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Pig Report: Phillippe Aumont

RHP Phillippe Aumont (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

Position: Back-end reliever/closer
Age: 23
Prospect Level: Top prospect (5th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
2012 Major League Stats: 18 G, 0-1, 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 K, 2 SV
2012 Minor League Stats: 41 G, 3-1, 4.26 ERA, 44.1 IP, 59 K, 15 SV

Season in Review: For Aumont, his hype level was pretty high ever since he was the main trade chip at the end of 2009 for Cliff Lee. He finally started to live up to the hype this past season with both the Iron Pigs in Triple-A and the Phillies for the final month of the season.

Aumont started out horrible for the Pigs, posting a 6.48 ERA in April, a rough start that really made people question Aumont’s value in the Lee deal. But Aumont bounced back, posting a 2.45 ERA in May, a 3.97 in June and a 2.38 in July before being called up in August.

The Phillies view Aumont as a future closer in the organization, and allowed him to pitch in the back-end of the rotation while he was up with the Phillies. He impressed in most of his outings, striking out 14 batters in 14 2/3 innings of work.

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Phillies Win Fifth Straight On Arm of Kendrick

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83)
LP – Wade Leblanc (2-4, 2.95)
SV – Antonio Bastardo (1)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are going streaking.

Kyle Kendrick took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the offense produced just enough in the Phillies 3-1 win over the Marlins, Monday night.

Kendrick lasted seven innings, allowing a run on two hits and three walks, striking out a career-high-tying eight. Antonio Bastardo pitched in the save situation, his first of the season while Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable.

In the 5th, Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Michael Martinez scored on a passed ball after doubling, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the 6th, Kendrick lost his no-hit bid with Rob Brantly’s lead-off single.

2B: Utley (12), Martinez (1). HR: Brown (2).

Boxscore.

Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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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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Natitude: Lee Earns First Win At Home; Phils Sweep

Phillies 4, Nationals 1
WP – Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67)
LP – Jordan Zimmerman (9-8, 2.63)
SV – Josh Lindblom (1)

PHILADELPHIA — It took until August 26 for Cliff Lee to earn a winning decision at Citizens Bank Park this season.

For only his third win on the year, Lee shut down the Nationals and the Phillies earned a series sweep with their 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon. It was his first win at home since September 5 of last season.

It was a 0-0 tie heading into the 5th inning and the Phillies quickly erased that.

Lee hit a shot over the head of center fielder Bryce Harper’s head to score the first run of the game. Jimmy Rollins followed up with a two-run homer to right to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead, resulting in Zimmerman’s day to end after the inning.

Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out five.

Josh Lindblom recorded the five out save for his first Major League save. The Phillies didn’t want to use Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched in three straight games and four of the last five games.

Rollins and Laynce Nix homered in the win. Nix’s solo shot in the 6th inning made it a 4-0 game and it was his first homer off a left-handed pitcher since 2004.

2B: Lee (2). HR: Rollins (15), Nix (3).

Boxscore.

Hamels Gets Enough Support In Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is greeted at the top of the dugout by manager Charlie Manuel (right) and Chase Utley (26) after Kratz’s solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Brewers 3
WP – Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94)
LP – Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (27)

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun’s two-out, two-run homer in the 8th inning pulled the Brewers to within one.

But it was not enough for a comeback as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down a four-out save to secure Cole Hamels’ 14th win of the season in the Phillies’ 4-3 win in Milwaukee.

Braun, who had six home runs against the Phillies this season, was electric in the loss. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot in the loss.

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Kratz Steps Up In Ruiz’s Absence; Phillies Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz crosses home after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0
WP – Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)
LP – Joe Saunders (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Bad news soured an already bad season for the Phillies earlier today when they learned All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz would be out until the middle of September with plantar fasciitis.

32-year-old Erik Kratz filled in the role just nicely, driving in two Phillies runs in a 3-0 win over Arizona Saturday night. It was another good showing from Kratz, who is playing for a potential back-up catcher spot for next season.

A Kratz solo home run in the 3rd inning was the game’s first run. It was the 4th homer on the season for Kratz, who has been up and down with the Phillies all season.

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Kemp’s Walkoff Homer Beats Phils

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run on two hits in eight innings of work in the no decision against the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12 innings)
WP – Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58)
LP – Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03)

LOS ANGELES – Hunter Pence was the Phillies hero last night. Matt Kemp was the Dodgers hero today.

Just when it looked like the Phillies had the game won due to Pence’s heroics, it all turned.

After Pence knocked in two runs to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the year. Papelbon allowed two runs to cross the plate and the game went to extra innings.

In the 12th inning, with a runner on base, Kemp blasted a Jake Diekman pitch to right center field to win the game for the Dodgers by a score of 5-3.

It was the 10th walkoff loss for the Phillies this season.

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Papelbon saves Phils in win

Phillies 8, Rockies 5

WP – Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47)
LP – Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (19)

DENVER — With the Phillies leading the Colorado Rockies 6-2, the game looked to be well in hand. But that was before Wilin Rosario connected on a three-run home run to cut the lead to one.

Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and had little room for error. The Phillies All-Star did not disappoint as he shut the door to give the Phillies a 8-5 win.

A night after the offense looked anemic behind Cliff Lee, they were a completely different bunch.

Shane Victorino broke his extra-base hit drought and smacked a double to right field. Chase Utley knocked him in on an RBI single. Ryan Howard proceeded to walk.

That put two runners on base for Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies catcher connected on a Jeremy Guthrie pitch and deposited it into center field to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead before Vance Worley even took the mound.

Worley pitched pretty well as he only surrendered two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. The right-hander also had what proved to be the game-winning two-run double.

It was the first time Ryan Howard tasted his victory since his return from the disabled list.

Chase Utley also had a very strong night at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Juan Pierre helped out with a 3-for-3 night at the plate with a run scored.

2B: Victorino (14), Worley (1), Rollins (21). 3B: Victorino (3). HR: Ruiz (14)

Boxscore

NL Demolishes AL in All-Star Romp

KANSAS CITY — The lineup was more dominant on paper. The pitching was more dominant on paper. And they had the crowd to their back.

Unfortunately for the American League, the National League stole the show in KC. Backed by a bases-clearing triple in the 1st by Pablo Sandoval, the NL squashed AL starting pitcher Justin Verlander en route to an 8-0 shutout win in KC, guaranteeing homefield advantage for the NL team in the World Series.

Sandoval crushed a 1-1 offering from Verlander with the bases loaded, giving the NL a 4-0 lead and blowing the game wide open only two outs in.

The Phillies featured three participants in the Midsummer Classic.

Carlos Ruiz caught for R.A. Dickey in the 6th, Cole Hamels in the 7th, Craig Kimbrel in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th. He had one plate appearance, flying out.

Hamels pitched a perfect 7th inning and Papelbon pitched the final out in the 9th inning, hugging Ruiz as the NL celebrated it’s third straight win of the All-Star Game.

Boxscore.

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