July 2010

The Phils win their third straight extra-inning walk-off win on a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins as the Phils defeat the Reds, 1-0.

In a very close game that started out as a pitchers’ duel between a shut out (Roy Halladay) and a no-hit bid (Travis Wood), the game ended as an extra-inning Phils win as Jimmy Rollins hits a two out single in the bottom of the eleventh to defeat the Reds for their third straight extra-inning walk-off win, 1-0. The three straight walk-off wins have occurred for the first time in the club’s history.

For the first seven innings the game developed into a classic pitchers’ duel between veteran Roy Halladay and rookie Travis Wood, in which Halladay would give up three hits and a walk, helped by two doubleplays, as he struck out six, whle Wood got out the first twenty-one men that he would face, thanks mostly to the batters chasing his high fastball, as he struck out eight batters. In the eight, the Reds threathen to take the lead as Miguel Cairo got on base with a lead-off double off of Ryan Howard’s glove. The next batter, Drew Stubbs moved Cairo up to third base on a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the first out. But Halladay got out of the inning by getting strike outs numbers seven and eight by getting Ryan Hanigan swinging for out number two and then Travis Wood swinging for the final out. After Wood set down batters twenty-two to twenty-four in the Phils’ half of the eighth, Halladay also put down the Reds in the top of the ninth, striking out victim number nine, although giving up his fifth and final hit of the game. In the Phils’ half of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz broke up Wood’s no-hit bid with a lead-off double to center. The next batter, pinch hitter Wilson Valdez then messes up a bunt attempt by popping up to the third baseman for the first out. The following hitter, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez flied out to center field for the inning’s second out, sending Ruiz to third, which might have won the game if Valdez had done his job. Jimmy Rollins then ended the inning by popping out to the first baseman, sending the game into extra-innings for the third straight game. The Reds then tried to take the lead against Brad Lidge in the tenth as Jay Bruce started the inning off with a lead-off double. Cairo followed with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Bruce on to third with one man out. After Lidge had walked Stubbs to put runners on the corners, Stubbs then stole second base to put runners on second and third, with one man out. Hanigan then followed by striking out swinging for out number two. The next batter, pinch hitter Laynce Nix is then intentionally walked to load up the bases, bringing up Brandon Phillips, who then flied out to center to end the inning. The Phils then went down in the tenth, making no real threat against first Nick Masset, then Bill Bray, although getting one hit in the inning. In the top of the eleventh, Jose Contreras puts down the Reds 1-2-3, striking out two batters. Then in the Phils’ half of the eleventh, they made their second major threat of the game as, after Cody Ransom strikes out for the inning’s first out, Ruiz hit his second double of the ballgame, this time to left. Valdez is then intentionally walked to put two men on with one out. Pinch hitter Ross Gload then flies out to right for the inning’s second out. Bray is then replaced on the mound by Logan Ondrusek, to face Rollins. On an 1-0 fastball, Rollins hits it near the right field line, scoring Ruiz from second, winning the game 1-0, on a walk-off single.

Roy Halladay receives a no-decision as he pitches nine strong innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out two. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Travis Wood also receives a no-decision as he pitches nine shut out innings as well, giving up just one hit, while striking out eight. Nick Masset pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Bill Bray took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Logan Ondrusek pitches to one batter, giving up a hit which ends the game.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both doubles, scoring the game’s only run. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Rollins’ single knocking in the game’s only run.

The Phils (46-40, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (49-40, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading. The Phils will be trying to enter the all-star break with a series sweep.

Left for dead going into the ninth inning, the Phils rally to tie the game in the ninth before winning it on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run in the tenth, as they again defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 9-7.

After entering the bottom of the ninth trailing the Reds 7-1, the Phils rally to tie the game at seven-all before winning it in the tenth on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run, his fourth walk-off home run in his career, to gives the Phils an unbelieveable 9-7 come-from-behind win.

In the first, the Reds took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Jonny Gomes hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier reached base on a Jimmy Rollins fielding error and then went to second on a Johnny Votto single, and Votto, who had earlier singled. The Reds increased their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Corky Miller and Reds’ starter Mike Leake, sending Miller to second, and a walk to Votto, moving both Miller and Leake up a base, and with two men out, Gomes gets an infield RBI single off of Greg Dobbs’ glove, scoring Miller, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead, while moving Leake to third and Votto to second. The Phils made it 4-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, who was gunned down, 9-6, at second base, trying to stretched it into a double. The Reds then added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Miguel Cairo hits a two-run double, knocking in Gomes, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Jay Bruce’s single, and Bruce, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Reds’ lead, before Cairo was thrown out at third, 8-6-5, trying to stretch his double into a triple. The Reds would make it 7-1 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Leake hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Heisey, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second when Miller was hit by the pitch, while Miller moved up to second. The Phils came into their half of the ninth looking dead, before coming to life. With one man on, and with one out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Werth got on base with a single, sending Howard to second, and with still one man out, Dobbs hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 7-5. Three batters later, with pinch hitter Ben Francisco on first via a walk, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Francisco, tying the game up at seven-all. In the tenth, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Howard hits a two-run walk-off home run, his seventeeth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a walk-off come-from-behind 9-7 win.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out seven. David Herndon and Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon) and two walks (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Ryan Madson gets the victory as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 6.55. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision, as he pitches eight and one-third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out three. Francisco Cordero blew his sixth save of the year, as he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to two batters, getting neither out, as he gave up two runs on two hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 1.56 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits, with both Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits each. Ibanez’s hits were a single and two doubles, scoring two runs, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jayson Werth followed with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run via a sac fly. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Cody Ransom had the other four Phils’ hit. Rollins’ hit was a single, Victorino’s hit was a double, scoring a run, Dobbs’ hit was a three-run home run, while pinch hitter Ransom’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet for most of the ballgame before erupting for eight runs in the ninth and tenth innings. Hopefully, they can carry the momentum of their last two wins into Roy Halladay’s start tomorrow.

The Phils (45-40, 3rd NL East) continue their series with the Reds (49-39, 1st NL 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 their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Braves on July 5, as he gave up one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, in which he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up five runs on twenty-four hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to get his eleventh win of the season and give the Phils the series win, before heading to the All-Star game. The Reds will counter with Rookie Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a non-decision against the Mets on July 5, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Reds’ 8-6 win. In his first two career starts, he is 0-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched eleven and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He hopes to win his first career start. The Phils will be trying for the series win, while hoping to give some real runs support to Halladay.

The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings on Brian Schneider’s walk-off home run, 4-3.

The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win. 

The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) 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 Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him. 

Moyer’s sixth inning melt down leads to another lost as the Phils fall to the Braves, 7-5.

A melt down in the sixth inning by Jamie Moyer, after the Phils have taken the lead in the fifth, leads to a 7-5 lost at the hands of the Braves. The Phils are now trailing the 1st place Braves by six full games, as the All-Star break nears.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Martin Prado starts the game with a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. Then, in the sixth, the wheels came off. With one out, Prado hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night and his tenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. Four batters later, the Braves took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Omar Infante, a double to Chipper Jones, sending Infante to third, and a walk to Troy Glaus, and with still one man out, Brian McCann hits a three-run double, scoring Infante, Jones and Glaus, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. Matt Diaz then followed with a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 7-3 Braves’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a pinch hit RBI single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and then moved to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, while sending Gload, who had earlier got on base with a pinch hit single, up to second base. But that would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would put the Phils down in order in the ninth for his nineteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA. Danys Baez, Nelson Figueroa and Jose Contreras combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (one strikeout each). Kris Medlen gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 6-1 with an ERA of 3.19. Jonny Venters records his eighth hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Takashi Saito receives his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Billy Wagner receives his nineteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Rollins’ two hits were doubles, knocking in a run, while Howard’s two hits were a single and a two-run home run, and Dobbs’ two hits were both singles. Shane Victorino, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a solo home run, Waldez’s hit being a double, and Gload and Francisco’s hits being pinch hit singles, with Francisco knocking in a run.The Phils’ offense is still looking to do the following, with the All-Star Break just around the corner: getting key base hits, creating well sustained rallies and coming from behind to win late in games.

The Phils (43-40, 3rd NL East) start a four-game series with the Reds (49-37, 1st NL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.70), who is coming off a complete game victory against the Pirates on July 3, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-4 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up fifteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-four hits and four walks, while he struck out nine batters. He will be trying to continue the momentum from his last start, while hoping that the ‘bad’ Kendrick won’t make an appearance at some point in the game. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (8-2, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 3, as he pitched five innings, giving up just seven hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 3-1 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up just one run on twenty scattered hits and nine walks, while striking out only six. He will be going for his ninth win of the season, and his second win this season against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to win their first series since their home away from home series against the Blue Jays, while trying to keep from slipping any further behind the Braves in the East.

