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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils get swept by the Blue Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their 20,000th game as a franchise as they end up getting swept by the Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on catcher Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up at 1-all in their half of the second as Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on third, and with still nobody out, Adam Lind hits into an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Juan Francisco, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 3-0 lead one batter later as, with now one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jose Bautista hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then stole third base, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher R.A. Dickey’s wild pitch, making it a 4-2 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays would get the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Bautista hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Reyes, who was hit by a pitch, after the original ball call was overturned, then stole second base, his second steal of the night, then moved up to third base on Wil Nieves’ passed ball, giving the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Lind hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Aaron Loup’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Encarnacion hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his second of the night, knocking in Bautista, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 9-3 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-3 lead one batter later as Francisco hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Melky Cabrera hits a two-run double, knocking in Steve Tolleson, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on second baseman’s Jayson Nix’s fielding error of Chris Getz’s grounder, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ force out, 4-6, as Getz is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, and Reyes, who was safe at first base on the force out, beating the throw home, giving the Blue Jays’ a 12-3 lead, before moving up to third base on the throw home. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a single to right which right fielder Tolleson would boot for a fielding error, allowing Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Esmil Rogers’ wild pitch, to score, making it a 12-4 Blue Jays’ lead. The Phils then made it a 12-6 Blue Jays’ lead one batter later, after Revere has stolen second base, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Revere. That would end being the final score as Rogers would strike out Nix, swinging, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.90) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out four. Luis Garcia pitched two innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. R.A. Dickey (3-3, 4.91) got the win as he threw six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out eight. Aaron Loup pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Marcus Stroman pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, a walk and a wile pitch, while striking out two.

The  Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Wil Nieves (Single) and Ben Revere (Single), would have the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Brown, Cody Asche, Freddy Galvis), and a stolen base (Revere (11)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Jayson Nix (2)), a passed ball (Nieves), caught a runner stealing (Burnett/Nieves), as well as perform two doubleplays.

The Phils (15-18, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (16-17, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 4, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ four-game losing streak. The Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on May 3, as he went four and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 11-10 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

The Phils have earlier announced…

Philadelphia_Philliesthat they have outrighted right handed relief pitcher Shawn Camp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and have recalled right handed relief pitcher Luis Garcia.

Camp has appeared in just three games this season, including last night’s outing against the Blue Jays, in which he would pitch in three and a third innings, giving up two runs, both in last night’s game, on seven hits, as he stuck out a batter, for a record of 0-0, 5.40 ERA.

Luis Garcia, who is making his second appearance with the team this year, pitched against the Braves on April 14, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 9-6 lost. In 2013, Garcia would appear in 24 games, all in relief, compiling a 1-1,  3.73 ERA record, as he threw 31.1 innings, giving up 15 runs, 13 of which were earned, on 27 hits, 23 walks and a hit batter, while striking out 23. At Lehigh Valley this year, Garcia’s record is 2-0 and six saves with a 0.00 ERA, as he had appeared in 11 games, pitching in 13 and 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, an unearned run and four walks, while striking out 13.

Hopefully Garcia will help to stabilize the bullpen.

