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!

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!


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!

Dodgers blank Phillies

The Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back from their 7-2 loss Tuesday night and blanked the Phillies 0-5 on the arm of Clayton Kershaw.

“He’s the best pitcher on the planet,” Catcher J. Ellis said.

Ellis played his part in the victory getting three hits and a second inning home run, which accounted for the teams first two scores.

SP Adam Morgan had trouble replicating his performance against the Braves last week and was pulled at the end of the fourth inning.

“We were careful with him,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s allowed to not be sharp once in a while, especially when you’re a rookie. I think he’s better than he pitched today. I think he’s more like the last two starts than he was today.”

The Phillies meet the Dodges tonight at 9:10 in the final game of the stand.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!