September 2, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Pace is typically a weapon that Cliff Lee uses to his advantage. Throw the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball. Pound the strike zone, get three outs as fast as possible and run to and from the dugout at the end of each half inning. That routine was missing Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field as Lee labored at a snail's pace and his pitch count soared so high after five innings that he had to be removed from the game. The first Chicago hitter to step to the plate after Lee's departure was shortstop Starlin Castro, and he planted a pitch from reliever Zach Miner into the center-field seats for a solo home run. That proved to be the difference in the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Phillies.
March 18, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list, the Phillies' offseason signing of Aaron Harang becomes even more important. Harang, a 36-year-old righthander, is in line to become the team's No. 2 starter behind ace Cole Hamels now that Lee is resting the torn common flexor tendon in his left elbow. That, of course, is dependent on Harang's staying healthy, too. But despite already missing two of three scheduled spring starts because of back discomfort, Harang said Monday he is confident he will begin the regular season on schedule.
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.
April 11, 2015 |
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.
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.
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.