Phillies win fourth straight to climb to .500

Six weeks ago, the Phillies season began against their 2012 season with zero wins and zero losses, an even amount of each that symbolized (at the time) a clean slate and the start of a new beginning for the team.  Six weeks and 38 games later, the Phillies wins and losses are once again even, but no longer does the mark show a clean start, but the hope that the team can begin to start living up to the expectations that were set for them at the beginning of the season. Continue reading

Phillies split series, find success scoring early

Nothing has been more frustrating this baseball season than watching the Phillies go six,seven, or even sometimes eight innings without a run and wasting a great outing from Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, or even Vance Worley.  It’s painstaking to watch a team put up consistent zeros in the runs column, especially when that team has been a serious World Series contender for about five years now.  So when the Phillies came up to bat in the first inning and quickly put four runs on the board, it was hard for even the most doubtful of fans to keep a smile off of their faces.  From that point on, Vance Worley was strong, the Phillies defense was solid and just less than three hours later,  the Phillies had salvaged a four-game series with the Cubs. Continue reading

Phillies Bats Wake Up, Make Easy Work of Cubs

In a time when there is a new rumor every three minutes about the Phillies going after Carlos Beltran or some other big-name bat, you would think that the offense is incapable of producing.  You would think that they would be a team like the Mariners, losers of their last ten, and incapable of scoring.  However, after games like today, where the Phillies are able to put up nine runs in weather that feels like 110, it makes you wonder why the Phillies even consider adding anyone. Continue reading

After Rocky Start, Phillies Comeback in the 8th and 9th to Beat the Cubs

In baseball, it seems like when it rains, it pours, and after yesterday’s five run loss today was a nearly perfect setup for everything to go wrong for the Phillies.  It wouldn’t be easy for the Cubs to beat the Phillies again, especially with Cliff Lee on the mound, but Lee had given up six runs in three starts coming into the game, so certainly anything was possible. Continue reading

Roy Halladay Gets Knocked Around, Leaves Early in Loss to Cubs

With the Phillies rotation being as good as it is, it seems like every game has the potential for a Phillies starter to go nine innings and have a start that leaves any fan awestruck.  Usually, aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels  will meet expectations, going seven, eight, or even nine good innings, and dominating teams with ease.  However, every now and then, for one reason or another, these aces cant’ come through, and tonight was just one of those nights. Continue reading