Sep 042011
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Cole Hamels picks up a couple RBI hits but Phils still lose to Marlins

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Herndon, Phillies’ bullpen blows game vs. Marlins

September 4 CSN Philly

David Herndon’s streak of 13 straight scoreless appearances came to an end Saturday and as a result so did the Phillies‘ five-game winning streak.  Pitching for the first time in eight days, Herndon hung a 1-0 changeup to Gaby Sanchez with one-out in the eighth inning and Sanchez clubbed it high over the leftfield wall for a three-run home run. Sanchez’ homer was one of three that Herndon allowed in an ugly eighth as a one-run Phillies‘ lead quickly turned into an 8-4 loss to the Florida Marlins.

Manuel, for one, likes Marlins’ home

September 4 Courier-Post

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was perched on the top step of the dugout, peering over the railing at the ballpark now known as Sun Life Stadium, as Edgar Renteria delivered an 11th-inning single in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. It gave the Florida Marlins their first world championship and sent Manuel’s Cleveland Indians home as runners-up.  That was the worst moment — the one that still sticks with the Phillies‘ manager.

Blanton gets inning of work in rehab start

September 4

JOE BLANTON finally got back on the mound last night.  The Phillies‘ No. 5 starter, who has been sidelined since mid-May with elbow soreness, pitched in the first inning for Class A Lakewood at Hagerstown last night. Blanton retired all three batters he faced, two on fly balls, one to centerfield and one to right, and one on a grounder to short.  Blanton had nine strikes in the 11 pitches he threw.

Phillies Notes: ‘Pen in good shape for postseason

September 4

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Come October, the Phillies will expect at least seven innings from each of their starters, and that is not unreasonable. Entering Saturday, the Phillies starters averaged 62/3 innings per start through 134 games. With Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels pitching a majority of the postseason starts, seven is not at all a stretch.  The by-product is a rested bullpen, one hardly overworked. And lacking significant depth, the Phillies could win with effectively a two-man bullpen in the postseason.

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