April 2010

Wednesday: The Phils finally end their second three-game losing streak by winning a rather wild extra-inning game with the Giants, 7-6.

The Phils finally end their three-game losing streak by defeating the Giants in a rather wild extra-innings ballgame, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied up the game at 1-1 in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Andres Torres hits an RBI double, scoring Nate Schierholtz, who had earlier singled, and went up to second on Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4. The Giants took the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a Bengie Molina single, a Matt Downs double, then sent Molina over to third base, and an intentional walk to Schierholtz, and with two men out, Torres receives an RBI walk, forcing in Molina, and moving both Downs and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants made it 4-1 as Edgar Renteria hits an RBI single, scoring both Downs and Schierholtz, while sending Torres over to third. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Shane Victorino, a single to Chase Utley, the 1000th hit of his career, sending Victorino over to third, and a walk to Howard, which moved Utley up to second, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Howard. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, had moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then went to third on Victorino’s single, and with one man out, scored on Jeremy Affeldt’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants retied the game at five-all in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Torres hits an RBI single, knocking in Shierholtz, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on Eugenio Velez’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. One batter later, the Phils increased their lead to 7-5 as Velez committed a fielding error as Victorino’s fly ball bounced off his glove, allowing Valdez to score, as Victorino stopped at second base. The Giants tried to come back in their half of the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schneider hits an RBI double, knocking in Eli Whiteside, who was pitch running for Molina, who had singled, and then went to third on pinch hitter Juan Uribe’s single and Howard’s throwing error, while sending Uribe on to third, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-6. Nelson Figueroa then ended the game by first getting Velez to hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice, as Uribe is tagged out at home plate for the second out, and then getting Torres to ground out, 4-3, to end the game, giving Figueroa his first save of the season.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten. Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and David Herndon combines for three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (one hit each) and one walk (Herndon), while striking out two batters (Contreras (1), Herndon (1)). Ryan Madson blew his second save of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 7.00 ERA. Nelson Figueroa records his first save of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Lincecum also pitches a no-decision as he goes eight and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Brian Wilson records his first blown save of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Affeldt pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch, as he strikes out a batter. Sergio Romo receives the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a home run and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley (who collected his 1000 career hit), Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez each collected a hit, with both Werth and Valdez’s hits being doubles. Werth knocked in three of the Phils’ runs while Valdez knocked in a run. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and a fielding error.

The Phils (12-9, 2nd) will start a long home stand with a three-game series with the Mets (13-9, 1st). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71), who is still looking for his first win as he comes off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he pitched five inning, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to get his first win, while trying to avoid getting into another one inning meltdown. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (0-1, 3.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 24, as he went five and a third inning, giving up a run on five hits and five walks, while striking out six batters, in the Mets’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to give the Mets a chance to increase their lead over the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start off the homestand on a winning note, while trying to end the Mets’ seven games winning streak.

The Phils have signed Howard to a five-year contract to keep him with the club through 2016.

Howard signs five-year extension

Slugging Phillies first baseman guaranteed $125 million

04/26/10 2:29 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies took an enormous step Monday to keep the main power source in their lineup through 2016.

They announced they had signed Ryan Howard to the largest contract in franchise history. It is a five-year, $125 million contract extension, which keeps him in Phillies pinstripes through 2016. The contract also includes a sixth-year club option for 2017 that could raise the value of the deal to $138 million.

Howard, 30, currently is in the middle of a three-year, $54 million contract extension, which he signed in Feb. 2009. He will make $19 million this season and $20 million in 2011. The latest extension begins in 2012. He will make $20 million in 2012 and ’13 and $25 million from 2014-16. The option in 2017 is worth $23 million with a $10 million buyout.

The $25 million guaranteed average salary in the extension will be baseball’s second-highest behind Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million average under a 10-year contract with the Yankees running through 2017.

Howard’s deal includes awards bonuses and a limited no-trade provision.

Howard won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2005 and NL Most Valuable Player Award in ’06. He made the NL All-Star team in 2006 and 2009, won a Silver Slugger in 2006 and earned NL Championship Series MVP honors last season.

Since Howard replaced Jim Thome at first base July 1, 2005, he leads the Majors in home runs (222) and RBIs (650). Howard is just the fourth player in baseball history to have four consecutive seasons with at least 40 home runs and 130 RBIs. Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa are the others.

