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Phillies win wild extra inning game despite nearly giving game away

The happiest player in a Phillies uniform on Monday night had to be catcher Andrew Knapp. After letting a wild pitch get by him on a strikeout in the top of the ninth inning and allowing the game to continue after a third strikeout in the inning, the Phillies needed a little help from a defensive gaffe by the Cardinals to be able to celebrate a 6-5 walk-off victory. On the day that saw the Phillies send Hector Neris down to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, it was Victor Arano who took the mound...

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Tales of Bullpen Mystery and Imagination: Phillies 6, Cardinals 5

The Phillies defeated the Cardinals in the strangest game of the season (so far)

I’m not sure I can properly summarize the strangeness that was Monday night’s contest between the Phillies and Cardinals, but here is my best attempt:

Attempting to earn his first career save, Victor Arano threw a wild pitch on what would have been a game-ending strikeout, allowing the Cardinals to extend and later tie the game. Trailing by a run and down to their last out, the Phillies got a game-winning...

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Williams exits after being struck by ball

Phillies right fielder Nick Williams took a ball off his face in the eighth inning Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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Phillies Minor League review: June 11-17

Phillies prospect Austin Listi, 24, went 7-for-13 (.538) with two extra-base hits, three RBI, two walks and posted a 1.446 OPS in three games last week.

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Herrera stays hot with 3-run homer in first

Odubel Herrera bunted foul. He took a ball. Then he remained in his usual stance and clubbed a Miles Mikolas changeup over the right-field seats to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead before there was even an out.

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Liz Roscher

Game Thread 6/18: Cardinals at Phillies

Give ‘em hell, Phillies.

I know the Phillies and Cardinals are fairly evenly matched this season. I know that. But I’m still scared of facing them! I know it’s not rational, but Cardinals magic has bitten me before. It’s bitten us all before!

So yes, I’m scared. But that’s okay. The Phillies could surprise us!

Let’s check out tonight’s lineup.

We're back home at Citizens Bank Park!

Here's our lineup for the series opener against the Cardinals. #BeBold...

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Phillies option reliever Neris to Triple-A

The Phillies optioned right-handed reliever Hector Neris to Triple-A on Monday, selcting the contract of Triple-A left-hander Austin Davis to take his place on the 25-man roster.

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Phillies' former closer Neris optioned to AAA

Hector Neris, who lost is full-time role as the Phillies' closer last month, has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Phillies had no choice but to send Hector Neris to minors

A day after seemingly regaining some confidence on the mound, the only thing saving Hector Neris from a most epic meltdown on Sunday was manager Gabe Kapler making the decision to pull another arm out of the bullpen with the Phillies needing just one more out to preserve a series victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Neris entered the game in the ninth inning with a 10-5 lead to protect to close out a second-straight win, Neris promptly gave one run back with a leadoff home run served up to...

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Phillies option former closer Hector Neris to Triple-A

The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of lefty Austin Davis from Double-A Reading. Neris has spent the better part of the past two seasons serving as Philadelphia’s closer.More to come. The Phillies optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of lefty Austin Davis from Double-A Reading. Neris has spent the better part of the past two seasons serving as...

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Phillies option struggling Hector Neris to Triple-A

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor The Philadelphia Phillies entered the ninth inning of Sunday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers with a five-run cushion. Manager Gabe Kapler, perhaps hoping to build the confidence of Hector Neris, brought the 29-year-old righty into what was a low-leverage situation. The Phillies did win Sunday's rubber-match against the National League's best team, but not before it became a high-leverage situation.  Neris allowed a leadoff home run to Jesus...

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The Smarty Jones

Oh no, it’s Bud Norris: Phillies vs. Cardinals Series Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals will visit Citizens Bank Park for a three-game set

After taking two out of three from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Phillies return home to take on the Cardinals. Since the Brewers were in first place, and the Cardinals are in third, it stands to reason that this series should be considerably easier for the Phils.

The Last Time They Met

When these teams met in St. Louis last month, they split a four-game series. Oddly, the Phillies lost the games started by Jake Arrieta...

