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Kemp’s Walkoff Homer Beats Phils

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run on two hits in eight innings of work in the no decision against the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12 innings)
WP – Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58)
LP – Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03)

LOS ANGELES – Hunter Pence was the Phillies hero last night. Matt Kemp was the Dodgers hero today.

Just when it looked like the Phillies had the game won due to Pence’s heroics, it all turned.

After Pence knocked in two runs to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the year. Papelbon allowed two runs to cross the plate and the game went to extra innings.

In the 12th inning, with a runner on base, Kemp blasted a Jake Diekman pitch to right center field to win the game for the Dodgers by a score of 5-3.

It was the 10th walkoff loss for the Phillies this season.

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Papelbon Sounds Off After Tough Loss

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
WP – Ronals Belisario (1-0, 1.26)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31)
SV – Kenley Jansen (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Poor umpiring had a lot to do with the Phillies dropping a third straight game.

It also had a lot to do with why Jonathan Papelbon was upset in the 9th inning and after the Phillies tough 4-3 loss to open a four-game series against the Dodgers.

Papelbon though he had struck out Dee Gordon, the lead-off hitter in the 9th inning of a 3-3 ballgame. But home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn called a ball on the 1-2 count, extending the at-bat.

On the very next pitch, Gordon lined a ball into the gap in right center, going to third on a lead-off triple. He scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single the very next at-bat to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.

Papelbon sounded off at Reyburn, who was called up from the Triple A to umpire in the Majors, but wasn’t ejected. Papelbon then proceeded to sound off on Reyburn after the game in front of reporters.

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In defense of Kershaw over Halladay; Phillies fans need not fret


Photo via ESPN

John Shields is a contributor on Team to Beat as well as a writer for The Philly Phans. Here is his latest up at TPP.

Last night MLB announced the winner of the 2011 Cy Young in the National League.

The recipient of baseball’s highest award for pitching this season? Lefty Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yes, the same young superstar that finished the season an impressive 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA while pitching for a team that finished 82-80.

Winning 20+ games with a team that is “average” is hard to do. Toronto finished 81-81 with nobody over 15 wins. An even more impressive stat: Kershaw won over a quarter of their games.

To many in this area, this was an outrage! a shocker! People were furious that our beloved ace got robbed. As for a small amount of fans in this area, myself included, there was no surprise involved. Kershaw was the best pitcher in the National League this year and earned this award.

Read the rest of Shield’s post at The Philly Phans.

Kershaw wins 2011 NL Cy Young; Halladay, Lee round out top three

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The race was down to four competitors, unlike the American League in which Justin Verlander took home the AL Cy Young in a unanimous decision.

Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee and Ian Kennedy all have had seasons to make a unanimous decision impossible. Only one of those four men was going to be named the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner.

That man was Kershaw.

Kershaw got 27 first place votes, good for 207 points. Halladay finished in second with 133 points (four 1st place votes) and Lee came in third with 90 points (no first place votes). Kennedy got the other first place vote, finishing in fourth.

Kershaw won the pitching Triple Crown, the first to do that since Jake Peavy in 2007. Ironically, Peavy also won the Cy Young that year.

Kershaw was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strike outs. He also had an incredible 0.98 WHIP which was also best in the majors.

Last year’s winner, Halladay, went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA. Teammate Cliff Lee had a similarly incredible season, going 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA, boosted by an incredible June and August.

Arizona’s Kennedy tied Kershaw for the league lead in wins but had a significantly lower ERA and strike out total to the other pitchers. Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) finished in 5th, giving the Phills three starters in the top five.

One-on-one battles highlight MVP and Cy Young races

Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp: There have been two bright spots for the Dodgers this season, who are in the middle of a financial rut and baseball abyss. One of those bright spots is Matt Kemp (the other is in the Cy Young race). Kemp is having a Willie Mays-ian season (yes, I compared him to the Say Hey Kid), combining a rare mix of elite fielding, speed on the base paths, hitting for a high average and power while driving in runs on a terrible team.

