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Offense helps Eaton win his first game of the season, Phils trails Marlins by 1/2 game.

The Phillies’ offense was only able to get six hits during last night’s game, but they were able to make them all count as they defeated the Rockies, 6-1, giving Adam Eaton his first win of the year. The Phillies would score first when, with the bases loaded, and two outs, Geoff Jenkins would take the walk, scoring Shane Victornio who has gotten on base earlier with a single. The Rockies would tie the game in the top of the third, when Todd Helton hits a RBI single to left, scoring Willy Taveras. But, after Pat Burrell has thrown the ball back into the infield, the Phils would catch Helton overrunning first base, and get him into a run down, Jimmy Rollins to Chase Utley to Ryan Howard, who would then throw the ball home when he sees Seth Smith trying to score on the play. Howard’s perfect throw would nail Smith out at home plate, as Carlos Ruiz puts on the tag, keeping the score tied at one to one. The Phillies would then go to work in the fifth. After Greg Reynolds has walked both Rollins and Victorino, he would give up a three-runs home run to Utley, his seventeenth of the year, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils back the lead, 4-1. Three batters later, with Howard on first, via another walk, and with one out, Reynolds would give up another home run, this time to Jenkins, his fourth of the season, scoring Howard, to make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the ballgame, as the Phillies’ bullpen, after relieving Eaton in the seventh, would keep the now very frustrated Rockies from being able to score during the last three innings.

Adam Eaton gets the win, as he would go six innings of very aggressive pitching, giving up only one earned runs on four scattered hits, while striking out four and walking only one. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and one-third innings of relief, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on two hits. Greg Reynolds took the lost, pitching five and two-thirds innings as he gives up six earned runs on five hits, while walking eight Phils, four of whom would later score. He is now 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Jason Grilli would pitch one and one-third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Matt Herges would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hits.

With the win, the Phillies have completed their second series sweep of the year, with both of them coming at the expense of the Rockies. The Phillies have, in fact, swept their season series with the Rockies and have swept the Rockies for the first time since they have joined the Majors back in 1993.

The Phillies have now won four games in a row for the first time this season, while also being seven wins over .500 for the first time this year. With the six runs that they have scored last night, the Phillies have now scored seventy-three runs in their last eight games, as well as winning seven of their last nine games. During their last four games, Chase Utley has knocked in thirteen RBIs, including his career high six RBIs on Monday night, tying him for first place in RBIs with Lance Berkman of the Astros, while his home run puts him back into first place in home runs with seventeen, over both Berkman and Dan Uggla of the Marlins, both with sixteen home runs. Utley is also among the league leaders in total bases (2nd), runs scored (4th), hits (7th), doubles (8th-T) and slugging percentage (4th), while he is 15th in batting average. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell are also among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Howard is among the leaders in home runs (5th-T), RBIs (8th-T), runs scored (10th-T) and walks (9th), while Burrell is among the leaders in home runs (7th-T), RBIs (18th-T), doubles (13-T), walks (2nd) and slugging percentage (7th). As a team, the Phillies are right now first in home runs (79), RBIs (284), total bases (874) and slugging percentage (.457), are second in runs scored (293), third in hits (511) and doubles (114), fourth in walks (203) and team on-base percentage (.341) and fifth in team batting average (.267). They are also seventh in stolen bases (38). 

The Phillies presently have the fifth best record in the National League at 31-24 with a .564 winning percentage. Their pitching staff is second overall in innings pitched (490.0), while sixth in team ERA (3.99) and their relief core is still leading the league in ERA (2.81), while it is seventh in saves (14), has given up the third least number of hits (146), the least runs (56), the least earned runs (52), the least home runs given up (10), and is tied with the Padres for the least hit batters (3).

The win puts the Phils a half game behind the now cooling Marlins, who have lost their game with the Mets in extra-innings, 7-6. The Phillies are now two games ahead of the Braves, who have lost their game with the Brewers, 1-0, as their road problems continue. The Phillies are still four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. As the Phillies and Marlins take the day off, the Braves will conclude their series with the Brewers, now in the top of the fifth inning, with the Braves winning, while the Mets will begin a four games series at home with the Dodgers.

