August 2010

You ever have one of those days…? The Phils are crushed by the Dodgers, 15-9.

The Phils’ pitching staff is beaten up by the Dodgers’ bats, despite the offense supplying some runs, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 15-9.

The Dodgers took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Andre Ethier hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ethier hits an RBI double, scoring Theriot, who had just singled, to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Jay Gibbons hits an RBI single, scoring Ethier, who had moved up to second base on James Loney’s walk, then went to third when Casey Blake’s hit a grounder to third, for a 5-4 force out at second of Loney for the inning’s second out, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, while sending Blake, who was safe at first on the force out, to third. The Dodgers then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Brad Ausmus, who then moved up to second as Jimmy Rollins made a miss catch error on a throw from Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick on a ball hit by Dodgers’ starter Vicente Padilla, who was then safe on first on the error, and a single by Podsednik, which sent Ausmus to third, and Padilla to second, and with nobody out, Theriot hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ausmus, to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, while moving Padilla to third base after the catch. After Kendrick is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, he is greeted by Ethier with an RBI single, scoring Padilla, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead, while sending Podsednik up to second base. The next batter, Loney, gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Podsednik, while moving Ethier to second base. Blake then followed with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, giving the Dodgers a 7-0 lead, while sending Loney to third base. The Phils tried to make a come back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Placido Polanco and walks to Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco, making it a 7-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils then made it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, while moving Rollins up to second base. The next batter, Ross Gload, then followed with a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 7-4. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Loney hits an RBI double, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Dodgers an 8-4 lead, while sending Ethier, who had just walked, to third base. The Dodgers then made it a 9-4 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with still nobody out, Blake hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers then took an 11-4 lead as Gibbons hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Loney. The Phils then made it an 11-5 Dodgers’ lead as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his first career home run. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded again, via a single by Theriot, a single by Ethier, sending Theriot to second base, a force out by Loney, 1-6, forcing out Ethier at second, while Theriot went to third and Loney would beat the throw to first, and a walk to Blake, moving Loney up to second base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Matt Kemp hits a two-run single, scoring both Theriot and Loney, giving the Dodgers a 13-5 lead, while moving Blake up to third. The Phils would make it a 13-7 Dodgers’ lead as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Gload hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year and his second home run of the night, knocking in pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had just singled. The Dodgers then made it 15-7 in the ninth as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Blake hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Ethier, who was earlier hit by the pitch. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 15-9 as, with the bases loaded, via Gload reaching base on a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins, who had earlier singled, at second base, a Raul Ibanez single, sending Gload to second, and a Werth walk, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Brown hits a two-run double, scoring both Gload and Ibanez, while sending Werth on to third. But that would be it as pinch hitter Cole Hamels flied out to left, ending the game.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches just three and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.60 ERA. Antonio Bastardo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. David Herndon pitches two innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Vicente Padilla gets the win as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA. Ronald Belisario pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Carlos Monasterios pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. George Sherrill pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Octavio Dotel pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ross Gload leading the team with three hits, a single and two two-run home runs, knocking in four runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown and Wilson Valdez who each had two hits, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being singles, with both man scoring a run, while Brown’s hits were a double and a solo home run, his first in the major, as he knocks in four runs, one via a sacrifice fly. Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other five Phils’ hit, all singles, with Polanco knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense was unable to catch up as the bullpen was unable to stop the previously slumping Dodgers.

The Phils (62-50, 2nd NL East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (59-54, 3rd 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 Roy Oswalt (0-1 (6-13), 4.38 (3.50)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on August 5, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched, seventeen and a third innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to impress the home crowd while trying one again for his first win as a Phil. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (9-6, 3.82), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 5, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Dodgers’ 5-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and seven walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to rebound from the thumping that the Dodgers gave them last night, to even up the series.

Phils to host the Dodgers for three games starting tonight.

Now a game and a half out of first place in the NL East and a game behind in the Wild Card race, the Phils (62-49, 2nd East) will start a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, facing their NLCS opponent of the last two years, the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West).