Howard also was the player fastest to hit 200 home runs, which he accomplished in 658 games. Ralph Kiner held the previous mark, hitting 200 homers in his first 706 games.

Thome and Chase Utley both signed $85 million contracts with the Phillies, which had been the biggest contracts in team history until Howard’s deal.

Originally selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2001 Draft, Howard enters Monday night with a career .279 batting average, 225 home runs and 656 RBI in 750 games, all with Philadelphia.  He currently ranks fifth on the Phillies’ all-time home run list, behind Mike Schmidt (548), Del Ennis (259), Pat Burrell (251), and Chuck Klein (243).  His .583 slugging percentage is the best in club history.

H/T (Phillies.com)  

The Phils have signed Rhino to a five-year, $125…. Okay, when did the cheapsakes decide to open up their wallet? But, seriously, it is about freaking time that they did something like this. Come on, Ryan, show them that you deserve the money!!!

The Phils suffer a tough lost as they lose to the D-backs, 8-6.

The Phils after taking the lead twice finally fall to the D-backs, 8-6, losing the series in Phoenix.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with no body out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run home run, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier singled. The Phils would increase their lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gload hits a ground out rbi, 4-3, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier got on base with a bunt single, then went to second on D-back’s pitcher Rodrigo Lopez’s throwing error, before going to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, went to third. The D-backs came back in their half of the fifth as they pounce on balls that Kendrick was throwing up in the strike zone. The scoring started as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Kelly Johnson hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his fourth in three days, knocking in Lopez, who had earlier singled, cuting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and still nobody out, the D-backs took the lead as Mark Reynolds hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Stephen Drew, who had earlier tripled, and Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, giving the D-backs a 5-3 lead. The Phils came back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second base and went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 5-4 D-backs’ lead. Three batters later, the Phils regain the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier gone to third on Raul Ibanez’s double, and Ibanez, who had earlier doubled. The D-backs tied the game up at six-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, John Hester hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Young, who had earlier doubled. In the eighth, the D-backs regain the lead as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Reynolds hits an RBI double, scoring Cole Gillespie, who had earlier doubled, giving the D-backs a 7-6 lead. Two batters later, with two men on, and with still one man out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Reynolds, giving the D-backs an 8-6 lead, while sending Adam LaRoche, who was earlier intentionally walked, up to second base. That would be the final score as Chad Qualls pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his fourth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out four. Danys Baez pitches an inning and a third as he records his second blown save of the year, giving up a run on three hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitches two-third of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. David Herndon gets the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA. Rodrigo Lopez also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on ten hits, while he strikes out five. Esmerling Vasquez, who pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two batters. Leo Rosales pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Chad Qualls records his fourth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ross Gload, Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez and Carlos Ruiz each leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Gload knocking in a run and Ruiz two. Greg Dobbs, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each getting a hit, with Dobbs’ hits being a two-run home run, and Ibanez’s hit being a doubled. Werth knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (11-7, 1st East) continue their road trip in San Francisco with the Giants (10-8, 2nd West), that is in progress. 

Jayson Werth’s two solo home runs hope to put the Phils over the D-backs, 3-2.

Two solo home runs by Jayson Werth, including a monster shot to center field with two outs in the top of the ninth, help lead the Phils to a 3-2 win over the D-backs.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The D-backs took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kelly Johnson hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his third home run in two games, scoring Chris Snyder, who had earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. Werth then gives the Phils the lead in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, he hits a monster shot deep into center field, his second solo home run of the night, and his third home run of the season, making it 3-2 Phils. Ryan Madson then came in and recorded his fourth save of the season in the bottom of the ninth, by getting Tony Abreu to strikeout for the final out.

Nelson Figueroa receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Chad Durbin pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. His record is now 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA. Ryan Madson records his fourth save of the season, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out two. Ian Kennedy receives a no-decision as he pitches eight inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Juan Gutierrez took the lost as he gives up a run on two hits. His record is now 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits each, with Werth’s two hits being two solo home runs, while Ibanez’s hits were a solo home run and a single. Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both doubles.

The Phils (11-6, 1st East) will conclude their three-game series with the D-backs (7-10, 5th West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 4:10 pm Eastern (1:10 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.24 ERA), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 20, as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be once again going for his first win of the season, while trying to continue on his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.50 ERA), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the D-backs’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to get his second win of the year. The Phils will be trying to win their second series of the road trip before heading on to San Francisco.

Cole Hamels took one step back as he is torched for four home runs as the D-Backs down the Phils, 7-4.