The Phillies will start a three games home stand with the Florida Marlins (30-22) tomorrow night. The first game of the series will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79), who is coming off of his fourth straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 24, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Myers will be looking to get back to his winning ways, while hoping that the offense will give him some much needed runs support. The Marlins will be sending to the mound Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14), who is coming off one of his worst starts, in spite of winning the game. He would go five innings against the Giants on May 25, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win, in the first game of a makeup doubleheader. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while hoping that the Phillies’ bat won’t be aiming to up his ERA. The Phillies will be trying to win the weekend series with the Marlins so that they can regain the lead in the National League East, while hoping that the Braves and Mets will lose ground during their series at Cincinnati and against the Dodgers, respectively. 

Edit: The Braves have just won their game against the Brewers, 8-1. So the Phillies are now ahead of third place Atlanta by a game and a half as the Braves head to Cincinnati to play the Reds.

Phillies set to end series with wounded Rockies.

The second place Phillies (30-24) are set to play the final game of the three games series with the Colorado Rockies (20-32, 4th National League West). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37), who is coming off his second straight lost, this one coming at the hands of the Astros. In that game, played on May 23, he would pitch seven good innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Eaton has lost three of his last four starts, with a no-decision in his other start, which the Phils also lost. He will be looking to finally get his first victory of the season, looking to get it at the expense of the presently hurting Rockies, while also praying that the presently explosive Phillies’ offense will have enough left in the tank to score some runs for him, something that they have so far done very little of during his previous ten starts. The Rockies will counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08), who is coming off two straight no-decisions, against the Minnesota Twins (May 17) and the Mets (May 23). In those two no-decisions, he would pitch a combine total of twelve innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. He will be trying to earn his first Major League victory, while hoping that he won’t become the latest victim of the presently potent Phillies’ bats.

The Phillies’ offense, after being limited to one run during the first two games of their series in Washington, D.C., has exploded for sixty-seven runs in their last seven games, including three games where they have scored ten or more runs (12, 15, and 20). Although Rockies’ pitching have been able to kept them quiet since the second inning of last night’s game, it doesn’t mean that their bats will be kept quiet during tonight’s game, something that Adam Eaton is praying for. At the same time, the Phillies are hoping that Eaton will be able to keep the Rockies’ bats quiet in the early innings, like Kyle Kendrick did last night, so that they can first establish, and then build on a lead, without having to come from behind, like they had to do this past Sunday afternoon and Monday night to win those games. The Phillies will be looking to complete their second series sweep of the season, while also shooting for a four games winning streak.

The Phillies are trailing the Marlins by a game and a half as the fish wraps up their three games series with the fourth place Mets. The Phils are leading the now third place Braves by a game as they get ready to finish their three games series in Milwaukee with the Brewers. The Phillies are presently four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. The Phillies are hoping to either stay where they are right now, or to gain a game on the Marlins, before getting ready for their three games weekend series with the soon to be visiting fish.

The offense continues to hit as the Phillies defeat the floundering Rockies, 7-4.

The Phillies’ offense continued where they had left off Monday night as they knock in seven more runs in the first two innings to support Kyle Kendrick as they defeat the hurting Rockies, 7-4. After Kenrdick gets through the top of the first, the offense would go to work against Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez. After giving up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, a stolen base to Victorino, and then a walk to Ryan Howard, while being able to strike out Chase Utley, Jimenez would give up a two-run single to Greg Dobbs, scoring Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. During the play, Howard and Dobbs would both move up a base on catcher’s Yorvit Torrealba’s fielding error. After Geoff Jenkins reaches first on a fielder’s choice ground out, which saw Howard get tagged out at the plate and Dobbs move up to third on the play, Pedro Feliz would hit a two-run double, scoring both Dobbs and Jenkins, and increasing the Phils’ lead to 4-0. Jimenez would finally get out of the inning by striking out Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies would add more runs in the second inning, when, with two outs, Utley would double in Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, making it 5-0 Phils. Howard would then get a RBI single, knocking in Utley, increasing the Phils’ lead to 6-0. Jenkins would then follow up with a double, scoring Howard, and giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead. Both teams would then stay quiet until the top of the fifth when the Rockies were finally able to get a run on the board as Willy Taveras ground outs, second to first, scoring Omar Quintanilla, who has earlier double, making it 7-1 Phillies. That would remain the score until the top of the eighth inning, when Kendrick gives up a lead off double to Seth Smith. After Smith is thrown out at home by T.J. Bohn, as he tries to score on Todd Helton’s single, Charlie Manuel would come to the mound to take out Kendrick and replace him with Tom Gordon. After getting the second out, Gordon would give up a two-run home run to Ryan Spilborghs, his third home run of the year, scoring Holton, while reducing the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. After giving up a double and a single, Gordon is finally able to get out of the inning, without any further damage, via a force out. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth. After getting two strikes out, while walking Taveras, Lidge would give up a single to Helton, scoring Taveras, making it 7-4 Phils. But that would be it for Colorado as Lidge is able to get Garrett Atkins to fly out to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win, pitching a superb game as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits. His record is now 4-2 with a ERA of 4.84. Tom Gordon pitches two-thirds inning of relief, giving up an earned run on three hits. Brad Lidge would go an inning, giving up a rare earned run on one hit, while striking out two. Ubaldo Jimenez would take the lost, as he goes only four innings while giving up all seven earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 1-5 as his ERA rises to 5.37. Alberto Arias would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Manuel Corpas would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brian Fuentes, who was originally scheduled to pitch the bottom of the eighth, never did, thanks to the one hour plus rain delay that occurred before the start of the Phillies half of the eighth. Taylor Buchholz would pitch the inning instead, giving up no runs on no hits.