The Phils’ bullpen blew another game in extra-innings as the Phils fall to the Braves, 6-3.

Lack of offensive punch, and a bullpen implosion in the eleventh inning, leads to another lost as the Phils drop one to the Braves in eleven innings, 6-3. They are once again trailing the Braves by five games in the NL East.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Martin Prado and Omar Infante and a walk to Chipper Jones, which moved both Prado and Infante up a base, and with nobody out, Troy Glaus hits into a doubleplay, 4-3, allowing Prado to score from third, as Jones was wiped out at second, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Infante moved up to third. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base as Shane Victorino struck out, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had just doubled. The Braves took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, just missing a home run, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Phils then blew an opportunity to take the lead with a runner on third, and nobody out, as Jayson Werth is called out on strikes for the inning’s first out, then pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a fly ball to center which is not deep enough to score Howard from third for the second out of the inning, and then Wilson Valdez grounded out, 5-3, on a sensational play by Jones, to end the inning. The Braves then took the lead for good in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Diaz hits an RBI double, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier singled, to make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erick Hinske hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Diaz, to give the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner records his eighteen save of the year by getting Ibanez to strike out with a man on second base, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. David Herndon took the lost as he pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Jair Jurrjens also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Takashi Saito and Eric O’Flaherty combined for two scoreless innings, striking out a batter between them (O’Flaherty). Jesse Chavez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Billy Wagner records his eighteenth save of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Raul Ibanez, an RBI triple by Ryan Howard and a single by Shane Victorino. The Phils hurt themselves last night by not being more patient at the plate, after getting Jurrjens pitch count up to 28 pitches in the very first inning. This seems to be their major problem. Although they were called an American League team early in the season, they have a bad habit to not act like an AL team, i.e. show patient at the plate, and especially not swing at the pitcher’s junk. Of course, some of the key cogs in their hitting machine is out of commission, but that is still no excuse for the piss poor way they are playing right now. Guys, if you are going to try to run up the pitcher’s pitch count, stop swinging at the first and/or second pitch he throws at you. Wear him out. Sheesh. Is that too much to ask for?

The Phils (43-39, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (49-35, 1st) 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 Jamie Moyer (9-7, 4.13), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-1, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on thirteen hits and three walks, while he struck out twenty. He will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bats will actually hit behind him. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 2, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and four walks, while he struck out fifteen. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be going for the series win, to put themselves four games behind the Braves in the pennant chase.

Roy Halladay wins his tenth start of the season as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-1.

Roy Halladay wins his tenth start of the season as he pitches his league leading seventh complete game, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-1, cutting the Braves’ lead over them to four games.

The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chipper Jones hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Halladay and Braves’ starter Dereke Lowe, as Lowe, through five innings, would just give up four hits and one walk, getting himself out of a two on, two outs, jam in the second and a bases loaded, two outs, jam in the fourth by striking out Halladay both times, while Halladay would give up just three more hits after the Jones’ home run, through six, as he strikes out four. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, as he knocks in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who was earlier safe on a force out, 1-6, forcing out at second base Ryan Howard, who had just singled, as he beat out the throw to first, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Howard’s single, and then went to second as Ibanez got caught stealing on a failed suicide bunt attempt by Castro, and then caught in a rundown before finally being tagged out, 2-5, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Brian McCann to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out seven. His record is now 10-7 with an ERA of 2.33. Derek Lowe took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.40 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs all getting two hits each, with Ibanez, Howard and Werth’s hits being all singles, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. Juan Castro had the only other Phil hit, an RBI single. Other than the two-run home run by Dobbs, the Phils had not enough offense to speak of against Lowe, and almost messed up a scoring opportunity in the eighth with a blown suicide squeeze attempt by Juan Castro, which hung Ibanez out to dry between third and home.

The Phils (43-38, 3rd) continues their three-game series with the Braves (48-35, 1st) 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 (6-7, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on seventeen hits and seven walks, while he struck out eighteen batters. He will be trying to end his personal two games losing streak, while trying to even up his record. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens  (1-3, 5.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twelve and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying to win the series tonight, while Hamels hope that the offense will give him a lot more runs support than he has received in his last three starts.

Phillies send three of their player to the Midsummer Classic, although one will not be able to play because of an injury.

Phillies send three to the Midsummer Classic

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

PITTSBURGH — Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been a National League All-Star starter since 2006.

