Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:02:16 GMT
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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:51:00 GMT
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vincent Velasquez was invincible against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, striking out 16 batters in a complete-game, 3-hit shutout.
Since 1913, according to Baseball Reference, only five others have thrown a nine-inning, complete-game shutout with at least 16...
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:53:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez became the latest Phillies starter to dominate the San Diego Padres lineup Thursday afternoon.
After Charlie Morton and Jerad Eickhoff combined for 13 2/3 scoreless innings the previous two games, Velasquez chipped in with nine frames of his own without any runs....
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:01:49 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Rookie left-hander Daniel Stumpf had a perfect opportunity to earn a major league job after being selected by the Phillies in December's Rule 5 Draft.
Now it's going to be a while before the reliever gets another chance to pitch.
After appearing in just three games for Philadelphia...
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:31:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — On Tuesday night it was Charlie Morton's curveball and his increased use of it helping to set up his pitches that was the topic of postgame conversation.
Wednesday Jerad Eickhoff's hook stole the show.
Eickhoff was dominant throughout seven shutout innings, striking out nine batters,...
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:14:24 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Run prevention was a main focus of the Phillies this offseason.
They were hoping to improve that through building depth with their starting pitching and strengthening their outfield defense, specifically at the corner outfield positions.
Starting pitching results are easier to quantify...
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Last spring the Phillies had Freddy Galvis use a heavier bat in hopes of not swinging too hard.
It was a Louisville Slugger U1, which was 35 inches long and weighed 33 ounces.
It worked as Galvis was hitting .355 after he played 35 games of the 2015 season. Galvis didn't stick with...
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:31:44 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Pitching coach Bob McClure took note of how the rest of the league handled Charlie Morton's curveball over the years and suggested he use it more.
Morton did just that Tuesday night, mixing it in with his fastball and sinker.
In doing so, Morton was able to keep San Diego hitters off...
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:07:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer wounded in an ambush while sitting in his patrol car in January temporarily traded his gun and his badge for a baseball and a ring.
Jesse Hartnett threw out the first pitch at the Phillies' home opener on Monday and before walking off the field,...
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Outside Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon, one of the string bands that make the Mummers Parade a Philly staple performed a peppy version of "Happy Days Are Here Again."
And with the city still aglow over Villanova's national basketball championship and the Flyers making the...
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — In years past, Ryan Howard would have been the one Phillies fans wanted at the plate in a situation with the bases loaded and no outs.
But Monday afternoon with the Phillies down 3-2, manager Pete Mackanin sent Darin Ruf to the plate in the sixth to pinch-hit for Howard with the...
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:58:00 GMT
PHILADELPHIA — Heading into their home opener Monday, the Phillies were 2-4 over their first two series of the season.
With a better effort from their bullpen they could have easily been 4-2. That's because, as expected, their starting pitching has been pretty solid the first turn through the rotation...
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:06:29 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — After a pair of weekend wins against the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin turned comedian.
What was Jeremy Hellickson doing differently than last season?
"He was a left-handed pitcher before this year," Mackanin said. "We turned him into a righty. I just...
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:19:00 GMT
NEW YORK — Vince Velasquez struck out a career-high nine over six innings in his Philadelphia debut, Ryan Howard homered off Bartolo Colon and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 1-0 on a chilly Saturday night for their first win this season.
Velasquez (1-0), a 23-year-old right-hander acquired...
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 01:21:00 GMT
Adam Morgan is in his third season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, though he spent the second of 2015 with the Phillies.
Here is a Q&A with the left-handed pitcher, a University of Alabama product:
Nickname: A couple of my good friends call me Mo. Captain. A-Mo. Not really, though.
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:25:35 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom maintained his focus on the mound with a baby on the way, and the New York Mets got big hits from Neil Walker and Michael Conforto to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 in their home opener Friday.
After the 2015 National League championship flag was raised above the...
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:48:05 GMT
READING — Alec Asher sports a new haircut and possesses a new sinking fastball, and he's hoping both will help him pitch his way out of Double-A Reading.
The 24-year-old came to Philadelphia last July in the Cole Hamels trade was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before...
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:00:00 GMT
READING — Rhys Hoskins was born, raised and educated through college in Sacramento.
He built an impressive baseball resume at Sacramento State, including being named Western Athletic Conference player of the year and third-team All-America in 2014.
Shortly after being a fifth-round selection of...
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:58:00 GMT
CINCINNATI — The Philadelphia Phillies scored more runs in their third game than they did in their first two combined. It still added up to another loss.
Jay Bruce homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs, and the Cincinnati Reds made a winner of top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson...
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:53:00 GMT
If you're heading to Citizens Bank Park Monday for the home opener, the Phillies have a number of events lined up before and during the first regular season game in South Philadelphia this year, which will be played against the San Diego Padres.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. but the gates...
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 02:56:56 GMT
ALLENTOWN — The IronPigs had Hall of Fame player Ryne Sandberg managing a roster in 2011 that was loaded with players whose best years were in the minors.
Brandon Moss and Dominic Brown have Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearances on their resumes, but that year's collection in Lehigh Valley...