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Cliff Lee won back to back starts for the first time this season by allowing no runs over 7 innings yesterday as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1. The win gets the Phillies to within 5 games of .500 and Cliff Lee to 4-7 on the year.
News trickled out before yesterday’s game that Catcher Carlos Ruiz, hands down the team’s MVP this season, is not a lock to rejoin the team before the season ends. Ruiz has not played since August 3 because of a tissue tear in his left foot. Ruiz and general manager Ruben Amaro spoke yesterday and agreed that they would not rush Ruiz back.
The Phillies recalled relief pitcher Justin DeF ratus from Triple A Lehigh Valley to join the team. De Fratus was expected to be a contributor to the Phillies bullpen this year but was sidelined by a flexor pronator elbow strain. He is expected to join the team today in Atlanta.
Joining De Fratus as a September call up will be Jake Diekman. Diekman turned heads earlier this year when he was first called up, providing hope for the future of the bullpen, however he seemed to lose his way and his effectiveness along the way and was eventually demoted. Jake Diekman is 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 23 games with the Phillies this year.
The Phillies were able to add players to their team as rosters expanded from 25 to 40 for the final month of the season. Fans have been hoping to get a peek at Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf. Ruf has broken Ryan Howard’s single season HR record and has been an offensive powerhouse at Double A. Reading is still playing, and their season ends tomorrow.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled relief pitchers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
De Fratus, a right-hander, and Diekman, a left-hander, are with the Phillies for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Diekman is 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 23 games with Philadelphia. He was optioned to Lehigh Valley on July 31.
De Fratus was on the Phillies...
Wow. What a collapse. The Phillies were just inches away from closing within 7 games of a wild card spot and keeping some playoff chances alive, though remind. Instead, the Phillies would end the game 9 games behind the Braves in the Wild Card race and 8 games behind St. Louis.
This game had "Phillies sweep" written all over it. The Phillies scored five runs...
The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled RHP Justin De Fratus from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He will be available for today's game against the Atlanta Braves.
In five games with the club in 2011, De Fratus was (1-0) with a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched.
Below is a game log of his appearances for the Phillies in 2011:
In this quick blurb from mlb.com, Carlos Ruiz spoke about possibly just missing the remaining month of the season to reccover:
"I don't want to come back and the injury happens again. I don't try to push it too much -- just taking it nice and easy with my running. If I feel something, stop. But so far, I feel real good. It'll be a little hard. It's not completely...
Tyler Cloyd pitched seven one run baseball and Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run home run to pace the Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Reds.
The game was a bounce-back from yesterday’s too tough for words, well almost, an 8-7 loss in the finale against Atlanta.
Rollins, for all his ups and downs, provides power at the leadoff spot. Monday was no exception, as he slugged a three-run home...
De Fratus is back after arm issues (AP)
The Phillies youth movement in the bullpen continues. On Saturday, lefty Jake Dikeman was recalled from Lehigh Valley and on Sunday Justin De Fratus made the trip to meet the Phillies in Atlanta.
Diekman’s control was the issue and the reason why he was demoted. That continued with the Iron Pigs as he walked 10 batters in 11 1/3 innings...
During Sunday's miserable game in Atlanta when things were still going well, Frank grabbed this picture of Cole Hamels on the mound and decided to make it a contest.
The winner will get Frank's two tickets to Monday night's game against Miami.
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Jonathan Papelbon quietly packed his red Phillies travel bag in the visitor’s clubhouse Sunday night at Turner Field.
The closer had just served up a three-run home run to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones in the bottom of the ninth inning in a brutal 8-7 loss. Papelbon is paid big money to close games, so any time he blows one he is upset.
But this one had a different feeling...
Final: Phillies 8, Braves 5.
WP: Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58 ERA) LP: Cristhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (31)
Ryan Howard didn't receive the nickname "Big Piece" for no good reason. He jump-started this crucial series down in Atlanta in the Phillies favor, with a home run in the top of the second to give the Phillies the early lead.
In the bottom...
Johnny Cueto's bid to become the majors' first 18-game winner fell short on Monday as the Reds (82-54) were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies (65-70), 4-2. Jimmy Rollins smacked a 3-run homer in the fifth that proved to be all the visitors needed on a soggy Labor Day in Cincinnati. Despite the loss, Dusty Baker's club still enjoys the largest division...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered in the ninth inning off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run shot off Cristhian Martinez in the 10th to help the Philadelphia Phillies rally for an 8-5 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.
Josh Lindblom (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one walk and striking out one.
Jonathan Papelbon earned his 31st save...
Final: Phillies 4, Reds 2.
WP: Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77 ERA) LP: Johnny Cueto (17-7, 2.58 ERA) SV: Phillippe Aumont (1)
The Phillies' bats were relatively silent up until the top of the fifth inning, while trailing 1-0 due to Jay Bruce's 30th home run of the season in the second inning. After Steven Lerud and Tyler Cloyd's two-out singles, Jimmy Rollins made Johnny...
With an 8-5 win tonight over the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies are now only 8 games out of the Wild Card. If they sweep the Braves, they will only be 6 games out — with 3 more games against them come Mid-September. The Phillies need to cover 3 games + sweep these 2 series, to make the playoffs? Not impossible!
Erik Kratz survived a crushing hit at home plate in the fourth inning...