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The Phils win both of their games at home with the Astros, with the bats winning yesterday’s game 5-1, before winning’s this afternoon’s game on a extra-inning walk-off home run by Hunter Pence, 4-3.

The Phils go onto the road with their first three-game winning streak as they win both of their games against the Astros, winning yesterday’s ballgame behind Joe Blanton’s excellent pitching, 5-1, before taking this afternoon’s game in extra-innings on Hunter Pence’s walk-off home run, defeating the Astros, 4-3.

In Monday night’s game, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who was earlier safe at first on a 1-6 force out, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started off the inning by being hit by the pitch, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then reaching second base on shortstop Jed Lowrie’s force attempt fielding error on John Mayberry Jr’s grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had been safe at first on Lowrie’s error, over to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier started the inning off with a triple. Three batters later, after Polanco had hit into a 6-3 force out, wiping out Ruiz at second base for the inning’s second out, then going to third base on Mayberry’s double, and now with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before Mayberry, who had just doubled, is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The Astros would get a run back in the eighth as Marwin Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, and the 2000th hit of his career, as he knocked in Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth, getting Chris Snyder to strikeout, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) got the win as he went seven strong innings, plus two batters, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters. Chad Qualls collected his seventh hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wilton Lopez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being his 2000th career hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In this afternoon’s game, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier reached base on second baseman Jose Altuve’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the seventh as Matt Downs hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Astros made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Jordan Schafer, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Downs’ ground out, 4-3. The Astros then tied the score up at three-all two batters later, after pinch runner Brian Bogusevic, who was pinch running for Lee, had stolen second base, and now with two men out, J. D. Martinez hits a single to right, moving Bogusevic up to third, before being sent home as right fielder Pence committed a fielding error as he was trying to pick up the ball. The Phils would win the ballgame in the tenth as, win one man out, Pence hits a walk-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Chad Qualls blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Jake Diekman, who was making his major league debut, received the win, (1-0, 0.00), the first win of his career, as he threw one and one-thirds scoreless innings, while striking out three. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez and Brandon Lyon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Lyon (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (Abad (1), Lyon (1)). Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), including the game winner, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other Phil hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (18-19, 5th East), who have now won four of their last five games, and have their first three-game winning streak, will now go onto the road for a short two-game series with the Cubs (15-21, T-5th Central). The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32), who is pitching in place of Vance Worley, who is not making the trip because of a sore elbow. Kendrick last pitched on May 9 against the Mets in relief, pitching an inning plus, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, in the Phils’ 10-6 loss. Kendrick will be trying to bounce back from that bad appearance. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on May 11, as he went five innings, giving up a run on three hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-7 lost. He will be out to gain his second win against the Phils this season. The Phils will be going out to win their fourth game in a row.

33 games in 31 days: Game #15: Roy Oswalt receives a not so friendly home coming, as the Phils lose to the Astros, 5-1.

The Astros give Roy Oswalt a not so friendly welcome to his old home, as the Phils lose, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros tied up the ballgame at one-all in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Paredes hits an RBI infield single, as second baseman Orr and shortstop Jimmy Rollins collided behind second base, trying to field his potential doubleplay ball, as J.D. Martinez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brian Bogusevic’s single, on a fly ball that Ibanez did not catch as he broke in too late, while Bogusevic, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Astros then took the lead as, once again with runners on the corners, after Jose Altuve was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, beating the throw back to first base, while Paredes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as Bogusevic reached third base on the play, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI double, scoring Bogusevic, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead, while Altuve would stop at third base. The Astros would add to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on base, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits a two run home run, his sixtenth home run of the year, scoring Martinez, who had just singled, giving the Astros a 4-1 lead. The Astros increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Bogusevic hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, as Lee, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, is thrown out at sec0nd base for the inning’s second out, while Martinez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base when Lee was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Oswalt’s wild pitch, scored, making it a 5-1 Astros’ lead. That would be the final score as Mark Melancon would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88) took the lost as he gave up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Blanton, in his first appearance since coming off the disabled list, pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Brett Myers (5-13, 4.52) got the win as he muzzled his old team, as he gave up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, with a returning Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double),  Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (94-50, 1st East) continue their series with the Astros (50-97, 6th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60), who is coming off a complete game win against the Brewers on September 8, as he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for win no. fifteen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Astros will try to counter with J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.77), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 7, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight, in the Astros’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to increase the Phils’ losing streak. The Phils will be out to end their present losing streak. and end their late season bad luck with the Astros, as they attempt to clinch a playoff spot tonight.

