August 1, 2007
IF YOU NEED a little inspiration to lift your spirits, consider the case of our own fightin' Phillies, who've endured more trials than Job in just over half a season, and still manage to keep hustling, smiling, and winning. The season in a nutshell: Our premier off-season pitching acquisition, Freddie Garcia, goes down early with injuries, along with bullpen stalwarts Tom "Flash" Gordon and Brett Myers. Last year's league MVP, Ryan Howard, is sidelined for weeks with injuries. Yet, the team makes highlight reels and earns praise for charging onto the field in a Colorado rainstorm when the stadium tarp started knocking the grounds crew around.
June 19, 2003 |
TOLEDO, Ohio - Jesse Levis had a pair of doubles and four RBIs as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons trounced the Toledo Mud Hens, 10-3, in the International League last night. Levis, a graduate of Northeast High in Philadelphia, went 2 for 3 to back the strong start of Ryan Madson, who gave up two runs in six innings. Akron 4, Reading 2 READING - Grady Sizemore had four hits, including an RBI single in the 11th inning, as the Aeros beat the Phillies in the Eastern League.
August 5, 2003 |
Kevin Reese hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help the Trenton Thunder beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-2, last night in the Eastern League. Syracuse 7, Scranton 2 SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Chase Utley belted a two-run homer but the Red Barons lost to the SkyChiefs in the International League. Utley has 19 RBIs over his last 21 games. Hickory 6, Lakewood 1 LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Crawdads held the BlueClaws hitless for five innings in a South Atlantic League win. Portland020000000 -240 Trenton00000030x -360 WP: Chien-Ming Wang (7-4)
November 8, 2011 |
Tuesday was a busy day for the Phillies. In addition to working on a deal with free-agent closer Ryan Madson, the Phillies entertained Michael Cuddyer, the versatile free agent who has played his entire career in Minnesota. Fox29 first reported Cuddyer's visit, which was confirmed by a baseball source. Cuddyer returned to his home in Virginia later in the day without any deal being signed. Cuddyer, 32, hit .284 with 29 doubles, 20 home runs, and 70 RBIs for the Twins last season and is a career .272 hitter.
August 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Two weeks ago, when Kyle Kendrick finished a bullpen session in San Francisco, Mick Billmeyer stopped the pitcher he had just caught. The bullpen coach had something to say. "Some guys are just late bloomers," Billmeyer told Kendrick. Kendrick wants to start. He's 26 and has 95 career major-league starts to his name. For now, he is a swingman - and a valuable one at that - bouncing from the bullpen to the rotation when needed. "Hopefully," Kendrick said, "one of these days I won't have to go back and forth.
February 2, 2012
THE BREAKDOWN Last year: 80-81, third place, 21 1/2 games behind. Manager: Davey Johnson, took over last June. Key additions: Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, relievers Brad Lidge, Chad Durbin. Key subtractions: OFs Rick Ankiel, Laynce Nix, Jonny Gomes, reliever Todd Coffey, starter Livan Hernandez, C Ivan Rodriguez, SS Alex Cora THE SKIPPER'S TAKE All winter, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel looked 2 hours south and held his breath. The Nationals courted Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson and Japanese ace Yu Darvish.
October 5, 2011 |
The Play: Ryan Madson induces Allen Craig to ground into a Chase Utley-Ryan Howard doubleplay and thwarts an eighth-inning Cardinals rally. The Setup: Trailing, 3-1, the Cardinals load the bases with a single, fly out, single and single. Madson, the Phillies' fourth pitcher of the inning, is called in to face Craig. The At-Bat: Craig bounces a Madson fastball just foul down the third-base line for strike one, then grounds a short hop directly to Utley. He takes no chances on a throw to shortstop Jimmy Rollins , runs the 25 feet or so to the second-base bag and fires to Howard.
November 4, 2008 |
After his introductory news conference yesterday, Ruben Amaro left for the general managers' meetings in Dana Point, Calif. Those meetings were the site of one of the best trades of the Pat Gillick era. You could even argue that it worked out perfectly. A year ago, the Phillies acquired Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett from Houston for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and prospect Mike Costanzo. Along with any potential trades, Amaro has a number of issues with the current roster to address.
October 16, 2009 |
LOS ANGELES - Not sure whether the Phillies can win seven more this way, but, in October, you just keep trying to get outs however you can get outs. The Phillies got enough of them at the right time and got two home runs at perfect times. It was enough, barely, to win Game 1 of the National League Championship Seies against the Dodgers, 8-6, last night. Charlie Manuel used just about everybody he had in his bullpen. There were a few shaky moments, but every time a Phillies reliever absolutely had to get an out at Dodger Stadium, he got an out. There was J.A. Happ, protecting a one-run lead in the sixth, getting Rafael Furcal to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.