August 2010

What we have here is a failure to score runs for Hamels. Giants defeat the Phils, 5-2.

The Phils’ offense have once again fail to give runs support to Cole Hamels as he this time get lit up by the Giants’ offense as the Phils lose, 5-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on a wild pitch, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Pat Burrell has walked, the Giants made it 2-0 as Jose Guillen hits an RBI single, scoring Posey, while sending Burrell to third. The Giants then made it a 3-0 lead as Juan Uribe hits an RBI single of his own, scoring Burrell, while sending Guillen up to second base. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in F. Sanchez, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. The Giants then made it 5-0 in the fourth as Pablo Sandoval hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, the Giants are kept off the scoreboard, while Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez keep the Phils’ bats silent for eight innings, allowing only one hit, a single by Shane Victorino, with two men out in the third, two walks, and a hit batter before running into trouble in the ninth. Victorino would start the inning off with a single. After J. Sanchez falls behind Placido Polanco 2-0, he is replaced with Sergio Romo, who then gets Polanco to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Chase Utley then followed with a single, sending Victorino up to second base. Jayson Werth then strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, bringing Mike Sweeney up to the plate. With the count 1-2, Sweeney gets the Phils on the board with a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, making it a 5-2 Giants’ lead. But that would be it as Brian Wilson, who replaces Romo on the mound, records his thirty-fourth save by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 7-10 with a 3.51 ERA. David Herndon and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out four (Herndon (3), Baez (1)). Jonathan Sanchez gets the win as he pitches eight innings plus two batters, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA. Segio Romo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Wilson records his thirty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils only had four hits in the game with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. He is followed by Chase Utley and Mike Sweeney who both had a hit, a single for Utley and a two-run double for Sweeney. The rest of the bats were kept silent, as J. Sanchez handle them very easily, thanks in part to the bats being a bit too aggressive at times. For the third straight game, the offense gave Hamels no runs or hit support. Guys, this has got to stop. Hamels is holding up his end of the bargain, even if last night’s game was a clunker, how about holding up yours by scoring some runs for him?!?

The Phils (68-52, 2nd) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (52-59, 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 their ace Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 14, as he went eight strong innings, giving up four hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-two innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits, while he struck out twenty-six batters. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the season. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on August 14, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 9-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched only eight plus innings, giving up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and five walks, while striking out five. He will be trying to record his first win of the year. The Phils’ bats will be hoping to slice up the presently luckless Marquis while hoping that Halladay will once again handle the Nats with little trouble.

The bats are out now. The Phils crush the Giants 8-2.

For the second straight night, the Phils’ bats came out to play, helped along by a big Giant miscue, as the Phils crushed the Giants, 8-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Andres Torres lead-off the game by hitting a 3-2 sinker into the right field seats for his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at on-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Mike Fontenot’s fielding error of Ross Gload’s grounder, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Gload, who got on base on Fontenot’s fielding error, to second base. Two batters latter, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt-force out as Gload is thrown out at third, 1-5, for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz moved up to second base, and Blanton was safe at first on the play, the Phils made it a 5-1 lead as Rollins hit a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring both Ruiz and Blanton. The Giants got a run back in the sixth as, with one man out, Pat Burrell hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with a runner on second and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. One batter later, Werth made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI double, scoring Ibanez. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton gets the win, as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-6 with a 5.54 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, inducing a doubleplay ball to get out of trouble in the seventh. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Madson) between them. Matt Cain took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-10 with an ERA of 3.11. Jeremy Affeldt pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Guillermo Mota pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a three-run home run. knocking in three runs. He was followed by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz, who each had two hits in the game, with Utley and Werth hits being a single and a double, with both men knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and triple, with him also knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez and Dom Brown had the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Brown’s hit was a pinch hit home run, the first of his career. The offense pounded the Giants’ starter for the second game in a row.

The Phils (68-51, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (67-54, 2nd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-9, 3.33), who is coming off a defeat at the hand of the Mets on August 13, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up six runs on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-nine batters. He hopes that the bats will help him out for a change. He will be opposed by Jonathan Sanchez (8-8, 3.60), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 13, as he pitched 5 and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Giants’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on thirteen hits and nine walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to be the first Giants winning starter since earlier in the month. The Phils will be out to sweep the Giants, hoping to either add to their lead in the wild card chase, or lower the Braves lead in the East, while giving Hamels some much needed runs support.

