2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

Much wasn’t expected when Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg took over as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The IronPigs had never had a winning season in their first three years of existence. In fact, they had never had a record over .500. But Sandberg turned everything around and had the Lehigh Valley buzzing. The IronPigs finished … Continue reading 2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

The Hangover 3: Zimmerman’s PH wins it for Nats

Your 2011 NL East Phillies are 0-3 when playing meaningless baseball. Ryan Zimmerman’s pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th drove in the winning run on Michael Stutes to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead and win. The result took away from an impressive start from Kyle Kendrick, who may just take Vance Worley’s … Continue reading The Hangover 3: Zimmerman’s PH wins it for Nats

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

Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

Shane Victorino may not be high in the discussions for NL MVP but he certainly has been the Phillies most valuable weapon this season. And it showed again in the 8th inning of the Phils 3-2 win last night. Even with hits being scarce against the Reds, that didn’t stop Wilson Valdez from getting things … Continue reading Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

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

Late homers complete come back

Shane Victorino knew it was gone once it left his bat. The switch-hitting All-Star, who was flipped to his right side – the stronger of the two – ripped a solo home run to lead off the 10th, capping a come back win over the Rockies. The 4-3 win expanded the Phils winning streak to … Continue reading Late homers complete come back

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

Welcome to the Mini Mart

Michael Martinez is turning into the 2011 version of Wilson Valdez. Martinez’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the 9th gave the Phils a 4-2 lead and come-from-behind win over the Cubs Tuesday night. It was the second clutch hit for Martinez in the past week, slowly turning the groans to cheers in the … Continue reading Welcome to the Mini Mart

Polanco goes on DL; Madson activated

The good news: the Phils got their closer back. The bad: another bat lands on the DL. Placido Polanco, who had been sitting with a bulging disc since July 5, was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to that date. Taking his roster spot is closer Ryan Madson, which will instantly boost a bull pen … Continue reading Polanco goes on DL; Madson activated

Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

“I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at McFadden’s, his hair was perfect… Raaaaaaauuuuuul.” Raul Ibanez absolutely smoked a baseball in the bottom of the 10th as he propelled the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, with a walk-off home run. Ibanez’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the 10th off … Continue reading Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion