July 2009

The Phils’ bats remain quiet as they are defeated by the Giants, 7-2.

For the second straight game, the Phils are unable to get a key hit as they hit themselves out of runs as they lose to the Giants, 7-2. Their lead in the NL East remains at six games as the Marlins are defeated by the Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Giants quickly tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and nobody out, Eugenio Velez hits an RBI double, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, and then stole second base, while Velez would move up to third on Jayson Werth’s fielding error on the ball. The Giants then took the lead as Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Velez, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one out, Sandoval hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Giants’ lead. The Giants then broke the game wide open in the fourth. With the bases loaded, via a single by Edgar Renteria, a Pedro Feliz throwing error to second base on a grounder hit to him by Juan Uribe, which had Renteria going to third and Uribe stopping at second base, and a walk to Randy Winn, and two men out, Velez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Renteria and Uribe, making it a 5-1 Giants’ lead, while sending Winn up to second base. Sandoval then made it a 7-1 Giants’ lead as he hits an RBI double, scoring both Winn and Velez. The Phils made it 7-2 in the sixth, as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year. But, that would be the final score, as neither team would be able to score again as both bullpens shut down the other team’s offense.

Rodrigo Lopez took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 3.62. This was more than likely his last start in the Phils’ starting rotation. Kyle Kendrick pitched two shut out innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Tyler Walker also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk, as he struck out three Giants. Jonathan Sanchez got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds inning, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, as he struck out seven batters. His record is now 4-9 with an ERA of 4.81. Justin Miller, Merken Valdez and Bob Howry combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Miller and Valdez one hit each), as they struck out two Phils (Valdez and Howry one each).

The Phils had only five hits in yesterday’s game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco (playing for the hurt Shane Victorino) each recording a hit, with Howard’s hit being an RBI double, while Utley’s was a solo home run, knocking in the two Phils’ runs. The Phillies over agrressiveness did them in once again, as they are unable to stay patient enough to bring in the runs they needed to score via a clutch hit. They will try to break their losing streak tonight.

The Phillies (58-42, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Giants (56-46, 2nd National League West), with a night game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Cliff Lee (7-9, 3.14), who they had just acquired from the Indians in a trade. He has won his last three starts for the Indians, with his last one coming on July 26 against the Mariners, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out four, in the Indians’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to continue his personal dominance of the Giants while trying to contribute to his new team. His opponent will be Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, as he struck out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to continue the Phillies’ present offense problems. The Phils’ offense will be trying to give support to their new addition, while hoping that Lee will quickly prove his worth to the ballclub.

Despite good outing, Happ loses as bats remain silent as the Phils lose to the D-backs, 4-0.

In spite of a quality start, J.A. Happ loses his second start in a row as the Phillies’ offense is unable to get the big hit as the Phils are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0. They now lead the Marlins in the NL East by six games, as they head on to San Francisco for four games with the wild card-leading Giants.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with a man on base, and one out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the season, knocking in Stephen Drew, who had earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Phils’s starter J.A. Happ, after the home run, would settle down and keep the D-backs from causing any more trouble as he pitched a quality six innings of work, giving up only one more hit after that, along with two walks, while striking out five. Meanwhile, D-backs’ starter Yusmeiro Petit pitched a bit better as he gave the Phils’ batters fits during the six innings that he worked, giving up only two hits and a walk in those innings, as he struck out eight Phils. It wouldn’t be until the seventh when the Phils would be able to mount a threat, as Ryan Howard started the inning off with a single. Raul Ibanez followed him with a double, putting runners on second and third with no one out, as Howard stops at third base. Petit is replaced on the mound by Juan Gutierrez, who proceeded to strike out first Jayson Werth, and then Greg Dobbs, both swinging. The next batter, Carlos Ruiz, then worked a walk, loading the bases. But Gutierrez would turn the Phils away as pinch hitter Pedro Feliz flies out to center for the final out. The D-backs then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, Chris Snyder hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it 3-0 D-backs. The D-backs added an insurance run in the eighth as, with one man on and nobody out, Upton hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier doubled, on a play that was reviewed by the umpires and declared a double, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

