August 2011

The Phils continue their winning ways, in spite of a short brawl, as they crush the Giants, 9-2.

In spite of a short brawl in the sixth inning, the Phils continue their present winning ways as they crush the World Champs, 9-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jeff Keppinger, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Carlos Beltran’s single, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI force out, 4-6, as Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, scored as Pence, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, as Ibanez beat out the throw back to first. One batter later, the Phils’ took a 4-1 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Ibanez. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before he is thrown out trying to go to second base to make sure that Rollins did score, 9-2-6, for the inning’s second out. The Giants got a run back in their half of the fifth as Eli Whiteside hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Mayberry’s single, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had just singled, on to second base. Two batters later, after Vance Worley had pop bunt out on an excellent catch near home plate by Whiteside for the inning’s second out, both Schneider and Mayberry moved up a base on Ramon Ramirez’s wild pitch, with Rollins batting. Rollins then gave the Phils an 8-2 lead with an RBI single, scoring both Schneider and Mayberry. After Rollins stole second base, for his second steal of the night, Polanco got on base with an infield single, sending Rollins on to third. The next batter, Victorino, is then hit in the middle of the back by Ramirez, which would lead to both team emptying their benches and their bullpens, and then to a very short brawl, thanks in part to Whitestide tackling Polanco, just as it looked like things were about to cool down. This would lead to Ramirez, Whiteside and Victorino all being thrown out of the game, all now waiting for how hard they will each be punished for their actions. (Personally, I’m hoping that Ramirez and Whiteside will get the worst punishments. I mean: Ramirez, sore loser/man up, dude. Whiteside, this is not the WWF. Victorino, seriously, cool the temper, dude.) The Phils then made it a 9-2 lead in the seventh as Pence hits a lead-off solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon pitched an easy ninth.

Vance Worley (8-1, 2.35) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, as he ignored the fireworks in the sixth inning, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes and David Herndon combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out a batter (Stutes). Jonathan Sanchez (4-6, 4.10) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning, before he is ejected from the game because of his involvement in the brawl, as he gave up three runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Jeremy Affeldt pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while he struck out one.  Guillermo Mota and Brian Wilson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wilson) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out three (Mota (1), Wilson (2)) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI, before his ejection from the ballgame because of his involvement in the brawl), Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (73-39, 1st East) continue their series with the Giants (62-51, 1st West) with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox. The game will start at 4:10 pn EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 1, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings win. He will once again be going for his thirteenth win, while trying to increase the Phils’ winning streak to nine games. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (9-7, 3.10), who is coming off a lost to the Diamondbacks on August 1, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to stop the presently fast-running Phils. The Phils will be out to beat one of the Giants’ best starters to show who is the best team in the NL.

Cliff Lee throws a complete game shutout as the Phils defeat the World Champs, 3-0.

A seven-hit c0mplete game shutout by Cliff Lee help leads the Phils to a series opening win over the World Champs as they defeat the Giants, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his first home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. followed with a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain that way until the ninth when, with one man, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Cliff Lee came out and completed the complete game shut out by getting Cody Ross to strike out, swinging, with a man on second, for the final out.

Cliff Lee (11-7, 2.96) gets the win as he pitches a complete game shutout, giving up only seven scattered hits, while striking out eight. Madison Bumgarner (6-11, 3.71), took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking nine. Santiago Casilla pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, his first three hit game as a Phil, with two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hit.

The Phils (72-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Giants (62-50, 1st West), with a game later tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (7-1, 2.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-5  extra-innings win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on June 24, as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying for their eighth straight victory.

I’d once again made the Latest Leaders List…

A short time ago I took a look at the new Latest Leaders list for July, and I’d discovered that I have made the list again for the third month in a row, although this time at 49. Glad to have made the list,  although not at where I’d landed. Oh well, just happy to be on the list.

Here’s a copy of the list of the top 50 fan blogs:

FAN
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
4. Red State Blue State
5. Counting Baseballs
6. Phillies Phollowers
7. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
8. Rockin’ Redlegs
9. Rowland’s Office
10. The Ballpark Guide
11. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
12. The Rays Rant
13. Beisbol 007
14. The Phanatic Addict
15. Pinstripe Birthdays
16. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
17. The Pittsburgh Peas
18. Reds Country
19. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
20. Dodgerfilms
21. This is a very simple game…
22. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
23. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
24. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
25. FutureAngels.com
26. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
27. Observing Baseball
28. Soxoholics
29. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
30. The Unbiased MLB Fan
31. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
32. Rockpile Rant
33. The Cutoff Man
34. The Yankee Dinosaur
35. Major League Baseball Prospective
36. baseballqueen
37. Yankee Yapping
38. The Three Bs
39. dsmsja
40. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
41. Stuck On Prospects
42. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
43. Major League Ballhawk
44. Art of the Pale Hose
45. Collection of Baseball
46. Rox Addict
47. Blue Jays Nest
48. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
49. Phillies Red Pinstripes
50. Strictly Cubs Baseball

And, as can be seen, there are a total of four Phillies related fan blogs: Phillies Phollowers at 6, The Phanatic Addict at 14, Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts at 48 and Phillies Red Pinstripes at 49. Congrats to all the bloggers who have made the list this time.

And give all of the blogs a look, folks.

Roy Halladay becomes the NL’s first 14-game winner as the Phils sweep the Rox in a wierd game, 8-6.

