Roy Oswalt tossed a gem for the Philadelphia Phillies to expand their NL East lead to six, allowing just one hit through seven innings to defeat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park. The lone run came in the eighth inning when Raul Ibanez doubled to left to score Jason Werth. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge came in to keep the Braves scoreless for the final six outs.
After watching starters Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay beat out their division rivals, Oswalt knew it was his job to keep building momentum for the club with six games left on the regular season schedule. The Phillies are now six games ahead of the Braves and will look to officially claim the division in their next series against the New York Mets. “I didn’t want them to do something I couldn’t do,” said Oswalt. “I’m trying to push them as much as possible and they’re doing that off me. Anytime you feed off each other, it helps down the stretch.” Find the best deals for Philadelphia Phillies playoff tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard contributed a three-run blast in the fourth inning as part of his six RBI’s in last night’s 10-6 victory over the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels allowed just four hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts to earn his 10th win of the season. Florida produced all six of their runs during a late-game surge in the eighth, but the Phillies lineup had already built up enough insurance to solidify the W.
Hamels, a four-year veteran, has come alive late in the season with three straight victories. He struggled in August, producing a 0-4 record but has since found his rhythm. “Baseball is a long season, and you go with what you’ve got,” said Hamels. “I think I was able to make good pitches and be aggressive. That’s all you can ask for. That’s something that I’ve tried to strive for – just try to make good, aggressive pitches and execute pitch by pitch.”
The Phillies are currently a half game ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East with post-season play just around the corner. They are next scheduled to matchup with the New York Mets for three games this weekend starting Friday, September 10th at 7:05 PM.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to gain a starting pitcher to strengthen their depleted rotation after losing their last five of six since the All-Star break. Sources have said for the organization to be interested in Houston’s Roy Oswalt, Arizona’s Dan Haren, Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and Oakland’s Ben Sheets. The Phillies are currently shopping outfielder Jayson Werth to free up money as they extend an opportunity for top prospect Domonic Brown. The Tampa Bay Rays are most interested in acquiring the seven-year veteran. Other teams in the hunt for Werth include the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hinted earlier this week that the club will likely make improvements before the trade deadline. “I view us as buyers and I view us as a team that’s still going to be a contending team, but it depends on the guys that are in this clubhouse,” he said. “Listen, our team can get hot as anybody. But they’re not going to be able to just turn the light switch on and have it happen, they’re going to have to work to get there.” The Phillies are scheduled to take on the St Louis Cardinals for two more games before hosting the Colorado Rockies this weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!
The Philadelphia Phillies produced four runs in the ninth inning for the bullpen to easily shut the door from there to defeat their interleague rival New York Yankees 7-1 yesterday in the Bronx. Kyle Kendrick was stellar on the mound, allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. The young right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his last eight starts. “I feel like I’m getting better every time I’m out there,” he said. “I think it’s just learning and maturing.”
Ryan Howard started things off for the Phillies in the top of the fourth with a single to right to score Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco. Victorino then stepped back up to the plate in the fifth to belt a two-run homer for Philadelphia to gain the initial 3-1 advantage. The Yankees could only follow up with one run, courtesy of Robinson Cano’s single to right to bring in Mark Teixeira.
The Phillies are now scheduled to return to Citizens Bank Park for a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The club will then play host to the Cleveland Indians for three games starting Tuesday, June 22nd. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are available now with us at Ace!
The Philadelphia Phillies have recently been in contact with Pedro Martinez with hopes to bring in the veteran right-hander for the second half of the season. “We have talked to his agent, but there’s nothing so far,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We are not negotiating, but we’ve been talking to him. It all depends on whether he wants to play or not.”
Martinez, a 3x Cy Young Award winner, came back in August last season to assist the Phillies in their run to a second National League title in two years. During the regular season he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA. He posted a 3.71 ERA in a pair of losing efforts against his longtime rival New York Yankees in the World Series.
A source close to Pedro has said for the 38-year old to be training in the Dominican Republic and Miami with hopes to return by the end of the summer. The Phillies are currently in the midst of interleague play with games scheduled against the Yankees, Twins and Indians over the next two weeks. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!
Adrian Beltre crushed the go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, only for the Cleveland Indians to surge back for two of their own to gain the 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night at Progressive Field. After allowing the Indians to even the series this week, the 37-25 Sox will look to turn things around starting tonight against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The 3-game weekend series will mark their first test against NL competitors. Boston will then play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers before traveling west to face Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants. Fortunately for the Red Sox, the DH position will still be in place at home while the Phillies nominate one of their bench players to fill the position.
