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Roy Halladay suffers a complete game lost as he loses control in the ninth, as the Phils drop one to the streaking D-backs, 3-2.

Roy Halladay loses the lead in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose one late to the streaking D-backs, 3-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier reached base on an infeld single, then stole second base, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The lead would stand until the top of the ninth when, with two men on, and with one man out, Overbay hits a two-run double, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Miguel Montero’s single, and pinch runner Collin Cowgill, who was pinch running for Montero, who had just singled, giving the D-backs a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as J.J. Putz collected his thirtieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.53) took the lost as he pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out fourteen. Josh Collmenter received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Joe Paterson pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Bryan Shaw (1-0, 2.87) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. J.J Putz received his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Roy Halladay followed with two hits, a single and a double, his first double of his career. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The offense was unable to handle Josh Collmenter as they kept on going after his bad, high pitches during important moments in the early part of the game.

The Phils (78-42, 1st East) will continue their series with the D-backs (69-53, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83) who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 9, as he went eight shutout innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his fourth win in a row, and his third in August, while trying to tie up the series. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76) who he is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on August 11, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the D-backs, 8-5 win. He will be trying to give the D-backs the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series, while putting the breaks on the streaking D-backs.

The Phils’ bats come back to life as they rout the Pirates, 10-3, while waiting for new member Hunter Pence to arrive.

During the night that they acquire Hunter Pence from the Astros, the Phillies’ bats decided to come out as they routed the Pirates, 10-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Howard stopped at third base on a Shane Victorino single, and with still one man out, the Phils increased their lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the second as they batted around. The Phils started the inning as Wilson Valdez struck out, but reached first base as Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton threw a wild pitch. After Roy Halladay made the inning’s first out as he struck out failing to bunt Vladez over to second base, Jimmy Rollins singled, sending Valdez on to third. Now with runners on the corners and with one man out, Brown hits a grounder to second baseman Neil Walker who committed a fielding error, allowing Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while allowing Rollins to reach third base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley followed with a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Rollins and Brown. Four batters later, after Howard had flown out to left, for the inning’s second out, the Phils loaded up the base on a Victorino triple, an Ibanez walk, and Carlos Ruiz being hit by the pitch, sending Ibanez up to second base, before Valdez forced in a run with a walk, bringing in Victorino, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked. The Pirates finally got on the board in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pedro Ciriaco hits a two-run double, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Michael McKenry’s double and McKenry, who had just doubled, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-3 as Xavier Paul hits an RBI single, scoring Ciriaco. That would be the final score as David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, as he gave up just one hit, while he struck out five, as he became the first NL thirteen game winner. Drew Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up eight runs, only six of which were earned, on nine hits, four walks, and a wild pitch, while he struck out four. Tony Watson pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Jason Grilli also pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, Triple) both leading the team with three hits each, each being a hit short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins followed with two hits (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs). Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. Wilson Valdez had the other Phil RBI, forcing in a run with a bases loaded walk, as the bats’ exploded after being kept silence for two straight nights by Giants’ pitching.

The Phils (66-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Pirates (54-50, 3rd Central) with a game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 25, as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will once more go for his tenth win of the seasonl, while trying to come back from his last start. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (7-4, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 25, as he went five and a third innings, giving up eight hits, while striking out nine, in the Pirates’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to cool down the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to finally give Cliff Lee his tenth win of the year.

The Phils finally get the right handed bat that they have wanted all year: Say hello to Hunter Pence.

During the ballgame, but announced afterwards, the Phils announced that they have finally gotten their man. The Phils had finally completed a deal with the Astros, getting right handed outfielder Hunter Pence, while sending to Houston pitching prospects Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid and first base prospect Jonathan Singleton, with a fourth player to be named later. Pence, who will most likely be playing in right field, is presently batting .309, with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs, along with a .356 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage.

Pence, who is expected to be the right handed bat that the Phils have been looking for all year, especially to protect Ryan Howard by batting in the fifth spot, will be under the Phils’ control for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as this year.

The Phils are expecting Pence to appear in time for tomorrow night’s game, as he was pulled out of the Astros-Brewers game in Milwaukee in the fifth inning, saying goodbye to his teammates.

Welcome to the team, Hunter. I hope that you are what we have been looking for all season in the corner outfield, especially during the playoffs in October.

The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

Powered by a pair of solo shots, the Phils blank the Padres, 3-0, starting their western visit with a win.

