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Phils Split Twin Bill With ChiSox

After getting rained out on Friday night, the Phillies and Chicago White Sox played two on Saturday at the Bank. The Phillies have won their last three series against the likes of Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington. They made good on a crucial home stand to gain some ground and hold their position in the National League East.

Yesterday’s doubleheader featured 24 innings of baseball, with both games going to extra innings.

Jonathan Pettibone got the start in the day game, looking for his sixth win on the season. He was given a two nothing lead in the on RBI’s from Domonic Brown and Delmon Young. He would give it back, however, in the top of the fifth when Alejandro De Aza doubled home two to tie things at two.

The Sox would take the lead the next inning on a sacrifice fly by Conor Gillaspie, making it 3-2. That would last until the bottom of the seventh, when recent call up Darin Ruf hit a one out, solo home run that tied the game at three.

Pettibone finished the day with six innings pitched, three earned runs allowed on six hits. He also had four walks and six strikeouts.

The game would remained tied at three and head into extra innings, though the Phillies had multiple chances to win. In the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Frandsen & Ruf began the inning with back to back singles. A balk then occurred, moving both runners into scoring position with nobody out. Carlos Ruiz then stepped in with a chance to win the game, but he flied out to shallow left field, preventing Frandsen from tagging.

The next batter was pinch hitter Laynce Nix, who struck out swinging. The hot hitting Ben Revere came up next, and lined out to right field. The Sox had him played perfectly.

In the bottom of the tenth inning, the Phillies again had a man on third with less than two outs. Michael Young worked a one out walk, and then Brown reached on a ball that alluded first baseman Adam Dunn. That put Young on third with only one out, and Delmon Young coming up. He would strikeout, with Frandsen following with a ground out.

Two golden opportunities to win the game were wasted.

The White Sox made the Phillies pay for that, as Alexei Ramirez would double home De Aza in the top of the 11th to take the lead at 4-3. An error by Jimmy Rollins then allowed Alex Rios to reach base and Ramirez to score, making it 5-3 Chicago.

The Phils worked a mini rally in the bottom of the inning, cutting the lead to 5-4 with one out. Revere came up with a runner on first, and fouled a ball hard off his right foot. He would finish his at-bat, and the game, grounding into a double play to end it. To add insult to injury, Revere was placed on the disabled list after the game and may miss significant time with a broken foot.

Erik Kratz was called up after the game to take Revere’s spot on the roster.

The final score was 5-4, but no time to dwell as the next game began an hour later.

To make a long, drawn out, frustrating story short, the second game stayed tied at 1-1 into the 13th inning. A day-night doubleheader with both games going to extras, ain’t baseball great??

The Phillies, after cleaning out their bench and most of their bullpen, were victorious 2-1 when Jimmy Rollins scored the winning run on a single by Michael Young. Starter John Lannan turned in a solid outing, going eight strong innings, allowing just the one run on on four hits and struck out three. His team managed only one run on three hits for him before heading to extra innings.

At the end of the day, the Phillies still find themselves in position to take their fourth consecutive series and possible head into the All-Star break in second place. Cole Hamels will take to the mound today in search of his third straight win. He will be opposed by lefty Jose Quintana for the Sox.

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