Ryan Howard had a huge game offensively Sunday at Coors Field, but with a two-run lead Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had John Mayberry Jr. replace him at first base in the bottom of the eighth inning.
First baseman Ryan Howard fell a double short of the cycle Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in the Phillies' 10-9 win over the Rockies. But the Phillies hope to have his hit in the seventh inning changed from a single to a double, which would give him the belated cycle.
The Phillies and Rockies had three replay challenges Sunday in a wild game at Coors Field that ended in a 10-9 win for Philadelphia.
Good luck to Don Mattingly filling out a lineup Monday night against Phillies left-handed starter Cliff Lee. The Dodgers manager often defaults to matchups when he explains how he settled on which outfielder to leave out of his lineup each game. If that's the case against Lee, maybe he'll start some pitchers in the outfield.
Held without an extra-base hit since Monday, the Phillies took batting practice on Sunday morning to get some extra work in.
Twice in one week the Phillies had a play at home where a catcher blocked the plate before he received the ball. Both times the home plate umpire called out the baserunner, and both times a manager asked the play to be reviewed under Collision Rule 7.13 to see if the catcher blocked the plate illegally.
Ryan Howard finished a double shy of the cycle while Jimmy Rollins tallied three hits and two RBIs as the Phillies edged out the Rockies, 10-9, on Sunday in Colorado.
The Phillies continued their offensive hibernation in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night, dropping them to 7-10 and into last place in the National League East.
The Rockies scored first Saturday night in Coors Field after a bang-bang play at the plate was overturned when it was determined that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz violated the new collision rule.
Cole Hamels is set to make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He opened on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. His recovery following a setback March 1 cost him three starts.
Mike Adams pitched in a big league game for the first time since having surgery July 31. He threw a perfect inning with two groundball outs on Friday. The Phillies plan to ease in Adams slowly until he shows he is capable of returning to a late-inning role.
The Phillies promoted ShawnCamp to the big leagues Friday night, optioning right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for him on the 25-man roster.
Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone allowed nine hits, eight runs, two walks and one home run in four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Rockies.
After not making it out of the fourth inning in his last start, left-hander Jesse Biddle delivered his best start of the season Friday, leading Double-A Reading to a 6-2 victory against Harrisburg.
When Cole Hamels comes off the DL, he is most likely to start Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium because it would allow the Phillies to split up left-handers Cliff Lee and Hamels with right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Ryan Howard, who is hitting .231 with three home runs and seven RBIs, is averaging a walk every 6.20 plate appearances this season, which is the second-best rate of his career. He averaged a walk every 6.06 plate appearances since 2007, but had averaged a walk only every 10.29 plate appearances from 2010-13.
Struggling third baseman Cody Asche also has had a few days off, including the previous two games. Asche entered Friday hitting .184 (7-for-38) with one home run and three RBIs.
Philadelphia and Atlanta had their game washed away by the poor weather on Tuesday, but they'll make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on June 28.
If Thursday was left-hander Cole Hamels' final test before joining the Phillies, it would seem he passed with little difficulty.
Jonathan Papelbon had seven blown save opportunities last season. So when he couldn't nail down the lead at Texas on April 2, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced, it caused some understandable concern.
Ben Revere drove in the Phillies' first run since Monday in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, and that was good enough for a 1-0 win over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
In his first full year as a big league manager, Ryne Sandberg has already proven he's not afraid to shake up his lineup.
Major League Baseball's replay official in New York saw something even the Phillies couldn't be sure of Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Ryan Howard was out of the Phillies' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale. It was the first time this season Howard hasn't started, but Ryne Sandberg was quick to caution against reading too much into the decision.
The Phillies celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park after Tuesday's game had to be postponed because of rain.
The Phillies were unable to hand Cliff Lee any run support as they fell, 1-0, Wednesday on a night in which both starters went the distance. Lee struck out 13 batters but surrendered a home run.
Jonathan Papelbon said a key for the Phillies bullpen is to learn from their failures. As Philadelphia's veteran anchor, he is trying to teach the younger members of the 'pen to study their mistakes and "store it in the bank."
Cole Hamels could return to the Phillies rotation next week, provided everything goes well with his scheduled Minor League rehab start on Thursday.
Phillies' Minor League reliever Ken Giles is off to an impressive start with Double-A Reading, but the organization would like to see the hard-throwing right-hander improve his control of his secondary pitches before seriously considering him as a candidate to join the Major League bullpen.
The Phillies postponed Tuesday's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park because of rain.