April 2010

The Phils hold on to defeat the Marlins 8-6, as the bullpen almost let another game get away.

After a terrific performance by their ace Roy Halladay, the bullpen almost let another game get away, as the pesky fish tried to get back into the game in the ninth before the Phils finally wins it, 8-6.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, via walks to Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, with Utley’s walk moving Victorino up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley up to second base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, as Raul Ibanez is walked, sending Utley to third, and moving Howard up to second base, and now with two men out, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard on to third, and Ibanez up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Ibanez to third, and moving Castro up to second base. The Phils then made it 4-0 in the second as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, which hits the left field foul pole, his second home run of the year. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled and then went to third on an Ibanez ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 5-1 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his fifith in four days, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a man on base, and with still no outs, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. Two batters later, with two men on base, and still with no outs, the Phils made it 8-1 as Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, on to second base. The Marlins then made it an 8-2 Phils’ lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on John Baker’s single, while sending Baker, who had just singled, over to third base. The Marlins then tried to make a comeback in the top of the ninth. With runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brett Carroll hits an RBI infield single, scoring Uggla, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, went to second on Cody Ross’ single, and then went to third on pinch hitter’s Brian Barden’s soft ground out, 4-3, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Barden’s ground out, on to third. Sanchez then made it 8-4 Phils with an RBI double, scoring Ross, while sending Carroll on to third base. Cameron Maybin then made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Carroll, while sending Sanchez on to third. Charlie Manuel then came out to relieve Rookie David Herndon, and replace him with Ryan Madson for the save. The next batter, Baker, then hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Sanchez from third, while wiping out Maybin at second, for the inning’s second out. After Ramirez gets on base with a single, moving Baker up to second base, Madson finally records his third save of the season as he gets Jorge Cantu to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ramirez at second, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. Ryan Madson records his third save as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Anibal Sanchez took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he strikes out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Dan Meyer pitches to five batters in the seventh, getting none of them out, as he gives up three runs on four hits and a walk. Chris Leroux pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, as he strikesout one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Juan Castro leading the team with two hits each. Utley’s hits were a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run; Howards’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run; Werth’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run; while Castro’s hits were both singles, as he knocks in three runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits. Polanco’s hit was a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Victorino, Ruiz and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Ruiz plating the final Phils’ run.

The Phils (8-2, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Marlins (6-5, 3rd) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be the ageless Jamie Moyer (1-0, 7.50), who is coming off a sub-par start against the Astros on April 10, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 9-6  win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the fish, while improving his ERA. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 5.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 12, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four in the Marlins’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the fish, hoping to continue his modest success against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to increase their lead in the NL East while trying to win their fourth straight series in the early season.

The Phils’ bullpen fail to do its job as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-5.

For the first time this season the Phils’ bullpen fail to do its job as it gives up six runs in the last three innings as the Nats avoid being swept as they defeat the Phils’ 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his fourth in the series, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats would tie it up at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Cristian Guzman would hit into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier walked, was caught stealing second but reached base on Ryan Howard’s throwing error, then moved up to third on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Placido Polanco, and walks to Jayson Werth, which moved Polanco up to second base and Raul Ibanez, which moved Polanco to third and Werth up to second base, and with two men out, Juan Castro hits a two-run single, knocking in both Polanco and Werth, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third, before Castro would move up to second on the throw. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked to reload the bases, the Phils make it 4-1 as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs takes a walk, forcing in Ibanez, while Castro and Ruiz both moved up a base. The Nats cut the Phils lead to 4-2 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Alberto Gonazlez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Willie Harris’ ground out, 3-unassisted. In the eighth, the Nats made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Adam Dunn hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on first, and with one man out, the Nats’ took the lead as pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, to make it 5-4 Nats. In the ninth, the Nats added to their lead as, with two men on, and with two outs, Rodriguez hits a two-run single, knocking in Desmond, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then went to third on Dunn’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and Wily Taveras, who was pinch running for Josh Willingham, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Phils made it a 7-5 game in the ninth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. But, that would be the final score as Matt Capps would record his fourth save of the season as he gets Werth to fly out to center with a runner on second to end the game. 

