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.
April 18, 2014 |
Cliff Lee ducked into the dugout in the middle of the ninth inning after throwing a career-high 128 pitches, allowing only one run, and striking out 13 batters - yet still facing a loss. Lee's complete game was spoiled by a lackluster Phillies offense that allowed him to be outdueled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Braves righthander pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night while all the players wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
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.
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.
April 28, 1994 |
Holy Ghost Prep continued its undefeated run through the Bicentennial League with a 17-2 rout of Lower Moreland on Tuesday. And despite the extent of the 4 1/2-inning baseball blowout, Firebirds coach Ted Grabowski used three pitchers in the first inning, four in the game. Grabowski isn't used to making the walk to the mound to lift a pitcher in any game. "We're winning but we had two games where we walked 14 or 15 batters," he explained. "We were walking a lot of guys in the first inning, and I didn't want that to start again.
June 9, 2006 |
Micah Winterstein is a pragmatist. "I know I'm not the best pitcher in the state or the best pitcher in the league or even the best pitcher in my neighborhood," said the Central righthander, who forgot to mention that he's not even the best pitcher on his team. "But I know what I can do. " What he can do - and did do yesterday - is pitch like the best pitcher in the state. Winterstein proved so good yesterday that Central blanked District 3's Central Dauphin, 1-0, in the PIAA Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals at Spring-Ford High.
June 1, 2003 |
A no-hitter and an improbable come-from-behind victory. That's how it played out yesterday in the Catholic League baseball semifinals at La Salle University's Hank DeVincent Field. In the second game, La Salle's Dan Waters pitched the first complete-game no-hitter of his high school career as the Explorers rolled past two-time defending league champion Archbishop Carroll, 9-1. In the opener, Cardinal O'Hara scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun Conwell-Egan, 10-9, and advance to the final for the first time since 1983.
June 4, 2012 |
For eight innings Monday, the Phillies matched reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw with a starter who hadn't pitched in 24 days and two lefthanded relievers stretched to their limits. Then Metallica blared in a wet, half-full ballpark and a tie game soon became a Phillies loss. It fell on the shoulders of closer Jonathan Papelbon, who turned a tie into a loss for the second time in 2012. This one was a 4-3 Los Angeles Dodgers victory, fueled by the legs of Dee Gordon, and represented a fine opportunity lost by the Phillies.