Kemp is in the top four of all three Triple Crown stats: 4th in average (.320), 2nd in home runs (31) and 2nd in RBIs (102). He is only one homer and RBI behind the NL leader but sits .016 behind the injured Jose Reyes. If Kemp does go on one more hitting tear, a Triple Crown is a possibility. Kemp is one of a very small handful of players in baseball who are threats to do that every season and the fact he’s doing that this year makes him a top candidate for MVP.

Prince Fielder: Prince Fielder is right up there with Kemp statistically. Hitting .293 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs, Fielder is enjoying another one of the best seasons he’s compiled as a Milwaukee Brewer. Kemp has the advantage on Fielder for playing a more skilled position but Fielder has an advantage in another area that could be more important.

When voters look at Fielder, they will see that he’s raking on a team with the third best record in the NL, putting the Brewers in the position for the #2 seed in the post season. By being a “valuable” asset to one of the best teams in the National League, Fielder has made himself a top MVP candidate

Sleepers: Shane Victorino (Philadelphia), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)

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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 35-24, 1st in NL East; LAD: 28-32, 3rd in NL West

When: June 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) vs Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) vs Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) vs Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Faceoff: Future Stars

Question: Who is the best player in the majors under 25-years-old?

In the fourth installment of our “Face Off” segment, site founder John Russo is going to square off with a writer from a different blog. In the first ever inter-blog face off, Russo will take on another John, John Shields from “The Philly Phans.”

Shields chose a pitcher, Clayton Kershaw (even though the instructions said position player) of the Dodgers and Russo took Giants catcher Buster Posey.

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Chasing Doubles

Roy Oswalt’s hot August carried into September as the right-hander kept the Dodgers bats cold on a hot SoCal day. Oswalt allowed one hit in his outing and Chase Utley hit three doubles in the Phillies 5-1 win Wednesday day.

The Dodgers didn’t get their only hit off Oswalt until the sixth inning when Casey Blake singled with two outs. Oswalt was shockingly wild today and his 115 pitches forced his early exit as he allowed a hit and six walks while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings of work.

But the offensive surge came from Utley, who desperately needed to bust out of the little slump he was in coming off the DL. The second baseman ripped three doubles and drove in two runs.

Jimmy Rollins started it all with the second pitch of the game. He sent Clayton Kershaw’s 0-1 offering into the bleachers to give the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Shane Victorino then did the same thing in the second inning to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Rollins and Victorino each had a pair of hits and Rollins crossed the plate three times.

The Dodgers finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth on a James Loney single. His hit was their third and final hit of the game.

Oswalt has been amazing for the Phillies, allowing only one earned run in his last 21 1/3 innings pitched. He’s been something special for the Phillies after he settled in and will be a key part to their playoff run.

Also, Phillies killer Rod Barajas had his 12-game hitting streak against the Phillies snapped today. He had one more chance in the ninth but Brad Lidge struck him out.

2B: Utley 3 (18), Howard (18), D. Brown (3). HR: Rollins (7), Victorino (16).

WP: Oswalt (10-13). LP: Kershaw (11-9).


News: 6/9/10

HAPP REHABS — J.A. Happ finally got on the mound against hitting that meant a darn on Tuesday. He pitched three innings of re-hab for High-A Clearwater, allowing only two runs and fanning one. Happ hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 15 when he injured his forearm on his throwing arm. Not much else was reported in the outing other than reports he wasn’t too impressive and would need at least one more re-hab outing before he rejoins the Phillies.

The Phillies rotation has held up surprisingly well, much better than expected. The return of Happ will bolster the Phillies pitching group hopefully in the both the bull pen and rotation. I can see Happ starting out in the pen before he makes his first start with the Phillies, hopefully swapping spots with Kyle Kendrick. Happ is 1-0 in two starts, not allowing a single earned run and striking out five. His WHIP is a little high at 1.65, suggesting he would be due to give up some runs. But after two months of not pitching, he will return a brand new pitcher and those April stats will mean nothing.

BIDDLE SIGNS WITH PHILS — A day after being drafted with the 27th pick, Jesse Biddle agreed to terms with the Phillies that he won’t sign and make official until Friday when he graduates high school.

Scouts were impressed with Biddle, whose fastball hits 94 MPH. Scout directer Marti Wolever also went on to compare Biddle to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.