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May 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Larry Bowa stood on the top step of the dugout in the eighth inning. He pointed at Reid Brignac, and then the 68-year-old bench coach mimicked a pitching motion. Brignac, the shortstop, pounded his fist in his glove. A 14-5 Phillies loss to the Marlins devolved Wednesday night to this moment. Brignac was next to pitch if Luis Garcia, appearing for the first time in two weeks, could not survive a gruesome inning. Garcia fanned Christian Yelich with his 49th pitch, and there was mercy.
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May 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg tried switching up the lineup, but little is working for the feeble offense these days. The Phillies extended their scoreless streak to 20 innings during Friday's 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Not only are the Phillies 0-3 during this homestand, but they have lost four in a row and are 17-22. The Phillies have lost eight of their last 10, four by shutout. At least they went down with a fight, albeit a late one. Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, in his third game since returning after being hit by a line drive in spring training, got the first two batters in the ninth before John Mayberry Jr. walked and Cody Asche singled and advanced to second on Billy Hamilton's error in center, with Mayberry reaching third.
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May 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
KYLE KENDRICK was a pitch away from either getting out of a dicey seventh inning, or, in his words, letting the game get "out of hand. " But with the bases loaded and one out on Monday night, and Toronto already up, 3-0, Kendrick threw a 3-1 sinker and watched as Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the inning. But it wasn't a traditional 6-4-3 doubleplay. Shortstop Freddy Galvis fielded the ball in the hole between where a third baseman and shortstop are usually positioned.
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May 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIVE SUMMERS ago, J.A. Happ was a vital cog in an everchanging Phillies pitching staff that eventually found itself in a World Series. A 26-year-old rookie out of Northwestern, Happ replaced Chan Ho Park in the rotation in mid-May, making his first start of the 2009 season at Yankee Stadium. He kept making his turn every 5 days, threw a pair of shutouts and managed to hold on to his spot in the starting five, even after general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. added both Pedro Martinez and Cliff Lee in July.
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May 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday night crowd of 25,275 was small by Citizens Bank Park standards, which made for a sea of blue seats when Jose Reyes launched a Kyle Kendrick sinker at 7:10 p.m. Just one minute into a 3-0 Phillies loss, few had settled in and Toronto led. A quick deficit was not ideal, but it is not what sentenced the Phillies to a wasted night. Not when the Blue Jays started J.A. Happ, limited in pitches because he spent the previous 12 days unused, with a porous bullpen behind him. Toronto relievers lugged a 5.33 ERA to Philadelphia, even worse than the Phillies' condemned unit.
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May 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Phillies were mustering up for another postseason run near the trade deadline in 2010, they needed to put a starting pitcher in the trade package to the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt. The Astros were looking to get younger - and looking to shave some salary, which goes hand in hand - and the choices weren't all that many. Houston could go after J.A. Happ, Vance Worley, or Kyle Kendrick. That was the inventory in stock. Pages fall off the calendar, the Phillies eventually fell off the postseason parade at the end of the 2011 season, and two of the guys who were near the epicenter of that trade with the Astros took the mound Monday night in front of friends and family at Citizens Bank Park.
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May 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Those relentless April showers brought a June makeup date and a reshuffling of the starting rotation for the Phillies. After playing through a cold, steady rain and in front of a small gathering of people during Tuesday night's lackluster loss to the Mets, the Phillies decided early Wednesday afternoon to postpone the second game of their series with New York as downpours continued to soak the area. The makeup date was set for June 2 at 7:05 p.m. That had previously been an off day for both teams, but now will be the completion of a five-game series between the National League East rivals.
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April 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A single rose decorated the broadcast booth named in honor of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday - a gorgeous, summerlike spring day - marked five years since Kalas' death, and you could almost hear his voice in the eighth inning when Chase Utley delivered a 4-3 Phillies victory over Miami. Kalas dubbed him The Man in 2006, and not much has changed, even after knee problems threatened the second baseman's career. Utley's solo homer in the eighth Sunday sealed a series sweep of the Marlins.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AT SOME POINT this season, you'll hear somebody talk about the energy, or attitude, or want-to that the Phillies appear to be lacking. When that happens, remind them of yesterday, when the Brewers took the field for batting practice around 2:30 p.m. and then never left. See, there wasn't much energy percolating in the ballpark by the end of a home-opening 10-4 loss, not because the Phillies lacked the requisite amount of dirt and/or pine tar on their uniforms, but because they watched a two-run deficit transform into a six-run deficit, an activity that tends to have a deflationary effect on even the most robust of psyches.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies paraded into Citizens Bank Park, down a removable staircase in center field and across a red carpet, just as they do to inaugurate every new season at this ballpark. They marched Tuesday afternoon with a new leader, a man who knows the margin between contention and irrelevancy is thinner than ever. The denizens of this decade-old stadium understand that, and it is why these Phillies must generate weeks of goodwill to convince their skeptics. When daytime turned to dusk during a 10-4 loss to Milwaukee, this crowd departed with a familiar bitterness.
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