May 2008

Announcer Harry Kalas is nominee for the Radio Hall of Fame.

Kalas up for Radio Hall of Fame
Announcer was inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002

Last night in the capital.

The Phillies (25-22) will conclude their trip to Nationals Park with a night game against the Nationals (20-27). The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send Jamie Moyer (3-3, 4.89) to the mound, who is coming off of a solid outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16, where he went six and two-third innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits. He will be looking to improve his record while trying to help the Phils leave Washington, D.C. with a series win. The Nationals plan to counter with Matt Chico (0-5, 6.07), who is pitching in place of Shawn Hill, who has an ailing right elbow. Chico is coming out of the bullpen, where he was demoted earlier this season after losing five of his six starts, giving up four earned runs or more in all but one of the games he started. Since being placed in the bullpen, he has pitched well in six and a third innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits while his ERA dropped eighty points. He’ll be looking for his first victory of the season while hoping to continue the Phils’ hitting woes.

After their series with the Nationals, the Phils will continue their seven games road trip with a visit to Houston, where they will meet the Astros for a four games series in Minute Maid Park.

The Phils are trailing the first place Marlins by a game and a half, as the Marlins continue their three games series with the Diamondbacks. They are in a techincal tie for second with the Braves, trailing them by .001 percentage points, while they are a full game ahead of the Mets, as the Braves and Mets continue their four game series. The Phils hope that either their offense will get reignited, or that the starters will get better, so that they can keep pace with the Marlins, Braves and Mets.

Pitching, a little small ball win game as the Phils’ bats continue to stay silent.

For the second straight game, the Phillies were involved in a shut out. Only this time, they were the ones to come out on top, but just barely, as they defeated the Nationals 1-0. Cole Hamels would pitch seven strong innings, as he gives up no runs to the Nats, on four hits, while striking out eleven batters. Hamels has now pitched nineteen straight scoreless innings, going back to the last three innings of his May 9 start against the Giants. The Phils’ offense has been kept from scoring for just as many innings, not scoring a run for seventeen and two-thirds innings, as it continues, until the top of the ninth, to leave men on base, in this case nine runners, with four of them in scoring position, in the first eight innings, as Tom Bergmann and Saul Rivera would both find ways to keep them from scoring. The Phillies would finally get a run across in the ninth inning, when, with the Nats’ closer Jon Rauch pitching, Pedro Feliz would start the inning off with a double. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Feliz, Carlos Ruiz would sacrifice him over to third, putting the winning run on third base with one out. Greg Dobbs would then come out to pitch hit for Tom Gordon, who has kept the Nationals from scoring in their half of the eighth, keeping the game scoreless. With the count 2-0, Dobbs would hit a blooping single to center field, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. After Jimmy Rollins flies out, Shane Victorino would hit a double to center field. But, Dobbs would be tagged out at home plate, thanks to a strong throw from Lastings Milledge to shortstop Cristian Guzman to catcher Jesus Flores, who would block the plate, thus keeping Dobbs from scoring. This would keep the score 1-0 Phils. Brad Lidge would pitch the bottom of the ninth in relief of Gordon. After striking out the first two batters he faced, he would walk Elijah Dukes with the count full. Dukes would then proceed to steal second and third, before Lidge would walk pitch hitter Rob Mackowiak, also on a full count, giving the Nationals runners on the corners, with the winning run on first. Then on the first pitch to Felipe Lopez, Lopez would hit a grounder to Chase Utley. Utley would bobble the ball before finally throwing out a slow moving Lopez to end the game and preserve the victory for the Phillies as Lidge records his eleventh save in as many tries.

Cole Hamels, with his seven innings of shut out ball, would get a no-decision while dropping his ERA to 2.61. Tom Gordon, pitching an inning of relief, would get the win as he gives up no runs on one hit. His record is now 4-2, with an ERA of 4.26. Brad Lidge records his eleventh save of the year as he goes one full innings, giving up no runs on no hits, striking out two while also walking two. Tom Bergmann would also get a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs while scattering five hits. Saul Rivera would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Jon Rauch would take the lost, giving up an earned run on three hits. His record is now 2-1, with a 2.78 ERA.