With the Phillies’ two inning explosion, the offense have now knocked in forty-two runs in three games, just missing by five runs tying a franchise record, and has knocked in sixty-seven runs in seven games. Since they were not able to score any more runs after the second inning, the question now is, are the bats going to become silent once again, or will there be another offensive eruption? Guess we’ll find that out tonight as the Phillies prepare to try and sweep the floundering Rockies.

The Phillies (30-24) will end their three games series with the Rockies (20-32, 4th National League West) tonight with another night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37), who is coming off of his second straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 23. In that game, he pitched well, as he went seven innings while giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking to finally get a win this year, after suffering three loses in his last four starts, as he face the depleted Rockies, while at the same time hoping, like Kendrick did last night, that the offense will have enough left in the tank to actually help him win. The offense showed Kendrick last night that they did. Will they be able to do to same for Eaton tonight? We will learn the answer to that question tonight. The Rockies will counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, this one against the Mets on May 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, in the Rockies’ 6-5 win. His previous start, against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, saw he go six innings, giving up no runs on six hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He’ll be looking for his first career win while hoping to not become the latest victim of the Phillies presently potent bats.

The Phillies are now once again alone in second place, now trailing the Marlins by a game and a half, as the fish lost to the Mets, 5-3, and the Braves lost to Milwaukee, 3-2. The Phils are now a game ahead of the third place Braves, and four ahead of the fourth place Mets. The Phillies will be looking to continue to gain ground on the fish before they come to Philadelphia for a three games weekend series, while staying ahead of both the Braves and the Mets.

The Phillies will tonight be trying to get their second series sweep of the season, as well as their first four games winning streak, as they prepare to meet the Florida Marlins this weekend.

Homestand with the Rockies continue.

The Phillies (29-24) continues their three games home stand with the visiting National League Champion Rockies (20-31, 3rd National League West) with a night game in Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.19), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on May 22, where he pitched five very shaky innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 7-5 victory. Kendrick has already faced the Rockies once this season, back on April 21, where he would get a no-decison, pitching only five innings, while giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 9-5 win. He has been involved in five no-decisions in his last seven starts, while winning his other two starts, as he would give up three earned runs in four of those games and give up no runs in only one inning of work in the rain delayed game of May 18 with the Toronto Blue Jays. In those five no-decision games that he has started, the Phils are 4-1. Lifetime against the Rockies, Kendrick is 0-1 in two starts with a 7.00 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while hoping that his teammates will still have some gas in their batting tanks while he’s pitching. The Rockies will counter by sending Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 4.61) to the mound. Jimenez is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on May 21, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost. He has lost his two previous starts, against the Padres on May 10 (3-2) and the Minnesota Twins on May 16 (4-2). In those two games, he would pitch a combined total of thirteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on thirteen hits. He hopes to improve his record, while not becoming a victim of the Phillies recent offensive attack.

