April 11, 2015 |
A conversation with Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure helped David Buchanan formulate a new goal for his second major-league season. The fast-working righthander prides himself on throwing strikes, and he and McClure agreed he is the type of pitcher capable of finishing a season with fewer walks than starts made. Buchanan dug himself a considerable hole, however, in his season debut Thursday night. The 25-year-old uncharacteristically issued four walks, including one of the four-pitch variety with the bases loaded.
August 1, 2015 |
Aaron Harang was supposed to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension on Thursday morning and pitch in Allentown. The plan called for Harang to make a rehab start with triple-A Lehigh Valley before joining the Phillies. But the team's plans were expedited. Harang was in the majors - not the minors - Thursday. The righthander's opposition was not the triple-A Yankees, but the major-league Braves, whom he stymied for five innings in a 4-1 win. Despite no rehab start, he looked fit as he allowed one run. Harang had been sidelined since July 1 with plantar fasciitis, which caused a stabbing pain in the bottom of his left foot.
July 16, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Tim Lincecum walked into the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse late yesterday morning and, yes, his right arm was still attached to his body. That was no small matter, considering that Lincecum threw 148 pitches in his first career no-hitter Saturday night. The Freak, indeed. While he was still trying to put his no-hitter into perspective, Lincecum said his arm was OK after his incredible effort in the Giants' 9-0 victory against the last-place San Diego Padres.
May 2, 2013 |
"That stinkin' curveball. " The comment came from a frustrated Archbishop Carroll supporter after Archbishop Wood's Scott Boches had recorded one of his seven strikeouts late in Tuesday's Catholic League Blue Division baseball game. The senior righthander mostly kept the host Patriots guessing with his tricky curveball, and with the aid of three home runs in a small ballpark, the Vikings triumphed, 7-3, in Radnor. "It's really been my 'out' pitch this season," Boches said.
June 13, 2016 |
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.
June 18, 2016 |
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.
June 15, 2016 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
BEFORE RYAN BRAUN played the role of the Grinch Who Stole the Home Opener, Cole Hamels shared encouraging news for Phillies fans: He could return to the rotation earlier than expected. Three hours before the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers play in the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, Hamels stood inside the home dugout and sounded confident he would be off the disabled list and on the mound in 2 weeks. Hamels made the first start of his official rehab assignment (and third game overall)
April 24, 2012 |
THIS TIME AROUND, only the sight of bone popping through skin would have kept Eric McGough off the mound for the seventh inning. Not again, in effect, would he leave the dance without asking the most beautiful girl for a slow one. On April 4, McGough, a 5-11, 170-pound junior righthander at Archbishop Carroll High, pitched six innings of no-hit ball vs. Lansdale Catholic and then, with his pitch count at 92 and his arm "not really hurting,...
April 18, 1994 |
Last year, Malvern Prep's Rob Welch pitched in the shadow of senior stars Brian McKernan and Sean McKinney, who pitched the Friars to their second straight Inter-Ac title. "He was our third pitcher and threw in some nonleague games," coach Greg Gross said. "I think he had a 1-0 record. " This spring, with McKinney throwing for St. Joseph's University and McKernan playing for Lafayette, Welch has had to step up and take over as the ace of the staff. So far, so good, as the senior has taken up where his older teammates left off last year.