May 2013

The Phils’ bullpen let one get away in extra-innings, as they lost to the Giants, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings, after the offense tied it up in the ninth, as the Phils lose to the Giants, 4-3.

The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the second as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the top of the fourth as Kevin Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Gregor Blanco, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Barry Zito hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Francisco Peguero’s ground out, 5-3, and then went to third on Brandon Crawford’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Guillermo Quiroz, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils cut the Giants’ lead to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Frandsen’s fly out, while sending Michael Young, who had just walked, over to third base, while Utley would move up to second base on the throw to third. The Phils then tied the score up at three-all as Delmon Young hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in M. Young, while sending Utley over to third base. The Giants would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Andres Torres hits a walk-off single, knocking in pinch-hitter Buster Posey, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Joaquin Arias’ sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then moved up to third base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, giving the Giants a 4-3 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettipone received a no-decision as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter. Phillippe Aumont, Chad Durbin and Mike Adams combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Adams) and a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Aumont (1), Durbin (2)). Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 1.69) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Barry Zito also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings plus one batter, as he gave up a run on four hits, striking out three. Santiago Casilla collected his sixth hold of the season by pitching two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Jeremy Affeldt received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man who he would face.  Sergio Romo received his second blow save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Javier Lopez (1-0, 3.24) picked up the win by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Doubles) and Ben Revere (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Delmon Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had a walk (Michael Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-19, 3rd NL East) will start a four-games series with the D-backs (19-15, 3rd NL West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 4, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to win his second game of the season. The D-backs will counter with Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 4, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 8-1 rout. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start off their second series out west with a win.

The Phils take the series as they once again defeat the Giants, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats once again support a good start, as they take the series from the Giants, winning, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier hit an infield single, before moving up to second base on pitcher Tim Lincecum’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Michael Young, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s single, then went to third base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Phils’ a 2-0 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, to move up to third base. The Phils the made it a 3-0 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Revere. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Angel Pagan hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Brandon Crawford’s ground-rule double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Giants then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Marco Scutaro hits an RBI double, knocking in Crawford. The Phils got a run back in the top of the fifth as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then took a 5-2 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then made it a 6-2 lead in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.45) took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out six. Mike Adams collected his fourth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Tim Lincecum (2-2, 4.75) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. Jose Mijares pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Singles) and Ben Revere (Singles) all following with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Michael Young (Double, RBI), and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Young (1), Howard (2), pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (1)) and a hit batter (Howard) in the game.

The Phils (16-18, 3rd East) conclude their series with the Giants (19-14, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

The Phils begin their first trip to the west coast by beating the Giants, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense return after being missing for two games as they support Cliff Lee’s good start by beating the Giants, 6-2.

The Phils tried to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first as they loaded up the bases, via singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk to Delmon Young, with both M. Young and Howard moving up a base, and with two men out, before Dom Brown ended the threat by grounding out, 1-3. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the second as they loaded up the bases again, this time via singles by John Mayberry, Jr. and Erik Kratz, with Mayberry stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Cliff Lee, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving both men up a base, and then a two-out walk to Chase Utley, and with two men out, M. Young hits a two-run double, knocking in Mayberry and Kratz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Utley over to third base. One batter later, with Howard batting, the Phils took a 3-o lead as Madison Bumgarner threw a wild pitch, allowing Utley to score, while M. Young would move up to third base. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the fifth as, now with a runner on third, and with one man out, D. Young hits a sacrifice fly, scoring M. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as, with two men out, Brown hits a solo blast to right field, his sixth home run of the season. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Pence, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error of Francisco Peguero’s infield single, as he threw the ball past Howard, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Rollins redeemed himself by hitting a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kratz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis’ double, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.31) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out seven. Chad Gaudin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jean Machi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Javier Lopez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Michael Young (Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, raising his average to .333. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Eric Kratz (Single), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other two Phils’ RBIs (Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young) came in on sacrifice flies, while the final Phil run would come in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Utley, M. Young, D. Young, Kratz) in the game.

