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Phillies Nation 2014 road trips

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 24, 2014 10:30 AM Comments: 0

Major League VacationsThis season we’re partnering with our friends at Major League Vacations for some awesome road trips.  In addition to a Cinco de Mayo bus trip to Citi Field in New York and a November trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, we have two very special trips we want you to start thinking about.  Read some more about our St. Louis and DC trips below and start telling your friends to mark their calendars!  For questions any Phillies road trips listed here or custom road trip packages to other cities, please email:  trips@philliesnation.com

St. Louis

Busch StadiumWe’re excited for this new destination for Phillies Nation road trips.  Come with us to enjoy the Gateway Arch, the Budweiser factory, the mighty Mississippi, live music and plenty of delicious BBQ.  We have tickets to 2 games at Busch Stadium to watch the Phils take on last year’s pennant-winners.  This trip includes airfare from Philly to St. Louis, 3 nights at the Downtown Hilton, tickets to 2 games and rides between the hotel and airport.

Read more about the St. Louis trip.

Washington, DC

A trip to Citizens Bank South is always a great time, and this year we have a special tailgate planned!  Our coach bus arrives at 4:00 pm at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, conveniently located only 3 blocks from Nationals Park, to celebrate a pre-game pool party with special guests including Phillies alumni!

Read more about the Washington, DC trip.

For questions about Phillies road trips, please email:  trips@philliesnation.com

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Hamels Sharp in Debut, but Bats Silent as Phillies Fall 5-2

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Thu, April 24, 2014 03:04 AM Comments: 30

After outscoring the Dodgers 10-2 in the first two games of the series, the Phillies bats went silent on Wednesday night as they lost in Los Angeles 5-2. In a familiar sight, the Phillies weren’t able to give a returning Cole Hamels much run support.

Hamels Sharp in Debut

-Cole Hamels looked sharp in his 2014 debut. Hamels struck out Yasiel Puig in six pitches to start his season off. The southpaw looked sharp in the early going of this one. Hamels’ deadly changeup looked especially effective in the early innings, and it didn’t look like he missed a beat. The three-time All-Star finished the game throwing 86 pitches in six innings, striking out five, and allowing six hits with two earned runs. Hamels even went one for three at the plate, including giving the Phillies their first hit of the game in the top of the third inning. If this is the Cole Hamels that the Phillies are going to get all season to go along with AJ Burnett and Cliff Lee, then no matter how poor the rest of the team plays they are going to be in a lot of games this year.

Bullpen Struggles Continue

-The Phillies bullpen continued to look like one of the worst bullpens in recent memory as Jeff Manship, Mario Hollands, and Shawn Camp, who was making his season debut for the Phillies, allowed a combined six hits and three earned runs in just two total innings. Hamels left the game with the Phillies still very much in it, however, the bullpen couldn’t keep the Dodgers off the board once they entered the game. It is an obvious point, but worth repeating over and over again, the Phillies are not going to be very successful this season no matter how great the offense and starting pitching staff is with a bullpen that is as disastrous as this one.

Howard Continues Great Play, Rest of Bats Struggle

-Ryan Howard continued his terrific road trip going one for three in this game with a walk and a RBI single that got the Phillies on the board in the fourth inning. It was Howard’s fifth consecutive game with a hit. The “Big Piece” has seen his average shoot up to .273 during the Phillies current road trip. Howard’s approach at the plate is the best it his has been in years right now, and if the Phillies want any chance of competing this year they need him to continue this kind of play.

-The rest of the Phillies bats were quiet tonight as they only mustered five total hits in the game. Jayson Nix homered to left center field for his first of the season, and was able to jump his average to a whopping .185 with that home run. Marlon Byrd continued his terrible offensive display this season by getting no hits in four at bats in this game and striking out another two times. Byrd had a chance to drive in a run in the sixth inning after a Chase Utley double and Ryan Howard walk, but was only able to dribble the ball in front of the catcher. Byrd, is now hitting an unremarkable .238 this season with a dismal .274 OBP while leading the Phillies in strikeouts. Not exactly the start Ruben Amaro’s big free agent signing was hoping for to start the season.

