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The Phils drop one as they are three-hit by Jason Vargas of the Mariners, losing 2-0.

The Phils are shutout as they are three-hit by Jason Vargas, losing to the Mariners, 2-0.

The first five and one-half innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas, as he gave up only two hits and two walks, while striking out four for six innings, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who spent five innings giving up just two hits, as he struck out six, getting his 1000th career strikeout with the sixth one. The Mariners then took the lead in their half of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Justin Smoak hits an RBI single, scoring Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Brendan Ryan’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Mariners then increased their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Adam Kennedy hits an RBI single, knocking in Dustin Ackley, who had earlier tripled, the first triple of his career, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as Vargas would throw a complete game shut out.

Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while he would strike out six, including his 1000th career strikeout. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face as part of a doubleplay. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.75) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up three hits and two walks, while he would strike out six.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a single, as Vargas kept the Phils’ bats under control.

The Phils (45-28, 1st East) will have the day off tomorrow, before facing the Cardinals (40-33, T-1st Central) on Tuesday night in St. Louis for three.

Shane Victorino ends up being a single short of hitting the cycle, as he helped lead to Phils to a victory over the Mariners, 5-1.

Shane Victorino ends the evening being a single short of the cycle as he leads the Phils to a win over the Mariners, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Felix Hernandez’s wild pitch, and then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s force out, 1-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, is forced out at second base, while Utley would beat the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. The Mariners tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Smoak hits a double to left that bounces off of the left field wall. Raul Ibanez played the ball off the wall perfectly, before throwing it back into the infield, holding the runner, Adam Kennedy, who had earlier singled, at third, preventing him from scoring. Phils’ starter Vance Worley then ended the ending by getting Miguel Olivo to ground out, 1-3. The Mariners then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with one man out Dustin Ackley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Mariners then threaten to take the lead later in the inning, as the next two batters, Mike Carp, via  a walk, later moving up to second on a wild pitch by Worley, and Greg Halman, via a single, with Carp stopping at third, and with still one man out, when Ichiro Suzuki hits a sharp grounder to Utley, who threw the ball home, catching Carp between home and third. Carlos Ruiz then ran Carp back to third, before throwing the ball to Placido Polanco, who then tagged out Carp for the inning’s second out on the fielder’s choice, 4-2-5, while keeping Halman, who had moved up to second base on the grounder, at second, while keeping Suzuki at first. Worley then ended the inning by striking out Brendan Ryan, swinging. The game would stay tied until the seventh inning when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ross Gload, a double by Dom Brown, with Gload stopping at third base, and Rollins with a walk, and with two men out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Gload and Brown, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Rollins to third. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had just singled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes (1-0, 2.08) got his first career victory as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two walks, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched one and a third scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a single, while striking out a batter. Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. David Pauley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jamey Wright pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Double, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) lead the team with three hits apiece, with Victorino being a single short of reaching the cycle. Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Singles) both followed with two hits each. Ross Gload (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits as the offense seems to have adjusted to playing in Safeco Field.

The Phils (45-27, 1st NL East) will conclude their three-game interleague play series with the Mariners (36-35, 2nd AL West) with an afternoon game at Safeco Field. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 14, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his tenth win of the season, while trying to give the Phils their second series win in interleague play. The Mariners will try to counter with Jason Vargas (4-4, 4.13), who is coming off a lost to the Angels on June 13, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be going for their second series win in interleague play, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the year.

When…Willl…This…End??? Phils lose to the Cards, 5-1.

The Phils lose their sixth game since the All-Star break as they fall to the Cardinals, 5-1.

