May 2009

Ryan Howard’s two-homer night help rocket the Phils into a 9-6 victory over the Nats, back into first place in the NL East.

Ryan Howard’s two massive home runs, a solo shot and a team record setting grand-slam home run, help leads the Phils to a 9-6 win over the lowly Nationals. The Phils, meanwhile, regain first place from the Mets.

The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and one man out, Wil Nieves hits a two run double, knocking in Josh Willingham, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Alberto Gonzalez’s single, and Gonzalez, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Nieves still on second, and now with two men out, Anderson Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieves, who beat the throw to the plate, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead, while Hernandez would move up to second on the throw. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, cutting the Nats’ lead to 3-1. In the third, with a runner on second, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. After Rollins stole second base, the Phils loaded the bases on a Shane Victorino walk and a Chase Utley infield single. Ryan Howard then clears them with a 475-ft monster to right for a grand-slam home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, his third grand-salm of the season, and the eighth grand-slam of his career, setting a new franchise record, as he scored Rollins, Victorino and Utley before him, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. In the fourth, the Nats would get one of the runs back, as, with one man on, and nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI triple, knocking in Austin Kearns, who had earlier walked, making it a 6-4 Phils lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the inning as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Hamels hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. In the sixth, with a man on, and two men out, pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard hits a pinch hit two-run home run, scoring Kearns, who had earlier singled, had gone to second when Gonzalez was hit by the pitch, and had gone over to third on Nieves’ double play, 5-4-3, wiping out Gonzalez at second, making it 7-6 Phils. The Phils would get those two runs back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, a double by Victorino, which sent Dobbs to third, and a walk to Utley, with two men out, Howard would reach base on a fielding error by second baseman Hernandez, allowing both Dobbs and Victorino to score, and Utley to reach third, as the Phils take a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as the Phillies’ bullpen shut down the Nats for the final three innings, with Brad Lidge notching his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels got the victory as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out seven. His record is now 3-2 with a 5.21 ERA. Scott Eyre recorded his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, recording his fourth hold of the season, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge recorded his eleventh save of the season as he gave up only a hit, while striking out a batter. Shairon Martis took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 5-1 with a 5.62 ERA. Jason Bergmann pitched a scoreless inning. Mike MacDougal pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ron Villone, Julian Taverez, Kip Wells and Jesus Colome combined for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Tavarez (1), Colome (1)), a walk (Villone) and two hit batters (Tavarez (1), Colome (1)), while striking out four (Tavarez (1), Colome (3)) between them.

The Phillies had ten hits, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard leading the way with two hits each, with both of Howard’s hits being home runs. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels had the Phils’ other four hits. Besides Howard’s five RBIs, Hamels and Rollins both knocked in a run. The Phils had six extra-base hits, four doubles and two home runs. The Phils also stole five bases, with Utley, Rollins, Victorino, Ruiz and Werth each stealing a base. The win gives the Phils a series win, as they now go for the series sweep against the Nationals.

The Phillies (27-20, 1st) will conclude their three-games home stand with an afternoon game against the Nationals (13-35, 5th) that will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-5, 7.42), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 25, where he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, and for his first victory in over a month. The Nationals will counter with John Lannan (2-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost on May 25 to the Mets, as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, in the Nats’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils from sweeping the Nats. The Phillies will be trying to leave home with a winning home stand before going back onto the road, where they have the best record in baseball.

A sixteen-hit attack and a strong effort by J.A. Happ leads to a Phillies win over the hapless Nationals, 5-4.

A strong start by J.A. Happ and a sixteen-hit attack by the Phillies’ offense would lead to a Phils’ victory over the last place Nationals, 5-4.

The Nats took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as Josh Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men on, and one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s single, while sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, over to third. The Phils would take the lead in the third as, with two men on, and one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and had moved on to third on Chase Utley’s double, and Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with Ibanez still on first and now with two men out, Feliz hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ibanez, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and no one out, Utley hits into a 4-6 force out, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled and had gone over to third on Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Utley was safe at first on the play, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Nats would come back in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Josh Bard hits a two-run double, scoring Willingham, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second when Ryan Zimmerman was hit by the pitch, while sending Zimmerman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, over to third, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. One batter later, the Nats would cut the lead down further to 5-3 Phils, as Anderson Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Zimmerman from third, before a Werth fielding error on the play allows Bard to score as well, turning it into a 5-4 Phils’ lead, while Hernandez would move up to second base on the error. But that would be the game, as the Phillies’ bullpen would shut the Nats down for the last three innings, with Brad Lidge nailing down his tenth save in the ninth.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched five and a third strong innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he recorded his fourth hold, as he gave up an unearned run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. Scott Eyre pitched a 1-2-3 inning, as he recorded his eighth hold. Ryan Madson recorded his tenth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge recorded his tenth save as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he went four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, as he struck out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA. Jason Bergmann, Ron Villone, Mike MacDougal, Joe Beimel and Julian Tavarez combined for four scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Bergmann (1), Villone (2), MacDougal (1), Beimel (2)) and a walk (Beimel), while striking out three Phils (Bergamman, MacDougal and Beimel with a stikeout each).

