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The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings on Brian Schneider’s walk-off home run, 4-3.

The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win. 

The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him. 

Halladay is unable to hold onto lead as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils, 4-3.

Roy Halladay is hurt by the long ball as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Dane Sardinha hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and Valdez, who had just singled. Normally, that would tend to be enough with Roy Halladay on the mound, but it would not be so today. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-1 in the sixth as Joey Votto hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Reds then made it 3-2 Phils in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Orlando Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier singled, and went to third on Brandon Phillips’ double, while sending Philip, who had earlier doubled, over to third. The Reds then took the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Jonny Gomes, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the season as, with a runner on second (pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then stole second), and with two men out, he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits, while he struck out ten. His record is now 9-7 with an ERA of 2.44. Aaron Harang receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Logan Ondrusek pitches two-thirds scoreless innings,  getting out both men that he would face. Arthur Rhodes gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-1 with a 1.09 ERA. Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the year as a pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, all singles.  Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Dane Sardinha and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, with Dobbs, Howard, Werth and Gload’s hits being singles, and Sardinha’s hit being a three-run home run, knocking in all of the Phils’ runs. The offense was not able to strike, although pushing Reds’ starter Aaron Harang’s pitch count up early and finally knocking him out of the game in the seventh, but not scoring more than three runs in the process.

The Phils (41-35, 3rd NL East) will continue their road trip with a four-game set against the Pirates (26-51, 6th NL  Central), starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Blue Jays on June 26, as he pitched only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost, hopefully not giving up any more home runs as he does so. The Pirates will counter with Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00), who is coming off a lost against the A’s on June 26, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ offense off-balance. The Phils will try to recover from losing to the Reds by trying to feast on the lowly Pirates, who presently have the worst record in the National League.

The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings, after Brad Lidge blows the save with two outs in the ninth, 9-6.

Brad Lidge blows his second save opportunity in the ninth, with two men out, but the Phils’ offense rallies by scoring three runs in the top of the tenth inning to defeat the Reds, 9-6.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Orlando Cabrera hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, to gives the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who have both walked, and then moved up a base, Howard’s on Raul Ibanez’s fly out to center and Werth on shortstop’s Cabrera missed error of center fielder’s Chris Heisey’s throw, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, once again, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a three-run home run of his own, his third home run of the season, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Schneider’s single, and Schneider, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Reds would cut the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two outs, Ramon Hernandez hits a two-run double, scoring Miguel Cairo, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Heisey’s walk, and Heisey, who had just walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Reds tied it up at six-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Joey Votto hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in Phillips, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, then stopped at third on Cabrera’s single, and Cabrera, who had just singled. The Phils would regain the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils made it 8-6 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco had an RBI single, knocking in Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third base. One batter later, with runners once again on the corners, and with still nobody out, Valdez reaches first base on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Ibanez, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero collects his third save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, ending the game by striking out Laynce Nix swinging.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras receives his sixth hold of the year by getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge blew his second save opportunity of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA. J.C. Romero records his third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out four. Daniel Ray Herrera, Bill Bray, and Jordan Smith combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Smith) and three walks (Herrera (2), Smith (1)), while striking out four (Herrera (2), Smith (2)). Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 1.13. Nick Masset pitches a scoreless inning, getting out all three men whom he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits, two singles and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a three-run home run, as he knocks in four runs. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phil’s hits, with Victorino, Rollins, Werth and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Francisco knocking in a run, while Howard and Ibanez’s hits were doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run. Just when you thought you had this team thought out, they surprise you. You think they would feel crushed by the double lost of both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco to the disabled list, Schneider and Valdez hits three-runs home runs, and just when you thought they would be deflated by Lidge blowing the save, they hit the Reds with a three spot in the tenth. I guess this team is the literal descendents of the 1980 team that wouldn’t die. Keep it up guys, let make the Mets and Braves sweat about when all of the pieces decide to stay at the same time.

