June 22, 2016 |
'HE'LL BE gone by the Fourth of July," the snowy-haired owner of the local hardware store said when I stopped in over the weekend. "They just said they're not going to cut Howard," I said. "Not Howard," he said. "The manager. Mackanin. They've got to get rid of him. " Just a little over a month ago the Phillies were seven games over .500, a half game out of first place, and Pete Mackanin was everyone's runaway choice for manager of the year. But this is Philadelphia, the birthplace of knee-jerk.
July 8, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - Chase Utley, who has seen his batting average drop 50 points in 6 weeks, was held out of the starting lineup yesterday afternoon. Before the game began, however, the slumping Utley learned he had been rewarded for his impressive first 2 months of the 2014 season with a trip to the All-Star Game. Utley will start at second base for the National League All-Star team a week from tomorrow night (July 15) at Target Field in Minneapolis. It's the sixth All-Star selection of Utley's career.
June 11, 2013 |
EVEN MINUS Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup hardly skipped a beat. Jonathan Lucroy had four hits, Yovani Gallardo threw eight scoreless innings and visiting Milwaukee beat the Miami Marlins, 6-1, last night for its fourth consecutive victory. Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBI for Milwaukee, while Lucroy also drove in a pair of runs. Rickie Weeks homered among his three hits for the Brewers, who tied a season high with 16 hits despite playing without Braun after he aggravated his sore right thumb Sunday against the Phillies.
September 14, 2012 |
ANOTHER DAY, another loss, and more frustration for the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike last year when a tremendous stretch run lifted St. Louis to the NL wild-card berth and, ultimately, the World Series title, the Cardinals are sinking fast. Clayton Richard (13-12) pitched seven strong innings and rookie Yasmani Grandal singled home the go-ahead run as the San Diego Padres handed visiting St. Louis its 11th loss in 15 games, 3-2, on Wednesday. The Cardinals hold a one-game lead over Los Angeles for the second NL wild card.
April 19, 2012 |
NYJER MORGAN scored on a fly ball by Ryan Braun in the 10th inning to give the Brewers a 3-2 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, the second late-inning thriller in a row for Milwaukee. With the bases loaded and one out, Braun lofted a shallow fly ball to centerfield. Morgan took off for home despite a stop sign from third-base coach Ed Sedar and was called safe on a close play at the plate - although replays showed that he may have been tagged out before reaching the plate.
October 15, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - The bumbling Brewers made four errors that led to three unearned runs as the St. Louis Cardinals survived a short start by Jaime Garcia to beat Milwaukee, 7-1, Friday night and take a three-games-to-two lead in the National League Championship Series. Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday had three hits each for St. Louis, which burst to a 3-0 lead in the second when Molina doubled in a run and third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. allowed Garcia's grounder to go through his legs.
October 7, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo readily calls this start the biggest of his career. Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy hoped for any chance to pitch again this season. "It's definitely a whole different atmosphere," Gallardo said. "Anything can happen. " The Arizona Diamondbacks look to complete their biggest rally of the season after being down, two games to none, on Friday when they face the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 with a berth in the NL Championship Series at stake.
September 29, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Zack Grienke capped a perfect season at home to help the Milwaukee Brewers clinch home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Carlos Gomez, Corey Hart, and Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Brewers, who set a franchise record with 96 wins and open an NL division series at Miller Park beginning Saturday. If the NL Central champions had tied with NL West winner Arizona in the standings, the Brewers would have started the playoffs on the road.
September 12, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - It was a scene that had not happened since the second month of the season: Vance Worley, surrounded by reporters, talking about a loss. The Phillies entered yesterday having won 14 straight games started by the rookie righthander. A 3-2 loss to the Brewers prevented Worley from tying the franchise record set by Steve Carlton in 1972. "I guess he was just that much better than me," Worley said with a rueful grin. Worley, of course, has a long way to go before he matches the overall accomplishments of a Hall of Fame lefty like Carlton.
September 10, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The last time the Milwaukee Brewers presented a potential roadblock to the Phillies' World Series title hopes, they offered little resistance. That, of course, was the magical 2008 season, which ended when Brad Lidge struck out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske before going to his knees and looking to the sky as a championship-starved city exploded in celebration. Here we are, three years later, and the Brewers again could serve as an obstacle in the Phillies' World Series pursuit.