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Cameron Rupp’s two-run single help lead the Phils to another series win as they defeat the Marlins, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils overcome a two-run Marlins’ first to take the series from the fish, defeating the Marlins 4-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Christian Yelich hits an RBI double, knocking in Derek Dietrich, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, before moving on to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with a man still on third, and now with two men out, Marcell Ozuna hits an RBI double, scoring Yelich. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits an RBI double, knocking in David Lough, who had started the inning off by reaching base on first baseman Justin Bour fielding error, then moving up to second base on Cesar Hernandez’s bunt single to pitcher Tom Koehler, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Hernandez, who had earlier reached based on a bunt single, on to third base. The Phils would take the lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after Maikel Franco had been intentionally walk, and with one man out, Cameron Rupp hits a two-run single, knocking in both Hernandez and Blanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Franco up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, Tyler Goeddel hits a solo home, his first home run of the season, and of his career, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Giancarlo Stanton, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. David Hernandez received his tenth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Hector Neris collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jeanmar Gomez received his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tom Koehler (2-4, 4.71) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and five walks, while striking out four. Jose Urena pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Tyler Goeddel (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run. Cesar Hernandez (Single), Andres Blanco (Double, RBI), Maikel Franco (Single), Cameron Rupp (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (David Lough, Hernandez, Franco (Intentional), Rupp, Jeremy Hellickson) and a Sacrifice Bunt (Bourjos), while one (Lough) was caught stealing, in the game, while the defense performed three double plays.

The Phils (24-17, 2nd) have the day off tomorrow.

The Phils take the series opener from the 1st place Nats as they once again reach the .500 mark, winning 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils return to .500 as they hang on to defeat the Nats, winning 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa knock in the runner via a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 4-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on pitcher Vince Velasquez’s wild pitch, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on David Lough’s fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2 as Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Rupp’s double, is thrown out at home plate, with catcher Jose Lobaton applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Lough, who had safely reached first base on the force at home, moved up to second base. The Nats would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Taylor, who had earlier walked, moving up to second base Max Scherzer, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Anthony Rendon’s force out grounder, five-unassisted, as third baseman Maikel Franco touched the third base bag to force out Scherzer, while sending Rendon, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, while sending Harper on to third base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Blanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Harper to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. David Hernandez collected his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Hector Neris collected his fourth hold of the season as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while also striking out two. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Max Scherzer received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Shawn Kelley pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Matt Belisle and Felipe Rivero would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rivero), while striking out two (Rivero).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Andres Blanco (Home Run, Double, Single, 2 RBIs) and Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each. Odubel Herrera (Single), Maikel Franco (Double, RBI) and Cameron Rupp (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Herrera (2), Blanco, Ryan Howard and David Lough) and a sacrifice bunt (Vince Velasquez) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Velasquez).

The Phils (10-10, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Nationals (14-5, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 20, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4, extra-inning win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Twins on April 22, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight road series win.

The Phils take the series from the Padres behind shut out pitching by Vince Velasquez, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind nine innings of shutout ball by starter Vince Velasquez, who would strike out sixteen Padres, the Phils would take the series from the Padres, as they even up their record, winning 3-0.

The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Maikel Franco’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Andres Blanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Peter Bourjos’ sacrifice bunt, would score on pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Velasquez would pitch a nine-inning shut out, as he struck out sixteen Padres, with Wil Myers being his last victim as he ended the ballgame striking out, swinging.

Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits, all singles, while striking out sixteen. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Carlos Villanueva pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Brandon Maurer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a home run by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a double by Andres Blanco, a double by Peter Bourjos and a single by Vince Velasquez. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Odubel Herrera (3), Howard (1), Blanco (1)), a stolen base (Herrera), a sacrifice fly (Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Bourjos), and one man caught stealing (Cesar Hernandez) in the ballgame.

The Phils (5-5, 2nd) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (6-1, 1st) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.54), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to their first four game winning streak of the season. The Nationals have yet to announce their starter. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four game while trying to cut down the Nats’ present lead.

