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Flyers add 5 players on Day 2 of Draft

Day 2 of the NHL Draft commenced on Saturday morning in Philadelphia and provided the Flyers with the opportunity to add more pieces to the system. They added five players on Saturday.

Among the five Flyers drafted were second-round winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel and third-round defenseman Mark Friedman.

Here is more on the Flyers five draft picks on Day 2.

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Roberto Hernandez, Ervin Santana Square Off In Game One Of Day-Night Doubleheader

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Freddie Freeman beat the Phillies last night, 4-2 in game one of this four-game set. Freeman, who drove in all four of the Braves' runs last night, went 3-for-5 including a three-run home run and a double. It was not Kyle Kendrick's night. Despite going eight innings, his team was unable to back up his four-run effort as they scored just twice. 

Today is a long day for the Phillies, as they will kick off game one of a day-night doubleheader against the Braves. The first game will start at 2:05 PM ET and the second one is slated to start at 7:15 PM ET. For the first game, the Phils will send out Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41 ERA) to take on Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15 ERA).

Roberto Hernandez is coming off of another losing effort against the Marlins on Monday. Hernandez lasted six innings and allowed two runs on three hits whilst striking out six and walking three. Hernandez has struggled of late, going 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA (7 runs in 17 2/3 innings) in his last three starts (one start against Atlanta). Last week, Hernandez was hit for five runs on eight hits through six innings of work against the Braves. He walked five and struck out two but came up with the win. In his career against Atlanta, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

Ervin Santana has struggled over the last month and a half, going 0-5 with a 5.96 ERA in that stretch. He is coming off of a loss against Washington on Sunday. Tossing six innings of three-run ball, Santana took the loss (his third in a row), but struck out nine en route. Santana pitched against the Phillies last Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking three in six innings. In his career against Philadelphia, Santana is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA. 

Game Notes:

  • Tony Gwynn Jr. will bat second and play RF in game one of this day-night doubleheader. He's hitting .151 on the season, with just three RBIs and two stolen bases.
  • Koyie Hill will make his Phillies debut today as he bats seventh in the lineup. With Lehigh Valley, Hill was hitting .240 with three home runs, seventeen RBIs and eighteen runs scored in 45 games played.
  • Jimmy Rollins will not start in game one of the doubleheader.

Today's Lineups:

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Tony Gwynn Jr. RF
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Cody Asche 3B
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Koyie Hill C
  8. Ronny Cedeno SS
  9. Roberto Hernandez P.

Braves lineup:

  1. B.J. Upton CF
  2. Andrelton Simmons SS
  3. Freddie Freeman 1B
  4. Justin Upton LF
  5. Jason Heyward RF
  6. Chris Johnson 3B
  7. Tommy La Stella 2B
  8. Gerald Laird C
  9. Ervin Santana P

First Pitch: 2:05 PM ET
Location: Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Weather: 83 - Sunny - 10% Precip
TV: CSN

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


Marquis and Sizemore Shine in Lehigh Valley debut

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Two of the more significant flyers the Phillies have added to their organization in recent weeks made their respected debuts last night for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs against the Rochester Red Wings. Pitcher Jason Marquis was signed a few weeks ago and is on the mend from Tommy John Surgery. Grady Sizemore who fell out of favor with Boston was signed last week. As the trade deadline looms as well as team struggles, both could play a role with the major league club shortly.

Playing centerfield Sizemore went 1-4 with a lead off single in the first and was driven in by leftfielder Russ Canzler to give Lehigh Valley the early lead. He would later flash some defense with a diving grab robbing Rochester's James Beresford of a hit. Marquis made even more of a splash throwing six innings of one run ball, striking out six, walking one, and allowing just three hits.

Not so encouraging was Ethan Martin and Cesar Jimenez who got knocked around in the 8th and would surrender the lead and the game to Rochester in a 6-5 loss. Top prospect Maikel Franco also continues a tough season going 0-4 which leaves him with a .212 average for the season.