The Phils’ offense, expected to be the best run producer in the National League this year, is scoring less runs than expected, while the batters have suddenly stopped getting the key hit. Maybe having the offense play some small ball for a few games might be what the doctor ordered, else the starters will soon find themselves in for a lot of long games without offensive support. And, considering how some of them are pitching right now (I’m talking to you Myers and Eaton), that might end up meaning a bullpen weaken from overwork by September.

The Phillies (25-22) will conclude their trip to the nation’s capitol with a night game tonight from Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (3-3, 4.89), who is coming off of a good outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 10-3 victory. He hopes to improve his record while trying to help the Phils win the series as he pitches in the 46th ballpark in his 22 years career. The Nationals (20-27) will counter with Matt Chico (0-5, 6.07), who they are using in place of Shawn Hill, who has an ailing right elbow. Chico is coming out of the bullpen, where he was demoted after losing five of his six starts earlier this season. Coming out of the bullpen, he would appear in three games, where he would pitch six and one third innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, as his ERA drops from 6.87 to 6.07. He hopes to win his first start of the year while adding to the Phils’ offensive problems, while the Phils hopes to final break out the bats and start scoring runs.

The Phils’ victory keeps them a game of a half behind the Florida Marlins, who won their game against the Diamondbacks, 3-2. The Phils are technically still tied for second place, but now they are a .001 percentage point behind the Atlanta Braves, who have swept a double header from the New York Mets, by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. The losts put the Mets in fourth place, a game behind both the Phils and the Braves. The Phils hopes to get a win tonight, to keep pace with both the Marlins and the Braves and stay ahead of the Mets in the tight National League East.

Still playing in the capital.

The Phillies (22-24) continue their three games visit to Washington, D.C. with their second game at the Nationals’ (20-26) new home, Nationals Park. The game starts tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will be sending out their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.89), who is coming off his first complete game shut out victory against the Atlanta Braves on May 15, giving up no runs on four hits and strking out six, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. Hamels has won three of his last four starts, with the Phils’ winning the other one, as he goes twenty-nine and one third innings, giving up only ten earned runs on twenty-two hits and striking out twenty-four. His career record against the Nationals is 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA in ten starts, including his previous start against them this year, where he was involved in a pitcher’s duel with Tim Redding on April 2, going eight full innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, as he took the lost, in the Phils’ 1-0 defeat. He hopes to improve his record while ending the Phillies’ present losing streak at three games. The Nationals will counter with Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45), who is coming off a shut out victory of his own, as he pitched seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets, also on May 15, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Nationals’ 1-0 win. In his other three starts he got hammered pretty hard, including his April 3 start against the Phils, receiving a no-decision, as he went five and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Nationals’ 8-7 lost. He’ll be looking to improve his record, while trying to continue the Phils’ offensive woos.

The Phils’ offense has not been doing well in their last three games, leaving too many men on in scoring positions. For some reason, they are not getting the big hit when they need it. Just as badly, they don’t seems to be playing small ball, moving players into scoring position, hitting sac flies to score runners from third, being patient at the plate, taking pitches when ahead in the count, defending the plate with two strikes, waiting for the pitcher to throw their pitch, etc. Although they are suppose to be a runs producing team, they don’t seems to be doing the little things that helps to bring in runs, and it seems to have cost them their last three games. It’s obvious that Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff needs to remind them about that particular aspect of the game, and soon, if they want to get into the playoff at the end of the year. The Phils also need to start beating up on weak teams, as they are presently 8-8 in their last sixteen games playing against teams who are .500 or worst, losing two of their last three series.

The third place Phillies are a game and a half behind the National League East leading Marlins and a full game behind the Mets, while a half game ahead of the Braves. The Marlins will start a three games series with the best team in the National League, the Diamondbacks, in Miami, while the Mets will be playing the Braves in Atlanta for four games. The Phils hope to do better during their next two games with the Nationals, and during their four game set in Houston, so that they can get back to challenging for first place.

