One day after an adult baseball fan made us cringe by snatching Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run ball away from a pair of young Chicago Cubs fans, two young, souvenir-chasing fans in Philadelphia, helped restore our faith in humanity. Both young fans raced through the stands with the same vigor during the Phillies 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The goal was to chase down the fifth-inning foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles first baseman David Freese.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 5:17 am
A surprisingly large number of Phillies fans stuck around Wednesday night after a rain delay of 2 hours, 37 minutes. The top of the fifth provided a nice moment in the stands, as one fan gave a foul ball to another and they hugged. Chivalry isn’t dead, even after a few frustrating nights against the Dodgers, oppressively hot conditions and hours of waiting around for the game to resume.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:52 am
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez was suspended for three games Wednesday and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick with a pitch in Tuesday’s game. Angels manager Brad Ausmus was suspended for one game and also fined an undisclosed amount, according to Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre. Ausmus was set to serve his punishment Wednesday night when the Astros and Angels were to play again.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:11 am
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says it’s ”a little bit tough to swallow” that closer Kenley Jansen changed his mind about the severity of a foot injury after blowing a save Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jansen was struck in the foot by Adam Haseley’s grounder in the ninth inning but told Roberts he was OK to continue pitching. After blowing the lead in Philadelphia’s 9-8 victory, Jansen told reporters he should have come out of the game.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 11:55 pm
July 17: Rangers could trade All-Star Mike Minor The Texas Rangers were one of the biggest surprises in the first half of the season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be trade-deadline sellers. With their postseason fortunes starting to go downhill (they’re 50-45 and 4.5 games out of the wild-card race), there are reports that the Rangers could be in selling mode quickly, including All-Star pitcher Mike Minor. Jon Morosi of MLB.com says the Brewers and Phillies could be destinations for Minor, whose 2.73 ERA and two complete games already this season could be appealing to a number of contenders.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:54 pm
Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies closer Héctor Neris for three games after “intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of David Freese” during Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement. Neris was also fined an undisclosed amount for the pitch, which struck Freese in the back just below the back of his head during the ninth inning of the Phillies’ 9-8 victory.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:05 pm
The Boston Red Sox were able to add depth to their rotation with the acquisition of starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, but before completing a trade with the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, at least one National League team was interested in his services. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday the Philadelphia Phillies were interested in Cashner, but ultimately decided to pass with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching. Here’s why: *The Phillies had interest in right-hander Andrew Cashner before the Orioles traded him to the Red Sox, but backed off in part due to concerns about the pitcher’s makeup.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:30 pm
This was the kind of night that shows you why Bryce Harper is valued the way he is. The Phillies were two outs away from yet another game that could have been classified as their worst loss of the season. What was once a five-run lead had turned into a two-run deficit when Hector Neris was victimized again by the Dodgers.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:40 am
Philadelphia outfielder Jay Bruce left the Phillies’ Tuesday night home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an oblique injury, the Phillies announced. In the bottom of the third inning, Bruce tried to check his swing and then reached right away for his side. After the trainer and manager Gabe Kapler came out to check on Bruce, the 32-year-old veteran was removed from the game.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:08 am
The relative disappointment of the Philadelphia Phillies season now has a new feature. Manager Gabe Kapler announced prior to Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that third baseman Maikel Franco would not be in the starting lineup. Franco wasn’t injured.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 12:32 am
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the nominees from each team for the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. The award “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. Voting was conducted prior to the All-Star break.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:39 pm