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Hector Neris optioned to AAA, Austin Davis promoted

Hector Neris is no longer a Philadelphia Phillie, because now he is an Lehigh Valley IronPig

Apparently Sunday’s abysmal performance was the final straw for the Phillies Front Office as Hector Neris is sent packing to AAA Lehigh Valley.

Phillies have sent Hector Neris to Triple A and selected contract of LHP Austin Davis from Triple A

— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 18, 2018

Sporting a 6.00 ERA in June as the Phillies chase down 1st place in the National League East wasn’t a...

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All-Star Voting: Herrera dips in second update

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor There's still more than two weeks left in MLB All-Star fan voting, but you can all-but close the book on any Philadelphia Phillies position players making the mid-summer classic.  In last week's first All-Star Game voting update, Odubel Herrera checked in at No. 9 among National League outfielders. Major league baseball releseaed their second voting update Monday, and Herrera has fallen three spots:  Hitting .361 as recently as May 17, Herrera saw...

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Ethan Witte

The Phillies’ Jorge Alfaro is awesome

At least, I think he’s awesome.

What does one want in a starting catcher?

It’s a question that a lot of people will have a lot of different answers to. Some people value defense more, hoping that the catcher is able to control the running game while simultaneously massaging the best performances possible out of the pitching staff. Others will want a more offensive-minded backstop, preferring power and on base ability to the leather. Both kinds of catchers have a place on a major league...

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Phillies Stat Notes: Middlin’ Scoring + Middlin’ Run Prevention

The Phillies have had lots of ups and downs so far, particularly in their hitting. But in the end, even with a near-worst batting average, they are exactly in the middle in scoring runs. And it sure seems like their pitching has been better than average, especially their starting rotation, and of course that’s true. But their bullpen hasn’t been stellar (others may use stronger words), and run prevention also includes defense, where they’ve been arguably the worst in the league. So in...

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Jay Polinsky

Phillies MLR 6/15 - 6/17/18: Lakewood wins 1st Half Northern Division Title

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 6/15 - 6/17/18

Pawtucket 2, Lehigh Valley 1 (June 15)
Lehigh Valley 8, Pawtucket 1 (June 16)
Lehigh Valley 3, Pawtucket 2 (June 17)

Cole Irvin - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 K, HR, 10 GB, 3 FB
Drew Anderson - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, HBP, 9 GB, 7 FB
Tom Eshelman - 5 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, 10 GB, 0 FB
Damek Tomscha - 0 for 7, 3 K, HBP
Mitch Walding - 3 for 11, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K
Joey Meneses - 2 for 12, R, BB, 2 K
Collin Cowgill - 3 for 7, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 4...

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Liz Roscher

By the skin of their teeth: Phillies 10, Brewers 9

This was almost terrible, but thankfully it wasn’t.

It got a little scary at the end, but the Phillies managed to hang on and win 10-9 over the Brewers. Let’s hit some highlights.

Aaron Nola wasn’t his best

Even a starter as amazing as Aaron Nola has the right to a crappy start every now and then. He didn’t last five innings, coming out with one out in the fifth. He allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks, so it was a very un-Nola outing. He coughed up two different two run...

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Franco powers Phillies past Crew for series win

Maikel Franco homered and finished with four RBIs, powering the Phillies to a series win in Milwaukee. Rhys Hoskins also hit a homer for Philadelphia, while starter Aaron Nola allowed a season-high four runs. The Brewers got a clout from Eric Thames, but Chase Anderson's struggles with the home run ball continued. The right-hander has now allowed more homers this season (15) than he did in all of 2017 (14).

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Zach Eflin has earned his spot in the rotation

Though the Philadelphia Phillies have benefitted from strong pitching this season, Zach Eflin has been surprisingly good as the team’s fifth starter. A few weeks back I wrote that this Philadelphia Phillies team was building an identity behind some dominant pitching efforts. The signing of the right-hander and former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta signaled that […] Philadelphia Phillies: Zach Eflin has earned his spot in the rotation - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City...

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