The Phils have announced that they have retained outfielder Grady Sizemore for another year.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEarlier today, the Phils have announced that they have retained the services of outfielder Grady Sizemore for the next season.

Sizemore had appeared in 112 games during the 2014 seasons, 60 of which were played for the Phils and 42 with the Red Sox. In the games that he had played with the Phils, he would bat .253, going 41 for 162, with a slugging percentage of .389, as he would hit 9 doubles, 2 triples and 3 HRs, knocking in 12 RBIs while scoring 21 times. He would collect 14 walks while striking out 35 times. For both the Red Sox and the Phils, Sizemore would have a combine batting average of .233 with a slugging percentage of .354, as he went 81 for 347, hitting 19 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, while he would walk 33 times, while striking out 76.

Sizemore will be given a one-year contract worth 2 million dollars, as he is expected to be the team’s fourth or fifth outfielder at the end of Spring Training next year.

The Phils have also announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year contract.

The Phils have just announced that they have inked Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils have announced that they have just signed a one-year deal with Jerome Williams.

Williams, whom the Phils have picked up off of waivers during the summer, would start in nine games for the Phils, ending the season with a record of 4-2, with a 2.83 ERA, as he appeared in 57.1 innings, giving up 48 hits and 20 runs, 18 of which were earned, as he struck out 38 batters while walking 17. Williams, who also pitched for the Astros and the Rangers during the season, would appear in a total of 37 games, with 11 starts, compiling a combined record of 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA, as he pitched in 115.0 innings, giving up 125 hits and 64 runs, 61 of which were earned, as he struck out 82 batters while walking 36.

Williams would be receiving $2.5 million dollars, including performance bonuses, as he stays with the team, being one of the team’s confirmed starters, with the others being team ace Cole Hamels and Dave Buchanan, while Cliff Lee works his way back from a year ending elbow injury, and A.J. Burnett decides whether to stay with the team, attempt free agency or retire from baseball and Kyle Kendrick looks to become a free agent after the World Series is over.

Glad to still have you on the team, Jerome. Hope that 2015 will be as good for you as the final month or so of 2014 was.

Kyle Kendrick wins his tenth start in what could be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesKyle Kendrick wins what may well be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils hang on to beat the Marlins, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Kyle Kendrick help his own cause as he breaks up a 0-0 tie with an RBI double, scoring Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Garrett Jones, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending up to second base Ryan Howard, who had just walked. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.61) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Ken Giles recorded his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. Brad Hand received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Hatcher (0-3, 3.27) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Carter Capps pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils recorded nine hits in the game, with Kyle Kendrick (2 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team, followed by Maikel Franco (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Darin Ruf (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Ben Revere, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Ruf, pinch hitter Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (72-86, 5th) will conclude their series with the Marlins (75-82, 4th) in a game already in progress.

The Phils end their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels once again pitches well against his home town team as the Phils defeat the Padres, 5-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their losing streak as Cole Hamels once more defeat his home town team as the Phils beat the Padres, 5-2.

The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cameron Maybin hits an RBI single, knocking in Tommy Medica, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Darin Ruf, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruf and Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Phils added to their lead two batters later, after Cole Hamels had hit a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, moving both runners up a base, putting runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ben Revere hits a two-run ground-rule double, scoring both Ruiz and Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruf, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Brown’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Padres got a run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Alexi Amarista hits an RBI single, scoring Maybin, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ken Giles struck out Seth Smith, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (9-7, 2.47) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Eric Stults (7-17, 4.59) took the lost as he pitched just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out two. R. J. Alvarez pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Joe Wieland pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Leonel Campos and Alex Torres combines for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Campos) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Darin Ruf (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Maikel Franco (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Chase Utley), a stolen base (Ben Revere (46)) and a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) while the defense performed two double plays.

The Phils (70-82, 5th NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Padres (70-81, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at 9:10 pm EDT (6:10 pm PDT) and will be played at Petco Park.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-12, 4.72), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 13, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season, which would give his ten or more wins for the third straight season. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.89) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 7, as he pitched two innings in relief, giving up three runs on five hits, in the Padres’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Padres the series win. The Phils will be trying to leave San Diego with a split.

A.J. Burnett strike out twelve Nats in seven strong innings of work, as the Phils hang on to defeat the division leading Nats, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series opener from the division leading Nats as A.J. Burnett throw seven strong inning, winning 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cody Asche hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Anthony Rendon hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon then buckled down to collect his thirty-second save of the season.

A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out twelve. Jake Diekman received his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jerry Blevins pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown (RBI) both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cody Ache (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Howard), a hit batter (Darin Ruf) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (27)) in the game.

The Phils (59-72, 5th) continue their series with the Nats (75-55, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on August 20, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their third straight series win with a victory tonight. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 21, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 1-0 walk-off win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight series, and their third straight game with a win tonight.

The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesNew Phils’ starter Jerome Williams pitched his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.

The Phils take the series from the Mariners as they hold on to win, winning by the score of 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hang on to take the series from the Mariners, as they defeat Seattle, 4-3.

