July 2010

New Phil Roy Oswalt lays an egg as he gets creamed by the Nats as the Phils drop the series opener, 8-1.

Nerves, trying to impress his new teammates, lack of control and the Nats’ bats ruin Roy Oswalt Phil debut as the Phils’ eight game winning streak ends in a 8-1 lost to the Nats.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Adam Kennedy hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had started the game for the Nats with a lead-off triple, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz fielded Kennedy’s bunt attempt in front of the mound, and threw to third to try and force at third Nat’s starter Craig Stammen, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Morgan’s walk, except no one was covering third, as Jimmy Rollins did not head over to third on the play, thus the ball went into left field, allowing Stammen to score, making it 2-0 Nats, while Morgan, who had just walked, would move up to third on the error, while Kennedy would be safe at first with a single. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Morgan. The Nats then added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a two-run double, scoring Kennedy, who had earlier doubled, and Adam Dunn, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead, while Willingham would move up to third on the throw to the plate. The Phils finally got on the board in the seventh as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Nats got the run back as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Kennedy and Zimmerman, and a walk to Willingham, moving up a base both Kennedy and Zimmerman, and with one man out, Roger Bernadina hits a two-run double, scoring both Kennedy and Zimmerman, giving the Nats a 7-1 lead, while sending Willingham on to third. After the bases are reloaded via an intentional walk to Ivan Rodriguez, and with still one man out, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Willingham, making it an 8-1 Nats’ lead. That would be the final score as Collin Balester ended the game by getting Ruiz to ground out, 6-3.

Roy Oswalt, in his debut as a Phil, took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven runs and two walks, while striking out four. His overall record is now 6-13 (0-1) with a 3.53 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. David Herndon pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Craig Stammen got the win as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Tyler Clippard pitches an inning and a third, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Collin Balester threw a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Dom Brown getting two hits each. Ibanez and Brown’s two hits were singles, while Werth’s hits were a single and a solo home run. The Phils’ offense was kept down by Stammen, hoping that they will get back to hitting tonight.

The Phils (56-47, 2nd) continue their series with the Nats (45-58, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.85), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up ten runs, eight of which were earned, on eighteen hits and seven saves, while striking out thirteen. He will be hoping to use his last start as a springboard for the rest of the second half. The Nats will send to the mound Ross Detwiler (0-1, 0.00), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on July 26, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up five unearned runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his first career win against the Phils. The offense will be trying to get back to what they were doing on their recent home stand to even up the series.

The Phils make it eight wins in a row as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings on a walk-off single, 3-2.

Wilson Valdez’s walk-off single in the eleventh give the Phils their eighth straight win, and their eleventh straight victory at home, as the Phils sweep the D-backs, 3-2.

After being scoreless for the first four and a half innings, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Cody Ransom, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it 2-0 in the sixth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The D-backs would cut the Phils’ lead in half in the seventh as, with one man out, Miguel Montero hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The D-backs would tie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Montero hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Adam LaRoche’s single, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base, before being replaced by pinch runner Rusty Ryal. The D-backs then tried to take the lead as they loaded the bases, via a Mark Reynolds intentional walk, and a walk to Stephen Drew, moving up both Ryal and Reynolds, and with still one man out, but are stopped as Gerardo Parra hits into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Drew at second, to end the inning, before Parra is thrown out of the game for throwing him helmet in frustration. The Phils won the game in the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Ransom, who had earlier walked, and had gone on to second on Ruiz’s single, as the throw to the plate hits the mound, slowing it up, giving the Phils’ a walk-off 3-2 win.

Kyle Kendrick gets a no-decision as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five. Chad Durbins collects his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson receives his first hold of the year as he pitches an inning, plus a batter, giving up a run on one hit. J.C. Romero threw his second blown save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jose Contreras gets the win, as he pitches a scoreless inning, as he walks a batter, and strikes out one. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA. Joe Saunders also took a no-decision in his first start as a D-back, as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on nine hits, while he strikes out four. Aaron Heilman pitches two 1-2-3 innings. Esmerling Vasquez took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, as he strikes out two. His record is now 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, the game winner. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Cody Ransom and Carlos Ruiz, who had two hits each, with Polanco and Ruiz’s hits being both a single and a double, with Ruiz knocking in a run, while Ransom’s hits were both singles, as he scored two runs. Raul Ibanez and Kyle Kendrick had the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, and Kendrick’s hit being a single. The offense struck at the right moment to win the ball game.

