May 2011

Cliff Lee throws a six-hitter against his old team as the Phils shut out the Rangers, 2-0.

Behind a Cliff Lee six-hitter, the Phils win the series by shutting out the American League Champions Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as Ryan Howard breaks out of his 0-for-23 slump by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then added a run in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-o lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base, before he is caught in a run down between second and third and is then tagged out, 7-6-4-5, for the inning’s third out. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.69) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Arthur Rhodes and Brett Tomko combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tomko), while striking out one batter (Rhodes) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee also stole a base, the first stolen base of his career.

The Phils (28-17, 1st NL East) will conclude their Interleague Play preview with the Rangers (23-23, T-1st AL West) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 PM EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a sweep over the American League Champs. The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.27), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the White Sox on May 17, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Rangers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to help the Rangers avoid being swept. The Phils will be trying to complete the sweep.

Two home runs support a strong pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils defeat the Rangers, 3-2.

Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.

The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.

The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.

Jason Giambi’s three home runs lead the Rox over the Phils, 7-1.

Three home runs by Jason Giambi doom the Phils as they lose to the Rockies, 7-1.

The Rox took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jason Giambi hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Dexter Fowler, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third base on Troy Tulowitzki’s single, and Tulowitzki, who had just singled. The Rockies then increased their lead to 5-0 in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, scoring Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would get on the board in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch when he struck out Ross Gload, allowing Gload to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Rox’s lead, while sending Gload, who had reached first base on a strikeout-wild pitch, to stop at third base. The Rox then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the night and his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had reached first base on Polanco’s fielding error, making it a 7-1 Rockies’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Felipe Paulino pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (3-3, 3.28), who was pitching in place of scheduled starter Joe Blanton, who was taken out for an injury while warming up, took the lost as he went three innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out one. Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and J.C. Romero combine for four scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Mathieson (3), Stutes (1), Romero (1)), while striking out seven (Mathieson (3), Stutes (2), Romero (2)) between them. A Phil starter threw a bad game for the first time in several starts, thanks to the Phils needing to put in an emergency starter because of Blanton’s injury while warming up. Jhoulys Chacin (5-2, 2.70) got the win as he went seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Matt Lindstrom and Felipe Paulino would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Ground-Rule Double, RBI), both having two hits. Ross Gload (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense continue to be enemic as they now face their first American League team during a preview of Interleague Play.

The Phils (26-17, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game set with the Rangers (23-21, 1st AL West) in their first Interleague Play series. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-3, 2.21) as he is coming off a lost to the Braves on May 15, as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two-game losing streak. The Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Angels on May 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out two, in the Rangers’ 5-4 win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get the offense going, as Dom Brown and Scott Herndon (What? Are they kidding bringing back that stiff?!?) are both called up from the Iron Pigs to replace Shane Victorino, who was placed on the disabled list, while Joe Blanton will stay with the team, for now, as Mathieson is sent back to Lehigh Valley.

The Phils produce enough offense to defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The Phils’ offense produce enough runs to finally reward a good pitching performance as they defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The first four and a half innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels who, in the first five innings, gave up only two hits and a walks to the Rox, while striking out four, while Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa would, in his four innings, give up just a hit, while striking out two. The Phils would score first in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, would move up to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch, then stopped at third on a Chris Iannetta passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Iannetta’s passed ball, would stop at third.  The Rockies then tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Helton hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on pinch hitter Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on a De Le Rosa’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his seventh save in seven attempts as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, in between a single and an intentional walk.

Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson recorded his seventh save of the season as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Jorge De La Rosa took the lost (5-2, 3.34) as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense’s batting struggles continue. Although they were able to score enough runs to win the game, it was only because of a passed ball and a wild pitch that they were able to win last night’s game. That is not going to continue. They need to help themselves to keep winning.

The Phils (26-16, 1st East) will conclude this short series with the Rockies (22-19, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will begin at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 14, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Blanton will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to improve on his previous outing. The Rox will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on May 14, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Rockies’ 9-7 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to sweep the short series, while hoping that the bats will finally explode and knock in some runs in support of a bunch of good pitching performances. Show the pitching some love guys!!!

The offense waste another good pitching performance, as they Phils lose to the Cards in the ninth, 2-1.

The lack of offense has allowed another good starting performance to go to waste as the Phils lose in the bottom of the ninth to the Cards, 2-1.

