April 21st, 2014 at 10:37 AM
By Nick Gill
The Philadelphia Phillies only scored two runs in the first two games of a three games series against the Colorado Rockies. Naturally, the Phillies walked away with two loses. On Sunday, they were able to get the bats going in a 10-9 win, to avoid a sweep.
First baseman Ryan Howard led the way with four hits, coming up just short of the cycle because an error cost him a double. Howard was in the groove, smashing the ball to all fields, which is a sign he is in the zone. His home run went to the opposite field and he ripped a triple to deep center. Howard finished with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins came through for the Phillies, collecting three hits including a home run in the first inning. He also had an RBI single to break an 8-8 tie in the eighth inning. Second basemen Chase Utley followed with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 10-8.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 17th, 2014 at 4:59 PM
By Nick Gill
A night after the Philadelphia Phillies lost 1-0 to the Atlanta Braves, they returned the favor Thursday afternoon. For the second consecutive game, pitching dominated. Yesterday, it was Cliff Lee and Julio Teheran with spectacular performances. Today, it was Phillies starter A.J. Burnett and Braves starter Alex Wood.
Coming off a groin injury in his last start, Burnett went out and tossed a gem. He lasted seven innings, allowing zero earned runs on only three hits. He walked two and struck out five. He did not earn the win because for the second straight game, the Phillies offense was quiet.
Atlanta starting pitcher, Alex Wood, gave a masterful performance as well. Wood went all eight innings, giving up one earned run on eight hits and striking out seven. He was tabbed with the loss because Phillies center fielder Ben Revere singled home the only run of the game in the eighth inning with two outs. He had three hits, but none bigger than the single to plate Domonic Brown for the game winner. Second baseman Chase Utley was the only other player in the game to record multiple hits, going 2-3.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 16th, 2014 at 10:07 PM
By Nick Gill
After rain washed out the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves last night, the two teams were back at it Wednesday night. The pitchers seems to get the better of the rest with both Phillies' starter Cliff Lee and Braves' starter Julio Teheran throwing complete games. Teheran (2-1) picked up the complete game win dominating the Phillies by giving up three hits, walking no one, and striking out four.
Philadelphia wasted a masterful start from Lee (2-2). He went the distance, allowing one earned run, 11 hits, one walk, and struck out 13 batters. Lee threw a career-high 128 pitches, 85 of them strikes. Lee served up Braves outfielder Jason Heyward with the golden sombrero, striking him out four times.
The Phillies bats could not help Lee as they were baffled by Teheran. The team only mustered three singles all night courtesy of Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Carlos Ruiz.
Atlanta was able to string together some hits, but they were equally dominated by Lee. Catcher Evan Gattis was the difference with his solo home run in the fourth inning. Gattis, who was 4-4 on the night, has blasted three home runs in two games against the Phillies this season. The only other player in the game with multiple hits was Atlanta third basemen Chris Johnson, with three singles.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 14th, 2014 at 11:29 PM
By Nick Gill
After a sweep of the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies tried to keep their momentum against another NL East foe in the Atlanta Braves. For much of the game it was a pitcher's duel, but the Atlanta offense exploded for five home runs including a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth inning to capture the 9-6 win.
The game began with both starting pitchers dealing. Braves starter Ervin Santana held the Phillies off balance, utilizing his fastball, change-up and a nasty slider. He worked six innings, striking out 11 Phillies' batters and only allowing four hits and one run. The run came off a Ryan Howard home run into the bullpen in center field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
Atlanta finally got on the board in the sixth inning when catcher Evan Gattis ripped two-run home run to the opposite field. Phillies starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez went six innings, giving up the two runs, and allowing four hits and six walks.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 13th, 2014 at 7:28 PM
By Nick Gill
Just three days after being swept at home by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Philadelphia Phillies came back and swept their NL East division foes, the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia rode timely hitting and their pitching to the three consecutive victories. The Marlins were held to four runs or fewer in each game.
Miami was able to jump out to an early lead Sunday afternoon when third basemen Casey McGehee singled home Christian Yelich in the first inning. Yelich added an RBI single of his own in the second inning to make it 2-0.
Ryan Howard cut the deficit with a home run in the third inning to left center. The Marlins responded with a home run by Garrett Jones in the fifth to make the score 3-1.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning, back-up catcher Wil Nieves singled home two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Nieves collected three hits on the afternoon.
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick exited after the sixth inning. He went six innings, gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out seven in a no-decision. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez also worked six innings, but allowed 12 hits, three earned runs, and struck out five.Read more... Join the Conversation...