July 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - The ball floated in the thick air toward the Phillies bullpen tucked in the small foul territory that is Wrigley Field. Brian Schneider was crouching there Tuesday night, catching Ryan Madson, and had the best view of it. The backup catcher looked up, waved his right arm to will the ball fair in the ninth inning. When Michael Martinez's game-winning hit plopped on the outfield grass, Schneider's hand turned into a fist pump. "Right away," Schneider said, "I knew.
July 18, 2011
NEW YORK - So there you were yesterday afternoon, seven-run lead, Juan Perez handed the ball to start the eighth inning. Juan Perez, author of the nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning against the Braves 10 days ago, the latest unexpected bullpen gift for Charlie Manuel's Phillies, in a position so advantageous you almost felt empathy for your former rivals and their fans. Pass the remote, check out the women's soccer match, watch the British Open recap. This one was so, so over.
May 18, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Take a baseball team that has been producing runs on most nights with the regularity that an average soccer team scores goals. Have the starting pitcher be making his first big-league appearance in 3 weeks and, for the fun of it, have him admit ahead of time that it might take a couple of games to get back to where he needs to be. In the other dugout, put the team that leads the league in runs scored and whose starter has the third-lowest...
April 26, 2011 |
PHOENIX - Suzy Stutes started crying. Chris Stutes started seeing visions from the past. And Mitch Moses? Well, Mitch Moses started driving. Less than 24 hours later, a tight circle of Michael Stutes' friends and family gathered in front of the will-call window at Chase Field and basked in a moment they had dreamed of their entire lives. "You wait and wait and wait for this call," Suzy Stutes said while grasping that night's program in her hand, "and when it finally comes, you can't believe you got it. " The Call came on Easter evening in a tidy suburb on the outskirts of Portland.
March 29, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Michael Stutes sat in the corner of the Phillies clubhouse where all of the extra leather chairs, once used by players, were lined up in two rows. His suit jacket hung in an empty locker, and he fiddled with his phone as the rest of the Phillies dressed for their charter flight back to Philadelphia. Two days earlier, Stutes learned he would be making the trip with the team. So instead of searching for an apartment in Allentown, he is going to Citizens Bank Park with an uncertain outcome.
March 19, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dressed in street clothes, Michael Stutes packed his belongings into a red Phillies duffel bag and walked out the back door of the clubhouse Friday. It was early in the morning and with the roster trimmed even further, the usual clamor of the room was silenced. The 24-year-old righthander passed a table in the middle of the room where Cliff Lee sat alone eating breakfast. Their eyes met, and Lee nodded his head; words not necessary. Across the room, Vance Worley gathered his things together and said his goodbyes.
March 14, 2011 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Charlie Manuel described Michael Stutes as still being a long shot to make the team after the righthanded reliever survived the Phillies' first cuts Friday. Maybe those odds became a little less long Sunday when Stutes delivered three scoreless innings in his first start since his 2009 season at double-A Reading. Facing a lineup that included Justin Morneau and Jim Thome, Stutes did not allow a hit and faced only nine batters as the Phillies registered a 6-3 Grapefruit League win over a split-squad Minnesota Twins team at Hammond Stadium.
May 16, 2010 |
GWINNETT, Ga. - Chris Resop held the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to one hit in seven innings as the Gwinnett Braves prevailed, 4-1, on Saturday night in an International League game. The IronPigs finished with a single run, which they got in the ninth off the Braves' Cory Gearrin, and four hits (two by leadoff hitter Chris Duffy). Lehigh Valley starter Andrew Carpenter fell to 3-4 after yielding four earned runs in seven innings. The IronPigs are 13-22 this season. Akron 5, Reading 0 AKRON, Ohio - Tim Fedroff's three-run triple off Reading reliever Michael Stutes in the sixth inning proved lethal for the Phillies in the Eastern League game.
August 17, 2009 |
Domonic Brown led off the ninth inning with a double and then scored later on Kevin Mahar's single to give the Reading Phillies a 1-0 win over the Binghamton Mets yesterday in the Eastern League. Michael Stutes scattered both Mets hits over seven innings and struck out nine batters. Reliever Sergio Escalona tossed two hitless innings to complete the shutout. Buffalo 3, Lehigh Valley 0 BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tobi Stoner scattered four hits over six innings to get the win for the Bisons before relievers Jon Switzer and Adam Bostick preserved the shutout over Kyle Kendrick and the IronPigs in the International League.