April 2012

The Phils take advantage of a less than stellar Tim Lincecum to score four runs in the first inning, before rolling along behind their own ace, Roy Halladay, to defeat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils scored four first inning runs against their nemesis Tim Lincecum, before going on to beat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while sending Pence on to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Laynce Nix hits a two-run double to the right field wall, scoring both Pence and Victorino. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, a walk by Melky Cabrera, moving Pagan up to second base, and a single by Buster Posey, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Aubrey Huff hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Pagan, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1, while sending Cabrera on to third base. The Phils got that run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Roy Halladay helped himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Giants would get that run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Tim Lincecum hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Brandon Crawford’s double, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would remain the score as Halladay would shut down the Giants for the rest of the night, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, who would then record his third save of the season as he got Cabrera to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and three walks, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Tim Lincecum (0-2, 10.54) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six Phils. Dan Otero and Jeremy Affeldt combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Otero) between them, while striking out two (one each).

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double), Lanyce Nix (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the team got to Tim Lincecum early, thanks in part to Polanco’s first inning double dropping in between the center and right fielders. The Phils also had a walk and a hit batter in the game.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game later today. 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 Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve on his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, while hoping that the offense will continue to score runs, as well as get hits.

The Phils will start a ten-day trip out west with a three-day visit to San Francisco.

The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will begin a ten-day, ten-game, three-city trip to the west, starting with a three-day visit to San Francisco to visit the Giants (4-5, T-3rd West). The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).

The Phils, who are coming off a 3-3 home stand, are coming off a win against the Mets, salvaging a win after having lost the first two game of the series as the offense, which had outhit the Mets but was unable to get any key hits earlier in the series, was finally able to strike late in yesterday’s game, scoring seven runs in the last two innings. The Giants, meanwhile, are coming off a lost against the Pirates, after having won the first two games in their weekend series, as they are involved in a six-game homestand, before they go on the road.

The Phils will be sending to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a victory against the Marlins on April 11, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. Career-wise, Halladay does not have a good record against the Giants, as he is 0-2 against them with a 7.23 ERA, with 14 strikeouts. Halladay will be shooting for his third win of the young season, hoping that the offense will give him his first win against the Giants. The Giants will counter with their ace Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 11, as he went only two and one-thirds innings, the shortest outing so far of his career, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. Against the Phils, Lincecum have very easily handled them, with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.61, as he struck out 65 Phils. He will be trying to better his record, as he looks to record his first win of the season, while continuing to be a pain in the Phils’ collective side. The Phils will be out to start off their western road trip on a good note, while trying to see if they can continue Lincecum’s present pitching woes

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, are able to salvage a win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-2.

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, reward Cole Hamels’ strong start as they salvage a victory as they beat the Mets, 8-2.

The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, a struggling Ike Davis hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel for the next four and one-third innings, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels gave up only four more hits and a walk, while striking out ten Mets, putting up a strong performance, while Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey threw six strong innings of his own, as he refused to give the Phils the key hit that they’d been looking for, as he gave up eight total hits and two walks, while striking out just two Phils. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly deep to right, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then moved up to third on Ramon Ramirez’s wild pitch, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ramirez’s wild pitch, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, his first hit of the season, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Pete Orr, his first hit of the season, Placidio Polanco reaching first on shortstop Ruben Tejada’s throwing error, Orr moving up to third on Victorino’s fly out to right for the inning’s second out, and Rollins’ walk, sending Polanco to second base, and with two men out, Pence forces in a run with a walk, scoring Orr, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while moving both Polanco and Rollins up a base. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Wigginton hits a bases clearing double, scoring Polanco, Rollins and Pence, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as Wigginton scored all the way from second on a ball that John Mayberry, Jr. hits along the first base line that stayed fair for an infield single. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon stopped a bases loaded threat by striking out pinch hitter Justin Turner, swinging.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65) gets the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on six scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out ten. Chad Qualls recorded his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Mike Pelfrey took a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ramnon Ramirez blew his first save opportunity of the season, before taking the lost (1-1, 6.23) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Miguel Batista pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils unloaded fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) following with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double, 4 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Double) and Cole Hamels (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the offense was finally able to get the key hits that they had been missing all weekend. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (2nd), Pence (2nd)), which came on a double steal in the first inning.

The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will now begin a ten-game road trip out west, starting with a three-game series with the Giants (4-4, T-3rd West). The opening game of the series will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7: 15  pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 11, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. He will be shooting for his third win of the young season, while hoping that the offense had finally arrived. The Giants will counter with their ace Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 11, as he went only two and one-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. He will be trying to better his record as he looks to record his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of Tim Lincesum’s present pitching woes, as they hope to start their trip out west with a win.

