August 2008

Jayson Werth’s home run caps a come from behind win as the Phillies defeated the Nationals, 5-4.

A solo home run by Jayson Werth helps to cap a come from behind win as the Phillies defeated the last place Nats in the first game of a three games set. The Nationals would strike first in the first inning as Willie Harris would hit a solo home run off of Phils’ starter Joe Blanton for his tenth home run of the year to give the Nats a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would come back to tie it in the second as Greg Dobbs would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled and would then move to third on Shane Victorino’s double. The Nationals would retake the lead in the fourth as Jesus Flores would hit a RBI single, knocking in Lastings Milledge, who has earlier singled and has gone to third on Ronnie Belliard’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats would then increase their lead in the fifth as, with one out and a runner on first, Ryan Zimmerman would hit a RBI triple, scoring Harris, who has earlier singled, to make it 3-1 Nationals. Zimmerman would then score on a two out single by Belliard, to make it 4-1 Nats. The Phillies would then do something that they haven’t done successfully for a while, strike back. In their half of the fifth, Victorino would start the inning off with a triple. He would then score to make it a 4-2 Nats’ lead as Dobbs’ fly ball to left is booted by the left fielder Harris for an error. Dobbs would then steal second, before going to third on Chris Coste’s line drive single to left that was deflected by Nats’ shortstop Belliard, putting runners on the corners. Geoff Jenkins, who has come up to pinch hit for Blanton, would make the score 4-3 Nationals as he hit a sacrifice fly. But the inning would then end on a Jimmy Rollins’ double play ball, 4-6-3. The Phillies’ bullpen, in this case Chad Durbin, would then come in to pitch two innings of shut out ball. The Phillies’ bat would then tie the game at four all in the seventh, as, with runners on first and third, and one out, Coste would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who was earlier safe on a force out, and then would go to third on a Dobbs’ single, although he has gotten to third base earlier in the inning when a pick off attempt by Nats’ catcher Flores would go past first baseman Kory Casto into foul territory, but it was called back because home plate umpire Joe West said that Flores’ throwing hand has hit his mask when he was getting ready to throw the ball towards first. After Ryan Madson pitched a quick 1-2-3 eighth, with one out in the Phils’ half of the inning, Jayson Werth would give the Phillies the lead as he would hit his seventeenth home run of the year, a career high, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. That would turn out to be the game, as Brad Lidge would come up in the ninth, and would record his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he would pitch five so-so innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. Chad Durbin would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Ryan Madson would get the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, strriking out two batters. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.11 ERA. Brad Lidge would also pitch a 1-2-3 inning, strking out two men as well, as he records his thirty-first save in thirty-one tries. Jason Bergmann would also get a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. Steven Shell would get the lost and his first blown save, as he would go an inning, giving up one earned run on one hit, Jayson Werth’s home run. Charlie Manning and Saul Rivera would each pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

Other than Jayson Werth’s home run, the offense would not get a key hit to produce runs. Instead, their other four runs would come in via three sac flies and a Nats’ error. If the offense want to do better than that, it will need to get more than just six to seven hits a night, as it got outhit 11 to 7 by the worst team in the majors. That will not do if they want to get back into first place.

The Phillies (67-58) will continue their three games series with the Nationals (44-82) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02), who is coming off a hard lost to the Dodgers on August 14 as he pitched his fourth straight quality start, going seven innings as he gave up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. In his last start against the Nats, on July 29, he would get the win as he went seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to dominate the Nationals once again. The Nats will counter by sending Collin Balester (2-5, 5.06), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 14, where he would pitch five innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits, in the Nationals’ 9-3 lost. His previous start against the Phillies was a defeat on July 29, as he gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings of work, in the Nationals’ 2-1 lost. He will also be looking to improve his record while trying to stop the Nationals’ present losing streak at eleven games.

The Phillies continue to trail the Mets by a game and a half as the Mets came from behind to defeat the Braves. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games as the Marlins cool off the Giants. The Phillies will try to stay close to the Mets, praying that they won’t lose any more ground before their meeting at the end of the home stand.

Phillies come back home for an important home stand, hoping to sweep the Nationals while trying to refind their bats.

