Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

The love/hate relationship the fans have with Ben Francisco turned to all love for one night. Francisco, who found himself an almost permanent spot on the bench with Domonic Brown an everyday player, had the game-winning hit in the Phils 1-0 win Saturday night. His hit was only the fourth hit for the Phils and … Continue reading Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

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Off Day: Mets take advantage of Phils bench

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown enjoyed the day off while their back-ups took charge today. Unfortunately, the only team taking charge was the New York Mets. Phillies starter Vance Worley couldn’t overcome an unfortunate 1st inning full of errors as the Mets went on to win, 9-5. A misplay by Raul … Continue reading Off Day: Mets take advantage of Phils bench

Schneider lands on the DL

Update: Brian Schneider has been placed on the 15 day DL. This may be an indication that Carlos Ruiz will be in Philadelphia tomorrow. Original: Catcher Brian Schneider had to leave last night’s 5-3 win over the Marlins with what the Phillies are calling a strained left hamstring. He will be reevaluated during today’s off … Continue reading Schneider lands on the DL

Doc runs out of gas in 8th

Charlie Manuel tried to squeeze one more inning out of his starter but quite possibly at the cost of the game. Starter Roy Halladay ran out of juice in the 8th and the Marlins capitalized, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night. Chris Coghlan was the hero of the night for Florida. He had a pair of … Continue reading Doc runs out of gas in 8th

7th Heaven

Shades of last season were looming at Citizens Bank Park today. With Roy Halladay dealing, the Mets held a 1-0 lead heading into the 7th. For sure it appeared the Phillies would have to life the right-hander with only 78 pitches under his belt. But a big blast and some small ball scored two for … Continue reading 7th Heaven

Phils DFA Zagurski, add third catcher

Ruben Amaro had commented the other day the Phils were going to add a third catcher in order to rest Carlos Ruiz’s back. In doing so, they desdignated left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski for assignment. Taking his place on the 25 and 40-man roster is catcher Dane Sardinha. The 32-year-old catcher hit .205 (8-for-40) with the … Continue reading Phils DFA Zagurski, add third catcher

Hamels roughed up

One thing I like about Spring Training is no matter how much you get pummeled, you’re going to pitch until you reach your spring max. Cole Hamels got whacked around in his 6 2/3 innings of work but he was hitting his spots. Hamels struck out six and walked none wile surrendering six runs on … Continue reading Hamels roughed up

Phils take Yanks in first GFL play

Dane Sardhina (remember him?) proved to be a hero in the Phillies first action against a major league team on Saturday. His two-run single in the top of the eighth gave the Phils the 5-4 come-back win over the Yankees. Cole Hamels got the start, going two innings and allowing a run on one hit … Continue reading Phils take Yanks in first GFL play

Grading the Phillies: Bench

Ben Francisco – C+: His lack of playing time came as a surprise to fans this year, especially when Raul Ibanez had some early-season struggles. He’s the type of player who needs every day at-bats to heat up. It will be interesting to see what happens next season if the Phils don’t sign Jays Werth … Continue reading Grading the Phillies: Bench

Blast Off, Schneider

Brian Schneider’s return to the line up was going to be a much needed improvement over the hole that Dane Sardinha was in the line up. But he made his presence known when he sent a laser into the rightfield seats to lead off the 12th. Schneider’s walk off blast, his third homer of the … Continue reading Blast Off, Schneider