Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5 WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58) LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39) SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31) ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season. The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top … Continue reading Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

NL Demolishes AL in All-Star Romp

KANSAS CITY — The lineup was more dominant on paper. The pitching was more dominant on paper. And they had the crowd to their back. Unfortunately for the American League, the National League stole the show in KC. Backed by a bases-clearing triple in the 1st by Pablo Sandoval, the NL squashed AL starting pitcher … Continue reading NL Demolishes AL in All-Star Romp

Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks. Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen. That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of … Continue reading Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Worley finishes 3rd in NL ROY voting

It was an excellent rookie season for Phillies surprise starter Vance Worley. But was his 10-3 record and 3.01 ERA enough to topple Atlanta’s two incredible rookies? That answer was a no. In a unanimous decision, Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took home the National League Rookie of the Year award with first baseman Freddie Freeman … Continue reading Worley finishes 3rd in NL ROY voting

The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball? Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night. Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes … Continue reading The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 55-33, 1st in NL East; ATL: 53-36, 2nd in NL East When: July 8-10 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.44)¬†vs Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.23) Saturday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) vs Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52) Sunday: Cole Hamels¬†(10-4, 2.40) vs Derek Lowe (5-6, 4.21) Broadcast Info Friday, 7:05, … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

Early bombs set tone for Braves

Two poorly-placed, low-velocity sinkers were turned into back-to-back lead off homers for the Braves. That set the pace for Atlanta, who beat the Phillies on a night the Negro Leagues were honored, 5-3. Martin Prado sent Blanton’s first sinker in the mid-80’s over the left field fence to give the Braves a quick 1-0 lead. … Continue reading Early bombs set tone for Braves