July 2011

The Phils make a statement at the end of the first half of the season as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Phils end the first half of the 2011 season as they make a fourteen-run, twenty-hit statement as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Julio Lugo received an RBI as Ryan Howard commited a missed catch error as he misplayed Jimmy Rollins’ throw of Lugo’s grounder, as Dan Uggla, who had lead-off the inning with a double, and then went to third on Jason Heyward’s ground out, 4-3, scored, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Braves would get as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would only allow them three hits during the entire game, while the Phils’ offense would proceed to get to Braves’ starter and Phils’ nemesis Derek Lowe. The Phils first tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry hits an RBI double, the first of three for him in the ballgame, scoring Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with on man out, Howard redeemed himself for his earlier error by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, the second of four hits for him, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, up to third base. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead a batter later as Uggla made a force attempt fielding error on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, allowing Utley to score, and Howard to reach second base, while Ibanez would be safe at first. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Rollins would hit an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, Utley then stealing second base, his second steal of the game, and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Howard on to second base. After a wild pitch by Cory Gearrin moved both runners up a base, and Carlos Ruiz then reloaded the bases with a walk, the Phils then took an 8-1 lead as Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Howard and Ibanez, with Ibanez just beating the throw to the plate, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead as Mayberry hits an RBI double of his own, scoring both Ruiz and Brown. The Phils then made it a 13-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, scoring Martinez and Howard, who had both reachd base with singles, with Martinez stopping at second base on Howard’s single. Three batters later, the Phils would make it a 14-1 lead as Mayberry hits into an RBI force out, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brown’s single, as Brown is wiped out at second base, 5-4, as Mayberry beat the throw to first base. That would end up being the final score as Kyle  Kendrick would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 2.32) gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (5-7, 4.30) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out one batter. Cory Gearrin pitched a third of an inning, as he got pounded for six runs on four hits and two walks. Scott Proctor also got pounded as he went an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had twenty hits in the ballgame, the most hits for the team so far this season, with Michael Martinez leading the team with a career high four hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .229. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Dom Brown (Singles, 2 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Doubles, 4 RBIs), all followed with three hits each, being career highs in hits for both Brown and Mayberry. Chase Utley (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 6 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz had the twentieth Phil hit, a double. 

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 57-34 record, presently the best record in baseball. They will resume play on Friday.

Phils lose in extra-innings as they lose to the Braves, 4-1.

The Phils lose another close game with the Braves as they give up three runs in the top of the eleventh as they lose to Braves, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cliff Lee hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year. The game then remained tied until the top of the eleventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Gonzalez hits a foul pop that Ryan Howard was unable to catch in foul territory. That would come back to haunt the Phils as Gonzalez later hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Wilkin Ramirez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Eric Hinske, who had just walked, then moved up to second on Jordan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Brian McCann hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and record his twenty-eighth save of the year with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, and two walks, while striking out nine. Antonio Bastardo and Juan Pierre both pitched a 1-2-3 inning, both man striking out two batters between them. Michael Stutes (3-1, 3.26) took the lost as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Tommy Hanson also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. George Sherrill (2-1, 2.22) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with John Mayberry Jr. getting a double, Raul Ibanez with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Wilson Valdez with a single, Cliff Lee with a home run, his first career home run, and pinch hitter Michael Martinez with a single, as the Braves’ pitching staff handled the Phils’ bats yesterday.

The Phils (56-34, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (54-37, 2nd) with a game now in progress.

I’d just taken a look at the Latest Leaders list for June, and…

I’d discovered that I am still on the list, although dropping one spot to number 38 among the top 50 Fan Blogs. I’d also discovered that there are once again four Phils’ fan blogs among the list, with Phillies Phollowers at no. 8, Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts at no. 44 and Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary at no. 49. Congrats,  guys.

And, here’s the list of all 50 Fan Blogs:

FAN
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Rowland’s Office
4. Rockin’ Redlegs
5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
6. Red State Blue State
7. Counting Baseballs
8. Phillies Phollowers
9. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
10. FutureAngels.com
11. Pinstripe Birthdays
12. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
13. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
14. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
15. Beisbol 007
16. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
17. The Pittsburgh Peas
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. baseballqueen
20. Reds Country
21. This is a very simple game…
22. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
23. 2131 and Beyond
24. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
25. Yankee Yapping
26. The BRAWN of BRAUN
27. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
28. Collection of Baseball
29. G*Nats
30. Art of the Pale Hose
31. The Yankee Dinosaur
32. Milwaukee Fireworks Stores
33. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
34. The Unbiased MLB Fan
35. The Cub Den
36. Minoring In Baseball
37. Unfinished Business
38. Phillies Red Pinstripes
39. A Girl’s View of the Brewers and Other Related Baseball Things
40. Observing Baseball
41. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
42. Major League Ballhawk
43. Perfect Pitch
44. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
45. Rox Addict
46. Strictly Cubs Baseball
47. steel city ballhawk
48. Blue Jays Nest
49. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
50. The Baseball Haven 

Give everyone on the list a look, eh, folks?

Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.

The Phils allow one to slip thru their grasp as they lose in extra-innings to the Marlins, 7-6.

The Phils let one slip away as they lose in extra-innings to the Marlins, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the second inning as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utey, who had earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the third as, with two men on, and with two men on, Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Anibal Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Emilio Bonifacio’s walk, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, before Bonifiacio, who had earlier walked, scored on Brown’s fielding error, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while allowing Sanchez to reach third base. The Marlins then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as the next batter, Hanley Ramirez, hits an RBI single, scoring G. Sanchez. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then took a 6-3 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, thanks to Brown’s base running blunder of missing second base on what would otherwise had been a triple, but instead would be a single as the Marlins’ pitcher, Michael Dunn threw to second base for the out, 1-6, as the shortstop touched second base, Mayberry hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year and his second of the game. This would later come back to bite the Phils. The Marlins would cut down the Phils’ lead again in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, scoring Ramirez, who had led off the inning with a single, making it a 6-5 Phils’ lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at six-all in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out. Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier tripled, while sending G. Sanchez, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins then tried to take the lead as they loaded the bases as Morrison reached base on a fielding error by Mayberry in center as he did not catch a ball that was catchable, as both G. Sanchez and Ramirez moved up a base. But, Andrew Carpenter got out of the jam by getting Mike Stanton to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Morrison at second base. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the tenth as, with one man out, Stanton hits a walk-off solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 7-6 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick got a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, as he gave up  three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. David Herndon received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one. Andrew Carpenter received his first blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Danys Baez (2-4, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. Anibal Sanchez also got a no-decision as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Michael Dunn pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Leo Nunez combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Nunez) between them. Edward Mujica (6-2, 3.05) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Home Runs, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (55-33, 1st) have the day off today.

The NL announce that Cliff Lee was the Pitcher of the Month for June.

As expected, the National League announced that Cliff Lee was voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of June. In five starts during the month, Lee went 5-0 with a 0.21 earned run average, as he gave up just an earned run in 42 innings pitched, including three consecutive complete game shutouts, as he also struck out 29 batters.

Congratulations, Cliff. Now let see if you have a better than normal month of July.

Cole Hamels received his tenth win of the year as the offense went wild on the fish as the Phils crush the Marlins, 14-2.

Cole Hamels finally receive his tenth win of the season as the bats go wild on the Marlins as the Phils end up routing Florida, 14-2.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, and sending Howard on to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as, after Carlos Ruiz had reloaded the bases with a single, moving Howard to third base and sending Ibanez up to second base, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Ibanez and Ruiz, while sending Brown on to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins would get onto the scoreboard in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Mike Stanton, who had just tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI infield single, beating out second baseman Omar Infante’s throw to pitcher Jose Ceda, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then proceeded to put the game out of reach in the ninth. Brown started the inning off with a single. After Valdez lined out to center for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco put men on second and third with a pinch hit double, as Brown stopped at third. Rollins is then intentionally walked to load the bases. This move backfired as Martinez hits a three-run triple, knocking in Brown, Francisco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. After John Mayberry, Jr. strikeouts, swinging, for the inning’s second out, Howard give the Phils a 12-2 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Martinez. Ibanez then ended the Phils’ scoring as he hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 14-2 lead. That would be the final score as Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless ninth, although loading the bases via singles to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Bryan Pattersen, sending Dobbs to third, and hitting Infante with a pitch, sending Patterson up to second base, and with two men out, by getting Gaby Sanches  to pop out to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40) gets the win by pitching eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and hit a batter, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (4-8, 5.46) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Ceda pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitched three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out one.

The Phils exploded for eighteen hits, the most hits for the season, so far, with Jimmy Rollins (3 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with four hits each. Raul Ibanez (2 Singles, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with three hits, while Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) had two hits. Michael Martinez (Triple, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense produced 12 singles, three doubles, a triple and two home runs against Marlins’ pitching.

