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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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Phillies Trounced In Milwaukee

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Brewers 6, Phillies 2
WP – Yovany Gallardo (12-8, 3.69)
LP – Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11)

MILWAUKEE — Fielding has never been Domonic Brown’s strong point and that was made evident again.

The Phillies right fielder made another mistake on a well-hit ball, factoring into a poor pitching night by Vance Worley as the Phillies dropped to the Brewers, 6-2.

Once again a ball hit in the direction of Brown set up a Phillies loss. Coming the day after Brown probably could have caught Corey Hart’s grand slam, he dropped a fly ball from Nyjer Morgan in the 4th inning that cost Vance Worley the early lead.

The Phillies got back to back doubles by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to lead off the 4th inning, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things were looking up but were quickly erased in the bottom half.

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2013 Is on Manuel’s Mind the Rest of the Way

Phillies RF Domonic Brown fails to catch Milwaukee’s Corey Hart’s 8th inning grandslam Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE — Everybody wants to win, even managaer Charlie Manuel.

But Manual and the Phillies find themselves in a different situation this year that has yet to be accepted by the fan base.

I get it, there is still a glimmer of hope on this season with 44 games to play and their being an extra wild card spot this season, but after five seasons of winning it has gotten to the heads of this fan base that losing is not as evitable as it pretty much is.

In Matt Gelb’s blog post late last night, he talks about this very thing, making a similar point I was making to a few friends last night about what manager Charlie Manuel did last night as far as decision making.

With a man on in the 8th inning and Ryan Braun due up, Manuel walked out to the mound with the hook, pulling Lee from the game while holding a 4-3 lead over the Brewers. It was the right move that made the most sense seeing as Lee was at 111 pitches and allowed three home runs already, two of them to the reigning National League MVP.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Phils Walk-Off Again, Sweep Brewers

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-6, 4.80)

PHILADELPHIA —  On the day that Cole Hamels signed a six-year contract extension, there was a lot to be excited about at Citizens Bank Park.

After coughing up a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, the Phillies came back from behind once again as they trailed 6-5 entering their half of the 10th inning. Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the 1oth gave the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win and sweep against the Brewers.

John Mayberry Jr. stepped to the plate with one out and was able to work a walk against Francisco Rodriguez. Erik Kratz followed with a double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third.

With a catch to tie or win the game, Carlos Ruiz did not disappoint. Ruiz lifted a fly ball to center field that scored Mayberry which tied the game on a sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies still had a chance to win it. And for the second time in four games, Rollins obliged with a game-winning RBI single that allowed the team to get a walk-off win to clinch the sweep of the Brewers.

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)

PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.

Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.

With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.

This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.

Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.

With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.

Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.

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Series Preview: vs Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 42-54, 5th in NL East; MIL: 44-50, 4th in NL Central

When: July 23-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96) vs Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) vs Zach Grienke (9-3, 3.57)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) vs Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Braun’s positive test brings up the same questions

(AP Photo/Jeffry Phelps)

Just when you think the dust has finally settled, another player takes a fall in the game’s biggest scandal to this day.

Ryan Braun, who was recently named the National League MVP, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. With the league still down from the BALCO age, this is a blow to the collective gut of the baseball world.

When news like this comes out, it immediately raises two questions:

  1. Why? Why would an athlete who is seemingly at the top of his game tarnish his body in such a way?
  2. Who’s next? Who will be the next athlete to shake the foundations when they test positive for PED’s?

The same questions were asked when Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were linked to PED’s. And now, the same questions will be asked in the coming weeks about the 28-year-old Braun.

Braun already denied the positive tests, saying “it’s BS” and that the tests were wrong. But what if they weren’t wrong?

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Series Preview: at Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central

When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Five teams to watch in the 2nd half

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With the second half of the 2011 season underway yesterday, division races, Wild Card races and the push for the best record in baseball begin to heat up. With just under 100 games out of the way, five teams jump out as the favorites to make the playoffs and do some serious damage in their respective leagues.

There really are no new teams in this year’s hunt. The Reds have stumbled in the first half of the season but are still four games out of first place in the NL Central. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are riding their pitching to the best two records in the league.

In the American League, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are back at their three-way fight for the division and Wild Card while the Central and West are up in the air for two teams each: Cleveland/Detroit and Texas/Los Angeles.

The Wild Cards for each league will also present some interesting match-ups. Atlanta will have to battle with the NL Central if they can’t overcome Philadelphia and the Yanks/Sox/Rays may have some competition.

So with that, here are five teams to watch. This is not a Top 5 post but five teams who could make some serious noise in the second half of the regular season.

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