April 2011

Powered by a pair of solo shots, the Phils blank the Padres, 3-0, starting their western visit with a win.

The Phils start off their western trip with a 3-0 blanking of the Padres.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils made it a 2-0 lead as, with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, sending Polanco on to second base, and a walk by Raul Ibanez, with the runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, that would be dropped by right fielder Chris Denorfia for a fielding error, allowing Polanco to score, while sending Rollins to third base, and Ibanez up to second base. The Phils would then miss several opportunities to bust the game open, while their starter Roy Oswalt would show that he has recovered nicely from his bad back injury as he threw six shut out innings, giving up only one hit, a two-out fifth inning single to Denorfia, and two walks, while he struck out seven. The Padres then threaten in the bottom of the seventh as, with two outs, they loaded up the bases via a single to Nick Hundley, and walks to Cameron Maybin, moving Hundley up to second base, and to pinch hitter Will Venable, sending both runners up one base, before Antonio Bastardo came in and shut the door by getting pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez to fly out. The Padres made one last attempt in the ninth as, they put two men on, with two men out, before Jose Contreras finally ended the game as he recorded his fifth save of the year as he struck out Brad Hawpe looking.

Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while he struck out seven. David Herndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, as he received his first hold of the season. Antonio Bastardo recorded his first hold of the year, as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recorded his fifth save as he gave up a hit and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Mat Latos (0-3, 5.94) took the lost as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. Cory Luebke, Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls followed with four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Luebke (1), Neshek (2)) and two walks (Neshek and Qualls with one walk each), while striking out three (Luebke) between them. Oswalt showed that his back was okay, while the Phils pitching performed its fourth shut out of the season.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Pete Orr (Single). Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils offense blew several opportunities during the game to bust it wide open.

The Phils (12-6, 1st NL East) continue their four-game series with the Padres (8-11, 5th NL West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). Coel Hamels (1-1, 4.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 17, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win, will pitch for the Phils. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak in Petco Park, while trying to pick up his second win of the year. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Astros on April 17, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-6 win. He will also be trying for his second win of the season. The Phils will try to take a 2-0 lead in the series behind Hamels’ pitching arm.

The Phils come from behind to avoid a sweep as they defeat the Brewers, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind on a pair of home runs to avoid the sweep as they defeat the Brew Crew, 4-3.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits an RBI infield single, scoring Carlos Gomez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Braun’s single, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Braun, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Brewers added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Fielder hits an RBI double, knocking in Braun, who had earlier reached base on a Wilson Valdez fielding error, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Jonathan Lucroy hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. Meanwhile, Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson was holding down the Phils for the first five innings, in fact throwing a no-hitter until the fifth, when John Mayberry, Jr. got the Phils’ first hit, a double with two men out, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out three. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras recorded his fourth save of the season by striking out Braun swinging.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning, all long fly outs. Ryan Madson (2-0, 1.29) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recieved his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Chris Narveson also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Brandon Kintzler (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Mitch Stetter pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Kameron Loe pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. The Phils’ bullpen recovered from last night’s pitching fiasco, as Lee had a hard time with the Brew Crew, but kept the Phils’ bats within striking distance.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, (Single, Home Run), as he knocked in a run. Placido Polanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double), Ben Franciso (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense was handcuffed until the sixth, when it finally scored some runs, but it is still not hitting as it had no hits until Mayberry’s double in the fifth.

The Phils (11-6, 1st East) will now head to the west coast for a four-game series with the Padres (7-9, 5th NL West). The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April14, as he pitched six innings, before coming out in the seventh bacause of back trouble, giving up just two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to their first series opening win since the home opener, while trying to prove that his back is okay. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 16, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He is looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be looking to get back to hitting and scoring runs.

The Phils get shut out as they lose their first series of the season, losing to the Brew Crew, 9-0.

The Phils lose their first series of the young season as they are goose egged by the Brewers, 9-0.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, George Kottaras hits an RBI single, knocking in Yuniesky Betancourt, who had just doubled, before going to second base on the throw home. The Brewers made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, again with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Brewers then increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Mark Kotsay hits an RBI single, knocking in Braun, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Prince Fielder’s single, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead, while sending Fielder, who had just singled, to second base. The Brewers then took a 4-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Fielder hits an RBI single, scoring Rickie Weeks, who had earlier singled, then went to second on catcher’s Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error, while sending Braun, who had just walked, over to third. This would lead to Roy Halladay being replaced by David Herndon. Casey McGehee would welcome Herndon by hitting a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring both Braun and Fielder, as he busted the game wide open, giving the Brewers a 7-0 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Kotsay, a single to Betancourt, sending Kotsay to second base, and after Herndon is replaced on the mound by Mike Zagurski, a walk to Kottaras, moving both runners up a base, and with still two men out, the Brewers took a 9-0 lead on a single by pinch hitter Erick Almonte, knocking in both Kotsay and Betancourt, while sending Kottaras up to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would go weakly in the last three innings.

Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83) took the lost as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out only three. Not one of his better starts. David Herndon pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk. Mike Zugurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Randy Wolf (2-2, 3.18) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out five. Sean Green, Zack Braddock and Mike McClendon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (McClendon) between them.

The Phils had only two hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense did not do anything last night, other than play dead.

The Phils (10-6, 1st) will conclude their series with the Brewers (9-8, T-1st) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils will be trying to avoid a sweep.

J.C. Romero has been placed on the 15-day disabled list; Mike Zagurski will take his place on the roster.

The Phils have just announced that they will be placing J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he is taken out of last night’s game in the top of the ninth, as he attempted to field a ground ball hit by the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez, as he strained his right calf. Before the injury, Romero had pitched four and two-thirds innings, with a 3.86 ERA, as he was appearing in his seventh game of the season. Talk about tough luck.

The Phils have called up left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the 25-man roster. So far this year with the Iron Pigs, Zugurski had appeared in three games, with a 1-0 record and an 0.00 ERA, as he had allowed just two hits and have struck out seven in three and one-third innings. Hopefully he’ll do well with the parent club while J.C. recovers from his injury.

The Phils lose in extra-innings as they drop one to the Brew Crew, 6-3.

Kyle Kendrick’s bad relief appearance allow the Brewers to win in extra-innings, as the Phils lose in twelve innings, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second base on second baseman Rickie Weeks force out attempt fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on Weeks’ fielding error, would stop at second base. The Brewers tied it up at one-all in the top of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Shaun Marcus’ sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Brewers then took a 2-1 lead as Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Gomez. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets an RBI as he hits a grounder to first that Prince Fielder threw wide to home plate, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had reached first on Casey McGehee’s fielding error, then stopped at third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, to score, while sending pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, to second base on the fielder’s choice attempt. The Phils’ attempt to take the lead is then foiled as Polanco’s liner towards the second base bag is deflected off of Sergio Mitre’s body and is caught in the air by Yuniesky Betancourt for the inning’s second out, before he throws to Weeks at second base to double up Martinez, who was running on the play, for a 1-6-4 doubleplay. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Betancourt hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Braun, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Fielder’s double, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Phils then retied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, while Orr would stop at second on the late throw to the plate. After the game goes into extra-innings, neither team would get a threat going until the top of the twelfth when, with runners on the corners, via a walk by Weeks, a throwing error by Kyle Kendrick on a sacrifice bunt by Gomez, allowing Weeks to reach third base, while Gomez stayed at first, and with nobody out. Braun hits a deep sacrifice fly, scoring Weeks, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to Fielder being hit by the pitch, sending Gomez to second base, a wild pitch by Kendrick sending the runners to second and third base, and an intentional walked to McGehee, and with still one man out, Betancourt hits a sac fly, scoring Gomez, giving the Brewers a 5-3 lead, while sending Fielder to third base, and McGehee up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after Mark Kotsay is intentionally walk to reload the bases, the Brewers took a 6-3 lead as Lucroy hits an RBI single, knocking in Fielder, before McGehee is thrown out at home plate, 9-2, to end the inning. That would be the final score as Brandon Kintzler gets the win by holding the Phils down in their half of the twelfth.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out as he sustained an injury, giving up a hit. David Herndon pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit and three walks. Shaun Marcus also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits, as he struck out five. Sean Green recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit. Sergio Mitre received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kameron Loe recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Axford blew his second save attempt of the season as he gave up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter recorded a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Brandon Kintzler (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. As Joe Blanton pitched a good game, J.C. Romero would go down trying to field a grounder in the ninth, before Kyle Kenrdick would blow it for the Phils with a bad twelfth inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, both singles, with Howard knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Pete Orr (RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The offense was once again slow to get going, although hitting into a bit of buzzard’s luck in the seventh, before blowing an opportunity to win in the ninth as Victorino struck out on a 3-2 high fastball, before Jimmy Rollins ended the inning by popping up to the shortstop on  a 3-1 fastball.

The Phils (10-5, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game series with the Brewers (8-8, T-2nd NL Central), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game win against the Nationals on April 13, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to tie up the series for the Phils. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to give the Brewers the series win. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track while hoping that their ace will give them another good performance.

The Phils gain a series spilt as they win one from the pesky Marlins, 3-2.

