Archive for May 9th, 2011

Kendrick Records Only Win in Braves Series

May 9th, 2011 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Kendrick Records Only Win in Braves Series | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

 

By Amy McCormick

The Braves came into town on Friday, May 6 for a three game series in Philadelphia.  That evening, we saw Cliff Lee strike out sixteen – breaking his own record – and still get the loss.  How does that happen?  He let up three runs in the third inning, but it was our offense that just couldn’t generate any runs.  The Phils didn’t record a hit until the bottom of the seventh when Shane Victorino hit a single to left field.  To add insult to the 5-0 injury, Placido Polanco ended up leaving the game early with an injured toe (x-rays were negative).  Atlanta’s Derek Lowe earned the win. 

Saturday night brought us Kyle Kendrick, filling in for Roy Oswalt, who is now on the DL.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about this start.  The funny thing is, Kendrick (with the help of JC Romero, Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson) recorded a win.  It wasn’t just a win; the Phils shut out Atlanta, 3-0.  It didn’t hurt that the Braves introduced rookie Julio Teheran, who was up past his bedtime and got pulled after 4 2/3 innings.  The series was now tied, 1-1. 

Sunday night, Mother’s Day, I attended the game.  I was beyond excited to see Hamels pitch, and I was ready for the Phils to salvage the series with another win.  We mothers didn’t get the gift we wanted.  Jair Jurrjens pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run.  Atlanta had won seven of their last eight, and Philadelphia was just no match for them last night.  Alex Gonzalez, Freddie Freeman and Eric Hinske each homered, while the Phils stranded runners, grounded into double plays, and couldn’t produce.  Hamels ended his four game winning streak and is now 4-2. 

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Flyers 2010-2011 year in review

May 9th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Flyers 2010-2011 year in review | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, TalkSportsPhilly

To begin I just want to apologize to the readers out there, I haven’t wrote a column in a couple of  days. I’m a senior at Rutgers University and have been loaded with work during finals, but  thankfully they are over

There was so much optimism going into this season. In the 2009-10 playoffs the Flyers gelled  together and made one of the most historic runs to the Stanley Cup finals in the history of the  NHL. The regular season was a big improvement from last year. This team looked prime to make  the run all the way back to the finals and obtain the elusive championship that has haunted this  franchise for decades. That’s when things began to turn south. The Flyers took their foot off of the  pedal, not because they got tired of going 100 mph, it was because the bus ran out of gas.  Remember it’s not how you start, but how you finish.

First it seemed as if the team was just bored. They took the lead in the Eastern conference on January 4th and had it all the way until the beginning of April. The Capitals swooped in and took the number 1 seed in the east. Then it happened. In game three against the Sabres it was a realization that this team was going to have to play much better than they had to even beat an up and coming Buffalo team, much less to make a run to the finals. It was understandable to get shut out in one game against Ryan Miller, he is an all world goaltender, but there is no excuse to get shut out twice by him.

The savior then returned, he also goes by the name Chris Pronger. Once he returned the power play got back up to speed and the Flyers ended that series with a dramatic game 6 comeback and a beat down in game 7. It was then that it seemed that the Flyers were back on track. Then it happened.

Boston had been waiting all year for another shot at the Flyers. In every sport that has a playoff system with series there was the graphic that was shown for teams that have come back from a 3-0 deficit, for a year the Bruin players had to stare at the screen and see the 2010 Flyers underneath the NHL column. They played such inspired hockey that the Flyers did not have a chance to catch their breath. The series was over when David Krejci blasted that one timer by Boucher in the overtime of game 2. They desperatly needed that win, but the Bruins were determined to destroy the Flyers championship hopes.  You can play the what if game with Chris Pronger. If he was in that series may have been completely different, but I don’t think that Boston would have been beat. Whatever the case it sends the Flyers into the off season with many more question marks.

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‘The Dude’ Faces Up To 80 Years

May 9th, 2011 by Christian | 4 Comments | Filed in General

I'm In Deep Sh#t!

Former Phillies star Lenny Dykstra is facing up to 80 years in prison on numerous fraud charges.  What a fall for the spearhead of the Phillies’ beloved 1993 National League champs.

Below is a copy of the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.  Ick!

May 6, 2011

Former Baseball Player Lenny Dykstra Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Bankruptcy Fraud Case
LOS ANGELES–Lenny Dykstra, an All-Star outfielder who played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was indicted today by a federal grand jury that accused him of bankruptcy fraud for allegedly selling items from his $18 million mansion in Ventura County.

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In The Thick Of It

May 9th, 2011 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Competition Stiffens for Phils

The Phillies are currently 3 games into a 20 game stretch where all the opponents are .500 or better AND are still considered contenders. They lost two of three to the Braves and have a quick turn around as they open a three game series against the Marlins. After the Marlins, the Phillies will see the Braves for the last time until right before the All Star Break. From there they visit St. Louis for two games and host Colorado for two more. That homestand will be followed up with a 3-game interleague match up against the Rangers and finish with a four game set against the Reds.

Three games in and they are 1-2. While the Phillies have a share of the best record in baseball, they have not faced the toughest of opponents. It looks like the Phillies are also in a stretch where the only off day they have is going to be on the 12th. So 17 games over the next 18 days, should really prove what the Phillies are made of, considering the opponents. At this point in the season, the Phillies really need to go roughly 12-5, with series wins in Atlanta and Florida, to maintain a good hold on the division lead.  If the offense can manage to string some hits together, they should be okay.