He is again in 2010, although he will not play.

Utley had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and will miss approximately eight weeks. But the Phillies will be represented in Anaheim on July 13 without Utley. Phillies ace Roy Halladay and first baseman Ryan Howard also made the team.

Utley beat Atlanta Braves second baseman Martin Prado by a wide margin to win the fan vote. He would have become the first NL player to start in five consecutive All-Star Games since Mike Piazza started six consecutive games 1994-99.

No NL second baseman has started five consecutive All-Star Games since Ryne Sandberg started eight straight from 1986-93.

Utley’s offensive numbers are down compared to seasons past, but he still ranked amongst the best second basemen in the league. He entered the weekend ranked first in on-base percentage (.385); third in RBIs (37); fourth in home runs (11); and fifth in hitting (.278), slugging percentage (.468) and runs (49).

But there is no question Utley has been the most dominant second baseman in baseball since he became an everyday player in 2005. He leads all second basemen since that time in runs (594), home runs (154), RBIs (534), walks (369), on-base percentage (.390) and slugging percentage (.532); and second in hits (936).

Utley’s five All-Star selections are seven fewer than Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, who made 12 All-Star teams, which is the franchise record.

Halladay is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA. The Phillies have scored just 12 runs for him in his seven losses. He ranks sixth in the league in ERA and first with six complete games. He threw a perfect game May 29 against Florida.

Howard is fourth in the league with 54 RBIs. He is 10th in homers (15), 14th in slugging percentage (.506), 18th in average (.296) and 20th in OPS (.859).

H/T: Phillies.com

Congrats to both Howard and Halladay on making the team, and sad that while he was elected onto the team Utley won’t be able to play because of his bad thumb. Hopefully, the NL All-Stars will win it this time.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his first complete game start of his career as the bats come alive to crush the Pirates, 12-4.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first complete game start of his career as the Phils’ offense scored early and often, as the Phils finally defeat the Bucos, 12-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead as, with Victorino still on third, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his first major league home run of his career. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With the based loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a Victorino infield single, moving Rollins up to second, and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby on a force attempt of a Jayson Werth grounder, as Victorino beats the throw to second, while Rollins reached third, and Werth was safe at first, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Phils then made it 5-1 one batter later, as Ben Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, as Werth scores from third while Howard was wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, before Francisco beats the throw to first. Two batters later, with two men on base, as Wilson Valdez reaches base with a single, sending Francisco up to second, and with still one man out, Cody Ransom, who the Phils have just called up, hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Valdez up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-1 as, with two men on base, and still with one man out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Valdez, while sending Ransom to third. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, scoring Ransom, who had earlier singled. The Pirates got a run back as Ryan Church hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 11-2 in the sixth as, with two outs, Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils added their final run in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates made it 12-3 in the eighth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, pinch hitter Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double, scoring Delwyn Young, who had earlier reached base on a Ransom fielding error, moved to second on a Jose Tabata’s ground out, 1-3, and went to third on a Neil Walker’s ground out, 3-unassisted. In the ninth, the Pirates made it a 12-4 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corner, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Alvarez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Church’s single, and then went to third on Crosby’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Church at second base, while sending Crosby, who was safe on the force out, over to second. The game was then ended as Tabata hits into a force out, 1-5, wiping out Crosby at third for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a complete game, his first career complete game, as he gives up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA. Paul Maholm takes the lost as he goes only three innings, plus two batters, as he gives up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while striking out just one Phil. His record is now 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Justin Thomas pitches three innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brendan Donnelly pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two (Carrasco).

The Phils errupted for fifteen hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, with Rollins’ hits being a triple short of the cycle, as he had a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while scoring three runs, while Victorino’s hits were two singles and a triple, as he scored three runs, while knocking in one run. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom followed with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being two singles, knocking in three runs, while Ransom’s hits were also singles, knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Sardinha and Kendrick’s hits being doubles, with Werth and Sardinha both knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hit was a single and Francisco’s hit being a solo home run. Just when it looks like the Phils were feeling sorry for themselves, the bats wake up. Question is, how long will they stay awake, as the Phils face both the Reds and the Braves after today’s game.

The Phils (42-37, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Pirates (29-52, 6th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

The third straight good pitching performance by the starters is wasted as the batters once again refuse to hit as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 2-0.

Jamie Moyer’s most recent good performance is ruined as the offense is once again acting cold as the Phils lose for the second straight time to the Pirates, 2-0.