J.A. Happ took the lost as he pitched six quality innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 7-2 with an ERA of 2.97. Scott Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Walker also pitched an inning, also giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Yusmeiro Petit got the win as he pitched six innings plus two batters of shut out ball, giving up only four hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, His record is now 1-5 with an ERA of 6.75. Juan Gutierrez then pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fourth hold, as he only walked a batter, while striking out two. Jon Rauch recorded his eighth hold of the year as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out two. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both collecting two hits, with one of Ibanez’s hits being a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had the other three Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. The Phils were unable to knock in a run as the Phillies’ bats were unable to get the necessary big hit to get into the ballgame, as they were a bit too aggressive in the batter’s box.

The Phillies (58-41, 1st National League East) continue their road trip with a four-games set with the Giants (55-46, 2nd National League West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at At&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Rodrigo Lopez (3-0, 3.09), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 25, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 14-6 rout. He will be going for his fourth win in what is more than likely his last start for the Phils this season as Cliff Lee will join the team after the trade. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez (3-9, 4.92), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on July 25, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to keep from becoming another victim of the Phillies’ potent offense. The Phils will be trying to put together a new winning streak while showing that they can defeat anyone in the NL. They also would like to add on to their six games lead over the Marlins.

Phils make deal with Indians: Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco for four minor league prospects. Whoo Hoo!!!!

Phillies land Lee from Tribe

Defending AL Cy Young winner to join world champions

Cliff Lee won the American League Cy Young Award last season. Less than a year later, he’ll join the defending world champions.

The Phillies and Indians reached agreement Wednesday that would send the left-handed Lee, along with outfielder Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for a package of four prospects — Class A right-hander Jason Knapp and Triple-A right-hander Carlos Carrasco, catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald.

The deal is pending medical reviews and could be announced later Wednesday.

The Phillies have been searching for starting pitching help for months. Lee is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA this season. He went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA last season, after spending much of 2007 in the Minor Leagues. And Francisco fills a void for a potent right-handed bat off the bench. Francisco, who played regularly in left field, is hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.

On the other hand, the trade may be a signal that Cleveland — which traded the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner last year, too, in the person of CC Sabathia — is entering a rebuilding period.

Knapp appears to be the key acquisition for the Tribe. He was the Phillies’ second-round pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, and he won’t turn 19 until Aug. 31. Listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Knapp has an upper-90s fastball and a large frame. He was starting for Class A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, where he was 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 17 starts, striking out a ******** 111 batters while walking 39 in 85 1/3 innings.

Knapp was recently shut down with right shoulder soreness. He hasn’t pitched since July 11.

It was well-documented that the Indians were seeking impact pitching prospects in advance of Friday’s Trade Deadline, and Carrasco is the other pitching piece of the deal. He had been discussed internally by the Tribe last year, when the club was shopping Sabathia. In the end, the Tribe turned down a package featuring Carrasco and instead shipped Sabathia to the Brewers for a package highlighted by outfielder Matt LaPorta.

But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Carrasco is now coming aboard. Carrasco, a 22-year-old native of Venezuela, was with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he was 6-9 with a 5.18 ERA in 20 starts. He had struck out 112 with 38 walks in 114 2/3 innings.

Marson is one of the game’s top catching prospects. His acquisition could signal that the Indians are on the brink of another move, possibly involving Victor Martinez.

The 23-year-old Marson has hit .294 with a homer, 13 doubles, 24 RBIs and a .751 OPS in 63 games at Lehigh Valley this season. He appeared in seven games with the Phillies, going 4-for-17 at the plate.

Donald, 24, was batting .236 with a homer, 15 doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and a .629 OPS in 51 games at Lehigh Valley. He just recently returned to action after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Lee was one of three pieces acquired by Cleveland in the 2002 trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos, and he’s the second of those pieces to be shipped out, joining the Reds’ Brandon Phillips. Grady Sizemore is the lone remaining player from the trade that has defined Mark Shapiro’s tenure as general manager and the rebuilding effort that got the Indians into the postseason in 2007.

Lee, however, wasn’t part of that postseason run. The Indians demoted him to Triple-A that season to get him straightened out after an ineffective, injury-plagued start to the season. And Lee certainly looked straightened out in 2008, when he became the Tribe’s first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry in 1974. His .880 winning percentage was the second-best in franchise history.

This season, Lee has continued to put up ace-caliber performances, but his supporting cast has let him down. His 7-9 record is no indication of how well he’s pitched, but his 3.14 ERA is. With the trade rumors swirling, Lee has really heated up in the second half. He was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his first three starts after the All-Star break.

The Indians get four of the Phillies’ top prospects. But in what certainly made the deal attractive to the Phillies, they did not have to part with any of the three players the Blue Jays had been seeking for Roy Halladay: left-hander J.A. Happ, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown.  (H/T Phillies.com)

Oh, my. After letting one get away, Roy Halladay, the Phils are able to hook another pitcher, Cliff Lee, and he’s bringing with him a right handed bat, Ben Francisco, to come off of our bench, two of the three parts that the Phils need to cover before the playoffs. And they did it without hurting themselves too badly among their prospects, or J.A. Happ, as it looks like, to me anyway, that Donald needed to be able to play full time elsewhere, thanks to the roadblocks of Jimmy Rollins and Pedro Feliz. As for Marson, I hate to see him go, but I wish both him and Donald luck in the Indians organization. Now, if Reuben can find the extra bullpen help we need, I think this team will be set for the playoffs. If this works out, all I can say is, Roy who? :) I never thought I would be feeling so happy as July ends. :) Whoo HOOOOOO!!!!!!

Cole Hamels dominate as the Phils win another series on the road as they defeat the D-backs, 4-3.

Cole Hamels appears to have returned to his dominate form as he four hits the D-backs as the Phils’ offense score enough runs to defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Ryan Roberts hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as the D-backs took a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the third as, with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Hamels, who had earlier doubled, and gone to third on D-back shortstop Stephen Drew’s fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins ground ball, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins, who was earlier safe on an error, moved up to third. The Phils would then take a 3-1 lead as Chase Utley hits a fielder’s choice ground ball to D-back’s first baseman Chad Tracy, who threw the ball away while trying to get Rollins out at home plate, allowing Rollins to score and Victorino to reach third, while Utley was safe at first. The Phils made it 4-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victorino, Utley being hit by the pitch, moving Victorino up to second, a double steal to third and second by Victorino and Utley, and a walk to Raul Ibanez, and one man out, Jayson Werth hit into a force out, 6-4, forcing out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, as Victorino scored and Utley moved up to third. Meantime, Hamels would dominate the D-backs, giving up only three more hits, as he struck out nine D-backs, in eight strong innings of work. The D-backs cut it close in the ninth as, with a man on, and nobody out, Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, making it 4-3 Phils. But that would be it as Brad Lidge would buckle down, and get out the next three batters for his twentieth save of the season.

Hamels got the win as he pitched eight quality innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 4.42. Brad Lidge recorded his twentieth save as he pitched one inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Dan Haren received the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, His record is now 10-6 with a 2.19 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a walk. Scott Schoeneweis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Juan Gutierrez pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out one.

 The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Shane Victornio having three hits, as he was a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he raised his batting average to .319, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, with Hamels’ hit being a double. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phils’ run with a force out. The Phils have won another road series, as their lead in the NL East stay at seven games as the Marlins defeat the Braves.

The Phillies (58-40, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the D-backs (43-58, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be play at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’s starter will be J.A. Happ (7-1, 2.97), who is coming off his first career lost against the Cardinals on July 24, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to get back on the horse while trying to help the Phils sweep the D-backs. The D-backs will counter with Yusmeiro Petit (0-5, 7.68), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 24, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He will be trying to help the D-backs avoid a sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the series in Phoenix with a sweep before heading on to San Francisco for four games with the Giants.

Phils continue their success on the road as they defeat the D-backs, 6-2.

The Phils’ offense produced the hits when they needed them as they supported Jamie Moyer as he becomes the first Phils’ starter to get ten wins this season as the Phils defeated the D-backs, 6-2. The Phils increased their lead in the NL East to seven games as both the Braves and the Marlins took yesterday off.

Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer pitched himself out of trouble early in the ballgame. In the bottom of the second, after the D-backs loaded the bases with three straight singles by Chris Young, Gerardo Parra and Josh Whitesell, with nobody out, Moyer got out of the inning by first striking out the D-backs’ starter Jon Garland swinging for the first out of the inning, then getting Stephen Drew to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Parra at second base. The D-back then threathen again in the third, as they put two men on base via a single to Ryan Roberts and a walk to Justin Upton, with noone out. Moyer then got out of that jam by getting Mark Reynolds to strike out swinging for the first out, then got Miguel Montero to foul out, 2, for out number two, and Young to pop out, 4, to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Garland’s throwing error on a pick off attempt, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then broke the game open in the sixth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Roberts’ fielding error of a Howard ground ball, making it 4-0 Phils, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils then loaded the bases as Jayson Werth is hit by the pitch. Feliz then hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Werth at second base for the first out of the inning, as Howard scored, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez moved to third, putting runners on the corner. Then Paul Bako came up and also hit into a force out, this time 6-4, wiping out Feliz for the second out, while Ibanez scored, making it 6-0 Phils. Meantime, after making a slight adjustment, Moyer proceeded to muzzle the D-backs for his last three and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only two hits and a walk, after having given them four hits and three walks in the first three innings. In the eighth, the D-back would finally get on the board as Reynolds would hit a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Five batters, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Parra, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Whitesell’s walk, while Whitesell moved up to third. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up six hits and four walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.32 ERA, as he won his 256th career victory. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks. His record is now 5-10 with a 4.42 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez, Clay Zavada and Leo Rosales combined for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Zavada) and one walk (Zavada), while striking out four (Vasquez (1), Zavada (2), Rosales (1)).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, making them all count, with Ibanez leading the way with two hits, raising his average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run home run. Besides Howard’s two RBIs, Rollins, Ibanez, Feliz and Paul Bako each brought home a run.

The Phillies (57-40, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the D-backs (43-57, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-5, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 23, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to continue his resurgance, as he try for his fourth quailty start in five tries. The D-backs will counter with Dan Haren (10-5, 2.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 11-4 win. He will be trying for his eleventh win of the season, while planning to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be going for a series win tonight, while hoping that Hamels has finally rounded the corner and is headed for his October form.

The Phils conduct a home run clinic as they proceed to rout the Cardinals, 9-2.

As Joe Blanton pitched another quality start, the Phils’ bats performed a home run clinic as four different batters each hit a two-run home run, in the Phillies’ 9-2 rout of the Cardinals.

The Cardinals took a quick lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Matt Holiday hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, while Pujols, who had just singled, tagged up to second base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, while Utley, who had earlier singled, moved up to second. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and one man out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Cards would get a run back in the fifth as, with one man out, Mark DeRosa hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phillies then preceeded to perform their home run clinic. In the Phils’ half of the fifth, with a runner on, and one man out, Howard hits a two-run bomb to center that bounce off the wall, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. In the sixth, with a man on, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins slugged a two-run home run to right, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had reached base on a throwing error by Cards’ shortstop Lugo, and then went to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, making it 7-2 Phils. The Phils then made it 9-2 in the seventh, as, with one man on, and one out, Raul Ibanez joined the home run show by hitting a two-run shot of his own to left, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Howrad, who had earlier singled. While the Phils’ bats were crushing the redbirds, Blanton was pitching another quality start as he went eight innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, along with the two runs, as he struck out six Cardinals. Brad Lidge then came in to shut down the Cardinals in the ninth.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk as he struck out six. His record is now 7-4 with an ERA of 4.11. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit as he struck out a batter. Todd Wellemeyer took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Blake Hawksworth pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils pounded out thirteen hits in the game, with both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits each, with both batters hitting a two-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits a piece, while Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako got the other three hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being two-run home runs. The Phils once again out hit their opponent, as they won the home stand.

