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Phils lose their series with the Mets as they play three straight extra-innings games, winning the first game, before losing the last two.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils played three straight extra-innings games with the Mets, winning the first one by the score of 6-5 in fourteeninnings, before losing the second one, also played in fourteen innings, by the score of 5-4, and then the final one in eleven innings by the score of 4-3.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI double, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bobby Abreu’s walk, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just walked, over to third base. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as Travis d’Arnaud hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Abreu, while sending Duda up to third base. The Mets then made it a 3-0 lead as Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Duda. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in A.J. Burnett, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, before moving up to third base on right fielder Abreu’s fielding error, making it a 3-1 Mets’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils’ took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Mets retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Abreu hits a two-run double, scoring Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Daniel Murphy’s walk, and Murphy, who had just walked, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Byrd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Ruiz’s double, while sending Ruiz, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth as, with the bases loaded, via Byrd reaching first base on right fielder Chris Young’s fielding error of his fly ball, before going on to second base on the error, a single by Ruiz, sending Byrd up to third base, and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez, moving Ruiz up to second base, and with nobody out, Reid Brignac hits an RBI single, knocking in Byrd with the winning run, giving the Phils a 6-5 walk-off win.

A. J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out eleven. Jake Diekman, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo and Mario Hollands combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)) and three walks (Adams) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (1), Adams (1), Papelbon (1), Bastardo (2), Hollands (1)). Justin De Fratus (1-0, 3.86) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Rafael Montero pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres and Vic Black combined for eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Familia (1), Rice (1), Black (2)) and four walks (Familia (1), Torres (1), Black (2)) between them, while striking out eight (Familia (3), Rice (1), Torres (2), Black (2)). Jenrry Mejia (4-2, 3.97) took the lost as he pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Reid Brignac (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and A.J. Burnett (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had nine walks (Rollins (2), Utley, Byrd (2), Ruiz, Brignac (2), Hernandez) and a stolen base (Rollins (7)) in the game.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, then went to third base on Curtis Granderson’s fly out to center, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners once again on the corners, and with still two men out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, while sending Abreu up to third base. The Mets then made it a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Ruben Tejada hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Tejada hits an RBI single, knocking in Abreu, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Duda, who had been intentionally walked, up to third base, while Tejada would move up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, and Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had lead-off the inning with a ground-rule double. The Mets retook the lead in the top of the fourteenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Tejada, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Juan Legares’ sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead, while sending Young, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Carlos Torres collected his second save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Utley, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out five. Mario Hollands, Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon and Jeff Manship (before getting injured) threw eight scoreless innings giving up two hits (Hollands (1), Papelbon (1)) and three walks (Hollands (2), Diekman (1)) between them, while striking out eight (Hollands (1), Papelbon (1), Manship (6)). Antonio Bastardo (3-3, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Jacob deGrom also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. Josh Edgin pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Scott Rice pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jeurys Familia pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Buddy Carlyle (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Carlos Torres received his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Triple), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins, Utley (2), Byrd, Brown, Reid Brignac), a stolen Base (Revere (15)), a sacrifice bunt (Cesar Hernandez) and a runner caught stealing (Brown (1)) in the ballgame.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chris Young hits a sacrifice fly to the third baseman in foul territory, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Eric Campbell’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Curtis Granderson hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Campbell, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on shortstop’s Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Chris Young’s grounder. The Mets took the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Travis d’Arnaud, who had just walked. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eleventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, his eight home run of the season, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his sixth save of the season by getting Howard to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. Cesar Jimenez, Jonathan Papelbon and Justin De Fratus combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out three (one batter each). Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out two. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Rice and Vic Black pitched a scoreless inning. Josh Edgin (1-0, 1.59) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jenrry Mejia received his sixth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cesar Hernandez (Single), Cole Hamels (Single) and pinch-hitter Dom Brown (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Revere) and a sacrifice bunt (Reid Brignac), while the defense committed two errors (Rollins (4), Brignac (1)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (24-30, 5th) conclude their five-game series with the Mets (27-29, 4th) with a game already in progress.

The Phils win the first two games in their weekend series with the Mets, 3-2 and 5-4, before losing the final game in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Mets, winning the first two games by the score of 3-2 in extra-innings, and 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the top of the ninth, before losing the final game of the series to the Mets in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Curtis Granderson hits an RBI double, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on David Wright’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s line out to right, while sending Marlon Byrd, who has just walked, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had just walked. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his tenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, getting Chris Young to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands (1-1, 4.85) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jenrry Mejia also received a no-decision as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Juerys Familia also pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Rice pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Farnsworth) between them, while striking out a batter (Valverde). Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.15) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had eleven walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1), Byrd (2), Brown (1), Ruiz (2), Cody Asche (2)), three stolen bases (Ruiz (2), Utley (1), Brown (2)) and a hit batter (Utley), while the defense had committed an error (Rollins).

