August 2010

The Phils once again are unable to score runs behind Roy Halladay, while just escaping being no-hit, as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0.

The Phils once again give their ace no runs support while just barely escaping being no-hit as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. They are now once again trailing the Braves by three games in the NL East race.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, James Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Andre Ethier’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, before Ethier, who had earlier singled, was thrown out, 9-5, trying to reach third base, to end the inning. The Dodgers increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rod Barajas hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second James Carroll, who had just singled, while scoring from third Casey Blake, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Carroll’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it 3-0 in the fifth as Barajas hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be all the runs that Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would need, as he would no-hit the Phils for seven and one-third innings, striking out six, while allowing two walks (Carlos Ruiz in the sixth, Jayson Werth in the eighth) and a hit batter (Werth in the second) to reach base, before, with a runner on first (Raul Ibanez, after hitting into a force out, 6-4, as Werth, who had just walked, takes out second baseman Theriot with a take-out slide to stop the doubleplay attempt) and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets a single, breaking up the no-hit bid, while sending Ibanez up to second base. But the Phils would be denied a change to score as Kuroda strikes out Ruiz, swinging, for his seventh strike out of the game, before Hong-Chih Kuo is brought in, getting pinch hitter Mike Sweeney to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, to end the inning. The Phils would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, with Placido Polanco ending the game by lining out to Loney.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven inning, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 16-10 with an ERA of 2.27. David Herndon and J.C. Romero combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Romero), while striking out a batter (Romero). Hiroki Kuroda gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds shut out inning, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-11 with a 3.39 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo pitches an inning and a third, recording his seventh save of the year.

The Phils had only one hit, a single by Victorino in the eighth, as they once again just avoid being no-hit, as the bats were a bit too aggressive at the plate for their own good.

The Phils (73-58, 2nd East) continue their three-game series with the Dodgers (68-64, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on August 26, when he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to end his personal two game losing streak, while hoping that the bats will finally wake up and do some real damage. The Dodgers will counter with Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 26, when he went four and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win. In his last three appearances on the mound, two of which were starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched ten and a third innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even up his record against a cold Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying to break out of their present slump, so that they can stay close to the Braves while continuing to hold their present lead in the wild card chase.

The Phils sweep the best in the west as they ‘gasp’ score runs for Hamels, as they beat the Padres, 5-0.

The Phils finally scored some runs for Coel Hamels as they sweep the Padres during the weekend, winning the third game of the series, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached first on an infield single, went to second on Dodgers’ starter Clayton Richard’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and then went to third on Cole Hamels’ ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Mike Sweeney hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his first as a Phil, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked. The Phils made it 4-0 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rollins hits a fly ball to right that was caught by Ryan Ludwick, who then threw to first base to try and double up Hamels, who had been safe on first on a force attempt error to second base by Richard on Hamels’ bunt attempt, who tried to throw out Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and was safe at second because of the error, at first, but threw the ball into the Padres’ dugout, with Ruiz being awarded home plate, while Hamel would go to third. In the ninth, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson got Chase Headley to fly out to center for the final out.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just four hits, as he strikes out six. His record is now 8-10 with an ERA of 3.31. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out a batter. Clayton Richard gets the lost as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 12-6 with a 3.50 ERA. Edward Mujica pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Luis Pedromo pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins, Mike Sweeney and Jayson Werth had the other three Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hits being an RBI single, Sweeney’s a two-run home run and Werth’s a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to get few hits, but still found a way to sweep the Padres.  

The Phils (73-57, 2nd East) are now involved in a three-game series with the Dodgers (67-64, 4th West), with the first game already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

