August 2011

33 games in 31 days: Game #2: The Phils offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay as they crush the Reds, 9-0.

The Phils’ offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay, as they crush the shellshocked Reds, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run on the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, and his sixth home run as a Phil. Four batters later, after the Phils had loaded up the bases via singles by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz, and a force out attempt fielding error by third baseman Miguel Cairo as he muffed a Wilson Valdez grounder, being unable to force out Ruiz at second base, while Ibanez would stop at third base, and Valdez would reach first base, and with still one man out, Roy Halladay would hit a bases clearing double, scoring Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then took an 8-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Pence, who had earlier singled. The Reds tried to get onto the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as they loaded up the bases via a Joey Votto double, Jay Bruce being hit by a pitch, and then a walk to Drew Stubbs, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, before Halladay got out of trouble by first striking out Todd Frazier, looking, for out number two, and then getting Ryan Hanigan to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Stubbs at second base, to end the inning. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the night, making it a 9-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimmer pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.47) pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge and Michael Schwimmer combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out two (one each) between them. Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.13) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter. Sam LeCure pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Roy Halladay (Double, 3 RBIs), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (85-46, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (67-68, 3rd Central) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at the Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 22, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 10-0 rout. He will be going for win no. 15, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Phils will counter with Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 26, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 4-3 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be out to give Lee another win in August.

33 games in 31 days: Game #1: The Phils hang on to defeat the Reds, 3-2.

The Phils start playing their last 33 games of the regular season within a period of 31 days, with no days off, thanks to a few rain outs, by hanging on to defeat the Reds, in the first of four games in the city of Cincinnati, 3-2.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits an RBI ground out, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled on a ball that Hunter Pence was unable to catch, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier hit into a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Pence, who had earlier singled, for the inning’s first out, then stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Reds would cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Dave Sappelt hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out third baseman Placido Polanco’s throw to first, allowing Ryan Hanigan, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Phillips’ single, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while allowing Phillips, who had just singled, to reach third as the ball gets away from first baseman Ryan Howard. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels recorded a no-decision as he went six strong innings, giving up just a run on two hits, while striking out seven batters. Antonio Bastardo (6-0, 1.42) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, before striking out the side. Michael Stutes recorded his eghth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson received his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.35) took the lost as he went eight innings, as he gave up three runs on six hits, while he struck out nine. Bill Bray and Nick Masset combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Bray) between them.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Hunter Pence (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (84-46, 1st East) will continue their four-game series with the Reds (67-67, 3rd Central) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT and will be played at the Great American Ball Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on August 21, as he went only five innings, thanks to a long rain delay, giving up just two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. Roy will once again be going for his sixteenth win of the season, while trying to put down the Reds after a more than a week period of rest. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 24, as he went eight shutout innings, giving up six hits, while striking out a batter, in the Reds’  3-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game.

Cancelled games will be made up as a day-night doubleheader on September 15.

The Phils have just announced that they will be making up their just cancelled games with the Marlins on September 15 as part of a day-night doubleheader. Game one will be played at 2:35 pm, and game two will start at 7:35 pm. The two games will give the Phils 33 games in 31 days with no days off in the month of September.

Oh boy, keep your fingers crossed, folks, as its going to be a real bumpy 31 days to the playoffs. The guys better take advantage of the forced day off.

Phils lose the only game of a very rain-shortened series as they lose to the Marlins, 6-5.

The Phils lose the only game in a series shortened by the approach of Hurricane Irene, as they are unable to overcome Roy Oswalt’s refusal to use his fastball, as they lose to the Marlins, 6-5.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits into a 6-3 doubleplay, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had ealier singled, stole second base, then was safe at third on a fielder’s choice throwing error by shortstop Wilson Valdez on an Omar Infante grounder, when he tried to throw the ball to third baseman Placido Polanco for a force out, but failed, as the ball hit Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while Infante, who had been safe at first on the fielder’s choice grounder error, was wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Marlins retook the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI double, scoring Mike Stanton, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins then took a commanding lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Dobbs, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Cameron, thanks in part to Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt’s sudden refusal to throw his fastball and relying a lot on his off-speed pitches, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a grand-slam home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, scoring Dobbs, Sanchez and Cameron, giving the Marlins a 6-1 lead. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-4 as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hit an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Cliff Lee, who was running for pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit single. But that would end up being the final score as Steve Cishek recorded his third save of the season by getting out the last two batters, with Polanco grounding out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Oswalt (6-8, 3.77) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Ryan Madson combined for three and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon (1), Stutes (1)), while striking out five (Herndon (2), Stutes (3)) batters between them. Clay Hensley (2-5, 5.40) gets the win as he went five and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dunn pitched to a batter, being unable to get him out, as he gave up a run on a hit. Ryan Webb received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits. Edward Mujica converted his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Steve Cishek recorded his third save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Wilson Valdez (Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits.