The Phils (55-32, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (38-48, 5th) with a night game tonight at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-6 come from behind win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to a series sweep against the fish. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.30), who is coming off a lost to the Rangers on July 1, as he pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 15-5 lost. He will be trying to help the fish avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Marlins before heading back to Philadelphia.

Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combine for a two-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Marlins, 1-0

Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combine to pitch a two-hit shutout against the Marlins as the Phils win, 1-0.

The Phils, in the seventh, break up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Vance Worley, who, in six innings, gave up only two hits and two walks, while striking out five, and Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco, who had given up four hits and a walk, while striking out three, as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Schneider, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would be the final score as Worley would pitch a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, then Michael Stutes would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and then Antonio Bastardo would come in and record his fifth save, in five attempts, as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (4-1, 2.20) would get the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two runs and two walks, while striking out six. Michael Stutes collected his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ricky Nolasco (5-5, 3.91) picked up the lost as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Randy Choate pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Michael Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Edward Mujica pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils would have just six hits in the ballgame, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Brian Schneider and Michael Martinez (RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (54-32, 1st) will continue their three-game series with the Marlins (38-47, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on June 30, as he went just four innings, because of an injury to his glove hand as it was hit by a line drive, giving up only two hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying, for the fourth time, to get his tenth win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (4-7, 5.01), who is coming off a win against the A’s on June 30, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up seven hits, in the Marlins’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the season.

Placido Polanco and the Three Aces (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels) will represent the Phils at the All-Star Game.

On Sunday, the National League announced that Placido Polanco was elected as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team with 4,410,701 votes, beating out Chipper Jones, who will also join the team as a reserve player. Meanwhile, NL players voted Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels onto the team among the pitchers, with Halladay (11-3, 2.44) finishing first with 332 votes, followed by Hamels (9-4, 2.41) who ended up third with 177, and Lee (9-6, 2.92) taking fifth place with 141 votes. It is very likely that Halladay will be the starting pitcher for the NL All-Stars.

The 82nd Baseball All-Star Game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on July 12.

Congratulations guys.

Three eighth inning home runs do in Cliff Lee as the Phils drop one to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

Three home runs in the bottom of the eight inning ruins Cliff Lee’s day as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorin0, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with two men on, Dom Brown got on base with a single, sending Francisco on to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Francisco, while sending Brown, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with men still on second and third, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring both Brown and Ruiz. It would then go down hill for the Phils. The Blue Jays got on the scoreboard in the  third, ending Phils’ starter Cliff Lee’s scoreless innings streak at 34 innings as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI single, knocking in Davis, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second, and then third base. The Blue Jays then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jose Bautista, who had earlier singled, went to third on Adam Lind’s pop fly single, that was then bobbled by Francisco for a fielding error, allowing Lind to reach second base, as Victorino’s feet got caught in the outfield turf as he was deciding whether to throw either to home or to second base, as Lind was almost to third in a base running blunder that was avoided because of what had happened to Victorino when he finally decided to throw the ball and fell down as he was getting ready to throw it. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino got on base as he hits a ground-rule double, his second of the ballgame. But, with pinch hitter Raul Ibanez batting, he would get picked off heading for third, before being tagged out at second base, 1-6-5-4, for the inning’s second out. That would be costly as Ibanez would then hit a double that would’d easily scored Victorino. The Blue Jays would then pound on Lee in their half of the eighth. Eric Thames would lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at four-all. The Blue Jays would then take the lead as Bautista followed with a solo home run of his own, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, giving the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on base, and with one man out, the Blue Jays took a 7-4 lead as Eric Encarnacion hits a two-run bomb, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Lind, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Octavio Dotel picked up the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits, as he struck out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jo-Jo Reyes received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks. Marc Rzepczynski pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Octavio Dotel (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Doubles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Double), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (53-32, 1st), after ending interleague play with a successful 9-6 record, will start a three-game series with the Marlins (38-46, 5th), with an early night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 6:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-1, 2.57), who is coming off a stunning win over the Red Sox on June 29, as he gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a chance against the Marlins. The Marlins will try to counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.08), who is coming off a win against the Athletics on June 29 as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further behind the Phils. The Phils will be out to make sure that the Marlins stay at the bottom of the NL East, while keeping the Braves from getting any closer before the weekend series and the All-Star break.

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