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Series Preview: at Miami Marlins

PHI: 52-62, 4th in NL East; MIA: 52-63, 5th in NL East

When: August 13-15
Where: SunLife Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08) vs Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86) vs Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) vs Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 12:40, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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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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Ramirez’s Two Dingers Leads Fish Past Phils

Marlins 5, Phillies 4
WP – Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81)
SV – Heath Bell (11)

PHILADELPHIA — The run of dominance was sure to run out for Cole Hamels.

Hamels was roughed up, allowing at least five runs in a start for the first time since July of last season in the Phillies 5-4 loss to the Marlins Saturday afternoon.

He pitched into the 7th, allowing fives runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight. Though Hamels looked dominant at times, it was the quality of hits that got to him.

He gave up a pair of doubles, one being an RBI double by Justin Ruggiano and the other being an RBI double by Jose Reyes, and a pair of home runs to Hanley Ramirez, the first being a solo shot and the second being the go-ahead two-run homer in the 6th.

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Runs Come After Delay In Phils Win

Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was strong once again, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings during a rain-shortened start. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 6, Marlins 4
WP – Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02)
LP – Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (15)

PHILADELPHIA — With the rain came runs for the Phillies.

Following up a rain delay in which the Phillies led 2-1, the Phillies scored four runs in the final half of the game to beat the Marlins, 6-4, Friday night.

Both bullpens did a good job at trying to ruin the strong outings created by starter’s Mark Buehrle and Kyle Kendrick before the delay. Both pitchers resumed pitching after the 48-minute delay but only Kendrick managed to get out of the it alive.

Hunter Pence was able to get to Buehrle right away. After Placido Polanco’s lead-0ff hit to start the bottom of the 5th, Pence smashed his 12th home run of the season, expanding the Phillies lead to 4-1.

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Series Preview: vs Miami Marlins

PHI: 27-25, 5th in NL East; MIA: 29-25, 2nd in NL East

When: June 1-3
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 4.10) vs Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.26)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) vs Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 2.46)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) vs Carlos Zambrano (3-3, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Phils outfielder John Mayberry celebrates with third base coach Juan Samuel after hitting one of his two homers Wednesday night. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Dear Joe B, Roy O, Jose C, Ryan M and Brad L,

Please get better soon. We can’t take any more of seeing guys like David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter in games for the Phils.

Even Danys Baez isn’t immune from our pleas. Leaving a pitch in Mike Stanton’s wheel house, Baez became the third Phillies reliever to aid Florida in a comeback win over the Phils. Stanton hit a ball that’s still traveling with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as the Marlins won 7-6 in walk-off fashion.

Before Baez got tacked with the losing decision, Herndon coughed up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison in the 6th to make it a 6-5 game and Carpenter gave up the game-tying RBI single to Hanley Ramirez in the 7th.

The poor pitching performance wasted a career night for John Mayberry, who was freed today. Mayberry homered twice and drove in three runs in the loss.

2B: Utley (7), Ibanez (18). HR: Mayberry 2 (5), Rollins (8).

WP: Mujica (6-2). LP: Baez (2-4).


Redemption for Rollins

Rollins had a game to forget before his game-winning hit in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

With two outs in the ninth inning, Jimmy Rollins had a chance to make up for a bad night at the plate.

Dane Sardinha hit a one out single and Pete Orr then followed with a double to right field to put runners at second and third base.

John Mayberry Jr. struck out which left the game in the hands of Rollins. Rollins was 0-for-4 coming into this key at-bat and wanted a chance at redemption.

He certainly did as he laced a two-run single that scored Sardinha and Orr to make it a 5-3 game. Read more of this post

Blanton’s First Victory

Placido Polanco slides safley into home after Ross Gload's RBI single in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

It’s baby steps for Joe Blanton.

In his return from the disabled list, Blanton allowed three runs in the first two innings. He settled down as he scattered eight hits over five innings along with two strikeouts and two walks as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4, Monday night.

Blanton also forced four double play balls in his five innings, an inkling of the keep-it-down approach taught in high school.

Jimmy Rollins started the first of a three-game series against the Marlins with a lead-off homer making it his 36th career lead-off homer. However, that would be the only run the Phillies scored in the first inning after Howard gets caught up at home plate.

The Marlins struck back in the bottom of the 1st when Gaby Sanchez doubled to center field scoring Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez giving them a 2-1 lead over the Phils.

Blanton then gave up a walk to Stanton, but the inning would end with the former Phillie Greg Dobbs hitting a liner to Howard who tossed to second to start a double play.

