July 19, 2016 |
The background noise and the Phillies' dormant offense made it difficult to see the future on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in South Philadelphia. Chants of "Let's go Mets" and a standing ovation for the opposing pitcher as he stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth inning made Citizens Bank Park feel like Citi Field South. It was painful for whatever portion of the crowd showed up in the hope of seeing a Phillies victory, but at least it was quick - two hours and 21 minutes - and the fans left with a beach towel that came compliments of the Phillie Phanatic and his bouncy friends in the Galapagos Gang.
July 19, 2016 |
Any thought of a perfect game exited Jacob deGrom's mind when a line drive by Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin lashed over his head. The single in the third inning Sunday gave the Phillies their lone hit in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. It was at that moment, DeGrom said, that he shifted his focus toward attaining his first shutout, which he completed in dominant fashion with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The righthander pitched brilliantly, but he may have been flirting with perfection had it not been for that fastball he grooved to Eflin.
July 18, 2016
ISSUE | BILL LYON TRIBUTE Fund-raising and Phillies I have read with great interest the five-part series by retired Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist Bill Lyon as he bravely shared his journey with Alzheimer's - the most common type of dementia - and its effects on not only him but the people he loves. Alzheimer's, which affects 5.4 million Americans, is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and the only one in the top 10 that has no cure, means of prevention, or way to slow it. As president and chief executive officer of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, I admire Bill's courage tremendously, so we have teamed up with the Inquirer's parent company, Philadelphia Media Network, and the Phillies to honor him with Alzheimer's Night at the Phillies Salutes Bill Lyon, Aug. 3, at Citizens Bank Park.
July 18, 2016 |
The sharp crack of the bat silenced the stadium. With two outs, bases loaded, and the game tied in the seventh inning, the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a line drive. Leftfielder Cody Asche ran toward center, then slid. When he popped up, ball in his glove, fans erupted. Asche set an example as the Phillies beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Asche finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk and was aided by the aggressiveness of veterans Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.
July 17, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin tried to keep a straight face Friday afternoon, hours before the season's second half began with a 5-3 loss to the Mets, when he asked a question to which he well knew the answer. "What are we out of the wild card?" the Phillies manager said. Six games, an onlooker in his office replied. "Six games?" Mackanin said. "Why not? Let's set our sights high. " He stifled laughter. This was not to insult his team, which has been outscored by 89 runs in 91 games and overachieved in almost every area, but out of incredulity that it even served as a talking point in mid July.
July 14, 2016 |
In times of trouble, you could find yourself in far more unpleasant places than South Philadelphia on a breezy summer evening listening to Paul McCartney sing Beatles songs. Which is what a privileged-to-be-there sold-out Citizens Bank Park crowd got to do Tuesday evening, finding refuge from the 24-hour bad-news cycle with the master of the cheerily melodic pop song just three nights after Billy Joel had filled the Phillies-stadium-turned-senior-citizen-rocker showplace, which will also host Bruce Springsteen later this summer.
July 13, 2016 |
SAN DIEGO - Cole Hamels never doubted he would return to the postseason. Stay healthy, the former Phillies ace said, and the opportunity could arise. He just did not expect it so soon with the Texas Rangers last season, mere months after the Phillies traded him. Now he is the best pitcher on the team with the best record in the American League at the all-star break. Life is good for the 32-year-old lefthander. That does not preclude him from being wistful about the great days in Philadelphia.
July 8, 2016 |
The Phillies crushed two more homers Wednesday, and that is why they swept Atlanta with a 4-3 victory, but when they needed the tying run to reach base in the eighth inning, Maikel Franco did not swing. A 100-mph fastball zoomed past him for ball four. Franco flicked his bat toward the Phillies dugout, a challenge to the rest of his teammates to keep mashing the ball like they have for weeks. "He looks like he's more under control," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It could a byproduct of the fact that other guys around him have started to chip in, to where he doesn't feel like he has to do it all by himself.
July 8, 2016 |
KIDS 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., free, 215-685-2230. The lovable - if a bit lethal - little yellow henchmen from the Despicable Me series star in their own film, a prequel that explains how they came to be Gru's helpers. Along the way, there's a plot to steal the crown jewels, a calamitous coronation, and one really big Kevin. The outdoor screening is at 8:30 p.m., but come early for story time and a book swap, plus the gourmet food truck. - Michael Harrington 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine Zoo , 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington.
July 7, 2016 |
Zach Eflin was shaking on the mound, the adrenaline of the night hitting him all at once. He had just thrown his 92nd pitch, a slider to Ender Inciarte, who popped out to third for the night's final out. Eflin led the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to throw a complete game for his first major-league win since Mike Williams did so 24 years ago to the day....