Grady Sizemore slugs first homer for Phillies
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Sizemore had just one hit in the win, as he went 1 for 4 with one run driven in and one scored from the home run. He is hitting .314/.352/.451 in 51 at-bats since joining the Phillies, and has three home runs in 236 at-bats overall on the season.
Chase Utley slugs grand slam in victory
Utley went 1 for 4 in the win, and made his presence felt with his seventh inning grand slam. The home run is Utley's ninth of the season, but first since July 9. He is hitting .291/.353/.429 on the season.
Freddie Freeman blasts off in loss to Dodgers
Freeman gave his team a brief lead with a two-run homer in the third inning. He added a single and walk to push his on-base percentage on the year to a fine .376.
Matt Kemp ends home run drought with two on Tuesday
Kemp smashed his first two home runs since June 25 - two-run jobs in the second and seventh innings. He added a single to improve his stat line to .282/.347./.453. He has 14 hits in his last 31 at-bats with nine RBI in eight games.
Jimmy Rollins homers, scores twice in win
Rollins reached base twice and scored each time, and he did all the work on one of them. He slugged a solo home run in the third inning, and then scored following a walk in the seventh, finishing 1 for 4 in the win.
Rollins' overall average has tumbled all the way to .239 during the month of July, but he has remained productive while hitting six of his 14 home runs so far in the month.
Michael Morse mashes 15th homer in loss to Pittsburgh
Morse, who now has 15 home runs on the year, has hit safely in five of his last six games, but has not achieved a multi-hit game since July 21.
Josh Harrison stays on home run roll in win over Giants
Harrison blasted off to begin the game against San Francisco and added a walk to sweeten his stat line on the season to .299/.338/.469. He is 7 for 12 in his last three games.
John Baker scored winning run after pitching
Baker entered the game in the top of the 16th inning as a pitcher, the first time he has ever pitched as a professional. He got through the inning on 11 pitches, while walking one batter and allowing no runs, and then came to bat in the bottom half of the inning.
Baker walked in his first plate appearance of the game, and came around to score the winning run as the Cubs rallied to bring him around.
Baker has been mostly limited to part-time duty this season, and is hitting just .216/.308/.256 in 125 at-bats, with eight runs scored.
Travis Snyder remains on fire with another home run
Snider, who is coming off a hamstring injury, is 6 for 11 with three home runs in his last four games. His .413 slugging percentage is at its highest point since April 16.
Tyler Matzek loses in extras in relief appearance
Matzek entered the game in the bottom of the 16th and promptly walked the first batter he faced. He then loaded the bases with a hit batter and a single, followed by a sacrifice fly that brought the winning run around and ended the game.
Matzek allowed one run in 2/3 innings, as his ERA rose to 4.39 for the season. He has a 2-5 record overall, and it is not yet clear how his 16-pitch outing will impact his availability in the rotation moving forward.
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