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February 21, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The perception going into last season was that Jim Thome needed time to adjust. To his new team. To National League pitching. Then Thome tied for the major-league lead with 47 home runs and drove in a career-high 131 runs. If that's what he could do without any familiarity with NL pitching, imagine what he could do with a little knowledge of it. Phillies manager Larry Bowa thinks that another year in the NL will help Thome. He said that it could help him cut down on his strikeouts - he led the league with 182 last season - and hit for a higher average.
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May 10, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Biddle's Statistics Wins Losses ERA Strikeouts Walks 2 2 2.70 45 18 Strikeouts per nine innings: 11
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October 7, 2009 | by Marcus Hayes
Citizens Bank Park, 2:37 p.m. TV: TBS. Radio: WPHT (1210), WUBA (1480), ESPN (950) Weather: Mostly sunny, high 60s, windy. Game Line: Phillies -$125; Rockies +$115 Over/Under: 8 Runs. Series Line: Phillies -$160; Rockies +$140. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee REGULAR SEASON 2009: 14-13; 3.22 ERA; 34 games/34 starts; 9.52 hits/9 innings; 4.21 strikeouts/walks; 17 home runs; 1-0 vs. Rockies Career: 90-52; 3.97 ERA; 194 games/190 starts; 9.21 hits/9 innings; 2.71 strikeouts/walks; 134 home runs; 1-0 vs. Rockies.
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September 22, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Antonio Bastardo's black hair is curling as it grows, and his beard is scraggly, just the 27-year-old lefthander's way of showing the toll of this season. He feels good now, but no one - including the pitcher - knows what will happen next. Asked to describe 2012, Bastardo repeatedly said, "Inconsistent. " "That's the word that fits him the most," manager Charlie Manuel said. Bastardo's ERA is 4.56. He has allowed backbreaking home runs. He has failed to flourish in the eighth inning, which he did so magnificently in 2011.
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April 24, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
Alie Alkins came through with a winning hit for the second straight game, allowing Sun Valley to hand visiting Bishop Shanahan its first Ches-Mont League loss in softball since 2010, 1-0, in nine innings Tuesday. Kate Poppe of Shanahan (11-1) held the Vanguards (9-2) to one hit through eight innings before Taylor Sitale led off the ninth with a bunt hit. Alkins' long hit into the outfield gap brought Sitale home with the deciding run. Poppe struck out 19 batters, including 11 of the first 12 hitters she faced.
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August 8, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer
RIGHTHANDER Vance Worley has spent most of the season pitching with bone chips in his throwing elbow, but it was his stomach that gave him problems in Monday night's 6-1 loss to the Braves. The second-year starter fell ill about an hour before the game, but felt he could muster enough energy to take the mound. The Braves quickly proved otherwise, scoring four runs in 3 2/3 innings to knock him out of the game. "I definitely wasn't feeling my best, but I wanted to go out there and pitch for the team," Worley said.
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July 12, 1999 | by Dana Pennett, Daily News Sports Writer
Turns out, Curt Schilling was right. The rumors were unfounded. Contrary to earlier reports that indicated Arizona's Randy Johnson would get the nod as the National League's All-Star starter tomorrow in Boston, Schilling will take the mound for the NL, an anonymous baseball source said yesterday. The official announcement from NL manager Bruce Bochy will be made today. Schilling knew yesterday a decision had been made, but wasn't telling what he knew. "I have a pretty good idea who will get the ball, but it's not my job to announce it," he said.
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February 15, 2012 | By David Murphy, dmurphy@phillynews.com
WHAT WE KNOW: Despite the expected loss of Roy Oswalt, the unit should once again enter the season as the class of the National League. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels each logged at least 216 innings while posting sub-2.80 ERAs. While Oswalt struggled with a back injury and saw his strikeouts drop off dramatically, he still finished 2011 with a 3.69 ERA while averaging six innings in 23 starts. Vance Worley will enter the spring with a spot in the rotation after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 starts and four relief appearances as a rookie.
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August 26, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
If Mark McGwire's attempt to break Roger Maris' home-run record is threatened by bad weather in the final days of the season, National League officials said they aren't likely to step in and help. St. Louis is 19 games out in the Central Division and without a realistic shot at the wild card. The NL said that if a game between two non-contenders is rained out, and the teams don't meet again or have a common open date in the schedule, it won't be played - even if McGwire is stuck one home run short of the record.
