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Dodgers Take 3 of 4 From Phillies

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Jimmy Rollins watches the season fly away

A walk off win always hurts. Last night, the Phillies were on the losing end of one of those against the Dodgers, putting them down 2-1 in the four game series. Trying to leave SoCal with a series split, Kyle Kendrick took the mound against Dodger Stephen Fife. A loss would put them at five games under .500 once again this season. A win, however, would propel them their upcoming series in Pittsburgh, a place where they have had very little luck in the last few seasons and against a team with the best record in baseball. Ryan Howard would make his return to the lineup eyeing to help the cause. 

While Michael Young would begin the game with a ground-rule double, the Phillies could not capitalize as Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard each made an out. The Dodgers had a hit of their own in the first, a Yasiel Puig infield single to Michael Young, but also failed to make the most of it. A Ben Revere walk was erased in the second inning when he was caught stealing second base. 

It took until the bottom of the fourth for the first runs of the game to score, but when they did, it wasn't without controversy. After reaching base again, Puig would take off for second. He was called safe, but replays showed that Puig came off the bag twice as Rollins applied the tag. Rollins, who does not often argue umpire calls, had something to say to Dale Scott about the call. After a bit of heat, Puig remained on second. A single by the next batter, Hanley Ramirez, allowed Puig to score. A few pitches later, Ramirez would also make a move for second base. Once again, Dale Scott missed the call, as Ramirez came off the bag as well. Matt Kemp would single a few batters later, and the Dodgers scored two runs on two missed calls, but it wasn't over. Kenrick went on to balk, allowing Kemp to reach second. Jerry Hairston Jr.'s eventual single would score the third and final run of the inning. 3-0 Dodgers.

Moving to the fifth, Puig would continue his incredible career start. A double to right field would turn into a triple when Delmon Young misplayed it. An Adrian Gonzalez double would bring the phenom home. 4-0 Dodgers. 

For insurance purposes, the Dodgers would score again in the eighth. Matt Kemp started it off with a one out single off Jake Diekman, who came on to replace FLEEP Aumont. A monster double to left center by A.J. Ellis scored Kemp all the way from first. Scott Van Slyke would follow with a pinch-hit, RBI single. Justin De Fratus would come into the game and end Puig's 5-for-5 bid with a strikeout, but it was still 6-0 Dodgers heading to the ninth.

If you haven't noticed yet, I've said very little about the Phillies offense. That's because they didn't score until the ninth. Chase Utley would reach on a two out single. He'd nab second, then score on Rollins' follow up single. They weren't shutout, but they might as well have. Dodgers take it 61 and win the series 3-1. 

Analyzing this game would be absurd. Of course, this game would have been much different had Dale Scott not missed those two calls. Nevertheless, the Phillies would've lost anyway. Thankfully, everyone will get a mental break tomorrow. Game One of the series vs. the Pirates in Pittsburgh will pit Jonathan Pettibone against Jeff Locke. Folks, don't expect many good things to come from that series. 


Ryan Howard Starts As Kyle Kendrick Aims To Prevent Dodgers From Winning Series In Finale

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Despite Chase Utley's two home runs last night it was not enough for the Phillies, who fell to the Dodgers in walk-off fashion. Cliff Lee gave up three runs on four hits through seven innings last night and struck out 10 hitters. He was on the hook for the loss, but with a Jimmy Rollins sac-fly the Phillies had the game tied. The Dodgers would go on to win it in the bottom of the ninth to take their 37th win of the year. This afternoon Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46 ERA) will seek his eighth win on the year as he takes on Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41 ERA) and the Dodgers.

Kyle Kendrick allowed just two earned runs through eight innings against the Padres on Tuesday en route to his seventh win of the year. He struck out six hitters while walking none and continued to pitch well. In 11 of his 16 starts this season, Kendrick has allowed two or fewer earned runs. In his last three starts Kendrick is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. In his last 10 starts Kendrick has struck out 39 hitters and walked 16. He will look to keep rolling against the Dodgers, a team he has a 5-4 record with a 7.38 ERA in 10 games (7 starts) against.

