May 2009

Phillies are unable to take advantage of a quality start from Jamie Moyer as they fall to the Reds, 5-1. Remain in first place as Mets are swept by the Dodgers.

The Phils are unable to take advantage of the first quality start thrown by Jamie Moyer in about a month as they fall to the Reds, 5-1, as Moyer is once again denied his 250th career victory. The Phils remain in first place as the Mets are swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Reds took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single, knocking in Willy Taveras, who had earlier walked and moved over to second on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 3-1. The Reds made it a 2-0 lead in the second, as, with one man out, Ryan Hanigan hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. It became 3-0 Reds in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Hairston, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillips’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Reds’ lead. The game would then settle down until the bottom of the seventh, when, with two men on base, and two men outs, Philllips hits a two-run triple, knocking in Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then moved to second base with a stolen base, and Taveras, who had earlier walked, to make it a 5-1 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched his first good game in about a month, as he went six innings, giving up only three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 3-4 with a 7.62 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up just one hit. Aaron Harang got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA. Arthur Rhodes and Franciso Cordero both pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one batter between them (Cordero).

The Phillies had only four hits in the game, all extra-base hits, three doubles and a home run. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste each hit a double, while Raul Ibanez hit the home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run. The batters were keep slient for the most part, so that they could not take advantage of Jamie Moyer’s good start.

The Phillies (21-17, 1st) are presently playing the last game of their three-games visit with the Reds (21-18, 4th National League Central). The game is being played at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies’ starter is Joe Blanton (1-3, 6.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 15, where he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 extra-innings win. He is hoping to receive his second win of the year. The Reds countered with Micah Owings (3-4, 3.95), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on May 16, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He was looking to even his record. The Phils, who presently have a commanding lead in the ballgame, are looking to win their sixth game on this road trip, and to increase their lead in the East over the idle Mets.

Phils win their fifth game in the row on the road, as they defeat the Reds, 4-3. They regain first place from the Mets.

Behind the pitching of their ace Cole Hamels, and the bullpen trio of Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and closer Brad Lidge, the Phils were able to outlast the Reds, beating them 4-3. They regain sole control of first place in the National League East as the Mets once again fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Reds tied it up at one-all in the fourth, as, with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a solo home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phillies regain the lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels’ single, making it a 2-1 Phils lead, while Hamels, who had just singled, moved over to third. Chase Utley made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Hamels, while sending Rollins to third. Raul Ibanez then followed him with a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, and giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, Jerry Hairston started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-2. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ramon Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as first Clay Condrey and then Ryan Madson would pitch a pair of scoreless innings, before Brad Lidge would nail down his eighth save of the season, and his third save in a row since blowing the save Friday night, by pitching a scoreless ninth. 

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 4.95. Clay Condrey recorded his second hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson would record his seventh hold, as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth while recording his eighth save of the season, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven runs on four hits, as he struck out four. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had seven hits in the ballgame, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels had the other five hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double while Howard’s was a solo home run. Besides Howard, Rollins, Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three RBIs, with Ibanez’s being a sacrifice fly. The Phillies have now won five straight games on the road trip, as they regain the lead in the National League East as the Mets lose once again to the Dodgers.

The Phils (21-16, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Reds (20-18, 4th National League Central) with a night game at Great American Ball Park. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-3, 8.15), who is coming off a very bad outing against the Dodgers on May 13, where he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, as well as his first quality start in about a month. The Reds will counter with Aaron Harang (3-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 15, where he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be trying to make it a season high six wins in a row, while attempting to increase their lead over the Mets in the East.

Phils win their fifth game in the row on the road, as they defeat the Reds, 4-3. They regain first place from the Mets.

Behind the pitching of their ace Cole Hamels, and the bullpen trio of Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and closer Brad Lidge, the Phils were able to outlast the Reds, beating them 4-3. They regain sole control of first place in the National League East as the Mets once again fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Reds tied it up at one-all in the fourth, as, with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a solo home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phillies regain the lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels’ single, making it a 2-1 Phils lead, while Hamels, who had just singled, moved over to third. Chase Utley made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Hamels, while sending Rollins to third. Raul Ibanez then followed him with a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, and giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, Jerry Hairston started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-2. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ramon Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as first Clay Condrey and then Ryan Madson would pitch a pair of scoreless innings, before Brad Lidge would nail down his eighth save of the season, and his third save in a row since blowing the save Friday night, by pitching a scoreless ninth. 

