May 2012

The Phils blow another lead, before losing in the ninth, as they are downed by the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils watch yet another lead slip away before losing it in the ninth on a three-run home run by a rookie, as they dropped the series’ opener to the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a double, then went to third on center fielder Andres Torres’ fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits a two-run double, knocking in Torres, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, and Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled. The Mets then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jordany Valdespin hits a three-home run, his first career home run, as well as his first career hit, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Mike Nickeas’ double, and Nickeas, who had just doubled, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Jonathan Papelbon (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five. Manny Acosta pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up four hits, and a walk. Tim Brydak (1-0, 4.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Frank Francisco collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Shane Victorino (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Placido Polanco (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to capitalize when given the chance to regain the lead late in the game. The Phils also had five walks, showing a bit more patient at the plate.

The Phils (14-16, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (16-13, 3rd) 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 be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83), who is coming off a complete-game, shutout win against the Braves on May 3, as he gave up only three hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils tie up the series at a win apiece. The Mets will counter with Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.92), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Astros on May 1, as he threw two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series.

The Phils leave Washington with a win as Cole Hamels threw eight strong innings, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Phils escape the Nation’s capital with a victory behind the strong pitching of Cole Hamels as they defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, with Chad Tracy at the plate, Bryce Harper, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then went to third on a single to left by Jayson Werth, would steal home plate, his first stolen base of both the season and his career, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels was trying to keep Werth close to first, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had lead the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead three batters later as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then busted the game open in the ninth. With a runner on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before Pierre moved up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Pierre. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Pence hits his second two-run home run of the game, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Victorino. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Polanco’s double, and Polanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Nats would get one of the runs back in their half of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Roger Bernadina hits an RBI double, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier hit into a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Danny Espinosa, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Ramos, who had just singled, on to third base. The Nats then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, while sending Bernadina all the way to third. After Desmond moved up to second base on defensive indifference, Brian Sanches finally ended the ballgame by getting Steve Lombardozzi to pop out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter, while he struck out eight. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 2.29) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out one batter (Stammen) between them. Ryan Perry pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ bats had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Home Runs, 4 RBIs) with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Single), Freddie Glavis (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks, a hit batter (Hamels) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (6)), in the game.

The Phils (14-15, 5th) will start a home stand, starting with a three-game set against the Mets (15-13, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.40), who is coming off an awful start against the Braves on May 2, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 15-13 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to come back from that bad start as he continues to look for his fourth win of the season. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on May 1, as he threw just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost. The Phils will be trying to bounce back from their losing series in Washington.

The Phils are crushed as they lose to the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils lose the series as they are crushed by the first-place Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Gio Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a double, and Steve Lombardozzi, who had walked, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via singles by Chad Tracy and Danny Espinosa, with Tracy stopping at second base, and with still two men out, Rick Ankiel hits an RBI double to right, knocking in Tracy, before Espinsoa is tagged out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Pence to second baseman Freddy Galvis to catcher Ruiz, who applied the tag for the inning’s final out. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Nats then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Tracy hits a two-run home run, knocking in Werth, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 7-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ty Wigginton ended the game hitting into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s second out.

Vance Worly (2-2, 2.84) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.72) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Mattheus threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis had the other three hits, all doubles. Carlos Ruiz had the only Phil RBI, via a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk.

The Phils (13-15, 5th) will conclude their three games series with the Nats (18-9, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 1, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, as well as trying to lead the Phils to their only win in Washington. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 1.89), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on May 1, as he threw six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep over the Phils. The Phils will be trying to leave Washington with a win before heading back to Philly for their next home stand.

Another good start is wasted as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead before the Phils lose to the Nats in extra-innings in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Phils wasted another good start as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead before they finally lose in the eleventh inning on a bases-loaded walk-off single, losing to the Nats, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Chad Tracy hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jesus Flores hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Rick Ankiel’s double. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Flores hits an RBI double, knocking in Tracy, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Espinosa’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, while sending Ankiel, who had just been intentionally walked, all the way to third based. The Nats then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Steve Lombardozzi, and walks by Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, and with two men out, pinch hitter Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, knocking in Lombardozzi, giving the Nats a 4-3, walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick got a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Savery collected his first hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jose Contreras received his second hold of the season as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls blew his second save opportunity of the season, as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Michael Schwimer (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he went two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter. Stephen Strasburg also got a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Craig Stammen, Henry Rodriguez and Tyler Clippard combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Gorzelanny (2), Stammen (1)) and a walk (Rodriguez) between them, while striking out six (Gorzelanny (1), Stammen (1), Rodriguez (2), Clippard (2)). Ryan Perry (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, as he knocked in a run. Juan Pierre (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), and Shane Victorino (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits as Nats’ pitching cooled off the bats. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Pence (3), Victorino (9)).

