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Rookie's home run sinks Phils

By Associated Press 7:02am, July 25, 2016 - Updated 7:48am, July 25, 2016
Adam Frazier's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning powered the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday.

Frazier's home run was his first in the majors. It was given up by fellow rookie Edubray Ramos, who took his first career loss to fall to 1-1. Frazier's homer made a winner of Pirates' reliever Neftali Feliz (4-0).

Making his second appearance since a trip to the disabled list for a fatigued shoulder, starter Jameson Taillon struck out seven batters in six innings but was also hittable at times. He surrendered four extra-base hits, including solo home runs by Odubel Herrera and Andres Blanco, which allowed the Phillies to build a 4-2 lead.

The Pirates' comeback started in the sixth inning, when Starling Marte lead off with a double to center and then Matt Joyce sent a first-pitch fastball from Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez 434 feet off the batters' eye beyond the centerfield wall. The game was delayed an hour and 32 minutes by a thunderstorm in the bottom of the eighth inning.

PNC Park continues to be a problem spot for the Phillies. They dropped the three-game series, 2-1, and have now lost three consecutive series in Pittsburgh with just one win in that span. Since PNC Park opened in 2001, the Phillies are 16-31 at the home of their in-state rival.



Blanco breaks finger, to go on DL

By Associated Press 7:06am, July 25, 2016
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco was removed from Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a fractured left index finger in the fifth inning.

Blanco is expected to be placed on the disabled list Monday, but the Phillies will not make a move until they arrive in Miami.

Blanco took a throw from catcher Carlos Ruiz and applied a tag in time to get Gregory Polanco, who was attempting to steal third base. Polanco's foot landed on Blanco's glove, and Blanco was taken out of the game after a brief evaluation by Phillies athletic trainer Scott Sheridan.

Blanco hit a home run in his first at-bat and finished the day 1 for 2. He was replaced by Maikel Franco.



Reimold's pinch home run beats Indians

By Associated Press 7:06am, July 25, 2016
Pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold hit a game-winning, two-out homer in the ninth inning after Pedro Alvarez reached on a strikeout, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Cody Allen (2-4) began the ninth by striking out Alvarez, but the ball eluded catcher Roberto Perez. After fielding the bouncing ball off the backstop, Perez hit Alvarez in the helmet with the throw for an error.

A sacrifice bunt and a strikeout followed before Reimold lined a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats.

Jonathan Schoop also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles, who won the season series from Cleveland 5-1 and improved their home record to 36-14.

Activated from the disabled list before the game, Darren O'Day (7-1) struck out the side in the ninth.

Filling a void at the end of the Baltimore rotation, Vance Worley allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. Making his fourth start, the right-hander retired the final 11 batters he faced in his longest outing since September 2014, with Pittsburgh against Milwaukee.

Worley left with a 3-2 lead, but All-Star reliever Brad Brach promptly allowed an unearned run in the eighth. After Schoop fumbled a grounder to second base, Mike Napoli snapped an 0-for-11 skid with an RBI single.

Cleveland starter Corey Kluber gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight,

The Indians went up 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Tyler Naquin and a sacrifice fly by Perez, who earlier got his first hit in 17 at-bats this season.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom half, courtesy of an overturned call following a challenge by the Orioles. After Manny Machado singled in a run, Alvarez hit into an apparent inning-ending double play with runners on the corners. But he earned an RBI after a replay review showed he was safe at first base.

After hitting a double and scoring Baltimore's first run in the fourth inning, Schoop delivered a solo shot in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. It was his career-high 17th home run, eclipsing the 16 he hit in 2014.





Pelicans come from four runs down to beat Blue Rocks

By Wilmington Blue Rocks 7:06am, July 25, 2016
The Blue Rocks let a four-run lead slip away on Sunday as the Pelicans used six runs in the third inning to beat the Blue Rocks 6-4 at TicketReturn.com Field. It was the Rocks' largest blown lead of the season. Brandon Downes drove in three runs in the losing cause for Wilmington. The Blue Crew have now dropped three games in a row and nine of their last 10.

The Pelicans sent 11 men to the plate during their six-run third inning. Foster Griffin (2-7) issued a lead-off walk, and then one-out later allowed a single to Andrw Ely, which started a string of eight straight productive at bats. After David Bote walked to load the bases, Yasiel Balaguert cleared them with a three-run double to left-center. Another walk to Ian Rice and an infield single by Jeffrey Baez reloaded the bases. David Spingola tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left and Tyler Pearson put the Pelicans ahead to stay with a two-run single to right.

