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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 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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May 19, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels waited more than eight months to earn a milestone win. The wait for the return of the Phillies offense only seemed that long. Hamels allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to earn his 100th career win Saturday night in a 12-1 rout over the Cincinnati Reds before 30,075 at Citizens Bank Park. The offense had gone a season-high 23 consecutive scoreless innings before erupting for six runs in the fourth, helping the Phillies (18-22) snap a four-game losing streak.
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May 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies infielders converged at the mound in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss Tuesday night, and Cody Asche was the loneliest man in Citizens Bank Park. Mike Trout, the superstar an entire South Jersey town came to ogle, had just chopped a grounder at Asche. The 23-year-old third baseman backpedaled and lunged for the ball, which trickled past him. Now, Asche stood on the slope of the mound, a few steps from his teammates. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure motivated Cliff Lee, who was pushed to the brink because of Asche's sloppy fielding.
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May 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Millville High marching band will provide the sound track before Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park, the first of 16 at home in a 19-game stretch for the Phillies. Thousands from Mike Trout's South Jersey hometown will flock to celebrate a homecoming. "He's one of the freaks of the game," said Phillies reliever Mike Adams, issuing one of the highest compliments a baseball player can bestow on another. There could be a few Phillies fans extending a warm greeting. Trout, who was one of them as a youngster, cannot sign with another team until after the 2020 season.
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May 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels had thrown more pitches yesterday afternoon than he had in any of the 248 big-league games that preceded it. He struggled with command, but he combatted a rising pitch count with sheer talent and perseverance. He put six straight zeroes onto the scoreboard after allowing a single run in the first inning and, when his work was over following 133 pitches, the most any major league pitcher has thrown this season, Hamels retired to the clubhouse for his poststart workout.
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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels exuded caution during spring training. He twice postponed his throwing program when biceps tendinitis and a tired arm served as red flags. The Phillies and Hamels were deliberate in their progressions. He threw a career-high 133 pitches in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the New York Mets, more than any pitcher in the majors since Tim Lincecum emptied 148 pitches July 13, 2013, for a no-hitter. It was Hamels' fourth start of 2014. He did not see any risk in the heavy workload.
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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For three minutes, Jonathan Papelbon marched from the visitors' bullpen at Citi Field to the dugout. Meanwhile, the Mets chased Ruben Tejada into right field to celebrate a 5-4, 11-inning win Sunday that prevented a Phillies sweep and overcame a 133-pitch effort by Cole Hamels. Papelbon, the highest-paid reliever in baseball, never appeared until after it ended. He threw seven pitches Friday and 14 on Saturday to preserve wins. Roberto Hernandez, who fired 99 pitches Friday, became Ryne Sandberg's closer Sunday once Antonio Bastardo failed.
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May 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - On Sunday, for the second time in 13 days, Cole Hamels will meet the Mets. It is a scheduling quirk that presents one more chance for the Phillies lefthander to solve a team that has bothered him more than any other National League squad. The Mets whacked him for six runs in 4 2/3 innings at Citizens Bank Park on April 29. Hamels called that start "embarrassing. " It pushed his career ERA against New York to 4.65 in 27 starts. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he did not detect anything distinctive about the Mets' approach when facing Hamels that makes it such a challenge for his starter.
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