Nats edge out Phillies

Phillies have one last shot tonight

The Philadelphia Phillies (60-72) had no answer for the Washington Nationals (77-55) Max Scherzer who pounded Phillies batters for eight innings, striking out 11 and leading his team to a 4-3 victory.  The Nationals have won 13 of their last 15 games at Citizens Bank Park.

“We need to improve our plate discipline. We’re just not getting hits,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “It plays into anybody’s strengths who can change speeds.”

“Being able to see him do what he does every five days he has Phillies 5an opportunity to go out there and throw a perfect game or a no-no,” Nats Bryce Harper said.  “That just goes to show how hard he works and how he goes about it. Lot of fun to watch, lot of fun to play behind, and just an absolute machine.”

The Phillies have the opportunity to get a win against them tonight at 6:05 at Citizens Bank Park when they send southpaw Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50 ERA) to the mound tonight.  Starting for the Phillies will be southpaw Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4,25 ERA).

Tickets for tonight’s game are still available as are for the upcoming four game stand against the Atlanta Braves.  Be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies!

Giants come calling on Phillies

Giants take on Phillies

The match up between the hot San Francisco Giants (61-44, 1st NL West) and your Philadelphia Phillies (48-59 4th NL East) would normally be just another run through for the Giants, but last time out, and with Madison Bumgarner back on the mound, anything can happen.

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Bumgarner allowed three runs in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies at AT&T Park on June 25th.  Bumgarner will be going up against Phillies RHP Zach Elfin (3-4, 4.23 ERA) pitched a shutout on July 22nd against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tickets for the series are still available so be sure to grab yours and get out to see what should be a pretty good series.  


D-Backs look to sweep Phillies

The Arizona Diamondbacks (32-39, 4th NL West) came alive against the Philadelphia Phillies (30-40, 4th NL East)  yesterday as Archie Bradley got his first win for the Diamondbacks since may, allowing only one unearned run over six innings in a 5-1 win.  They will look to go for the sweep today at 12:05.

“Not a whole lot to be happy about except for (Zach) Eflin,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “It was a good confidence booster for him, as well as the team. We were in the game until the ninth inning, so that’s a step in the right direction. However, the three hits, once again is our bane.”

Elfin pitched five and a half innings allowing only two Diamondbacks runs.

Game four kicks off today at noon.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies to victory!


Jays score heavy against Rookie Eflin in his first start


The Phillies 2012 first round draft pick, Zach Eflin, got his first start last night and it was a night he would rather forget as the Blue Jays. Eflin pitched just 2.2 innings but gave up nine hits and nine runs.

“You’ve got to forget about it,” Eflin said of his first ML start. “Obviously, I’ll remember it for the rest of my life, but from a pitching standpoint, I’ve got to bounce back. I’ve got to throw quality strikes and get ahead of the hitters.”


The Phillies have no time to dwell as they prepare for game three tonight at 6:05 at Citizens Bank Park as Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for the good guys and Marco Estrada for the Jays.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets for tonight’s and tomorrow’s game are still available so be sure to get yours now and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies!

Phillies spank Brewers and head home

The Philadelphia Phillies split the series between them and the Milwaukee Brewers, each winning two games.  In last nights game, Aaron Nola worked six scoreless innings allowing only six hits before the offense took over for an 8-1 whipping of the Brewers.

“I told the infielders I was gonna give them a 1-2-3 inning one time,” Nola said. “It didn’t happen. … I battled hard and kept the team in the game, which is the most important part.”

The Phillies begin a four game home stand against the Chicago Cubs beginning today at 6:05.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies


Phillies drop home opener

The Philadelphia Phillies fell behind early against San Diego, but used runs in innings four through six to even the score at three.  Then a bizarre play came next.  With bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, the Padres sent in Brad Hand to go up against Darin Ruff, who is a dismal 2 for 10 against Hand.   Hand forced Ruff to pop up into shallow left.

“Well, I said I was going to do it and I did it,” Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said after a 4-3 Phillies loss to San Diego. “I thought it was the perfect time to do it, blow the game wide open.”

Ruff jerked at the first pitch and what should have been a routine out in left.  Padres left fielder never saw it off the bat which made shortstop Alexei Ramirez back peddle into left field.  Meanwhile, the Umpire signaled an infield fly but then Ramirez made an extra-ordinary movement, turning his back to home plate as the ball thudded in front of him.

The Padres closed it out in the seventh inning when rookie Alexei Amarista bunted with runners on first and third, sending in the go-ahead run.

“Alexi Amarista, that was great execution on his part,” said Padres manager Andy Green. “That’s not the easiest thing in the world to do — bunt a curveball that’s down. He got a great bunt down there.”

The Phillies will have their opportunity at redemption as they face the Padres in game two of a scheduled four game series.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia Phillies!