September 7, 2011 |
It hurts when he runs. It hurts when he fields his position at first base. Nonetheless, when Ryan Howard steps into the batter's box and uncoils his dangerous swing these days, opposing pitchers end up hurting just as much. Howard is on a late-season surge that has characterized his career. He had five home runs and 11 RBIs in nine games before Tuesday's rain-delayed matchup with the Braves, but he is likely to get a few days off before the playoffs because of his sore left foot.
September 4, 2011 |
Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, has a checklist of goals before the start of every season. "First and foremost, we want to do everything we can to help our major-league club win," LaMar said. "That's what this game is all about. " Check. Rookies Vance Worley and Mike Stutes spent time in the Phillies' minor-league system this year, but they spent far more time playing vital roles for the best team in baseball. Add in the contributions of young lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo and the system's ability to produce the prospects needed to get rightfielder Hunter Pence at the trade deadline, and the minor-league system has far exceeded expectations.
July 22, 2011 |
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Delwyn Young's two-run homer capped a three-run, eighth-inning rally as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-4, in the International League. Joe Savery (2-0) picked up the win in relief, and Justin De Fratus notched his first save. Rich Thompson also homered for the IronPigs, a solo shot in the fifth. Binghamton 11, Reading 1 READING - Joe Esposito (3-2) was tagged for three homers and five runs in four innings, and the R-Phils never recovered in the Eastern League rout by the Mets.
July 17, 2011 |
Joe Savery is back where he was last season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but under much different circumstances. In the place where his career appeared to be flaming out as a starting pitcher, Savery, the Phillies' 2007 first-round draft choice, has revived himself in the bullpen. In between pitching assignments, the 25-year-old attempted to reinvent himself as a hitter this year. "It's certainly been a roller coaster," Savery said in a phone interview. Savery's dizzying baseball season has featured three stops and what he hopes is a career-altering position change.
July 15, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - The second time he was hit by a pitch in the opener of an International League doubleheader Thursday night, Seth Bynum made the Lehigh Valley IronPigs pay. Bynum, who was plunked by Brian Bass in the first inning, was hit by a pitch from Justin De Fratus in the sixth. Bynum stole second and scored the eventual winning run on a ground ball in a 3-2 victory for the Syracuse Chiefs. Lehigh Valley scored three runs in the second inning of the nightcap to salvage a split with a 5-2 decision.
July 10, 2011 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Vance Worley pitched six scoreless innings and centerfielder Rich Thompson chipped in with three hits and two RBIs as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs defeated the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-0, in an Eastern League game Saturday night. Worley struck out three, walked none, and surrendered just three hits. Reading 6, Trenton 4 READING, Pa. - The Phillies scored twice in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth to pull away from the Thunder in an Eastern League game.
July 1, 2011 |
BUFFALO - Bubba Bell had three hits as the Buffalo Bisons (35-46) lashed out 10 singles in a 4-2 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-34) in the International League on Thursday night. Erik Kratz and John Mayberry Jr. homered for Lehigh Valley. Richmond 5, Reading 2 READING - The R-Phils (39-40) had 10 hits, but lost to the Flying Squirrels (41-36). Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Clearwater 5, Brevard County 4 CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Singleton and Jeremy Barnes had key hits in a four-run sixth inning as the Threshers (42-35)
June 28, 2011 |
ALTOONA, Pa. - Joe Savery, a former pitcher who has been trying to make it as a first baseman, pitched two shutout innings in relief Monday as the Reading Phillies beat the Altoona Curve, 3-1, in the Eastern League. Savery, a lefthander, was the No. 1 draft choice of the Phillies as a pitcher out of LSU in 2007. Savery hit .307 in 54 games for single-A Clearwater before a promotion to Reading last week. Hagerstown 5, Lakewood 2 HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A.J. Cole struck out six and allowed only two hits in five shutout innings of relief as the Suns beat the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League.
June 17, 2011
The Phillies have promoted four players from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley and moved former first-round pick Joe Savery from Single A Clearwater to Reading. Cody Overbeck, who is currently leading the Eastern League in home runs (18) and RBI (46), reliever Justin De Fratus, righthander Philippe Aumont and lefthander Ryan Edell are joining the IronPigs. Savery, who was hitting .307 with two homers and 26 RBI for Clearwater, won 12 games for Reading as a starting pitcher in 2009 and was named an Eastern League All-Star.
June 7, 2011 |
HE PLAYS first base in an organization that's packed like a Tokyo subway with first basemen. Lakewood's Jim Murphy knows. He also knows his dream is to play in the big leagues someday and he's not ready to give that up. And who could blame him? Murphy leads the South Atlantic League in RBI (43) and is second in homers (13). What's more, he's riding a 15-game hitting streak that has lifted his average from .242 to .289. What's he doing differently these days? Easy. "I like to keep things simple and not to think too much when I'm up there," said Murphy, a 6-4, 240-pounder who grew up near Seattle rooting for the Mariners and Jay Buhner.