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 4.95. Clay Condrey recorded his second hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson would record his seventh hold, as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth while recording his eighth save of the season, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven runs on four hits, as he struck out four. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had seven hits in the ballgame, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels had the other five hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double while Howard’s was a solo home run. Besides Howard, Rollins, Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three RBIs, with Ibanez’s being a sacrifice fly. The Phillies have now won five straight games on the road trip, as they regain the lead in the National League East as the Mets lose once again to the Dodgers.

The Phils (21-16, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Reds (20-18, 4th National League Central) with a night game at Great American Ball Park. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-3, 8.15), who is coming off a very bad outing against the Dodgers on May 13, where he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, as well as his first quality start in about a month. The Reds will counter with Aaron Harang (3-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 15, where he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be trying to make it a season high six wins in a row, while attempting to increase their lead over the Mets in the East.

Preview: Phillies v. Reds at Great American Ball Park – 7:10 pm Eastern.

The Phillies (20-16, T-1st) continue their three cities road trip with a three-games stop in Cincinnati to visit the Reds (21-17, 3rd National League Central). The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (1-2, 5.04), who is coming off his best start of the season, as he pitched a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 14, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out nine Dodgers, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Last year, against the Reds, he had a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA in sixteen innings pitched. He will be going for his third straight quality start and to even his win-lost record. The Reds will oppose him with Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Diamondback on May 13, his third straight win, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 10-3 win. He will be trying for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be looking to make it five wins in a row, while hoping to retake first place from the Mets.

Raul Ibanez is named the National League Player of the Week for the Week of May 11-17.

After big week, Ibanez takes NL honors

Phils veteran slugger ripped four homers, drove in 12 runs

Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who is among the Major Leagues’ home run leaders, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday.

The 36-year-old veteran’s 12 RBIs and nine runs topped the NL for the week, and his four homers and 13 hits were second in the league. A big factor in his first NL season for the defending World Series champions, Ibanez hit .481 with a slugging percentage of .963.

Ibanez’s week included a three-homer day in Saturday’s doubleheader in Washington, where he led the Phillies to a sweep with seven RBIs.

The productive week left him with a season average of .357, with 13 homers and 35 RBIs — on pace for a career year in his 14th season.

The weekly award, while Ibanez’s first in the NL, is the fifth overall of his career.

Others drawing consideration for the honor were Mets teammates Carlos Beltran (.393) and David Wright (.556, nine RBIs); the Nationals’ Cristian Guzman (.394, 13 hits) and Nick Johnson (.423, nine RBIs); the Astros’ Lance Berkman (.474); the Brewers’ Prince Fielder (.333, four homers, 10 RBIs) and Trevor Hoffman (four saves, 0.00 ERA); the Pirates’ Brandon Moss (.579); the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe (.476, two homers, 12 RBIs); the Dodgers’ Juan Pierre (.407); and the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, who took over the Major League lead with five homers for a total of 15.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. (H/T Phillies.com)

Is it too early to start with the MVP chants for this guy? I think all of us Phillies fans can stop worrying about whether he was worth all of that money. He is, he is, he is!!!!!

Thanks to a Nats throwing error in the eighth, the Phils finish the sweep, 8-6.

