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MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - INSIDE PITCH
For back-to-back nights, the Phillies looked like the team they hoped to be when camp opened seven months ago.
On Monday, Cliff Lee dominated with his arm and his bat, leading the Phillies to a one-sided win over the Marlins. On Tuesday, Roy Halladay gutted out six innings, allowing just one run, as the Phillies won for eighth time in their last 11 games.
With 11 games left, the Phillies are just two losses away from clinching their first losing season since 2002. But on consecutive nights, they looked like a team that had the pieces to become a winning team again in 2014.
Lee's one-man-band effort on Monday was the latest in his All-Star season. Lee struck out a season-high 14 batters and went 3-for-4 with a triple and a career-high four RBI in a 12-2 win.
"It was basically his show," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Lee, who improved to 14-6 with a 2.95 ERA.
"Definitely a fun game," Lee said.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Lee became the second pitcher to record at least 14 strikeouts while also collecting at least four RBI. Former New York Met Dwight Gooden (15 strikeouts, four RBI on May 11, 1990) is the only other player to pull off that trick.
Halladay isn't likely to match Lee any time soon. He's 0-for-18 with 17 strikeouts this season.
But four months removed from shoulder surgery, Halladay appears to be making progress in his battle to regain his former stuff. Halladay held Miami to four hits while pitching six innings for the third time in five starts since his return.
Although Halladay has battled command problems since returning -- he walked 10 batters in his previous two starts and hit his sixth batter in five games on Tuesday -- the Phillies have won four of the five games he has started.
"He's improving," Utley said. "He's coming off surgery with a new arm slot. It's something he has to get used to. It seems like his command is getting better. I'm a true believer in that the more reps he gets, the more comfortable he gets with the new arm slot, the more confident he'll be on the mound."
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi, 3-6, 3.80) at Phillies (Zach Miner, 0-1, 3.72)
--RHP Kyle Kendrick underwent an MRI on his inflamed pitching shoulder Tuesday, and was scratched from Wednesday's start. The results are not yet known, though interim manager Ryne Sandberg did not rule out Kendrick missing his final three starts of the season. Kendrick, 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA this season, has lost his last five decisions.
--RHP Zach Miner will be making a spot start Wednesday in place of Kyle Kendrick, who has inflammation in his right shoulder. Miner has made 13 appearances in relief this season, and interim manager Ryne Sandberg said it will be "a bullpen game," meaning other relievers will certainly be involved. Miner has never faced the Marlins.
--RHP Roy Halladay earned his first victory since Aug. 25 on Tuesday as he pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits against Miami. Halladay struck out two, walked three and hit a batter. His last victory had come against Arizona.
--2B Chase Utley went 3-for-4 and for the second straight day hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. The homer was the 18th of the season for Utley, who before Monday had not homered since Aug. 21; it was the 218th of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh with Cy Williams on the club's all-time list. Utley is hitting .395 over his last 12 games, raising his average to .280. He has driven in 66 runs.
--SS Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-4 and score two runs Tuesday, matching his season highs for hits and runs. He is 12-for-27 (.444) over his last seven games, leaving his average at .251.
--C Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a two-run single Tuesday night and is hitting .556 with runners in scoring position since Aug. 8, the highest such average in the majors over that stretch. Ruiz is hitting .287 with five homers and 36 RBIs in 85 games this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's improving. He's coming off surgery with a new arm slot. It's something he has to get used to. It seems like his command is getting better. I'm a true believer in that the more reps he gets, the more comfortable he gets with the new arm slot, the more confident he'll be on the mound." -- 2B Chase Utley, on RHP Roy Halladay, who earned his first victory since Aug. 25 when he pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits against Miami on Tuesday.
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Kyle Kendrick (shoulder inflammation) underwent an MRI on Sept. 17 and was scratched from his Sept. 18 start.
--OF Casper Wells (vision problems) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 26.
--RHP Jonathan Pettibone (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 25. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Reading on Aug. 15, then pitched for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 20. A subsequent MRI found shoulder inflammation, and he was shut down for the season.
--LHP John Lannan (partially ruptured left knee tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 30. An MRI revealed a recurrence of the tendinitis that cost him six weeks at the beginning of the year. He is done for the season after being diagnosed Aug. 19 with a 60 percent tendon rupture, and he might undergo surgery.
--RHP Michael Stutes (right biceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 25.
--OF Ben Revere (broken right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list July 14. He had two screws placed in his foot during surgery July 16. He will go to Clearwater, Fla., on Sept. 12 to continue his rehab in Instructional League games.
--1B Ryan Howard (torn meniscus in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list July 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 26. He underwent surgery July 10. He began a hitting and fielding program Aug. 22 in Clearwater, Fla.
--LHP Jeremy Horst (left elbow sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 16, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 25. He started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 8. He had a setback, and he is likely out the remainder of the season.
--RHP Mike Adams (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 20. Tests revealed three tears in the shoulder, and he underwent season-ending surgery July 31.
LHP Cole Hamels
LHP Cliff Lee
RHP Kyle Kendrick
RHP Ethan Martin
RHP Roy Halladay
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)
RHP Justin De Fratus
LHP Jake Diekman
RHP Zach Miner
LHP Cesar Jimenez
RHP B.J. Rosenberg
RHP J.C. Ramirez
RHP Tyler Cloyd
RHP Luis Garcia
LHP Mauricio Robles
LHP Joe Savery
1B Kevin Frandsen
2B Chase Utley
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Cody Asche
INF Pete Orr
INF Cesar Hernandez
INF/OF Michael Martinez
INF Freddy Galvis
LF Domonic Brown
CF John Mayberry
RF Roger Bernadina
OF/1B Darin Ruf