The Phils (41-34, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Reds (43-35, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

Phils defeat the Reds in ninth inning as Shane Victorino delivers a walk-off single in the Phils 3-2 win.

With two men out and two men on in the bottom of the ninth, All-Star game hopeful Shane Victorino helps his own cause by delivering an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Feliz and giving the Phils a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Jerry Hairston and Joey Votto and a walk to Brandon Phillips, and nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Hairston, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while moving both Votto and Phillips up a base. With the bases still loaded and still nobody out, Ramon Hernandez made it 2-0 Reds by hitting a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, scoring Votto, and sending Phillips to third. The Phils would then get out of the inning when the next batter, Jay Bruce, hit into a 4-3 double play, as Chase Utley tagged Nix out in the base path before throwing to first to beat out Bruce, leaving the score 2-0 Reds. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, tying the score up at two-all. The score would remain 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, thanks to both team’s bullpen, when Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single. After Paul Bako, trying to bunt Feliz over to second, instead poped out to the pitcher, and then pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett strikes out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, moving Feliz up to second base with the winning run. Victorino then comes to the plate and hits a 2-1 slider into center field for a single. Feliz would head for the plate, soon scoring the winning run as the throw from center was off the mark, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Rodrigo Lopez received a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, being taken out of the game because of inflammation of the right shoulder, as he pitched a quality start, giving up only two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out four. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, as he struck out three. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 3.09. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six. Nick Masset pitched a scoreless inning of relief, as he struck out two. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while he struck out two. David Weathers took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, and Paul Bako had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his third home run in the present series. Howard and Victorino knocked in the other Phils’ run, as the offense is once again having trouble scoring runs.

The Phillies (44-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their four-games series with the Reds (41-42, 4th-T National League Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 5.72), who is coming of a win against the Mets on July 4, where he gave up only a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in six and one-third innings of work, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory and his eighth win of the season. The Reds will counter with Micah Owings (6-8, 4.48), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year while trying to help the Reds leave Philliy with a series split. The Phils will be going for a series win, and a 5-1 home stand before they face the Pirates, starting tomorrow.

The Phillies wasted several opportunities before finally losing to the Reds, 4-3.

Despite a good pitched game by J.A. Happ, the sixth straight quality start by a Phils’ starter, the Phils’ offense allowed too many opportunities to go by, allowing the Reds to get away with the win as they lose 4-3. They remain two games ahead of the Marlins as they lose again to the Giants.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, to make it 1-0 Phils. Jayson Werth quickly made it a 2-0 lead as he followed Howard with a solo home run of his own, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would increase their lead to 3-0 as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, over to third. Howard then loaded the bases as he worked a walk off of Reds’ starter Aaron Harang. But Harang then got himself out of the inning by first striking out Werth, swinging, then getting Greg Dobbs to pop up to the second baseman for the inning’s second out, and then getting Pedro Feliz to ground out, 1-3, leaving it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Reds would make it a closer game in the fourth as, with a man on, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had earlier singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils tried to add another run in their half of the fourth as Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with a lead-off triple. But, he would then get stranded there as Harang struck out Phillies’ starter J.A. Happ, then got Rollins to ground out, 4-3, as Ruiz decided not to head for home on the ground out, and then got Victorino to ground out, 6-3 to end the inning, still 3-2 Phils. The Reds then tied it up at three-all in the sixth, as, with two men out, Philips hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year and his second home run of the night. The Phils tried to retake the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Charlie Manuel sent out Eric Bruntlett to pinch hit, intending for Dusty Baker to take out reliever Arthur Rhodes and replace him with another pitcher so that he could counter with Matt Stairs. Baker, instead, left Rhodes in the game, who would, in turn, proceeds to strike out Bruntlett to end the threat, with the game still tied at three-all. The Phils tried again in the eighth inning, with runners once again on the corners, and now with one man out, as Rollins hits a grounder to first, as John Mayberry, Jr., who was pinch running for Feliz, who had earlier reached second on a two-base throwing error by Reds’ shortstop Hairston, and had then gone to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto threw home, which beat Mayberry, who was tagged out (although the radio announcers commented that there’s a possibility that the Reds’ catcher did not tag him out before he had crossed the plate) by Ramon Hernandez for the second out on a fielder’s choice, 3-2, while Rollins was safe at first, as pinch hitter Stairs, who had earlier walked, would move up to second base. Victorino then hit into a 4-6 force out, as Rollins is wiped out at second, to end the inning. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth when, with two men on, and one out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Philips’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Laynce Nix, who had just pinch hit and had been intentionally walked, on to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would be put down in their half of the ninth, as Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the season.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while he struck out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 0-4 with a  7.12 ERA. Aaron Harang also got a no-decision as he went six inning, pitching out of jams, as he gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk. David Weathers got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the seasn as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, as he raised his average to .310. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hit, with Howard’s and Werth’s hits being a pair of solo home runs, Rollins’ a double and Ruiz’s a triple, while the team would be unable to get the key hit that would’ve opened up the flood gates as had happened on Monday night. Beside Howard and Werth, Utley knocked in the other Phillies’ run. The Phils’ offense will now go back out there and will try to win the series, hoping that this time they will get the key hit to win the next two games, starting tonight.

