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Pena’s 8th Inning Homer Overshadows Pitcher’s Duel

Rays 3, Phillies 2
WP – David Price (10-4, 2.95)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 3.75)
SV – Fernando Rodney (21)

PHILADELPHIA — The game was living up to it’s billing.

Cole Hamels and David Price were dueling in a 1-0 game through seven innings. Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in his start, holding a slight advantage over Price by putting his team in the best position to win.

With both pitchers throwing 223 pitches combined, they gave way to their bullpens after seven. There, the Rays won the important battle in their 3-2 win over the Phils.

A gassed Antonio Bastardo, who threw 29 pitches yesterday, struggled in the 8th inning, costing Hamels a shot at his 11th win of the season. Bastardo walked two hitters before giving up a one-out three-run homer to the left-handed hitting Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

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Rare Polly blunder, Madson BS costs Phils the game

Phillies fans at the ball park and on the couch stayed up through the rain delay and through extra innings, hoping for another memorable extra-inning game. But a rare throwing error by Placido Polanco allowed Tyler Colvin to score in the 11th to give the Cubs a 4-3 win.

Fans have named every fifth day, “bullpen day” because of the poor performance by Phillies’ fifth starters. Tonight was once again a “bullpen day,” but not because of poor pitching.

After the Phillies’ first rain delay of the season and a blown save by Ryan Madson, the bullpen got a lot of work in the 4-3 loss. The Phillies bullpen allowed a respectable three runs in eight innings, but were outdueled by the Cubs bullpen which allowed no runs in 8.2 innings.

Jimmy Rollins opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second, homering to right to score Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha to make it 3-0. It would be the only three runs the Phillies would score tonight. After an easy top of the third for Kyle Kendrick, the tarp had to come on to the field in the bottom of the inning for a rain delay.

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