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For Phillies, it takes a little extra to reach .500
JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.comPosted: Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:19 AM
ANOTHER DAY, another extra-inning game between the Phillies and the White Sox, and another walkoff victory for the Phils.
Following 24 innings of baseball combined in a Saturday day-night doubleheader and the gut-wrenching news that centerfielder Ben Revere was placed on the disabled list yesterday, the Phillies needed somebody to step up. Reveres replacement, John Mayberry Jr., did so in the bottom of the 10th.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Mayberry singled up the middle to score Chase Utley, who reached on a leadoff double, giving the Phillies a 4-3 victory over Chicago.
I was just trying to keep it simple, Mayberry said. I was looking for something that was over the plate and it was a first-pitch fastball, and I just tried to put it in play and hit it hard over the diamond.
Cole Hamels seemed in line to improve to 5-11, but Jonathan Papelbon was unable to close his 21st game and recorded his fifth blown save of 2013 with two outs in the top of the ninth.
I think everybody on this team has gone through a lot mentally and physically, Papelbon said. Im tired every day, but thats just part of it, and thats kind of irrelevant now.
Following a one-out walk by Utley and a single up the middle from Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown sent a towering fly ball over the head of Chicago centerfielder Alejandro De Aza, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first.
In the fourth, Hamels helped his own cause by sending a single off starting pitcher Jose Quintana over first baseman Adam Dunn, which scored Delmon Young, who also reached base on a single to rightfield. Hamels, who also hit a double, said he did not do anything different in his approach at the plate yesterday.
Just swing, not much else, just swing, Hamels said with a smile.
After allowing a single in the first inning, Hamels went on to retire 11 straight batters before hitting leftfielder Dayan Viciedo with a pitch. Hamels escaped the fifth inning unharmed despite also allowing a double to catcher Josh Phegley and a single to third baseman Brent Morel.
Chicago was able to score its first run in the top of the seventh on Dunns leadoff, lazy fly ball double that landed just out of the reach of Brown in left. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger knocked in the White Soxs first run on a RBI single that scored Dunn. A strikeout and an inning-ending doubleplay by third baseman Brent Morel allowed Hamels to escape with the two-run lead.
Hamels impressive day at the plate continued in the top of the seventh as he sent a leadoff double down the line in right. But the Phillies were unable to add to their lead, with strikeouts from Michael Young, Utley and Brown.
Cole was swinging the bat great today, Brown said. He got a fastball in and he hit it well, and Cole is also an excellent pitcher.
The White Sox added their second run off Hamels in the top of the eighth as De Aza sent his 12th homer a few feet left of the rightfield foul pole. Hamels retired the next two Chicago batters on groundouts to end the inning. Hamels allowed two runs on eight hits while recording seven strikeouts and no walks in eight innings of work.
Ultimately the big idea was getting back to .500. I was trying to go deep into the ballgame and give our team a chance and trying to stay around the strike zone, Hamels said. Earlier in the year I was a little wild and not being effective and not being able to pitch deep into the ballgame, and thats where I really tried to focus, on challenging hitters.
Papelbon entered in the ninth after Hamels threw 107 pitches. After starting Dunn off with a 3-0 count, Papelbon fought back to strike out Chicagos lefthanded power threat. But Viciedo singled to left. Blake Tekotte entered to pinch-run and recorded his first stolen base of the season. Following a Keppinger fly out to center, Phegley singled to center, evening the score, 3-3.
Although the Phillies were unable to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, Mayberrys walkoff single in the 10th soothed the pain left by the absence of Revere. With the win, the Phillies finished 7-3 in their 10-game homestand heading into the All-Star break, improving to 48-48.
Weve got to get going and get some wins, Charlie Manuel said. Its always good to win at home, of course, and I look at it that if youre going to win something, you better win at home. When I stop and think about it, every game we win puts us closer to a mark that we might be able to reach.
Before yesterdays game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked about the status of Revere, and if the team will look for a replacement to fill in the void he leaves in center.
Prognosis doesnt sound too good, Amaro said of Revere. We will see how long its going to be and I think its going to be one of those things that may take a while. If that is the case, then we will probably be looking for a centerfielder if there is one thats available. If there is not one available or not one that is an upgrade from what we have right now with John [Mayberry], then well see.
Revere is set to meet with Dr. Steven M. Raikin today at the Rothman Institute for more information on the ankle injury. While Amaro does not expect to trade for a player immediately following the break, he will leave the centerfield duties up to Mayberry.
Yeah, I think I can, Mayberry said when asked if he can be a viable, everyday centerfielder. I come to the ballpark the same way every day, and my role might change a little bit, but Im still going to go out there and do the same things I always have done.
The Phillies have now won their last four series. They are 6 1/2 games behind the Braves entering the All-Star break.
Were still playing to see how good we really are; thats how I look at it, Manuel said.
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