The Phillies (66-58) begins an important nine games home stand, and will start it with a three games against the woeful Nationals (44-81). The game will be played in Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.79), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 13 in which he pitched a so-so five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to regain the form he’d shown in his two starts before the Dodgers’ series, where he gave up only one earned run in fourteen innings of work. He will try to be the latest Phillies’ starter to have a good performance while hoping that the offense will give him the same support that they game him at the start of his previous start but didn’t respond to. The Nationals will oppose him with Jason Bergmann (2-9, 4.51), who is coming off a rather nasty lost to the Mets on August 13, as he got bombed for six earned runs on eight hits in three innings of work, in the Nationals’ 12-0 lost. He has already faced the Phillies twice this season, with both games being no-decisions, as he would pitch twelve and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on twelve hits. He’ll be looking to record his third win of the year while hoping that the Phillies’ bats won’t decide to take out their year long frustration out on him.

The Phillies come back home from a disastrous West Coast road trip, which saw them loss four straight to the Dodgers and then get a total of only eighteen hits in San Diego, despite winning the series against one of the worst teams in the league. Starting pitching continue to impress, the bullpen, in spite of a pair of blown saves in LA, is still the second best bullpen in the National League, while the bats continue to be frustratingly silent. The Phillies are bracing for a nasty response from the fanbase to Jimmy Rollins’ ‘front runners’ comment during the tail end of the Dodgers’ series fiasco. What they might not be prepared for is a fan-base campaign of support started last weekend by fellow blogger We Should Be GM’s who has suggested, partly in a sarcastic tone, that instead of booing the team into oblivion, the fans should give the team its whole hearted support, mainly to see what Rollins’ reaction will be to out and out whole hearted fan support from Phillies’ fans, instead of the expected boo-bird chants, which he calls Campaign: Cheer. My opinion on the campaign? If it help to get this team moving again, I’ll give it my support, 100%, with the stipulation that I have the right to boo them out of existance if they have a lousy home stand in spite of the support. Also, Charlie Manuel has literally asked for help in trying to get the Phillies’ offense back in operation. Hey, Charlie and Milt Thompson, another Phillies’ fan blogger, Phillies Phollowers, have some suggestions on how to get this team out of its collective slump. I suggest that you two read it and get the guys to do the same and follow the advice. I mean, come on, its simple common baseball sense, something that seems to have disappeared from within your team. But, more importantly, just go out there and clean the Nationals’ clock. This is a weak team that has recently been swept by the Mets. Beat them!!! Show them no mercy!!! GO PHILLIES!!!!

The Phillies now trail the Mets by a game and a half after the Mets’ lost to the Pirates (thank you thank you thank you!!!!), as they prepare for a three games series with the fading Braves who are now in a very unfamiliar role, that of a spolier. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half game as they prepare for a three games series with the presently hot Giants. The Phillies are hoping that they can do well against the Nationals while praying that the Braves will have enough fight left in them to give the Mets some heartburn.

Cole Hamels finally gets his tenth win of the year as the Phillies defeated the Padres, 2-1.

Cole Hamel pitches eight strong innings as he help lead the Phillies to a series win over the Padres, 2-1, as he finally records his tenth win of the year. The Phillies would score their first run in the first inning as Jayson Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier gotten on base with an infield single, stole second and then went to third on catcher Luke Carlin’s throwing error, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Hamel and Padres’ starter Cha Seung Baek from the bottom of the first to the beginning of the sixth inning, when, with one out, Pat Burrel would hit a solo shot off of Baek, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Padres would then get on the scoreboard in their half of the sixth, as, with two men on and two outs, Chase Headley would hit a RBI single, scoring Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has singled earlier, and has gone to second on Adrian Gonzalez’s single, to make the score 2-1 Phillies, while Gonzalez would move on to second. Hamels would finally end the inning by getting Edgar Gonzalez to ground out, short to first. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would strike out the side in the ninth for his thirtieth save in thirty tries.

Cole Hamels would get the win, his first since July 3, as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one earned run on seven hits. His record is now 10-8, with a 3.22 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, striking out the side as he recorded his thirtieth save. Cha Seung Baek would take the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits. His record is now 4-8 with a 4.99 ERA. Mike Adams would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Wilfredo Ledezma would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Brian Falkenborg would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit.

