June 2012

Cliff Lee is once again unable to win his first start as the Phils fall to the fish, 6-2.

Cliff Lee was once again denied his first victory of 2012 as the Phils fall to the Marlins, 6-2.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI ground out, 1-4-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hanley Ramirez’s fly out to center, while sending Giancarlo Stanton, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Stanton hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, who had just doubled, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. The Marlins made it a 3-0 lead two batters later as Omar Infante hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton, who had moved up to third on Justin Ruggiano’s single. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ruggiano hits a two-run double, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Morrison’s ground-rule double, and Morrison, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Marlins a 5-1 lead. Three batters, with runners on the corners, as Ruggiano had stolen third base, and Gaby Sanchez had walked, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruggiano, giving the Marlins a 6-1 lead, while sending Sanchez up to second base. The Phils would cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-2 in the ninth as, with a man on second base, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 6-3. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Webb got Placido Polanco to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Valdes) between them, while striking out four (two batters each). Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six.  Edward Mujica and Mike Dunn combined for two scoreless inning, giving up just a hit (Mujica) between them. Ryan Webb pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had just seven hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the club with two hits each. Juan Pierre, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (19), Jimmy Rollins (14)) in the game.

The Phils (36-43, 5th) continue their series with the Marlins (36-40, 4th), playing an afternoon game. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He’ll be going for his eleventh win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.66) who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 24, who pitched seven scoreless innings. giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 9-0 blow out. He will be trying to give the fish the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series this afternoon.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first as they drop one to the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first inning as they end up splitting the series with the Pirates, losing 5-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCuthen’s fly out to right, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Walker, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Pirates then took a 4-0 lead as Casey McGehee hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in both Walker and Sutton. The Pirates then made it a 5-o lead as Pedro Alvarez followed with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would then settle down, and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard for the next six and two-thirds innings, while the Phils tried to chip away at the Pirates’ lead. The Phils made it a 5-2 Pirates’ lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled. The Phils then cut the Pirates’ lead down to 5-3 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, as Pence, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Pirates’ lead in the eighth as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) and three walks (Sanches (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Juan Cruz collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, walking a batter. Jason Grilli received his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two batters. Joel Hanrahan recorded his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Juan Pierre (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single), Mike Fontenot (Single) and Erik Kratz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other nine hits, as the offense was unable to get the key hit to either tie or win the game. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (18), Rollins (13)) in the game.

The Phils (36-42, 5th) will go on the road to start a series with the Marlins (35-40, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. Lee will be out to finally end his long winless streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 23, where he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He’s be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be out to win their first game since Chase Utley’s return to the line-up.

The Phils’ bullpen ruin Chase Utley’s return, as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 11-7.

The Phils’ bullpen spoil Chase Utley’s return to the club as they can not hold down the Pirates, as the Phils lose to the Bucos, 11-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a dramatic solo home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year. The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael McKenry hits a three-run home run, knocking in Neil Walker, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jose Tabata’s single, and Tabata, who had just singled, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added to their lead in the fourth as Casey McGehee hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. The Pirates then took a 5-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, James McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, who had earlier doubled, then reached third base on Pedro Alvarez’s ground out, 4-3, while moving McKenry, who had just been intentionally walked, on to third base. The Pirates increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had lead-off the inning with a walk, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, giving the Pirates a 6-2 lead, while sending McCutchen, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Pirates then made a 7-2 lead as Tabata hits an RBI single, scoring McCutchen, while sending Walker on to third base. The Pirates then took an 8-2 lead as McKendry hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, while sending Tabata up to third base. The Phils started a comeback in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had been safe at first as Utley, who had reached first base on an infield single, is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-3. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Pirates’ lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead down to 8-5 in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hector Luna, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman’s Alvarez’s fielding error. The Phils then made it an 8-6 Pirates’ lead as Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Utley send Pierre to third base with a single to right, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pierre, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-7, while sending Utley up to second base. The Pirates then increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Sutton hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Alex Presley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Pirates a 9-7 lead. The Pirates then made it an 11-7 lead as McCutchen hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Sutton. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth.

Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24) took the lost as he only pitched two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning and a third, giving up four hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. James McDonald (7-3, 2.44) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a third of an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. Tony Watson pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI), leading the team as he played in his first game after coming off the dl, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (17), Victorino (19)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-41, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (39-35, 2nd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park, already in progress.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.

A four-run first starts the ball rolling as the Phils sink the Pirates, 8-3.

