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

Cardinals Freese Phils; force Game 5

Matt Holliday’s presence in the Cards line up indirectly gave them the spark they needed. With him hitting in the five spot, David Freese got bumped down a few spots. This spread out the Cardinals fire power and he provided them with four RBIs and another day of baseball. A two-run double in the 4th … Continue reading Cardinals Freese Phils; force Game 5

LaRussa’s criticism of umpires lands him a fine from MLB

MLB had to do something about Tony LaRussa’s comments during a Game 2 in-dugout interview. The comment: “I would add — which could get me in trouble, but I’m going to add anyway — is that we are pitching to two different strike zones.” You’re right, Tony. You did get in trouble. LaRussa was fined … Continue reading LaRussa’s criticism of umpires lands him a fine from MLB

Cardinals show resilience; take Game 2

Perhaps, Cliff Lee was left in a bit too long. The 7th inning aside, Lee was slowly losing his early lead due to being overly comfortable. And as resilient as they showed in the final month of the regular season, the Cards chipped away, stealing Game 2 from the Phillies with a 5-4 win. The … Continue reading Cardinals show resilience; take Game 2

Doc, Phils overcome rough 1st inning; take Game 1

With one swing, Ryan Howard changed the game. Kyle Lohse seemingly had the Phillies bats under control. That was, until the 6th inning when Lohse fell back to earth and lost all control of his first playoff appearance since giving up a grand slam in the 2007 NLDS as a Phillie against Colorado. That all … Continue reading Doc, Phils overcome rough 1st inning; take Game 1

NLDS Preview: Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia: 102-60; 1st in NL East St. Louis: 90-72; 2nd in NL Central (Wild Card winner) Schedule Game 1: Oct. 1, 5:07 PM – (Roy Halladay vs Kyle Lohse) Game 2: Oct. 2, 8:07 PM (Cliff Lee vs Chris Carpenter) Game 3: Oct. 4, _ PM (Cole Hamels vs Edwin Jackson) Game 4*: Oct. 5, _ PM (TBD … Continue reading NLDS Preview: Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals

The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball? Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night. Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes … Continue reading The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

The Hangover 2: Halladay, Phils fall to Cards

The Phillies hangover from their division clinching win on Saturday carried over another game. In another meaningless game, Roy Halladay and the offense looked rusty as they went on to lose 4-3 to the Cards, helping St. Louis in their pursuit to a return to the post season. It was the first time all season … Continue reading The Hangover 2: Halladay, Phils fall to Cards

The Hangover: Phils shut out 24 hours after clinch

Step one was completed last night: winning the division. Good thing step two doesn’t start for another two weeks. The Phils, who get a free pass for being hungover the night before, were shut out by the Cardinals, 5-0, on Sunday Night Baseball. Cole Hamels was rocked for a pair of two-run homers, the first … Continue reading The Hangover: Phils shut out 24 hours after clinch

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