“It’s different,” said Red Sox right fielder JD Drew. “A lot of people had criticism about Interleague, whether it was good or bad. It’s interesting. It’s fun to go on the road and watch our pitchers battle, too. It has its ups and its downs. But yeah, it’s nice to have our whole team out there. I’m sure David (Ortiz) will like that.” John Lackey (6-3) is set to take the hill for Boston against Phillies southpaw Jamie Moyer (6-5). Regular season Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
All-Star centerfielder Shane Victorino has signed a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season. A major part of the Phillies World Series Championship in 2008 and appearance in 2009, the All-Star centerfielder signed a three year $22 million contract. Victorino racked up two Golden Glove awards in a row for the Phils; while carrying a .292 batting average, .355 obp, hitting at least ten home runs, and providing consistent steals.
Originally asking for $5.8 million at arbitration, Victorino’s deal will get him an average of $7.3 million per year – similar to a deal the Phillies offered to pitcher Joe Blanton.2010 Philadelphia Phillies tickets are available now, including many discount games starting at or under face value!
The Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay have recently agreed on a three-year $60 million deal with an extra $20 million option for 2014. This would be the first confirmation of the three-way block buster trade between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mariners. Philadelphia is planning to send Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Seattle in exchange for prospects Phillippe Aumot and Tyson Gillies. The Phillies may also trade outfielder Michael Taylor for Travis D’Arnaud and pitcher Kyle Drabek to Toronto.
Aside from the main scenario, other possible deals have been discussed that would involve the Oakland Athletics. The priorities in the agreements are clearly ace’s Halladay and Lee. With Lee alongside stand-out pitcher Felix Hernandez, the Mariners are certainly in better position in comparison to their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, who just lost John Lackey to free agency and the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Yankees have decided to end discussions with veteran slugger Hideki Matsui. In the final game of the 2009 World Series Matsui produced three hits and six RBI’s. He is reportedly a physical away from joining the Angels organization. As far as pitching goes, LA will definitely need another spark to keep them in contention for 2010. “We have some guys who can really hold it down,” said Torii Hunter of the current rotation, “but we need a veteran to lead the way a bit. I still think we have a team that’s good enough to win.”
Hideki Matsui really lived up to the name Godzilla with three hits and six RBI’s last night at Yankee Stadium, as the New York Yankees went on to win Game 6 and the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies for their 27th championship. Matsui will be joining the list of free agents this offseason, and certainly has proved to the organization that he is worth every penny they are giving him. “It’s awesome,” Matsui said through a translator. “Unbelievable. I’m surprised myself.”
Veteran Andy Pettitte notched the win from five innings pitched, letting up three runs and four hits. Mariano Rivera seemed collected as usual while putting the series to a close. The trusted right-hander allowed just one hit through the final five outs.
The Yankees were in control all game after Matsui’s two-run homer in the second. They were up 7-1 in the 6th when Ryan Howard knocked a longball to left, bringing in Chase Utley to pull within four. “You don’t look at it as a failure,” said Howard. “We had a great season. We just got beat by the better team.”
Alex Rodriguez, after a dramatic year full of injury and steroid allegations was thrilled at the thought of finally collecting a ring next April. “My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions,” said Rodriguez. “We’re going to enjoy it, and we’re going to party!” Already looking forward to 2010? Look right here with us at Ace for Yankees and Phillies tickets next season!
The New York Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth, but finally after a Derek Jeter double-play grounder and Mark Teixeira strikeout Philadelphia fans were able to take a deep breath and realize that there will in fact be a Game 6. Chase Utley was the leading contributor for the Phillies victory with two home runs and four RBI’s. Cliff Lee from the mound let up five runs in seven innings, but none the less completed the job.
“We definitely have the momentum,” said Phillies reliever Ryan Madson of the tough final inning. “I didn’t care if they scored one or two, as long as they didn’t score three.”
The Yankees will now meet the Phillies in New York this Wednesday at 7:57 PM. Get ready for a classic Pedro Martinez Andy Pettitte showdown. Pedro will be ready on five days rest while Pettitte will battle on three. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is still uncertain about whether he should give Pettitte the ball. “Physically I’ve got to see how he is,” said Girardi. “He threw a side Monday and felt good. But I’ll check with him Tuesday.”
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