Edit: The Braves and Mets have finished the first games of a doubleheader, while the Braves have won 6-1, putting the Braves .001 percentage points ahead of the Phils and .001 percentage points behind the Mets, while all three teams are now a game and a half behind the Marlins. The second game is presently in a rain delay. Meanwhile, the Phils’ offensive troubles continues as Pat Burrell strands two runners on base, with one in scoring position.

Redding, Nationals’ bullpen shut down the Phillies as the offense go 0-12 with runners in scoring position.

Tim Redding shuts down the Phillies’ offense for the second time this season, as the Washington Nationals defeat the Phils, 4-0. Redding would go six and a third innings against the Fightin’s, scattering seven hits, as he and the Nationals’ bullpen would keep the Phils’ off the scoreboard, while the Phillies’ offense would go 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up three runs to the last place Nationals as they hurt him mostly with hard hit doubles. The Nationals’ first run would come in the first, as Dmitri Young hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cristian Guzman, who has earlier singled. The Nationals would increase their lead in the third, making it 3-0, on a RBI double into no man’s land in right field, with the bases loaded, by Lastings Milledge, knocking in Felipe Lopez, who has doubled earlier, and Guzman, who has singled. The National’s last run would come in the seventh inning, off of Ryan Madson, pitching in relief of Myers, as Guzman scores on a double play ground out by Young.

The lost would be only the second time this year that the Phils would not score a run in a game, both times coming at the hands of Tim Redding. So far this year, Redding has blanked the Phils for thirteen and a third innings, giving up only eight hits to the Fightin’s and no runs. And this is also the first time during the season that the Phils have lost three games in a row. Even worst, the Phillies’ offense, during all three losts, has been unable to get a key hit when they’d needed it the most. In fact, starting with their series against the San Diego Padres back on April 29-May 1, the Fightin’s have not been crushing weaker teams like they should. Their record against weak teams, starting with that series, has been 8-8, with them in fact losing two of their last three. The Phillies’ offense need to turn things around, and fast, else they are not going to be in contention for the pennant comes September.

Brett Myers was the losing pitcher, as he goes six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. His record is now 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA. Ryan Madson went two innings in relief, giving up an earned run on two hits. Tim Redding was the winner for the Nationals, as he would go six and one third innings, giving up no runs on seven hits. His record is now 6-3 as his ERA drops to 3.16. Saul Rivera would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Luis Ayala and Joel Hanrahan would both pitch an inning in relief, both giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phils are now in third place in the National League East, a game and a half behind the first place Marlins, a half game behind the second place Mets, and a half game ahead of the fourth place Braves, who all had the day off. As the Phillies (24-22) met the Nationals (20-26) tonight, the Braves and Mets will start a four games series in Atlanta, while the Marlins will met the best team in the National League, the Diamonbacks, for three games in Miami, Florida. The Phillies need to get back to their winning ways, and once again get close to first place, while hoping that the Diamondbacks will beat the Marlins in their series, while the Braves and Mets will hurt each other in theirs.

The next Phillies game will be played tonight in Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., starting at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ ace Cole Hamel (5-3, 2.89) will be their starter, hoping to end the bleeding. He is coming off his first complete game shut-out against the Braves on May 15, where he gave up no runs on four hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-0 victory. He has won three of his last four starts, giving up four runs or less in each of his starts. Lifetime against the Nationals, he is 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA in ten starts. He hopes to improve his record while giving the Phillies’ offense a chance to break loose. The Nationals will counter with Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45), who is coming off a win against the Mets on May 15, where he went seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Nationals’ 1-0 win. In three previous starts, he got hammered, including his first game this year against the Phils way back on April 3, where he received a no decision, as he pitched five and one third innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits to the Fightin’s, in the Nationals’ 8-7 lost. He’ll be looking to improve his record while looking to increase the Phils’ present hitting woos.

