May 2011

A mistake-ridden eighth inning ruins Halladay’s good performance as the Phils lose the pitchers’ duel to the Marlins, 2-1.

Errors in the Marlins’ eighth lead to the Phils losing the pitchers’ duel, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After turning back a pair of bases loaded threats by the Phils in the second and third innings, the Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Johnson, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s double, while Coghlan, who had just doubled, would move up to third. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Johnson, who would pitch six innings, only giving up one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he would pitch himself out of trouble early in the game, and Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who in the first seven innings, would also give up just a run, on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Marlins then took the lead in the eight as Omar Infante would reach base on a Jimmy Rollins throwing error, before moving up to second base on a Halladay wild pitch. Infante would then move up to third on a ground out, 4-3, by pinch hitter Osvaldo Martinez. Coghlan then followed with an RBI single, scoring Infante and giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez collected his twelfth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 3-1, to end the game.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) took the lost as he gave up two run, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Josh Johnson received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Michael Dunn (3-2, 1.26) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he raised his batting average to .231. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was not able to get the key hit when they had Josh Johnson on the ropes in the early going.

The Phils (23-12, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (21-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again try for his third win of the season, while hoping that the offense will decide to help him this time. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Marlins the series win. The Phils will be trying to put the fish once again three games behind them in the East.

The Phils start off their road trip on a good note as they defeat the Marlins, 6-4.

The Phils begin their road trip against several good teams with a win as they defeat the Marlins, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins started the game off with a solo home run, his second home run of the season, and his 36th lead-off home run of his career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins took the lead in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Gaby Sanchez hits a two-run double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s single, and Ramirez, who had just singled, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins then took a 3-1 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Coghlan hits an RBI single, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Javier Vazquez’s sacrifce bunt, 2-4. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Joe Blanton, Rollins and Placido Polanco, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Blanton, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead, while sending Rollins up to third base, and Polanco to second base. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with two men out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoing Rollins, before the Phils took a 4-3 lead as Polanco scored on a Vazquez catch error of catcher Joe Buck’s throw to the plate after Emilio Bonifacio’s throw to the plate went past Buck, while Howard would stop at third. The Phils then took a 5-2 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled to start the inning. The Phils then made it 6-2 as, with two men on, and with one man out, Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had walked, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Marlins then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as Sanchez hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his fourth save of the year as he got Bonifacio to end the game by grounding out, 4-3.

Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.83) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Vance Worley recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Javier Vazquez (2-3, 6.88) took the lost as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk. Edward Mujica, Brian Sanches and Randy Choate combined for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Mujica (2), Sanches (1)) and a walk (Sanches), while striking out five (Mujica (1), Sanches (3), Choate (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Singles) and Ross Gload (Singles, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a Marlins’ error.

The Phils (23-11, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (20-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on May 5, as he went seven innings, giving up  two runs on six hits, while he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be going for his sixth win, while trying to increase the Phils’ lead to four games. The Marlins will send to the mound Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.68), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 5, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he struck out seven in the Marlins’ 6-3 lost. He wil be going for his fourth win while trying to recover for his previous lost. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give the Doc some runs support against a tough starter.

Three home runs do in the Phils as they lose to the Braves, 5-0.

Three Braves home runs do in the Phils as they drop one to the Braves, 5-0.

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had earlier singled. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead. The Braves got the run back in the fifth as Freeman hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves made it a 5-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Eric Hinske hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had just walked. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had just tripled, making it a 5-2 Braves’ lead. But that would end up the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.83) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and two walks. Danys Baez pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Eric O’Flaherty collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man he would face via a doubleplay ball. Jonny Venters pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Craig Kimbrel collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Double, Triple), Placido Polanco (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each.  Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Wilson Valdez (Double), Dane Sardinha (Single), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other six Phils’ hit, as the Phils out hit the Braves, but were unable to get the big hit that they needed to get back into the game in the middle innings.

The Phils (22-11, 1st) will start a long road trip, starting with a three-game series with the pesky Marlins (20-13, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will begin the series with Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was against the Padres on April 23, as he ended up with a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on eigth hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to get his first win of the season, while trying to start off the road tip on a good start. The Marlins will counter with Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 4, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 8-7 win. He will be trying to get the fish closer to the Phils in the east. The Phils will be trying to put some distance between them and the fish.

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hit shut out as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-0.

