Instant Replay: Phillies 12, Giants 9

Instant Replay: Phillies 12, Giants 9


SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies broke an 11-game losing streak in the state of California with a 12-9 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
The Phils broke a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the sixth.

The game got hairy in the ninth as the Giants scored five times to cut a 12-4 Phillies' lead to three runs. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris got the final out.
The Phils' offense was keyed by several reserve players. Cameron Perkins got the start in right field and drove in two runs, including the tiebreaker in the sixth. Pedro Florimon came off the bench and drove in an important run in the sixth, and Ty Kelly added a pinch-hit grand slam to highlight the inning.
Rookie Rhys Hoskins belted his fourth home run of the trip. He is the first Phillie to hit four homers in his first 10 big-league games and the second in the majors this season, joining Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger who hit his first two homers in an April 29 game against the Phillies.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Phillies, who are 20-46 on the road and 1-11 in the state of California this season.
Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff allowed eight hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. Eickhoff has had trouble going deep into games. He has made 22 starts and failed to go six innings in 11 of them.
Giants starter Ty Blach gave up eight hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Bullpen report
The bullpen was good until Edubray Ramos got hit around in the ninth. Adam Morgan got a big out in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game tied and picked up the win thanks to the Phils' rally in the sixth. Hoby Milner, Jesen Therrien and Luis Garcia pitched scoreless ball. Neris had to come on and get the last out, but not before walking a batter.

Giants lefty Josh Osich was charged with four runs in the sixth.
At the plate
The Phils trailed, 3-1 when Hoskins put them up by a run with a three-run homer in the third.
The seldom-used Kelly has 14 hits and 14 RBIs.
Freddy Galvis had three hits.
Cameron Rupp smacked his 12th homer of the season.
Denard Span hit Eickhoff's first pitch of the game for an inside-the-park homer. The ball took an odd carom off the wall and rightfielder Perkins actually kicked it as he ran it down. Without the kick, it probably would have been a triple. The official scorer ruled it a home run and not a triple and an error because the odd carom eluded Perkins and made it a difficult.

Buster Posey has hit in 21 straight games against the Phils, dating to 2014.
Lineup stuff
Jorge Alfaro started at first base in place of slumping Tommy Joseph (see story).
Health check
Right-hander Zach Eflin's status for his next start remains up in the air. He left his start Friday night with tightness and discomfort in his right shoulder. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan "doesn't think there's a whole lot there," manager Pete Mackanin said. "But we're not sure. It doesn't seem to be anything to be overly concerned about, but anytime a guy says his shoulder is barking you have to be careful."
Up next
The Phillies close out their West Coast trip Sunday afternoon. Ben Lively (1-4, 3.80) will be added to the roster and make the start against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99).

MLB Notes: Braves lose 13 international players in sanctions

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MLB Notes: Braves lose 13 international players in sanctions

ATLANTA -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hit the Atlanta Braves with heavy sanctions, including the loss of 13 players, on Tuesday for rules violations committed by the team in the international player market.

Manfred also placed former Braves general manager John Coppolella on the permanently ineligible list. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, is suspended from performing services for any team for one year.

Manfred said an investigation conducted by Major League Baseball determined the Braves circumvented international signing rules from 2015 through 2017 by moving bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract.

Most notable among the players the Braves will lose is Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016 (see full story).

Yankees: Judge has left shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees say slugger Aaron Judge had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The operation was performed Monday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The Yankees say the procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage cleanup.

The 25-year-old Judge hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 155 games this season, helping New York make it to the AL Championship Series, where they lost to the eventual World Series champion Astros. He was a unanimous selection for AL Rookie of the Year and finished second to Houston infielder Jose Altuve in the AL MVP race.

MLB: Morgan urges voters to keep steroid users out of HOF
Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep "known steroid users" out of Cooperstown.

A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball's steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall's board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.

"Steroid users don't belong here," Morgan wrote. "What they did shouldn't be accepted. Times shouldn't change for the worse."

Hall voters have been wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs for several years. Baseball held a survey drug test in 2003 and the sport began testing for banned steroids the following year with penalties. Accusations connected to some of the candidates for the Hall vary in strength from allegations with no evidence to positive tests that caused suspensions (see full story).

