Altherr's clutch hit overcomes late inning bullpen implosion for Phillies

June 19, 2018

Sending your incumbent closer to triple-A while a division rival bolsters their bullpen via trade on the same day isn’t necessarily a promising sign, but that’s what happened on Monday. Preceding Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals, the Phillies optioned Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley with the hope he clears his head and returns to the form that earned him the closing role last season. Ironically, the Phillies faltered again…

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Phillies option Hector Neris to triple-A Lehigh Valley

June 18, 2018

The Phillies optioned reliever Hector Neris to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday afternoon while selecting the contract of left-hander Austin Davis. Neris entered the season as the Phillies’ closer but has surrendered runs in six of his last nine appearances and simply hasn’t shown the command this year that’s needed to succeed at the big league level. Even after manager Gabe Kapler removed him from the closer role he continued…

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Phillies welcome Cardinals for series at Citizens Bank Park

June 18, 2018

After a bizarre series in Milwaukee where the Phillies were walloped on Friday night but came away with a series win, the club looks to build on consecutive wins while welcoming the St. Louis Cardinals to Citizens Bank Park. Both clubs enter play on Monday with identical 37-32 records. The teams split a four-game set last month at Busch Stadium, and both sit in third place in their respective divisions….

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Jake Arrieta roughed up as Phillies drop opener with Brewers

June 16, 2018

The Phillies left for Milwaukee on a high note, having taken a series against Colorado at home and coming off a fantastic starting performance from Vince Velasquez. The high lasted less than three innings though as the Brewers walloped the Phillies at Miller Park on Friday, 13-2. Jake Arrieta, who struggled in his previous two starts, scuffled again, allowing eight runs – four earned – in 3 1/3 innings. Four…

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Velasquez flirts with a no-hitter; Phillies win finale with Rockies

June 15, 2018

Having been shelled his last time out, Vince Velasquez knew he had to piece together a strong performance on Thursday to quell the rumors of a potential move to the bullpen. Throwing 6 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit will usually silence detractors, at least for a bit, and that’s what he did on Thursday in a 9-3 win over the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Velasquez carried a no-hitter…

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Phillies to honor Jim Thome before series finale with Rockies

June 14, 2018

The Phillies will honor Jim Thome and celebrate his enshrinement in Cooperstown prior to today’s series finale with the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Today marks the 14th anniversary of Thome’s 400th career homer, which came at Citizens Bank Park against the Cincinnati Reds’ starter Jose Acevedo. Thome’s daughter, Lila, will perform the National Anthem before today’s contest. Thome spent 22 seasons in the majors, finishing with a career batting…

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Offense stays silent and Pivetta struggles as Phillies fall to Rockies

June 14, 2018

It’s starting to become a rerun of your least favorite show, yet you have no choice to watch and hope the outcome magically turns differently. That’s what it’s like watching Philadelphia’s offense right now. It’s a tired act that seemingly never ends. The bats were silent again on Wednesday in a 7-2 loss to the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Two solo home runs, one from Jorge Alfaro and another…

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Kingery drives in four and Nola impresses again as Phillies beat Rockies

June 13, 2018

It wasn’t as easy as it should have been, but the Phillies were able to fend off a final inning threat by the Rockies en route to a 5-4 win Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Ahead 5-1 to open the ninth, Luis Garcia surrendered four consecutive singles to begin the frame before manager Gabe Kapler turned to Seranthony Dominguez to suppress the threat. Three runs scored in the inning,…

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Phillies welcome skidding Rockies to CBP for three-game set

June 12, 2018

With an off day on Monday, the Phillies are back in action tonight with the Rockies in town for a three-game set. The Rockies (32-33) enter the series on a four-game losing streak and are below .500 for the first time since they were 6-7 on April 11. The team is 2-8 in its last 10 games and has allowed 8.5 runs per game during that stretch. As for the…

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Phillies piece together a winning effort, avoid sweep by Brewers

June 10, 2018

It’s rare to look at a scoreboard following a baseball game and see the same number in a team’s runs and hits columns. It’s even rarer for that team to win the contest, but that’s what happened Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Behind only four hits, the Phillies took advantage of four walks and played small-ball when necessary to beat the Brewers, 4-3, to snap a four-game skid. “You…

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