Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others. The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one … Continue reading Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

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KK Hit Early In Loss

Pirates 5, Phillies 4 WP – A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) SV – Joel Hanrahan (20) PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Kendrick settled in, but it was after he gave up five early runs. That early hole was too deep for the Phillies to climb out of and they lost, 5-4. They … Continue reading KK Hit Early In Loss

Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

PHILADELPHIA — After a nine-inning bullpen game turned into a disaster, the Phillies made a pair of moves within their bullpen again. After the Phillies 11-7 loss to the Pirates in which the entire bullpen pitched, the Phillies made two roster moves. “It kind of backfired,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. “We … Continue reading Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

Return of Utley Marred By Loss

PHILADELPHIA — With one swing of the bat, Chase Utley made his triumphant return to the Phillies lineup. Utley, working a 2-2 count on Pirates starter James McDonald, crushed one of his patented short-swing line drive homers well into the stands in right-center field in his first at-bat of the season. “I was excited to … Continue reading Return of Utley Marred By Loss

Rally falls short for Phils

Pirates 11, Phillies 7 WP –  James McDonald(7-3, 2.44) LP – Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24) On a night that marked the return of Philadelphia’s favorite son Chase Utley, the Phillies bullpen had a tall task ahead of them. Despite a solo home run in his first at-bat, Utley couldn’t even overcompensate for the pitching woes as the … Continue reading Rally falls short for Phils

Phillies Win, 5-4, Over Pirates

Phillies 5, Pirates 4 WP – Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) LP – Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) SV – Jonathan Papelbon (18) PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to pull off another important win against a good team. Behind the bat of Carlos Ruiz and the injured arm of Vance Worley, the Phils held onto a 5-4 … Continue reading Phillies Win, 5-4, Over Pirates

Phils Take Advantage Of Bucs Blunders; Win 8-3

Phillies 8, Pirates 3 WP – Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87) LP – Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35) PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies kept hitting and the Pirates kept giving them outs. A three-error first inning put the Pirates in an early 4-0 hole and they never recovered, losing 8-3 Monday night in Philadelphia. The inning was even … Continue reading Phils Take Advantage Of Bucs Blunders; Win 8-3

Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 34-40, 5th in NL East; PIT: 38-33, 2nd in NL Central When: June 25-28 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA) Probable Pitchers Monday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04) vs Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50) Tuesday: Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) vs Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13) Wednesday: TBD vs James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.24) vs A.J. … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the … Continue reading Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies