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Archive: October, 2010

Phillies' offense: Torture

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 11:43 PM
Their final game was emblematic of their season: A quick early surge of offense, nothing in the middle, runners left on base everywhere. Eliminated by the Giants, 3-2, in Game 6 last night, the Phillies will not make their third straight trip to the World Series because they could not generate rallies... Read more

Halladay does enough to keep Phillies alive

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:19 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- He said it the other day. He says it all the time. ``The bottom line is the final score,’’ Roy Halladay told people dissecting his previous two postseason starts and his well-chronicled struggles against the Giants. ``How you get there doesn't always necessarily matter... Read more

Phillies can't win the close ones

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:39 PM
They won these games once. They took advantage of a little thing here, a little thing there, reversed imminent victories for the other team into series-altering losses. Not anymore. They are that other team now. Officially. They run themselves into outs. They muff double-play ground balls, double-clutch... Read more

Phillies manage three hits, go down

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7:02 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- In professing his faith in Jimmy Rollins the other night, Charlie Manuel said ``I'll go down with you." Down two games to one to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series after a 3-0 loss in Game 2, Manuel now faces another test of faith: Rather than... Read more

Halladay human, but Phils need to hit

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:20 PM
The good news: The Phillies offense showed signs of life against an excellent pitcher. The bad news: Roy Halladay is human. Especially against the San Francisco Giants. Tagged with the loss after allowing all the runs in last night’s 4-3 Game 1 loss in the National League Championship Series... Read more

Hamels powers Phils to LCS

Sunday, October 10, 2010, 11:11 PM
CINCINNATI -- The Phillies survived and thrived through the Cliff Lee fiasco because Roy Halladay won 21 games this season and because Roy Oswalt was better than J.A. Happ would have been down the stretch. But would it have mattered if Colbert Richard Hamels repeated 2009 this season and not 2008?... Read more

That's why they play 9 innings

Friday, October 8, 2010, 10:03 PM
THEY SCORED seven runs without any consecutive hits. They completed their comeback against Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, who amid a messy three-run seventh inning in which he allowed two bloop hits, struck out Ryan Howard with three consecutive fastballs — 100, 99 and 101 mph. There is no... Read more

Halladay no-hits Reds

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 7:44 PM
You can't script this better. As Roy Oswalt was finishing his pregame press conference in Philadelphia yesterday, Cliff Lee was throwing his first pitch of the 2010 postseason. And Roy Halladay was, you know, preparing for his first postseason start. A near-perfect no-hitter. With amazing command... Read more
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Donnellon's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife of 26 years have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. E-mail Sam at donnels@phillynews.com
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