The Phillies (43-38, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Reds (41-41, 4th National League Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 2.84) will start for the Phils, coming off of his spectacular return to the majors on July 3, as he pitched a six and one-thirds innings gem, giving up only two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-2 win over the Mets. He will be going for his second victory while proving that his return was not a fluke. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-0, 5.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals, as he pitched seven and a third strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 7-4 lost. He is also shooting for his second win, while hoping that the Phils’ bats won’t come back seeking revenge for last night’s inablity to score runs. The Phils will be trying to win their fifth game since coming home, putting some more distance between them and their Eastern Division rivals as they continue to lose.

Phillies are unable to take advantage of a quality start from Jamie Moyer as they fall to the Reds, 5-1. Remain in first place as Mets are swept by the Dodgers.

The Phils are unable to take advantage of the first quality start thrown by Jamie Moyer in about a month as they fall to the Reds, 5-1, as Moyer is once again denied his 250th career victory. The Phils remain in first place as the Mets are swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Reds took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single, knocking in Willy Taveras, who had earlier walked and moved over to second on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 3-1. The Reds made it a 2-0 lead in the second, as, with one man out, Ryan Hanigan hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. It became 3-0 Reds in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Hairston, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillips’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Reds’ lead. The game would then settle down until the bottom of the seventh, when, with two men on base, and two men outs, Philllips hits a two-run triple, knocking in Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then moved to second base with a stolen base, and Taveras, who had earlier walked, to make it a 5-1 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched his first good game in about a month, as he went six innings, giving up only three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 3-4 with a 7.62 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up just one hit. Aaron Harang got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA. Arthur Rhodes and Franciso Cordero both pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one batter between them (Cordero).

The Phillies had only four hits in the game, all extra-base hits, three doubles and a home run. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste each hit a double, while Raul Ibanez hit the home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run. The batters were keep slient for the most part, so that they could not take advantage of Jamie Moyer’s good start.

The Phillies (21-17, 1st) are presently playing the last game of their three-games visit with the Reds (21-18, 4th National League Central). The game is being played at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies’ starter is Joe Blanton (1-3, 6.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 15, where he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 extra-innings win. He is hoping to receive his second win of the year. The Reds countered with Micah Owings (3-4, 3.95), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on May 16, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He was looking to even his record. The Phils, who presently have a commanding lead in the ballgame, are looking to win their sixth game on this road trip, and to increase their lead in the East over the idle Mets.

Phils win their fifth game in the row on the road, as they defeat the Reds, 4-3. They regain first place from the Mets.

