2011 Moments: #4 The Might of Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee was forcing the Philadelphia fans to fall in love with the left-handed pitcher even more than they already had two years prior. Lee’s swagger off the mound, his abilities on the bound and his ability to win over the hearts of more and more fans intensified when Lee belted not one, but two … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #4 The Might of Cliff Lee

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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

Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

Shane Victorino may not be high in the discussions for NL MVP but he certainly has been the Phillies most valuable weapon this season. And it showed again in the 8th inning of the Phils 3-2 win last night. Even with hits being scarce against the Reds, that didn’t stop Wilson Valdez from getting things … Continue reading Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

The Power of Lee: Cliff homers in Phils win

“Cliff Lee has as many homers against left-handed pitching as Ryan Howard with 1” – Kevin Cooney Put that into perspective. Lee hit his second home run of the season, the first Phillies pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a single season since Randy Wolf hit three in 2004, as the Phillies beat Los … Continue reading The Power of Lee: Cliff homers in Phils win

Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

“I saw a werewolf drinking a piƱa colada at McFadden’s, his hair was perfect… Raaaaaaauuuuuul.” Raul Ibanez absolutely smoked a baseball in the bottom of the 10th as he propelled the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, with a walk-off home run. Ibanez’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the 10th off … Continue reading Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

Early bombs set tone for Braves

Two poorly-placed, low-velocity sinkers were turned into back-to-back lead off homers for the Braves. That set the pace for Atlanta, who beat the Phillies on a night the Negro Leagues were honored, 5-3. Martin Prado sent Blanton’s first sinker in the mid-80’s over the left field fence to give the Braves a quick 1-0 lead. … Continue reading Early bombs set tone for Braves

Halladay Cleaning

Easter weekend wasn’t a bad time to get some cleaning done, especially if you’re the Phillies. The Phils grabbed their brooms and shut down the San Diego Padres 3-1 to cap off the four-game sweep in San Diego. Roy Halladay ran into a wall in the ninth, preventing him from getting the shut out. But … Continue reading Halladay Cleaning

Phils win with the longball

The first three innings, the Phils were getting perfecto’d. Then they broke it up with a walk in the 4th and then finally managed to break up the no-no in the 5th. But despite the walk and hit, they were still the same lifeless Phils. But two big swings changed all of that as Placido … Continue reading Phils win with the longball

FACE OFF: Pressure!

Question: Who is under more pressure in the ninth inning with two outs in a clutch situation: the batter or the pitcher? In our inaugural Face Off on Team to Beat, John Russo and Christian Hetrick will battle it out with this tough question. Here are their sides: John: The Batter Game 6 of the … Continue reading FACE OFF: Pressure!