The Phils’ pitching staff gives up nine runs in the seventh inning before they lose to the Blue Jays, 10-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense gets blanked for the second time in three days, while the pitching staff gets burned for nine runs in the seventh, as they get beaten by the Blue Jays, 10-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Colby Rasmus, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Steve Tolleson’s ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Edwin Encarnacion, who had started the inning off with a triple on a ball that center fielder Ben Revere either lost in the roof or just simply misplayed, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-o lead two batters later as, with a man on first, via a single by Dioner Navarro, and with still nobody out, Juan Francisco hits his own two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Navarro. The Blue Jays then added to their lead four batters later as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pitcher Mario Hollands struck out Melky Cabrera, swinging, for what should’ve been the inning’s second out, but instead becomes his second wild pitch of the inning as the ball gets past catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Tolleson, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hollands’ first wild pitch, to score, giving the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead, while allowing Reyes, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, to move up to third base, as Cabrera safely reached first base, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. The Blue Jays then took a 7-0 lead as Jose Bautista, the ninth man to bat in the inning, hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, while sending Cabrera up to second base. The Blue Jays then took a 10-0 lead as Encarnacion, batting for the second time in the inning, ended the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Cabrera and Bautista. That would end up being the final score as Chad Jenkins threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lined out to center for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-3, 3.64) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mario Hollands pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out officially, as he gave up two runs on a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out one. Shawn Camp pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out one. Mark Buehrle (6-1, 1.91) got the win as he pitched seven and a third shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Sergio Santos and Chad Jenkins combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Santos) between them.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with a red hot Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, Cody Asche) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (15-17, 5th NL East) will conclude their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (17-17, T-3rd AL East) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his third straight win, while trying to end the Phils’ present slide at three games. The Blue Jays will counter with R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to lead the Blue Jays to a combine series sweep. The Phils will be trying to salvage a win before their next series.

The Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows another game to slip through the Phils’ hand, as they lose to the Blue Jays in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as, with nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1- 0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Encarnacion, who had just singled, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Encarnacion’s single, making it a 2- 0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead two batters later as, with one man still on, and now with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Francisco. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Steve Tolleson hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would start a rally in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a lead-off double by Carlos Ruiz, who then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while moving Utley up to second base. The Phils then tied it at five-all four batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had walked, moving up both runners, Cody Asche hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, scoring before him Utley, Howard and Mayberry. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Bautista’s single, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, as he beat the throw home, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aaron Loup received his second save of the season as he got Howard to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jeff Manship, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Manship) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo (3-2, 3.77) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Drew Hutchinson also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he went one and a third innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Aaron Loup collected his second save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche (Singles, Double, Home Run (4 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Doubles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (15-16, 5th NL East) continue their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (16-17, T-3rd AL East) with the first of two games in Toronto. The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 2, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Blue Jays will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25), who is coming off a win against the Royals on May 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500, while hoping to end their present losing streak.

The Phils get blanked by the Blue Jays as they lose to the Toronto, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up getting blanked by the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Jose Reyes starts off the game with a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season. The Blue Jays increased their lead four batters later as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Juan Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Edwin Encarnacion’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Colby Rasmus, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Phils tried to get on the scoreboard in their half of the second as they loaded up the bases, via a lead-off single by Marlon Byrd, a walk by Carlos Ruiz, moving Byrd up to second base, and a walk by Jayson Nix, moving up both runners, and with two men out, when J.A. Happ ended the threat by getting Kyle Kendrick to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils tried again in the bottom of the sixth as Byrd started the inning off with a triple, only for the threat to end as he is thrown out trying to score on Ryan Howard’s fly ball to right field, 9-2, for a double play, a call that was later reviewed and upheld by the umpires. That would end up being the Phils’ last major attempt to score, before Brett Cecil collected his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Freddy Galvis to strike out, swinging, before catcher Thole threw to first base to complete the put out, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. J.A. Happ (1-0, 1.93) got the win as he pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Esmil Rogers received his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up two hits and a walk. Aaron Loup collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Steve Delabar collected his seventh hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brett Cecil received his second save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Marlon Byrd (Single, Triple) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had five walks (Byrd, Ruiz, John Mayberry, Jr.. Jayson Nix, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.), a runner caught stealing and picked off (both Revere) in the ballgame, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (15-15, 5th NL East) will conclude their home portion of their home-home interleague series with the Blue Jays (15-17, T-3rd AL East) with a game that is about to start.

