Phillies Weekly – Home Sweet Home

The Phillies fell to the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Sunday. This was the Phillies 8th loss in their last 9 games. The offense mustered the same amount of huts as the Reds, which was 6, and Chase Utley drove in the Phillies loss. David Buchanan got his third loss in this game as he went 6 innings, gave up 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and struck out 6. On Monday, Phillies minor league affiliate, the Lakewood Blueclaws, retired Cole Hamels jersey. The Phillies opened up the homestand on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard went a combined 4 for 8 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. A.J. Burnett picked up his 4th win of the year as he went 7 1/3 innings, gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 14th save in the win. This save was also Papellbon’s 300th career save ad he said this about the save, “It means a lot to me.”

Cliff Lee took a step in the right direction as he made 35-40 tosses rehabbing his strained left elbow on Tuesday. The Phillies shut out the Padres 3-0 on Wednesday. Reid Brignac was all the Phillies needed in this one as he hit a 3 run walk off homer in the ninth. Cole Hamels pitched a gem as he went 8 innings, gave up 5 hits, struck out 11, and walked 1. Papelbon picked up his 15th save of the year and his second straight save. The back to back wins on Tuesday and Wednesday was the first time the Phillies won consecutive games in 3 weeks. On Thursday, Lee progressed more as he threw 40-45 tosses rehabbing his strained left elbow. The Phillies swept the Padres with 7-3 win on Thursday. John Mayberry Jr. led the Phils as he went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, 1 run scored. and he hit his 5th homer of the year. Kyle Kendrick got his 2nd win of the year as he went 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, and struck out 5. Fireballing phenom Ken Giles got some work in this one as he went 1/3 of the 9th and recorded his first career strikeout. Giles also gave up a homer in his debut.

Cody Asche hit 2 homers in his first rehab game as he is recovering from a hamstring injury, The Phillies had their three game win streak snapped as the Chicago Cubs beat the Phils 2-1 on Friday. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 but also tied Mike Schmidt’s Phillies’ hits record. Roberto Hernandez received his 5th loss as he went 5 2/3 innings, gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 2, and struck out 5.

The Phillies beat the Cubs 7-4 on Saturday. Marlon Byrd went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and Dom Brown went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, 3 RBI, and hit his 5th homer of the year. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored and passed Mike Schmidt’s hits record as that was his 2,235th hit. David Buchanan received his 2nd win as he gave 6 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 1, and struck out 5.

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