Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense. Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak. It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s … Continue reading Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phils trade Zagurski to D’Backs

The Phillies have sent their left-handed AAA All-Star reliever Mike Zagurski to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later. In three seasons with the Phillies (2007, 2010-11), Zagurski was 1-0 with a 6.82 ERA in 37 appearances. He was never a consistent main stay in the Phils bull pen. Zagurski, 28, was … Continue reading Phils trade Zagurski to D’Backs

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

Three Pigs make IL ASG

With All-Star weekend looming, the minor leagues are announcing their All-Star teams. In AAA, three IronPigs made the International League team. Pitchers Michael Schwimmer and Mike Zagurski will join catching prospect Erik Kratz to represent Lehigh Valley. Zagurski is the only one of the three who has seen some Major League action this year. Zagurski … Continue reading Three Pigs make IL ASG

Phils fall on bull pen night

Kyle Kendrick’s unbeaten streak in Pittsburgh has finally come to an end. The right-hander, who was 4-0 heading into today’s game against the Pirates, surrendered four runs in his five innings of work as the Pirates held off the Phils late surge, 6-3. The Phillies have lost four straight games against incredible mediocre teams. Lyle … Continue reading Phils fall on bull pen night

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

Zagurski recalled, KK starts Saturday

UPDATE: Kyle Kendrick will start on Saturday after the speculations were made. Last season, Kendrick started twice against Pittsburgh and was the winner in both games. He went 17 combined innings (one complete game) and allowed six runs, five earned. In his career against Pittsburgh, Kendrick is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA. When asked who … Continue reading Zagurski recalled, KK starts Saturday

Worley optioned

The Phillies made a rather interesting move following today’s 5-4 win over Washington. They optioned their 23-year-old starting pitcher Vance Worley back to Lehigh Valley for a little work. “We’ll see you shortly,” Worley recalled them saying. “You’re a part of this team. You’ll be back.” It’s a move that will allow Worley to work … Continue reading Worley optioned

Down on the Farm: Pigs Edition

Half of Team to Beat made a trip to Allentown to catch some AAA action on May 16. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs took on the Norfolk Tide of the Orioles system at Coca Cola Park. To the disappointment of us, Domonic Brown was not playing as he’s still nursing an injured thumb and recently demoted … Continue reading Down on the Farm: Pigs Edition

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