A throwing error by Nats’ reliever Jesus Colome to first on a Pedro Feliz’s bunt leads to a three-runs Phils’ eighth, giving the Phils a series sweep of the Nationals in Washington, as the Phils defeat the hapless Nationals, 8-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to third base. Shane Victorino made it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Werth. The Nationals would come back in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and one man out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI double, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Nick Johnson’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Johnson over to third. A wild pitch by Phils’ starter Chan Ho Park would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, scoring Johnson, while sending Dunn up to third, with still one man out. Elijah Dukes then tied up the game at three-all as he hits an RBI double, knocking in Dunn. The Nationals took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Guzman, Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman, and one man out, Dunn received an RBI walk, forcing in Guzman, making it a 4-3 Nats’ lead, while both Johnson and Zimmerman moved up a base. That would be it for Park, as he is replaced on the mound by Jack Taschner. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead, as Willie Harris, who had come into the game in place of Dukes, who had left the game because of an injury, was hit by the pitch, scoring Johnson, while moving up both Zimmerman and Dunn. The Phillies would then get out of the inning as Josh Willingham lined into a 5-4 double play, as Dunn is thrown out while trying to get back to second base. The Phillies came back in the fourth, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled and had moved to second on Taschner’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 5-4 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it at five-all, as, with a runner on second, and still two men out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier stole second base. The Nats regained the lead in the sixth, as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Guzman, who had earlier singled, and had gone over to third on Johnson’s single, making it a 6-5 Nats’ lead. The Phils took back the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Pedro Feliz puts down a bunt towards third base that was fielded by Jesus Colome, who then threw to first. The throw got past Nats’ first baseman Johnson for an error, which allowed both Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Victorino’s walk, and Victorino, who had just walked, to score, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Feliz all the way to third on the error. Two batters later, with Feliz still on third, and one man out, pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett hits a pinch hit double, scoring Feliz, and giving the Phils an 8-6 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Brad Lidge came on in the ninth, with one man on base, Harris, via a walk from Scott Eyre, with one out, who got Willingham to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Harris at second, for his seventh save of the season, and his second save of the series, giving the Phils a series sweep.

Chan Ho Park got a no-decision, lasting only one and a third innings, giving up five runs on five hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out only two. Jack Taschner pitched two and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out two. Chad Durbin pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out two. Sergio Escalona got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out one. His record is presently 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Scott Eyre got his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge got his seventh save of the year as he pitched to only one batter, getting him to hit into a double play. Jordon Zimmermann also got a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batter, as he struck out six. Ron Villone pitched two scoreless innings. Julian Tavarez took the lost as he pitched to two batters, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. His record is now 0-3 with an ERA of 6.32. Jesus Colome recorded his first blown save of the year as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless inning and a third, giving up just a hit.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits each. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Eric Bruntlett got the other four hits. Victorino knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Utley, Werth and Bruntlett each knocked in a run. The win gives the Phillies their third sweep of the season, with all three being done on the road. This was also the worst start for Park since joining the Phils, after having two straight quality starts, so his days in the starting rotation may be numbered.

The Phillies (20-16, 2nd) have the day off today before they start a three-games series with the Reds (21-16, 3rd National League Central) tomorrow night in Cincinnati. The Phils hope to continue there hot streak while in Cincinnati.

The Phillies sweep a rain-shortened day-night doubleheader, defeating the Nationals by the scores of 8-5 and 7-5.

The Phillies’ bats and a good start by Brett Myers in the afternoon half of a day-night double bill leads to the sweep of the Nationals in a day-night doubleheader before the rain arrived to stop play. The Phils won 8-5 in the afternoon make-up of an earlier rain out while they won 7-5 in the rain-shortened night cap.

In the first game, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year. In the bottom of the first, the Nats would tie the game up at one-all, as, with two men out, Ryan Zimmerman hits his own solo home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Phils retook the lead in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phillies increased their lead in the third, as, with two men on, and one man out, Ibanez busted the game open as he hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the game and his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to second on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled, giving the Phillies a 5-1 lead. In the fourth, the Nats got a run back, as, with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a solo home run, his sixth home run, making it a 5-2 Phillies’ lead. In the fifth, the Phils increased their lead to 6-2, when, with two men on, and nobody out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier reached first on Nats’ first baseman Nick Johnson’s fielding error, and had gone to second on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second. The Phillies would make it a 7-2 game in the eighth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Coste, who had earlier doubled, while sending Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked, over to third. One batter later, Victorino would give the Phils an 8-2 lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs, while sending Rollins to second. The Nats would make it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, as, with two men on, and nobody out, Cristian Guzman hits an RBI double, knocking in Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to third on Ronnie Belliard’s single, while sending Belliard, who had earlier singled, over to third. One batter later, the Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-4 as Johnson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Belliard. Zimmerman made it an 8-5 Phils lead by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Guzman. In the ninth, Brad Lidge came in and nailed down his sixth save of the year.

