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The Phils turn back a ninth inning rally to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils stop a ninth inning rally to hang on and defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils jump to a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, and Howard, who had just singled. The Blue Jays got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Yunel Escobar hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils got the run back in the second as, with a man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Barfield, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before stopping at second base on Travis Snider’s throwing error. The Blue Jays made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the third as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Blue Jays tried to rally to tie up the game. With runners on the corners, via singles by Mike McCoy and Eric Thames, with McCoy stopping at third base, and with nobody out, Adam Loewen hits an RBI single, scoring McCoy, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Thames on to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Corey Patterson made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Thames, while sending Loewen on to second base. But that would be the final score as Danys Baez would record his first save of the spring as he got Jonathan Diaz to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Patterson at second base.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.74) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Kyle Kendrick received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his second hold of the spring as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Danys Baez recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up two run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Ricky Romero (1-2, 7.71) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out four. Chad Codero, Casey Janssen, Marc Rzepczynski, Carlos Villanueva and Sean Henn then pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Codero (2), Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (1)), while striking out four Phils (Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (2), Villanueva (1)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Raul Ibanez, who had two hits, a single and a three-run home run. Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Josh Barfield (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils have raised their Grapefruit League record to 17-9 with the win.

While I was taking a short break…

It seems that several things had occurred as far as the Phils are concerned.

First, on December 2, the Phils tendered contracts to outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick to keep them from becoming free agents. Kyle Kendrick will likely be fighting with Vance Worley for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, while Francisco will be involved in a platoon situation with Dom Brown, as…

on the following Sunday, December 5, it was announced that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Although he was expected to leave, Jayson’s signing with another team within the NL East came as a complete surprise to everyone, including Phils manager Charlie Manuel, as everyone had expected him to sign with an AL team, like the Red Sox or the Tigers. Well, Jayson, congrats on the money, but be prepared for a lot of boos, after being given some respectful cheers the first time you come to town in a Nat uniform. (The Nats? I hope you know what you’re doing Jayson.) As for the Phils’ compensation in draft picks, they will get a player in the draft between the first and second rounds, and then a player from the second round, as the Nats’ first round pick did not fall among the first 15 players of the draft.

The next day, December 6, the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee announced that it had elected ex-Phil General Manager Pat Gillick (2005-2008) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick, who was also the GM for the Blue Jays, who won World Series Championships in 1992-1993, to go along with the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship, as well as being the GM for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, in 27 years as a GM, had 11 teams enter the post-season.

The next day, December 7, it was announced that journalist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News (also formerly on the Philadelphia Bulletin) will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the BBWAA, for 50 years of meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be given the award during the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, NY, on July 25, 2011.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had signed former Cardinal relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one year deal for $1.1 million, with a $1.35 million option for 2012. Reyes, who has pitched in the major leagues for fourteen seasons out of the bullpen, will be joining his eleventh team when he joins the Phils, as he finished 2010 with a 3-1 record with an ERA of  3.55, as he pitched in 59 games, with a save, as he struck out 25 batters, while walking 21. The Phils will likely be using him as their left handed specialist out of the bullpen, to compliment Antonio Bastardo.

On the 9th, the Phils took three players in the Rule 5 Draft, with the first one, Michael Martinez, an infielder, coming from the Nats organization, via their Syracuse Triple-A affiliate. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. jokingly commented that picking him up was the Phils way of getting back at the Nats for taking Jayson. (I just hope the last laugh ain’t on the Phils with this one.) The Phils would also pick up Chris Frey from the Rockies organization and Justin Friend from the A’s in the minor league part of the Rule 5 Draft. I guess it’ll be a while before we see if any of these guys pan out with the Phils.

Also during the week, the Phils brought Dom Brown back from the Dominican League, as they did not think that he was getting the seasoning that they thought he would need to be ready for spring training. Instead, they plan to do it during spring training itself, to get him ready for the regular season.

Lastly, the Phils had announced on Saturday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins had on Thursday  undergone minor surgery on his left wrist. They also announced that he should be able to participate in spring training next year.

The Phils have just announced that ex-Phil Mickey Morandini will manage their Class-A team.

