July 2009

Werth’s three-run blast in extra-innings put the Phils over .500 at home while extending their winning to ten games.

Jayson Werth’s walk-off three-run home run extends the Phils’ winning streak to ten games while getting the team above the .500 mark at home, as the Phils defeat the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs would tie the game up in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and two men out, Kosuke Fukudome hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled. The game then developed into a long pitchers’ duel, first between the starters, Joe Blanton and Rich Harden for seven innings, with Blanton only giving up five hits, as he struck out five, while Harden only gave up four hits and two walks, as he struck out six, then the bullpens, with the Phils’ bullpen giving up no hits or walks, while striking out six Cubs for six innings, while the Cubs’ bullpen kept the Phils off the scoreboard for five and two-thirds innings, giving up one hit and three walks, while striking out six Phils before the bottom of the thirteenth inning. In the thirteenth, Jeff Samardzija began his second inning of work for the Cubs. Shane Victorino started the inning off for the Phils by flying out to left for out number one. Chase Utley followed by flying out to center for the second out. Ryan Howard than took a four pitch walk, putting a runner on first, with two outs. Raul Ibanez then followed by working a walk, putting runners on first and second, as Howard moved up to second base, putting the winning run in scoring position for the second time in the last three innings. Jayson Werth came up to the plate, and with the count one and one, he hits a changeup into the left field seats for a walk-off three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Howard and Werth before him, and giving the Phils a 4-1 win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hit, while he struck out four. Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge and Chan Ho Park combined for five 1-2-3 innings, as they struck out six Cubs (Madson (1), Park (5)). Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA. Rick Harden also received a no-decision, as he also pitched seven strong innnings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall and Aaron Heilman combined for four innings of shut out ball, giving up only one hit (Marmol) and three walks (Marmol, Marshall and Heilman one walk each), while striking out six (Marmol (4), Marshall (1), Heilman (1)). Jeff Samardzija took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits was the gaming winning three-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had the other two hits, both singles. The victory give the Phils a seven games winning streak at home, a winning record at home for the first time this year, their fourth straight series win at home, their fifth straight series win, and their tenth win in a row.

The Phillies (53-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the Cubs (47-45, 2nd-T National League Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58), who is coming off a gem against the Marlins on July 16, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be going for win number ten on the season. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 17, as he went five innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six in the Cubs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to keep the Cubs from being swept. The Phils will be going for their eleventh win in a row, and their eighth straight win at home, while trying to once again add to their lead in the NL East.

The Phils extend their winning streak to nine games as they club the Cubs, 10-1.

The Phils continue their recent winning ways at home, as they crush the Cubs, 10-1, increasing their winning streak at home to six games and their overall winning streak to nine. They are now a .500 team (23-23) at home.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had just walked, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils would then bust it wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, and sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, to third. Two batters later, now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while Ruiz would move up to third. It would become 8-0 Phils as Cubs’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano committed a fielding error on Victorino’s fly ball, allowing Ruiz to score, while Victorino was safe at second on the two-base error. Chase Utley would make it 9-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before he would be tagged out at second base when he tried to move up to second on the throw, 9-3. The Cubs would get a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single, scoring Andres Blanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. Other than that, Phils’ starter Rodrigo Lopez had an easy six innings, as he gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, before handing the ball over to Chad Durbin in the seventh. In the eighth, Ryan Howard made it 10-1 Phils with a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Durbin then proceeded to end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he got Koyie Hill to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second Soriano, who had earlier singled, to record his first save of the year.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.60. Chad Durbin pitched three scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, while striking out two, as he recorded his first save of the year. Ted Lilly took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Heilman together pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Angel Guzman pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two.

The Phils collected nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double, while Ruiz’s two hits were a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s being a solo shot. Besides Ibanez and Ruiz’s three RBIs and Howard’s one, Rollins and Utley both knocked in a run, with Rollins’ being on a sac fly. The Phils have now even their record at home as they have won ten of their last eleven home games and thirteen of their last fourteen overall, since being swept by the Braves. They will be trying to make it ten wins in a row tonight.

The Phillies (52-38, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games set with the Cubs (47-44, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44) who last start, on July 18 against the Marlins, was cancelled due to rain after he had given up two runs in the first inning. He will once again be going for his seventh win of the season. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 16, when he went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the Cubs 6-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win as well, while hoping that he will be able to stop the presently hot Phillies’ offense. The Phils will be going for their tenth win in a row tonight, while trying to further increase their lead in the NL East.

