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June 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reid Brignac, 28, has lived more in the minor leagues than the majors the last four seasons. He is a spare part. He is a former second-round pick who never fulfilled his potential. But now, after a 7-3 victory Thursday, he has achieved temporary hero status with the Phillies. That is not a difficult feat on a last-place team, not when three weeks had passed between three-game winning streaks. Brignac, with two clutch swings, helped author wins in the last two days against San Diego, another cursed team.
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June 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a great day for clouds at Citizens Bank Park. In fact, the sun never made an appearance Thursday during the 3 hours and 5 minutes it took the Phillies to finish off a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 7-3 victory that included another game-winning hit from Reid Brignac and a three-run homer by John Mayberry Jr. "It was a game with a lot of rain out there," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I don't think I've ever seen that much rain in three hours of a game, but the guys hung in there and played a good game.
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June 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Gwynn Jr., pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels after eight pristine innings of shutout baseball, issued a most fitting tribute Wednesday. San Diego righthander Joaquin Benoit, just inserted into the game, fired a 95-m.p.h. fastball. Gwynn attacked it. The ball sailed into foul territory. It landed in Padres third baseman Chase Headley's glove for a quick out. Hamels had nothing to show for an 11-strikeout effort on a night when both teams tried their hardest to lose. Someone had to win, and when Reid Brignac destroyed a Nick Vincent cutter, the Phillies could boast a winning streak for the first time in three weeks.
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June 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Chase Utley stood alone on the grass Thursday at 2:09 p.m. He flicked his bat and glove to the ground. He put his hands on his knees, and stretched for about 15 minutes at Nationals Park until his Phillies teammates joined him for a pregame workout. Utley soon provided hope. Four minutes after Nationals lefthander Doug Fister threw his first pitch, Ben Revere scored on an Utley single. It was the first Phillies lead since Sunday, and it lasted until the next half-inning with Kyle Kendrick pitching.
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June 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The week in the nation's capital began with the home team getting franchise cornerstone Ryan Zimmerman back in the lineup and with the visiting team fading fast in the National League standings. A young, pitching-heavy Nationals team built to return to the playoffs - and eventually bring the city a World Series trophy - gained steam as the week continued. The Phillies, meanwhile, have gone from looking like a team that can't score on a nightly basis to a team that doesn't know how to win. Former Phillie Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead single off Kyle Kendrick in the fifth inning and Adam LaRoche followed with a booming home run as Washington completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 4-2 win yesterday afternoon.
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June 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Another opportunity for the Phillies to build off a magical moment presented itself Saturday, and another opportunity was lost. After playing past midnight Friday before pulling out a 14-inning victory, the Phillies were back at work Saturday afternoon against the New York Mets. Some momentum is what they're looking for, but it was not found in the month of May. Instead, the Phillies ended the month with a 5-4, 14-inning loss that was every bit as debilitating as their 14-inning victory had been exhilarating less than 24 hours earlier.
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May 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE DAY after the Phillies were no-hit in a nine-inning game for the first time in 36 years, Ryne Sandberg employed an almost identical lineup to the one that went 0-for-27 against the Dodgers' Josh Beckett. It was a show of confidence from the Philadelphia manager, and one that paid off. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Ben Revere combined to tally nine hits and drive in seven runs in yesterday's 9-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' highest scoring output in 9 days featured 12 hits, a five-run seventh inning and four pitchers combining for the shutout.
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May 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The losing finally stopped for Kyle Kendrick, and at least for a day, the hitting started again for the Phillies. Both Kendrick and the Phillies reversed slides Monday in a 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Kendrick pitched 62/3 innings in snapping a personal 10-game losing streak. His last win had come Aug. 6, 2013, in a 9-8 slugfest over the Chicago Cubs. In between, Kendrick had gone 16 starts without a win. "It was tough, a little grind sometimes," Kendrick said.
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May 23, 2014
6 Challenges won by the Phillies this season on 10 video reviews. 9 of 10 The Phillies have allowed first-inning runs in 9 of the last 10 games. 4.53 Kyle Kendrick's ERA this season.
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May 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - On Friday, Kyle Kendrick pointed the finger at himself after giving up three first-inning runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. But it was a little difficult to fault Kendrick that night, since they were the only runs he allowed and since the Phillies failed to score at all. The Phils had also been shut out the previous night, and in two of the last three times Kendrick took the mound. In his last 15 starts, the Phillies were averaging 2.36 runs per nine innings in games when Kendrick took the mound.
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