Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Padres 5 (13 innings)

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Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Padres 5 (13 innings)

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SAN DIEGO – Two nights after imploding in the ninth inning in one of their worst losses of the season, the Phillies showed a little fight and a lot of excellent bullpen work in rallying for 7-5 win over the San Diego Padres in 13 innings.

The Phillies scored two unearned runs in the top of the 13th on a hit batsman, a walk and a pair of two-out errors.

Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe committed two errors on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder between first and second base. Chase Utley and Domonic Brown were able to score on the play. Though Revere did not get a hit, he worked a tough eight-pitch at-bat against lefty Tommy Layne and put the ball in play. Revere fouled off four pitches in the at-bat.

Cole Hamels’ difficult season continued. For the second game in a row, he squandered an early lead. He was on the hook for his 12th loss before Delmon Young’s game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth.

The Phillies’ bullpen was fabulous in pitching seven scoreless innings.

The Phillies (38-41) ended up winning two of three in the series and trail Atlanta by seven games in the NL East.

Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed seven hits, including four doubles and a home run, and five runs (one unearned) in six innings of work. He walked two (one intentionally) and struck out five.

The left-hander’s season ERA is up to 4.58.

Rookie left-hander Robbie Erlin came up from Triple A for this start, his second in the majors, and held the Phillies to three runs over 6 1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Erlin allowed four hits and three of them came in the first two innings. Erlin joined the Padres from Texas in a deal for Mike Adams at the 2011 trade deadline.

Bullpen report
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he wants to take a look at some of his young relievers. J.C. Ramirez is giving Amaro something to see. Ramirez followed up his three-strikeout big-league debut Sunday by getting six outs in this game.

Phillippe Aumont pitched out of trouble in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. He followed with a scoreless 10th.

Jake Diekman, Joe Savery and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched a scoreless inning. Antonio Bastardo did not appear in the game after throwing 30 pitches Tuesday night. Justin De Fratus did not appear in the game. Phils manager Charlie Manuel said he wanted to avoid using De Fratus because of the reliever's recent workload.

Padres lefty Joe Thatcher entered a 5-3 game with the bases loaded in the seventh and retired Utley on one pitch in one of the game’s pivotal at-bats. Thatcher stayed on for the eighth and allowed a two-run hustle double to Brown. Luke Gregerson entered and gave up a game-tying homer Young. Gregerson had allowed just one homer in 33 1/3 innings.

At the plate
Young’s game-tying homer was his first in 43 at-bats and it came on the same day manager Charlie Manuel indicated that it was time for Young to start producing.

The Phils went a stretch of 16 plate appearances without a hit from the second to the seventh inning.

They had just two hits after the eighth inning.

Forsythe doubled twice and scored twice against Hamels. Chris Denorfia belted a two-run homer against Hamels.

In the field
Young misplayed a base hit in the third inning and it resulted in a run.

Padres rightfielder Kyle Blanks dropped a foul pop up that would have ended the top of the seventh. The error gave pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen life and he singled home a run. Blanks also misplayed Brown’s hit into a double in the eighth.

Minor matters
Third baseman Maikel Franco and pitcher Jesse Biddle, both top prospects playing at Double A, have been selected to play in the Futures Game as part of All-Star festivities on July 14 at Citi Field in New York.

Up next
The Phils travel up the coast to begin a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Pitching matchups:

Thursday night -- RH Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14) vs. RH Zach Greinke (4-2, 3.79)

Friday night -- LH John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs. LH Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09)

Saturday night -- LH Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) vs. LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96)

Sunday afternoon -- RH Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) vs. RH Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.25)

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Phillies conclude miserable homestand with new low as Zach Eflin demoted to Triple A

Phillies conclude miserable homestand with new low as Zach Eflin demoted to Triple A

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For a moment Sunday afternoon, Citizens Bank Park sprung to life as the Phillies strung together five hits in a four-run second inning.

But four home runs off starter Zach Eflin sent the Phillies to another defeat and Eflin to Lehigh Valley.