The Phils (56-46, 2nd) will now go on the road to face the Nationals (44-58, 5th) for three in Washington, D.C. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Roy Oswalt (0-0, -.–) who they have just gotten from the Astros in a trade completed yesterday. In his last start for the Astros, he received a lost against the Reds on July 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Astros’ 7-0 lost. In his last three starts for the Astros, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and three walks, while he struck out sixteen. He will be trying to show his new team that he was worth the trade and will give the team a 1-2-3 punch along with the Doc, and King Cole. The Nationals will counter with Craig Stammen (2-4, 5.50), who is coming off a no-decison against the Brewers on July 23, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and a third innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and six walks, while he had struck out eleven. He will be trying to hand the Phils’ their first lost in nine games. The Phils’ will be trying to extend their winning streak to nine games at the expense of the Nats, while hoping to shrink the Braves’ lead in the East to a game and a half.

Now it can be told: Oswalt’s a Phil!!!!

Oswalt approves deal to go to Phillies

HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt, one of the greatest pitchers to wear an Astros uniform, is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Oswalt told the Astros on Thursday afternoon he would waive his no-trade clause in order to approve a trade to the two-time defending National League champions, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The two sides were working the final details of the deal, which is expected to be announced today.

The Astros and Phillies reached a deal on Wednesday night to send Oswalt to the Phillies if the pitcher agreed to waive his no-trade clause. Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and Minor League outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar are expected to come to the Astros, who are also expected to pay a portion of Oswalt’s contract.

When reached by MLB.com earlier Thursday afternoon, Oswalt said he hadn’t made a decision.

“No news yet,” he said.

Oswalt is owed about $5 million more this year and is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there’s a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million.

The Astros had been fielding calls about Oswalt since he informed the team in May he wanted to be traded to a contender. Oswalt said Wednesday he would like to have some time to decide prior to Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline if he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to accommodate any deals the Astros put on the table.

Oswalt is 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA, but he has received some of the worst run support in the league. He has 143 wins and needed just one more victory to tie Joe Niekro for first place on the club’s all-time list.

The two-time defending National League champion Phillies are 54-46 and trail the Braves by 3 1/2 games in the NL East. By adding Oswalt, they bolstered a pitching staff, which boasts Roy Halladay, that’s ranked seventh in the NL with a 3.99 ERA.

H/T: Phillies.com

Let see his stats: Played almost ten years for the Astros. Career record of 143-82 3.42 ERA, 303 Games Played, 291 Games Started, 19 Complete Games, 7 Shut Outs, 1932.1 Innings Pitched, 1593 Ks, 446 BBs, 1865 Hits, 747 Runs, 696 Earned Runs. Hmm, welcome to the team, Roy 2. Hope you do real well here.

Sorry to see you go, J.A. Happ. Wish you a lot of luck in Houston.

Okay, guys, time to charge after the Braves. Yeeeeee haaawwwwww!!!! Go Phils!!!

Roy Halladay throws his latest complete game while Dom Brown seems to prove that the hype about him is real, as the Phils beat the D-backs, 7-1.

Roookie Dom Brown proves that he’s worth the hype as he gets two hits, knocks in two runs and score two runs, in his first big league game, while Roy Halladay dominates the D-backs as he throws a complete game, although losing the shut out on a rookie mistake by Brown in the ninth inning, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown gets an RBI double, his first major league hit and RBI, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners as Brown went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and with still nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Brown, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, over to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Brown’s single, and Brown, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils made it 5-0 three batters later as, with a runner on third, as Ruiz moved up to third on a Valdez ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then had gone to third on Werth’s double, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Werth, who had just doubled, to third base. The Phils then made it 7-0 as, with a man on third, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth. The D-backs finally scored in the ninth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Miguel Montero hits an RBI double on a ball that Brown tried to catch by diving for it, but missed, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. But, that would become the final score as Phils starter Roy Hallady got Mark Reynolds to fly out to left for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one run on six hits, while he struck out nine. His record is now 12-8 with a 2.21 ERA. Edwin Jackson took the lost as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA. Sam Demel pitches two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Juan Gutierrez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits each. Werth’s hits were a single, and two doubles, scoring three runs, while Ruiz’s three hits were also a single and two doubles, knocking in three runs. Raul Ibanez and Rookie Dom Brown followed with two hits each, with both Ibanez and Brown’s hits being a single and a double, with Brown knocking in two runs, one on a sac fly. Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Polanco knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The offense crushed the D-backs, while Rookie Dom Brown shows that he is as good as advertised.

