May 2009

Werth, Park, Phillies steal a win from the Dodgers.

Jayson Werth ties a franchise record with four stolen bases, including home plate, while Chan Ho Park gains his first victory as a Phil while pitching his second straight quality start as the Phils once again come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one out, Orlando Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. But, on that same play, Hudson, after rounding second, as the ball went home, fell down, and was soon caught in a run down between first and second, before finally being tagged out for the inning’s second out by Raul Ibanez, the play going, 9-2-6-4-7. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third, as, with runners on second and third, and one out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, moved to second on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and had gone over to third on Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park’s sacrifice bunt. The Dodgers regained the lead in the fourth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Russell Martin’s single, and had gone to third on James Loney’s force out, 4-6, which wiped out Martin at second base, while sending Loney up to second. The Phillies tied the game up in their half of the fourth, as, with runners on second and third, and nobody out, Jimmy Rollins, who is now batting fifth, hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, and had stole third as part of a double steal with Howard, making it a 2-2 tie, while Howard, who had earlier walked, and had stole second, had moved up to third. The Phils took a 4-2 lead as Ibanez hits a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Rollins. The Phillies would increase their lead to 5-2 in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, and two men out, Werth steals home, his third steal of the inning, and his fourth in the game, after originally getting on base with an one-out single, then stealing first second, and then third, as part of the Phils’ second double steal of the night, as Rollins, who had earlier been intentionally walked, stole second, before stealing home after a 2-2 pitch to Ruiz, catching the Dodgers’ catcher Martin napping as he was concentrating too much on getting Ruiz out. The Dodgers made it 5-3 in the ninth as, with two men on, and two outs, pinch hitter Mark Loretta hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Casey Blake’s single, while sending Blake, who had earlier singled, up to second. But that would be the ballgame as Brad Lidge recorded his fifth save of the season by getting Pierre to fly out to center for the final out.

Chan Ho Park got the win, recording his first win as a Phil, while he pitched his second straight quality start, going six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA. Chad Durbin recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strikeout. Scott Eyre would record his fourth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fifth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, as he struck out a batter. Brad Lidge recorded his fifth save of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he pitched five innings plus one batter, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-3 with an ERA of 5.21. James McDonald pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Will Ohman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Ronald Belisario pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phillies collected just six hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, both singles, as he stole four bases, tying the team record for the most steal in one game, while tying the major league record for the most steals in one inning. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Matt Stairs had the other four hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double. Rollins and Ryan Howard would also steal a base, with Howard’s occurring as part of a double steal.

The Phillies (16-14, 2nd) continue their three-games home stand with the Dodgers (22-12, 1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be the veteran Jamie Moyer (3-2, 7.26), who is still looking for his 250th career victory after getting bombed in his previous start by the Mets on May 7, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. Moyer will be looking to make a comeback, and gain his fourth win of the season and the 250th win of his career. The Dodgers will counter with former Phil Randy Wolf (1-1, 2.95), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 7, when he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 11-9 lost. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils are hoping that the third time will be the charm as they go out to win Moyer’s 250th career victory while trying to win the series with the Dodgers.

Werth, Park, Phillies steal a win from the Dodgers.

