May 2008

Still in the Bay.

The Phils two cities, seven games road trip, will conclude this weekend as the Phils (22-16) will play two straight afternoon games with the Giants (14-22) at AT&T Park, both at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific).

The first of the two will be played this afteroon. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15). Moyer is coming off a victory against the Diamondbacks on May 5, where he went seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. He’ll be looking to improve on his record. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who last start was on May 4 against these same Phils. He pitched a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, none earned, on six hits, in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils. He will be looking for his fifth win of the year.

The second game will be on Sunday afternoon, which will be the final game of the Phils’ present road trip. The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.63), who is coming off of his first lost of the season. He was the Phils’ losing pitcher on May 6, as he gave up six earned runs on five hits as he pitched only four innings against the Diamondbacks in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. Eaton will now be looking to record his first win of the year. He will be opposed by Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 4.74). He is coming off of a lost against the Pirates on May 6, where he went four and one-third innings, giving up seven earned runs on six hits in the Giants’ 12-6 lost to the Bucos. He will also be looking to improve his record.

The Phils will be looking to either win or sweep the present series against the Giants so that they can end the road trip on a positive note before coming back home to start a new home stand. Starting Tuesday, they will be involved in two three games series, the first one with the Atlanta Braves, who will be coming to Citizens Bank Park for the first time this season, and then a weekend Interleague play series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies hope that they will either stay in second place or once again be tied with the Marlins for first place, or even be back in first place, by the time they leave the bay area on Sunday.

Rollins returns to the lineup, help lead the Phils to victory over the Giants.

Jimmy Roland returns to the Phils’ starting lineup last night, and with his bat help lead the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants, keeping them a game behind the Marlins, who also won. Rollins would go 3-5 in his first game back, with a single, a double, and a home run and three RBIs.

The Phils would score first in the second inning as Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI single off of Pat Misch, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, taking a 1-0 lead. The Giants would tie it in the bottom of the third, as Fred Lewis gets a RBI single off of Cole Hamels, knocking in Emmanuel Burriss, who has earlier singled. The Giants would then take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and two out, Hamels would give up a RBI infield single off of Rollins’ glove to Eugenio Velez, scoring Randy Winn, who has earlier doubled. Burriss would follow up with a RBI triple, driving in Rich Aurilia, who has earlier been intentionally walked, and Velez. After giving up a walk to Misch, Hamels would get the final out, ending the inning. The Phils would then strike back in the top of the fifth as Rollins hits a two-run home run off of Misch, his third home run of the year, knocking in Hamels, who has earlier reached base on a pop fly single, making it 4-3 Giants. The Phils would then tie it in the sixth as Pedro Feliz hits a RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled. Then in the eighth, the Fightin’s would erupt for three runs off of Giants’ reliever Tyler Walker to take the lead. With one out and with runners on second and third, So Taguchi, who has earlier come into the game as a pinch runner for Burrell, who has walked earlier, would score on a fielder choice ground ball hit by Ruiz, crossing the plate as the throw comes in late. Then Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Hamels, would hit a RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who has singled earlier. Rollins would then hit a RBI double, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Tom Gordon would then hold off the Giants in the bottom of the eighth, and Brad Lidge would come in to pitched the ninth to record his ninth save of the year, striking out three of the four Giants he would face.

The Phils’ winning pitcher would be Cole Hamels, who would pitch seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out seven Giants. His record is now 4-3, with an ERA of 3.36. Tom Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking two. Brad Lidge would also pitch one inning as he records his ninth save, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out the side. The Giants’ starter, Pat Misch, would receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Jack Taschner would pitch one inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Tyler Walker would take the lost, as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record drops to 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA. Keiichi Yabu would pitch the last one and two third innings for the Giants, giving up no runs on one hit.

The second place Phils (21-16) continues their series at AT&T Park against the Giants (14-22) this afternoon at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15), who last pitched on May 5, winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching seven innings, as he give up two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. His opponent will be Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who received a no-decision in his last start against the Phils back on May 4. He pitched six innings, giving up four run, none earned, on six hits in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils.