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, as Ryan Howard hits a double, moving Rollins up to third base, and Marlon Byrd was hit by the pitch, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving both Howard and Byrd up a base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets quickly tied the game up at two-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Mets tied the game at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Lagares, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later, after Chris Young had walked to load up the bases, and with now one man out, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Murphy, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Scott Rice’s wild pitch. The Phils took the lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season with a scoreless ninth, getting Wright to pop out to first base for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Mike Adams (2-1, 4.70) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dillon Gee also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters, while striking out one. Scott Rice received his second blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch. Juerys Familia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Carlos Torres pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Farnsworth (0-3, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) with three hits and Chase Utley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere and Dom Brown (RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had two walks (Rollins, Cody Asche), two hit batters (Byrd, Utley), a stolen base (Revere (12)), and a caught stealing (Utley) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Eric Young, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on catcher Wil Nieves’ throwing error, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Daniel Murphy, who had just walked, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Nieves, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, would score on Dom Brown’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Eric Campbell, by going around catcher Anthony Recker to tag home plate, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Byrd would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners. One batter later, the Phils’ made it a  3-1 lead as Nieves hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Byrd, while sending Brown up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets got two runs back in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in E. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Mets tied the game up at four-all three batters later as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Chris Young, and an infield single by Bobby Abreu, moving C. Young up to third base, and with one man out, Lagares hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in C. Young, while sending Abreu up to second base. The Mets would win the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by C. Young, a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Zack Wheeler, 1-4, moving C. Young up to second base, an intentional walk to Lagares, an infield single by Recker, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring C. Young for the 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out ten. Mario Hollands collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Roberto Hernandez received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jeff Manship (1-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings, walking two and hitting one, while striking out two. Jose Valverde pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Juerys Familia pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Scott Rice (1-1. 6.o0) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, hitting a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Wil Nieves (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins (3), Howard, Byrd, Asche), two hit batters (Nieves, Utley) and a stolen base (Nieves) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Nieves).

The Phils (17-19, T-4th) have the day off.

The Phils win their third straight Grapefruit League game as they blank the Yankees, 6-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their third straight spring training game as they throw a goose egg at the Bronx Bombers, defeating the Yankees, 6-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reach base on third baseman Kelly Johnson’s fielding error, his second of the inning, before moving up to second base as Dom Brown, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Johnson’s first fielding error of the inning, is thrown out at third base as he tried to score on the error, 7-2, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marlon Byrd follows with a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the spring. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead one batter later as, after Brown had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Edgar Duran, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on John Mayberry, Jr’s single. That would end up being the final score as Barry Enright pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Yangervis Solarte to pop out to the third baseman for the final out.

Jeff Manship (2-0, 1.80) gets the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up five hits, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus, Brad Lincoln, Shawn Camp and Barry Enright combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lincoln (1), Enright (1)) and a walk (Lincoln) between them, while striking out five (De Fratus (1), Lincoln (2), Camp (1), Enright (1)). Adam Warren pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. David Phelps (1-1, 2.61) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, and two errors. Vidal Nuno pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. David Robertson and Matt Thorton combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Robertson) between them, while striking out one (Thorton). Shane Greene pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Shawn Kelley and David Herndon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Kelley) and two walks (Herndon) between them, while striking out a batter (Kelley). Matt Daley pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run. Ben Revere (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Bobby Abreu (Single, RBI), Edgar Duran (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had five walks (Revere, Howard, Ruiz, Abreu, Cody Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (6), Brown (2)) in the game.

The Phils (9-15-3) next spring training game is with the Tigers (12-12) in a game already in progress.

