August 2012

Vance Worley has yet another bad outing as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 6-2.

Vance Worley has another bad start as the Phils lose once again to the Brew Crew, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Nyjer Morgan hits a two-run triple, knocking in Corey Hart, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Martin Maldonado’s walk, and Maldonado, who had just walked, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers then took a 4-1 lead as, now with two men on, after Jean Segura is intentionally walked, and then stole second base, and with still two men out, Yovani Gallardo helps his own cause with a two-run single, scoring both Morgan and Segura. The Brewers increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, and his third home run in two games, knocking in Norichika Aoki, who had earlier walked, giving the Brewers a 6-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Lanyce Nix, who had just doubled, making it a 6-2 Brewers’ lead. But that would be the final score as Livan Hernandez got Brian Schneider to end the game by flying out to center field for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11) took the lost as he lasted only four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three. B.J Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and a walk (Horst), while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI double by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a double by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by Kevin Frandsen and a single by Brian Schneider, as the offense was once again kept in check for most of the game. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (54-65, 4th East) will continue their four-game series with the Brewers (54-64, 4th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 pm CDT). The Phils will sent to the mound Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) as he is coming off his second straight complete game shutout, this one against the Marlins on August 13, as he gave up just seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He’ll be out to win his third straight start. The Brewers will counter with Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on August 13, as he went just two plus innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, while striking out only one, in the Brewers’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to recover from his last start. The Phils will be trying to give some help to Hamels.

Home runs once again hurt the Phils as they lose the series opener to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Phils’ bullpen allows another game to get away in the eighth inning, via a grand slam home run, as the Phils lose to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole first second base, and then third base, would score on Ryan Howard’s grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to second base in an attempt to start a double play, except that shortstop Jean Segura would make a missed catch error on the force attempt, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to be safe at second base, while Howard would reach first base, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the fourth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Howard, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Laynce Nix, moving Howard to third base, and Brown to second base, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a bases clearing double, scoring Howard, Brown and Nix, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Weeks reaching first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, an intentional walk to Braun, moving Weeks up to second base and a walk to Aramis, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Corey Hart hits a grand slam home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Weeks, Braun and Aramis, giving the Brew Crew a 7-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson picked up his third save of the year as he got Erik Kratz to hit into a 5-3 ground out with the bases loaded, ending the game.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, while striking out twelve. Josh Lindblom blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.76) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Marco Estrada also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Manny Parra received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jim Henderson collected his third save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown, Laynce Nix and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (2, 19 and 20) and Pierre (29)) in the game, as they left too many men on base.

The Phils (54-64, 4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (53-64, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on August 12, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 extra-innings win. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 12, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to trying to give the Phils’ some fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils are unable to sweep the fish as they lose to the Marlins, 9-2.

A bullpen meltdown in the eighth inning ends the Phils chances to sweep the fish before they lose to the Marlins, 9-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Lee, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Giancarlo Stanton’s double, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Stanton, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead as Donovan Solano hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, cutting the Marlins’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, up to third base. The Marlins retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men out, Dobbs hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Stanton hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Lee’s single, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead, while sending Lee, who had just singled, up to second base. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, after both Lee and Stanton had moved up a base on Dobbs fly out to center field for the inning’s first out, and an intentional walk to Solano, and with two men out, the Marlins bust the game wide open as Austin Kearns hits a two-run single, knocking in both Lee and Stanton, giving the Marlins a 6-2 lead, while sending Solano up to second base. The Marlins then took an 8-2 lead as Bryan Pattersen hits a two-run double, scoring both Solano and Kearns. The Marlins then made it a 9-2 lead as Gorkys Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Kearns. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs, on two hits and a walk. Raul Valdes pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Mark Buehrle (10-11, 3.74) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Mike Dunn collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ty Wigginton leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense is once again shut down by Buehrle.

