Nola strikes out 8 in stretch of 9 hitters

Nola strikes out 8 in stretch of 9 hitters

PHILADELPHIA -- Two years to the day removed from his Major League debut, Aaron Nola did something in Friday night's 6-1 win over the Brewers that he'd never done in his Major League career. In one trip through the Brewers batting order, he faced nine hitters and struck out eight of them.

He was so locked in, so focused, he didn't even realize what he'd done.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Galvis, Phils hand Crew 6th straight loss

Galvis, Phils hand Crew 6th straight loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Make it a six-pack of losses for the Brewers, who are mired in their longest skid of the season after a 6-1 loss to Aaron Nola and the Phillies on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

Nola delivered his sixth straight quality start -- and second in a row against Milwaukee -- while matching his season high with nine strikeouts. Nola allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, including a stretch from the third inning to the sixth in which he retired nine in a row, eight via strikeouts.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kendrick activated, keeps focus on field

Kendrick activated, keeps focus on field

PHILADELPHIA -- Howie Kendrick has a little more than one week to show contenders he is healthy and capable of helping them make the postseason.

The Phillies activated Kendrick, 34, from the 10-day disabled list before Friday night's 6-1 win over the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. He had been sidelined since June 28 with a strained left hamstring. The Phillies could opt to trade Kendrick before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline because he is a free agent after the season and it may make more sense to play the team's younger players -- players that could be part of the team's future -- for the remainder of the season.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson, Phils set to face, Suter, Brewers

Hellickson, Phils set to face, Suter, Brewers

Just past the half-way point of their longest road trip of the season (10 games, 11 days), the Brewers have watched their National League Central Division lead dwindle. Leading by 4 1/2 games when the trip began, the Brewers enter Saturday with just a one-game lead over the Cubs.

Saturday's starter, Brent Suter, is the second consecutive Brewers starter who didn't begin the season on the Opening Day roster (Matt Garza, Friday's starter, entered 2017 on the DL). Suter has a 3.09 ERA in four starts and seven relief appearances this season. Saturday will mark his fourth start in a row.

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Kingery, Hoskins power IronPigs to win

Kingery, Hoskins power IronPigs to win

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Neshek headlines Phillies' trade candidates

Neshek headlines Phillies' trade candidates

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Neshek is the Phillies' only good bet to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Phillies have a host of players they could move, but sources have told MLB.com that Neshek remains the most likely (and perhaps only player) to be traded in the next 11 days. First, he is 3-2 with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 41 appearances, making him a solid addition to any contender's bullpen. Second, Neshek will be a free agent following the season, meaning the Phils have incentive to move him. Third, players like Jeremy Hellickson, Howie Kendrick, Joaquin Benoit and Daniel Nava are more likely to clear waivers and be moved next month before the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie raking: Williams finds groove at plate

Outfielder concludes Marlins series 6-for-14 with 6 RBIs

Rookie raking: Williams finds groove at plate

MIAMI -- He had little to say, but a wide smile broke out across Nick Williams' face when he heard his name mentioned alongside Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins.

Twenty days into his big league career, the rookie hit not one but two triples in Philadelphia's 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park, becoming the first Phillies rookie to hit two three-baggers in a game since Rollins did so on June 24, 2001.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils' offense comes alive with 20 hits in win

Phils' offense comes alive with 20 hits in win

MIAMI -- Solo home runs, they say, don't usually beat you. Nick Pivetta was reminded of that on Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander surrendered a pair of homers, and little else over 5 1/3 innings and the Phillies' did the rest, rolling to a 10-3 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton belted his 30th of the season, pulling him even with Aaron Judge of the Yankees for the MLB lead. Christian Yelich added a blast in the sixth inning for Miami, but it was Pivetta who kept the damage down, and the Phillies, behind Daniel Nava's four hits and two RBIs, that ended up taking two of three in the series.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Wednesday.

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Late homers by Franco, Williams power Phils

Late homers by Franco, Williams power Phils

MIAMI -- The return of Vince Velasquez provided a boost to Philadelphia on Tuesday night, but it was a homer by Maikel Franco in the eighth inning that pushed the Phillies to a 5-2 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Franco, who was a triple shy of a cycle, blistered a one-out home run off Dustin McGowan in the eighth that snapped a tie.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Tuesday.

