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PostHeaderIcon Game 21 Preview: Hamels makes debut in Hollywood

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An extra-inning win in the wee hours of the morning helped the Phillies even their record. The long-awaited debut of a top-notch pitcher sets the stage for Wednesday’s game.

The Phillies (10-10) can now pull above the .500 mark for the first time this season since Opening Day. The Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9) are in place to disrupt the Phillies three-game winning streak. First pitch is at 10:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (2013: 8-14, 3.60 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels is making his season debut after being sidelined with a shoulder injury for nearly the first month of the season. In seven career starts against the Dodgers, Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA. At Dodger Stadium, he is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42 ERA). Greinke received a no-decision in his last start, allowing one run on three hits in six innings against the Diamondbacks. In five games and four starts against the Phillies, Greinke is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA. At Dodger Stadium, he is 10-2 with a 2.10 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Drawing Even: Phillies even record with 10-inning win over Dodgers

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A little late-inning magic can go a long way. For the Phillies, a fortunate turn of events in the 10th inning helped turn the tides.

Offense came at a premium on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Two runs in the fifth were all the Phillies could manage through nine innings. It was nearly enough, but a couple of smart baseball plays in the seventh helped the Dodgers even the score that forced extra innings.

But an error by Carl Crawford put a runner in scoring position. A double provided the go-ahead run. And for the third straight day, the Phillies claimed a road win, downing the Dodgers, 3-2, in 10 innings. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 20 Preview: Quest for .500 continues with Burnett on mound

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Cliff Lee led the Phillies to a series opening win in Los Angeles to help even up the road trip and get the Phils off on the right foot in their new series.

Once again, the Phillies (9-10) have a chance to reach that elusive .500 mark. The Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8) look to bounce back from a tough night on Monday. First pitch is at 10:10 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (2-2, 4.00 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett pitched seven shutout innings in his last start, allowing three hits in a no-decision against the Braves in a game the Phillies would win 1-0. In 10 career starts against the Dodgers, Burnett is 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA. At Dodger Stadium, he is 1-4 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Hyun-jin Ryu (0-1, 4.97 ERA). Ryu also pitched seven shutout innings in his last start, allowing four hits in a win over the Giants. In his only career start against the Phillies, Ryu pitched seven innings allowing two runs in a no-decision. At Dodger Stadium, he is 7-5 with a 2.82 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodger Dominance: Lee, Ruiz lead Phils to shutout win

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There’s something about L.A. for Cliff Lee.

The Phillies ace continued his dominance in Hollywood with another brilliant start. He also got some help from his friends this time around.

11 Phillies hits, including a pair of home runs, helped back Lee’s gem, as the Phillies shut out the Dodgers in the first of a four-game series, 7-0, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 19 Preview: Lee starts opener in LA

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After the wildness of another series finale won by the Phillies, the road trip carries on. For the first part of the week, the Phillies hit LA.

With a win under their belt, the Phillies (8-10) look to build off their best offensive performance in a week. The Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) are the next team in line for the Phillies, as a four-game series kicks off on Monday night. First pitch is at 10:10 p.m.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee pitched a complete game in his last start on Wednesday, allowing 11 hits and one run while also walking one and striking out 13 in a 1-0 loss to the Braves. In seven career starts against the Dodgers, Lee is 2-2 with a 1.70 ERA. At Dodger Stadium, he is 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA.

The Phillies will face left-hander Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97 ERA). Maholm allowed one run in six innings in a no-decision against the Giants in his last start. In 12 career starts against the Phillies, Maholm is 5-3 with a 4.63 ERA. At Dodge Stadium, he is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Mile High Mayham: Phils salvage finale in crazy game

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It’s been said before that a win is a win is a win. The Phillies got a win on Sunday, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.

In a game that took four hours, eight minutes to complete, the Phillies pounded out 15 hits and scored 10 runs. The problem was pitching.

The 10 runs were still enough for the Phillies, but barely, as they squeezed out a 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies in the series finale from Coors Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 18 Preview: Hernandez on mound for finale

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Here it is, another series where the Phillies are looking to salvage a series finale.

This dismal stretch for the Phillies (7-10) has now stretched four games, and somehow includes a win. The Colorado Rockies (10-9) are making a bid for a series sweep thanks to the Phillies struggles. First pitch of the series finale is at 4:10 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits while walking six in a no-decision against the Braves on Monday. In his only career start against the Rockies, Hernandez allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss. This is his first career appearance at Coors Field.

The Phillies will face right-hander Juan Nicasio (2-1, 1.89 ERA). Nicasio picked up the win in his last start against the Padres, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. In two starts against the Phillies, Nicasio is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA. At Coors Field, he is 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Rockie Road: Phillies silenced again, fall to Rockies

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Another night, another lack of support for a starting pitcher.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well but his efforts were for naught as the Phillies offense struggled again.

The Phillies made it four straight games without an extra-base hit and managed just five hits and one unearned run in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night at Coors Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 17 Preview: Kendrick starts in Denver

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Friday’s series opener and first game on a 10-game road trip couldn’t have been any worse. The 12-1 shellacking by the Rockies was a reminder that the Phillies could struggle mightily this season.

The Phillies (7-9) need to answer the call on Saturday with a bounce-back game. The Colorado Rockies (9-9) look to break above the .500 mark and claim the series. First pitch of the series opener is at 8:10 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits in six innings in his last start against the Marlins on Sunday, a no-decision in the Phillies 4-3 win. In 11 games and 10 starts against the Rockies, Kendrick is 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA. At Coors Field, he is 1-0 with a 5.58 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-1, 1.89 ERA). Lyles allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Padres in his last start. In two career starts against the Phillies, Lyles is 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA. At Coors Field, he is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 16 Preview: Phillies hit road against Rockies

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A late single by Ben Revere helped the Phillies salvage the series finale against the Braves on Thursday. With a win on getaway day, the Phillies hit the road preparing for a 10-game road trip.

The Phillies (7-8) look to return to .500 in the first game of the road trip. The Colorado Rockies (8-9) can also hit the .500 mark with a win. First pitch of the series opener is at 8:40 p.m.

Jonathan Pettibone (0-1, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Pettibone pitched five innings allowing two runs – one earned – in his first start of the season against the Marlins on Saturday. Pettibone’s only career start against the Rockies was rough, as he allowed seven runs – six earned – on 10 hits in three innings. The start was at Coors Field.

The Phillies will face right-hander Tyler Chatwood (2-1, 1.89 ERA). Chatwood allowed four runs in six innings against the Giants in his first start of the season on Sunday, taking a no-decision. In two career starts against the Phillies, Chatwood is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. At Coors Field, he is 11-13 with a 4.68 ERA.

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