Aaron Nola has put together a season that has turned the impossible into a realistic possibility: The LSU product vying for a Cy Young award.
Edubray Ramos returned from the minors on Friday afternoon as the Phillies begin to put the finishing touches on the bullpen they will ride for the final stretch of the season.
The Phillies have used position players to pitch this season, but relying on them for three innings was unusual. A blowout loss became embarrassing but Kapler said it carried a purpose.
The Phillies won their 66th game, equaling the amount they won last year, against the best team in baseball behind their newly acquired all-star catcher.
Eflin said it wasn't the lost money that bothered him the most, but the "eight days of relationships in the middle of a pennant race" that he will lose while with the IronPigs.
They made room by optioning Andrew Knapp to triple A.
Tommy Hunter allowed a homer in the eighth inning and the Phillies offense showed little fight. They struck out 13 times.
Crawford was activated from the DL on Friday.
The Phillies will wear the uniforms next weekend against the Mets.
Carlos Santana says he normally doesn't make promises, but he told 13-year-old Anthony Garcia he would hit him a home run.
Gabe Kapler said the Phillies would use Thursday night's dramatic walk-off win as "fuel" as they continued their four-game series with the Marlins. Two nights later and the tank remained full.
Roy Halladay joined Pat Gillick as the 39th and 40th members to be honored by the Philadelphia Phillies.
New Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos thinks he can return from his hamstring injury in August.
Matt Breen covers the Phillies and other sports.