June 2011

Shane Victorino ends up being a single short of hitting the cycle, as he helped lead to Phils to a victory over the Mariners, 5-1.

Shane Victorino ends the evening being a single short of the cycle as he leads the Phils to a win over the Mariners, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Felix Hernandez’s wild pitch, and then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s force out, 1-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, is forced out at second base, while Utley would beat the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. The Mariners tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Smoak hits a double to left that bounces off of the left field wall. Raul Ibanez played the ball off the wall perfectly, before throwing it back into the infield, holding the runner, Adam Kennedy, who had earlier singled, at third, preventing him from scoring. Phils’ starter Vance Worley then ended the ending by getting Miguel Olivo to ground out, 1-3. The Mariners then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with one man out Dustin Ackley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Mariners then threaten to take the lead later in the inning, as the next two batters, Mike Carp, via  a walk, later moving up to second on a wild pitch by Worley, and Greg Halman, via a single, with Carp stopping at third, and with still one man out, when Ichiro Suzuki hits a sharp grounder to Utley, who threw the ball home, catching Carp between home and third. Carlos Ruiz then ran Carp back to third, before throwing the ball to Placido Polanco, who then tagged out Carp for the inning’s second out on the fielder’s choice, 4-2-5, while keeping Halman, who had moved up to second base on the grounder, at second, while keeping Suzuki at first. Worley then ended the inning by striking out Brendan Ryan, swinging. The game would stay tied until the seventh inning when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ross Gload, a double by Dom Brown, with Gload stopping at third base, and Rollins with a walk, and with two men out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Gload and Brown, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Rollins to third. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had just singled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes (1-0, 2.08) got his first career victory as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two walks, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched one and a third scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a single, while striking out a batter. Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. David Pauley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jamey Wright pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Double, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) lead the team with three hits apiece, with Victorino being a single short of reaching the cycle. Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Singles) both followed with two hits each. Ross Gload (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits as the offense seems to have adjusted to playing in Safeco Field.

The Phils (45-27, 1st NL East) will conclude their three-game interleague play series with the Mariners (36-35, 2nd AL West) with an afternoon game at Safeco Field. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 14, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his tenth win of the season, while trying to give the Phils their second series win in interleague play. The Mariners will try to counter with Jason Vargas (4-4, 4.13), who is coming off a lost to the Angels on June 13, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be going for their second series win in interleague play, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the year.

The Phils winning streak ends as they lose to the Mariners, 4-2.

The Phils seven-game winning streak is brought to an end as they lose to the Mariners, 4-2. I hate Interleague Play.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Brandan Ryan hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier reached base with an infield single. The Mariners then increased their lead in the fourth as Miguel Olivo hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Mariners then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Justin Smoak hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Suzuki, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ryan’s walk, then moved up to third, while Ryan would move up to second base on Adam Kennedy’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mariners’ lead, 3-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, on to third. The Mariners would get the run back in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Mariners’ lead. The Phils then cut the Mariners’ lead down to 4-2 as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Brandon League picked up his twentieth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda (7-2, 2.64) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out five. Aaron Laffey received his third hold of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Brandon League recorded his twentieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single), Ben Francisco (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. I hate Interleague Play.

The Phils (44-27, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play weekend series with the Mariners (36-34, 2nd AL West) with a night game tonight from Safeco Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75), who is coming back to the majors for a spot start. In his last start, on May 29 against the Mets, he pitched only three innings, giving up eight runs, only five of which were earned, on twelve hits, while striking out one, as he took the lost in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. He will be trying to show that he’s back on the right track. The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez (7-5, 3.30), as he is coming off a win against the Tigers on June 12, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and five walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be trying to adjust to Safeco Park so that they can tie up the series. Did I mention that I hate Interleague Play?

Cliff Lee throws a complete game, two-hit shutout as the Phils complete the sweep of the Marlins, as they defeat the fish, 3-0.

Cliff Lee throws a complete game, two-hit shutout of the fish as the Phils complete a 9-2 home stand with a four-game sweep of the free falling Marlins, 3-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who has just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Martinez’s ground out, 6-3, then went to third on Lee’s ground out, 1-3. That would be all the runs that Lee would need, as he pitched a two-hit, complete game,  shut out, his second complete game of the season, giving up two singles, one to Mike Stanton, with two outs in the fifth, ending his no-hit bid, and the other in the seventh by Logan Morrison, as he kept the fish under control.

Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) took the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Vazquez (3-7, 6.85) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Michael Dunn pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched two 1-2-3 innings.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Cliff Lee (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run,  RBI), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (44-26, 1st NL East) will now start Interleague Play with a three-game set against the Mariners (35-34, 2nd AL West), starting tomorrow night with a night game at Safeco Field in Seattle. The game will start at 10:10 EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 12, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 come from behind win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season, while trying to extend the Phils’ winning streak to eight games. The Mariners will try to counter with Michael Pineda (6-4, 2.72), who is coming off a lost against the Tigers on June 11, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mariners’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be looking to not allow Interleague Play to ruin their present momentum, like it has the past three seasons.

The Phils sweep the doubleheader with a walk-off win in the bottom of the tenth as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

The Phils sweep the day-night twinbill from the fish as they take a walk-off win in the nightcap as they defeat the Marlins in ten innings, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and just beat the throw to the plate, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead, before moving up to third on the throw to the plate. The Marlins then added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double on a ball that was interferred with by a fan, then stopped at third on Jose Lopez’s double, and Lopez, who had just doubled, giving the fish a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on pinch hitter’s Ross Gload’s single, then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, off of reliver Leo Nunez’s leg, and pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, who had moved up to second on Rollins’ ground out. The Phils then won the game in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off extra-innings win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while he struck out eight. Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Stutes) between them. Ryan Madson (3-1, 2.10) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six. Randy Choate received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Leo Nunez received his third blown save of the season as he gave up two runs on three hits. Michael Dunn (4-5, 4.15) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Placido Polanco (Double) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (43-26, 1st) will conclude their four-game set with the Marlins (32-36, T-4th) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as they go for the series sweep.

The Phils’ bats continue to pound on the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 8-1.

For the second straight game, the Phils’ offense beat up on the Marlins’ starter as they defeat the free falling fish, 8-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Logan Morrison hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second when Kyle Kendrick walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Kendrick, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third as, with the bases loaded, via Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, Howard getting on base with a walk, moving Utley to second base, both men moving up a base on a Dom Brown ground out, 3-unassisted, and with Francisco being intentionally walked, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a bases-clearing triple, scoring Utley, Howard and Francisco, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Three batters later, with men on the corners, as Dane Sardinha walked, and now with two men out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Valdez and Sardinha, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kendrick would cruise through seven innings, although pitching himself out of a two on, one out, jam in the seventh, followed by scoreless innings from J.C. Romero and Danys Baez, with Baez getting Omar Infante to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.12) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Elih Villanueva (0-1, 24.00), in his major league debut, took the lost, as he went just three innings, giving up eight runs on five hits, a hit batter and five walks, while striking out only two. Brian Sanches, Edward Mujica (before leaving with an injury) and Burke Badenhop combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and one walk (Sanches), while striking out four (Sanches and Badenhop, two strikeouts each) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with two hits. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hit, as the offense spoiled Elih Villanueva’s major league debut.

The Phils (42-26, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (32-35, 4th) with the night half of a day-night doubleheader, with their originally scheduled night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 10, where he went seven shut out innings, giving up just six scattered hits, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. He will be going for his tenth win of the year, while trying to extend the Phils’ present winning streak to six games. The Marlins will try to counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 10, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ current winning streak. The Phils will be out to sweep the doubleheader and increase their present winning streak to six wins.

The Phils’ bats strike for five home runs as they crush the falling Marlins, 9-1.

The Phils hits five home runs as they crush the slumping Marlins, 9-1.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Gaby Sanchez hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Logan Morrison’s single, while moving Morrison, who had just singled, up to second base. After that, it was all Phils. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring Shane Victorino, who had just singled. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Dom Brown hits a solo blast, his third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils took a 6-1 lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Victorino, a double by Utley, with Victorino stopping at third base, and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who beat the throw to the plate, while sending Utley to third. The Phils then made it an 8-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run shot of his own, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, Brown hits a solo bomb into the right field seats, his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run of the night. That would be the final score as David Herndon threw two scoreless innings, after taking over for winning pitcher Cole Hamels, who’s back had tighten up on him after he had given up a lead-off walk to Wes Helms in the eighth.

Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49) got the win as he pitched seven and one plus strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out six. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (2-7, 6.07) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, getting hammered for eight runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out two. Edward Mujica pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .288. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), all followed him with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, while Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly, as the offense tore up Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad.

The Phils (41-26, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (32-34, 4th) with the day half of a day-night doubleheader, which is already in progress.

Placido Polanco continue to lead NL third basemen on the All-Star ballot.

The National League yeasterday announced an update on who are leading in the position races on the All-Star ballot. Placido Polanco is still the only Phil leading at his position, as he leads all NL third basemen with 1,822,129 votes, leading by a wide margin over Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones. No other Phil is even in second place in the voting for their respective positions. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are both in third in the voting among second basemen and shortstops, while Ryan Howard is fourth among first basemen. Carlos Ruiz is fifth among NL catchers, while Shane Victorino is seventh and Raul Ibanez is 11th among outfielders.