Visiting the Nation’s capitol.

The Phillies start a seven games, two cities, road trip, as they visit the Washington Nationals tonight in their brand new ballpark, Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-4, 5.91), who is coming off his worst outing of the season against the Braves on May 14, where he would go only four and one-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, in the Phils’ 8-6 defeat. Myers has lost three of his last five starts, during which he has given up twenty-seven runs, twenty-four of which were earned, on 43 hits, while pitching a combined twenty-eight and one-thirds innings. During those games, he appear to have lost the speed on his pitches, then, when he got that back, where he wanted to throw them. Myers will need to get back on the winning track, especially as he faces a weak team like the Nationals. The Nationals will counter with Tim Redding (5-3, 3.55), whom the Phils have met earlier this season on April 2, when he defeated Kyle Kendrick in a pitcher’s duel, 1-0. His last start saw him defeat the Mets on May 14, where he went six innings, giving up an earned run on two hits, in the Nationals’ 5-3 win. He will be looking for his sixth win of the season, his second win in a row, and to defeat the Phillies for the second time this season.

The Phils’ are technically tied for second place with the New York Mets, trailing them by .004 percentage points. Both clubs are trailing the first place Marlins by a game while staying a game ahead of the fourth place Braves. As the Phils play tonight against the Nationals, the other three teams in the National League East, the Marlins, the Mets, and the Braves, all have the night off. A Phillies win against the lackluster Nationals would leave the Phils in second place, and a half game behind the Marlins.

The Phillies’ offense, although hot at times, was unable to get a key hit in yesterday’s game, especially when they had twice loaded the bases, thus helping contribute to their lost to the Blue Jays. The offense will need to beat up on bad teams like the Blue Jays and the Nationals, else they will go nowhere this post season. 

Rain, Blue Jays’ Bullpen defeats the Phils.

Two rain delays, and the Blue Jays’ excellent use of their bullpen, help to defeat the Phils’ in the final game of their three games interleague play series, 6-5. The lost put the Phillies in a tie for second place with the New York Mets, both teams now a full game behind the Florida Marlins, as the Mets would win their game with the New York Yankees. The Phils start the game off by taking a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, off of Blue Jays’ starter, Shaun Marcum, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, while Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 first inning on twelve pitches. The two teams would then go through a rain delay which would last over two hours before resuming play. When it does, both starters would be remove by their teams, with the Phils using Chad Durbin in place of Kendrick, while the Blue Jays would counter with Shawn Camp. Both teams are then kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Phils’ score their third run of the ballgame on a RBI single by Carlos Ruiz, scoring Geoff Jenkins, who has also singled. But the Phils would then miss an opportunity to break the game wide open, as, with the bases loaded and two outs, Camp would get out of the inning by getting Jayson Werth to fly out. Then things would go from bad to worst, as Durbin, with two on and two outs, would give up a pitch hit, three-runs home run to Lyle Overbay, his second home run of the year, scoring Rod Barajas, who has earlier doubled, the Blue Jays’ first hit of the game, and Marco Scutaro, who has walked, tying the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phils would threaten to retake the lead, as they loaded up the bases again, this time with one out, against Blue Jays’ reliever Brian Tallet. Tallet is replaced by Jason Frasor, who is able to end the Phils’ threat by getting Pedro Feliz to pop up and Ruiz to ground out. In the top of the fifth, the Blue Jays’ would take the lead, as they score three runs off of Rudy Seanez. The first two runs are knocked in on a RBI double by Shannon Stewart, scoring Aaron Hills, who has also doubled, and Matt Stairs, who has just been intenionally walked, giving the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead. Barajas would then single in Stewart, making it 6-3 Blue Jays. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the sixth, as Chase Utley doubles in Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk. After Howard walks, the game is once again delayed by rain. After play resumes again, the Blue Jays would replace Jesse Carlson, who has just replaced Frasor, with Cy Young award winner Ray Halladay, to face Pat Burrell. Halladay would end the threat by getting Burrell to pop up, leaving the score, 6-4 Blue Jays. The Phils would threathen for one last time in the ninth, when, with two outs, Pat Burrell would hit his tenth home run of the year, a solo shot off of B.J. Ryan, making it a 6-5 ballgame. Chris Coste would then double, putting the tying run in scoring position, as Eric Bruntlett comes up to pitch hit. Unfortunately, after fouling off several pitches, Ryan would get Bruntlett to strike out swinging, ending the ballgame, as he records his ninth save.