The Phils (13-14, 4th) continue their series with the Nationals (17-9, 1st) with an afternoon game already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

The Phils continue their short road trip with a visit to the nation’s capital to meet the presently first-place Nats.

The Phils will continue their two-series road show with a three-game visit to Washington, D.C. to face the presently first place Nationals. The first game of the series will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) have just finished a three-game series with the Braves in which they took two out of three games, including Joe Blanton’s complete-game, three-hit gem as the Phils won the get away game by the score of 4-0. The Phils’ offense is contining to hit, while they are now starting to score runs as well, including scoring 13 in the losing end of a 15-13 extra-innings lost to the Braves on Wednesday night. Their opponent, the Nationals (16-9, 1st) have just finished a three-game series at home with the D-backs, in which they have also won two of three games.

The Phils will be sending to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is still looking for his first win of the season, as he continues to pitch in place of the still recovering Cliff Lee. He had lost his last start against the Cubs on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Against the Nats, he has a losing record of 2-3 with a high ERA of 5.46, while striking out 32 Nationals. He will be trying to pitch himself to his first win of 2012, while hoping to feed off of his previous start. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 29, where he went seven strong innings, allowing just a run on five scattered hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nationals’ 4-3 lost. Career-wise, Strasburg has a record of 0-0 against the Phils, with a 2.08 ERA, as he struck out only six Phils. He will be trying to give the Nats the first victory in the opening contest between the two ballclubs. The Phils will be looking towards bringing themselves a bit closer to first-place in the Eastern Division, while trying to defeat the hard throwing right hander.

A complete game effort by Joe Blanton gives the Phils the series win as they shutout the Braves, 4-0.

A three-hit complete game shutout by Joe Blanton, thus giving the bullpen a much needed day off, lead the Phils to a series win over the Braves, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, then moved up to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Joe Blanton threw a three-hit shutout by getting Martin Pardo to lined into a 4-3 doubleplay, doubling off at first Michael Bourn, who had just singled, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) took the win as he threw a complete game shutout, as he gave up just three hits, while striking out six. Randall Delgardo (2-3, 5.14) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other five hits, as the offense continues to hit.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) will continue their road trip with a three-game visit with the Nationals (15-9, 1st), starting with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 28, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to tame the presently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils wil be trying to get themselves above .500, while at the same time getting themselves closer to the top two spots in the division.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff’s inability to hold onto a lead as the Phils lose to the Braves via an extra-innings, walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff being unable to nail down several different leads before finally losing to the Braves in extra-innings on a Chipper Jones walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

The Phils took the lead, while batting around, in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, up to third base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Victorino had stolen second base, and with a walk by Hunter Pence, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Polanco, Victorino and Pence, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Ruiz. The Braves then came roaring back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Chipper Jones, Erik Hinske and Tyler Pastornicky, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Hinske and Pastornicky up a base. The Braves then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Martin Prado followed with an RBI infield single,  knocking in Hinske, while moving up both Pastornicky and Bourn, as the bases remained loaded. Two batters later, as the bases stayed loaded, and now with two men out, Brian McCann hits a grand-slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, tying the ballgame at six-all. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jason Heyward hits a two-run single, knocking in Hinske, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pastornicky’s double, and Pastornicky, who had just doubled, giving the Braves an 8-6 lead, while knocking Phils’ starter Roy Halladay out of the ballgame. The Phils would regain the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s single, and pinch hitter Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via infield singles by Pence and Wigginton, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk by Mayberry, and with two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, scoring Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 12-8 lead. The Braves came back again in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, knocking in Dan Uggla, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Rollins force attempt, fielding error on Jones’ grounder, making it a 12-9 Phils’ lead, while sending Jones, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, up to second base. Two batters later, after Heyward had walked, loading up the bases as the runners both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Bourn walked to forced in a run, as Jones scored from third, making it a 12-10 Phils’ lead, while moving both Pastornicky and Heyward up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves would then tied the game up at twelve-all as Prado would hit a two-run single, knocking in both Pastornicky and Heyward, while sending Bourn on to third base. The Braves then took a 13-12 lead as Freddie Freeman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils would tie the game up at twelve-all in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Victorino hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out shortstop Jack Wilson’s throw to first, as pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score all the way from second base. The Braves would then win the game in the eleventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jones hits a two-run walk-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Uggla, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went five and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five. Joe Savery pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Michael Schwimer blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brian Sanches (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched two innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Tommy Hanson also collected a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Livan Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Eric O’Flaherty blew his second save attempt as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Kris Medlin pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Craig Kimbrel blew his first save attempt of the season, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Durbin (1-0, 8.00) gets the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles), Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Doubles, Home Run, 7 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) who had two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) having the other four Phils’ hit. With his seven RBI night, Ruiz because the first Phils’ catcher to knock in seven runs in one game. The Phils also had five walks and two stolen bases (Victorino (8), pinch hitter Juan Pierre (4)), on a night when the offense was let down by the pitching staff and by the defense (Rollins’ fielding error in the eight that helped open up the flood gates in that inning).