The Phils score the winning run in the eighth with small ball as they score a series split with the Marlins, as they win 3-2.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then increased their lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second base on a delayed steal, then went to third on catcher John Buck’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, to second base. The Marlins cut the lead in half in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mike Stanton hits an RBI single, scoring Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 6-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all two batters later, as, with runners on the corners, thanks to Gaby Sanchez’s single sending Stanton to third, and with still one man out, Logan Morrison hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton. The Phils then regain the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, who had reached first base on a fielding error by Morrison, stopped at second base on Ben Francisco’s single, then went to third on Ibanez’s force out, 6-4, as Francisco, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base, while upsetting second baseman Infante enough to delay the throw to first, allowing Ibanez to reach first, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his third save of the year, as he got Infante, with runners on second and third, to ground out, 6-3, to end the game.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jose Contreras picked up his third save of the season, as he gave up two walks. Anibal Sanchez also got a no-decision as he gave up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. Ryan Webb (0-2, 2.79) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on two hits. Hamels pitched well enough to win, but got a no-decision because the offense early got too eager against the Marlins’ starter Sanchez.

The Phils’ offense had eight hits today, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. He was followed by Ben Francisco, who had two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hit. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The offense appeared to have start slowing down, but they have once again gotten enough runs to win the game.

The Phils (10-4, 1st NL East) will now begin a three-game series with the Brewers (7-7, T-3rd NL Central) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on April 12, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while giving the Phils their first series opening win since opening day. The Brewers will counter with Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Brewers’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to get his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start this series off with a win.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the season, as the Phils fall to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2011 season, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Logan Morrison broke up Roy Oswalt’s no-hit bit with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead,while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, on to third. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Omar Infante hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then took the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via an infield single by Morrison, a walk by Gaby Sanchez, sending Morrison to second base, and a single by John Buck, sending Morrison to third, and Sanchez to second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Morrison and Sanchez, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead, while sending Buck to second base. That would end up being the final score as Leo Nunez would collect his fifth save as he pitched a clean ninth.

Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, before having to leave at the start of the seventh because his back stiffen up on him, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Danys Baez blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 2.84), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras then combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Contreras) between them. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Edward Mujica (2-1, 4.76) got the win, as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Webb received his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Choate also received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez received his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter. The bullpen blew it first save of the season, as it tried to follow Roy Oswalt after he had left the mound in the top of the seventh because his back has stiften up earlier in the game.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Pete Orr (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run, as he hits a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense has slowed down in their last two games, being unable to do much, thanks in part to the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (9-4, 1st) will continue their series with the Marlins (8-5, 2nd) tomorrow, with the first game of a day-night doubleheader, as tonight’s game was cancelled because of the rain. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 1:35 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) will take the mound for the Phils, after coming off a good performance against the Braves on April 10, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be tryng for his second win, while trying to lead the Phils to a series split thanks to the rain out. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 10, as he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only two, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on his record, while trying to pitch the Marlins into a first place tie with the Phils. The Phils will be trying to even the series with a win, while putting themseleves two games ahead of the fish. 

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game three-hit shut-out as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-0.

Cliff Lee threw a complete game three-hit shut out, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-0.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between the Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmermann, who was throwing a no-hitter at the Phils thru five innings, as he struck out four batters, and Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who was throwing a two-hitter, as he struck off five, while the defense kept the Nats off the board in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Zimmermann hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw home to Carlos Ruiz to force out Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jerry Hairston’s fly out to center, for the inning’s second out. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as Ruiz broke up Zimmermann’s no-hit bid with a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an infield single, before Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, scored on Hairston’s throwing error to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Polanco goes on to second base on the errant throw. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, with Ruiz stopping at second base, and an Espinosa throwing error of a Lee grounder, allowing Ruiz to reach third, and Valdez to stop at second base, and with one man out, Polanco hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Ruiz, while Lee is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while Valdez would be safe at third base, as Polanco stopped at first. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, finally knocking in his first RBI of the year, scoring Valdez, while sending Polanco on to second base. That would be the final score as Lee set down the Nats in the ninth for the complete game shut out.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) got the win as he pitched a complete game, the second by a Phils starter in as many games, as he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out twelve. Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched seven innings plus three batters, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four. Drew Storen, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick pitched for two innings without giving up a run, giving up a hit (Storen), while striking out two batters (Storen and Slaten one batter each) between them. 

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error, as the offense capitalized on the few opportunities given to them by the Nats.