The Phils lose the weekend series as they get shutout by the Mets, 5-0.

The Phils are shutdown offensively by Mets’ pitching as they lose to the Mets, 5-0.

The Mets take a quick 1-0 lead as, with two men out, David Wright hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Daniel Murphy, a single by Wright, with Murphy stopping at second base, and a single by Ike Davis, sending Murphy to third base, and with Wright stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Jason Bay hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Davis at second base, as Murphy scores, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while Wright would stop at third. The Mets then made it a 4-0 lead as Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Wright. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Mike Baxter, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead, before stopping at second base on the throw to the plate. That would end up being the final score as John Mayberry, Jr. flies out to center for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five. David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Herndon), while striking out three (Herndon (1), Bastardo (2)) between them. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Jon Niese (2-0, 2.13) got the win as he went six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Parnell) between them, while striking out a batter (Rauch).

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, all singles, by Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Ty Wigginton, Freddy Galvis and pinch hitter Juan Pierre.  The Phils also had a walk, as the offense seems to have been derailed after their ten run outburst in the previous two games.

The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (6-2, 2nd) this afternoon with a game already in progress, with the Phils presently trailing.

The Phils continues their weekend series with the Mets.

The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their weekend series with the Mets (5-2, 2nd) as they will play an afternoon game later this afternoon, a game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 4:05 pm EDT.

The Phils will be out to even the series with the Mets after losing the opening game last night as the Mets got to their number two starter, Cliff Lee, in the first inning via three extra-bases hits, including a two-run home run by Jason Bay, before giving up a total of four runs to a team that he had been able to control in three previous starts. Meanwhile, the Phils would end up outhitting the Mets 11 hits to 6, but would only be able to score one run against Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey, a home run by Freddy Galvis, his first career home run, as they were not able to get the much needed key hit so that they could get back into the ballgame, as Dickey and his knuckleball found ways to frustrate several Phils’ rallies.

In the second game of the weekend series, the Phils will send to the mound their second-year starter Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who had received a no-decision in his opening start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. Career-wise, Worley has a 3-1 record against the Mets with a 3.00 ERA, while striking out 23 Mets. He will be out to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win, as they completed their sweep of the Braves. Niese has a career record of 3-4 against the Phils, with a 4.07 ERA, while he struck out 48 Phils. He will be trying to give the Mets the series victory, hoping that Dickey’s knuckleball will have messed up the Phils’ batters timing.

A bad first inning does in Cliff Lee as the Phils lose to the Mets, 5-2.

Cliff Lee gives up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run home run, to the Mets, which would lead to the Phils losing to the Mets, 5-2.

The Mets took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Tejada moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ ground out, and with two men out, Jason Bays hits a two-run home run, knocking in Tejada, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as Freddy Galvis hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. The Mets would get that run back in the fifth as Scott Hairston hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the  Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Murphy, a fielding error by Jimmy Rollins on Justin Turner’s grounder, with Murphy being safe at second base, a walk to Davis, with both Murphy and Turner moving up a base, and then a force out at home on a grounder hit by Bay, 5-2, with Murphy being out at home, and with the other runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Lucas Duda hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Turner, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, would score on second baseman Murphy’s fielding error of pinch hitter Juan Pierre’s grounder as the balls went between his legs, making it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Shane Victorino ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while he struck out seven. Kyle Kendrick went an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run, while walking two. Joe Savery went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on nine hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Frank Francisco pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, as he struck out the side.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles) following with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jim Thome (Single, his first hit since rejoining the Phils), John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phil second run came in on a Daniel Murphy error as the ball went between his legs. The Phils had only one walk in the game. as the offense, which had outhit the Mets, was keep off the scoreboard by Dickey.

The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (5-2,  2nd), with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT, as one of the games to be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who received a no-decision in his start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series with the Mets at a game apiece.

The Phils will conclude their six-game home stand with the first of three games against the Mets.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter, Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is presently coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, in which he pitched six innings, giving up just one run, thanks to a wild pitch, and his not being able to catch Carlos Ruiz’s throw back to him as he still had a chance to tag out the runner, on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee, who has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets with an ERA of 0.43 and seventeen strikeouts, as he pitched in 21 innings, will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, where he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. Dickey, who has a caeer record of 2-3 against the Phils with a 2.61 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, will be trying to see if he can again give the Phils’ batters fits.

