September 18, 2016 |
With nothing to play for but good old fashioned pride, the Phillies dealt a blow to a team that is still playing somewhat meaningful baseball. Jimmy Paredes' RBI single over a drawn-in infield with one out in the 13th inning provided the Phillies with a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Besides wiping out the sour taste of Thursday's 15-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies also hurt the Marlins' ever slimmer postseason chances. Miami began the day four games out of the second wild-card spot.
September 8, 2016 |
MIAMI - It will be another October without playoff baseball in Philadelphia, but the Phillies can still have an effect on this season's postseason picture. A 4-3 win over Miami on Tuesday night was the second of 21 remaining games that the Phillies will play against teams hunting for playoff berths. The Phils won the first two games at Marlins Park to drop Miami six games behind St. Louis for the National League's second wild card. A sweep on Wednesday would almost shatter Miami's playoff dream.
July 14, 2016 |
IN A DIFFERENT time, when I was more naïve about the dramatic effects of performance-enhancing drugs, I guess I would have been impressed by the spectacular display by Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton during Monday's Home Run Derby. I might have even believed the 61 home runs Stanton smashed out of Petco Park were "spectacular. " Even though the purpose of the contest is to intentionally deliver pitches that batters can blast out of ballpark, the fact Stanton destroyed the previous single-night mark of 41 set by then-Phillie Bobby Abreu in 2005 was amazing in terms of record-breaking margins for any event.
May 10, 2016 |
MIAMI - When the season began and the Phillies did not have a closer, Pete Mackanin promised that he would discover one. Only through others' failures did Jeanmar Gomez ascend to the role. Now it is the second week in May, and Gomez is tied with Kenley Jansen for the major-league lead in saves. "I knew it all along," Mackanin deadpanned Sunday after a 6-5 win over the Marlins. Gomez, a nondescript 28-year-old middle reliever before this season, has converted 11 of his 12 save chances.
May 22, 2015 |
DENVER - Despite losing two of their last three games at Coors Field, splitting a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies, one of three teams in the National League with fewer wins than they have, the Phillies left the first leg of their 10-game, three-city trip in good spirits. The way they saw it, following a 7-3 defeat yesterday in Denver, they have still won seven of their last nine games entering the holiday weekend in Washington. Before yesterday, they had scored four or more runs in seven straight games, their longest such streak in four seasons.
May 14, 2015 |
Odubel Herrera's transition from Texas Rangers double-A second baseman to Phillies everyday centerfielder appeared almost too seamless through the season's first few weeks. More recently, major-league pitching has taken advantage of the Rule 5 draft pick's lack of experience and plate discipline. No player on the Phillies' active roster has struck out more than Herrera, who after spending much of April as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter has dropped to sixth or seventh in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup.
May 5, 2015 |
MIAMI - The Phillies' pitching staff has walked 103 batters in 26 games this season; that is 10 more than the next closest team. The relief corps has issued 47 of those walks in 80 1/3 innings; that's also the most in baseball. The pitchers have been talked to about it. There have been meetings. But eventually the guys with the ball in their hands have to make it happen. Justin De Fratus did just that in a big spot yesterday afternoon. After the Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth in Miami, De Fratus charged out of the bullpen and needed just 10 pitches to blitz through the meat of the Marlins' batting order.
April 24, 2015 |
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
April 23, 2015 |
Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna halfheartedly leaped in front of the center-field wall, to no avail. Ryan Howard rounded first base as Dan Haren's belt-high splitter found a home in the Citizens Bank Park bushes. Howard's first home run of the season - a two-run shot in the sixth inning - fueled the Phillies to a 7-3 win against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. The beleaguered first baseman snapped a streak of 52 homerless plate appearances dating to last September. The win was just the Phillies' second in their last nine games.
February 12, 2015 |
TAKING A LOOK at the Miami Marlins: Manager: Mike Redmond Last 5 years: 2014: 77-85, third place; 2013: 62-100, fifth; 2012: 69-93, fifth; 2011: 72-90, fifth; 2010: 80-82, third Additions: 2B Dee Gordon, 1B Michael Morse, RHP Dan Haren, OF Ichiro Suzuki Subtractions: RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Anthony DeScalafani What to expect: In November, the Marlins inked rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year contract...