Even with bats working, Phillies can’t close out games

Nobody was surprised when the Phillies were losing games early in the year.  If you can’t score you can’t win and the Phillies were 27th in the MLB in scoring.  But things have changed, and the Phillies picked up their play, averaging over five runs in their first seven games of May.  Now, the Phillies are just 18th in the MLB in runs scored for the entire year.  Yet, in their first seven games of May, the Phillies went just three and four.  The problem?  Two losses in extra innings and a game in which the Mets broke a tie game in the ninth inning with three runs.  The problem is no longer offense, the problem is closing out games.  Tonight was no exception. Continue reading

Phillies Lose to Nationals in Extras, Spoil Michael Schwimer’s Major League Debut

There are some moments in life that you never forget, and for a Major League baseball player, one of those moments is your MLB debut.  Today, four days after being called up to the big club, Phillies rookie Michael Schwimer was able to make his highly anticipated major league debut today, after Roy Halladay was forced out by yet another rain delay, this one coming during the 5th inning.  Schwimer went a full three innings, in his roller-coaster ride of a debut. Continue reading

Roy Oswalt Avenges Last Night’s Walk-Off, Shuts Down Nationals in Win

Just a day after Roy Oswalt got the start offensively for the Phillies, he was back on the mound to start as the Phillies pitcher.  Oswalt was forced out of the game before he was able to even take the field last night due to arain delay  lasting over two hours.  However, Oswalt came back tonight after last night’s embarrassing loss looking to get the Phillies back to their dominating ways.  Eight innings and 115 pitches later, Oswalt would come out of the game, having done exactly that, getting his sixth win of the year. Continue reading

Phillies Get Delayed Again, But This Time They Fall in the 9th to the Nationals

There are some things that rain can be great for.  Take watering plants as an example.  When it rains, there is no need to go out and water plants, making your life that much easier.  Baseball, however, is not something that goes well with rain, as games are easily delayed or even cancelled due to precipitation.  However, the weather has not been cooperative lately, and for the second straight night in a row, the Phillies have had a game delayed by rain.  Tonight’s game started, but the rain came shortly after, allowing the teams to complete less than half an inning before a two hour and twenty four minute rain delay. Continue reading

After Reaching 80 Wins, Phillies Look to Add to Total in Washington D.C

By: Greg Frank

Overview:

The Phillies came home from a 10-game road trip, took two out of three from the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks, and with Thursday night’s win became the first team in Major League Baseball to reach 80 wins.  Now, before heading back home for a 6-game home stand, the Phillies will play their first three games of a nine game stretch against the NL East.  It starts in our nation’s capital Friday as the Phillies look to improve upon their record of 7-3 in their last 10 games.  The Nationals are coming off of a series win against Cincinnati and another win against the Phillies in one of the two games last weekend in Philadelphia. While they’re 4 games under .500 and in no position to make a run at the postseason, most of the time the Nationals give the Phillies a good game. We’ll see if that continues this weekend. Continue reading