July 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Four and a half years ago, the Phillies had a team chock-full of highly paid veterans but an organization lacking in near major league-ready talent on the farm. So coming off back-to-back World Series appearances, Ruben Amaro Jr., who had worked out a deal to bring Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for a package of three minor league prospects. Yesterday, nearly a half-decade later, the lessons from that trade, an unmitigated disaster, were briefly on display at Citi Field, where the Phillies were on the wrong end of a 11-2 drubbing at the hands of the New York Mets on the eve of Major League Baseball's trade deadline.
May 25, 2014 |
If there is one thing that really stresses out a softball catcher, it is a pitch that gets past her. When the softball hits the dirt or flies over her head, a wave of panic hits. The catcher's job is to protect the pitcher, make her look good. The advantage to being so well-acquainted with wild pitches and passed balls, on the other hand, is that the catcher takes that knowledge with her on the base paths. That's exactly what happened to Avon Grove's Alyssa Herion, who scored the winning run in walk-off fashion as the Red Devils defeated Neshaminy, 2-1, Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
May 13, 2013 |
The first two runs scored on wild pitches. The third scored on a delayed steal. The fourth and fifth runs scored on an error. The sixth scored on another wild pitch. "You know you have a good offense when you don't hit and you still score," Eastern senior pitcher and cleanup hitter Steve Priolo said after the Vikings' 10-4 victory over St. Augustine Prep on Saturday in a Diamond Classic first-round game between top-three teams. In the end, the Vikings got their share of big hits as junior Jake Quinn rapped an RBI double, senior Matt Marella delivered an RBI single, and junior Tom Flacco sent a fastball soaring over the right-field fence for a two-run homer.
April 3, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning on Monday, powering the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the majors' first interleague season opener. Both teams emptied their benches and bullpens before Iannetta - who caught all 13 innings - finally provided the breakout hit. The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the 13th off J.J. Hoover, who walked two and hit Hank Conger, the Angels' final position player.
July 18, 2012 |
On air, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), the news-anchor superhero at the center of HBO's The Newsroom, talks to America about important things while his staff looks on adoringly. Meanwhile, in his active dating life, Will is wont to assume a kingly hauteur when talking down to the very women he's trying to woo. This week, in the decisively bad fourth episode of Aaron Sorkin's wild pitch of a screwball, Will is more than once powerfully rude in denouncing the evils of gossip to his lady friends, and more than once his lectures earn damp feedback — the little liquid smack of a drink thrown in his face.
June 16, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - With the lights-out duel being waged between Central Bucks South's Haileigh Stocks and Bishop Shanahan's Kate Poppe, it seemed as if Friday's PIAA Class AAAA softball final might go deep into the night. But C.B. South scratched out a run against Poppe in the top of the ninth inning, and Stocks shut the door in the bottom half. With that, the Titans, despite totaling only three hits, earned a 1-0 victory at Penn State's Beard Field and captured the program's first state crown.
June 1, 2012 |
Two days after capturing the Catholic League baseball title, Neumann-Goretti added another crown, as the Saints rolled over Philadelphia Electrical, 13-0, in the District 12 Class AAA title game Thursday at Ashburn Field. Anthony Adams led the Saints with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Jimmy Kerrigan and Pat Doudican also added doubles. Josh Ockimey had a triple and finished 1 for 2 and drove in two runs. Joe Jaep picked up the complete-game win, striking out four and allowing two hits in the six-inning game.
May 31, 2012 |
Luke Garvey racked up 30 assists and 10 digs in guiding No. 4 seed Cinnaminson to a 2-1 upset at top-seeded St. Joseph-Metuchen on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Central Jersey boys' volleyball tournament. Zack Palin posted 10 kills and seven digs and Chris Bastos contributed two aces, six kills, and seven digs for the Pirates, who advanced to Friday's final against No. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy. South Jersey Tournament. Kevin Sullivan filled the stat sheet with 16 kills, six blocks, four assists and 23 digs, as second-seeded Eastern overcame a slow start to put away No. 3 seed Williamstown, 2-1, in a semifinal.
May 24, 2012 |
FOR A WHILE, it looked to be rather fitting that Jake Kurtz would be playing the violin Wednesday night during Girard Academic Music Program's spring concert. Then good things began happening and . . . Who knows? Maybe he mixed in some trumpet. At loud volume. Accompanied by happy dancers. Kurtz is 5-9, 160-pound sophomore righthander and he was the last pitcher standing in a wild Public League baseball semifinal at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly's FDR Park. Did he dazzle?
May 23, 2012 |
Was La Salle's Kevin Long, still feeling the effects of a flu that had arrived over the weekend, hoping rain would arrive as predicted and push back a Catholic League baseball quarterfinal vs. St. Joseph's Prep? "No, I was ready to go," he said. "Breathing was difficult for me at times, but I knew I'd be able to tough it out. " Long, looking anything but worn down or sluggish, pitched a one-hitter with five strikeouts as the host Explorers silenced the Hawks, 6-0, Tuesday in a game that lasted 1 hour, 33 minutes.