The Phils rewards Blanton’s good performance with a win as they defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The presently punchless Phils got enough hits to reward another recent good performance by Joe Blanton with a win, as they defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Padres tied the game up at one-all in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jon Garland hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Denorfia, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Chase Headley, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second for the inning’s second out, and then went to third on Nick Hundley’s single, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Padres then tried to take the lead as Hundley tried to score on David Eckstein’s single to center, but was nailed at home, 8-2, by a strong throw by Victorino which beat Hundley to the plate, as Brian Schneider applied the tag for the final out of the inning. The Phils regain the lead in the seventh as, with a man on, and with one out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, now with runners on the corners, as Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, and with still one man out, pinch hitter Mike Sweeney hits a grounder to shortstop Miguel Tejada, who threw to second to attempt a doubleplay, but Ruiz’s slide into second baseman Eckstein hard enough to slow down the throw to first, allowing Sweeney to beat the throw to first, while Victorino would cross home plate, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would pitch three 1-2-3 innings, with Brad Lidge recording his eighteenth save, as he ended the game by getting Headley to fly out to left.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. His record is now 6-6 with a 5.15 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his tenth hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson picks up his eighth hold of the season as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his eighteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. His record is now 13-9 with a 3.29 ERA. Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica and Ernesto Frieri combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one walk (Thatcher), while striking out three (Gregerson (1), Frieri (2)) between them.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a triple, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins had the only other Phil hit, a single. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil RBI as he hit into a force out. The Phils’ bats were otherwise silent, which will have to change before things really gets bad for the team.

The Phils (72-57, 2nd East) will conclude their three-game series with the Padres (76-52, 1st West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on August 24, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-one batters. He will be going for his first win in over two months, while hoping the bats will score more than one run for him. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (12-5, 3.55), as he is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 24, as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and five walks, while striking out eight, in the Padres’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on sixteen hits and nine walks, while striking out eleven. Richard will try to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to sweep the series before going on to Los Angeles.

The Phils stratch out a win in extra-innings, as they defeat the Padres, 3-2.

The Phils stratch their way to an extra-innings win as they defeat the Padres, 3-2, regaining the wild card lead while closing the Braves’ lead in the East to two games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, to second base. The Padres tied the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, on a 1-0 fastball, Yorvit Torrealba hits a lead-off home run to left. The Phils regain the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, sending Utley up to second base, and a walk to Jayson Werth, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Howard to third and Werth to second. The Padres then got out of the inning as Luke Gregerson got Shane Victorino to hit into a force out, 1-2, as Howard is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out, while Werth and Ibanez both moved up a base, then got Carlos Ruiz to strike out looking. In the ninth, the Padres tied up the game at two-all as, with the bases loaded, via a single to pinch hitter Matt Stairs, who is then pinch run for by Jerry Hairston, who then went to second on David Eckstein’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, after a Miguel Tejada ground out, 5-3, and hitting Ryan Ludwick, moving up both Hairston and Gonzalez, and with two men out, Hairston scored on a Brad Lidge balk, as both Gonzalez and Ludwick moved up a base, before Chase Headley ends the inning by grounding out, 3-1, sending the game into extra-innings. The Phils took the lead once again in the twelfth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, as he got his hand across the plate before the tag, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Polanco moved up to second on the throw home. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Will Venable looking, for the final out.

Roy Oswalt gets a no-decision as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits, as he strikes out six. Brad Lidge had his fifth blown save of the season, as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, a hit batter and a balk. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Chad Durbin gets the win, as he pitches two inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. His record is now 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA. Mat Latos also gets a no-decision as he pitches seven inning, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out six. Mike Adams pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Joe Thatcher pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Luke Gregerson pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, striking out a batter. Heath Bell pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out four. Ernesto Frieri takes the lost as he give up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Placido Polanco follows with two hits, both singles, as he knocks in a run. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Roy Oswalt had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with Utley and Ibanz both knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense is still having problems knocking in runners in scoring position.

The Phils (71-57, 2nd East) continue their series with the Padres (76-51, 1st West) with an afternoon game, that will be televised nationally on FOX. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern (1:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will be going for their second win in a row, while trying to decrease the Braves’ lead in the East to a game.

Thursday: Phils are swept at home by the Astros, as they fall 5-1.

The Phils end their ten-game home stand on a rather low note as they get swept by the Astros, 2-1.

The Astros took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI double, knocking in Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier singled. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Castro’s single, then went to third on Wandy Rodriguez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, while Castro, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Rodriguez’s sac bunt, stopped at third. The Astros then made it 3-0 in the third as, with one man out, Lee hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. The Astros then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Castro’s ground out, 4-3, to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe on first on a force out, 5-4, as Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, cutting the Astros’ lead to 4-1. The Astros got the run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Bourn, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, to make it a 5-1 Astros’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Abad end a short Phils’ threat by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center to end the ballgame.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while he strikes out a batter. His record is now 8-7 with a 4.64 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Contreras and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon). Wandy Rodriguez gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 10-12 with a 3.87 ERA. Jeff Fulchino and Fernando Abad combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Abad) and a walk (Fulchino), while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being an RBI double, while Werth, Victorino and Francisco’s hits were singles. The Phils’ offense is once again being unable to find ways to score runs as they got swept by the Astros.

