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Lee cruises in Phillies win

Phillies 5, Braves 1
WP – Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)
LP – Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76)

ATLANTA —  Cliff Lee has shown glimpses of the pitcher he once was throughout this season.

Lee pitched his third consecutive gem as he struck out five in a 5-1 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon.

The Phillies southpaw tossed seven scoreless innings against his division rivals. He surrendered five hits and only walked one batter. He would have gone out for the 8th but a sore hamstring hindered that.

The Phillies got the scoring started in the first inning when John Mayberry Jr. stroked an RBI single off Tim Hudson to plate Juan Pierre. It was Mayberry’s fourth RBI in the last two games.

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Rosenberg Yields Four in 10th; Phillies Lose

Mets 9 , Phillies 5 (10 innings)
WP – Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02)
LP – BJ Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66)

PHILADELPHIA — Extra innings have not been kind to BJ Rosenberg.

The Phillies reliever gave up four runs in the 10th inning including a two-run home run by catcher Kelly Shoppach to give the Mets a 9-5 win.

Shoppach also hit the RBI double off Antonio Bastardo that tied the game at 5 in the 9th inning.

After getting solid production from Raul Valdes and Josh Lindblom, the Phillies bullpen imploded.

Bastardo and Rosenberg struggled mightily in the late innings.

At one point, the Phillies led the game 4-1.

Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 1st inning, the Phillies bounced back in the bottom half of the stanza. Chris Young had a rocky inning in which he walked Jimmy Rollins and Utley and hit Kevin Frandsen with a pitch.

Then on a 1-2 count to Ryan Howard, Howard blasted a Young offering into the right centerfield seats to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

However in the middle innings, the Mets answered the rally.

Rightfielder Mike Baxter connected on a two-run home run off starter Vance Worley to make it a one-run game in the 4th inning. In the very next inning, David Wright lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate Ruben Tejada which tied the game at 4.

HR: Howard (9), Utley (9).


Detwiler Stifles Phils Offense In Shutout

Nationals 3, Phillies 0
WP – Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02)
LP – Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34)
SV – Tyler Clippard (21)

WASHINGTON — From the first pitch to the time he left in the seventh inning, Ross Detwiler was nothing short of masterful.

Detwiler stifled the Phillies lineup as he only allowed three hits en route to a 3-0 Nationals victory over the Phillies. The win allowed the Nationals to avoid being swept by their division rivals.

The Phillies never could seem to get anything going. Their best chance came in the third inning when Kevin Frandsen singled with one out and was followed by a Chase Utley walk to put runners at first and second.

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Blanton Struggles in Phils Loss

Braves 6, Phillies 3
WP – Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71)
LP – Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (24)

PHILADELPHIA — It seems as though a lead is never safe with this year’s Phillies team.

After trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the second inning only to see it slip away. The Braves scored all six runs off Joe Blanton as they defeated the Phillies 6-3 on Saturday evening.

The Phillies had RBIs from Juan Pierre, Joe Blanton, and Jimmy Rollins to take their lead.

But the Braves battled back over the next two innings.

Brian McCann continued his torture of Phillies pitching as he singled in a run to tie the game at 3. McCann has six RBIs through two games this series.

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Season Preview: NL East

Before I begin my NL East season preview, I’d like to take a few sentences to thank John Russo for not assigning me the AL West this year. That division is almost as exciting as a glass of milk. Key word being “almost.” Milk can spoil and that’s exciting.

Expectations: Will lead the league in wheel chairs.
Key Addition: RP Jonathan Papelbon (signed from Boston)
Key Loss: SP Roy Oswalt (free agent)
Projected Record: 100-62 (get 100th win on last day)
Summary: As mentioned in my last column here on TTB, the window is closing. However, it hasn’t shut quite yet. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. While the Nationals and Marlins have certainly gotten better in the off-season, they’re not there yet. The Phils are still the cream of the crop and it’s still their division to lose.

The addition of Jonathan Papelbon gives the Phillies their first closer since the 2008 version of Brad Lidge (the 2009, 2010 and 2011 updates sucked. Thanks, Windows) and Jim Thome gives the Phils a nice bat off the bench and a healthy achilles on first base. Re-signing Jimmy Rollins gives the Phillies a healthy infielder (for now) and guarantees all of us our daily dose of first pitch pop outs.

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The Quest For Six: The Phillies are still favorites this season, but the competition is steeper than ever

Phillies 41-year-old 1B Jim Thome talks hitting with catcher Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

I don’t have a lot in common with the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t throw a 90 MPH fastball. I can’t hit a homerun. I can’t even hit the ball.But for all our differences, there is one thing the Phillies and I have in common – we’re both going to die.

Gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, right?

But it’s true. I’m getting older, and one day I’ll kick the bucket.

The Phillies are getting older too. The average age of the expected everyday lineup is 31.9 years. That’s 223.3 in dog years. And that’s including Ryan Howard, who isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the season. Instead, plug in Jim Thome and his 41 years. Somebody call the AARP.

But age isn’t the problem; it’s just part of the problem. You can still be old and be good. When the Yankees beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, their average age was 31.3.

The Phillies could win the World Series this year just as easily as anyone else. But the team’s age does show us something: the window is closing. Maybe it won’t slam shut this year or next year, but don’t be fooled, it’s going to happen soon. Just look at the trend.

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