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April 13, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN – After consecutive seasons lost to elbow operations, righthander Chad Billingsley wasn't too worried about the two home runs surrendered in his first rehab start for the Phillies triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday at Coca-Cola Park. A one-time all-star with an 81-61 record and 3.65 ERA with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Billingsley signed with the Phillies as a free agent in the offseason, looking to rebound from Tommy John surgery in 2013 and then surgery last June to repair his right flexor tendon.
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June 18, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Ethan Pritchett's biggest battle Thursday afternoon may have occurred in Neumann-Goretti's dugout. With Pritchett's pitch count at 119 after six innings against Johnstown's Bishop McCort, Saints coach Kevin Schneider gave serious thought to replacing the senior righthander with closer Jared Healey. "It was a huge fight," Pritchett said. "Me and the other coaches had to convince [Schneider] that I was OK to go back out there. I said to him, 'I'm fine. I'm not coming out.' " Schneider relented, Pritchett retired the side in order on nine pitches in the seventh, and the Saints claimed their first PIAA Class 2A state championship with a 3-0 triumph over the Crimson Crushers.
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August 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The home run that sealed the Phillies' 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park seemed almost inevitable. The Phillies bullpen - one of the least dependable units in all of baseball - had logged 14 straight scoreless innings. Something had to give, and it did when Denard Span led off the 10th inning by lining a homer to right field off Severino Gonzalez. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was forced to rely on a thinned bullpen after starter Vince Velasquez lasted just five innings.
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June 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - As Jerad Eickhoff's pitch count mounted Thursday afternoon, every ball he threw carried the weight of a nine-game losing streak and a drained group of pitchers. A rebuilding process guarantees trying times, moments for a young player to separate himself, and that is what Eickhoff has done. The Phillies avoided their worst losing streak in 17 years with a 7-3 win over Minnesota. They have won three of their last 17 games, and Eickhoff was the winning pitcher all three times.
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May 7, 2010
I SPENT A LOT of time yesterday sifting through the detritus of 62 years to uncover one shining moment that put a high luster on the fabulous baseball career and exemplary life of Robin Roberts. The last Sunday of the 1950 season is the obvious choice. The Phillies' great righthander was making his third start in the final 5 days of a campaign where the Dodgers relentlessly reeled in Eddie Sawyer's young and depleted ballclub like a fisherman about to land a minnow with a pole rigged for marlin.
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June 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
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June 14, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A hard-hit liner back to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning knocked Eric Ruth to the ground. But the pitching ace quickly popped up, gathered his fallen cap, and continued, more determined than ever, to go about finishing what he had started. Down by 3-0, with one out and runners on first and second, Parkland would score a run and briefly threaten North Penn's once-comfortable advantage. But Ruth, as he had done throughout the season, doused the flame in never-a-doubt fashion.
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May 29, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For those lucky enough to still be involved in the state baseball tournament, there are two games left to win in order to earn that always coveted state title. That could also mean two more games for one pitcher to start. The way the NJSIAA pitching rules are set up, a pitcher could pitch in Tuesday's public school state semifinals or Non-Public sectional final and then also throw in Saturday's state championship game. At this time of year when others are looking at the strengths and weakness of state title contenders, it might be a better idea to examine the NJSIAA pitching rules.
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May 30, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
For those lucky enough to still be involved in the state baseball tournament, two games are left to win in order to earn the state title. That could also mean two more games for one pitcher to start. The way the NJSIAA pitching rules are set up, a pitcher could pitch in Tuesday's public school state semifinals or non-public sectional final and then also throw in Saturday's state championship game. At this time of year, when others are looking at the strengths and weaknesses of state title contenders, it might be a better idea to examine the NJSIAA pitching rules.
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June 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - A clubhouse attendant asked Chase d'Arnaud if he had good handwriting on Thursday night as two disco balls shined a rainbow of colors through the Lehigh Valley clubhouse. He wanted d'Arnaud to take a Sharpie and inscribe the game ball from Aaron Nola's first start with the IronPigs, a good-as-advertised, five-inning scoreless outing in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons. Nola struck out seven batters and walked just one. He scattered four hits and threw 98 pitches, 66 of which were for strikes.