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Velasquez flashes velocity in return from DL

Velasquez flashes velocity in return from DL

MIAMI -- Back on the same mound he sustained a right elbow flexor strain two months ago, Vince Velasquez made a statement in the Phillies' 5-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Velasquez, who was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list before the start, tossed six strong innings in a no-decision. He let up two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out four with one walk before leaving a tie game.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Galvis Phils' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Galvis Phils' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hernandez productive in return to lineup

Hernandez productive in return to lineup

MIAMI -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin didn't wait to insert Cesar Hernandez atop the lineup in the club's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Marlins Monday night, and it paid immediate dividends.

Hernandez, reinstated from the 10-day DL before the game, chopped a slow roller to Marlins first baseman Justin Bour and jetted past him for an infield single in his first at-bat back.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perkins and Herrera jump for catch, and hug

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Perkins and Herrera jump for catch, and hug

Remember that game we all played as kids in a grassy field? The one where somebody hit or threw a baseball high in the air toward the general direction of a group of youths, gloves outstretched, each vying for the ball? 

It also happens in the stands in every game when fans battle for foul balls and home runs. It also happened in the outfield itself in Monday's Phillies-Marlins game at Marlins Park, with the Phillies' Cameron Perkins and Odubel Herrera playing the role of the kids from that old sandlot pastime. 

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Neris' leg deflected a ball straight to first base

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Neris' leg deflected a ball straight to first base

The Phillies may have lost to the Marlins in the bottom of the 10th, 6-5, thanks to a Dee Gordon RBI single on Monday, but if not for some fortuitous defense, the game would have ended in the ninth. 

With the bases loaded and two out, Marcell Ozuna lined a pitch back up the middle that struck Hector Neris' leg. If it got past Neris and up the middle, it would have been a game-winning hit. If it bounced in almost any direction, it probably would have been a hit.

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Phils suffer 10th-inning defeat to Marlins

Phils suffer 10th-inning defeat to Marlins

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, and Justin Bour chipped in with a monstrous two-run shot on Monday, but it was a lined single by Dee Gordon in the 10th inning that enabled the Marlins to celebrate a 6-5 walk-off win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

The two-out single by Gordon gave Miami its fourth walk-off victory of the season and its first win in four games since the All-Star break.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Monday.

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Monday's best: Crawford homers for Lehigh

Monday's best: Crawford homers for Lehigh

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams' slam seals finale win over Brewers

Williams' slam seals finale win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Brett Phillips and the Brewers were ready to celebrate a sweep, but Nick Williams and the Phillies spoiled the party.

A pair of outfield prospects delivered the biggest blows in the Phillies' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Sunday at a sold-out Miller Park. Phillips' first career home run gave Milwaukee a fifth-inning lead before Philadelphia started the sixth with six straight hits, including Williams' first career grand slam, as the Phillies dodged a three-game sweep.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera most comfortable near top of order

Phillies center fielder entered Sunday's finale with HR in three straight games

Herrera most comfortable near top of order

MILWAUKEE -- Perhaps the question on Saturday struck a chord with Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

After he homered and doubled in Saturday night's 3-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, Herrera answered a few questions about his recent offensive performance. He has hit mostly fifth, sixth or seventh since June 20, after spending most of the season hitting anywhere from first to third.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Fanti tosses no-hitter for Lakewood

Lakewood lefty came one out shy in BlueClaws' May 6 combined no-hitter

Prospect Fanti tosses no-hitter for Lakewood

Nick Fanti is making it look easy at Class A Lakewood.

