May 2010

The offense remains awol as a follow-up gem by Jamie Moyer is wasted by no run productions as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils’ offense continue to refuse crossing the plate as they are blanked for the fifth time in eight games, as they lose to the Marlins, 1-0.

The game is a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jamie Moyer until the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single that gets past the diving Ryan Howard into right field, allowing Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, to score, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Dan Uggla, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils’ offense continue to be unable to get anything going, before going down 1-2-3 to Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez in the top of the ninth, as Nunez records his tenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer receives the lost as he pitches six strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA. David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Anibal Sanchez gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.89. Taylor Tankersley records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley records his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Leo Nunez records his tenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters.

The Phils had only four hits in the game. Shane Victorino led the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley and Brian Schneider had the team’s other two hits, both singles, as the rest of the offense continues being unable to hit, or to hit with runners in scoring position as the team went 0 for 6, leaving eight men on base.

The batters are obviously trying to do too much right now. They need to relax and stop putting pressure on themselves, else this slump is going to last throughout the summer, and will extend to the pitchers, who, at the moment are pitching well, keeping the team in most of their games during this rotten stretch. Some of these guys need to calm down, swing at their pitches, and stop swinging at the opposing pitchers’ junk. I’m talking to you, Jayson!!!! Four strikeouts in one day? Come on, Jayson, you’re better than that. God, will I be glad when Jimmy finally comes back.

Doc Halladay enters the major league history books as he pitches the twentieth perfect game in major league history, the second by a Phil pitcher, as the Phils beat the Marlin, 1-0.

For the second time in Phils’ history, and for the twentieth time in major league history, a Phil starter threw a perfect game, as Roy Halladay threw a complete game no-hitter, as the Phils beat the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Cameron Maybin misplays a Chase Utley fly ball that bounces off his glove and then goes to the fence for a three-base fielding error, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled to score, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Phils would score in the game as the Marlins’ pitchers, starter Josh Johnson, and relievers Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez, would give up only seven hits and a walk to the Phils. But it would also end up being all the runs that the Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would need as he pitches a perfect game no-hitter, striking out eleven Marlins on a total of 115 pitches, 72 of which were for strikes. Halladay ends the game by getting pinch hitter Mike Lamb to fly out deep to center for out number one, then getting pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking for out number two, then ending the game by getting pinch hitter Ronny Paulino to ground out, 5-3.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a perfect game, giving up no runs on no hits and no walks, while striking out eleven Marlins. His record is now 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA. Josh Johnson took the lost as he gives up an unearned run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.19. Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez threw two shut out innings, striking out a batter (Hensley) between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits each, with Valdez and Castro both having a single and a double, with Valdez scoring the only run of the game on an error, and Ruiz’s hits being a pair of singles. Shane Victorino had the other Phil hit, a single.

The Phils (28-20, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (24-26, 5th) with an afternoon game. The game will begin at 1:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on May 25, as he went only five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out none, in the Phils’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to help the Phils get the series sweep, while trying to continue his dominance of the fish to get his sixth win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23), who is coming off a win against the Braves on May 25, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help the Marlins avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to get the series sweep as well as evening up their present road trip.

The Phils finally ends their losing streak by defeating the Marlins, 3-2.

After being held scoreless during the Mets’ series, the Phils finally end their thirty straight innings without scoring a run with a run in the fourth, before going on to defeat the fish, 3-2.

The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick committed a two-base throwing error on a Hanley Ramirez ground ball back to him, as his errant throw gets past the outstretched arm of first baseman Ryan Howard, allowing both Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gaby Sanchez’s single, and Sanchez, who had just singled, to score, while allowing Ramirez to reach second base. What, at first, looks like the start of another bad night for the slumping Phils would instead turn around in the fourth. In that inning, with a man on first and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, the first Phil RBI since Ross Gload’s pinch hit home run against the Bosox on Sunday, as the ball shoot pass Cameron Maybin in center field, scoring Howard, who had just singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh, their first lead in a week, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe on first on a force out, 4-6, as pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, was forced out at second, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then stole third as part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Valdez, who had earlier singled, and was the back half of the double steal, went to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras records his third save of the season, as he got out of a two on, one out jam, by first striking out Cody Ross and then getting Ronny Paulino to fly out to center.

Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 5.04. Chad Durbin records his seventh hold as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez receives his fifth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jose Contreras records his third save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad took the lost as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 4.31. Taylor Tankersley and Jorge Sosa combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, getting out the eight men that they would face. 

