May 2010

The Phils honor Roberts by defeating the Cardinals, 7-2.

The Phils honor the late Robin Roberts by defeating their rival the Cardinals, 7-2. They increase their present winning streak to three games, while increasing their lead in the East to two games over both the Mets and the Nationals.

After honoring the late Robin Roberts before the game, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth, who is from Roberts’ hometown of Springfield, Ill., hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had walked, moving Utley up to second base. The Cards got a run back in the second as, with a runner on third, via a Werth three-base fielding error of a David Freese fly ball, and with one man out, Freese scored on a Wilson Valdez throwing error of a Jason LaRue grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing LaRue to move up to second on the bad throw. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who reached first base on a Tyler Greene throwing error, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, and went to third on Skip Schumaker’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-2, while sending Schumaker, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with two runners on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin and Danys Baez pitch two scoreless innings.

Roy Halladay got the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and three walks, while he strikes out nine. His record is now 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, hitting two batters. Danys Baez pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Kyle Lohse took the lose as he pitches only four innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. Blake Hawksworth pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Trever Miller pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Dennys Reyes pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits, with Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits each, with Werth’s hits being a three-run home run and two doubles, knocking in three runs while scoring two runs, while Ruiz had two singles and a double, knocking in a run. They were followed by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez who had two hits apiece, with Howard having two singles, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hit, with Victorino and Valdez both having doubles and Polanco and Utley both having singles.

The Phils (17-11, 1st) will conclude their home stand with a three-game series against the Braves (12-16, 5th). 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 (3-2, 5.70), who is coming off a win against the Mets on May 2, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 11-5 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils good home stand while trying to lower his ERA. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (4-2, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Astros on May 2, as he went five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Braves’ 7-1 win. He will try to even his record against the Phils, while trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to four games, while increasing their lead in the division.

Phillies’ Hall of Famer Robin Roberts died earlier this morning at the age of 83, due to natural causes.

Hall of Fame pitcher Roberts dies at 83

Beloved member of 1950 ‘Whiz Kids’ team was Phillies legend

05/06/10 5:20 PM ET

For the second time in three days, baseball lost one of its foremost gentlemen. Robin Roberts, as pleasant and gracious as any man in the game, died Thursday. As readily associated with the Phillies as any player has been with any franchise, Roberts was 83 years old when he passed away in Florida due to natural causes.

The most accomplished right-handed pitcher in the history of the Phillies, Roberts was a Hall of Famer, card-carrying member of the 1950 “Whiz Kids” and an active force in the creation of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Most of all he was an agreeable, genial man whose company was enjoyed by those who met him.

Roberts’ death followed, by two days, the passing of beloved Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, and it leaves another conspicuous void in the game. Few men who reached the levels Roberts and Harwell attained have been so widely hailed for their pleasant natures and general goodness.

The Phillies observed a moment of silence in Roberts’ memory prior to their Thursday afternoon home game against the Cardinals. They also announced that Phillies jersey No. 36 will be hung in the team’s dugout during games for the remainder of the season, that players will wear No. 36 patches on the right sleeves of their uniforms beginning Friday, and that the 1950 pennant will be hung at half-mast at Citizens Bank Park. It was a championship the Whiz Kids wouldn’t have won without Roberts’ contribution.

“Robin Roberts was a Phillies treasure, a Hall of Fame pitcher and a Hall of Fame person,” Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement. “He will be sorely missed. Having known Robin since the late 1960s, this is a personal loss as well as one felt by the entire Phillies organization and our fans.”

Roberts’ funeral will be at 6 p.m. ET Monday at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Temple Terrace, Fla., where he lived. In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked to donate to the church, the Baseball Assistance Team or the Gold Shield Foundation.

Former Phillies owner Bill Giles said, “When I think of Robin, there is definitely one word that comes quickly to mind — class. He was a class act both on and off the field. He was definitely one of the most consistent quality pitchers of all time, and the way he lived his life was exemplary. Every young baseball player should model their life after Robin.”

