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Phillies call up Thompson to bolster bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA -- From late Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning, eight Phillies pitchers combined to throw 11 innings of one-run baseball in a wild, 16-inning, 7-4 win over the Dodgers. It gave the 'pen a 2.43 ERA dating back to June 30, the best bullpen ERA in baseball in that span.

But when the two teams came back for another game less than 12 hours later -- after Victor Arano, Luis Garcia and Austin Davis all threw more than 25 pitches -- some bullpen help was necessary.

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PHILADELPHIA -- From late Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning, eight Phillies pitchers combined to throw 11 innings of one-run baseball in a wild, 16-inning, 7-4 win over the Dodgers. It gave the 'pen a 2.43 ERA dating back to June 30, the best bullpen ERA in baseball in that span.

But when the two teams came back for another game less than 12 hours later -- after Victor Arano, Luis Garcia and Austin Davis all threw more than 25 pitches -- some bullpen help was necessary.

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The Phillies got that in the form of Jake Thompson, who was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Third baseman Mitch Walding was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Thompson on the active roster.

Video: WSH@PHI: Thompson freezes Reynolds for the strikeout

Thompson has shuffled between Triple-A and the big leagues this season. He's appeared in six games for the Phillies, allowing eight earned runs over 13 innings. He has a 4.09 ERA in 26 games at Triple-A. His history as a starter makes him a logical choice to eat some innings out of the bullpen.

Walding's time with the Phillies has been a struggle at the plate. In three separate stints with the big league club this year, he remains hitless with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 16 plate appearances.

Joe Bloss is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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