May 14, 2015 |
Right after the Phillies trimmed their deficit to one run Tuesday night, Luis Garcia followed a recent trend among the team's pitchers. The hard-throwing righthander gave runs right back, putting the game out of reach for baseball's worst offense. A four-run seventh inning by the Pittsburgh Pirates punctuated the Phillies' fourth consecutive loss, a 7-2 defeat at Citizens Bank Park that put them a major-league-worst 12 games under .500. This is the latest into a season that the Phillies have owned baseball's worst record since late in their 97-loss campaign in 2000.
May 14, 2015 |
IT'S ALWAYS NICE when somebody does your work for you, so a big shout-out to Travis Sawchik. At varying points over the last year, we've used a Phillies opponent as a prism through which to view their ongoing efforts to return the organization to a state of perennial competitiveness. Today, we turn our attention to the Pirates, for a variety of reasons. First, they are in town, which automatically makes them the most interesting baseball team in the city. Second, they are one of the ascendant franchises that has stepped up to fill the void left by the Phillies' self-implosion.
May 13, 2015 |
WITH ALL the pending war on "Game of Thrones," you'd think someone would try to take out the pirates. According to piracy-tracking firm Excipio, Sunday's episode was downloaded a record-breaking 2.2 million times in less than half a day after it aired on HBO. Winter is coming. And a lot of people don't want to pay for it. The new "GoT" piracy record, the Toronto Sun reports, comes about a month after HBO launched the $15/month HBO Now with no cable deal required. Since that hasn't had any effect, HBO is now planning to pay mercenary rates to Daenerys Targaryen and her flying dragons to end the problem.
May 13, 2015 |
The first indication the Phillies had made a roster move Monday night came when manager Ryne Sandberg arrived about 15 minutes later than usual for his postgame news conference. But instead of the expected trimming of their eight-man bullpen, the Phillies made a surprise announcement after a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park and optioned third baseman Cody Asche to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Asche was demoted to garner everyday repetitions in left field with the IronPigs, a precursor to the looming promotion of third base prospect Maikel Franco.
April 5, 2015 |
In his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillie, Aaron Harang's debut got off to a rocky start upon Harang's first pitch at 7:07 p.m. Three batters and 3 minutes later, the Phils were in the hole 2-0 after a double from the Pirates' Gregor Polanco and a single from reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen put the Bucs in the lead. "I definitely had to make some adjustments, getting used to the mound at the end," Harang said. "I really had to work to find my release point and get everything go. " The Phillies ultimately survived and pulled off a 7-5 comeback win, but Harang surrendered four earned runs in 4-2/3 innings, giving the team's offense great incentive to get their bats going.
April 1, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - The players from both dugouts and bullpens emptied onto the field Monday before the fifth inning of the Phillies' 18-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez thought that Kevin Slowey was throwing too quickly an inning earlier when Slowey struck him out. He continued to holler from the dugout in the fifth, causing the dugouts to empty. "I understand the frustration of a singular failure, it's a game of failures, but to react that way, for me, was very surprising," Slowey said.
January 31, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Flower Show will "Celebrate the Movies" this year with displays that interpret themes and characters from Disney and Disney Pixar films. "We want to transport viewers and inspire them to dream big," Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president Drew Becher said at the show's kickoff event Thursday, at the Ritz East theater in Old City before an audience of enthusiastic supporters, exhibitors, and volunteers. PHS produces the annual show, which dates to 1829 and this year runs from Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Convention Center.
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.