And former Phillies president Ruly Carpenter issued this statement: “Baseball and the Phillies not only lost one of the greatest pitchers the game has ever known but the Carpenter family also lost a true friend. He was my idol as I grew up with the 1950 Phillies.”

Robin Evan Roberts was a remarkable pitcher because of his effectiveness and a level of stamina uncommon even at a time when pitchers routinely worked overtime. Beginning in 1950, the only year his Phillies reached the World Series, Roberts won 20 or more games and pitched at least 304 innings in six consecutive seasons.

He was the winning pitcher in the Phillies’ 4-1 pennant-clinching victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers on Oct. 1, 1950. That distinction, of itself, paled to a degree in comparison to the circumstances surrounding it. Roberts pitched a 10-inning complete game in smallish Ebbets Field and if not for a home run by Pee Wee Reese, would have shut out Dem Bums.

Moreover, that start occurred three days after he had pitched nine innings in a loss to the New York Giants in the unforgiving Polo Grounds, and four days after he had thrown four in another unsuccessful start in New York. And beyond that, Roberts was the starter in Game 2 of the World Series against the Yankees on Oct. 5 — he pitched 10 innings — and threw an inning in relief in the final game of the Yankees’ sweep two days later.

“He was like a diesel engine,” Roberts’ teammate and fellow Phillies starter Curt Simmons said from his home in Arizona. “The more you used him, the better he ran. I don’t think you could wear him out. The end of the 1950 season, I was in the Army and I think Bob Miller had a bad back. I know Robin had to throw almost every day.”

Dallas Green, the former Phillies manager and pitcher, became one of Roberts’ friends despite an eight-year difference in age. Green who broke into the Majors in 1956, attended Roberts’ professional debut in 1948 in Wilmington, Del., where Green lived. Roberts’ first game was as a member of the Blue Hens. “Robbie was a real special person to me,” Green said Thursday. “I love him. He was as old-school as you could get. He’d just run and throw to get in shape. I tell all the kids that now.”

Roberts contended that pitching came easily to him. “Too many people try to make it more complicated than it really is,” he would say as part of his continuing effort to deflect praise. His efforts in that regard weren’t as successful as his pitching. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

He won 286 games overall and still was pitching in the Minor Leagues when he retired because he wanted 14 more wins. “Three hundred was big to him. He wanted it,” Green said. “We were roomies at Reading in the old Eastern League and we were both at the end. Robbie just ran out of gas. The will was there. It was always there.”

The second-leading all-time winner among the Phillies — Steve Carlton won 241 games to Roberts’ 234 — Roberts was recognized primarily as a power pitcher until late in his career when he pitched for the Orioles, Astros and Cubs. His career strikeouts total of 2,357 was unremarkable. It ranks 40th all-time. But he walked merely 902 batters and never more than 77 in a season.

The numbers that distinguished him most during and after his 19-year career were his victories, shutouts (45), complete games (305) and home runs allowed (505), the most ever. But like fellow Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, Roberts was renowned for limiting the damage. Sixty-five percent of the home runs he surrendered were hit with the bases empty.

His complete-games total ranks 38th all-time and nearly all of those who pitched more played well before Roberts broke in on June 18, 1948. He pitched 28 consecutive complete games from August 1952 to July 1953. What would closer Brad Lidge have done during Roberts’ time with the Phillies?

That will remain an unknown, but Lidge certainly developed an appreciation for the pitcher now memorialized by a statute outside Citizens Bank Park.

“Every time he came around the clubhouse he would start talking about pitching,” Lidge said Thursday. “He talked with me about my slider, and anything he had to say, I was all ears. Another thing about Robbie was that he never talked about the way things were when he played the game. He realized that the game changed with time. I was really fortunate to be able to talk with a living legend about pitching.”

Lidge’s teammate Jamie Moyer provided this perspective: “Almost every day I look at the Phillies Hall of Fame jerseys that hang in the hallway by the clubhouse. I try to appreciate what Robin did as a pitcher. Looking back at the impact he had on the game, it was special. He would always kid around when he came by and would be concerned about how I was and how my family was doing. I feel like I lost a friend. He bled Phillies Red. He was a true Phillie top to bottom.”

