September 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Less than a week ago, as the Phillies embarked on this seven-game road trip through Houston and New York, manager Charlie Manuel declared that his team was "dead in" the middle of the National League race for the second wild card. After losing three of four to the Astros, the declaration was altered to "we're not dead yet. " It seems inevitable that some team is going to eventually serve as the anvil that crushes the Phillies' faded playoff hopes. Some would argue that is exactly what the Astros did over the weekend.
September 11, 2012 |
GIO GONZALEZ earned his big league-leading 19th victory and the visiting Washington Nationals backed him with three home runs to beat the listless New York Mets, 5-1, Monday night. Kurt Suzuki put the Nationals ahead with a home run in the third inning right after catcher Kelly Shoppach dropped his foul popup for an error. Four batters later Ryan Zimmerman launched a two-run shot, and Ian Desmond added a two-run drive in the fourth. That was plenty for Gonzalez (19-7) and the team with the best record in the majors.
August 31, 2012 |
This should have been a nice story about how Kyle Kendrick's resurgence continued with a fourth straight outstanding start. This could have been a happy account of Kevin Frandsen's continued success as the Phillies' fill-in third baseman. Instead, the Phillies' 3-2 victory that allowed them to salvage the final game of their series with the New York Mets will most be remembered for the benching of shortstop Jimmy Rollins. It was, in fact, the subject that dominated manager Charlie Manuel's postgame news conference.
August 9, 2012
Oh, to be Mike Trout. The Los Angeles Angels' rookie sensation, from Millville, turned 21 on Tuesday and is having a season for the ages - one that could make him the first player to be named both rookie of the year and most valuable player in the same season since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975. On Monday night against Oakland, Trout went 2 for 3 and stole three bases. Going into Tuesday night's game, he was hitting .348 with a 1.009 OPS. He has 19 homers and 59 RBIs, and has stolen 36 bases while being caught only three times (keep in mind he started the season in the minors)
July 28, 2012 |
New York Mets rookie Matt Harvey started his big-league career in style Thursday night, becoming the first major-leaguer since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and get multiple hits in his debut. Harvey (1-0) struck out 11 and gave up just three hits in 51/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Arizona. He looked sharp at the plate as well, notching a double in the second and a single in the fourth. The Diamondbacks gave him credit, rather than claiming to be, uh, snakebit. "He had good life on the fastball and spotted the ball well.
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.
May 10, 2012 |
The announced crowd at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night was 43,821. As usual, that news was followed by the familiar sellout addendum, a streak that has reached 216 games. Left unspoken by the Phillies was the fact that the latest crowd was the smallest since July 7, 2009, the date that the sellout streak began. Also left unspoken was this: Customer satisfaction is rapidly declining. It dwindled again on this night when the Phillies squandered a four-run lead and wasted another solid effort by a starting pitcher in a 7-4 loss to the New York Mets.
April 27, 2012 |
FOR JUSTIN Turner and the New York Mets, this was a true walk-off win. Turner drew a bases-loaded walk in a sensational 13-pitch at-bat and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Mets rallied past Heath Bell and the Miami Marlins, 3-2, Thursday. Pitching for the first time in a week, and working in a steady drizzle, Bell (0-3) couldn't find the plate and sent the Marlins to their fifth straight loss. The All-Star closer walked four and threw a whopping 46 pitches.
April 25, 2012 |
JOSE REYES went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. A fan favorite during nine seasons with the Mets, Reyes was back to play in New York for the first time since signing a $106 million, 6-year contract with the division-rival Marlins in December. He said it was an exciting and emotional day, but he wasn't sure what to expect.
April 16, 2012 |
IT HAD TO have been a strange feeling for Cole Hamels to look up at the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the New York Mets and see a big crooked number in the scoring column for the Phillies. Five runs in an inning? For the past two seasons, Hamels would have been overjoyed to get five runs from the Phillies in a game that he had started. For whatever reason, Hamels has been the poster guy for pitchers who suffer from a lack of run support. Last season, Hamels allowed two earned runs or fewer in 21 of his 31 starts (68 percent)