Sep 6, 2011, 4:02 PM EST
The atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park last night was fantastic. It helps that the Phillies were putting up runs in bunches and making awesome defensive plays to support the dominance that Cliff Lee brought to the game.
Sep 6, 2011, 12:11 PM EST
Cliff Lee’s ability to string together amazing game after amazing game has made him an absolute joy to watch pitch for the Phillies this season. After last night’s complete game shutout (his sixth of the season, a feat not accomplished since Randy Johnson in 1998), Cliff is firmly in the Cy Young conversation.
Sep 6, 2011, 2:57 AM EST
We mentioned Ryan Howard’s sick basket catch in foul territory which earned him a standing ovation last night, but this photo really does the reactions justice. The guy in the front row on the far right even has one of those awful full-photo t-shirts with Ryan Howard on it.
Sep 5, 2011, 9:34 PM EST
Cliff Lee was brilliant on Monday night as the Phillies kicked off their series against Atlanta by destroying the Braves 9-0
Sep 5, 2011, 6:14 PM EST
While the Phillies hold a comfortable lead over the Braves in the division race, they’ve only split the season series to this point against Atlanta. And with the Braves looking like a potential NLCS opponent, the remaining games against them could be something of a statement if the two do meet come October.
Sep 5, 2011, 5:10 PM EST
Charlie Manuel maintains that he never asked for a review, despite West saying he did, but did Jack McKeon ask for a review to see if it was a home run?
Charlie had some fun words on that subject.
Sep 5, 2011, 3:03 PM EST
Following yesterday’s long and ugly 14-inning affair, the Phillies could use a couple of fresh arms in their bullpen. David Herndon can only walk batters for so many innings. So it’s welcomed news that Joe Blanton has been activated from the 60-day DL this afternoon in time for the Braves three-game set in Philadelphia.
Sep 5, 2011, 3:13 AM EST
Don’t interfere with a ball in play.
Sep 4, 2011, 9:13 PM EST
Umpire Joe West is claiming that Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel argued prior to the review that Pence’s hit was a home run.
Sep 4, 2011, 6:10 PM EST
The Philadelphia Phillies will await a ruling from league office following their 14-inning 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins Sunday afternoon. The game was finished under protest after a controversial video replay in the sixth inning.
Sep 4, 2011, 12:57 PM EST
Roy Halladay takes the mound today for the Phillies final game ever at Sun Life Stadium. It is, of course, the scene of Doc’s perfect game, so perhaps he can help it go out with a bang this afternoon.
Sep 4, 2011, 12:54 AM EST
Do you think David Herndon should walk the plank? Is he so bad you don’t think he belongs on the playoff roster? Or have you forgotten his last 11 appearances?
Sep 3, 2011, 9:26 PM EST
Mickey Morandini once threatened to knock out the organ player if he didn’t stop playing the theme to the Mickey Mouse Club when he batted.
Sep 3, 2011, 5:53 PM EST
Hamels (13-7, 2.58), who bounced back in a big way after his DL stint, will take on familiar right-hander Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34). Cole has been fantastic against the Fish as of late, going 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA over his last 5 starts against them. That after putting up an awful 0-6, 4.62 ERA in his previous 10 starts against them. Positive turnaround there.
Sep 3, 2011, 11:15 AM EST
The Phillies climbed to 42 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history with their 5-3 win over the Marlins in Florida.
Sep 2, 2011, 11:27 PM EST
Phillies post-game analyst Ricky Bottalico goes off the umpires following the Phillies victory over the Florida Marlins Friday night.
Sep 2, 2011, 4:54 PM EST
The next month will be an important one for Roy Oswalt as the Phillies pitcher tries to find his ace stuff heading into the post-season.
Sep 2, 2011, 11:35 AM EST
Earlier in the week we saw a photo over at Zoo with Roy of an absolutely amazing sandcastle modeled after South Philly’s own Citizens Bank Park. We wondered what kind of hardcore Philadelphia sports fan would make such a masterpiece so we emailed the creator, Alex Nakahara, to find out more about his castle on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Sep 1, 2011, 11:47 AM EST
The Phillies will attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Reds today in an early 12:35 start time in Cincinnati. They’ll turn to rookie right-hander Vance Worley who the team has fared quite well with over the past three months.
Sep 1, 2011, 10:49 AM EST
Cliff Lee capped off another month in which he put up ridiculous numbers, finishing the month of August with a 5-0 record and a 0.45 ERA. Put those numbers alongside his dazzling June and Clifton Phifer joins only two other pitchers in the history of the game to have two months in one season with a 5-0 record an an ERA under 1.00. Those guys? You may have heard of them. Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson.
Aug 31, 2011, 10:25 PM EST
Cliff Lee hit a grounder and didn’t feel the need to run to first base on the play. Whatever. He just waved it off.
Aug 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EST
Cliff Lee has been a dominant pitcher for the Phillies this season. He’s also been used as a pinch runner and has swung a pretty damn good bat. These are seemingly all reasons why he’s been so beloved by fans in Philadelphia. As Matt Gelb of the Inqurer points out, Cliff may have met his…
Aug 30, 2011, 10:14 PM EST
Halladay shines and Howard bashes as the Phillies cruised to a 9-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Aug 30, 2011, 4:18 PM EST
Ibanez is back tonight and will face Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo who Raul has hit .429 against in (only) seven career at-bats. As we mentioned earlier, Arroyo has struggled mightily against the Phils over his last four starts. Toss in new Phillie Hunter Pence who has seen Arroyo a ton (11-32) and it looks like a good matchup for the Phils.
Aug 30, 2011, 11:44 AM EST
Roy Halladay’s last four starts vs. the Reds: 1.91 ERA, one postseason no-hitter; Bronson Arroyo’s last four starts vs. the Phillies: 10.0 ERA, nine home runs in 18.0 IP.
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