Phils defeat the Giants, 9-3, as they take control of the wild card, while looking to win the NL East.

A five-run eight give the Phils control of the wild card race, as they defeat the Giants, 9-3. The Phils would prefer having control of the NL East.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Aubrey Huff hits into a doubleplay, 4-6-3, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, while Posey, who had just singled, was wiped out at first. The next batter, former Phil Pat Burrell, made it a 2-0 Giants’ lead as he hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, went to second on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, and Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Oswalt’s sac bunt. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s double, and Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Giants would get a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Jose Guillen hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then put the game out of reach in the eighth as, with the bases loaded via a Victorino single, who then stole second, a walk to Sweeney and a single by Raul Ibanez, moving both Victornio and Sweeney up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Sweeney, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 7-3 lead as Rollins hit an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, Ruiz would score on a Ramon Ramirez balk, when it was originally thought that he had caught Rollins off first base, but it turned out that his fake move to third, then throw over to first base was a balk because he did not move his leg in the move, thus allowing Ruiz to cross the plate, while allowing Rollins, who was tagged out, to instead be safe at second. The end result is that Giants manager Bruce Bochy would be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing the play. It then became a 9-3 Phils’ lead as, after Ramirez had thrown a wild pitch, allowing Rollins to reach third, Chase Utley hits a grounder to second baseman Mike Fontenot, who first bobble the ball, before committing a throwing error to first, allowing Rollins to score, and for Utley to reach second base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin would easily handle the Giants in the ninth, getting Juan Uribe to end the game by flying out to left.  

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-1 (8-13) with a 3.08 (3.36) ERA. Ryan Madson records his sixth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters, one of whom would get on base because of a passed ball by Carlos Ruiz. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning as well, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Barry Zito took the lost as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Santiago Casilla pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Ray pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. Ramon Ramirez pitches an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, a balk and a wild pitch.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, all singles, as he went 4-5, as he raised his average to .325. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez, who each had two hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Rollins knocking in three runs, while Victorino’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Jayson Werth, Mike Sweeney and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Werth and Ruiz’s hits being doubles, with Ruiz knocking in two runs, while Sweeney’s hit was a single. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The offense once again took advantage of opponents’ mistakes in the field while making few of their own.

The Phils (67-51, 2nd NL East) wil continue their three-game series with the Giants (67-53, 2nd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, weather permitting, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.69), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, when he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ dramatic 10-9 walk-off win. In his last three starts, he has three no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying for his first win in about a month. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (9-9, 3.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on August 12, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out nine, in the Giants’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty batters. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year, and to get the Giants once again even in the wild card race. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping to once again shrink the Braves’ lead in the East.

Good news: Utley is back!!!

Utley reinstated from disabled list.

Second baseman Chase Utley has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Phillies designated infielder Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Utley, 31, was originally placed on the disabled list on June 29 and had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 1 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He played in four rehab games with single-A Clearwater, three at second base and one at DH, going 3-for-12 with two triples, one RBI, one walk and one run
scored.

In 72 games this season, Utley is batting .277 with a .383 on-base percentage, 11 HR, 37 RBI and 49 runs scored. He also has an active 15-game on-base streak heading into Tuesday night’s game against San Francisco.

Dobbs, 32, hit .191 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 76 games this year for Philadelphia.

H/T: Phillies.com

Welcome back Chase. We’d missed you. Hope you’re ready to contribute. Sorry to see you go, Greg, but, well, your bat just wasn’t there.

The Phils take two from the Mets, beating them, 3-1, as they now have a share of first place in the National League Wild Card race.

The Phils find themselves percentage points ahead in the NL Wild Card race as they take the series from the Mets by defeating them last night, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second and then third, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie it up at one-all as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils would retake the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it 3-1 in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier tripled. That would be all that Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would need as he would be able to control the Mets after giving up five hits to the first ten men that he would face, but giving up only one run, as he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up only six hits and striking out four, before being lifted in the bottom of the seventh with a man on first (Luis Castillo) via the only walk that he would give up during the game, with two men out, before Chad Durbin would end the inning by getting Jeff Francoeur to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The back end of the Phils’ bullpen would easily handle the Mets in the last two innings, with their closer Brad Lidge throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixteenth save of the season, as he got Josh Thole to end the game by flying out to center.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds inning, giving up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 8-5 with a 4.45 ERA. Chad Durbin receives his tenth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson collects his fifth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge receives his sixteenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.95 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)) and one walk (Takahashi), while striking out two (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, scoring one run, while knocking in a run. He was followed by Jayson Werth with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with both Polanco and Ruiz knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense had decided to hit during the balance of the weekend series with the Mets.