J.A. Happ would receive a no-decision as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Antonio Bastardo would record his second hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Danys Baez blows his first save of the season before taking the lost, as he gives up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two, in one inning of work. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Olsen also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Tyler Clippard receives the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while he strikes out one. His record is now 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. Sean Burnett records his second hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Matt Capps records his fourth save of the year as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on three hits, as he strikes out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Castro leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocks in two runs, as he raises his batting average to .333. Placido Polanco follows with two hits, also singles, as he knocks in a run, while lifting his average to .475. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Utley’s hits being solo hime runs, while Howard and Ruiz’s hits were doubles. Greg Dobbs got the Phils’ other RBI with a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (7-2, 1st) continue their home stand with a three-games set against the Florida Marlins (6-4, 2nd). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.56), who is coming off a complete game win against the Astros on April 11, as he gave up an unearned run on seven hits, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to get his third win of the year in his first start before the home fans. The Marlins plan to send Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 6.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 6-5 win. He will try to keep the Marlins in the game by hoping to shut down the Phils’ offense.

The Phils’ bats continue to stay hot as they crush the Nats, 14-7, for their best start since the 1993 season.

The Phils overcome a lackluster start by Kyle Kendrick to crush the Nationals, 14-7, putting up their best start since their pennant winning season of 1993, when they started off the season with an 8-1 record.

The Nats took a 3-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, thanks to a Cristian Guzman single and walks to Adam Dunn, which sent Guzman over to second base, and to Josh Willingham, which sent Guzman to third and moved Dunn up to second base, and with two men out, Adam Kennedy hits a bases clearing double, scoring Guzman, Dunn and Willingham. The Phils would strike back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, which moved Victorino up to second base, and a walk to Chase Utley, which sent Victorino to third base, and moved Polanco up to second base, with no one out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Polanco, making it a 3-2 Nat’s lead, while sending Utley to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Greg Dobbs hits an RBI double, scoring Utley, while sending Howard to third, with still nobody out. The Phils then took a 4-3 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Howard. The Nats regain the lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Guzman hits a two-run single, knocking in Alberto Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on a Nyjer Morgan single, and Morgan, who had earlier singled, and later stole second base, giving the Nats a 6-4 lead. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Nelson Figueroa, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Polanco’s double, and Polanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead. The Nats would come back to tie it up at seven-all in the third as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Morgan would hit into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, as Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Gonzalez’s singled, scored, while Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Jesse English’s sacrifice bunt, went to third. It would remain 7-7 until the bottom of the fifth when the Phils took the lead for good as, with one man on, and with two outs, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his second of the game, making it a 10-7 Phils’ lead. The Phils would then break it wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via walks to Juan Castro, Ruiz, with Castro moving up to second on Ruiz’s walk, and to pinch hitter Jayson Werth, moving both Castro and Ruiz up a base, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Castro, Ruiz and Werth, giving the Phils a 13-7 lead. One batter later, Polanco would bring Victorino in with a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Phils a 14-7 lead. That would be the final score as David Herndon would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches only an inning and two-thirds, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out only one. Nelson Figueroa would get the win as he goes three and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Chad Durbin records his fourth hold of the year as he pitches two scoreless innings, as he gives up just two hits, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combines for two scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Bastardo) and striking out one (Bastardo). Craig Stammen also receives a no-decision as he lasts only one and a third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk. Jesse English pitches two and two-third scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while striking out two. Jason Bergmann took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA. Sean Burnett pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Brian Bruney pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three walks, while striking out a batter. Tyler Clippard pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Miguel Batista pitches a scoreless inning.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, two singles, a triple and a home run, being a double short of hitting the cycle, knocking in five runs, while scoring three. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Nelson Figueroa all followed with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being a single and a double, knocking in a run while scoring two, with Utley’s hits being two home runs, knocking in four runs as he scored three, Howard’s two hits being singles, knocking in two runs as he scored once, while Figueroa’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Greg Dobbs, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz got the other three Phils’ hit, with Dobbs’ hit being a double, plating one run, with Ibanez’s hit being a single, as he knocked in a run, while Ruiz’s hit was a double, as he scores two runs.

The Phils (7-1, 1st) concludes their three-games series with the Nats in a game already in progress. The Phils’ starter is J.A. Happ (1-0, 0.00) while the Nats counter with Scott Olsen (0-0, -.–). The game is presently a 1-1 tie, with the Phils batting in the bottom of the fifth.

Doc Halladay is named the first National League Player of the Week for 2010.

Doc takes home NL Player of the Week

Halladay immediately makes presence felt in Phillies uniform

By Doug Miller / MLB.com

It hasn’t taken long for Roy Halladay to become accustomed to the National League.

The right-handed ace, who came to the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays in an offseason trade, paid dividends right away, and in a huge way, when he was awarded the inaugural NL Player of the Week award of the 2010 season.