Happ wins his seventh game as the Phils increased their lead over the Marlins to seven games as the Phils win a shutout, 5-0.

J.A. Happ once again pitch seven strong innings, as he and the bullpen shut down the fish once again as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-0. The win increase the Phils lead to seven games in the NL East, while they increase their winning streak to a season high eight games.

The game would start with a very wild first inning. Jimmy Rollins lead off the game with a triple. But, with Shane Victorino batting, and with the infield back, except at third base, Rollins made a mistake by running towards home on Victorino’s grounder, as the ball went to the Marlins’ third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who then threw home, where Rollins is tagged out by the catcher for the first out of the inning, 5-2, while Victorino would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice. Victorino would then go to second on Braves’ starter Andrew Miller’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt. After Chase Utley flied out to center for the inning’s second out, first Raul Ibanez and then Jayson Werth walked, loading the bases, with two men out. But Pedro Feliz would end the inning by hitting into a force out, 6-5, rubbing out Werth at second base. The Marlins, after dodging the bullet, tried to take the lead in their half of the first. Bonifacio lead off the inning with a double. Jeremy Hermida was then hit by the pitch, putting two men on, with nobody out. Hanley Ramirez then flied out to center for the inning’s first out, as Bonifacio tagged up and moved to third base, putting runners on the corners. Jorge Cantu then flied out to short right field for the second out of the inning, with Bonifacio deciding not to test Werth’s arm. The next batter, Dan Uggla, then ended the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the final out, leaving it a 0-0 game. The Phils then took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via an infield single to Phils’ starter J.A. Happ, a single to Rollins and an infield single to Victorino, and two men out, Utley is hit by the pitch, forcing in Happ, and giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base. The next batter, Ibanez, followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Rollins and Victorino, making it a 3-0 Phils lead, while sending Utley to third. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Happ’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-0 Phillies’ lead. Happ would then keep the Marlins at bay, before running into trouble in the sixth, as the Marlins loaded up the bases on singles by Cantu and Uggla, and a fielding error by Feliz on a Cody Ross ground ball, with nobody out. But Happ soon got himself out of the inning. First, he got Phillies’ killer Ronny Paulino to pop out to shortstop, 6-unassisted, under the Infield Fly Rule for the first out of the inning. He then struck out Brett Carroll swinging for the second out, and then got pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking to end the threat, keeping it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils would then add to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded again, via an Utley single, a walk to Ibanez and a walk to Feliz, which would move pinch runner John Mayberry, Junior, up to second base, while Utley went to third, and two men out, Utley would score on a wild pitch that would hit Paulino’s shin guard and go up the third base line, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for a scoreless ninth inning.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 7-0 with an ERA of 2.68. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, collecting his sixth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for one scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Eyre). Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitched just two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA. Brian Sanches, Burke Badenhop, Luis Ayala and Renyel Pinto would combine for five and a third scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit (Sanches) and two walks (Badenhop, Pinto), while striking out seven (Sanches (3), Badenhop (3), Ayala (1)). Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brendan Donnelly pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, just one hit shy of hitting the cycle, while knocking in a run as he raised his batting average up to .236. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and J.A. Happ had the other five hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run double. Besides Ibanez’s two RBIs and Rollins’ one RBI, Utley knocked in the Phils’ other RBI. The offense seems to be doing everything right now, while starting pitching, outside of the team’s ace Cole Hamels, seems to be now throwing quality starts, thus giving the bullpen some much needed rest, as the trading deadline draws near.

The Phillies (51-38, 1st National League East) start a three-games home stand with the Cubs (47-43, 2nd National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin tonight at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on July 8, as he left the game because of injuries, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in five innings of work, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his second win of the season since returning to the majors. The Cubbies will counter with Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 11, when he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cubs’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to show that they can continue their present winning ways at home, while improving their record against Central Division teams.

Phils extra-innings win over the Marlins increase their lead in the NL East to six games over both the fish and the Braves.

