April 2011

The Phils sweep the home stand, as the offense and Roy Oswalt defeat the Astros, 7-3.

A strong outing by both Roy Oswalt and the offense led to a sweep of the Astros, the first time the Phils open the season with three wins at home since 1970, as they defeat the Astros, 7-3.

The Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and the first this year for the Phils, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked and stopped at second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, would stop at third. The Astros got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-1. The Astros then made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Carlos Lee, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out Pence, who had earlier singled, at second base, then stopped at third base on Bill Hall’s double, while sending Hall, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils made it a 6-2 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, then moved up to third on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 6-4, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sac bunt, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 7-2 lead as rookie Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, his first career hit and his first career RBI, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Astros would make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Humberto Quintero hits into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Chris Johnson, who had just singled, while Wallace, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Johnson’s single, scored. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get Jason Michaels to fly out to right for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He is now 10-0 at Citizens Bank Park. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Bud Norris (0-1,11.25) took the lost as he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Aneury Rodriguez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Mark Melancon and Jeff Fulchino combine for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Melancon (2), Fulchino (1)) and two walks (Fulchino), while striking out one (Fulchino), between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (2 Singles, Home Run, 1 RBI) lead the team with three hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and Jimmy Rollins (Singles) followed with two hits each. Michaels Martinez (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single) and pinch hitter Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The offense, in the first three games, have had a total of thirty-seven hits, only eight of which were extra-base hits (6 2Bs, 2 HRs), as they scored a total of twenty-one runs, mostly through singles.

Shane Victorino, after being taken out of the game, pinch hit for Roy Oswalt in the sixth, before playing center field for the last three innings. Hopefully this will mean that things are not as bad with his legs as it sounded last night. We shall see.

The Phils (3-0, 1st) will continue their home stand with three games against the New York Mets (2-1, T-2nd), starting Tuesday night at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 12-11 2010, with a 3.06 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a 4-0 start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 2-0, 0.90 ERA 2010 season with the Padres.

As the Phils’ bats wake up, Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings, as the Phils beat the Astros, 9-4.

As the Phils’ offense decides to give Cliff Lee some runs support, Lee responds with seven strong innings as he struck out eleven Astros, as the Phils defeat the Astros, 9-4, as they start the season off with a 2-0 record.

The Phils continued from where they had left off yesterday by taking a quick lead in their half of the first inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corner, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, while sending Howard on to third base. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled. The Phils would increase their lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, moved to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, before moving up to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and Ruiz, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to second base on Cl. Lee’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier lead-off the inning with a single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco. Two batters later, with Ibanez now on second base, after moving there on Ruiz’s ground out, 5-3, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s soft ground out, 4-3. The Phils would get one of the runs back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The Astros made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier been safe at first on a Polanco throwing error, then moved up to second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would shut down the Astros in the ninth inning, striking out the last two batters.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while he struck out eleven. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits, while he struck out one batter. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth as he gave up two hits, while he struck out two. Wandy Rodriguez took the lost (0-1, 15.75), as he pitched four innings plus three batters, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Enerio Del Rosario and Mark Melancon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one each), while he struck out three batters (Del Rosario (1), Melancon (2)) between them. Aneury Rodriguez, who was making his major league debut, pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jeff Fulchino also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of the regulars getting at least one hit, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits (singles) as he raised his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (2-0, 1st NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Astros (0-2, T-4th NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will start Roy Oswalt (0-0, 0.00), who went a combine 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA for both the Astros and the Phils last year. He will be trying to give the Phils an opening series sweep. The Astros will try to counter with Bud Norris (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 9-10 season, with a 4.92 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros their first win of the season.

In other news, Shane Victroino was taken out of the game, and replaced with John Mayberry, Jr. in the fifth inning with a sore left calf. It is hoped that he won’t be out for any amount of time.

The Phils start the season with a walk-off win as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run ninth as the Phils defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils end opening day with a walk-off win via a bases-loaded ninth inning single by John Mayberry, Jr., as they defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils and Astros spent the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay and Astros’ starter Brett Myers, with Halladay giving up only three hits, while he struck out six batters, while Myers would give up just two hits. The Astros finally took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bill Hall hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence, who had earlier doubled, over to third base. The Astros would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a two-run triple, knocking in Brett Wallace, who had lead-off the inning with a single, moved up to second base on Humberto Quintero’s single, then went to third on Myers’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and Quintero, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Myer’s sac bunt, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Astros then took a 4-0 lead when Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils then started to come back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sac fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third on catcher Quintero’s passed ball, making it a 4-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the pass ball, on to third base. The Phils then made it 4-2 Astros as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rollins. The Phils then went to work in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the rally with a single, then went to second base on Howard’s single, before stealing third with Francisco batting, making it a 4-3 Astros’ lead, while Howard, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. Then two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had loaded the bases with a single, moving both Howard and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Francisco to third, and Ruiz to second base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a ball over the center fielder Bourn’s head for a walk-off RBI single, scoring Francisco, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez received the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brett Myers also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was eamed, on three hits and three walks. Wilton Lopez recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 81.00) as he gave up three runs on six hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI (Sac Fly)) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pinch Hitter Ross Gload (Single) and Pinch Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Raul Ibanez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils (1-0, 1st-T NL East) will continue their opening season series with the Astros (0-1, 3-T NL Central) tomorrow with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who last year, with the Mariners and Rangers, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a chance to start the season off with two straight wins. The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who last year went 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros an even record.

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