The Phils (55-46, 2nd NL East) will conclude their series and their home stand with a night game against the D-backs (37-64, 5th NL West). 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 (6-4, 4.60), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 24, where he had pitched seven strong innings, giving up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-2 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on sixteen hits and four walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to prove that he should not have been demoted after his disaster outing against the Cardinals. The D-backs will try to counter with Joe Saunders (0-0, -.-), who the D-backs have just acquired in a trade with the Angles. In his last start for the Angles, he lost to the Rangers on July 23, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Angels’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts as an Angel, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he went eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-seven hits and two walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to prove that he was worth the trade. The Phils will be going for the series sweep, trying to extend their present winning streak to eight games, and their winning streak at home to eleven, while they wait to hear whether or not Roy Oswalt has decided to enforce his no-trade clause.

Shane Victorino placed on fifteen-day disabled list, Domonic Brown called up from Lehigh Valley.

Shane Victorino left last night’s game with a strained left oblique after catching a fly ball. He has been placed on the fifteen-day disabled list. The Phils have called up Domonic Brown, their number one prospect from Lehigh Valley to take his place. Brown, who was hitting a combine .327 with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs in 93 games played in both Reading and Lehigh Valley will be playing in right field and will be in the line-up, starting tonight, as the Phils will move Jayson Werth to center.

Okay, Dom, let see what you can do while you’re up here. Do not disappoint us, dude!

Three two-run home runs help propel the Phils over the last-place D-backs, 9-5, increasing their winning streak to six games.

The presently red hot Phils’ offense hit three two-run home runs to propel themselves over the last-place D-backs, 9-5, as they extend their winning streak to six games, and their present winning streak at home to nine, as their ace, Roy Halladay prepares to make a house call.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Justin Upton, Adam LaRoche being hit by the pitch, moving Upton to second base, and a walk to Miguel Montero, moving both Upton and LaRoche up a base, and with two men out, Mark Reynolds receives an RBI walk, scoring Upton, to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while moving up both LaRoche and Montero. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who was safe at first on a fielder’s choice when Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, was caught between second and third on Polanco’s grounder, 6-4-5, then moved up to third on a single by Raul Ibanez, while Ibanez, who had just singled, would move up to third base. Three batters later, the Phils took the lead, after Jayson Werth walks to load up the bases as Howard moves up to second base, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz receives an RBI walk, scoring Ibanez, while both Howard and Werth would move up a base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The D-backs would tie it up at two-all in the fourth as, with one man out, Reynolds hits a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season. The D-backs took the lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Stephen Drew hits an RBI single, scoring LaRoche, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Montero’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the D-backs a 3-2 lead, while sending Reynolds, who had been intentionally walked, on to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 5-4 lead. The D-backs would tie it up at four-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a Chris Young double, a walk to Kelly Johnson, and then a force attempt error by Howard that allowed Johnson to be safe at second and Gerardo Parra to reach first, while Young moved up to third, and with nobody out, LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Young from third, while sending Johnson to third. The D-backs then took the lead as, with runners on the corners, and now with one man out, Montero hits a grounder to Polanco, who tried to tag out Parra in the basepath, but misses, before throwing to first for the out, 4-3, before Howard tried to throw out Parra at second for a doubleplay, but misses, allowing Johnson to score, to give the D-backs a 5-4 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at five-all in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then had gone to second on Polanco’s grounder (liner) to the pitcher, 1-3, then went to third on Jordan Norberto’s wild pitch. One batter later, the Phils took the lead for good as Howard hits a two-run bomb into deep left center field, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it 9-5 in the seventh as, with a man on, and with one man out, Cody Ransom hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, and the third two-run shot for the Phils in the ballgame, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches only five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, four walks, and two hit batters, while striking out eight. David Herndon blew his first save of the year, before receiving his first career win (a win which he did not really deserve) as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA. Danys Baez records his sixth hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Contreras), while striking out two (Madson) between them. Rodrigo Lopez also receives a no-decision as he also pitches five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out four. Blaine Boyer receives his fourth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordon Norberto threw his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost, as he pitches to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gives up two runs on two hits and a wild pitch. His record is now 0-1 with a 11.05 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls pitches two innings, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each getting two hits. Victorino, Ibanez and Ruiz’s hits were all singles, with Ibanez and Ruiz both knocking in a run, while Polanco’s hits were a single and a double, and both Howard and Werth’s hits were a single and a two-run home run, with Howard knocking in three runs, and Werth two. Cody Ransom had the Phil’s other hit, a two-run home run. The offense exploded last night, but is now back to the problem with the Disabled List as Victorino might be out for at least fifteen days because of his left hip bothering him late in the game. When will this stop???