Jayson Werth ties a franchise record with four stolen bases, including home plate, while Chan Ho Park gains his first victory as a Phil while pitching his second straight quality start as the Phils once again come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one out, Orlando Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. But, on that same play, Hudson, after rounding second, as the ball went home, fell down, and was soon caught in a run down between first and second, before finally being tagged out for the inning’s second out by Raul Ibanez, the play going, 9-2-6-4-7. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third, as, with runners on second and third, and one out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, moved to second on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and had gone over to third on Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park’s sacrifice bunt. The Dodgers regained the lead in the fourth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Russell Martin’s single, and had gone to third on James Loney’s force out, 4-6, which wiped out Martin at second base, while sending Loney up to second. The Phillies tied the game up in their half of the fourth, as, with runners on second and third, and nobody out, Jimmy Rollins, who is now batting fifth, hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, and had stole third as part of a double steal with Howard, making it a 2-2 tie, while Howard, who had earlier walked, and had stole second, had moved up to third. The Phils took a 4-2 lead as Ibanez hits a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Rollins. The Phillies would increase their lead to 5-2 in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, and two men out, Werth steals home, his third steal of the inning, and his fourth in the game, after originally getting on base with an one-out single, then stealing first second, and then third, as part of the Phils’ second double steal of the night, as Rollins, who had earlier been intentionally walked, stole second, before stealing home after a 2-2 pitch to Ruiz, catching the Dodgers’ catcher Martin napping as he was concentrating too much on getting Ruiz out. The Dodgers made it 5-3 in the ninth as, with two men on, and two outs, pinch hitter Mark Loretta hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Casey Blake’s single, while sending Blake, who had earlier singled, up to second. But that would be the ballgame as Brad Lidge recorded his fifth save of the season by getting Pierre to fly out to center for the final out.

Chan Ho Park got the win, recording his first win as a Phil, while he pitched his second straight quality start, going six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA. Chad Durbin recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strikeout. Scott Eyre would record his fourth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fifth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, as he struck out a batter. Brad Lidge recorded his fifth save of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he pitched five innings plus one batter, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-3 with an ERA of 5.21. James McDonald pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Will Ohman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Ronald Belisario pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phillies collected just six hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, both singles, as he stole four bases, tying the team record for the most steal in one game, while tying the major league record for the most steals in one inning. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Matt Stairs had the other four hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double. Rollins and Ryan Howard would also steal a base, with Howard’s occurring as part of a double steal.

The Phillies (16-14, 2nd) continue their three-games home stand with the Dodgers (22-12, 1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be the veteran Jamie Moyer (3-2, 7.26), who is still looking for his 250th career victory after getting bombed in his previous start by the Mets on May 7, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. Moyer will be looking to make a comeback, and gain his fourth win of the season and the 250th win of his career. The Dodgers will counter with former Phil Randy Wolf (1-1, 2.95), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 7, when he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 11-9 lost. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils are hoping that the third time will be the charm as they go out to win Moyer’s 250th career victory while trying to win the series with the Dodgers.

Preview: Phillies v. Dodgers – 7:05 pm Eastern.

The 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (15-14, 3rd) begin a three-games home stand with the 2008 National League Western Division Champions Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-1, 6.67), who is still looking for his first win as a Phil. His last start, on May 6 against the Mets, was his first quality start of the year, as he went six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to pitch his first quality start at home while trying to stop the Phils present two games slide. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.91), who is coming off a win against the Nationals, as he went five innings, giving up just a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Dodgers’ 10-3 blowout win. Kershaw will be trying to even his win-lost record at the Phils’ expense. The Phillies will be trying to take advantage of the Dodgers being without Manny Ramirez, as he continue his 50-games suspension, while trying to leave the Bank with their second series win at home.

Bullpen is unable to hold one-run lead as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Phillies’ bullpen is unable to hold onto a one-run lead late in the ballgame as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first, as, with the bases loaded, and nobody out, Garret Anderson hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base after Yunel Escobar had been hit by the pitch, and had gone on to third when Clipper Jones was walked. The Phils would tie the game at one-all in the second, when, with runners on first and second, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, while sending to third Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Brett Myers and Braves’ starter Kenshin Kawakami, as Myers would pitch himself out of constant trouble while Kawakami kept the Phils’ bats under control. The Phils took the lead in the sixth, as, with a man on, and one out, Stairs hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Braves took the lead in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Escobar and Anderson, and a walk to Brian McCann, and two men out, Casey Kotchman hits a weak grounder up the middle that got through the infield for a two-run single, scoring both Escobar and Anderson, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead, while sending McCann up to second base. The Braves made it a 4-2 game in the ninth, as, with a runner on first and two outs, Kotchman hits an RBI double, scoring Greg Norton, who had earlier walked. That would end up being the final score as the Phils got shut down in the ninth.