The Phils hang on to win their third grapefruit league game as they defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hold on to win their third spring training game as they beat the Orioles, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, a walk by Freddy Galvis, moving Revere up to second base, a ground out by Chase Utley, 3-unassisted, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Revere, Galvis and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, scoring Revere, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Flaherty hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Chris Davis, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Cruz, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the fourth as, with men on second and third, and with nobody out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a single, then would stop at third base on Bobby Abreu’s double, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as Revere hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Abreu. The Orioles would cut the Phils’ lead down in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Nolan Reimold hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Steve Clevenger, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Michael Almanzar, who had started the inning off with a walk. But that would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez recorded his first save of the spring by getting Xavier Paul to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-2, 10.o0) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Phillippe Aumont collected his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Munson received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Cesar Jimenez collected his first save of the spring as he went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Eduardo Rodriguez threw two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson and Kelvin De La Cruz combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and four walks (O’Day (1), Johnson (1), De La Cruz (2), while striking out three (O’Day (1), De La Cruz (2)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game with Ben Revere (Single, Triple, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Triple, 3 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Single), Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Tyson Gillies (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Revere, Galvis, Howard, Darin Ruf, Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, Clete Thomas) and a sacrifice fly (Revere), while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (3-10-2) play their next Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees (7-5). The game is to start at 1:05 pm. The Phils’ starter is still to be determined, while the Yanks plan to start Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40). The Phils will be trying for their first two-game winning streak of the spring.

The Phils spring training losing streak continue as they end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves as their present five-game win-less streak continues.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chris Johnson, a walk by Dan Uggla, sending Johnson up to second base, and, after Andrelton Simmons strikes out, swinging, a one-out single by Steven Lerud, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Joey Terdoslavich hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Johnson, as Lerud is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Uggla moved up to third base, as Terdoslavich was safe at first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Bobby Abreu, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s single, while sending Ruf, who had earlier singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits into an RBI force out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Cameron Rupp’s single, then moved on to third base on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending pinch runner Tyson Gillies, who was pinch running for Rupp, and had moved up to second base on Brignac’s sac bunt, on to third base. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Matt Lipka reaches first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball that is hit to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who then throws home to catcher Tommy Joseph to try and gun down Jose Constanza, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Joseph’s passed ball, soon getting Constanza in a run down between third and home before he is tagged out by pitcher Brad Lincoln, 4-2-5-1, for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, Lipka would move up to second base on the run down, and attempts to go on to third base, which prompts an errant throw to third to shortstop Andres Blanco covering, allowing Lipka to score on the throwing error. That would be the final score as Shae Simmons threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Sean O’Sullivan pitched a strong game as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Kevin Munson pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) and a walk (Diekman), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Brad Lincoln received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Ian Thomas collected his first blown save of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Shea Simmons also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Kevin Frandsen (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Bobby Abreu, Darin Ruf and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, while Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Abreu) and a stolen base (Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and committed an error (Brad Lincoln).

The Phils (1-6-1) next play two split-squad games tomorrow afternoon, one against the Yankees (4-3) at Bright House Field in Clearwater and one against the Tigers (4-3) at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EST.

The Phils drop their second Grapefruit League game as their give up five runs in the middle innings, as they lose to the Blue Jays, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their second straight spring training game to the Blue Jays as they lose, 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, who then went to third base on shortstop Jose Reyes’ force attempt throwing error to second base of Bobby Abreu’s grounder, while Abreu was safe at first and a walk to Darin Ruf, moving Abreu up to second base, and with one man out, Revere would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while both Abreu and Ruf would move up a base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jose Bautista hits an RBI double, knocking in Moises Sierra, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Abreu, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Blue Jays would get a run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Bautista hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, scoring Sierra, who had earlier reached base on first baseman Ruf’s missed catch error of third baseman Cody Asche’s throw to first, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up again at 3-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Kenny Wilson hits an RBI single, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who was earlier safe at first base on a 6-4 force out, forcing out at second base Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Maicer Izturis’ single, then went to third on Kratz’s fly out to right, while Izturis, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Blue Jays then took a 4-3 lead a batter later as Reyes hits an infield single to short, scoring Izturis, while sending Lawrie up to second base. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Lawrie hits an RBI double, scoring pinch-runner Kevin Nolan, who was pinch-running for Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to third base on Edwin Encarnacion’s single, giving the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead, while sending pinch-runner Andy LaRouche, who was pinch-running for Encarnacion, who had just singled, on to third base. The Blue Jays then made it a 7-3 lead as Cabrera hits a two-run double, scoring LaRouche and pinch-runner Jared Goedert, who was pinch-running for Lawrie. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run,  his first home run of the spring, making it a 7-4 Blue Jays’ lead. The Phils then cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Maikel Franco reaching first base on third baseman Goedert’s fielding error, a walk to Reid Brignac, moving Franco up to second base, and Kelly Dugan being hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Franco would score on a force attempt throwing error by first baseman LaRoche to second base as he tried to throw out Dugan on Tommy Joseph’s ground ball, while Brignac would move up to third base on the error, as Dugan would be safe at second base and Joseph would stop at first base. That would end up being the final score as Marcus Walden would record his first save of the spring by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jake Diekman blew his first save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 18.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Ethan Martin pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Michael Stutes, Mario Hollands and B.J. Rosenberg would combine for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Hollands (1), Rosenberg (1)) between them. R.A. Dickey pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out two. Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brett Cecil (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Dustin McGowan pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Loup pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Jeremy Jeffress collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Rob Rasmussen collected his first hold of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk and a hit batter. Marcus Walden received his first save of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run). Darin Ruf had the other Phil hit, a two-run home run. Tommy Joseph had the other Phil RBI on a bases loaded throwing error while their final run came in on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Bobby Abreu (2), Ruf, Maikel Franco, Mayberry), a stolen base (Mayberry (1)) and a hit batter (Dugan), while the defense committed two errors (Franco (2), Wil Nieves).