In the first game, which will start at 7:05 pm tonight, the Phils will send to the mound their fifth starter, Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 4.37), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 rout of the fish. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and a third innings, giving up just four runs on eighteen scatterd hits and four walks, while striking out thirteen. After being shelled by the Cardinals on July 19, he has pitched three straight good starts since coming back from Lehigh Valley to replace the injured Jamie Moyer, as he plans to make it four excellent starts in a row as he faces the Dodgers. The Dodgers will counter with former Phil Vincente Padilla (5-3, 3.09), who is coming off a complete game win against the Padres on August 4, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 9-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty. He will trying to do his best tonight against his former teammates.

The Phils have added Antonio Bastardo, who is presently throwing a hot hand in Lehigh Valley, to the bullpen to help against the Dodgers’ lefty bats.

After losing a well-pitched gem by Cole Hamels, 1-0, on Saturday, the Phils came back to win a so-so start by Roy Halladay, 6-5, winning the weekend series from the Mets.

The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.

On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.

Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.

On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out,  Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.

The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.

A six-run eighth inning leads to the Phils’ twelfth straight win at home and their fifth straight win overall as they beat the Mets, 7-5.

A six-run eighth inning leads the Phils’ to their fifth straight win, and their twelfth consecutive win at home, as they come from behind to defeat the Mets, 7-5. A Braves’ lost at home to the Giants put the Phils a game behind the first place Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on a Josh Thole pass ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then loaded up the bases as Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco both got on base with walks, with Ibanez and Werth both moving up a base on Francisco’s walk, and with two men out, when they were turned back by Mets’ starter Jon Niese as he got Carlos Ruiz to strike out swinging for the inning’s final out. The Mets tied the score at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI single, knocking in Jeff Francoeur, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then went to third on Niese’s ground out, 3-unassisted. The Mets then took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Thole hits an RBI single, knocking in David Wright, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Ike Davis’ single, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending David up to second base. The game would stay 2-1 Mets until the bottom of the eighth when the Phils erupted. The inning started with Mike Sweeney hitting a single to right, his first hit as a Phil. Werth followed with a single to center, sending Sweeney to third, putting runners on the corners. Francisco then came up and hit an RBI single, scoring Sweeney, tying the game at two-all, while sending Werth up to second base. The next batter, Ruiz, hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. After the Mets replaced Bobby Parnell with Pedro Feliciano, Wilson Valdez greets him with a bunt towards the third base side of the mound. Because of miscommunication between Feliciano and Wright, Valdez’s bunt becomes an infield single, loading up the bases as Francisco moves up to third, and Ruiz stops at second, with no one out. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead as pinch hitter Ross Gload received a walk, forcing in Francisco, while moving up a base both Ruiz and Valdez. Jimmy Rollins made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Valdez to second and Gload to third. After Raul Ibanez strikes out for the first out of the inning, the Mets changed pitchers again, replacing Feliciano with Manny Acosta, Placido Polanco greets him with a sacrifice fly to center, for the second out of the inning, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. Sweeney, the man who started the inning, then came up, the tenth men in the inning, as the Phils had batted around, then had an RBI single, his second hit of the inning, and his first RBI as a Phil, as he knocked in Gload, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Rollins to third. In the ninth, the Mets tried to get back into the game as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Mike Hessman hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring Davis, who had earlier singled, then went up to second on Francoeur’s single, and Francoeur, who had just singled, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But that would be the end of the threat as Brad Lidge came in and nailed down his thirteenth save of the season by striking out pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano swinging to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out four. Chad Durbin gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Danys Baez pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. Brad Lidge records his thirteenth save of the year by striking out the only man whom he would face. Jon Niese also receives a no-decision as he also pitches seven strong innings, giving up just a run on four hits, five walks and a pass ball, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell blew his second save of the year before taking the lost, as he pitched to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he strikes out a batter. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with seven of them coming in the six-run eighth. Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz lead the team with two hits each, all singles, with Sweeney and Ruiz both knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hit, with Rollins, Ibanez, Francisco and Valdez each having a single, with Rollins and Valdez both knocking in a run, while Polanco had a double, as he knocked in two runs, one by sac fly. Ross Gload brought in the other run, via a bases loaded walk. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet by Niese, after losing a chance in the first to take a big lead, before erupting in the eighth.

The Phils (61-48, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Mets (54-55, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is three no-decisions, as he pitched twenty innings, as he gave up seven runs on thirteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-five. Hamels will be trying to win his first start since his win against the Reds on July 11, four no-decisions ago. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (8-6, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on August 2, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Mets’ 4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and two-thirds innings, giving up twelve runs on twenty-seven hits and four walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the Phils won’t bomb him like they did earlier in the season. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win, and their fourth straight series win at home, while hoping that they will end up tied for first with the Braves.

