The Phillies have faced the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in their last six series. In the not so distant past, the thought of the Phillies winning five of them would have been a ridiculous thought.
But after Saturday, the Phillies have indeed won five of the last six series. A.J. Burnett allowed one run in seven innings while hits from Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown backed the gem in a 3-1 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Read the rest of this entry »
Only once before had Ben Revere connected on a pitch and sent it out of the park. Down to the final strike, Revere pulled off more magic.
Revere’s second career home run tied the game, completing a three-run ninth for the Phillies and capping a five-run rally. In the 11th, Revere’s RBI single proved to be the difference in a 9-7 win over the Nationals on Friday night at Nationals Park. Read the rest of this entry »
The two days of nearly flawless baseball from the Phillies was broken up on Wednesday in the early afternoon series finale against the Braves.
The Phillies allowed three unearned runs and pitching walked nine Braves hitters in a difficult day all around for the Phillies.
With a series win already claimed, the Braves managed to take away the possibility of a sweep with a 7-4 win over the Phillies at Turner Field on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »
The first batter to face Kyle Kendrick following a no-hitter on Monday was Jason Heyward. He lined a pitch into right field for a double.
Monday was a distant memory as the Braves loaded the bases off Kendrick in the first inning. But back-to-back strikeouts set off a strong outing by Kendrick.
Backed by two RBI from Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies claimed a series for the fourth time in the last five series, beating the Braves on Tuesday by a score of 4-0 at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »
The Phillies season ultimately took a turn south in late May when they were the victims of a no-hitter for the first time since 1964. On Monday, in the midst of their best stretch of winning all season, they made a little history of their own.
Cole Hamels pitched six no-hit innings before exiting after throwing 108 pitches. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history in a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »
It was David Buchanan‘s game through six innings. As he started his seventh, the game started to unravel.
It came completely undone on a three-run shot by Anthony Recker, propelling the Mets into the lead.
The margin would hold up as the Phillies attempted another ninth-inning rally that fell short, falling in Monday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets, 5-3, at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
The Phillies trailed 6-1 after five innings and had one hit, a first-inning home run by Chase Utley. It was a story familiar to fans this season.
But in the final four innings, the rally was on and the deficit was gone in the ninth when Marlon Byrd tied the game with a single. Three batters later, Utley was walked with two outs to get to Ryan Howard, just like on Tuesday night against the Astros.
Howard ended the game with a walk-off single, giving the Phillies a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many ways to look at the Phillies season in all its forms – the struggles, the failures, the incompetence at fundamentals. It is a far cry from where the Phillies were when Charlie Manuel was at the helm.
Manuel’s tenure as Phillies manager ended on Aug. 16, 2013. Almost exactly a year later, Manuel was enshrined as part of the Phillies Wall of Fame.
“I never would look for awards,” Manuel said, “but if somebody wanted to give me something I’ll take it.” Read the rest of this entry »
The night belonged to Charlie Manuel in the beginning. By the end of the night, after 11 innings, it once again belonged to the Phillies opponent.
Antonio Bastardo surrendered the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Lucas Duda in the 11th, giving the Mets a 2-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
After the ceremonies for Charlie Manuel are finished, there is another ballgame to play. The Phillies will look to snap a long stretch of losing against the Mets.
The Phillies (52-64) continue the series looking for their fourth win in the last five games. The Mets (55-61) look to build on Friday’s win. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.43 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels continued a run of solid starts, allowing one unearned run on four hits in seven innings against the Nationals, but took the loss. Hamels has faced the Mets three times this season, taking a loss on April 29, a no-decision on June 1 and picking up the win on July 29. In 30 career starts against the Mets, Hamels is 8-14 with a 4.19 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 53-41 with a 3.30 ERA in 129 starts.
The Phillies will face right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73 ERA). Gee allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start, taking a no-decision against the Giants. Gee has made two starts against the Phillies this season, taking a no-decision on May 10 and losing on July 29. In 12 games and 11 career starts against the Phillies, Gee is 3-4 with a 7.11 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 2-2 with a 9.56 ERA in seven games and six starts.
Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.