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

Utley leads Phils over Padres

One swing can change a game. It told the story in the 1st for the Phils. But like any good story, a turn of events occurred as one big swing for the Padres change the tone of the story. But when the going gets tough for the hero, it takes one mighty swing to bring … Continue reading Utley leads Phils over Padres

Heat gets to Halladay as Phils lose

With the temperature at 91 degrees by first pitch, Roy Halladay was still donning his signature 3/4-sleeved shirt. Common sense kicked in and the heat forced the right-hander to remove that shirt. But then, fatigue and heat exhaustion also settled in and Halladay’s day was done in the 5th inning, leading to a poor outing … Continue reading Heat gets to Halladay as Phils lose

Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

For one brief moment, Cole Hamels, one of the three big All-Star arms for the Phils, came crashing back to earth. The left-hander, whose fall from grace was a rarity all season, got roughed up by the New York Mets for seven runs en route to the 11-2 loss suffered in Queens on Saturday afternoon. … Continue reading Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Dear Joe B, Roy O, Jose C, Ryan M and Brad L, Please get better soon. We can’t take any more of seeing guys like David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter in games for the Phils. Even Danys Baez isn’t immune from our pleas. Leaving a pitch in Mike Stanton’s wheel house, Baez became the third … Continue reading Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Cole Hamels and Jon Lester were cruising through what appeared to be a pitchers duel. But a line drive off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez changed the pace of the game, ending Hamels’ day. The rest was history as Boston won, 5-2, and prevented the sweep in Philadelphia. Gonzalez’s liner rocketed off Hamels’ glove hand. … Continue reading Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

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

Longball powers Phils past Fish

For one night, Cole Hamels knew what it was like to get run support. For one night, the Phillies knew what it was like to absolutely explode with the long ball. For one night, the fans could relax and enjoy a game without the worry of a come back or close game. Tonight was that … Continue reading Longball powers Phils past Fish

This week in Phillies pitching

The Phillies get to start this week with a day off on Monday. With that day off, it will allow them to better prepare for the four-game series home against Florida. With a double-header on Wednesday to make up a rain-out in April and a day game on Thursday, the Phillies will play three games … Continue reading This week in Phillies pitching

Rare Polly blunder, Madson BS costs Phils the game

Phillies fans at the ball park and on the couch stayed up through the rain delay and through extra innings, hoping for another memorable extra-inning game. But a rare throwing error by Placido Polanco allowed Tyler Colvin to score in the 11th to give the Cubs a 4-3 win. Fans have named every fifth day, … Continue reading Rare Polly blunder, Madson BS costs Phils the game