The Phillies (56-40, 1st National League East) start a week-long road trip by starting a three-games series with the Diamondbacks (43-56, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (9-7, 5.65), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on July 22, as he was only able to pitch five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-5 lost. He will once again be trying for his tenth win of the seaon. The D-backs will counter with Jon Garland (5-9, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while seeing if he can survive the Phils. The Phillies will be trying for another series win, before they go on to meet the Giants in San Francisco.

A late explosion leads to a Phils win as the Phillies crushed the Cardinals, 14-6

One day after seeing J.A. Happ lose his first game because of a lack of offense, the Phils’ bats had a late innings uprising as the Phils crush the redbirds, 14-6, winning the season series and evening the present series at one win apiece. The Phils increased their lead to six and a half games over both the Marlins and Braves as both teams lose their games.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, over to third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, as Jayson Werth was walked, moving Ibanez up to second base, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Ibanez, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Cardinals then began to chip away at the lead. In the second, Ryan Ludwick made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead by hitting a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Cards would then make it 3-2 in the fourth as, with runners on the corners and nobody out, Rick Ankiel hits a grounder to first for the inning’s first out, 3-unassisted. After he had looked Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Ludwick’s single, back, Ryan Howard tried to throw to Jimmy Rollins so that he could double up Ludwick with a tag. Unfortunately, because of how Ludwick was running on the inside of the base path, Howard threw it too far to avoid hitting him, thus committing a throwing error, allowing Ludwick to be safe at second and Holliday to score. The Cardinals then tied the score up at three-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Julio Lugo hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier doubled. In the sixth, the Cardinals took the lead as, with one man out, Ankiel hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it 4-3 Cardinals. The Phils then struck back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Werth, a single by Feliz, moving Werth up to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, moving up a base both Werth and Feliz, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grand slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Feliz and Dobbs before him, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Victorino followed him with a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. The Cardinals would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and two men out, Holliday hits an RBI double, knocking in Schumaker, who had reached base earlier on Howard’s second error of the game, and then moved up to second on Albert Pujols’ single, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Pujols, who had singled earlier, over to third. The Phils then proceeded to put the game away in their half of the seventh. With two men on, and one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second as Feliz was hit by the pitch, and then stole third, making it 9-5 Phils, while Feliz moved up to second. Two batters later, now with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Feliz, who had gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ force out, 4-6, wiping out Ruiz at second, giving the Phillies a 10-5 lead, while sending Stairs on to third. Victorino followed with a two-run single, scoring both Stairs and Rollins, making it a 12-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Utley got on base with a walk, moving Victorino up to second, Howard joined the hit parade by hitting a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as the Phils batted around. The Cardinals scored one last run in the ninth as, with a runner on third and noone out, Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Lugo, who had earlier tripled. That would be the final score as Steven Register finally ended the game by getting Mark DeRosa to pop out to Rollins with runners on the corners and two men out.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out only two batters. His record is now 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only two hits, while he struck out two. Steven Register pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Kyle Lohse pitched a no-decision, as he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in only four innings of work. Trever Miller pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jason Motte committed his third blown save of the year as he took the lost, as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. His record is now 3-4 with an ERA of 5.70. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Josh Kinney pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Thompson pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit.

The Phillies’ bats erupted for fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, with one of them being a solo home run, as he knocked in three runs, raising his batting average to .318. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits apiece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a double, while another was a grand slam home run, as he knocked in five runs, his career high, while Ibanez plated an RBI, and Feliz knocked in two. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each had a hit, as Howard’s hit was a double, knocking in two runs. Ruiz knocked in the Phils’ other run, as the offense erupted for eleven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. They will now be going for the series win this afternoon.

The Phillies (55-40, 1st National League East), will conclude their home stand with an afternoon game against the Cardinals (53-47, 1st National League Central). The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up only one run on five hits, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his seventh win while trying to end the present home stand on a winning note. The Cards will counter with Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on July 21, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to keep the Cardinals in first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be going for the series win, and end a successful home stand on a high note before they head out west.

Happ is saddled with first career loss as the Phillies are outslugged by the Cardinals, 8-1.