Brett Myers got a no-decision as he pitched a good game, giving up only one run on five scattered hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jack Taschner had his first blown save of the year as he took the lost as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Kenshin Kawakami got the win as he pitched six strong innings against the Phils, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 2-4 with a 5.79 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty held his third lead of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Mike Gonzalez, normally the Braves’ closer, pitched a scoreless inning as he received his first hold of the year, giving up only a walk. Rafeal Soriano collected his third save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard and Matt Stairs each collecting two, including three doubles (two of them for Howard) and a single. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Miguel Cairo got the other two hits, both singles. Feliz and Stairs had the Phils two RBIs. Although getting a no-decision, as he pitched his fourth quality start in his last five, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead for him, Myers has pitched his best game so far this season, mainly because he had established control early in the game by pitching inside to batters, getting them off the plate. Things would probably become even better for Myers once he can put together a 1-2-3 first inning and stop giving up the long ball, as he is presently the Phils’ best starter.

The Phillies (15-14, 3rd) have the day off today. Their next game will be played tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park.

Despite pitching eight innings, Blanton loses as he is done in by a pair of two-run home runs as the Phils lose to the Braves, 6-2.

In spite of becoming the first Phillies’ starter to pitch eight innings, Joe Blanton loses the game as he is the victim of a pair of two-run home runs as the Phils lose to the Braves, 6-2, falling into third place in the NL East as both the Mets and the Marlins win.

The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as, with two men on, and one man out, Jeff Francoeur hits an RBI single, knocking in Garret Anderson, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Brian McCann’s single, while McCann, who had earlier singled, moved on to third. The Phillies tied the game in the fourth at one-all, as, with one out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Braves regained the lead in the fifth, as, with one man out, Kelly Johnson hits an RBI double, scoring Braves’ starter Javier Vazquez, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Braves. One batter later, with a runner on second and still one man out, Yunel Escobar hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Johnson, making it 4-1 Braves. The Braves would add to their lead in the eighth, when, with a man on, and two men out, McCann hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, giving the Braves a 6-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Braves’ lead. That would be the final score as a Phils threat in the ninth fizzled out.

Joe Blanton took the lost, as he pitched eight innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out five. His record is now 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit and a walk. Javier Vazquez got the win, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out seven. His record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 3.88. Eric O’Flaherty pitched a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Mike Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out a batter.

The Phillies had only five hits in the game, with Chase Utley having two hits, a double and a solo home run. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste had the other three hits, with Coste’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s being a solo home run. Blanton is the first Phils’ starter to pitch eight innings this season. Sadly, he didn’t have anything to show for it as a pair of two-run home runs did him in.

The Phillies (15-13, 3rd) will conclude their three-games series with the Braves (14-16) at Citizens Bank Park. The game is already in progress. The Phils are sending to the mound Brett Myers (2-2, 5.35), who is coming off a bad start against the Cardinals on May 5, where he went five and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while he struck out a batter, in the Phillies’ 10-7 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season while improving on his previous start. The Braves are countering with Kenshin Kawakami (1-4, 6.41), who is coming off a lost against the Mets, also on May 5, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 4-3 lost. The Phils will be trying to win the series this afternoon.

Cole Hamels wins his first start as the Phils beat the Braves, 10-6.