The Phillies’ offense, despite the victory, is still asleep, as for the third straight game it is only able to get six hits, although helping to lead to a series victory over the Padres, thanks mainly to Cole Hamels’ pitching effort. The Phillies will now come back home for a nine games home stand against the Nationals (3), the Dodgers (4) and the Mets (2), praying that the offense will finally wake up before both the Dodgers and the Mets come to town.

The Phillies (66-58) still trail the Mets by two games as they won their third straight game against the Pirates. They are ahead of the seemingly fading Marlins by three and a half games as they lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be coming back to Philly as they have tomorrow off, wondering how bad the fans’ reaction will be to Jimmy Rollins’ ‘front runners’ comment. Hey Jimmy, I hope you have a flak jacket ready, ’cause you are going to be getting a lot of flak from the fans on Tuesday night, mark my words.

The Phillies will be trying for a series win on the West Coast while Cole Hamels prepares to pitch well before a national audience.

The Phillies (65-58) will play the final game of their three games series with the Padres (48-75, 5th National League West) tonight. The game, being shown nationally on ESPN, will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (5:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. Hamels, as he plans to show his best stuff before a nation-wide audience, will for his eighth straight start be trying for his tenth win of the year, hoping that he will finally get it done this time. The Padres will counter with Cha Seung Baek (4-7, 5.20), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Padres’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record at the Phillies’ expense.

Cole Hamels will be trying to show his best stuff before a national audience while hoping that the Phillies’ offense will stop embarrassing itself and finally beat up on an opponent, especially when the opponent is a last place team in one of the league’s divisions.

The Phillies at the moment trail the Mets by two and a half games as they have defeated the Pirates for the third straight game. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games, as the Marlins have lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be shooting for a win so that they can stay close with the Mets before coming home for a nine games home stand, starting on Tuesday night.

Kyle Kendrick has his second straight bad start as the Padres defeat the Phillies, 8-3.

Kyle Kendrick is unable to get out of the fourth inning for his second straight start as he loses control of his pitches as the Padres defeat the Phillies, 8-3.

The Phillies would take a quick lead in the first inning off of rookie starter Chad Reineke, as, with runners on first and third, and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. After tagging first base for the second out of the inning, Gonzalez would throw home to try and get out Jayson Werth, who has earlier got on base with a walk and has gone to third on a single by Chase Utley, for a possible double play. Gonzalez’s throw would not be in time as Werth would be able to get pass the catcher, Nick Hundley, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while Utley would be safe at second. Two batters later, with two men on base, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Utley, to make it 2-0 Phillies. The Padres would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the third, when Brian Giles would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jody Gerut, who has earlier doubled and has went to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s ground out, second to first. In the fourth, the Phillies would increase their lead to 3-1 as Greg Dobbs would hit a RBI double, scoring Victorino, who has earlier got on base with a single. Then, in the Padres’ half of the fourth, Kendrick would be unable to get out of the inning as his control would leave him. After walking Chase Headley to lead off the inning, he would get Hundley to ground out, third to first, which would send Headley to second. He would then get Sean Kazmar to also ground out, also third to first, for the inning’s second out, which would keep Headley at second. But, while pitching to Reineke, Kendrick would throw a wild pitch, which would send Headley over to third. Kendrick would then get the count full to Reineke before finally committing a cardinal sin among pitchers, giving up a hit to another pitcher, a single, on an excuse me swing by Reineke, that would knock in Headley, to make it 3-2 Phillies. The hit would be Reineke’s first hit in the majors while he would also drive in his first major league RBI. Gerut would then hit a pop up that would drop into left field for a single, sending Reineke to second. Kendrick would then walk Iguchi, loading the bases, despite an earlier visit from pitching coach Rich Dubee to get him to concentrate on getting him out. Kendrick would then give up a RBI double to Giles, that would clear the bases and give the Padres a 5-3 lead. After intentionally walking Gonzalez, Charlie Manuel would come out to replace Kendrick with Clay Condrey. While Dubee is in the clubhouse giving a stern lecture to Kendrick about what have went wrong during the inning, Condrey would give up a RBI single to Kevin Kouzmanoff, scoring Giles, to make it 6-3 Padres. But, the Phils would finally get out of the inning as they would trap Gonzalez between second and third before he is finally tagged out by Dobbs. The Phillies would then get shut down between the fifth and eighth innings, as they would only get a single and two walks during those four innings. The Padres would then extend their lead in the eighth, as, with two men on and two men outs, Gerut would hit a two-run double, scoring Headley, who has earlier singled, and Gonzalez, who has walked, making it 8-3 Padres. The Phillies would then be put down in the ninth by Brian Falkenborg, as they lose the fifth game of their seven games road trip.