In his first week with Philadelphia, Halladay posted a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA while tying for the Major League lead with 17 strikeouts. Halladay also sits atop the Majors with 16 innings pitched and a complete game. The Colorado native surpassed 1,500 career strikeouts on Opening Day and notched his 150th career victory and 50th career complete game on April 11.

Halladay made his eighth consecutive Opening Day start at Washington, holding the Nationals to one run through seven innings of work and leading the Phillies to an 11-1 victory. The All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

This is Halladay’s fourth career weekly award, and his first in the NL.

Other nominees this past week included Atlanta’s Martin Prado and rookie sensation Jason Heyward, Philadelphia’s Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard, Florida’s Jorge Cantú, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Arizona’s Chris Young, San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez.

H/T Phillies.com

Congratulations on winning the award Doc, hopefully the first of many.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as the come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-4, increasing their winning streak to four games.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as they increase their winning streak to four games by coming from behind to defeat the Nationals, 7-5.

The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with nobody out, Josh Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats would then extend their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second when Adam Dunn was hit by the pitch, making it 2-0 Nats, while sending Dunn, who had been hit by a pitch, up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Adam Kennedy, moving Rodriguez over to second base, and still with two men out, Nats’ starter Jason Marquis helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, knocking in both Dunn and Rodriguez, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Kennedy over to third. The Phils would start their comeback in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on a Chase Utley walk, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-1, while Utley, who had just walked, moved up to third. Jayson Werth then followed by hitting into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Howard at second base, while Utley scored, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would strike again in the fifth as, with two men on base, and with one men out, Juan Castro, who was starting the game in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins, hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error on Cole Hamels’ bunt attempt, making it 4-3 Nats, while sending Hamels, who had reached first base on Rodriguez’s throwing error, over to third. Polanco then gives the Phils the lead with a two-run single, scoring both Hamels and Castro, making it 5-4 Phils. Utley then makes it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run shot off the foul pole, his second home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as the bullpen would come in to pitch three and a third-innings of shut out ball, with Ryan Madson recording his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he has another so-so performance as he pitches five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 2-0 with a high ERA of 5.06. Chad Durbin records his third hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jose Contreras records his first hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson records his second save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 12.96. Jesse English, Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett and Miguel Batista would combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just two hits (English (1), Burnett (1)) and one walk (Batista), while striking out two Phils (English (1), Batista (1)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s two hits being singles, as he knocked in two runs, while Howard’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Juan Castro, who was in the game because Jimmy Rollins had hurt himself before the start of the game, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all followed with a hit each, with Castro’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run off of the foul pole. Werth knocked in the Phils’ other run on a force out, before getting a single, after which he took himself out of the game because of a sore left hip.

The Phils (6-1, 1st) will continue their three games series with the Nats (3-4, 4th) with a night game Wednesday night. 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, 11.25), who is coming off a bad outing a week ago against these same Nats, as he received a no-decision on April 8, going only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to redeem himself tomorrow night. The Nats’ will counter with Craig Stammen (0-0, 7.20), who also received a no-decision on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row while continuing their hot hitting, although now with Rollins and Werth being injured.

Roy Halladay pitches his 50th career complete game as he wins his 150th victory as the Phils sweep the Astros, 2-1.

Roy Halladay, as he pitches his 50th complete game, wins his 150th career game as he outduels the Astros’ Ray Oswalt, as the Phils defeat the Astros’ 2-1. The Phils, now 5-1, are off to their best start since 1993, when they started that pennant season with an 8-1 start.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, on the second pitch of the game, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Phils would make it 2-0 in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ Roy Halladay and the Astros’ Roy Oswalt, with Oswalt giving up no more runs before leaving the game in the sixth, having given up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight Phils, while Halladay, through five, gave up only three hits while striking out five Astros. The Astros then threathen in the sixth as they loaded up the bases on singles to pinch hitter Chris Johnson and Michael Bourn, with Johnson moving up to second base, and an error to third base by Halladay on a bunt attempt by Jeff Keppinger, allowing Johnson to reach third, while Bourn moved up to second on the throw to third, with nobody out. But the next batter, Cory Sullivan then hits into a 6-3 double play, forcing out Keppinger at second base, while Johnson scored, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Bourn moved up to third, where he would stay as the next batter, Carlos Lee, pops up to Rollins for the final out of the inning. The Astros then threathen again in the seventh, as they put runners on second and third, with one man out, via singles to Geoff Blum and Pedro Feliz, with Blum moving up to second base on Feliz’s hit, and then with both man moving up a base on Kazuo Matsui’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s first out. But Halladay then turned the Astros back by getting J.R. Towles to bounce back to the pitcher, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, and then striking out pinch hitter Jason Michaels, swinging. That would be the last threat as Halladay gets Feliz to end the game in the bottom of the ninth with a pop up to Chase Utley for the final out.

