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Andrew Gillen
Brooklawn, NJ
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A win last night against the Seattle Mariners had to feel good, if only because of the well-known struggles the Phillies have had against the American League. Looking ahead to the next two games, there was even a belief that the home squad had a chance to win the series,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
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With a split of the first two games in this series, it's not very surprising that the Phillies were victorious in Cole Hamels' start, but defeated in Kyle Kendrick's outing. And yet, neither pitcher played much of a factor in the result. On Friday, the team made their comeback toward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen With a ten inning victory in last night's contest, the Phillies successfully rebounded from their two straight losses to the Los Angeles Angels. Cole Hamels' streak of five seven-inning, 1/0 run performances did come to a close, but just three earned runs allowed were enough to give... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Tonight, the Phillies California trip will roll into San Francisco for their annual trip to AT&T Park. Following the two-game sweep at the hands of Anaheim, Philadelphia will have their best chance at a rebound in tonight's game. Their ace, Cole Hamels, takes to the mound in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Yesterday, Ryan Howard "finally earned his money again" with a walk off single, at least that's how a certain member of my household put it. The Phillies had dropped the first two games against the New York Mets in two one-run final scores, and went into Sunday with very little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Last night, it was Roy Halladay being honored in front of the same crowd he once pitched in front of in the playoffs. Tonight, it will be the man who led the 2008 team to a World Championship, Charlie Manuel, who will get the standing ovation. Manuel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Amidst a season where a pitcher with the same performance as he had in 2010 wouldn't even help, Roy Halladay returned to the field at Citizens Bank Park. It was a bobblehead night for Doc in honor of his career in Philadelphia, and the two-time Cy Young winner threw out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen After the July 31st trade deadline came and went, Phillies fans became quite irritated with the lack of movement from their favorite baseball organization. However, the front office continued to drill the old "Trades can still be made in August" thought into our heads. Now a week... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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If you had hoped that the first two games of this Astros-Phillies series would be any sort of indication of how the final game would play out, you'd be sadly mistaken. In the first battle of this three game set, the two teams played for fifteen innings and managed to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Roberto "Rubber Toe" Hernandez, a durable piece of both the Phillies rotation and bullpen this season, has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernandez was a part of the first set of players the Phillies had put on waivers in August. In return, the Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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For those wondering, that would be the final at bat of Game Five of the 1980 National League Championship Series between the Phillies and Astros. Dick Ruthven, a starting pitcher during the regular season that year, became a part of the bullpen for the playoffs up until the World Series.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Yesterday may just have been one of the darkest, most disappointing twenty-four hour period of time in the history of the team. And while the warning signs may have been there, the fan base was still extremely upset with the result of the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline. Not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Cole Hamels may have made his final start in Phillies red on Tuesday Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Well folks, this was it (possibly). On this night, Tuesday, July 29th of the year 2014, one Colbert Hamels made his final start as a Philadelphia Phillie (maybe). By Thursday, the California Kid will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The 2014 season could be easily labeled a "disappointment" by most fans of the Phillies. Even with that phrasing, the team hasn't necessarily had a disappointing loss the last couple of weeks. Last night's contest filled that void. After jumping out to an early 6-2 lead behind Cliff Lee, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Welcome to the end, everybody! Well, that is, assuming a trade does actually occur. The "Cliff Lee could be on his way out of Philadelphia" horse has been beaten to death twice, so let's not dwell too much. The fact that Lee's last start in Citizens Bank... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Fans of offensive baseball would be severely disappointed with last evening's ballgame. They'd also be discouraged with the pitching matchup set for today's afternoon contest. Cole Hamels, easily the best starting pitcher on the Phillies this season, has been worth every bit of his $100+ million contract. Pitching for San... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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In their respective careers, one just a tad longer than the other's, A.J. Burnett and Madison Bumgarner have had streaks where they produced Cy Young-caliber performances. While neither tops the list of the game's best current starting pitchers, each has shown reasons why they may need to. So, if heading... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen It has only been 64 days. Just over nine weeks. 92,160 minutes. 5,529,600 seconds. I feel these measurements are worth expanding upon because a Cliff Lee-less Phillies team is not much fun. However, the over two month wait is now coming to a close, and the "mystery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Larry Bowa, Ryne Sandberg, and Bob McClure share in the frustration following Kyle Kendrick's bases loaded walk in the third inning Normally, I like to warm readers up with a cute intro paragraph trying to stir the excitement for this game. While there often may be some filler, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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This season, much like the last few, has been beyond frustrating for starting pitcher Cole Hamels. He's been nothing short of stellar on the mound for the Phillies, and yet, the success does not typically show in the form of a team victory. It had gotten to the point where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Coming off the high of a strong Phillies presence at the All-Star Break festivities, fans had hoped that their would be a tad of momentum heading into their series in Atlanta against the Braves. Unfortunately, any momentum the team had seemed to fall off after Cameron Rupp's RBI single in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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The Derek Jeter Retirement Celebration All-Star Break has finally come to an end, and for Phillies fans, it was fairly exciting. On Sunday, prospects Maikel Franco and J.P. Crawford each made appearances in the Futures Game. Days later, Crawford was ranked number fifteen on Keith Law's Top 50 ranking of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Break always brings about celebration of the game's greatest current player. Fans around the world get the opportunity to not only cheer on the names they hear week in and week out, they get to watch them play with and against one another on one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen To some, the unofficial first half of the 2014 season was a let down. Those who still believed the advanced age of the team would actually turn out to be advantageous have been severely disappointed, losing hope in a final playoff push. Meanwhile, the remainder of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
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Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Just a few weeks back, the Phillies had swept a three game series against the Atlanta Braves and taken the first two games against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was their first, and to this point, only, five-game win streak of the season. While most fans knew... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia