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The Phils come from behind to win a back and forth battle with the Blue Jays as they win, 7-6.

The Phils fought with the Blue Jays before finally coming from behind to win the game, 7-6.

The Blue Jay took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run double, scoring Aaron Hill, who had earlier replaced Yunel Escobar, who had been injured as he had been hit by the pitch, then went to third on Jose Bautista’s ground-rule double, and Bautista, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just singled, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then reached second on Hill’s force out attempt fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, while Howard, who had reached first base on the error, would stop at second base. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Eric Thames hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Hill, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz would hit an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then tied the game up as four-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Howard, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino from third, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bautista hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Hill, who had earlier singled, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. The Phils took back the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo would record his fourth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kndrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Danys Baez (2-3, 5.35) picked up the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ricky Romero also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, as he gave up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jon Rauch received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Frank Francisco blew his fourth save opportunity before taking the lost (1-4, 5.01) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. March Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, knocking in two runs, as he lifted his batting average to .296. Chase Utley (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Ben Francisco (Doubles, 2 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, as the bats decided to come out this afternoon.

The Phils (52-31, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the Blue Jays (40-43, 3rd AL East) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 1:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40), who is coming off a complete game win over the A’s on June 26, giving up a run on eight hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to give the Phils another series win in interleague play, while doing so in front of the still supportive fans of his former team. The Blue Jays will try to counter with Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 3.15), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can out pitch Halladay. The Phils be going out to win their fourth interleague play series.

Roy Halladay win his tenth start of the season as he threw a complete game as the Phils defeat the A’s, 3-1.

Roy Halladay wins his 63rd career complete game start, becoming the second National League starter to reach ten wins, as the Phils defeat the A’s, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Placido Polanco’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just doubled, on to third base. One batter later, now with runners on the corners, Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Victorino for the inning’s first out, as Polanco scored from third, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead.  The A’s would cut the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Sweeney hits an RBI single as Rollins was unable to catch his pop out to short center field, than to Wilson Valdez not giving him enough room to attempt a catch, knocking in Coco Crisp, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hideki Matsui’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Polanco, with Rollins stopping at third, a walk by Howard, sending Polanco on to second base, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI infield single towards third base, that A’s starter Josh Outman picked up, and then looked towards third, where there was no one near the bag, before throwing to first, as Francisco beat the throw, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The A’s tried to rally in the seventh as, with one man out, they put runners on second and third on a Scott Sizemore double, who sent Conor Jackson, who had started the inning off with a lead-off single, to third. But Halladay got out of the inning by first getting Landon Powell to pop out to second for the inning’s second out. He then ended the inning by striking out pinch hitter David DeJesus with a called third strike. That would be the A’s only major threat as Halladay finished the game with Sweeney hitting into a 6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second Jackson, who had earlier singled with one man out.

Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40) received the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on eight hits, while striking out four. Josh Outman (3-2, 3.10) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Brad Ziegler pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, raising his average to .260. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run when he hit into a doubleplay, receiving no RBI.

The Phils (49-30, 1st NL East) will take tomorrow off, before facing the Red Sox (45-32, 2nd AL East?) for a three game interleague play series, starting Tuesday night.