The Phils start off their western trip with a 3-0 blanking of the Padres.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils made it a 2-0 lead as, with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, sending Polanco on to second base, and a walk by Raul Ibanez, with the runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, that would be dropped by right fielder Chris Denorfia for a fielding error, allowing Polanco to score, while sending Rollins to third base, and Ibanez up to second base. The Phils would then miss several opportunities to bust the game open, while their starter Roy Oswalt would show that he has recovered nicely from his bad back injury as he threw six shut out innings, giving up only one hit, a two-out fifth inning single to Denorfia, and two walks, while he struck out seven. The Padres then threaten in the bottom of the seventh as, with two outs, they loaded up the bases via a single to Nick Hundley, and walks to Cameron Maybin, moving Hundley up to second base, and to pinch hitter Will Venable, sending both runners up one base, before Antonio Bastardo came in and shut the door by getting pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez to fly out. The Padres made one last attempt in the ninth as, they put two men on, with two men out, before Jose Contreras finally ended the game as he recorded his fifth save of the year as he struck out Brad Hawpe looking.

Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while he struck out seven. David Herndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, as he received his first hold of the season. Antonio Bastardo recorded his first hold of the year, as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recorded his fifth save as he gave up a hit and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Mat Latos (0-3, 5.94) took the lost as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. Cory Luebke, Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls followed with four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Luebke (1), Neshek (2)) and two walks (Neshek and Qualls with one walk each), while striking out three (Luebke) between them. Oswalt showed that his back was okay, while the Phils pitching performed its fourth shut out of the season.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Pete Orr (Single). Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils offense blew several opportunities during the game to bust it wide open.

The Phils (12-6, 1st NL East) continue their four-game series with the Padres (8-11, 5th NL West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). Coel Hamels (1-1, 4.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 17, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win, will pitch for the Phils. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak in Petco Park, while trying to pick up his second win of the year. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Astros on April 17, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-6 win. He will also be trying for his second win of the season. The Phils will try to take a 2-0 lead in the series behind Hamels’ pitching arm.

The Phils come from behind to avoid a sweep as they defeat the Brewers, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind on a pair of home runs to avoid the sweep as they defeat the Brew Crew, 4-3.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits an RBI infield single, scoring Carlos Gomez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Braun’s single, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Braun, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Brewers added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Fielder hits an RBI double, knocking in Braun, who had earlier reached base on a Wilson Valdez fielding error, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Jonathan Lucroy hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. Meanwhile, Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson was holding down the Phils for the first five innings, in fact throwing a no-hitter until the fifth, when John Mayberry, Jr. got the Phils’ first hit, a double with two men out, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out three. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras recorded his fourth save of the season by striking out Braun swinging.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning, all long fly outs. Ryan Madson (2-0, 1.29) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recieved his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Chris Narveson also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Brandon Kintzler (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Mitch Stetter pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Kameron Loe pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. The Phils’ bullpen recovered from last night’s pitching fiasco, as Lee had a hard time with the Brew Crew, but kept the Phils’ bats within striking distance.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, (Single, Home Run), as he knocked in a run. Placido Polanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double), Ben Franciso (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense was handcuffed until the sixth, when it finally scored some runs, but it is still not hitting as it had no hits until Mayberry’s double in the fifth.

The Phils (11-6, 1st East) will now head to the west coast for a four-game series with the Padres (7-9, 5th NL West). The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April14, as he pitched six innings, before coming out in the seventh bacause of back trouble, giving up just two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to their first series opening win since the home opener, while trying to prove that his back is okay. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 16, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He is looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be looking to get back to hitting and scoring runs.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the season, as the Phils fall to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2011 season, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Logan Morrison broke up Roy Oswalt’s no-hit bit with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead,while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, on to third. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Omar Infante hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then took the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via an infield single by Morrison, a walk by Gaby Sanchez, sending Morrison to second base, and a single by John Buck, sending Morrison to third, and Sanchez to second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Morrison and Sanchez, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead, while sending Buck to second base. That would end up being the final score as Leo Nunez would collect his fifth save as he pitched a clean ninth.

Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, before having to leave at the start of the seventh because his back stiffen up on him, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Danys Baez blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 2.84), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras then combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Contreras) between them. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Edward Mujica (2-1, 4.76) got the win, as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Webb received his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Choate also received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez received his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter. The bullpen blew it first save of the season, as it tried to follow Roy Oswalt after he had left the mound in the top of the seventh because his back has stiften up earlier in the game.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Pete Orr (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run, as he hits a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense has slowed down in their last two games, being unable to do much, thanks in part to the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (9-4, 1st) will continue their series with the Marlins (8-5, 2nd) tomorrow, with the first game of a day-night doubleheader, as tonight’s game was cancelled because of the rain. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 1:35 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) will take the mound for the Phils, after coming off a good performance against the Braves on April 10, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be tryng for his second win, while trying to lead the Phils to a series split thanks to the rain out. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 10, as he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only two, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on his record, while trying to pitch the Marlins into a first place tie with the Phils. The Phils will be trying to even the series with a win, while putting themseleves two games ahead of the fish. 

