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 Opinion: Take Kapler out of the crosshairs, this collapse is on the players

It’s been an exciting ride, but it’s becoming more apparent by the day that the Phillies will be bystanders when the baseball postseason rolls around later this month as the Braves appear to now have a stranglehold on the NL East. You can surely pin some blame on manager Gabe Kapler, but to argue this team would have performed better under someone else is ludicrous. The fan-rants on Twitter about…

September 12, 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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Hoskins late homer lifts Phillies past Mets in series opener

For the Phillies to realistically have a shot at securing the NL East pennant and making a trip to the postseason they need Rhys Hoskins to be putting the ball in play and making solid contact. Hoskins did exactly that on Friday night at Citi Field, hitting a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies to a much needed 4-3 win over the Mets. The homer broke…

September 8, 2018
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Arrieta on the mound as the Phillies look to even series with Marlins

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said on Sunday that he’s not yet in panic mode, but even he can’t downplay the importance of a victory on Tuesday night. The last place Marlins defeated the Phillies 3-1 on Monday, nullifying him and his club a chance to gain a game on the Braves in the chase for the NL East pennant. Tonight, the Phillies turn to Jake Arrieta in the hopes to…

September 4, 2018
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Former All-Star Ryan Howard officially announces his retirement

Ryan Howard officially announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday, making the announcement on the Player’s Tribune, in a letter titled “Thank you, Philly.” “I’m officially announcing my retirement from the game of baseball. It’s almost like I blinked, you know? It’s almost like I blinked — and suddenly, September 2004 … it became September 2018,” Howard said. Howard played all 1,572 games of his major league career with the…

September 4, 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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