Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

First thing’s first… Cliff Lee has himself ready for the season, pitching lights out as well as getting his bat up to speed. Lee went six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 5-4 win over the Pirates. He also doubled in his only hit of … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

2011 Moments: #2 A record-breaking season

102 wins. Just reading it summarizes the dominance of the Phillies 2011 regular season. But despite breaking a franchise record that stood for over four years, the season ended in disappointment. Many questions were raised towards the end of the season and soon following the Phillies elimination in the Game 5 of the NLDS to … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #2 A record-breaking season

Switch. Flipped: Phils offense explodes in Atlanta

That magical switch that I talked about yesterday is officially on. And hopefully, no one goes near the damn thing for another month. The Phils blasted the Atlanta Braves, who are clinging onto a second straight Wild Card berth by only one game, in a 7-1 route.  Their 101st win tied the franchise record set … Continue reading Switch. Flipped: Phils offense explodes in Atlanta

With a new line up, Phils halt skid

Before the game, Charlie Manuel talked about his new line up. Bumping Chase Utley into the two-hole and Hunter Pence batting before Ryan Howard rather than protecting him, the offense finally erupted in a big way to provide the Phils with their first win in over a week. Utley and Pence shone in their new … Continue reading With a new line up, Phils halt skid

Kendrick looks good in spot start

It had been 21 games since Kyle Kendrick took the mound as the starting pitcher. The right-hander didn’t look as such, pitching almost Cliff Lee-like in his start. But that Lee guy will be pitching tonight in about two hours. Kendrick led the Phils to a 3-1 victory in the first half of the double-header. … Continue reading Kendrick looks good in spot start

Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

A day after it took the Phillies 6 innings to get their offense going, Ryan Howard made sure that they got on the board earlier. Howard blasted a Shaun Marcum offering into the seats in right field, giving the visitors an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. It was a lead that they would … Continue reading Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

Hamels looks sharp after settling in

Cole Hamels was throwing fire in Cincy this past Monday. Though that wasn’t the case tonight against the Marlins, he still looked sharp in the final four innings of his second start coming off a shoulder injury. Unfortunately for the rest of the pitching, their nights didn’t go as well. The Marlins jumped all over … Continue reading Hamels looks sharp after settling in

Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

It was a slider that just wouldn’t break. Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, … Continue reading Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

After long wait, Schwimer’s name gets called

Being in AAA Lehigh was like waiting in the bull pen for Michael Schwimmer. Time after time, the phone would ring and names like Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Drew Carpenter, Mike Zagurksi, Scott Mathieson and Juan Perez were asked for. But never Schwimer’s. Of the six names mentioned, only two (Stutes and Herndon) are still … Continue reading After long wait, Schwimer’s name gets called

Doc gets snake bit in 9th

Roy Halladay should have started the 9th. But at one point, he should not have been left in. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the 9th, Charlie Manuel let Halladay pitch to the left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who drove in all three of Arizona’s runs on the night. Overbay smacked Halladay’s first offering into the … Continue reading Doc gets snake bit in 9th