The Phils (70-57, 2nd East) then headed west for a three-game series with the Padres (76-50, 1st West), now trailing the Braves by three games in the East, and the Giants by half a game in the wild card chase.

The bats are cold again as the Phils drop the series to the Astros as they lose, 3-2.

The Phils’ offense has once again gone cold as they waste another good performance by one of their starters as they lose to the Astros, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fifth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Astros retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a solo home run, making it a 2-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils retied it in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Astros retook the lead again in the seventh as, with one man on and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Johnson, who had earlier doubled, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in their half of the seventh as they had runners on the corners, with Ben Francisco at third, after being safe on first on a 5-4 force out, as Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second base, and going to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and with Ruiz on first, via a single, and with two men out, as Jimmy Rollins was batting, Quintero threw out Francisco with a quick snap throw to third, as Francisco lost sight of the bag. That would be the last real threat by the Phils as Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the season in the ninth by striking out the side.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. His record is now 16-9 with a 2.22 ERA. Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each). J.A. Happ gets the win as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA. Wilton Lopez pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak collects his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning. Mark Melancon records his second hold of the year as he also pitches a third of an inning. Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the year with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Mike Sweeney, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Ryan Howard, an RBI double by Placido Polanco and a solo home run by Jayson Werth. The offense is once again having a hard time scoring runs.

The Phils (70-56, 2nd East) are concluding their series with the Astros (57-69, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

Phils lose in extra-innings, 4-2.

The Phils lose their second straight game to the Astros, this time in extra-innings, 4-2, as another strong effort by Cole Hamels is wasted.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits a two-run home run, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Phils would cut the lead down to 2-1 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, as he scored the first run in four starts that the Phils had scored while Hamels was on the mound. In the ninth, the Phils tied it up at two-all as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, sending the game into extra innings. The game would go on, with neither team being able to do anything, before the top of the sixteenth, when, with the bases loaded, thanks to a high chop single over the head of David Herndon by Pence, Brett Wallace being hit by the pitch, moving Pence to second base, a wild pitch by Herndon, sending Pence and Wallace to third and second respectively, and an intentional walk to Jason Michaels, and with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a grounder that is stopped by Placido Polanco, who, after a slight bobble, throws to second, with Michaels thus being able to beat the throw to Rollins, who then tried to throw out Johnson at first, who beat the throw, leaving the bases loaded as Pence crosses the plate to give the Astros a 3-2 lead, while Wallace reached third, as Johnson is credited with an RBI infield single. The Astros then made it 4-2 as the next batter, Tommy Manzella hits a grounder to short, which leads to a 6-4 force out, wiping out Johnson at second for the inning’s second out, before Manzella reaches first safely as Ibanez, who had taken over first base for the earlier ejected Ryan Howard, closed his glove too soon, thus being unable to catch the ball, allowing Wallace to score, while Michaels would reach third on the play. That would end up being the final score as, in the bottom of the sixteenth, with two men on base, Polanco on second with a walk, and Chase Utley on first with an intentional walk, and with two men out, Roy Oswalt, who was also in the game because of Howard’s earlier ejection, grounded out to third, 5-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels got a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out eight. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits (Romero (1), Contreras (2), Madson (2)) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out five (Romero (1), Lidge (2), Madson (1), Baez (1)). David Herndon took the lost, as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA. Bud Norris also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Tim Byrdak collects his seventh hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Gustavo Chacin collects his third hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez records his second blown save of the year as he gives up a run on one hit. Fernando Abad and Mark Melancon combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Melancon (2)) and two walks (Melancon) between them, while striking out six (three batters each). Jeff Fulchino gets the win as he pitches two shut out innings, giving up just three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-0 with a 6.18 ERA.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Polano, Utley and Werth’s hits all being singles, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a solo home run, and with Victorino’s hit being a single. The Phils seems to be having their offensive troubles again.

The Phils (70-55, 2nd East) continue their series with the Astros (56-69, 4th 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 their ace Roy Halladay (16-8, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 20, as he went seven innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts his record is 3-0, where he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-two. He will be trying for his seventh straight win, while seeing if he can add to his sixteen innings scoreless streak. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil J.A. Happ (3-2, 3.54), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on August 20, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 9-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and ten walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to defeat his old ballclub. The Phils will see if they can do better against Happ than they did against Brett Myers on Monday.

