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June 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - There were no words for Cole Hamels to describe the sensation. The very few, the athletes who have reached the highest level, they would understand what Hamels feels every time he steps onto the mound at Great American Ballpark. He will forever be tied to this stadium beside a river, because he threw his first-ever pitch on May 12, 2006, here. He did not save the Phillies season with 72/3 shutout innings Friday in an 8-0 romp over the Reds. That, Hamels said, will require a month of sterling baseball.
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June 7, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Twenty-one years ago, the Phillies drafted a college pitcher, and when they signed him for $750,000 a month later, the kid took a tour of the home clubhouse at Veterans Stadium before reporting to a minor-league outpost in Batavia, N.Y. As the kid strolled past Macho Row, he stopped and shook hands with John Kruk, the unkempt and uninhibited first baseman of the 1993 National League champions. "Hurry," was Kruk's only advice to Wayne Gomes, a closer at Old Dominion University the same year Mitch Williams kept his Phillies teammates and an entire city on edge from the beginning of April through the end of October.
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June 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels needed 125 pitches to get through seven innings in Sunday's 11-inning, 4-3 loss to the New York Mets, but manager Ryne Sandberg wasn't concerned with the high total. It was the second time in eight starts that Hamels has thrown at least that many pitches, although 12 of those pitches Sunday came on three intentional walks. Hamels threw a career-high 133 pitches in a 5-4 loss to the Mets on May 11. "Cole feels great and strong and feels good," Sandberg said before Monday's game with the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 20th Phillies pitcher in 54 games arrived from Durham, N.C., early Sunday morning. The 11th inning of a 4-3 loss to New York was his. Phillippe Aumont walked 21 batters in 24 innings at triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the previous two days had sapped the Phillies bullpen. Once another slap fight between the Phillies and Mets sputtered into extra innings, Aumont was it. "I think I figured some things out," Aumont said after unpacking his bags. "I feel much more comfortable. I'm not saying it's perfect.
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June 3, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
PAUL ISENBERG is no Cole Hamels. Thankfully, he's no 50 Cent either. Isenberg, the co-founder of the charity Bringing Hope Home, threw a lazer of a ceremonial first pitch to the Phanatic at yesterday's Phillies-Mets game at Citizens Bank Park. Before the game, he said he felt no pressure. "I'm not nervous," said the 49-year-old Isenberg, who played 4 years of football at West Chester University. "I was thinking, 'When will I ever get this opportunity again?' " Well, after yesterday's striking performance he may be asked to return next week.
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May 30, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IT IS something that every pitcher knows about, but never wants to experience. It has ended numerous careers, and altered the path of countless others. The line drive right back up the middle can turn a professional pitcher's major league dreams into a nightmare in the blink of an eye. For Lehigh Valley pitcher B.J. Rosenberg, the reality of the comebacker was all too real on the night of April 28. The 2-1 pitch to Pawtucket's Brandon Snyder was lined right back at him in the 11th inning and hit the side of his head before he could even make a feasible attempt to avoid the ball.
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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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May 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
It was shortly after 11 p.m., in the final third of a game delayed by nearly 90 minutes at the outset by rain, when a young boy seated in the Hall of Fame Club level tried with all of his might to be the last voice of hope and optimism at Citizens Bank Park. "It's not over," he chanted. He chanted the same refrain a few more times. The Phillies were trailing by three runs at the time and still had two innings left to take their swings, so, technically, the kid was right. But he didn't have a whole heck of a lot of support, as only a few thousand (at most)
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May 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Minutes after a 4-3 loss to Miami on Thursday, Ryne Sandberg ripped another blue lineup card into pieces. His Phillies are 20-24, and 20-24 teams are wont to overlook the details. Those are what decide one-run games; be it an 0-2 pitch, a bad read while running the bases, or the inability to field a dribbler. "We had some opportunities," Sandberg said. But these Phillies are stuck in neutral. They are one game worse than their 21-23 record through 44 games in each of the last two seasons.
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May 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The orange water cooler lay undisturbed on the visitors dugout floor Tuesday night at Marlins Park during the final four innings of a 6-5 Phillies win over Miami. A.J. Burnett heaved it there when manager Ryne Sandberg removed him for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning after 96 pitches. "Obviously," Burnett said later, "it was the right move to make. " John Mayberry Jr. strode to the plate with the bases loaded as a puddle formed in the Phillies dugout. He bounced the second pitch he saw through the third baseman for a two-run single.
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