The Phillies collected sixteen hits in the game, with all of the regulars getting at least one hit. Shane Victorino led the way with four hits as he raised his batting average to .293. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz then followed with two hits each. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard got the other two Phils’ hits. Ibanez knocked in two of the Phils’ runs, while Utley, Feliz and Ruiz each knocked in a run. The Phils had seven extra-base hits in the game, six doubles and a triple.

The Phillies (26-20, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Nationals (13-34). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.68), who is coming off his best start of the season on May 24 against the Yankees, as he went six strong innings, giving up just two runs, on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-inning win. He will be going after his third win of the season. The Nats will counter with Shairon Martis (5-0, 4.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 24, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Nats’ 8-5 win , He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phillies will be trying to win their first series at home since their earlier home series win against these same Nationals.

Wednesday: Phillies may have lost Brett Myers as he is taken out of the game while he loses to the fish, 6-2.

After giving up a two-run home run and a walk, losing pitcher Brett Myers is taken out of the game, which the Phils would lose, 6-2. It is later learned that he is having problem with his right hip, and he may be lost for the rest of the season, if he has to take surgery to fix it.

The Marlins took the lead in the fourth, in a pitchers’ duel, as, with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, to give the fish a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead an inning later, as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Wes Helms hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cody Ross, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on John Baker’s single, from third, making it 2-1 Marlins. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead to 2-1 as, with one out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. In the sixth, with a runner on second, and no one out, Uggla hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Coghlan, who had earlier doubled, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. Three batters later, with a man on third and now two men on, Ross gave the fish a commanding 5-1 lead, as he hits a two-run home run, his seven home run of the season, knocking in Uggla from third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs hits a pinch hit home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Marlins’ lead. The fish got that run back in the ninth as, with two men on, and one man out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, plating Ross, who had earlier doubled, mking it 6-2 Marlins. In the ninth, a Phils’ rally that had two men on, with two out, ended when Jimmy Rollins lined out to center for the final out.

Brett Myers took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, before being taken out of the game with an injury, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out three. His record is now 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA. Later, it was announced that Myers was removed from the game because of problems with his right hip. At the moment, Myers is going to have himself check out to determine if he will need surgery to fix. If so, his season may be over. Clay Condrey followed with two and a third scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Burke Badenhop received the victory as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA. Dan Meyer pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball, as he struck out one. Kiko Calero pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two. Leo Nunez pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits and a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the game. Ryan Howard led the team with two hits, raising his batting average to .263, with one of the hits being a double. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, Brett Myers and Matt Stairs had the other four hits, with Ruiz and Stairs hits being solo home runs, bringing in the Phils’ only runs. The Phils will regroup tonight, hoping to take advantage of the hapless Nationals.

The Phillies (25-2o, 2nd) will start a three-games weekend series tonight with the Nationals (13-33, 5th) at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Easten. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (2-0, 2.60), who is coming off a no-decision as he pitched an excellent game on May 23 against the Yankees, going six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season as a starter. The Nationals will counter with Ross Detwiler (0-0, 2.45), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 23, where he pitched six innings, giving up a runs on one hit and four walks, as he struck out four, in the Nationals’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win. The Phils will be trying to make it five wins in a row against the Nats as they try to establish dominance at home.

Brad Lidge is able to stop a Marlins’ rally in the ninth, preserving the win for Joe Blanton, as the Phils defeat the fish, 5-3.