After being knocked out of two straight starts by freak injuries, Cole Hamels was able to stay on the mound long enough last night to pitch six strong innings against Atlanta, as he wins his first start of the year, as the Phils defeated the Braves, 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the second inning, as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz reaching base on Braves’ shortstop Yunel Escobar’s fielding error, and a walk to Chris Coste, and two men outs, Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels hits a ground ball to Braves’ starter Jo-Jo Reyes. Reyes, after picking up the grounder, threw it away for a throwing error, allowing both Werth and Feliz to score, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while allowing Coste to go to third, and Hamels to reach second base. Jimmy Rollins then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Coste and Hamels, making it 4-0 Phils. The Phillies added to their lead in the third, as, with one man on base, and one out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Braves would finally get on the board in the fourth, as, with runners on second and third, and two men out, Brian McCann hits a two-run single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Garret Anderson’s double, and Anderson, who had earlier doubled and had just beaten out Werth’s throw to the plate, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-2. The Phillies would get one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as Coste hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 8-2 in the fifth, as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run of his own, his ninth home run of the year. The Braves made it an 8-3 Phils’ lead in the top of the eighth as Omar Infante hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the eighth, as, with two men on, and one man out, Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who had earlier been hit by the pitch and had gone over to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it 9-3 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Coste had walked to load the bases, with still only one out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phillies a 10-3 lead, while moving both Feliz and Coste up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Then, in the ninth, the Braves made it a close game, as, with two men on, and nobody out, Casey Kotchman hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in McCann, who had earlier walked, and had gone on to third on Jeff Francoeur’s double, and Francoeur, who had earlier doubled, making it a 10-6 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge would get out the next three batters to end the ballgame.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 6.17. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Clay Condrey pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. Jo-Jo Reyes took the lost, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 5.48. James Parr pitched a scoreless inning. Eric O’Flaherty also pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jeff Bennett pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs each had a hit, with Rollins, Howard and Feliz’s hits being doubles, while Utley, Werth and Coste’s hits were home runs. Rollins and Werth both knocked in two runs, while Utley, Feliz, Coste and Dobbs knocked in one run each. Hamels has pitched his best game, so far, this season, which could be an harbinger of things to come from the rest of the staff, if they can just follow up the other two quality starts that were thrown earlier this week.

The Phillies (15-12, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Braves (13-16, 4th) at Citizens Bank Park. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports and will start at 3:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (1-2, 6.84), who is coming off a quality start against the Cardinals on May 4, when he went six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 6-1 win. He win be trying for both his second straight win and quality start. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (2-3, 4.19), who is coming off a lost against the Mets, also on May 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 6-4 lost. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win, while looking for the second straight quality start from their starters.

Preview: Phillies v. Braves – 7:05 pm Eastern.

The first place Phils (14-12, 1st) come back home to Citizens Bank Park to start a three-games weekend home stand with the Braves (13-15, 4th). The first game of the three-games series will be played tonight, with a start time of 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send out their ace Cole Hamels, who is recovering from an injury to his left foot, which he had rolled over trying to field a bunt on April 28 against the Nationals. In that game, he dominated the Nationals before his mishap, having shut them down for four and a third innings, giving up only four hits and two walks, while striking out four, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 7-1 blow out win. He is once again looking for his first win of the ’09 season, while the Phillies hope that he will once again dominate opposing batters while this time not suffering another freak injury. The Braves will counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.00), who is also coming off a no-decision, as he pitched five and a third innings against the Astros on May 3, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 7-5 lost. He is also looking for his first win. The Phils hope to be able to win the weekend series with the Braves, staying in first place in the National League East, before starting their first series of the year with the now-Manny Ramirez-less Los Angeles Dodgers.

Once again denied winning his 250th start, Jamie Moyer is knocked out of the box early as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-5, in spite of another Phillies’ attempt at a late come back.

The Mets once again deny Jamie Moyer a chance at winning his 250th career start by knocking him out of the box in the third inning, then held on to keep the Phils from performing another come-from-behind win, as the Phils fall to the Mets, 7-5, losing the two-games series in New York.