After seeming to regain his 2007-2008 form, Cole Hamels version 2009 comes back as he is torched for six runs on four home runs in two innings as the D-backs go on to defeat the Phils, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, the Phils made it 2-0 as, with one man out, Jayson Werth scores a run on a four-base error as Chris Young, after making the catch in center field, drops the ball while trying to make the transfer to his bare hand. The roof then fell in the D-backs’ half of the fourth as Hamel, who had been cruising through the D-backs line-up in the first three innings, with one man on, and with one man out, gives up the first of four home runs to the D-backs as Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Justin Upton, who had earlier singled, tying the game up at two-all. One batter later, the D-backs took the lead, 3-2, as Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. Three batters later, with one man on, and now with two men out, Hamels gives up his third home run of the inning as Chris Snyder hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Young, who had earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 5-2 lead. The D-backs made it a 6-2 lead in the fifth as Kelly Johnson hits a lead-off home run, the fourth one given up by Hamels, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, then went to third on Victorino’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Gload at second, while Victorino was safe at first, making it a 6-3 D-backs’ lead, while Victorino, who had reached first on the 4-6 force out, moved up to second base. The D-backs would get that run back in their half of the seventh as Johnson hit a lead-off home run, his fifth home of the season, and the fifth home run hit in the game by the D-backs, making it a 7-3 D-backs’ lead. The Phils would make it 7-4 D-backs in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on defensive indifference. But that would be the final score as the next batter, Polanco, after Victorino had stolen second base, putting himself in scoring position, grounded out, 3-unassisted, to end the game.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 5.11. J.C. Romero, pitching in his first game since returning from injury, faced two batters, giving up a hit, a home run, and a walk, getting neither man out. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, striking out three. David Herndon also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Kris Benson took the win, as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, as he strikes out five. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Leo Rosales records his second hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Juan Gutierrez also pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Aaron Heilman pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls records his third save of the year, as he gets out the only man he would face.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a single and a triple, knocking in two of the Phils’ run, while Francisco’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Brian Schneider, pinch hitter Ross Gload and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hits, with Hamels’ hit being a double, while Polanco knocked in the other Phil RBI, with a ground out.

The Phils (10-6, 1st East) continue their three-game series with the D-backs (7-9, 5th West) in Phoenix. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 8:10 pm Eastern (5:10 pm Mountain). The Phils will send to the mound Nelson Figueroa (1-1, 2.45), who is starting for the injured J.A. Happ, who last pitched on April 17 in relief against the Marlins, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Phils, while hopefully giving them five to six good innings. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (0-1, 5.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 18, as he gave only two hits and three walks, as he struck out seven, in the D-backs’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to get his first victory of the season. The Phils will be trying to bounce back from last night’s lost to even up the series.

Jamie Moyer records his 260th career victory as the bullpen preserves the win as the Phils defeat the Braves, 8-3.

The Phils leave Atlanta with a series win as the bullpen this time preserves the victory as the Phils down the Braves, 8-3. The victory was the 260th in Jamie Moyer’s career, putting him in a tie for 40th place on the all-time list with Hall of Famer Ted Lyons.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Chase Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead as, once again with runners on the corners, and still with one man out, Jayson Werth hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Utley. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Dobbs, a walk to Utley and a walk to Werth, moving both Dobbs and Utley up a base, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits into a force attempt, scoring Dobbs, making it 3-0 Phils, as Martin Prado made a throwing error to second base, allowing Utley to score, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Werth went to third on the error, while Ibanez was safe at first. The Phils made it 5-0 as Juan Castro follows with an RBI single, scoring Werth, while moving Ibanez up to second base. As the Phils were taking a commanding lead, their starter, Jamie Moyer, was keeping the Braves off-balance through the first four innings, giving up just two hits, as well as hitting a batter, while striking out two, and getting a lot of ground ball outs. The Braves would finally get on the scoreboard in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Matt Diaz hits a grounder to Castro, who then threw the ball to Utley for a force attempt at second. Utley misplayed the ball for an error, allowing Melky Cabrera, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second base on Omar Infante’s walk, to score, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while Infante was safe on second base, while Diaz reached first. One batter latter, Prado hits another grounder to Castro, who this time threw out Diaz at second for the inning’s second out, but Utley then made an errant throw to first trying to double up Prado, allowing Infante to score, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Castro and Carlos Ruiz, which sent Castro to second base, and a walk to Moyer, which moved both Castro and Ruiz up a base, Shane Victorino hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Castro, and giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Castro’s single, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Castro on to third base. One batter later, the Phils made it an 8-2 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Castro, while sending Gload on to second base. The Braves then made it 8-3 Phils’ lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Nate McLouth, a single to Prado, which sent McLouth over to third base, and a walk to Chipper Jones, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly, scoring McLouth. That would be the final score as David Herndon would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth.

Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 260th of his career, as he pitches six innings, giving up two unearned runs, on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he strikes out four. His record is now 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (Herndon). Derek Lowe took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.24 ERA. Kris Medlen pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Eric O’Flaherty pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jesse Chavez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit, while striking out two. 

The Phils’ bats had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Castro leading the team with three hits, as he collected three singles, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Greg Dobbs and Carlos Ruiz follows by getting two hits each, with Dobbs’ hits being a single and a double, as he scores two runs, while both of Ruiz’s hits were singles. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. Victorino knocked in two runs, one by a sac fly, Howard knocked in one, Ibanez brought home a run, and Gload scored a run with a pinch single. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil RBI with a sacrifice fly, while their final run came in on a throwing error.

The Phils (10-3, 1st East) continue their nine-game road trip by going to Phoenix to meet the D-backs (6-9, 5th West) for a three-game series. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm Eastern time (6:40 pm Mountain) . The Phils will send to the mound Coel Hamels (2-1, 3.86) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on April 18, as he went eight plus strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to build on that start, hoping to regain his 2007-08 form. The snakes will counter with Kris Benson (0-1, 3.00), who is coming off a loss to the Padres on April 17, as he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and four walks, in the D-backs’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the D-backs in the game against the Phils’ potent offense. The Phils will be trying to continue their so far successful road trip, hoping that Hamels will continue the Phils’ starting pitching current unearned runs streak.

Roy Halladay goes to 4-0 as he throws a complete game five hitter as the Phils put down the Braves, 2-0.

Roy Halladay goes to 4-0 as he throws a five-hit complete game shutout against the Braves, 2-0. The win leaves the Phils all alone in first place in the NL East.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with no body out, Raul Ibanez hits a RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled. The Phils increased their lead to 2-0 in the sixth as, with no one out, Werth hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, while Werth would move up to third on the throw to the plate. In the bottom of the seventh, the Braves tried to get back into the game as they loaded the bases via two straight singles to Chipper Jones and Brian McCann, which sent Jones up to second base, and a walk to Jason Heyward, moving both Jones and McCann up a base, and with one man out, but Halladay got out of the inning by getting Yunel Escobar to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, after a great stop by second baseman Chase Utley, wiping out Heyward at second base. That would be it for the Braves as Halladay ended the game in the ninth by getting Troy Glaus to ground out, 5-3, to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 4-0 with a reduced ERA of 0.82. Tim Hudson took the lost as he goes six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman, as he strikes out five. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches two scoreless innings, as he strikes out two. Takashi Saito pitches a scoreless inning, as he gives up one hit, while he strikes out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, both doubles, as he knocks in a run. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits. Ibanez, Utley and Ruiz’s hits were all doubles, with Ibanez’s being a ground-rule double, as he knocks in the other Phil run.

The Phils (9-5, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Braves (8-6, 2nd) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Turner Field and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (1-1, 7.50), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on April 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and one walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on the last five innings of the previous game. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (3-0, 4.67), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 16, as he goes five and a third inning, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. He will be trying to continue on his previous season dominance of the Phils. The Phils will be trying to leave Atlanta with a series win, before heading West to Phoenix to meet the ‘backs.

For the second straight game a good performance by a starter goes down the tubes as the bullpen coughs up four late inning runs as the Phils lose to the Braves, 4-3.