Roy Halladay picks up the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up an unearned run on seven hits, as he strikes out eight. His record is now 2-0 with a reduced ERA of 0.56. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 3.75. Jeff Fulchino, Tim Byrdak and Brandon Lyon combine for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Fulchino), while striking out two Phils (Fulchino and Byrdak, one each).

The Phils’ offense had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Roy Halladay had the other foru Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ibanez’s hits being doubles. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phils’ run with an RBI ground out.

The Phils (5-1, 1st East) start a six games home stand with a three games series against the Nationals (3-3, 4th East). The first game of the three-games set, being played at Citizens Bank Park, is already in progress. The Phils send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against these same Nats on April 7, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. He hopes to improve on that outing, giving the Phils a chance to win their home opener. He will be opposed by Jason Marquis (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost to the Phils, also on April 7, as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 8-4 lost. He hopes to do better against this same Phils squad. The Phils plan to win their home opener, and to increase their winning streak to four games.

The Phils’ offense stay hot as they give enough runs support for Jamie Moyer to pick up the win as they defeat the Astros, 9-6.

The Phillies’ offense remain hot as they had another 10+ hits day as they give Jamie Moyer enough runs support to win his first start of the season as the Phils defeat the Astros, 9-6.

The Phils took an early 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier tripled. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via a Jamie Moyer’s single, who was then thrown out at second on a Jimmy Rollins’ force out, 1-6, leaving Rollins safe on first, a Placido Polanco’s single, which sent Rollins over to third base, and a walk to Chase Utley, which moved Polanco up to second base, and with two men out, Howard took a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Polanco to third and Utley up to second base. With the bases still loaded and still with two men out, Werth increased the Phils’ lead to 4-0 with a two-run double, scoring both Polanco and Utley, while sending Howard to third. The Astros came back in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jason Michaels hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Felipe Paulino, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. Two batters later, with a runner on first, via a walk to Jeff Keppinger, and still with two men out, Hunter Pence tied the game up at 4-all as he hits a two-run home run of his own, his first home run of the year. Four batters later, with the bases loaded via singles to Carlos Lee, Pedro Feliz and Chris Johnson, and still with two men out, Tommy Manzella hits an RBI infield single, scoring Lee, while moving both Feliz and Johnson up a base, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Phils regain the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on first, and once again with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. The Phils made it a 7-5 lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and still with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, while Ibanez, who had just singled, moved over to second. The Phils would make it 9-5 in the ninth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled. The Astros made it a 9-6 Phils’ lead in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michaels hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Michael Bourn, who had earlier doubled and then moved on to third on Cory Sullivan’s ground out, 3-unassistance. That would be the final score as, with Keppinger on first, after hitting into a 6-4 force out, forcing Michaels out at second, and now with two men out, Ryan Madson ends the game by striking out Pence for the final out.

Jamie Moyer gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA. Chad Durbin records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez records his first hold of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitches one inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he strikes out a batter. Felipe Paulino gets a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four. Chris Sampson receives his first hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk. Brandon Lyon records his first blown save of the season before picking up the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he strikes out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Tim Byrdak pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Matt Lindstrom pitches an inning, giving up rwo runs on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ bats collected eleven hits in the game, their fifth straight game with ten or more hits, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocks in three of the Phils’ runs. Placido Paulino, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino follows with two hits each, with both of Paulino’s hits being singles, as he scores a run; Howard’s hits being a triple and a home run, scoring two runs, as he knocks in three, and Victorino’s hits being a single and a two-run home run, as he knocks in three runs. Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles.

Happ’s pitching and the Phils’ offense defeat the hapless Astros as the Phils win, 8-0.

