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Pence’s 8th Inning Two-Run Single Gives Phillies Comeback Win

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is thrown out at home in the 6th inning. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71)
LP – Ronald Belasario (3-1, 2.18)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (21)

LOS ANGELES¬†—¬†Ronald Belisario had a fun 8th inning that enabled a dramatic come-from-behind win for the Phillies.

After walking Chase Utley and hitting Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with two outs, he gave way to closer Kenley Jansen.

Jansen allowed a two-run single on a ground ball up the middle by Hunter Pence to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead and win. After being 0-38 when trailing after seven innings, the Phillies manufactured their first late-inning comeback win of the season.

The Phillies also won their sixth straight game at Dodger Stadium, continuing the success they’ve had there for the past five seasons.

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Hamels Coughes Up Lead in 6th; Phils Swept

Cole Hamels slides in safely on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3
WP – Aaron Harang (5-3 , 3.95)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93)

PHILADELPHIA — Nothing is going right for the Phillies, and it’s starting to look ugly.

The Phillies dropped a season worst sixth straight time, getting swept in the four-game series to the Dodgers with their 8-3 loss this afternoon.

Nothing has been going right for Cole Hamels either, who gave this game away in a bad 6th inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead, runners on first and second and one out, James Loney hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Hamels allowed back-to-back RBI singles for the tying and go ahead runs to Tony Gwynn Jr and Matt Treanor, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

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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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That Bastardo Is Back

After Sunday’s win over the Mets, John Mayberry, Jr. was seen packing his stuff. When reporters asked why, he said he was being sent back down to Lehigh and that a pitcher will be coming up in his place. The Phils announced today that the pitcher is left-hander Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo went on the DL after the mid-June series against the New York Yankees. His last outing wasn’t a pleasant one either as he allowed two runs without surrendering a hit. He plunked a pair of batters and walked another before being pulled.

As Todd Zolecki said in his blog post, the addition of Bastardo will give them the lefty vs. lefty match up in late innings when facing James Loney and Andre Ethier, two of the Dodgers’ best hitters. J.C. Romero has just been awful lately. His 8.1 walks/9 is the highest of his career.

Mayberry was hitless in his two at-bats with the Phillies.


RANSOM ACCEPTS ASSIGNMENT – Cody Ransom cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to AAA Lehigh. Ransom was DFA’d when Mike Sweeney was acquired. Ransom had hit .190 with two home runs and five RBIs in 22 games for Philly.

Phillies Bats Heat Up

What a marathon game. If you thought there wouldn’t be anymore four-hour games (NLDS game 3) then you were in for a real shock. The Phillies were able to stay on top of the Dodgers with timely hitting, winning the first game, 8-6.

Cole Hamels was a little shaky but got the job done and Chan Ho Park and Brad Lidge were clutch in the late innings to seal the win. Hamels’ line through 5.1 IP: four runs on eight hits and a walk, and four strike outs. He surrendered home runs to James Loney in the second and Manny Ramirez in the 5th.

Loney got the offense going with his solo shot in the third. The Phillies then answered in the top of the 5th, putting up five runs on a three-run homer by Carlos Ruiz and a two-run double by Ryan Howard. After Howard’s double, Clayton Kershaw was yanked. Kershaw got knocked around for five runs on four hits and five walks in 4.2 IP. Kershaw also became the first pitcher to throw three wild pitches in one inning, doing so in the 5th.

The Dodgers immediately answered in the bottom half, getting a huge three runs back off a shot by Ramirez, who stared down the Phillies dug out after his shot. After a few scares on the mound, the Phillies came up in the top of the 8th. Howard and Jayson Werth absorbed back-to-back walks for Raul Ibanez, who took George Sherrill deep to make it an 8-4 game. Ibanez’s shot was the first homer Sherrill allowed to a lefty since mid-2008.

Ryan Madson came in to pitch in the bottom of the 8th and the wheels fell of his bus again. He allowed a pair of runs on four hits but got out of the inning. Lidge came in to pitch the ninth. He allowed an early base runner, got a double play ball, walked Loney, and then got Ronnie Belliard to pop up to end the game.

