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 2, 2015 |
Ken Giles took the Citizens Bank Park mound late Tuesday with 12 scoreless June frames to his name. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man retired the first two Milwaukee Brewers he faced. Then the inning unraveled. Giles' 38th pitch of a laborious eighth inning put Adam Lind on first base and walked in the Brewers' go-ahead run. The Phillies spoiled a great start by ace Cole Hamels and lost, 4-3, in a battle of baseball's two worst teams. "I think he knows what he did. He made a couple of bad pitches," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
June 28, 2015 |
The Phillies weren't able to take advantage of Washington righthander Max Scherzer on an "off night. " At least judging by his recent performances, Scherzer was downright hittable Friday night. Beatable is another story. Scherzer pitched eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits in a 5-2 win over the Phillies to kick off the Pete Mackanin interim managerial era at Citizens Bank Park. Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg, who surprisingly resigned on Friday. Scherzer's two previous outings were an awful lot to live up to, and he entered Friday's game bringing the name of Johnny Vander Meer back into the public consciousness.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels threw his arms up in the air as the ball shot through the right side of the infield, in the very spot a second baseman typically positions himself. The Phillies had employed a defensive shift for the righthanded-hitting John Ryan Murphy, and it cost them an out. Perhaps the frustration Hamels displayed was pent up after five more innings of zero run support against the New York Yankees. After scoring 31 runs over their previous three games, the Phillies reverted to their old form Wednesday with their ace on the mound in a 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
June 19, 2015 |
The Phillies' best run output in eight games was still not enough to snap their skid. Their losing streak reached nine, the franchise's longest since 1999, with a 6-4 defeat Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park. Kevin Correia was charged with all six Baltimore runs, although only two were earned. Freddy Galvis' 10th fielding error of the season kick-started the Orioles' crucial four-run fourth inning. "I don't think he's a guy that should have 10 errors at this stage of the game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
June 16, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - It was a play, Ryne Sandberg said, that Freddy Galvis makes "all the time. " The grounder to short and the sharp throw across the field for the out at first. But there was nothing routine about the shortstop's error that precipitated the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Pirates Sunday at PNC Park. Galvis fielded Jose Tabata's grounder and threw high and to the left of Ryan Howard at first base - a bad throw, Galvis said. The play would have ended the 11th inning. Instead, Neil Walker moved to third and scored on Josh Harrison's single to center.
June 15, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - Freddy Galvis walked across the infield grass with his hands on his hips. He had already removed his helmet. His batting gloves, too. What appeared to be the start of a thunderous rally had ended without much of a rumble. The Phillies loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park. Three straight ground balls quickly extinguished their hopes and sealed the team's fifth straight loss. The Phils have lost 15 of their last 18 games.
June 14, 2015
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies flew in town on Wednesday night and spent a day off in the City of Bridges. But when manager Ryne Sandberg filled out his lineup card for Friday's game against the Pirates, several names were missing. One day off turned into two for Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Freddy Galvis, and Carlos Ruiz. "I've got some guys in there that's swinging the bat," Sandberg said. "Rupp is one of them, Blanco is another one. Basically, just some other guys that needed at-bats. " Darin Ruf replaced Howard at first.
June 8, 2015 |
When the Phillies left for Colorado three weeks ago, Freddy Galvis was their hottest hitter. The shortstop was batting .347, nearly 70 points better than his career average. In the three weeks since, however, Galvis' performance at the plate has started to descend to its past level. Galvis went 0 for 3 in Saturday's 7-5 loss to San Francisco. He would have been lifted for Ryan Howard in the ninth if Cody Asche reached base with two outs. Galvis is hitless in his last 29 at-bats. It is the longest hitless streak by a Phillies position player since Raul Ibanez went 0 for 35 during the 2011 season.
June 5, 2015 |
IN FOUR days, the Phillies' rebuild will take an important step with the first day of the 2015 amateur draft. They have the 10th overall pick (Monday night), and then select again 48th and 83rd (Tuesday) in the 40-round draft, which extends through Wednesday. After failing to find quality future major leaguers in the first three rounds for the better part of the last decade, the Phillies are turning this year's draft over to Johnny Almaraz. He was hired this offseason to replace former amateur scouting director Marti Wolever.