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August 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The home run that sealed the Phillies' 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park seemed almost inevitable. The Phillies bullpen - one of the least dependable units in all of baseball - had logged 14 straight scoreless innings. Something had to give, and it did when Denard Span led off the 10th inning by lining a homer to right field off Severino Gonzalez. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was forced to rely on a thinned bullpen after starter Vince Velasquez lasted just five innings.
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July 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Six minutes after the first pitch between two rebuilding teams at a soon-to-be-extinct stadium, the Phillies had sent four batters to the plate. All four had scored. This eventual 7-5 win by the Phillies on Thursday night was swiftly captured, but it did not reduce concern over another erratic start by Aaron Nola. Handed a five-run lead before he ever threw a pitch against one of the worst lineups in baseball, Nola slogged through five unspectacular innings. He still earned the win, his first since June 5, back when the pitcher owned a 2.65 ERA and no worries whatsoever.
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June 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - As Jerad Eickhoff's pitch count mounted Thursday afternoon, every ball he threw carried the weight of a nine-game losing streak and a drained group of pitchers. A rebuilding process guarantees trying times, moments for a young player to separate himself, and that is what Eickhoff has done. The Phillies avoided their worst losing streak in 17 years with a 7-3 win over Minnesota. They have won three of their last 17 games, and Eickhoff was the winning pitcher all three times.
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June 18, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Ethan Pritchett's biggest battle Thursday afternoon may have occurred in Neumann-Goretti's dugout. With Pritchett's pitch count at 119 after six innings against Johnstown's Bishop McCort, Saints coach Kevin Schneider gave serious thought to replacing the senior righthander with closer Jared Healey. "It was a huge fight," Pritchett said. "Me and the other coaches had to convince [Schneider] that I was OK to go back out there. I said to him, 'I'm fine. I'm not coming out.' " Schneider relented, Pritchett retired the side in order on nine pitches in the seventh, and the Saints claimed their first PIAA Class 2A state championship with a 3-0 triumph over the Crimson Crushers.
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June 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
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June 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - It is so easy to forget that two Junes ago, Aaron Nola had just signed his first professional contract. He had yet to pitch a game in the minor leagues. The 23-year-old righthander has made the transition from college ace to the baby face of a rebuilding Phillies franchise look so simple. Then, there are moments like Saturday afternoon's 8-0 rout by the Nationals. Nola lasted 32/3 innings, the shortest outing of his 26-start career. Washington batted around in the second inning and pegged him for four runs.
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March 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Vince Velasquez was in trouble. As his pitch count mounted Thursday in the fifth inning of a 6-1 Phillies loss, his fourth Grapefruit League start neared its conclusion. A single followed by double off the wall put Tampa Bay runners on second and third. Catcher Gabriel Lino trotted to the mound. "Let's just get after it," Velasquez told Lino. "No messing around. Let's just get after it. " The 23-year-old righthander used his secondary pitches to reach two-strike counts.
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October 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DESPITE WATCHING their major league team enter the final month flirting with 100 losses, there has been cautious optimism among Phillies front office executives within the last six weeks or so. The pre-deadline trades of Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ben Revere and Jonathan Papelbon brought in an influx of talent to enrich the farm system. Their optimism was cautious, though, because they understand it takes starting pitching depth to enjoy sustained success at the major league level and, if they evaluated their upper minor league teams with an honest eye, they know there are more than a couple of question marks and few certainties.
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September 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola's rookie season is winding down. But regardless of whether it ends after two or three more starts, it will have more than comfortably reaffirmed the notion that he will be a mainstay in the Phillies' rotation for years to come. Nola pitched seven scoreless innings Tuesday night in a 5-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves, lowering the 22-year-old righthander's ERA to 3.56 through 10 major-league starts. Last year's seventh overall draft pick has allowed an impressive 1.14 walks plus hits per inning pitched through 602/3 big-league frames.
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September 6, 2015 | BY ANDREW MacDOUGALL, For the Daily News
BOSTON - At times, Adam Morgan looked like the youngster fit for his billing as one of the Phillies' top pitching prospects. He mixed up his pitches, commanded corners, and showed poise befitting a more seasoned starter. And at times, he looked like the 25-year-old rookie still finding his way at baseball's top tier. Morgan's quality start came to an abrupt end, as his command faltered as his pitch count ticked higher. It came to a stop after 6 1/3 innings and a career-high six earned runs allowed as the Phillies absorbed a 7-5 loss last night in the first game of their weekend series at Fenway Park.
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