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Ryan Howard drove in two runs and seven pitchers combined to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Sunday night and complete a doubleheader sweep.
John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single in the ninth inning of the first game to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win.
The Phillies trailed 4-1 in the second game before scoring two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings for their fourth straight win. They have forced their way into the NL wild-card race and play their next seven games against cellar dwellers Miami and Houston.
B.J. Rosenberg (1-2) struck out two in a scoreless sixth for the win. Josh Roenicke (4-2) took the loss.
Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save.
The Rockies followed Wilin Rosario's four passed balls in Game 1 with five errors in the nightcap.
Chris Nelson hit a three-run homer for the Rockies, who have lost five straight games.
Ty Wigginton hit the tying homer for the Phillies in the sixth and helped move them...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Philadelphia Phillies entered play Saturday at 67-71 (Saturday’s game was rained out). They are only 4 games under .500, and 7 games out of the final Wild Card spot with 24 games to go. The Phillies and Rockies will now play a double header. First game will be at 1:05, the second at 6:35.
The Phillies activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list on Friday. Ruiz had...
Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies is the newest member in the rotation. How do other recent additions in the NL East match up with him? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication...
The highs and lows of professional baseball are no better evidenced by Darin Ruf‘s day on Sunday. Shortly after grounding into a double play to end the Reading Phillies’ season, the slugger learned that he would be joining the big league Phillies.
Pained by the loss, just moments after the Trenton Thunder eliminated the R-Phils from the Double-A Eastern League playoffs, Ruf...
The Phillies won today. In fact, they won twice. In fact, they swept the series with the Rockies. In fact, they've won 7 of 9. They're just six games behind St. Louis for a playoff spot, and suddenly, instead of four teams between them, it's just two.
Now look, calm yourself now. The Phillies are 69-71. The team they just swept, Colorado, is awful. Like, one game...
Following last night's doubleheader sweep, the Phillies sit just six games behind in the NL Wild Card race. Entering tonight's game, they are tied with the Brewers in the standings, both sporting 69-71 records. If the Phillies can get a jump on the Marlins tonight, they could be as far as 5 games out of the Wild Card standings. With 22 games left in the season, there'...
Photo Courtesy of Corey Shaw
AT&T sponsored a "Win at Home" contest for Phillies fans last season. The top prize was to be a redesign of a family room and a barbecue with a Phillies player visit. This visit was from Kyle Kendrick. The winner was excited:
Fanning herself and repeatedly telling her friends how amazing it was to have Kendrick in her house...
The Phillies still face significant challenges as they try to make the playoffs this season. This weekend’s series sweep of the Colorado Rockies could be the momentum the Phightin’s need to make a September run. So, Can the Phillies Make the Playoffs?
The Phillies are 69-71, and have only twenty-two games left to play, with six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in race for...
Kyle Kendrick is the 4-slot hurler for the Philadelphia Phillies, if they reach the NLDS. That stated, have you realized what’s going on yet? Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces...
Kyle Kendrick gave up one run in seven innings of two-hit pitching in a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins.
Kendrick got his eight strikeout of the evening when he struck out John Carlos Stanton with bases loaded in the sixth.
Phillies got their runs in the bottom of the 5th, when Ty Wiggington walked on a full count, then Domonic Brown homered to right. Michael Martinez scored on...
Colorado Rockies (56-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-71)
Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04)
Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Strong Storms, 76
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies enjoyed a nice come from behind victory last night. Despite the victory, the Phillies couldn’t do too much damage against a struggling...
If you were hoping for a game with lots of hitting and lots of excitement, you watched the right ballgame this evening. After taking game one of this doubleheader with a walk-off victory, the Phillies were looking for a clean sweep of the Rockies tonight in game two.
The Phillies scored first this evening in the bottom of the second. Ty Wigginton scored on a single hit into...
Miami Marlins (63-78) at Philadelphia Phillies (69-71)
Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies are coming off a huge sweep of the Colorado Rockies. They’re six games out of the Wild Card, two games below .500, and 8-2 in their last 10 games. The...
The Phillies have won five consecutive games for the first time since they won six straight May 13-18, and they have won 13 of their last 17 games to improve to 70-71. It is the first time they have been one game under .500 since June 5. They are 5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot.
Did manager Charlie Manuel think the Phillies could get back to...
The Phils promoted power-hitting prospect, Darin Ruf, who hit a minor league-leading 38 homers (with 20 of them coming in August). That was at Double-A and he’s 26 years old. In scout speak, that’s not good. Scouts speak in short sentences so they don’t miss the Early Bird Specials. Based not on facts but my gut (and Ruf’s), “Babe” Ruf reminds me of Matt Stairs...