April 11, 2012 |
CHARLIE MANUEL said a mouthful Monday. Well, he didn't actually say much. But what he said carried a deeper meaning than he could express comfortably after a third loss in four games. All three losses wasted acceptable efforts from the Phillies' celebrated starting rotation, around which the team was built. Built, that is, on the cornerstones of All-Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, both of whom are injured. The Phillies have no idea when either will be ready to play, if at all, or how well they will play upon their return.
February 24, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis has the unenviable task of replacing Phillies' all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins as the team's everyday shortstop. The slick-fielding 25-year-old said Sunday he doesn't feel extra pressure because of the act he's following. "Jimmy was Jimmy. Jimmy was the man here in Philadelphia," Galvis said. "But you have to come here and play baseball. That's it. I have to do my game. I don't have to do Jimmy's game. I have to do Freddy Galvis' game and play ball.
July 3, 2015 |
AT THE MIDWAY point, these Phillies are historically bad, 100-loss bad. So much would have had to have gone right for them to approach the respectability of even 80 wins that a .500 season almost defied possibility. Still, 100 losses are a lot different from even 90, or 95. This isn't a baseball team, it's a reality TV show. One with a really bad script. It starts with the producers. Their front office is leaderless; the manager defected; and the clubhouse is poised for deadline destruction by July 31. This is beyond bizarre.
July 20, 2015 |
Chad Billingsley cruised through the first five innings in a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter threw just 70 pitches as he scattered four hits without allowing a run. It was his finest performance of the season. Four more outs and it would have been his longest outing since 2012. But the mound was empty to start the sixth inning. The bullpen door opened and Jake Diekman jogged to the infield. Billingsley was done. The righthander's stellar night ended with a bizarre finish.
August 7, 2015 |
IF NOTHING ELSE, the Phillies' 13-5 record since the All-Star break has offered us a reminder of how much fun it is to have a winning baseball team in town. It also offers us a good opportunity to think about the next couple of seasons. Make no mistake: The Phillies are still likely to be among the worst teams in the majors next year, and they won't contend in 2017, either. The simple truth is that it will be almost impossible to cobble together a rotation that would be deep enough for even an average offense to win regularly.
May 22, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Brian Gordon gave up two runs in five innings and drove in the winning run as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves, 4-3, in the Internatinal League on Saturday. Reading 4, Richmond 3 READING - Freddy Galvis tripled and homered to lead the Phillies to the Eastern League win. Trenton 4, Portland 3 TRENTON - Bradley Suttle's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Thunder the Eastern League win. Clearwater 11, Charlotte 1 CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Singleton was 3 for 5 with a homer and drove in four runs to lead the Threshers past the Stone Crabs in the Florida State League.
June 13, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Ryan Feierabend gave up one run in seven innings and John Mayberry Jr. was 3 for 4 with two doubles as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Louisville Bats, 6-1, in the International League on Sunday. Altoona 13, Reading 4 Reading 2, Altoona 1 READING - Freddy Galvis and Terry Evans hit homers to back a strong start by Tyler Cloyd (seven strikeouts in five innings) as the Phillies split the Eastern League doubleheader. Binghamton 7, Trenton 6 TRENTON - Allan Dykstra's two-run double in the top of the 12th gave the Mets the Eastern League victory.
April 29, 2011 |
ERIE, Pa. - Freddy Galvis went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, and four RBIs as the Reading Phillies (13-7) pinned a 4-0 loss on the Erie SeaWolves (9-10) on Thursday morning. Galvis began the Eastern League contest by launching a solo home run off Erie righthander Jacob Turner (0-1). Righthanded sinkerballer Christopher Kissock (1-2) scattered three hits over seven innings for the win. Pawtucket 11, Lehigh Valley 8 ALLENTOWN - Juan Carlos Linares and Josh Reddick homered in a seven-run fourth inning to chase IronPigs starter Ryan Feierabend (0-2)
August 8, 2013 |
RUBEN AMARO Jr. was pretty much as blindsided as everyone else in baseball. It wasn't until Sunday night that Antonio Bastardo reached out to the Phillies general manager. "He said there might be something that goes on here," Amaro said. "That was the only real heads-up I had. " The next day, Bastardo was among the 12 major league players who agreed to begin serving 50-game suspensions for involvement with Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
June 20, 2011 |
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Cody Overbeck hit his first homer of the season at the triple-A level, and four pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs blanked the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-0, Sunday in the International League. Overbeck had been promoted from double-A Reading after hitting 18 homers there this season. New Britain 5, Reading 3 READING - Chris Parmelee homered in a three-run first, and the Rock Cats added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the R-Phils in an Eastern League game.