The Phils almost blew a fine start by Cole Hamels, but they finally defeat the pesky fish in extra-innings, 6-5. The victory increase their lead in the NL East to six games over both the Marlins and the Braves.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead as, with a runner on third, and one man ouit, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled and had moved to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as Chris Coghlan hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez, who had earlier singled, would move up to third. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, would make it a 4-1 Phillies’ lead as he hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Werth over to third. As the Phils were building up their lead, Phils’ starter Cole Hamels was going through the Marlins’ line-up with little trouble, getting out the last six man in a row, before the rain came down in the middle of the sixth inning. After a rain delay that lasted over an hour, the Phils replaced Hamels with Chan Ho Park. In the seventh, the Marlins made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and two men out, Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Cody Ross’ ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on first and second, thanks to Jeremy Hermida’s walk which would move Paulino up to second base, pinch hitter Wes Helms hits an RBI single, scoring Paulino, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Hermida up to second base. The Phils would regain the lead in the twelfth inning as, with one man on, and one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 5-4 Phillies’ lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had moved up to second base when Paul Bako was intentionally walked, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. In the bottom of the twelfth, with two men on, and two men out, Paulino, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on Hermida’s walk, and had gone to third on pinch hitter Chris Volstad’s sacrifice bunt, scored on Brad Lidge’s wild pitch, making it a 6-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Hermida on to third. Lidge would then end the game by getting Dan Uggla to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, recording his nineteenth save.

Cole Hamels pitched a no-decision, going five innings, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chan Ho Park pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two, recording his seventh hold. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, recording his sixteenth hold, although giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero would pitch to one batter, walking him. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning and a third, recording his first blown save, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out two. Clay Condrey, back from his injury, got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge recorded his nineteenth save of the year, as he gave up a run on two walks. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer, Kiko Calero and Leo Nunez would combine for four shut out innings, giving up only two hits (Nunez), while striking out five Phils (Pinto (1), Calero (1), Nunez (3)). Burke Badenhop took the lost, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 5-4 with an ERA of 3.67.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth led the way with two hits each, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run. Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs had the other two Phils’ hits, with Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit single. Utley knocked in three of the Phils’ runs, while Werth knocked in two and Feliz knocked in one. The Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to six games over both the Braves and the Marlins, while increasing their winning streak to seven games. The Phils will now go for the series win while trying to increase their lead in the division to seven games and their winning streak to a season high eight.

The Phillies (50-38, 1st) will continue their four-games series with the Marlin (46-46, 2nd-T) with a night game. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will begin at 7:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on July 10, as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up only one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (8-2, 2.74), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 12, as he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 8-1 win. He will be trying to stop the Marlins’ present slide against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to continue breaking away from the rest of the NL East.

Jamie Moyer and the bullpen one-hit the Marlins as the Phils increased their lead to five games over the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 4-0.

A combine one-hit shutout by Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, and three home runs from Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard starts off the Phils’ second half with a win, as they defeat the second place Marlins, 4-0. The victory increased the Phils’ lead in the NL East to five games, guaranteeing that they’ll leave Florida with the lead by the time the four-games series is over.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night, and his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Phils made it 4-0 as, with one man out, Ryan Howard launched a solo shot of his own, his twenty-three home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, becoming the fastest man to do so as he broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner’s old record of doing so in his 706th game, as he hit his in his 658th career game. Meanwhile, Jamie Moyer was having an easy time with the Marlins, only getting into trouble in the Marlins’ fifth, as he gave up a lead-off single to Jorge Cantu, and a one-out walk to Ronny Paulino, moving Cantu to second base. But, he would then get out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to foul out to the catcher, 2-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Brett Carroll to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Paulino at second base. The Marlins would never threathen again after that, as Moyer handed the ball over to Ryan Madson, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and who in turned handed the ball to J.C. Romero, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, preserving both the one-hitter and the shut out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only a single and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6, as he won his 255th career victory, placing him in 41st place on the All-Time Wins List, with a 5.58 ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, as they got out all six men that they would face, striking out one batter (Romero) between them. Chris Volstad took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 6-9 with an ERA of 4.53. Luis Ayala, Brendan Donnelly and Kiko Calero all combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up three hits, (one hit apiece) and one walk (Donnelly), while they struck out five batters (Ayala (1), Donnelly (2), Calero (2)).

The Phillies would collect ten hits in the game, with both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being a single and a solo home run, the 200th of his career, and Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, and Jamie Moyer collected the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils start the second half on a winning note, as they continue to be the best road team in the majors while they increased their winning streak to six games.

