Jun 252011
 
Ben Francisco slaps the game winning pinch hit

Ben Francisco slaps the game winning pinch hit

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Francisco’s walk-off hit gives Phillies shutout victory

June 25 CSN Philly:

If Vance Worley is going to hold down a spot in the Phillies’ rotation for the foreseeable future, Friday night’s outing against the Oakland Athletics was a pretty decent effort to build off of.  The same goes for Ben Francisco, who delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 victory. For Francisco, it was his second, clutch RBI single this week as the Phillies improved to 48-29.

Phillies’ Manuel admits reliever Madson is hurt

June 25 CSN Philly:

Usually in the ninth inning of a tie game at home, manager Charlie Manuel likes to hand the ball off to his closer. It doesn’t matter if it’s Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras or Ryan Madson – if the game is tied in the ninth inning at the Bank, the closer is in.  But in a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night at the Bank, Michael Stutes came running out of the bullpen to pitch. Oh, Madson was out there and presumably healthy, but he never got up to throw a ball.

Phillies put Oswalt on DL, call up Mathieson

June 25 Camden Courier-Post:

The Phillies today placed pitcher Roy Oswalt on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the team recalled right-hander Scott Mathieson from triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Oswalt is 4-6 with a 3.79 ERA in 13 games this season. The 33-year-old is 1-5, 4.06 ERA over his last eight starts after going 3-1, 3.33 ERA in his first five starts.

Oswalt doesn’t sound optimistic on comeback

June 25 Allentown Morning Call:

PHILADELPHIA – Roy Oswalt’s comments after pitching just two innings in Thursday’s game because of lower back inflammation make it hard to believe his disabled list stint, which began Friday, will only be 15 days.  “You throw as long as you can throw, and if you can’t throw no more, you can’t throw no more,” Oswalt told traveling beat reporters in St. Louis. “I’m going to keep throwing as long as I can, and hopefully it’s not gotten to the point where I can’t throw no more. If it’s gotten to that point, then you’ve just got to accept it.”

Overbrook grad signs with Phillies

June 25 Camden Courier-Post:

Jim Birmingham put off the start of his professional baseball career a couple of years so that he could attend college.  But now — after spending one year at the University of Pennsylvania before transferring to get a degree in marketing from Coastal Carolina — Birmingham is ready to begin his new career.

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