Stephen Fife will be making his seventh start of the season and will look to keep continuing his solid month of June. In five starts this June, Fife is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA and has struck out 25 hitters while walking nine. In his last start, against the Giants on Tuesday, Fife went 6 2/3 frames allowing three runs on four hits while walking two. Fife was rewarded with his second win of the year. He will look to give the Dodgers a series win against the Phillies, a team that he has one career start against.

Game Notes:

  • The Phillies are looking for their 40th win on the year this afternoon.
  • Stephen Fife is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts at home this season.
  • In 12 career at bats against Kendrick, Matt Kemp is hitting .417 with no RBI.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Michael Young 3B
  2. Chase Utley 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Domonic Brown LF
  6. Delmon Young RF
  7. Ben Revere CF
  8. Carlos Ruiz C
  9. Kyle Kendrick P.

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Skip Schmuaker 2B
  2. Yasiel Puig RF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
  4. Hanley Ramirez SS
  5. Andre Ethier LF
  6. Matt Kemp CF
  7. A.J. Ellis C
  8. Jerry Hairston 3B
  9. Stephen Fife P.

First Pitch Forecast: Sunny - 93° - 0% PoP

TV: myPHL17
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter. 


$269 Million Bench: Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard Sit

The Phillies players with the largest-dollar contracts in Phillies history have not been their top-dollar selves this season. And now they are being asked to sit. First baseman Ryan Howard sat out the Phillies' Friday and Saturday contests in Los Angeles. Cole Hamels will be next: the left-hander will be skipped in the rotation, according to various reports.

Howard is still recovering from the devastating achillies injury he suffered in the 2011 NLDS and is battling knee troubles. That gave the Phillies reason to be patient. From a batting average standpoint, Howard seems to be Just okay at. 268, but he's not his old self by any means. Only hitting cleanup, Howard is on pace for 20 home runs and 82 RBI. The home run total would be his lowest ever for a full season.

Hamels is on pace for a 22-loss season. While it is true that Hamels has suffered poor run support, Hamels has appeared to let the season get to him. Pitching coach Rich Dubee has suggested that Hamels' issues might be mental. However, Hamels' ERA and WHIP are higher than any previous season's performance. Hamels will be bounced back two days with Monday's off day.

Should Jonathan Pettibone be bounced back, we may not bat an eye. But these are the Phillies' two most expensive players in franchise history. This is a message to all on the roster: put up or shut up. Hamels and Howard are probably somewhat embarrassed. Let's see how they and the rest of the team respond.


$269 Million Bench: Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard Sit


Michael Young of the Phillies: Red Sox "Want Him Badly; Yankees Interested

According to a report in the New York Post, the Phillies have two teams interested in acquiring Michael Young: the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The Yankees and Red Sox have both been depleted by injury in their infields and Young is a versatile option. That could be why the Red Sox "want him badly", according to the report.

Trading Young may not come easily. In order to waive his 10 and 5 rights, Young had the Phillies promise not to trade him. Players in the major leagues with 10 years service with at least five years on their current trade earn no-trade protection. That would not preclude the Phillies from trading Young, should he agree.

You can read the full report here:
http://m.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/yanks_sox_eyeing_phils_young_PwbTVJalbAOKTwEKqGqRLM


Michael Young of the Phillies: Red Sox "Want Him Badly; Yankees Interested


Rally Killer: Phils use errors to tie game in 9th, lose on walk-off

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Miscues cost the Dodgers in the ninth inning and gave the Phillies a chance. At the very least, it erased a potential loss for Cliff Lee, who was two outs away from having one mistake ruin an otherwise solid outing.

The Phillies tied the game in dramatic fashion with the help of two errors by the Dodgers. But just as quickly as the Phillies gained life, any thoughts of another late-inning win were ousted.