An explosive eighth inning gives the Phils a come from behind win as they defeat the Cards, 10-2.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the eighth inning as the Cards’ bullpen implode as they come from behind to defeat the Redbirds, 10-2.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Cardinals’ starter Kyle McClellan, who pitched five innings keeping the Phils off-balanced, as he gave up two singles and three walks, while striking out two, and Roy Halladay, who for four innings kept the Cards off the scoreboard as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. The Cards took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalsco, with Molina stopping at second base, and Skip Schumaker, with the runners stopping at third and second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, forcing out Schumaker at second base, as Molina scored, as Placido Polanco was slow getting the ball out of his glove, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while Descalsco would move up to second base, as Theriot would beat the throw to first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, crossing the plate before Ruiz, who had earlier singled, was tagged out between second and third by third baseman Descalsco, who had just cut off Matt Holliday’s throw to the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Cards retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Descalsco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on pinch hitter Mark Hamilton’s single. The Phils would then break the game open in the eighth, helped by the implosion of the Cards’ bullpen. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off by lining out to left, Shane Victorino got on base with a single to right. Chase Utley followed by taking a walk, moving Victorino up to second base. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa then came to the mound and relieved Trever Miller with Jason Motte to face Ryan Howard. On an 0-1 pitch, Motte hit Howard, loading up the bases as both runners moved up a base. Then with Polanco batting, Motte hit him on a 3-2 count, forcing in Victorino, tying the score up at two-all, while moving up both Utley and Howard, as the bases remained loaded. After Wilson Valdez comes in to pinch run for Polanco, as he is taken out of the ballgame to see if he was okay, as the ball had hit him on his left elbow, LaRussa replaces Motte with Brian Tallet, who proceeded to strikeout Ibanez swinging for the inning’s second out, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter was to be Dom Brown, but Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel sent out pinch hitter Ben Francisco to face Tallet. Francisco then gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving up both Howard and Valdez, leaving the bases still loaded. LaRussa then replaced Tallet with Miguel Batista, who proceeded to walk Ruiz on five pitches, forcing in Howard as the Phils took a 4-2 lead, while both Valdez and Francisco moved up a base, the bases remaining loaded. Michael Martinez is then sent up to pinch hit for Michael Stutes, and proceeded to take a walk, forcing in a run, as Valdez scores, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to third base, and Ruiz over to second, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, batting for the second time in the inning, followed with a two-run single, scoring both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Martinez to second base. LaRussa then replaced Bastista with Maikal Cieto, hoping to final end this disastrous inning for the Redbirds. Cieto proceed to walk Victorino, the eleventh batter of the inning, reloading the bases as both Martinez and Rollins moved up a base. Utley, the twelfth Phils to bat in the inning, followed with a two-run single, knocking in both Matinez and Rollins, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino to second base. Howard, the inning’s thirteenth batter, then made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley on to third. Cieto then finally ended the inning by getting Valdez, who was batting for the first time in the game, to fly out to right. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon threw a pair of scoreless innings against the Cards.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes (2-0, 2.38) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Trever Miller (0-1, 3.86) took the lost, after receiving his four hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jason Motte blew his second save of the year as he pitched to two batters, hitting both of them. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Miguel Batista pitched to three batters, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks, getting none of the three batters he faced out. Maikal Cieto pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. The Cardinals’ bullpen blew up in the eighth inning, allowing fourteen men to come to the plate, giving up nine runs on six hits, three walks, and two hit batters.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run, as he lifted his average to .256. Chase Utley followed with two hits, bith singles, as he knocked in two runs, Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco (Hit by the Pitch) and Michael Martinez (Walk), had the other two Phils’ RBI, as the offense took advantage of the Cards’ bullpen’s meltdown in the eighth.

The Phils (46-28, 1st East) continue their series with the Cards (40-34, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12), who is coming off a complete game win against the Marlins on June 16, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to give the Phils their first series win in their last four tries on the road. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on June 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out three, in the Cards’ 7-4  lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Redbirds. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some runs support to give him his eighth win of the season.

The Phils’ bats strike for five home runs as they crush the falling Marlins, 9-1.

The Phils hits five home runs as they crush the slumping Marlins, 9-1.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Gaby Sanchez hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Logan Morrison’s single, while moving Morrison, who had just singled, up to second base. After that, it was all Phils. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring Shane Victorino, who had just singled. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Dom Brown hits a solo blast, his third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils took a 6-1 lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Victorino, a double by Utley, with Victorino stopping at third base, and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who beat the throw to the plate, while sending Utley to third. The Phils then made it an 8-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run shot of his own, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, Brown hits a solo bomb into the right field seats, his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run of the night. That would be the final score as David Herndon threw two scoreless innings, after taking over for winning pitcher Cole Hamels, who’s back had tighten up on him after he had given up a lead-off walk to Wes Helms in the eighth.

Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49) got the win as he pitched seven and one plus strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out six. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (2-7, 6.07) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, getting hammered for eight runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out two. Edward Mujica pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .288. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), all followed him with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, while Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly, as the offense tore up Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad.

The Phils (41-26, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (32-34, 4th) with the day half of a day-night doubleheader, which is already in progress.

