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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a night of firsts for Cody Asche while hitting second in the order. Asche's two-run homer in the 10th inning provided the Phillies with Friday's 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Asche hit second in the batting order as a starter for the first time in his two seasons. And this was the first walk-off home run of his career. "I have been waiting for that my whole life to do something like that," Asche said. "It is one of the cooler feelings on the baseball field.
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September 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - With a surplus of players on his roster following September call-ups and his best starting pitcher on the mound, Ryne Sandberg opted to rest a few of his regulars and put his best defense on the field yesterday. And, as he said afterward, a better lineup to take on lefthander Gio Gonzalez, too. Darin Ruf started for Ryan Howard at first. Freddy Galvis played second base in place of Chase Utley. In the outfield, Tony Gwynn Jr. started in center and Grady Sizemore was in left.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As crazy as it may seem, there were more than a few murmurs in the Phillies clubhouse the last few days about making the almost-impossible run for a second wild-card spot. That's why Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park felt like a punch to the gut. A team with no margin for error saw what it perceived to be some rough calls, not to mention an impressive power display by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit two solo home runs. The Phillies trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by eight games in the race for the second wild-card spot with 20 games to play.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels has dominated many hitters, but Washington journeyman leftfielder Scott Hairston isn't one of them. Hairston proved to be a nemesis again Sunday by belting a game-deciding sacrifice fly that almost left the park in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-2 win over the Phillies at Nationals Park. "I thought it was a homer," Hamels said. For his career, Hairston is 18 for 48 (.375) with five home runs and 10 RBIs against Hamels. "When he played for the Padres and Mets, he put up some pretty good numbers," Hamels said.
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September 5, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the former International Man of Mystery, made his debut for the Phillies yesterday, 1 year and 4 days from the day he signed a 3-year, $12 million contract with the team. "Amazing," Gonzalez said of arriving to the big leagues for the first time before yesterday's game. "A dream come true. " The Cuban immigrant's first appearance in a major league game was not unlike his first 12 months in the Phillies organization: uncertain. Gonzalez showed an impressive mix of pitches, and his fastball topped out at 96 mph, but he also allowed two runs, in one inning of work between the fifth and six innings of a 7-4 Phillies defeat in Atlanta.
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September 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco's first day in a Phillies uniform probably felt as quick as his rapid ascension from Class A ball to the big leagues in the last 16 months. Franco was called up on Monday. Yesterday, the 22-year-old was penciled into the lineup of his major league game, becoming the youngest position player to start a game for the Phillies since a 21-year-old Jimmy Rollins took his spot as shortstop at Veterans Stadium 14 years ago this month. Franco grounded out in each of his first three plate appearances against Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor.
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September 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before he ascended to interim president of the Phillies, Pat Gillick spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. two or three times a week on the phone. Gillick, a Hall of Fame executive, served from his Seattle home as a sounding board for Amaro. Little will change now that Gillick, 77, is Amaro's boss. "Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make," Gillick said Tuesday at Turner Field. "Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ball club. But right now, if there's something I might have a different opinion, I'll certainly voice that opinion, and we'll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.
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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 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 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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