The Dodgers handed Justin De Fratus his third loss on the road trip as A.J. Ellis' walk-off single in the ninth gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies got early offense from Chase Utley. He continued to hit well at Dodger Stadium, belting a solo home run to get the Phillies on the board.

But Lee struggled out of the gate. A tight strike zone combined with an early burst from the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig singled and Adrian Gonzalez walked to put two on for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez swung at the first pitch and crushed a three-run shot to center.

The Phillies trimmed the lead in the third as Utley went deep for the second straight at-bat. For a while, that looked like all the Phillies would manage.

Lee was excellent the rest of the way. He worked around a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth to keep the Dodgers' lead at one. He finished with seven innings allowing three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out 10.

J.C. Ramirez and Jake Diekman combined for a scoreless eighth to send the game to the ninth. The Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth and failed to score the tying run.

Michael Young led off the inning with a single and went to second on an error by Puig. With one out and Young at third, Jimmy Rollins hit a fly ball to shallow center. Matt Kemp made the catch and fired home, holding Young at third. The throw bounced off-line and skipped away from catcher A.J. Ellis. Young darted home with the tying run.

But De Fratus entered for the ninth and quickly got into trouble. Ramirez singled to lead off the inning. With one out, Andre Ethier walked to put the winning run on second. That brought A.J. Ellis to the plate.

After falling behind 0-2, he worked the count back to 2-2. De Fratus' sixth pitch of the at-bat was of the same variety as the first five: a fastball. Ellis lined it into right. Ramirez went through a stop sign but Delmon Young's throw was late and the Dodgers emerged with a walk-off win.

The Phillies fell to 39-43 with the loss. They close out the series with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick gets the start against Stephen Fife.


After Blow Out Win Phillies Send Lee To Face Ryu In Search Of 10th Win

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The Phillies certainly got their work in offensively last night. With 21 hits as a team and scoring 16 runs, the Phillies ended the first half of the season with a blow out win over the Dodgers. John Lannan pitched seven solid innings, allowing just an earned run on five hits to win his first game in a Phillies uniform. Despite the team's efforts as a whole at the plate, a few Phils had great games including Michael Young (4-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI), Delmon Young (3-for-6, 1 R, 6 RBI), and John Lannan (3-for-4, 1 RBI). Tonight the Phils will look to take a series lead against the Dodgers behind Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51 ERA), who will be seeking his 10th win on the year. Opposing Lee and company will be Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85 ERA), who is looking for his first win in June.

Cliff Lee was denied a win in his last time out despite going eight deep against the Padres on Monday. Lee allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 7 hitters before being pulled in the ninth to be relieved by Jonathan Papelbon, who blew the save. Lee has been rolling all summer long, going 7-0 with a 2.00 ERA (17 ER in 76 2/3) in his last 10 starts. Over that stretch Lee has struck out 71 hitters opposed to 11 walks issued. Lee has outstanding numbers against the Dodgers over his career with a 2-1 record and a 0.95 ERA (4 ER in 38 IP).

Hyun-Jin Ryu is winless in the month of June despite a 2.76 ERA in that stretch. In his last time out, the rookie threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Giants, but was given the no-decision as the Dodgers would not break the tie game until the bottom of the eighth inning. The right-hander Ryu can go deep into games and has gone six innings in all but one start this year. Eight of those starts have been at home, where he has a 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA. This will be the Phillies' first time seeing Ryu.

Game Notes: 

  • Last night's 16-1 win was the Dodgers' largest margin loss in history.
  • Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .563 in 16 at bats against Cliff Lee in his career.
  • In his last three games, Delmon Young is hitting .643 with 1 HR and 8 RBI.

Phillies lineup:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I

Dodgers lineup:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I

First Pitch Forecast: Sunny - 80° - 0% PoP

TV: CSN, MLB Network
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter. 


Lannan Pitches 7 Strong Innings, Phillies Blowout Dodgers 16-1

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The Phillies rebounded from a tough loss yesterday by absolutely demolishing Los Angeles' pitching staff in support of John Lannan Friday, managing 21 hits in a 16-1 win.