Behind the pitching of J.A. Happ and the bullpen, and the relentless bats of the Phils’ offense, the Phils defeat the presently winless Astros, 8-0. The Phils, with their victory, and with losses by both the Braves and the Marlins, took sole possession of 1st place in the NL East.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on first and second, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier walked, moves up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, and then went to third on a Chase Utley fly out, while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with two outs, Raul Ibanez joins the Phils’ hitting parade with a two-run double, scoring both Polanco and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. After being kept from scoring on bases loaded opportunties in both the second and the third innings, the Phils added to their lead in the fourth when, with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, to make it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men outs, Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who has earlier doubled, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils continued their scoring in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and once again with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who has just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. One batter later, the Phils increased their lead to 7-0 as Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco. As the Phils were scoring, their starter, J.A. Happ, continues where he left off from his rookie season, as he blanks the Astros in six innings, pitching out of trouble, as he gives up only six hits and two walks, while striking out five Astros, followed by the bullpen which pitches four shut out innings, while striking out five more Astros. The Phils add their last run in the seventh as, with runners on first and second, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, and has gone to second on a walk to Rollins, while sending Rollins to third, while he would move up to second on the throw, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

J.A. Happ gets the win as he pitches six strong shut out innings, plus two batters, giving up just six hits and two walks, while he strikes out five. His record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. David Herndon, Danys Baez and Jose Contreras combine for four shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon), while striking out five (Herndon (2), Baez (1), Contreras (2)). Bud Norris took the lost as he lasts only two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA. Wilton Lopez pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brian Moehler pitches three innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out one. Chris Sampson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Jeff Fulchino also pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense had sixteen hits in the game, with Polanco leading the attack with four hits, including a double, while knocking in two runs, as he increased his batting average to .579. Raul Ibanez followed with three hits, including two doubles, knocking in three runs, as he raised his average to .267. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth all followed with two hits each, with Rollins’ hits being a single and a double, scoring two runs; Utley’s hits being a solo home run and a single, knocking in two runs while scoring one; Howard’s hits being two doubles, knocking in a run, while scoring two; and Werth’s hits both being singles. Carlos Ruiz had one hit, a single, scoring a run. The Phils’ offense had seven extra-base hits (2B (6), HR (1)) in the ballgame. The Phils’ offense had ten hits or more in their first four games, doing so for the first time since 1926.

The Phillies (3-1, 1st NL East), will continue their road trip to Houston with a night game against the Astros (0-4, 6th NL Central). The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The ageless wonder Jamie Moyer (0-0, -.–) will start the game for the Phils, hoping to continue from spring training. Felipe Paulino (0-0, -.–) will start for the Astros, trying to put a stop to the Astros four game slide. The Phils will try to win their second straight series of the season with a win tonight.

A bad performance by Kyle Kendrick helps lead to the Phils losing their first game of the season as they lose to the Nats, 6-5.

The Phils are unable to overcome a bad start by Kyle Kendrick as they fall to the Nationals, 6-5, thus being unable to complete the sweep of their Eastern Division rival.

The Nationals took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Cristian Guzman hits an RBI single, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier tripled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Nats made it 2-0 as, with runners on second and third, and still with nobody out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Guzman, who has earlier went to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, while Zimmerman would move up to third on the ground out. The Nats then made it 3-0 as, now with one out, and a runner on third, Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Zimmerman. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jayson Werth, who had lead-off the inning with a double and then went to third on a Raul Ibanez ground out, also 4-3, cutting the Nats’ lead to 3-1. The Phils would make it 3-2 Nats in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one out, Chase Utley hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s double, while Polanco, who had just doubled, moved up to third. The Nats would increase their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Willie Harris would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, scoring Dunn, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 5-2 lead. The Phils made it 5-3 in the fifith as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Polanco hits a single into center field, which is misplaced by Morgan for a fielding error, allowing pinch hitter Ross Gload, who has earlier singled, to score, and allowing Polanco to go all the way to third on the two-base error. Two batters later, with Polanco still on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, making it a 5-4 Nats’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via consecutive walks to Ibanez and Victorino, with Ibanez moving up to second on Victorino’s walk, a sacrifice bunt by Brian Schneider, which moved Ibanez to third and sent Victorino on to second, and pinch hitter Ben Francisco being hit by the pitch, and with only one man out, Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ibanez from third with the tying run, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Nationals would take the lead for good in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Zimmerman hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Morgan’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and then moved up to third base on Guzman’s ground out, 3-1, giving the Nats a 6-5 lead. That would be the final score as the Nats would turn back Phils’ rallies in both the eighth and the ninth, with Matt Capps recording his first save of the year as he got Victorino to pop up to Guzman with the tying run on third to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick had a bad start as he received a no-decision as he pitches only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he strikes out two. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Nelson Figueroa, whom the Phils had just picked off the waivers wire from the New York Mets, takes the lost as he pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit and three walks. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 4.50. Antonio Bastardo pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face, including one by strikeout. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Craig Stammen also receives a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, as he strikes out one. Sean Burnett records his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. Tyler Clippard blew his first save of the season before getting the win as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Brian Bruney records his first hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Matt Capps records his first save as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, all doubles, as he raised his average up to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each followed with two hits apiece, with Rollins, Polanco and Utley each recording a single and a double, while Howard had two singles. Ross Gload had the Phils other hit, a pinch hit single, the team’s first pinch hit of the year. Shane Victorino, Utley, Howard and Rollins each knocked in a run, with Victorino’s RBI coming on a ground out, and Rollins’ on a sacrifice fly, while the Phils’ other run came in on an error on Polanco’s single in the fifth.