The Phils are swept in Cincinnati as the pitching staff continues being unable to hold leads, as the Phils lose to the Reds, 10-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitchers are once again unable to hold onto a lead as the Phils get swept in Cincinnati by the Reds, losing 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a single to right, moving Charlie Morton, who had started the inning off with an infield single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, up to third base, while sending Galvis, who had earlier singled, on to second base, before Morton would score on right fielder Jay Bruce’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Scott Schebler hits an RBI double, scoring Tucker Barnhart, who had earlier walked. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fourth as Cedric Hunter hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via a lead-off infield single by Joey Votto, and a single by Adam Duvall, moving Votto up to second base, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Votto and Duvall, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Reds added to their lead six batters later as, with the bases loaded, via an one-out walk by Ivan DeJesus, who then stole second base, a single by Barnhart, sending DeJesus over to third base, a sacrifice bunt by Robert Stephenson, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, sending Barnhart up to second base, and a walk to Schebler, loading the bases, and with two men out, Eugenio Suarez busted the game open with a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in DeJesus, Barnhart and Schebler, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead. The Reds then took a 9-2 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via walks to Votto and Duvall, with Votto moving up to second base, and with still two men out, Bruce hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, while sending Duvall on to second base, before moving up to third base, while Bruce would move up to second base, on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error. The Phils would get two runs back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had just walked, making it a 9-4 Reds’ lead. The Reds would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season and of the game, giving the Reds a 10-4 lead. The Phils got two more runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Hunter, who had just walked, making it a 10-6 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Andres Blanco to hit into a force out, 4-6, forcing out Franco, who had earlier reached base after being hit by a pitch, at second base for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73) took the lost as he pitched just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Daniel Stumpf pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. Brett Oberholtzer pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Dalier Hinojosa pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Robert Stephenson (1-0, 5.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Cingrani) and a walk (Diaz) between them, while striking out three (Diaz (1), Cingrani (2)). Keyvius Sampson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ross Ohlendorf would pitch a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Single), Maikel Franco (Double), Cedric Hunter (Home Run, RBI), Peter Bourjos (Double) and Charlie Morton (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run would come home on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Franco (2), Hunter, Ruiz) and two hit batters (Andres Blanco, Franco) in the ballgame, while the defense committed an error (Odubel Herrera) and picked off a Red runner (Hinojosa).

The Phils would move on to New York to start a three-game weekend series with the Mets at Citi Field starting with an afternoon game this Friday afternoon, which is presently in progress.

The Phils take the series from the Mariners as they hold on to win, winning by the score of 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hang on to take the series from the Mariners, as they defeat Seattle, 4-3.

The Mariners took the lead in the top of the second as Kendrys Morales hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Mariners retook the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Seager, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chris Denorfia’s infield single, before stopping at third base on third baseman Andres Blanco’s throwing error, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead, while sending Denorfia, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mariners then took a 3-1 lead three batters later, after Denorfia was thrown out trying to steal home, 2-5-1, for the inning’s first out, a single by Jesus Sucre, sending Morrison, who had stayed on second base during the steal attempt, to third base, before moving up to second base on James Paxton’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Morrison would score on pitcher Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, while Sucre would move up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Wil Nieves, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved all the way to third base on pitcher Paxton’s throwing error of Blanco’s grounder, allowing Blanco to reach second base, would score on catcher Sucre’s passed ball, making it a 3-2 Mariners’ lead, while Blanco would move up to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all two batters later as Ben Revere hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Blanco. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Paxton’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, striking out Morales on a called third strike for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out four. Jake Diekman collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out four. Ken Giles collected his seventh hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James Paxton (3-1, 2.20) took the lost as he pitched just four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel, Brandon Maurer and Danny Farquhar combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Wilhelmsen (2), Maurer (1)) and a walk (Wilhelmsen) between them, while striking out four (Wilhelmsen (1), Beimel (1), Maurer (1), Farquhar (2)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) with two hits. Ben Revere (RBI), Chase Utley (RBI), Marlon Byrd (RBI), Andres Blanco and Pinch-Hitter Grady Sizemore had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phils run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ryan Howard, Blano), and a stolen base (Revere, 37), while the defense committed an error (Blanco (1)) and caught a runner trying to steal home.

The Phils (56-71, 5th) have tomorrow off.

The Phils start their new home stand with a win, powered by Andres Blanco three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils welcome newcomer Jerome Williams with a victory, powered by Andres Blanco three-run home run, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Andres Blanco hits a three-run home run to right, his first home run of the season, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, and Cody Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would get on the board in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dustin Ackley hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Taylor, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Endy Chavez’s single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Chavez, who had earlier singled, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Brad Miller to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams, whom the Phils have recently picked up off the waiver wire, (3-5, 5.91), got the win as he pitched seven, plus one batter, strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Dominic Leone pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)) between them, while striking out two (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Cody Asche (Single) and Andres Blanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Carlos Ruiz (3), Howard (2), Ruf (1), Asche (1)), a stolen base (Revere (36)) and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game, while the defense performed a double play, and caught a runner trying to steal a base.