The Phils (66-51, 2nd NL East, T-1st NL Wild Card) have the day off today, before they face the Giants (67-52, 2nd NL West, T-1st NL Wild Card) for three games at home, starting tomorrow night.

Memo to National League: The Doc is operating with a hot hand right now, as Phils defeat the Mets, 4-0.

The Phils finally breaks out some runs at Citi Field, partly thanks to some Mets mistakes, while Halladay shuts down the Mets’ bats, as the Phils defeat the Mets, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at third. The Mets tried to tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off triple. But the Doc went to work as he got Angel Pagan to hit a grounder towards third, which Polanco scooped up, and after looking Reyes back to third, threw out Pagan, 5-3. Halladay then struck out the next two batters, David Wright and Carlos Beltran, both swinging, to end the threat. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a grounder to second baseman Ruben Tejada, who then threw the ball pass Reyes at second base for a throwing error, allowing Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then went to second base on Polanco’s single, to score, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Polanco, who had earlier singled, was safe at second on the error. The Phils would increase their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, who then moved up a base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, as Halladay strikes out, Rollins hits a grounder to third baseman Wright, who then missed the ball, as it goes between his legs, allowing both Werth and Victorino to score on the fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Valdez would stop at third and Rollins at second. In the ninth, the Mets tried to come back against Ryan Madson as they loaded up the bases via singles to Wright and Beltran, and Fernando Martinez being hit by a pitch, and with two men out, before Madson finally ended the game by striking out Josh Thole swinging.

Roy Halladay get the win as he pitches eight inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 15-8 with a 2.24 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits and a hit batter, while striking out the side. Pat Misch took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 1.50. Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Rodriguez) between them, while striking out one (Dressens).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino both leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Polanco having the only Phil RBI of the night, as the other three runs came in on two Mets’ errors. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hit, with Dobbs’ hit being the Phils’ only extra-base hit, a double. The offense finally scored some runs in Citi Field, helped along by the Mets’ defense.

The Phils (65-51, 2nd) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (58-58, 3rd) with a night game tonight, that will be televised by ESPN. The game will start at 8:05 pm, and will be played at Citi Field. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 4.60), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on August 10, as he pitched only three and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 15-9 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying to recover from last Tuesday’s bad start. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (11-6, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 10, as he threw seven shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up ten runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, before coming back home for a series with the wild-card leading Giants.

Memo to offense: Hamels should sue you guys for lack of runs support. Phils shutout again at Citi Field, 1-0.

For the second straight start, Hamels lose to the Mets by the score of 1-0, as the offense gets only one hit, a single by Hamels.

The game was a pitchers’ duel from start to finish between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey. The Mets tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Mike Hessman hits a hard smash deep into left center field that was originally called a home run by the third base umpire, although a fan had interferred with the ball by leaning over the railing and touching it, causing it to fall back into the field of play, a process that had been noticed by Raul Ibanez, who had put up both of his arms as soon as he had seen it. The umpires then reviewed the play for over six minutes, before coming out to overturn the original ruling, giving Hessman a lead-off triple, and not a home run, although the rules for fan interference states that Hessman should’ve been given a ground-rule double. Last year, this would had ticked off Hamels. This year, he went to work, as he proceeded to strike out first Jeff Francoeur, and then Henry Blanco, with both Mets swinging. Hamels then intentionally walked Ruben Tejada before he went after his opposite number, Dickey, who he got to end the inning by grounding out softly, 1-3. The Mets then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had earlier doubled, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would be all that Dickey would need, as he kept the Phils’ off-balanced all night with his knuckle ball, as he, like Hamels, pitched a complete game, ending it by getting Placido Polanco to fly out to right.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-9 with a 3.33 ERA. R.A. Dickey gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA.