Brett Myers won the game, pitching his second straight quality start, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 4.50. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, as he struck out a batter. Scott Olsen took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks, while he struck out only three. His record is now 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA. Garrett Mock pitched three innings in relief, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jesus Colome pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out one.

The Phillies banged out fourteen hits in the game. Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth led the way with three hits apiece, including three home runs (Ibanez (2), Werth (1)), with the two between them knocking in six RBIs (Ibanez (4) and Werth (2)). Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the Phils other two hits. Rollins and Victorino had the other two RBIs, as the bats came alive in the first game.

In the second game, the Phils sent to the mound rookie Andrew Carpenter, as J.A. Happ, the scheduled starter, was no longer available as he had pitched in relief Friday night. The Nats took the lead in the first, as, with a runner on second and nobody out, Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Guzman who had earlier doubled. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier tripled. Two batters later, with Utley still on second, and now two men out, Howard would give the Phils the lead as he hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Utley, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. The Nationals got a run back in the fourth, as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Belliard, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. In the fifth, the Phils would break this game open, as, with two men on, and one out, Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the day and his thirteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled and had gone on to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a Howard double and walks to Stairs and Victorino, and with two men out, the Phils made it a 7-2 lead, as Feliz received an RBI walk, scoring Howard. The Nats tried to get back into the game in their half of the fifth. as the weather started to turn bad. With two men on, and one man out, Willie Harris hits a two-run single, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier walked and had gone on to third on Willingham’s double, and Willingham, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-4 Phillies’ lead. That would be it for Carpenter, as he would be replaced with Clay Condrey. Belliard would greet Condrey by hitting an RBI triple, scoring Harris, and making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But Condrey would end the inning by striking out both Nieves and pinch hitter Alex Cintron. The Phillies would load the bases in the top of the sixth via walks to Rollins and Utley and a single to Ibanez. With Howard batting, the rain started to come down, hard, and the umpires stopped the game. After waiting over an hour, the game would be call, with the Phils winning 7-5.

Andrew Carpernter received the win, his first major league win, as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 1-0 with a 10.38 ERA. Clay Condrey recorded his first save of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Daniel Cabrera took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-5 with a 5.95 ERA. Ron Villone pitched to three batters, giving up a hit and two walks, before the game was called.

The Phillies had nine hits in the second game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, including two doubles. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard got the Phils other six hits, having two hits apiece, with both Howard and Ibanez hitting a home run, while Rollins got a triple. Ibanez knocked in three runs, while Howard brought in two and Utley and Ruiz each brought in a run. The Phillies bat seems to have come alive on their trip to the nation’s capital, as they get ready for a series sweep.

The Phillies (19-16, 2nd) conclude their trip to Washington with an afternoon game with the Nationals (11-24, 5th). The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 1:35 pm. Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (1-1, 6.00), who is coming off his second straight quality start, this one against the Dodgers on May 12, as he went six innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his third straight quality start and his second straight win, while giving the Phils the chance to sweep the series. The Nationals will send to the mound, Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 5.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on May 12, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Nationals’ 9-7 lost. He will be trying to keep the Nats from being swept. The Phillies will be trying to leave Washington with a sweep, after having already recorded a series win at the start of their road trip.

Phillies win an extra-innings thriller in Washington as they defeat the Nationals, 10-6.

Thanks to a bunch of walks from Nats pitching and some timely hitting, the Phils are finally able to defeat the Nationals in extra-innings, 10-6, hours after meeting the President inside the White House and hours before a day-night doubleheader.

The Phils took the lead in the second, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Pedro Feliz’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, on to third. The Nats tied the game up at one-all in the third, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single off of Chase Utley’s glove, scoring Nick Johnson, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, and beat a surprised Utley throw to the plate, while Zimmerman would move up to second on the throw. Later, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns, and now with two men out, the Nationals took a 2-1 lead as Anderson Hernandez walked, plating Zimmerman, while moving both Dunn and Kearns up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Wil Neaves then made it a 4-1 Nats lead as he hits a two-run single, scoring both Dunn and Kearnes, while sending Hernandez on to third. The Phils would come back in the sixth, as, with two men on, and two men out, Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, and had gone up to second when Ibanez was also hit by a pitch, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who was also hit by a pitch, to third. Ruiz would make it a 4-3 Nats’ lead, as he hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Feliz up to second. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh, as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second, and then moved to third on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled. Then in the ninth, the Phils gave the ball to Brad Lidge to close out the game. Sadly, it did not happen, as, with two on, and two men out, Willie Harris hits a two-run double, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to second on Dunn’s grounder to third, which lead to a force out of Johnson, who had earlier singled, as Feliz touched third base for the inning’s second out, but beating the throw to first, making it a six-all tie. The two teams would be unable to do anything in either the tenth or the eleventh, but the Phils would retake the lead in the twelfth, as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Utley, Howard and Jayson Werth, and one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in Utley and Howard, while moving Werth up to second base, giving the Phils an 8-6 lead. Then, with Feliz batting, Werth and Ibanez performed a double steal, which lead to Werth scoring, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead, as Nats’ catcher Nieves committed a throwing error to center field while trying to throw out Ibanez at second. Feliz then made it a 10-6 Phils’ lead, as Feliz hits an RBI double, scoring Ibanez. That would end up being the final score, as J.A. Happ would get the win, in spite of having some trouble in the inning.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he was only able to pitch five innings, giving up four runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Chad Durbin followed with a scoreless inning, hitting one batter, while also striking out one. Scott Eyre then recorded his fifth hold, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Ryan Madson followed for an inning and a third, recording his sixth hold, striking out one. Brad Lidge recorded his second blown save of the year, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Clay Condrey then pitched a scoreless inning. J.A. Happ picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, one walk and hitting a batter, while striking out three. His record is now 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA. John Lannan also recorded a no-decision, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters, as he struck out only two. Garrett Mock pitched to only one batter, giving up a hit. Ron Villone recorded his second hold as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up no hits or walks. Jesus Colome pitched to two batters, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Joe Beimel blew his second save of the season, giving up a run on three hits and a balk, while striking out one. Julian Tavarez pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Kip Wells took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.06 ERA.

The Phils had sixteen hits in the game, as the offense came awake late. Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz lead the team with four hits each, with both me knocking in a pair of runs. Carlos Ruiz followed with three hits, as he also knocked in two runs. Shane Victorino then followed with two hits, breaking out of his slump. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chris Coste got the other three Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a three-run home run, while Coste’s was a pinch hit single. The Phils’ bat seems to wake up after Chad Durbin’s hitting of the Nats’ Nick Johnson in the sixth. If so, hopefully the bats will stay awake beyond their series with Washington.

The Phils (17-16, T-2nd) continue there four-games series in Washington with a day-night doubleheader against the Nationals (11-22, 5th). The first game will be played at Nationals Park with a 1:05 pm Eastern start. The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 10, where he went six innings, allowing only one run on five runs and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying for his third win of the year. The Nats will counter with Scott Olsen (1-3, 7.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs, on May 10, giving up five runs on ten hits and three walks, while he struck out two, in the Nationals’ 10-8 lost. The Phils will be looking for their second straight win, while improving on their road record.

Phils waste a good performance by their ace as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phillies waste a good performance from the ace, Cole Hamels, as the bullpen is unable to keep the Dodgers down as the Phils lose in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt. The Dodgers then tied it up at one-all in the third, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Casey Blake, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, would score on Rollins’ fielding error of a Rafael Furcal grounder. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley. The Dodgers then took the lead in the seventh as James Loney hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, to make it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers added an insurance run in the ninth, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Blake hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Matt Kemp, who had earlier tripled on a play in which Raul Ibanez tried to catch the ball by slding under it, instead of letting it drop in for a single, making it 3-1 Dodgers. The Phils tied it up at three-all in their half of the ninth, as, with two men on, and two outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on defensive indifference, and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had just walked. The Dodgers would regain the lead in the tenth, as, with a man on, and two outs, Russell Martin hits an RBI double, scoring Andre Ethier, who had earlier walked, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, with two men on base, after an intentional walk to Loney, Kemp hits an RBI double, scoring Martin, while sending Loney to third, for a 5-3 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils would be unable to rally in the tenth.

