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Cozart’s 9th Inning Homer Leads Reds Past Phillies

Reds 5, Phillies 4
WP – Jonathan Broxton (3-3, 3.02)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (30)

PHILADELPHIA — It was Cincinnati that prevailed in the see-saw game.

A Zack Cozart solo home run to lead off the top of the 9th spoiled not one, but two comeback attempts by the Phillies. The bomb gave Cincinnati a 5-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday night on Hunter Pence bobblehead night.

It also erased a good outing by Cliff Lee, who couldn’t do all the work by himself and it eventually caught up to him in the 7th. While holding a 1-0 lead and already near the century mark in pitches heading into the 7th, Lee couldn’t finish the inning, giving up three runs in the inning.

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Phillies Prospect Aumont Gets Call to The Show

RHP Phillippe Aumont pitching this past Sunday in Lehigh Valley. (Photo by John Russo)

PHILADELPHIA — Almost three years ago, Cliff Lee was traded to Seattle for a package of prospects.

The move replenished the farm system after the Phillies dealt some of their top prospects to Toronto to acquire Roy Halladay.

Three players were acquired for Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez as well as outfielder Tyson Gillies. Aumont will be the first to finally wear a Phillies jersey.

Ramirez is also with Triple-A, posting a 3-1 record with 4.73 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. Gillies is in Double-A Reading and is currently suspended for yelling at a bus driver.

The move will come almost forced, with Jeremy Horst, the player whose spot was vacated, taking time off on paternity leave, as well as Aumont’s turn coming next after a dozen failed bullpen experiments this season.

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2013 Is on Manuel’s Mind the Rest of the Way

Phillies RF Domonic Brown fails to catch Milwaukee’s Corey Hart’s 8th inning grandslam Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE — Everybody wants to win, even managaer Charlie Manuel.

But Manual and the Phillies find themselves in a different situation this year that has yet to be accepted by the fan base.

I get it, there is still a glimmer of hope on this season with 44 games to play and their being an extra wild card spot this season, but after five seasons of winning it has gotten to the heads of this fan base that losing is not as evitable as it pretty much is.

In Matt Gelb’s blog post late last night, he talks about this very thing, making a similar point I was making to a few friends last night about what manager Charlie Manuel did last night as far as decision making.

With a man on in the 8th inning and Ryan Braun due up, Manuel walked out to the mound with the hook, pulling Lee from the game while holding a 4-3 lead over the Brewers. It was the right move that made the most sense seeing as Lee was at 111 pitches and allowed three home runs already, two of them to the reigning National League MVP.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Westbrook Deals Phillies a Losing Hand

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)
LP – Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85)
SV – Jason Motte (26)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies manufactured an early first inning run, a good start for Cliff Lee.

In fact, Lee was dealing a spectacular outing against the Cards, having retired 12 straight batters through innings 2-5. But one swing from Matt Holliday changed that in the 6th and it was all Jake Westbrook and St. Louis needed in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Lee was absolutely on his best stuff through the first five innings. It changed in the blink of an eye, though.

Jon Jay led off the 6th with a single and Allen Craig followed it up with a double to put runners on second and third. Holliday then took Lee’s 1-2 fastball deep for a three-run homer to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Westbrook coasted the rest of the way with the lead, shutting the Phillies down through 7 2/3 innings. He gave up only one run, an RBI on a Ryan Howard ground out, on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

2B: Frandsen (1).

Boxscore.

Phillies Climb Out of Cellar With Howard Walk-Off

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00)
LP – Josh Colmentor (4-3, 4.23)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are in first place in the NL East.

A Ryan Howard RBI single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Phillies a comeback 5-4 walk-off win.

Juan Pierre led off the 9th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Laynce Nix pinch-hit, dropping a single in front of right fielder Justin Upton to put runners on the corners.

After walking Chase Utley to load the bases, Howard ripped a line drive into right to win the game.

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Series Preview: vs Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 47-58, 5th in NL East; ARI: 54-51, 3rd in NL Central

When: August 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.45) vs Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33) vs Joe Saunders (5-7, 3.62)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73) vs Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.75)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Cliff Lee Placed On Waivers By Philadelphia Phillies, According To Report

By Matt Brigidi
Special to TTB
Editor of TCL Flyers

According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies have placed left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee on waivers and expect him to clear on Friday afternoon making him trade eligible. 

Due to the salary commitments owed to Lee over the next few seasons (three years, $87.5 million or potentially four years, $102.5 million to be exact), he is expected to clear without any issues.

In fact, the real issue with a potential trade involving the 33-year old pitcher is that the Phillies would likely be required to eat a chunk of his salary, something the organization is reportedly not interested in doing.

Of course, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. also stated that the team had no interest in trading Lee (as recently as Thursday morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike In The Morning).

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Phillies Demolish Strasburg, Nationals On Deadline Day

Phillies 8, Nationals 0
WP – Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73)
LP – Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12)

WASHINGTON — On the day the Phillies sent two of their starting outfielders to the NL West, the offense showed up against the 1st place Nats.

A shell of the Phillies beat up Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee shutout the Nationals in an 8-0 romp.

The Phils tagged Strasburg for six runs, knocking him out of the game after four innings. Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run homer to start things off in the second, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead.

Juan Pierre, who had three hits hitting in the two hole, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error in the 3rd inning to make it 3-0.

In the 4th, Lee hit an RBI single to make it 4-0. The pitcher then stole second base before scoring on Jimmy Rollins’ two-run inside-the-parker off Strasburg to make it 6-0.

Lee went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out seven to drop his ERA to 3.73. It was only his second win of the season.

2B: Ruiz (28), Mayberry (14). HR: Frandsen (1), Rollins (10).

Boxscore.

Murphy: D’Backs Interested In Lee; Upton Could Be In Deal

Another possible suitor for Cliff Lee has surface, at it comes from the desert.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly interested in Cliff Lee according to David Murphy of the Daily News. If the Diamondbacks want Lee, expect 24 year-old outfielder Justin Upton to be the centerpiece of that deal, especially with Shane Victorino likely out the door and the rumors surrounding Hunter Pence.

Ken Rosenthal has the original story.

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