How about that free-agent-to-be Cole Hamels, eh? Cole was filthy on Wednesday night, going out and winning his seventh game in a row, a career berst, to put an end to the Phillies four-game losing streak and give the team something positive to hang their hats on prior to kicking off their four-game set with the first place Cardinals tonight in St. Louis. Despite losing one of the best players in the game in Albert Pujols, the reigning champs champs currently hold a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the Central.
The beasts of last year's awful, horrendous, totally lame, and disappointing NL Division Series, Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman, are both on the DL. So we won't have them to remind us of the ugly end to the 2011 season. But there are plenty of other familiar faces to do just that anyway.
Papa J-Roll -- welcome to Philly, Camryn Drew! -- is back from the Paternity Leave list which means Kratz Kratz Kratz Kratz Kratz was optioned to Lehigh Valley. We're just glad Erik got the chance to belt his first homer in the bigs while he enjoyed his cup.
Sadly, Ryan Howard is still rehabbing down in Clearwater so there will be none of his infamous home cooking this weekend.
It'll be Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) going up against right-hander Jake Westbrook (4-3, 2.41) in tonight's contest. Heavy B is coming off a tough outing against the Red Sox in which he gave up a career-high 4 home runs and 7 runs (6 earned) overall in 4.1 innings of work. It ended his sweet streak of non-loss performances at CBP that dated back multiple seasons.
As for the Pujols-less Cards offense, David Freese has continued to impress in the Lou, knocking in his 30th and 31st runs of the season on Wednesday night. He's one of three players with 30+ RBI through 44 games this season. Carlos Beltran has been producing for the Cards, sitting 2nd overall in the NL with 37 RBI.
8:15 start from the middle portion of the United States.
Chooch Ruiz is your cleanup hitter again. And he's a badass.
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The Phillies continue to make baseball fun as they head toward the finish line of their fifth straight losing season.
They rallied for their eighth win in the last 10 games in beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
The Phillies have taken the first three games of the series against the team with baseball's best record. All three wins have been come-from-behind efforts.
Aaron Altherr, the hero of Monday night's win against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, was a key contributor again in this one. He drove in four runs late in the game with a two-run homer in the seventh and a tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning.
• The Phillies' bullpen, which had been so good lately, blew leads of 2-1 and 5-4, but the offense overcame those issues.
• Despite having the second-worst record in the majors, the Phillies are 32-33 since the All-Star break.
• The game ended with Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera making a tremendous leaping catch at the wall on a bullet by Yasiel Puig.
• Cesar Hernandez started the Phillies' eighth-inning rally by working a walk against Luis Avilan. Avilan then made an errant throw to help set up Altherr's big single.
• Hector Neris pitched for the third night in a row and earned his second save of the series.
• The Dodgers rallied for three runs against the Phillies' bullpen to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh. The Phillies got the runs back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Rhys Hoskins continued to do things to help the team win when he led off with a walk against right-hander Ross Stripling. Stripling then threw two hanging curveballs and Altherr and Tommy Joseph deposited them in the left-field seats to give the Phillies the lead. Joseph, pushed into the background by Hoskins' emergence, had a two-RBI night.
• Phillies starter Jake Thompson gave up just one run but was not economical enough with his pitches to get past the fifth inning. Thompson allowed six base runners on three hits and three walks and got outs on several long fly balls. He walked two batters in the fifth, got a visit from pitching coach Bob McClure then got the final two outs on a pair of groundballs. He hung a full-count slider to Justin Turner with two outs, but Turner grounded it to short for the third out. Thompson survived and exited the game with a 2-1 lead.
• Chase Utley did not start for the Dodgers, but he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh with the Dodgers behind, 2-1. Facing rookie right-hander Victor Arano, Utley showed that famous short, chop swing in lacing a triple off the center-field wall.
• Arano was originally Dodgers' property. He came over to the Phillies late in the 2014 season in a trade for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. After Utley tripled, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent up left-handed hitting Andre Ethier to bat in the pitcher's spot. Pete Mackanin responded by waving lefty Hoby Milner into the game. Roberts went back to his bench and replaced Ethier with Kike Hernandez, a right-handed bat. Milner is a side-armer who struggles against right-handed bats (they were 19 for 46 against him while lefty hitters were 9 for 54). The results were predictable; Hernandez doubled home Ultey with the tying run. Milner did get to face a lefty hitter later in the inning and NL Rookie of the Year slam dunk Cody Bellinger broke the tie with a two-run double. Despite the difficult inning, Milner has made a nice showing and put himself on the map this season. He had not allowed a run in 21 straight appearances before being charged with two.
• The series concludes with a Thursday matinee. Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.93) pitches for the Phillies against Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.91).