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Injury updates on Polanco, Pence, others

The beat guys got a press release today from the Phillies, which we saw news earlier on Ryan Howard.

Here is the release from Todd Zolecki’s blog, “The Zo-Zone”:

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Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

Phils slugger Ryan Howard writhes in pain after injurying his foot on the last out of the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season.

A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals as the Phillies fell 1-0 at Citizens Bank Park.

Here’s how it went down:

The crowd came out in drones and the Phillies looked to make it back to their 4th straight National League Championship series. Roy Halladay was on the mound opposing Carpenter in the biggest game of the season for both teams.

As has been well noted, Halladay struggles in the first inning of starts and Rafael Furcal took note of that fact and led off the game with a triple. Skip Schumaker followed with an RBI double and the Cardinals were in business early with a 1-0 lead. Doc settled down and wiggled his way out of trouble thanks to a heads-up play from Chase Utley and the Phillies kept the damage to a minimum.

Unfortunately, that was all Carpenter would need. He set the Phillies down in order during 3 of the first 5 innings. The Phillies threatened in the 2nd with a 1-out double from Shane Victorino and then again in the 4th before Raul Ibanez flew out to the warning track with runners on the corners. From the 6th inning on, the Phillies only managed two base runners; an Utley single and pinch hitter Ross Gload reaching on a strikeout with a wild pitch.

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Gload walks it off

Phils SP Roy Oswalt allowed two runs through seven innings in the Phils 3-2 win. (Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

Ross Gload and his fraying hip is alive!

The league leader in pinch hits, despite entering the game with only four hits in his last 33 at-bats, came through with another timely pinch hit, leading the Phils to a series sweep of the rival Braves with a 3-2 come-from-behind win.

Gload ripped a fair ball down the first base line, just under the glove of a diving Freeman to win the game.

The sweep put the Phils at a commanding 10.5-game lead on the Braves, who are still in strong control of the Wild Card.

Roy Oswalt, who is statistically poor versus Atlanta, was strong tonight in his no-decision. Oswalt pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. He had a no-hitter through five innings, losing it in the 6th when Michael Bourn led off with a double.

Much like the first two games of the series, the Phils struck first early. Raul Ibanez’s solo home run off Brandon Beachy came in the 2nd. But it was lights out ball for Beachy from that point on, who tossed 5 2/3 two-hit ball with seven strike outs.

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Phils win rain-soaked rubber match

CF John Mayberry hits a two-run homer in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Ke$ha, rain, fans trying to climb into the tarp tubing and a visit by Shane Victorino. Those were the highlights of the Phils 4-1 win over Arizona on a wet Thursday night.

The Phillies became the first team this season to 80 wins. They hold an 8.5 lead in the division still, bringing their magic number down to 31.

The Phillies win was wet, wild and very very long. The Phillies carried a 3-0 lead into the 2 hour, 17 minute rain delay which featured some nonconventional highlights. Victorino, who is not permitted in the dugout or clubhouse during game time as stipulations during his suspension, visited the wonderful beat writers in the press box during the delay. Matt Gelb (Inquirer) and Todd Zolecki (MLB.com) among others reported Victorino was banging on the press box windows to get fans attention, waving at them.

Not all the fun and excitement happened indoors. A fan ran out onto the field during the delay and tried to dive into the tubing that the tarp is rolled out on. He almost made it in before security grabbed him by the ankles and pulled him out.

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Utley leads Phils over Padres

Phils starter Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs through 5 2/3 innings. He chalked up a no-decision. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

One swing can change a game.

It told the story in the 1st for the Phils. But like any good story, a turn of events occurred as one big swing for the Padres change the tone of the story. But when the going gets tough for the hero, it takes one mighty swing to bring the story back to a happy ending.

That was the case in Saturday afternoon’s 8-6 Phillies win. It was the Phillies’ fourth straight win and fifth in their last six games.

Kyle Kendrick was cruising through the first five innings, holding onto a 3-0 lead created by Chase Utley’s three-run homer in the 1st inning. But the offenses’ ability to only tack on one hit after that caught up to Kendrick.

Kendrick put two on in the top of the 6th before surrendering a two-out three-run homer to Padres 3B Chase Headley. He was lifted for Michael Stutes, who in turn gave up a lead-off triple to Logan Forsythe before being surrendering the go-ahead run to Cameron Maybin.

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Chooch’s walk-off seals comeback, DH sweep

Carlos Ruiz capped off an incredible comeback to give the Phils a 5-4 win, sweep of the day/night double header and expand their winning streak to six games.

Chooch’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th scored Ryan Howard to seal a game that resembled a championship Phillies team.

It got started when Howard was hit with the first offering by Marlins reliever Michael Dunn on his shoulder. He worked his way to second

Roy Halladay wasn’t his usual ace-like self but was still effective in the game. He allowed four runs on six hits while striking out eight through seven innings in the no decision.

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Mayberry is back

I honestly don’t know what the hell is going on right now.

John Mayberry was recalled today while OF/1B Ross Gload was put on paternity leave (thank God not maternity).

Congrats to Gload. But seriously, once this is done, go on the DL and spend more time with your wife and baby so the Phillies can have 25 useful players on the roster (well 24 because Michael Martinez is useless when healthy).

Mayberry optioned in Victorino’s return

Shane Victorino is back with the Phillies and will bat sixth in today’s line up. But to make room for him, someone had to go.

The options: Michael Martinez offered back to his former team as a Rule 5 player; Ben Francisco optioned for assignment; Ross Gload put on the DL.

What the Phillies did: Send John Mayberry, Jr. back down to AAA Lehigh Valley. Are you kidding me?

Mayberry went from starter to minor leaguer in a matter of 48 hours. Is Martinez really that important to this team? Francisco isn’t even a thought anymore. And Ross Gload… the guy is hurt and can’t hit or run!

I just don’t know. Whatever. Welcome back, Victorino.

Bruce’d ego: Madson blows up in 9th

Ryan Madson has the mind of a closer. Too bad he lost the mentality of a middle reliever in the process.

Madson loaded the bases and handed the game over to Cincinnati in the 9th inning as the Reds won, 6-3.

Raul Ibanez has continued his incredible hot run since snapping is 0-for-35 slump. His three hits have improved him to .380 (27-for-71) with seven doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs since the slump busted.

Ibanez’s 2nd-inning double to follow up Ryan Howard’s lead off double tied the score at one. After Carlos Ruiz moved him over to third, Domonic Brown drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. It was the first RBI of the season for Brown.

Chase Utley joined Brown for a season first. He singled in the 3rd but failed to get an RBI out of it when Jimmy Rollins was gunned down at the plate. Read more of this post

Giambi hits three HRs to top Phils

TTB’s own Chris Bengel covered the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight against the Colorado Rockies as a member of the media. Bengel has interned with the Gloucester County Times the past year and was in the press box tonight along with GCT staff writer Bill Evans. The rights to this story belong to GCT and NJ.com

PHILADELPHIA — Through all the Phillies’ offensive struggles lately, the pitching has been the only constant.

But on Thursday, the Phillies fell apart in several facets when starting pitcher Joe Blanton was scratched with soreness and inflammation in his right elbow, and Colorado’s Jason Giambi hit three home runs accounting for all the Rockies’ runs in a 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

Kyle Kendrick got the last-minute start in Blanton’s absence, but allowed two towering home runs to the 40-year old Giambi. The first baseman, in the lineup to spell Todd Helton, connected for a three-run shot in the first and two-run homer in the third.

“I didn’t do my job,” said Kendrick, who was removed after the third. “I wanted to go at least five and I didn’t help out the bullpen tonight.

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