Ruiz’s extra-innings blast push the Phils past the fish as they sweep the Marlins, 5-4.

A blast by Carlos Ruiz in the top of the tenth, after the Phils should had lost it in the bottom half of a real weird ninth because of an ump’s bad call, leads the Phils to an extra-innings win, and a sweep of the free falling Marlins, 5-4.

The game for the first five innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad, with both man getting out of bases loaded jams, Volstad in the top of the first, Oswalt in the bottom of the second. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Donnie Murphy hits a pinch hit ground-rule double, knocking in Wes Helms, who had earlier singled, and was safe on second when Ronnie Paulino sacrifice bunted into a force out at third, forcing out Mike Stanton, 1-5, to make it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Paulino, who was safe at first on the fail sacrifice bunt attempt, stopped at third. Two batters later, after Paulino is replaced at third by pinch runner Brett Hayes and Hanley Ramirez is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Marlins tied the game at two-all as Logan Morrison walks, forcing in Hayes with the tying run, while moving both Murphy and Ramirez up a base. The Marlins then took a 4-2 lead as Gaby Sanchez hits a two-run single, scoring both Murphy and Ramirez. The Phils then come back in the ninth. They begin the inning with Placido Polanco reaching base on a throwing error by Ramirez. Ross Gload then follows with a single, sending Polanco to second. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then follows with a double, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Gload to third base, with nobody out. Jayson Werth then tie the game at four-all with an RBI single, knocking in Gload, while sending Ibanez to third. Then the inning starts to get weird. Brown hits a sharp grounder to first, which is caught by Sanchez, who then throws home, catching Ibanez, who was trying to score from third on contact. Ibanez is then run back to third, before being tagged out for the inning’s first out, 3-2-5, while Werth would be safe at second, and Brown at first. Then, with Ruiz batting, Werth is picked off second, before being tagged out, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. Then, with the count 0-2 on Ruiz, the Marlins pitch out, before throwing out Brown on a steal attempt, 2-4, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils run themselves out of an inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tries to win the game as their lead-off man, Ramirez, gets on base by being hit by the pitch, then steals second as Morrison strikes out swinging, putting him in scoring position with one out. The next batter, Sanchez, then hits a grounder down the third base line that is declared a foul ball by the third base umpire, while instant reply shows that it had actually been fair, denying the Marlins the chance of a walk-off win, as Sanchez then strikes out swinging for the second out. After Dan Uggla is intentionally walked, Cody Ross ends the inning by also striking out, swinging. In the tenth, the Phils regain the lead as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Brad Lidge collects his twelfth save of the season by getting Emilio Bonifacio to end the game by flying out to right.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitches to three batters as he collects his third blown save, as he gives up two runs on a hit and two walks. Jose Contreras pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he strikes out two. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out the side. His record is now 4-1 with a 4.37 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twelfth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision, as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley collects his eighteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out a batter. Leo Nunez blew his sixth save attempt of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Will Ohman took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

The Phils had fourteen hits, with Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being singles, as he scored a run, while Ibanez’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocked in a run and Ruiz’s hits were two doubles and a solo home run, once again being a triple short of the cycle, as he knocks in three runs. They were followed by Jayson Werth, who had two hits, both singles, as he knocks in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload and Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as both Gload and Brown scored a run. Newcomer Mike Sweeney went to the plate in the eighth as a pinch hitter, receiving a walk. The Phils’ offense outhit the Marlins, although it took a bit of luck in the late innings for them to leave Miami with a series sweep.

The Phils (60-48, 2nd) come home to start a home stand, playing a three-game weekend series with the fading Mets (54-54, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start the series with Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on July 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 7-5 walk-off lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to start off the home stand on a winning note, while trying to stop giving up first inning runs. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (7-5, 3.78), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 1, as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 14-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to keep the Mets afloat. The Phils will be trying to increase their home winning streak to twelve games and their recent winning streak to five games, while trying to help sink the Mets chances even more.

Phils get a new bat to put in Ryan Howard’s place while he’s on the D/L, Mike Sweeney.

Sweeney brought aboard by Phillies

First baseman acquired from Seattle for player to be named later.