J.A. Happ loses his first career start, thanks to the Cardinals’ hitter being lucky with their hits as the Phils lose to the redbirds, 8-1. Their lead over the Braves and the Marlins is now at five and a half games as both teams win their games.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and two men out, Rick Ankiel hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Holliday, who had earlier hit an infield single, stole second base and then moved on to third on Ryan Ludwick’s ground out, 6-3. The game, after a rain delay, became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter J.A. Happ and Cardinals’ starter Joel Pineiro until the sixth inning, when the Cardinals were able to beat up on Happ with bleeders. The Cardinals increased their lead as, with two men on, and nobody out, Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in Mark DeRosa, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, while sending Pujols to third. One batter later, Ryan Ludwick made it 3-0 Cards as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols. On the play, Holliday is thrown out at third for the inning’s first out, 7-5, as he tried to move up to third, while Ludwick would move up to second base on the throw. Yadier Molina would make it a 4-0 Cardinals’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ludwick. Ankiel made it a 5-0 Cards’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Molina, before Ankiel would move up to third on the throw to the plate. The redbirds would make it 6-0 in the seventh as, with a man on third, and noone out, DeRosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier tripled. The Cards made it 7-0 as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Pujols, a double by Holliday, that sent Pujols to third base, and a walk to Molina, with two men out, Ankiel hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, while moving both Holliday and Molina up a base. The Phils would finally score in the bottom half of the seventh, as, with a runner on third and two men out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s single, and had gone to third on Carlos Ruiz’s double play ball, 6-4-3, wiping out Feliz at second base, would score on a wild pitch, with Matt Stairs batting, making it 7-1 Cardinals. In the eighth, Lugo, with one man out, would make it 8-1 Cards by hitting a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be the final score as the Phils would be unable to do anything in their last two times at-bat.

J.A. Happ took the lost, the first one of his young career, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. His record is now 7-1 as his ERA rises to 2.97. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Andrew Carpenter also pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Joel Pineiro got the win as he also went six innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 9-9, with an ERA of 2.95. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jason Motte pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Brad Thompson pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter and another reached base on an error before he recorded the game’s final out.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits each. Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz would get the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils had no RBIs as their only run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils were unable to knock in a run, although they had several scoring attempts.

The Phillies (54-40, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games series with the Cardinals (53-46, 1st National League Central) with an afternoon game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 4:05 pm. Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 20, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 10-1 win. He will be trying for his third win, hoping to make things difficult for the Phils when Pedro Martinez has finished with his rehab assignment. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Astros, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Cards’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record and end his personal three games losing streak, while trying to continue his good record against the Phils. The Phils will be out to tie the series, while putting up a winning home stand before they go out once more onto the road.

Phils continue their winning ways at home as they win a make up game with the Padres, defeating them 9-4.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels and the offense, the Phils continue their recent winning ways at home as they defeat the Padres in a make up game for an earlier rain out, 9-4. They increase their lead in the NL East to six and a half games over both the Braves and the Marlins.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with one man on and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Phils’ starter Cole Hamel, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 2-6, of his sacrifice bunt attempt to move Carlos Ruiz to second, who had earlier hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Feliz at second base, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Shane Victorino is hit by the pitch, Chase Utley would make it 3-0 Phils as he hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while moving Victorino up to second base. The Phils would make it 4-0 in the third as Feliz hits a single, which Padres’ second baseman Oscar Salazar threw away, allowing Werth, who had earlier doubled, to score on the throwing error. The Padres would then try to make a come back in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Chase Headley hits an RBI double, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. One batter later, Kyle Blanks cut the lead to 4-3 as he hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils then went back to add to their lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second and then move to third on Victorino’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to second base. Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Utley and Howard, to make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. With their RBIs, both Howard and Ibanez reached 70 RBIs, tying themselves for the team lead in that category. The Phils would then take an 8-3 lead as Werth would hit an RBI single, bringing home Ibanez. The score would become 9-3 Phils in the seventh as, Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Padres would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and one out, Everth Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chan Ho Park would pitch a quick 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out six. His record is now 6-5 with an ERA of 4.66. Andrew Carpenter pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and walk. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning and a half of scoreless ball, striking out one. Kevin Correia took the lost as he went three and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 6-8 with an ERA of 4.84. Mike Ekstrom pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Edward Mujica pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Joe Thatcher pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. 