33 games in 31 days: Game #14: Vance Worley runs out of gas, allowing two runs to score in the seventh, as the Phils drop one to the Brewers, 3-2.

Vance Worley runs out of gas late in the seventh inning, allowing two runs to score, as the Phils drop one to the Brewers, 3-2.

The Brewers took the lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jonathan Lucroy hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Rickie Weeks, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Yuniesky Betancourt’s single, then went to third on Vance Worley’s wild pitch, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Betancourt, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second on Worley’s wild pitch, to move up to third base. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the sixth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men out, the Phils took the lead as Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirty-third home run of the year. The Brewers tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Nyjer Morgan hits an RBI double, scoring Corey Hart, who had earlier doubled. The Brewers then retook the lead as the next batter, Ryan Braun, hits an RBI single, scoring Morgan, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as John Axford collected his forty-second save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.

Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Yovani Gallardo (16-10, 3.66) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Francisco Rodriguez converted his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. John Axford received his forty-second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils were held to six hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (94-49, 1st East) will start a three-game set with the Astros (49-97, 5th Central) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 7, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. Roy will be out to even his record, while trying to pitch well in front of his former club. The Astros will counter with Brett Myers (4-13, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on September 6, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 4-1 win. He will once again be trying to be a pest to his former team. The Phils will be trying to see if they can clinch a playoff spot tonight.

The Phils start the season with a walk-off win as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run ninth as the Phils defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils end opening day with a walk-off win via a bases-loaded ninth inning single by John Mayberry, Jr., as they defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils and Astros spent the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay and Astros’ starter Brett Myers, with Halladay giving up only three hits, while he struck out six batters, while Myers would give up just two hits. The Astros finally took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bill Hall hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence, who had earlier doubled, over to third base. The Astros would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a two-run triple, knocking in Brett Wallace, who had lead-off the inning with a single, moved up to second base on Humberto Quintero’s single, then went to third on Myers’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and Quintero, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Myer’s sac bunt, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Astros then took a 4-0 lead when Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils then started to come back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sac fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third on catcher Quintero’s passed ball, making it a 4-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the pass ball, on to third base. The Phils then made it 4-2 Astros as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rollins. The Phils then went to work in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the rally with a single, then went to second base on Howard’s single, before stealing third with Francisco batting, making it a 4-3 Astros’ lead, while Howard, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. Then two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had loaded the bases with a single, moving both Howard and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Francisco to third, and Ruiz to second base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a ball over the center fielder Bourn’s head for a walk-off RBI single, scoring Francisco, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez received the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brett Myers also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was eamed, on three hits and three walks. Wilton Lopez recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 81.00) as he gave up three runs on six hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI (Sac Fly)) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pinch Hitter Ross Gload (Single) and Pinch Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Raul Ibanez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils (1-0, 1st-T NL East) will continue their opening season series with the Astros (0-1, 3-T NL Central) tomorrow with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who last year, with the Mariners and Rangers, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a chance to start the season off with two straight wins. The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who last year went 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros an even record.

The Phils end spring training on a low note as they lose to the Pirates, 4-1.

Spring training ends on a low note for the Phils as they lose to the Pirates, 4-1.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Pirates lead to 2-1 in their half of the second as, with one man on base, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier reached based on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Alvarez, then moved up to third on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 6-3. The Pirates then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jordy Mercer hits an RBI single, scoring Steve Pearce, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-1 Pirates’ lead. The Pirates added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Bowker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on pinch hitter Josh Harrison’s single, giving the Pirates a 4-1 lead, while moving Harrison, who had earlier singled, up to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils were unable to develop a rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-2, 6.67) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out three. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while stiking out one. Joe Blanton pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out three batters. Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Juan Perez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.63) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up an unearned run on one hit and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Crotta picked up his third spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Joel Hanrahan recorded his third hold of the spring, as he gives up a hit. Jared Hughes received his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins and a triple by Pete Orr. Wilson Valdez knocked in the only Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils ended the spring with a 21-14 record.

The Phils will begin the 2011 season with a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park against the Houston Astros, starting on April 1, weather permitting. The first game, opening day, is to begin about 1:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils’ starter will be their ace, 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who is coming off a 21-10 season, with an ERA of 2.44. He will be trying to continue his 2010 season, and his well pitched spring by trying to start the Phils’ 2011 season with a win at home. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil Brett Myers, who is coming off a 14-8 record during his first season with Houston, with a 3.14 ERA. He will be looking for his second win against his old team.

Phils lose in extra-innings, 4-2.

The Phils lose their second straight game to the Astros, this time in extra-innings, 4-2, as another strong effort by Cole Hamels is wasted.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits a two-run home run, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Phils would cut the lead down to 2-1 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, as he scored the first run in four starts that the Phils had scored while Hamels was on the mound. In the ninth, the Phils tied it up at two-all as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, sending the game into extra innings. The game would go on, with neither team being able to do anything, before the top of the sixteenth, when, with the bases loaded, thanks to a high chop single over the head of David Herndon by Pence, Brett Wallace being hit by the pitch, moving Pence to second base, a wild pitch by Herndon, sending Pence and Wallace to third and second respectively, and an intentional walk to Jason Michaels, and with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a grounder that is stopped by Placido Polanco, who, after a slight bobble, throws to second, with Michaels thus being able to beat the throw to Rollins, who then tried to throw out Johnson at first, who beat the throw, leaving the bases loaded as Pence crosses the plate to give the Astros a 3-2 lead, while Wallace reached third, as Johnson is credited with an RBI infield single. The Astros then made it 4-2 as the next batter, Tommy Manzella hits a grounder to short, which leads to a 6-4 force out, wiping out Johnson at second for the inning’s second out, before Manzella reaches first safely as Ibanez, who had taken over first base for the earlier ejected Ryan Howard, closed his glove too soon, thus being unable to catch the ball, allowing Wallace to score, while Michaels would reach third on the play. That would end up being the final score as, in the bottom of the sixteenth, with two men on base, Polanco on second with a walk, and Chase Utley on first with an intentional walk, and with two men out, Roy Oswalt, who was also in the game because of Howard’s earlier ejection, grounded out to third, 5-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels got a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out eight. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits (Romero (1), Contreras (2), Madson (2)) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out five (Romero (1), Lidge (2), Madson (1), Baez (1)). David Herndon took the lost, as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA. Bud Norris also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Tim Byrdak collects his seventh hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Gustavo Chacin collects his third hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez records his second blown save of the year as he gives up a run on one hit. Fernando Abad and Mark Melancon combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Melancon (2)) and two walks (Melancon) between them, while striking out six (three batters each). Jeff Fulchino gets the win as he pitches two shut out innings, giving up just three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-0 with a 6.18 ERA.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Polano, Utley and Werth’s hits all being singles, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a solo home run, and with Victorino’s hit being a single. The Phils seems to be having their offensive troubles again.