By Charlie Nobles / Special to MLB.com

MIAMI — First baseman Mike Sweeney was acquired by the Phillies from the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects Sweeney, 37, to get the bulk of playing time at first base until Ryan Howard, who was put on the disabled list Sunday, returns possibly in mid-August.

“I haven’t seen him in a couple of years, but he knows how to hit,” Manuel said.

The Phillies expect him to arrive on Thursday, before the final game of their three-game series with the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.

Sweeney, a five-time American League All-Star, came into the season with a career .298 batting average over 16 seasons. He was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBIs over 30 games for the Mariners this season,
including three starts at first base.

Sweeney has hit at least 20 home runs in six seasons, including 29 in back-to-back seasons (2000-01).

“He’s always been able to hit the ball,” said Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who has known Sweeney since they were on the same team in Class A.

“He has some power, too,” Ibanez added. “He’s played in some big parks, but he’s always hit the ball hard.”

Sweeney’s hitting pedigree combined with the fact he has made 570 career starts at first base prompted the Phillies to make the move.

According to Ibanez, they also are getting a special person.

“He’s a quality, upbeat human being,” Ibanez said. “He’s one of the nicest teammates I’ve ever had and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He brings positive energy everywhere he goes every single day.”

Ibanez said Sweeney will lead by example but “can pull somebody aside” for counsel. And he said he is capable of “getting in someone’s face” should it be necessary.

Originally selected by the Royals in the 10th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Sweeney had 213 home runs and 901 RBIs in 1,428 games for Kansas City (1995-2007), Oakland (2008) and Seattle (2009-10).

Notably, he has batted .328 in his career with runners in scoring position. And in 27 career games against National League East teams, he has hit .320.

Now the Phillies just hope to keep him healthy.

Sweeney has been on the disabled list twice this season with back inflammation/spasms. Most recently, he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. In 12 games there, he hit .366 with two home runs and nine RBIs.

The Phillies must make a move on the 25-man roster to accommodate Sweeney when he reports.

H/T: Phillies.com

Hmm, I get the feeling that John Mayberry, Jr. is going back to the minors, unless its someone else that might not be expected. Either way, I hope Sweeney is to be part of temp answer to first base while Howard is out, and will be helpful on the bench afterwards. We will see.

Brown’s bat and glove leads the Phils to a road series win over the fish as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 7-2.

Knocking in three runs with his bat, while gunning down a runner at home with his glove, Dom Brown help leads the Phils to a 7-2 win over the Marlins, for the Phils first road win since they took two of three from the Yankees back in June.

After an almost hour long rain delay, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Anibal Sanchez’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with two men still on base, and with still two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Gload to third, while Brown would move up to second on the unsuccessful throw to the plate. The Marlins tried to get back into the game in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, via singles to Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, with G. Sanchez’s single sending Morrison to third, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a fly ball to right, which was not deep. Morrison, after Brown had caught the ball for the inning’s second out, decided not to test Brown’s arm, which was a smart move as Brown threw a one bounce strike to home, which was caught by Carlos Ruiz. Kyle Kendrick then got out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to hit into a force out, 5-4, forcing out G. Sanchez at second base. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the second as Mike Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tried to tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with G. Sanchez on second, via a double, and with two men out, Uggla hits a single to right. Brown, after picking up the ball, threw a one bounce strike to the plate, throwing out G. Sanchez, as Ruiz blocks the plate, before applying the tag, ending the inning with the Phils’ still leading 2-1. The Phils then proceeded to add to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Polanco to second, before he would move up to third on the late throw to the plate, while Ibanez would move up to second. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with the bases now loaded, as Gload is intentionally walked, and now with one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco. The Marlins would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, G. Sanchez hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second base on Morrison’s single, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Morrison, who had earlier singled, to third, before moving up to second on the throw home. Kendrick then got out of the inning as Rollins robbed Uggla of a hit by catching his line drive for the inning’s final out. The Phils then got that run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Kendrick, a walk to Rollins and a walk to Polanco, moving both Kendrick and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kendrick, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Rollins up to third base. The Phils then put the game out of reach in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits a grounder to Uggla, who threw to second, trying to force out Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on a single, but the ball went into left center field, allowing Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Werth’s single, then reached third on Gload’s fly out, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while allowing Werth to reach third, while Brown was safe at first on the throwing error. One batter later, the Phils made it 7-2 as Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Brown up to second base. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out five. His record is now 7-4 with a 4.37 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson receives his second hold as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, a wild pitch and three walks. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA. Taylor Tankersley pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men whom he would face. Brian Sanches pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks. Will Ohman and Clay Hensley combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Hensley), while striking out two (Ohman), between them. Leo Nunez pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Ibanez knocking in two runs, while both Polanco and Ibanez each scored two runs, while Rollins scored a run. Jayson Werth, Ross Gload, Dom Brown, Carlos Ruiz and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Kendrick’s hit being the team’s only double. Gload and Ruiz both knocked in a run, while Brown knocked in three, one on a sac fly and the other on a throwing error. The bats, or at least most of them, are presently taking up the slack while Ryan Howard is on the disabled list. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way after he’s back.