The Phils’ offense, after being able to score only eight runs in their first four games of the season, for an average of two runs per game, have scored a total of ten runs in their last two, while their pitching have allowed only two runs, after being rung up for six in the home opener. In their last two games, the Phils have cranked out a total of twenty-two hits, including six extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (3)), with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton all hitting their first home runs of the season. The offense would also have three stolen bases, with Victorino swiping his third and fourth stolen bases, and Juan Pierre swiping his second stolen base of the young season, as the team continues to use small ball, along with some timely hitting added in the second game of the series, as well as some Marlins’ fielding mistakes and some luck finally going their way. Pitching wise, the starters have had only one bad start, Cole Hamels’ opening day dud at home in which he gave up four runs, all but one of which was earned, while the rest of the staff (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton) have allowed a grand total of four runs in thirty-four innings pitched, for a record of 3-1 for the starters, with two no-decisions, in six starts. Lee will be trying to continue the so far excellent starting pitching when he faces the Mets tonight. The Phils hope that they can extend their winning streak, while putting the Mets back in their place, before they start an early trip to the West Coast.

The Phils rewards a good start by Joe Blanton with three runs, including two solo home runs, as they defeat the fish, 3-1.

Behind the three-hit pitching of Joe Blanton, the Phils win their home series with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr, hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single on a ball that Pence was unable to catch, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he got Buck to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Infante, who had earlier singled, for the game’s final outs.

Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Qualls collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Mark Buehrle (0-2, 3.65) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Bunt Single) had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will tomorrow night start a new three-game series with the Mets (4-2, 2nd), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), as he is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can once again gives Phils’ batters fits. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, as they will try to get a handle of Dickey’s knuckleball.

The Phils will conclude their opening series at home with the Marlins tonight.

The Phils (2-3, 3rd) will conclude their opening series at home with the Marlins (2-4, T-4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) who will be making his first start of the 2012 season. Blanton, who in an injury plagued 2011 complied a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 5.01 and a WHIP of 1.48, as he appeared in just eleven games, eight of which were for starts, pitching in 41.1 innings, striking out 35 batters, while walking 9, is coming off a lost in relief against the Pirates this past Saturday, April 7, as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two-hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 ninth-inning lost. Blanton will be out to show that he had fully recovered from his 2011 arm injuries. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00), who had spent 2011 pitching for the White Sox, compling a record of 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.30, as he started 31 games, pitching in 205.1 innings, striking out 109 batters, while walking 45, as he is coming off a lost against the Reds in his first start as a National Leaguer on April 5, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to do better in his second National League start.

The Phils, whose bats had decided to come out last night with a fourteen-hit attack, which included three extra-base hits (2B (2), HR (1)), as they gave their ace Roy Halladay some much needed runs support as they scored seven runs, five of which were in one inning, as Halladay threw another good performance on the mound, as he gave up only one run while scattering five Marlins’ hits, will be trying to end their three-game series with the Marlins on a high note. Blanton will be out to show that his performances during spring training were but a prelude to a good 2012 season, while he hopes that the Phils’ offense will continue to roll. The Phils will be trying to even up their regular season record with a win tonight, before they start a three-game weekend series with the Mets.

Pat Burrell is to officially retire as a Phil in May.

Pat Burrell, who had played left field for the Phils from 2000-2008, and was a key member of the 2008 World Series Championship team, and the Phils have announced that he will officially retire as a Phil during the team’s weekend series with the Red Sox, May 18-20, after first signing a one-day contract. Burrell, the team’s no. 1 draft pick in 1998, would spend nine seasons with the ball club, playing in a total of 1306 games, with a batting average of .257 (1166 for 4535) with an OBP of .367 and an SLG of .485. As a Phil, among his 1166 hits were 253 doubles (14th), 14 triples and 251 home runs (4th) for a total of 518 extra-base hits (9th). He would also walk 785 times (5th). Burrell would knock in 827 RBIs (8th), while scoring 655 runs. Burrell’s main claim to fame as a Phil would be him hitting a double in the bottom of the seventh inning of game five of the 2008 World Series, which would lead to the game winning run. Burrell would then become a member of the 2009-10 Blue Jays, before joining the Giants later in 2010, becoming a member of their 2010 World Series Championship team, and then a member of their 2011 squad, before being released because of an aching right foot late in the season, and then announcing his retirement after the 2011 season. During his twelve years in the Major Leagues, Burrell would appear in a grand total of 1640 games, mostly as a left fielder and a DH (Rays), accumulating a career batting average of .253 (1393 for 5503), with an OBP of .361 and an SLG of .472 for an OPS of .834. He would have a total of 299 doubles, 16 triples and 292 home runs for a total of 607 extra-base hits, while he would walk a total of 932 times. Burrell would bring in a total of 976 runs, while crossing the plate 767 times.

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