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The Phils will start the 2012 season with the first of three games against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Phils will begin their 129th season as a member of the National League with an afternoon game against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The game will start at 1:35 pm EDT.

The Phils, who are coming off a team record setting 102-80 win season, will be protecting their fifth straight National League Eastern Division Championship, also a team record, after having been knocked out of the NL Divisional Series, losing the series 3 games to 2, by the eventual 2011 World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals. The Phils will send to the mound their ace, Roy Halladay (0-0, —), who will be coming off a 19-6 2011, with a 2.35 ERA and a WHIP of 1.04. He also struck out 220 batters. The Pirates, who are coming off their19th straight losing season, finishing 2011 in 4th place in the National League Central Division with a 72-90 record, will be trying once again to at least reach a .500 record. They will be sending to the mound Erik Bedard (0-0, -.–), who had spent 2011 pitching for both the Red Sox and the Mariners, who will be coming off a combine record of 5-9 with an ERA of 3.62, and a WHIP of 1.28.

The Phils will be out to start the 2012 season on a good note.

The Phils have just announced that they have traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays for a minor league relief pitcher.

Earlier today, the Phils have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league reliever Frank Gailey.

Francisco, who was part of the deal with the Indians that originally brought Cliff Lee to the Phils in late July 2009, appeared in 225 games for the Phils from 2009-2011, mainly as their fourth outfielder, although for the first couple of months of 2011 he was the team’s starting right fielder, until he was put back on the bench before the Phils eventually traded with the Astros for Hunter Pence. In those games, he batted .259, having 136 hits including 32 doubles,1 triple and 17 home runs, while knocking in 75 RBIs. He also appeared in 17 post-season games, including the 2009 World Series, where he had an overall batting average of .105, with 2 hits in 19 at-bats, which includes his dramatic three-run home run in the third game of the 2011 National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, which gave the Phils a temporary 2-1 series lead, before finally falling to the eventual World Series champs in five games.

Gailey, a native Philadelphian, had pitched a combine 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 appearances for Class-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ farm system. In his minor league career, overall, Gailey is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 appearances.

Wish you luck with the Blue Jays, Ben, and thanks for what you did while you was here. Welcome to the organization, Frank. Hope you’ll be able to work your way to the main club.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #5: The Phils are once again knocked out of the playoffs, as they lose a 1-0 duel with the Cards.

The Phils are knocked out of the playoff, as they are three-hit by Cards’ ace Chris Carpenter, losing a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Skip Schumaker hits an RBI double, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a triple. That would turn out to be the game’s only run, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would pitch his way out of a bases loaded jam later that inning, followed by a second bases loaded jam in the eighth, while Chris Carpenter almost went through the Phils’ line-up with little trouble, only getting into trouble in the fourth, before ending the game by getting Ryan Howard to ground out, 4-3, as he fell down in the baseline as he tore his achilles tendon on his left ankle trying to bust down the line.

Chris Carpenter (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits, while striking out three. Roy Halladay (1-1, 2.25) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley had the other Phil hit, a single, as the offense once again became a non-entity during a series, as the team gets knocked out early by the much more effective Cards.

With the lost, the Phils are now back to square one, while they might be facing 2012 with the lost of several players through free agency (Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez) while looking at the prospect of having no Ryan Howard during all of 2012 because of his achillies tendon injury. This is not going to be a fun fall and winter. GRRRRRR!!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #4: The Phils are unable to clinch in St. Louis as they lose to the Cards, 5-3.