Kyle Kendrick, the Phils’ starter, would only go one inning because of the two hours plus rain delay, facing only three hitters as he gives up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would go four innings, giving up three earned runs on two hits, one of which was a pitch hit home run. Rudy Seanez, the Phils’ losing pitcher, would go one inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. His record is now 2-3, while his ERA rises up to 2.89. J.C. Romero would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Clay Condrey would also go an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Blue Jays’s starter, Shaun Marcum, like Kendrick, would only go one inning because of the long rain delay, giving up two earned runs on two hits, one of which was Ryan Howard’s home run. Shawn Camp would then pitch three innings, giving up an earned run on four hits. Brian Tallet would only go a third of an inning, giving up no runs on three hits. Jason Frasor, the Blue Jays’ winning pitcher, would go an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on no hits. Jesse Carlson would face just two batters, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk. Roy Halladay would pitch two and one-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hits. B.J. Ryan would go an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits, as he records his ninth save of the years.

The Phils’ offense, although out hitting the Blue Jays’ thirteen hits to six, would twice leave the bases loaded, once with less than two men outs, whereby one hit at either time could’ve help them put the game out of reach. Instead, momentum shifted over to the Blue Jays, who would get to both Durbin and Seanez for their six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, thus ballooning both relievers ERAs in the process.

With the lost of their Interleague play series with the Blue Jays (23-23, 4th American League East), the Phillies (24-21) split their six games home stand, 3-3. They will now travel to Washington, D.C. to start a two cities, seven games, road trip to Washington and Houston. Their first game will be played tonight in D.C. in the Nationals’ (19-26) new ballpark, Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-4, 5.91), who is coming off of his worst outing of the season, as he would go only four and one-thirds innings against the Braves on May 14, giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits, in the Phils’ 8-6 lost. He will be looking to regain his stuff as he faces the Nationals for the 28th time in his long career. In his 27 previous starts against them, including when the Nationals were the Montreal Expos, he is 7-7 lifetime, with a 4.91 ERA. The Nationals will oppose him with Tim Reddings (5-3. 3.55), who is coming off a win against the Mets on May 14, where he pitched six solid innings, giving up only an earned run on two hits, in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season.

In spite of the lost, the Phillies are still trailing the Marlins by a game, as the fish lost their game to the Kansas City Royals, 9-3. The Phils are once again in a technical tie for second place with the New York Mets, .004 percentage points behind them, as the Mets once again defeated the New York Yankees, 11-2. They are a game ahead of the Braves, who have beaten the Oakland Athletics, 5-2. While the Phils play the last place Nationals tonight, the Marlins, the Mets and the Braves will all have the day off, giving the Phils a chance to gain a half game on the Marlins with a victory tonight, if Myers can get his act together and if the offense can get a hit when its needed.

Barajas haunts the Phils via the long ball, help knocks the Phils out of first place.