The Phillies offense has knocked in thirty-five runs in its last two games, and sixty runs in its last six games, after being kept to one run in eighteen innings in Washington, D.C. The Phillies’ starters hope that the bats will be able to continue with their offensive barrage, while the team in general hopes that their starters (Kyle Kendrick and Adam Eaton) will be able to take full advantage of the presently youthful lineup that the Rockies will be sending up to the plate for the final two games of the series, thanks to the large number of injuries to key personnel that is presently plaguing the National League Champs. Especially the veteran Eaton, who might actually have a very good chance for a win if he can outpitch the Rockies’ eager to impress bats.

The Phillies are presently two and a half games behind the first place Marlins, who are at the moment involved in a three games series with the fourth place Mets. The Phils are still .002 percentage points behind the Braves, who are now heading to Milwaukee for a three games series with the Brewers. The Mets are trailing both the Phils and the Braves by four games, as they face the red hot Marlins. The Phils hope to keep pace with the Marlins before they come to Philadelphia for their three games weekend series at Citizens Bank Park, while hoping that the Braves will continue to have their road problems in Milwaukee so that they can take sole position of second place. 

The Phillies’ ninth inning rally comes up short as Eaton loses another start.

The Phillies’ offense would come up short in the ninth inning as they lose to the Houston Astros, 4-3, wasting a good effort by Adam Eaton. The Phils would score first, as Pat Burrell hits a solo home run off of Astros’ starter Brandon Backe in the second inning, his twelfth home run of the year. That would be the score until the bottom of the fifth inning, as Eaton and Backe would keep both teams quiet, Backe with his slow curve and Eaton with generally good pitching. But then, in the Astros’ fifth, Eaton would give up a solo shot to Hunter Pence, for his sixth home run of the year, tying the score at one. The Astros would later threathen to take the lead by getting two men on base with one out, but Eaton would get out of the inning by getting Michael Bourn to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The score would remain tie until the bottom of the seventh, when Pence, leading off the inning, would hit a 3-0 fastball out of the ballpark for his second home run of the night off of Eaton, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Astros would then increase their lead to 3-1 on a Bourn single, scoring J.R. Towles, who has earlier singled. The Astros would add another run in the eighth when Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly off of Ryan Madson, scoring Lance Berkman, who has earlier tripled. The Phillies would try to rally back in the ninth against Astros’ closer Jose Valverde. Burrell would start the rally off with a double to center field. After moving to third on a ground out, Burrell would score on a line drive single by Pedro Feliz off of Valverde’s face, making the score 4-2 Astros. After the Astros’ trainer have taken several minutes to look Valverde over to make sure that he could continue to pitch, Carlos Ruiz would hit a single, moving Feliz to second base. After Eric Bruntlett goes in to pinch run for Ruiz, Valverde would strike out pinch hitter Chris Coste for the second out. Jimmy Rollins would then hit a line drive double, scoring Feliz and sending Bruntlett, who had to dive to get out of the way of Rollins’ line drive, to third, making the score 4-3 Houston. With two men in scoring position and two out, Shane Victorino would come to the plate. After getting the count full, Victorino would hit a fly ball to center field, ending the ballgame, as Valverde is able to nail down his fifteenth save of the year.

Adam Eaton would take the lost, as he pitches seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. His record drops to 0-3, with a ERA of 5.37. Eaton by now must be wondering what he has to do to actually win a ballgame. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brandon Backe would pick up the win for the Astros, as he would go seven and one-third innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits. Doug Brocail would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he snuffs out a Phillies’ rally in the eighth, leaving the bases loaded. Jose Valverde, in spite of being hit in the face by a line drive, would record his fifteenth save of the season as he pitches one inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits.

Despite the lost, the Phillies are still one and a half games behind the Marlins, as the fish loses their game with the Giants. They are still technically tied for second place with the Braves, .002 percentage points behind them, as the Braves were crushed in their game with the Diamondbacks. The Phils and the Braves are still leading the Mets by three games, as the Mets loses their game with the Rockies in extra-innings.

The Phillies (27-23) will continue their four games series with the Astros (28-23, 3rd National League Central) at Minute Maid Park. The game will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will by Brett Myers (2-5, 5.76), who is coming off another lost, as he pitched six innings against the Nationals on May 19, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost, giving up only three runs on eight hits. Myers has lost four of his last five starts, with a no-decision in his other start. He’ll be looking to improve on his last start while trying to improve his record. In his previous start against the Astros, he would go seven innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits, as he picks up the win in the Phils’ 10-2 win. The Astros will send to the mound Brian Moehler (1-1, 4.76), who is coming off a lost to the Chicago Cubs on May 19, where he would pitch five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Astros’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record in what could be his last start in place of Wandy Rodriguez, who should be coming off the disabled list next week.