The Phils once again allow an early lead to slip away as they lose to the Cards, 5-3, forcing a game 7 in Philadelphia.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Phils then ran themselves out of a big inning as Ryan Howard struck out, looking, on a 3-2 slider, before Pence is thrown out trying to steal second base by Yadier Molina, although replays would show that he was actually safe. The Cards then got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier singled, on a ball that had hit the wall, and was well played by center fielder Shane Victorino, who then, as he was getting ready to throw it in, slipped and lost control of the baseball, which then headed back towards the wall, which allowed Schumaker to score, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing Berkman to reach third base on Victorino’s throwing error. The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, David Freese hits a two-run double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had walked, moved up to second base when Berkman was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Molina’s line out to right, and Berkman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch from Roy Oswalt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Cards then took a 5-2 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freese hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Holliday, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a single, before going to third on Utley’s single, would score on Fernando Salas’ wild pitch, making it a 5-3 Cards’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. But that would be the ballgame as Jason Motte would collect his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Lidge) between them. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he pitched six inning, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Arthur Rhodes collected his second hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Octavio Dotel collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Fernando Salas collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Marc Rzepcynski received his second hold of the series, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte recorded his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Chase Utley (Single, Triple, RBI), both leading the team with twe hits each. Hunter Pence (RBI), Placido Polanco and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense continue to tail off after the first three batters, especially Ryan Howard, who, in a post-game interview, admitted he is being a bit antsy at the plate. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils and Cards will play the fifth and deciding game of the series on Friday night in Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38), who is coming off a win in the first game of the series on October 1, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 11-6 rout. Halladay will be trying to continue his post-season dominance, while trying to give the Phils the best chance to clinch at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (0-0, 12.00), who is coming off a no-decision in the second game of the series on October 2, as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Cards’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start. The Phils are expecting a strong performance from Doc Halladay, while seeing if they can not only jump on Carpenter, but this time pour it on like they did in game one of the series, to avoid another disappointing post-season.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #3: The Phils retake the series lead thanks to Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, as they hang on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The Phils retake the lead in the divisional series as they ride Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, before hanging on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The first six innings of the game featured a pitchers’ duel between Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia, who kept the Phils off-balance, while giving up only four hits and a walk, while striking out three, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would pitch himself out of trouble in the first, fourth and sixth innings, as he gave up just five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. The Phils then put pressure on Garcia in the seventh as Shane Victorino got on base with a single, before going to second base on a Yadier Molina passed ball, before Garcia got the next two batters out with a fly out to right (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a ground out (Placido Polanco), 5-3. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, the Phils sent Ben Francisco to pinch hit for Hamels. After getting a ball, Francisco drills one into the Phils’ bullpen in left, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead on his pinch hit home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in both Victorino and Ruiz. The Cards then started a comeback in their half of the seventh. After Vance Worley started the inning off by getting Rafael Furcal to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, he walks Allen Craig, before giving up a single to Albert Pujols, which would send Craig up to second base. Lance Berkman then followed by hitting into a force out, 4-6, that would wipe out Pujols at second base for the inning’s second out, while Craig would reach third base, while Berkman would be safe at first, putting runners on the corners. The Cards then got on the board as David Freese hits an RBI single to center, knocking in Craig, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Berkman up to second base. Worley would finally end the inning by getting Molina to fly out to right. After the Phils are kept from scoring in the top of the eighth, the Cards attempted a rally in their half of the eighth as Ryan Theriot started the inning off with a single. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Worley with Antonio Bastardo, who then proceeded to get pinch hitter Nick Punto to fly out to center for the inning’s first out. Manuel then came back out and replaced Bastardo with Brad Lidge. That move seems to backfire as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Matt Holliday, moving Theriot up to second base, before he is replaced at first by pinch runner Adron Chambers. The next batter, Furcal, then loaded up the bases with a single to left, sending Theriot on to third base, while Chambers would stop at second base. Manuel then came back out, and took out Lidge, replacing him with his closer Ryan Madson. That move was rewarded with Craig hitting into a 4-3 doubleplay, as Furcal is wiped out at second base, to end the threat. After the Phils are unable to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Madson went back out to attempt a five-out save. He is greeted with a lead-off double by Pujols, which was his fourth hit of the ballgame, and his third double of the game. After Madson gets Berkman to fly out to center for the inning’s first out, he gets Freese to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, as Pujols moved up to third. Now, with a man on third, Madson tried to get out Molina to end the game. Molina, instead, hits the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Molina is replaced by pinch runner Kyle Lohse, Madson went after Theriot, who had already been on base with four hits, all singles. But, he wasn’t able to get hit no. five as Madson got him to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, collecting his first save of the series.

Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Vance Worley received his first hold of the series as he pitched an inning plus a batter, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, as he recorded a very rare five-out save. Jaime Garcia (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte combined for two scoreless innings, as they gave up a hit (Motte), while striking out a batter (Motte), between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, his first hit of the series), Carlos Ruiz (single, his first hit of the series) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Home Run, his first hit of the series, 3 RBIs), had the other five Phils’ hits, with Francisco becoming the surprising hero of the game with his pinch hit shot to left.

The Phils, now with a 2-1 game lead in the divisional series, will continue the series with the Cards (2-1) in St. Louis. The game will be played in Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 6:07 pm EDT (5:07 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69), who will be trying to pitch the Phils into the NL Championship Series for the fourth straight year. The Cards will attempt to counter with Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79), who will be trying to force a fifth game back in Philly. The Phils will be trying to clinch their fourth straight appearance in the NL Championship Series, hoping that Oswalt will be at his best while the offense will do what it can to give him much needed run support, while watching out for the Cards putting out all the stops to force a game five.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #2: The Phils early lead is squandered as they drop one to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at one game each.

An early four-run lead is squandered by Cliff Lee, before the Phils lose to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at 1-1 as the two teams head for St. Louis.

The Phils jumped to an early lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Jimmy Rollins, then walks to Chase Utley and Hunter Pence, sending Rollins to third, and Utley up to second base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single up the middle, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Pence over to third. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men on, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, his second double and his second hit of the ballgame, then stole third as Utley walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had walked for the second time in the game, would stop at second base. Normally, this would be enough for Cliff Lee, especially after pitching out of jams in the first two innings, but it was not to be in this game, as things came unglued in the fourth inning. The Cards got on the scoreboard as, with two men on, via a walk to Lance Berkman, whom Lee had buried in the count 0-2 before walking him, and a single by Yadier Molina, sending Berkman up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI double, scoring Berkman, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Molina on to third base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Molina, while sending Theriot on to third base, before going on to second base on the late throw to home plate. Two batters later, after Lee strikes out, swinging, pinch hitter Nick Punto, the Cards made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Rafael Furcal hits an RBI single, knocking in Theriot, before left fielder Raul Ibanez throws out Jay at home plate, as catcher Carlos Ruiz hangs onto his one-bounce throw, inspite of Jay trying to bowl him over to make him drop the ball, for the moment keeping it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Cards then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Jay hits an RBI single, his second hit of the ballgame, knocking in Theriot, who had just doubled, his second hit and double of the game. The Cards then took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, scoring Allen Craig, who had just tripled, on a ball that Shane Victorino did not go after properly, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, for a four-out save.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Ryan Madson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Madson) and a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)) between them. Chris Carpenter received a no-decision as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Ferndando Salas pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Octavio Dotel (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out two. Marc Rzepeczynski, Mitchell Boggs and Arthur Rhodes all collected their first hold of the series as they combined for one and one-thirds scoreless innings, with Rzepczynski facing one more batter, as they gave together up a hit (Rzepeczynski), while striking  out one (Rhodes) between them. Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and a one-third, striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, just missing a home run on both of his doubles as they both hit the top of the fence. Hunter Pence (RBI), Ryan Howard (RBI) and Raul Ibanez (RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense was held to only one hit (Rollins’ single), after scoring their fourth run in the second inning.

The Phils (1-1) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (1-1), as the series move to St. Louis. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 5 pm EDT (4 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79), who will be trying to put the Phils back into the lead in the series. The Cards will counter with Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.56), who will be trying to continue his mastery of the Phils, while hoping that he can continue doing well at home. The Phils will be out to get back into the lead, while trying to finally knock Garcia out of the box. Come onuys, you’d gottten to both Lohse  and Carpenter, you can get to Garcia. Just show some more patient at the plate.

GO PHILS!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.

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