The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, scoring Lance Berkman, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Allen Craig’s single, beating Dane Sardinha’s bad tag, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe at first on second baseman Tyler Greene’s fielding error as he dropped Rollins’ pop up, and then stopped at third on Michael Martinez’s single. The Cards then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Albert Pujols, and with one man out, as Matt Holliday hits into a forced out at the plate on a grounder to short, 6-1, forcing out Theriot, while moving up a base both Jay and Pujols, Berkman hits an RBI single, scoring Jay, giving the Cards a 2-1 walk-off win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in his return from the disabled list. Michael Stutes pitched to one batter, throwing three balls, before being taken out of the game because of an injury to his right side. Kyle Kendrick pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez (1-2, 4.41) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. J.C. Romero pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Fernando Salas (2-0, 1.02) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Michael Martinez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense was once again easily handled by an opposing team’s pitching staff, as they keep being impatient at the plate and swinging at the pitcher’s pitches, not their pitches. What is it going to take to get this bunch to stop making easy outs?!?

The Phils (25-16, 1st East) will start a two-game series with the Rockies (22-18, 1st West), starting with a night game tonight, weather permitting. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. Hamels will be trying to end the Phils’ present losing streak at four game, if the offense would just cooperate and HELP!!! The Rockies will counter with Jorge De Le Rosa (5-1, 3.70), who will be coming off a win against the Padres on May 13, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 12-7 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to snap a four game losing streak, if the offense would just concentrate and STOP BEING WILD SWINGERS!!!

The Phils lose their third straight game as they lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils dropped their third straight game as the offense continues to act clueless, as the Phils lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, sending Holliday to second base, and an infield single by Yadier Molina, moving both Holliday and Berkman up a base, and with one man out, Nick Punto hits a two-run single, knocking in both Holliday and Berkman, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead, while sending Molina up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Kyle Lohse’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-1 Cards’ lead, while sending Ryan Theriot, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would end up as the final score as Fernando Salas converted his fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in what has to be one of the worst games that he has pitched in his career, based on the high number of walks, the most in his career, that he had given up.  Michael Stutes pitched two-third of an inning, as he got the one man that he would face to hit into a doubleplay. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (3-3, 6.07) gets the win as he went seven inning, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Eduardo Sanchez collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Fernando Salas received his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense has once more been its own worst enemy, getting themselves out against a weak pitcher. How much longer are these guys going to keep doing that until they really act like the American League team people keep claiming they are. Translation, start taking pitches and look for your pitch to hit, guys. Harumph!!!

The Phils (25-15, 1st East) will conclude their short two-game series with the Cards (23-19, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium, and will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33), who is coming off a stay on the disabled list. In his last start, a lost against the Diamondbacks on April 26, he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present three-game slide. The Cards will counter with Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just a run on nine scattered hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils hope to avoid the sweep and come back to Philadelphia with a .500 road trip.

Roy Halladay pitches his second straight complete game lost as the Phils lose to the Braves, 3-2.

Roy Halladay pitches his second straight complete game lost, this time losing on a Dan Uggla solo home run, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI infield single on a grounder going past the mound that in retrospect Roy Halladay should have left alone as it was a double play ball, knocking in Dan Uggla, who had earlier singled, then went to third on a Eric Hinske single, giving the Braves a 2-1, while sending Hinske, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils took a 2-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr., hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked. The Braves then tied it up at two-all in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Freeman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Uggla, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Hinske’s single. The Braves then retook the lead in the eighth as Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel collected his tenth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-3, 2.21) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while strtiking out seven. He has now lost his last two starts, both complete games, because of lack of runs support from the offense.  Tim Hudson received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out three. Jonny Venters (3-0, 0.77) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Craig Kimbrel recorded his tenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils’ offense only had four hits in the game, a single by Michael Martinez, a home run by John Mayberry, Jr., knocking in both Phils’ runs, a single by Pete Orr and a single by Carlos Ruiz, ending his hitless streak. For two straight days, the offense was handled rather easily by Braves’ pitching.

The Phils (25-14, 1st East) will continue their road trip with the first of two games against the Cards (22-19, 2nd Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT (6:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 11, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-3 come from behind win. He will be trying to even his record, while putting an end to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Cards will send to the mound Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on May 11, as he pitched just two and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out only one, in the Cards’ 11-4 lost. He will also be trying to even his record. The Phils hope that their offense will be able to get restarted in St. Louis.