While it's the smallest of sample sizes, considering the horrid struggles of the Phillies outfield, it's tough not to see Sizemore in the picture somewhere if he continues showing signs that he can perform. Marquis has less of a clear path ahead but even he could see the big leagues in the event a starter is dealt (Cliff Lee) or injured (Cliff Lee).

 

 


Scouting Report: Travis Sanheim, D

New Flyers GM Ron Hextall pulled one from out of left field in making a first-round selection for the Orange and Black.

All eyes were on a trio of talented forwards: Kasperi Kapanen, Alex Tuch and Adrian Kempe. The Flyers went with a defenseman and an unlikely one at that. 

The selection at 17th overall was 6'3", 181-pound blue-liner Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL. Here is more on the Flyers first-round pick.

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Freeman Homer Propels Braves To Win Over Phils

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Freeman's three-run homer was key in Atlanta's 4-2 victory Friday night

Kyle Kendrick recovered from another rocky start, but the Phillies offense wasn’t able to overcome a solid outing from Julio Teheran as the Braves won the first of the four game series, 4-2.

Kendrick has made a lot of press for his first inning troubles this season, and it was much of the same in the first inning tonight. B.J. Upton singled to left to leadoff the game, and, following a walk by Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman hit the first pitch out to straightaway center field for a three-run homer. It was a pretty amusing moment as Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, who had his glove with him as the broadcast team called the game from the seats in center, caught the home run ball, and threw it back after some encouragement from the fans. Kendrick needed 33 pitches to get three outs as the Braves sent eight men to the plate in the frame.

The Braves kept it up in the second as Freeman continued to be a one-man show for Atlanta, doubling to deep right-center to score Simmons, who reached on a two-out single. The RBI staked the Braves to an early 4-0 lead and was Freeman’s fourth of the game.

Kendrick settled down from then on, retiring the Braves in order in the third. John Mayberry Jr. reached on an infield hit to short, but Cameron Rupp, starting in place of Carlos Ruiz tonight, grounded into a double play before Kendrick struck out to end the inning.

The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Ben Revere tripled standing up to lead off, with Jimmy Rollins’ groundout to second scoring the speedy outfielder to make it 4-1 Atlanta. Chase Utley singled to left and moved to second on an error by Andrelton Simmons, who failed to catch the throw from first on a Howard fielder’s choice ball. Marlon Byrd drove Utley in with a single to left, cutting the Braves’ lead in half, but the rally would end there as Teheran, who threw around 30 pitches in the fourth alone, got Cody Asche to fly out before striking out Mayberry to end the inning.

Gerald Laird doubled to center to lead off the fifth for Atlanta, and Kendrick hit Justin Upton in the back to put men on first and second with one out, but battled back to get Chris Johnson to ground into a double play for outs two and three.  Revere singled with two outs and stole second easily, but was stranded as Teheran fanned Rollins for his third strikeout of the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the sixth, as Kendrick’s control looked better by leaps and bounds over the first two innings. In the seventh, Freeman collected his third hit of the game off Kendrick. He came into the game 5-18 with just one extra base hit and two RBI in his career against Kendrick. Kendrick then retired the next two batters to finish a scoreless seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Rupp went down in order as Teheran continued to look strong, with Rupp marking the seventh batter in a row retired by the Braves righty.

Kendrick came back out to pitch the eighth and made short work of the Atlanta batters, working around an infield single by Johnson to keep the score at 4-2. Kendrick looked much better in pitching deep into the game after looking hittable and inconsistent early; it might not have been a ‘quality start’ allowing four runs, but he certainly did his job tonight. He threw 123 pitches, 82 of which were strikes, and tied a career high with 8 strikeouts.

Jordan Walden relieved Teheran in the bottom of the inning, and allowed a leadoff single to Cesar Hernandez, who pinch hit for Kendrick. Hernandez moved to second on a wild pitch with one out, and, after Rollins struck out, Utley worked a walk with two outs, but Howard, too, went down swinging to end the inning.