Chris Capuano, who had pitched 11 scoreless innings stretching back to his last two starts, didn't look sharp at all out of the gate tonight, throwing close to 60 pitches in the first two innings as the Phillies jumped out to a 6-0 lead. He managed to work ahead of most hitters, but had a lot of trouble putting them away, even after reaching 0-2 a number of times only to allow the batters to reach base.

Michael Young and Chase Utley both singled to start the first inning, and Jimmy Rollins worked a walk to load the bases with no outs. A Domonic Brown grounder scored Young, and Delmon Young followed up with a single to plate the second run. Ben Revere singled past Hanley Ramirez at short to score Brown, putting the Phillies up 3-0. 

Lannan, looking for his first win as  Phillie, was sharp early in sitting down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the first, one of three such times he did so.

In the second, the Phillies continued the onslaught when Utley hit a two-out double off the wall in right-center. Rollins singled into right, and Yasiel Puig's throw wasn't close enough for the catcher to tag Utley, who scored, out. After Brown reached first on a fielding error by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Delmon Young smacked a double into the gap in right center, scoring Brown and Rollins to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead after two.

In the third, the Phillies went down in order, but the Dodgers managed to get their first baserunner of the night when Jerry Hairston Jr. reached on a hit up the middle with two outs, just beating the throw from Utley at second, but Mark Ellis would fly out to end the inning.

Michael Young led off the fourth inning with a solo home run off of Capuano, his fifth ot the year, to give the Phils a 7-0 lead. With two outs and a man on first, Peter Moylan came out to relieve Capuano, who was mad that he was pulled. As a competitor, it makes sense that Capuano would be unhappy, but the guy was terrible. His line: 3.2 IP, 7 R (5ER), 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K. The rest of the pitching staff, however, would fare no better.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Carlos Ruiz doubled past Puig, who dived and missed the ball. John Lanna came up and got his second base-knock of the night, singling into left to score Ruiz, but ended up getting thrown out to end the frame with the Phillies up 8-0. 

Andre Ethier singled with one out, but Lannan retired the next two to end the inning, having just allowed three hits through 5 IP.

The Phillies kept it rolling in the sixth, as Domonic Brown hit a single to right with men on first and second with no outs. Puig made a good throw on the play, but Michael Young, coming from second, managed to slide just under the catcher's glove to score the Phillies' ninth run, and Delmon Young's fielder's choice grounder plated Utley for the tenth. Young's RBI made tonight the first game this season that the Phillies scored 10+ runs. The very first.

John Mayberry, the only Phillies starter without a hit up to that point, then drilled a 2-1 pitch from Moylan into the left field seats, scoring Delmon Young and putting the Phillies up 12-0. The homer chased Moylan, who was replaced by Matt Gurrier to finish the inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Puig worked a two-out walk off of Lannan. Scott Van Slyke, pinch hitting for Adrian Gonzalez, then hit a double off the left-center wall to plate Puig, breaking up the shut out and cutting the Phillies lead to 12-1. Hanley Ramirez then followed with a single to right, but Delmon Young made a great throw to gun down Van Slyke at the plate to end the inning.

In the seventh, Lannan got his first career three-hit game when he singled with one out. Michael Young then hit a single for his fourth hit of the game. Newly-acquired infielder John McDonald made his first appearance as a Phillie when he pinch hit for Rollins in the inning, singling with two outs to score Lannan, which put the Phils up 13-1. After Brown walked, Young came up with another big hit as he singled up the middle to score two more runs, making it now 15-1.

The Dodgers went 1-2-3 in the seventh, Lannan's final inning. He finished having gone 7 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

In the eigth, Carlos Ruiz led off with a HPB, advanced to second on a groundball out, moved to third on a wild pitch by new reliever Brandon League, and scored on a ground-out by Michael Young for the Phillies 16th and final run of the game. 

