September 2010

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 14: The Phils hurt the Nats with the long ball as they win, 5-2.

The Phils hits three home runs as they go on to defeat the Nats, 5-2, staying three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI triple, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead latter that inning, as they loaded up the bases via Ryan Zimmerman being hit by the pitch, and then a walk to Michael Morse, moving Zimmerman up to second base, and now with two men out, but Kyle Kendrick got out of the inning by getting Wilson Ramos to ground out, 4-3, to end the inning. The Phils then tied it up at one-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, establishing a new club record as he now has hit 30 or more home runs and driven in 100 or more RBIs in five straight seasons, breaking the old record held by both him and Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, as he knocks in Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Nats get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would handle the Nats for the last three innings, with Brad Lidge recording his twenty-third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Desmond to end the game by grounding out softly to the pitcher, 1-3.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.78 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches his thirteen hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-third save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordon Zimmermann took the lost as he pitches only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Craig Stammen, Ross Detwiller, Tyler Clippard and Collin Balester combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, (Detwiller (2), Balester (1)) and three walks (Detwiller (1), Clippard (1), Balester (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with three hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Vladez’s hits were two singles and a double, also knocking in a run. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ruiz’s hits being singles, while Howard’s hit was a two-run home run, and Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to gets hit, as they now head for a sweep with the Nats, while keeping a three-game lead over the Braves, as they defeat the Mets in an afternoon game.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 15: The Phils crush the Nats as Roy Oswalt becomes 9-0 at the Bank, as the Phils win, 9-1.

The Phils’ offense continue its September surge as they score nine unanswered runs as they crush the Nats, 9-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his ninth start at Citizens Bank Park without a lost. The Phils’ lead in the NL East stays at three game.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Chase Utley, moving Polanco up to second base, and a single by Ryan Howard, moving both Polanco and Utley up a base, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, while sending Utley to third and Howard to second base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, while sending Werth up to third, before Ibanez would move up to second on the late throw. After Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch, reloading the bases, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, as the ball hits the second base umpire, thus being called dead, as he was in front of the second baseman, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead as Werth scores, while both Ibanez and Ruiz would move up a base. Roy Oswalt then gave the Phils a 5-1 lead with an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while moving up both Ruiz and Valdez, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Oswalt at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz would score, and Valdez would move up to third, as Victorino would safely reach first. The Nats tried to get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Willie Harris’ ground out, 4-3, he tried to score on Justin Maxwell’s liner to center, and was cut down at home by a strong throw by Victorino, as Ruiz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the final out on a line out-doubleplay, 8-2. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’s lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on a missed catch error by Joe Bisenius on Adam Dunn’s throw to first on Ibanez’s grounder. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Maxwell, swinging, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 7-1 (13-13)  with a 1.94 ERA (2.90). Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Madson) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out two (Romero) between them. Jason Marquis took the lost as he lasts only a third of an inning, giving up six runs on six hits, a hit batter and a walk. His record is now 2-9 with a 7.71 ERA. Miguel Batista pitches three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter. Scott Olsen pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Doug Slaten pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits apiece, with Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez had two singles, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Howard, Valdez and Oswalt’s hits being singles, with Victorino, Valdez and Oswalt each knocking in a run, while Ruiz hits a two-run home run. The Phils’ offense continue to score runs, as they keep smoking the ball.

The Phils (87-61, 1st) continues their series with the Nats (62-85, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-9, 4.85), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up eleven runs on nineteen hits and five walks, while striking out three. He will be trying to expand on his last start, while hoping to give the Phils a chance to win. The Nats will send to the mound Jordon Zimmermann (0-1, 5.29), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 12, as he went only three innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched thirteen innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that the Phils will have problems facing him. The Phils will be trying to continue their winning ways, while hoping to increase their lead in the NL East. 

Countdown to the Playoffs, 15 games left: The Phils have three at home with the Nats.

With a three-game lead in the NL East, and having the best record in the National League, the Phils come back home to Philadelphia for their final home stand of the season. For the nine-game home stand, the Phils get to face the last place Nationals, the second place Braves and the fourth place Mets, with the Mets series being the last time that they’ll meet their rival to the North this year.