Ex-Phil Morandini to manage Class A affiliate

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Looks like the team has gotten their man again. Welcome back to the red pinstripes, Mick. Hope you’ll do well running the team in Williamsport.

PHILADELPHIA — Mickey Morandini is back with the Phillies.

He told The Northwest Indiana Times on Thursday he will be the Class A Williamsport manager next season. Morandini had talked during Spring  Training in Clearwater, Fla., about coaching professionally in the near future.

Morandini — fans still can hear Harry Kalas drawing out the second baseman’s name during broadcasts — had been the baseball coach at Valparaiso High School in Indiana.

“I’m gonna miss it. I had fun. I really enjoyed working with the kids,” Morandini told the newspaper. “But this is an opportunity to do some good things at the professional level, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up. I’m excited about it. I know the owner and GM very well. It’s a great family-owned organization that’s always taken care of its past players. Its Minor League system is very well-run. I’m excited to be a part of it again.”

Morandini said the Phillies had contacted him about coaching every year since he retired from playing in 2000. “I love to manage,” Morandini said. “I love all the little things that go into teaching kids. Hopefully, I can work my way up through the system kind of like ‘Ryno’ [Ryne Sandberg] and get back to the big leagues some day.”

Morandini played 11 seasons in the big leagues, including nine seasons (1990-97 and 2000) with Philadelphia. He made the National League All-Star team in 1995, and hit .268 in his career with the Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays.

H/T Phillies.com

Samuel? Check! Sandberg? Check! Morandini? Check! Three fan favorites back in the fold. Here’s to wishing them well in their new positions in the organization, and hoping that the Phils’ management (I’m looking at you, junior) will be doing something this late fall/winter that will help the main ball club.

Doc Halladay has won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award, receiving all 32 first place votes.

The BBWAA have just announced that Roy Halladay was voted the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the fifth pitcher to win the award as a pitcher in both league, as he had won the award in 2003 while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, joining Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.

Roy received all 32 first-place votes for a total of 224 points, beating out Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, who had received 28 second-place votes, for a total of 122 votes, and Ubaldo Jiminez, who ended third with 90 votes, including 4 second-place votes.

Roy won the votes by going 21-10 as he pitched in 33 games, all starts, as he finished first, second or third in several categories, including finishing first with the most wins in the NL (21), most complete games (9), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (250 2/3), while he finished second in strikeouts (219), behind Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, and third in ERA (2.44), behind Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins and Wainwright. He also pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB History as he threw a no-no against the Marlins on May 29, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, as he pitched the Phils to a 1-0 win.

Halladay became the fourth Phil to win the award, following four-time winner Hall of Famer Steve Carlton (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), John Denny (1983), and Steve Bedrosian (1987).

Congratulations, Doc. You deserve this win.

The Phils have hired Juan Samuel as their new third base coach. Huh?!?

Samuel joins Phillies as third-base coach

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Wait, I thought that he was going for Davey Lopes’ job???

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies announced on Thursday they have hired  Juan Samuel to be their third-base coach and outfield instructor.

Sam Perlozzo, who served as the team’s third-base coach the previous two  seasons, will move from third to first base and handle the club’s  baserunning instruction. The Phillies hired Samuel because Davey Lopes,  who handled the team’s outfield and baserunning duties as first-base  coach the previous four seasons, left the organization following a  stalemate during contract negotiations.

Samuel and Perlozzo join pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg  Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer on the  2011 coaching staff.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to  our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a  statement. “He was a tremendous Major League player and a big part of  Phillies history, and I’m looking forward to him passing on his  knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our  organization.”

There were indications Samuel would return to Baltimore next season as  its third-base coach, but the sides never finalized a deal, and the  Phillies wooed him to Philadelphia.

Samuel, 49, was the Orioles’ third-base coach from 2007-10. He also  served as interim manager this season after the Orioles dismissed Dave  Trembley. Samuel also served as a first- and third-base coach with the  Detroit Tigers (1999-2005).

Samuel, a three-time National League All-Star, played with the Phillies  from 1983-89 and was inducted into the organization’s Wall of Fame in  2008. He hit .259 with 161 home runs, 703 RBIs and 396 stolen bases in  1,720 games for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and  Blue Jays.

He is the 34th man in franchise history to both play and coach for the Phillies.