Phillippe Aumont relieved Lannan to start the bottom of the eigth, and worked around a walk to retire the side.

So taxed was the Dodgers bullpen that infielder Skip Schumaker was forced to come in for the ninth. It wasn't pretty, as he almost hit John Mayberry Jr. before walking him, but he managed to work a 91 mph fastball with some breaking pitches to hold the Phillies scoreless.

Joe Savery came on for the ninth for the Phillies and walked two before eventually sitting down the last few Dodgers hitters to end the game. The Final: 16-1 Phillies, on the strength of 21 hits.

Wow. 

Delmon Young was 3-5 with 6 RBIs, and Michael Young, now 14-30 as a Phillies leadoff hitter this season, went 4-6 with 3 runs scored.

Tomorrow the Phillies send Cliff Lee to the mound in LA to take on Hyun-Jin Ryu. Here's to hoping the batting magic carries over into the next game.


Zambrano Leaves Lehigh Valley Game With Shoulder Pain

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Right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano left the Triple-A game today after two innings because of “serious” pain in his right shoulder.

Ruben Amaro Jr. says that they will “continue to evaluate him” for the Phillies. Amaro mentioned that he would like to see him as a starter, but that bullpen work may be in his future.

He was signed to a Minor League deal on May 15th, and set July 1st as his opt-out date. His statistics were not bad, but he was throwing under 90 mph and inconsistent.

Christine Schramm is a writer for Philliedelphia. You can follow her on twitter @schrammalot


Lannan Looks to Rebound vs. Capuano and Dodgers

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John Lannan had a rough outing last time out. He gets a shot at redemption vs. a hot Dodgers line up which is being fueled by extremely hot rookie, Yusiel Puig.  Not since the days of Vladimir Guerrero have a seen a hitter who seemed like he could hit just about anything. It's a really small sample size still but Puig is looking like someone to fear in the future.

Back to Lannan. In three starts in Dodgers Stadium, he has pitched a 2.79 ERa, 1.14 WHIP, and .203 BAA.  Citizens Bank continues to look scary for Lannan but he still has pretty respectable numbers in some of these road stadiums.

Chris Capuano has long been a middle of the rotation lefty who can carve up a lefty bat with the best of them. This played into the line up tonight as Ryan Howard sits for John Mayberry. Howard had a tough game yesterday and Capuano isn't exactly who he needs to face after it. A day off is a good move.

Domonic Brown is hitting clean up and Ben Rever (who has hit lefties pretty well this season) is at CF.

A brief note on Carlos Zambrano who has been in the race for Jonathan Pettitbone's rotation spot (which Pettibone has appeared to hold down for himself the past two outings). Zambrano pitched two inning of four run ball this evening (only one earned in his defense) before exiting with shoulder tightness. It's begining to look like Zambrano in Philly might not be a thing as he can opt out next week. Mike MacDougal is in the middle of his Iron Pigs debut as we speak with two scoreless innings in relief.

LINE UPS

PHILLIES

M. Young 5

Utley 4

Rollins 6

Brown 7

D. Young 9

Mayberry 3

Revere 8

Ruiz 2

Lannan 1

 

DODGERS

M. Ellis 4

Puig 9

Gonzalez 3

Ramirez 6

Kemp 8

Ethier 7

Hairston 5

Federowicz 2

Capuano 1

 

 


Freddy Galvis Heads to AAA

When the Phillies traded for utility infielder John McDonald, many speculated that utility infielder Freddy Galvis could be headed to the minors. After the Phillies 6-4 loss to the Dodgers Thursday, Galvis was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley.

Presumably, the move is to get Galvis regular playing time. This could precipitate some possible trade deadline moves by the Phillies that could open up a spot for Galvis in the Phillies starting infield. It could be nice to see what a double play combination of Galvis and Hernandez can do.

In his 2013 stint with the Phillies, Galvis hit .207 with four home runs and 14 RBI, playing third base, second base, shortstop, and left field.


Freddy Galvis Heads to AAA