The Phils (70-55, 2nd East) continue their series with the Astros (56-69, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (16-8, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 20, as he went seven innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts his record is 3-0, where he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-two. He will be trying for his seventh straight win, while seeing if he can add to his sixteen innings scoreless streak. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil J.A. Happ (3-2, 3.54), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on August 20, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 9-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and ten walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to defeat his old ballclub. The Phils will see if they can do better against Happ than they did against Brett Myers on Monday.

Post No. 800: Phils lose close one thanks in part to a bad call by the first base ump, as they drop one to the Astros, 3-2.

Thanks in part to a bad call by the first base umpire, the Phils drop a close one to the Astros as former Phil Brett Myers come back to stifle his ex-teammates, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base and then moved up to third on Angel Sanchez’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Sanchez, who had just singled, on to second base. The Astros then tried to increase their lead as Sanchez tried to score on Carlos Lee’s double, but was instead gun down at home plate, 8-4-2, for the inning’s second out. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead later in the inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, before moving up to second on Lee’s fielding error, moved up to third on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Shane Victorino, as Joe Blanton, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, is thrown out at home, 3-2, giving the Phils’ a 2-1 lead, while Victorino, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, moved up to second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth, via a double, and with two men out, after Raul Ibanez had just struck out, swinging, the Astros proceeded to intentionally walk Ruiz, to get to Wilson Valdez, but, after ball four is thrown, Astros catcher Humberto Quintero threw a strike to second base, picking off Werth, 2-6, who’s mind appeared to have been somewhere else, to end the inning. This base running blunder might have come back to haunt the Phils, as, in the eighth, with two men on, and with two men out, the Astros took the lead as Lee hits a two-run single, scoring pinch hitter Jason Michaels, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Bourn’s bunt single, and moved to third on Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and Bourn, who had gotten on base with a bunt single, when he had in fact went out of the base line to avoid being tagged by Ryan Howard, but was called safe by the first base umpire, which lead to a long argument by Charlie Manuel before he was ejected from the game for arguing the call, and then went to second on Sanchez’s bunt, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brandon Lyon put down the Phils in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on six hits, while striking out nine. Ryan Madson records his fourth blown save of the year before taking the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. Brett Myers gets the win as he pitches seven inning, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.08 ERA. Tim Byrdak collects his sixth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon receives his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. 

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth both leading the team with two hits each, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruis, Wilson Valdez, Joe Blanton and pinch hitter Dom Brown had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles, except for Ruiz’s solo home run, with Utley knocking in the other Phil’s run. The offense did not get the much needed key hit last night.

The Phils (70-54, 2nd East) will continue their series with the Astros (55-69, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.51), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 19, as he went only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only five, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-four. He will be hoping that the bats will finally give him some runs so that he can finally end his win-less streak. The Astros will counter with Bud Norris (6-7, 5.23), who is coming off a win over the Mets on August 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Astros’ 3-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on fourteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils’ offense will be out to score runs for Hamels tonight.

Phils win the weekend series after trading a pair of blow outs with the Nats, first losing on Saturday, 8-1, before winning on Sunday, 6-0.

The Phils took the weekend series from the Nats, losing one blow out on Saturday, 8-1, before winning another blow out on Sunday, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Nats took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ian Desmond, a walk to Adam Dunn, which sent Desmond to second base, a ground out by Ryan Zimmerman, 4-3, which moved both Desmond and Dunn up a base, and a walk to Roger Bernadina, and with two men out, Adam Kennedy receives an RBI walk, forcing in Desmond, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while moving both Dunn and Kennedy up a base. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as, with the bases still loaded, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, knocking in both Dunn and Bernadina, while sending Kennedy up to second base. The Nats then added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Kennedy hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Bernadina’s single, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Bernadina, who had just singled, to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via an infield single by Rodriguez, moving both Bernadina and Kennedy up a base, and with one man out, Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rodriguez at second base for the second out of the inning, before Strasburg beats Jimmy Rollins’ throw to first, allowing Bernadina to score, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead, while Kennedy would move up to third as Strasburg would be safe at first. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, in his first game back from the dl, hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Placido Polanco, who would lead-off the inning with a double, then moved to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Nats then put the game away for good in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Desmond, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Dunn’s walk, and Justin Maxwell, who was pinch running for Dunn, giving the Nats an 8-1 lead. That would be the final score as Miguel Batista would end the game by getting pinch hitter Jayson Werth to fly out to center for the game’s final out. 

