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Runs For Cole: Offense Backs Up Hamels in 9-8 Win

Phillies DH Jim Thome (far right) celebrates with John Mayberry (left) and Carlos Ruiz (middle) after Mayberry’s three-run homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Phillies 9, Twins 8
WP – Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34)
LP – P.J. Walters (2-2, 5.40)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (17)

MINNEANAPOLIS — On a night where Cole Hamels was a little off, his offense was not.

The Phillies erupted for a six-run 1st inning, beating up Twins pitching in their 9-8 win over the Twins. It snapped a three-game losing streak as well.

The 1st inning was a circus for Twins pitching. Starter P.J. Walters was yanked after facing only four hitters without getting an out, leaving with stiff shoulder.

The Phillies opened up on Walters with four straight singles, the last being a two-run single by Jim Thome to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. After Walters was pulled, the Phils added four more runs on a Carlos Ruiz RBI single and John Mayberry three-run bomb.

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Phils Looking to Bolster Pen

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told the media today that the front office is seeking bullpen help from outside the organization.

The Phils bullpen has been atrocious, everyone knows this. Even pen aces Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo are going through a rough patch.

But the main problem is a lack of depth leading up to Papelbon. As Matt Gelb pointed out, they have only two righties pitching before Paps: a struggling Chad Qualls and his 5.32 ERA and Michael Schwimer, who has already been up and down with the IronPigs this year.

“We’re in a tough spot right now,” Manuel said. “I think everybody knows that. We’re in a tough spot, but we still have to come out and play as good as we possibly can and see if that’s enough.”

Assistent GM Scott Proefrock didn’t say whether the Phils were in any trade talks so no names have been tossed around just yet.

“We’re always trying to get better,” he said. “That’s what our job is.”

Runs Come After Delay In Phils Win

Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was strong once again, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings during a rain-shortened start. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 6, Marlins 4
WP – Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02)
LP – Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (15)

PHILADELPHIA — With the rain came runs for the Phillies.

Following up a rain delay in which the Phillies led 2-1, the Phillies scored four runs in the final half of the game to beat the Marlins, 6-4, Friday night.

Both bullpens did a good job at trying to ruin the strong outings created by starter’s Mark Buehrle and Kyle Kendrick before the delay. Both pitchers resumed pitching after the 48-minute delay but only Kendrick managed to get out of the it alive.

Hunter Pence was able to get to Buehrle right away. After Placido Polanco’s lead-0ff hit to start the bottom of the 5th, Pence smashed his 12th home run of the season, expanding the Phillies lead to 4-1.

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Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz hits the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, his seventh of the season. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Cubs 2
WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00)
LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43)

CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team.

A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more to the Phillies than just extend their winning streak to four games and even them up at .500. It showed that all three groups – the offense, starting pitching and bullpen – could all show up in one game to create a win.

The Phillies asked Kyle Kendrick to once again make a start on short notice and the right-hander delivered. Like the good teammate and role player he’s been his whole career, Kendrick got the job done for the Phillies.

He pitched beautifully through six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 93 pitches, 65 for strikes in the no-decision.

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Game 34: Polly Chasing A Milestone

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

With his 2-for-4 night (two doubles), Placido Polanco inched closer to the 2,000 hits milestone.

268 players currently have reached the 2,000-hit mark and Polanco could become the 269th very soon, needing only two more hits for 2,000.

Polanco has been swinging a hot bat this months, hitting .341 (14-for-41) with four doubles the last 10 games. With how well he’s hitting, it’s very likely that he does it tonight against the Padres in front of the Philadelphia crowd.

Whether or not the 36-year-old will get to 3,000 remains to be seen — likely doubtful. But the important thing is that Polanco has been swinging a hot bat for the Phillies, who have been a better offense overall during May thanks to players like him and Carlos Ruiz.

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Phillies Use Home Runs; Bullpen Holds Lead in Series Opener

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder John Mayberry celebrate Mayberry’s two-run home run in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Padres 3
WP – Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
LP – Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies started a game in similar fashion to the last three games played.

They scored quickly and early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to John Mayberry Jr’s first home run of the season. The offensive start wasn’t put to waste this time as the Phillies beat the Padres, 7-3, snapping a three-game skid.

Vance Worley brought solid stuff to the ballpark tonight, striking out six through the first four innings. He allowed two runs in the 4th inning, RBI singles by Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman.

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Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks.

Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen.

That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of every game.

The problems have been very recent. The bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21  to May 9 (stats from a tweet by Todd Zolecki).

In the past eight games, the Phillies bullpen cost the team a win five times dating back to the 15-13 debacle against the Braves. FIVE… and they were all against NL East foes!

Let’s look at those five games since you’re all incredibly miserable and there is nothing to put you in a worse mood.

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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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Stutes has shoulder stiffness

RP Michael Stutes. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Stutes is experiencing some shoulder stiffness and will not start in a bullpen game against the Yankees on Friday.

Stutes, who is a lock to make the bullpen this season, said he had been feeling stiff most of spring, thinking it was just typical stiffness experienced in the spring training. “I finally had to say something,” Stutes said when the stiffness persisted.

The good news is this isn’t serious and Stutes expectes to pitch before the Phillies leave Florida on Sunday. “I’d be surprised if I didn’t throw in a game before we left here,” he said.

Antonio Bastardo will be making the start on Friday in the bullpen-only game.

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