April 2011

Coming from behind, the Phils support a strong effort from Roy Halladay as they defeat the Mets, 2-1.

A strong effort by Roy Halladay is supported by a two-run seventh, as the Phils come from behind to defeat the Mets, 2-1.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on David Wright’s infield single, beating out Placido Polanco’s throw to second base, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to second base. Roy Halladay would then get out of trouble by getting Jason Bay to fly out to center field for the first out, as Wright would move up to third, then get Ike Davis to foul out to the third baseman for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Josh Thole to ground out, 6-3. The game would then be a pitcher’s duel, with Halladay giving up just one run for seven innings on six hits, as he struck out seven, helped along by a double play, while Mets’ starter Jon Niese kept the Phils off-balance for six innings, scattering four hits and one walk, while striking out two. The Phils would then tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Wilson Valdez, a walk by Dane Sardinha, sending Valdez to second base, and a single by Shane Victorino, sending Valdez on to third, and Sardinha to second, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Sardinha on to third. That would be more than enough for Roy Halladay, as he would give up only one more hit, and a walk, being helped by a double play in the eighth and his eighth strikeout in the ninth, before ending the game by getting Davis to ground out, 3-1.

Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. He started the game with eighteeen straight strikes, and would end up with a strike/walk ratio of 80/27. Jon Niese (1-4, 4.71) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Taylor Buchholz pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jason Isringhausen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, with a single and a double, while knocking in a run with a sac fly, and John Mayberry, Jr. with a single and a home run, with an RBI, both leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, with Valdez ending a hitless streak. With his two hits, Polanco now has 41 hits in April, establishing a new team hits record for the month, while the team won their eighteenth game, establishing a new team wins record for the month.

The Phils (18-8, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (11-16, 5th) tomorrow, with a night game that will be televised by ESPN. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18), who is coming off a bad start against the D-backs on April 25, as he would go seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be looking to lead the Phils to a sweep over the Mets, while improving on his last start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (1-0, 2.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on April 26, as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to keep the Mets from being swept. The Phils will be trying to start the home stand with a sweep.

The bats came out to support Vance Worley as the Phils beat up on the Mets, 10-3.

The Phils’ bats came out tonight in support of Vance Worley as they crushed the formerly red hot Mets, 10-3.

The Mets tried to get on the board in the first inning as, with one man out, Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins committed two straight errors, allowing both Daniel Murphy and David Wright to reach base before Vance Worley got Carlos Beltran to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Wright at second base, to end the inning. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Polanco, with Victorino stopping at second base, and with Howard being hit by the pitch, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Polanco, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Mets tried to score again in the sixth as, with two men on, via a single by Wright, and a walk to Beltran, with Wright stopping at second base, and with no one out, before Worley got Jason Bay to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Beltran at second base, while sending Wright on to third, and then ended the inning by getting Ian Davis to fly out to left. The Phils then busted the game wide open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases once again loaded, via a walk to Brian Schneider, Victorino being hit by a pitch, sending Schneider up to second base, a passed ball by Josh Thole, allowing Schneider to reach third base, and Victorino to stop at second base, then Polanco reaching first on a fielder’s choice, as Victorino is caught off second base on Polanco’s grounder as Schneider did not go home on contact, 4-unassisted, and a walk to Rollins, sending Polanco on to second base and with two men out, Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his sixth home run of the year, his second home run of the night, and his tenth career grand-slam home run, knocking in Schneider, Polanco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, once again with the bases loaded, via a walk to Raul Ibanez, Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, sending Ibanez up to second base, with both runners moving up a base on a Ryota Igarashi wild pitch and a walk to Victorino, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run single, his 39th hit for the month of April, breaking the club record set by Chase Utley, knocking in both Ibanez and Ott, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Mets finally got on the board in the ninth as, with one man out, Davis hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on second, via a walk to Thole, and with him going to second base on defensive indifference, and with still one man out, Jason Pridie hits a two-run home run, scoring Thole before him, making it 10-3 Phils. That would be the final score as David Herndon would get the final two outs, striking out Chin-lung Hu swinging for the final out.

Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five. He did rather well in his start for the injured Joe Blanton. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey (1-3, 7.39) took the lost as he went four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter, striking out three. Dillon Gee pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Rota Igarashi pitched two-third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Stutes, after giving up a walk, settled down and got out the next three batters that he would face in the seventh inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles, 2 RBIs), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 6 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, with Worley having his first career hit. Ryan, with his six RBIs, would establish a new Phils’ record for the month of April with 27 RBIs, while Polanco, with his two hits, would establish a new Phils’ hits record for the month with 39 hits, breaking Chase Utley’s record of 38 hits. The Phils, in their last three games, had been hitting and scoring runs again. I just hope it’ll last for a while.

The Phils (17-8, 1st) will continue their weekend series with the Mets (11-15, 5th), with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 1:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound their ace, Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 24, as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out fourteen, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Roy will be going for his second win against the Mets and his fourth for the year. The Mets will try to counter with Joe Niese (1-3, 5.10), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 24, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series for the Mets. The Phils will be trying for a three games winning streak later today.

Joe Blanton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow problems; Vance Worley has been called up from Lehigh Valley.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Phils placed their fifth starter, Joe Blanton, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, because of discomfort in his right elbow that he had felt during his last two starts, but had gotten worst as he was preparing for his projected start against the Mets tonight. So, after he had taken an MRI, the team decided to put him on the shelf to allow his throwing arm to get better.

Before being placed on the dl, Blanton had gone 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts, although he had pitched well in his last two starts for a 2.57 ERA.

The Phils have called up Vance Worley from Lehigh Valley to take Blanton’s place. With the Iron Pig, Worley has gone 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, in four starts. Last year, in five games with the Phils, two of which were starts, Worley went 1-1 with an ERA of 1.38, as he gave up just two runs on eight hits in thirteen innings of work. Hopefully he’ll continue where he had left off last year as he faces the Mets.

Good luck, Vance, and get well soon, Joe.

The Phils outslug the D-backs as they leave Phoenix with a win, 8-4.

The Phils’ bats came out smoking as they salvage a win against the D-backs, 8-4.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run ground-rule double, knocking in both Polanco and Rollins. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the second as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year. The D-backs got on the board in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Melvin Mora hits an RBI double, scoring Stephen Drew, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier doubled. The D-backs got those two runs back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with no one out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring pinch hitter Juan Miranda, who had just tripled, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get one of those runs back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Polanco, who then moved up to second on Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, a walk by Ryan Howard, and Francisco being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Howard up a base, and with two men out, Brian Schneider, who was in the game because Carlos Ruiz was having back issues, forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Polanco, while moving up both Howard and Francisco, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The D-backs made it a 7-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Young hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year and his second home run of the game. In the ninth, the Phils added another run as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch out of a runners on the corners, one out jam by striking out Mora swinging for the second out, and then getting pinch hitter Miguel Montero to ground out, 4-3, to end the ballgame.

Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (0-3, 5.93) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Sam Demel pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Juan Gutierrez pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks, and a hit batter, striking out a batter. Josh Collmenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. J.J. Putz pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Hamels came in and pitched well, especially after being given a big lead by the offense.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Jimmy Rollins (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Ben Francisco (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cole Hamel (Single), had the other four Phils’ hit, as the offense came out smoking early. Brian Schneider had the other Phils’ RBI, via a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (16-8, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they start a three-game series with the Mets (10-13, 5th) on friday night in Philadelphia.

The Phils come up short as they lose once again to the D-backs, 7-5.

The Phils come up short as they lose their second straight game to the D-backs, 7-5.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a triple. The D-backs tied it up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gerardo Parra hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Juan Miranda’s walk, while sending Miranda, who had just walked, to third base. The D-backs then took a 3-1 lead as Daniel Hudson hits a two-run double, knocking in both Miranda and Parra. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had been safe on a force out, 6-unassisted, as Shane Victorino, who had just singled, was wiped out at second base, then went to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 3-2, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to third base. The D-backs got the run back in their half of the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Justin Upton’s ground out, 5-3, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. The D-backs then made it a 5-2 lead as with Drew now on third base, after going to second on Montero’s ground out, 6-3, and then going to third on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch, and with two men out, he would score on Ryan Roberts’ RBI single. The Phils then cut the lead to 5-3 D-backs in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Pete Orr’s single. The D-backs got that run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Roberts hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 6-3 D-backs’ lead. The D-backs made it 7-3 in the seventh as, with man on, and with two men out, Uption hits an RBI single, scoring Johnson, who earlier had an infield single, thanks to David Herndon not covering first base on his grounder to Howard, stealing second base, then reaching third on Herndon’s wild pitch. The Phils then cut the D-backs’ lead to 7-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just singled. But that would be it as David Hernandez ended the game by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to right.

Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) took the lost as he pitched only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. Kyle Kendrick followed with two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Zagurski then pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a wild pitch and a walk. Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64) got the win as he pitch six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. Sam Demel recieved his second hold of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Joe Paterson pitched to one batter, walking him. Esmerling Vasquez collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. David Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out one. Oswalt was taken out of the game early when it was seen that he just did not have his best stuff.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Triple, Single), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The offense had their first ten+ hits game in a while, but they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it, spoiling a lot of scoring opportunities, with Francisco and Raul Ibanez being the main culprits.

The Phils (15-8, 2nd East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (10-12, 4th West) with an afternoon game at Chase Field. The game will start at 3:40 pm EDT (12:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 22, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up only four hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying to avoid the sweep, while hoping that last night’s game was an indication that the offense was waking up. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 4-1 lost. He is still loking for his first win of the year. The Phils hope to leave Phoenix with a win, while hoping that last night’s game will be a start of an offensive eruption.

The Phils gets blanked as they drop the series opener to the D-backs, 4-0.

The Phils are once again snakebit in Phoenix as they are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0.

The D-backs took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Gerardo Parra hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The D-backs then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Xavier Nady hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, then stole second, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be all that D-backs starter Ian Kennedy would need as he threw a complete game, three-hit shut out on the Phils, ending the game by striking out Jimmy Rollins.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. Michael Stutes made his major league debut as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02) got the win as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits, while striking out ten.

The Phils offense only had three hits in the game, two hits by Placido Polanco, a double and a single, and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense is doing nothing right now, as they are not even attempting to take walks, and swinging at bad pitches at the worst possible time, while either not swinging or fouling off ‘good’ pitches. This has got to change guys. This is suppose to be one of the worst pitching staffs in the NL. Act accordingly. PLEASE!!!

The Phils (15-7, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (9-12, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 21, as he went six strong shut out innings, giving up only a hit and two walks, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to even the series in Phoenix. The D-backs will counter with Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 21, as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up 5 runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out only three, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year, while hoping that the Phils’ bat won’t decide to erupt on him. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while trying to get the bats out of their present funk.

Phils place Contreras on 15-day disable list, will bring up Michael Stutes from Lehigh Valley to take his place.

Yesterday, the Phils announced the reason why Jose Contreras had not been used for most of the Padres series. He had strained the flexnor pronator tendon on his right elbow. Because of that, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, while coming back to Philadelphia to have an MRI taken to see how bad it really is. At the time of his injury, Contreras had appeared in eight games, pitching eight scoreless innings, and converting all five of his save opportunities.

To take his place as the team’s closer, while the club is still waiting for Brad Lidge to return from his injury, will be Ryan Madson, who has so far converted both of his save opportunities. To take Contreras’ spot on the roster will be Michael Stutes, who had pitched well during spring training. The Phils have bought Stutes’ contract from Lehigh Valley, planning to give him his first taste of going against Major League bats during the regular season. Hope he will do as well as Antonio Bastardo presently is, and hope that Contreras will be back soon.