The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as Ryan Howard leads off the inning with a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season. The Phils then threathen to take the lead in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a walk to Jayson Werth, a single to Jimmy Rollins, sending Werth to second, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving both Werth and Rollins up a base, and with two men out, but Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia turned the Phils back by striking out Joe Blanton swinging on three straight pitches. The wheels then started to come off of Blanton as the Cards took the lead in their half of the seventh. Matt Holliday would hit the first pitch he saw into the left field seats for a lead-off solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils then threathen to tie up the game in the eighth as they put runners on the corners, with Shane Victorino on third, who had reached base on a two-base fielding error by second baseman Skip Schumaker, and then moving to third on Ben Francisco’s ground out, 4-3, and with Howard on first, via a walk, and with two men out, before the Phils are denied when Werth hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Howard at second base. The Cards would then increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Felipe Lopez hits a two-run double, knocking in Aaron Miles, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Brendan Ryan’s sacrifice bunt, before going to third on Ruiz’s throwing error, and Ryan, who reached first and then went to second on Ruiz’s throwing error of his sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a sacrifice bunt by Jay, 5-3, sending Lopez to third, an intentional walk to Pujols, and Holliday being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Lopez, giving the Cards a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Joe Blanton took the lost, as he pitches seven innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 3-6 with a 6.03 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk and hitting a batter. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jaime Garcia gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six batters. His record is now 9-4 with a 2.21 ERA. Kyle McClellan records his fourteenth hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Trever Miller pitches to one batter, walking him. Ryan Franklin records his eighteenth save as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, singles by Shane Victroino, Jimmy Rollins and Cody Ransom and a solo home run by Ryan Howard. The offense doesn’t seem to be able to do much of anything right now, as they are, in general, being too impatient at the plate.

The Phils (48-46, 3rd NL East) will conclude their road trip to nowhere with an afternoon game against the red hot Cards (54-41, 1st NL Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will begin at 2:15 pm Eastern (1:15 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 come from behind win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on twenty-two hits and seven walks, while striking out seventeen batters. He hopes to finally cool down the Cards while trying to give the Phils a chance to leave St. Louis on a good note. The Cards will send to the mound their ace Adam Wainwright (14-5, 2.02), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 17, as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cards’ 2-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, as he pitched twenty-three innings, giving up just one run on sixteen hits and four walks, while striking out sixteen batters. He hopes to make the Phils his latest pitching victims. The Phils hope to salvage a win before going home to Philadelphia.

Kendrick’s fifth inning melt down ruins the Phils’ night as they fall to the Cards, 8-4.

A fifth inning melt down by Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick leads to another Phils’ lose as they lose to the Cardinals, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier gotten on base with an infield single, and had moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and now with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Ibanez and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cards got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Felipe Lopez, who had earlier singled, and then had gone on to third on Jon Jay’s ground-rule double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards made it a 3-2 Phils lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brendan Ryan hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Skip Schumaker, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Yadier Molina’s walk, then went to third on Blake Hawksworth’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while Molina would move up to second. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Kyle Kendrick, who had just walked, on to second base. In the fifth, the wheels came off, as Kendrick ran into trouble. The Cardinals made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one out, Jay hits an RBI double, scoring Lopez, who had just walked. The Cardinals then took the lead as Pujols hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the year, knocking in Jay, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. Two batters later, with no man on, and now with two outs, the Cardinals made it a 6-4 lead as Allen Craig hits a solo home run, the first home run of his career. The next batter, Schumaker, increased the Cardinals’ lead to 7-4 with a solo home run of his own, his third home run of the season. The Cards made it 8-4 in the sixth as pitch hitter Randy Winn hits a pitch hit home run, his second home run of the year. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils would mount no more offense before going down in the ninth as Howard hits into a 6-3 double play to end the game, wiping out at second Ibanez, who had earlier walked.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings. Blake Hawksworth gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA. Trever Miller, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan combine for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Miller (1), Motte (2)) and a walk (McClellan) between them, while striking out 1 batter (Miller).

The Phils had a total of thirteen hits in a losing cause, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each. Ibanez and Werth’s two hits were singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run, and Howard’s hits were also a single and a double, knocking in a run, and scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Rollins knocking in a run and Victorino knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense is still not getting the key hits, as the starting pitching is now starting to get bad.

The Phils (48-44, 3rd NL East) continue their lousy road trip with the second of four games against the Cards (52-41, 1st NL Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-9, 4.88), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 15, where he pitched only three innings, giving up six runs on five hits, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched fourteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on seventeen hits and three walks, while he struck out twelve. His will be going for his tenth win for the fourth time, hoping that this time he will actually get the win. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (10-3, 3.16), who is coming off a win over the Dodgers on July 15, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 7-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched seventeen inning, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and four walks, while he struck out fourteen. He will be trying to keep the Phils in their current miserable state. The Phils have now lost four of their first five games in the second half. The offense is starting to hit, and score runs, but the starting pitching is now starting to get bad. What in the bleep have happen to the team that was suppose to be the beast of the National League? I do not know about the rest of you, but this is starting to feel more and more like 1979. If it is, I’m hoping 2011 will be like 1980, without the need for a Dallas Green type of manager at the helm.

