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Phillies Acquire O’Sullivan As PTBNL From Dodgers

Newly acquired RHP Ryan O’Sullivan while pitching for the Great Lakes Loons. (photo by Nick Anderson)

The Phillies have acquired RHP Ryan O’Sullivan from Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Joe Blanton trade from last week.

O’Sullivan, 21, was a 4th round pick in 2011 and is in the Single-A. He will likely head to Clearwater.

In 29 games with the Great Lakes Loons and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of Single-A, O’Sullivan has an 8-6 record and 3.05 ERA. He made nine starts in his 29 games, making the switch to the bullpen where the Phillies will possibly keep him.

Joe Blanton Claimed Off Waivers; Traded to Dodgers

Joe Blanton has been claimed off waivers and traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later and cash.

Taking Blanton’s roster spot is reliever B.J. Rosenberg. Kyle Kendrick will move to the rotation and take Blanton’s spot.

Blanton was scheduled to pitch tonight against the Diamondbacks. Kendrick will make the start instead.

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Phillies SP Joe Blanton Available; Orioles Want Him

The Phillies haven’t made it clear if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline just yet, but one thing made clear is the availability of starting pitcher Joe Blanton.

The Phillies said that Blanton is available in a potential trade, and that the team with the most interest in him right now is Baltimore.

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Phillies Can’t Back Blanton in Loss

Braves 2, Phillies 1
WP – Mike Minor (6-7, 5.18)
LP – Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.49)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (30)

ATLANTA – The trade value for Joe Blanton may have gone up.

With the deadline a few days away, teams could inquirer about Blanton to bolster the back-end of a rotation. Blanton improved his value with his start tonight, but didn’t get the winning decision in the Phillies 2-1 loss.

Blanton went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Blanton was exceptional the whole game, but the only run support provided to him was Chase Utley’s solo home run in the 4th inning.

Mike Minor stymied the Phils, going eight innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out nine.

2B: Kratz (3). HR: Utley (5).

Boxscore.

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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Phillies Get A Huge Start Out of Blanton to Beat Dodgers

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (20)

LOS ANGELES — If the Phillies want to make a comeback on a season that appears to be lost, it’ll have to continue through Hollywood.

Joe Blanton got the Phils off to a great start, shutting down the Dodgers for eight innings in their 3-2 win Monday night. It was the third straight win for the Phillies.

Blanton was throwing his best stuff at the Dodgers, pitching eight brilliant innings. He allowed two run on six hits while striking out six for his eighth win of the season.

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Phillies Swept By Marlins With 5-2 Loss

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run off Joe Blanton in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Marlins 5, Phillies 2
WP – Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.62)
LP – Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85)
SV – Heath Bell (17)

MIAMI — The Marlins pulled out the brooms and successfully swept the Phillies in their home park.

Philadelphia, making its first trip to Miami’s new stadium, fell again, 5-2, and were swept but the 4th place Marlins. The Phillies started the series only half a game behind Miami to get out of the cellar but they instead distanced themselves further in the bottom of the NL East.

Joe Blanton rebounded from a rocky first three innings to pitch a solid effort. He went six, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Blanton gave up back-to-back doubles and an RBI single in the 2nd inning to cough up a 1-0 lead created in the first by Juan Pierre’s triple and Hunter Pence’s RBI on a fielder’s choice.

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Phils Earn Whacky Walk-Off Win

Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (far left) celebrates with (left to right) Joe Blanton, John Mayberry Jr and Placido Polanco after his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Rockies 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28)
LP – Rafael Batencourt (1-3, 3.28)

PHIADELPHIA — Twice Rafael Batencourt produced two ground balls but twice his infield failed to get the batters out on them.

Back-to-back infield hits, the second being on a catching error by Todd Helton, resulted in the Phillies 7-6 walk-off win in the 9th inning.

The game was nearly lost in the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Dexter Fowler that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning.

But the Phillies rallied with two outs in the bottom half.

Ty Wigginton singled with two outs to set up Hunter Pence’s RBI double off the wall in the corner of left field. Wigginton was running on the pitch and scored from first to tie the game, 6-6.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Shane Victorino legged out a ground ball up the middle, beating Marco Scutaro’s throw. The next batter, Placido Polanco, hit the ball in the same spot, but this time Helton couldn’t find the bag and Polly was safe, scoring Pence from third.

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Game 70: Making Up Ground

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz and SS Jimmy Rollins celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run homer in last night’s 7-2 over the Rockies. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies find themselves in a position they haven’t been in for a very long time: last place in June.

Sitting five games under .500 (32-37) and eight games behind the first place Nationals, the Phillies are looking to gain some ground heading into the All-Star Break.

Talking with one of the TTB writers yesterday, Dan MacNeal, we both feel the Phillies have a little bit of a run in them. Perhaps if the team can win 70% of its next 18 games (13-5 record) they could find themselves maybe four or five games out of first and with a 45-42 record heading into the break.

In that time, Chase Utley will have returned to the line up and more news on the progress of Ryan Howard will be made (hopefully in an official rehab stint by the break).

The 18 games remaining start with nine more home games on this 10-game homestand. The Phillies have two more with the Rockies before hosting one of the best teams in the American League, Tampa Bay, and the Pittsburgh Pirates who are currently playing some good baseball.

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Smokin’ Joe: Blanton Cruises Through Nine; Phils Win

Phillies 6, Twins 1
WP – Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93)
LP – Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies combined pitching and offense for the first time it seems in ages.

Phillies SP Joe Blanton pitches in the 1st inning of his complete game win against the Twins. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

For the first time in over two weeks, the Phillies had a starter pitch past the 8th inning. It was Joe Blanton who went eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Twins, taking the series as well.

It was the first time a pitcher went as far as Blanton since May 28 when Cole Hamels was the starter.

Blanton cruised, snapping a five-start streak in which he allowed at least five runs. He went the distance, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out seven for his second complete game of the season.

The lone run Blanton gave up was a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe in the 2nd inning which tied the game up, 1-1, after Ty Wigginton’s home run in the top half of the 2nd.

The Phillies took the lead for good in the 3rd inning on Jim Thome’s three-run homer. It was Thome’s third home run of the season, and on the nine-game road trip.

In the last six games, Thome is 11-for-24 with 13 RBIs. Thome’s nine RBIs during the Twins series was the most he’s ever had in a three-game series for his 22-year career [John Clark].

2B: Rollins (12), Ruiz (16). HR: Wigginton (7), Thome (3).

Boxscore.

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