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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up.┬áLess than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Phils trade Zagurski to D’Backs

The Phillies have sent their left-handed AAA All-Star reliever Mike Zagurski to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

In three seasons with the Phillies (2007, 2010-11), Zagurski was 1-0 with a 6.82 ERA in 37 appearances. He was never a consistent main stay in the Phils bull pen.

Zagurski, 28, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Phillies.

After long wait, Schwimer’s name gets called

Michael Schwimmer pitches in relief for the Phils this past February in Spring Training. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Being in AAA Lehigh was like waiting in the bull pen for Michael Schwimmer. Time after time, the phone would ring and names like Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Drew Carpenter, Mike Zagurksi, Scott Mathieson and Juan Perez were asked for. But never Schwimer’s.

Of the six names mentioned, only two (Stutes and Herndon) are still with the Phillies – and Stutes is the only one who should remain on the roster heading into October.

But the phone finally rang for the 25-year-old Schwimer. And it took a little too long.

Schwimer has been dominant for the IronPigs, posting a 9-1 record, 1.88 ERA and a whopping 86 strike outs in 46 games and 67 innings pitched. Schwimer was named to the AAA All-Star team as well as arguably be Lehigh’s best player of the season.

With Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco being put on the DL last night, the door – and well the roster spot – opened for Schwimer. Now it will be Schwimer’s turn to join the Phillies bull pen and contribute, proving that this call up may be his first and last.

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Three Pigs make IL ASG

With All-Star weekend looming, the minor leagues are announcing their All-Star teams.

In AAA, three IronPigs made the International League team. Pitchers Michael Schwimmer and Mike Zagurski will join catching prospect Erik Kratz to represent Lehigh Valley.

Zagurski is the only one of the three who has seen some Major League action this year. Zagurski is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 24 games. He’s struck out 41 batters in 27 2/3 innings.

Schwimmer has been just as good, posting a 4-0 record in 30 games. He has a 2.01 ERA in 42 2/3 innings while striking out 56.

At the plate, Kratz is hitting .277 with a .860 OPS. He has 10 dingers and 28 RBIs.

Phils fall on bull pen night

Kyle Kendrick’s unbeaten streak in Pittsburgh has finally come to an end.

The right-hander, who was 4-0 heading into today’s game against the Pirates, surrendered four runs in his five innings of work as the Pirates held off the Phils late surge, 6-3.

The Phillies have lost four straight games against incredible mediocre teams.

Lyle Overbay and Andrew McCutchen had big days, totaling six hits while driving in three runs and scoring twice. Overbay fell a homer shy of the cycle and McCutchen doubled twice.

Charlie Morton was just as good as he’s been all season, going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He also scattered five strike outs through his seven innings.

The Phils loaded the bases down 6-2 in the 9th. They got a run back on Placido Polanco’s RBI single. Chase Utley followed up with two outs but couldn’t deliver, flying out to left to end the game.

The Phils got some bad news after the game. Jimmy Rollins fouled a ball off his knee in the first inning before doubling. But it was bothering him and he exited the game an inning later. He wound up with a petallar contusion.

After the game, the Phils sent Mike Zagurski back down and brought back David Herndon.

2B: Rollins (11), Ibanez (11).

WP: Morton (7-2). LP: Kendrick (3-4).


Victorino to return tomorrow

Shane Victorino is on his way to Pittsburgh.

Victorino will skip his final rehab assignment with the Reading Phillies, who were playing this morning before I even woke up.

The center fielder, who strained his right hamstring and landed on the DL May 19, homered in Wednesday’s game. They yanked him early in the game and told him to get ready to return to the Phillies.

Victorino’s rehab stint was finished in four games, two with Single A Lakewood and two with AA Reading.

But with the return of the Phils best outfielder comes the question of who gets sent down in his return.

If the Phillies opt to send reliever Mike Zagurski back down, it will leave them with 11 pitchers (four starters, seven relievers).

But they could also send down one of their handful of outfielders.

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Zagurski recalled, KK starts Saturday

UPDATE: Kyle Kendrick will start on Saturday after the speculations were made.

Last season, Kendrick started twice against Pittsburgh and was the winner in both games. He went 17 combined innings (one complete game) and allowed six runs, five earned.

In his career against Pittsburgh, Kendrick is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA.

When asked who was starting Saturday, pitching coach Rich Dubee joked: “Pedro Martinez.”

On a serious note, Dubee is not a fan of going with 11 pitchers when Shane Victorino returns on Friday and Mike Zagurski is sent back down, Ryan Lawrence tweeted.

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Worley optioned

The Phillies made a rather interesting move following today’s 5-4 win over Washington.

They optioned their 23-year-old starting pitcher Vance Worley back to Lehigh Valley for a little work.

“We’ll see you shortly,” Worley recalled them saying. “You’re a part of this team. You’ll be back.”

It’s a move that will allow Worley to work on his stuff as a starter. After being dropped to the bull pen in Joe Blanton’s first return, Worley struggled in his next two starts.

He was exhausted in a poor outing last week and then was roughed up against the Mets on Sunday. He pitched a total of eight innings with 18 hits and 12 runs, eight earned.

On the season, Worley is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in six appearances, four of which are starts.

The Phillies have an off day on Thursday, which will allow them to skip Worley’s spot in the order.

The Phils will likely call up Scott Mathieson or Mike Zagurski for the next couple days. And when Shane Victorino returns on Friday, one of those pitchers will be sent back down, leaving the bull pen with seven relievers.

Down on the Farm: Pigs Edition

Dom Brown signs autographs before the game.

Half of Team to Beat made a trip to Allentown to catch some AAA action on May 16. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs took on the Norfolk Tide of the Orioles system at Coca Cola Park.

To the disappointment of us, Domonic Brown was not playing as he’s still nursing an injured thumb and recently demoted Vance Worley will start tomorrow for the Pigs.

But a few former Phillies, prospects and career journey-men were in tonight’s action and I’ll talk a little about them.

The Pigs took advantage of some errors and got a good effort from their pitching as they held off the Tide, 4-3, to improve their record to 22-16 which is 2nd in the International League’s North Division. Read more of this post

Phils DFA Zagurski, add third catcher

Ruben Amaro had commented the other day the Phils were going to add a third catcher in order to rest Carlos Ruiz’s back. In doing so, they desdignated left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski for assignment.

Taking his place on the 25 and 40-man roster is catcher Dane Sardinha. The 32-year-old catcher hit .205 (8-for-40) with the Phillies last season when Ruiz and back-up Brian Schneider shared separate stints on the DL.

Schneider will be making the starts and Sardinha’s presence is for emergency situations only. Once Ruiz is fully healthy, Sardinha will head back to Lehigh Valley where he’s currently hitting .105 (4-for-38).