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.58 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches an inning and a third of shut out ball, getting out all four men that he would face, one by strikeout. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Stephen Strasburg receives a no-decision as he pitches four and one third innings, before being taking out because of an injury, as he gives up a run on two hits, while striking out six. Craig Stammen pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Doug Slaten gets the win as he pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 2.76. Tyler Clippard and Miguel Batista combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), and two walks (Batista) between them, while striking out two batters (one each).

The Phils had only four hits in the game, doubles by Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco and a single by Ryan Howard, with Howard knocking in the Phils’ only run on a ground out. The Phils’ offense was easily handled on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Nats tried to take another early lead in the first as Nyger Morgan lead-off the game with a single, stole second and then went to third on Desmond’s ground out, 6-3, with now one man out. But Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt ended the threat by striking out both Dunn, who was called out on strikes, and then Zimmerman swinging. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Oswalt, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Howard, Werth hitting into a force out, 1-6, wiping out Howard at second, a double by Shane Victorino. with Werth stopping at third and an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Werth and Victorino, while sending Ruiz up to second base. After an hour and forty-four minutes rain delay, the Phils would put the game out of reach in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a two-run bomb to right, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had singled before the rain started, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Bernadina looking, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His record is now 3-1 (9-13) with a 2.43 (3.22) ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three between them (Madson (1), Romero (2)). Scott Olsen took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 3-6 with a 5.21 ERA. Craig Stammen pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Joel Peralta pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Roy Oswalt each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Rollins and Victorino’s two hits being each a single and a double, while Polanco and Oswalt’s two hits were both singles, with Polanco knocking in two runs, one of them by a sac fly. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run, while Howard, Ruiz and Wilson’s hits were singles, with Wilson knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense got rolling yesterday.

The Phils (70-53, 2nd East) with be hosting the Astros (54-69, 4th Central) for four games, starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.54), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 18, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-three hits and four walks, while striking out fourteen. He will be trying to even up his record. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil Brett Myers (8-7, 3.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 18, where he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four in the Astros’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out thirteen. He’ll be trying to make good on his promise of sticking it to his old team, if his new team will be willing to score runs. The Phils will be out to make Myers eat his pre-season statement.

I would like to…

Thanks the Phils for getting into the World Series for the second straight year in a row, something that doesn’t exactly happens with this franchise. Sure, they didn’t win back-to-back World Series Championships, which still hurts like the dickens, folks, but at least they gave it their all, before the Yanks and Hideki Matsui’s bat finally killed them in game six. I’m quite sure that this team will be back to the World Series, and soon, as long as the people who run this team, starting with G.M. Ruben Amaro, Jr., do not make the same series of bad moves that sent the Phils into the baseball wilderness in the late 80s, 90s and early 00s.

I would also like to congratulates the Yankees for winning the World Series. Ok, the better team won this year. But, do not for one minute think that our boys won’t be back to reclaim the title. Just watch your backs, fellows. You’re now the one that the other twenty-nine teams are now gunning for in 2010. Enjoy the crown, for now.

And speaking about 2010, the Phils have already made a few moves. 1) They have bought out Cliff Lee’s option for 2010. Good move, guys. But the even better move will be to sign him to a long term contract. Are you hearing me, Ruben? Nail him down, now. 2) The Phils have told Brett Myers that they will not need his services any longer. To be honest, I saw this coming. Anyway, Brett, I wish you luck finding another team. 3) The Phils have told Pedro Feliz that they will not be buying out his option for 2010. This is something of a surprise, but makes some sense. Although Pedro was a good, in fact a very good defender, at third base, his weak bat and lack of plate discipline, hurt, especially during the playoffs, when he swung at too many first pitches thrown at him by opposing pitchers. Hopefully the Phils will be able to find someone who is just as good defensively as Pedro was, but will add to the team’s offense next season. And, Pedro, I also wish you luck finding a new team for next season.