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Howard knocking in a run, while also scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Gload and Ruiz’s hits were singles. Chase Utley knocks in the other Phil run with a ground out.

The Phils (27-20, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (24-25, 5th) with a night game. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22), who is coming off a lost to the Bosox on May 23, when he pitched only five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He’ll be looking for his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with their ace Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Chisox on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, in the Marlins’ 13-0 win. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to build a new winning streak, while trying to give Doc some much needed offense.  

The offense continues being unable to score run as the Phils lose to the Mets, 8-0.

The Phils lose their third game in a row as the offense continues being unable to score runs as they fall to the Mets, 8-0.

The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jason Bay hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier singled, went to second on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then stole third base. The Mets increase their lead to 2-0 in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jeff Francoeur hits an RBI single, knocking in Angel Pagan, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Rod Barajas’ single, while sending Barajas, who had just singled, on to second base. The Mets add to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Francouer hits a sacrifice fly, scoring David Wright, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Barajas’ fly out to center, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Mets would make it 4-0 in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Bay hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, stole second base, his second steal of the night, then went to third on Castillo’s ground out, 6-3. The Mets make it 5-0 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Chris Carter hits a pitch hit RBI single, scoring Francoeur, who had earlier doubled. The Mets would then put the game away in the eighth. With one man on, and with two men out, Raul Valdes hits an RBI double, scoring Barajas, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 6-0 lead. One batter later, the Mets made it a 7-0 game as Reyes hits an RBI triple, knocking in Barajas. The Mets then made it an 8-0 lead as Castillo hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes. That would be the final score as Valdes records his first save of the year as he gets Ryan Howard to end the game by striking out swinging.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. His record is now 5-4 with an ERA of 4.55. David Herndon pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Nelson Figueroa pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. R.A. Dickey gets the win as he pitches six shut out innings, giving up seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Raul Valdes receives his first save of the year as he pitches three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez follow with two hits each, all singles. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the Phils were unable to score for the second time in three games.

The Phils (26-18, 1st) continue their three game series with the Mets (23-23, 4th-T) with another night game. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.06), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on May 20, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He will once again try to even his record, while hoping for an major eruption from the offense. The Mets will counter with Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 2.53), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Yankees on May 21, as he went six innings, giving up no runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present offensive woes. The Phils are looking to take their present offensive frustrations out on somebody. It wouldn’t hurt for them to take it out on the Mets.

Sunday: Roy Halladay gets crushed by his old nemesis as the Phils lose to the Red Sox, 8-3.

Roy Halladay had an off day Sunday as he got crushed by his old AL nemesis the Red Sox, as the Phils lost to the Red Sox, 8-3.

The Bosox took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, J.D. Drew hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, scoring Kevin Youkilis, who had earlier tripled, giving the Bosox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victor Martinez, a walk to Youkilis, moving Martinez up to second base, and a single to Drew, moving both Martinez and Youkilis up a base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs committed a fielding error on an Adrian Beltre grounder that went through his legs, allowing both Martin and Youkilis to score, making it a 3-0 Bosox’s lead, while allowing Drew to reach second and Beltre to be safe at first. The Bosox would then break the game wide open in the sixth. Youkilis made it a 4-0 Bosox’s lead as he hit a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Drew, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Beltre’s single, giving the Bosox a 5-0 lead, while sending Beltre up to second base. Two batters later, the Bosox made it 7-0 as, now with runners on second and third, thanks to a Tim Wakefield sacrifice bunt moving both Beltre and Scutaro up a base, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run infield single, knocking in both Beltre and Scutaro, with the later running home as Juan Castro, who had fielded the ground ball, threw to third base in the hopes of catching Scutaro coming back to third. The Bosox made it 8-0 in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Dustin Pedroia, a double to Martinez, sending Pedroia to third, and Pedroia being safe at third on a fielder’s choice grounder to Dobbs, who threw home to Paul Hoover, catching Pedroia in a run down, and a throwing error by Hoover, whose throw hit Pedroia, allowing pinch hitter Darnell McDonald to be safe at first, and with one man out, Beltre hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pedroia. In the meantime, Bosox’s starter Wakefield and his knuckleball kept the Phils off the scoreball through eight innings, as he gave up only five hits and two walks. The Phils finally scored in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-1 Bosox’s lead. Three batters later, with a man still on base, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, making it 8-3 Bosox. That would be the final score as Ramon Ramirez finally ended the game by getting Shane Victorino to fly out to center.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he went only five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-3 with a 2.22 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Tim Wakefield got the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being an infield single and a triple, while Werth hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Ibanez and Castro’s hits being doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Gload’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run.