The Phils (83-46, 1st East) will be off for the next two days, thanks to both games being called because of the approach of Hurricane Irene. Their next game is suppose to be on Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Phils lose to the Mets, 7-4.

The Phils are unable to catch up after allowing four Mets runs to score in the first, as they lost to New York, 7-4.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, who was then safe at second base on a miss catch error by shortstop Michael Martinez as he botched a throw for a doubleplay, allowing Ruben Tejada to be safe at first on the error, and a single by David Wright, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI force out, wiping out Wright at second base, 4-6, while scoring Pagan, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Tejada over to third. The Mets then took a 4-0 lead as Nick Evans hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in both Tejada and Duda. The Phils got on the board in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base on Martinez’s single, then moved up to third on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, and Martinez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sac bunt, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 4-2. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Placido Polanco’s single sent Victorino to third, and with still two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while sending Polanco up to second base. The Mets got a run back in the third as Wright hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Mets then added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pagan, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before going to third on Tejada’s single, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. The Mets then took a 7-3 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Evans hits an RBI single, scoring Jason Bay, who had started off the inning with a walk. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Pagan’s throwing error, making it a 7-4 Mets’ lead. That would be the final score as Bobby Parnell would collect his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29) took the lost as he went four innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon and Ryan Madson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Herndon (2), Madson (1)) and three walks (Lidge (1), Bastardo (2)) , while striking out six (Lidge (2), Bastardo (2), Herndon (1), Madson (1)) batters between them. Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60) got the win as he went six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Manny Acosta pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two batters. Bobby Parnell recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz all followed with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Michael Martinez (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense was unable to overcome the Mets four runs first.

The Phils (83-45, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they start a three-game series with the Marlins (58-71, 5th).

The Phils’ offense continue to roll as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils’ bats continue to roll along as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Mets tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada, with Pagan stopping at third, and with nobody out, before Vance Worley got out of trouble by first getting David Wright to hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, forcing out Pagan at home, 5-2, while moving Tejada to second base, before striking out Lucas Duda looking, for the inning’s second out, and then, after loading the bases via a walk to Jason Bay, moving up both runners, striking out Nick Evans looking. The Mets tried again in the second as they put runners on second and third, via a single by Josh Thole, and a double by Justin Turner, sending Thole to third, with nobody out, but Worley got out of the inning by striking out Jon Niese, Pagan and Tejada, all looking. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0-lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who was just hit by a pitch. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Worley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorinio’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hunter Pence and Mayberry, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pence, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry to third base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, with Mayberry being tagged out at home plate, and Francisco moving up to second base, Worley hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead as Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Schneider and Worley. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Turner hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Thole’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. The Mets then cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-3 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Duda hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Willie Harris, who had just singled. The Mets then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Thole hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier tripled. That would end up being the final score as Michael Stutes got the last two outs to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) gets the win, as he pitches seven inning, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Jon Niese (11-11, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only four innings plus three batters, giving up eight runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Pedro Beato pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Igarashi), while striking out two (Byrdak) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Shane Victorino (Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Vance Worley (Singles, RBI), all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (83-44, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (60-68, 4th) with an afternoon game today, already in progress.

The Phils come home and blank the Mets in a rout, 10-0.

The Phils come back home from an awful weekend and proceed to rout the Mets, 10-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Dillon Gee’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, now with two men on, as Cliff Lee got on base with a single, sending Valdez up to second base, and still with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Valdez and Lee, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry. Jr. hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring Pence, who had just walked. The Phils then added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Victorino, Placido Polanco, and Pence, and with two men out, Mayberry forced in a run with a walk, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Polanco on to third base, and Pence up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a two-run single, scoring both Polanco and Pence, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, and his fifth as a Phil, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score, as Lee and David Herndon would combine for a five-hit shut out.

Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while he struck out one. Dillon Gee (11-5, 4.37) took the lost as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out three. Ryota Igarashi pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter.  D.J. Carrasco pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single), John Mayberry, Jr, (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (82-44, 1st) will continue their series with the Mets (60-67, 4th) 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 Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 18, as he pitched three strong innings, before being taken out of the game because of a long rain delay, as he gave up only a hit, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to handle the Mets, while continuing on from his previous start. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (11-10, 4.05), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while he struck out three in the Mets’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Mets. The Phils will be going out to win the series.