The Phils (12-13, 4th) have just completed playing their final game of the series with the Braves (15-10, 2nd).

I’d just discovered that….

I’m back among the top 50 MLBlogs fan blogs, landing at no. 47. I would like to thank everyone who have helped put me back onto the list. It’s greatly appreciated. I’d also noticed that there’s only two other Phils related blog, besides mine, that is also on the list: Phillies Phollowers at no. 17 and Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts at no. 37. Congrats guys.

Below is the list of all of the top 50. fan blogs:

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1. The Baseball Collector

2. Rays Renegade

3. Red State Blue State

4. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog

5. Counting Baseballs

6. The AustralianBaseballDigest

7. Beisbol 007

8. nybisons

9. Rockpile Rant

10. A’s Farm

11. mlbblogger

12. BlueBattingHelmet

13. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

14. The Unbiased MLB Fan

15. The Ballpark Guide

16. The Brewer Nation

17. Phillies Phollowers

18. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!

19. Observing Baseball

20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World

21. Pinstripe Birthdays

22. The Pittsburgh Peas

23. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball

24. Collection of Baseball

25. Fish Fry

26. Rockin’ Redlegs

27. Born on Third

28. Minoring In Baseball

29. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page

30. The Rays Rant

31. Brewers Rumors

32. This is a very simple game…

33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez

34. Cream City Cables

35. I’m Not A Headline Guy…

36. swingingbuntz

37. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

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The Phils starts off their important road trip by breaking up a tie with two eighth inning runs as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

Two runs in the eighth inning leads to a win in Atlanta as the Phils defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single to left, as the ball gets past left fielder Martin Prado for a two-base fielding error, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s double, and Pence, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before stopping at third base on Prado’s error. The Braves got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Freddie Freeman, a walk by McCann, moving Freeman up to second base, and a single by Matt Diaz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Juan Francisco hits a sacrifce fly, scoring Freeman. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score the go-ahead run on pitcher Jonny Venters’ wild pitch as Polanco struck out for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Rollins, who had just singled, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead two batters later as, with men once again on the corners, after Shane Victorino had hit an inflield single, sending Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino over to third base.  That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and record his ninth save of the year by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Michael Bourn, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels gets a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo gets the win (1-0, 4.15) as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters (2-1, 1.93) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning as he gave up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while he struck out one. Kris Medlen pitched one and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddie Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had a stolen base (Rollins (5)) in the game.

The Phils (12-12, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (14-10, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is set to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.05), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 27, where he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will for the third time be going for his fourth win of the season, hoping that this time the offense will back him up. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 27, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 6-1 win. He is also going for his fourth win of the season, while he prepares to face the Phils. The Phils will be out to win their second straight road series, while trying once again to get over .500.

Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the year as the Phils defeat the Cubs, 6-4.

Jonathan Papelbon collected his eighth save in as many attempts as the Phils’ offense get a late-inning key hit from Placido Polanco as they defeated the Cubs, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a bunt single, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after Ty Wigginton had stuck out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and Laynce Nix had walked to load up the base, as Victorino and Pence both moved up a base, and with two men out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Pence, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base, before Orr would move up to second base on catcher Geovany Soto’s missed catch error on right fielder David DeJesus’ throw to the plate. The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Alfonso Soriano, a walk by Ian Stewart and a single by Blake DeWitt, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Soto hits into a 5-3 doubleplay, wiping out at third base Stewart for the inning’s first out, as Polanco touches the bag, before throwing on to first base, as Soriano scores, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Campana, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Cubs then tied the game up at four-all as Bryan LeHair hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Castro. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Campana, looking, to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he had struck out five. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Chad Qualls blew his first save opportunity of the year before collecting the win (1-0, 3.24) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out four. Shawn Camp pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Maine (0-1, 1.59) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rafael Dolis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Pete Orr (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense had a pair of clutch two-outs hits, one early in the game, and one late.

The Phils (11-12, 4th) will now go on the road to begin a three-game series with the Braves (14-9, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to continue his dominance of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 25, as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to help the Braves start the series off with a win. The Phils will be trying to get back into the divisional race, by trying to go for a win in the opener of the series.

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