Post No. 800: Phils lose close one thanks in part to a bad call by the first base ump, as they drop one to the Astros, 3-2.

Thanks in part to a bad call by the first base umpire, the Phils drop a close one to the Astros as former Phil Brett Myers come back to stifle his ex-teammates, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base and then moved up to third on Angel Sanchez’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Sanchez, who had just singled, on to second base. The Astros then tried to increase their lead as Sanchez tried to score on Carlos Lee’s double, but was instead gun down at home plate, 8-4-2, for the inning’s second out. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead later in the inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, before moving up to second on Lee’s fielding error, moved up to third on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Shane Victorino, as Joe Blanton, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, is thrown out at home, 3-2, giving the Phils’ a 2-1 lead, while Victorino, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, moved up to second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth, via a double, and with two men out, after Raul Ibanez had just struck out, swinging, the Astros proceeded to intentionally walk Ruiz, to get to Wilson Valdez, but, after ball four is thrown, Astros catcher Humberto Quintero threw a strike to second base, picking off Werth, 2-6, who’s mind appeared to have been somewhere else, to end the inning. This base running blunder might have come back to haunt the Phils, as, in the eighth, with two men on, and with two men out, the Astros took the lead as Lee hits a two-run single, scoring pinch hitter Jason Michaels, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Bourn’s bunt single, and moved to third on Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and Bourn, who had gotten on base with a bunt single, when he had in fact went out of the base line to avoid being tagged by Ryan Howard, but was called safe by the first base umpire, which lead to a long argument by Charlie Manuel before he was ejected from the game for arguing the call, and then went to second on Sanchez’s bunt, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brandon Lyon put down the Phils in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on six hits, while striking out nine. Ryan Madson records his fourth blown save of the year before taking the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. Brett Myers gets the win as he pitches seven inning, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.08 ERA. Tim Byrdak collects his sixth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon receives his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. 

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth both leading the team with two hits each, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruis, Wilson Valdez, Joe Blanton and pinch hitter Dom Brown had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles, except for Ruiz’s solo home run, with Utley knocking in the other Phil’s run. The offense did not get the much needed key hit last night.

The Phils (70-54, 2nd East) will continue their series with the Astros (55-69, 4th 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 Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.51), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 19, as he went only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only five, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-four. He will be hoping that the bats will finally give him some runs so that he can finally end his win-less streak. The Astros will counter with Bud Norris (6-7, 5.23), who is coming off a win over the Mets on August 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Astros’ 3-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on fourteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils’ offense will be out to score runs for Hamels tonight.

Phils win the weekend series after trading a pair of blow outs with the Nats, first losing on Saturday, 8-1, before winning on Sunday, 6-0.

The Phils took the weekend series from the Nats, losing one blow out on Saturday, 8-1, before winning another blow out on Sunday, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Nats took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ian Desmond, a walk to Adam Dunn, which sent Desmond to second base, a ground out by Ryan Zimmerman, 4-3, which moved both Desmond and Dunn up a base, and a walk to Roger Bernadina, and with two men out, Adam Kennedy receives an RBI walk, forcing in Desmond, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while moving both Dunn and Kennedy up a base. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as, with the bases still loaded, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, knocking in both Dunn and Bernadina, while sending Kennedy up to second base. The Nats then added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Kennedy hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Bernadina’s single, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Bernadina, who had just singled, to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via an infield single by Rodriguez, moving both Bernadina and Kennedy up a base, and with one man out, Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rodriguez at second base for the second out of the inning, before Strasburg beats Jimmy Rollins’ throw to first, allowing Bernadina to score, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead, while Kennedy would move up to third as Strasburg would be safe at first. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, in his first game back from the dl, hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Placido Polanco, who would lead-off the inning with a double, then moved to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Nats then put the game away for good in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Desmond, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Dunn’s walk, and Justin Maxwell, who was pinch running for Dunn, giving the Nats an 8-1 lead. That would be the final score as Miguel Batista would end the game by getting pinch hitter Jayson Werth to fly out to center for the game’s final out. 

