day to lead the visiting Marlins to an 8-0 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Nolasco also doubled in two runs when Bryce Harper lost his fly ball in the sun, and Greg Dobbs added three singles for Miami, which pounded out 14 hits. The Marlins won two of three games in the weekend series against the Nationals, whose division lead slipped to 5 1/2 games.
August 28, 2010 |
SAN DIEGO - On paper, the moment will fall victim to the limitations of black-and-white numbers and black-and-white words. But for those who actually witnessed Jimmy Rollins rounding third, who watched him approach home plate deader than a 12-point buck, who watched Yorvit Torrealba catch and turn for what should have been the latest in a long line of brutal developments, there can be no mistaking the magnitude of what happened next. Rollins dropped into a slide, twisted his body to his right, and raised his hand, slapping home plate as he sailed past it, Torrealba's glove reaching in vain for something that wasn't there.
August 29, 2010 |
SAN DIEGO - Since Brad Lidge fell to his knees as a world champion in 2008, he has discovered many ways to blow a baseball game - 16 in all. On Friday night, Lidge blew a game without the ball's leaving his hand. The Phillies closer balked in the tying run in the ninth inning, spoiling another fantastic Roy Oswalt start. The Phillies still won, 3-2, in 12 innings thanks to a highlight-reel slide by Jimmy Rollins. Lidge made things a bit more complicated than they should have been.
September 8, 2008 |
Chris Young came within four outs of perfection, a major accomplishment for a guy whose season has been anything but perfect. Young retired the first 23 Milwaukee Brewers in order before Gabe Kapler homered, and the San Diego Padres won at Milwaukee, 10-1, yesterday. Not bad for a guy who missed 9 weeks after a scorching liner from Albert Pujols broke his nose. "Personally, it's pretty gratifying," said Young, who was out from May 21 to July 29 after having surgery to repair his deviated septum.