Emergency starter Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hitter as the Phils threw their sixth shut out of the season as they defeat the Braves, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI ground out, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, as Schneider was out at second base on the force out, 4-6, for the inning’s second out, while Orr beat out shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s throw to first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, and the 260th of his career, putting him into second place on the Phils’ all-time list, ahead of Del Ennis. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. That would be the final score, as Kyle Kendrick and the Phils’ bullpen would combine for a five-hit shut out, the sixth so far pitched by the Phils this year, with Ryan Madson ending the game by getting Gonzalez to ground out, 5-3, for his third save in three tries.

Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 1.50) gets the win as he pitched five innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out three. J.C. Romero collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, as he got out of a jam. Michael Stutes received his first hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the season as he also pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson received his third save in three tries, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Julio Teheran (0-1, 5.79) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out just one batter. Scott Linebrink pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. George Sherrill and Cory Gearrin combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gearrin) and a walk (Gearrin), while striking out two (one each) between them.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a triple by Shane Victorino, knocking in a run, a solo home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Brian Schneider and a pinch hit single by Ross Gload. The other Phil run came in on Pete Orr’s force out, as he beat the throw to first base.

The Phils (22-10, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (19-16, 3rd) tomorrow night in a nationally televised game that will be shown on ESPN. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 3, as he went all nine innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fifth straight victory. The Braves will try to counter with Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.62), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on May 2, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will be trying to give the Braves a series win over the Phils. The Phils will be trying for their latest series win before going on the road.

Cliff Lee, despite striking out sixteen Braves, still loses, as the Phils fall to the Braves, 5-0.

In spite of striking out sixteen batters, Cliff Lee still ends up losing the ballgame as the Phils get shut out by the Braves, losing 5-0.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had just doubled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves then took a 2-0 lead as Brian McCann hits an RBI double, knocking in Jones. The Braves then made it 3-0 as Dan Uggla hits an RBI double, scoring McCann. The Braves added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Braves a 4-0 lead, while Prado would move up to second base on the throw to home plate. The Braves then took a 5-0 lead as Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Prado, before being thrown out trying to go to second base as the throw home is cut off, 7-6-4, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would go down weakly in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen, tying Steve Carlton’s record for most strikeouts by a Phils’ left hander. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he striked out a batter. Derek Lowe (3-3, 3.22) got the win as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Eric O’Flaherty collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out the side. Jonny Venters collected his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, a single by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Placido Polanco, as Derek Lowe and the Braves’ bullpen handled them all night.

The Phils (21-10, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (19-15, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08), who is pitching in place of Roy Oswalt, who was put on the disabled list to give his back a rest, as he comes off a lost in relief against the Mets on May 1, as he went three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out one, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. He will be out to prove himself, while seeing if he can continue owning the Braves. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–) who will be making his major league debut. He will be trying to control the Phils. The Phils will be out to even the series, while trying to take care of the rookie.

A six-run third supports a fine pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils proceed to sweep the Nats, 7-4.

A six-run third and a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay leads the Phils to a sweep of the hapless Nats, 7-3.

The Phils broke the game wide open in their half of the third as they send ten men to the plate. They took a 2-0 lead as, with Jimmy Rollins on first, via a single, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. Three batters later, after Placido Polanco had reached base with a single, and then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, John Mayberry, Jr. gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Polanco, while sending Howard to third base. A red-hot Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Ibanez scored on a Wilson Valdez single. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on an Adam LaRoche single, and was called safe by the home plate umpire on a play that he might have missed, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jerry Hairston had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both LaRoche and Ramos up a base, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in LaRoche, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second in two days, as he give the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Nats made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Alex Cora’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (2-4, 5.09) took the lost as he pitched two innings plus six batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brian Broderick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Todd Coffey pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Henry Rodriguez and Doug Slaten combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rodriguez) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out four (Rodriguez (3), Slaten (1)) between them. Halladay is presently the second starter in the National League to reached five wins.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with a red-hot Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Wilson Valdez (Singles, RBI) each followed with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The slight adjustment in their line-up, along with Ibanez getting hot (8-11), have gotten the offense rolling again. I just hope it last for a while.

The Phils (21-9, 1st) begin a three-game weekend series with the Braves (18-15, 3rd), that will begin tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 1, as he went a strong seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings lost. He will be looking to get his third victory of the year. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 6-5 walk-off win. He will be trying to once again be a pain in the Phils’ side. The Phils will be going for their four straight win, and their sixth win on the home stand.

The Phils’ offense come alive once again as they continue to handle the Nats, beating them, 7-4.

The Phils’ offense broke out as they once again defeat the Nats, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, before he was forced out at second base on a ground ball hit by Wilson Valdez, 6-4, a single by Vance Worley, sending Valdez up to second base, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, sending both runners up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Worley up to third base, and Rollins up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Worley. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI double, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on an Ian Desmond ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ben Francisco, and singles by both Ibanez and Schneider, and with nobody out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while seniding Ibanez to third and Schneider up to second, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 5-1 lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending both Schneider and Valdez up a base each, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then added to their lead as Victorino hits a ground to the second baseman, who then forced out Rollins at second base for the inning’s second out, 4-6, before the shortstop, Desmond, committed a throwing error to first base, allowing both Schneider and Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while letting Victorino to reach second base on the error. The Nationals cut the Phils’ lead to 7-4 in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Espinosa hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then went to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, his 100th pinch hit of his career, and Stairs, who had just singled, then went to second base on defensive indifference. But, that would be it as Danys Baez finally ended the game by getting Desmond to ground out, 6-3.

Vance Worley (2-0, 0.75) gets the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out two batters (one each). Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Jason Marquis (3-1, 3.66) took the lost as he went five innings plus four batters, as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Brian Broderick pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Sean Burnett and Todd Coffey combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Coffey) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Brian Schneider (Singles) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and Vance Worley had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a Nats’ throwing error.

The Phils (20-9, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Nats (14-16, 5th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.14) who is coming off a complete game win against the Mets on April 30, as he gave up a run on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to win his fifth start while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep. The Nats will send to the mound John Lannan (2-3, 3.78), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 30, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, in the Nats’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to stop the Nats current losing streak. The Phils will once again be trying for their third sweep of the season.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils spoil Jayson Werth’s return, defeating the Nats, 4-1.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, as well as his bat, the Phils spoil the return to the Bank of Jayson Werth, as the Phils’ defeat the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with two men on, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier tripled, his first career triple, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Nats cut the Phils lead to 2-1 in the seventh as, with one man out, Michael Morse hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Polanco’s slow ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with Howard still on first, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score as Hamels finished the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Livan Hernandez (3-3, 3.57) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and four walks, while he struck out three. Todd Coffey pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Doug Slaten also pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks.

The Phils’ bats came to life as they had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Doubles, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single, Triple) all had two hits in the game, with Hamels’ Triple being the first one of his career. Pete Orr and Brian Schneider had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils several times failed to capitalize on bases loaded opportunities to score more runs.

The Phils (19-9, 1st) continue their series with the Nats (14-15, 4th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-3 win. He will be going for his second win, while trying to add to the Nats’ present problems, as this will be their first time facing him. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 29, as he pitched a complete game shut out,  giving up just five hits, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying for their second straight series win on their present home stand. 

The Phils lose in extra-innings to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils lost an extra-innings game to the Mets, 2-1.

In a well pitched game, the Mets finally took the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had also walked, over to third base. The game then developed into a battle of the bullpens until the top of the fourteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Paulino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wright, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Bay’s single, then moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ deep fly out to center, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in their half of the fourteenth, with Mayberry, Jr. striking out, swinging, for the final out.  

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched for seven innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Baez (1)) and three walks (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)), while striking out four (Bastardo (2), Madson (1), Baez (2)) between them. Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out one. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he once again kept the Phils off-balanced with his pitching. Jason Isringhausen received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. Tim Byrdak received his first blown save of the season as he pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Francisco Rodriguez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Pedro Beato pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Taylor Buchholz (1-0, 1.15) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Ben Francisco and Pete Orr had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Howard knocking in the lone run. The Phils offense had only two real chances last night, getting only one key hit, Howards’ RBI single in the eighth, while Lee and the bullpen kept the Mets under control for most of the night.

The Phils (18-9, 1st) have the day off today, before they start a three-game series tomorrow night with the Nationals (13-14, 4th). The Phils announced that Roy Oswalt will be back with the team on Thursday, while they have activated Dom Brown, before sending him to Lehigh Valley to continue his rehab. They have also announced that Chase Utley had played three innings in a simulated game, to monitor his progress. Hopefully he will be back by the All-Star break.

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