A four-run first inning, helped along by several Pirates’ errors, starts the ball rolling for the Phils as they crush the Bucos, 8-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a single to right, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, as he beat the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with Pence on first, and with still one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a single to right, which would send Pence to third base, beating out right fielder Jose Tabata’s throw to third, which would allow Ruiz to move up to second base, as third baseman Pedro Alvarez throw the ball into right field for an error, which would allow Pence to score, and Ruiz to reach third base, as Tabata committed his own throwing error. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils then added to their lead as, with one man on, and with still only one man out, Placido Polanco hits a single to right, sending Victorino to third, before scoring on Tabata’s throwing error to third, his second error of the inning, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Polanco would move up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in the third as, with one man out, Tabata hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead.  The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 5-2 as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Clint Barmes hits an RBI single, knocking in Neil Walker, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his fourth home run in five games, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Jeff Karstens’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Tabata, who had earlier reached base on Polanco’s throwing error, ending up on second base, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ruiz, followed by walks to Victorino and Polanco, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Ruiz, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Polanco up a base, leaving the bases loaded. That would be the final score as Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on eleven hits and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Doug Slaten pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, raising his average back to .354. Jimmy Rollins (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), and Mike Fontenot (Singles) all followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino had the final Phil hit, a single, knocking in a run. Ty Wigginton had the other Phil RBI, via a walk, as the other two runs came in on a pair of Pirates’ errors. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Ruiz (3)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (35-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-34, 2nd Central) 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 Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on June 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win since coming off the DL. The Pirates will counter with Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on June 20, as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Pirates’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to gain some momentum from last night’s win as they get ready to reactive Chase Utley.

The Phils drop a pair, as they lose a day-night twinbill to the Rays, losing 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils lose a day-night doubleheader to the Rays, inspite of a good pitching performance by Cole Hamels in the first game, as they lose by the scores of 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the sixth, breaking up a 0-0 tie, as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Rays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Pena hits a three-run home run, knocking in Elliot Johnson, who had started the inning off with a run, then moved up to second base on B.J. Upton’s walk, and Upton, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pnce, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, making it a 3-2 Ray’s lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney recorded his twenty-first save of the year as he recorded a scoreless ninth, striking out Pence, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo blew his second save attempt of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 3.75) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Michael Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Price (10-4, 2.95) got the win a he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out eight. Burke Badenhop collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jake McGee collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Fernando Rodney collected his twenty-first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) and Hector Luna (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, as they are once again unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Shane Victorino (16), Rollins (12)) in the ballgame.

In the nightcap, the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jeff Keppinger, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Ben Zobrist’s single, while Zobrist, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Rays then made it a 3-0 lead as Brooks Conrad hits a two-run double, scoring both Zobrist and Rodriguez. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 3-1 Rays’ lead. The Phils then cut it down to 3-2 Rays’ lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Rays increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Conrad hits a two-run double, knocking in Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rodriguez’s walk, and Rodriguez, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 5-2 lead, before going on to third base on the throw home. The Phils got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI double, his second of the game, knocking in Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, cutting the Rays’ lead down to 6-3, before moving on to third base on the throw to the plate. The Rays made it a 6-3 lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via walks by Upton,  who then stole second base, Zobrist, and Conrad, and with two men out Jose Lobaton forced in a run with a walk, scoring Upton, while moving both Zobrist and Conrad up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Rays then took a 7-3 lead as Brandon Gomes forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Zobrist, while both Conrad and Lobaton moved up a base. That would be the final score as J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Cesar Ramos received a no-decision as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three walks, while striking out two. Wade Davis pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brandon Gomes (2-2, 3.97) got the win as he threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both doubles, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Victorino (17)) in the game.

The Phils (34-40 5th East) will start a four-game series with their cross-state rival, the Pirates (38-33, 2nd Central), beginning with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04), who is coming of a no-decision against the Rockies on June 20, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-6 walk-off win. He will be trying for his third straight winning start. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 17, his last previous start in the majors, as he pitched just an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, in the Pirates’ 5-4 win. He’ll be trying for his first win of 2012. The Phils will be out to start their final series of the homestand on a good note.

Jim Thome’s ninth-inning home run gives the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Rays, 7-6.

A ninth-inning lead-off home run by pinch hitter Jim Thome gives the Phils a walk-off victory as they defeat the Rays, 7-6.

The Rays took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with 0ne man out, Jeff Keppinger hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jose Lobaton’s walk, and Lobaton, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead, before moving up to third base on second baseman Michael Martinez’s throwing error. The Rays then took a 3-0 lead as, two batters later, Keppinger scored on James Shield’s ground out, 6-3, while Elliot Johnson, who has just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils got two runs back in the third as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 3-2 Rays’ lead. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in pinch hitter Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on the throw to third base. giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out. Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Zobrist’s throwing error, moving up to second base, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Rays would get a run back in the eighth as, with the bases loaded on singles by Zobrist, Lobaton and Keppinger, and with one man out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Zobrist, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Lobaton up to third base and Keppinger to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Rays then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Keppinger hits an RBI single, knocking in Hideki Matsui, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zobrist’s ground out, 1-3, while sending pinch runner Chris Archer, who was pinch running for Lobaton, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Rays then tied the game up at six-all as Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Archer, while sending Keppinger up to third base. The Phils won the game in their half of the ninth as pinch hitter Jim Thome hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Raul Valdes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Chad Qualls collected his twelfth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo received his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save opportunity of the season before getting the win (2-2, 2.83) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out two.  James Shields also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. J.P. Howell pitched a scoreless inning. Brandon Gomes pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Jake McGee took the lost (2-2, 1.88) as he pitched an inning, plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Runs, 2 RBIs), Juan Pierre (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ty Wigginton (Single), pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single) and pinch hitter Jim Thome (Home Run, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk and two stolen bases (Pierre (15 & 16)) in the game.

