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Lee Rebounds, Utley Homers in 2-0 Win Over Cubs

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, April 05, 2014 07:39 PM Comments: 16

Chase Utley hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs (Andrew A. Nelles/AP).

Cliff Lee certainly rebounded from his poor Opening Day Start.  The left-hander threw seven shutout innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Lee came off one of the worst starts of his career when he surrendered eight runs in five innings against the Texas Rangers.  Five days later, that start can be forgotten.  Lee did allow ten hits, but escaped any potential jam as the Cubs were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Lee struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Chase Utley quickly put the Phillies on the board with a solo home run in the first inning. Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija made the mistake of throwing a fastball down the middle, and Utley took advantage.  He crushed the ball through the wind and into the right field bleachers.  Utley later scored in the fourth inninng off Domonic Brown’s RBI single that put the Phillies up 2-0.

Utley also added his 300th career double in the eighth inning.  Utley has started the 2014 season on the right foot, going 7-for-18 in this first week of the season.

Similar to Lee, Jonathan Papelbon needed a chance to rebound.  Papelbon has been the recipient of criticism after he blew a save against the Texas Rangers.  He avoided additional criticism with Saturday’s 1-2-3 save.  He struck out one in the process of securing the 2-0 win.

The Phillies didn’t require a whole lot of offense today with Lee’s performance.  Utley provided the blast, and that was all the Phillies needed.  The Phillies will go for their first sweep of the 2014 season, as A.J. Burnett will make the start tomorrow against the Cubs.

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Phillies End 2014 Grapefruit League Play with a Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 27, 2014 05:46 PM Comments: 9

The Philadelphia Phillies will head back to Citizens Bank Park this weekend for an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Before they return north, the Phils had one final game in Clearwater, in which they lost to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

A.J Burnett faced one of his former teams in his final tuneup before the regular season, and looked fairly strong.  He pitched five innings, allowing one run.  He allowed three hits, a walk, and struck out six.  With Cole Hamels temporarily out with an injury, Burnett is currently slated as the Phillies’ #2 starter for the regular season.

Jonathan Pettibone made his 2014 Spring Training debut, as he is recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder.  In two innings, he gave up two hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Pettibone will start the season on the disabled lis, but his appearance is a good sign that he is healthier.

Jonathan Papelbon also pitched in relief, tossing a scoreless inning.  He turned some heads as he wore a Carlos Ruiz jersey while he pitched.

The offense has struggled all spring, and Thursday was not any different; the Phillies only managed one hit off starter Drew Hutchinson and the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

The Phillies finished Grapefruit League play with a dismal record of 9-17.  They will return to Philadelphia for two days before heading to Texas to kick off the regular season.

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Gameday: Phillies (71-83) vs. Mets (70-84)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 22, 2013 12:31 PM Comments: 18

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (71-83) vs New York Mets (70-84)

Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) vs. Carlos Torress (3-5, 3.39)

Time: 1:35Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
PHL 17
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s the last home game of the season: fan appreciation day!  Fans might not appreciate the 2013 Phillies club that much compared to the teams in recent years, but one thing they can appreciate is today’s starter, Cliff Lee.  Lee has been unbelievable this season, as his ERA has dropped below three.  Lee has made the season bearable, with his impressive starts every five days.  Yes, he did have a rough patch during the mid-summer months, but he has truly been unstoppable as of late.  It’s a shame Lee is having such a magnificent year while the rest of the team struggles, but the fans will take any positive they can get at this point.

Soak it in: after today there will be no baseball played at Citizens Bank Park until 2014.

Go Phillies!

 

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Phillies Lose 5-4 In Rain-Shortened Game

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 21, 2013 11:30 PM Comments: 2

Rain shortened Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.  The rains heavily picked up in the seventh inning, causing the game to stop.  After a significant delay, the game was finally called.  In result, the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5-4, in seven innings of play.

The Mets had a four-run sixth inning, which was basically the game.  Daniel Murphy set the tone for the inning with a lead-off home run.  Juan Lagares doubled to center to score two, and Travis d’Arnaud tripled in a run.  The Mets took a 5-1 lead at that point.  All the runs were off Tyler Cloyd, who gave up five earned in as many innings.

The Phillies responded with three runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.  It was then when the rains picked up.  The Phillies wouldn’t get another chance to redeem themselves.

Tomorrow, the Phillies and Mets wrap up the series at 1:35 p.m.

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Gameday: Phillies (71-82) vs Mets (69-84)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 21, 2013 06:34 PM Comments: 5

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (71-82) vs New York Mets (69-84)

Tyle Cloyd (2-5, 5.06) vs. Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47)

Time: 7:05Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Chance of rain, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

With last night’s loss, the Phillies will officially finish the season under the .500 mark.  They haven’t had a losing season since 2002.  It has been quite awhile since the Phillies found themselves in this position, but these losing seasons allow the fans to be more appreciative of the winning seasons.  And for the young kids who have yet to experience the  misery of their favorite team losing, they will get a taste of what we all grew accustomed to when we were young.  Losing is all part of the Philadelphia fan package… but we love our sports teams no matter what.  That’s why we’re here today watching a meaningless baseball game: our passion for the team and the sport.