H/T Phillies.com

Okay. Let me get this straight: Juan is joining the staff to replace Davey Lopes, but, he is going to be the team’s third-base, not first-base, coach, and will also work with the outfielders, while Sam Perlozzo will now become the team’s first-base coach and will be handling the baserunning duties?!? Anyone else besides me confused by this arrangement? Okay, guys, you better know what you’re doing since I think Juan should be the one handling the baserunning duties and vice versa. I’ll guess we’ll all see how it works out during the ’11 season.

With that said, welcome back, Juan.

The Phils gets off to a bad start as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils starts off their four-games set with the Bucos on a bad note as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bobby Crosby hits an RBI single, scoring Lastings Milledge, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Ryan Doumit’s walk, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Doumit, who had just walked, on to third. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Pirates regain the lead in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had just walked, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Pirates then added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Tabata hits an RBI single, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 4-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils cut down the Pirates’ lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second base, scores on a LaRoche’s throwing error of Greg Dobbs’ infield single, beating the throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to mound up any offense for the rest of the game, before Victorino ended it in the ninth as, with a man on third, Dane Sardinha, who had come into the game earlier to replace Brian Schneider, who was taken out after his thumb got hit by a foul tip, and in the inning had singled, moved up to second on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s ground out, 4-3, and with two outs, he struck out looking for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, being hurt early by walks, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-7 with an ERA of 4.07. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen gets the win as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 1-3 with an 8.87 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his fourth hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. D.J. Carrasco also picks up his fourth hold as he also pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Evan Meek collects his fifth hold as he pitches two scoreless inning, as he gives up only one hit and one walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel gets his seventeenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Cole Hamels had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard, Sardinha and Hamel’s hits being singles, Rollins’ hit being a double and Valdez’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only RBI. An error allowed the other Phil run to score. The top part of the Phil’s batting order is once again being its own worst enemy, trying a bit too hard to make things happen, while major parts of the machine are still on the disabled list. Come on guys, just calm down, and try to relax. Else, you’re going to end up looking at the Washington Nationals’ rear end. That’s right, I went there!!!

The Phils (41-36, 3rd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Pirates (28-51, 6th NL Central) with a night game. The game will be played at PNC Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 27, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, as he strikes out seven, in the Phils’ 11-2 rout. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up just five runs (all on home runs) and two walks, while striking out seventeen. He will go for both his fourth win in a row and his fourth straight quality start since getting shell at Boston for nine runs in one plus innings of work on June 11. Against the Pirates he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.30. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (0-6, 4.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 27, as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on sixteen hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He is 0-0 against the Phils with a 3.75 ERA. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils’ offense will be trying to overcome the loss of both Chase Utley, who will be out for at least eight weeks, as he had his thumb operated on yesterday, and Placido Polanco, who may not be back until after the All-Star break, as they continue to play the lowly Pirates. Come on, guys, concentrate. This is no time for the June Swoon to became a July Funk.

The Phillies go to Pittsburgh to play four games with the worst team in the National League…the Pirates.

Tonight the Phils (41-35, 3rd NL East) will begin a four-game series with the worst team in the National League, the Pirates (27-51, 6th NL Central). Tonight’s game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils, who ended June with a 13-13 record, and are coming off a losing series with the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati (1-2), will be trying to feast on the Bucos’ pitching, in spite of having a few of their major players on the disabled list, especially Chase Utley, who will sometime today have his broken right thumb operated on, and will be out for the next four to six weeks, at least according to the rumor mill. (Whether he actually will have an operation we will all know by the end of the day). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Twins on June 26, where he went only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. All of the Blue Jays’ runs came off of three home runs, two two-run shots and a solo home run. In his last three starts, Hamels is 1-1 with a no-decision, having given up ten runs, nine of which were earned, on seventeen hits and seven walks, while striking out eighteen. Against the Pirates, Hamels is 1-0 with a 3.79 ERA. The Pirates, meanwhile, who had ended June with a record of six wins and twenty loses, and are coming off a winning series against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago (2-1), will be trying to see if they can win their second straight series. The Pirates will send to the mound Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00), who is coming off a lost against the A’s on June 26, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. In his last three games, two starts and a relief appearance, his record is 0-2, as he has given up ten runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out four. This will be the first time that he has faced the Phils, who have a tendency to not hit well against pitchers who they are seeing for the first time.