The Phils (55-70, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Mariners (67-57, 3rd AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-13, 4.35), who is coming off a lost against the Angels on August 13, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win, while trying to bounce back from the lost. The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on August 13, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mariners’ 2-0 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils hang on to defeat the Brewers, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin their next to last series before the All-Star break by hanging on to defeat the National League Central leading Brewers, defeating the Brew Crew, 3-2.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to deep right center field, knocking in Utley, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Brewers would get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds reaching base on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Asche, as Davis stops at second base, and a single by Jean Segura, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi hits a two-run single, knocking in Davis and Reynolds, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before Segura is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s first out, as Bianchi stays at first base. Phils’ starter Cole Hamels then pitches himself out of trouble as he first got Rickie Weeks to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Bianchi at second base for the inning’s second out, and then getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s final out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils hung on, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Segura to ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven.  Ken Giles collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Marco Estrada (7-6, 4.96) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke and Rob Wooten combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit apiece) between them, while striking out six batters (Gorzelanny (2), Duke (1), Wooten (3)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Andres Blanco, Ryan Howard (RBI), Cody Asche, Dom Brown and Tony Gwynn, Jr., had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Utley, Howard) a stolen base (Revere (26)) and a sacrifice bunt (Blanco) in the game, while the offense committed an error (Asche), performed an outfield assist (Marlon Byrd), a pickoff (Cole Hamels) and a double play.

The Phils (38-51, 5th East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-38, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 3, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their second straight win. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.35), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Blue Jays on July 2, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their latest lost. The Phils will be trying to improve their fortunes before the All-Star break.

The Phils let another game slip away as they lose to the Yankees, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs their split-squad game with the Tigers is rained out, the Phils lose their other split-squad game with the Yankees as the bullpen allow three runs to score late in the game, as they lose 4-3.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third as Ramon Flores hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Freddy Glavis hits a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would add to their lead one batter later as John Mayberry, Jr. follow with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Yankees would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adonis Garcia hits an RBI single, knocking in Scott Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Yankees would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI double, knocking in Gary Sanchez, who had started the inning off with a single, before going on to third base on shortstop Andres Blanco’s missed catch error of the throw into the infield. The Yankees then took the lead two batters later, after Sizemore had walked, as Flores hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pirela, giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Montgomery recording his first save of the spring.

Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon and Mario Hollands combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Jeremy Horst collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Phillippe Aumont blew his first save of the spring before taking the lost (0-2, 6.75) as he threw an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Masahiro Tanaka pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Bruce Billings pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Leroux pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. while striking out two. Danny Burawa (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Fred Lewis received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning and a third. Mark Montgomery collected his first save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits (Double, Home Run, RBI), with Freddy Glavis (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Double) having the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had one walk (Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Andres Blanco) and a passed ball (Lou Marson).

The Phils (1-7-1) play their next Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Orioles (4-2) at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils plan to send to the mound A.J. Burnett while the Orioles plan to counter with Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Phils spring training losing streak continue as they end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves as their present five-game win-less streak continues.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chris Johnson, a walk by Dan Uggla, sending Johnson up to second base, and, after Andrelton Simmons strikes out, swinging, a one-out single by Steven Lerud, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Joey Terdoslavich hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Johnson, as Lerud is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Uggla moved up to third base, as Terdoslavich was safe at first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Bobby Abreu, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s single, while sending Ruf, who had earlier singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits into an RBI force out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Cameron Rupp’s single, then moved on to third base on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending pinch runner Tyson Gillies, who was pinch running for Rupp, and had moved up to second base on Brignac’s sac bunt, on to third base. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Matt Lipka reaches first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball that is hit to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who then throws home to catcher Tommy Joseph to try and gun down Jose Constanza, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Joseph’s passed ball, soon getting Constanza in a run down between third and home before he is tagged out by pitcher Brad Lincoln, 4-2-5-1, for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, Lipka would move up to second base on the run down, and attempts to go on to third base, which prompts an errant throw to third to shortstop Andres Blanco covering, allowing Lipka to score on the throwing error. That would be the final score as Shae Simmons threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Sean O’Sullivan pitched a strong game as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Kevin Munson pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) and a walk (Diekman), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Brad Lincoln received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Ian Thomas collected his first blown save of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Shea Simmons also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Kevin Frandsen (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Bobby Abreu, Darin Ruf and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, while Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Abreu) and a stolen base (Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and committed an error (Brad Lincoln).

The Phils (1-6-1) next play two split-squad games tomorrow afternoon, one against the Yankees (4-3) at Bright House Field in Clearwater and one against the Tigers (4-3) at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EST.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start.🙂

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