Eflin was optioned to Triple A following the Phillies' 8-4 loss to the Reds, in which he allowed seven runs on nine hits in just five innings of work (see Instant Replay)

"His first two-three outings were really good," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He was keeping the ball down, but his last three, including today, he's elevating his sinker and once you elevate that sinker, it doesn't have the effect that you'd like to have."

The Phillies have now lost nine consecutive series for the first time since 1997. The loss was their 22nd in 28 games and handed the Reds their first series win at CBP since August 2006.  

Eflin got off to a rocky start Sunday with three first-inning singles, allowing one run. He escaped further damage but then proceeded to give up a home run in each of his final four innings. The final home run — Adam Duvall's second on the day — came on an 0-2 pitch and extended Cincinnati's lead to 7-4. All of the Reds' hits off Eflin came on fastballs as their potent lineup feasted on his pitches high in the zone.

Two weeks ago, Eflin's ERA stood at 2.87 as he kept opponents in the ballpark with his hard sinker. However, starting with a May 17 outing in Texas, Eflin has allowed 22 runs in his last 15 innings. He's given up seven homers in his last two starts and at least nine hits in five consecutive outings as his ERA ballooned to 6.13. With Sunday's results, the Phillies were left little choice but to option the 23-year-old righty while he deals with a rough patch.

"There are some things I need to work on," Eflin said. "I need to do a better job of pitching backward, especially in fastball counts. There's a lot of things I need to work on, but at the end of the day, I'm not worried about it. I'm going to go down there, work on everything I need to work on and get back as soon as possible."

The Phillies will reinstate Howie Kendrick (oblique) off the 10-day disabled list Monday, Mackanin said, in a corresponding move after the veteran IF/OF completed a four-game rehab stint (see story)

Kendrick could help boost an offense that is scuffling. After a four-run second inning highlighted by Andrew Knapp's 434-foot three-run home run, the Phillies' bats fell silent. They strung together five more hits. However, three double plays and a few untimely strikeouts killed any further rallies.

The Phillies left a potential run stranded on third base in the fifth inning as Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr struck out against starter Scott Feldman, who waded into and out of trouble in five innings of work. Herrera went 0 for 4 with that strikeout, continuing to slump. His average has fallen to .217.

With Kendrick returning, Mackanin indicated he would give Herrera some days off soon to help him relax amid mounting pressure to hit.

"He's scuffling. A couple guys scuffling," Mackanin said. "I'll probably move him down in the lineup. I can't keep him in the two-hole. But he has to fight his way out. 

"We'll see when Kendrick gets here. We're going to have another outfielder. I'm going to mix and match and try to get everybody in there. Kendrick, I'm going to bring along slowly because I want to make sure he's healthy.

"In other words, I don't have a set outfield. I'm going to mix those guys up."

On the infield, Maikel Franco continued his slide Sunday, going 1 for 4 with a strikeout and a double play. The slugger is hitting .213 this month, just as he did in April, but his power is down with just two home runs. Kendrick, who only played left field in April, played third base while at Triple A, so he could potentially spell Franco as well.

"He hit a ball hard today but he's not giving us consistent at-bats," Mackanin said. "He's searching both physically and mentally. It's not easy for him. I can tell he's down on himself. He's not happy about what's going on."

The Phillies came into this week struggling and were unable to rebound against the Rockies and Reds, losing five of seven. They averaged just 2.42 runs during the homestand.

However, the bigger problem comes in the rotation. The team gave up 5.71 runs per game in their last seven despite a 23 2/3 inning scoreless streak from the bullpen. The rotation's struggles continue to plague the team as they carry the worst record in baseball into Miami for a three-game set starting Monday.

"I certainly expected more out of our starters," Mackanin said. "We've had some issues with [Aaron] Nola's arm and Clay Buchholz going down. Although [Jerad] Eickhoff is going to end up having a good year in my opinion. He's been a little bit hot and cold.

"And Eflin, I counted on him to have a big year this year. I think if he gets himself straightened out down in Triple A, I think he's going to come back strong. But certainly, I can't sit here and say I'm happy with [his performance]."