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PostHeaderIcon Revere’s Ride: Phillies rally from 5-run deficit, beat Nats in 11

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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 »

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PostHeaderIcon Hamels great again, plate struggles, bullpen let game slip late

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On some days, if Cole Hamels could do it all, he would. But he is just one piece of a nine-piece puzzle that must perform.

An error in the third helped lead to the first run of the game. That was the only run that mattered.

Once Hamels exited the game after seven solid innings, the Nationals piled three more runs on the Phillies in a 4-0 loss on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 112 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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Saturday was a total disaster from start to finish. But the Phillies certainly got their money’s worth in the fight, at least the ones that A.J. Burnett and Ryne Sandberg put up.

The Phillies (49-62) can still claim the series with a win on Sunday. The Nationals (59-49) padded their division lead on Saturday and look to do the same on Sunday by splitting the series. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels pitched eight shutout innings against the Mets in his last start, allowing six hits earning the win. Hamels faced the Nationals on July 12, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings, taking a no-decision. In 29 career starts against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-6 with a 2.63 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 4-2 with a 2.52 ERA in eight starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55 ERA). Strasburg allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start, taking a tough loss against the Marlins. Strasburg has faced the Phillies three times this season. In his most recent on July 12, he allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. In nine career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 19-12 with a 2.58 ERA in 52 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon National Crisis: Burnett, Sandberg ejected, Nats roll Phillies

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A 48-61 season can bring frustrations. A.J. Burnett was the latest to experience it.

Burnett’s final start before the deadline was not memorable. After making it through the deadline with the Phillies, his Saturday start against the Nationals quickly went south. Following a home run in the second, frustrations couldn’t be contained anymore.

Burnett showed his displeasure with plate umpire Chris Guccione. Guccione stole the show, becoming heated with the Phillies pitcher and ejecting him. Ryne Sandberg was soon ejected as well.

It was a 5-0 game at the time. It escalated to an 11-0 loss for the Phillies at Nationals Park on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 111 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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Marlon Byrd keyed the Phillies win on Friday. On Saturday, the Phillies will turn to another trade deadline chip that stuck around to go for a series win.

The Phillies (49-61) can claim a series win with their third straight victory on Saturday. The Washington Nationals (58-49) look to bounce back in the series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (6-10, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings in a loss to the Mets in his last start on Monday. Burnett has faced the Nationals three times this season, including July 11 where he allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the win. In 20 games and 19 career starts against the Nationals, Burnett is 10-4 with a 3.37 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.17 ERA). Zimmermann allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the Marlins in his last start. Zimmermann has faced the Phillies twice this season. On June 3, he pitched eight shutout innings allowing five hits in a win. On July 11, he allowed four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings before leaving with an injury. He took the loss in that game. In 12 career starts against the Phillies, Zimmermann is 5-6 with a 3.82 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 27-18 with a 3.29 ERA in 69 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 110 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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The Phillies first game following a quiet deadline went just as you would expect. They hit well, they pitched well and they won convincingly. But they really lost, as Cliff Lee suffered an injury that threatens his season and the remainder of the 2014 season drags on.

The Phillies (48-61) look for a second win in a row in Washington. The Washington Nationals (58-48) try to recover from Thursday’s loss and bounce back in the series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (4-5, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings a win against the Diamondbacks in his last start. Hernandez faced the Nationals on May 4, pitching 7 1/3 shutout innings and allowing four hits in a win. In three career starts against the Nationals, Hernandez is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA. This is his first appearance at Nationals Park.

The Phillies will face right-hander Doug Fister (10-2, 2.69 ERA). Fister allowed three hits in seven shutout innings in his last start to earn a win against the Reds. He faced the Phillies on June 5, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings to get a win. In two career starts against the Phillies, Fister is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies win game, lose Lee after quiet deadline

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No matter what happened on Thursday night on the field, the actions from earlier in the day would overshadow them.

The game was one of the Phillies best in recent weeks, hitting from start to finish, 17 hits in all. On the mound, it was a disaster. But not for the reasons you would think.

The Phillies won the game against the NL East-leading Nationals, 10-4, but lost Cliff Lee to an elbow injury, icing on the cake after failing to make a trade before Thursday afternoon’s deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 109 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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The trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. this afternoon with nothing from the Phillies. We’ve reached Game 109 of the season. The rest of the season is essentially meaningless. But there’s still a game tonight.

The Phillies (47-61) open the post-deadline portion of the schedule in Washington. The Washington Nationals (58-47) look to build on their division lead against the last-place Phillies. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings against the Diamondbacks in his last start, taking a no-decision. Lee faced the Nationals on May 2, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits in seven innings, taking a no-decision. In 12 career starts against the Nationals, Lee is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56 ERA). Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start against the Reds but took the loss. Gonzalez also took a loss on May 4 in a start against the Phillies, allowing one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. In nine career starts against the Phillies, Gonzalez is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 18-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 37 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Break Up: Phillies coast into All-Star Break as Nats roll

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Kyle Kendrick’s first-inning struggles continued three batters into the game. Jayson Werth greeted his former teammates with his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot.

That started a powerful day for the Nationals offense and a long afternoon for Phillies pitching. Washington pounded out 12 hits and scored 10 runs to close the first half of the season with a bang.

The Phillies, meanwhile, went out as they have several times this season, with a whimper, as they fell on Sunday afternoon, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Nat Snap: Zimmerman’s single helps Nats edge Phillies in 10

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With an eighth-inning RBI single by Ben Revere, the Phillies had erased a three-run deficit. This was the Phillies team of the past five days, the one that stunned the Brewers for nine runs after six no-hit innings.

But in two short innings, another five-game winning streak was over.

Chase Utley’s costly fielding decision led to the go-ahead run for the Nationals on a two-out RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman. An insurance run on a wild pitch officially dashed hopes of a sixth straight win as the Phillies fell in 10 innings to the Nationals with a 5-3 loss on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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