The Phils (34-38, 4th NL East) will continue their interleague game series with the Rays (38-32, 3rd AL East) with a day/night doubleheader, with the first game presently in progress.

A pair of two-run home runs by the Rockies help prevent the sweep as the Phils lose, 4-1.

A couple of two-runs bombs by the Rockies help keep the Phils from completeing the sweep, as the Phils lose, 4-1.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his 39th career lead-off home run. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the seventh when, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Nelson hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Tyler Colvin, who had earlier doubled, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The Rockies increased their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Wilin Rosario hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring pinch hitter Todd Helton, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Rafeal Bentoncourt recorded his eleventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeff Francis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on six hits, while he struck out three. Josh Roenicke (2-0, 2.76) got the win as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Rex Brothers received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Matt Belisle collected his eight hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Rafael Betancourt received his eleventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Double) and pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense went back to being unable to get a key hit with men in scoring position.

The Phils (33-38, 5th NL East) resumes interleague play with a series with the Rays (38-31, 3rd AL East) with a night game tonight, depending on the weather. The Phils will send to the mount Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.64), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 16, as he went seven innings, giving up five run on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. Lee continues to look for his first win of 2012, hoping that he’ll get it this time. The Rays will counter with James Shields (4-4, 4.16), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on June 16, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three unearned runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Rays’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He’ll be out to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to give Lee his first win of 2012.

 

A two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth leads to a walk-off win on a bases loaded error, as the Phils defeated the Rockies, 7-6.

A Rockies’ error with the bases loaded caps a two-run rally by the Phils as they come from behind in the ninth to defeat the Rockies in walk-off fashion, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Juan Pierre, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jordan Pacheco, who had earlier singled, and then stopped at second base on Chris Nelson’s single, and Nelson, who had just singled, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run of his own, his first home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry Jr’s walk, and Mayberry, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Rockies tied it up at four-all in the third as, with two men out, Michael Cuddyer hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Rockies retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Nelson hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 5-4 lead. The Phils would tie it up at five-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, three-unassisted. The Rockies took the lead again in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Dexter Fowler hits an RBI single, scoring Rosario, who had earlier doubled, giving the Rockies a 6-5 lead, while sending pinch runner Josh Outman, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Jason Giambi, who had been intentionally walked, over to third base. The Phils would once more tie the game up, this time at six-all, in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Ty Wigginton, who had just singled. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked, and Shane Victorino had beat out a grounder hit to shortstop Marco Scutaro for an infield single, moving up a base both Pence and Ruiz, to load up the bases, and with still two men out,  Pence would score the winning run on a missed catch error by first baseman Todd Helton on shortstop Scutaro’s throw to first on Polanco’s grounder to short, giving the Phils a 7-6, walk-off win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Alex White also received a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. Matt Reynolds pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Belisle combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Belisle), while striking out three (Guthrie (2), Belisle (1) between them. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save opportunity before taking the lost (1-3, 3.28), as he pitched two thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Juan Pierre (Triple), Ty Wigginton (Single), Hunter Pence (Double, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Michael Martinez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a bases loaded error. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (33-37, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (25-42, 4th West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on June 15, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. He will be looking for his first win since coming off the disabled list, while trying to lead the Phils to a series sweep. The Rockies will counter with Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46), who is coming off a no-decision against the Tigers on June 15, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Rockies’ 12-4 rout. He will be looking to keep the Rockies in the ballgame. The Phils will be trying to sweep the series.

Cole Hamels captures his tenth win of the season as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 7-2.

Cole Hamels, with some help from the offense, wins his tenth start of the season, as the Phils begin their ten-game home stand on a good note as they defeated the Rockies, 7-2.

The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Tyler Colvin hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Young, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils made it a 4-1 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Josh Outman’s wild pitch, while sending Polanco, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Rockies got a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chris Nelson hits an RBI single, scoring Todd Helton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Jordan Pacheco’s single, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Pacheco, who had just singled, over to third base, before being tagged out at second base, 8-4, as he tried to move up to second base on the play. The Phils got that run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, then moved over to third on Polanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Polanco’s bunt, over to third base. The Phils then took a 7-2 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Chad Qualls threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41) took the lost as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Guillermo Moscoso pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Adam Ottavino pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Matt Reynolds pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Hunter Pence knocked in the final Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (32-37, 5th East) continue their series with the Rockies (25-41, 4th West) with a 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 (6-6, 4.93), who is coming off a complete-game win agauinst the Twins on June 14, as he gave up just a run on seven hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-1 win. Blanton will be going for his third straight win, while trying to build on his last start. The Rockies will counter with Alex White (2-5, 5.56), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on June 14, as he went four innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Rockies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to build on their previous win.

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