Game 145: Playing Time For Ruf?

HOUSTON — Nearly a week has passed and the Phillies have yet to turn Double-A outfield prospect Darin Ruf loose on Major League hitting. The fans on Twitter have been growing a bit restless at this notion, and deservedly so. But they also have to remember that Ruf, despite being 26, has never faced hitting above the … Continue reading Game 145: Playing Time For Ruf?

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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

Series Preview: at Houston Astros

PHI: 94-49, 1st in NL East; HOU: 49-97, 1st in NL Central When: September 12-14 Where: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX) Probable Pitchers Monday: Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.72) vs Brett Myers (4-13, 4.66) Tuesday: Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) vs J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.77) Wednesday: Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) vs Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: at Houston Astros

Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

It was a slider that just wouldn’t break. Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, … Continue reading Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

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

The Pence Effect: Howard has big day with Pence behind him

The one thing people thought Hunter Pence was going to bring to the Phils line up was protection for Ryan Howard. Many felt Howard would see better pitchers, knowing he had a better hitter behind him team’s wouldn’t want to pitch around Howard to get to. Whether it held true or not, for one night, … Continue reading The Pence Effect: Howard has big day with Pence behind him

Miss Me?: Lee dominates former team

If the Texas Rangers didn’t miss Cliff Lee before, they certainly do now. The Phillies won their second straight game behind the arm of Lee and the bat of Ryan Howard as they shut out the Rangers, 2-0, Saturday night. Lee was dealing against his former team, the same team that he led to the … Continue reading Miss Me?: Lee dominates former team