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Gameday 21: Phillies vs. Dodgers

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Wed, April 23, 2014 07:40 PM Comments: 19


Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00)
vs.
LAD: RHP Zach Greinke (3-0, 2.42)

Time: 10:10, Dodger Stadium
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Sunny, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Cole Hamels makes his long awaited season debut tonight. What better place for Hamels to make his season debut than in a stadium that has been home away from home for him. Hamels is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four career starts at Dodger Stadium. The three-time All-Star will look to solidify the top of the rotation alongside Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg made it clear that there will be no restrictions for Hamels who is starting in his first major league game since September 25th of last year. Hamels will be looking to help the Phillies clinch a series win in this four game set against the Dodgers.

Standing in the way for the Dodgers is their ace Zach Greinke. Greinke may very well be the best pitcher in the National League right now. Greinke, who won his first three starts of the season before getting a no-decision last Friday, has not allowed more than two runs in any of his four starts this season. The Dodger right-hander has gone 10-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last 15 starts dating back to last season. As good as Cole Hamels has pitched against the Dodgers, Greinke has been even better against the Phillies going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last four games against them. Adrian Gonzalez will not be in the lineup for the Dodgers tonight which I’m sure Cole Hamels has no problem with. This game is setup to be a pitching duel with two of the best pitchers in the National League squaring off against each other.

Lineup:

Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Ruiz C / Galvis 3B / Hamels P

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Phillies Nation, Episode 4: Lee’s Numbers, Hamels Returns

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 23, 2014 06:31 PM Comments: 0

10155274_10106330296017924_4711757870132552634_nIn this latest episode of Phillies Nation, Pat and Corey preview Cole Hamels’ return to the rotation.

Jay Floyd has a feature on JP Crawford that you won’t want to miss.

And Ryann Williams gives the guys their batters in-box questions.

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Phillies Activate Hamels, Rosenberg Demoted

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, April 23, 2014 04:30 PM Comments: 4

The Phillies made it official: LHP Cole Hamels has been activated from the 15-day DL. Hamels, 30, was battling bicep tendonitis and was behind in his Spring Training throwing program. Hamels is on track to return within the expected 2-3 week, post-Opening Day time line provided by the Phillies.

RHP B.J. Rosenberg will be sent down to Lehigh Valley. Rosenberg, 28, was 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA. Rosenberg started the year with five scoreless appearances before allowing three homers in three batters on April 14, 2014 against Atlanta.

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Join the $100,000 1-Day Fantasy Baseball League

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, April 23, 2014 02:19 PM Comments: 0

300_MLB_Big_ScoreOn Friday, our friends at DraftStreet.com are running a $100,000 Fantasy Baseball league. Pick players in a salary cap style draft for a one-day league comprised of the April 25th games.  The entry fee is $22 and the top 750 participants will win money!  The 1st place winner gets $20,000, 2nd place $12,000 and 3rd place $7,500.

Join today with direct buy-in of $22 today! 

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Plus, Phillies Nation readers have the added bonus of being able to watch the DraftStreet Fantasy Baseball segment on Phillies Nation TV for tips on the hottest fantasy players!

 

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Brown’s Double Leads Phils to Third Straight Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, April 23, 2014 07:33 AM Comments: 19

Domonic Brown drove in Carlos Ruiz in the 10th inning on a double off of J.P. Howell to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

Burnett’s Big Night at the Plate

The Phillies had a number of chances to score early on the back of big nights at the plate by A.J. Burnett and Ben Revere. Yes, you read that correctly. Burnett went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned with 5 Ks but the real story last night was his bat: Burnett sprayed 3 hits into the outfield last night, going 3 for 3 with a run scored. Revere, hitting lead off, went 4-5 with a stolen base and a run scored, raising his average to .300. The two combined for seven of 11 Phillies hits.

Good Defense by Rollins

Jimmy Rollins was Burnett’s best friend in the field, making several nice stops on ground balls issued by the right hander. Rollins showed particularly strong range up the middle, knocking down a really tough ball by Dee Gordon in the second and making a really nice play on a ball Matt Kemp hit to a similar spot in the fourth.

Bullpen Goes the Distance

With the game knotted at 2, the Phillies ‘pen went 3 and 1/3 strong. Jake Diekman ended the seventh for Burnett, Mike Adams retired Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, and Adrian Gonzalez in order in the eighth, Antonio Bastardo got a pair of strikeouts in the ninth to earn the win, and Jonathan Papelbon retired three out of four hitters he faced for the save.

The Phillies look for four in a row tonight as Cole Hamels makes his return to face Zack Greinke. With an Atlanta loss last night, the Phillies moved to just 3 games out of the NL East lead.