The Phillies (49-38, 1st) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (46-45, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Pirates on July 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ dramatic 8-7 come from behind win. He will once again try to show that he is indeed the ace of the Phillies rotation. The Marlins will oppose with Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Marlins’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from trailing the Phils even further in the pennant race. The Phils will be seeing if they can increase their winning streak to seven games while increasing their lead in the NL East to six full games, thus making things easier for them for the rest of the season.

The Phils enter the All-Star break on a high note as they complete the sweep of the Pirates, 5-2.

A five-run first inning and a strong performance by J.A. Happ was more than enough for the Phils to complete the three game sweep of the Pirates, 5-2. They end the home stand with a 9-1 record, one of the best home stands in the team’s long history.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Shane Victorino, moving Rollins up to scond base, and a single by Chase Utley, moving both Rollins and Victorino up a base, with nobody out, as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Rollins, while moving up a base both Victorino and Utley. Two batters later, with the bases reloaded, thanks to a walk to Jayson Werth, and now two men out, Pedro Feliz broke the game open early, as he hits a grand slam home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Victorino, Utley and Werth before him, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. That would turn out to be all the runs that the Phils would need, as Pirates’ pitching would keep them off the scoreboard for the next seven innings, while J.A. Happ would dominate the Bucos during his seven innings of work, helped by some double plays. The Pirates would get a run across in the sixth as, with one man on, and one out, Freddy Sanchez hits an RBI double, scoring Andrew McCutchen, making it 5-1 Phils. After Madson pitched an easy eighth inning, J.C. Romero was given the ball in the ninth. Garrett Jones greeted him with a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. But that would be the best that the Pirates would be able to do, as Romero would strike out the next two batters, and then get the last batter to hit into a 1-3 ground out to end the game.

J.A. Happ got the victory as he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, as he struck out four. His record is now 6-0 with an ERA of 2.90. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits. J.C. Romero pitched the ninth, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. Virgil Vasquez took the lost as he lasted only one and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA. Jeff Karstens, Evan Meek, Donald Veal and Joel Hanrahan would combine for six and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just two hits, (Meek (1), Veal (1)) and a walk (Kerstens), while striking out six batters (Kerstens (2), Meek (1), Veal (1)).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Pedro’s hits being a grand slam home run. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino had the other two Phils’ hit. Besides Feliz’s four RBIs, Ryan Howard knocked in the Phils’ other run via a sac fly. The Phils now go into the All-Star break ten games over .500 (48-38), with the third best record in the National League and four games ahead of the second place Marlins in the NL East.

The Phillies dramatically come from behind in the ninth inning to defeat the Pirates, 8-7, as they increase their lead over the Marlins to four games.

Trailing the Pirates 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, a pair of home runs by pinch hitter Matt Stairs and Ryan Howard and a walk-off single by Paul Bako gave the Phils a dramatic five-run come from behind win. The win, with a Marlins’ lost to the Diamondbacks, leads to a Phils’ four game lead in the NL East.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. Two batters later, with a man on base, and still two men out, Delwyn Young hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Doumit, who had earlier doubled, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. In the second, the Pirates would increase their lead to 5-0 as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run home run of his own, his second home run of the year, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would start cutting the Bucos lead in the sixth as, two men on, and one man out, Raul Ibanez, who was in his first game back since coming off the disabled list, hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 5-1 Pirates’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Jayson Werth had walked to load the bases, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 5-2, while Ibanez would move up to third. Paul Bako then made it a 5-3 Pirates’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Werth up to second base. The Pirates would get two of the runs back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, and one man out, Jones received an RBI walk, forcing in Jack Wilson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second on pinch hitter Jeff Salazar’s walk, and then went to third on McCutchen’s force out, as Salazar is wiped out at second,  5-4, for the inning’s first out, while McCutchen is safe at first, making it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead, while leaving the bases loaded as Freddy Sanchez, who was batting when McCutchen stole second base, had walked to load the bases, moved up to second, while McCutchen went on to third. Doumit then made it a 7-3 Pirates’ lead as he hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring McCutchen, while sending Sanchez to third, and Jones up to second base. The Phils then came back in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs started things off with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 7-4 Pirates’ lead. Jimmy Rollins then walked. After Shane Victorino flied out for the inning’s first out, Rollins stole second base with Utley batting. Utley then singled, putting runners on the corner as Rollins went to third. Howard then tied the game at seven-all as he hits a three-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in both Rollins and Utley. Ibanez then hit a double, followed by an intentional walk to Werth, putting two men on base. Pedro Feliz then loaded the bases with an infield single, moving Ibanez to third and Werth up to second. Bako then won the game with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez with the winning run, as the Phils won the games, 8-7.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Scott Eyre pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and a walk. Tyler Walker received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 1.64. Ross Ohlendorf also received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. Jesse Chavez recorded his fifth hold as he pitched a third of an inning, althought giving up a hit. John Grabow pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out three. Matt Capps took the lost as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks.

