Sep 22, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT
Ryan Howard hit his 300th career homer and fourth in as many games, but it was also a historic day for Roy Halladay. Not the good kind though. Doc was roughed up and departed the game before the second inning was even over. The Phillies had no answers for Mike Minor and the Braves bullpen and slid to four games back in the wild card hunt.
Sep 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT
Friday night saw gorgeous weather in Philly, perfect for an outdoor dinner, a few beers, and some playoff-implications baseball to send the summer off in style. Despite some monumental setbacks this season, the Phillies are still an exciting ball club when healthy. Look no further than the past two nights for evidence of that, as they destroyed the Mets in a laugher on Thursday before welcoming the Braves to Citizens Bank Park with a 6-2 victory.
The Phillies find themselves in a somewhat unique situation as fall begins. They’re not far from gaining a wild card spot, yet there seems to be little external postseason pressure right now. Most fans wrote the season off as lost months ago, and we’ve enjoyed the pleasant surprise of a climb in the standings and some great baseball to watch along the way.
This afternoon, on the first day of fall, we have meaningful baseball to watch and our team is the one no one wants getting into the playoffs. Hard not to enjoy nine innings right about now.
Sep 15, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT
On Friday night, the Phillies bats lit up the scoreboard before starter Cole Hamels even stepped into the diamond. Jimmy Rollins hit his fifth leadoff homer of the season (20th overall, 42nd career leadoff), and three more visiting runs would score before the top half of the inning was over. The Astros would hang a few runs on Hamels and the bullpen, but 16 hits powered the Phillies to a 12-6 win.
Perhaps just as importantly, they got some help from the teams they trail in the Wild Card standings.
Sep 11, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT
Healthier than they’ve been all season, the Phillies have put together a post trade-deadline run that sees them banging on the door of Wild Card contention in time for the change to playoff baseball weather. Kyle Kendrick, now firmly in the rotation, has been brilliant, and last night he pitched the Phils to their fifth straight win and ninth in their last 11. They now sit five games back in the Wild Card hunt, just one game below .500.
Kendrick has won five of his last six starts and allowed just two runs in his only loss. In last night’s 3-1 win over the Marlins, Kendrick went seven strong, holding a no-hitter until the sixth inning. Dom Brown provided all the support he’d need with a two-run fifth inning blast. The Phils are in the hunt…
Sep 7, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT
Maybe it’s the ring and all the new pennants in Ashburn Alley. Maybe it’s the record since the trade deadline, after injured stars returned to help fill out makeshift lineups. Whatever the reason, Ruben Amaro Jr indicated in an interview with CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury that Charlie Manuel’s job is safe, that he will be the Phillies manager in 2013. While he admits he doesn’t agree with everything Charlie does, Amaro credits his manager’s results given the circumstances of the 2012 season. Sully and the GM also talk Ryne Sandberg, the possibility of Chase Utley at third, expectations for the eighth inning guy, looking outside the organization for a centerfielder, what the current outfielders can or can’t bring to the table, and Kyle Kendrick’s ideal role. And, he does allude to his belief that years of success may have had a deleterious effect on the clubhouse.
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Sep 4, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT
Here are a few quick reads to get you caught up if you took the weekend off from sports.
Aug 25, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT
Don’t be alarmed if thousands of painted, taped, topless, scantily clad, or fully nude bike riders pass you today.
Aug 23, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT
The classic unis looked great, but aside from some Domonic Brown heroics, it was a pretty slow night for the Fightins.
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Aug 22, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT
A quick set of links to get you through your morning grind.
Aug 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT
The Union would escape with a point in the 1-1 draw, but no individual on the field featured more prominently than the man wearing bright yellow.
Aug 16, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT
Homer appears to like the core of young players he got in the Carter-Richie trades and wants to keep them around for a while. He gave Wayne Simmonds a six-year extension.
Aug 15, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT
Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a homer, and Kyle Kendrick mastered the Marlins again…
Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT
Another summer day, another unfortunate news report regarding the Flyers defense. Andreas Lilja’s ailing hip required surgery that will keep him out until December.
Aug 11, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT
A busy sports Saturday in South Philly kicks off with some of the world’s best futbolers going at it at the Linc. Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid take on Celtic FC.
Aug 9, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT
There’s no silver lining in significant injury news. This obviously sucks. However, the timing could be worse. In fact, the timing of Meszaros’ last injury was. We go in search of a bright side, if there is any to be found.
Aug 6, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT
On Monday night, the Phillies played in front of a paying crowd at Citizens Bank Park that was less than capacity for the first time since a three-year sellout streak began on July 7, 2009. Their impressive consecutive home sellout streak spanned 257 regular season games and is the longest ever in the National League, according to the team.
Aug 6, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT
The Phillies capped a weekend series win on a walkoff Ryan Howard hit.
Aug 5, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT
It wasn’t the Union’s night in Montreal, where the Impact avenged their late-game loss at PPL Park last month, beating Philadelphia by a 2-0 count.
Aug 5, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT
Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at Lehigh Sunday morning.
Aug 4, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
The Phillies announced that All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the DL. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Aug 2, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT
No we’re not gonna do this after every post-firesale game, but we’re enjoying some “inconsequential” winning. Here’s why.
Aug 1, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT
In what we can only assume is a 100% bona fide sign that the Phillies will totally be back to form in 2013, the remaining squadron opened their a series against the first place team with a decisive 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Here’s what we loved about it.
Jul 31, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT
We quickly became comfortable rooting for a big-chip buyer on deadline day. Today, we look at who might be leaving Philadelphia.
Jul 24, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT
Detailed in the report are the specifics of Nowak’s contract, from annual salaries to flight and hotel accommodations and car allowances, the Union’s detailed reasons for firing Nowak, as well as the apparent disagreements over the severance arrangement.
Jul 22, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT
In the wake of Penn State’s swift Sunday morning removal of the Joe Paterno statue outside that has stood outside Beaver Stadium for the past decade, CBS is reporting that the NCAA will announce “unprecedented sanctions” for the school and its football program on Monday.
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