Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Padres 2

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Padres 2

BOX SCORE

Cliff Lee pitched eight strong innings and Freddy Galvis had a big night at the plate as the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Starting pitching report
Lee allowed just five hits over eight innings. A pair of solo homers accounted for the two runs he gave up. The lefty walked just one and struck out nine.

In his last two starts, Lee has racked up 16 innings and allowed just seven hits and three runs. He has walked one and struck out 19 in those two games.

Lee is 13-6 with a 2.97 ERA for the season.

Lee also had a good night at the plate as he helped set up the decisive run with a successful sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh.

San Diego lefty Eric Stults allowed six hits and two runs in six innings. Both runs came on solo homers. He struck out five and walked none.

Stults exited with the score tied, 2-2.

Bullpen report
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.

San Diego right-hander Nick Vincent took the loss. He allowed a leadoff double to Galvis in the bottom of the seventh and that led to the tie-breaking run.

At the plate
Galvis homered, doubled, scored two runs and drove in another with a safety squeeze bunt.

Jimmy Rollins tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with his first home run since July 20. He went 178 at-bats between homers.

Galvis opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, moved to third on Lee’s bunt and scored the go-ahead run on a contact-play ground ball by Cesar Hernandez.

Galvis pushed home an insurance run with a safety squeeze bunt in the eighth.

Tommy Medica and Jedd Gyorko had solo homers for San Diego. Medica’s was his first big-league hit.

Health check
Domonic Brown continues his recovery from a sore right Achilles tendon. He did some running Wednesday, took some fly balls and continued to swing in the batting cage. He said he could start taking regular batting practice in the next day or two. A return sometime next week seems possible.

Up next
Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.19) pitches against San Diego right-hander Tyler Ross (3-7, 2.79) in the series finale on Thursday night.

Sources: Phillies close to signing reliever Joaquin Benoit

Sources: Phillies close to signing reliever Joaquin Benoit

WASHINGTON – It looks as if the Phillies will have some action at the winter meetings.

The team is close to signing veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit, sources tell CSNPhilly.com. The winter meetings officially begin on Monday. The signing is expected to be announced before the meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, is a veteran of 15 seasons in the majors. He is coming off a strong 2016 season in which he pitched in 51 games for Seattle and Toronto and recorded a 2.81 ERA.

Benoit began the 2016 season with the Mariners and had a 5.18 ERA in 26 games. He was traded to Toronto in July and gave up just one run in 23 2/3 innings over 25 games, but did not pitch in the postseason after suffering a torn calf muscle in late September.

The right-hander has pitched for six teams in his career and has a lifetime 3.79 ERA in 712 games.

Entering the offseason, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he wanted to improve the bullpen. He opened the offseason by trading for veteran right-hander Pat Neshek and last week claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from Texas. Now, Klentak is poised to add Benoit.

Benoit has mostly pitched in a setup role in his career, but he does have closer experience. It is unclear what role he’d pitch in for the Phillies. The Phils have Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris returning to the back of their bullpen in 2017. Benoit could complement that pair or the Phillies could choose to trade Gomez or Neris.

Neris pitched in 79 games in 2016 and had a 2.58 ERA, so the Phillies would only deal him if they were to get a strong package of talent in return.

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.