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The Phils rally in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, on their way to sweeping the Astros, winning 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s thirteenth-career grand slam caps a five-run eighth inning as the Phils come from behind to sweep the Astros, winning by the score of 6-5.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, knocking in Jason Castro, who had just walked, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marc Krauss followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Gary Sizemore’s single, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Sizemore, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros’ increased their lead in the top of the third inning as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, and his second two-run home run of the night, knocking in Castro, who has started the inning of with a single, giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phils then rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases now loaded, via singles by Ben Revere, sending Asche up to second base, and by Jimmy Rollins, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Asche, Revere and Rollins, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Sean O’Sullivan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mario Hollands (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Collin McHugh also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out eight. Josh Fields pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tony Sipp collected his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 2.91) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Gary Sizemore (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense had no walks in the game, while the defense performed four double plays.

The Phils (52-63, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (54-61, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on August 2, as he went just one and two-thirds innings, as he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 11-0 lost. He hopes that today will have a different outcome, as he tries to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Mets will counter with Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 3, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 9-0 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to increase their current winning streak to four games.

The bats come alive as the Phils take the series from the Astros, winning 10-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats welcome back rookie Dave Buchanan with a five-run first inning, before taking the series from the Astros, winning by the score of 10-3.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jon Singleton hits into a force out RBI, scoring Jose Altuve, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Chris Carter’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while Carter was forced out at second base, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead three batters later, after both Marlon Byrd and Gary Sizemore had walked, loading up the bases, and with still one man out, Howard would score on pitcher Brad Peacock’s wild pitch, while both Byrd and Sizemore would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Wil Nieves hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Byrd. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with two men on, after Cody Asche is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Dave Buchanan helped his own case with an RBI single, his first hit of his career, knocking in Nieves, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Asche over to third base, before he is tagged out at second base, 9-5-6, as he tried to move up to second base on the late throw to third base, a call which is later upheld when the Phils challenged the call. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jake Marisnick hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Dominguez, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Carlos Corporan’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would break the game open in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, scoring Buchanan, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Altuve hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Gregorio Petit, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Marc Krauss’ single, then moved up to third base on Byrd’s fielding error, while Krauss would move up to second base, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Byrd hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils an 9-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Revere, who had just tripled, would score on pitcher Michael Foltynewicz’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Altuve to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Dave Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one, while giving up a wild pitch. Justin De Fratus and Cesar Jimenez would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out a batter (De Fratus). Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.44) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Darin Downs pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Foltynewicz pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while striking out two.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, three singles and a triple, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Marlon Byrd (Single, RBI) and Dave Buchanan (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Wil Nieves had the last Phil RBI via a sac fly, as the other two runs came home on wild pitches. The Phils also had in the game four walks (Byrd, Gary Sizemore, Cody Asche and Buchanan) and a stolen base (Revere (31)) while the defense committed an error (Byrd (2)).

The Phils (51-63, 5th NL East) will conclude their three game interleague play series with the Astros (47-67, 4th AL West) with a game already in progress.

The Phils start their series against the now American League Astros with a walk-off win, as they win in extra-innings, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard gives the Phils a walk-off victory with an RBI single, as the Phils defeat the Astros in fifteen innings, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jon Singleton hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Carter, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Jason Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, all the way to third base. Kyle Kendrick then pitched himself out of the inning by first getting Matt Dominguez to fly out to right, with it not being deep enough to score Castro, then getting Jake Marisnick to hit into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Singleton at second base for the inning’s second out. The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifteenth when, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single to right, scoring Gary Sizemore, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a walk-off 2-1 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands combined for seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit, (Diekman), four walks (Papelbon (2), Diekman (1), Bastardo (1)) and a wild pitch (Bastardo) between them, while striking out thirteen (Giles (2), Papelbon (3), Diekman (1), Bastardo (6), Hollands (1)). Hector Neris (1-0, 0.00) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dallas Keuchel also received a no-decision as he also threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Tony Sipp, Josh Fields, Darin Downs and Jose Veras combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sipp) and a walk (Sipp) between them, while striking out two (Downs (1), Veras (1)). Jake Buchanan (1-2, 4.95) took the lost as he threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cody Asche (Singles) and Gary Sizemore (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), Marlon Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (Revere) in the game, while the defense caught a runner trying to steal a base and performed a double play.

The Phils (50-63, 5th NL East) continue their three-game interleague play series with the Astros (47-66, 4th AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Dave Buchanan (5-5, 4.40), who is coming back to the majors because of Cliff Lee’s season ending injury. His last major league start was a win over the Brewers on July 10, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He’ll be trying to continue from his last start. The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on July 23, as he went three and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only two, in the Astros, 9-7 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the Astros. The Phils will be trying to win the series with the Astros.