The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

Ryan Madson bad ninth inning leads to a Phils’ lost as they drop one to the Reds, 6-3.

Ryan Madson allows three Reds’ runs to score in the top of the ninth of a tied game as the Phils lose to the Reds, 6-3.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Scott Rolen hits an RBI single, knocking in Joey Votto, who had just doubled, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Carlos Ruiz moved Ibanez to third on a 3-unassisted ground out, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoing Ibanez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 3-1 lead in the third as, with Jimmy Rollins on second base, after hitting a double, and with one man out, he tried to score on a single to center by Chase Utley, Utley’s first hit of the season, but he was gunned down down at the plate by center fielder Drew Stubbs, 8-2, for the second out of the inning, while Utley moved up to second base on the throw. The Phils then finally made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled. The Reds then tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run bloop single, scoring Jonny Cueto, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Stubbs’ ground-rule double, and Stubbs, who had just hit a ground-rule double. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a bunt single by Stubbs, who then reached second on Ryan Madson’s throwing error to first, an intentional walk to Votto and then an infield single by Rolen, as he beat Placido Polanco’s throw to first, while Stubbs moved up to third base, and Votto reached second, and with two man out, Jay Bruce hits a bases clearing double, scoring Stubbs, Votto and Rolen, giving the Reds a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Cordero recorded his ninth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes), while striking out three (one batter each) between them. Ryan Madson (2-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one. Bill Bray pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Logan Ondrusek (3-2, 2.08) gets the win as he pitched one-third of an inning, walking a batter. Francisco Cordero received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .252. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in a run, lifting his average to .256. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Ryan Howard (Double) and Chase Utley (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phils’ run with a sac fly. The offense, after starting out fine, and missing an opportunity to score a fourth run because of Rollins being thrown out at the plate, seems to have stopped hitting after the fourth inning, thus allowing the Reds to win it in the ninth.

The Phils (29-19, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (26-23, T-2 Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21), who is coming of a win against the Rangers on May 20, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Reds will try to counter with Travis Wood (3-3, 5.17) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on May 20, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be going out to give their ace some runs support to give him his seventh win of the season.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return with a 10-run outburst as they routed the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return to the starting line-up with a ten-run offensive outburst, as they crush the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled.  The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base.  Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Howard to third base, and Ibanez up to second base, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 5-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr., hits a two-run single, knocking in both Howard and Ibanez, while sending Ruiz up to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Cole Hamels hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead as Rollins hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring both Mayberry and Hamels. The Reds then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Scott Rolen’s single, and Rolen, who had just singled. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. That would be the final score, as Hamels, and the trio of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez, would shut the Reds down for the final five innings, with the three relievers throwing three 1-2-3 innings.

Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez would combine for three 1-2-3 innings,  striking out three (Stutes (2), Baez (1)) between them. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 5.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Maloney pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Logan Ondrusek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a Phil.

The Phils exploded for fourteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .241. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Domonic Brown (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. All of the starters, except for a returning Chase Utley, who went 0 for 5, had a hit in the ballgame, as the offense resurfaced. Hopefully, this is the start of some good things, and not a tease.

The Phils (29-18, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (25-23, 2nd Central) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13), who has been called back up from Lehigh Valley to take the injured Joe Blanton’s spot in the rotation. He last pitched on May 13, in a relief appearence against the Braves, as he pitched an inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. He will be trying to continue his success as a starter in the majors. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 19, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying for their fifth win on the home stand, while hoping that the bats are truly back, and what happen last night was not a mirage.

A mistake-ridden eighth inning ruins Halladay’s good performance as the Phils lose the pitchers’ duel to the Marlins, 2-1.