The Phils had only two men reach base during the entire game. Wilson Valdez with a one out walk in the third, and Cole Hamels with a one out single in the sixth. Beyond that, Dickey had the Phils’ number, having the bats under control all night. Seriously, Hamels should be finding out why the bats are making him this year’s poster boy for the team’s lack of runs support for one of their starters, especially since they are now starting to score for Roy Halladay. Luckily, the Doc is pitching tonight, and hopefully the bats will finally start scoring again in Citi Field.

The Phils (64-51, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (58-57, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (14-8, 2.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up seven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-eight. He will be going for the first Phil win in Citi Field this year, while trying to keep the Mets’ bats under control this weekend. He will be countered by Pat Misch (0-0, -.–), who will be making his first start this season. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost, while trying to finally cross the plate in Citi Field.

Memo to Joe: Phillies own Broxton!!! Phils come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 10-9.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Phils come back to defeat the Dodgers by scoring eight runs in the last two innings, with the last four coming off of Jonathan Broxton in a wild ninth inning, winning the game with a Carlos Ruiz walk-off double, 10-9.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Belliard hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Andre Ethier’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base. Matt Kemp then gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Loney, while sending Belliard to second. James Carroll then made it a 3-0 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Belliard, while sending Kemp to third, before moving up to second on the late throw to third. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Wilson Valdez’s double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Valdez, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Dodgers would get one of those runs back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Belliard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Ethier’s single, making it a 4-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers then made it 6-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one out, Kemp hits a two-run bomb, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled. The Dodgers added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, scoring Podsendik, who was earlier safe at first on first baseman Mike Sweeney’s fielding error, then moved up to second on Ethier’s single, making it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Ethier, who had earlier singled, over to third base. Kemp then made it an 8-2 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while sending Blake up to second base. Carroll then gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Blake, while sending Kemp over to third, before moving up to second on the throw. The Phils, after falling behind by seven runs, then started to chip away at the Dodgers’ lead. In their half of the eighth, Placido Polanco started the inning off with a single. Sweeney followed him with a single of his own, sending Polanco to second base. With Werth batting, Ronald Bellsario threw a wild pitch, sending Polanco to third base, and Sweeney up to second base. Werth then hits a two-run single, scoring both Polanco and Sweeney, cutting the Dodgers’ lead down to 9-4. With Ben Francisco batting, Bellsario committed a balk, sending Werth up to second base, although it took the home plate umpire a long time before finally saying that Bellsario’s fake to third and then to first move was a balk, since there was no body on third at the time, as he needed to be prompted first by Phils’ manager, Charlies Manuel, and then by the rest of the umpiring crew. Francisco then hits an RBI double, bringing in Werth, cutting the Dodgers lead down even further to 9-5. After Ruiz hits a bullet to third, that was grabbed by third baseman Blake, for a 5-3 ground out, the inning’s first out, Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, making it a 9-6 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would then get out of the inning as pinch hitter Ben Francisco flies out to left, and then, after Jimmy Rollins walks, Raul Ibanez ended the inning by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins at second base. After Danys Baez shut down the Dodgers in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers brought in Jonathan Broxton to nail down the game for them. He did not do so. After falling behind Polanco 2-0, he hit him with his third pitch, as Polanco turned his body so that the ball would not hit his right elbow, sending Polanco to first. The next two batters, Sweeney and Werth, then walked, loading up the bases, with nobody out. Ben Francisco then followed by hitting what should have been a doubleplay grounder to third, but was misplayed by Blake who pulled up his glove too soon, becoming a fielding error, allowing both Polanco and Sweeney to score, cutting the Dodgers lead down to 9-7, while sending Werth up to second base. Now, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits a 1-1 slider towards left center field, where it would hit against the wall and bounce in for a double, knocking in first Werth, and then Francisco, who was on Werth’s heels, with the winning run, as the Phils had a 10-9 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. Chad Durbin pitches an innings and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA. Clayton Kershaw also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Hong-Chih Kuo records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ronald Belisaro pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits, a wild pitch and a balk. Kenley Jansen pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. George Sherrill records his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his fifth save of the season, before taking the lost, as he faces five batters, giving up four runs on just one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs, including the game winner, as he raised his batting average to .294. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez, who all had two hits apiece, with Polanco, Sweeney and Werth’s hits all being singles, with Werth knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double, as he knocks in a run. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a double, as he knocks in two runs. Joe Blanton knocks in the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the other run came in on an error. The offense this time was able to come back, in spite of the bullpen, although helped by a Broxton melt down in the ninth. Seriously, either the Phils are deep in his head (Thank you Matt Stairs), or the Phils got some supernatural assistant from a young male fan in the ninth. Either way, I think Joe Torre might think twice and maybe a third time before using him with such a small lead in the ninth against the Phils. Not so good things seems to happen to him. ;-)