It was a nail biter the whole way through. My only concerns are Madson’s reliability. Hamels will be fine and the offense turned it on like usual. If they keep this up, my playoff beard will get even longer.

Next Game: Friday in Los Angeles, 4:07 EST
Series: Phillies lead 1-0
Probables: Pedro Martinez (0-0, -.–) vs. Vicente Padilla (1-0, 0.00)
Game day discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Vicente Padilla threw seven shut out innings in game three of the NLDS versus St. Louis. Pedro Martinez hasn’t pitched since Sept. 30 versus Houston. If the Phillies can get a 2004 effort from Martinez, they could very well go into Philly with a two-game lead. The Phillies bats can heat up at any time and so can the Dodgers’.

This game is important more so for LA than Philly. You want to win every game but if the Dodgers fall behind 2-0 like last year, they won’t have a home field to fall back on. It’s cold and loud in Philly and the Dodger’s don’t want to go there already in the hole.

Non-Phillies: ESPN Spoofs a Manny Press Conference

This was written by DJ Gallo of “ESPN Magazine.” I thought this was absolutley hilarious!

I am Manny, hear me roar!

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has spoken with Manny Ramirez. Now he wants the disgraced slugger to speak to the team.

Turns out it already happened — and Page 2 was able to receive the exclusive transcript of Ramirez’s address.

(Scene: Dodgers clubhouse)

Frank McCourt: “Gentlemen, I know we’re all still kind of reeling over the recent news. So I have asked Manny here today to speak to the team. Manny, the floor is yours.”

Manny Ramirez: “Thanks, boss. I’m not used to giving speeches. So I looked on the Internet for tips and they said I should start with a joke to loosen up the audience. OK? You ready? What is Manny Ramirez’s new nickname?”

Juan Pierre: “Womanny Ramirez.”

Andre Ethier: “Ma’am Ram.”

Joe Torre: “That’s just mammaries being mammaries.”

Ramirez: “So you’ve heard most of them already.”

Russell Martin: “We have. We even thought up many of them ourselves.”

James Loney: “Some long before this news came out, actually.”

Ramirez: “I see. OK, let me try another one. A priest, a rabbi and Manny Ramirez walk into a bar.”

Torre: “Just a second, Manny. I don’t mean to interrupt. But do you mind if I record all of this?”

Ramirez: “Umm, I guess not. Why?”

Torre: “Oh, you know. In case I would, say … write a book about my Dodgers years or something. Not that I have any plans to do that, of course, guys. What is said inside the clubhouse stays inside the clubhouse. That’s an unwritten rule of baseball, am I right? But when I write the book, I don’t want to misquote you.”

Ramirez: “Sure. Whatever.”

Torre: “Fantastic. OK, let me press ‘record’ … and continue. Oh, and feel free to talk #$%^ about A-Rod, if you’d like. Readers eat that stuff up.”

Ramirez: “OK, where was I?”

Chad Billingsley: “A priest, a rabbi and Manny Ramirez were walking into a bar…”


Wolf Dominates Old Team

Last night was just awful to watch. Well the last 6 innings were. The Phillies lost 9-2 and Jamie Moyer got roughed up, lasting only 4.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits. The Phillies offense managed to only get 2 runs on 5 hits, both being solo home runs but Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez.

For the first 3 innings, it was going smooth. Rollins hit a solo home run to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning and Moyer pitched 1-hit ball. The it went down hill as Rafael Furcal led off the 2nd with a double, which was followed up by another double by Orlando Hudson, scoring Furcal. The Dodgers then had runners on the corners and Andre Ethier skied what looked like a routine fly ball that just carried over the fence for a 3 run shot, putting LA up 4-1. And when it rains, it pours.

The Phillies only got offense from Rollins, Ibanuez, Carlos Ruiz (2 doubles), and Jayson Werth (reached base all 4 times). Randy Wolf (2-1) schooled his former team, going 6-strong while giving up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 8. Ryan Howard was absolutely terrible, striking out his first 3 AB’s and then lined out to center.

Three Stars:
-James Loney (3-5, HR, 4 RBI’s
-Matt Kemp (2-4, 2 R, great plays in CF)