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June 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an unbelievable moment, Kenny Koplove said. The South Philadelphia native was sitting with his parents around the computer on Wednesday, the final day of baseball's first-year player draft. He got a call from his adviser, telling him that the Phillies would draft Koplove in the 17th round. "I put down the phone and a minute later it's on the board," the righthander said. "It's been a dream come true. It's hard to put it into words. When that opportunity came, it wasn't even a second thought.
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June 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The baseball whizzed across the plate, and Cody Asche watched it pass. The Phillies' improbable comeback attempt was over. A 7-5 loss to San Francisco at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday was final. It was hard to believe that the Phillies had the tying run at bat after digging themselves into an early six-run hole. The Phillies twice cut that deficit to two. And both times, they never got closer. Asche represented the tying run in the ninth after Chase Utley reached on a pinch-hit walk.
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June 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The replay, Ben Revere said, showed that he had lifted his foot a half-inch off second base in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-4 loss to San Francisco. And sometimes, he said, a half-inch is all it takes. Revere did not re-touch second base after running past the bag on a steal attempt. He returned to first on a Jeff Francoeur's shallow fly out to right field. First base coach Juan Samuel told Revere he missed the bag after he returned to first. By then, it was too late. The Giants threw to first.
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June 4, 2015
.207 Chase Utley's batting average after a three-hit night. .342 Utley's batting average over his last 22 games.
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May 29, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The bit of momentum built by the Phillies a week and a half ago officially dissipated Wednesday with a 7-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies departed for their 10-day road trip riding a five-game winning streak. They return home as losers of four straight and seven of their last nine. The Phillies (19-30) are off to their worst start since 2000, when they finished 16 wins shy of a .500 record. Manager Ryne Sandberg said a four-game losing streak was not the way he wanted to finish the road trip, especially after opening it with a win. "We'll get back home," Sandberg said.
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May 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - There is no handy manual for when a major league manager should take out his starting pitcher, so the men who make the decisions must do so more on feel and gut than any strict guidelines. Jacob deGrom, reigning National League Rookie of the Year, didn't look like a pitcher anywhere near ready to leave the playing premises of Citi Field when he wrapped up his seventh inning of work against the Phillies last night. He retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, nine via strikeout.
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May 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Jacob deGrom dominated the Phillies for seven innings Tuesday night. But after New York Mets manager Terry Collins called on his bullpen, the Phillies rallied for what matched their best offensive inning of the season. It was all for naught, however, as the bullpen couldn't take advantage of the newfound lead. Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run for the second consecutive game, sealing a 5-4 victory with a 10th-inning single off Elvis Araujo. The Phillies loss was the sixth in their last eight games and their sixth in seven tries against the Mets this season.
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May 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Six consecutive balls to begin Justin De Fratus' outing on Monday prompted a visit to the mound by Bob McClure. The Phillies' pitching coach reminded the 27-year-old reliever that he was one pitch away from inducing a ground-ball double play. Three pitches later, De Fratus saw the fastball he aimed "down and away" smacked over Citi Field's left-field fence. Wilmer Flores' three-run home run in the sixth broke open the Memorial Day matinee, a 6-3 win by the New York Mets.
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May 27, 2015 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
NEW YORK - This kid gets it, anyway. Maybe it's contagious. The Phillies played at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Washington, the fifth of 10 consecutive road games. Maikel Franco knew he wouldn't be able to have his wish granted until the Phillies returned home 6 days later, when the team could dictate field usage. Still, Franco wanted to cover his bases. He approached bench coach Larry Bowa and said: "I had a routine in the minors where I would take extra ground balls at 3:30 every day. Will you help me do this when we get back home?"
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