The Phils (54-46, 2nd NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (37-63, 5th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be their ace Roy Halladay (11-8, 2.28), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 23, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for win no. twelve, while hoping the offense will continue to give him run support. The D-backs will try to counter with Edwin Jackson (6-9, 5.01), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 23, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched seventeen and a third-innings, giving up fifteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on twenty-three hits and ten walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that he will not become the Phils’ offense latest victim. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight, while hoping that they can continue their six game winning streak and their nine game winning streak at home.

Phils win their fifth game in a row as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4.

The Phils win a close one as Brad Lidge records his second straight save with the bases loaded as the Phils sweep the Rockies, 5-4.

The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jason Giambi hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Heerera, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Carlos Gonzalez’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, on to second base. Ryan Spilborghs made it 2-0 Rockies with an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez, while sending Giambi to second. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run triple, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Greg Dobbs’ double, and Dobbs, who had just doubled. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had reached first on a miss catch error committed by first baseman Giambi, and with still one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grounder to Giambi, who then committed his second error of the inning, this one a throwing error to second base, allowing Blanton to reach second, and Rollins to reach first, while Schneider scores, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Schneider’s walk, then went to third on pinch hitter Cody Ransom’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Ransom’s sac bunt, to third base. The Phils then made it 5-2 Phils as Raul Ibanez follows with an RBI single, scoring Schneider, while sending Polanco up to second base. In the ninth, the Rockies made it a close game as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Seth Smith hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Miguel Olivo, who had earlier doubled, to make it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. The Rockies then loaded up the bases on a Herrera walk, a Gonzalez single, sending Herrera to second, a Brad Lidge wild pitch, sending the runners to second and third, and an intentional walk to Giambi, with still two men out, before Brad Lidge recorded his tenth save by getting Spilborghs to ground out, 1-3, for the final out.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he goes six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 5.85 ERA. Chad Durbin gets his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero collects his sixth hold of the season as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge receives his tenth save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Jason Hammel took the lost as he pitches only five and a third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA. Randy Flores and Taylor Buchholz combines for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Flores) and a walk (Buchholz), while striking out three (Flores (1), Buchholz (2)) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a double, scoring two runs. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other four Phils’  hits, with Ibanez, Gload and Victorino’s hits being singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Schneider’s hit was a two-run double. Jimmy Rollins knocked in the other Phil’s run on a throwing error. The offense had enough hits yesterday to squeak out the win.

The Phils (53-46, 2nd NL East) continue their home stand with a three-game set against the Diamondbacks (37-62, 5th NL West) starting with a night game tonight. 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 (7-7, 3.40), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on July 22, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he had gone 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched twenty-two and two-thirds innings, giving up just one run on fifteen hits and six walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be going for his eighth win, while trying to pitch his four straight game of giving up one run or less to his opponents. The D-backs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (5-9, 4.58), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 3-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on sixteen hits and four walks, while he had struck out thirteen. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be going for their sixth win in a row and their ninth straight win at home, while hoping to feast on the last place D-backs.

Phils win series with the Rockies with a breakout win on Saturday, 10-2 and a wierd win on Sunday, 4-3.

The Phils win their series with the Rockies with a rout on Saturday, 10-2 behind Kyle Kendrick, and then with a wierd win on Sunday, 4-3, as J.A. Happ returns to the team from the minors.

