May 1, 2016 |
The Phillies emptied the dugout, hopped over the railing, and spilled onto the field. Another victory - this time a 4-3 win over Cleveland - waited to be celebrated. Ryan Howard's walk-off homer in the 11th inning handed the Phillies their seventh win in eight games Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Winning has somehow become the norm for the team expected to spend the season in baseball's basement. They are guaranteed to end April with a winning record. Howard dropped the bat as soon as he blasted the pitch, a full-count fastball.
April 25, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Adam Morgan, who added a cutter and some velocity in spring training, struck out 20 batters in his first three starts. His best outing was Thursday, with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of two-run ball. . . . Tommy Joseph's slash line through 10 games is .367/.406/.733. Seven of his first 11 hits were for extra bases. . . . Darnell Sweeney, 25, has split his time between second base and center field. He has made three errors. . . . Last winter, a rival scout described the waiver-wire acquisition of infielder Taylor Featherston as a "nice buy-low move.
April 22, 2016 |
Andrew Bailey's first taste of the majors came when he would ride with his family across the Delaware River to watch the Phillies teams of the 1990s at Veterans Stadium. Bailey grew up in Haddon Heights. He was 9 years old in 1993, when the Phillies won the pennant. Darren Daulton was his favorite player and Bailey recalls the way Mickey Morandini's name was announced. And on Wednesday afternoon - for the first time in Bailey's career - the fan from South Jersey wore a Phillies uniform in South Philadelphia.
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | BASEBALL Robinson not the only black trailblazer Once again, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Friday ("Howard, Baker pay tribute to No. 42, Jackie Robinson," Saturday). We are aware of Robinson's tribulations as he fought courageously to become the first black player in the major leagues. But how many people remember another black baseball player, Curt Flood? It was Flood who tested baseball's reserve clause in 1970 when he refused to play for the Phillies, who had obtained him in a trade with the Cardinals.
April 14, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin said the Phillies have encouraged slumping shortstop Freddy Galvis to use a heavier bat in an effort to slow down his swing and give him a relaxed approach. However, they have yet to demand that he do so. "There's going to come a point where I'm going to say you're either going to do it or you're not going to play. Hopefully it won't come to that," Mackanin said. "He's been trying to get back to it, but you can see in batting practice he hits the way we want him to and then sometimes you get into a game and the adrenaline kicks in. It's just uncomfortable.
April 10, 2016 |
NEW YORK - For 22 minutes on a bitter Friday afternoon, the Phillies stood on the third-base line at Citi Field as more than 44,000 people feted the National League champions. This is a cyclical game, and no one knows better than these rebuilding Phillies. The orange-and-blue clad Mets fans wanted to boo someone, but as the obscure Phillies' names were announced, the response was tepid. They roared when deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard and Matz - the names that could torture the Phillies for the immediate future - were introduced.
April 9, 2016 |
CINCINNATI - Cedric Hunter was 18 when he walked into an Atlanta area tattoo parlor and ordered them to etch a Major League Baseball logo onto his left arm. He was a high school baseball star with aspirations to reach the majors. "I got a lot of stuff for it," Hunter said. "But it's something that I loved to do since I was 12. " Hunter wore the tattoo when he was a top prospect with San Diego, when he looked like the ink would spend its summers in major-league ballparks. He reached the majors in 2011, but the tattoo's time there was short lived.
April 8, 2016 |
CINCINNATI - Seven weeks ago, Ryan Howard was defiant about a debate that was never a debate. Check the numbers, he said. Remember the track record. A platoon, he said, was not fair. When reality materialized Wednesday, in the season's second game, Howard spoke in a changed tone. The Reds started a lefthander; Darin Ruf played first base and batted fifth. And Howard, a $25 million platoon player, sounded at peace with it all. "I just don't let things bother me anymore," said Howard, in the last season of his five-year deal.
April 8, 2016
Around the Minor Leagues Here is a look at the Phillies' minor-league teams: Triple-A Lehigh Valley It is difficult to recall a triple-A team with the kind of young talent the IronPigs have. Triple A is typically a place for veterans, and there are some on this Lehigh Valley team. But the pitching prospects will draw the majority of attention. Jake Thompson, 22, Zach Eflin, 21, and Mark Appel, 24, are all touted. One or more of them could reach the majors by the end of the season.