The Phils sweep the Rockies as Roy Halladay becomes the NL’s first fourteen game winner, as they win a wierd game, 8-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via walks by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, and with one man out, as Ryan Howard struck out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard first committed a fielding error on a Dexter Fowler grounder, allowing Eric Young, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, then stole second base, to reach third, before he would score as Howard committed a throwing error, as he threw the ball past Roy Halladay, who was trying to cover first base, allowing Fowler to be safe at first, before heading off to second base on Howard’s second error of the play. Two batters later, after Todd Helton had moved Fowler over to third base with a ground out, 4-3, the Rockies took the lead as Troy Tulowitzki hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Fowler. The Phils tied it up at two-all in the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, before he would move up to second base on the throw home. The Phils then retook the lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, after Utley had been hit by the pitch, sending Victorino to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Howard hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Eliezer Alfonso hits an RBI single, scoring Ian Steward, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Rox then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Helton hits an RBI single, knocking in Fowler, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Phils got the run back in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a Halladay single, who then moved up to second base on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, an Utley single, with Halladay stopping at third base, and a walk to Howard, which sent Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Halladay scored on a Jason Hammel’s wild pitch, just getting his foot under Hammel’s tag, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while Utley would stop at third base, and Howard would stop at second. The Rox then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the fifith as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Helton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Fowler, who had just tripled. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, and his third home run in two days, knocking in Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. The Rockies got a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, Helton hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his first save of the season.

Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up five run, four of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Brad Lidge collected his first save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Hammel (6-11, 4.88) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a hit batter, a wild pitch and four walks, while striking out four. Rex Brothers pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out two. Matt Belisle pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with all of the starters having at least one hit. Chase Utley (Singles), Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Triple), all led the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Shane Victorino (RBI), Hunter Pence (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phil run scored on a wild pitch.

The Phils (71-39, 1st East) continue their road trip with a four-game series with the Giants (62-49, 1st West) that will begin with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 EDT (7:15 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on July 30, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on July 30, as he went just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Giants’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to make it a seven-game winning streak.

The Phils win another series as they blank the Rockies, 5-0.

Kyle Kendrick threw eight strong innings in his final start as the Phils blank the Rockies, 5-0.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a four-pitch walk, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard had moved Victorino over to third base on a ground out, 4-3, Hunter Pence gave the Phils a 2-0 lead by hitting an RBI double, scoring Victorino. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners once again on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the eighth as Howard hits another lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame. That would be all the runs that Kyle Kendrick would need, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, which striking out a career high seven batters, before handing the ball over to David Herndon for a 1-2-3 ninth, to record the Phils’ fourteenth shut out of the year.

Kyle Kendrick (6-5, 3.19) got the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just four scattered hits and two walks, while he struck out a career high seven batters. David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Cook (2-6, 5.34) took the lost as he pitched just four innings, before he is taken out of the game because of neck problems, as he gives up four runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Edgmer Escalona pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Matt Lindstrom pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Matt Reynolds pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 2 RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, RBI), leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Kyle Kendrick had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Chase Utley drove in one of the other two Phils’ runs with a ground out, while Brian Schneider brought in the other one with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (70-39, 1st East) will today conclude their three-game series with the Rockies (51-29, 3rd West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Coors Field, and will start at 3:10 pm EDT (1:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on July 29, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up just one hit, while striking out five, in the Phils 10-3 rout. He will be going after his fourtenth win of the year, while trying to pitch the Phils into their second straight series sweep. The Rockies will send out Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.65), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 29, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Rox’s 3-2 win. He will be trying to keep the Rockies from being swept. The Phils will be trying to keep up the momentum before they head off to San Francisco for four games with the presently slumping Giants.

The Phils come from behind to win their second straight extra-inning game as they defeat the Rockies in 10 innings, 4-3.

A Shane Victorino homer in the top of the tenth lead the Phils to their second straight extra-inning victory as they defeat the Rockies, 4-3.

The Rockies took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Seth Smith hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Rox a 2-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a ball deep to right field which just missed being a home run, and instead hit against the wall for a double, as Shane Victorino, who was on first. after being safe on a force out, 1-6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, was wiped out as second base as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made a barehanded catch on a ball deflected by Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin, before throwing to second base, for the inning’s second out, did not get a good jump from first as he thought that the ball was going to leave the park, before being sent home, and was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Smith to second baseman Mark Ellis, who then threw the ball home to catcher Chris Iannetta, who then tagged out Victorino for the inning’s final out, 9-4-2. The Phils finally got on the board in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just singled, cutting the Rockies’ lead down to 2-1. The Rockies got the run back in their half of the seventh as Iannetta hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Rox a 3-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a pinch hit two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his first pinch hit home run of his career, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the tenth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his nineteenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth, getting Tulowitzki to pop out to Utley for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo (5-0, 1.31) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson recorded his nineteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth. Jhoulys Chacin also received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Matt Reynolds recorded his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Rafael Betancourt recorded his nineteenth hold of the year as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Hudson Street blew his third save opportunity of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out one. Rex Brothers (1-2, 3.74) to0k the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while he struck out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) all leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (69-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Rockies (51-58, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and will start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will be out to end his possible final start of the season on a high note before going back to the bullpen as Roy Oswalt prepare to return to the starting rotation. The Rockies will counter with Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 27, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up just six hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Rockies’ 3-1 win. He will be out to even the series. The Phils will be out to win their latest series.

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