August 24, 2011 |
At the start of today's slate of games, the average National League team had allowed 47 unearned runs over the course of the season. The Phillies, on the other hand, had allowed just 19. That number changed significantly today, when the Mets took advantage of a muffed double play ball in the first inning, scoring four unearned runs en route to a 7-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The pivotal play came in the first inning, when Michael Martinez bobbled a ground ball by Ruben Tejeda, then was unable to make the throw to second in time for the force out. After a David Wright single loaded the bases, the Mets proceeded to score four runs: one on a groundout by Lucas Duda, and three more on a home run by Nick Evans.
September 19, 2011 |
THE METS were reeling when they arrived in Atlanta. They left with renewed confidence. "We still show fight," pitcher Dillon Gee said after yesterday's 7-5 win over the Braves. "We care. It just shows that we pull together and try to pull through the rough patches. " Ruben Tejada had four RBI, Lucas Duda homered off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and New York Mets slowed Atlanta's wild-card bid with a walk-filled victory. Tejada put the Mets ahead with a three-run double in a four-run fourth.
April 8, 2012 |
In case you missed it while mowing your lawn or washing the car, Saturday was National Beer Day. And in a perfect relationship no marketing exec could have invented, it was the first full weekend of baseball. As best-selling author Peter Richmond once noted: "Beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer - it has always been thus. " Age is just a number Former Phillie fave Jamie Moyer gave up the 512th home run of his career, the most all time. The slugger was Jordan Schafer, who had not been born when the Souderton native, 49, made his MLB debut in June 1986.
July 29, 2011 |
FOR A TEAM that appeared "drained" to manager Terry Collins, the New York Mets look surprisingly spry. Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each drove in three runs with bases-loaded doubles and the visiting Mets held off the reeling Reds for a 10-9 victory yesterday that gave New York its first-ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati - the last two after slugger Carlos Beltran was traded to San Francisco. "The last two games speaks volumes about these guys," said Collins, who watched his team weather weeks of speculation about Beltran.
August 27, 2011 |
CHRIS CAPUANO pitched the game of his life, tossing a two-hitter and striking out a career-high 13 as the New York Mets beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-0, last night, in their final matchup before taking a break because of Hurricane Irene. New flood gates were put in place outside Citi Field as a precaution, but Major League Baseball took no chances. The Braves-Mets games today and tomorrow were postponed, to be made up as a doubleheader on Sept. 8. The shutdown comes right after the Mets, at last, won the opener of a homestand.
May 1, 2012 |
CHRIS CAPUANO struck out nine while combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, James Loney drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Washington Nationals with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Capuano (3-0) allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, helping send the Nationals to their fourth straight loss after they entered the series with an NL-best 14-5 record. At 16-6, the Dodgers matched their best start since 1981 and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 11, 2010.
June 17, 2011 |
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't even see the balk that gave Atlanta its latest extra-innings win. Everyone else did. With a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco stopped and then restarted his motion with Jason Heyward at the plate, bringing home the winning run to give the host Braves a 9-8 win last night. "The next thing I know Heyward's hands are in the air without a bat," Gonzalez said. "I said, 'What's going on?
April 26, 2012
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will miss the entire 2012 season because of a right shoulder anterior labral tear, the team announced Wednesday. He will have surgery May 1. It is yet another setback for the 23-year-old righthander the Yankees acquired from Seattle in exchange for blue-chip hitting prospect Jesus Montero. As a rookie last season, Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, recording 173 strikes in 171 innings and was named to the all-star team. Pineda, after arriving for spring training 20 pounds overweight, started the regular season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
May 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz couldn't catch, but hitting clearly wasn't a problem Wednesday night. Out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a strained right hamstring, Ruiz drilled a pinch-hit two-run home run that tied the score in the seventh inning. The Phillies got the lead in the next inning on their way to beating the New York Mets, 10-6, at Citi Field. They won two of three in New York and will take Thursday off before hosting the Miami Marlins in a weekend series.
June 20, 2014 |
ATLANTA - You may have read this before. When Ryan Howard is hitting for power, the Phillies have a competent offense. When he isn't, they don't. So when you search for the secret to the 21 runs the Phillies scored in their sweep over the Braves, look no further than the big man in the middle. On Monday and Tuesday, he hit home runs. Yesterday, in a 10-5 win, he went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. It looked like he was seeing the ball real well. He made the Atlanta pitchers throw strikes.