B.J. Rosenberg came on to pitch the ninth, and got two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief to keep the Phillies within striking distance heading into the bottom of the inning. Craig Kimbrel came in to close and had some rather noticeable command issues, twice sending 3-2 fastballs in near the head of Byrd. The first one was so close that it was incredible it didn’t hit him, as Byrd dodged the pitch by maybe a couple of inches. Byrd walked before Asche struck out. Mayberry came up with in another high-stakes RBI opportunity, and hit a long fly out to Justin Upton in center that just barely stayed in the yard. Byrd moved to second on a passed ball, but it wouldn’t matter as Domonic Brown, pinch hitting for Rupp, struck out to end the game. The final: 4-2.

Notable Statistics:

Kyle Kendrick: 8 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (1 HBP)

Ben Revere: 3-4, R

John Mayberry Jr. : 1-4, K

Impact:

Kendrick was really good after a rough start, battling back to pitch effectively and save the bullpen with eight strong innings. That, at least, should give the team some breathing room with the doubleheader tomorrow, especially with Sean O’ Sullivan starting one of the games. The offense, however, seemed overly aggressive against Teheran after the Braves took an early lead, managing just six hits over seven innings with no walks. Rupp started for Ruiz, who was placed on the 7-day concussion DL just prior to the game. The regular starting catcher was hit in the head by a pitch in the 11th inning of last night’s 14-inning, walk-off win, so its good to see the Phillies being cautious.

Up Next:

The Phillies and Braves have a doubleheader tomorrow, with Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.15) facing Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15) in Game 1, while Sean O’ Sullivan (0-0) will get the call against Braves righty David Hale (2-2, 3.14)


Flyers select D Travis Sanheim with 17th pick

After spending most of Friday trying to trade up for the top pick with Florida, the Flyers ended up holding with the 17th pick.

With the 17th pick, the Flyers selected defenseman Travis Sanheim from Calgary in the WHL. Sanheim scored five goals and added 26 assists in 67 games with Calgary in 2013-14. The 6'3", 185-pound defenseman is from Brandon, Manitoba.

Several forwards were still on the board at 17, including Kasperi Kapanen and Alex Tuch.

Kevin Durso is the lead beat writer for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Carlos Ruiz Hits Growing Phillies Disabled List

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Some devastating news for the Phillies this evening. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, catcher Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. The seven-day disabled list was instituted for those at risk of a concussion.

The Phillies are already without catcher Wil Nieves, who suffered a strain sliding into second base. Cameron Rupp started for the Phillies tonight and Koyie Hill, who has major league experience with the Cubs, had been added to the Phillies roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, Zach Collier was designated for assignment, Zolecki notes.

With poor offensive performances in left field, this is an injury that will devastate the Phillies lineup.

 


Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies Look to Start Series on Right Foot

Late last night, in the 14th inning, Chase Utley turned on a fastball right down the middle to walk the Phillies (36-42) off with a 5-3 win over the Marlins (39-40). With that win, the Phillies split the series with the Marlins. Cole Hamels (2-4 2.84 ERA) started the game against the Marlins and went seven innings giving up three runs all on solo shots. After Hamels left the game, the bullpen went seven scoreless innings giving up only three hits.

Tonight, the Phillies open a four game series, including a double header tomorrow, against the division rival, Atlanta Braves (40-38). The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick (3-7 4.20 ERA) to the hill. In Kendrick’s last start, he took the loss against the Cardinals. Kendrick got a little beaten up in that start giving up five runs on eight hits over six innings. Atlanta will counter with their young gun, Julio Teheran (6-5 2.41 ERA). Teheran took the loss in his last start versus the Nationals, even though he struck out ten batters through seven innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits in that start. In his last start versus the Phillies, Teheran took the no decision going eight innings giving up only one run on four hits, off Ryan Howard’s home run. The Braves went on to lose that game in extras.

 

Game Notes:

Domonic Brown will sit again tonight to start the game in favor of John Mayberry Jr.

Cliff Lee is scheduled to throw live BP before tonight’s game and could start a rehab assignment next week.

Resent veteran minor league signings, Jason Marquis and Grady Sizemore will start tonight for Leigh Valley.