The Phils sweep the series behind the strong arm of Roy Halladay, 3-1.

The Phils finished their sweep of the punchless Padres behind the strong pitching of Roy Halladay, as they win, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with still two men on, and with still nobody outs, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, while sending Francisco on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 in the seventh as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off inside-the-park home run, his third home run of the season, on a ball that bounced off of right fielder’s Will Venable’s glove and then bounced into center field. The Padres finally scored a run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Venable hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Bartlett, who had earlier grounded into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Headley’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Headley, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Phils replaced Roy Halladay with Antonio Bastardo, who then ended the game with one pitch, recording his first save of the year by getting pinch hitter Nick Hundley to fly to right.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out a career-tying fourteen batters. Antonio Bastardo converted his first save of the year as he get out the only man he would face. Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Doc dominated the Padres, as he struck out fourteen batters, striking out six in a row at one point.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Francisco knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Mike Martinez (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense once again scratched out a victory.

Phils (15-6, 1st NL East) will continued their western road trip with a three-game series with the D-backs (8-12, 4th NL West) with a game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out one, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to increase the Phils winning streak to six games. The D-backs will send to the mound Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64), who is coming off a win against the Reds on April 20, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the D-backs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their winning streak to six games.

A two-run double by Ryan Howard in the eleventh gives the Phils an extra-inning win over the Padres, 4-2.

The two-run double in the top of the eleventh by Ryan Howard gives the Phils the win in extra-innings as they defeat the Padres, 4-2.

The Padres took the lead in the first as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Jason Bartlett hits an RBI triple, knocking in Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked. The Padres retook the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Nick Hundley hits an RBI double, scoring Maybin, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Bartlett’s ground out, 6-3, then moved up to third on Orlando Hudson’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then retied the game at two-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had just doubled. The bullpens then took over, with neither side letting a man reach base, forcing the game into extra-innings. The Phils then took the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double on a ball that left fielder Ryan Ludwick misplayed, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then stopped at third on Orr’s ground out, 6-3, and Rollins, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his second straight save as he shut down the Padres in their half of the eleventh.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo pitched two 1-2-3 innings, with Bastardo striking out the side. Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 2.25) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Madson recorded his second save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Tim Stauffer also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell combined for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out three batters (one batter each) between them. Chad Qualls (0-2, 3.97) took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Cory Luebke pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits (Single, Triple, RBI). Pete Orr (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), Wilson Valdez (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. 

The Phils (14-6, 1st NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Padres (8-13, 5th NL West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83), who is coming off a bad start against the Brewers on April 19, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-0 lost. He will be looking to get back on the winning track at the punchless Padres’ expense. The Padres will try to counter with Wade LeBlanc (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first start this season, trying to stop the Padres present slide. The Phils will be going for the series sweep with the Doc on the mound.

Phils’ pitching threw its second straight shut out, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

Phils’ pitching have now thrown 23 straight shut out innings as they shut out the Padres for the second straight game, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead with two outs in the third as Ryan Howard hits a two-run triple, scoring Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, who had both walked, then both moved up a base on Clayton Richard’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Phils would need, as starter Cole Hamels and reliever Ryan Madson combined for a four-hit shut out, with Madson collecting his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while he struck out eight. Ryan Madson received his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Clayton Richard (1-1, 3.95) took the lost, as he went seven and one-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four. Ernesto Frieri pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, while striking out a batter. The Phils’ pitching staff have now thrown five shut outs in their first nineteen games.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Cole Hamels (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Triple, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The offense is still being non-effective. Hopefully they will snap out of it before the team heads off for Phoenix.

The Phils (13-6, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Padres (8-12, 5th NL West). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.27), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 18, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on sevens hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-3 extra-innings lost. He will be trying for his first win of the season, while trying to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Padres will counter with Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on April 18, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Padres’ 1-0 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the year. The Phil will try for their first four games winning streak of the year, while hoping that the offense will finally wake up.

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