Roberts’ contemporaries saw him in a different light. “Probably the best fastball I ever saw was Robin Roberts’.” Ralph Kiner once said. “His ball would rise around six or eight inches, and with plenty on it. And he had great control.”

“He looks like the kind of pitcher you can’t wait to swing at, but you swing and the ball isn’t where you thought it was,” the late Pirates slugger Willie Stargell once said.

“You know,” Green said, “for all the success Robbie had, he did it without a breaking ball. He had that little ‘slurvy’ thing that was an ugly pitch. But he got you when it counted. A man on third with less than two out just didn’t score. He’d bear down like nobody else. And he never threw at any one. That wasn’t him.”

Stan Lopata, one of Roberts’ catchers with the Phillies, recalled that he didn’t have the best move to first base. “They’d always be running on him,” Lopata said Thursday. “[Fellow catcher] Andy Seminick and I went to Robbie one day and said ‘You gotta give us a chance.’ And Robbie said ‘They can steal second, they can steal third, but they’re not gonna score. And 99 times out a hundred, they stayed at third.”

Roberts was born in Springfield, Ill., the son of an immigrant Welsh coal miner. He attended Michigan State University and participated in an Army Air Corps training program. He returned to the school following World War II. He signed with the Phillies in 1948.

His extraordinary workload in the early to mid-’50s took a toll on his shoulder. In 1956, he lost 18 games but won 19. In the following seasons his career took a steep descent. He won 10 games, his fewest victories since his rookie season, and he lost a career-high 22 games, the most in the National League, in 1957. He won in double figures through 1960 but produced a 1-10 record in 1961.

The Yankees purchased his contract after that season, but Roberts was released by the Yankees without pitching for them in May 1962. He became something of a finesse pitcher thereafter, pitching for three teams before returning to the Phillies’ Reading team at age 40.

He played an integral role in establishing the Players Association. Michael Weiner, the current executive director of the union, noted as much in a statement Thursday. Weiner said Roberts helped “the players of his day understand the benefits to be gained by standing together as one. Robin and his peers had the foresight to hire Marvin Miller as the MLBPA’s first executive director in 1966, a decision that has since benefited all Major Leaguers and their families.”

Miller could not be reached Thursday.

Roberts later served as head coach of the University of South Florida in Tampa and roving Minor League instructor for the Phillies.

He is survived by four sons, Robin Jr., Dan, Rick and Jim; one brother, John; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

“Dad didn’t miss a Phillies game on television, including [Wednesday] night,” Jim Roberts said Thursday. “He really loved this team and was so thrilled that he was included in the World Series festivities the last two years.

“He’d sit there and would comment, ‘Did you see Jimmy make that play? … Chase can really play this game … My man Jayson is some kind of an athlete … Did you see that change-up from Cole? … How strong is Ryan? … Roy makes pitching look so easy and it isn’t … I wish I had Brad’s slider … Shane can fly. Can’t he?’”

H/T Phillies.com

And thus another great of the game, and a gentleman, fades away. Condolences to both your family and to the Phils, Robbie. You will be missed. 

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen throw a six-hit shut out against the Cardinals as the Phils defeat the Cards, 4-0.

Kyle Kendrick throw seven shut out innings, before handing it over to the bullpen which threw two more scoreless innings, as the Phils defeat the Cardinals, 4-0.

The first three and a third innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick and Cardinals’ starter Brad Penny, with Penny throwing three straight 1-2-3 innings, while Kendrick avoided trouble in the Cardinals’ second as, with a runner on second via a double to Colby Rasmus, and with one man out, Rasmus tried to steal third with Yadier Molina batting, and was thrown out, 2-5, for the inning’s second out. That would be important as Molina got on base with a double, which would’ve easily scored Rasmus from either second or third. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with no one out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead to 3-0 in the sixth as, Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Wilson Valdez, running for Juan Castro, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as Danys Baez and Jose Contreras together pitch a pair of 1-2-3 innings to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick receives the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA. Danys Baez and Jose Contreras then follow by combining for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Baez). Brad Penny took the lose as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out six. His record is now 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA. Mitchell Boggs pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Dennys Reyes pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run and scoring two. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Juan Castro, and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits. Polanco’s hit was a two-run home run, knocking in two run. Utley, Howard and Castro each had a single, while Dobbs had a pinch hit double, knocking in a run.