Kyle Kendrick would take the loss, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.01 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit. Scott Eyre would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Les Walrond would pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Chad Reineke would get his first career win as he goes five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-0 with a ERA of 5.40. Mike Adams, Clay Hensley, Heath Bell and Brian Falkenborg would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Falkenborg) between them.

The Phillies’ bat would once again go silent in the middle innings after getting three runs off of the rookie Chad Reineke, allowing him to survive a bad first inning to win the game. In fact, the Phillies have not koed a pitcher in a long while, whether a starter or a reliever. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick now have has two straight bad starts, not getting out of the fourth inning both time, as he lost control of his pitches, not being able to get them to go where he needed them to go. And to make things worst, both of his bad outings were seen by his father. Talk about embarrassing. Anyway, after being talken out of the game, he was shown being given a stern talking to by Rich Dubee, who obviously did not like what he was seeing from Kendrick. Hopefully, while he was sitting there listening, whatever Dubee was telling him has gotten into his head. Now that Dubee has done his bad cop bit, who is going to be the good cop? Maybe Jamie Moyer should start thinking about being a future pitching coach now by helping Kendrick with his pitching approach? It certainly couldn’t hurt.

The Phillies (65-58) will play the final game of their three games series with the Padres (48-75, 5th National League West) later tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (5:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. Hamels will for his eighth straight start be trying for his tenth win of the year, hoping that he will finally get it done this time. The Padres will counter with Cha Seung Baek (4-7, 5.20), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Padres’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record at the Phillies’ expense.

The Phillies now trail the Mets by two games while being a game and a half ahead of the Marlins. The Phillies hope to win their first series on the West Coast before coming home for a nine games home stand starting on Tuesday.

Lastly, today is my birthday. I am presently 47 years old. I’m hoping that the Phillies will give me a present of a win against the Padres. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Still in San Diego, trying to win a series on the left coast.

The Phillies (65-57) continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. In his only career start against the Padres, he would give up only one run in six innings of work. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter will be rookie Chad Reineke (0-0, -.–), making his major league debut, as he comes in to pitch in place of the original starter, Chris Young, who has just been placed on the disabled list. He is coming up from Triple-A Portland, where he has gone 5-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 22 games (21 starts), but, in his last three starts, he is 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA. He will be gunning for his first major league win, while trying to see what mischief he can cause the Phils.

The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row while trying to stay close to the Mets after the disaster in Los Angeles. The Phillies have just gotten back Rudy Seanez, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino from injuries while Brad Lidge has claimed to have done some work on his mechanics during his enforced rest, and they wait for Pedro Feliz to return from his back injuries. Even with the good news, the Phillies are still waiting for their offense to finally wake up and show itself to be the monster of its pre-season press releases. Of course, that may only happen if the players start to take care of the little things instead of just thinking about hitting home runs and only home runs. But hey, I’m becoming that broken record again. I better stop before I start to stratch the record.

The Phillies are trailing the Mets by a game while they are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games. They will be trying to see if they can win the series with the Padres with a victory tonight, before trying for a sweep, and end the road trip with a better record than they would’ve expected after getting out of L.A.

Jamie Moyer and the bullpen four hit the Padres as Pat Burrell hit a solo run that would give the Phillies a 1-0 win.