The Phils take the weekend series from the Nats, after losing the series opener, 5-3, by taking the next two games by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter losing the series opener, 5-3, the Phils come back to take the weekend series from the Nats, winning by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

On Friday night, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd, after right fielder Jayson Werth had committed a fielding error on his foul pop in the right field foul area, hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knowing in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had just singled, sending Utley to third base. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the third as Tyler Moore hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Denard Span hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Moore, who had started the inning off with a single, reached second base on second baseman Utley’s force attempt fielding error of Jose Lobaton’s grounder, and then moved up to third base on Stephen Strasburg’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while moving Lobaton, who had earlier reached base on Utley’s error, then moved up to second base on Strasburg’s bunt, up to third base. The Nats would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Anthony Rendon hits an RBI single, knocking in Span, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third base. The Nats then took the lead two batters later, after Werth had hit a single, moving Rendon up to second base, and with still nobody out, as Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, which sending Werth up to second base. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead as Ian Desmond followed with an RBI double, knocking in Werth, while sending LaRoche on to third base. That would end up being the final score as Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to pop up to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Mike Adam blew his second save of the season before taking the lost (1-1, 8.31) as he pitched to three batters, giving up three runs on three hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Stephen Strasburg also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three unearned runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Aaron Barrett pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a hit. Jerry Blevins (2-1, 3.38) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Ruiz) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

In Saturday night’s game, the Phils, like on Friday, took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Chase Utley, who had just walked. The Phils then added to their lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Cody Asche hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just doubled. The Phile then made it a 7-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Tony Gwynn, Junior, a single by Rollins, sending Gwynn over to third base, and a walk to Utley, moving Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Gwynn and Rollins, while moving Utley up to second base. The Nats would get on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch-hitter Zach Walters hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Sandy Leon to strike out, swinging, to end the ball game.

A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, striking out five (Adams (2), Bastardo (3)) between them. Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) took the lost as he went four innings plus two batters, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ryan Mattheus pitched two innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Stammen pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn (1), Chase Utley (2)) and a stolen base (Rollins (5)), while the defense committed an error (Asche).

Yesterday afternoon, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just tripled. That would end up being all the runs the Phils would need as starter Roberto Hernandez would throw seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, a single to Jayson Werth in the top of the first, with a man on first, via a one-out walk to Kevin Frandsen, who is thrown out at third base, trying to go from first to third as the ball was deflected off of third baseman Jayson Nix into left field, 7-5, as John Mayberry, Jr. threw him out, as Werth moved up to second base on the throw, a lead-0ff infield single to Ian Desmond in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Denard Span in the top of the third and a lead-off single to Span in the top of the eighth, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Frandsen, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving Span up to second base. After a pitching change, Mike Adams gets Werth to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, the Phils get out of trouble after another pitching change, as Bastardo, after walking LaRoche, who is then replaced at first base by pinch-runner Steven Souza, Jr., putting runners on the corners, gets out of the inning by striking out Anthony Rendon, swinging. Jonathan Papelbon would then come in and collect his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Zach Walters, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his ninth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Jerry Blevins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, a triple by Ben Revere, a triple by Jimmy Rollins, an RBI single by Chase Utley and a single by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr., Nix) and two sacrifice bunts (Roberto Hernandez, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Utley) and an outfield assist (Mayberry)

The Phils (15-14, 4th NL East) starts a home-home interleague games series with the Blue Jays (14-17, 5th AL East), beginning the first of two home games, already in progress.

The Phils get infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThis past Friday, to fill in the hole left by backup shortstop Freddy Galvis  being placed on the 15-Day Disabled List as he recovers from MRSA, the Phils made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving infielder Jayson Nix in exchange for cash. Jayson joined the team before yesterday’s opening day game with the Texas Rangers.

Nix, a six year veteran infielder, who had played for the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, the Blue Jays and the Yankees since 2008, has appeared in 425 games, with a batting average of .218 (267 for 1222), as he has hit 55 doubles, 2 triples and 37 home runs, and knocked in 126 RBIs, while scoring 141 times. He has also walked 105 times. Until Galvis has recovered from MRSA, he will act as the team’s backup shortstop.

Welcome to the team Jayson. Hope you’ll fill Freddy’s shoes admirably while he’s on the disabled list.

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

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