The Mariners took the lead in the top of the second as Kendrys Morales hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Mariners retook the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Seager, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chris Denorfia’s infield single, before stopping at third base on third baseman Andres Blanco’s throwing error, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead, while sending Denorfia, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mariners then took a 3-1 lead three batters later, after Denorfia was thrown out trying to steal home, 2-5-1, for the inning’s first out, a single by Jesus Sucre, sending Morrison, who had stayed on second base during the steal attempt, to third base, before moving up to second base on James Paxton’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Morrison would score on pitcher Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, while Sucre would move up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Wil Nieves, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved all the way to third base on pitcher Paxton’s throwing error of Blanco’s grounder, allowing Blanco to reach second base, would score on catcher Sucre’s passed ball, making it a 3-2 Mariners’ lead, while Blanco would move up to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all two batters later as Ben Revere hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Blanco. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Paxton’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, striking out Morales on a called third strike for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out four. Jake Diekman collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out four. Ken Giles collected his seventh hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James Paxton (3-1, 2.20) took the lost as he pitched just four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel, Brandon Maurer and Danny Farquhar combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Wilhelmsen (2), Maurer (1)) and a walk (Wilhelmsen) between them, while striking out four (Wilhelmsen (1), Beimel (1), Maurer (1), Farquhar (2)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) with two hits. Ben Revere (RBI), Chase Utley (RBI), Marlon Byrd (RBI), Andres Blanco and Pinch-Hitter Grady Sizemore had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phils run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ryan Howard, Blano), and a stolen base (Revere, 37), while the defense committed an error (Blanco (1)) and caught a runner trying to steal home.

The Phils (56-71, 5th) have tomorrow off.

The Phils start their new home stand with a win, powered by Andres Blanco three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils welcome newcomer Jerome Williams with a victory, powered by Andres Blanco three-run home run, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Andres Blanco hits a three-run home run to right, his first home run of the season, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, and Cody Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would get on the board in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dustin Ackley hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Taylor, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Endy Chavez’s single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Chavez, who had earlier singled, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Brad Miller to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams, whom the Phils have recently picked up off the waiver wire, (3-5, 5.91), got the win as he pitched seven, plus one batter, strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Dominic Leone pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)) between them, while striking out two (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Cody Asche (Single) and Andres Blanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Carlos Ruiz (3), Howard (2), Ruf (1), Asche (1)), a stolen base (Revere (36)) and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game, while the defense performed a double play, and caught a runner trying to steal a base.

The Phils (55-70, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Mariners (67-57, 3rd AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-13, 4.35), who is coming off a lost against the Angels on August 13, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win, while trying to bounce back from the lost. The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on August 13, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mariners’ 2-0 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils rally in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, on their way to sweeping the Astros, winning 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s thirteenth-career grand slam caps a five-run eighth inning as the Phils come from behind to sweep the Astros, winning by the score of 6-5.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, knocking in Jason Castro, who had just walked, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marc Krauss followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Gary Sizemore’s single, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Sizemore, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros’ increased their lead in the top of the third inning as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, and his second two-run home run of the night, knocking in Castro, who has started the inning of with a single, giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phils then rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases now loaded, via singles by Ben Revere, sending Asche up to second base, and by Jimmy Rollins, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Asche, Revere and Rollins, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Sean O’Sullivan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mario Hollands (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Collin McHugh also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out eight. Josh Fields pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tony Sipp collected his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 2.91) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Gary Sizemore (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense had no walks in the game, while the defense performed four double plays.

The Phils (52-63, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (54-61, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on August 2, as he went just one and two-thirds innings, as he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 11-0 lost. He hopes that today will have a different outcome, as he tries to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Mets will counter with Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 3, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 9-0 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to increase their current winning streak to four games.

Before Thursday’s night game, the Phils made a trade with the Dodgers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBefore last night’s game with the Astros, the Phils traded their originally scheduled starter, Roberto Hernandez, to the Dodgers.

The Phils traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers yesterday in exchange for either two prospects to be named later, or cash, after the Dodgers have claimed him off of the waivers wire. The Dodgers will picked up the remaining $1.5 million dollars still left on Hernandez’s one-year, $4.5 million dollars contract that he had signed with the Phils during the previous off-season.

Hernandez had appeared in 23 games for the Phils, 20 of which were starts, as he complied a 6-8 record with a 3.87 ERA, second highest on the club behind Cole Hamels, as he pitched in 121 innings, giving up 57 runs, 52 of which were earned, on 108 hits and 55 walks, while striking out 75 batters. He had also hit seven batters, while seven of his walks were intentional walks. Hernandez had a WHIP of 1.35 on the season.

Since Hernandez was supposed to be the Phils’ starter for last night’s game, they’d picked up the Triple-A contract of Sean O’Sullivan, who they then flew in from Toledo, Ohio, as the Iron Pigs were at that time starting a road series with the Toledo Mud Hens, to take over Hernandez’s spot in the rotation.

Wish you luck with your new ball club, Roberto.

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