The Phils (59-48, 2nd) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (53-54, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (0-1 (6-13), 6.00 (3.53)), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on July 30, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-1 lost. In his last three starts as both an Astro and a Phil, he is 0-3, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-three hits and three walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying for his first win as a Phil and his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (5-8, 4.71), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 30, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Marlins’ 4-2 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fourteen innings, giving up ten runs on seventeen hits and nine walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep tonight, hoping to cut the Braves’ lead in the East to a game and a half, as the Braves are off tonight.

Howardless for at least two weeks, Carlos Ruiz takes up the slack as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 6-1.

Without the services of their big piece, Ryan Howard, for at least two weeks, Carlos Ruiz takes up the slack for at least one night as the Phils, behind Ruiz’s bat and Roy Halladay’s pitching, defeat the fish, 6-1, cutting the Braves lead in the NL East to two games.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. One pitch later, Carlos Ruiz gave the Phils a 2-0 lead as he hits a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. In the bottom of the second, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in half as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Francisco, a double by Ruiz, sending Francisco to third base, and an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits a two-run single down the third base line, knocking in both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Valdez to second base. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Uggla’s force attempt error on a Placido Polanco grounder, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Uggla’s fielding error, would move up to second base. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as, with the bases loaded again, via singles to Polanco and Francisco, with both men moving up a base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, and an intentional walk to pinch hitter Ross Gload, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an infield single, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 6-1 lead, while moving both Francisco and Gload up a base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitches two scoreless inning, striking out Donnie Murphy for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out nine. His record is now 13-8 with a 2.17 ERA. Chad Durbin threw two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out four. Sean West took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Burke Badenhop pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brian Sanches and Jose Veras combine for two scoreless innings, giving one hit (Veras) and a walk (Sanches), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team as he went four for five, being a triple short of the cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, as he raised his average to .294. Ben Francisco followed with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez was next with two singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double, while Polanco, Ibaanez and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Halladay knocking in two runs.The Phils’ offense took the lost of Ryan Howard by going on an offensive display, with Ruiz leading the charge. The question is will they be able to continue it tonight.

The Phils (58-48, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Marlins (53-53, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 4.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on July 29, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and one-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on seventeen hits and seven walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to for his third straight strong outing after coming back from Lehigh Valley. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 29, as he gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up four runs on fourteen hits and six walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road since they’d took two of three from the Yankees back in June, and get closer to the Braves in the race for the East.

Breaking news: Howard is on the D/L. Oh BLEAT!!!!!

The Phils have just announced that they have reluctantly placed Ryan Howard on the disabled list. They have brought up OF John Mayberry (.258, 12 HR, 54 RBIs) from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

I knew it, I JUST KNEW IT!!! I just knew he was going to be saying hi to Chase and Shane on the d/l as soon as I saw how badly he went back to the second base bag on Sunday. I did not want to hear it, but deep down in my heart, I knew that that was where he was headed. That blasted injury bug has just gotten its biggest victim on the Phil’s roster, and what a time for it to strike, right as the pennant race was starting to heat up. I know one thing, this is not 1979. I don’t know what year this is like, but this year is just driving me nuts.

If the boys are still in it when Labor Day arrives, it’ll be a miracle. Start praying for a speedy recovery for Howard, folks.

The Phils split two in D.C. as Lidge on Saturday gives up a three-run home run in the ninth in a 9-7 Walk-Off lost to the Nats before nailing down Sunday’s 6-4 win in extra-inning.