The Phils hope to stay pace with the first place Marlins, who defeated the Nationals, and stay a game and a half ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Reds was postponed due to rain, and the Braves, whose six game winning streak was snapped by a lost to the Pirates.

This just in: Rollins has been reactivated, will be batting leadoff tonight.

Rollins returns from DL to Phillies
In first game back, shortstop will hit leadoff against Giants

Now in the Bay.

The now second place Phils (20-16) continue their two cities, seven games road trip by starting a three games weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (14-21) in AT&T Park. Tonight’s game starts at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils will be sending their ace, Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10), to the mound. Hamels is coming off a no-decision against these same Giants back on May 4 where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic ninth inning 6-5 win. Lifetime against the Giants, he is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts. Hamels is looking to get his fourth win. His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40), who is still looking for his first major league win. His previous start on May 2 saw him get rough up by the Phils as he pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Giants’ 6-5 10 innings lost to the Phils.

Jimmy Rollins will rejoin the ballclub in San Francisco and should come off the disable list.

The Phils will be looking to regain a tie for first place in the National League East with the Florida Marlins (20-14) who defeated the Brewers last night, 7-2, to retake complete control of first place from the Fightin’s. The Marlins will be starting a three games series against the last place Washington Nationals (15-20) in Washington. The Phils are presently .5 games ahead of the third place Atlanta Braves (18-15), who are presently riding a six games winning streak. The Braves will be travelling to Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates. The fourth place Mets (17-15) will be facing the Cincinnati Reds at home. 

JayRo to rejoin the team in San Francisco.

Rollins to rejoin Phils in San Francisco
Shortstop not guaranteed to be taken off disabled list for series

Leaving Phoenix with a split, gets spanked in final game of series.

In the final game of their four games series with the D-backs, the Phils get spanked, 8-3. The Phils would draw first blood, as Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly off of Brandon Webb, scoring Shane Victornio, who has singled, moved to second on a ground out and then stole third. The D-backs would come back in the bottom of the inning, as Chris Young hits a two-run home run off of Brett Myers, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Augie Ojeda, who has earlier single, making the score 2-1 D-backs. That would be the score until the bottom of the fourth when the Diamondbacks exploded for four runs off of losing pitcher Myers. After giving up two straight walks and a single, Myers gives up a double to Chris Snyder, which scores Justin Upton and Stephen Drew, both of whom have gotten on base via walks. Chris Burke would then single in Mark Reynolds, who has singled earlier, making the score 5-1 Arizona. Then, with one out, and two men on base, Ojedo would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Snyder, and increasing the D-backs lead to 6-1. In the fifth, Arizona would increase their lead to 7-1, as Reynolds hit a single, knocking in Drew, who has tripled earlier. After Myers is taken out for a pitch hitter, he is replaced by Clay Condrey. After giving up no runs in the sixth, Condrey gives up a home run to Upton in the seventh, his sixth of the year, giving the D-backs a 8-1 lead. He would then pitch a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, with Webb still pitching for the Diamondbacks, Eric Bruntlett would single in Victorino, who has earlier single and stole second, his second steal of the game, making the score 8-2 D-backs. Ryan Howard would then single in Bruntlett, who has reached second on a ground out, making the score 8-3. And that would be where the game ends, as Webb gets the next batter to hit into a double play.

The Phils’ losing pitcher is Myers, who went six innings, getting rocked for seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 2-3 while his ERA is now at 5.33. Condrey would pitch three innings of relief, giving up only one earned run on one hit, the Upton solo home run. Webb would go the distance for the D-backs, increasing his record to 8-0, as he gives up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, as his ERA dips to 2.41.

The Phils (20-16) leave Phoenix (23-12) with a spilt as they continue their road trip with a weekend visit to San Francisco (14-21) with the Giants for three game. Their first game, which will start at 10:15 Eastern (7:15 Pacific) tomorrow at AT&T Park, will have Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10) facing Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40). Hamels is coming off a May 4 games against these same Giants, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits while receiving a no-decision in the Phils’ dramatic 9th inning win against the Giants, 6-5. Hamels will be looking for his fourth win of the year. Misch’s last start was against the Phils on May 2, where he gave up four earned runs on five hits in the Giants’ 6-5 ten innings lost. He will be looking for his first major league victory.  

