Chooch Posts 7 RBI, But Phils Fall in Painful Extras

Chooch Posts 7 RBI, But Phils Fall in Painful Extras

Probably not the best way to start a Thursday morning, but who wants to take a quick look at just a few of the more painful elements from last night's 15-13 Phillies loss in Atlanta?
After being given a lately unheard of 6-0 lead, Roy Halladay surrendered six runs in the fifth inning thanks to a Brian McCann grand slam, and two more in the sixth. The thrill of run support and the agony of an ace in distress…
Seven RBIs by Carlos Ruiz, one shy of a club record for all players and a new mark for Phillies catchers, went to waste. His pair of doubles and a bat-flipping bomb to left all came before the game went to extras. Ruiz's season line swung up to .329/.363/.575/.938; 4 HR, 17 RBI. How Chooch is it to swing the bat like that on a night when his pitcher clearly labored?
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. 
Jimmy Rollins committed a costly error what could have been a double play in the eighth, but bullpen management will be a hot-button after Charlie opted not to go with Jonathan Papelbon, who would have been pitching in a third consecutive game. Michael Schwimer relieved Jose Contreras with the bases loaded and one out with a three-run lead, then walked Michael Bourn on four pitches, allowed a two-run single to Martin Prado, and a sac fly to Freddie Freeman. More from Crashburn Alley on the bullpen decisions here. 
And yet, the Phils weren't done. Entering the ninth down 13-12 with All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound for the Braves, they dinked the tying run after Juan Pierre walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Polly groundout to short, and scored on a long infield single by Shane Victorino up the middle. 
But the blast that hurt the most on the night came off the bat of one Mr. Larry Wayne Jones. With the Delaware Valley either in bed, hanging on for "one more inning," or wired with Phils-Related Insomnia, Chipper went deep in the bottom of the 11th. One last F You Trot to the Phillies? God I hope so. 
More from Jim Salisbury here. 
Luckily we don't have to wait long to put that one away. The teams meet again today just after noon. Hope Joe Blanton is ready to go deep into this one.  
Two questions: Would you have used Papelbon in the eighth?
Are you worried about Halladay?

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P