Poor defense costs Phillies in crucial series opener with Braves

Lucas Duda delivered the fatal blow in the seventh with a pinch-hit driving in the go-ahead run as the Braves defeated the Phillies 8-3 on Thursday night at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The loss leaves the Phillies 6 1/2 behind the Braves in the NL East pennant race, a nearly unconquerable ask with ten games remaining on the schedule. Thursday’s defeat seemed to be a microcosm of the 2018 season….

September 21, 2018
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Phillies set for biggest series of the season down in Atlanta

For the first time in more than half a decade, the Phillies have something to play for in mid-September. The club opens a crucial four-game set in Atlanta on Thursday, trailing the NL East-leading Braves by 5 1/2 games with 11 left to play. As the baseball gods would have it, seven of those 11 games are against the Braves. It’ll take a strong showing in Atlanta for the Phillies…

September 20, 2018
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Phillies fall to the Mets … again, postseason hopes continue to fade

A contending playoff team usually excels against subpar competition, particularly within the division. The Phillies, however, faltered against lackluster foes in the NL East and that’s a significant reason why their postseason aspirations now seem so far fetched. Michael Conforto crushed a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Monday, sealing a Mets 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. With the win, the Mets have beaten the…

September 18, 2018
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Phillies set doubleheader pitching matchups for Tuesday

It’ll be business as usual when the Phillies play a doubleheader on Tuesday After endless rain showers muddied the field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday the Phillies and Nationals are set to play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Jake Arrieta will make his scheduled start in game one of the doubleheader after missing his start […] Phillies set doubleheader pitching matchups for Tuesday – That Balls Outta Here – That…

September 11, 2018
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Unplayable field forces Phillies and Nats to wait on series opener

The Phillies’ grounds crew is often thought of as one of the best in baseball, mainly because of their diligence in maintaining the playing surface at Citizens Bank Park. That opinion took a bit of a hit though on Monday, as a wet and muddy infield caused the postponement of the Phils and Nationals series opener. For more than five hours members of the grounds crew used rakes, drying agents,…

September 11, 2018
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Phillies offense goes silent again as Cubs take finale

Though still young, Aaron Nola has proven he can go up against some of baseball’s best and do more than simply compete. Even the best, however, need help at times but Nola didn’t get that on Sunday. The Phillies offense left seven runners on base and failed to capitalize on eight hits against Cubs starter Jon Lester en route to a 8-1 defeat at Citizens Bank Park. The outing marked…

September 2, 2018
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Nola and Phillies look to take series with Cubs

Aaron Nola will be on the mound Sunday as the Phillies and Cubs close out their three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies lost Saturday’s contest, 7-1, as Zech Eflin failed to get out of the sixth after surrendering four runs on seven hits. Nick Williams picked up the Phillies lone RBI. The loss, coupled with a Braves 5-1 victory over the Pirates, dropped the Phillies to three games…

September 2, 2018
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Phillies beat Cubs in walk-off fashion thanks to Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo shot in the 10th inning off Steve Cishek to lift the Phillies to a 2-1 win over the NL best Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. The victory, coupled with a Braves loss, trimmed the Phillies deficit in the NL East pennant race to two games. “We take care of business, we do our part, we kind of feel like we are…

September 1, 2018
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Phillies welcome NL leading Cubs to Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are in the midst of a tailspin that has the potential to thwart any hope of postseason baseball making a comeback in Philadelphia. Things don’t get easier this weekend as the club hosts the Cubs at Citizens Bank Park for a three-game set. The Cubs come to Philly with the best record in the National League, led by MVP candidate Javy Baez who is hitting .294 with 28…

August 31, 2018
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Bautista single lifts Phillies past Nationals in series finale

The Phillies traded for Jose Bautista earlier this week to have his veteran bat act as a late-inning threat off the bench. The deal paid off on Wednesday night as Bautista lashed a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to lead the Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Nationals. It was a must-win for the Phillies. The victory, coupled with a Braves loss, trimmed the deficit in the…

August 30, 2018
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