As the Phils leave for San Francisco, they presently trail the Marlins by .5 games, as the Marlins wait to play their game with the Brewers. Meanwhile, they are presently .5 games ahead of the Braves, who have just finished sweeping the Padres for their sixth straight win, 5-4. The Phils will be hoping for the Brewers to defeat the fish, but whether the Marlins win or lose, they will be .5 games ahead of the streaking Braves.

Playing in the Arizona desert, finale.

The Phillies (20-15) will be playing the final game of their four games series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (22-12) this afternoon at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Their starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who is coming off of his May 3 outing against the San Francisco Giants where he seems to have regain the speed of his fastball as he goes seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 3-2, 10 innings lost. His opponent will be Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), presently one of the best pitchers in the National League. His last outing was a victory as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits in the D-backs’ 10-4 win over the Mets on May 3. He’ll be looking to make his season record 8-0.

After the game, the Phils will continue their road trip as they go on the San Francisco to meet the Giants for a three games weekend series. They will then come back home to start a six games home stand on Tuesday, with three games against the Atlanta Braves, and then a three games weekend Interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins will be rejoining the club, after finishing up his rehab assignment.

The Phillies are hoping to at least split the series with the Diamondbacks, if not leave Arizona with another series win. They also hope to either remain tied for first with the Florida Marlins or to be leading the National League East all by themselves, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves and/or the Mets. Of the later two teams, the Mets have the day off.

The Phils stay in a tie for first as they win a wild one in Phoenix.

The Phillies stay tied for first place with the Marlins as they come from behind to defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-4. The D-backs would score first in the first inning as Stephen Drew singles in Augie Ojeda, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Arizona. The Phils would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled. The Diamondbacks would retake the lead in the fifth as Chris Young hits a solo shot off of Kyle Kendrick, his seventh of the season, making it 2-0 Arizona. Conor Jackson would increase the lead on a groundout as he knocks in Ojeda, who has gotten on base earlier with a triple. The Phils would tie the score again on a two-run home run by Pedro Feliz, his fifth of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The D-backs would retake the lead once again in their half of the seventh, as Jackson hits a double off of Kendrick’s replacement, Ryan Madson, knocking in Eric Brynes, who has earlier singled and stole a base. The Phils would then tie the game again in the top of the eighth as Eric Bruntlett hits a double off of Chad Qualls, who was pitching in relief of D-backs’ starter, Micah Owings, scoring Victorino, who has earlier reached base via a strikeout-passball. The Phils then took the lead for the first time as Chase Utley singles in Bruntlett. After Tom Gordon keep the D-backs off the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils’ starter, Kendrick, would pitch his second no-decision in a row, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits. Madson would pitch one-third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero, the game winner, would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, as his record goes to 3-0 and his ERA drops to 0.63. Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. And Lidge would also go one inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he records his eighth save of the season. The Diamondbacks’ starter, Micah Owings would also record a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Chad Qualls would take the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits, as his record drops to 0-3 and his ERA climbs to 0.93. Juan Cruz pitched one-third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Brandon Medders would pitch one inning for Arizona, giving up no runs on one hit.

The final game of the Phils’ trip to Phoenix will be played at Chase Field at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who will be trying to continue against the Diamondbacks what he had recently done against the Giants. The D-backs will counter with Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), who will be looking for his eighth victory of the year as he pitched the D-backs to victory over the Mets on May 3, 10-4. The Phils will then go to San Francisco to continue their road trip with a three-games series against the Giants at AT&T Park. As the Phillies go to San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins should be reactivated from the disabled list.

With the win, the Phillies (20-15) are still tied for first place with the Marlins, who are leading the Phils now by .005 percentage points, as the fish defeated the Brewers at home. The Phils and the Marlins are both still leading the third place Mets and Braves by 1.5 games, as both teams have also won their games.

