Phils blanked, unable to back uneven Velasquez

Vince Velasquez's moneymaker is his four-seam fastball. It is one of the better fastballs in baseball. It can be unhittable. But Velasquez attacked the D-backs differently on Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 loss at Chase Field. He threw fewer four-seam fastballs and more two-seam fastballs -- and in the end, it didn't matter. Even if he had executed his plan perfectly, the Phillies mustered only four hits against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who struck out nine batters in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.… Read More
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Phils beat D-backs behind Pivetta, 4-run 8th

Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta seems to be getting on a roll again. He pitched six scoreless innings Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field. Pivetta allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six. He has allowed two runs in 12 innings in his last two starts. Nick Williams homered in the third inning to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. The Phillies scored four insurance runs in the eighth inning. The first-place Phillies maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.… Read More
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Asdrubal improvises with glove flip for out

One of the more interesting aspects of the Asdrubal Cabrera acquisition is that while the Phillies needed offensive help at shortstop, Cabrera is not known for his defense and had not played there regularly since 2016.… Read More
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‘Thriving’ Velasquez keeps Phillies in first

Vince Velasquez went 6 1/3 scoreless innings and scored a run to give the Phillies wins in the first two games of the weekend series with the Marlins. Seranthony Dominguez recorded a four-out save and Roman Quinn added insurance with a late two-run double. Trevor Richards allowed just one run over five innings for the Marlins.… Read More
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Former GM Gillick to join Phillies Wall of Fame

Pat Gillick always had a knack for making quality, incremental improvements to his 25-man rosters. Many of those upgrades helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, which is why he will be inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame with the late Roy Halladay on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.… Read More
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Franco delivers walk-off homer to beat Marlins

Maikel Franco was the hero in a walk-off win for the Phillies over the Marlins. With two outs in the ninth, Franco delivered a three-run homer to left field. Rhys Hoskins hit a solo shot in the sixth, his 22nd homer of the season, to open the Phillies' scoring. Nick Pivetta struck out seven and walked none in his six innings of two-run ball. Pablo Lopez posted his second one-run outing in three games, striking out five and walking none over six innings. Justin Bour provided the lone offense for the Marlins with a two-run home run in the fourth.… Read More
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