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Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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Pierre Clears Trade Waivers; Could Be Dealt By Midnight

Phillies OF Juan Pierre (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

With the trade waiver deadline ending tonight at midnight the Phillies could have one more move left in them this season.

With a month left on his contract, outfielder Juan Pierre has cleared trade waivers and could be dealt before midnight to a contending team.

Pierre, 35, is hitting .300 with 32 stolen bases and an OBP of .343.

Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 62-69, 3rd in NL East; ATL: 74-57, 2nd in NL East

When: August 31-September 2
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88) vs Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67) vs Tim Hudson (13-4, 3.57)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99) vs Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 5:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

Kendrick, Phillies Overcome Early Runs

Phillies 3, Mets 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01)
LP – Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (30)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to prevent a sweep of the Mets with their 3-2 victory Thursday afternoon.

Kendrick overcame a rocky start in the first two innings as his offense backed him for his sixth win since the All-Star break. He lasted 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Both runs surrendered by Kendrick were solo homers. The first came from Mike Baxter to lead off the game and the second came the following inning off the bat of Scott Hairston.

The Phillies cut the lead in half in the 3rd inning. After doubling, Jimmy Rollins scored on a Kevin Frandsen single to make it 2-1.

They tied the game up the next inning on Ty Wigginton’s RBI double. They broke the lead in the 5th inning on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly.

Rollins was pulled from the game after the 6th inning, most likely due to him not hustling on a Frandsen pop up. If this is the case, it’s the second time in the past month Rollins will be guilty of not hustling.

2B: Rollins (30), Wigginton (9), Frandsen (3), Mayberry (18), Kendrick (2).

Boxscore.

Utley Approached Amaro About Playing 3B; Polanco Weighs In

PHILADELPHIA — If Chase Utley couldn’t get any cooler…

The Phillies second baseman approached general manager Ruben Amaro today and brought up the idea of playing some third base. Utley wanted to take some grounders and try out a new position to create some flexibility.

“Chase is one of those guys, if he puts his mind to it… it’s worth exploring,” Amaro told reporters.

Amaro also said that Utley tried out third base while in the Minors but struggled with the throwing. Obviously times have changed and Utley’s arm has improved, Amaro added.

If this works, it would fill a huge hole for next season, and give Freddy Galvis somewhere to play. It’s also a contract year for Utley so it could potentially increase his value.

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Duda Homers Off Cloyd in Rookie’s Debut Loss

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd pitches in his Major League debut against the Mets. He allowed three runs in six innings. PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Mets 3, Phillies 2
WP – Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50)
SV – Frank Francisco (22)

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t exactly the debut Tyler Cloyd expected to have, but the 25-year-old walked away with an experience he will never forget.

Cloyd settled down after three rocky innings to start, but the damage was done. It was Luca Duda’s two-run homer in the 3rd inning that put the Mets up 3-2, the final score on Wednesday.

Cloyd’s fastball ranged from 86-90 all night, and it was hit hard often.

In the first two innings, Cloyd got three pop-up outs but also got tagged for three sharp singles and a double that set up the first run he allowed in his Major League career, an RBI single by opposing starter Matt Harvey.

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Phillies Shut Down Vance Worley For Season

Phillies SP Vance Worley pitches against the Mets on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have shut down right-handed starting pitcher Vance Worley.

Worley, who had been pitching with a bone chip in his right elbow for the last three months, will have surgery on his right elbow in 7-10 days.

Worley was pulled with one out in the 5th inning of yesterday’s 9-5 loss to the Mets. He had thrown only 60 pitches, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out four.

He has struggled all season, posting a 6-9 record and 4.20 ERA. He averaged less than six innings-per-start as well, throwing 133 innings in 23 starts this season.

Taking Worley’s spot, at least temporarily, is right-hander Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd will start tonight in place of Cole Hamels, who is out with a gastrointestinal illness.

Cloyd could possibly pitch in the rotation the remainder of the season depending on how well the 25-year-old rookie does in his Major League debut tonight.

Hamels Scratched From Start; Tyler Cloyd To Debut

IronPigs starter Tyler Cloyd gets ready to pitch back in May for the IronPigs. (Photo by John Russo/Team To Beat)

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies left-handed ace Cole Hamels has a gastrointestinal illness and will not be able to start tonight for the Phillies against the Mets.

The Phillies selected the contract of right-hander Tyler Cloyd from Lehigh and he will make his Major League debut tonight.

Cloyd, 25, is 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a league-best 1.01 WHIP in 22 starts with Lehigh. He was named the International League pitcher of the year.

Cloyd’s fastball tops out at around 89-90 MPH and he uses his accuracy to get hitters out. It worked in Triple-A, but the Phillies are interested in seeing if it will work in the Majors.

Brown Injures Knee In Loss; Says He’s Fine

PHILADELPHIA — Domonic Brown left at the start of the 10th inning of the Phillies 9-5 10-inning loss to the Mets on Tuesday due to a sore knee.

After the game, Brown said his knee was a little sore, and that he is fine.

“I really don’t know – I didn’t feel too bad at all,” Brown said after the game. “They asked me if I was all right. I said, ‘Yeah.’ Maybe they thought I was fibbing to them. But I feel like I’m all right, able to play.”

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Rosenberg Yields Four in 10th; Phillies Lose

Mets 9 , Phillies 5 (10 innings)
WP – Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02)
LP – BJ Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66)

PHILADELPHIA — Extra innings have not been kind to BJ Rosenberg.

The Phillies reliever gave up four runs in the 10th inning including a two-run home run by catcher Kelly Shoppach to give the Mets a 9-5 win.

Shoppach also hit the RBI double off Antonio Bastardo that tied the game at 5 in the 9th inning.

After getting solid production from Raul Valdes and Josh Lindblom, the Phillies bullpen imploded.

Bastardo and Rosenberg struggled mightily in the late innings.

At one point, the Phillies led the game 4-1.

Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 1st inning, the Phillies bounced back in the bottom half of the stanza. Chris Young had a rocky inning in which he walked Jimmy Rollins and Utley and hit Kevin Frandsen with a pitch.

Then on a 1-2 count to Ryan Howard, Howard blasted a Young offering into the right centerfield seats to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

However in the middle innings, the Mets answered the rally.

Rightfielder Mike Baxter connected on a two-run home run off starter Vance Worley to make it a one-run game in the 4th inning. In the very next inning, David Wright lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate Ruben Tejada which tied the game at 4.

HR: Howard (9), Utley (9).

Boxscore

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