Playing in the Arizona desert, part 3…

The Phillies’ (19-15) trip to Phoenix continues tonight as they play the Diamondbacks (22-11) for the third game of their four games visit to the Arizona desert. The game will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01). He is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants back on May 2, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic 10 innings, 6-5 victory. In his previous start, on April 26 against the Pirates, he got his second win of the year as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, in the Phils’  8-4 victory. He will be once again looking for his third win of the season. His opponent for the Diamondbacks is Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he pitched five and 2/3 innings, giving up all seven Mets’ runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamondbacks’ 10-4 lost. Before that lost, he had won four of his previous five starts, giving up only three earned runs or less in his first four starts. But in his last two starts, he had given up five runs or more. He’ll be trying to regain his early April form.

The Phils hope to regain sole possession of first place with a victory against the Diamondbacks and a Marlins lost to the Brewers, while increasing their 1.5 games lead over the Braves and/or Mets if either or both of those teams loses their respective games.

Edit: The Mets have just crushed the Dodgers in their game in Los Angeles, 12-1, to avoid the sweep. So, they are presently trailing both the Phils and the Marlins by a full game. The Mets’ next game will be this coming friday against the Reds in New York.

Adam Eaton loses first game via a three walks, five runs, fourth inning.

Adam Eaton has finally received his first decision of the season. Unfortunatley, it is a lost, as the Phils lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-4. And Eaton would be the main reason for the lost as he would give up three walks, two extra-base hits, including a three run home runs, and five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which Eaton himself would acknowledge later in a post-game interview. The Diamondbacks would score first in the first inning as Conor Jackson hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who has doubled earlier. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the third as Eric Bruntlett hit his second home run of the season off of Randy Johnson, scoring Eaton, who has earlier doubled. Then came the disasterous fourth inning. After giving up two walks and a single, and then getting a fly out, Eaton would walk Johnson, scoring Justin Upton, who has earlier walked. Mark Reynolds, who has singled, would then score on a Young force out, giving the Diamondbacks back the lead at 3-2. Stephen Drew would then followed that up with a three run home run, his fourth of the season, scoring Miguel Monteo, who has walked, and Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Eaton would be taken out of the game for a pitch hitter, as he gives up six earned runs on just five hits. The Phils’ bullpen of Rudy Seanez, Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin would then pitch the next four innings as they together kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet, while giving up only two hits between them. The Phils’ batters would then slowly start chipping away at Johnson, scoring one run in the fifth on a Bruntlett double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier gotten on base via a walk, and then scoring another run in the sixth on a Jayson Werth home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 6-4 Diamondbacks. But that would be how the game would end, as the Diamondbacks’ own bullpen of Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon would pitch the last three innings, giving up no runs on three hits, saving the game for Randy Johnson.

With the lost, Eaton is still looking for his first win as his record falls to 0-1, with an ERA of 5.63. Johnson, with the victory, increases his record to 2-1, with an ERA of 5.06, as he gives up four earned runs on six hits. Lyon would record his tenth save of the season.

With the lost, the Phils are now tied with the Marlins for first place, trailing the fish by .004 percentage points as the Marlins won their game against the Brewers. The two teams are both leading the Braves and the Mets by 1.5 games as the Braves defeated the Padres, winning their fourth game in a row, while the Mets lost once again to the Dodgers, losing their second straight.

The Phils (19-15) will played the third game of their four games set against the Diamondbacks (22-11) tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies will be starting Kyle Kendrick (2-2,  5.01) who will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time. His last start, against the Giants on May 2, ended in a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 6-5, 10-innings win. He’ll be looking for his third win of the year. He will be opposed by Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) who is coming off of a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamonbacks’ 7-2 lost. He’ll be looking to recover from the lost.

The Phils will be looking to once again have first place all to themselves, while the Marlins will be playing the second game of their series with the Brewers, the Mets will be playing the final game of their series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the streaking Braves will be playing the second of their three games with the Padres in Atlanta.

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