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Phillies In the Running for B.J. Upton

The Phillies are one of three teams that will most likely land free agent outfielder B.J. Upton.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the top two candidates to land Upton, with a mystery team also involved. The mystery team could be either Cincinnati or Washington.

The Braves are said to have a slight edge on the Phillies, with the final offers being issued this week. Where Upton will land could be determined in that time.

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Rocky Mountain Sweep: Phillies Hammer Rockies; Sweep Doubleheader, Series

Phillies 7, Rockies 4
WP – BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37)
LP – Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are rolling, breathing new hope into their season that seemed lost a month ago.

The Phillies won the night-cap of the day/night doubleheader, sweeping the Rockies in the series with a 7-4 win. With those wins, the Phillies are six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games to play.

Colorado scored all four of its runs in the 3rd inning against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, making his third career start, was done after four, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Phillies Walk-Off Again vs Rockies

Phillies 2B Chase Utley scores on Ryan Howard’s two-run double in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56)
LP – Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Late-inning drama has become the Phillies forte as of late, and it’s become a bit of a pest to the Rockies.

For the second time this series, the Rockies blew an early 2-0 lead, only to be walked-off, and again the final score being 3-2 in favor of the Fightins.

Rockies catcher Wilton Rosario had a problem handling pitches all day and it hurt the Rockies in the end.

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Schierholtz walks the Phillies off

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (4-6, 2.61)
LP – Will Harris (1-1, 6.57)

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Phillies in 2013, Nate Schierholtz is one of many players trying to make an impact on the club this season.

Schierholtz did just that tonight as he stroked an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies to give his team a 3-2 win.

Having tied the game on a two-run double by Laynce Nix in the seventh inning, the Phillies had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning.

Rockies reliever Will Harris walked Jimmy Rollins to get the inning started. Juan Pierre put down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Rollins up to second base. Chase Utley was intentionally walked and Rollins and Utley moved up a base on a passed ball.

That set the stage for Schierholtz to work his magic.

Cliff Lee pitched a solid game for the Phillies but didn’t much offensive support as has been the norm this season. Lee tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball and surrendered 8 hits to go along with 7 strikeouts.

The combination of Josh Lindblom, Jake Diekman, Phillipe Aumont, and Jonathan Papelbon did remarkable job as a bullpen. They didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings.

2B: Mayberry (21, Nix (9).


Series Preview: vs Colorado Rockies

PHI: 66-71, 3rd in NL East; COL: 56-80, 5th in NL West

When: September 7-9
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52) vs Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.04) vs Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53)
Sunday: Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77) vs Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 4.93)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

Cole As the Rockies: Hamels Leads Phils To Series Win

Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed one run in eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Rockies. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phillies 5, Rockies 1
WP – Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.07)
LP – Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79)

DENVER — The Phillies got their second half off to a good start with a series win in Colorado.

Backed by Hunter Pence’s three-run homer and Cole Hamels’ eight innings of brilliance, the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1, Sunday afternoon. The win was the Phillies second in a row, giving them a series win in the rubber match.

It was an ordinary pitcher’s dual through the four innings with the Phillies holding a 2-0 lead. But Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz got himself into a little but of trouble in the 5th and Hunter Pence made him pay.

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Papelbon saves Phils in win

Phillies 8, Rockies 5

WP – Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47)
LP – Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (19)

DENVER — With the Phillies leading the Colorado Rockies 6-2, the game looked to be well in hand. But that was before Wilin Rosario connected on a three-run home run to cut the lead to one.

Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and had little room for error. The Phillies All-Star did not disappoint as he shut the door to give the Phillies a 8-5 win.

A night after the offense looked anemic behind Cliff Lee, they were a completely different bunch.

Shane Victorino broke his extra-base hit drought and smacked a double to right field. Chase Utley knocked him in on an RBI single. Ryan Howard proceeded to walk.

That put two runners on base for Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies catcher connected on a Jeremy Guthrie pitch and deposited it into center field to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead before Vance Worley even took the mound.

Worley pitched pretty well as he only surrendered two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. The right-hander also had what proved to be the game-winning two-run double.

It was the first time Ryan Howard tasted his victory since his return from the disabled list.

Chase Utley also had a very strong night at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Juan Pierre helped out with a 3-for-3 night at the plate with a run scored.

2B: Victorino (14), Worley (1), Rollins (21). 3B: Victorino (3). HR: Ruiz (14)


Series Preview: at Colorado Rockies

PHI: 37-50, 5th in NL East; COL: 33-52, 5th in NL West

When: July 13-15
Where: Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) vs Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.98)
Saturday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) vs Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.20) vs Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 3.06)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 8:40, CSN
Saturday, 8:10, CSN
Sunday, 3:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Nelson’s 7th Inning Blast Wins It for Rox

Rockies 4, Phillies 1
WP – Josh Roenicke (2-0, 2.76)
LP – Vance Worley (4-3, 2.78)
SV – Rafael Betancourt (11)

PHILADELPHIA — A wasted effort at the dish cost the Phillies of their first three-game sweep of the season.

Besides that fact, it was also Chris Nelson’s two-run blast in the 7th inning that prevented the sweep. Trailing 1-0, Nelson hit a two-run bomb off Vance Worley to left-center to give Colorado a 2-1 lead and eventual 4-1 win Thursday night.

The only run the Phils scored was a solo homer by Jimmy Rollins to lead off the 1st.

Worley went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out two.

2B: Mayberry (12), Wigginton (8). HR: Rollins (5).


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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