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  1. Laynce Nix’s Mid-Air Robbery of Dom Brown

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Yeah, Laynce Nix got totally airborne on the amazing game-saving grab on Dom Brown’s bases-loaded drive. If Nix misses that ball, the Phils likely pull out the win on Wednesday afternoon in my opinion. Alas, that’s one hell of a grab — a rare flash of amazing leather by the Nationals. [more photos below] Watch…

  2. Things We Hate to Type: Phils Drop Series to Nationals

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Despite giving up a first-inning run on some well-executed small ball by the Nationals and a lone solo shot in the third to Lance Nix, Roy Oswalt was on his game for the most part in the Phillies 2-1 loss to cap off their DC series on a losing note. Oswalt was pulled after only…

  3. Roy Oswalt Looks to Finish Off Busy Stretch with Series Victory

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    The Phillies will finish off a very tough stretch of 20 games in 20 days this afternoon and will enjoy their first off day on Thursday since way back on May 12th. They currently sit at 10-9 over that span, so a win today to avoid the series loss to the lowly Nationals would make…

  4. Back-to-Back Jacks Highlight an Otherwise Crappy Phillies Game

    May 31, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    The baseball gods have lately been generous with their reminders that you never really know what to expect when you come to the ballpark. The Nationals are among the weaker hitting teams in the league lately, and they were facing Cliff Lee, who was 3-0 with two complete game shutouts in three previous career starts against the Nats. The Phillies have been getting their stroke back lately, and they drew Jason Marquis, who has terrible career numbers against the Fightins.

  5. Cliff Lee Brings the Heat in DC

    May 31, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    According to the digital thermometer on Weather.com it was 92 degrees less than an hour before first pitch for tonight’s game at Nationals Park, but it *felt like* 99 degrees with all that damn humidity. That sounds like hittin’ weather for the Phillies with right-hander Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26) on the mound for the Nats…

  6. Wilson Valdez’s Hat Makes the Hall

    May 31, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    The day after the Phillies now legendary 19 inning game against the Reds in which Wilson Valdez pitched a scoreless frame, the Phils utility-man-turned-hurler was asked if he had heard from the Hall of Fame yet. “They’re still sleeping,” Valdez joked. They eventually woke up, and called the Phillies for the game-worn cap off of…

  7. Phillies Fans Invade Nats Park (Obvs), Roy Halladay Appreciates It

    May 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Given that Monday was Memorial Day and one of the most American things you can do with an off day is to watch some baseball, Nationals Park was flooded with Phillies fans. This, of course, is nothing new for Phillies games down in DC, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s fantastic DC Sports Bog…

  8. Good Ad Buy: The Seats Behind Home Plate at Nats Park

    May 31, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

    Looks like Lexus (and a salesperson within the Nationals organization) know a savvy advertising medium when they spot it—the regularly empty seats behind home plate at Nationals Park, very much in view of the TV cameras all game. It’s nothing new, but it struck me as funny, so I capped it. And sure, this was…

  9. Nats Motion Denied, Justice Wears Red, Insert Judicial Headline Here

    May 30, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    You want prima facie evidence that there were a ton of Phillies fans in D.C. on Monday? You don’t think Charlie Manuel’s managerial moves were subject to strict scrutiny? Does Roy Halladay have a fundamental right to dismiss hitters with extreme prejudice? Can I possibly work a writ of mandamus joke in here somewhere? No…

  10. Phils Take Series Opener at CBP South

    May 30, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    The Phils opened their three-game set in D.C. with a Memorial Day win, beating the Nationals 5-4. Roy Halladay went seven innings en route to picking up his seventh win of the season. It wasn’t a vintage Doc performance – he surrendered 4 runs on 10 hits (including three solo home runs), but made pitches…

  11. Phillies-Nats Series Ahead

    May 30, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    The Phils may have hit the rocks yesterday in New York, but they still won the series, marking their third straight series win, and they’re still cruising atop the NL East. They now head to DC for a three-game set with the Nationals, starting today at 1:05. The Nationals are in a tailspin right now,…

  12. Worley Rocked in Tough Day for Phillies Subs

    May 29, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    After being called up, sent down, re-called, asked to pitch relief, sent down again and ultimately recalled once more, Vance Worley’s struggles on Sunday afternoon weren’t altogether shocking considering his recently unorthodox travel and pitching schedules. Though Vance had performed plenty well in his previous appearances for the big club this season, the New York…

  13. Phils Go for Memorial Day Weekend Sweep at Citi

    May 29, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Vance Worley takes the hill as the Phils try to go 3-for-3 against the Mets.

