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)

Top Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds muscle, looks for big season 2017

Top Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds muscle, looks for big season 2017

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The difference was striking.
 
When Mickey Moniak arrived in Philadelphia to sign his first professional contract six months ago, he was rail-thin and 170 pounds.
 
On Tuesday night, Moniak made a quick visit to the winter meetings to be honored as Baseball America’s high school player of the year for 2016. 
 
He’d added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.
 
“It’s all muscle,” Moniak said proudly.
 
The Phillies selected Moniak with the first pick in the June draft and signed him for $6.1 million. Just a few months of professional baseball convinced the 18-year-old centerfielder that he needed to get stronger. He recently capped off his first year of pro ball with a three-week stint at the Phillies’ strength and conditioning camp in Clearwater.
 
“It’s something the Phillies wanted me to do and I knew I definitely needed it, too,” Moniak said. “I really enjoyed my first year. I got a taste of what it was like to play baseball for a job and it was a good time.
 
“There were a lot of positives that came out of the first year. I felt like I jumped in there and really competed. I hit well in July. In August, I started to fatigue and I wasn’t prepared for that, being my first season. But it was a good learning experience. I needed to get stronger.”
 
Moniak hit .284 with a .340 on-base percentage, 11 doubles, four triples, a homer and 28 RBIs in 46 games for the Phillies’ prospect-stacked Gulf Coast League team. That club, loaded with young Latin players and first-year talent from the 2016 draft, went 41-17 and advanced to the finals of the league playoffs before losing to the Cardinals.
 
After the playoffs, many of the players from that club participated in the Florida instructional league. Moniak played sparingly, however, after dealing with some soreness in his right hip. He was checked out by doctors in Philadelphia and there are no more concerns.
 
“It was just tightness,” Moniak said. “Everything is good. I’m 100 percent. They said it was either a growing pain or just tightness. I just have to stretch more.”
 
Moniak is an athletic centerfielder with speed and a good left-side bat. He has been compared favorably to former All-Star Steve Finley.
 
"Collectively, we believe Mickey was the best player available in the draft," Johnny Almaraz, the Phillies head of amateur scouting, said on draft night in June. "He's a true centerfielder with incredible offensive ability and the potential to be a perennial All-Star."

Moniak hit .476 with seven homers, 12 triples and four doubles at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California, during his senior season. He impressed a rival scout who saw him play five times during the season.

“The bat is good,” the scout said. “He’s going to hit and hit for average. He’s a good centerfielder. He can run. The question is how many home runs will he hit? If he ends up getting stronger, he could be a corner bat that’s unbelievable. There’s no negative here. It’s a good pick.”
 
Now, Moniak is stronger. He looked sturdy in a dress shirt and tie at the winter meetings Tuesday night. He is eager to see how it all translates on the field in 2017.
 
“I’m excited for the season,” he said. “I’m just going to go to spring training and compete and hopefully end up in (Single A) Lakewood, stay healthy and hopefully have a winning season and win a championship. That’s the ultimate goal and if personal stats come with that, too, that’s great.”

Pete Mackanin talks Phillies' need for more offense, contract status

Pete Mackanin talks Phillies' need for more offense, contract status

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As the 2016 season was winding down, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin surveyed his low-scoring club and made public an offseason wish list that included “two professional hitters.”

So far this winter, he’s gotten one — Howie Kendrick.

Is that going to be enough to satisfy the skipper?

“You know what, I'm happy that we acquired Kendrick because we needed a solid, professional hitter,” Mackanin said at the winter meetings Tuesday. “Howie Kendrick is one of those guys. He knows how to give you good at-bats, grind out at-bats.

“We have guys like (Maikel) Franco and Freddy (Galvis), to name a few, who really need a better plan at the plate. I think Howie is going to help them out just by watching him take at-bats and go about his business. I think that's going to help a lot of our guys improve.

“I would like to get another guy. You can always use more hitting, more pitching, better players. But I'm pretty happy with Howie.”

There’s no doubt that Mackanin would like to add another hitter to an offense that ranked last in the majors in runs scored (610) and second to last in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.301) and slugging (.385).

“Yeah, it would be nice,” Mackanin conceded. “We have to improve offensively.”

General manager Matt Klentak has spoken often this winter about the quandary he’s facing. He would like to add another bat in a corner outfield spot, but not necessarily at the cost of taking away an opportunity from a young player such as Roman Quinn or blocking the ultimate ascension of Dylan Cozens or Nick Williams. This is the tightrope that the GM of a rebuilding club must walk.

There are several corner outfield bats (J.D. Martinez, Jay Bruce, Andre Ethier) available in potential trades and others (such as Michael Saunders) on the free-agent market.

“It’s about striking the right balance between adding a veteran bat or veteran free agent to make our team better, but again, not taking playing time away from players that need the playing time,” Klentak said.

Mackanin understands all this. But he’d still love to have another bat.

Does he think he’ll eventually get one?

“That's hard to say,” he said. “Obviously I would like to have a solid hitter for the team, for the fans, for everybody. We would like to win more games. I think it would be very important, obviously, to improve our offense. … I think we owe it to the pitchers to create more offense so that they are in more games. Everything is still up in the air. It's early. Deals may be made in January or in spring training when things happen. So one move might create an opening in another. If we trade a pitcher, we get a position player. A lot of things can change, so it is a little too soon to think too much about that.”

Contract talk
Mackanin is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2017. He has a club option for 2018.

Will the Phillies pick up Mackanin’s option before spring training to prevent a lame-duck situation?

Klentak was noncommittal on the subject Tuesday.

“We have time to do that,” he said. “Obviously last year we talked about his status in spring training and I’m sure the time will come when we’ll sit down and talk about it again.”

In March, the Phillies gave Mackanin a two-year contract with a club option for 2018.

“I hope they pick it up but that's not up to me,” Mackanin said. “That's up to them. I feel that when it's time for them to let me know, they let me know.

“But in the meantime, I'm not consumed by it. Hopefully it will happen, but it doesn't help me thinking about it.”