The Phils’ offense hopes to continue what they were doing on Wednesday and Thursday nights, where they scored nineteen runs on thirty hits. Although they got ten hits in last night’s game, they were only able to score three runs, thanks mainly to the slow curveballs that were being served up to them by Backe. They hope not to have similar problems with Moehler tonight.

Continuing in Houston.

The Phillies (27-22) continue their trip to Houston with their second of four games against the Astros (27-22, 3rd National League Central) at Minute Maid Park. The game will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will send to the mound Adam Eaton (0-2, 5.59), who is coming off a lost against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17, where he went only five innings as he gave up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 lost. In his previous start against the Astros back on April 15, he would pitch six innings as he gave up three earned runs on seven hits while receiving a no-decision, in the Phils’ dramatic 4-3 come from behind win. Eaton will be looking for his first win of the year while Phillies fans wonder how much longer he’ll stay in the starting rotation. The Astros will counter with Brandon Backe (3-5, 4.58), who is coming off a win against the Texas Rangers on May 18, where he pitched six and a third innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Astros’ 5-4 victory. In his previous start against the Phils on April 17, he took the lost as he pitched only three innings as he gave up five earned runs on ten hits, in the Astros’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to get even for his earlier defeat at the hands of the Phillies’ offense.

Speaking of the offense, after being able to score only one run in the first eighteen innings of their series in Washington against the Nationals, the Phils have since then scored ninteen runs in the last eighteen innings. While some runs have come via the long ball, most of them have come via the use of small ball. Hopefully it’ll continue during the rest of their road trip. Also, Ryan Howard appears to be on a hitting tear, as he has gone six for his last ten at bats, hitting two doubles and three home runs, while knocking in six RBIs and scoring four runs. Howard is now hitting over .200 with a batting average of .207. But Howard appears to be not the only Phils on a tear as Shane Victorino has just raised his batting average to .263 as he has gotten eight hits in his last four starts, including two doubles and a home run. And Pedro Feliz in his last three starts has gone seven for thirteen with a home run, raising his average to .252. Hopefully the bats will continue to strike during their stay in Houston. 

The Phillies are a game and a half behind the Marlins, who will start a three games series in Miami against the Giants. They are technically tied for second with the Braves, trailing them by .002 percentage points, as they begin a four games series at home against the presently reeling Diamonbacks. Both they and the Braves are three games ahead of the Mets, who are continuing their own road trip with a three games series with the Rockies in Denver. After Sunday’s afternoon game with the Astros, the Phils will come home to start a ten games home stand, starting with a three games series with the reigning National League Champion Colorado Rockies. The Phillies will be trying to keep pace with the Marlins and Braves while trying to stay even further ahead of the presently floundering Mets.

Pat Burrell’s bat help lift the Phils over Houston.

