September 7, 2015 |
In the last 15 months, countless hitters at four levels of pro baseball have found themselves quickly behind in counts because of Aaron Nola's pinpoint fastball command. Then will often come his best secondary pitch, a breaking ball, and with it an obvious question from those watching. "Was that a slider or a curveball?" Since the Phillies drafted Nola seventh overall in the 2014 draft out of Louisiana State, his breaking pitch has been labeled as both in articles and in interviews with opposing hitters.
August 20, 2015 |
MOOSIC, Pa. - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage described Jerad Eickhoff as having a "bulldog mentality. " The righthander commands the mound with a tenacious approach, Brundage said. All signs point to the bulldog being unleashed in the major leagues Saturday. The Phillies have yet to name a starter for that day's game in Miami. The IronPigs have not named a starter for Friday, which would be Eickhoff's normal day to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still figuring it out. Brundage said it's not his decision.
June 20, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - A clubhouse attendant asked Chase d'Arnaud if he had good handwriting on Thursday night as two disco balls shined a rainbow of colors through the Lehigh Valley clubhouse. He wanted d'Arnaud to take a Sharpie and inscribe the game ball from Aaron Nola's first start with the IronPigs, a good-as-advertised, five-inning scoreless outing in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons. Nola struck out seven batters and walked just one. He scattered four hits and threw 98 pitches, 66 of which were for strikes.
March 29, 2015 |
Brendon Little and his Conestoga baseball teammates have unfinished business after advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state final last season and losing to La Salle in eight innings. "We lost quite a few seniors, but we expect to have another successful year," Little said. "The new guys are coming along nicely. " The return of Little, a hard-throwing lefthander and North Carolina recruit, goes a long way toward the team's primary goal of claiming a Central League title. He delivers a fastball that tops out at 94 m.p.h.
March 5, 2015 |
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
June 27, 2014 |
WHEN ROMAN QUINN was growing up in Florida, he always knew baseball was for him. The hard part was deciding what position to play. He was split between two positions that he enjoyed equally. "When I was 11 and 12 years old, I played shortstop," Quinn said. "Going into 14, 15 and playing on my summer leagues team I was on, I was always a centerfielder. " Just a few years later, Quinn is using his experience from his younger years to make a transition for High A Clearwater. He was drafted in 2011 out of Port St. Joe High School as a shortstop.
May 5, 2014 |
Mark Washington experienced many trying days last spring and summer while dealing with the death of his mother. "At first, it was pretty rough," the Episcopal Academy senior pitcher and first baseman said. "It was about persevering, really. I must say that baseball was a big help in taking my mind off it. " Washington, whose strong pitching keyed a 7-1 victory Saturday afternoon over Inter-Ac League rival Germantown Academy, scratches the initials "RCW" into the dirt before every start.
June 5, 2013 |
IT IS way too early to say that Domonic Brown saved baseball in Philadelphia, or even that he saved this lackluster 2013 season, but there is electricity in Citizens Bank Park again, and the guy with the defibrillator paddles is wearing No. 9. Last night, he hit home run No. 17, a lined shot that landed in the rightfield seats after an eight-pitch battle against a young pitcher named Tom Koehler. The stadium erupted, two runs scored and baseball felt fun once again. A couple of hours earlier, as Brown walked from the on-deck circle to home plate for his first at-bat of the game, Koehler and his catcher had called timeout to gather their thoughts together in front of the mound.
May 2, 2013 |
"That stinkin' curveball. " The comment came from a frustrated Archbishop Carroll supporter after Archbishop Wood's Scott Boches had recorded one of his seven strikeouts late in Tuesday's Catholic League Blue Division baseball game. The senior righthander mostly kept the host Patriots guessing with his tricky curveball, and with the aid of three home runs in a small ballpark, the Vikings triumphed, 7-3, in Radnor. "It's really been my 'out' pitch this season," Boches said.
August 24, 2012 |
ANY TIME I SPEAK excitedly about watching the Little League World Series around sports writers, I invariably am misinterpreted. Someone will quickly point out how few of this week's participants have ever reached the major leagues, as if we should be watching these games with that as our focus. I watched Panama eliminate Mexico on Thursday, 2-1. Pitching dominated the game, as it so often does, the sharpness of the breaking balls thrown a source of amazement and uneasiness. Eleven- and 12-year-olds, snapping curveballs with their still-developing arms, well, wow, wow. And . . . shudder, shudder.