The 2015 31st-round pick continued to exceed expectations for the BlueClaws on Monday by tossing a no-hitter in Lakewood's 1-0 win over Charleston. Fanti struck out 12 and walked only one to earn his seventh win in what was the second time he'd taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning this season.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familiarity vs. pitcher helps Williams with slam

Phillies' No. 5 prospect delivers go-ahead homer in finale win vs. Brewers

Familiarity vs. pitcher helps Williams with slam

MILWAUKEE - Nick Williams had a deja-vu moment Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

The Phillies had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth inning of a 5-2 victory over the Brewers. With a one-run lead, Brewers manager Craig Counsell summoned left-hander Tyler Webb from the bullpen to face Williams. Williams watched video of Webb on Matt Stairs' iPad in the Phillies' dugout while Webb warmed up. He then stepped into the batter's box and mashed a first-pitch breaking ball to center field for a grand slam to hand the Phillies the lead and salvage the three-game series.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies Minor League review for July 10-16

Players of the Week

Player - OF Cornelius Randolph, Clearwater… Randolph, 20, batted .421 (8-19) with a double, home run, three RBI, four walks and a 1.153 OPS in five games. He tied a professional-high with four hits on July 15, two days after posting his third three-hit game of the season. Randolph is batting .390 (23-59) since June 27, which is the highest average in the Florida State League in that time frame. He was selected by the Phillies in the first round of the June 2015 draft.

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Medina spins a gem for Lakewood

Medina spins a gem for Lakewood

Reynaldo Lopez piled up the strikeouts as Triple-A Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Sunday.

Lopez, the No. 36 overall prospect, fired 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes as he generated a season-high 12 strikeouts and yielded just two hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The White Sox No. 6 prospect was stuck with a no-decision as the Knights bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, but that doesn't diminish Lopez's brilliant performance.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nola shows potential to lead Phillies rotation

Right-hander has 1.78 ERA over last five starts, including Saturday vs. Brewers

Nola shows potential to lead Phillies rotation

MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies have been searching for the next Cole Hamels since they traded him to the Rangers in July 2015.

Right-hander Aaron Nola is making his case to be the Phillies' next frontline starter.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera stays hot, Nola K's 7 in loss to Brewers

Herrera stays hot, Nola K's 7 in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The four-day All-Star break did little to slow the surging Brewers.

Jimmy Nelson pitched into the seventh inning and Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth for a 3-2 Brewers win over the Phillies at Miller Park on Saturday. Milwaukee now has won 11 of its last 13 games and is a season-high 11 games over .500. The win also maintains the Brewers' 5 1/2-game lead atop the National League Central.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Pivetta's 2nd-inning struggles lead to defeat

Pivetta's 2nd-inning struggles lead to defeat

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers continued scoring runs in bunches for Zach Davies, backing their starter with an eight-run second inning on the way to a 9-6 win over the Phillies on Friday night at Miller Park.

Orlando Arcia hit a three-run home run and Ryan Braun smacked a grand slam in the Brewers' big frame to boost Davies, who entered the day with the third-best run support among regular Major League starting pitchers. He improved to 11-4 despite allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts in an outing that pushed Davies' ERA up to 5.08 in 19 starts, including four straight victories.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Phillies look toward future in second half

Phillies look toward future in second half

 PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are going to be busy in the weeks leading up to the July 31 non-wavier Trade Deadline.

They should be anyway. They have players to trade, incentive to trade them and plenty of financial flexibility to seal the deal.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Why has Kingery not received callup?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki delves into fans' most common question

Inbox: Why has Kingery not received callup?

Why won't the Phillies call up Scott Kingery? He seems ready to me.
- James S., West Chester, Pa.

I get this question more than any other, so let's really break it down.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils take big-picture view after rough 1st half

Phils take big-picture view after rough 1st half

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody in the Phillies' front office is happy with the way the team has played the first half of the season, but nobody has panicked about it, either.

"Just the fact that a young player might have struggled, or been injured, or regressed in their performance from last year, July 8 is not the finish line," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Saturday. "There are still three months to go. And even then, a lot of our young players have additional years of control and can and likely will be with us for a long time.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Neshek fires scoreless frame in All-Star Game

Righty makes most of second appearance in Midsummer Classic

Neshek fires scoreless frame in All-Star Game

The eighth inning is Pat Neshek's domain. But in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, a 2-1, 10-inning win for the American League over the National League,  Neshek got the call six innings earlier.

"They told me yesterday," Neshek said.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.