April 8, 2013
Toronto's R.A. Dickey, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, got his head handed to him on Sunday by Boston. The Red Sox scored five runs before the knuckleballer got an out, and by the time he was chased in the fourth inning he had given up eight runs (seven earned). Then there was Tampa Bay's David Price, the reigning AL Cy Young winner. He gave up a three-run bomb to Cleveland's Mark Reynolds in the third inning and another three-run blast to Lonnie Chisenhall in the fifth before he was done.
September 21, 2015 |
ATLANTA - It is too early to tell exactly when J.P. Crawford, a highly touted shortstop and the Phillies' top prospect, will reach the major leagues. But it is not premature to begin to gauge whether Freddy Galvis, the Phillies' shortstop all season, could factor into the team's equation at second base in the future. Galvis started at second base for the first time this season in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Although interim manager Pete Mackanin insisted there was "no ulterior motive" to the temporary position change, it makes sense for the Phillies' front office to see Galvis play on the right side of the infield before season's end. Galvis "might play two or three games" at second base over the final two weeks of the season, Mackanin said.
July 13, 2013 |
So much for Puig-mania sweeping the country. Give this contest to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman. Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar won the fan voting for the final spots in Tuesday's All-Star Game, meaning Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is likely headed for a few days off after a terrific start in his major-league career. Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second. Major League Baseball did not release the vote total for Puig, but did say he surpassed the previous record for the final vote of 15.6 million for former Phillie Shane Victorino in 2009.
September 9, 2015 |
A dreadful stretch of performances from the Atlanta Braves ensured Monday's Phillies' game to be the least desirable of Major League Baseball's 15 Labor Day games. The matchup was reflected in the attendance as the smallest crowd in Citizens Bank Park's 12-season history showed up to watch baseball's two worst teams. An announced 15,125 in the stands for the Phillies' 7-2 loss marked the team's worst attendance since April 23, 2003, when a mere 13,444 attended a win against the Colorado Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
August 22, 2011 |
TWO ROOKIES came through in key situations to help Atlanta's Tim Hudson beat Arizona's Josh Collmenter yesterday. Backed by a key defensive play by first baseman Freddie Freeman and two ninth-inning strikeouts by closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on third, Hudson and the Braves beat Collmenter and the visiting Diamondbacks, 1-0, to complete a three-game sweep. Hudson combined with Jonny Venters and Kimbrel on a five-hit shutout. Alex Gonzalez homered for the game's only run. Hudson (13-7)
September 6, 2012 |
MIKE MINOR was not too impressed with his performance even after pitching the best game of his career. "I kind of just dodged them, I guess," he said. "To me, it wasn't one of my best starts, but on paper it looks good. " Minor held visiting Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned the first four-out save of his career and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies, 1-0, on Wednesday night. Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single.
June 11, 2011 |
Ryan Braun and Corey Hart homered, Chris Narveson threw eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers kept rolling at home despite a small fire in the ballpark in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Narveson (3-4) began his career as a Cardinals draft pick, but he's played an important role in Milwaukee's rotation and stymied his former team after losing to St. Louis on May 8. Braun's two-run homer made it 4-0 in the fifth and Hart hit a solo shot to start the sixth just as smoke started to billow in right field from a concession stand's malfunctioning popcorn machine.
August 6, 2013 |
One of the bright spots during this sliding Phillies season has been the performance of all-star pitcher Cliff Lee. Yet as the team has struggled recently, Lee has followed a similar pattern. Making his first start in two weeks because of a stiff neck, Lee showed plenty of rust Sunday night in a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The lefthander labored through five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. Lee struck out eight and walked two while throwing 95 pitches, 65 for strikes.
September 8, 2013 |
While the Phillies struggling season winds down, among the more pleasant developments has been the play of third baseman Cody Asche. How far he has come after batting just .192 at short-season Williamsport in 2011 is truly staggering. Asche continued his impressive work by waking up a dormant offense with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, on Friday before 37,088 at Citizens Bank Park. He knocked in Darin Ruf, who had hit a two-out single.
June 20, 2014 |
ATLANTA - You may have read this before. When Ryan Howard is hitting for power, the Phillies have a competent offense. When he isn't, they don't. So when you search for the secret to the 21 runs the Phillies scored in their sweep over the Braves, look no further than the big man in the middle. On Monday and Tuesday, he hit home runs. Yesterday, in a 10-5 win, he went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. It looked like he was seeing the ball real well. He made the Atlanta pitchers throw strikes.