The Phillies’ offense had fourteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz leading the way by each collecting three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino with two hits each. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz got the other four Phils’ hit, with Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Ruiz’s RBI, Ibanez knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Utley, Howard, Werth and Feliz each knocked in a run. The Phils had their second straight ten-plus hits games after being kept silent on Tuesday night, as Howard and Ibanez both knocked in their 70th RBI of the year, while Utley missed out on joining them when he hits into a force out with two men on base in the seventh.

The Phillies (54-39, 1st National League East) will continue their so far successful home stand with a three-games series with the Cardinals (52-46, 1st National League Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (7-0, 2.68), who is coming off of a win against the Marlins on July 19, where he went seven shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, and struck out one, in the Phils’ 5-0 win. He will be going for his eight win of the year while putting up his name as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals will counter with Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up on one run on five hits, as he struck out three, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Phillies’ offense quiet. The Phillies will be going for another series win as their try to improve their winning record at home before going once more onto the road.

Winning streak ends as Jamie Moyer, bullpen, gets lit up by the Cubs as the Phils fall to the Cubbies, 10-5.

The Phils winning streak ends at ten games as Jamie Moyer and the bullpen give up ten runs as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 10-5.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth, as with the bases loaded via singles to Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley, and with nobody out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, giving the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead, while moving both Ramirez and Bradley up a base. The Cubs then made it 3-0 as the next batter, Jeff Baker, hits a two-run double, scoring both Ramirez and Bradly, as Soriano went on to third base. On the play, Chase Utley committed a fielding error as he is unable to catch the throw into second base by Shane Victorino, which would allow Soriano to score, making it 4-0 Chicago, while Baker moved up to third. The Cubs would make it 5-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled and then stole second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Pedro Feliz, Paul Bako and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., and one man out, Victorino hits into a force out, 3-6, scoring Feliz from third base, making it a 5-1 Cubs’ lead, as Mayberry is wiped out at second, while Bako moved up to third, putting runners on the corners. The Phils would make it 5-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Jayson Werth’s single, before moving to third on Theriot’s throwing error, and Werth, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Theriot’s error. The Cubs then increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run double, scoring both Theriot and Lee, who had both walked, making it a 7-3 Cubs’ lead. Three batters later, after the Cubs had loaded the bases via a Bradley walk, and a Soriano singled, that had moved both Ramirez and Bradley up a base, pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s first out, scoring Ramirez, making it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead. The Phils cut the lead to 8-5 in their half of the seventh, as, with the bases loaded via a single by Victorino, a walk to Howard and a single by Werth, and two outs, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Howard, while sending Werth over to third. The Cubs added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Andres Blanco being hit by the pitch, a walk to Koyie Hill and a single to Kosuke Fukudome and one man out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Blanco, making it a 9-5 Cubs’ lead, while sending Hill to third and Fukudome to second base. Two batters later, Lee made it a 10-5 lead with a bases loaded walk, forcing in Hill, while moving up a base both Fukudome and Johnson. That would be the final score as Kevin Gregg pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his nineteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched just five innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 5.65 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Durbin pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Eyre pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Zambrano picked up the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. His record is now 7-4 with a 3.48 ERA. Sean Marshall pitched to one batter, who got a hit. Angel Guzman recorded his ninth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Kevin Gregg recorded his ninteenth save as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the games. Shane Victornio, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz each recorded two hits, with Ryan Howard, Paul Bako and John Mayberry, Jr. getting the other three Phillies’ hits. Dobbs and Feliz both knocked in two runs, while Victorino knocked in one. The Phils will now be trying to rebound as they prepare to build on their recent winning ways.

The Phillies (53-39, 1st National League East) will be playing a make up game with the Padres (37-58, 5th National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 17, where he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings win. He will once again be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to continue the dominance that he showed in his last start. The Padres will send to the mound Kevin Correia (6-7, 4.34), who is also coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to give the Phillies’ offense a bad time. The Phils will once again try to go over .500 at home, while at the same time try to continue their winning ways.

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