Rod Barajas, who played for the Phillies last year, would return to haunt the Fightin’s as he helped the Blue Jays defeat the Phils by hitting two home runs, one of which was a grand slam home run, as he knocks in five of the Blue Jays’ runs in their 6-3 win over the Phils. The lost to the Blue Jays would put the Phils back into second place in the National League East. Barajas would start the damage in the second inning as he hit a grand slam home run, his second home run of the year, off of losing pitcher Adam Eaton, making it 4-0 Blue Jays, knocking in Matt Stairs, who got on base by being hit by the pitch, Lyle Overbay and Marco Scutaro, who both singled. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth on a Greg Dobbs’ RBI double off of Blue Jays’ starter A.J. Burnett, scoring Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The Phils would make it a 4-3 ball game in the bottom of the seventh, on a RBI double by Jimmy Rollins, off of Armando Benitez, who has come in in relief of Burnett, knocking in Dobbs, who has earlier singled, and Shane Victorino, who has walked. One of the two runs would be charged to Burnett and the other to Benitez. But the Blue Jays would then strike back in the ninth inning, scoring two runs off of reliever Tom Gordon, with the first run coming on Barajas’ second home run of the night, his third home run of the year, making it 5-3 Blue Jays. The Blue Jays’ last run would come on a ground single to Rollins by Hector Luna, which would be misplayed by Ryan Howard, with Aaron Hill, who has moved to third on the ground ball, scoring on Howard’s fielding error. B.J. Ryan would then come in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning for the Blue Jays, ending the game as he records his eighth save of the season.

Last night’s game could have been a lot worst if not for the fact that Phillies’ fielders were able to throw out three Blue Jays’ runners out at the plate.

The Phils’ losing pitcher would be Adam Eaton, who would pitch five innings, giving up four earned runs, all on Barajas’ grand slam home run, on eight hits. His record is now 0-2 with a ERA of 5.59. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings of relief, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Tom Gordon would go two-thirds of an inning as well, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Rudy Seanez would also pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Blue Jays’ starter A.J. Burnett would get the win as he would go six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. His record is now 4-4 with an ERA of 4.71. Armando Benitez would go a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Scott Downs would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs on no hits. B.J. Ryan would get his eighth save as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on one hit.

The lost put the Phils (24-20) back into second place in the National League East, trailing the Marlins by a game, who won their game last night against the Royals. The Phils are once again a game ahead of the Mets, who had won their games against the Yankees and two games ahead of the Braves, who lost their game with the Athletics. The Phils hope to regain a tie for first place, as the Marlins are presently losing their game with the Royals. The Phils are presently leading the Blue Jays after one inning, 2-0, but the game is presently in the middle of a rain delay.

Interleague play continues this weekend.

The Phillies (24-19) will continue their Interleague play weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays (21-23, 4th American League East) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter for tonight’s game will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40), who is still looking for his first win. He pitched well in his last start against the Giants on May 11, getting a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits in a heartbreaker 4-3 Phillies lost. Eaton will do his best to add another quality start which he hopes will this time translate into a win, especially with the way the Phils’ offense has been hitting the ball lately. His opponent will be A.J. Burnett (3-4, 4.94), the first right handed starter that the Phils have faced in a week. Burnett is coming off a lost to the Cleveland Indians on May 12 in the first game of a doubleheader. In that game, he would go seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 lost. He had also lost his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6, where he went six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 lost. He will be looking to even his record.

The final game of Interleague play and of the six games home stand will be played this Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:35 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will be sending Kyle Kendrick to the mound, who is coming off of a win against the Braves on May 13, in spite of giving up three runs to the Braves in the first inning. Kendrick would eventually go six innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year. His opponent will be Shaun Marcum (4-2, 2.22), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Indians also on May 12, as he pitched the second game of the doubleheader, which the Blue Jays won 3-0. He would go eight innings, giving up no runs on two hits while being involved in a pitcher’s duel with Indians’ starter Cliff Lee. Marcum has won his two previous starts, on May 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays (6-2) and May 2 against the Chicago White Sox (2-0). In those two games he would pitch a combined total of fifteen and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. He’ll be looking to get his fifth win of the year at the Phils’ expense.

The Phillies are once again tied for first place in the National League East, .003 percentage points behind the Marlins who lost a close game last night against the Kansas City Royals. The Phils hope that when they go to Washington, D.C. on Monday to face the Nationals for the first of three games in their new ballpark, Nationals Park, that they will either still be tied for first or be in first place by themselves. The Marlins will continue their three games interleague series against the Royals tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The Phils and Marlins are both presently a game and a half ahead of the New York Mets, who have just defeated the New York Yankees, and two games ahead of Atlanta, who will be playing the Oakland Athletics for two more games. 