The Phils (16-11, 1st East) will conclude their four-game set with the Cardials (18-10, 1st Central). The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-1, 1.47), who is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Mets on May 1, where he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 10-0 win. The Doc will be shooting for his sixth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils another series win. The Cardinals will try to counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 5.28), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 1, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep up with the Phils’ ace. The Phils will be trying to win the series, while trying to help Halladay tie for the most wins in the National League.

Old King Cole resurfaces, just missing a complete game shut out, before the Phils win it in the bottom of the tenth on a Carlos Ruiz walk-off home run as they beat the Cardinals, 2-1.

Old King Cole seems to have finally resurfaced as he pitches eight shut out innings before finally getting into trouble in the ninth, before the Phils finally win the game in the bottom of the tenth on a lead-off, walk-off home run by Carlos Ruiz on a 2-1 fastball as the Phils defeat the Cardinals in extra-innings, 2-1.

The first eight innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright, with both pitchers constantly getting out of trouble, especially Hamels in the fifth, as the Cardinals loaded up the bases via a single by Joe Mather, who is later forced out at second on a Brendan Ryan grounder, 6-4, with Ryan safe at first, a single by Tyler Greene, sending Ryan on to third, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving Green up to second base, and with two men out, who ended the inning by getting Albert Pujols to pop up to the second baseman on the first pitch. The Phils finally took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals then tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI double, scoring David Freese, who had earlier doubled. In the bottom of the tenth, after hitting the first pitch foul deep to left, Ruiz hit a 2-1 fastball into left field for a walk-off home run, his first home run of the season, to give the Phils a 2-1 win.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches eight innings, plus two batters, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Brad Lidge pitches a shut out inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras receives the win, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 1.17. Adam Wainwright also receives a no-decision as he pitches eight inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Dennys Reyes pitches to one batter, walking him. Blake Hawksworth pitches an inning and one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a walk-off home run, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in both of the Phils’ runs, with the other run coming in on a sac fly. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez had the other three Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Werth’s hits being singles and Ibanez’s hit being a triple.

The Phils (15-11, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (18-9, 1st Central) with a night game later today. 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 (0-1, 7.61), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 30, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-1 lost. Kendrick hopes to get a win while the Phils hope that Kendrick can finally get on track. The Cards will counter with Brad Penny (3-1, 1.56), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on April 30, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 lost. Penny will be trying to get back on the winning track against the Phils’ offense. The Phils hope to be able to take the series lead before giving the ball on Thursday to their ace.

Joe Blanton has a solid start on his return to the mound but takes the lost as the Phils fall to the Cards, 6-3.

Joe Blanton comes back and has a solid start, but ends up losing as the Phils’ offense is unable to do anything as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 6-3.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on a David Freese ground out, 4-3. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the fifth inning as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, and then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Cardinals retook the lead in the seventh, as Nick Stavinoha hit a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. Later, with the bases loaded, via singles to Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols, sending Shumaker up to second base, a Nelson Figueroa wild pitch, sending Schumaker up to third and Pujols to second, and an intentional walk to Holliday, and with two men out, Freese hits a bases clearing double, scoring Schumaker, Pujols and Holliday, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. One batter later, Rasmus made it a 6-1 Cardinals’ lead by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Freese. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the seventh as Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 6-2. In the ninth, the Phils cut the lead to 6-3 as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. But, that would be it, as Trever Miller and Ryan Franklin then proceeded to strike out the side to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton took the lost as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Nelson Figueroa pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Jaime Garcia gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA. Kyle McClellan pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Trever Miller pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Ryan Franklin pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez followed with one hit each, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, while Victorino and Ibanez’s hits were singles. Juan Castro knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (14-11, 1st East) continues their four-game series with the Cardinals (18-8, 1st Central) with a night game tomorrow 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 Cole Hamels (2-2, 5.28), who is coming off a so-so start against the Giants on April 28, as he pitched a no decision, going six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to improved on his last performance. The Cardinals will counter by sending to the mound Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.13), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Cardinals’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to collect his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to even the four game series while hoping that Hamels is close to his 2007-08 form. 