Jamie Moyer would pitch seven scoreless inning of three hit ball while the bullpen trio of Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge would give the Padres only one more hit, while Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run off of Padres’ starter Greg Maddux to give the Phillies a 1-0 victory. The game for the first six innings would be a pitchers’ duel between two veteran pitchers, Moyer and Maddux, two of the three veteran pitchers still left from the Draft Class of 1984. Maddux would get himself out of a two men on, one men out, Phils’ threat in the top of the second by getting Eric Bruntlett to pop out and Carlos Ruiz to fly out. Moyer would get himself out of a jam of his own in the Padres’ sixth, when, with runners on first and third, and two outs, he would get Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out, first baseman to the pitcher, for the final out. Then in the seventh, Pat Burrell would knock in the game’s only run as he would hit his third career home run off of Maddux, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, to give the Philles a 1-0 lead. In the Padres’ seventh, after giving up a lead-off single to Andrian Gonzalez, Moyer would get Chase Headley to line out to third, Tadahito Iguchi to line out to right and Nick Hundley to pop out to third, to end the inning and his night on the mound. The Phillies would then threathen to add to their lead in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they would be turned away in both innings by the Padres’ bullpen. The Padres would, in the meantime, get a runner on base with two outs in their own half of the eighth, but J.C. Romero, pitching in relief of Ryan Madson, who, in turrn, has been pitching in relief of Moyer, would end the inning by getting Brian Giles to ground out to Ryan Howard, who would just beat Giles to the bag for the final out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth and would record a 1-2-3 inning, to end the ballgame with his twenty-ninth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer would get the victory as he would pitch seven strong innings of shutout ball, giving up only three hits and walking only two batters as he constantly got ahead of the hitters. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-ninth save in twenty-nine attempts as he would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, strking out two. Greg Maddux would get the lost, as he also pitched seven innings, giving up an earned run, Pat Burrell’s solo home run, on five hits. His record is now 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA. Justin Hampson would face only one batter who would get on base on a throwing error. Mike Adams would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Wilfredo Ledezma would pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out the side.

The Phillies’ offense, in spite of Pat Burrell’s home run, is still not scoring runs when they need to. If not for Jamie Moyer’s pitching and some spectacular plays that were made in the field by both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, the Phillies would probably be trying to avoid six loses in a row instead of trying for a series win this upcoming Saturday night.

The Phillies (65-57) will continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a thirds innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter, although announced, has not yet been listed, as the original starter, Chris Young, has just been placed on the disabled list by the Padres.

The Phillies are still trailing the Mets by a game, as they defeated the Pirates. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games, as they’d lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be trying to get a series win while still waiting for the offense to finally wake up.

The Phillies will begin a series with the Padres, hoping to salvage some wins from a so far disasterous road trip.

The second place Phillies (64-57) will continue their west coast road trip with a three games weekend series against the Padres (47-74, 5th National League West). The game will be played tonight in PETCO Park, and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be 45 years old Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 10, where he pitched six innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Lifetime against the Padres, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 starts, including a start this year on April 30, a lost, in which he would pitch five and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He will be looking to pitch his thirteenth consecutive quality start while trying to end the Phillies’ four game slide and keep them close to the Mets. The Padres’ starter will be veteran pitcher and Phillies’ killer Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 9, where he went six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits, in the Padres’ 8-3 win. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, on April 29, when they would deny him his 350th career win, as he would pitch six and a third innings in a losing effort, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Padres’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to revenge his earlier lost while seeing if he can continue the Phillies’ present offensive struggles.

Not much to say here other than to hope that Moyer will be able to find a way to defeat the Padres without having to worry about not getting any runs support from his teammate as long as the offense continues to not get crucial hits and score runs.

The Phillies trail the Mets by a game, as New York prepares to face the Pirates for a four games series in Pittsburgh. They lead the Marlins by a game and a half as the fish prepare to face the Cubs. They are nine games in front of the fading Braves who prepare to face the Giants for four games. The Phillies will be trying to come back from being swept by the Dodgers, done to them in LA for the first time since 1962, when they were swept in a pair of doubleheaders, as they hope that the offense will finally wake up from its long slump.

Phillies get swept by Dodgers as offense waste a good effort by Myers. Lost drops Phils into second place in the East.

The Phillies get two hit by Dodgers’ pitching as a good effort by Brett Myers is wasted as the Phils get swept by the Dodgers, 3-1. The lost puts them in second place in the National League East, a game behind the Mets. The Dodgers would get their first run of the game in the second inning, as, with a runner on third, and one out, Nomar Garciaparra would hit a ground ball that would bounce out of Myers’ reach and be grabbed by Chase Utley, who would then proceed to throw out Garciaparra at first, as he knocks in James Loney, who has tripled earlier on a ball that would get past a diving Geoff Jenkins, who would try to make a diving catch instead of just grabbing it on a bounce and keeping it a single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers would add a second run in the sixth as Matt Kemp would hit a lead off home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, and only the second given up by Myers since coming back from the minors, to make it 2-0 LA. The Phillies would finally get a run across in the seventh as Ryan Howard would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier doubled and reach third on Utley’s ground out, pitcher to first, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 2-1. Werth’s double would be the Phils second and last hit of the night (the other one being Utley’s double in the fourth with two outs) as Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would keep the bats quiet during his seven innings of work, walking none and striking out seven Phils. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the seventh, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Casey Blake would hit a RBI single, scoring Russell Martin, who has earlier singled and then stole second, to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. That would be it as Hong-Chih Kuo would pitch two scoreless innings in relief, letting only one man get on base, via a walk, as he would record his first save of the year.