The Phillies had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, with one of the hits being a three-run home run, as he raised his batting average to .258. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, a returning Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako all followed with two hits apiece. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Matt Stairs had the other two hits, with Stairs’ hit being a pinch hit home run, starting the five-run ninth inning. Besides Howard’s three RBIs and Stairs’ one, Ibanez knocked in a run, Greg Dobbs brought home a run with a sac fly, while Bako knocked in two, including the game winner. The Phils, with the win, have won their third straight series at home, while winning eight of the nine games so far played in the ten-games home stand.

The Phillies (47-38, 1st National League East) will play their final game before the All-Star break with the Pirates (38-49, 5th National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern time. J.A. Happ (5-0, 3.04), will start the game for the Phils as he comes off a no-decision against the Reds on July 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will once again be going for his sixth win of the season. The Pirates will counter with Virgil Vasquez (1-2, 4.50), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on July 6, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Pirates’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying to help the Pirates avoid a series sweep. The Phils will be trying for their ninth win in the ten-games home stand, while trying to increase their lead even further in the NL East.

Joe Blanton pitched a gem as the Phils continue to show that they can win at home, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-2.

Joe Blanton pitched a seven and a third innings gem, giving up only one run on four hits, as the Phils defeated the Pirates, 3-2. Their lead in the East increased to three games as the Marlins lose to the Diamondbacks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Phillies tied the game at one-all in the third as, with one man on base and two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, scored on a Chase Utley single and a fielding error by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, while Utley, who had singled, moved to third on the late throw to the plate. Two batters later, now with two men on as Ryan Howard had walked, Jayson Werth hits a two-run double, knocking in both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. After that it was all Joe Blanton as he would shut down the Pirates for a total of seven and one-third innings, giving up only four hits and a walk, while he struck out six batters. In the meantime, Pirates’ starter, Zach Duke, despite giving up three runs, kept the Phils off-balanced all night, pitching eight full innings, giving up only five hits and three walks. In the ninth, the Pirates would make it a closer game when, with two men out, Brandon Moss hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Brad Lidge gave up a single to Jack Wilson, he ended the game by getting pinch hitter Delwyn Young to strike out, swinging, recording his eighteenth save of the season.

Joe Blanton pitched a gem as he won the game, going seven and a third innings, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 6-4 with a 4.44 ERA. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fifth hold. Brad Lidge recorded his eighteenth save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Zach Duke took the lost as he pitched all eight innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the way with three hits, with one of them being a double, as he scored a run while increasing his batting average to .314. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double, recording the only two RBIs recorded by the Phils last night. Although they got very few hits last night, the hits that the Phils did get help lead to the win.

The Phillies (46-38, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the Pirates (38-48, 5th National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.70), who is coming off a pitching gem of his own as he pitched seven strong innings against the Reds on July 6, giving up only a run on three hits, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 22-1 rout. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season, with his pitching mechanics worked out thanks to the rout. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (7-7, 4.63), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 5, as he gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying for his eighth win of the season, while trying to stop the Pirates’ present two-game slide. The Phils hope to continue their winning ways in the present home stand, while increasing their lead in the East before going into the All-Star break.

Phils come from behind to defeat the Reds, 9-6, winning their second straight series at home.

The Phils come from behind to win their second straight series at home, and the sixth game in a so far very successful home stand, as they defeat the Reds, 9-6.