Pat Burrell’s pitch hit home run help lead the Phillies to victory last night over the Houston Astros, 7-5. The Astros would score first in the bottom of the first on a Lance Berkman RBI double off of Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, scoring Miguel Tejada, who has reached base earlier on a force out, making it 1-0 Astros. The Phils would tie the game in the second on a RBI single by Carlos Ruiz, knocking in Ryan Howard who has earlier singled. The Astros would regain the lead on a sacrifice fly by Brad Ausmus, scoring Hunter Pence, who has earlier walked. The Phils would then take the lead in the top of the third, scoring three runs off of usually more effective Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt. The first Phillies run would come in on a RBI double by Howard, knocking in Shane Victorino, who has earlier walk, tying the game at two runs apiece. Pedro Feliz then singles in Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Howard would then score on Geoff Jenkins’ sacrifice fly, making the score 4-2 Phils. The Phils would then increase their lead in the fifth on a Ryan Howard solo home run, his thirteenth of the season, and his third in two days, making it 5-2 Phils. But, then, in the sixth, Kendrick, who has been able to keep the Astros at bay for the last three innings, finally runs out of gas. After hitting Carlos Lee, and then giving up a single to Pence, he gives up a double to Ty Wigginton. The double would score both Lee and Pence, making it a 5-4 Phillies lead. Charlie Manuel would then come to the mound and replace Kendrick with Ryan Madson, with a runner on second and nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt by Ausmus puts Wigginton on third, Madson is replaced by J.C. Romero, to try and save the game for Kendrick. Unfortunately, Romero is not able to get the job done, as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Geoff Blum, scoring Ausmus, thus giving a no-decision to Kendrick, before he finally gets out of the inning. The Astros would replace Oswalt at the start of the seventh inning, thus leaving the game in the hands of both teams’ bullpens. With neither side scoring in the seventh, Pat Burrell would come up as a pinch hitter to start the eighth inning against Wesley Wright, who was starting his second inning of relief. On a 3-2 pitch, Burrell hits the ball out of the ballpark for a pinch hit home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. The Astros quickly replace Wright with Fernando Nieve. With two men on and two out, Nieve would be replaced by Tim Byrdak. Byrdak would then give up a RBI single to Utley, which scores Eric Bruntlett, who was pinch running for Jayson Werth, who has earlier reached base on a force out, increasing the Phils lead to 7-5. After Tom Gordon pitches a 1-2-3 eighth, the Phils would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game in the ninth. After getting a strike out and then a ground out, Lidge would give up a single to Tejada, bringing to the plate Berkman. With one pitch, Lidge would get Berkman to fly out, thus getting his twelfth save in as many chances, as he preserves the victory.

Kyle Kendrick would get a no-decision as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. Ryan Madson would pitch one third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit, earning a blown save. Chad Durbin would get the win for the Philles, as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 1-1, with a 2.08 ERA. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hit. Brad Lidge would get his twelfth save of the year, as he gives up no run on one hit in one inning of work against his former club. Tom Oswalt would also get a no-decision while not pitching very effectively, as he goes six innings, giving up five earned runs on eleven hits. Wesley Wright would get the lost for Houston, as he goes an inning and one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit, Pat Burrell’s pitch hit home run. Fernando Nieve would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Tim Byrdak would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Oscar Villarreal would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit.

The Phillies (27-22) will continue their four game visit with the Astros (27-22, 3rd National League Central) with a night game at Minute Maid Park. The game will begin at 8:05 pm (7:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-2, 5.59), who is coming off his second lost of the year at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17. In that game, he gave up four earned runs on eight hits, as he would go only five innings, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. As Eaton continues to look for his first win, he hopes to do better then he did in his previous start against the Astros, back on April 15 at Citizens Bank Park, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hit as he took a no-decision in the Phils’ 4-3 come from behind win. Meanwhile, Phillies fans are wondering how much longer Eaton will remain in the starting rotation. The Astros will counter with Brandon Backe (3-5, 4.58), who is coming off a win against the Texas Rangers on May 18, where he pitched six and one third innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Astros’ 5-4 win. He hopes to improve his record, while getting even with the Phils for his earlier lost to them on April 17, where he gave up five earned runs on ten hits, while pitching only three innings, in the Astros’ 10-2 lost.

The Phils hope that their just revised offense will continue to score runs, as they continue to trail the Marlins by a game and a half, as the fish have just finished their three games sweep of the Diamondbacks. The Phillies are still in a technical tie for second place with the Braves, now trailing them by .002 percentage points as they have just finished their own four games sweep of the Mets, who are now trailing both the Braves and Phils by three games. As the Phillies continue their road trip to Houston, the Marlins will start a three games series at home against the Giants, while the Braves will stay home to face the Diamondbacks for four games and the Mets will go on to Denver to face the Rockies for three. The Phils hope to both finish their present road trip on a winning note and to stay pace with both the presently streaking Marlins and Braves.

Pitching, a little small ball win game as the Phils’ bats continue to stay silent.