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Gameday 20: Phillies vs. Dodgers

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, April 22, 2014 08:25 PM Comments: 13

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dodgers_logoPhiladelphia Phillies (9-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74)
vs.
LAD: Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93)

Time: 10:05, Dodger Stadium
TV: The Comcast Network
Weather: Sunny, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies can return to .500 with a victory tonight against a very stout hurler in Ryu. They’ll do it without Chase Utley who gets a day of rest after tearing up pitching through much of the first month. Ryne Sandberg said he has to think long term with Utley and a breather here and there is to be expected.

As for Ryu, he’s been one of the most under appreciated pitchers in baseball. He hasn’t allowed a run since his first start of the season on April 4 against San Francisco. AJ Burnett says that, despite his hernia, he is able to shorten his stride keeping himself in control through his entire pitching motion. But he’s only done that through one start, and each one is important. Let’s see how Burnett can hold up. Keeping free passes to a minimum is a must against a Dodgers club that can rake if given the chance, which Cliff Lee did not do last night.

Lineup:

Revere CF / Rollins SS / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Brown LF / Nix 2B / Galvis 3B / Burnett P

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Play Major League Bocce in Philly this Spring

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, April 22, 2014 09:21 AM Comments: 0

PhilliesNation_300x300After this long winter, we’re all looking for something fun to do outside this spring.  Well, look no further!  Starting May 7th, Major League Bocce is hosting an outdoor league on the turf fields at Xfinity Live near the ballpark.  Play a relaxing game bocce with old friends and meet some new ones while you enjoy adult beverages.

Plus you can save $20 off your registration by using the promo code XFINITY.

  • All players receive a team shirt, specials on food and beer, FREE parking, weekly prizes and giveaways, and a free party at the end of the season
  • Drink LEGALLY while you play
  • Play on turf field outside of Xfinity Live
  • All games are on non-event nights
  • Xfinity Live is easily accessible driving via I-95 and I-76 and via SEPTA on the Broad Street Line (AT&T Station stop)
  • Winners of each season will have money donated to their favorite charity ($125,000 donated to date)

Get your team together and your spot reserved soon before it sells out!

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Phillies Ride Lee, Homers to 7-0 Victory over Dodgers

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, April 22, 2014 01:18 AM Comments: 11

The Phillies opened up their series with the Dodgers Monday night with a 7-0 win behind the strong left arm of Cliff Lee, and some much needed run support in the form of a couple of longballs from the heart of the order.

Choooooooooooch

So much for Carlos Ruiz not having a home run or an RBI this year. Ryne Sandberg moved him up to the cleanup spot Monday night, despite his .204 average and lack of run production, and did he ever clean up. Ruiz took care of both of those 0-fers, smacking a two-RBI double in the first, and crushing a two-run homer to left-center in the ninth. He finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, a walk, and two runs for eight total bases in the game.

Lee dealing again

Make it 10. That’s how many times Cliff Lee has has double-digit strikeouts and no walks in a start while wearing a Phillies uniform, which is now the most in team history. Lee was utterly dominant Monday night, earning his third win of the season after tossing eight shutout innings, and allowing just four base runners (all hits) while punching out 10 on 113 pitches (83 strikes!). At one point he retired 20 straight Dodgers hitters. He also added a base hit at the dish, because, you know, he is Cliff Lee.

Lee, who is just four starts removed from allowing his Opening Day implosion, has somehow pitched well enough in less than four weeks to be able to lower his ERA to 3.09 for the season. He now has 23 strikeouts and has allowed jut one run in his last two starts combined, and three of his last four starts have yielded one run or fewer. He also continues to handle the Dodgers extremely well, as he entered the game with a 1.70 ERA against them in his career and lowered that number to sub-1.50 with his brilliant start tonight.

The Big Piece with another bomb

Ryan Howard opened up the game in the fifth with a two-run blast to dead center field off Dodgers’ starter Paul Maholm to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Howard aggressively swung at a first pitch slider after taking a meatball right down the middle of the plate to strike out in his first at bat.

It was Howard’s fifth home run of the season, in what is traditionally a bad month for The Big Piece in his career. He has only hit five homers or more in April three other times in his career, and he still has eight days left this month to tie or pass his career high of six in April. Last year it took him 31 games to hit his fifth, this year he has done it in 19. He now has homers in back-to-back games on this road trip, and has raised his average from .217 to .271 in two days’ time.

Up Next

A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74 ERA) will take the hill Tuesday night against tough Dodgers’ lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93 ERA). First pitch is at 10:10 ET.

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