The Phils (26-17, 1st) after taking yesterday off, start a nine-game road trip with a three-game series against the Mets (22-23, 5th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.30), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on May 19, where he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will try to record his sixth win of the season, while hoping to continue the Mets’ present woes. The Mets will send to the mound R.A. Dickey (0-0. 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 19, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ problems with knuckleballers. The Phils will be trying to start their road trip off with a good series against the Mets.

The Phils avoid being no-hit before they lose to the Bosox, 5-0.

A single by Juan Castro in the bottom of the eight, with two men out, breaks up a no-hit bid by  Daisuke Matsuaka, before the Phils fall to the Bosox, 5-0.

The Bosox took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Jeremy Hermida hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in David Ortiz, who had earlier been safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out J.D. Drew at second, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Adrian Beltre’s double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox then broke it open in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Marco Scutaro, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Daisuke Matsuaka’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Bosox a 2-0 lead, while sending Jacoby Ellsbury, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with still two men out, Ortiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ellsbury, giving the Bosox a 3-0 lead, while sending Drew on to third. One batter later, and still with two men out, Beltre hits a two-run double, scoring both Drew and Ortiz, making it a 5-0 Bosox lead. That would be all the scoring as Matsuaka would shut down the Phils, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the eighth, when, with two out, Juan Casto got a two out single, breaking up the no-hit bid, before Daniel Bard came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, Nelson Figueroa and David Herndon pitches a combine four and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Figueroa) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out four (3 (Bastardo), 1 (Figueroa)). Daisuke Matsuaka gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just one hit and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.76 ERA. Daniel Bard pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only one hit, a single by Juan Castro, as he breaks up Matsuaka’s no-hitter.

The Phils (26-16, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Red Sox (23-21, 4th AL East) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

A strong pitching effort by Cole Hamels and two home runs help lead the Phils to a victory over the Red Sox, 5-1.

A strong seven innings, three-hit effort from Cole Hamels and two home runs from Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth help lead the Phils to a victory over the Red Sox, 5-1.

The Red Sox took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Victor Martinez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Bosox a 1-0 lead. But, it would be all that the Bosox would be able to get as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would give up just two more hits, a lead-off single in the third to Darnell McDonald, before he is left stranded on second, and a double to Adrian Beltre, with two outs in the seventh, before he ends the inning by getting Bill Hall to fly out to right. Only one other Bosox would get on base against Hamels, a walk to J.D. Drew in the fourth, while he strikes out eight. Meanwhile, the Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Shane Victorino give the Phils the lead with an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hit a two-run bomb to left, his nine home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would add another run in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Castro, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, as he had reinjured his calf muscle, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would get out of a bases loaded, two out, jam, by getting pinch hitter David Ortiz to fly out to center for the final out, recording his second save of the season.  

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His record is now 5-2 with a 3.92 ERA. David Herndon pitches a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. J.C. Romero records his second save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. John Lackey took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. His record is now 4-3 with an ERA of 5.07. Joe Nelson pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Manny Delcarmen pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both leading the team with two hits each, with Howard’s hits being a solo home run and a single, knocking in two runs, while Werth’s hits were a double and a home run, also knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, before leaving the game with an injury, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels, had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double and the rest being singles. Victorino knocks in the other Phil run.

The Phils (26-15, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (22-21, 4th AL East) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. This will be a nationally televised game and will be shown on Fox. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on May 17, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phil’s 12-2 rout. He will be going for his third straight win, and his second straight good start. The Red Sox will counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Yankees on May 17, as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three in the Bosox’s 11-9 lost. He will be trying to regain his form. The Phils will be trying to win the series tonight, before handing the ball over to their ace tomorrow afternoon.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Cubs, 5-4.