Old King Cole resurfaces, just missing a complete game shut out, before the Phils win it in the bottom of the tenth on a Carlos Ruiz walk-off home run as they beat the Cardinals, 2-1.

Old King Cole seems to have finally resurfaced as he pitches eight shut out innings before finally getting into trouble in the ninth, before the Phils finally win the game in the bottom of the tenth on a lead-off, walk-off home run by Carlos Ruiz on a 2-1 fastball as the Phils defeat the Cardinals in extra-innings, 2-1.

The first eight innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright, with both pitchers constantly getting out of trouble, especially Hamels in the fifth, as the Cardinals loaded up the bases via a single by Joe Mather, who is later forced out at second on a Brendan Ryan grounder, 6-4, with Ryan safe at first, a single by Tyler Greene, sending Ryan on to third, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving Green up to second base, and with two men out, who ended the inning by getting Albert Pujols to pop up to the second baseman on the first pitch. The Phils finally took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals then tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI double, scoring David Freese, who had earlier doubled. In the bottom of the tenth, after hitting the first pitch foul deep to left, Ruiz hit a 2-1 fastball into left field for a walk-off home run, his first home run of the season, to give the Phils a 2-1 win.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches eight innings, plus two batters, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Brad Lidge pitches a shut out inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras receives the win, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 1.17. Adam Wainwright also receives a no-decision as he pitches eight inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Dennys Reyes pitches to one batter, walking him. Blake Hawksworth pitches an inning and one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a walk-off home run, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in both of the Phils’ runs, with the other run coming in on a sac fly. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez had the other three Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Werth’s hits being singles and Ibanez’s hit being a triple.

The Phils (15-11, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (18-9, 1st Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.61), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 30, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-1 lost. Kendrick hopes to get a win while the Phils hope that Kendrick can finally get on track. The Cards will counter with Brad Penny (3-1, 1.56), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on April 30, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 lost. Penny will be trying to get back on the winning track against the Phils’ offense. The Phils hope to be able to take the series lead before giving the ball on Thursday to their ace.

Spring Training: Jason Ellison knocks in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a no-out double as the Phils defeat the Cardinals, 2-1.

Yesterday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, Jason Ellison wins the game for the Phils in the ninth by knocking in Miguel Cairo with a double, as the Phils defeated the Cardinals, 2-1.

Chan Ho Park, the Phils’ starter, who continues to battle for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, had a strong start as he went four and two-third innings, giving up only three hits to the redbirds while striking out six, as he used his pitches effectively to baffle the Cardinals’ batters. Clay Condrey relieves him in the fifth, pitching an inning and a third of shut out ball, although needing to pitch his way out of a jam in the sixth with a runner on second, Albert Pujols who had gotten on base with a double, with only one out, as he gives up only a hit and a walk while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo follows him with two innings of relief, allowing a run to score in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Brendan Ryan, knocking in Joe Thurston from second base, who was pinch running for Khalil Greene, who had earlier doubled, as Carlos Ruiz was unable to hold onto Raul Ibanez’s throw to the plate, which at the time tied the score at one run apiece. Bastardo would go on to give up two hits while striking out two. Joe Bisenius would pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, and picking up the win when the Phils scored the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. His spring training record is now 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA.

The Phillies batters had nine hits in the game. Jayson Werth would get the Phils’ first hit as he hits a solo home run in the first inning, his second home run in two straight games, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Werth would have two hits in the game, as would Greg Dobbs and Cairo. Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins and Ellison, who would knock in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, all had one hit each. Also, Chase Utley would start the game for the Phils at second base, going 0 for 2 as he stayed in the game for four innings, while Pedro Feliz would play at third, also going 0 for 2.

In other Phillies’ new, Cole Hamels will go back to Philadelphia tonight to have his elbow checked tomorrow morning for tightness. No serious problem is expected, but the Phils are just being cautious with their ace.

The Phillies are presently playing the New York Yankees in Grapefruit League play.

Lastly, I’d just discovered that I am actually 26th, not 27th in the latest fan leader ranking, as one of the blogs originally listed among the first 26 was removed.

Phillies rally late, hang on to beat the Cardinals, 5-4.