Coel Hamels pitched a no-decision, as he pitched seven good innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out nine. Ryan Madson pitched a scorless inning, giving up only two hits. Brad Lidge also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Chad Durbin took the lost, as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA. Chad Billingsley also received a no-decision, as he pitched seven good inning, giving up just one run on three hits and four walks, while he struck out nine. Cory Wade received his four hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no runs or hits. Jonathan Broxton had his second blown save of the season before collecting the win, as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out the side. His record is now 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Ramon Troncoso recorded his second save as he pitched a scoreless ninth, hitting one batter, while striking out one.

The Phillies’ offense collected only five hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez having two hits and Carlos Ruiz also having two, with one of them being a double. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil hit, a double. Ruiz knocked in two Phils runs, while Ryan Howard knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ bats are presently still in the middle of a team slump.

The Phillies (16-16, T-2nd) will be involved in a four-game series with the Nationals (11-21, 5th) in Washington, D.C. The first game of the series will be played tonight at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Joe Blanton (1-3, 6.82) , who is coming off a so-so start against the Braves on May 9, where he went eight innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 6-2 lost. Blanton will be trying for his second win, while hoping to improve on his last start. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (2-3, 3.89), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 9, where he pitched six shut out innings, giving up only three hits, while walking six and striking out two, in the Nationals’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to even his record. The Phillies will be trying to see if they can get out of their present slump at Washington’s expense. 

Moyer is once again denied his 250th career victory as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 9-2.

For his third straight start, Jamie Moyer is denied his 250th career win, as he is once again knocked out of the box in spite of a good start as the Phils are beaten by the Dodgers, 9-2.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the fourth, as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Orlando Hudson hits an RBI double, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had earlier doubled. Three batters later, the Dodgers would take the lead, as, with one out, and runners on the corners, James Loney hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, scoring Hudson, who had gone to third on Andre Ethier’s ground out to first, 3-unassisted, and Russell Martin, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. The Dodgers would make it 5-1, as, with two men on, and still one out, Matt Kemp, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Casey Blake’s single, would score all the way from second on Dodgers’ starter Randy Wolf’s sacrifice bunt, while Blake, who had earlier singled, would move on to second base. The Dodgers would add to their lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and one out, Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Martin’s single, giving the Dodgers a 6-1 lead, while sending Martin to second base. After Kemp had walked to load the bases, Blake made it a 7-1 Dodgers lead by hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Martin, while sending Loney to third base. The Dodgers would increase their lead to 9-1 in the top of the ninth, as, with a runner on base, and two outs, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, as he knocked in Kemp, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the ninth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off solo home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-2 Dodgers lead. But that would be the game, as Dodgers’ manager Joe Torrie would then send out two relievers to stop any possible Phillies rally.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, once again denied his 250th career win, as he would only go four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 3-3 with a rather high ERA of 8.15. J.A. Happ pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Jack Taschner pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out one. Clay Condrey also pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Randy Wolf got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched an inning and a third of relief, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Will Ohman pitched two thirds of an inning, plus one batter, giving up one run on one hit. James McDonald pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Brent Leach pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies only got five hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both doubles. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth got the other three Phillies’ hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being solo home runs, accounting for the Phils only runs. The Phillies’ bats have been a bit sluggish during the last several days, while most of their starters have been getting better.

The Phillies (16-15, 2nd) are presently playing the final game of their home stand with the Dodgers (23-12, 1st National League West). The Phillies’ starter is their ace Cole Hamels (1-2, 6.17), who is coming off his win against the Braves on May 8, where he went six innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 10-6 win. He is trying to even his record, while going out to produce his second straight quality start without a freak injury. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (5-1, 2.45), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on May 8, where he went seven inning, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 lost. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win the series with the Dodgers so that they can leave Citizens Bank Park with a split in their six-games home stand, before they go off to Washington, D.C. for four games with the Nationals.

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