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.
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2014 |
After being forced to leave his previous start because of a hernia-related injury, A.J. Burnett knew he had to be careful during his next bullpen session, making sure he didn't overstride and do any more damage. The veteran righthander tried a shorter stride and it worked. He employed the revamped move Thursday against the Atlanta Braves and it led to his best outing as a Phillie. Burnett kept the Braves off the scoreboard, allowing three hits over seven innings. Although he didn't figure in the decision at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies picked up a 1-0 victory on Ben Revere's RBI single in the eighth, he played a key role as his team took its lone win over the NL East leaders in this series.
July 18, 2011 |
Freddie Freeman said it was smart for Washington's Ryan Mattheus to walk Brian McCann with first base open in the ninth inning. Why face McCann, a six-time All-Star who hit a three-run homer earlier in the game, when the visiting Nationals could face Freeman, a rookie who didn't have a hit in the game? Freeman seized the opportunity, delivering a single to right field to drive in Martin Prado from second base, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 9-8 win over Washington yesterday.
May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - A brisk top of the first inning Tuesday night ensured only three extra minutes for any nerves to stew as Chad Billingsley readied in the visitors dugout. The 30-year-old righthander walked to the Turner Field mound, threw his seven warm-up pitches, and toed the rubber to face Nick Markakis. After two years, two elbow surgeries, and countless steps of rehabilitation on his right elbow, Billingsley was a major-league pitcher again. The results in the Phillies' 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves proved far from what the pitcher had envisioned, but he left with some encouragement.
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.
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.