Joe Blanton pitched seven shut out innings, which was almost wasted in the ninth until Brad Lidge was able to come in and shut the door, redeeming himself for his two blown weekend saves as the Phils held on the defeat the pesky fish, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first, as, with the bases loaded, via Jimmy Rollins reaching first on a Hanley Ramirez’s throwing error, a double by Shane Victorino, sending Rollins over to third base, and a walk to Chase Utley, and nobody out, Ryan Howard received an RBI walk, forcing in Rollins, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while moving both Victorino and Utley up a base. One batter later, Raul Ibanez would make it 2-0 Phils as he hits a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, scoring Victorino from third, while sending Utley on to third. After a wild pitch sends Howard to second, and Jayson Werth strikes out for the inning’s second out, Pedro Feliz hits a two outs RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard over to third base. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had reached base earlier on a walk, was out at second, but not before disrupting Marlins’ second baseman Dan Uggla’s throw to first base with a take-out slide, making it 4-0 Phils. In the seventh, after Joe Blanton had finished his strong effort by striking out his eleventh Marlin batter, the Phils added an insurance run, as with one man on and two men out, Feliz hits an RBI double, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled. That would turn out to be important in the top of the ninth. With one man out, Chad Durbin walks Uggla, putting a man on first. Cody Ross follows with a single, putting runners on first and second, as Uggla moved up a base. Chris Coghlan then walks, loading the bases. Charlie Manuel then took out Durbin and brought in Scott Eyre to face pinch hitter Ross Gload. Gload hits a grounder to first, that was scooped up by Howard. The play should’ve ended the ballgame with a double play, 3-6-3, but instead, Howard threw the ball pass Rollins, thus allowing both Uggla and Ross to score, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2, while sending Coghlan all the way to third, and Gload to second, with still one man out. Manuel then came back out and called for Brad Lidge. He then walks Emilio Bonifacio, reloading the bases. Lidge then got Jeremy Hermida to ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s second out, while Coghlan scored, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Gload to third and Bonifacio to second. Lidge then ended the game by striking out Wes Helms, recording his ninth save of the year.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only five hits and two walks, while striking out eleven batters. His record is now 3-3 with a 6.14 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on one hit and two walks. Scott Eyre pitched to one batter, who got on base on an error. Brad Lidge picked up the save, his ninth of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out one. Andrew Miller took the lost, pitching six innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out four. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 4.55. Christopher Leroux pitched two innings in relief, giving up a run on three hits.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game. Shane Victorino got the most hits as he went four for five, including two doubles, as he knocked in a run, while also scoring one, raising his season average to .284. Pedro Feliz was next with two hits, while Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other four hits. Ryan Howard and Ibanez both knocked in a run, while Feliz would knock in two, to go along with Victorino’s RBI.

The Phillies (25-19, 1st) will tonight conclude their three-games series with the Marlins (21-26, 4th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (4-2, 4.34), who is coming off his best start of the season as he tamed the Yankees on May 22, pitching eight innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 7-3 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory. The Marlins will counter with Burke Badenhop (2-2, 5.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rays on May 23, where he pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, in the Marlins’ 10-3 lost. He will be out there trying to tame the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to win their fourth straight series, while preparing to meet the lowly Nationals on Friday. They still lead the Mets by half a game. 

Jamie Moyer is once again denied his 250th career win as the Phillies lose to the fish, 5-3.

Once again, Jamie Moyer is denied his 250th career win as he loses to the Marlin for only the second time in his career, as the Phils lose to the fish, 5-3.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first, as, with a man on base, and two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Marlins took the lead in the fourth, as, with two men on base via walks, and nobody out, Wes Helms hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu, making it 3-2 Marlins. In the sixth, with two men on, and two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, scoring Helms, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Cody Ross’ single, making it a 4-2 Marlins’ lead, as he beats the throw to home plate, while sending Ross to third, while Paulino would move on to second on the throw to the plate. In the Phils’ half of the sixth, they would get a run back, as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his second in the game, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 4-3. In the seventh, the Marlins got an insurance run as, with two men on, and two men out, Helms hits an RBI single, scoring Jeremy Hermida, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Cantu, who had earlier walked, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils’ threat in the ninth fizzle out after Shane Victorino is throw out at second base, caught stealing.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 3-5 with a 7.42 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched three innings of relief, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he also struck out five. Chris Volstad got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA. Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, getting his eight hold of the season as he retired the only man he would face. Leo Nunez pitched a scoreless inning as he also recorded his eighth hold of the year, striking out a batter. Matt Lindstrom got the save, his ninth of the season, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out one. 

The Phillies had only six hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s two hits being a pair of home runs, accounting for all three of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino would account for the other two Phils’ hits. The lost leave Jamie Moyer still looking for career win number 250, as folks begin to wonder how much longer this can go on.