The rally erased an impressive early surge by the Blue Crew. Carlos Diaz got a gift to start the game, reaching on a dropped fly ball to right. Anderson Miller singled and Samir Duanez walked to load the bases setting the table for Downes' two-run blooper to right. Elier Hernandez followed with an RBI fielder's choice to cap a three-run opening frame.

Wilmington added another run in the top of the third. Duanez opened the frame with a triple and trotted home on another RBI single by Downes.

Wilmington journeys to Lynchburg for the second leg of this seven-game road trip, opening a three-game set in Lynchburg on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Righty Zach Lovvorn (1-12, 3.64) gets the ball for the Rocks against Lynchburg left-hander Justus Sheffield (7-4, 3.53).



Brandywine heads to winner's bracket after wild finish

By Brandon Bossert 10:49pm, July 24, 2016
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Brandywine's win.
Brandywine and M.O.T. were involved in a crazy back-and-forth affair Sunday night at Newark National Little League, and that makes the ending all the more fitting. The Brandywine All-Stars took down their downstate competition 6-5 and move on to the winner's bracket in the 2016 Major Baseball State Tournament.

Lorenzo Carrier was the starter for M.O.T., and Brandywine took advantage of miscues early.

Jaden Todd - the opposing hurler - reached on a dropped third strike to lead-off the the bottom of the first. An error moved Todd to second and he later scored on a fielder's choice. Michael Mallamaci scored on a sacrifice fly and Brandywine led 2-0 after one.

That lead was erased in the fourth by Middletown batter Josh Clark. With a runner on, Clark hit a belt-high first pitch fastball into the shrubbery in center field. M.O.T. would tack on two more runs in the frame, taking the 5-3 advantage.

Brandywine had no quit in them, however. They would score one in the fourth on a dropped third strike, then tie and take the lead on bases loaded walks in the bottom of the fifth.

Mallamaci, Brandywine's left-handed reliever, retired the first two batters he faced in the sixth. Shortstop Evan Bouldin's 10-pitch at-bat led to a walk to keep the game alive for Carrier, who was 3 for his first 3.

Carrier worked the count to 2-2, but was caught looking at strike three. The pitch went to the backstop and the M.O.T. shortstop reached base. Bouldin, who was at second at the time of the pitch, rounded third and came home. Zack Frame's throw home was on time to nail Bouldin at the plate, capping off a wild finish.

Brandywine (1-0) moves on to the winner's bracket. They will wait to play the winner of M.O.T. and Milton Tuesday night at 7 p.m., M.O.T. and Milton will play Monday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game at Newark National Little League.



Colin Jenkins powers M.O.T. past Milton

By Brandon Bossert 11:17pm, July 23, 2016
VIDEO: Jenkins' 2-run blast and Jake Blair's pitching powers M.O.T. by Milton.
When you have your opponent's scouting report it gives you a leg up on the competition.

"I was expecting to get a lot of curveballs, because (Ty Husbands) throws a nasty curveball," said Colin Jenkins, M.O.T. center fielder. "He threw a first-pitch ball, and I was expecting the curveball. I saw it, it was hanging, so I took one out."

Jenkins went deep in the first inning for a two-run shot. Middletown Odessa Township's offense tacked on insurance runs throughout, and they went on to defeat Milton 8-2 in the first game of the 2016 Major Baseball State Tournament Saturday evening in Newark.

Starting pitcher Jake Blair kept Milton at bay on the mound, allowing no runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Blair allowed just five base runners while he was on the hill.

Blair was taken out in the fourth, but he remained in the thick of the action. With two out and the bases loaded, Blair, now a second baseman, caught a pop-up to end the Milton threat.

Milton finally broke through in the sixth with two runs, but Blair was there to make the final two put-outs of the inning, again snuffing out the flames.

M.O.T. took advantage of Milton mistakes all game. Two walks and two wild pitches in the third led to an M.O.T. run. Jenkins smashed another hanging curve into right, this time for a single scoring another run and the lead grew to 5-0.

Insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth for M.O.T. put the game out of reach for good.

M.O.T. will play Brandywine Little League Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Newark National Little League field on Possum Park Road.



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