Now onto tonight’s matchup: Tyler Cloyd gets the start for the Phillies.  He’s struggled in his past two starts, not making it past the fourth inning.  Cloyd will be opposed by Dillon Gee, who has stepped up since Matt Harvey got injured. Gee has a 2.45 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Go Phillies!

 

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Gameday: Braves (85-56) at Phillies (65-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 08, 2013 12:34 PM Comments: 18

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-56) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (65-77) 

Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.41) vs. Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.50)

Time: 1:35 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
PHL17
Weather: 75, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are going for the sweep!  You heard that right.  The Phillies are in position to sweep the first place team in the National League East.  I wouldn’t say the Phillies are playing spoiler since it is inevitable that the Braves will clinch a playoff spot, but it certainty will push back their champagne celebration.

Cole Hamels is on the hill today.  With the way he has been pitching lately, it’s almost hard to believe that he had an ERA well over 4.00 at one point during this season.  Hamels left in the seventh inning during his last start because “he didn’t feel right.”  It’s said not to be an issue, but today will prove if there is anything affecting him.

Go Phillies!

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Freddy Galvis Walks It Off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 08, 2013 12:27 AM Comments: 1

Freddy Galvis, who homered to give the Phillies the victory, is interviewed after receiving a shaving cream pie. (Photo Credit: AP)

Freddy Galvis had a night to remember.  With Jimmy Rollins having the night off, Galvis had a chance to prove his worth.  He did just that as he went 4-for-5, including a walk-off home run.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well for the Phillies, lasting six innings.  He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.  He struck out eight.

Along with Galvis, Carlos Ruiz had himself a good night.  The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the third, but Chooch responded with a two-run single to tie the game.  Ruiz would later give the Phillies the lead in the fifth inning, smashing a double.  Galvis added an RBI single, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Kevin Frandsen put the Phillies up 5-3 with a run batted in during the eighth inning.  With Jonathan Papelbon in to close, it looked as if it would be another victory for the Phillies.

In the ninth, Chris Johnson, who doubled earlier in the game, hit a soft liner to center field.  It could be argued that Roger Bernadina should have made the catch, but didn’t.  It could have been a 1-2-3 inning, but wasn’t.  With a man on, Andrelton Simmons tied the game with a homer just over the left field fence.  Papelbon completely missed his spot as he left the pitch middle-in.  The game was suddenly tied at five.

Every time the Braves scored on Saturday, the Phillies quickly responded with some runs.  The trend continued into the ninth inning.  Freddy Galvis, the second batter of the inning, smashed the 1-0 offering into the right field seats.  There wasn’t a doubt about it, as he got under it and lifted it.  The dugout emptied onto the field, and the Phillies had themselves another walk-off victory.

With the 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies could complete the sweep over the first place team on Sunday.

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Gameday: Braves (85-55) vs. Phillies (64-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, September 07, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 37

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-55) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (64-77) 

Alex Wood (3-3, 3.15) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 75, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cliff Lee pitched a gem last night, and Cody Asche provided the big hit to propel the Phillies to a 2-1 victory.

Tonight, Kyle Kendrick will be opposed by Alex Wood, who is coming off a rough start.  Wood, just 22 years of age, was drafted out of the University of Georgia in the second round of last year’s draft.  He dominated his way through the minor leagues, posting a 1.74 ERA in 24 starts on all levels.  Since his callup in May, he has faced the Phillies a few times, including one start, and fared pretty well.  It will be interesting to see how the rookie rebounds after an awful start against Miami, where he allowed seven runs  in less than three innings.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Galvis SS, Mayberry RF, Kendrick P.

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Braves (85-54) vs. Phillies (63-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 06, 2013 06:43 PM Comments: 16

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-54) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) 

Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.09) vs Mike Minor (13-5, 3.08)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 72, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

With 84 wins, the Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball.  First place is safe for the Braves, as they have a significant 14-game lead over the Washington Nationals.  Their magic number to clinch the National League East is set at ten, which is the lowest in the majors.  Atlanta is getting ready for a postseason push, but first they have seven games left against Philadelphia.

September Phillies baseball might not be as meaningful as it has been in recent years, but it gives us a chance to see what the younger players can bring.  Fans also get to enjoy Cliff Lee, as he rarely disappoints.  Lee hit a little bit of a rough patch in the middle of the summer, but he has improved over his last five starts, posting a 2.91 ERA.

(Stats as of 2:00 PM Thursday)

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Rockies (59-69) vs. Phillies (56-70)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 22, 2013 05:00 PM Comments: 27

Colorado Rockies (59-69) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (56-70)

Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 86, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

A win tonight would give Ryne Sandberg his first series win as manager of the Phillies.  A loss would give the Phillies and Rockies a split.
 

Go Phillies!

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