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Series Preview: at Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 39-51, 5th in NL East; LAD: 48-42, 1st in NL West

When: July 16-18
Where: Dodgers Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98) vs TBA
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92) vs Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.84)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:10, CSN
Tuesday, 10:10, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Papelbon Sounds Off After Tough Loss

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
WP – Ronals Belisario (1-0, 1.26)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31)
SV – Kenley Jansen (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Poor umpiring had a lot to do with the Phillies dropping a third straight game.

It also had a lot to do with why Jonathan Papelbon was upset in the 9th inning and after the Phillies tough 4-3 loss to open a four-game series against the Dodgers.

Papelbon though he had struck out Dee Gordon, the lead-off hitter in the 9th inning of a 3-3 ballgame. But home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn called a ball on the 1-2 count, extending the at-bat.

On the very next pitch, Gordon lined a ball into the gap in right center, going to third on a lead-off triple. He scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single the very next at-bat to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.

Papelbon sounded off at Reyburn, who was called up from the Triple A to umpire in the Majors, but wasn’t ejected. Papelbon then proceeded to sound off on Reyburn after the game in front of reporters.

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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 28-27, 5th in NL East; LAD: 33-21, 1st in NL West

When: June 4-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) vs Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.32)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00) vs Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) vs Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50)
Thursday: 
Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) vs Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Series Preview: at Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 74-40, 1st in NL East; LAD: 52-61, 4th in NL West

When: August 8-10
Where: Dodger Stadium (LA, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55) vs Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (11-7, 2.96) vs Ted Lilly (7-11, 4.86)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.35) vs Chad Billingsly (10-9, 4.17)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:10, CSN
Tuesday, 10:10, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Matt Kemp: Willie Mays, eat your heart out. Kemp is enjoying a season like the many the Say Key Kid did during his storied career. Kemp is hitting .316 with 26 homers and 84 RBIs along with a .393 OBP and .577 slugging (.970 OPS) this season.

The only problem with his season is another high strikeout total. Kemp is an incredible hitter though he has struck out a lot. But his track record against Phillies starters isn’t too promising. He’s 1-f0r-10 with five strikeouts against Cliff Lee and 1-for-6 with three strikeouts against Roy Halladay. He has never faced Vance Worley.

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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 35-24, 1st in NL East; LAD: 28-32, 3rd in NL West

When: June 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) vs Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) vs Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) vs Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Oh Where, Oh Where Were the Bats?

Hiroki Kuroda was close to a no-no. But Shane Victorino thwarted the Japanese righty’s no-hit bid with only five outs to go in the game. Kuroda still got the last laugh, shutting down the Phillies and leading the Dodgers to a 3-0 win Monday night.

Kuroda was damn-near unhittable until Victorino’s single in the eighth. Kuroda didn’t finish the inning, lasting 7 2/3 innings while only allowing four base runners: a hit, two walks, and a hit batter.

Roy Halladay again fell victim to a lack of offense, pitching seven solid innings of work while allowing three runs on 1o hits and a walk while striking out four. It was Halladay’s 10th loss of the year while deserving probably only half of them.

Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Jamey Carroll all had two hit games off Halladay. Also the usual Phillies killer, Rod Barajas, hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to make it a 3-0 game.

WP: Kuroda (10-11). LP: Halladay (16-10).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: Dodgers

PHI: 73-57, 2nd in NL East
LAD: 67-64, 4th in NL West
Where: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (16-9, 2.22) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (9-11, 3.56)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64) vs. Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54)
Wednesday: Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.12) vs. Clayton Kershaw* (11-8, 3.01)
*Lefty

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:10: CSN
Tuesday, 10:10: CSN
Wednesday, 3:10: CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Andre Ethier: He is pretty much LA’s finest. Ethier is batting .295 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs. He had some time off with an injury earlier in the season and picked up where he left off but he hasn’t swung well as of late. He’s had a couple multi-hit games in the past week that were separated by a bunch of 0-for’s.

Series Overview – The Phillies lead the season series 2-1, which was played earlier this month. The third game of the series featured another monumental melt-down by closer Jonathon Broxton against the Phils in which Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run walk-off double to cap-off a four-run ninth. The ninth followed a four-run eighth in which the Phils started down 9-2.

The Dodgers, despite their season struggles, have kept alive with their record at home. They’ve compiled a 39-27 record at home. The Phillies used their sweep in San Diego to pull themselves to .500-ball on the road at 31-31.

The Phillies are 17-9 in August, their best month of the season (surpassing May’s 16-12 record).

