Mackanin on offense: 'We need to step it up'

Phils struggling to produce runs, support rotation

Mackanin on offense: 'We need to step it up'

PHILADELPHIA -- Even patient Pete Mackanin has his limits.

The skipper called a team meeting following Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, and it sounded like he spoke pointedly to his players, because nobody dared to repeat his message afterward. The Phillies have lost 21 of their past 26 games for the worst record in baseball. This past week has been particularly tough -- they lost to a host of pitchers with swollen ERAs.

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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 heat up late, but rally falls short

Phils heat up late, but rally falls short

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds right-hander Tim Adleman picked a nice time to have the best start of his career.

Adleman allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings Friday night in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He walked two, struck out four and got 16 ground-ball outs. Adleman, who pitched a career-high seven innings Sept. 26 in St. Louis, allowed his only hit in the first inning, when second baseman Andres Blanco singled to center field. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler supported him with solo homers, and Jose Peraza knocked in two with a single in the sixth. Joey Votto drove in a run in the first with a groundout.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

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Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Despite struggles, Herrera staying put in bigs

Phillies opting not to send center fielder to Minors for swing work

Despite struggles, Herrera staying put in bigs

PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera struck out five times in five plate appearances Thursday in an 11-inning victory over the Rockies.

He hit leadoff Friday.

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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 Valentin out for season after surgery

Prospect Valentin out for season after surgery

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies prospect Jesmuel Valentin's season is finished following left shoulder surgery Friday.

Valentin had the labrum repaired after he separated the shoulder recently diving for a ball. Recovery is at least four months. Valentin said he hopes he can recover in time to play winter ball before rejoining the Phillies in Spring Training in February.

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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.

Eickhoff seeking first win vs. Reds

Eickhoff seeking first win vs. Reds

Two pitchers needing a reversal of fortune will meet on Saturday when the Phillies and Reds continue their series at Citizens Bank Park.

Jerad Eickhoff, who will start for Philadelphia against Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo, is winless in 2017 with an 0-5 record and 4.70 ERA in nine starts. Following three straight quality starts to begin the season, he has a 5.91 ERA his past six games. He's completed seven innings just once this year.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams on hot stretch for IronPigs

Williams on hot stretch for IronPigs

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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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.

Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the planet.

The Phillies first baseman ripped a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Michael Saunders from second base in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Joseph, who also homered in the seventh, entered the game with a 1.046 OPS in May, which is 17th out of 252 hitters in baseball. He had a .476 OPS in April.

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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.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Thursday.

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Velasquez sticks to his strengths vs. Rockies

Young righty fans seven, allows homer in only blemish

Velasquez sticks to his strengths vs. Rockies

PHILADELPHIA -- Is one start enough to say Vince Velasquez took a step forward Thursday at Citizens Bank Park?

It might be, if the 24-year-old continues to pitch to his strengths. Velasquez allowed eight hits, one run and one walk in five innings in a 2-1 victory in 11 innings over the Rockies. He struck out seven. He got into some trouble, but he avoided the breakdowns that caused him Saturday in Pittsburgh to say he felt "clueless" on the mound and that he is "just running around like a chicken without a head."

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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 positive after striking out 5 times

Herrera stays positive after striking out 5 times

PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera stuffed a couple Tastykakes into his backpack before he rolled out of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

Maybe the sweet treats would clear his mind.

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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.

Two sac bunt attempts led to amazing defense

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Two sac bunt attempts led to amazing defense

Twice during Thursday afternoon's game between the Phillies and the Rockies, the sacrifice bunt did not produce the expected result. What they did produce was great defense.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, the Phillies got their first two men on base, bringing the pitcher, Vince Velasquez, to the plate in a bunt situation. Instead of putting down a successful sacrifice, he popped it up and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was having none of it:

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Gomez returns to Phils' bullpen

Gomez returns to Phils' bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- The former closer is back.

No, not Jonathan Papelbon or Brad Lidge or Jose Mesa. The Phillies activated right-hander Jeanmar Gomez from the 10-day disabled list before Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Gomez opened the season as the Phillies' closer, but lost his job after just two appearances. He then landed on the DL on May 6 because of a right elbow impingement.

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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.

Kendrick nearing return to Phillies' lineup

Kendrick nearing return to Phillies' lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Howie Kendrick could rejoin the Phillies early next week, which means somebody is going to lose playing time.

But who?

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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.

Saunders provides lone offense in loss

Saunders provides lone offense in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- It has not been a fair fight this week at Citizens Bank Park.

The Rockies rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night and have won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 23-5. With the win, the Rockies improved to a National League-best 31-17.

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

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Hellickson seeking return to form

Hellickson seeking return to form

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson bet on himself that he could replicate the success he had in 2016.

His May has hindered those efforts. He allowed seven runs in the third inning Wednesday night in a 7-2 loss to the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies lost for the 20th time in 24 games. Hellickson went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts in April, but he is 1-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts this month. He has pitched more than five innings only once in May.