The Phils gets snake bit once again by Mother Nature and the Nats, as they lose in extra-innings on a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Phils lose the use of another starter because of another long rain delay before losing to the Nats in 10 innings, thanks to a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ian Desmond, who had started off the game for the Nats with a double, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as, with once again runners on the corners, as Ankiel would go to third on Michael Morse’s single, and now with two men out, Danny Espiniosa hits an RBI single, knocking in Ankiel, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on an infield single. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. In the top of the sixth, the game would be delayed by rain for over an hour, causing both clubs to remove their starters, Roy Halladay for the Phils and Chien-Ming Wang for the Nats. In the bottom of the sixth, the Nats would tie the game up at three-all as Espinosa hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Nats would retie the game up at four-all in their half of the ninth as, with two men out, Desmond hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Nats would win the game in the tenth as, with the bases loaded, via a Zimmerman double, an intentional walk of Morse, and a single by Jayson Werth, which moved both runners up a base, and with one man out, as Brad Lidge struck out, swinging, Espinosa, for the inning’s first out, Jonny Gomes, with a 1-0 count, is hit by the next pitch, forcing in Zimmerson, giving the Nats a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay gets a no-decision, thanks to the hour plus rain delay, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five. Michael Schwimer, making his major league debut, blew his first save opportunity of the year as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Brad Lidge (0-1, 2.25) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Chien-Ming Weng also received a no-decision, thanks to the long rain delay, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Todd Coffey and Tyler Clippard would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), while striking out one (Coffey) batter between them. Drew Storen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sean Burnett (4-5, 4.63) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-44, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (60-66, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 17, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while hoping to give the bullpen a rest, after the way it was messed up thanks to the rains of the previous four days. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 17, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to confound the Phils. The Phils will be out to take last weekend’s embarrassment out on the Mets.

Roy Oswalt and Michael Stutes combine for the eight-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Nats, 5-0.

Phils pitching shuts down the Nats’ bats, as they defeat the Nationals, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run triple, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then, although being caught off first base by Nats’ starter John Lannan, he would be safe at second as shortstop Ian Desmond committed a miss catch error, and Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats tried to score in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, Ryan Zimmerman on second, via a single, and a walk to Michael Morse, which sent Zimmrman up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a single to left. Zimmerman is sent in to score, but, he is thrown out at the plate by a one-hop strike by Mayberry, for the inning’s second out, while Morse would stop at second base on the play. Roy Oswalt would then get out of the inning by striking out Danny Espinosa. That would turn out to be the Nats’ last shot as Oswalt would control them until he is replaced by Michael Stutes in the ninth. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, and his fourth as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, sending Mayberry, who had singled earlier, up to second base, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s force out grounder, 5-unassisted, forcing out Mayberry at third base, for the inning’s first out, then stopped at third base on Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt that lead to the bases being loaded as Collin Balester tried to throw to third base to force out Ruiz, but failed, and Valdez, who had been safe at first on his force out, then would stop at second base on Oswalt’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Oswalt, who had been safe at first on the sac bunt-fielder’s choice, would be thrown out at third, 8-5, for the inning’s second out, while Rollins would move up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, ending the game on an Espinosa ground out, 3-unassisted.

Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (8-9, 2.61) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out one. Collin Balester pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one each), while striking out two (Rodriguez) batters between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Triple, 2 RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-43, 1st) will conclude their series (depending on the weather) with the Nats (60-64, 3rd), with the game already in progress, with the Phils presently in the lead.

Ryan Madson blows his second save opportunity of the season as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run in the ninth, as the Phils lose one to the Nats, 8-4.

Ryan Madson blows the save as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils, after suffering through another long rain delay, took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley knocked in Mayberry with an RBI double. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard followed Utley with an RBI single, scoring Utley. Three batters later, after Hunter Pence had hit a single, moving Howard up to second base, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, that sent Howard to third base, while wiping out Pence at second base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Livan Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man out, Ramos hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Nats then erupted in the ninth as, with two men on, via singles by Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa, with Werth stopping at second base on Espinosa’s single, and with nobody out, Jonny Gomes hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Espinosa up to second base. Three batters later, after Ramos’ sacrifice bunt, 1-2-4, moved both runners up a base, and then an intentional walk to pinch hitter Jesus Flores loaded up the bases, Desmond tied the game up at four-all as he hits an RBI single, scoring Espinosa, while sending Gomes up to third base, and Flores up to second base, reloading the bases. After striking out Rick Ankiel for the inning’s second out, Madson tried to get out Ryan Zimmerman, to send the game into extra-innings. Instead, Zimmerman, with the count full, hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Gomes, Flores and Desmond, giving the Nats an 8-4 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick, who was suppose to be starting tonight’s game, but was made the Phils’ starter because of concerns about Roy Oswalt and his back, because of the long rain delay, got a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Brad Lidge recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson received his second blown save of the season, before he took the lost (3-2, 3.25), as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Burnett combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gorzelanny) and a walk (Burnett), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Todd Coffey (4-1, 4.13) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (80-43, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (60-63, 4th) with a night game later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who was oiginally to be last night’s starter, before the long rain delay, who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 win. He will be out for his second straight win since coming off the DL, and to even up the series for the Phils. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (8-8, 3.55), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 13, as he went only three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and five walks, as he struck out just one batter, in the Nats’ 11-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to get payback for last night’s lost.

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