The Phils’ bat remain hot as they tag Johan Santana for ten runs as the Phils crush the Mets 11-5 to regain first place in the NL East.

The Phils tag their nemesis, Johan Santana, for ten runs, including four home runs, as they hammer the Mets, 11-5, taking the opening series in their rivalry, as they regain first place in the NL East.

The Mets took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, and with two men out, David Wright hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled and moved up to second base on a Jason Bay’s single, and Bay, who had just singled. The Phils would strike back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. Two batters later, now with two men out, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Mets’ lead. The Mets increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with one out, Rod Barajas hurt the Phils again as he hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, as he knocks in Jeff Francoeur, who has earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stole second, to make it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. The Phils would then lash out at Mets’ starter Johan Santana in their half of the fourth. With a runner on third, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Jayson Werth’s ground out, 2-3, cutting the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single to Juan Castro, moving Ibanez up to secod base, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving both Ibanez and Castro up a base, and still with two out, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer forces in a run with a walk, scoring Ibanez, and making it 5-4 Mets, while Castro and Ruiz both moved up a base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then gives the Phils the lead with a grand slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, and the second in two days, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead, as he knocks in Castro, Ruiz and Moyer. Two batters later, the Phils makes it a 10-5 lead as, with a man on base, and with still two men out, Utley, as the Phils have batted around, hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled. That would be it for Santana as he would be taken out of the game. Two batters later, the Phils would make it an 11-5 game, as Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score, as Danys Baez would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, as Moyer and the Phils’ bullpen would silence the Mets’ bats for the final five innings.

Jamie Moyers gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, and a hit batter, while striking out two. His record is now 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA. Chad Durbin and Danys Baez follows by pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Durbin) between them. Johan Santana took the lost as he pitches just three and two-thirds innings, being hammered for ten runs on eight hits, including four home runs and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Hisanori Takahashi pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. Pedro Feliciano, Fernando Nieve and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano), while striking out three (Feliciano (1), Nieve (2)).

The Phils’ bat struck for fifteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being a solo home run and two singles, knocking in a run, while Howard was a hit short of the cycle as he hit a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run. They were followed by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth, each getting two hits. Victornio’s hits were a single and a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, Utley’s hits were a double and a two-run home run, plating two runs, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Jamie Moyer had the other three Phils’ hit, all singles, as Ibanez knock in a run with a single, while Moyer brought home a run with a walk. The Phils had a total of seven extra-base hits in the game (2B (3), HR (4)).

The Phils (14-10, 1st East) with continue their home stand with a four game series with the Cardinals (17-8, 1st Central). The game will be played later tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is making his first start of the year after coming off an injury. He hopes to cool down the Cards. The redbirds will counter with Jaime Garcia (2-1, 1.04), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 28, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cadinals’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ potent offense under control. The Phils hope that their bats will continue to be hot as they get ready to meet the Cardinals.

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Mets as the Phils’ bat wake up to pound on their NL East rival, 10-0.

As the Phils’ bats pound out thirteen hits against Mets’ pitching, Roy Halladay pitches his third complete game start and his second shutout of the season as the Phils defeat the Mets, 10-0, putting them half a game behind the first place Mets as they head into the rubber match of the series.