The Phillies (24-19, 1st) continues their three-games home stand with the pesky Marlins (21-25, 4th). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (2-3, 7.11), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 21, as he pitched only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-5 win. He will be looking to even his record while improving on his last start. The Marlins’ starter will be Andrew Miller (1-1, 4.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on May 21, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, as he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season. The Phillies will regroup and try to defeat the pesky Marlins tonight, so that they can go out and win the series tomorrow night. Their lead in the National League East is presently a half-game over the Mets.

The Phillies escaped from New York with a series win as they defeated the Yankees in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phillies escape both New York and the Yankees by winning the rubber match of their three-games series with the Bronx Bombers, winning the game 4-3 in extra-innings, in spite of Brad Lidge having his second straight blown save and his third blown save during an otherwise very successful road trip.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the third, as, with a man on, and two men outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled. One batter later, Shane Victorino would give the Phils a 2-0 lead by hitting an RBI single, scoring Rollins from second base. The Yankees would get a run back in their half of the second, as, with one man on, and two men outs, Johnny Damon hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco Cervelli, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The next batter, Mark Teixeira, followed with a single to left, sending Damon to home plate. But Damon would be cut down at the plate by a very strong throw from left fielder Jayson Werth, as Phils’ catcher Ruiz blocked home plate, preserving the Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it a 3-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on base, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled. In the Yankees’ half of the inning, they would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Teixeira hits a ball that had broken his bat in half, that by all rights should’ve been the inning’s first out, but some how instead landed deep in the left field seats for Teixeira’s thirteenth home run of the season. In the ninth, the Phils handed the ball over to Lidge for the save. And, for the second straight day, Lidge blew the save opportunity, as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, he gave up an RBI single to Melky Cabrera, who knocked in pinch runner Ramiro Pena, who had taken over first base from Robinson Cano, who had earlier singled, then stole second, tying the game up at three-all. Lidge then buckled down, and kept the Yanks from doing any more damage, sending the game into extra-innings. In the eleventh, the Phils retook the lead, as, with one man on, and two outs, Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to make it 4-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then pitch a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Chad Durbin got his third hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Scott Eyre recorded his seventh hold as he got out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson received his ninth hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hit. Brad Lidge blew his second straight save and his fourth save opportunity of the season, as he gave up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Clay Condrey picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, getting out of a major jam in the tenth. His record is now 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA. C.C. Sabathia also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while he struck out three. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out two. Mariano Rivera also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brett Tomko took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. 

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits each. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard then followed with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins got the other Phils’ hit. Rollins, Victorino, Ibanez and Ruiz each knocked in a run. The Phils will come home to Citizens Bank Park from a very successful road trip, which will include their starters throwing three straight jems against the Yankees in the new Yankess Stadium in which none of them walked a batter. They will be hoping that they can continue their winning ways at home.

The Phillies (24-18, 1st) come home to start a three-games home stand against the Marlins (20-25, 4th). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter will be the Marlins tamer Jamie Moyer (3-4, 7.62), who is coming off a good start, even though a lost, against the Reds on May 20, in which he pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, and hoping to keep his spot in the rotation. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (3-3, 3.64), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on May 20, in which he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and and a walk, while he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win of the first game of a make-up doubleheader. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year. The Phillies presently have a game and a half lead in the National League East over both the Mets and the Braves. They will be seeing about increasing their lead in the East while putting the Marlins a further distance behind them.

Brad Lidge’s third blown save ruins the starting pitching debut of J.A. Happ and the Major League Debut of John Mayberry, Jr., as the Phils lose to the Yanks in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.

Brad Lidge’s third blown save of the season and his second on an otherwise successful road trip, ruins both the 2009 starting debut of J.A. Happ and the major league debut of John Mayberry, Jr. as the Phillies lose to the Yanks in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, with one man out, in the second inning, his seventeenth home run of the year. The Yanks tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Nick Swisher hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Robinson Cano, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in the fifth, as, with two men on, and nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-one home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his major league career, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s walk, and Feliz, who had walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, the Yanks got a run back as, with one man out, Derek Jeter hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. In the ninth, with a runner on base and one out, Alex Rodriguez hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Johnny Damon, who had earlier walked and then stole second base, tying the game up at 4-4. Then two batters later, with Cano on second base, via a single and a stolen base, Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Cano and giving the Yanks a 5-4 Walk-Off Win.