On Saturday, the Phils took a 7-0 lead in the third inning as they send eleven men to the plate. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off with a single, and then stole second been, and Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez followed with walks, loading the bases, as Rollins went to third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard gave the Phils the lead with a bases clearing triple, scoring Rollins, Polanco and Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it 4-0 as Howard would score on a Ubaldo Jimenez’s wild pitch. After Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino are walked, Jimenez is replaced by Matt Belisle. Greg Dobbs greets Belisle with an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. After Brian Schneider hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Dobbs at second for the inning’s first out, as Victorino moved up to third base and Kyle Kendrick moves Schneider to second on a sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s second out, Rolllins made it a 7-0 Phils’ lead with a two-run triple, scoring Victorino and Schneider. The Rockies got a run back in the fifth as Ian Stewart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, scoring Polanco, who had eariler doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the seventh as, with a man on second and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier doubled. The Rockies made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Spilborghs, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as rookie Vance Worley made his major league debut pitching a 1-2-3 inning, recording two strikeouts.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings coming back from Lehigh Valley, giving up only one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out three. His record is now 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, as he made his major league debut before being sent to Lehigh Valley, pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Ubaldo Jimenez took the lost, as he lasts only two innings, plus six batters, giving up six runs on just three hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while he strikes out only two. His record is now 15-2 with a 2.75 ERA. Matt Belisle pitches three innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he strikes out a batter. Taylor Buchholz pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Joe Beimel pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Huston Street pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, as he knocks in three runs. Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth both follow with two hits each, with both men getting a single and a double. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run, Howard’s hit being a three-run triple, Dobbs’ hit being an RBI single, and Francisco’s hit being a double. The other Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch.

On Sunday, the Rockies took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Spilborghs, a single to Stewart, sending Spilborghs to third, and a walk to Miguel Olivo, and with one man out, Clint Barmes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Rockies regain the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Spilborghs hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Melvin Mora, who had earlier walled, to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. After the game was held up for over ninety minutes by a rain delay, the Phils regained the lead in the seventh. Pinch hitter Wilson Valdez started the inning off with a pinch hit ground-rule double, before scoring on an RBI single by Rollins, tying the game up at three-all, before he moved up to second on a fielding error by Gonzalez. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, via Rollins stealing third, and Howard walking, and with two men out, Rollins scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Rafael Betancourt, as Betancourt did not cover home plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his ninth save of the year as he got out of a bases loaded jam, via a walk to Jonathan Herrera, a single to Mora, sending Herrera to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Jason Giambi, moving both Herrera and Mora up a base, and with two men out, by striking out Stewart on a call third strike.

J.A. Happ, coming back from elbow injury, pitches five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, getting a no-decision. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.51 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his eight hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. J.C. Romero receives his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the one man that he would face. Brad Lidge would records his ninth save of the year, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Jeff Francis also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Manuel Corpas collects his second hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Joe Beimel blew his first save of the season before taking the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which were earned, on two hits and walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Rafael Betancout pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and throwing a wild pitch. 

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco leading the club with two hits each. Rollins’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double and Francisco’s hits were a two-run home run and a double. Ryan Howard, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ryan’s hit being a single, and Ibanez, Gload and Valdez’s hits being pinch hit doubles, with Valdez’s being a ground-rule double. The last Phil run scored on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense seems to have responded to the firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson, as they have now won four straight games, and seven straight at home.

The Phils (52-46, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Rockies (51-47, 4th NL West), going for the series sweep, with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading in the eighth inning.

Roy Halladay throws another pitching gem as the bats finally erupts behind him as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 6-0.

Roy Halladay continues to pitch as advertised as he pitches an eight inning shut out as the Phils’ offense finally gives him some runs as the Phils’ defeat the Rockies, 6-0.