The Phillies scored first in the first inning, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would take the lead in their half of the first, when, with one man on, and one man out, Carlos Beltran hits a two-runs home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, with a runner on second and still one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run of his own, his third home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Delgaldo, who had earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Mets. The Mets made it 5-1 in the second, as, with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Met added to their lead in the third, as, with the bases loaded via a hit batter (Delgado) and two singles (Wright and Fernando Tatis) and one man out, Ramon Castro hits a two-run double, knocking in both Delgado and Wright, and sending Tatis to third, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead. That would be the game for Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, as Charlie Manuel would take him out and replace him with J.A. Happ. Happ proceeded to shut the Mets down by getting Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey to ground out, 6-3 and strike out Reyes looking, to end the inning with no further damage. The Phils then started to chip away at the Mets’ lead. In the fourth, they made it 7-2 Mets, as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had stolen second base. The Phils would make it 7-3 Mets in the sixth, as, with one out, Howard hits a solo home run to right center field, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Mets’ lead down to 7-5, as, with a runner on third, and two outs, Werth hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, being called safe on Reyes’ interference error, which would lead to Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel’s ejection from the game for arguing the call and hitting the umpire with the bill of his cap, and moving on to third on Howard’s ground out, also 4-3. In the ninth inning, the Phillies had a runner on second, Matt Stairs, who had a pinch hit walk and went to second on defensive indifference, and two outs, with Rollins at the plate, representing the tying run. Rollins would end the game by poping out to second, as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year and his fourth in four straight games.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he is once again denied his 250th career win. He would go only two and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only one. His record is now 3-2 with a 7.26 ERA. J.A. Happ pitched three and two-thirds strong innings of relief, giving up only two hits, while striking out two. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a hit and a walk. Jack Taschner also pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 4-0 with an ERA of 5.46. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year, and his fourth save in four straight games, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk.

The Phillies had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with four hits, two singles, a double and a home-run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, raising his season average to .284. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phillies’ hits, all singles. Ibanez knocked in the Phils other run. Once again, starting pitching has done in the Phillies, as the relief corps had to once again come in early to shut down the opposition, giving the Phillies’ bats time to chip away at the lead. Sadly, the Phils were unable to overcome the Mets’ lead, but the comeback still put the rest of the National League on notice that this is a ballclub that refuses to quit.

The Phils (14-12, 1st) come back home, still in first place in the National League East, to start a three-games weekend home stand with the Braves (13-15, 4th). The first game of the three-games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels, who is recovering from an injury to his left foot, which he had rolled over trying to field a bunt on April 28 against the Nationals. In that game, he was dominating the Nationals before his mishap, having shut them down for four and a third innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 7-1 blow out win. He is still looking for his first win, while the Phillies hope that he will once again dominate opposing batters while not suffering another freak injury. The Braves will counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.00), who is coming off a no-decision of his own, as he pitched five and a third innings against the Astros on May 3, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 7-5 lost. He is also looking for his first win. The Phils hope to win the weekend series with the Braves, before starting their first series of the year with the now-Manny Ramirez-less Los Angeles Dodgers.

Former Phillies’ manager Danny Ozark passed away today, age 85.

The Phillies had a few hours ago announced the passing of former Phillies’ manager, Danny Ozark.

According to a press release:

Danny Ozark, who ranked third for most wins among Phillies managers, died this morning at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 85 years of age.

Mr. Ozark was named the Phillies manager on November 1, 1972. In his first five years, the Phillies won 71, 80, 86, 101 and 101 games. They won three consecutive National League Eastern Division titles starting in 1976, a record unmatched by any other Phillies manager. Each year, however, the Phillies missed on advancing to the World Series.

Mr. Ozark finished with a 594-510 record as Phillies manager (1973-79). His winning percentage of .538 is seventh-best in team history. He was named Manager of the Year in 1976 by the Associated Press and The Sporting News.

“Ginny and I really miss Philadelphia,” Mr. Ozark said in a Phillies Magazine story published last month. “We enjoyed our time there. That city is a great sports town. The fans are the greatest. They do express themselves, but that’s OK. We made a lot of lifelong friends there.”

Mr. Ozark began his pro career as a first baseman in the Brooklyn Dodgers system in 1942. Following a minor league career, he turned to managing in 1956, with the Dodgers’ Class B team in Wichita Falls.

