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Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall.
Sep 25 - 1:16 AM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster.
Sep 25 - 1:13 AM

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Herrera had a triple, his sixth of the season, among his three hits. It was the third time in his last eight games that he's enjoyed a three-hit night, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games this month. The strong finish is very promising from the 24-year-old, who is hitting .290/.365/.428 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, 85 runs scored and 25 steals overall.
Sep 25 - 1:10 AM

Alec Asher allowed four runs -- all unearned -- over five innings in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

Two errors that contributed to a four-run fifth inning -- with the Phillies ahead 10-0 at that point -- marred Asher's final line, but he gave up just five hits without walking a batter in the victory. Asher has now allowed just four earned runs in four starts this year, posting a 1.66 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while going 2-0 in those starts. A rematch with the Mets on Friday looms in Asher's final start of 2016.
Sep 25 - 1:03 AM

Jeremy Hellickson was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

Hellickson limited the Mets to one run over the first four innings before he came unglued in the fifth inning. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a pair of RBI singles before being pulled. He was charged with two more runs after Michael Conforto slugged a three-run blast off Frank Herrmann. The impending free agent has been rocked to the tune of a 7.77 ERA in five starts against the Mets this season, but still holds a solid 3.78 ERA on the year. He’ll finish the year with a start against the Braves on the road next week.
Sep 23 - 11:14 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer Friday against the Mets.

After going without a homer in 27 games, Franco has now homered on back-to-back nights. While the 24-year-old has regressed from his impressive rookie season, he's showing some late life. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 84 RBI.
Sep 23 - 11:14 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Friday that while he still considers Jeanmar Gomez his closer, he will look at others for now to pitch the ninth inning.

The skipper is basically treating it like a hitter in a slump who needs a break. Of course, with so little time left in the season, there's no guarantee the struggling Gomez will get his job back. Look for Hector Neris to get the first chance to close.
Sep 23 - 4:34 PM

Tyler Goeddel has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Goeddel was hit in the head with a pitch by White Sox reliever Chris Beck on Wednesday. The outfielder is expected to rejoin the Phillies at some point this weekend and will be placed in the league's concussion protocol. At this late stage of the season, there's a good chance he's done for 2016.
Sep 23 - 9:57 AM

Maikel Franco did everything he could to get the Phillies past the Mets on Thursday, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.

Franco muscled an Addison Reed pitch to the opposite field in the eighth inning, barely clearing the wall for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a late lead. After the Mets came back in the ninth, Franco then drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Of course, that run wouldn't hold up, either, but there's only so much one man can do. With Thursday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .250/.310/.422 with 23 homers, 83 RBI and 59 runs scored in 143 games.
Sep 23 - 12:53 AM

Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored in Thursday's marathon loss to the Mets.

Hernandez chipped in a single and a triple in the 11-inning contest, and it was the second time this year that he's reached base five times in a game. The 26-year-old has a sneaky nine-game hitting streak going, during which he's 13-for-37 (.351) with a pair of triples and eight runs scored. The good stretch has his overall line up to .293/.367/.398 in 146 games.
Sep 23 - 12:45 AM

Adam Morgan allowed three runs over five innings Thursday against the Mets.

Morgan gave up a home run among his five hits allowed, and the southpaw tied a season high with eight strikeouts. The results largely haven't been pretty for the southpaw this year, as Morgan now owns a 5.57 ERA in 108 1/3 innings of work. The 26-year-old will look for a good showing in his final start of 2016, scheduled for Wednesday against the Braves.
Sep 23 - 12:38 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Mets.

Howard has been out all week with left knee discomfort. He got it drained on Sunday. The veteran first baseman is batting just .193/.250/.439 with 22 homers and 51 RBI in 104 games this season for Philadelphia.
Sep 22 - 3:46 PM

Jerad Eickhoff was quality on Wednesday, giving up three runs on six hits in seven innings of work in an 8-3 victory over the White Sox.

He allowed a home run to the first batter of the game and then posted zeroes until the seventh inning when he gave up two more solo homers. He registered six punchouts against only one walk. The win improves his record to 11-14 with a 3.75 ERA in his first full season in the majors.
Sep 21 - 10:16 PM

Tommy Joseph went 2-for-5, drilled a homer, drove in three runs and scored twice in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

He stroked an RBI double in the first inning. The two-run homer came off White Sox ace Chris Sale. Joseph is batting .262/.311/.522 with 21 longballs and 45 RBI in 301 at-bats. He should get everyday playing time next year in the absence of Ryan Howard.
Sep 21 - 10:10 PM

Tyler Goeddel was lifted from Wednesday's game against the White Sox in the sixth inning after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Chris Beck inadvertently hit Goeddel in the head with one out in the sixth inning. He was immediately checked on by the trainer before walking to the dugout under his own power. Odubel Herrera subsequently came on to pinch-run for the outfielder. The Phillies should provide a further update as to Goeddel's health and status in the coming hours.
Sep 21 - 8:54 PM


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