The Pirates took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Andrew McCutchen, an infield single by Ryan Doumit, sending McCutchen up to second base, and a walk to Bobby Crosby, moving both McCutchen and Doumit up a base, and with two men out, Andy LaRoche hits an infield single to Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, who then threw it wide of first, allowing both McCutcheon and Doumit to score, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead, while Crosby would stop at third and LaRoche end up at second. The Phils threathen to score in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to third on a Ross Ohlendorf wild pitch and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Ben Francisco was rubbed of a hit as Lastings Milledge made a sliding catch of his falling fly ball for the final out. That would be it, as the Phils would make no more threats during the night, with Octavio Dotel putting them down, 1-2-3 in the ninth for his eighteenth save of the season.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.13 ERA. David Herndon and J.C. Romero pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters, one batter each. Ross Ohlendorf gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs on five hits and one walk, striking out eight. His record is now 1-6 with a 4.39 ERA. Joel Hanrahan records his twelfth hold, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Octavio Dotel records his eighteenth save of the season as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils, for the second straight game, had only five hits, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Dane Sardinha had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double and Howard and Sardinha’s hits being singles, as the Phils are shut out for the eighth time this season. Guys, please, start playing some small ball, else this is going to be a long couple of months until Chase Utley gets back. You guy can do it, I know you can, you guys just don’t want to do it. Swallow your blasted prides and do it!!!

The Phils (41-37, 3rd NL East) continue their long death mar…uhm, I mean, four-game series with the Pirates (29-51, 5th NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 4.88), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. He will be trying to overcome his last two bad starts. The Pirates will counter with Paul Maholm (5-6, 3.98), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 28, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out two, in the Pirates’ 2-1 win. In his last three starts, he went 1-2, as he pitched fifteen and two-thirds innings, giving up twelve runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and six walks, while he struck out seven. He hopes to make it four loses in a row for the Phils. The Phils’ bats hope to come alive to avoid losing the weekend series to the last place Pirates.

The Phils gets off to a bad start as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils starts off their four-games set with the Bucos on a bad note as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bobby Crosby hits an RBI single, scoring Lastings Milledge, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Ryan Doumit’s walk, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Doumit, who had just walked, on to third. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Pirates regain the lead in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had just walked, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Pirates then added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Tabata hits an RBI single, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 4-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils cut down the Pirates’ lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second base, scores on a LaRoche’s throwing error of Greg Dobbs’ infield single, beating the throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to mound up any offense for the rest of the game, before Victorino ended it in the ninth as, with a man on third, Dane Sardinha, who had come into the game earlier to replace Brian Schneider, who was taken out after his thumb got hit by a foul tip, and in the inning had singled, moved up to second on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s ground out, 4-3, and with two outs, he struck out looking for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, being hurt early by walks, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-7 with an ERA of 4.07. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen gets the win as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 1-3 with an 8.87 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his fourth hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. D.J. Carrasco also picks up his fourth hold as he also pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Evan Meek collects his fifth hold as he pitches two scoreless inning, as he gives up only one hit and one walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel gets his seventeenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Cole Hamels had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard, Sardinha and Hamel’s hits being singles, Rollins’ hit being a double and Valdez’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only RBI. An error allowed the other Phil run to score. The top part of the Phil’s batting order is once again being its own worst enemy, trying a bit too hard to make things happen, while major parts of the machine are still on the disabled list. Come on guys, just calm down, and try to relax. Else, you’re going to end up looking at the Washington Nationals’ rear end. That’s right, I went there!!!

The Phils (41-36, 3rd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Pirates (28-51, 6th NL Central) with a night game. The game will be played at PNC Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 27, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, as he strikes out seven, in the Phils’ 11-2 rout. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up just five runs (all on home runs) and two walks, while striking out seventeen. He will go for both his fourth win in a row and his fourth straight quality start since getting shell at Boston for nine runs in one plus innings of work on June 11. Against the Pirates he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.30. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (0-6, 4.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 27, as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on sixteen hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He is 0-0 against the Phils with a 3.75 ERA. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils’ offense will be trying to overcome the loss of both Chase Utley, who will be out for at least eight weeks, as he had his thumb operated on yesterday, and Placido Polanco, who may not be back until after the All-Star break, as they continue to play the lowly Pirates. Come on, guys, concentrate. This is no time for the June Swoon to became a July Funk.

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