The Phils (2-1, tied-1st place NL East) continue their road trip with a visit to Houston where they will face the Astros (0-3, 6th NL Central). The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will begin at (7:05 pm Central (8:05 pm Eastern)). The Phils will send to the mound NL Rookie of the Year candidate J.A. Happ (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to prove that last year was no fluke. He will be opposed by Bud Norris (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to end the Astros’ three-game losing streak. The Phils will be coming to Houston trying to reverse their recent bad luck while facing the presently bad Astros.

The Phils go to 2-0 on the season as they defeat the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils go to 2-0 on the season, for the first time since 2003, as they are led by the bat of Ryan Howard, as he knocks in three runs with a two-run home run and an RBI double, while Ryan Madson pitches a four-out save to save the win for Cole Hamels who would pitch five good enough to win innings to get the victory.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a Jimmy Rollins’ walk, Placido Polanco being hit by the pitch, which moved Rollins up to second base and a single to right by Chase Utley, which sent Rollins on to third base and Polanco up to second, Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring Rollins and sending Polanco to third base, while Utley is wiped out at second base. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, after Jayson Werth reaches base with a walk, and with Raul Ibanez batting, it became 2-0 Phils as Polanco scores on a wild pitch thrown by Nats’ starters Jason Marquis, while Werth moves up to second base. The Nats would make it a 2-1 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the third as, with no one on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. Three batters later, with two men on, via walks to Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, with Dunn’s walk moving Zimmerman up to second base, Josh Willingham ties the game up at 2-all with an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, while sending Dunn over to second. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with runners on first and second, via singles to Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz, with Victorino moving up to second on Ruiz’s single, and with one man out, Hamels help his own cause as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Ruiz over to third base, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats would retie the score at 3-all in the bottom of the inning as, with two men out and a runner on first, as Nyjer Morgan reached base on a Howard’s error, Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Morgan. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with no outs, Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. One batter later, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Utley, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils add to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a Polanco single, an Utley walk, which sent Polanco on to second base and a walk to Werth, which moves Polanco up to third and send Polanco on to second, Ibanez made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Polanco. The Nats got a run back in the eight as, with no one out, Adam Kennedy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cristian Guzman, who has earlier tripled, making it 7-4 Phils. The Phils would make it an 8-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with Utley on first, safe on a Desmond’s error, and with no one out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Utley from first. That would be the final score as Ryan Madison pitches a four-out save, recording his first save of the season.

Cole Hamels records the win, as he pitches five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which are earned, on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. Chad Durbin records his first hold of the season as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and a walk, while striking out two batters. Danys Baez pitches one-third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo records his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning. Ryan Madson records his first save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up two hits while striking out two. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four innings, plus three batters, as he gives up six runs on eight hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out only two. His record is now 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Tyler Walker pitches two shut out innings, as he strikes out three. Jesse English pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Tyler Clippard pitches an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and walking two. Matt Capp pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits apiece, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and starter Coel Hamels getting the other three hits. Howard’s two hits were a two-run home run and a double, knocking in three runs, while forcing in a fourth on a bases loaded double play. Polanco had a double and a single, while scoring three runs. Utley had two singles, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Ruiz’s two hits were also singles. Rollins had a double, scoring a run. Victorino had a single, scoring a run. Hamels also had a single, knocking in a run. Ibanez brought in the last Phils’ RBI with a sacrifice fly.

The Phillies (2-0) will conclude their three games series with the Nationals (0-2) with a 4:35 pm late afternoon game in the nation’s capital. The game will be played in Nationals Park. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (0-0, -.–), who will be pitching in place of the injured Joe Blanton, who is presently on the 15-days disabled list. He will be opposed by Craig Stammen (0-0, -.–) , who is in his second year pitching for the Nationals. The Phillies will be planning to leave Washington with a sweep.

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