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June 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
The last time they met the Braves, the Phillies scored 21 runs and allowed only eight over a three-game set to earn a crucial sweep at Turner Field. Last night's series opener at Citizens Bank Park failed to follow suit. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman homered and drove in four runs, all in the first two innings, and the Philadelphia bats couldn't muster a comeback in a 4-2 loss. The defeat snapped the Phillies' four-game winning streak against the Braves, their longest such streak against the division foe since 2011-12.
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June 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
When they pull the plug on this Phillies season, the obituary will say that the team died at home. The list of causes will be long, but ultimately the Phillies' inability to win in their own ballpark will be the primary reason they faded out of contention in a winnable division. Citizens Bank Park had always been the place where the Phillies flourish. They had a winning record in nine of their first 10 seasons here, playing at a .563 winning percentage. This season, it is the place where they give away games and lose the modicum of momentum they have sometimes gained on the road.
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June 29, 2014
THE PHILLIES placed Carlos Ruiz on the 7-day disabled list with concussionlike systems yesterday, about an hour before the game against the Braves. In the 11th inning of the team's 14-inning win Thursday night, a 1-1 breaking ball from Marlins righthander A.J. Ramos plunked Ruiz in the head. The Phillies' catcher remained in the game for the final few innings. Cameron Rupp caught Kyle Kendrick last night. To fill Ruiz's spot on the active roster, the Phillies selected the contract of Koyie Hill from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
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June 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
YESTERDAY afternoon, hours before Kyle Kendrick's 89-mph sinker kick-started a four-game series between the Phillies and Braves, Cliff Lee pitched to Tony Gwynn Jr., Cesar Hernandez and Ronny Cedeno. Simulating two innings of play, the Phillies' lefthander threw 20 pitches - both fastballs and breaking balls - took a seat and then tossed 20 more. Afterward, Lee offered a positive review of the session, signifying more progress in his recovery from the elbow strain in his pitching arm that landed him on the disabled list on May 20. This was his first time facing live hitters.
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June 24, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - For three-and-a-half innings, the Phillies appeared to be on the verge of a win that would have forced you to change the adjectives you used to describe their road trip. At the start of the day, it was successful. But after roaring out to a three-run lead and raising the possibility of flying back to Philadelphia having won six of seven games against the Cardinals and the Braves, it was starting to look stunning. Then, things unraveled. The Cardinals exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, added another in the sixth, and held on for a 5-3 win that salvaged a split of the four-game series at Busch Stadium.
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June 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - It was a successful trip that ended on a sour note. Make that two sour notes. The Phillies won their first five games on the trip, but they dropped the last two, including Sunday's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A week ago, the Phillies appeared buried after a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs left them 61/2 games out of first place. They did gain ground on the trip that began with a three-game sweep in Atlanta, but not enough to really know if they are going to be buyers or sellers by the July 31 trade deadline.
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June 19, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - The Braves have not looked like a first-place team on either of the last two nights. And after a 5-2 Phillies victory last night, they no longer are a first-place team. What all of that means for the power structure in the National League East remains to be seen. The mood in the Phillies' clubhouse has certainly shifted dramatically over the last week, despite the fact that they are still seven games under .500. "You can sense that this team is starting to have fun again," said infielder Reid Brignac, who went 2-for-5 with a double last night.
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June 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Kyle Kendrick experimented Tuesday before a 5-2 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves. He trotted to the left-field grass at Turner Field earlier than usual. He followed his normal preparation, completed his pregame throwing session, and sat for 10 minutes in the bullpen. Then, he threw some more in the muggy Georgian air. "I was pretty loose early," Kendrick said. In his first 13 starts, Kendrick allowed 15 first-inning runs (13 earned). In this start, Kendrick fired three strikes to Jason Heyward, and the Braves' hulking leadoff hitter watched them all. Next came B.J. Upton, and three more pitches dispatched him on a strikeout.
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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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