Cubs: Venable leaves front office to be base coach
CHICAGO -- Will Venable is leaving the Chicago Cubs front office to be their first base coach.

The former major league outfielder was hired last summer as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

The 35-year-old Venable replaces Brandon Hyde, who has been promoted to bench coach for manager Joe Maddon.

The Cubs also announced Tuesday that they had hired Jim Benedict as a special assistant to baseball operations. Benedict spent the previous two seasons as the vice president for pitching development for the Miami Marlins.

Phillies add 4 pitching prospects to 40-man roster

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Phillies add 4 pitching prospects to 40-man roster

The Phillies added four promising pitching prospects to their 40-man roster on Monday. In a corresponding move, they subtracted a notable name.

Right-handers Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Taveras and lefty Ranger Suarez were all added to the roster, protecting them from being selected by another club in next month's Rule 5 draft.

The Phillies also added an infielder, Engelb Vielma, to the roster. He was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

To make room for these additions, the team needed to clear three spots on its roster, which had been at 38. Left-handed pitcher Elniery Garcia cleared waivers and was sent outright to the minor leagues while right-handers Alberto Tirado and Mark Appel were designated for assignment. The Phillies will try to trade Tirado and Appel before placing them on waivers. If they clear waivers, they could stay in the system.

The Phillies cut Appel loose after he'd struggled with injury and ineffectiveness during two seasons in the organization. The 26-year-old right-hander from Stanford University had twice been a first-round draft pick, by Pittsburgh in 2012 and by Houston — No. 1 overall — in 2013. The Phillies acquired him from the Astros as part of the package for Ken Giles in December 2015, but he never lived up to his huge potential.

"A lot of the tools that Mark showed as an amateur that led to him being the No. 1 overall pick are still there," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. "He has simply struggled with performance. It's certainly not for lack of effort on his part. We think the world of the kid and wish him well. It was a tough decision."

Tirado, 22, was acquired from Toronto in July 2015 as part of the return for Ben Revere. He arrived with a fastball that could reach triple digits on the radar gun and that promise earned him a spot on the 40-man a year ago. Tirado suffered a shoulder injury early last season and struggled in the minors.

All four of the pitchers that the Phillies protected are products of the team's international scouting department. Taveras, 24, was a standout at three levels in the minors last season and could be in the picture in Philadelphia in 2018. He led the system in strikeouts in 2016 and 2017.

"He knows how to get guys out and often times that comes via the strikeout," Klentak said. "No matter where he pitches, he rises to the occasion and puts up a strong performance."

Kilome, 22, and Dominguez, 22, are both power arms who project to see significant time at Double A in 2018. Suarez, 22, should also get to Double A at some point in 2018. He had a 2.27 ERA in 22 starts at two levels of Single A ball in 2017.

"He may have been the breakout pitcher of the year for the Phillies," Klentak said. "We'd always heard a lot about him and this year he took his performance to another level.

"We're really excited for all four of these guys. All have worked extremely hard and they are all deserving of being added to our roster. Our international scouting operation, Sal Agostinelli and his group, continues to crank out players. They've done a great job. These four pitchers have earned this through their work ethic and performance. By no means is this the ultimate goal for them, but it's one step closer. We believe really strongly in the futures of these four pitchers."

Vielma, 23, is a top defensive shortstop who can also play second and third base. He was waived by Minnesota in September and claimed by the Giants, who let him go in a roster crunch.

"He's an intriguing claim," Klentak said. "He adds depth to our infield."

The Phillies’ roster is at 40. The team will have to clear space if it wants to add a player in next month's Rule 5 draft. Last November, the Phils added 11 players to the 40-man roster and still lost lefty reliever Hoby Milner to Cleveland. Milner failed to make the Indians' opening-day roster, returned to the organization in March and ended up making 37 appearances for the big club after coming up in late June. He was one of 12 rookies to make their big-league debut with the Phillies in 2017.

Notable players who were not protected include outfielders Carlos Tocci and Andrew Pullin and pitcher Brandon Leibrandt.

"One of the byproducts of a strong system is every year there are some tough omissions," Klentak said. "There are always tough calls. But we look at that as a good problem to have."