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PostHeaderIcon Too Little, Too Late: Mets strike early, hold off Phillies rally

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For whatever reason, everything seems to go right for the Mets when they play the Phillies. It happened again on Friday.

A four-run fourth inning propelled the Mets into the lead. The Phillies nearly mounted another late rally.

But a three-run ninth kept the Phillies just short of a second straight comeback, as the Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4 at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 116 Preview: Phillies vs. Mets

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The Phillies dramatic win on Thursday is the type of spark that can usually help a team build a healthy winning streak. A division rival is the next team in town as the Phillies look to keep the good times rolling at home.

The Phillies (52-63) open a four-game weekend series going for a four-game winning streak. The New York Mets (54-61) try to break up the Phillies winning ways. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (0-1, 6.35 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed five runs – one earned – on three hits in 1 2/3 innings before being ejected in his last start against the Nationals. He suffered the loss in that start. Burnett has faced the Mets twice this season, taking a no-decision on May 30 and a loss on July 28. In 22 career starts against the Mets, Burnett is 5-7 with a 3.89 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Bartolo Colon (3-7, 4.93 ERA). Colon allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss against the Giants. Colon faced the Phillies twice this season, earning wins on both June 2 and July 28. In seven career starts against the Phillies, Colon is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Remember When: Howard’s slam takes you back

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There was a time when no one would leave the ballpark before the final out. There was always a chance for the Fightin’ Phils.

That has been non-existent of late. The Phillies trailed 5-1 to the equally-lowly Astros heading to the eighth. The ballpark, which used to house 45,000 fans on a daily basis, held 26,609 fans on Thursday night. Many of them left then.

Ryan Howard made them pay by taking everyone who stayed back to a time when the Phillies made regular rallies like the one they had on Thursday. He went back to the days when he was a feared hitter at the plate and everybody was thinking about the best-case scenario, not a struggling shell of his former self.

Howard said following Tuesday’s game that people forget what he’s done and focus too much on the present. The present isn’t pretty. As a whole, it is enlarged into a detailed report. If it’s Howard, it’s what Howard is doing wrong.

The same goes for every player on the team. The negatives outweigh the positives and the focus is greater on shortcomings and failures.

The one way to put all of them behind, for a week, a day, an hour is to have success. Instead of delivering the poor result, the result that helps the losses stack up, Howard delivered the win. That’s what people remember. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Blast From The Past: Howard’s go-ahead slam caps 5-run 8th in Phillies comeback win

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After a walk-off win on Tuesday, Ryan Howard posed the question asking if anyone remembers his past contributions in the glory days of the Phillies. On Thursday, everyone got a modern-day reminder.

Howard stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded with the Phillies trailing by three. Tony Sipp‘s 3-2 pitch was hit into the air and sailed into the seats in left-center field for a go-ahead grand slam.

That was the difference as the Phillies rallied back from a four-run deficit in the eighth to complete the sweep on the Houston Astros with a 6-5 win at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game Preview 115: Phillies vs. Astros

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Chances to sweep are rare for the Phillies this season but Thursday presents the chance. After a marathon win and a dominant win, the Phillies host the Astros one more time.

The Phillies (51-63) attempt to complete the sweep of Houston. The Astros (47-67) try to salvage the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 6.35 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. O’Sullivan made a spot start for the Phillies on June 28 against the Braves, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and taking the loss.

The Phillies will face right-hander Collin McHugh (3-7, 4.93 ERA). McHugh took a no-decision in his last start against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. McHugh made one career appearance against the Phillies, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. This is his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park.

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PostHeaderIcon Hernandez traded to Dodgers for two players

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It took until August 7, but the Phillies finally made a trade. Surprisingly, it involved an unlikely subject.

Thursday’s starter Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later.

Hernandez was 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA. He had come on strong of late, including a very strong performance in his last start in Washington, allowing an unearned run on four hits in eight innings.

A report indicated that the Phillies will receive two “lower minor-league players” in the deal. Hernandez was signed to a one-year deal this offseason worth $4.5 million.

Hernandez was placed on waivers on Saturday. The Phillies recently put another round of players on waivers. Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd were claimed. At the moment, no other deals appear to be close just yet.

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PostHeaderIcon Astro Blaster: 5-run 1st inning powers Phillies past Astros

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The Phillies win on Tuesday was still overshadowed by the fact that only two runs had scored in the previous 34 innings. Both were from Ryan Howard.

Howard had company on Wednesday.

The Phillies scored five runs in the first and added five more in the other eight innings to score an easy 10-3 win over the Astros at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 114 Preview: Phillies vs. Astros

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Another marathon game this time went in favor of the Phillies as Ryan Howard proved to be the hero. But the next day always brings about the struggle of picking up the pieces from six extra innings.

The Phillies (50-63) go for back-to-back wins and a series win on Wednesday night. The Astros (47-66) look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s tough loss. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

David Buchanan (5-5, 4.40 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Buchanan allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start against the Brewers, earning the win. This is Buchanan’s first major-league start since July 10, his last before the All-Star Break. Buchanan is making his first career start against the Astros. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in five starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93 ERA). Peacock is making his first start since July 23, when he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Athletics. Peacock earned the win in his only career start against the Phillies, allowing one hit in 5 2/3 shutout innings. The start was at Citizens Bank Park.

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PostHeaderIcon Walk This Way: Howard single beats shift, Phillies walk off in 15

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Long games are trending in 2014 for the Phillies. On Aug. 5, with 49 games still left on the schedule, the Phillies played their fifth game that went into the 14th inning, tying a franchise record.

Ryan Howard was at the plate with a chance to avoid that lengthy game in the eighth. Instead of driving in the go-ahead run with a hit, he grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the 15th, with just one hit – the one that plated the Phillies only run of the night – Chase Utley was intentionally walked in front of Howard.

Howard singled through the shift and Grady Sizemore came around third to score, giving the Phillies a 2-1 win in 15 innings over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 113 Preview: Phillies vs. Astros

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Through the last 10 years, the Phillies had formed a healthy rivalry with the Houston Astros. That rivalry was broken when the Astros moved to the American League in 2013.

The Phillies (49-63) return home and are welcomed by another round of interleague play. The Astros (47-65) make the trip to Philly for the first time as an AL team. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in a loss to the Mets. In six games and four career starts against the Astros, Kendrick is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 36-35 with a 4.36 ERA in 108 games and 91 starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.97 ERA). Keuchel allowed one run on four hits in a complete-game win over the Athletics in his last start. Keuchel allowed five hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his only career start against the Phillies, earning a win. This is his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park.

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