The Phils were involved in another pitchers’ duel at home for the first five innings, as their ace Roy Halladay gives up only two hits and a walk during those five innings, as he struck out seven batters, while Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook matches him for the first four innings, as he gives up four hits and three walks, one intentional, while striking out two, to keep the game scoreless. The Phils then erupted in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with noone out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, and Polanco, who had just singled to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with runners once again on the corners, as Ryan Howard sent Ibanez to third on his single, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. One batter later, after Howard has stolen second base, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as Ross Gload hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, and the first as a member of the regular starting line-up, knocking in Howard, while also knocking Cook out of the box as the Rockies’ manager has seen enough. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. In the meantime, Halladay kept the Rockies under control for the next three innings, as he gave up just three more hits, while striking out two more batters, before handing it over to the bullpen, as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth inning, to end the game.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.28 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Cook took the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Jhoulys Chacin and Randy Flores pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just three walks (Chacin (1), Flores (2)), while striking out two (Chacin) between them. Manuel Corpas pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on three hits, striking out three batters.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, with two singles and a double, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Ross Gload follows with two hits each, with Rollins’ hits being a single and a double, scoring two runs, and with Gload’s hits being a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Werth knocking in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils’ offense finally scored some runs for their ace within nine innings. The question now is can they continue as they face one of the premiere pitchers in the National League.

The Phils (50-46, 2nd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Rockies (51-45, 3rd NL West) with an afternoon game, that will be nationally televised on Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 4.82 ERA), who is returning from the minors, after having been sent back to Lehigh Valley after his lost to the Cardinals on July 19, as he had pitched only five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched in twenty and a third innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to prove that he deserves to be in the big league. The Rockies will counter with their ace Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 19, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, pitching nineteen and one-third innings, giving up fourteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on fourteen hits and nine walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying for his sixteenth win of the year. The Phils’ offense will try to light up one of the best pitchers in the National  League this year. Come on guys, I know that you can do it. Just…be…patient!!!

Phils leave St. Louis with an extra-inning win as they defeat the Cards, 2-0.

The Phils leave St. Louis salvaging an extra-inning win as they defeat the Cards in a pitchers’ duel, 2-0.

The game from the start was a classic pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who pitched eight scoreless inning, giving up only a lead-off single to Matt Holliday in the fifth, before he is wiped out by an 8-3 fly out-double play to center by Allen Craig and a two out walk to Yadier Molina in the eighth, while striking out seven, and Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright, who pitched six shut out innings, giving up six scattered hits, while he struck out six. The bullpens then took over, with the Cards’ pen keeping the Phils off the scoreboard for four more innings, as they give up just three hits, while striking out three, and the Phils’ pen, which threw two more shut out innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two. The Phils then took the lead in the eleventh as Placido Polanco hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, on to third. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge came in to nail down his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches eight shut out innings, as he gives up just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter (Madson). Chad Durbin picks up the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA. Brad Lidge receives his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Adam Wainwright also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six scoreless innings, giving up six hits, while striking out six. Mitchell Boggs, Dennys Reyes and Jason Motte combine for four scoreless inning (with Reyes facing only one batter), giving up three hits (Boggs (2), Reyes (1)), while striking out three (Boggs (1), Motte (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan took the lost as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. His record is now 1-3 with a 2.06 ERA. Trever Miller pitch to two batter, getting neither one out, as he gives up a run on a hit and a walk. Fernando Salas pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with three hits each. Polanco’s hits were two singles and a solo home run, while Howard’s three hits were all singles. Brian Schneider follows with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Rollins’ hits being singles, and Victorino and Werth’s hits being doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The Phils are still unable to put together some decent rallies, since they are continuing to press themselves while batting, instead of trying to relax. This has resulted in the firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson, who had held that position since 2004. He is being replaced by Greg Gross, who held that same position from 2002 to 2004, when Larry Bowa was the manager. Sorry to see you go Milt. Good luck. And, Greg, hope you have some ideas that’ll get this offense moving in the right direction, as you are so going to need them.

The Phils (49-46, 2nd NL East) come home to start a four-game series with the Rockies (51-44, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-8, 2.40), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 18, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 11-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty-four innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be once again gunning for his eleventh win of the season, while hoping that the offense will actually give him some runs support. The Rockies will counter with Aaron Cook (4-5, 4.56), who is coming off a win against the Reds on July 18, as he went seven shut out innings, giving up just six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Rockies’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-three hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even his record at the Phils’ expense. The Phils will hope to get their offense started once again, after the firing of Milt Thompson because of their present inability to do anything right, batting wise.

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