A few things had occurred since my last post…

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst. yesterday, former Phil Roy Oswalt announced that he was officially retiring, as he signed a one-day contract with the Astros so that he could officially retire as an Astros. Oswalt, who is an fourteen-year veteran, ten of which was spent as an Astros, was a member of the Phils for part of the 2010 season and part of the 2011 season, during which he complied a winning record of 16-11. Oswalt would also play for the Rangers and the Rockies. Oswalt, during his career, would be the NL leader for ERA in 2006 with a 2.98 ERA, wins in 2004 with 20, games started with 35 games in both 2004 and 2005 and in WHIP in 2010 with a 1.03 WHIP. He was also a member of the 2005 Astros team that would win the NL pennant before losing to the White Sox in that year’s World Series, being swept by Chicago, 4-0. Overall, Oswalt had a career record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA as he pitched in 365 games, 341 of which were starts, as he completed 20 games, including 8 shutouts. He would pitch in 2245.1 innings, giving up 2199 hits and 897 runs, 838 of which were earned, as he struck out 1852 batters, while walking only 520. I wish you luck in your retirement, Roy.

Then, the Phils announced that Comcast plans to hire both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs to replace Chris Wheeler and Garry Matthews inside the TV broadcast booth, starting this season during Spring Training. Congratulations, guys. Hope you both do well in the broadcast booth.

Lastly, the Phils announced that they have just signed starter A.J. Burnett, who they have been pursuing during the off-season, to a one-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Burnett, who had pitched for the Pirates last year and in 2012, is coming off a 10-11 season, with a 3.30 ERA, as he pitched in 30 games, all starts, with a complete game, as he threw in 191 innings, giving up 165 hits and 79 runs, 70 of which were earned, as he struck out 209 batters, while walking only 67. Burnett, who has also pitched for the Marlins, the Blue Jays and the Yankees, being a member of the 2009 World Championship team, has a 147-132 record with a 3.99 ERA, as he appeared in 375 games, starting 370 of them, as he threw 23 complete games, 10 of which were shutouts. He threw a total of 2353.2 innings, giving up 2140 hits and 1142 runs, 1043 of which were earned, as he struck out 2180 batters, while walking only 955. Welcome to the team, A.J.

Burnett’ll more than likely be the number three man in the starting rotation, after Cole Hamels starts pitching after the start of the season, as the Phils announced that Cole will miss opening day as he has developed tendinitis in his left bicep, which will keep him from throwing the ball for the next eight to ten days, and slow down his participation in spring training, although Cole has said that he should be ready to pitch at some point in April. I’m just hoping that it is only a minor setback, as the Phils will need Cole to back up Cliff Lee, if they expect to get anywhere this season.

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 Altheer 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. :-)

As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1.

The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI groundout, three-unassisted, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Frandsen followed Brown with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Brown. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Humberto Qunitero hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Quintero, who had earlier reached base with a double, would score on a throwing error by first baseman Shelley Duncan on a grounder hit by Ender Inciarte, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Raul Valdes received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Michael Stutes threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Horst (2-1, 4.80) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shreve) between them, while striking out three Rays (Bastardo (1), Papelbon (2)). Roberto Hernandez (0-2) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits and a walk. Cesar Romos pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits. Adam Liberatore pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI), followed by Ryan Howard (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Humberto Quintero (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Double, 3 RBIs) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Ben Revere) in the game.

The Phils (14-15)  play their next spring training game against the Tigers (18-12) at Joker Merchant Park in Jupiter, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong start against the Red Sox on March 21, receiving a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be going for one final strong start as he prepare to be the Phils’ opening day pitcher. The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.74), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on March 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out five, in the Tigers’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end his spring training with a good start. The Phils will be trying to do well in their last spring training game on the road.

The Phils end their three-game spring slide by beating the Astros, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils put a stop to their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels help lead them to a 7-1 victory over the Astros.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Tyler Greene, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jose Altuve’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with two men on, via a double by Michael Young and Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, before being replaced by pinch runner Jermaine Mitchell because of an injured elbow, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Young and Mitchell. The Phils then increased to their lead as Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Kratz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third on Jarred Cosart’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead in the eight as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on shortstop Jonathan Villar’s interference error. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Cole Hamels (2-0, 0.90) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Miner) between them, while striking out six (Cloyd (1), Miner (2), Horst (2), De Fratus (1)) Astros. Brad Peacock received a no-decision as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sergio Escalona blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Josh Fields (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jerred Cosart pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batters, while striking out a batter. Hector Ambriz pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Brett Oberholtzer pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Freddie Galvis leading the team with three hits (two singles, one double, 2 RBIs), followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), Yuniesky Betancourt (Single, RBI), Jermaine Mitchell (Single) and Erik Kratz (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Cesar Hernandez, Kratz), two stolen bases (Hernandez (2), Mitchell (2)) and two hit batters (Darin Ruf, Josh Fields) in the game.