The Phils (54-63, 4th East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (52-64, 4th Central) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is supposed to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85), who is coming off a lost to the Cardinals on August 11, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-5, 4.36), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on August 11, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Brewers’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to get his first win of the year. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with a win.

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hit shut out as the Phils beat the fish, 1-0.

A combine five-hit shutout by Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen allow the Phils to take the series from the fish as they defeat the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits the second pitch of the game into the right field seats, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would be more than enough as Kyle Kendrick would throw seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits, while he struck out six, soon followed by Josh Lindblom, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon who would collect his twenty-sixth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (5-9, 4.53) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, while striking out six. Josh Lindblom collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-sixth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson (7-9, 3.73) took the lost as he threw eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Steve Cishek pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had four hits in the game, a home run by Jimmy Rollins, knocking in the game’s only RBI, a single by Chase Utley, a single by Dom Brown and a double by Brian Schneider. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

Cole Hamels throws his second straight shutout as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-0.

Cole Hamels throws his second straight shutout against an NL Eastern Division opponent as the Phils beat the Marlins, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead three batters later, after loading up the bases on Ryan Howard’s walk, sending Utley to second base, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. reached base on a fielding error by Greg Dobbs, which allowed Pierre to score, as Utley reached third base, and Howard stopped at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier reach base on a force out, 4-6, as Cole Hamels, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils made it a 4-0 lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Dom Brown, a single by Mayberry, sending Brown up to second base, and a single by Kevin Frandsen, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, while sending Mayberry up to third base. That would be more than enough runs support for Hamels as he would throw a complete game shutout, his second shutout in as many starts, as he would get Austin Kearns to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) would get the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up seven scattered hits and a walk, while striking out five. Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28) would get the lost as he went only five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Carlos Zambrano pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn and Ryan Webb combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Dunn (1), Webb (2)).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Triple, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Singles), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (53-62, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (52-64, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 8, as he went just three and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. He will be trying to recover from that pitching fiasco. The Marlins plan to counter with Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to three games.

The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

Cliff Lee is once again hurt by the long ball as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 4-1.

Cliff Lee is hurt by another home run as the Phils are beaten by the Cards, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI force out, 4-6, as Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, but taking Cards’ shortstop Rafael Furcal out of the play, allowing Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cards would take the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Holliday hits a three-run blast, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Allen Craig’s double, and Craig, who had just doubled, giving the Cards a 3-1 lead. The Cards added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Holliday’s single, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead, while sending Holliday, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jason Motte collected his twenty-sixth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85) took the lost as he went seven innings, plus three batters, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out six.  B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Raul Valdes pitched a third of an inning. Michael Schwimer pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Marc Rzepczynski collected his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte received his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Dom Brown, a single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard and a double by Kevin Frandsen, as the offense was once again handcuffed. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (51-62, 5th East) concludes their series with the World Champions Cardinals (62-52, 3rd Central) with a game already in progress.

Chase Utley’s two-run shot gives the Phils the win over the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 3-1.

Chase Utley’s two-run home run in the eighth inning helps lead the Phils over the World Champs as they down the Cards, 3-1.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as Carlos Beltran hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single that was able to get past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started off the inning with a double, and just kept on running after making sure that the ball would get past Descalso. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would go eight innings, giving up a total of two hits, the other hit being a two-out single by Jon Jay in the third, as well as hitting a batter (Yadier Molina in the fifth), and Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, who gave up a total of four hits, with the other two hits being a one-out single in the fifth by Kevin Frandsen and a two-out single by Frandsen in the seventh, along with two walks. The Phils took the lead for good in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his eighth home-run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on a balk by pitcher Barret Browning, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by catching Beltran trying to steal second base, 1-6, with Rollins applying the tag for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits. Kyle Lohse received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Brett Browning (0-1, 4.11) took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits and a balk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Juan Pierre (28)) in the game.