Behind the pitching of their ace Cole Hamels, and the bullpen trio of Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and closer Brad Lidge, the Phils were able to outlast the Reds, beating them 4-3. They regain sole control of first place in the National League East as the Mets once again fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Reds tied it up at one-all in the fourth, as, with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a solo home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phillies regain the lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels’ single, making it a 2-1 Phils lead, while Hamels, who had just singled, moved over to third. Chase Utley made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Hamels, while sending Rollins to third. Raul Ibanez then followed him with a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, and giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, Jerry Hairston started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-2. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ramon Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as first Clay Condrey and then Ryan Madson would pitch a pair of scoreless innings, before Brad Lidge would nail down his eighth save of the season, and his third save in a row since blowing the save Friday night, by pitching a scoreless ninth. 

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 4.95. Clay Condrey recorded his second hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson would record his seventh hold, as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth while recording his eighth save of the season, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven runs on four hits, as he struck out four. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had seven hits in the ballgame, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels had the other five hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double while Howard’s was a solo home run. Besides Howard, Rollins, Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three RBIs, with Ibanez’s being a sacrifice fly. The Phillies have now won five straight games on the road trip, as they regain the lead in the National League East as the Mets lose once again to the Dodgers.

The Phils (21-16, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Reds (20-18, 4th National League Central) with a night game at Great American Ball Park. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-3, 8.15), who is coming off a very bad outing against the Dodgers on May 13, where he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, as well as his first quality start in about a month. The Reds will counter with Aaron Harang (3-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 15, where he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be trying to make it a season high six wins in a row, while attempting to increase their lead over the Mets in the East.

Phils win their fifth game in the row on the road, as they defeat the Reds, 4-3. They regain first place from the Mets.

Behind the pitching of their ace Cole Hamels, and the bullpen trio of Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and closer Brad Lidge, the Phils were able to outlast the Reds, beating them 4-3. They regain sole control of first place in the National League East as the Mets once again fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Reds tied it up at one-all in the fourth, as, with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a solo home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phillies regain the lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels’ single, making it a 2-1 Phils lead, while Hamels, who had just singled, moved over to third. Chase Utley made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Hamels, while sending Rollins to third. Raul Ibanez then followed him with a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, and giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, Jerry Hairston started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-2. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ramon Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as first Clay Condrey and then Ryan Madson would pitch a pair of scoreless innings, before Brad Lidge would nail down his eighth save of the season, and his third save in a row since blowing the save Friday night, by pitching a scoreless ninth. 

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 4.95. Clay Condrey recorded his second hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson would record his seventh hold, as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth while recording his eighth save of the season, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven runs on four hits, as he struck out four. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had seven hits in the ballgame, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels had the other five hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double while Howard’s was a solo home run. Besides Howard, Rollins, Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three RBIs, with Ibanez’s being a sacrifice fly. The Phillies have now won five straight games on the road trip, as they regain the lead in the National League East as the Mets lose once again to the Dodgers.

The Phils (21-16, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Reds (20-18, 4th National League Central) with a night game at Great American Ball Park. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (3-3, 8.15), who is coming off a very bad outing against the Dodgers on May 13, where he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, as well as his first quality start in about a month. The Reds will counter with Aaron Harang (3-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 15, where he went six and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be trying to make it a season high six wins in a row, while attempting to increase their lead over the Mets in the East.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 9: Phillies lose to the Marlins, 14-8. Drops to Second in the East, Lead in the Wild Card by 2 games.

The Phillies seven games winning streak is snapped as they dropped a wild one to the presently hot Marlins, 14-8. With the Mets’ win over the Braves, the Phils are now a half game out of first in the National League East. Their lead in the Wild Card is now two games as the Brewers lose to the Reds.

