Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Shane Victorino was a late scratch for today‚Äôs game with a sore thumb. Insert Michael Martinez and his sub .200 batting average and you have an 0-for-3 day in the eight-spot. But Martinez took advantage of his rare start, driving in the lone run Vance Worley needed as the Phils beat Florida, 1-0, Monday night. … Continue reading Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

For the third straight start, Cliff Lee was on his game. Lee provided a complete game shutout, and the offense provided enough run support to give the Phillies the 3-0 win. The win completes a four game sweep of the Marlins and extends the Phillies’ winning streak to seven games. The Phillies finished this most … Continue reading Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

Riding the Cole-train

The cut fastball has become the hottest pitch talked about in the majors as of late. Roy Hallday, one of the masters of that pitch, brought it to Philly where almost the entire staff has made it a top weapon. Cole Hamels is one of those pitchers. But his weapon of choice wasn’t the cutter. … Continue reading Riding the Cole-train

Utley gets day off; No Rollins

Today’s line up for the Phillies will be without both Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:05. Utley has played the last five days. After last night’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, Charlie Manuel said he and Utley would discuss playing a sixth straight day. But Utley was granted … Continue reading Utley gets day off; No Rollins

Mayberry optioned in Victorino’s return

Shane Victorino is back with the Phillies and will bat sixth in today’s line up. But to make room for him, someone had to go. The options: Michael Martinez offered back to his former team as a Rule 5 player; Ben Francisco optioned for assignment; Ross Gload put on the DL. What the Phillies did: … Continue reading Mayberry optioned in Victorino’s return

Victorino to return tomorrow

Shane Victorino is on his way to Pittsburgh. Victorino will skip his final rehab assignment with the Reading Phillies, who were playing this morning before I even woke up. The center fielder, who strained his right hamstring and landed on the DL May 19, homered in Wednesday’s game. They yanked him early in the game … Continue reading Victorino to return tomorrow

Berkman walks-off Phils

The end was inevitable as it unfolded before our eyes. Danys Baez loaded the bases and got one out in the bottom of the 9th before being replaced by J.C. Romero. But with Lance Berkman’s RBI single, the Cards pulled off the two-game sweep with a 2-1 win. The loss extended the Phillies’ losing streak … Continue reading Berkman walks-off Phils

Pregame/Gameday Notes 5/15

I love the two-three hours before a Phillies game because my phone blows up with updates from Matt Gelb and Todd Zolecki’s pregame tweets. Today, they both had some very interesting updates regarding more injuries. VICTORINO — Shane Victorino left last night’s game in the 8th inning. He was feeling some soreness in his right … Continue reading Pregame/Gameday Notes 5/15