The Phils will be trying to continue their recent offense revival against the Pirates, hoping to win at least three of the four games, while hoping that the recent loses of such high-caliber starters as Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not be detrimental to the ball club, as they try to stay close to both the Braves and the Mets before the former come to Philadelphia for three games, starting on the fifth.

The Phils are presently three and a half games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, who are off today, before they start a three-game weekend series with the fourth place Florida Marlins in Atlanta. There are two games back of the second-place New York Mets, who will be starting a four-game series of their own with the last-place Washington Nationals in the Nation’s Capitol. They are presently five games ahead of the Marlins, who are off today before the face they Braves for three-games in Atlanta. They are eight and a half games ahead of the Nationals, who will start a four-game set against the Mets tonight in Washington, D.C. They hope to win tonight to gain half of game against both the Braves, and the Mets, and adding a half game against the Marlins, while hoping that the Nats will be able to handle the Mets tonight.

The Phils end Interleague Play on a high note as the Blue Jays have a defensive melt down as the Phils win in a rout, 11-2.

Behind the stellar pitching of Jamie Moyer, and a defensive meltdown by the Blue Jays, the Phils end Interleague Play with a winning record, as they defeat the Blue Jays, 11-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, on to second base. Three batters later, now with runners on the corners, thanks to Wilson Valdez’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Francisco at second, while sending Victorino to third base, while Valdez was safe at first, and with two men out, Dane Sardinha hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Valdez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it 4-0 as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Sardinha. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in half in the third as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the season, and the 506th given up by Jamie Moyer, establishing a new major league record for the most home runs allowed by a pitcher, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the runs back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier singled and was safe at second on second baseman’s Aaron Hill throwing error on a force attempt on Valdez’s grounder, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, while Valdez, who had reached first on Hill’s error, moved up to third. The Phils then made it 6-2 as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, while Rollins would stop at second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, who had just doubled, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the seventh as the Blue Jays’ defense had a melt down. The innings starts as, with one man out, Howard reaches base on shortstop Gonzalez’s throwing error as his throw took too long to reach first base, thus allowing Howard to reach base safely. After a single by Victorino, moving Howard to second base, Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third. After Ibanez is wallked to load the bases, Valdez hits a grounder to Hill, who then committed his second error of the game as he threw the ball wide of Gonzalez when he tried to force Francisco out at second, thus allowing both Victorino and Francisco to score, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead, while allowing Ibanez to reach third and Valdez to reach second. Sardinha then follows by hitting a grounder back to relief pitcher Jason Frasor, who then tried to force Ibanez back towards third, but instead threw the ball past third baseman Jarrett Hoffpaquir for a throwing error, the third Blue Jays error of the inning and their fourth in the game, allowing Ibanez to score, to make it an 11-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Valdez to third and Sardinha to reach first safely on the fielder’s choice grounder. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon and Danys Baez would combine for two scoreless innings.

Jamie Moyer gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.30 ERA. He is now the 40th pitcher in Major League History to pitch over 4000 innings, while he is now number 36th on the all-time wins list with 267 wins, passing Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey. David Herndon and Danys Baez combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Herndon) and walking two (one each) between them. Brett Cecil took the lost as he pitches only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and one walk, while striking out five. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.39 ERA. Casey Janssen pitches a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. Jason Frasor pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, all unearned, on two hits and a walk. Brian Tallet pitches a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a hit batter, while striking out two. David Purcey pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco leading the way with three hits each. Rollins had three singles, knocking in two runs, while Victorino’s three hits were two singles and a double, knocking in a run, and Francisco’s hits were a single and two doubles, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Ultey knocking in a run, and Howard and Sardinha’s hits being doubles, with Sardinha knocking in two runs. Wilson Valdez had the other Phil RBI on a fielder’s choice error, while the other two runs came in on Blue Jays’ errors. At the moment, it would seems that the offense is back, although all of the components are still not there, with Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list and Placido Polanco’s elbow hurting him again.

