ATLANTA A few hours before Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had some words of praise for his starting pitcher, Ben Lively. “He’s just very competitive,” Mackanin said of the 25-year-old right-hander. The Braves’ first six hitters of the game all reached base on hits (three singles, two doubles and a homer) and five of them scored.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:26 am
In the end, things reverted to form: The Dodgers won and the Phillies lost. The Dodgers are headed to the playoffs, the Phillies to who-knows-where. Los Angeles scored twice in the seventh inning Thursday afternoon to beat the Phils, 5-4, and salvage the finale of a four-game series (see observations). The Dodgers, the majors’ best team at 97-56, lowered their magic number to one for clinching a fifth straight NL West championship. The Phils, baseball’s second-worst team at 61-92, were left with a lovely parting gift: hope. “I think it’s a good lesson,” J.P. Crawford, the rookie shortstop-turned-third baseman, said of the series as a whole. “It showed us, or showed me, we can compete with the
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:44 pm
Freddie Freeman stopped taking batting practice several weeks ago to save some of the remaining strength in his left wrist that was broken by a pitch in mid-May, but don’t think about giving the Atlanta Braves first baseman any other kind of rest. “I’m going to go out there every day,” said Freeman of his goal to not miss any of his team’s remaining 11 games. As the Braves conclude their final homestand of the first season at SunTrust Park with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Friday night, Atlanta fans can only dream about what could have been if Freeman hadn’t missed nearly eight weeks.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:01 am
The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks
Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:52 pm
It hasn’t been easy of late, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are on the brink of taking their fifth straight NL West title. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier and Curtis Granderson homered as the Dodgers clinched a tie for the crown, ending a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Thursday. The Dodgers can win the division Friday night with either a victory at home over San Francisco or a loss by second-place Arizona to Miami.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:08 pm