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The Phillies were shut out for the fourth time this year losing Tuesday night to the Pirates 2-0. In perspective, the Phillies were only shut seven times all of 2012. Cole Hamels pitched 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 and walking only 1 batter. Hamels’ counterpart, left-hander Jeff Locke pitched 6 shutout innings of 2 hit baseball making the Phillies offense look feeble which is not hard to do these days.
That’s not saying the Phillies did not have their chances to score. They wasted a leadoff triple by John Mayberry Jr. in the fourth by running on contact with no outs on a Ben Revere ground ball. It was said in the post-game press conference that it was Charlie’s decision to run on contact in that situation which I wholeheartedly disagree with. Then with 1 out and Domonic Brown on second and Ben Revere on first, Erik Kratz hits into an inning-ending double play to thwart the Phillies threat.
The Pirates scored their runs in ...
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Most staffs typically have a significant drop-off after their 1 and 2, but the Philadelphia Phillies with Kyle Kendrick have a strong 4. How do other divisional teams fare at the back end of their rotation?
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I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the MLB 5 periodically. The number of games played by the Phillies is in the...
Your browser does not support iframes.Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had a web gem of epic proportion Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.The defensive gem came in the top of the fifth inning, when Phillies hurler Roy Halladay delivered a 2-1 offering to Bucs hitter John McDonald, who turned on the pitch to lift a deep line drive to left field.It initially...
Carlos Ruiz will make his season debut for the Phillies on Sunday after playing two games at Double-A.
Ruiz was suspended for the first 25 games of the season after testing positive for amphetamines.
The Phillies will certainly welcome the bat of Ruiz back to the lineup. Last year the 34-year-old hit .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI.
During the absences of Ruiz the Phillies...
Cole Hamels looks on after Gaby Sanchez' eighth-inning home run. If the Phillies are going to win, they need to hit. As Charlie Manuel said after a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, Ryan Howard has to hit, Chase Utley has to hit and Jimmy Rollins has to hit....
In what was one of the more miserable games of the season, the Phillies fell to the Pirates, 2-0.
Hamels Moves to 0-3:
-Just call it the Curse of Cliff. When your starting pitcher throws well enough that he should have a victory. Cole was pretty much on his game from the start, except for mistakes to Brandon Inge and Gaby Sanchez that hurt him. Hamels has gotten better every start...
A night after showing his frustration with the team’s offensive consistency, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel splits Utley and Howard in the lineup.
On this weeks edition of Phillies Nation TV, Pat and Corey dissect the latest outing from Roy Halladay and the positives they’re seeing from the veteran righty. This past weekend, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports mentioned the possibility of Cliff Lee being a trade candidate later in the summer. Will the rumors ramp back up again?
Ryann Williams got an upfront seat for the opening...
Everything was going smoothly. Roy Halladay was locked in on the mound. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each hit massive solo home runs after being split up in the lineup by manager Charlie Manuel. The Phillies held a 3-1 lead as they handed the game over to the back end of the bullpen just the way they like to have it set up, but Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams were unable to get the...
Well as I sit in utter amazement at not just the lack of offense the Phillies show but the bullpen has doubts around it again. Ruben Amaro stated in the fall that one of his goals would be to improve on the bullpen and not lose any games because of it again. Well Ruben it doesn’t look like that is the case. We have for the most part see the return of Jonathan Pappelbon, closing...
*Yuniesky Betancourt, Spring Training 2013 casualty, is now with the Milwaukee Brewers and is batting .279/.795 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. Instead of releasing him, Amaro should have signed him to a 5 YR/$125M contract. Don't ya think?!*Ben Revere might be a defensive whiz, but his offense negates any good he does with the glove. His OPS is .472, which ranks 186th out of 192...
Roy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two...
I think it's important that the Pirates get a split in this four-game series in Philadelphia and since James McDonald is on the mound tomorrow, tonight might represent their best chance to do it. Wandy Rodriguez takes the mound for the Pirates and he's been excellent in the two full starts that he's made this year, throwing 13 total shutout innings at the Cubs and Braves...
Jeff Locke pitched six innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth, he retired his last eight batters - striking out three of the final four.
Sanchez also doubled and Brandon Inge had an RBI...