J.A. Happ got a no-decision in his starting debut, pitching a very strong game against the Yanks as he went six innings, giving up just two runs on four hits, as he struck out four. Chad Durbin received his second hold of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, while he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth, recording his eighth hold of the year, giving up a hit, as he struck out the side. Brad Lidge blew his third save of the season as he took the lost, as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with a 9.15 ERA. Andy Pettitte also received a no-decision, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Phil Coke pitched one and two-third innings of shut out ball, giving up a hit. Jose Veras took the win as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.89 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game. Chase Utley and John Mayberry, Jr. lead the way with two hits each, with Mayberry, Jr. going 2 for 3 in his major league debut, hitting a double and a three-run home run. Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino got the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run. Lidge blown save ruins the Phils’ chances at winning their first two games inside the new Yankees Stadium after having dominated the second game of the series with the Yankess via both good starting pitching and the long ball.

The Phillies (23-18, 1st) will conclude their three-games interleague play series with the Yankees (25-18, 3rd American League East) with an afternoon game at the new Yankees Stadium. The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.95), who is coming off a strong performance on May 19 against the Reds, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his three straight win and quailty start. The Yankees will oppose him with C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.43), who is coming off a win against the Orioles on May 19, going seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Yankees’ 9-1 win. He will be looking for his fifth win of the season. The Phillies will be looking to go back to Philly will three straight series wins and an 8-2 road trip.

Powered by four home runs, Brett Myers pitched the Phils to a 7-3 victory over the Bronx Bombers.

Helped by four home runs, Brett Myers would pitch eight strong innings as the Phils defeated the New York Yankees in the New Yankees Stadium, 7-3.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead on the game’s first pitch as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. In the second, the Phils increased their lead as, with one man on, and one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Matt Stairs, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, with one man on, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier hit into a force out, 1-6, wiping out Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, at second base, to make it a 5-0 Phils lead. The Yankees finally got onto the board in the sixth as, with two men out, Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the seventh, as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils tacked on another run in the eighth as, with two men on, and one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to second on Rollins’ single, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead, while he sent Rollins, who had just singled, over to second. In the bottom half of the eighth, the Yanks would get a run back as Derek Jeter hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 7-3 Phillies’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Mark Teixeira would hit a solo home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the season,  cutting the Phillies’ lead down to 7-3. But that would be the final score as Ryan Madson would shut down the Yanks in the ninth inning.

Brett Myers got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out five. His record is now 4-2 with a 4.34 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. A. J. Burnett took the lost, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out seven. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA. Chien-Ming Wang pitched three innings of relief, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out two.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with four hits, raising his average to .271. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino followed with two hits each. Chase Utley, Matt Stairs and Pedro Feliz had the other three Phillies’ hits.Ryan Howard was the other starter not to get a hit. Werth and Ruiz had two RBIs each, while Rollins, Ibanez and Utley each knocked in a run. The Phils had five extra-base hits in the game, four home runs and a triple. The Phillies have now won seven of the eight games that they have so far played on this road trip as they go for their third straight road series win this afternoon.

The Phillies (23-17, 1st) continue their three-games weekend series with the Yankees (24-18, 3rd American League East), with an afternoon game that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports. The game will begin at 4:10 pm Eastern at the new Yankees Stadium. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (2-0, 2.49), who will be making his first start of the season. His last appearance, as a reliever, was made on May 15, as he pitched two innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out three, as he picked up the win, in the Phils’ 10-6 extra-innings win. Happ will be going out there to prove that he deserved to be the team’s fifth starter. The Yankees will counter with Andy Pettitte (4-1, 4.18), who is coming off a win against the Twins on May 18, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on twelve hits and one walk, while striking out three, in the Yanks’ 7-6 win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phillies will be going out to try and win their eighth game in their ten games road trip, while showing that they are a team to be respected.

Phillies unlease the lumber as they crush the Reds, 12-5, as they continue a very successful road trip.