The Phils (7-8) have the day off.

The Phils are done in again by the bullpen as they lose to the Twins, 12-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows 11 runs to score, doing in the Phils as they lose their third spring training game, dropping this one to the Twins, 12-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).

The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.

An eight-run first help leads to the Phils 16-1 rout of the Mets.

Two big innings lead to the Phils routing of the Mets as they win by the score of 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. Ryan Howard then gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre, while sending Utley up to second base. After John Mayberry, Jr. had loaded up the bases with a soft fly single to right, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, Dom Brown gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base, and Mayberry to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen walked, forcing in Howard, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils, after the Mets had sent in relief pitcher Collin McHugh, in place of starter Jeremy Hefner, increased their lead to 5-0 as Erik Kratz is hit by a pitch, forcing in Mayberry, while sending Brown to third base, and Frandsen to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils then batted around as Tyler Cloyd hits into a 1-2-3 doubleplay, as McHugh caught his grounder and threw home, forcing out Brown for the inning’s first out as catcher Kelly Shoppach touched home plate, before throwing to first base for the second out, while Frandsen would move up to third base, and Kratz would stop at second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Rollins hits a two-run single, his second hit of the inning, scoring both Frandsen and Kratz. Two batters later, as Pierre had his second hit of the inning, sending Rollins up to second base, the Phils made it an 8-0 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, his second hit in the inning, scoring Rollins, while sending Pierre up to second base. Howard then grounded out, 6-3 for the inning’s final out, as the Phils sent thirteen men to the plate. The Phils tried to make it a 9-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Brown and Frandsen, as Brown would stop at second base, and with one man out, Brown tried to score on Kratz’s single to left, but is gunned down at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Lucas Duda, as Shoppach applied the tag, for the inning’s second out. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it an 8-1 Phils lead. The Phils finally took a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, and his third RBI, knocking in Cloyd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s single, his fourth hit of the game, while moving Pierre, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Frandsen reaching first base on a force out, 6-4, as Brown, who had earlier singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, a walk to Kratz, moving Frandsen up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Rollins is walked, forcing in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead, as both Kratz and Schierholtz moved up a base. The Phils then made it an 11-1 lead as Pierre hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that went up the first base line and stayed fair, for his fifth hit of the night, scoring Kratz, while moving up a base both Schierholtz and Rollins, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 12-1 lead as Utley is hit by a pitch, forcing in Schierholtz for Utley’s fourth RBI of the night, while moving up a base both Rollins and Pierre. After Michael Martinez is sent in to pinch run for Utley, Howard ended the scoring as he hits a grand-slam home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, Pierre and Martinez, giving the Phils a 16-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on only three hits and two walks, as he struck out six. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79) took the lost as he faced seven batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk. Collin McHugh pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Justin Hampson, Jenrry Mejia, Robert Carson and Manny Acosta combined for four scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Mejia (3), Carson (2), Acosta (1)) between them. Elvin Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Jeurys Familia pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Edgin pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a hit batter. Ramon Ramirez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with five hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in four runs. Dom Brown followed with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 5 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) were next with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (RBI), Erik Kratz (RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had four walks and two hit batters (Kratz and Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (76-74, 3rd) with begin a three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 4.33) who is coming off a lost to the Astros on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from his first bad start in almost two months. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 15, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. He will be out to try and hinder the Phils’ playoff hopes. The Phils will be trying to keep themselves in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils slim playoff hopes stay alive as they come from behind to defeat the Mets, 3-2.

A two-run blast in the top of the ninth by Ryan Howard keeps the Phils slim playoff hopes alive as they come from behind to defeat the Mets, 3-2.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins starts off the game with a lead-off home run, his twenty-second home run of the season. The Mets tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Mets took the lead in the sixth as David Wright hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Phils regain the lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb into the right field seats, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and collected his thirty-sixth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched sixth innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Phillippe Aumont would combine for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Aumont) and a walk (Bastardo) between them, while striking out four (Bastardo (2), De Fratus (1), Aumont (1)). Jeremy Horst (2-0, 1.11) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-sixth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Matt Harvey also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Josh Edgin committed his second blown save of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 3.86) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jon Rauch pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had only three hits in the ballgame, a home run by Jimmy Rollins (RBI), a single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run home run by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), as they were otherwise handled by Mets’ pitching. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (75-74, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Mets (66-82, 4th) with a nightgame tonight, the make-up game for this Tuesday’s rainout. The game will be played at Citi Field and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) will start the game for the Phils, coming off a no-decision against the Astros on September 13, as he went only three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to improve on his last two starts. The Mets will counter with Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99), who last pitched, in relief, against the Brewers on September 15, as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit, in the Mets’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to keep the Mets from being swept. The Phils will be going for the series sweep.

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