First up will be the Nationals, who presently have the third-worst record in the National League (with the D-backs and the Pirates sporting the second worst and the worst record in the NL respectively). This year, the Phils have a 7-5 record against the Nationals, with six games left to play. The Phils will be trying to win both remaining series between the two clubs, trying to go at least 4-2, with a best of 6-0, the later of which will not be easy as the Nats have been known to play tough with the Phils, although with it never being reflected in the season records between the two teams.

The first game of the three-game series, to be played at Citizens Bank Park, will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils (86-61, 1st) will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (6-1 (12-13) 1.98 (2.94)), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 12, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty-two and a third innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits and eight walks, while striking out nineteen. Against the Nationals, since being traded to the Phils by the Astros, his record is 1-1, as he had pitched thirteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out twelve. He has pitched one game against the Nats as an Astros, going 0-1, as he pitched just two and one third innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Thus, in three previous starts against the Nationals, his overall record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on sixteen hits and six walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be pitching on normal rest, as his position in the rotation was switched with Kyle Kendrick, so that he would be facing the Braves next Wednesday night, as part of the three aces against the Braves in the middle series of the home stand. Oswalt will be going for his seventh win as a Phil, his thirteenth win of the season, to even up his season record, and his fourth win in a row. The Nats (62-84, 5th) will counter with Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on September 11, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’  4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched seventeen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out eleven. In three previous starts against the Phils, his record is 0-3, as he has pitched thirteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on eighteen hits and nine walks, while striking out just four. He will be trying to not become the Phils punching bag, as he was back in April. The Phils will be trying to not look past the Nats before they face the Braves to lock in their control of the NL East.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 16: Roy Hallday notches win no. 16 as the Phils sweep the Marlins, 10-5. Their lead in the East is now at three games.

Roy Halladay notches his nineteenth win of the season, taking the NL lead in that category, as the Phils’ bats pound on the Marlins again, as they sweep the fish, 10-5. They are now leading the NL East by three games over the Braves, who had earlier lost to the Nats.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, and Werth, who had earlier stole second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the third as Utley hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Howard, a single by Ibanez, sending Howard up to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Chad Tracy on a force attempt on an Carlos Ruiz ground ball, allowing Howard to reach third, Ibanez to get to second base, and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with two men out, Shane Victorinio hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ruiz to third and Valdez up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a walk to Werth, a single by Ibanez, moving Werth to third base, and with Ibanez going up to second base on the late throw to third, and an intentional walk to Ruiz, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 game as, with Roy Halladay pitching, Brett Sinkbell uncorks a wild pitch, allowing Ibanez to score, and Ruiz and Valdez to move up to third and second base, respectively. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Gaby Sanchez, Scott Cousins and Brad Davis, and with one man out, pinch hitter Hector Luna hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Sanchez, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Cousins on to third base. The Phils would make it a 9-2 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just tripled. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as Sanchez hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then made it 9-4 Phils in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a ground out RBI, 6-3, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had just tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 10-4 lead. The Marlins tried to rally in the ninth, as they loaded up the bases, via a single to Bonifacio, a walk to Morrison, moving Bonifacio up to second base, and a walk to Uggla, moving both Bonifacio and Morrison up a base, and with one man out, Sanchez walks, forcing in Bonifacio, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead, while moving both Morrison and Sanchez up a base. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Jose Contreras would come in and shut them down, first by striking out Tracy, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Cousins to ground out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out nine, taking the league’s lead in that stat. His record is now 19-10 with an ERA of 2.49. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa took the lost as he lasts only two and a third innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks. His record is now 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brett Sinkbell pitches a third of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Jay Buente pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches pitches two scoreless innings, walking one, while striking out one. Leo Nunez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils collected fourteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Valdez’s hits being all singles, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez’s hits were two doubles and a single, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a single and a triple, knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s two hits were a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, and Gload’s hit being a pinch hit double, knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense went back to scoring runs, this time off of the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (86-61, 1st) have the day off today, as they come home to Philadelphia for a nine-game home stand, starting with a three-game weekend series with the Nationals (62-84, 5th). They now have a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East pennant race.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 17: Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins, as the Phils hold on to defeat the fish, 2-1, as they increase their lead in the East to two games.

Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins as his scoreless streak ends at twenty-five and a third innings, as the Phils defeat the fish, 2-1. With the Braves lost to the Nationals, the Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to two games.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, knocking in Logan Morrison, who was safe at first when Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second, 3-6, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s single, ending Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ scoreless streak at twenty-five and a third innings, while Ramirez, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Hamels and Marlins’ starter Adalberto Mendez, with both pitchers pitching themselves out of trouble in innings two-four, as neither were sharp. The Phils would then regain the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Victorino, a walk by Polanco, moving Victorino up to second base, a double steal by Victorino and Polanco, after Chase Utley had flown out to right, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, with Wes Helms only having a play at first, allowing Victorino to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move up a base. That would end up being the final score as Hamels would kept the Marlins down for six and two-thirds innings, striking out a season high thirteen batters, before handing the ball over to the bullpen, who kept the Marlins quiet for the final two and one-thirds innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth by Brad Lidge, who recorded his twenty-second save of the season by getting Morrison to fly out to center for the game’s final out. 

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen. His record is now 11-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fourteenth hold of the year by pitching a third of an inning. Ryan Madson receives his twelfth hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-second save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Adalberto Mendez takes the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Burke Badenhop, Jose Veras, Leo Nunez and Clay Hensley combines for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Badenhop) and five walks (Badenhop (2), Nunez (1), Hensley (2)), while striking out four (Badenhop (1), Veras (2), Hensley (1)) between them.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a ground-rule double, scoring both Phils’ runs. Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Valdez and Hamels’ hits were singles. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil run with an RBI ground out with the bases loaded. The offense left too many men on base, but was able to get in two runs, allowing the pitching staff to do the rest.

The Phils (85-61, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (73-71, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 10, when he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and three walks, while he has struck out fifteen. He will be going for win no. nineteen, while hoping to cut down on the home runs, which has been hurting him lately. The Marlins will counter with Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82), who is making a spot start. In his last three appearances, his record is 0-0, as he pitched five innings, all against the Phils, as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He hopes that he’ll be able to handle the Phils for more than two innings. The Phils will be out to end a good road trip with a sweep of the Marlins, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves, who are right now trying to stay two games behind the Phils.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 18: The bats continue to hit as they support Joe Blanton, as the Phils pound the fish, 11-4.

The offense gave Joe Blanton massive runs support, including four bombs, as they pounded the Marlins, 11-4, staying a game ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it 6-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, as Logan Morrison made a missed catch error on the ball, before allowing Ryan Howard, who had just walked, to score on a throwing error to the plate, allowing Werth to move up to second base. Two batters later, with a runner still on second, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, to give the Phils a 7-0 lead. The Phils made it 8-0 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Joe Blanton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, with one man out, the Phils took a 9-0 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while sending Polanco up to second base, before going to third on the late throw to the plate. Then with the bases loaded, as Ibanez is walked, moving Howard up to second base, Ruiz received an RBI walk, forcing in Polanco, making it a 10-0 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Ibanez up a base. Meanwhile, Blanton was setting down the Marlins in the first five innings, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The Marlins then scored in their half of the sixth as Morrison hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tried to add another run, as they got two men on, via a Dan Uggla fielder’s choice grounder, as Hanley Ramirez, who had just doubled, was caught off second base by shortstop Wilson Valdez, and then put into a run down, before finally being tagged out, 6-5-4, at second base, keeping Uggla at first, and a single by Gaby Sanchez, sending Uggla up to second base. But Blanton got out of the inning by getting Mike Stanton to fly out to right for the inning’s second out, and then by striking out Chad Tracy. The Phils would get the run back in the seventh as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils an 11-1 lead. The Marlins tried once again to come back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Uggla hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, knocking in Morrison, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, making it an 11-3 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Tracy hits an RBI double, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier doubled, making it an 11-4 Phils’ lead. But, the Phils would finally get out of the inning as David Herndon would get Brad Davis to ground out, 5-3. Danys Baez then came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ramirez to end the game by grounding out, 5-3. 