Moyer pitches well while the offense leads the Phils back into a first place tie with Florida.

The Phillies offense, led by Jayson Werth’s three homers, resulting in eight RBIs, hits the Phils back into a first place tie with the Florida Marlin as they defeat the visiting Blue Jays, 10-3. Jamie Moyer would pitch six and two-thirds innings, staying in control for most of the game, as he picks up his third win of the season. Werth would start the Phils’ scoring off in the second inning as he hits a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, off of Blue Jays’ losing pitcher David Purcey, scoring Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell, who have both gotten on base with a walk, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phillies would increase their lead in the third as Howard knocks in Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, with a RBI single, making it 4-0 Phils. Werth would then break the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who has singled, Howard, and Burrell, who has been walked for the second time that night, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Blue Jays would get two runs back in the top of the fourth, as Alex Rios gets a RBI double off of Moyer, knocking in Aaron Hill, who has earlier singled, making it 8-1 Phils. Rios would then come home on a RBI single by Scott Rolen, making the score 8-2 Phillies. The Phils would get one of those runs back in the fifth inning on Jayson Werth’s third home run of the night, as he hits a solo shot off of Jesse Litsch, who was pitching in relief of Pucey, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. The last Phils run would come in the six on a RBI double by Shane Victorino, scoring Rollins, who has also doubled, making it 10-2 Phils. Moyer would give up a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI single to Marco Scutaro, scoring Lyle Overbay, who has earlier singled, with two out. Chad Durbin would then come in to relieve Moyer, with runners on first and third, and two outs, before he got Hill to pop out to Chris Coste in foul territory, ending the threat. Clay Condrey would then come in to pitch the ninth, ending the game in spite of a last minute threat by the Blue Jays.

Jamie Moyer gets the victory as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits. His season record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 4.89. The victory also makes his career record against the Blue Jays 14-8. Chad Durbin pitched one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while Clay Condrey would pitched the ninth inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Blue Jays’ starter David Purcey took the lose, going only three innings, giving up eight earned runs on five hits, two of them being two of Jayson Werth’s three home runs. His record is now 0-1 as his ERA balloons to 11.05. Jesse Litsch would also pitch three innings, as he gives up two earned runs on five hits, all but one of them being extra-base hits. Brian Tallet would pitch the last two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.

Jayson Werth would be the 18th player (20th overall) in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, with the last one to do it being Ryan Howard back on September 3, 2006 against the Braves in the first game of a twin-bill. His eight RBIs would also tie a franchise record, being the fifth Phil to do it, tying Kitty Bransfield, Gavvy Cravath, Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones and Mike Schmidt. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard would hit in his eighth straight game, while getting at least one RBI in seventh straight games.

David Purcey would be the last left handed starter the Phils will face for a while. In facing five straight lefties, the Phils have banged up all five, winning three of the games, losing one, and having a no-decision in the fifth, although later losing the game. The Phils will now face five straight right handers, starting with tonight’s game at Citizens Bank Park, which will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40), who is still looking for his first win of the season. His last start was a no-decision against the Giants on May 11. In that game, he would go five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phils’ tough 4-3 lost. Career-wise, Eaton is 6-6 against the Blue Jays with a 2.91 ERA. The Blue Jays (21-23, 4th American League East) will be sending to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 4.94), who is coming off of a lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 lost to the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on May 12. His previous start was also a lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hit, in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 lost to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils hope that they will now do to righties what they have just recently done to lefties. 

The Phils’ (24-19) win puts them back in a first place tie with the Florida Marlins, who lost their interleague game with the Royals. Both teams are presently two games ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Yankees last night was postponed because of rain, and the Braves, who came from behind to defeat the Athletics. The Phils hope to be able to stay in a tie for first place or be in first place all by themselves after tonight’s ball game.

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