Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Dodgers 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Dodgers 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Ruiz capped a big night -- and a big series -- with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to help lift the Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

Ruiz’s double off bearded reliever Brian Wilson broke a 3-3 tie and bailed out reliever Mike Adams, who had allowed a game-tying homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh inning.

Ruiz batted second as Jimmy Rollins did not start. He reached base five times with three hits and two walks.

Cody Asche got the ninth inning going with a single off Wilson. The hit was just Asche’s third in his last 27 at-bats. Asche also made a defensive gem at third base.

The victory gave the Phillies a series victory over the Dodgers. The Phils took three of four. Ruiz had two doubles, a homer and four RBIs in Monday night’s win. He was 7 for 14 in the series.

The Phillies are 11-11 and 4-3 on the 10-game road trip.

Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick gave up 10 hits but just two runs over 5 2/3 innings. He exited with a one-run lead.

Dodgers starter Dan Haren allowed three runs over six innings but only one was earned.

Bullpen report
Jake Diekman struck out pinch-hitter Matt Kemp with runners on first and second to preserve the Phillies’ one-run lead in the sixth. However, Adams gave up the lead when he surrendered up a booming, first-pitch homer to Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.

Adams stayed on, pitched a scoreless eighth and received the win. It was the first time he’d pitched two innings since June 2010.

Jonathan Papelbon closed it out in the ninth.

Wilson fell to 0-2 with the loss.

At the plate
Marlon Byrd doubled in two runs in the fifth inning for the Phillies. Byrd padded the Phillies’ lead with a two-run single in the ninth.

Freddy Galvis started at shortstop and went 0 for 5. He is 1 for 25 on the season.

Gonzalez’s home run traveled 431 feet and landed in the seats in center. Juan Uribe belted a two-run homer off Kendrick in the fourth inning.

In the field
Asche, back at third base after three games out of the starting lineup, made a huge defensive play to save a run and preserve a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Asche backhanded a ball behind the bag and made a snap throw to the plate to cut down Hanley Ramirez. The play was reviewed to determine whether catcher Ruiz blocked the plate. After a three-minute, 18-second review, the call stood.

Meanwhile, Galvis, who started at shortstop in place of the resting Rollins, made a knucklehead play when he took his time on a routine ground ball by Uribe in the bottom of the sixth. Uribe capitalized on Galvis’ nonchalance and beat the ball out for a hit. Uribe died on second with his team down a run when Diekman struck out Kemp to end the inning.

Dodgers first baseman Gonzalez made a costly error that eventually resulted in two unearned runs in the Phillies’ three-run fifth.

Up next
The Phillies open a three-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RH Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 5.75) vs. RH Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.50)

Saturday: LH Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) vs. RH Bronson Arroyo (1-2, 9.50)

Sunday: RH A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.73) vs. RH Brandon McCarthy (0-4, 6.23).

Phillies will take a peek at Tim Tebow, mostly out of curiosity

Phillies will take a peek at Tim Tebow, mostly out of curiosity

CHICAGO — The Phillies will send a scout to watch Tim Tebow’s baseball showcase next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Now, before you start clearing a space in your closet for a red-pinstriped Tebow jersey — you know, right next to the midnight green Tebow jersey — keep this in mind: the Phillies, and every other team that stops by Tebow’s workout, are merely practicing due diligence by taking a look at an accomplished athlete who long ago showed some baseball aptitude. Tebow’s chances of ever playing in a major-league game are extremely thin.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national championship quarterback from the University of Florida has not played baseball since 2005, his junior year in high school. He has been training as a baseball player for several months in Arizona. Next week’s showcase was arranged by Tebow’s representatives. Southern California is loaded with amateur baseball talent so many scouts live there. It makes sense that most teams would have a set of eyes on hand for curiosity if nothing else.

Tebow, who turned 29 earlier this month, was a left-handed hitting outfielder/pitcher in high school. He hit .494 with four homers and 30 RBIs as a junior at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida, before giving up baseball to focus on football. That was a good move as he enjoyed a storied run at Florida. But Tebow has not been able to stick in the NFL.

Tebow played for the Denver Broncos in 2010 and 2011 and the New York Jets in 2012. He attended training camp with the Eagles in 2015, but failed to make the team. He spent last year working as a broadcaster for ESPN.

Obviously, Tebow’s competitive juices still run hot. His athletic résumé alone will attract scouts to his baseball showcase, which, by the way, will be closed to the public.

Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up with righties vs. White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon

Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up with righties vs. White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon

The Phillies are loading up with right-handed hitters for Tuesday's series opener at U.S. Cellular Field against White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon.

Odubel Herrera is out of the lineup and Aaron Altherr takes his place in center field. Peter Bourjos and Tyler Goeddel are in the outfield corners. 

Carlos Ruiz serves as the designated hitter against Rodon, who has huge platoon splits. Righties have hit .305/.365/.484 against Rodon; lefties have hit .220/.268/.286.

Rodon has a changeup to stave off right-handed hitters, but he's used it only eight percent of the time this season. He's thrown his 94 mph fastball, sinker or slider with 92 percent frequency (see game notes).

Emmanuel Burriss gets a start at second base.

Ryan Howard is out of the lineup. U.S. Cellular Field is the only active stadium in which he's never played. The Phillies haven't been there since 2004.

1. Peter Bourjos, RF
2. Aaron Altherr, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Cameron Rupp, C
6. Carlos Ruiz, DH
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
9. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B

Suspended Phillies pitcher Alec Asher to begin rehab assignment

Suspended Phillies pitcher Alec Asher to begin rehab assignment

Phillies right-handed starting pitcher Alec Asher, who was suspended 80 games in late May for PEDs, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League.

Asher, 24, was 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four starts with Triple A Lehigh Valley before the ban was handed down.

The Phillies will likely stretch him back out and get a look at him again in September. They've dealt with various injuries to starting pitchers, including Aaron Nola (elbow) and Zach Eflin (knees, foot). Plus, there's the possibility Vince Velasquez is shut down at some point in September. He is five innings shy of matching his career high. That could open up a spot in the rotation for Asher.

Asher debuted with the Phils last Aug. 30 after being acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade. He went 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in seven starts last season but pitched well in the minors early this year thanks to the addition of a two-seam fastball.