For the second straight game, the Phillies were involved in a shut out. Only this time, they were the ones to come out on top, but just barely, as they defeated the Nationals 1-0. Cole Hamels would pitch seven strong innings, as he gives up no runs to the Nats, on four hits, while striking out eleven batters. Hamels has now pitched nineteen straight scoreless innings, going back to the last three innings of his May 9 start against the Giants. The Phils’ offense has been kept from scoring for just as many innings, not scoring a run for seventeen and two-thirds innings, as it continues, until the top of the ninth, to leave men on base, in this case nine runners, with four of them in scoring position, in the first eight innings, as Tom Bergmann and Saul Rivera would both find ways to keep them from scoring. The Phillies would finally get a run across in the ninth inning, when, with the Nats’ closer Jon Rauch pitching, Pedro Feliz would start the inning off with a double. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Feliz, Carlos Ruiz would sacrifice him over to third, putting the winning run on third base with one out. Greg Dobbs would then come out to pitch hit for Tom Gordon, who has kept the Nationals from scoring in their half of the eighth, keeping the game scoreless. With the count 2-0, Dobbs would hit a blooping single to center field, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. After Jimmy Rollins flies out, Shane Victorino would hit a double to center field. But, Dobbs would be tagged out at home plate, thanks to a strong throw from Lastings Milledge to shortstop Cristian Guzman to catcher Jesus Flores, who would block the plate, thus keeping Dobbs from scoring. This would keep the score 1-0 Phils. Brad Lidge would pitch the bottom of the ninth in relief of Gordon. After striking out the first two batters he faced, he would walk Elijah Dukes with the count full. Dukes would then proceed to steal second and third, before Lidge would walk pitch hitter Rob Mackowiak, also on a full count, giving the Nationals runners on the corners, with the winning run on first. Then on the first pitch to Felipe Lopez, Lopez would hit a grounder to Chase Utley. Utley would bobble the ball before finally throwing out a slow moving Lopez to end the game and preserve the victory for the Phillies as Lidge records his eleventh save in as many tries.

Cole Hamels, with his seven innings of shut out ball, would get a no-decision while dropping his ERA to 2.61. Tom Gordon, pitching an inning of relief, would get the win as he gives up no runs on one hit. His record is now 4-2, with an ERA of 4.26. Brad Lidge records his eleventh save of the year as he goes one full innings, giving up no runs on no hits, striking out two while also walking two. Tom Bergmann would also get a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up no runs while scattering five hits. Saul Rivera would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Jon Rauch would take the lost, giving up an earned run on three hits. His record is now 2-1, with a 2.78 ERA.

The Phils’ offense, expected to be the best run producer in the National League this year, is scoring less runs than expected, while the batters have suddenly stopped getting the key hit. Maybe having the offense play some small ball for a few games might be what the doctor ordered, else the starters will soon find themselves in for a lot of long games without offensive support. And, considering how some of them are pitching right now (I’m talking to you Myers and Eaton), that might end up meaning a bullpen weaken from overwork by September.

The Phillies (25-22) will conclude their trip to the nation’s capitol with a night game tonight from Nationals Park. The game will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (3-3, 4.89), who is coming off of a good outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 10-3 victory. He hopes to improve his record while trying to help the Phils win the series as he pitches in the 46th ballpark in his 22 years career. The Nationals (20-27) will counter with Matt Chico (0-5, 6.07), who they are using in place of Shawn Hill, who has an ailing right elbow. Chico is coming out of the bullpen, where he was demoted after losing five of his six starts earlier this season. Coming out of the bullpen, he would appear in three games, where he would pitch six and one third innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, as his ERA drops from 6.87 to 6.07. He hopes to win his first start of the year while adding to the Phils’ offensive problems, while the Phils hopes to final break out the bats and start scoring runs.

The Phils’ victory keeps them a game of a half behind the Florida Marlins, who won their game against the Diamondbacks, 3-2. The Phils are technically still tied for second place, but now they are a .001 percentage point behind the Atlanta Braves, who have swept a double header from the New York Mets, by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. The losts put the Mets in fourth place, a game behind both the Phils and the Braves. The Phils hopes to get a win tonight, to keep pace with both the Marlins and the Braves and stay ahead of the Mets in the tight National League East.

Barajas haunts the Phils via the long ball, help knocks the Phils out of first place.