  14. One Year Ago Today

    May 29, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Hey no pressure or anything, Vance Worley. Relive it here. (Photo: Steve Mitchell-US Presswire)

  15. Mets Bullpen Cracks Again, Hamels Wins in NY

    May 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels had never gotten a win against the Mets in New York, which is somewhat amazin’ when you think about it. His numbers overall just haven’t been that good against the team from Flushing, including his worst start of the 2011 season. Hamels was sharp last night though, striking out a season-high 10 batters…

  16. Phils-Mets: The Colbert Hamels Report vs. Big Pelf

    May 28, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Fresh off a dousing of the Mets’ momentary fire last night at Citi Field, the Phils will go for their fourth straight W tonight with Cole Hamels on the hill. There’s really no letting up with this team’s pitching staff. Valdez, Lee, Oswalt… and now Hamels? Mike Pelfrey will be on the hill for the…

  17. Beer, Oswalt, Rollins, and Brown Combine to Start the Weekend Off Right

    May 28, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    I don’t have much for you in terms of an insightful recap of last night’s 6-4 Phillies win over the Mets, unless you want to read the hung-over, half-remembered thoughts of a guy who watched the game on the TV over the bar at Victory Brewing Company. If so, here are those thoughts. Roy Oswalt…

  18. Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

    May 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Ahh, yes. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Hopefully you’re reading this on your iPhone while sitting beachside down the shore — worst case scenario you’re in some traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway. If you do happen to be sitting in an office, we’re sorry. It’ll get better. Memorial Day Weekend is a time…

  19. Caption This: Cliff Knows

    May 27, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    “Nah, Joey, I don’t mind giving you a bit of advice. You simply have to keep the bat head down and swing through the ball. Keep at it, watch my swing, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.” US Presswire photo from yesterday’s Phillies 10-4 victory over the Reds in which Cliff Lee notched…

  20. Cliff Gets It Done at the Dish, On the Mound, Phils Win Second In 15 Hours

    May 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Following in a long line of Phillies pitchers that can hit, Wilson Valdez’s name certainly comes to mind, Cliff Lee delivered at the dish on Thursday afternoon, ripping a bases-loaded ground-rule double to deep center before plating another RBI later in the game with a single. Lee was the first Phillies pitcher to notch three…

  21. Right Back: Phils-Reds Take the Field 12 Hours Later

    May 26, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    If you think you’re tired after last night’s 19-inning marathon, how about what the arms and legs must be feeling like for the Phillies and Reds, almost all of whom saw action less than a half-day ago? Get your Bloody Mary ingredients ready, because it’s time to get some hair of the dog in ya…

  22. The 19 Inning Unsung Heroes

    May 26, 2011, 4:28 AM EDT

    While Wilson Valdez’s pitching performance stole the headlines and quickly jumped into the hearts of fans in attendance as the most memorable takeaway from the wild 19 inning victory on Thursday morning at Citizens Bank Park, so many guys contributed to the victory. Raul Ibanez may have gotten the game-winner, but this was a team…

  23. Valdez Caps Wild, Memorable 19 Inning Night

    May 26, 2011, 4:18 AM EDT

    Ben Francisco drilled a home run into the left field seats in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night to put the Phillies up 2-0 on Cincinnati. With Roy Halladay on the mound facing a Reds team he had dominated for 18-consecutive scoreless innings coming into the game, you figured we’d be in…

  24. Wilson Valdez and Babe Ruth

    May 26, 2011, 4:04 AM EDT

    How about this stat from ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, “Wilson Valdez is the first player to start game in the field and earn the win as a pitcher, since Babe Ruth on October 1, 1921.” Not bad company, Wilson. Valdez also threw more strikes (5) than Phillies reliever J.C. Romero last night (4). Fun fact via…

  25. Ryan Howard On Wilson Valdez Shaking Off Dane Sardinha

    May 26, 2011, 3:49 AM EDT

    It wasn’t good enough for Wilson Valdez to simply go out to the mound and throw his heater pitch after pitch. Nope, Valdez wanted to keep the Reds on their toes, so he shook off some of the pitch calls from backup catcher Dane Sardinha. Ryan Howard got quite a kick out of this, and…