The Phils are unable to get started early before losing to the Braves, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to come from behind as they fall to the Braves, 5-3.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Braves then made it a 2-0 lead as Nate McLouth followed him with a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, in the process breaking up Jair Jurrjens’ no-hit bid after five and two-thirds innings, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead, before being thrown out at third as he tried to move up on the throw, 9-3-6-5, for the third out. The Braves increased their lead in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI bunt single, scoring Dan Uggla, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Freddie Freeman’s infield single, beating Rollins’ throw to second base, and then moved up to third on Alex Gonzalez’s fly out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead, while sending Freeman, who had earlier singled, to second base. Then two batters later, with the bases now loaded, as Jurrjens walked, with both Freeman and Ross moving up a base, and with still two men out, Prado hits a two-run single, knocking in both Freeman and Ross, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead, while sending Jurrjens on to third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, cutting the Braves’ lead to 5-2.  Two batters later, now with runners on second and third as pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, and then both runners moved up a base on Ross’ passed ball, and with still one man out, the Phils then made it a 5-3 Braves’ lead on an RBI ground out by John Mayberry, Jr., 5-3, scoring Valdez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the season by striking out Ben Francisco for the final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Kyle Kendrick pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo combine for two scoreless innings giving up a hit (Baez) and three walks (Baez (2), Bastardo (1)), while striking out one (Bastardo), between them. Jair Jurrjens (5-0, 1.66) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jonny Venters pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing a run to score. Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, knocking in a run, a double by Wilson Valdez, also knocking in a run, and a pinch hit single by Michael Martinez. John Mayberry, Jr., knocked in the final Phil run on a ground out, as the bats were handled by first the Braves’ starter, Jurrjens, and then the bullpen.

The Phils (25-13, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (22-19, 3rd) with an afternoon  game, already in progress.

The Phils hold on to win a wild game as they defeat the Braves, 5-4.

The very strange game finally end up being a Phils win as they hang on to defeat the Braves, 5-4.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, and Polanco, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second when Cole Hamels committed a throwing error on Nate McLouth’s sacrifice bunt, trying to throw him out at second, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while McLouth, who was safe at first on Hamels’ error on his sacrifice bunt, would stop at second base. The Braves then tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Cristhian Martinez, who was pitching in relief of starter Brandon Beachy, who had injured his left side before the start of the third inning, hits a two-run double, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then would stop at third on Jon Mather’s double, and Mather, who had just doubled. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Mather’s ground-rule double, scored on Hamels’ wild pitch, making it a 4-3 Braves’ lead, while Mather, who had just hit a ground-rule double, would stop at third base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Victorino, who was still batting as an 0-2 pitch was not called a third strike by the home plate umpire, hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled. The Phils regain the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, before going up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his sixth save in six tries by striking out Dan Uggla to end the game.

Cole Hamels got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 1.35) would pick up the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the one man that he would face. Vance Worley collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson collected his sixth save of the season, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. The Phils’ pitchers were able to pitch themselves out of several jams, especially a two on, one out jam in the fifth, and a bases loaded, one out, jam in the seventh. Brandon Beachy also got a no-decision, as he was taken out of the game in the third because of an injury to his left side, pitching only two inning, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out one. Cristhian Martinez pitched four 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Cory Gearrin recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Eric O’Flaherty blew his first save of the year, before taking the lost (1-2, 1.29) as he pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. Scott Linebrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Double. Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (25-12, 1st) will continue their weekend series with the Braves (21-19, 3rd) with an afternoon game, that will be televised nationally on Fox. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 1:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.83), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on May 9, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50), who is coming off a win against the Phils on May 8, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Braves’ 5-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the Braves. The Phils will be going for their fourth win on the road trip, and their third win in a row.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Phils scored five unanswered runs in the last three innings to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Marlins then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles, an infield single by Emilio Bonifacio, a single by Ramirez, sending Bonifacio to second base, and a bloop single by Gaby Sanchez, with Bonifacio stopping at third, and Ramirez stopping at second base, and with one man out, John Buck hits an RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead, while Ramirez and Sanchez would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then took a 3-0 lead as the next batter, Mike Stanton, hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bonifacio. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits a pinch hit double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, and then reached third on first baseman Sanchez’s fielding error of Dane Sardinha’s grounder, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Sardinha, who had been safe at first on Sanchez’s error, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead as pinch hitter Ross Gload hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Sardinha, while sending Orr on to third. The Phils then tied it up at three-all in the eighth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, scoring Sardinha, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Orr’s double, and Orr, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, before stopping at second on the throw to home. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 1.42) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson collected his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two Marlins. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Michael Dunn received his first blown save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Leo Nunez (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Pete Orr leading the team with two hits, both doubles, with one of them as a pinch hitter, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double), Brian Schneider (Double), Dane Sardinha (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Ross Gload knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils’ bench helped to spark the Phils’ comeback in the late innings, getting some key hits.

The Phils (24-12, 1st) have the day off today, before starting a three-game weekend series with the Braves (20-18, 3rd), starting tomorrow night. They presently have a three game lead over the second place Marlins (21-15) after last night’s win.

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