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,…

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Rickles delivers big walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

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Rickles delivers bit walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

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BlueClaws advance to finals

Spencer Howard (BlueClaws.com) Howard tosses Lakewood’s first postseason no-hitter 22-year-old Spencer Howard tossed a no-hitter that propelled the Lakewood BlueClaws into the South Atlantic League Championship Series on Friday night. His 1–0 gem before 3,592 fans at FirstEnergy Park eliminated visiting the Kannapolis Intimidators in the best-of-three North Division Championship Series, 2–0. The BlueClaws face the Lexington (KY) Legends (Kansas City Royals) who eliminated the Rome Braves in the South Division…

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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…

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Phillies prospect Spencer Howard throws a no-hitter for Lakewood

It’s a special night for one of the Phillies top prospects Phillies right-handed pitching prospect Spencer Howard threw a no-hitter Friday evening for the Lakewood BlueClaws in a 1-0 playoff victory. The win clinches the series for Lakewood and sends them to the South Atlantic League playoffs. A second-round pick in 2017 out of California Polytechnic […] Phillies prospect Spencer Howard throws a no-hitter for Lakewood – That Balls Outta Here…

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What did Robin Roberts do on this date?

(Phillies photo) A game to remember….. When you win 20 games or more and throw 300 innings six consecutive seasons, that’s a career which will lead you to being enshrined in Cooperstown, NY. Toss in five straight seasons in which you lead the league in complete games. Hefty stuff. Say hello to Robin Roberts, the workhorse of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Obviously “Robbie” had a lot of amazing individual…

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Phillies Minorr League Playoffs

Strikeout machine Zach Warren (Blue/Claws.com) BlueClaws win; IronPigs, Threshers don’t International League MOOSIC — LF Mark Payton delivered a walk-off home run with two out and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth which gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 3–2 win over Lehigh Valley in the opening game of the semi-final playoffs. SWB is 4–0 vs. the IronPigs in the history of playoff games at PNC Park, two being walk-off wins. The RailRiders scored…

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Phillies: Five players who disappointed this season

In a season full of surprises the Phillies have had plenty of disappointments Few expected the Phillies to come anywhere close to competing for the National League East crown, let alone be seven games over .500 in September. ESPN “experts” unanimously chose the Nationals to win the division back in March, though the Phillies were […] Phillies: Five players who disappointed this season – That Balls Outta Here – That…

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Phillies Minor League Playoffs

Grenny Cumana (Threshers.com) Cumana shines in Threshers 1-run win Florida State League CLEARWATER — Leftfielder Grenny Cumana may be the shortest player in the Phillies minor league system at 5-feet, 5-inches but he came up big as Clearwater edged Daytona, 7–6, on Tuesday night at Spectrum Field. With the win, the Threshers take a 1–0 lead in the North Division Series best-of-3. The series resumes tonight in Daytona. It was Clearwater’s first playoff win since…

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