Sean O’Sullivan will pitch game two versus the Braves tomorrow.

Wil Nieves hopes to be activated off the DL on July 4th.

Phillies Lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins SS
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Cody Asche 3B
  7. John Mayberry, Jr LF
  8. Cameron Rupp C
  9. Kyle Kendrick P

Braves Lineup

  1. B.J. Upton CF
  2. Andrelton Simmons SS
  3. Freddie Freeman1B
  4. Evan Gatts C
  5. Jason Heyward RF
  6. Justin Upton LF
  7. Chris Johnson 3B
  8. Dan Uggla 2B
  9. Julio Teheran P

First Pitch: 7:05 PM ET

Location: Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA  

Weather: 80o F clouds and sun

TV: CSN

Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP

 

Andrew Shipotofsky is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twiter @Ashipotofsky


Chase Utley Sends Everyone Home Happy in the 14th

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Having gone down two games to one after the first three contests, the Phillies had to win last night's game to continue their streak of not losing a series. They were set up well, with their best pitcher of the season taking to the hill. Cole Hamels, whose losing record is the exact opposite of indicative of his 2014 season, has had four straight starts that should have all converted to wins, but a lack of run support has kept him down. It would be the second time he's facing off against Miami this season, while Tom Koehler would have to battle the Phillies for the first time.

The Game: Hamels would end up giving the Marlins three runs all game long, and, surprisingly, they all came the exact same way. The top of the third was led off with a solo home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his seventh of the year. Run number two came to lead off the fourth inning, when Giancarlo Stanton hit his 21st home run. Finally, the Marlins' third run crossed the plate with the seventh inning's leadoff hitter. Marcell Ozuna popped his thirteenth of the year, and Miami now had three solo home runs.

The Phillies would be able to string together three runs in nine innings as well. Unfortunately for Hamels, though, they would not come in time to support his cause. Chase Utley led off the fourth with a single. Ryan Howard and Cody Asche each singled later on in the inning, sandwiching a Marlon Byrd fly out. Utley would get to score when Carlos Ruiz recorded a sacrifice fly. John Mayberry Jr. struck out to end the threat. 

With one away in the home half of the fifth inning, Ben Revere singled into center field. After he stole second base, Chase Utley came up with two away and broke through with an RBI single. At the time, it had tied the score at 2. After Ozuna homered in the seventh, Hamels was replaced in favor of Jake Diekman for the eighth. In that seventh inning, Domonic Brown led off with a single. He'd advance two bases on consecutive ground outs. When Jimmy Rollins rolled a ball over to Jeff Baker at first, it seemed the scoring opportunity was over. However, Baker couldn't pick the ball off the dirt, allowing Brown to score and tying the game at three. 

Neither team could break the tie in the first nine innings, so there was some free baseball played. While each team was presented with multiple opportunities to score in extras, the continued to play into the fourteenth. In that inning, Jimmy Rollins led off with a single. Finally, Chase Utley got tired of playing, and took an 0-2 Chris Hatcher fastball deep into the right field seats for a walk off, two-run home run. The Phillies were victorious 5-3, and split the Miami series.

Impact: Once again, Cole Hamels was good for a team that failed to support him. Despite giving up three runs for the first time in nearly a month, Hamels still pitched well enough for a W. Meanwhile, Chase Utley and Ben Revere each recorded three hits, while Ryan Howard and Cody Asche each had pairs of base knocks. And, to top it all off, the bullpen strung together seven scoreless innings, and collected five strikeouts.

Up Next: Tonight at 7:05, the Phillies and Braves kick off another series. Kyle Kendrick will be set to square off against Julio Teheran. 


NHL Draft Preview: Targets for Flyers at 17

All eyes are on Philadelphia on Friday night for the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. The hockey world fixates on the first overall pick, as some of the NHL’s current stars are products of the top pick in the draft.

For fans of the Orange and Black, the focus is on the 17th overall pick, where the Flyers select first on Friday night. 

There are plenty of options for the Flyers to look at with the 17th pick at several positions, barring a trade of course. Here are a few names to pay attention to on draft night.

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