In a wild game, the Phils hold on in the ninth as Jose Contreras pitches himself out of a two on, two out, jam, to defeat the Cubs, 5-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Cubs tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on a Mike Fontenot ground out, 3-unassisted. The Phils regained the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run bomb, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, and Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then comes back in the seventh as, with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded via a walk to Soriano and singles to Fontenot and Castro, and with one man out, pinch hitter Tyler Colvin hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Soriano, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Fontenot to third. The Cubs then tied it up at four-all in the eighth as, with nobody out, Kosuke Fukudome hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Rollins’ walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would records his second save of the season by pitching himself out of a two on, no outs jam by first striking out Castro and Aramis Ramirez and then by getting Geovany Soto to foul out to first to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo is credited with his first blown save as he gives up a home run to the only batter that he would face. Danys Baez picks up the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Jose Contreras records his second save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Dempster also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. James Russell and Jeff Stevens combines for one and a third scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Russell) between them. John Grabow took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. His record is now 0-3 with a 8.44 ERA.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez having two hits a piece, with Polanco’s hits being a double and a single, with him scoring a run, while Ibanez’s hits were both singles, with him knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and pinch hitter Ben Francisco having the other three Phils’ hits, with Utley and Rollins’ hits being home runs, Utley’s a solo shot, and Rollins’ a three-run dinger, while Francisco’s hit was a single.

The Phils (25-15, 1st National League East) will conclude their home stand with three interleague series games with the Red Sox (22-20, 4th American League East). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on May 16, when he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. Hamels will be going for his third win in a row and his third strong start in his last four. The Bosox will counter with John Lackey (4-2, 4.86), who is coming off a lost to the Tigers on May 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Bosox’s 5-1 lost. He will be trying to make the Phils’ night a long one. The Phils will be trying to start Interleague Play this year on a high note.

The Phils waste another good start as they lose to the Cubs, 4-1.

The Phils’ offense continues to snooze as another good starting efoort, this time by Jamie Moyer, is wasted, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 4-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single off the glove of third baseman Placido Polanco, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would make it 2-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and once again with two outs, Jeff Baker hits a sharp RBI single off the glove of Polanco, scoring Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Cubs lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 1-3, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Utley’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while moving Utley, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Cubs would get a pair of insurance runs in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Derrick Lee, Marlon Byrd being hit by the pitch, sending Lee to second, and a walk to Soriano, moving both Lee and Byrd up a base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Xavier Nady hits a two-run pinch hit single, knocking in Lee and Byrd, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead, while sending Soriano up to second base. That would be the final score as a Phils’ rally in the bottom of the ninth goes nowhere as Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the season by striking out Shane Victorino with two men on base.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-3 with an ERA of 4.30. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny  gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he is knock out of the box by a line drive in the seventh, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-4 with a 3.09 ERA. John Grabow receives his six hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Carlos Zambrano records his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a double by Placido Polanco, and singles by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, with Howard having the only RBI on a ground out.

The Phils (24-15, 1st East) play the Cubs (19-22, 3rd Central) in the final game of the two game set in an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils, behind Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49), are presently leading the Cubs, behind Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49), 1-0, in the top of the fifth. The Phils are trying for a series spilt.  

A complete game effort by Roy Halladay is wasted as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 2-1.

A nine-hit complete game effort by their ace Roy Halladay is wasted as the Phils’ offense is muzzled by Pirates’ pitching as the Phils lose to the Bucos, 2-1.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Andy LaRoche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Doumit, who had gotten on base earlier with a double of his own. The Phils would tie it up at one-all in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, moving Howard up to second base, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with one man out, Juan Castro, who is playing second base in place of the sick Chase Utley, hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, before Jayson Werth is gun down at home plate by center fielder Andrew McCutchen, 8-2, for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz moves up to third, and Castro goes to second on the throw to the plate. The Pirates then retook the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Lastings Milledge, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on a McCutchen ground out, 4-3, as Milledge was running on an attempted hit and run, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would not allow any more runs to score as he pitches a complete game, before Pirates’ reliever Octavio Dotel pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his eighth save of the season, by getting Ruiz to fly out to left to end the ballgame.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 6-2 with an ERA of 1.64. Zach Duke gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-4 with a 5.08 ERA. Evan Meek records his third hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one batter. Joel Hanrahan pitches a 1-2-3 inning, recording his eighth hold of the season, as he strikes out a batter. Octavio Dotel records his eighth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Ryan Howard getting three of their hits, all singles, rasing his batting average to .311. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Juan Castro had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, with Castro knocking in the lone Phil run.

The Phils (24-14, 1st East) continue their home stand with a short two-game series with the Cubs (18-22, 3rd 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 Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.57), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on May 14, as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-5 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win. The Cubs will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (1-4, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on May 14, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 10-6 lost. He will be trying for his first win on the road. The Phils will be trying to recover from yesterday’s lost, hoping to give Jamie some more runs support.

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