.500 and 4 Back

.500 and 4 Back

Every single outcome went the way the Phillies wanted it to on Tuesday night. All four teams ahead of them in the wild card race found a way to lose. The Atlanta Braves lost to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds. The L.A. Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. And the St. Louis Cardinals lost to San Diego Padres.

And the Phillies, helped by the ball bouncing their way, took care of business against the Marlins at CBP.

After the game, Jimmy Rollins talked about the need for a new kind of flag out in Ashburn Alley.

"This year we're trying to do something we've never done and that's win a wild card," Rollins told reporters. "We've got a lot of flags hanging up, but we don't have a wild card flag. So it'd be a good time to get one."

They're certainly making it interesting and getting people's attention back.

After their sixth-straight victory on Tuesday and the other games all falling in the Phillies favor, the Fightins now sit 4 games back in the wild card standing with 4 teams ahead of them and the Milwaukee Brewers neck and neck with them.

Clifton Phifer Lee throws today in an odd 4:05 start time to finish off the Fish and then it's off to Houston to take on the formidable Astros.

This could get really fun, people.


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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.