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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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Pence’s 8th Inning Two-Run Single Gives Phillies Comeback Win

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is thrown out at home in the 6th inning. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71)
LP – Ronald Belasario (3-1, 2.18)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (21)

LOS ANGELES – Ronald Belisario had a fun 8th inning that enabled a dramatic come-from-behind win for the Phillies.

After walking Chase Utley and hitting Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with two outs, he gave way to closer Kenley Jansen.

Jansen allowed a two-run single on a ground ball up the middle by Hunter Pence to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead and win. After being 0-38 when trailing after seven innings, the Phillies manufactured their first late-inning comeback win of the season.

The Phillies also won their sixth straight game at Dodger Stadium, continuing the success they’ve had there for the past five seasons.

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Phillies Get A Huge Start Out of Blanton to Beat Dodgers

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (20)

LOS ANGELES — If the Phillies want to make a comeback on a season that appears to be lost, it’ll have to continue through Hollywood.

Joe Blanton got the Phils off to a great start, shutting down the Dodgers for eight innings in their 3-2 win Monday night. It was the third straight win for the Phillies.

Blanton was throwing his best stuff at the Dodgers, pitching eight brilliant innings. He allowed two run on six hits while striking out six for his eighth win of the season.

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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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One-on-one battles highlight MVP and Cy Young races

Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NL MVP
Matt Kemp: There have been two bright spots for the Dodgers this season, who are in the middle of a financial rut and baseball abyss. One of those bright spots is Matt Kemp (the other is in the Cy Young race). Kemp is having a Willie Mays-ian season (yes, I compared him to the Say Hey Kid), combining a rare mix of elite fielding, speed on the base paths, hitting for a high average and power while driving in runs on a terrible team.

Kemp is in the top four of all three Triple Crown stats: 4th in average (.320), 2nd in home runs (31) and 2nd in RBIs (102). He is only one homer and RBI behind the NL leader but sits .016 behind the injured Jose Reyes. If Kemp does go on one more hitting tear, a Triple Crown is a possibility. Kemp is one of a very small handful of players in baseball who are threats to do that every season and the fact he’s doing that this year makes him a top candidate for MVP.

Prince Fielder: Prince Fielder is right up there with Kemp statistically. Hitting .293 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs, Fielder is enjoying another one of the best seasons he’s compiled as a Milwaukee Brewer. Kemp has the advantage on Fielder for playing a more skilled position but Fielder has an advantage in another area that could be more important.

When voters look at Fielder, they will see that he’s raking on a team with the third best record in the NL, putting the Brewers in the position for the #2 seed in the post season. By being a “valuable” asset to one of the best teams in the National League, Fielder has made himself a top MVP candidate

Sleepers: Shane Victorino (Philadelphia), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)

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Just Another Day in LA

Phillies sluggers Chase Utley (left) and Ryan Howard celebrate after Howard's two-run go ahead homer in the 6th inning. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

If there is one thing that hasn’t changed between the Dodgers and Phillies the past four years, it’s that each trip to LA must include some dramatic form of a comeback win that devastates Dodgers fans.

This time, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard combined for a four-run 6th inning to complete the Phils comeback in a game that started out 6-0 in the Dodgers favor.

After Utley’s two-run, two-out single with two strikes tied the game up at seven, Howard brought Utley and himself home with a two-run opposite field shot that gave the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Phils went on to win, 9-8, sweeping the Dodgers.

Vance Worley finally fell back to earth. Worley was roughed up pretty bad in the 1st inning of his start, surrendering five runs. He allowed six runs over four innings on seven hits and three walks. But the Phillies got the young right-hander off the hook, preserving his 8-1 record.

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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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Phils in the run for Dodgers Kemp

July 19, 3:35 PM – TTB has a source that also said the Phils are in on Kemp but doesn’t think the Dodgers would want to part with a 26-year-old who is one of the top hitters in baseball.

Remember, the Dodgers are having financial problems and Kemp is up for arbitration after this season. They may feel moving him would be the better option seeing as he will demand a lot of money. The Phils will have that money freed up in the off season for Kemp and Cole Hamels.

ORIGINAL — Ruben Amaro is a damn liar! But I’m okay with it.

About a month after Amaro said the Phillies would stay quiet at the deadline, it has been reported they are going to pursue Dodgers All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp.

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Oswalt continues to struggle

Dodgers' outfielders Matt Kemp (left) and Andre Ethier (right) celebrate after Kemp's two-run homer in the 8th. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It either has to be the back issues or just plain ole getting old.

Whatever it is, Roy Oswalt is completely hittable now and it’s hurting him. For the sixth straight time, Oswalt failed to strike out more than three hitters.

With his ineffectiveness, Oswalt was on the losing side of the decision once again as the Dodgers won, 6-2, and evened up the series.

Oswalt allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one. His record dipped below .500 and his ERA hopped over 3.00.

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Phils top Dodgers, 3-1

Cliff Lee sat down 10 Monday night, the sixth time he had hit that number this season. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was a comforting night for Cliff Lee.

The left-hander had been having a roller coaster season so far, showing signs of being human despite pitching incredibly well. His seven innings of shut out ball were only his second stint of one run or less since the beginning of May as the Phils beat the Dodgers, 3-1, Monday night.

Lee struck out 10 in his seven innings, scattering seven hits and walk throughout. It was his sixth 10-plus strike out game of the season. He had nine in his career prior to the start of the year.

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