The Phils (40-33, 3rd NL East) will now start a three-game series with the Reds (42-34, 1st NL Central) with a nightgame. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.71) will get the start as he is coming off a bad start against the Indians on June 23, as he lasted only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ dramatic walk-off 7-6 win. He will be trying to pitch a good start. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (7-2, 3.97) who is coming off a win against the A’s on June 23, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just seven scattered hits and two walks, while striking out four in the Reds’ 3-0 win. He will be trying the mastered the resurgent Phils’ offense. The Phils will try to build on their winning home stand while on the road against two Central division clubs.

Cole Hamels gets smoked by his old enemy, the long ball, as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 5-1.

Cole Hamels gets touched for three home runs, his main enemy, as the Blue Jays defeat the Phils, 5-1.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier singled, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays made it 3-0 in the third as, with two men out, Aaron Hill hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. In the the fourth, the Blue Jays increased their lead as, with one man on, and with one out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Fred Lewis, who had earlier hit an infield single and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s throwing error, giving the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead. That would be the final score as the Blue Jays’ starter, Shaun Marcum, and their relief pitchers, Scott Downs and Shawn Camp, kept the Phils’ off-balance all day, allowing only five hits and a walk between them.

Cole Hamel took the lost as he pitches only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out only three. His record is now 6-6 with an ERA of 4.08. Nelson Figueroa, Danys Baez and Mike Zagurski combine for four shut out innings, giving up just one hit (Baez) and two walks (Figueroa (1), Zagurski (1)), while striking out four (Figueroa (3), Baez (1)). Shaum Marcum got the win as he pitches six strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk. His record is now 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA. Scott Downs and Shawn Camp combine for three scorless innings, striking out one between them (Downs).

The Phils had only five hits, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hits being a single, Gload’s hit being a double, and Howard hit’s being a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run. Marcum just had the Phils off-balanced all afternoon fooling them with his off-speed stuff.

The Phils (39-33, 3rd NL East) will conclude their weekend series and interleague play with the Blue Jays (40-35, 4th AL East) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils have just taken a 4-0 lead in the game, as they hope to end interleague play with a 10-8 record, instead of being even at 9-9.

The Phils’ offense finally gives some run support to its ace as it crush the Blue Jays on the road…at home, 9-0.

The Phils’ offense crush the Blue Jays, as they finally score some runs for their ace, Roy Halladay, as they defeat the Blue Jays on the road…at home, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on first and third, and with one man out, Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it  2-0 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the fifth. With the bases loaded via a Brian Schneider single, a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Schneider up to second and a Placido Polanco infield single, moving both Schneider and Rollins up a base, and with noone out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in both Schneider and Rollins, giving the Phils’ a 4-0 lead, while moving Polanco up to second. One batter later, with two men on and with still nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Utley to third. Four batters later, with the bases once again loaded, as Werth was walked, moving Howard up to second, and now with two men out, Gload hits a three-run double off of the heel of the Vernon Wells’ glove, knocking in Utley, Howard and Werth, making it an 8-0 lead. The Phils made it 9-0 in the eighth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras and David Herndon together pitched two scoreless innings.

Roy Halladay got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just six hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6 with an ERA of 2.29. Jose Contreras and David Herndon combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Contreras) between them. Jesse Litsch took the lost as he pitches only four innings, plus four batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.78 ERA. David Purcey pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Casey Janssen pitches two scoreless inning, giving up on no hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Tallet pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ross Gload leading the way as he had three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocks in four runs. He was followed by Jayson Werth, who had two hits, a single and a triple. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other six Phil’s hits, with Polanco, Utley, Howard, Ibanez and Schneider’s hits being singles, with Utley knocking in two runs, and Howard one run, while Victorino’s hit was a solo home run, as he knocked in two runs. It would appear that the bats are alive again. Hopefully they’ll stay alive up to the All-Star break.

The Phils (39-32, 3rd NL East) continue their last interleague series with an afternoon game against the Blue Jays (39-35, 4th AL East). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their no. 2 starter Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.75) who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on June 20, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 13-10 lost. Hamels hopes to get his seventh win of the year, while hoping that he can lead the club into a winning year in interleague play. The Blue Jays will counter with Shaun Marcus (6-3, 3.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants as he pitches five innings, giving up a two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he strikes out eight in the Blue Jays’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to avoid becoming the latest victim to the Phils once again potent offense. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to five games, while making up ground on either the Mets or the Braves or both.

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