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game three-hit shut-out as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-0.

Cliff Lee threw a complete game three-hit shut out, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-0.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between the Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmermann, who was throwing a no-hitter at the Phils thru five innings, as he struck out four batters, and Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who was throwing a two-hitter, as he struck off five, while the defense kept the Nats off the board in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Zimmermann hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw home to Carlos Ruiz to force out Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jerry Hairston’s fly out to center, for the inning’s second out. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as Ruiz broke up Zimmermann’s no-hit bid with a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an infield single, before Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, scored on Hairston’s throwing error to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Polanco goes on to second base on the errant throw. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, with Ruiz stopping at second base, and an Espinosa throwing error of a Lee grounder, allowing Ruiz to reach third, and Valdez to stop at second base, and with one man out, Polanco hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Ruiz, while Lee is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while Valdez would be safe at third base, as Polanco stopped at first. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, finally knocking in his first RBI of the year, scoring Valdez, while sending Polanco on to second base. That would be the final score as Lee set down the Nats in the ninth for the complete game shut out.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) got the win as he pitched a complete game, the second by a Phils starter in as many games, as he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out twelve. Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched seven innings plus three batters, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four. Drew Storen, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick pitched for two innings without giving up a run, giving up a hit (Storen), while striking out two batters (Storen and Slaten one batter each) between them. 

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error, as the offense capitalized on the few opportunities given to them by the Nats.

The Phils (9-3, 1st) now go back home to Citizens Bank Park for their second home stand to face the Marlins (7-5, 2nd). The game will be played later today at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25), who is coming off a strong start against the Braves on April 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 10-2 win. He will be trying for his third victory of the year, while trying to give the Phils their second three games winning streak. The fish will attempt to counter with Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64), who is coming off a win against the Astros on April 9, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four in the Marlins’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to get the fish one game behind the Phils. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while hoping to start it off with a win in the opening game of the series for the first time since their series with the Astros.

With Phils pitching, the bullpen has become a complete surprise…

During the off-season, after the Phils had picked up Cliff Lee via free agency, everyone in the country were talking about the Phils four aces (Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels), while also thinking that the Phils would likely trade away Joe Blanton (they didn’t), although the other four would come out to support the fifth member of the starting rotation during spring training, but the pleasant surprise during the first nine games of the season has been the performance of the bullpen, who have been rather stingy with both the hits and the runs.

Starters:

Roy Halladay, the staff ace, have had two good starts, having a record of 1-0, as he has gone 13 innings, giving up only one earned run on eleven hits and one walk, while he has struck out 13, for an ERA of 0.69 and a WHIP of 0.92.

Cliff Lee, the present no. two man, has also pitched two games, a spectacular start against the Astros, and a start against the Braves where he lost his control. His record is now 1-1, as he has pitched ten and a third innings, giving up nine earned runs on fourteen hits and a walk, while he has also hit two batters, as he has struck out fourteen, for the team lead, for an ERA of 7.84 and a WHIP of 1.45.

Roy Oswalt, the no. three man, have had two good outings for a 2-0 record, making him the present team leader in wins. He has pitched twelve innings, giving up four runs, of which three were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while also hitting a batter, while he has struck out eight, for a 2.25 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.08.

The team’s no. four starter, Cole Hamels, in his two start, had a bad start against the Mets, before bouncing back against the Braves this past Sunday. His record is now 1-1, as he has gone nine and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eleven hits and three walks, and one hit batter, while he had struck out eleven, for a 5.59 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

Joe Blanton, the team’s fifth starter, will be making his second start of the season tonight, after having been taken out of his opening start, as he allowed his pitches to come up against the Mets in the fifth inning. His record is 0-0, as he looks for his first win or lost, as he had so far gone four and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks, while hitting a batter, while he has struck out six, for a high ERA of 14.54 and a WHIP of 2.77, both presently highs among the starters. He hopes to bring both down during his start against the Nationals.