The Phils (15-18, 3rd NL East) will continue their three-games series with the Giants (19-13, 1st NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 10:15 pm and will be played at AT&T Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on May 2, as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, and his sixth straight quality start. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on May 1, where he went five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 9-6 come from behind win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to see if they can get the better of Lincecum tonight.

The Phils are hurt by the long ball as they are blanked by the Marlins, losing 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Marlins hits two solo shots off of Cole Hamels, the Phils are one-hit by Marlins’ pitching, as they lose to the fish, 2-0.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with one man out, Chris Valaika hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the fish a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils could get only one hit off of Marlins’ pitching before Steve Cishek collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a hit batter, as he struck out six. Phillipe Aumont and Jeremy Horst would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Aumont) between them, while striking out one (Aumont). Jose Fernandez (1-2, 3.84) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out nine. Mike Dunn collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Steve Cishek received his fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while strking out two.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a single by Freddy Galvis. They also had two walks (Galvis, Jimmy Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (14-17, 3rd) conclude their four-games series with the Marlins (9-22, 5th) with a game in progress.

As the back end of the rotation throws another quality start, the Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs rookie Jonathan Pettibone win his second straight start, the Phils win their second straight game from the Marlins, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo blast to right field, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stole second base.  The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the third as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the fourth as Donovan Solano hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then got the run back in their half of the fourth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, and his second hime run in as many nights, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Marlins tried to get back into the game in the top of the seventh as they loaded up the bases, via a single by Marcell Ozuna, and walks to Rob Brantley and Adeiny Hechavarria, and with one man out, before Antonio Bastardo ended the threat by first striking out pinch-hitter Austin Kearns, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then striking out pinch-hitter Matt Diaz, looking, for the inning’s final out. After Mike Adams put down a two-on, one-out threat in the eighth, Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits, as he struck out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ricky Nolasco (2-3, 4.14) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Webb threw two scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Ben Revere (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Jonathan Pettibone) and a stolen base (Ruiz (1)) in the game.

The Phils (14-16, 3rd) continue their series with the Marlins (8-22, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 28, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and six walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 5-1 win. He will be going for his second straight win. The Marlins will counter with Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 29, as he pitched just four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 4-3 win. He is still looking for his first win of 2013. The Phils hope to make it three straight wins against the fish.

The Phils start their home stand with the bats returning as they crush the Marlins, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind the once again good pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phils’ bats once again come alive as they crush the listless Marlins, 7-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Donovan Solano, who had just singled, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the game off with a walk, moved up to second base on Solano’s single, then stole third base, the 600th steal of his career, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right field, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard, after a frustrating two days in Cleveland where his monster shots would die between the warning track and the wall, hits a solo bomb of his own to left field, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Erik Kratz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third base on second baseman Solano’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils two batters later, after Michael Young’s single sent Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, would add to their lead as Rollins would score on catcher Rob Brantley’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the sixth as Justin Ruggiano hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Nix, who had just walked, over to third base. Two batters later, after Brown had moved up to second base on John Mayberry Jr’s ground out, 1-3, and now with one man out, the Phils made it a 6-2 lead as Nix scored on pitcher Tom Koehler’s wild pitch, while Brown would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-2 lead as Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) got the win as he threw another quality start as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and two walks, while striking out five. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Alex Sanabia (2-4, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a passed ball, while he struck out four. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler pitched two innings as he gave up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Dom Brown (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) with two. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The other three Phils’ runs came in on a sacrifice fly, a passed ball and a wild pitch. The Phils also had five walks (Howard (2), Laynce Nix (1), John Mayberry, Jr. (1), Kratz (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (13-16, 4th) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (8-21, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is supposed to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 27, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-4 rout. Pettibone will be looking for his third straight quality start and his second straight win. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 24, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be going for his third straight win. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game.

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