Brett Myers pitches his second straight strong outing, while the Phillies rally late to score four runs in the eight to take the lead, then they would hang on to win, as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 5-4. With the win, they would increase their lead in the East to two and a half games as the Marlins lose to the Rockies. The Cardinals would score the first run in the second, as Troy Glaus would hit a RBI single, scoring Ryan Ludwick, who has doubled earlier, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals would increase their lead to 2-0 when Ludwick would hit a solo home run in the fourth, his twenty-seventh home run of the year. The Phillies would cut the Cardinals’ lead to 2-1 in the sixth, as Chase Utley would hit a solo home run of his own, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phillies would finally light up the Cardinals’ bullpen in the top of the eighth. With one out, and Kyle McClellan pitching, Jayson Werth would get on base with a single. McClellan would be replaced by Jaime Garcia. He would get Utley to hit into a force out, first to the shortstop, wiping out Werth at second for the second out. Ryan Howard would follow him with a single, sending Utley to second. Garcia is then replaced by Russ Springer. The Phillies would then go to work. Pat Burrell would greet Spriger with a single, scoring Utley and sending Ryan to second to make it 3-2 Cardinals. Shane Victornio would then take Garcia deep with a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Greg Dobbs would then ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals then try to rally back in their half of the eighth. With one out, Brendan Ryan, who has gotten on base earlier with a pinch hit single, moved to second on a J.C. Romero’s balk, and then went to third on a ground out, would score on a Howard’s fielding error of pinch hitter Nick Stavinoha’s grounder, making it a 5-3 Phillies’ lead. After Romero hits Joe Mather with a pitch to put runners on first and second, he is replaced by Ryan Madson. Madson would then proceed to walk Albert Pujols to load the bases. With Ludwick now batting, Madson would get him to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning, the third one that the Phillies would get in as many innings. In the ninth, the Phillies would give the ball to Brad Lidge to get the save. The first batter he would face, Glaus, would greet him with a solo shot to left for his nineteenth home run of the year, to cut the lead down to 5-4. After getting Yadier Molina to fly out, the next three Cardinals would get on base with a single (Aaron Miles), a pinch hit single (Rick Ankiel) and a hit batter (Cesar Izturis) to load the bases, with Joel Pineiro pinch running for Ankiel. But Lidge would then buckle down and strike out Stavinoha and Mather to end the game as he records his twenty-eighth save.

Brett Myers would get a no-decision as he pitches his second straight quality start as he goes six innings, giving up only two earned runs on four hits. Chad Durbin would get the win as he pitch an inning plus a batter, as he gives up an earned run on two hits. His record is now 4-2 with a ERA of 1.77. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hit and a hit batter. Ryan Madson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and a walk. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-eighth save in as many tries, as he gives up an earned run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out two. Todd Wellemeyer would also get a no-decision, as he goes six innings plus a batter, giving up an earned run on four hits. Ron Villone would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Kyle McClellan would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit. Jaime Garcia would receive the lost, as he goes a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit. His record is now 0-1 with a ERA of 4.00. Russ Springer would commit his second blown save, as he goes a third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Ryan Franklin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hit.

The Phillies’ offense is once again unable to unload on a Cardinals’ starter as Todd Wellemeyer would only give them four hits, although one would be a home run. But they would finally light up on the Cardinals’ weak bullpen, scoring four of their runs in an one inning outburst. In turn, their own bullpen would bend, but refused to break, when the Cardinals tried to regain the lead in the eight and win it in the ninth. It seems to me that it is now more important than ever that they get some help in the bullpen as long as Tom Gordon (who has just perform a minor league rehab stint) and Rudy Seanez (just placed on the DL) are both out. Yo, idiots, unloosen the purse strings, and get some help for the bullpen.

With tomorrow off, the Phillies (61-50) come back home to Philly with a two and a half games lead in the East as the Marlins lose to the Rockies. The Mets now trail by three games as they lost to the Astros. The Braves still trail by ten games as they defeated the Brewers. The Phillies, after coming home from a 5-1 road trip, will try to deliver an early one-two punch to the Marlins as the fish come in to Philadelphia for a three games series starting on Tuesday night.