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.58 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches an inning and a third of shut out ball, getting out all four men that he would face, one by strikeout. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Stephen Strasburg receives a no-decision as he pitches four and one third innings, before being taking out because of an injury, as he gives up a run on two hits, while striking out six. Craig Stammen pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Doug Slaten gets the win as he pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 2.76. Tyler Clippard and Miguel Batista combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), and two walks (Batista) between them, while striking out two batters (one each).

The Phils had only four hits in the game, doubles by Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco and a single by Ryan Howard, with Howard knocking in the Phils’ only run on a ground out. The Phils’ offense was easily handled on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Nats tried to take another early lead in the first as Nyger Morgan lead-off the game with a single, stole second and then went to third on Desmond’s ground out, 6-3, with now one man out. But Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt ended the threat by striking out both Dunn, who was called out on strikes, and then Zimmerman swinging. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Oswalt, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Howard, Werth hitting into a force out, 1-6, wiping out Howard at second, a double by Shane Victorino. with Werth stopping at third and an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Werth and Victorino, while sending Ruiz up to second base. After an hour and forty-four minutes rain delay, the Phils would put the game out of reach in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a two-run bomb to right, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had singled before the rain started, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Bernadina looking, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His record is now 3-1 (9-13) with a 2.43 (3.22) ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three between them (Madson (1), Romero (2)). Scott Olsen took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 3-6 with a 5.21 ERA. Craig Stammen pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Joel Peralta pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Roy Oswalt each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Rollins and Victorino’s two hits being each a single and a double, while Polanco and Oswalt’s two hits were both singles, with Polanco knocking in two runs, one of them by a sac fly. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run, while Howard, Ruiz and Wilson’s hits were singles, with Wilson knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense got rolling yesterday.

The Phils (70-53, 2nd East) with be hosting the Astros (54-69, 4th Central) for four games, starting 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 Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.54), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 18, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-three hits and four walks, while striking out fourteen. He will be trying to even up his record. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil Brett Myers (8-7, 3.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 18, where he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four in the Astros’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out thirteen. He’ll be trying to make good on his promise of sticking it to his old team, if his new team will be willing to score runs. The Phils will be out to make Myers eat his pre-season statement.

Roy Halladay does his job as the Phils defeat the Nats in a tight 1-0 win.

Roy Halladay got out of several jams before the Phils finally defeat the Nats 1-0.

The Nats try to take the lead in the first as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off double by Nyjer Morgan, who then went to third on a balk, and walks to Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman, and with one man out, Phils’ starter Roy Halladay got out of the inning by getting Roger Bernadina to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Zimmerman at second base. The Phils tried to score in their half of the first with runners on second and third, via a walk to Placido Polanco and a double to Jayson Werth, with Polanco stopping at third, and with two men out, but the Nats’ starter Jason Marquis got out of the inning by striking out Raul Ibanez swinging. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked and then moved up to second when Werth walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth, who had earlier walked, stopped at third. The Nats would constantly threathen to tie up the game, with their biggest threat being in the seventh as, with two men on, via a bunt single to Ian Desmond, and a walk to Dunn, sending Desmond to second base, and with one man out, on a 1-1 count to Zimmerman, Desmond broke for third, as Zimmerman hits a liner to left, which was caught by Ibanez for the inning’s second out. Desmond headed back to second as Ibanez threw back to second in an attempt to double Desmond up, but throwing it wide. But Utley, after catching the ball, stayed with Desmond as he slid off the bag, tagging him out for the third out of the inning for a lined out-doubleplay. That would end up being the next to last threat by the Nats as, in the ninth, with a runner on second, Desmond, via a double, and with two men out, Brad Lidge nailed down his seventeenth save of the year by striking out Dunn, swinging, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge picks up his seventeenth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Jason Marquis takes the lost as he pitches just five innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-6 with an ERA of 11.39. Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten pitches three 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each) between them.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Chase Utley, a double by Jayson Werth, an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and a single by Carlos Ruiz. The Phils offense was outhit last night, feeling very lucky that their ace came through.

The Phils (69-52, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Nats (52-70, 5th) 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 Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.45), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 15, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to keep the Nats’ bats quiet while the Phils’ bats try to handle the phenom. The Nats will counter with their rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on August 15, as he pitched just five innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while he struck out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen innings, giving up twelve runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to defeat the Phils. The Phils will be trying to figure the rookie.

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