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Phillies Swept By Marlins With 5-2 Loss

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run off Joe Blanton in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Marlins 5, Phillies 2
WP – Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.62)
LP – Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85)
SV – Heath Bell (17)

MIAMI — The Marlins pulled out the brooms and successfully swept the Phillies in their home park.

Philadelphia, making its first trip to Miami’s new stadium, fell again, 5-2, and were swept but the 4th place Marlins. The Phillies started the series only half a game behind Miami to get out of the cellar but they instead distanced themselves further in the bottom of the NL East.

Joe Blanton rebounded from a rocky first three innings to pitch a solid effort. He went six, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Blanton gave up back-to-back doubles and an RBI single in the 2nd inning to cough up a 1-0 lead created in the first by Juan Pierre’s triple and Hunter Pence’s RBI on a fielder’s choice.

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Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reliever reliever Joe Savery in the 5th inning of the Phillies 11-7 loss to Pittsburgh. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — After a nine-inning bullpen game turned into a disaster, the Phillies made a pair of moves within their bullpen again.

After the Phillies 11-7 loss to the Pirates in which the entire bullpen pitched, the Phillies made two roster moves.

“It kind of backfired,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. “We got lit up.”

Right after the game, the Phillies sent Joe Savery packing for Lehigh. The left-hander has been terrible all season, posting a 5.73 ERA in 23 innings pitched. In fact, the Phillies are an astonishing 0-17 in games that Savery pitched.

In his place, they called up left-hander Brian Sanches. Sanches had pitched in three games this season, allowing five earned runs in four innings.

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State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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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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Rosenberg Gets First Crack At Majors

Phillies RHP B.J. Rosenberg (Photo by Stephen Flood/Express Times)

BALTIMORE — The funny thing about Raul Valdes getting sent down last night was the fact his tenure in the Majors was very good.

His only downfall was that he threw from the wrong side of the mound.

The Phillies have a shortage of righties in their pen right now (Chad Qualls, Michael Schwimer and closer Jonathan Papelbon) and needed to drop one of their three lefties to add a fourth right-handed arm.

Valdez drew the short straw and it made room for IronPig standout B.J. Rosenberg to try his hand at the Major League level.

Rosenberg, 26, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of the University of Louisville. In 11 games and 20 2/3 innings pitched at Lehigh, he has a 1.74 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks.

Rosenberg will hopefully lift a pen whose righties haven’t been that good. Qualls has an ERA of 5.32 in 22 innings this season and Schwimer is at a 7.56 in only 8 1/3 innings. Even Papelbon has been terrible in non-save situations (6.41 ERA in 8 1/3 innings) despite a perfect 16-for-16 in saves this season.

The Phillies will still seek outside help as the trade deadline nears.

Hamels Coughes Up Lead in 6th; Phils Swept

Cole Hamels slides in safely on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3
WP – Aaron Harang (5-3 , 3.95)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93)

PHILADELPHIA — Nothing is going right for the Phillies, and it’s starting to look ugly.

The Phillies dropped a season worst sixth straight time, getting swept in the four-game series to the Dodgers with their 8-3 loss this afternoon.

Nothing has been going right for Cole Hamels either, who gave this game away in a bad 6th inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead, runners on first and second and one out, James Loney hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Hamels allowed back-to-back RBI singles for the tying and go ahead runs to Tony Gwynn Jr and Matt Treanor, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

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Zambrano Shuts Down Phillies

Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano (right) celebrates with Jose Reyes after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Marlins 5, Phillies 1
WP – Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27)

PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Zambrano dominated and embarrassed the Phillies every possible way he could Sunday afternoon.

He pitched beautifully, homered and singled a bunt in the Marlins 5-1 win over the Phillies.

Zambrano went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on four hits, two walks and struck out seven. At the dish, he mashed a 418-foot homer off Joe Blanton to give him 24 in his career to highlight a 2-for-3 day.

Blanton got roughed up again, allowing five runs on nine hits and walk while striking out six through six-plus innings pitched.

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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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Phils Out-Slug Cards

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis scores a run in the Phillies 10-9 win over St. Louis. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Cardinals 9
WP – Raul Valdes (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (13)

ST. LOUIS — The bats came alive for the Phillies in St. Louis and it was much needed.

With the pitchers doing nothing more than throwing batting practice, the Phillies offense needed to be on its best and it was, out-mashing a good Cardinals offense. They beat St. Louis, 10-9, pulling themselves back to .500 on the year.

Pitching wasn’t going to be much of a factor in tonight’s game; well that is if you include the lack of pitching into the equation.

The Phillies jumped all over Jake Westbrook in the first two innings. After giving up a double to Placido Polanco, Westbrook loaded the bases by walking Hunter Pence and hitting Carlos Ruiz with a pitch.

Shane Victorino pushed the first run across on a ground out before Ty Wigginton’s two-run single made it 3-0. Freddy Galvis singled two batters later to make it 4-0.

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Papelbon Closes Door On Former Team

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz steals second base in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 6, Red Sox 4
WP: Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48)
LP: Daniel Bard (3-5, 4.85)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (12)

PHILADELPHIA — Boston is used to the look in Jonathan Papelbon’s eyes.

They know it all too well, usually meaning a win is in sight. But now, they have to associate the look with a loss when playing the Phillies.

Papelbon nailed the door shut in the 9th inning and the Phillies extended their winning streak to six games, beating Boston, 6-4, Friday night. The win was Papelbon’s first save against his former team, a statement he was hoping to make this series at least once.

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