Howard will get surgery; What does this mean for Phils?

Ryan Howard felt it as soon as he attempted to leave the batter’s box. The sharp pain running through his body wasn’t just the end of the Phillies season dribbling to Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto. It was the pop Howard felt in his left foot that dropped Howard halfway down the first base line, … Continue reading Howard will get surgery; What does this mean for Phils?

Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season. A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the … Continue reading Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

Francisco’s heroics put Cardinals on brink of elimination

The Phillies put their right-handed outfielder into tonight’s line up in hopes to solve Jaime Garcia. Except, that right-handed outfield wasn’t John Mayberry Jr., who was 0-for-3 through the first seven innings. Instead, it was little used Ben Francisco that came through in a big way against the Cardinals soft-throwing lefty. Prior to the 7th, … Continue reading Francisco’s heroics put Cardinals on brink of elimination

Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

First it was the starting rotation. Then it was Carlos Ruiz. For the third time during this baseball season, the Phillies will have a couple of players posted on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson are featured on this week’s regional cover with the tagline “Brotherly Lovefest.” The side … Continue reading Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

Phils clinch 5th straight division

It was a statement start for Roy Oswalt, who has struggled since August 1. If there was any doubt who the 4th starter in the playoffs is going to be, Oswalt topped Vance Worley’s performance from last night with seven shut out innings to lead the Phils to a 9-2 win and clinch of their … Continue reading Phils clinch 5th straight division

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

Hawkins’ error costs Crew in 10th

The Phils needed just a little bit of luck on their side in this game. That luck came in the 10th. Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt-turned-single, thanks to a throwing error by Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins, allowed Raul Ibanez to score from third base and give the Phils a 3-2 win in Milwaukee. The Phils struck … Continue reading Hawkins’ error costs Crew in 10th

Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

A day after it took the Phillies 6 innings to get their offense going, Ryan Howard made sure that they got on the board earlier. Howard blasted a Shaun Marcum offering into the seats in right field, giving the visitors an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. It was a lead that they would … Continue reading Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

Whatever: Just another game for Cliff Lee

If you could describe tonight’s performance by Cliff Lee, it would be “whatever.” The effortless way Lee retires hitters. The fact that this was just another game for the left-hander, who has bigger things on his mind. Sniffing a ring the last two years has had Cliff Lee breezing through each team he faces this … Continue reading Whatever: Just another game for Cliff Lee

Kendrick pitches well on surprise start

Ryan Zimmerman knew he was going to get a strike. With the bases loaded and the count full, the only pitch Ryan Madson could throw Zimmerman was a fastball in the zone. And Zimmerman smoked it for a walk-off grand slam to complete the come back win off Madson. The Phillies and Madson don’t blow … Continue reading Kendrick pitches well on surprise start