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches six strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 7-6 with a 5.00 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitches an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Jay Buente pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Jose Ceda pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa pitches two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, with two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in four runs, one via a bases loaded walk, raising his batting average to .300. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez all followed with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being two singles, Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, and Valdez’s hits being a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Joe Blanton, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Howard, Blanton and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Polanco and Howard both knocking in a run, Utley’s hits being a solo home run, and Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit home run. The other Phil’s run came in on an error. The offense continues to explode, while Blanton has added to the team’s recent good starting performances.

The Phils (84-61, 1st) continue their three-game series with the Marlins (73-70, 3rd) 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 Cole Hamels (10-10, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 8, as he pitched seven strong shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty-two scoreless innings, giving up only eleven hits and four walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be going for his fourth straight win and his fifth straight quality start, while trying to extend his scoreless streak past twenty-five innings. He will be opposed by Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 6, as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while walking two and striking out six, in the Marlins’ 7-1 win. He will be hoping that the Phils will not have figured him out yet. The Phils will be going for their third straight win, while planning to take the rookie to the cleaners, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves as they continue their series with the Nationals in Atlanta.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 19: Roy Oswalt pitches a complete game shut out as the Phils take the series from the Mets, winning 3-0.

Roy Oswalt pitches a four-hit shutout, as he leads the Phils past the Mets, 3-0, as the Phils regain sole lead in the NL East as the Braves lose to the Cardinals in the evening. The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, while sending Polanco, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Roy Oswalt would pitch a 113-pitch complete game shut out, giving up just four hits, all singles, and a walk, while striking out six, ending the game by striking out Carlos Beltran on a foul tip that was held onto by Carlos Ruiz. Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-13 (6-1) with an ERA of 2.94 (1.98). Jon Niese takes the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.85 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Elmer Dessens combine for two scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Dessens), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one apiece) between them. The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Howard knocking in a run, with Polanco’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, as the offense had enough key hits to give Oswalt some runs support. The Phils (82-61, 1st) continue their road trip as they go to Miami to face the Marlins (73-69, 3rd) for three games, starting 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 Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 7, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs, seven of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year, while hoping to shut down the fish. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on September 8, as he pitched just four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 10-6 lost. He will be hoping that the Phils will not beat up on him for the second straight start. The Phils are once again alone in first place in the East, thanks to the Cardinals beating up on the Braves, as they hope to add on to their lead tonight.

Saturday: Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 20: The Phils’ rally comes too late as the Phils’ bullpen can not hold back the Mets as they drop one to the Mets, 4-3.

The bats wake up too late as the Phils drop one to the Mets, thanks in part to the bullpen being unable to hold back their rival to the north, as they lose to the Mets, 4-3. A victory by the Braves over the Cardinals lead to a tie for the lead in the NL East.

In the first, the Mets take the lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jesus Feliciano, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while Wright, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Mets took a 2-0 lead as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to J. Feliciano and Angel Pagan, with J. Feliciano going to third and Pagan going to second on Raul Ibanez’s fielding error, and with Wright being intentionally walked, and with two men out, Davis hits a two-run single, scoring both J. Feliciano and Pagan, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Wright to second base. The Phils started a comeback in the eighth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Victorino, who had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Utley’s ground out, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tried to tie the game up in the ninth as they had a runner on third, John Mayberry, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Mike Sweeney, who had earlier doubled, and had (Mayberry) gone to third on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 3-1, and with two men out. But they would be turned back as Hisanori Takahashi got pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz to end the game by grounding out, 5-3, recording his sixth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 9-9 with a 4.85 ERA. David Herndon pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two hits. Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Madson), while striking out a batter (Durbin). Mike Pelfrey gets the win as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he strikes out five. Bobby Parnell pitches to a batter, giving up a run on a hit. Pedro Feliciano records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Manny Acosta receives his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning. Hisanori Takahashi records his sixth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Brian Schneider, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard and Schneider’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run and Howard knocking in two runs, while Gload and Sweeney’s hits were pinch hit doubles. The Phils’ offense came to life too late to affect the outcome of the game, as the team fell into a tie for first place (81-61) in the NL East with the Braves as they defeated the Cardinals in Atlanta during the night.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 21: The Phils’ bats continue to play as they give their ace, Roy Halladay, win #18, as they defeat the Mets, 8-4.