The starting pitching has been absolutely tremendous in the Phillies’ last seven games in which they were 3-4. The starters have posted a 2.20 ERA (12 earned runs in 49.0 IP) and have gone at least six innings in each start.

The Phillies have won 14 of their last 16 games against teams from the NL West. I think it’s safe to say they have a leg up on the Dodgers already.

Manny Ramirez is no longer a Dodger, leaving the team a lot lighter in the hair department and headache free. It also leaves them short on a bat, something they will need going up against the Phillies starting pitching.

Brown Homers in Forgetful Game

The moment Phillies fans have been waiting for finally arrived. Too bad the memorable first home run by Domonic Brown will be lost in a game that the Phillies and fans would love to soon forget. Andre Ethier had himself a game to remember and the Dodgers put up a few mult-run innings en-route to a 15-9 win over the Phillies.

The Dodgers had 18 hits on the night. Ethier went 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs and many others had multi-hit and run producing nights as well. Ross Gload had himself a monster game for the Phillies, going 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs scored, and five RBIs.

Brown’s solo home run in the sixth inning off of Ronald Belisario was the first of hopefully many for his career. He also doubled and drove in four runs in the game, a young career high.

It was an ugly game for starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick and (surprise!) the bull pen, including Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon, and Danys Baez. Kendrick was chased after 3.1 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks.

Raul Ibanez had one more chance to extend his hitting streak to 17 games in the bottom of the ninth and he delivered with a liner into right field.

HR: Gload 2 (6), D. Brown (1).

WP: Padilla (6-3). LP: Kendrick (7-5)

Boxscore.

That Bastardo Is Back

After Sunday’s win over the Mets, John Mayberry, Jr. was seen packing his stuff. When reporters asked why, he said he was being sent back down to Lehigh and that a pitcher will be coming up in his place. The Phils announced today that the pitcher is left-hander Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo went on the DL after the mid-June series against the New York Yankees. His last outing wasn’t a pleasant one either as he allowed two runs without surrendering a hit. He plunked a pair of batters and walked another before being pulled.

As Todd Zolecki said in his blog post, the addition of Bastardo will give them the lefty vs. lefty match up in late innings when facing James Loney and Andre Ethier, two of the Dodgers’ best hitters. J.C. Romero has just been awful lately. His 8.1 walks/9 is the highest of his career.

Mayberry was hitless in his two at-bats with the Phillies.

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RANSOM ACCEPTS ASSIGNMENT – Cody Ransom cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to AAA Lehigh. Ransom was DFA’d when Mike Sweeney was acquired. Ransom had hit .190 with two home runs and five RBIs in 22 games for Philly.

Series Preview: Dodgers

PHI: 62-49, 2nd in NL East.
LAD: 58-54, 4th in NL West.
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Tue: Vicente Padilla (5-3, 3.09) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 4.37)
Wed: Chad Billinglsy (9-6, 3.82) vs. Roy Oswalt (6-13, 3.50)
Thu: Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.19) vs. Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65)

Broadcast
Tue: 7:05, CSN
Wed: 7:05, CSN
Thu: 7:05, MyPHL17

Hot (last 7 games)Jayson Werth: .367 (11-for-10), 5 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, .441 OBP, .600 SLG.
Not - Greg Dobbs: He hasn’t had a hit since July 26, an 0-17 drought.

Player to Watch – Andre Ethier: He’s the real deal, LA’s finest. Ethier is batting .296 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs. He had some time off with an injury earlier in the season and picked up where he left off but he hasn’t swung well as of late. He’s batting .244 in his last 10 games with two homers and four RBIs. The Dodgers will need him to pick up his game if they want to make this a series.

Series Overview: The Dodgers are coming to town for a three-game series. As they have been made the Phillies’ whipping mule in the NLCS the past two years, fans will surely be reminding their group of “followers” of Matt Stairs’ and Jimmy Rollins’ playoff heroics the past two seasons.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. They will meet again at the end of the month in Los Angeles.

Raul Ibanez is in the middle of a 16-game hitting streak. That’s a career high for the left-handed hitting outfielder and is also the fifth highest since 1990 for the Phillies.

The Phillies love playing in their park, compiling a 36-19 record at The Bank. LA doesn’t exactly play well in other teams’ homes. It shows as they are 22-30 on the road.

The Phillies have won 14 of their last 17 games and 13 of their last 14 home games.

Manny Ramirez has been on the DL for a while and hasn’t played since July 16. His bat is sorely missed in LA.

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