A good performance by Kyle Kendrick goes to waste as the Phils’ bullpen gives up three late innings home runs, as the Phils lose in ten innings to the Braves, 4-3. They are now tied for first place in the East with the Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Later that same inning, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick pitches himself out of a jam, as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Martin Prado, a double to Chipper Jones, which sent Prado over to third, and an intentional walk to Brian McCann, and with one man out, Troy Glaus hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out McCann at second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils would make it 3-0 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Polanco’s single, while wiping out Polanco, who had earlier singled, at second base. The Braves then came back in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Gluas hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jones, who had earlier walked, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. The next batter, Jason Heyward, then tied the game up at three-all with a solo shot, his fourth home run of the season. After Billy Wagner pitches a 1-2-3 top of the tenth, Phils’ reliever Jose Contreras threw a 2-2 curve that Nate McLouth hits into right field for a walk-off home run, his first home run of the season, to give the Braves a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick pitches a no-decision as he goes eight strong inning, his first good start of the season, as he gives up only four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson records his first blown save of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, both home runs, and a walk. Jose Contreas took the lost as he pitches to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 2.45. Tommy Hanson also pitches a no-decision, as he lasts only four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out four. Eric O’Flaherty pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Peter Moylan pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Kris Medlen pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits, as he strikes out a batter. Jesse Chavez pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Billy Wagner gets the win as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils recorded nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Chase Utley leading the team with two hits each, with both men recording a single and a double, while Utley knocked in two runs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Juan Castro had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Howard knocked in the other Phils’ run with an RBI single.

The Phils (8-5, 1st-T) continue their three games visit with the Braves (8-5, 1st-T) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong win against the Marlins on April 16, where he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight scattered hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-6 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win in as many starts, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present three games losing streak. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (1-0, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 15, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and five walks, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will be trying to match Halladay pitch for pitch. The Phils, meanwhile, will be trying to regroup after such a tough lost, and put a stop to their present losing streak.

The Phils waste a beautiful start by Cole Hamels as the bats remain cold as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils’ Cole Hamels appear to have regained his 2007-2008 form as the Phils’ bats stay silent as the Phils lose to the Marlins 2-0.

The Marlins take the lead in the second as Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, as the Marlins lead 1-0. As both teams starters, Cole Hamels and Nate Robertson, keep both teams off of the scoreboard, the Phils missed a change to tie the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, via a single to Jayson Werth and a ground-rule double to Ben Francisco, stopping Werth at third, and with one man out, when Werth did not score on a fly-out by Carlos Ruiz to center, by not keeping an eye on the ball as Cameron Maybin makes a bad throw to the plate. The Marlins then added to their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Uggla hits an RBI double, knocking in Jorge Cantu, who had earlier singled, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. Leo Nunez then comes in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, to record his third save of the season.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches eight plus one batter strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 3.86. Ryan Madson pitches an inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out two. Nate Robertson got the win as he goes six and a third innings, giving up just four hits and four walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA. Burke Badenhop records his third hold of the year as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, as he strikes out a batter. Leo Nunez records his third save of the season, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had only four hits in the game. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the Phils’ hit, with Francisco’s hit being the only extra-base hit, a ground-rule double.

The Phils (8-4, 1st), who have lost their first series of the season, while having a 3-3 home stand, will have the day off tomorrow before going on the Atlanta to start a three cities, nine-games road trip.

The Phils’ offense gets shut down while Jamie Moyer gets lit up for five runs in the first as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 5-1.

The Marlins light up on their nemesis Jamie Moyer for five runs in the first, before Ricky Nolasco proceed to shut down the Phils’ offense, as the Phils lose to the fish, 5-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jorge Cantu hits an RBI single, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Hanley Ramirez’s walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Ramirez, who had earlier walked, on to second base. Dan Uggla then made it 2-0 Marlins as he hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, while moving Cantu up to second base. The Marlins then took a 5-0 lead as Ronny Paulino hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in both Cantu and Uggla. That would be the score for most of the game, as Moyer settled in, giving up only two more hits and a walk, while striking out seven Marlins in the next five innings, followed by three scoreless innings from both Nelson Figueroa and Chad Durbin, while Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco kept the Phils’ scoreless for eight and two-third innings, giving up four hits while walking three. The Phils then finally get on the board as Jayson Werth, with two men out, hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Marlins’  lead. Nolasco then ends the game by getting Raul Ibanez to ground out, 1-3.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he went six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 1-1 with an ERA of 7.50. Nelson Figueroa and Chad Durbin both combined for three scoreless innings as they gave up only two walks (Figueroa (1), Durbin (1)), while striking out one batter between them (Figueroa). Ricky Nolasco pitched a complete game, giving up just one run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Phils’ offense was held to five hits last night. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Juan Castro and Brian Schneider had the five hits, with Werth’s hit being the only extra-base hit, a solo home run.

The Phils (8-3, 1st) conclude their series with the Marlins (7-5, 2nd) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils hope to win today to give them their fourth straight series win.

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