Found June 28, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
When, exactly, does a game go from "easy win" to "nerve-wracking rollercoaster?" The only people that can answer this sort of question are the people that have bridged the gap, and by the time that it happens no one's ever in any shape to answer.I should've known from the beginning that this one was going to be rough on the nerves. By the time I got it turned on, the Pirates were already behind 2-0 and I was grumbling to myself about James McDonald's pitch count in his complete game and wondering if I was going to write a fire and brimstone blogpost about the end of the season and the terrible things that this three-game stretch in Philly was going to mean, etc. etc. This was a foolish line of thought, because by the time I got into my apartment and got the game on my TV, Mike McKenry was batting with two runners on base and he was seconds away from making a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 Pirate lead. On Tuesday afternoon I was honestly trying to determine if...

Kendrick Kills Phils in 1st; Pirates Split Series

Kendrick buried them early (AP) The Phillies keep finding new ways to piss the fans off. In Thursday’s 5-4, finale loss to the Pirates, Kyle Kendrick did them in before their first at bat. KENDRICK KILLS THEM EARLY -Sometimes, in baseball, it comes down to one inning. The Phillies were unable to overcome Kyle Kendrick’s awful start. He put them in a 5-0 hole they could not recover...

More roster moves: Slaten, Moskos DFA, Oscar Tejada claimed

The Pirates' roster shuffling continues. Before last night's game, the club designated Danny Moskos for assignment to make room for Eric Fryer on the 40-man roster (remember that Chris Leroux is likely coming off of the 60-man DL in the near future; Moskos likely would've been the guy removed for Leroux, so the Pirates are just using this short window to get insurance...

Raul Valdes Makes Spot Start Against Pirates; Chase Utley Starts at Second Base for the First Time All Season

  The Phillies are looking to take this four-game set tonight as they look to win their third straight game. The Phils' offense has been heating up during the end of this homestand, especially behind the bats of Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz.  Tonight's starter for the Phillies will be Raul Valdes. Valdes, a relief pitcher coming out of the bullpen, has started two games...

Utley Silences Doubters After Strong 2012 Debut

  Chase Utley hadn't played a game for the Philadelphia Phillies since October 7. Since Spring Training, fans have been left in the dark regarding Utley's health and whether the 33-year-old second baseman would ever play another inning of baseball for the Phillies, or any Major League team, ever again. It certainly didn't look good for either the Phillies or Utley...

Howard Could Start Rehab Assignment Thursday

The big man might be back soon. In a press release from Ruben Amaro and the Phillies: First baseman Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery) will return to Philadelphia tomorrow for functional testing on his left Achilles.  If he passes testing, he will begin a rehabilitation assignment with single-A Lakewood on Thursday, June 28. The Phillies are just trying to outdo themselves...

Phillies 5, Pirates 4

Ty Wigginton and Carlos Ruiz homered to back Vance Worley and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Worley (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Michael Schwimer pitched out of a jam in the seventh, Antonio Bastardo worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 18th save in 19 tries. Papelbon...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: One armed man

Jonathan Papelbon needs the front office of the Philadelphia Phillies to swap for a 8th-inning set-up man. Is Rube Amaro one deal away from a decent postseason chance? TAL’S HANDY CAPS CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT Penthouse Occupancy for the 8-3 triumph:  3                                                The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chooch Ruiz...

Final: Pirates 5, Phillies 4

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Game 74

Frustration. Need two out of the next two. I said I would be unhappy with a split and I stand by it. The Pirates should have won this series. Mellie’s recap. A Pitt football primer. First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sport, MLB.TV, CSN Raul Valdes, LHP (34) Late last night the [...]

A four-run first starts the ball rolling as the Phils sink the Pirates, 8-3.

A four-run first inning, helped along by several Pirates’ errors, starts the ball rolling for the Phils as they crush the Bucos, 8-3. The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a single to right, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, as he beat the...

Chad Qualls designated for assignment

Phillies fans around the Delaware Valley can rejoice. Todd Zolecki has the tweet of the day...   Qualls designated for assignment. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 28, 2012   It may have been just a matter of time... Chad Qualls was not the lone reason the Phillies lost last night to the Pirates, but his woeful outing in the eighth inning killed any...

Phillies designate Chad Qualls for assignment

The Philadelphia Phillies designated right handed pitcher Chad Qualls for assignment according to Reuben Frank of Qualls, 33, went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA, 2.0 HR/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 5.5 SO/9 in 31.1 innings with the Phillies in 2012. Image by Jim Epler under the Creative Commons License Agreement.

Injury updates: Howard, De la Rosa and Hudson

Here's a running list of injury updates around the Major Leagues: – First baseman Ryan Howard is ready for action and will begin his rehab assignment on Thursday according to John Finger of Howard though, isn't sure when he will rejoin the Phillies. – Left hander Jorge de la Rosa missed most of the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and according...
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