The Phils (51-61, 4th East) will continue their three-game series with the World Champions Cardinals (61-52, 3rd Central). The game wiill be played at Citizens Bank Park will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send out Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 5, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 walk-off win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils into a series win. The Cards will try to counter with Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3,76), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 8-2 rout. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to take another series from the world champs.

The bullpen allows one to get away as the Phils fall to the Braves, 12-6.

The Phils bullpen comes apart in the late innings, at the Phils lose to the Braves, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, David Ross hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had earlier walked, stopped at second base on Dan Uggla’s single, then moved up to third base on Kyle Kendrick’s wild pitch, while sending Uggla, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the wild pitch, to reach third base. The Braves took the lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Paul Janish’s walk, and with still two men out, Tim Hudson helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, knocking in both Uggla and Janish, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead two batters later, after Michael Bourn had walked, as Martin Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Hudson, while Bourn would go on to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Braves then made it a 6-1 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Bourne hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Janish, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils started a comeback in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 6-2 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut it down to a 6-3 Braves’ lead as Dom Brown followed with a double of his own, scoring Rollins. Two batters later, after Chase Utley is hit by a pitch, the Phils’ tied the score at six-all as Ryan Howard hits a three-run blast, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Brown and Utley. The Braves regain the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Jason Heyward, an intentional walk to Chipper Jones and a walk to Freeman, moving up the runners, and with two men out, Uggla hits a bases clearing double, scoring Heyward, Jones and Freeman, giving the Braves a 9-6 lead. The Braves then made it a 10-6 lead as Uggla scored on third baseman Frandsen’s throwing error to first of Ross’ grounder. The Braves increased their lead in the eighth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Bourn hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Braves an 11-6 lead. The Braves then took a 12-6 lead three batters later as, with the bases loaded, after Prado walks, Bourn then moving up to third on Heyward’s fly out to center field for the inning’s first out and Jones intentionally walked for the second time in the game, and with one man out, Freeman hits an RBI ground out, 1-3, scoring Bourn, on a ball that pitcher Jeremy Horst could have turned into a 1-2-3 doubleplay if he had caught the ball cleanly. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, three walks, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds innings, striking out two. Michael Schwimer recorded a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 5.45) took the lost as he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Josh Linblom pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Tim Hudson also received a no-decision as he went four and one-third innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Luis Avilan pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man whom he would face. Cory Gearrin also pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.07) would get the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonny Venters, Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (O’Flaherty) and a walk (O’Flaherty), while striking out five (Venters (1), O’Flaherty (2), Kimbrel (2)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown had the other Phils’ hit, a double, knocking in their sixth and final run. The Phils also had four walks and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game.

The Phils (50-61, 5th) have the day off.

The Phils finally end their losing streak with the Braves, as Hamels five-hits Atlanta, leading to a 3-0 win.

Cole Hamels five-hit the Braves as the Phils finally end their losing streak with Atlanta, winning 3-0.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double. Two batters later, with Brown still on second base, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough for Cole Hamels, as he threw a complete game shutout, the fifth of his career, allowing only five hits, all singles, to the Braves: a lead-off single to Chipper Jones in the second, who is, two batters latter, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 4-6-3 doubleplay ball hit by Brian McCann; a two-out single in the fifth by McCann, who is thrown out at second base, 8-4, trying to stretch it into a double, by a strong throw by left fielder Brown as second baseman Chase Utley applies the tag; a lead-off bunt single in the seventh by Michael Bourn, who is then left stranded at first base; a lead-off single in the eighth by Freddie Freeman , who is, two batters later, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 6-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Reed Johnson and a one-out single in the ninth by pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, before Hamels ended the game two batters later by getting Martin Prado to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14) got the win, his first since signing his new contract, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, which striking out six. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearnin combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Avilan).

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Erik Kratz (Single, Double) and Nate Schierholtz (Singles) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Dom Brown (Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (50-60, T-4th) will conclude their series with the Braves (63-47, 2nd) 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 Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 3, after replacing Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers, as he went four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Braves plan to counter with their ace Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 3, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight.

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