The Marlins were able to tack on another run when Coghlan hit an RBI single to score Omar Infante taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. Read more of this post

Series Preview: Marlins









PHI: 83-61, 1st in NL East
FLA: 73-69, 3rd in NL East
Where: Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15) vs. Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (10-10 3.06) vs. Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44) vs. TBD

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Chase Utley: .320 (8-for-25), 4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBIs.
Not (last 7) – Jayson Werth: .166 (5-for-30)

Player to Watch – Hanley Ramirez: Ramirez is the stud in the Marlins lineup and has been keeping the Marlins from dipping under .500 this year.  In his last 10 games, Ramirez has hit .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last 10 games.  His work ethic is sometimes questioned but this guy is a monster.  He is hitting .301 on the season with 21 home runs and 75 RBIs.  He is a guy that can take anyone deep at any given time.  Ramirez and Uggla provide significant power in the Marlins lineup and are reasons why they’ve been kept in the fold in South Florida.

Series Overview: The Phillies currently lead the season series nine games to three.  The Phillies dominated the series this season and have won the last three games against the Marlins.

The Phillies are fresh off taking two of three from the Mets on the road.  The Marlins have won three straight games and are looking to play the role of spoiler once again.

The pitching matchups in this series certainly seem to favor the Phillies.  They have two of their aces going in the final two games.  This is a good chance to distance themselves from the Braves before they play Atlanta next weekend.  The Braves open up a three game series tonight against the Washington Nationals.

Tonight’s game features Joe Blanton taking on young lefty Andrew Miller.  Blanton has been very solid lately.  He has only given up 10 runs in his last five outings.  If Blanton can continue to eat innings, the Phillies get a chance to rest the bullpen in preparation for October.

Tuesday’s matchup is very intriguing with Cole Hamels facing the inexperienced Adalberto Mendez.  Hamels has been absolutely lights out lately not giving up a run in 25 innings.  On the other hand there’s the young Mendez.  Mendez baffled the Phillies lineup on Labor Day allowing only one hit in six innings of work.  He was forced to leave that game with an injury.

Roy Halladay will pitch the series finale against the Marlins who haven’t announced a starter at the moment.  Halladay has struggled a bit in his last four starts allowing 14 runs.  He still managed a 2-2 record in that stretch and remains one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award.  The Phillies need him to shut down the Marlins and toss a typical Halladay outing to help distance themselves from those Atlanta Braves.

Phils Split Double Header


The Phillies couldn’t do a damn thing against the Marlins’ rookie pitcher Adalbert Mendez, who was making his major league debut. The rookie pitched six innings of one-hit ball before injuring himself running out his first career base hit in a 7-1 win.

Vance Worley took the hill for the Phillies, allowing two runs in five solid innings of work. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. One of the runs he allowed was a solo home run to Chad Tracy in the second.

Chad Durbin gave up a two run homer in the eighth and Mike Zagurski got roughed up for three runs in only 2/3 of the ninth inning.

The only hit the Phillies got off of Mendez was a base hit by Brian Schneider. Ryan Howard doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Jayson Werth drove him in on a single for the Phillies’ only three hits and run of the game.

2B: Howard (19).

WP: Mendez (1-0). LP: Worley (0-1).



After watching the offense manage one run on three hits in the earlier game, Roy Oswalt had to have had some worries in the back of his head. But the right-hander breathed a sigh of relief after the Phils five-run second inning as they went on to win 7-4.

Oswalt breathed a little too easy as he allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings. He allowed three homers, tied for a career high. A three-man bull pen held off the Marlins to preserve the 7-4 win and move the Phillies to only 1/2 a game behind the Braves.

Chase Utley and Placido Polanco sparked the offensive surge with two RBIs each. Shane Vcitorino got three hits from the lead-off spot and Raul Ibanez had two hits including an RBI double in the win.

The offensive surge started in the second when Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez had back-to-back singles. Domonic Brown, starting in place of Jayson Werth, walked to lead the bases. Carlos Ruiz followed that up with a walk to bring in Rollins to tie the game at one.

After Oswalt flew out, Victorino hit a liner to right to score Ibanez but Brown was thrown out at home. Polanco followed up with a two-run double down the line that was touched by a fan to score two more to make it a 4-1 game. Utley then singled in Polanco to cap off the inning in which the Phils batted around.

Oswalt got too comfortable with that lead as he allowed a two-run homer to Hanley “my hair looks stupid” Ramirez in the third. He then gave up a solo home run to Cameron Maybin in the fifth that made it a 5-4 game.

They added a two-spot in the fifth with an Utley RBI single and Ibanez RBI double to give them some breathing room with a 7-4 lead.

2B: Polanco (25), Ibanez (29). 3B: Polanco (2).

WP: Oswalt (11-13). LP: Sanchez (11-9). S: Lidge (21).