If Polanco can hold onto his present lead, he will probably end up being the only Phil starter to be elected to the All-Star Game, which will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona in July. He will likely be joined by Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, who are both having great first halfs, especially Cole, and maybe Ryan Madson, based upon how well he is presently handling the role as the Phils’ closer.

The Phils rally late to give Roy Oswalt his first win in over a month, as they beat the Cubbies, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, taking the four games series.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Darwin Barney, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then jumped to a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Castro. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 3-1 Cubs’ lead, while Utley, who had just singled,  would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Cubs’ lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Howard, sending Utley to third, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Howard to third base and Francisco up to second base because the ball was hit sharply to right. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single scoring Victorino, who had been hit by the pitch, then stopped at third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would convert his fifteenth save of the year with a strong ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14) got the win, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five. Michael Stutes collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson collected his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Doug Davis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks, as he struck out six. Jeff Samardzija collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.08), as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rodrigo Lopez and John Grabow combine for a scoreless inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocked in three runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (40-26, 1st), the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins, will take the day off tomorrow.

The Phils give Cliff Lee plenty of runs support as the Phils crush the Cubs, 7-1.

The Phils give Cliff  Lee plenty of runs to work with early as they defeat the Cubs, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Dawin Barney’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Cubs cut the Phils’ lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lou Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Starlin Castro, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Barney’s single, cutting it down to a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Barney, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils made it a 3-1 lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and then stopped at third on Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead as Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Victorino. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (6-5, 3.41) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Matt Garza (2-6, 3.84) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs, only one  of which was earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Sean Marshall pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Casey Coleman pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in four runs. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (39-26, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (25-38, 5th Central), with a game that is already in progress.

The Phils hold on against a late Cubs rally to make Roy Halladay the league’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Cubs to make their ace Roy Halladay the NL’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went all the way to third on Chase Utley’s grounder, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Victorino’s single, was caught between third and home on the grounder, before being tagged out at home plate, 1-5-2, for the inning’s first out, but allowing Victorino to reach third, and Utley to reach second base on the play. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked. The Phils then took what was thought to be a commanding lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Rollins, who then moved up to second on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, then walks to both Utley and Howard, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his 100th career home run, scoring Rollins, Utley and Howard, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then came back in the eighth. After Kosuke Fukudome walked, he would be forced out at second base on a Darwin Barney grounder, 5-4, as Utley would be unable to complete the double play, for the inning’s first out. The next batter, Starlin Castro, would then follow with a double, with Barney stopping at third, putting runners on second and third. Carlos Pena then walks to load up the bases. Aramis Ramirez then follows with a two-run single, scoring both Barney and Castro, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-2, while sending Pena over to third, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. Charlie Manuel then came out and relieved Jose Contreras, replacing him with J.C. Romero. Romero then proceeded to walk Blake DeWitt, reloading the bases.  The next batter, Geovany Soto, followed with an RBI single, scoring Pena, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead, while Ramirez would stop at third base, and DeWitt at second, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter, pinch hitter Lou Martinez, made it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Ramirez and DeWitt, while sending Soto up to second base. Manuel decided that was enough as he came back out and took the ball from Romero, replacing him with Michael Stutes. Stutes then proceeded to shut down the Cubs, as he first struck out pinch hitter Brad Snyder on a called third strike, before getting Fukudome, the tenth batter of the inning, to fly out to left on the first pitch. The Cubs then tried to erupt again in the ninth as their lead-off hitter, Barney, got on base with a walk, but the following batter, Castro, struck out swinging, for the inning’s first out, while Carlos Ruiz dropped the ball, although, with a runner on first, it’s still a strikeout, and the batter can’t go to first. But, Barney tried to move up to second, and is gunned down at second by Ruiz, who picked up the ball and threw to second, where the ball is caught by Utley, who applied the tag, for a strikeout-double play, for the inning’s second out. Antonio Bastardo then comes in to replace Stutes, before he recorded his second save of the season by striking out Pena, swinging, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks. J.C. Romero pitched to three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes received his third hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo collected his second save of the season, as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Carlos Zambrano (5-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and seven walks, while he struck out five. James Russell and Jeff Samardzija combine for one and two-thirds scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Russell), while striking out four (two batters each) between them.

The Phis had eight hits between them, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double), both leading the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out.

The Phils (38-26, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cubs (25-37, 5th Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62) who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 6, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Cubs plan to counter with Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 6, as he went only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Cubs the lead in the four game series. The Phils will be out to give Lee some offensive support this afternoon.

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