Phillies end slide, defeating the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Phillies end their four game losing streak, thanks to a good pitching effort by J.A. Happ, and two solo home runs in the eighth inning from Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 4-2. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Happ and Cardinals’ reliever Brad Thompson, who was pitching in relief of Mark Mulder, who had left the game in the first inning after hurting his elbow. This would end in the fifth, when, with one out and a runner on first, Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI triple, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. But Rollins would then be thrown out at the plate on a Shane Victorino fielder’s choice ground ball, shortstop Cesar Izturis to catcher Jason LaRue. Chase Utley would then hit a single, sending Victorino to second base. Ryan Howard would then follow with a single, scoring Victorino, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, as Happ stayed in the game to try and give the bullpen a rest, started the inning by getting Brendan Ryan to fly out for the first out. Itzuris would then get on base with a single. The next batter, Skip Schumaker, would follow with a ground-rule double, after Victorino tells the umpires that the ball had gotten stuck in the panneling, forcing Itzuris to go back to third. That would be it for Happ, as he is taken out of the ballgame by Charlie Manuel, to a standing ovation from the fans. Manuel replaces Happ with Chad Durbin. Durbin would walk Ryan Ludwick to load the bases. Albert Pujols would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Itzuris, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Troy Glaus would then follow with a RBI single, scoring Schumaker, making it two all, while Ludwick and Glaus would both move up a base on the throw to the place. After intenionally walking Rick Ankiel, Durbin would finally end the inning by striking out Joe Mather for the third out. In the eighth, Howard would give the lead back to the Phillies as he would hit his twenty-fifth home run of the year, tying Chase Utley for the major league lead in home runs, a solo shot off of Cardinals’ reliever Kyle McClellan, making it 3-2 Phillies. Three batters later, with two men out, and Chris Perez now pitching for the Cardinals, Pedro Feliz would hit a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Phillies. In the ninth inning, Brad Lidge would be sent out to save the game, which he would do, in spite of a attempt to tie the game by the Cardinals, as he would strike out Ankiel with two men on and two outs, to record his twentieth save of the year in twenty tires.

J.A. Happ would pitch an excellent game, although only receiving a no-decision as he goes six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out five. Chad Durbin would receive his second blown of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Clay Condrey would get the win as he pitches a scoreless, hitless inning as he strikes out the side. His record is now 2-1 with a ERA of 3.82. Brad Lidge would also go one inning, as he gives up no runs on no hits, walking two and striking out two. Mark Mulder would pitch only one third of an inning, walking two hitters and striking out one, before being taken out because of a bad elbow. Brad Thmpson would pitch four and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, getting a no-decision. Russ Springer would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Jason Isringhausen would pitch an inning, also giving up no runs or hits. Kyle McClellan would take the lost, pitching an inning plus one batter, while giving up only one earned run on one hit, Ryan Howard’s solo shot. His record is now 1-4 with a 2.74 ERA. Chris Perez would also pitch an inning, also giving up an earned run on one hit, Pedro Feliz’s solo home run.

J.A. Happ has obviously been taking advice from Jamie Moyer, otherwise how else do you explain how he well he was able to keep the redbirds off-balanced until the seventh inning. It’s too bad that Durbin was unable to shut down the Cardinals after being called in to relieve Happ, especially since the Phillies plan to send him back to Lehigh Valley after the All-Star break to bring back Brett Myers. I for one will not be looking forward to that if the youngster continues pitching like a stud. Anyone out there have an idea on how to persuade the powers that be that it would be better for the team to keep the kid in the bigs after this performance? Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense is still not scoring runs, even if Ryan Howard has just broke a team record of the most RBIs knocked in by a team player before the All-Star break, breaking Greg Luzinski’s old record with his eightieth RBI of the year. The offense really needs to knock in runs with man in scoring positions. Seriously.

The three games series between the Phillies (49-43) and the Cardinals (51-41, 2nd National League Central) will conclude tomorrow afternoon with a Business Person’s Special. The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.12), who is coming off a good start against the Mets on July 5, getting a no-decision as he goes six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 9-4 lost. He will once again be trying for his eighth victory of the year, while hoping to help the Phillies win their first series at home since the series against the Reds. Braden Looper (9-6, 4.15), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 4, where he would go seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying once again for his tenth win of the season, while trying to stop the Phillies’ batters.

The Phillies’ victory will keep their lead over both the Marlins and the Mets at a game and a half as they both won their game. The Braves trail the Phillies by six games, as they lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phillies hope to keep their lead over the rest of the Eastern division, while trying to win the last two series on their home stand.

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