The Phils (0-2) will play their next game in Clearwater at Bright House Field against a Detroit Tigers (2-0) split-squad at 1:05 pm EST. Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.70 (2013)) is scheduled to start for the Phils, while the Tigers plan to send Jose Alvarez (1-5, 5.82 (2013)) to the mound. The Phils will try to gain their first Grapefruit League win before the start of March.

The Phils’ first game of the Grapefruit League is over…

Philadelphia_Phillies…and sadly, thanks to the game being called before the start of the bottom half of the seventh inning because of rain, the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 4-3.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the first inning against Phils’ starter Roberto Hernandez as, with two men out, and with nobody on base, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run to left field, his first home run of spring training, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single off of J.A. Happ, knocking in lead-off man Ben Revere, who had started the Phils’ Grapefruit League season with a single, then moved up to second base on Happ’s wild pitch, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving Howard up to second base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second inning as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a double. The Blue Jays would take the lead in the top of the third inning, as with two men on, and with one man out, Adam Lind hits an RBI single off of Phillippe Aumont, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bautista’s walk, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead, while moving Bautista, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, after Aumont’s wild pitch had moved both runners up a base, Lawrie hits into an RBI groundout, 1-3, bringing home Bautista, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead, while moving Lind up to third base. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double off of Kyle Drabek, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had just walked. That would end up being the final score, as it started to rain in Clearwater before the Phils could bat in their half of the seventh inning, and after a while, the game was called.

Roberto Hernandez pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up two runs on four hits. Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo and Kevin Munson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and a walk (Munson), while striking out five (Manship (3), Bastardo (1), Munson (1)). J.A. Happ pitched an inning for the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Todd Redmond (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Kyle Drabek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Neil Wagner pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three batters. Chad Jenkins recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils would end the game with five hits, a single by Ben Revere, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, an RBI single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Dom Brown and an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr., Darin Ruf). The defense would commit an error (throwing error by third baseman Maikel Franco) and a doubleplay (6-4-3) in the game.

The Phils’ next Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils’ starter is suppose to be Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 (2013)), while the Blue Jays’ starter is suppose to be R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21 (2013)). Hopefully the final outcome will be difference tomorrow.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

The Phils losing streak rises to four games as Cliff Lee is once again denied his first win of 2012, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

Another pitching gem by Cliff Lee is wasted as the Phils’ lack of run support while he is on the mound continue as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Juan Pierre’s fly out to center, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The next six innings would see a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who would only allow two hits and a walk, while striking out a season’s high twelve Dodgers, and Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley, who would give up just four more hits after the Pence’s single and a walk, while striking out only three Phils, before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers would then start to put pressure on Lee in the eighth inning as Matt Treanor started the inning off with a double to center. The next batter, Tony Gwynn, Jr., tried to bunt Treanor over to third base, but the move fails as Lee quickly retrieved the ball, and threw it over to third base, whereupon third baseman Placido Polanco tags out Treanor for the inning’s first out on a 1-5 fielder’s choice, as Gwynn reaches first base safely. The next batter, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu then follows with a single to right, sending Gwynn up to second base, before Gwynn continues on to third base. Gwynn is gun down at third base by a strong throw from Pence, as Polanco applies the tag for the inning’s second out, 9-5, while Abreu stays at first base. With a chance to get out of the inning, Lee is unable to do so as Dee Gordon hits a single to right, moving Abreu up to second base. The Dodgers then take the lead as Elian Herrera hits a tw0-run double, knocking in both Abreu and Gordon, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting Freddy Galvis to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, as he is once again denied his first win of the 2012 season. Chad Qualls threw an inning and a third, giving up no hits. Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom collected his twelfth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen received his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two Phils.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game, as they were unable to get anything going after the first inning.

The Phils (28-29, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (35-21, 1st West) tonight with another night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 1, as he threw five and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. Kendrick will be trying to end the Phils’ present slide, while going after his third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.12), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on June 1, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 13-3 lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

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