The Phillies took a quick one run lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a sharp ground ball towards first that Marlins’ first baseman Mike Jacobs would be unable to play, becoming a fielding error, which would allow Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk and then went to second on Jayson Werth’s single, to score all the way from second, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead, and for Werth to go on to third. Werth would then make it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead as he would score on Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson’s wild pitch. The Marlins would then strike back on Phillies’ starter Brett Myers in their half of the first. Cameron Maybin, starting in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez, would start the inning off with an infield single. After Maybin steals second, John Baker would knock him with a RBI single, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Jorge Cantu would follow with a single, sending Baker to second. Jacobs would then follow with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. Dan Uggla would then hit a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, scoring Jacobs, making it 5-2 Marlins. Myers would then get out of the inning by striking out Luis Gonzalez, getting Cody Ross to fly out to left and then getting Alfredo Amezaga to ground out, 4-3. The Phillies would cut the Marlins’ lead in the second as Greg Dobbs would start off the inning by hitting a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, to make it 5-3 Marlins. Later, with two men on, and one out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Chris Coste, who has earlier singled, went to second on Myers’ sacrifice bunt and then would go the third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-4. Then in the fifth, the Phillies would retake the lead as Howard would hit a two-run slam to right, his major league leading forty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has earlier singled, making it 6-5 Phillies. Myers would try to put down the Marlins in the bottom of the fifth. Sadly, he would be unable to. After getting ahead of Maybin, 0-2, Howard would be unable to make the put out on a foul ball. The next pitch, a fastball, which the announcers thought was the wrong pitch to throw at the kid since he has a hard time with off-speed stuff, like the ball that he’d just pop up, would be hit into right for a single. Maybin would then steal second for his second steal of the night. Baker would then follow with a walk, putting runners on first and second. Cantu would follow him with a RBI double, scoring Maybin to tie the game at 6-6 and sending Baker to third. Myers would then intentionally walk Jacobs to load the bases. The next batter, Uggla, would then single to left, scoring Baker, to give the Marlins a 7-6 lead, while moving both Cantu and Jacobs up a base, as the bases remain loaded. That would be it for Myers as Charlie Manuel would come out of the dugout and replace him with Rudy Seanez. Seanez would get Gonzalez to hit into a force out, cutting down Uggla at second, while allowing Cantu to score, making it 8-6 Marlins, while Jacobs would move up to third. Ross would then pop up to Howard for the inning’s second out. It would seem that the Phillies would get out of the inning with manageable damage, but it was not to be as Amezaga would hit a surprising three-run home run to right, his third home run of the year, scoring both Jacobs and Gonzalez to give the Marlins an 11-6 lead. The inning would finally end when pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez, batting for Johnson, would ground out, 6-3. The Marlins would add to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jacobs would hit a two-run single to right, scoring Maybin, who has earlier singled, his fourth hit of the night, moved to second on Baker’s walk and then moved to third on Les Walrond’s wild pitch, and Baker, who has walked and has moved up to second on the wild pitch, making it 13-6 Marlins. But Jacobs would then be thrown out by Werth when he tried to make it a double, being tagged by Rollins for the inning’s second out. The Phillies would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men on and one out, Howard would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins who has earlier singled, would move to second on Utley’s single and was the lead runner on a double steal with Utley as Werth strke out for the inning’s first out, making it 13-7 Marlins. The Phillies would cut it down further in the eighth as Shane Victronio would hit a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, cutting the Marlins’ lead down to 13-8. But the Marlins would get that run back as, with two men out, Cantu would hit a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, making it 14-8 Marlins. That would end up being the final score as Joe Nelson would put the Phillies down in the ninth.

Brett Myers would take the lost, being able to go only four innings, plus five batters, as he would give up ten earned runs on nine hits and two walks while strking out only three. His record has now dropped to 10-12, while his ERA went up to 4.46. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Les Walrond would go two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, walking a batter while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick, pitching in his first game since his blow up against these same Marlins last week, would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Josh Johnson would get the win, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits, as he struck out six. His record is now 6-1 with an ERA of 3.65. Mark Hendrickson would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Andrew Miller would pitch an inning, plus one batter, giving up two earned runs on one hit, walking two while striking out one. Logan Kensing would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up just one hit. Arthur Rhodes would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Joe Nelson would pitch a scorless ninth inning, giving up no hits, while walking a batter and striking out the side.