So far, the five starters have a combine record of 5-2, as they have pitched 49.1 innings, giving up 27 runs, of which 26 were earned, on 56 hits and 10 walks, while hitting a total of 5 batters, while striking out 52 batters. They have also given up all three of the home runs allowed by the Phils’ pitchers (Oswalt, Lee and Blanton with one each).

Relief corps:

Meantime, the bullpen has shown itself to be better than expected, as they have allowed only six runs, only five of which were earned, and one inherited runner to score, in their combine total of 30.2 innings.

Their long man, Kyle Kendrick, has appeared in three games, with a 0-0 record, as he has given up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter in five innings of work, for a 1.80 ERA.

Antonio Bastardo has been on fire as he has appeared in three games, with a 1-0 record, as he has so far given up no runs in four and two-thirds innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out nine batters, for an ERA of 0.00.

The Phils’ other lefty in their bullpen, J.C. Romero, appeared to have regain his 2008 form as he has pitched in five games, for an 0-0 record, as he has given up a run on three hits and a walk in four innings, while he has strucked out three, for a 2.25 ERA.

After having a bad year in 2010, Danys Baez seems to have recovered nicely this year, as he has appeared in five games, for a record of 1-0, as he has given up an unearned run on six hits and a walk, as he pitched a total of five innings, while striking out two, for an 0.00 ERA.

Second year man David Herndon is the only reliever who doesn’t seem to be pitching well in the early going, as he has pitched in five games, for an 0-0 record, going six innings, as he has given up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, for a 4.50 ERA.

The Phils’ eighth inning pitcher, Ryan Madson, is doing well, as he had an 0-0 record, as he has pitched in three games for a total of three innings, giving up no runs on a hit, while he has struck out four, for an 0.00 ERA.

Their present closer, Jose Contreras. has been lights out, as he has appeared in three game, for an 0-0 record while converting both of his save opportunities, as he has gone three innings, giving up no runs on two hits and a walk, while he has struck out four, for an 0.00 ERA.

The bullpen has appeared in all nine games, for an 2-0 record, as they have given up a total of 23 hits and 8 walks, while striking out 24 batters. The good work of the bullpen help give the Phils a team ERA of 3.49 while the team’s WHIP is at 1.21. If this continues, especially once the starters have hit their stride, this could become a very dangerous team, even if the offense has its mid-season slump, as the pitching should keep them within striking distant during most games.

Cole Hamels comes back to pitch seven innings of four-hit ball on the Braves, as the Phils win, 3-0.

As Shane Victorino had a three-hit game, hitting a solo home run, Cole Hamels recovered from his bad first start by pitching seven strong innings against the Braves, as the Phils win, 3-0.

The first three innings was a pitchers’ duel between the Braves’ Derek Lowe, who gave up one hit, while striking out one, and the Phils’ Cole Hamels, who got through the first nine Braves without giving up a hit, striking out four. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, while Polanco, who had just singled, would be wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. Cole Hamels then got out of a pair of jams. First, in the sixth, with runners on first and second, via single to Freddie Freeman, who was then moved up to second on a Lowe sacrifice bunt, and then a walk to Nate McLouth, and with two men out, Hamels got Chipper Jones to ground out, 5-3, on the first pitch, to end the threat. Then, in the seventh, after giving up singles to Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez, with Heyward going to third, and with two men outs again, Cole got out this jam as he got Freeman to ground out, 4-3, once again on the first pitch. The Phils then added to their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on right fielder Heyward’s fielding error as he misplayed the ball, as he ran on contact, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his second save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Dan Uggla to end the game.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) got the win, as he bounced back from his bad start against the Mets, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson received his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jose Contreras collected his second save of the season, striking out a batter. Derek Lowe (1-2, 1.45) took the lost, as he went seven innings as well, giving up two runs on seven hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. Hamels came back in his second start, after his disastrous first start, while the bullpen continues to be lights out.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, as he scored two of the Phils’ run, while knocking in one, as he raised his average to .417, after a slow start during opening weekend. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, both singles, raising his average to .346, putting all of the Phils’ regular, except for Raul Ibanez, who is now batting .257, at .300 or above. Placido Polanco (Single), Rollins (Double) and Ibanez (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard had the other Phil RBI, as he hit an RBI ground out, while Rollins knocked in the other run on a doubleplay, getting no RBI. The Phils’ offense have so far been able to beat the Astros, the Mets and now the Braves’ pitching, although kept under control in three of their first nine games, but winning one of those games, and losing one of the others because one of their starters let the lead get away.

The Phils (7-2, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they go to Washington to meet the Nationals (4-5, 5th) for three games, starting on Tuesday night.

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