Rod Barajas, who played for the Phillies last year, would return to haunt the Fightin’s as he helped the Blue Jays defeat the Phils by hitting two home runs, one of which was a grand slam home run, as he knocks in five of the Blue Jays’ runs in their 6-3 win over the Phils. The lost to the Blue Jays would put the Phils back into second place in the National League East. Barajas would start the damage in the second inning as he hit a grand slam home run, his second home run of the year, off of losing pitcher Adam Eaton, making it 4-0 Blue Jays, knocking in Matt Stairs, who got on base by being hit by the pitch, Lyle Overbay and Marco Scutaro, who both singled. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth on a Greg Dobbs’ RBI double off of Blue Jays’ starter A.J. Burnett, scoring Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The Phils would make it a 4-3 ball game in the bottom of the seventh, on a RBI double by Jimmy Rollins, off of Armando Benitez, who has come in in relief of Burnett, knocking in Dobbs, who has earlier singled, and Shane Victorino, who has walked. One of the two runs would be charged to Burnett and the other to Benitez. But the Blue Jays would then strike back in the ninth inning, scoring two runs off of reliever Tom Gordon, with the first run coming on Barajas’ second home run of the night, his third home run of the year, making it 5-3 Blue Jays. The Blue Jays’ last run would come on a ground single to Rollins by Hector Luna, which would be misplayed by Ryan Howard, with Aaron Hill, who has moved to third on the ground ball, scoring on Howard’s fielding error. B.J. Ryan would then come in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning for the Blue Jays, ending the game as he records his eighth save of the season.

Last night’s game could have been a lot worst if not for the fact that Phillies’ fielders were able to throw out three Blue Jays’ runners out at the plate.

The Phils’ losing pitcher would be Adam Eaton, who would pitch five innings, giving up four earned runs, all on Barajas’ grand slam home run, on eight hits. His record is now 0-2 with a ERA of 5.59. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings of relief, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Tom Gordon would go two-thirds of an inning as well, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Rudy Seanez would also pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Blue Jays’ starter A.J. Burnett would get the win as he would go six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. His record is now 4-4 with an ERA of 4.71. Armando Benitez would go a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Scott Downs would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs on no hits. B.J. Ryan would get his eighth save as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on one hit.

The lost put the Phils (24-20) back into second place in the National League East, trailing the Marlins by a game, who won their game last night against the Royals. The Phils are once again a game ahead of the Mets, who had won their games against the Yankees and two games ahead of the Braves, who lost their game with the Athletics. The Phils hope to regain a tie for first place, as the Marlins are presently losing their game with the Royals. The Phils are presently leading the Blue Jays after one inning, 2-0, but the game is presently in the middle of a rain delay.

Interleague play continues this weekend.

The Phillies (24-19) will continue their Interleague play weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays (21-23, 4th American League East) with two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter for tonight’s game will be Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40), who is still looking for his first win. He pitched well in his last start against the Giants on May 11, getting a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits in a heartbreaker 4-3 Phillies lost. Eaton will do his best to add another quality start which he hopes will this time translate into a win, especially with the way the Phils’ offense has been hitting the ball lately. His opponent will be A.J. Burnett (3-4, 4.94), the first right handed starter that the Phils have faced in a week. Burnett is coming off a lost to the Cleveland Indians on May 12 in the first game of a doubleheader. In that game, he would go seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 lost. He had also lost his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6, where he went six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 lost. He will be looking to even his record.

The final game of Interleague play and of the six games home stand will be played this Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:35 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will be sending Kyle Kendrick to the mound, who is coming off of a win against the Braves on May 13, in spite of giving up three runs to the Braves in the first inning. Kendrick would eventually go six innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year. His opponent will be Shaun Marcum (4-2, 2.22), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Indians also on May 12, as he pitched the second game of the doubleheader, which the Blue Jays won 3-0. He would go eight innings, giving up no runs on two hits while being involved in a pitcher’s duel with Indians’ starter Cliff Lee. Marcum has won his two previous starts, on May 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays (6-2) and May 2 against the Chicago White Sox (2-0). In those two games he would pitch a combined total of fifteen and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. He’ll be looking to get his fifth win of the year at the Phils’ expense.

The Phillies are once again tied for first place in the National League East, .003 percentage points behind the Marlins who lost a close game last night against the Kansas City Royals. The Phils hope that when they go to Washington, D.C. on Monday to face the Nationals for the first of three games in their new ballpark, Nationals Park, that they will either still be tied for first or be in first place by themselves. The Marlins will continue their three games interleague series against the Royals tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The Phils and Marlins are both presently a game and a half ahead of the New York Mets, who have just defeated the New York Yankees, and two games ahead of Atlanta, who will be playing the Oakland Athletics for two more games. 

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