Nine years later Mr. Ozark joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a coach. After leaving the Phillies, he returned to the Dodgers as a coach (1980-82). His career ended with the San Francisco Giants as a coach (1983-84) and their interim manager in 1984 (24-32).

Born Daniel Leonard Orzechowski on November 24, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y., he married Ginny Zdinski. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ozark is survived by two children, Dwain and Darlene; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. His hobbies included golf and following the Phillies. He was an active golfer in charity events conducted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Funeral arrangements are pending. (H/T Phillies.com)

And another ex-Phil goes to that red pinstriped heaven in the sky. My condolences to Danny’s family. And thanks, Danny, for helping make the Phils into a contender instead of the laughing stock of baseball back in the mid-70s.

Phils lose an unexpected pitchers’ duel to the Mets on a rare Pedro Feliz error, losing 1-0. Still in first place.

The Phillies lost a very unforeseen pitchers’ duel between Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana on a Pedro Feliz throwing error in the seventh inning, as the Phils lose a close one to the Mets, 1-0. The Phils are still in first place as the Marlins lose to the Braves.

For the first six-plus innings, Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park and Mets’ ace Johan Santana found themselves involved in an unexpected pitchers’ duel. In fact, Park gave up only a single to the Mets during those six innings, although getting into a jam in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men out, Jose Reyes would reach first base when Park would be unable to catch the throw to first from Ryan Howard, after Howard has caught Reyes’ grounder to first, for a catch error. Reyes would then steal second, and go on to third on Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error. Alex Cora then walked, to put runners on the corners for Carlos Beltran. Beltran ended the threat by flying out to left, keeping the game tied at 0-0. Meanwhile, Santana once again dominated the Phils’ batters, giving up only a hit and three walks, while striking out nine, in the first sixth innings. The Phils then had a threat of their own going in the top of the seventh, as Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a lead-off ground-rule double. But, that would be as far as he would get, as Pedro Feliz poped up to the catcher Omir Santos for the first out of the inning. Ruiz then grounded out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out. Eric Bruntlett then went to the plate to pinch hit for Park, and proceeded to become Santana’s tenth strike out victim. Scott Eyre then came out to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Phils. He started the inning off by walking Carlos Delgado. After he got the next two batters, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, out by fly outs, he would be replaced on the mound by Chad Durbin to face pinch hitter Fernando Tatis. On a 1-1 fastball, Tatis hits a slow grounder to third. Instead of eating the ball, as it was obvious that he had no play, Feliz still tried to throw Tatis out at first base. Sadly, the throw went pass Howard, and into the right field foul area for a hit and a throwing error. Delgado, after going from second to third on the errant throw, kept on running to try and score from third. Jayson Werth, after picking up the ball, looked at Tatis, seeing him heading from second to third, before finally realizing that Delgado was heading for home plate. Werth then proceeded to throw a strike to home. Delgado, sliding, was able to get his foot onto home plate, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would turn out to be the final score, as a Phils threat in the eighth inning would fall flat and they would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, giving the Mets the win.

Chan Ho Park got a no-decision as he pitched an unexpected six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Scott Eyre took the lost, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Chan Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Johan Santana got the win as he pitched seven strong innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-1 with an 0.91 ERA. Pedro Feliciano recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phillies had only three hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Raul Ibanez. The Phils would be done in by both their offense being once again dominated by Santana and by their defense, which committed three errors in the game, one of which would end up being costly.

The Phillies (14-11, 1st) will conclude their two-games series with the Mets (13-13, 3rd) with a night game at Citi Field. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65), who will once again be trying for his 250th career victory, after being handed a no-decision on May 2, against these same Mets. In that game, he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ dramatic 6-5 extra-innings win. He will be going for both his fourth win of the year and the 250th win of his long career. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (3-0, 6.00), who defeated the Phils on May 1, going five and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year and his second straight win over the Phils in a week’s time. The Phillies will be looking to leave Citi Field with a series split, while going back home to Citizens Bank Park to face the Braves in a weekend series, hopefully still leading the National League East.

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