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Gameday: Philadelphia Phillies Can’t Touch Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg

August 3rd, 2014 at 4:40 PM
By Andrew Waltz

The Washington Nationals have a gem in Stephen Strasburg. The Philadelphia Phillies will attest to that after Sunday’s absolute gem from Strasburg. He pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, one walk and struck out ten batters. Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano closed out the game for the Nationals, allowing no hits and striking out three more.

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Cole Hamels didn’t have a bad day at the office, either. The Phillies just don’t bring their bats to the ballpark when Hamels is scheduled to take the mound. He also pitched seven solid innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk. Hamels also struck out six batters. Ken Giles pitched the first out of the eighth inning, but didn’t seem to have his control today. He allowed two hits, two walks and three runs (two earned) to go with one strikeout. Jake Diekman pitched the rest of the eighth inning, striking out two batters.

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Gameday: Philadelphia Phillies Absolutely Stomped by Washington Nationals

August 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 AM
By Andrew Waltz

After winnings the first two games against the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies got beat convincingly Saturday night. Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was a triple short of hitting for the cycle by the fourth inning and the Nationals brought ten men to the plate in the same inning.

Phillies starter A.J. Burnett did not get off to a good start. Through the first 1.2 IP, Burnett allowed three hits, two walks, and five runs (only one earned) to go with one strikeout. Throughout those first two innings, Burnett made it a point to be chippy with the home plate umpire about the strike zone. Following a called ball, Burnett clarified where the pitch missed – outside. The following pitch was intentionally outside and when Burnett gestured after the pitch, the umpire didn’t hesitate to eject him from the game. Manager Ryne Sandberg came out to argue the call and was promptly sent to join Burnett for an early night.

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Preview: Philadelphia Phillies Look to Win Third Straight at Washington Nationals

August 2nd, 2014 at 2:37 PM
By Andrew Waltz

There’s no secret that the trade deadline didn’t bring a lot of excitement to the Philadelphia Phillies or the Washington Nationals. The Nationals, at least, made a trade to try to stop the bleeding from losing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working, as they have not hit a home run since Zimmerman went down nine games ago. The Phillies and A.J. Burnett (6-10) will look to continue that streak. The Nationals hope that Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) will start a homer-less streak for the Phillies.

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The Phillies might have looked pretty good over the past two games in Washington, scoring 10 runs in the series opener and putting on a pretty good pitching performance and holding the Nats to one run in the second game. As it turns out, they’re just taking advantage of a team without a leader. The Nationals are 34-19 when Ryan Zimmermann is in the lineup this year. They’re an abysmal 24-30 when he doesn’t play. Asdrubal Cabrera was brought in via trade to fill the void at third, and he might be the man for the job. He lined out in his first three at-bats for the team Friday night. His fourth at-bat was a little more exciting with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, but Cabrera struck out swinging to end the game.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Update

July 24th, 2014 at 12:36 AM
By Andrew Waltz

The Philadelphia Phillies are definitely going to be sellers at the trade deadline, but it’s starting to look like no one wants to pay their price. Here’s a round up of the latest trade rumors surrounding the Phillies from a multitude of sources.

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Phillies Consider Releasing Ryan Howard Following 2014

Jim Salibury of CSNPhilly.com has reported that the Phillies have had internal discussions about releasing the struggling veteran first baseman Ryan Howard following the 2014 season. The Phillies have explored trades with several teams but there is no interest in taking on a substantial contract. The 34-year-old Howard is hitting .224/.305/.377 so far this season – all career low numbers.

Manager Ryne Sandberg and the Phillies appear much more willing to split time at first base between Howard and recent recalled Darin Ruf. Ruf got the start Wednesday against the Giants. While Sandberg wouldn’t commit to a platoon situation at first base, he said, “I think it’s important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward.”

Marlon Byrd Still Interests A Lot of Teams

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Gameday: Hunter Pence Nabs Jonathan Papelbon for Three Runs, Philadelphia Phillies Lose Seventh of Last Nine

July 24th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
By Andrew Waltz

On a rainy night in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants couldn’t seem to score any runs for the first eight innings. In the ninth inning, there were four total runs scored, but only one came from the Philly side of the plate.

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Runs weren’t the only premium of the night. The Giants only managed five hits total, but saw 13 base runners by adding six walks and two hit-by-pitches. The Phillies managed seven hits, but drew zero walks on the night. Ben Revere was back in the leadoff spot, stroking two singles. Marlon Byrd added an RBI single in the ninth inning. Carlos Ruiz had two hits in first game back from a concussion suffered on June 26th. Domonic Brown added the final hit for the Phillies.

Grady Sizemore got the night off, but pinch-hit in the eighth inning for Burnett. Newly recalled utility man Darin Ruf got the start at first base to spell Ryan Howard for a night, going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice.

Both teams were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies have been historically bad in that spot this season. The Giants have been slightly better, but couldn’t seem to get anything going in the rain.

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