Phillies capitalize on Red Sox mistakes to win third straight

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 2, Boston Red Sox 1  ❖  Attendance: 7,883

Clearwater, FLA — The Philadelphia Phillies (5-8) pulled out a win against the Boston Red Sox (8-5) today for their third straight spring victory. Aaron Nola was excellent over four innings, striking out five, allowing one hit and not walking any batters. The pitchers that relieved him were also solid, striking out seven and only allowing one run over five innings.

The Phillies only mustered three hits, all of them singles. However, the offense was able to take advantage of the opportunities that they were given. It was a combination of walks, wild pitches, passed balls, and fielding errors that handed the Phils the 'W'. In fact, both of the runs they scored were unearned. They need to continue capitalizing on opponents' mistakes if they want to be successful.

WP: Drew Hutchison (1-0, 2.25 ERA)  ❖  LP: Kyle Martin (0-1, 3.86 ERA)  ❖  SV: Hoby Milner (1)

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Phillies beaten by long ball in loss to Yankees

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By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: New York Yankees 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4  ❖  Attendance: 6,642

Clearwater, FLA — With today's loss to the New York Yankees (6-1), the Philadelphia Phillies (1-6) have now lost five straight games this spring. The Phillies' pitchers struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark. Five of the Yankees' six runs came from solo home-runs, including two by Miguel Andujar. Although the Phillies struck out 11 batters, they also walked seven, which needs to change moving forward.

The Phils' bats didn't do much damage today. Aaron Altherr hit his first homer of the spring, Pedro Florimon got on base and scored two runs and Matt McBride knocked in three runs, but outside of those contributions, the offense was rather quiet. New Phillie Carlos Santana has yet to get a hit this spring and the team as a whole struck out eight times in the game.

WP: C.C. Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA)  ❖  LP: Nick Pivetta (0-2, 7.36 ERA)  ❖  SV: Ben Heller (1)

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Phillies pitchers struggle in loss to Tigers

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Detroit Tigers 11, Philadelphia Phillies 6  ❖  Attendance: 4,365

Clearwater, FLA — The Philadelphia Phillies (1-4) continued their rough start to Spring Training with a loss to the Detroit Tigers (4-1). Phillies pitchers had difficulty retiring the Tigers' hitters, with five of the eight pitchers allowing at least one run to score. Their efforts were not aided by the poor fielding. The Phillies made an inexcusable three errors in the game. Two of those errors led to unearned runs.

The offense had one good inning. The six-run fourth inning was highlighted by home-runs by Rhys Hoskins and Roman Quinn. Outside of that, however, the Phils' hitters struggled to string hits together and get timely hits. This has been a consistent issue over the last few seasons and needs to be fixed if the Phillies want to improve upon last season's record.

WP: Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)  ❖  LP: Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

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Phillies come from behind to beat Nationals

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 7, Washington Nationals 5  ❖  Attendance: 17,642

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (64-95) were looking to win both tonight's game as well as their final series against the Washington Nationals (95-63) this season. After a battle of the bats, the Phillies came out on top. Mark Leiter Jr. struggled in his final start of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits over four and 1/3 innings. The bullpen, including Yacksel Rios who earned his first Major League win, combined for four and 2/3 innings pitched, zero runs allowed and seven strikeouts. Closer Hector Neris recorded his 20th consecutive save. He's the first Phillie to convert 20 or more consecutive saves in a single season since Brad Lidge in 2008.

The Phils offense picked up Leiter and the 'pen. Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera and Jorge Alfaro combined for six hits, three runs scored and six RBI. With two walks tonight, Rhys Hoskins reached 23 for the month of September. He's the first rookie to have 23 walks in a single calendar month since Ed Bouchee in July of 1957. Even when Hoskins isn't picking up hits, he's still finding ways to get on base and contribute, which will be extremely important for the team moving forward.

WP: Yacksel Rios (1-0, 4.80 ERA)  ❖  LP: Tanner Roark (13-11, 4.59 ERA)  ❖  SV: Hector Neris (26)

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Phillies fall to Dodgers, still win series

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4  ❖  Attendance: 18,735

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (61-92) came close to completing a rare four game sweep of the playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers (97-58) in this afternoon's game. Ultimately, it was a combination of suspect defense and bullpen struggles that handed the Phils the loss. Mark Leiter Jr. had a solid outing, allowing three runs (one earned) over six innings. Reliever Ricardo Pinto's lack of command led to the Dodgers tying and later taking the lead in the seventh inning. Hoby Milner, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos finished the game without allowing any more runs.

The Phillies' offense had a few bright spots, but not many. Nick Williams hit a two-run homer and Rhys Hoskins knocked in two runs of his own with a double. J.P. Crawford stole his first base in the Majors and reached base three times today. For the most part, though, the Phillies failed to take advantage of the opportunities they were given.

For the Dodgers, third baseman Justin Turner was hit on the thumb by a pitch in the first inning. He originally stayed in the game, but was taken out in the second inning. The x-rays were negative for a break, and they called it a right thumb contusion.