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July 1, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that he's got 11 wins, Curt Schilling is a virtual shoo-in to be named to the National League all-star team when the rosters are announced Wednesday. In fact, there's a good chance Schilling could start the game. Kent Bottenfield and Jose Lima are the only other 11-game winners in the NL and neither has Schilling's star power. It would behoove baseball to send a marquee name up against Pedro Martinez, who figures to be named the starter for the American League. Arizona's Randy Johnson would certainly fit the criteria if the NL is looking for a big name to start the game.
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April 6, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie and Mark Whited, STAFF WRITERS
Archbishop Carroll pitcher James Kelly had no trouble finding the strike zone on Monday. The junior scattered seven hits over seven innings, allowing just two runs without walking a batter. He also struck out 12 to help the host Patriots defeat Conwell-Egan, 6-2, in Catholic League play. Nick Zambella provided most of Carroll's offense. The senior first hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and followed up with a three-run shot in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
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September 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Since assuming an everyday role in late August, Aaron Altherr has batted second or third in a majority of his starts. On Thursday, amid a recent deluge of strikeouts, Altherr found his name all the way down in the eighth spot of manager Pete Mackanin's lineup card. "He's striking out too much," Mackanin said before the series finale at Marlins Park. "He's aware of it, and he's got to make adjustments. He's going through that learning curve. I know he's better than he's hitting.
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August 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The biggest spot of Ken Giles' young tenure as the Phillies closer came with two outs in the eighth inning of a 7-6 Phillies win Wednesday. With runners on the corners, Giles was summoned from the bullpen to face Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who boasts baseball's best batting average and has driven in the most runs in the National League. Goldschmidt stepped into the Chase Field batter's box a home run shy of the cycle for the game. Approaching him carefully, Giles attacked his opponent almost exclusively with sliders to keep him guessing.
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May 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Odubel Herrera's transition from Texas Rangers double-A second baseman to Phillies everyday centerfielder appeared almost too seamless through the season's first few weeks. More recently, major-league pitching has taken advantage of the Rule 5 draft pick's lack of experience and plate discipline. No player on the Phillies' active roster has struck out more than Herrera, who after spending much of April as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter has dropped to sixth or seventh in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup.
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April 12, 2014 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brielle Morichetti struck out 22 to lead visiting Burlington City past Westampton Tech, 8-0, in a Burlington County League softball game Thursday afternoon. Morichetti got all of her outs with strikeouts. In the sixth inning, she struck out Anisa Tyler, but the third strike was dropped, allowing Tyler to get to first base. Morichetti allowed one hit and walked two in seven innings. "You could see she was in the zone," said Heather Whalin, Burlington City's coach. Cape-Atlantic.
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March 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's the windup, and here's Devin Smeltzer's pitch: Let's help others. Smeltzer, a senior pitcher at Bishop Eustace Prep and cancer survivor, is determined to use his success on the mound to aid children and their families who have been impacted by the disease. He hopes other people will join his cause. Smeltzer, a first-team all-South Jersey selection as a junior, is launching a "strikeout" foundation this season. He hopes individuals and businesses will pledge a dollar amount for every strikeout that he records.
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May 17, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freshman Maddi Abbott struck out nine batters and recorded her 100th strikeout of the season on Wednesday afternoon to lead Villa Maria past host Mount St. Joseph, 7-0, in a Catholic Academies softball game. She allowed just three hits and walked one in seven innings. She has 102 strikeouts this season. Ches-Mont. Brigette Nordberg had just one hit, but it was a two-run double in the third to key Downingtown East's 4-2 win at Bishop Shanahan. Kristen Owens added a pair of hits and a run scored.
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May 10, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Biddle's Statistics Wins Losses ERA Strikeouts Walks 2 2 2.70 45 18 Strikeouts per nine innings: 11
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April 25, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Dusty Wathan played 14 minor-league seasons, and this is his sixth year managing in the Phillies system. But the Reading Fightin Phils manager is having a difficult time recalling a more impressive performance than the one that lefthander Jesse Biddle delivered Monday. The Phillies prospect pitched seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 16 in a 3-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Biddle had a perfect game before he walked a batter with one out in the seventh inning.
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April 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies entered the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday trailing the Kansas City Royals, 9-4, the last thing anyone expected was a dramatic ending. But after Jimmy Rollins' three-run shot and Laynce Nix's pinch-hit RBI single cut the lead to 9-8, the game's final at-bat had plenty of pitches and drama. Erik Kratz finally struck out on a 1-2 change-up and the Royals prevailed, but the Phillies catcher battled righthander Kelvin Herrera. The reliever displayed both gas and a nasty change-up.
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