The Phils lose Saturday night’s game, 7-5, as Brad Lidge gives up a three-run home run after Carlos Ruiz had given them a one run lead in the top of the ninth, before he save the game on Sunday as the Phils’ defeat the Nationals in eleven innings, 6-4.

On Saturday, the Nationals took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Josh Willingham hits an RBI single, knocking in Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, and had gone up to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, on to third base. One batter later, with runners on the corners, the Nats made it a 2-0 lead as Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, while sending Willingham up to second base. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Willingham, while sending Bernadina on to third. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who was earlier safe on a force out, 4-6, wiping out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 3-2 in the sixth as, with one man out, Ruiz hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Nats added to their lead in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits a sacrfiice fly, scoring Bernadina, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Rodriguez’s single, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked. The Phils would take the lead in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Ross Gload’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then went to third on Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. Brad Lidge was then given the ball to save it. Sadly, he did not. He was greeted by Michael Moore with a single to center. After Morgan moves Moore up to second on a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out, Lidge walks Adam Kennedy to put two men on base. The next batter, Ryan Zimmerman, then hits a 2-1 fastball into center field for a three-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, for a 7-5 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson together pitches two scoreless innings giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Contreras), while striking out four Nats (Contreras (2), Madson (2)). Brad Lidge committed his fourth blown save of the year as he took the lost, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. His record is 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA. Ross Detwiler also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Joel Peralta receives his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on on one hit. Tyler Clippard commited his ninth blown save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Doug Slaten and Miguel Batista combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Slaten (1), Batista (1)) and a walk (Batista), while striking out one (Slaten). Sean Burnett pitches an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Drew Storen gets the win as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. His record is 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth who both had two hits, all singles. Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hit, with Polanco, Gload and Wilson’s hits being singles, with Valdez knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a two-run home run.

In Sunday’s game, the Phils’ took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who was earlier hit by the pitch, up to second base, before he was taken out of the game for a sprained ankle, as he went back to second base wrong. After Howard was replaced at second base by pinch runner Cody Ransom, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ransome, while sending Francisco to second base. The Nats’ tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Zimmerman hits a two-run double, scoring Bernadina, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Desmond’s double, and Desmond, who had earlier doubled. The Nats took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a man on base, and with one out, Adam Dunn hits a two-run home run, his twenthy-fifth home run of the season, scoring Desmond, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier walked, cutting the Nats’ lead to 4-3. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, as Polanco went to third on a Gload pinch hit single, and with one man out, Francisco hits a grounder to third, that Zimmerman did not catch cleanly, before throwing to second base, 5-4, to force out Gload at second for the inning’s second out, but was unable to throw out Francisco, allowing Polanco to score the tying run, as the Phils tied the score 4-4 on the force out. The Phils would retake the lead in the eleventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who was safe at first on a bunt attempt, although replays showed that he was actually out, the Phils catching a break, moved up to second on pinch hitter Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and then went to third on Rollins’ fly out to center, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phil made it a 6-4 lead as Werth hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils then handed the ball over to Lidge, who this time had a 1-2-3 inning, recording his eleventh save of the year.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out ten. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Madson) and a walk (Romero) between them, while striking out two (one each). Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. His record is now 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA. Brad Lidge records his eleventh save as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. John Lannan also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. Miguel Batista pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Joel Peralta receives his first blown save of the year as he pitches two innings, giving up a hit. Drew Doren pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Collin Balester took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in two runs. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Werth’s hits being doubles, knocking in a run, while Francisco’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in two runs, and Valdez’s hits were both singles. Dom Brown, Cole Hamels and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, with Brown knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense, while scoring runs, haven’t busted open a game on the road since the All-Star break. They’re due for a few, although they might not be able to do it for a while with Ryan Howard being day-to-day because of his ankle injury.

The Phils (57-48, 2nd NL East), now two and a half games behind the Braves in the East (if not for Lidge’s blown save on Saturday, they could be a game and a half behind the Braves, as Atlanta lost two of three to the Reds in Cincinnati during the weekend) have the day off today, before they go to face the Marlins for three in Miami, starting tomorrow night. Who would have thought that with all of the problems the Phils have had this year, they would still be within striking distance of the Braves in the East? I’m sure most people wouldn’t, including a lot of my fellow Phillies fans. This means that either this team is very resiliant, or the Braves aren’t as strong as everyone have been thinking they were during the last two months.

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