Brett Myers ran into the buzzsaw of the Marlins’ bat, getting hit hard in both the first and fifth inning, as he would give up hits to the first five Marlins’ batters in the first, ending with Dan Uggla’s two-run home run, and then being unable to get anyone out in the fifth, giving up two singles, a double and two walks, one of which was intentional, before being taken out. Myers didn’t seem to have it last night, although he might not have gotten bombed in the fifth if he has thrown off-speed pitches to Cameron Maybin, instead of the fastball that the rookie would hit off of him to right for a single, as the rookie seems to like hitting fastballs and not off-speed stuff. Whether it was Myers’ idea, or catcher Chris Coste’s, to throw it in that 0-2 situation, I have no idea, but it would end up leading into a lot of trouble right after the Phillies have just regained the lead. Sigh. Anyway, the team needs to forget about this game and just get back to doing what they have been doing during their seven games winning streak: scoring early, scoring often and keeping the opposition from doing the same to them. This means that both Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer will have to do their best to make sure that the young Marlins’ bats don’t become their usual pesky selves, if for no other reason than to make Dan Uggla eat his words about the Marlins planning to take other teams with them if they don’t make the playoff. This team need to be kept from becoming the Colorado Rockies of ’08.

The now second place Phillies (86-68) will continue their three games series with the third place Marlins (81-72) with a night game tonight. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (7-12 (2-0), 4.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 14 in the day half of the day/night doubleheader, as he would go seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 7-3 win. This was only his third start in which he would go more than five innings, but it would come at a good time for the Phils. He has faced the Marlins once before, recording his second win as a Phil since the trade, as he would defeat them on September 8, going five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He will be going for his second straight long start while trying to improve on his previous start against the fish, while trying to snap their nine games winning streak. His opponent will be Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 5.87), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 14, as he went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Marlins’ 8-7 win. He has faced the Phillies twice before, losing both starts, as he would go a combine total of only six and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on ten hits. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to finally defeat the Phils.

The second place Phils now trail the Mets by a half game, as they defeated the Braves to regain the lead in the East. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by four and a half games thanks to the lost. In the Wild Card chase, the Phillies are still leading the Brewers by two games as they lost to the Reds last night. They are ahead of both the Marlins and the Astros by four and a half games as the Astros defeated the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying to regain the lead in the East while trying to push back the challenge of the now hot Marlins while trying to bury the still slumping Brewers.

Brett Myers stayed in one inning too long as the Phillies lose again to the Marlins, 7-3.