WP: Walker Buehler (1-0, 10.13 ERA)  ❖  LP: Ricardo Pinto (1-2, 7.89 ERA)  ❖  SV: Kenley Jansen (39)

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Hoskins' big night at the plate brings Phillies win

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 2  ❖  Attendance: 20,145

PHILADELPHIA — Coming into tonight's game, the Philadelphia Phillies (60-91) were looking to build off of last night's win against the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-55). They had quite the challenge ahead of them, as the Dodgers had yet another ace on the mound: mid-season acquisition Yu Darvish. However, it was ultimately the Phillies who secured the victory. Phillies starter Aaron Nola was fantastic, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. While not known as a strike-out pitcher, Nola has continued to pitch like one, racking up eight Ks on the night. Luis Garcia and Hector Neris were both efficient in relief.

The Phillies offense didn't perk up until the sixth inning, but once it did, the team kept scoring. Odubel Herrera hit his 40th double of the season and J.P. Crawford hit his first Major League triple. Most notable were the contributions of Rhys Hoskins. He had the big hit of the game: a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning, in addition to knocking in a run an inning earlier. Over his four plate appearances, he saw a whopping 30 pitches, including 10 pitches during the at-bat that culminated in the double.

WP: Aaron Nola (12-10, 3.56 ERA)  ❖  LP: Pedro Baez (3-6, 3.17 ERA)

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Nola, offense crush Marlins in victory

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 8, Miami Marlins 1  ❖  Attendance: 16,745

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (56-89) were looking to bring the momentum from last night's extra-inning victory against the Miami Marlins (68-77) to tonight's game. They did just that. Starter Aaron Nola was spectacular, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings. Nola reached a new career high in strike-outs in a game: 11. He was simply masterful. Nola and Marlins starter Dan Straily were facing off for the fourth time this year, and Nola finally scored a victory against his counterpart.

The offense was fantastic as well. Nick Williams now has an 11 game hitting streak. Rhys Hoskins hit his record 17th homer in his first 33 games. This breaks the previous record set in 1930, when Wally Berger hit 17 home-runs in his first 42 games. Since August 10, Hoskins has 17 homers, while the rest of the team has 26. Tonight, everyone contributed on the offensive front, especially the first five hitters in the line-up.

WP: Aaron Nola (11-10, 3.60 ERA)  ❖  LP: Dan Straily (9-9, 4.24 ERA)

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Phillies drop series to Mets in rain-shortened game

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: New York Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3  ❖  Attendance: 19,617

Flushing, NY  — The Philadelphia Phillies (53-86) came into tonight's game against the New York Mets (60-79) hoping to secure a series victory. That was not the case. Phils starter Nick Pivetta struggled through five innings, allowing six runs on ten hits and throwing 111 pitches. He had poor command and allowed runs in every inning other than the fourth.

The Phillies' bats didn't perk up until their final at-bat in the rain-shortened game. Nick Williams hit his ninth home-run of the season and Cesar Hernandez went 3-3.

With this win, the Mets have now won 18 of the last 21 series against the Phillies.

WP: Robert Gsellman (6-6, 5.44 ERA)  ❖  LP: Nick Pivetta (5-10, 6.49 ERA ERA)

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Phillies swept by Braves in doubleheader

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn't a good day for the Philadelphia Phillies (49-83). They lost both games of today's doubleheader to the Atlanta Braves (59-72). Game one was painful, in more ways than one. The Braves' bats pummeled Phillies pitching and starter Jerad Eickhoff left the game with an injury. It's unclear how severe the injury is at this time. Game two wasn't as painful, but still went down as a loss. Mark Leiter Jr. had a solid start, but the bats didn't back him up. The one positive to come out of both games was Rhys Hoskins. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has been one of the only bright spots of this season.

The Braves outscored the Phillies 14-3 in the double-header, which is horrendous to say the least. Outfielder Ender Inciarte was a big contributor to the Braves' success. He had eight hits in the doubleheader. The Phillies, as a team, had 13 hits between the two games. R.A. Dickey and Julio Teheran were both dominant for the Braves, combining for 14.2 IP and 17 SO.

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Phillies dominate Marlins behind Leiter, Hoskins

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 8, Miami Marlins 0  ❖  Attendance: 19,161

PHILADELPHIA — After losing both games of yesterday's doubleheader, the Philadelphia Phillies (46-79) were looking to bounce back in tonight's game against the Miami Marlins (62-63). They were able to do just that. Mark Leiter Jr. was fantastic, allowing one hit and no runs over seven innings. He didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, which was impressive in itself. Luis Garcia and Hector Neris combined for two scoreless innings of relief.

The Phillies' bats played a big role in tonight's win. Rhys Hoskins was the star at the plate, hitting a double and a homer and knocking in five of the Phils' eight runs. Hoskins has now hit seven home-runs in his first 14 Major League games. Freddy Galvis, Tommy Joseph and Jorge Alfaro each recorded a RBI, and every starting position player recorded a hit, with the exception of Maikel Franco.

It was an excellent night all around, and hopefully the Phils can carry the momentum into the series finale tomorrow.

WP: Mark Leiter Jr. (2-3, 3.86 ERA)  ❖  LP: Justin Nicolino (2-2, 5.45 ERA)

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