The Phillies scored twelve runs yesterday as they crushed the Reds, 12-5, giving them their second straight series win on the road, as they head on to New York for their first visit to the New Yankees Stadium for an Interleague series with the Yankees.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Chase Utley’s double. The Phils made it 3-0 in the second as, with two men on, and two outs, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, had gone to second on Rollins’ single, and then went to third on Reds’ catcher Ryan Hanigan’s throwing error when he tried to pick him off second, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second with a stolen base, his 300th career steal. Ibanez made it 4-0 Phillies with an RBI double, scoring Utley. In the third, with two men out, Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 5-0 Phillies’ lead. In the fifth, once again with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year, and his third hit of the game, to give the Phils a 6-0 lead. In the Reds’ fifth, they would finally get to Blanton, who was breezing through their lineup before then. With two men on, and one out, Wily Taveras hits an RBI single, scoring Hanigan, who had earlier singled, had move on to second on Paul Janish’s single, and had gone to third on Ramon Ramirez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending to third Hanigan, who had earlier singled and had went to second on Ramirez’s sac bunt. Adam Rosales followed him with an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Janish, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Taveras up to second base. Two batters later, after Jay Bruce was walked, Brandon Phillips cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-5 as he hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring both Taveras and Bruce. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth, as, with two men on base, and one out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, had gone to third on Rollins’ single, beating the throw to third, as the Phils increased their lead to 7-5. The Phils would break the game open in the seventh. Ryan Howard started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it an 8-5 Phillies’ lead. Later in the inning, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Pedro Feliz hits a two-run pinch hit double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Ruiz’s ground out, and Dobbs, who had been intentionally walked and had moved up to second on Ruiz’s ground out, giving the Phils a 10-5 lead. Rollins then made it an 11-5 Phils’ lead, as he hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, scoring Feliz, who beat the throw to the plate, as Rollins moved up to second on the throw. The Phils made it 12-5 in the eighth, as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be the final score as Sergio Escalona came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton got the victory, although going only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four. His record is now 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his third hold, giving up only one hit and a walk. Scott Eyre, Chan Ho Park and Sergio Escalona each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit among them (Eyre) and three walks (Eyre (1) and Park (2)), while they struck out 2 (Eyre (1), Park (1)). Micah Owings took the lost as he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out only three. Ramon Ramirez pitched two and a third innings, giving up  two runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out three. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jared Burton pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Mike Lincoln pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. David Weathers pitched an inning, giving up no runs on one hit, as he struck out two.

The Phillies had fourteen hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with four, followed by Chase Utley with three. Raul Ibanez followed them with two hits of his own. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs, Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phillies had nine extra-base hits in the game, five doubles and four home runs, all solo shots. Utley had four RBIs, followed by Ibanez with three. Feliz knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Howard and Dobbs knocked in a run apiece. The Phillies also had two stolen bases, one by Rollins, his 300th career stolen base as a Phil and one by Victorino. The Phillies, so far during their road trip, have gone 6-1, beating a good Reds team.

The Phillies (22-17, 1st) start interleague play tonight by going to New York City to face the Yankees (24-17, 3rd American League East) for the first time in their new ballpark, the New Yankees Stadium. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (3-2, 4.50), who is coming off a win against the Nationals in the first game of a day-nght doubleheader on May 16, where he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be looking to improve on his record, while trying to win his third start in a row. The Yankees will counter with A. J. Burnett (2-1, 5.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on May 17, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out seven, in the Yankees’ 3-2 win. He will be looking to increase his record. The Phillies will be going to the Yankees new home trying to do better than they did last season in interleague play.

The Latest Leaders List is up and…

Phillies Red Pinstripes has landed at 38 among the top 50 fan blogs. Thanks to everyone who has been reading my blog.

Anyway, here is the top 50 fan blogs courtesy of MLB.com. Give them all a visit, won’t you?

FANS
1. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
2. Confessions of a She-Fan
3. Red State Blue State
4. Julia’s Rants
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
6. Rockpile Rant
7. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
8. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
9. Phillies Phollowers
10. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
11. FutureAngels.com
12. Counting Baseballs
13. I Live for This
14. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
15. Rays Renegade
16. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
17. Unfinished Business
18. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
19. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
20. Plunking Gomez
21. The 1 Constant
22. The ‘Burgh Blues
23. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
24. The Season Experience
25. Bleeding Pinstripes
26. Yankees Chick
27. A Misplaced Astros Fan
28. The Pittsburgh Peas
29. Flair For The Dramatic
30. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
31. King of Cali
32. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
33. Statistician Magician
34. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
35. Cambios y Curvas
36. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
37. Twins Limey
38. Phillies Red Pinstripes
39. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
40. Crops on the Farm
41. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
42. Random Reds Rants
43. The NYC Autograph Collector
44. Yogi Brewer
45. The Brewer Nation
46. crzblue’s World
47. Fantasy Hardball: a bloop and a blast
48. Mets Go
49. Baseball Canadiana
50. The Diamond Diva

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