The Phils are unable to come back from an early hole as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The divisional series is now tied at one game apiece.

The Phils are unable to pull off a come from behind win after being put behind early as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The series now go to Colorado with the series tied at one to one.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Todd Helton scored Carlos Gonzalez. who had earlier singled, stole second base after being picked off by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, as Ryan Howard’s throw to second wasn’t in time, and then moved to third on Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, on a fielder’s choice grounder to Hamels, as Gonzalez beat Carlos Ruiz’s tag, while Helton was safe at first. The Rockies then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Yorvit Torrealba hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the post-season, knocking in Hilton, who had earlier singled, making it 3-0 Rockies. The Rockies then made it 4-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gonzalez’s double, while Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third. The Phils then started to come back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier hit an infield single and had moved up to second on second baseman’s Clint Barmes’ throwing error, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 4-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead. The Rockies then added a run in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a Ryan Spilborghs double, Barmes hitting a sacrifice bunt, in which Joe Blanton, who was pitching in relief of Hamels, tried to throw Spilborghs out at third, but was unsuccessful, while Barmes would be safe at first, and an infield single for pinch hitter Seth Smith, off of J.A. Happ’s knee, after he was brought in in relief of Blanton, and with one man out, Fowler hits his second sac fly of the game, scoring Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead, while sending Barmes over to third. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, making it a 5-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils made a last threat to tie the game in the ninth, with two men on base, with Cliff Lee on second, pinch running for Matt Stairs, who had earlier gotten on base with a pinch hit walk, and Jimmy Rollins on first with a single, moving Lee up to second, with two men out. But Victorino would end the game by lining out to Barmes for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while he struck out five. His divisional series record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Joe Blanton pitched an inning plus two batters, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. J.A. Happ pitched to one batter, giving up a hit before taken out for an injury. Scott Eyre pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Brett Myers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and hitting a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Aaron Cook got the win, as he went five innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record in the divisional series is now 1-0 with a  5.40 ERA. Jose Contreras converted his first hold as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Belisle received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt received a hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Franklin Morales recieved a hold as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man he would face. Huston Street recorded his first save of the post-season as he gave up only a hit and a walk.

The Phillies got eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, all singles. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits apiece, with one of Howard’s hits being a double, as between them they knocked in three of the Phils’ runs (Howard (1), Ibanez (2)). Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run. Between them, so far, Howard, Werth and Ibanez has been the Phils’ offense, with a combined record of eleven for twenty-three, with six singles, three doubles, a triple and a home run, with eight RBIs (Howard (2), Werth (2) Ibanez (4)) and six runs scored. The only other Phil hitting, at the moment, is Victorino, who is hitting four for nine, with three singles and a double, but with only one run scored. If Rollins and Utley can get their bats to wake up, especially Rollins, if he would become a bit more selective in his pitch count, the Phils might still have a chance to win the series, if they can get men on base for the presently hot middle part of their line-up.

The Phils (1-1) will now journey to Denver to play games three and four of the divisional series with the Rockies (1-1). The third game is to be played on Saturday, weather permitting, at Coors Field, and is suppose to start at 9:37 pm Eastern (7:37 pm Mountain). The Phils still have yet to announce their starter for game three, although it will most likely be Pedro Martinez. The Rockies’ starter will be Jason Hammel (10-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on October 4, as he pitched two innings in relief, giving up just two hits, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Rockies the lead in the series. The Phillies will be trying to come back from the lost, while coming out smoking at the start of game three.

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