Brett Myers would take the lost in spite of a quality start in which he would go seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, as he struck out eight Dodgers, one of whom being Manny Ramierz, whom he would muzzle by having him go 0 for 3 with a walk, the only walk Myers would allow during the game. His record is now 5-10 with a 5.02 ERA. Scott Eyre would pitch a scorless inning, giving up one hit, walking one batter while striking out one. Hideki Kuroda would get the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on two hits while striking out seven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo would get his first save of the year, as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up no hits.

The Phillies’ offense has just hit a new low as it was able to get only two hits last night in their lack of support of another excellent outing by one of their starters, this one provided by Brett Myers, his fourth quality start since his return from the minors to get his head straighten out. I am not going to state the obvious as it looks like this team is just plain lifeless. It is obvious that they need a spark to get them going, but they just don’t seem to know where to find it. If anyone is able to find a spark, please send it to Citizens Bank Park. PLEASE!!!!

The now second place Phillies (64-57) now head down to San Diego for a three games series with the Padres (47-74, 5th National League West). The game will be played tonight in PETCO Park, and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send to the mound the 45 years old veteran Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 10, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Lifetime against the Padres, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 starts, including a start this year on April 30, a lost, in which he would pitch five and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He will be looking to pitch his thirteenth consecutive quality start while trying to end the Phillies’ four game slide and keep them close to the Mets. His opponent will be veteran pitcher and Phillies’ killer Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 9, where he went six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits, in the Padres’ 8-3 win. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, on April 29, when they would at the time deny him his 350th win, as he would pitch six and a third innings in a losing effort, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Padres’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to revenge his earlier season lost while seeing if he can continue the Phillies’ present offensive struggles.

The now second place Phillies trail the Mets by a game, as New York prepares to play the Pirates in Pittsburgh for a weekend series. They are ahead of the Marlins by a game and a half as the Marlins get ready to visit the red hot Cubs in Miami. The Braves are nine games behind the Phillies, as they get ready to host the Giants. The Phillies hope that they can get some wins in San Diego, to stay close to the Mets, before coming back home for a nine games series that will begin this coming Tuesday with the Nationals.

The Phillies will be trying to leave Los Angeles with a win, trying to avoid the sweep.

The Phillies (64-56, T-1st) will play the final game of their four game set with the Dodgers (61-59, T-1st National League West) tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (5-9, 5.09), who is coming off a victory over the Pirates on August 9, where he would pitch a strong seven and two-thirds innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits, while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 4-2 win. He has pitched rather well since coming back from his stint in the minors, going 2-0 in four starts, with a 2.10 ERA, while the Phils have gone 1-1 in his other two starts. Against the Dodgers in nine starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA. He will be trying to make it four good starts in a row as he tries to salvage a win in this series to nowhere for the Phils and try to keep them in at least a tie for first place in the East. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (6-8, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on August 9, where he pitched eight innings, giving up only an earned run on eight hits, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to help the Dodgers sweep the Phillies, while keeping them at least tied for first in the West.

Not much to say here other than to hope that the offense will final wake up from its season long funk and hoping that the back end of the bullpen isn’t starting to come apart at the seems since Tom Gordon won’t be coming back this year.

The Phillies are now tied with the Mets who will be playing the final game of their three games series with the Nationals, looking for a sweep. The two teams are both leading the Marlins by a game and a half as they prepare to end their four games with the Cardinals, looking for a split. The Braves are trailing both teams by nine games, as they look to avoid a sweep with the Cubs. The Phillies will be trying to avoid a sweep as well, hoping to remain in first place before they go down the coast to start a three games series with the Padres.

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