The Phils (9-3, 1st) now go back home to Citizens Bank Park for their second home stand to face the Marlins (7-5, 2nd). The game will be played later today at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25), who is coming off a strong start against the Braves on April 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 10-2 win. He will be trying for his third victory of the year, while trying to give the Phils their second three games winning streak. The fish will attempt to counter with Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64), who is coming off a win against the Astros on April 9, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four in the Marlins’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to get the fish one game behind the Phils. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while hoping to start it off with a win in the opening game of the series for the first time since their series with the Astros.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of 2011, after holding off a ninth inning Nats’ rally, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 3-2.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of the 2011 season, as the Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Nats, as the Phils win, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had reached first base on Ian Desmond’s fielding error, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s slow ground out, 5-3, then was given third on Desmond’s interference error as Rollins and Desmond bump into each other as Rollins was heading towards third base, since no one was covering third, thanks to the shift on Howard. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s fail bunt attempt,1-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Valdez’s walk, was out at third, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out, scored, while sending Halladay, who was safe at first on his failed bunt attempt, stopped at second base. Two batters later, after Rollins had loaded the bases with a single, moving up both Halladay and Polanco, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Howard was hit by the pitch, forcing in Halladay, while moving up a base both Polanco and Rollins. That would remain as the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Nats finally put together a rally. With runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Jayson Werth’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1, while sending Werth, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Nats then cut it down to a 3-2 Phils’ lead, as Danny Espinosa hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Nix on to second base. But that would be the final score, as Halladay would buckle down and get the last two outs, by first striking out pinch hitter Matt Stairs for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, both on called third strikes.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 1,23) got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he had struck out nine. John Lannan (1-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, striking out three. Chad Gaudin, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Guadin), while striking out two batters (Guadin and Slaten one batter each), between them. Halladay performed the Phils’ staff first complete game, as he missed pitching a shut out by giving up the first of two runs in the ninth, before striking out the last two batters to end the ballgame.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ RBI, Francisco via a ground out and Howard as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The Phils’ offense did not have many hits in the game, but they were able to score enouigh run to win behind Halladay.

The Phils (8-3, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nationals (5-6, 3rd) later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84), will pitch for the Phils as he is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 8, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lee will be trying to come back from his previous bad start against the Braves, while trying to give the Phils their fourth series win. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Mets, as he lasted five and one thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while also trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be trying to come back to Philly with a winning record.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his old teammates, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-4.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his former club, as the Phils lose to the Nationals in Washington, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single. The Nats then took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ramos hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Matt Stairs’ ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats then increased their lead as, now with the bases loaded, after an infield single by Nix, sending Ramos to third, and a walk to Espinosa, sending Nix up to second base, and with still one man out, Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving up both Nix and Espinosa, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead as Livan Hernandez performed a successful suicide squeeze, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Nix, while sending Espinosa on to third base, and Hairston to second base. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tried to get back into the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a single by Raul Ibanez, a single by Carlos Ruiz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and an infield single by Wilson Valdez, moving Ibenez to third base, and Ruiz to second base, with one man out, before they were turned back as Hernandez struck out pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., for the inning’s second out, before handing the ball over to reliever Tyler Clippard, who ended the threat by striking out Shane Victorino. The Nats then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rick Ankiel, a walk by Werth, sending Ankiel to second base, a double steal by Ankiel and Werth, and a walk by pinch hitter Michael Morse, and with two men out, Ramos received an RBI walk, forcing in Ankiel, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Werth to third base, and Morse to second base. The Phils would finally get a run back in the eighth as, once again with the bases loaded, via a single to Jimmy Rollins, a walk to Howard, moving Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ibanez hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, scoring Rollins, to make it a 6-2 Nats’ lead, and sending Howard to third base, as Francisco is wiped out at second base, while upsetting shortstop Ian Desmond enough to allow Ibanez to reach first base before the throw. The Phils then cut the lead to 6-3 as, with runners now on the corners, and now with two men out, Howard would score on Sean Burnett’s wild pitch, while Ibanez would move up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Cora hits an RBI single, knocking in Espinosa, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Ivan Rodriguez’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 7-3 Nats’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 7-4 Nats’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s ground out 5-3. That would be the final score as Burnett recorded his third save of the season by getting Rollins to line out to Desmond for the final out.   

Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and walk, while he struck out four. David Herrndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and one walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, walking two batters. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out six. Tyler Clippard recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Sean Burnett received his third save of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. The Phils’ relief corps did not do well last night, as they allowed two runs to score, thanks in part to four walks coming back to haunt them, with three of them coming in a row in the seventh, forcing in a run with the bases loaded.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (RBI), Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (HR, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The fourth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense was not able to go to work on Livan Hernandez because he messed them up with his slow pitches, mixed in with some faster stuff.

The Phils (7-3, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Nats (5-5, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 6, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 11-0 rout of the Mets. He will be going for his second win, while trying to even up the series between the two teams. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 7, as he pitched only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win over the Phils. The Phils will be out to even up the series behind the pitching arm of Roy Halladay, while hoping that the offense will be out to once again score runs in bunches.

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