Errors in the Marlins’ eighth lead to the Phils losing the pitchers’ duel, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After turning back a pair of bases loaded threats by the Phils in the second and third innings, the Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Johnson, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s double, while Coghlan, who had just doubled, would move up to third. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Johnson, who would pitch six innings, only giving up one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he would pitch himself out of trouble early in the game, and Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who in the first seven innings, would also give up just a run, on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Marlins then took the lead in the eight as Omar Infante would reach base on a Jimmy Rollins throwing error, before moving up to second base on a Halladay wild pitch. Infante would then move up to third on a ground out, 4-3, by pinch hitter Osvaldo Martinez. Coghlan then followed with an RBI single, scoring Infante and giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez collected his twelfth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 3-1, to end the game.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) took the lost as he gave up two run, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Josh Johnson received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Michael Dunn (3-2, 1.26) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he raised his batting average to .231. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was not able to get the key hit when they had Josh Johnson on the ropes in the early going.

The Phils (23-12, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (21-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again try for his third win of the season, while hoping that the offense will decide to help him this time. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Marlins the series win. The Phils will be trying to put the fish once again three games behind them in the East.

The Phils offense is off to a good start in 2011…

Coming out of spring training, everyone pondered how the Phils offense would do without Jayson Werth (now a member of the Nationals) and Chase Utley (knee problems). Well, after nine games, they seems to be doing pretty well.

After nine games, the Phils are among the National League leaders in several offensive categories. They lead the league in team batting average (.334), team slugging percentage (.484), team total bases (155), team hits (107), stolen base percentage (80%) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.865), while they are tied for first with the Reds for most RBIs (58). They are second in on-base percentage (.380), doubles (22), runs scored (59), and team extra-base hits (31). They are fourth in total at-bats (320). They also have the third fewest strike outs (56).

As is shown by the stats, although they are not hitting as many home runs (8) as they have in the past, they are still knocking in runs, as they are getting a lot of singles, with enough doubles added, and are using them to move men around the bases to score.

All but one of the regular eight are presently batting over .300, with Shane Victorino leading the team with a .417 batting average, which puts him in fifth place among batting leaders, thanks to his recent hot series against the Braves. Victorino is also batting .611/432, as he is batting 15 for 36 with 8 runs scored and with 8 RBIs. He has four extra-base hits (2 2BS, 1 3B, 1 HR), for 22 total bases, and has stolen 2 bases, being caught once.

Ryan Howard is next with a .361/.639/.390, as he has gone 13 for 36, scoring 7 runs, while knocking in 11 runs, leading the club, as he have has 6 extra-base hits (4 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 23 total bases.

Thanks to his hot series against the Braves, Carlos Ruiz is third with a .346/.538/.414, as he has gone 9 for 26, scoring 6 runs, as he knocked in 7, with 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for 14 total bases.

Fourth among the starting eight is Placido Polanco with a .342/.447/.390, as he has batted 13 for 38, scoring 6 runs, while he had knocked in 8, with a total of 4 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 17 total bases.

Fifth is Wilson Valdez, who is playing second base as Utley recovers from his injury. Valdez has gone .333/.444/.357, hitting 9 for 27, scoring 5 times, while knocking in 5. He has 3 extra-bases hits, all doubles, for 12 total bases. He also has a stolen base.

Jimmy Rollins, in a contract year, is doing well in the third spot in the line-up, although slowing down in the Braves series, being no. six. He is batting .324/.405/.390, going 12 for 37, crossing the plate 6 times, while still waiting for his first RBI. He has 3 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 15 total bases. He has 3 stolen bases, leading the team.

Seventh is Ben Francisco, who is doing rather well as he handle the right field duties. He has gone .306/.528./375, batting 11 for 36, scoring 7 times, while knocking in 7. He has 4 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 19 total bases. He also has a stolen base, and has been caught once.

Raul Ibanez is the last of the eight, as he has also cool down in the Braves series, after being hot against the Mets. He is presently hitting .257/.400/.350, as he has gone 9 for 35, with 9 runs scored, while he has knocked in 6. He has 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for a total of 14 total bases. He has also stolen 1 base.

The rest of the team, including pitchers, have gone a collective 16 for 49, collecting one extra-base hit (1 HR), for 19 total bases. They have scored 5 times, while knocking in 6 RBIs.

Finally, unlike last year, the team has done very effectively pinch hitting, having ten hits, with 5 RBIs, with 4 of them coming on Ruiz’s pinch hit grand-slam home run last saturday afternoon.

If the Phils can continue what they are doing right now, their starting pitching will be even more effective, since the offense will be handing them leads both at home and on the road.

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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