The Reds took an early lead in the second as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run triple, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Jonny Gomes’ single, and Gomes, who had just singled, to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and one man out, Reds’ starter Micah Owings hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Encarnacion, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. The Phils gets two of the runs back in the third. With two men out, Chase Utley hits an inside-the-park solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, cutting the Reds’ lead to 3-1. Two batters later, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-2 Reds. The Reds made it 4-2 in the fourth, as, with two men out, Encarnacion hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game at four-all in their half of the fourth, as, with two men on, and two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single off of the glove of Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Reds regained the lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and two men out, Phillips redeemed himself by hitting a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second as Joey Votto struck out swinging, making it a 6-4 Reds lead. The Phils would then come back in their half of the fifth. With two men on, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI bloop single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Greg Dobbs’ walk, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Dobbs over to third base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then walked, loading the bases as Feliz moved up to second base. Pinch hitter Paul Bako then hits a grounder to first. The Reds’ first baseman Votto threw to second base, forcing out Stairs for the inning’s second out, 3-6. But, Bako beats out Reds’ shortstop Paul Janish throw back to first, while allowed Dobbs to score the tying run, making it a six-six ballgame, while Feliz moved up to third. The Phils then took the lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Bako on to third base. Victorino followed with a walk, reloading the bases as Rollins moved up to second. With Utley batting, Reds’ reliever Daniel Ray Herrera uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bako to score, making it an 8-6 Phils’ lead, while Rollins went to third, and Victorino moved up to second base. The Phils would add an insurance run in the sixth as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and his fourth home run of the series, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his seventeenth save as he put down the Reds in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer received the victory as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only two. His record is now 8-6, as he recorded his 254th career win, tying him for 41st place on the all-time wins list with Hall of Famer Red Faber and Jack Morris, and putting him pass Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, with an ERA of 5.99. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless inning, recording his sixth hold, as he gave up only a walk, while striking out four. Brad Lidge recorded his seventeenth save, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Micah Owens took the lost, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-9 with a 4.94 ERA. Josh Roenicke pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Robert Manuel, making his major league debut, pitched an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz each collecting two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being an inside-the-park home run, while Werth’s hits were a double and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chan Ho Park got the other four Phils’ hits. Beside Werth’s two RBIs and Utley’s one, Victornio knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Feliz, and Bako knocked in a run each. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue knocking in runs as they face one of the worst teams in the National League, the Pirates.

The Phillies (45-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their successful home stand with a three-games weekend series with the Pirates (38-47, 5th National League Central), as they prepare for the All-Star break. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (5-4, 4.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 5, as he outpitched Johan Santana, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five in seven and a third innings of shut out ball, in the Phils 2-0 win. He will be trying for his sixth win of the year, while hoping to pitched his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Pirates will counter with Zach Duke (8-7, 3.28), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to end his personal two-game losing streak while trying to see if he can slow down the presently red hot Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win, while trying to increase their lead in the National League East.

Phils defeat the Reds in ninth inning as Shane Victorino delivers a walk-off single in the Phils 3-2 win.

With two men out and two men on in the bottom of the ninth, All-Star game hopeful Shane Victorino helps his own cause by delivering an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Feliz and giving the Phils a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Jerry Hairston and Joey Votto and a walk to Brandon Phillips, and nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Hairston, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while moving both Votto and Phillips up a base. With the bases still loaded and still nobody out, Ramon Hernandez made it 2-0 Reds by hitting a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, scoring Votto, and sending Phillips to third. The Phils would then get out of the inning when the next batter, Jay Bruce, hit into a 4-3 double play, as Chase Utley tagged Nix out in the base path before throwing to first to beat out Bruce, leaving the score 2-0 Reds. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, tying the score up at two-all. The score would remain 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, thanks to both team’s bullpen, when Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single. After Paul Bako, trying to bunt Feliz over to second, instead poped out to the pitcher, and then pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett strikes out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, moving Feliz up to second base with the winning run. Victorino then comes to the plate and hits a 2-1 slider into center field for a single. Feliz would head for the plate, soon scoring the winning run as the throw from center was off the mark, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Rodrigo Lopez received a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, being taken out of the game because of inflammation of the right shoulder, as he pitched a quality start, giving up only two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out four. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, as he struck out three. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 3.09. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six. Nick Masset pitched a scoreless inning of relief, as he struck out two. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while he struck out two. David Weathers took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, and Paul Bako had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his third home run in the present series. Howard and Victorino knocked in the other Phils’ run, as the offense is once again having trouble scoring runs.

The Phillies (44-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their four-games series with the Reds (41-42, 4th-T National League Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 5.72), who is coming of a win against the Mets on July 4, where he gave up only a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in six and one-third innings of work, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory and his eighth win of the season. The Reds will counter with Micah Owings (6-8, 4.48), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year while trying to help the Reds leave Philliy with a series split. The Phils will be going for a series win, and a 5-1 home stand before they face the Pirates, starting tomorrow.

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