The game started as a three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey, who gave up only one hit, a lead-off double to Shane Victorino in the first, while Phils’ starter Roy Halladay gave up three hits, getting out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings, leaving it a 0-0 ballgame. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single on a pop up that Mets’ second baseman Alex Cora is unable to catch, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled on a pop up that Mets’ shortstop Jose Reyes was unable to catch, and then moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had already singled, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men still on base, and with one man out, Juan Castro hit a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Werth, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. After Castro is thrown out at home by Mets’ centerfielder Angel Pagan, 8-2, on a Carlos Ruiz’s single for the second out of the inning, and then a single by Halladay, which sent Ruiz up to second, the Phils made it 6-0 as Victorino hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run triple, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on Howard’s fly out, and Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils made it 9-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier doubled. Three batters later, with two men on base, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who was safe on a throwing error by Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis on an Ibanez’s grounder, making it 10-0 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who was safe on Davis’ error, on to third. That would be the final score as Halladay would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shut out win.

Roy Halladay threw a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he goes only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, as he strikes out only two. His record is now 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Raul Valdes pitches three innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, as he strikes out six batters. Manny Acosta pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils’ bats break out for thirteen hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, for two doubles and a single, as he scores three runs. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz follows with two hits each. Victorino hits were a double and a three-run home run, knocking in three RBIs. Werth had two singles, knocking in two runs, while scroing three. Ruiz also had two singles, knocking in a run, while scoring a run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Roy Halladay each recorded a hit, with Howard and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man scoring a run, Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in two runs, while Castro’s hit was a double, also knocking in two runs.

The Phils (13-10, 2nd?) will conclude their series with the Mets (14-10, 1st) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound the ageless Jamie Moyer (2-2, 5.25), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Moyer will be going for his third victory of the season, while trying to help the Phils regain first place. The Mets will counter by sending to the mound the Phils’ nemesis Johan Santana (3-1, 2.08), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, which striking out six, in the Mets’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the Phils while trying to keep the Mets in first place. The Phils will be trying for both a series win and regaining first place in the NL East.

Post # 700: Mets power past the Phils as Kyle Kendrick loses his first start, 9-1.

The Mets come to Citizens Bank Park and put on a power display as they crush the still struggling Phils, 9-1, as they hand Kyle Kendrick his first official decision.

The Mets took the lead in the second as, with one man on base, and with nobody out, David Wright hits a two-run bomb, his fourth home run of the season, as he scored Jason Bay, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Jeff Francoeur increased the Mets’s lead to 3-0 as he hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled and then went to third on Juan Castro’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-1, while sending Castro, who had just singled, up to second base. But, the Mets’ offense would do the scoring for the rest of the night. The Mets increased their lead in the fifth as Rod Barajas hurt the Phils again as he hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets then broke the game open in the seventh. With a runner on second, and with nobody out, Barajas hits an RBI double, knocking in Francoeur, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stole second, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and with still no outs, Angel Pagan hits a two-run triple, scoring Barajas, who had gone to third on Danys Baez’s wild pitch, and Mets’ starter Jon Niese, who had earlier walked, to give the Mets a 7-1 lead. Then two batters later, with one man out, Jose Reyes made it 8-1 with an RBI single, knocking in Pagan. In the ninth, the Mets made it 9-1 as Barajas welcomed Brad Lidge with a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season and his second home run of the game. That would be the final score as the Phils went down weakly in their half of the ninth.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on five hard hits, all for extra-bases, and one walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.61 ERA. Danys Baez pitches one inning plus four batters, giving up four run on two hard hits, both for extra-bases and a walk. David Herndon pitches two innings, giving up no runs on a hit. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jon Niese gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he strikes out seven. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA. Je Mejia and Manny Acosta combine for two shut out innings, giving up just two hits (one each) and a walk (Acosta), while striking out one (Mejia).

The Phils were only able to get six hits in the game, all singles. Jayson Werth lead the club with two hits, followed by Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz, with Ruiz knocking in the only Phil run.

The Phils (12-9, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Mets (14-9, 1st). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 3:05 pm Eastern. The game will be televised nationally on Fox. The Phils will send their ace Roy Halladay (4-1, 1.80), to the mound after having suffered his first lost of the seasons on April 26 at the hands of the Giants, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to get back on the winning track, while trying to put the Phils back on the winning track. He will be opposed by Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 25, as he pitched five inning, giving up no runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to continue his scoreless streak. The Phils will be trying to start off the month of May on a good note, after ending April with a winning record.

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