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

Phanatic can't quiet young fan

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Phanatic can't quiet young fan

After more than 39 years of dutiful service and popcorn shenanigans, the Phillie Phanatic has become more than a mascot -- he's both a local institution and a national icon, beloved by sports fans far and wide.

Well, except for this one extremely adorable Phillies fan, that is. She came to Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday to watch her team take on the Rockies, and was very confused to discover this giant green furry guy standing in front of her.

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Franco, Mackanin yet to discuss benching

Franco, Mackanin yet to discuss benching

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he hopes Maikel Franco comes to his office to talk about being benched.

Franco said it is not his style.

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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.

Eflin goes 6 but Phils can't capitalize on 8 hits

Eflin goes 6 but Phils can't capitalize on 8 hits

PHILADELPHIA -- It's still early, but it's a little less early every day. With Memorial Day -- one of baseball's traditional milestones -- rapidly approaching, the Rockies hit a milestone of their own on Tuesday night.

A convincing 8-2 victory -- the Rockies' 12th in the last 17 games -- made Colorado the first 30-game winner in the National League. It's the first time in franchise history that the Rockies have been the first NL team to 30 wins.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Philles Tuesday.

Ben Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies Tuesday.

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Franco sits as Phillies tinker with lineup

Third baseman is slashing just .221/.281/.377 this season

Franco sits as Phillies tinker with lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin is hoping Maikel Franco will be helped by some time off. The Phillies manager is just not sure how long that time will last.

Franco was held out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rockies, and could be benched for multiple games as he tries to shake a slow start to the 2017 season.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nava placed on DL with strained hamstring

Left-hander Morgan called up to bolster bullpen depth

Nava placed on DL with strained hamstring

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies moved outfielder Daniel Nava to the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Tuesday afternoon. Left-hander Adam Morgan replaced Nava on the active roster to bolster the bullpen.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is hopeful that Nava, who got hurt in a win over the Pirates on Friday, will miss the minimum amount of time, but wanted to get some extra roster help in the meantime.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozens, Pivetta lead Lehigh Valley

Cozens, Pivetta lead Lehigh Valley

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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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.

Phils fan makes one-handed diving catch

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Phils fan makes one-handed diving catch

We've all seen fan catches. They happen during nearly every MLB game -- some with babies in tow, some, questionably, with plates of nachos.

But during Monday's Rockies-Phillies game, there occured one of the more purely athletic grabs you'll ever see at a ballgame. Freddy Galvis hit a hard foul ball back toward the upper deck and a fan leapt across the section to make a one-handed snag.

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Eickhoff goes six, but Phils bats remain quiet

Eickhoff goes six, but Phils bats remain quiet

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies continued to play Monday night like the best team in the National League.

They beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 8-1. Rockies No. 2 prospect Jeff Hoffman joined the team Monday to make a spot start following last week's doubleheader in Minnesota, which allowed the Rockies to put their rotation back in order on regular rest. Hoffman allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, making it the best outing of his eight-start career. He struck out seven. Nolan Arenado capped the night with a two-run home run to left field in the ninth.

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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.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Phillies Minor League review for May 15-21

Players of the Week

Player - 2B Scott Kingery, Reading… Kingery, 23, batted .300 (9-30) with a double, five home runs, six RBI, a walk, a stolen base, nine runs and a 1.117 OPS in six games. He has homered seven times in his last eight games, hitting two home runs on both May 19 and May 21. Kingery's 14 home runs are the most by any player in the minor leagues this season. In addition to leading the Eastern League in home runs, Kingery also ranks first in slugging percentage (.665), extra-base hits (26), total bases (103) and runs (41, the next closest has 29) and is tied for first with four triples. The Phoenix, Ariz. native, who was also named Eastern League Player of the Week, was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2015 draft.

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Klentak discusses Phillies' disappointing start

Klentak discusses Phillies' disappointing start

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he is frustrated by his team's poor play, but he is taking the long view about the organization's rebuild and is not rushing to judgment about anybody based on seven weeks of a six-month season.

After Monday's 8-1 loss against the Rockies, the Phillies hold a 15-27 record. It is their worst start since 2000 (14-27).

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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.

Saunders personifies Phils' offensive struggles

Outfielder hits eighth as offense musters only three hits vs. Rockies

Saunders personifies Phils' offensive struggles

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has tried to minimize frequent and drastic changes to his lineup this season because he knows his hitters prefer the familiar.

But he made an unexpected change to his lineup before Monday night's 8-1 loss to the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. He hit Michael Saunders eighth after spending most of the season hitting him fifth and sixth. Saunders, who went 0-for-3 with one strikeout against the Rockies, is hitting .227 with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 15 RBIs with a .656 OPS in 41 games.

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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.

Moniak hits first homer with Lakewood

Moniak hits first homer with Lakewood

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Prospect Valentin may miss rest of season

Infielder set for surgery on separated left shoulder

Prospect Valentin may miss rest of season

PHILADELPHIA -- Triple-A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin nearly made the Phillies' Opening Day roster, but his season could be finished.

He is scheduled to have surgery to repair a recently separated left shoulder, which he injured diving for a ball.

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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.