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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)



McCann Crush: Braves Win 4-3; Sweep Phillies

Braves 4, Phillies 3
WP – Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (25)

PHILADELPHIA — Brian McCann is heating up into a career-record pace.

The Braves star catcher homered in his fourth straight game, this one proving to be the winning run in the Braves 4-3 victory over the Phillies. The win capped off a three-game sweep that will send the Phillies into the All-Star Break 12 games under .500.

With the game tied up, 3-3, McCann hit a bomb to dead center off reliever Raul Valdes in the 7th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. McCann finished game 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.

The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Jason Pridie, a late addition to the lineup for Shane Victorino (more on that later), ripped a two-run homer.

The Braves tied the game up in the 4th when Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer off Phillies starter Vance Worley. But the Phillies responded right back in the bottom on Pridie’s RBI double to give them a 3-2 lead.

McCann worked his Phillie-killing magic in the 5th inning. After a pair of singles by Martin Prado and Jason Heyward, McCann singled on a line drive up the middle to tie the game back up, 3-3.

2B: Pridie (1). HR: Pridie (1).


Worley Pummeled; Phillies Fall to Mets 11-1

Mets 11, Phillies 1
WP – Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35)
LP – Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46)

CORONA, NY — Jon Niese made only one mistake to Carlos Ruiz.

After that, he and his offense and defense tightened up to play flawless baseball. The Mets combined a great outing by Niese with some stellar defense and an offensive outburst to demolish the Phillies, 11-1.

In the top of the 2nd, Ruiz erased an early 1-0 deficit with a solo home run to left field, his 12th on the season, to tie the game at one-apiece.

Vance Worley was the victim of a bad game all around. He couldn’t hit his spots and in turn it cost him the best ERA on the staff. Heading into the game with a sub-3.00 ERA, the six runs in four innings Worley gave up ballooned his ERA up to 3.46.

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Phillies Win, 5-4, Over Pirates

Phillies 5, Pirates 4
WP – Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92)
LP – Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (18)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to pull off another important win against a good team.

Behind the bat of Carlos Ruiz and the injured arm of Vance Worley, the Phils held onto a 5-4 lead.

Worley pitched six strong, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Ruiz had a three-hit night, pumping his average up to .361, best in the Majors. He also hit his career-best 10th home run, and it’s only June 26.

The Phillies will not have a starting pitcher tomorrow, using the bullpen for the whole game. Raul Valdes will be the first pitcher used.

3B: Pence (2). HR: Wigginton (8), Ruiz (10).


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).


State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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O’s Win On Jones Walk-Off

Orioles 6, Phillies 4 (12 innings)
WP – Luis Ayala (2-1, 1.93)
LP – B.J. Rosenberg (0-1, 18.00)

BALTIMORE — B.J. Rosenberg didn’t expect his welcome to the Big Leagues to turn out quite like that.

Adam Jones did the honors, sending Rosenberg 0-1 slider into centerfield for a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Orioles a 6-4 win.

Rosenberg got through the 11th inning without a hitch. But he walked Chris Davis to lead-off the bottom of the 12th before Jones’ game-winner.

Vance Worley had a better outing than his first last week. In his second game since coming off the DL with a chipped bone in the elbow, Worley gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.

Both teams played a bit of tug-o-war in the first half of the game.

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Papelbon Sounds Off After Tough Loss

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
WP – Ronals Belisario (1-0, 1.26)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31)
SV – Kenley Jansen (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Poor umpiring had a lot to do with the Phillies dropping a third straight game.

It also had a lot to do with why Jonathan Papelbon was upset in the 9th inning and after the Phillies tough 4-3 loss to open a four-game series against the Dodgers.

Papelbon though he had struck out Dee Gordon, the lead-off hitter in the 9th inning of a 3-3 ballgame. But home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn called a ball on the 1-2 count, extending the at-bat.

On the very next pitch, Gordon lined a ball into the gap in right center, going to third on a lead-off triple. He scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single the very next at-bat to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.

Papelbon sounded off at Reyburn, who was called up from the Triple A to umpire in the Majors, but wasn’t ejected. Papelbon then proceeded to sound off on Reyburn after the game in front of reporters.

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Phils Get Good News On Worley

The Phillies rotation took a hit last week when Roy Halladay went on the DL.

All eyes turned to Vance Worley to get healthy and it looks like the young right-hander will be ready to rejoin the rotation by Monday.

Worley threw a second bullpen session today, and said his session went well. He felt no pain or discomfort in his right elbow, which was diagnosed to have a bone chip in it.

Worley could pitch Monday against the Dodgers, but it’s not official yet whether he will be able to go or if Cliff Lee will take the mound with Worley pitching Tuesday.

Either way, it’ good news and it prevents the Phillies from having to use a spot starter against the Dodgers on Monday or Tuesday with Kyle Kendrick pitching tonight and then slated to pitch Wednesday.

THOME, MARTINEZ UPDATE — Both Jim Thome and Michael Martinez will begin a rehab stint today with the Clearwater Threshers.

Martinez has been out since Spring Training with a broken foot and Thome has been out for over a month with a back injury.

Phillies Place Halladay On DL

The Phillies have placed starting pitching Roy Halladay on DL this afternoon according to Todd Zolecki.

It’s a Grade 1/2 strain in the lat muscle (on the back under the shoulder). Halladay hopes to be back in 6-8 weeks.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he thought Halladay had an issue since spring training. Dubee said he thought it was a minor, lingering issue but it never went away.

The news couldn’t have come at any worse of a time for the Phillies, who are reeling big time in injuries to both the rotation and offense.

Vance Worley is currently on the DL with a bone chip in his throwing elbow, opting for surgery after the season ends. He threw a bullpen session today and felt no pain. He will throw one more session before he will rejoin the rotation.

The Phillies will have to scratch Roy Oswalt off their wish list because he signed with the Texas Rangers earlier today.