With Jimmy Rollins being day-to-day because of his right leg being tight, the bats continue to hit as they cause damage to their rival to the north, the Mets, while giving Roy Halladay his eighteenth win, as they win, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second 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, and then stopped at third on Raul Ibanez’s double, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead, while Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, went to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners once again on the corners, and with still one man out, Ibanez crossed the plate on a Wilson Valdez double play, 4-3-6, as he got home before Ruiz was tagged out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI double, knocking in Jenrry Mejia, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on third, and now with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Reyes, who had moved up to third on Angel Pagan’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, and the 251st home run of his career, tying him for third place on the all-time Phils’ home run list with Pat Burrell. Five batters later, the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Werth, Ruiz, sending Werth to second base, and an infield single by Valdez to third base, moving up both Werth and Ruiz, and with two men out, Halladay helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, scoring both Werth and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while sending Valdez on to third. The next batter, Shane Victorino, made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Halladay to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. Five batters later, with the bases once again loaded, via a double to Howard, Ibanez being intentionally walked, and then Ruiz being walked, moving both Howard and Ibanez up a base, and with two men out, Valdez was hit by the pitch, forcing in Howard, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third and Ruiz up to second base. The Mets then made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Ike Davis, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson shut down the Mets in the ninth, ending the game by getting Reyes to fly out to center.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he strikes out five. His record is now 18-10 with a 2.44 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jenrry Mejia took the lost as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA. Raul Valdes pitches two and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he strikes out three. Sean Green, Pat Misch, Elmer Dessens and Ryota Igarashi pitches two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dessens) and three walks (Green (2), Igarashi (1)), while striking out two (Misch and Igarashi one each) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocks in a run, as he raised his batting average to .296. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth followed with two hits each, with Victorino’s two hits being both singles, knocking in a run, while Howard’s two hits were a solo home run and a double, knocking in a run, and Werth’s two hits were singles. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, Ibanez’s hit being a double, and Valdez and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Valdez knocking in a run as he was hit by a pitch, and Halladay knocking in two runs. The other Phil run came in on a doubleplay, with the runner scoring before the last out was recorded. The offensive is presently raking the ball and scoring runs. Hopefully it’ll continue today.

The Phils (82-60, 1st) continue their three-game series with the Mets (69-72, 4th) with an afternoon game that is being televised nationally on Fox, with the game starting at 4:05 pm Eastern at Citi Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.89) while the Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (13-9, 3.96). The Phils will be going for their fifth straight win, while hoping to start pulling away from the second place Braves, who are presently playing the Cardinals in Atlanta.

Countdown to the Playoffs, 21 games to go: The Phils begin their next to last road trip with their last three-game visit to New York to meet the Mets.

With twenty-one games left in the season, and with a one game lead over the Braves in the East, and at the moment owning the best record in the National League. the Phils start their next to last road trip of the season with a three-game visit with the Mets at Citi Field, with the first game of the series starting tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern time. The Phils are at the moment 6-6 with the Mets in their eighteen game season series, but they have won four of their last six games against their Eastern Division rival.

In the series opener, the Phils (81-60, 1st) will send to the mound their ace and NL Cy Young Award candidate Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.36), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 5, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he has pitched twenty-one innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-three hits and three walks, while he has struck out sixteen. Against the Mets this year, his record is 3-0, as he has pitched twenty-four innings, including a complete game, giving up only five runs on sixteen hits and just two walks, while striking out twenty-three. He will be going for his fourth win against the Mets and his eighteen win overall, while hoping that the bats will continue to give him some runs support. The Mets (69-71, 4th) will counter with Jenrry Mejia (0-3, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on September 4, as he pitched just five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Mets’ 5-3 lost. In his last three appearances on the mound, his record is 0-1, as he pitched six innings plus two batters, as he gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. He will be trying to pitch a good game against Doc, while hoping that the Mets will finally be able to defeat him in 2010. The Phils will be trying to start off the road trip on a good note, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves, as they continue their four-games series with the Cardinals.

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