December 12, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - While a franchise-altering trade hung in the balance, the Phillies completed one deal yesterday afternoon, their first major transaction of the winter. Veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, was a pivotal member of the Phillies' bullpen for the last five seasons. He went 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts), striking out 324 batters, while walking 125, in 259 innings.
November 20, 2014 |
Nick Thevanayagam was at his best when things were worst for the Cinnaminson football team. For the most part, it has been a smooth, successful season for the Pirates, who are 8-1 entering Friday night's Central Jersey Group 2 semifinal at Rumson-Fair Haven. Thevanayagam, a senior quarterback, has set the pace with 862 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 548 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He has led Cinnaminson to two victories over rival Bordentown, including a 28-7 win in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday night.
November 15, 2014 |
The Cinnaminson boys' soccer team has been scoring goals at an impressive pace during the NJSIAA tournament, and the Pirates continued that trend in their biggest game of the season. Scoring twice in the first nine minutes and four times by halftime, the No. 3-seeded Pirates defeated No. 9 Audubon, 4-0, Thursday in the South Jersey Group 2 final. In four tournament wins, the Pirates scored 12 goals. Cinnaminson (18-4-2) advanced to Tuesday's state Group 2 semifinal against the Central Jersey winner, Governor Livingston.
October 30, 2014 |
It hasn't gotten any easier for the once-hot Temple Owls. And it won't get any easier this Saturday when they host the best team they have seen all season. No. 21 East Carolina (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) has a high-octane offense that averages 39.6 points per game. The Pirates present a huge challenge to a Temple squad that has gone from talking earlier this month about possibly becoming bowl eligible to a team that just wants to put a check in the win column. "We have a tremendous task ahead of us this week," coach Matt Rhule said of the Pirates.
September 22, 2014 |
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
September 13, 2014 |
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
September 12, 2014 |
The day the Phillies traded Vance Worley, he was supposed to pick up an engagement ring for his Roxborough girlfriend. He went to Minnesota and languished to a 7.21 ERA. He married that girl in Philadelphia last winter. And after the Twins sold him to Pittsburgh, he resurrected his career. This organization has produced players like Worley before; there will be more after. But Worley held a spot in the greatest Phillies rotation ever, and this is the city where he met his wife. So Wednesday's return, a 6-3 Pirates win aided by Worley's five modest innings, meant something.
September 11, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg once spent a September as a Phillies call-up. It was 1981. He turned 22 while in the majors, a debut that encompassed 13 games for a middling team. "One start," Sandberg said Tuesday before a 4-3 Phillies win over Pittsburgh, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is excused 33 years later for misremembering. The Phillies never started Sandberg. He batted six times, collected one hit, and savored the brief experience of playing alongside Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Larry Bowa.
September 10, 2014 |
Jimmy Rollins lashed a 92-m.p.h. fastball to right field, and he thought triple the moment the ball landed. He raced around the bases in the fourth inning of the 143d game in a forgettable season. A half-empty stadium buzzed when Rollins struck second base at full speed; that is when his left hamstring hurt. Rollins beat the throw to third with ease. The Phillies shortstop grimaced as he popped to his feet. And after he scored on a Ryan Howard single, he was removed from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Pirates.