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.
July 25, 2014 |
Jonathan Papelbon stood at the base of the mound at Citizens Bank Park as Giants scurried around the bases Wednesday night. He did not flinch when Hunter Pence dunked a 93-m.p.h. fastball into short right field for the decisive hit in a 3-1 Phillies loss. He did not move to back up home plate, and Chase Utley's throw skipped past Carlos Ruiz and into the San Francisco dugout. "What are you going to do? I don't really worry about it," Papelbon said. "I try to prepare every day and do my best.
July 12, 2014 |
On Saturday, get ready for the invasion. Bring your swim attire and old shoes, play games, and get chased by pirates during Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's Pirate Splash Day. Beginning at noon, do all things pirate. Foot races include running through a maze grabbing coins while avoiding getting sprayed by water-wielding pirates. Learn how to bob for apples with your feet. Display your might playing tug-o'-war and engage in water-pistol fighting, rubber ducky races, and other aquatic fun. Craft activities include candle making, coloring, and papermaking.
July 8, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is at wit's end, and anyone who has seen his sagging offense can understand why. Sandberg called for a few volunteers to jump on the offensive wagon Sunday after the Phillies were swept in their three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-2 loss at PNC Park. The Phillies have lost nine of 10 and 13 of 16 to drop to 37-51, a season-high 14 games under .500. They are hitting .206 and have scored 41 runs in the last 16 games. They have struck out 122 times in that span.
July 8, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - A.J. Burnett said it was an emotional experience Sunday when he took the mound at PNC Park for the first time since he left the Pirates and signed with the Phillies as a free agent in February. Burnett spent just two years in Pittsburgh, but he made a favorable impression. He went 10-11 with the Pirates last season as they earned their first postseason berth since 1992. Before he took the mound Sunday in the first inning of a 6-2 loss, there was a video tribute to Burnett and the crowd gave him an extended ovation.
July 7, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - With one uninspiring performance after another, especially at the plate, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and his team have been fielding a lot of questions lately about the team's effort and energy. Sandberg and company insist that both are there. But the offense surely isn't. In another subpar performance with the bats, the Phillies continued their slide Saturday with a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. After moving to within 31/2 games of first place with a fifth consecutive win on June 20, the Phillies have lost 12 of their last 15. They now need a telescope to view National League East leader Atlanta.