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New York Mets
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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' march of misery continued at Citi Field on Thursday night, quickly hitting a new low against the resurgent Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies pounded Mets starter Jeremy Hefner with six consecutive hits to start their 16-1 win during an eight-run, nine-hit first inning. They bookended that with a seven-run ninth inning, including a grand slam by Ryan Howard off Josh Edgin, the rookie reliever Howard tagged for the game-winning homer in the ninth Wednesday. The rout gave the Phillies a three-game sweep and kept them four games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild spot. The loss kept the Mets searching for answers, or at least an end to a season that has turned increasingly grim in the second half. It was their ninth straight loss at Citi Field, where they are just 4-24 since the All-Star break. The game, a makeup of Tuesday's postponement, was played before a crowd so sparse the public-address announcement...
BEST OF MAXIM
In the fourth inning of the Phillies - Braves game on Saturday, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard reached another career milestone, hitting the 300th home run of his career. Howard sits alone behind Mike Schmidt's 548 for career home runs as a Phillie. Here are a number of tidbits surrounding the home run today:
The home run was the second-fastest any player has...
As the Phillies continue their hot ways, so does Ryan Howard. Howard hit his third home run in as many nights tonight to help lead the way against the Braves. The Phillies used four long balls and some good pitching from Kyle Kendrick to win 6-2 and move up another game in the Wild Card hunt.
Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen chipped in with solo home runs of their own...
NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard has been battling thoughts lately of trying to do too much in one at-bat. For most of Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies' slumping first baseman acknowledged he had trouble doing anything. He had been "chasing the fastball" from New York Mets rookie starter Matt Harvey unsuccessfully, continuing a homer-less September through a 0-for...
Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets (66-83) lost to the Phillies (76-74) by the score of 16-1 and were officially eliminated from post-season contention.
Just a pathetic game in every dimension for the Mets. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner didn’t even record an out before allowing seven earned runs, and the bullpen was awful!
The only offense was a solo shot by Baxter and a total...
I'm not going to go on another rant as I did last night. What's the point? Jeremy Hefner gives up eight runs in the first inning, the Mets give up another eight in the eighth and ninth, and they lose 16-1. It's no more or less disgusting than last night. It's just a different kind of disgusting. Whether it's Josh Edgin giving up a back breaking home run to Ryan...
Wow. That’s all you can really say about the Phillies 16-1 win over the Mets to finish off the sweep in Queens. They put together 21 hits and stay afloat in the NL Wild Card race.
Ryan Howard knocked in five runs, four of them on a grand slam in the ninth inning. Chase Utley drove in four runs. Juan Pierre went 5-for-6 with five singles and Jimmy Rollins had three more hits, staying...
In a September of increasing hope, Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies are winning by the slimmest margin at times. Have you been watching the scoreboard lately to notice the same dynamic on other contending teams?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces...
APNewsNow. Phillies 3, Mets 2. With AP Photos. By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday night, adding a dramatic victory to their late-season playoff push.
Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff home run but the Phillies went into the ninth with only...
On Saturday night, the Phillies may have seen their 2012 playoff hopes disappear. While the Phillies made the last month of baseball exciting, they are now 4 games back in the Wildcard standings. I am a very optimistic person, but they will need a miracle.
One positive note that came out of the game, Ryan Howard joined the 300 homerun club. Howard hit a solo homer in the bottom...
On Wednesday night, the Phillies won the game over the Mets in 2 bookend innings, the 1st and the 9th. In between, not much happened.
Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a solo home run. That turned out to be the only hit for the Phillies until John Mayberry Jr. singled in the 8th. It was also the only run of the game for the Phils until there were 2 outs in the 9th inning.
<pThe Phillies kept pace in the race for the National League Wild Card race with a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
The Phillies did it the old fashion way, collecting four home runs, one each from Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard.
The most important was Howard, who hit his 13 of the year, but more important, his third in three games.
The Phillies and Braves opened up a three-game series tonight in Philadelphia. This series will be the last time Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sees Philadelphia in his final season of major league baseball. So what better way to congratulate Chipper on a Hall of Fame career than with a smattering of boos, a few "Larry!" chants, and a 6-2 victory over his team?...