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Bats Stage Wild Comeback Late, Bullpen Hangs on For Win 8-7

Photo: Joe Mahoney

If you were out last night, went to bed early, or simply changed the channel, you missed a good one. Freddy Galvis hit a pair of two run triples to make up for a rare defensive mishap and help erase a 7-2 deficit, leading to a 8-7 Phillies victory. The win pulls them back within one of the Nationals for second place and back to just 6.5 back of the Braves for first.

Pedestrian Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick did not make it through the fifth inning tonight, giving up seven earned via ten hits and two walks, including Carlos Gonzalez’s NL-lead tying 19th homer and a home to Josh Rutledge. Jeremy Horst entered the game in the fifth with a runner on and induced a double play but, down 7-2 by then, the game seemed quite out of hand.

Wake up the bats!

In the top of the sixth, the Phils started to chip away. After a Ryan Howard walk and a Kevin Frandsen single, Galvis hit his first triple. He would score on a Humberto Quintero ground out. In the top of the seventh, Domonic Brown led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Following a John Mayberry walk, Galvis hit his second triple of the night, scoring both Brown and Mayberry. Jimmy Rollins entered the game to pinch hit for Quintero and hit a single into right to put the Phillies ahead for good with the score 8-7.

Fantastic Bullpen

The bullpen went five and 2/3 scoreless, giving up three hits and a walk. Horst pitched 2/3 of an inning, while Michael Stutes picked up the win by pitching a scoreless sixth. Jake Diekman made his 2013 Phillies debut and joined Justin DeFratus and Mike Adams as Phillies pitchers who earned holds tonight. Jonathan Papelbon got his 13th save in 13 tries.

The Phillies send Jonathan Pettibone to the hill tomorrow at 4:10 PM as they look to win the series.



  1. DavidE

    June 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

    It’s hard to say what this team will do. The upside is if the Phillies bullpen performs like they did tonight, they are going to win a lot more close games. Stutes, Diekman and DeFratus were all at Lehigh Valley when the season started. The lineup isn’t really settled. It’s strange but Kevin Frandsen has really been key in the last two wins with his hitting. Maybe he gets more playing time. Then again there are a lot of possible downsides too.

  2. bacardipr

    June 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    David i was going to give props to Frandsen. Galvis said he rallied the troops in the dug out. Stutes was coming off injury and needed some time in AAA after a bad spring training. If these two can keep it up they can help solidify the shaky bullpen. Bastardo is a question mark again. Diekman im just not sure about. The offense rallied here once i tuned in and saw the score i said forget it about. I then tune back in too see they where tied. From there one i saw them break the tie and win the game.

  3. Phillies_Priestess

    June 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Actually After the 5th inning, I hid in the hole and braced for a loss. Only to be surprised after the game when I went out of my hole to find our they won! Here’s wishing the best
    for the Phillies!

  4. Brooks

    June 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

    That was some good old fashioned Phillies offense last night. Man was it missed. Late inning rallies, clutch hits, some good defense.
    It very possibly could be just a rare occurrence this year and frankly I think without Howard being a big contributor, it just might be something that comes along only once in a great while. I mean, Freddy Galvis with 2 triples and 4 rbi? When will that happen again!?
    But it was some fun wasn’t it? Good times, good memories.

  5. bacardipr

    June 15, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Yea and i tuned off Brooks. I missed did see the highlights though. I wonder once Utley/Ruiz comeback will they DL Howard or just keep running him out there.

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Great win for the offense and the ‘pen. A couple posts ago, I wished they would give Frandsen some more playing and they did, and h has been key the last two games. I really like the way the guy plays: he’s hungry and fiery, not that the team isn’t, but his is on a Cliff Lee/Utley level – stop at nothing to win, dive, go beyond, etc.

    Stutes is back to form, after shaking off the rust. I hope Diekman can find control an keep it, and if so, he can be an asset.
    Hopefully, with the return of Utley and Chooch, we can get right back in this thing.

    Plus, Mayberry did great filling in for D Young, even though Delmon singled, and his walks were crucial to the hits that followed.
    Go Phils!

  7. Lefty

    June 15, 2013 at 8:59 am

    The Phillies are still in the division race. It’s a miracle considering how bad they have played, but don’t give up yet, they are still in it. Forget the Wildcard, that’s gone, too many teams to hop. Focus on one team, The Atlanta Braves.

    The Atlanta Braves started the season red hot, riding the back of a hot start by Justin Upton, who has cooled considerably now. They were IN FACT 12-1 on April 16th, they were 6.5 games in front of the Phils. Anyone check the standings this morning?

    It’s nearly TWO FULL MONTHS later, and guess what? The Phils are still only 6.5 games back. As poorly as the Phils have played, the Braves have played no better, in fact both teams are exactly .500 since then. The reason there is still hope is that with one hot run, one streak, the Phils can overtake the Braves. I realize that this reasoning to keep hope alive is not the best, – that the frontrunners in your division stink too, but it is still a fact.

    I believe with some injury help, (something the Braves won’t get, O’Flaherty and Venters are gone for the season) and a few hot bats, and Cole Hamels pitching like Cole, and who knows, maybe even getting some form of Doc back, that this thing is NOT over. Maybe even Ryan Howard with a healed back knee that he can push off of to regain his power stroke.- It’s possible.

    94 games left to play, 94 games! That’s an eternity in baseball to make up 6.5. And many are head to head with the Braves and Nats, the opportunity is there to catch up quickly instead of having to hope others beat them In the words of the old Tugger, Ya gotta believe people!

    • G7

      June 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Is .500 going to win the division? That’s what they are..a .500 team.

    • Lefty

      June 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Since April 16th that’s basically what the two teams are. If nothing has changed, then they both are right around .500.

      The Braves were 12-1
      The Phils were 6-8

      i’ll let you do the math, but 6.5 back is 6.5 back. The records since April 16th are identical.

  8. bacardipr

    June 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Thats what im curious if they should just DL Howard. Depending on what his knee issue was he could of been DL and bought in a few weeks. Who really knows at this point.

  9. Bob in Bucks

    June 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Nice win but Phils won’t make it this year.

    Number remaining games vs Marlins:

    Phils – 6
    Braves – 19

    • Lefty

      June 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      God I hate when you comment, you always say things that make sense.
      Ruins my fun. 🙂

      94 games Bob, keep the faith man.

  10. c. schreiber

    June 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I agree about Fransen playing more but with me being an old 2b/ss type I noticed he’s awful slow putting a tag on a basestealer. He does it two handed instead of a one handed swipe tag. Had he been faster with one of those tags last night I believe the runner would have been out. However that’s the only criticism I have on him but if he plays third and Galvis 2B that should work out well.

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