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Rally falls short for Phils

Phillies 2B Chase Utley hits a homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Pirates 11, Phillies 7
WP –  James McDonald(7-3, 2.44)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24)

On a night that marked the return of Philadelphia’s favorite son Chase Utley, the Phillies bullpen had a tall task ahead of them.

Despite a solo home run in his first at-bat, Utley couldn’t even overcompensate for the pitching woes as the Phillies fell to the Pirates 11-7 on Wednesday evening.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead courtesy of solo home runs from Utley and Carlos Ruiz. But the Pirates rattled off eight straight runs on their way to victory.

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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.

Pence’s 10th-Inning Blast Wins It For Phils

Two catchers, Yadier Molina (right) of the Cardinals and Carlos Ruiz collide at the plate in the 8th. Molina was out thanks to a throw by Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (2-0, 0.00)
LP – Jason Motte (3-2, 2.70)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (14)

ST. LOUIS — Chasing that first win for Cliff Lee will have to wait another day.

But more importantly, the Phillies as a team got the win and that is what matters most. Hunter Pence’s two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Phillies their third straight win, a 5-3 extra-innings victory that put them back over .500.

Juan Pierre singled to lead off the top of the 10th inning. Pence followed it up with a home run to the opposite field, just barely getting over the right field fence.

It was an all-around great effort by the Phillies left-hander. Lee fielded his position well, got two hits at the plate and scattered three runs on eight hits and three walks over seven innings of work, striking out seven.

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Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz hits the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, his seventh of the season. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Cubs 2
WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00)
LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43)

CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team.

A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more to the Phillies than just extend their winning streak to four games and even them up at .500. It showed that all three groups – the offense, starting pitching and bullpen – could all show up in one game to create a win.

The Phillies asked Kyle Kendrick to once again make a start on short notice and the right-hander delivered. Like the good teammate and role player he’s been his whole career, Kendrick got the job done for the Phillies.

He pitched beautifully through six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 93 pitches, 65 for strikes in the no-decision.

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Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Carlos Ruiz has been hitting the cover all spring, a small positive note in an otherwise dreary spring for the Phillies.

Ruiz went 2-for-3 on the day, pumping his average up to .472 in Grapefruit League play this season. But the Phillies dropped their game, 11-7, the Twins on Wednesday.

Vance Worley got the start and was roughed up. He allowed 11 runs, five of them earned, on 11 hits through four innings. He gave up a two-run homer to Justin Morneau in the 1st and a three-run homer to Luke Hughes in a seven-run 4th that ended his day.

Another thing to consider was the outings by Raul Valdes and David Herndon, who each pitched two scoreless innings of relief. They combined to allow three hits and strike out four.

It should be interesting to see if those two make the Opening Day roster. Jose Contreras doesn’t appear to be ready and candidates Scott Elarton and Jake Diekman were sent down yesterday.

Phils Suffer Second Shutout in Four Days

The Phillies got the hits but couldn’t get anyone home. The Mets consistently put up runs and got great pitching from R.A. Dickey and Raul Valdes as they beat Philadelphia 8-0.

Jamie Moyer pitched five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. Nelson Figueroa was awful in the eighth, allowing three runs. Not one Phillies pitcher recorded a strike out while the Mets’ staff sat down 11 Phillies batters.

Placido Polanco led the Phillies with three hits while Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez had two each. The Phillies were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, scoring no runs, and left 13 runners stranded on base for the game.

Doubles: Polanco (11).

WP: Dickey (1-0). LP: Moyer (5-4). S: Valdes (1).

Boxscore.

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