The Phils (64-50, 2nd) will now go to New York for a three-game set with the Mets (57-57, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.45), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 7, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on eighteen hits and four waks, while striking out twenty-nine. He will be trying to get even with the Mets for his last lost. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (7-5, 2.65), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 8, as he went only three innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up six runs on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out four. He hopes that the Phils won’t be able to handle him again. The Phils will be trying to take the momentum from their ninth-inning win last night into New York City for the weekend.

The new Vice Roy wins his first start as a Phils as the Phils defeat the Dodgers in a tight one, 2-0.

Roy Oswalt finally win his first start as a Phils as he and the back end of the bullpen throws a nine-inning goose egg at the Dodgers as the Phils win, 2-0.

The game was a tight one between the Phils and the Dodgers for the first three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starters Roy Oswalt, who was pitching in front of his new home town fans for the first time, and the Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley. During the first four innings that he faced the Dodgers, Oswalt gave up only three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, as he pitched his way out a two on, and one out jam in the second, and a two on, two out jam in the third, while his opponent, Billingsley, gave up only a hit, while striking out three in his first three innings of work. But that would change in the bottom of the fourth as the Phils loaded up the bases via a single to Placido Polanco, and walks to Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth, and with one man out, when Dom Brown hit a grounder to second baseman Ryan Theriot, who then threw to second to force out Werth, 4-6, for the inning’s second out, but Brown would beat out shortstop Jamey Carroll’s throw to first, allowing Polanco to score and give the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Ibanez would move up to third. After Oswalt gets himself out of another two on, two outs jam in the top of the fifth, the Phils tried to add to their lead in their half of the inning, as Wilson Valdez lead-off the inning with a triple. But Billingsley would turned the Phils back as he gets Oswalt to ground out to short, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, then got Jimmy Rollins to ground out to second, 4-3, on one pitch, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Polanco to fly out to left. The Phils would finally add to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Mike Sweeney, who took over second from Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, but had come up lame as he headed for second base, with Sweeney later staying in the game to play first base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Oswalt would pitch seven scoreless inning, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five, before handing the ball over to the back-end of the Phils’ bullpen, who then threw two more scoreless innings, allowing the Dodgers only one more hit, before Brad Lidge would nail down his fifteenth save of the season by striking out both Jay Gibbons and Carroll swinging.

Roy Oswalt gets the win, his first as a Phil, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 7-13 (1-1) with an ERA of 3.34 (2.79). Ryan Madson collects his fourth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge records his fifteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Chad Billingsley took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Kenley Jansen and Hong-Chih Kuo combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one apiece), while striking out three (Jansen (2), Kuo (1)).

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits as he increased his personal hitting streak to eighteen games, as he had a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Ross Gload (before he was taken out of the game for a groin injury), Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins, Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, Gload’s hits being a double and Vladez’s hit being a triple. The Phil’s other run was knocked in by Dom Brown as he hit an RBI ground ball. The Phils, after a hitting display in a losing cause on Tuesday, had just enough hits to give Oswalt the win.

The Phils (63-50, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Dodgers (59-55, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. In his last three starts, he has an 1-0 record with two no-decisions, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-two hits and four walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, hoping to give the Phils their fifteenth home win in their last seventeen home games. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.19), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up eight runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak. The Phils will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, before heading to New York for a three-game set.

Well, well, lookie who’s back on the Latest Leader’s List? :-)

Well, the leader lists for July has just been posted, and I’d just discovered that I’m baaaaacccckkkk on the fan list at no.48. And just days before my birthday, too. ;-) Man, what a present. ;-) Not only that, but there are three other Phillies Fan Blogs up there as well: Phillies Phollowers at no. 6, Phillies Outside at no. 47 and Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts at no. 50. I think that this might be the first time since this list was created that there were four Phillies Fan Blogs listed among the top 50 Fan Blogs.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the leader’s list for the Top 50 Fan Blogs:

FANS
49. The Ballhawk’s View
50. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Give them all a look, won’t you folks? :-)

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