Brett Myers talked himself into pitching the eighth inning, and this time he was unable to get through the danger zone inning as the Phillies lose another game to the pesky Marlins, 7-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning hitting a solo home run, his forty-second home run of the year, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would take the lead in the third, as, with a man on first and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a two-run home run, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier walked, to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins would add to their lead in the fourth, as, with a runner on third and two outs, Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco would help his own cause by hitting a RBI single, scoring Dallas McPherson, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third on Alfredo Amezaga’s ground out to first for the inning’s second out, to make it 3-1 Marlins. The Phillies would come back in the fifth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Chris Coste would hit a RBI double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who has earlier singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. Two outs later, Coste, after being moved to third by a Brett Myers’ sacrifice bunt, would score on a Jayson Werth single, tying the ballgame. Neither team would score in both the sixth and seventh innings, as Nolasco and Myers would take control of the game. Myers, although having already thrown 104 pitches by the start of the eighth inning, would talk Charlie Manuel into letting him start the inning. Manuel would give him the ball, obviously hoping that he could get the team through the presently nightmarish inning. Sadly, it was not to be as Gonzalez would start the inning off with a single. After Brett Carroll would come in to pitch run for Gonzalez, Myers would proceed to strike out Dan Uggla for the first out of the inning. Mike Jacobs would then follow with a single, sending Carroll to third. As the Marlins sent out Robert Andino to pinch run for Jacobs, Manuel would come out and replace Myers with Chad Durbin to try and put out the fire. Sadly, that didn’t work as Durbin would give up a ground rule double to Josh Willingham, scoring Carroll, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Andino to third, because of fan’s interference with the ball, that didn’t seem to have occurred according to instant replay. Durbin would then intentionally walk McPherson to load the bases. That move would work as the next batter, Paul Lo Duca, would hit into a 5-4-3 double play, ending the inning. After the Phillies go 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, the Marlins would break the game wide open in the ninth. Amezaga would start the inning off with a single. After Matt Treanor moves Amezaga to second with a sacrifice bunt for the inning’s first out, Durbin would intentionally walk Ramirez. After Durbin is replaced by J.C. Romero, he would get pinch hitter Cody Ross to fly out for the second out of the inning. But Romero would be unable to get out of the inning as Uggla would follow with a RBI double, scoring both Amezaga and Ramirez, giving the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Romero is then replaced by Clay Condrey. Wes Helm would greet Condrey with a single, scoring Uggla, making it a 7-3 Marlins’ lead. Condrey would finally end the disaster by getting Willingham to line out to left. Matt Lindstrom would then come in the pitch an easy 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to end the game.

Brett Myers took the hard lost as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-11 with a 4.22 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning of relief, giving up two earned runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Clay Condrey would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up only a hit. Ricky Nolasco would get the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. His record is now 14-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Arthur Rhodes would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Matt Lindstrom would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Brett Myers gave it a good try, but he would simply run out of gas thanks to a high pitch count, while the offense would decide to quit hitting after tying up the game in the fifth inning,  getting only one man on base, on a walk to Pat Burrell in the sixth, after Jayson Werth’s RBI single. Myers might not have been sent out to pitch the eighth if the Phillies’ bullpen has been doing well, but of late it has been having a hard time getting through the eight inning. Charlie Manuel’s decision to let Myers go back up out, even with his high count, could have been a good move if Myers had gotten through the inning quickly. Sadly, he would throw thirteen pitches to the three men that he would face in the inning, getting out only one of them. And, of the two that would get on, one would eventually score the game winning run. Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense went back to it old trick of stopping everything after a certain point, in this case after they have scored the tying run. You folks already know what I think about the offense, so I won’t say much more about it other than this: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Somebody please wake me up from this recurring nightmare!!!!!

The Phillies (79-67) will now start an important four games series with the Brewers (83-63, 2nd National League Central, 1st N.L. Wild Card). The first games of the series will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (13-7,  3.64), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 7, where he threw seven innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 win. Moyer is coming off of just three days rest, something he hasn’t done in over two seasons with the Phillies, as the Phils hope that he will give them another quality start while putting them back on the winning track. The Brewers will start Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a victory against the Padres on September 6, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only five hits, in the Brewers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying for his fourteenth win of the year while trying to put a nail into the coffin of the Phils’ chances to reach the playoffs.

The Phillies are now trailing the Mets by three and a half games in the East as they defeated the Nationals last night. The Mets have the day off today. The Marlins now trail the Phillies by five games as they also take the day off. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by four games, as the two teams face off at Citizens Bank Park, while they are tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card race as the Astros defeated the Pirates yesterday, who they will be facing tonight, while the two teams are a half-game ahead of the Cardinals who lost to the Cubs last night, who they will be facing tonight. The Phillies will be doing whatever they can to get back into the Eastern Division pennant race, as well as putting as much pressure as they can on the Brew Crew in the wild card chase with sixteen games left in the season.

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