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Bastardo’s Implosion Spoils Comeback

Braves 12, Phillies 6
WP – Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.07)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 5.45)

PHILADELPHIA — With the swing of a bat, Ryan Howard capped a five-run comeback in the 5th inning to give the Phillies new life.

But the rally was lost in the 7th and Antonio Bastardo on the mound. Melting down in relief, Bastardo was shelled and the five-run 5th was erased as the Phillies lost 12-6.

Bastardo was beat up for three runs in the 7th. After getting the first two outs, he gave up a double and a pair of walks before being lifted for Josh Lindblom.

Lindblom proceeded to give up a bases-clearing double to Chipper Jones that gave the Braves a 9-6 lead. Atlanta scored one more in the inning off a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

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Sell Out Streak Ends For Phillies in 6-1 Loss to Braves

Braves CF Michael Bourn hits an RBI single in the 4th inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Braves 6, Phillies 1
WP – Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41)
LP – Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83)

PHILADELPHIA — After 257 sell outs, the Phillies impressive streak comes to end.

In a season mired by injuries, losing and a mini fire sale, the final piece to an unsuccessful season was inserted into the puzzle. With that streak ending the Phillies dropped one to the Braves, 5-1, in a total miserable showing that represented the season.

Starting with Vance Worley, it all went down hill. Worley, who has been pitching with a bone chip in his right elbow, couldn’t get out of the 4th inning.

Worley was awful, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two in only 3 2/3 innings. Worley threw 74 pitches, only 45 for strikes.

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Early lead propels D’Backs to win

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2
WP – Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)
SV – JJ Putz (20)

PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Blanton was traded to the Dodgers before the game, Kyle Kendrick was given the spot start.

Unfortunately for Kendrick, he fell behind early and the Phillies never could recover in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Justin Upton started the game off in the first inning with a solo home run, the 100th of his career. Ironically, his brother Rays outfielder BJ Upton hit his 100th career home run.

Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Johnson each had an RBI to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

But the Phillies were able to chip away at the lead. Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Newly acquired Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Kevin Frandsen to cut the lead to 3-2.

Unfortunately that was as close as the Phillies would get.

Jason Kubel added a solo home run in the ninth inning off Josh Lindblom.

2B: Mayberry (15)

Boxscore

Schierholtz Stars In Debut; Phils Win

Phillies 3, Nationals 2
WP – Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63)
LP – Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (23)

WASHINGTON — Nate Schierholtz expressed that he was happy to get a fresh start in Philadelphia.

Newly acquired right fielder Nate Schierholtz hits a single in the 3rd inning for the Phillies. He went 2-for-5 with a home run in his Phillies debut. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

If he plays like he did in the Phillies 3-2 win on a regular basis, his leash will be a lot longer than it was in San Francisco.

The win for the Phillies was their second straight, guaranteeing them their first series win against the first place Nationals on the season.

Schierholtz hit a solo home run in the 5th inning that turned into the game-winner. It was his first blast in a Phillies uniform and sixth of the season.

Schierholtz finished the game with two hits while hitting in the two-hole. He also made a nice sliding catch in right field, flashing the leather and the bat all in one game.

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Game 104: New Faces

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WASHINGTON — If you’re looking at tonight’s lineup for the Phillies in Washington, there will be a handful of unfamiliar names.

Kevin Frandsen has been hitting well in his short time up with the Phillies while Erik Kratz is in tonight’s lineup to spell Carlos Ruiz.

Then there is the outfield.

Domonic Brown is making his first start of the 2012 season after getting a pinch-hit single last night. Nate Schierholtz, who was a part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants, will make his Phillies debut tonight in right field.

Brown will bat in the six-spot behind John Mayberry and Schierholtz will bat second between Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

The rest of the lineup looks normal.

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Phillies Trade Hunter Pence to Giants

The Phillies are in fire sale mode.

30 minutes after officially sending Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, the Phillies have traded right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants. The report comes via Jon Heyman of CBS.

San Francisco will send the Phillies 21-year-old catcher Tommy Joseph as well as outfielder Nate Schierholtz and RHP Seth Rosin. The Phillies will also pay part of the remaining money on Pence’s contract.

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Phillies Win With Jimmy Rollins Walk-Off In 12th

Phillies 2B Chase Utley heads for third on an RBI triple in the 1st. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Giants 4 (12 innings)
WP – Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.57)
LP – Brad Penny (0-1, 3.88)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies had a little bit of extra-innings magic in them this afternoon.

Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the bottom of the 12th drove home the winning run as the Phillies prevented the sweep with the win, taking down the Giants, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Carlos Ruiz worked a one-out walk and Laynce Nix singled to move Ruiz to third and set up the winning run by Rollins.

The Giants struck first only three pitches into the game. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton to lead off the game, giving San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.

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Phils suffer back-to-back losses; drop series to Giants

Phils starter Kyle Kendrick gave the team another solid outing but the offense couldn't solve an ailing Tim Lincecum. The Phils dropped the series finale, 4-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

For the first time in 54-days, the Phillies lost back-t0-back games while snapping their streak of nine straight series wins.

Tim Lincecum battled the stomach virus and the Giants got four runs off Kyle Kendrick as they beat the Phils, 4-1, and took the NLCS rematch.

Kendrick was strong in his outing but the Phillies offense couldn’t take advantage of Lincecum, who was pitching two days later than scheduled thanks to the stomach flu. Kendrick scattered four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Pablo Sandoval got the scoring going in the 2nd with his solo homer off Kendrick. Nate Schierholtz’s RBI single in the 4th made it 2-0. The Giants added two more in the 7th on a throwing error to make it a 4-0 game.

Chase Utley’s RBI double in the bottom half of the 7th provided the only offense for the Phils, who managed only six hits on the night.

Lincecum was solid through out, pitching six shut out innings. His change-up was on, striking out six in the win while giving up only three hits and four walks. But the Phils were hitting the Giants pitching hard, hitting four doubles in their six hits. But the fact they only had six hits was the reason they managed only one run on the NL leading Giants in team ERA.

2B: Rollins (18), Ruiz (15), Utley (13), Gload (4).

WP: Lincecum (9-8). LP: Kendrick (5-5). S: B. Wilson (33).

Boxscore.

Adressing the Posey play

I appologize for those who are tired of the Buster Posey play that happened over a week ago being beaten to death. You don’t have to read this. But now is my turn to beat the dead horse.

It’s a bang-bang play we see a thousand times. A runner flying around third with only one thing on his mind: being safe at all costs. A catcher who’s eyes are on the outfield waiting for the ball to reach him, praying the runner is sliding in.

The plate is blocked but there was room on the outside to slide in. The runner opted to blow up the catcher, guaranteeing him not being tagged out.

The throw was behind the catcher and from right field. Being from right field is dangerous enough. But when you factor in the throw was behind the catcher, it exposes him to more danger.

The result of the play was a collision that will ultimately change the catcher’s season and the season for his team.

Now insert the names of the players involved and this scenario, which is like many others, now stands out more significantly than the rest. Scott Cousins was the bench player for the Florida Marlins who ran over one of the best young players in the game and the San Francisco Giants’ prized possession in Buster Posey.

But this piece isn’t addressing a rule change in baseball or for the head of Cousins. Instead, it’s addressing the people who want to see catchers get put on the same wussy pedestal as quarterbacks and goalies.

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