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Top Moment #2: Jim Thome’s Walk-off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, December 27, 2012 12:20 PM Comments: 4

The Tampa Bay Rays were in town on June 23 for an interleague series with the Phillies.  The ending to the game would go down as the arguably the most memorable finish to a Phillies game in 2012.

The Phillies had a comfortable 6-4 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.  With Jonathan Papelbon on the mound, there was plenty of confidence that the Phillies would get the victory easily.

Let’s just say, it didn’t go as planned.

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2012 Top Moment #6: Season Opens With High Hopes

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, November 12, 2012 08:16 AM Comments: 1

Opening Day is one of the best days of the year.  Anticipation and excitement lead up to the first official game of the season.  A new year means new hopes, dreams, and memories.

For the Phillies, their expectations were higher than ever.  They were coming off a year in which they had the most wins in franchise history.  Most of the team was returning, and they added a big-name closer in Jonathan Papelbon.  When the season opened, the only thing holding them back was the injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

The Phillies opened the season on April 5th in Pittsburgh.  Roy Halladay tossed a gem: 8 shutout innings.  He only allowed two hits and struck out five.  Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3, driving in the only run of the game.  Jonathan Papelbon closed the game with a 1-2-3 save.  It was the perfect start to the season.  It was just how Phillies fans hoped the season would kick off.  Opening Day was supposed to be an indication of how the rest of the season would go: smoothly, and without any troubles.

Unfortunately, things turned for the worst for the Phillies. But at the time, Opening Day created a positive energy for the season.  Baseball and the Phillies were back; what’s better than that?

Phillies Nation writer Ryan Dinger summed up Opening Day nicely: “I felt going with Doc’s opening day victory may be poetic. After all, I don’t think I felt better about the season at any moment than I did after that first win. As they say, it was all down [hill] from there.”

Photos from the annual Phillies Nation tailgate party:

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Phils Win, But Nats Still Clinch NL East

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Mon, October 01, 2012 09:54 PM Comments: 44

Kendrick stymied the Nationals tonight. (PHOTO: AP)

A lights out performance from Kyle Kendrick, a two-run triple from Darin Ruf, a spectacular late-inning catch by centerfielder John Mayberry to save some runs, and a big strike out from Jeremy Horst to help the Phillies win a game with the NL East on the line. That’s exactly how you drew it up when you looked ahead to this first game against Washington in the final series of the season, isn’t it?

Probably not. But that’s how things went down tonight at Nationals Park in the Phillies 2-0 victory. Sure, the Nats won the division because the Braves lost. But they didn’t do it by beating us, damn it! With everything else in this 2012 season a lost cause, at least we’ll still have that.
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Hamels Picks Up 17th Win, Phillies Down Marlins

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 30, 2012 04:21 PM Comments: 30

What a season for Cole Hamels.

He was clearly one of the few bright spots for the entirety of the year in Philadelphia, and that continued today as he fanned eight over seven innings in the Phillies 4-1 win. The victory gave him 17 on the season, a new career high. And with those eight strikeouts, he reaches 216 for the season, also a new high.

It’s been a season of lows for a Phillies team scratching to stay above the .500 mark, but Hamels has been a constant bright spot. Can you imagine if the Phillies had not signed him at midseason? Phillies fans would be freaking out as the season comes to a close. At least the fans can rest easy that he’ll be here a long time.

Carlos Ruiz had three hits and knocked in his 68th run of the season. Hamels was the MVP of the pitchers, Ruiz obviously the MVP on the offensive side.

Domonic Brown didn’t have any hits, but he did knock in a run and showed off his arm as he gunned down Giancarlo Stanton at home plate.

Now the question becomes, can the Phillies finish the season over .500 as they play the final three games in Washington.

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Long Ball Powers Phils Over Mets

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, September 19, 2012 11:02 PM Comments: 11

Richie Ashburn Award: Ryan Howard

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run.  And, well, Ryan Howard finished it with one.

The Phillies were trailing the Mets 2-1 in the top of the ninth when Howard hit a two run shot that gave the Phillies the lead for good.  Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 36th save as the Phils tried to keep pace in the Wild Card hunt with the 3-2 victory.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels struck out 10 in six innings of work and allowed just the two runs.  Hamels has for the most part done his job at keeping the Phillies in the game.  More times than not, however, the Phils have failed to return the favor in a sense.

Matt Harvey confused Phillies hitters all night.  After Rollins homered in the first, Harvey didn’t allow another hit going seven innings.  The righty also struck out seven in his last start for the season.

It would be Josh Edgin who gave up the home run to Howard.  The Pennsylvania native suffered his first loss tonight in his young career.

There wasn’t much to this game.  With this win, the Phillies stay in the hunt.  A sweep tomorrow would be even better.

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Lee Helped by Rollins, Brown in Phillies Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 17, 2012 09:50 PM Comments: 23

Earlier today on our Phillies Nation twitter account (@PhilliesNation), I posted this:

Well, it happened. Cliff Lee was awesome tonight, fanning 10 Mets in eight innings as the Phillies held on for a 3-1 victory.

Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown supplied the offense, both going yard to right field; Rollins in the fifth inning, Brown in the seventh, both off starter and Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. Jonathan Papelbon supplied the other arm, closing down the Mets in order in the ninth for his 35th save.

For J-Roll, it was his 21st of the season. CSN put up an interesting graphic regarding Jimmy: He’s had four seasons of 20 homers and 30 steals, only Bobby Bonds (9) and son Barry Bonds (7) have had more. That’s how good he’s been for such a long period of time in this town.

For Dom, it was his fourth bomb of the season; he also added a triple to raise his average to .248 on the season. He homered over the weekend, so he’s starting to flash some of that power we were all hoping to see.

But it was all about Lee pushing the Phillies to within 3 1/2 games of the second wild card in the National League. They needed that shutdown performance from him, something he was able to provide for most of last season, but has been relatively sparse this year. That’s not to say Lee hasn’t been the victim of bad luck and bad play by his offense – but I think we all know he hasn’t been as crisp as in 2011.

For him to come out and take control from the start was key. It was apparent even prior to first pitch he would need to do that against a very good knuckleballer in Dickey, a guy who has been one of the best in baseball all year. With runs hard to come by, Lee was ace.

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Gameday: Rockies (56-81) at Phillies (67-71)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 09, 2012 12:57 PM Comments: 39

Colorado Rockies (56-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-71)

Game 1: Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04)

Game 2: Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 4.93) vs. Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)

Time: 1:05 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 78
TV: My PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Because of strong storms, the Phillies-Rockies game was postponed on Saturday.  We’ll have a split double-header on Sunday.

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Mayberry Provides the Offense in 4-2 Win

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 25, 2012 09:56 PM Comments: 14

For once, the Phillies did not look like the 2012 Phillies; they looked like the Phillies of old in their 4-2 victory.  They played a little small ball and the pitching was terrific.  The Phillies will go for the sweep tomorrow!

HALLADAY HAS STRONG START

- Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings.  He gave up two earned runs, both coming from Steve Lombordozzi’s two-run single in the fifth inning.  Halladay gave up seven hits and one walk.  He struck out six.

-Halladay’s winning percentage is over .500!  He is now 8-7 with a 3.88 ERA.

MAYBERRY COMES THROUGH

-The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  Chase Utley hit a RBI single to right field.  Then, John Mayberry Jr. singled to bring home the second run.

-With the game tied at two in the sixth inning, Mayberry smacked a fly ball into the first row of the left-center field seats.  Mayberry’s twelfth homer of the year gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

-The Phillies added an insurance run in the eighth inning.  Utley was hit by a pitch and stole second and third base.  Mayberry lifted a fly ball to right-center and Utley scored on the sacrifice fly.  The Phillies took a 4-2 lead.

-Mayberry finished the night 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

GAME NOTES

-Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the 8th inning.

-Jonathan Papelbon completed the 1-2-3 save.  He struck out two in his 29th save of the season.

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Gameday: Reds (76-49) at Phillies (57-67)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 23, 2012 06:23 PM Comments: 43

Cincinnati Reds (76-49) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-67)

Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to split the series with the Reds.  The Phillies have been so close in the last two games, but just didn’t have enough for the victory.  They haven’t been getting blown out by the first-place Reds, so it’s a good sign that the Phillies are battling.

Tonight could be a possible Cy Young candidate matchup.  Both Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto are having excellent years. Cueto currently leads the National League in earned run average, and is tied for first in wins. Hamels is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA since the All Star Break.  If Hamels keeps it up, he could make a push for Cy Young considerations.

Hamels must love facing the Reds, but the Reds probably do not like facing him.  Against Cincinnati throughout his career, Hamels is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA.  He has a 0.88 WHIP in 62.2 innings against the Reds.  Reds hitters collectively have a .164 average against him.

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GO PHILLIES

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Offense Explodes in Victory Over Reds

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, August 20, 2012 10:20 PM Comments: 14

The offense came to life en route to a 12-5 Phillies victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  The offensive outburst led to an early exit for starter Mike Leake, as the Phillies finished the night with 15 hits.

The score went back and fourth like a see-saw for a few innings until the Phillies broke the game wide open.

HALLADAY GETS THE W

-Roy Halladay finished the night after seven innings.  He surrendered five earned runs on ten hits and a walk.  He struck out three.

-It wasn’t  his best performance, but he was able to add to the win column.  Halladay’s record is now .500 (7-7) for the season.

HOWARD AND MAYBERRY’S BIG NIGHT

-The Reds took an early 2-0 lead, but Ryan Howard practically tied the game  himself.  He hit a RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third to even the score.  Eric Kratz homered an inning later to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.  Howard finished the evening 2-for-4 with 2 RBI; Kratz went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and 2 RBI.

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