May 26, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg walked to the mound Sunday afternoon and the door to the team's bullpen swung open. The manager had decided to attack Washington's Bryce Harper, instead of intentionally walking him in the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on third. Two pitches later, a 4-1 loss at Nationals Park was sealed. Sandberg inserted Jake Diekman to face Harper. Diekman, the team's top lefthanded reliever, had enjoyed success against the lefthanded Harper, limiting him to one hit in eight at-bats.
May 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Cole Hamels walked down the steps of the far entrance to the Phillies dugout and removed his glove. He had finished the eighth inning of an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals. The pitcher's Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park was complete. Hamels pitched eight strong innings, fueled by his team's highest scoring output of the season. Hamels was masterful. The lefthander mixed his pitches well and kept his fastball low to tame Washington's potent offense. Hamels scattered five hits, struck out five, and walked one. He even slapped a single and almost scored a run. Two of his strikeouts came against Bryce Harper, who finished 0 for 4. Hamels allowed his lone earned run with two outs in the eighth.
May 24, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera flinched as the baseball ricocheted off the wall and flew past him. The centerfielder had chased Ian Desmond's fly ball too far in the sixth inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to Washington. Now it was too late. The ball bounced away and into the Nationals Park outfield. It was eventually picked up by Grady Sizemore and relayed home. Herrera's gaffe allowed Washington pitcher Max Scherzer just enough time to score from first base. The pitcher even stumbled around third.
May 11, 2015 |
The Pennsbury girls' track team dominated the Suburban One National Championships at William Tennent, winning every event Saturday en route to the team title. The Falcons were led by Uchechi Onuoha, Dasia Pressley, and Olivia Sargent, who each earned gold in two events. Uchechi placed first in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdle events, with times of 14.69 and 43.07 seconds, respectively. Pressley won the 100 with a 12.00 finish, and the 200 in a time of 24.60. She took the 200 meters by almost two seconds.
May 10, 2015 |
LIA Diagnostics, the Philadelphia designer of an environmentally friendly, ergonomically configured, easy-to-read pregnancy test, took the top prize Friday in the U.S. Small Business Administration's national competition InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge. LIA was awarded $15,000 for its flushable test, a first for pregnancy kits. The SBA contest aims to find innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.
May 2, 2015 |
A scathing inspector general's report and congressional testimony have revealed a Veterans Affairs bureaucracy more interested in protecting itself than serving those who served their country. This region has felt the brunt of the failures. Of all the nation's regional VA offices, "Philadelphia is the worst," department official Danny Pummill told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee last week. The magnitude of the agency's culture of indifference is difficult to overstate. The office handles benefits for 825,000 veterans in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware.
April 28, 2015 |
THE WAY he sees it, there is one thing that could derail Jaron Ennis' promising boxing career faster than an unseen right hook. "Girls," said Ennis, who earned his second consecutive Pennsylvania Golden Gloves championship on Saturday. "Partying with the girls and stuff like that. It's not a problem for me because I know when to turn it down, when to turn it off. " Ennis is a 17-year-old senior at Walter Biddle Saul High School in Roxborough and the latest prodigy of Bozy Ennis, his father, trainer and a renowned boxer in his own right.
April 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Much of David Buchanan's success is predicated on his keeping his pitches down and on either corner of the strike zone. The Phillies' No. 3 starter accomplished that at a more efficient rate than his previous two outings Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. A start to build off, Buchanan said. "I felt like I was working down better," the 25-year-old righthander said. "There's still a lot of things to improve on, but I wasn't going to get caught up in the past.
April 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The first two starts of Stephen Strasburg's season each lasted only 51/3 innings. The Nationals righthander uncharacteristically surrendered a combined 19 hits and eight earned runs. On Sunday afternoon, the final day of a woeful weeklong road trip, the Phillies came out swinging against Strasburg. By the time Carlos Ruiz notched the team's first hit, a single with two outs in the fifth inning of a 4-1 Phillies loss, the former first overall draft pick had exhausted only 42 pitches.