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Saturday: The Phils lose an extra-innings home run derby with the Giants, as they lose in ten innings, 6-5.

An expected pitchers’ duel end up being a home run derby, with both team’s starters hitting a home run, before the Phils finally lose to the Giants in ten innings, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied it up at one-all in the third as Matt Cain hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants took the lead four batters later as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who has just walked, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with one man out, Cole Hamels returned the favor by hitting a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 3-2 Giants’ lead. The Giants added a run in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 4-2 lead. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second in two days, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, his 1000th hit of his career, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants would tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as Cabrera hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Giants would take the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Posey’s single, would score on Gregor Blanco’s bunt single near the first base foul line, giving the Giants a 6-5 lead, while sending Posey, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year with a scoreless inning, getting Rollins to line out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, as he got out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, 3.46) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Cain also received a no-decision as he threw eight innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64) got the win as went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a single by Shane Victorino, his 1000th career hit, a home run by Chase Utley (RBI), a home run by Ryan Howard (3 RBIs), a single by Carlos Ruiz and a home run by Cole Hamels (RBI), his first career home run. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense stayed mainly in neutral, despite the home run display.

The Phils lose two straight games as both games starters are hurt by home runs, as they drop a pair to the Marlins, losing 5-4 and 5-1.

Phils starters are hurt by the long ball, as the team loses a pair to the Marlins, losing by the scores of 5-4 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s walk, then stole third as the front part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Pence, who had earlier walked, then stole second base as part of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI infield single, beating third baseman Hanley Ramirez’s throw to first, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ double, while sending Galvis, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins would get on the scoreboard in the fourth as Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1. The Marlins would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had earlier singled. The Marlins took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, knocking in Omar Infante, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Coghlan, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ricky Nolasco’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Pence hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 5-4 Marlins’ lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, his second steal of the ballgame, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his eleventh save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, as he got Rollins to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Schwimer and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Schwimer) between them. Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35) got the win as he went seven innings, plus two batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Steve Cishek received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Heath Bell received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (2 Singles) and Placido Polanco (Singles) each leading the team with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils also had three walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (7 & 8) and Pence (4)) in the ballgame.

On Sunday, the Marlins took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Carlos Zambrano helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins made it a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, and his third home run in two days. The Marlins increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to John Buck, a single by Chris Coghlan, sending Buck up to second base, and a bunt single by Zambrano, moving both runners up a base, and with no one out, Jose Reyes hits a two-run double, knocking in both Buck and Coghlan, giving the Marlins a 4-0 lead, while sending Zambrano over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Zambranon scores on Chad Qualls’ wild pitch, making it a 5-0 Marlins’ lead, while Reyes would move up to third base. It would then stay a 5-0 Marlins’ lead as Ramirez hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw out Reyes at the plate on a fielder’s choice force out, as Brian Schneider apply the tag, as Ramirez is safe at first on the play. The Phils would finally score in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Scheider, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Zambrano’s wild pitch, making it a 5-1 Marlins’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the year by getting Schenider to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) took the lost as he went six innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jake Diekman and Michael Schwimer combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman) between them. Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Steve Cishek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in the Phils’ lone run. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (28-27, 5th East) with begin a four-game series with the Dodgers (33-21, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07), who is coming off an injury. His last start was a win against the Padres on May 11, where he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils in the game, while being kept on a pitch count. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 30, as he went for five and two-thirds innings, giving up five run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get at least split the series with the Dodgers.

A complete game effort by Joe Blanton gives the Phils the series win as they shutout the Braves, 4-0.

A three-hit complete game shutout by Joe Blanton, thus giving the bullpen a much needed day off, lead the Phils to a series win over the Braves, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, then moved up to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Joe Blanton threw a three-hit shutout by getting Martin Pardo to lined into a 4-3 doubleplay, doubling off at first Michael Bourn, who had just singled, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) took the win as he threw a complete game shutout, as he gave up just three hits, while striking out six. Randall Delgardo (2-3, 5.14) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other five hits, as the offense continues to hit.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) will continue their road trip with a three-game visit with the Nationals (15-9, 1st), starting with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 28, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to tame the presently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils wil be trying to get themselves above .500, while at the same time getting themselves closer to the top two spots in the division.

Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the year as the Phils defeat the Cubs, 6-4.

Jonathan Papelbon collected his eighth save in as many attempts as the Phils’ offense get a late-inning key hit from Placido Polanco as they defeated the Cubs, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a bunt single, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after Ty Wigginton had stuck out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and Laynce Nix had walked to load up the base, as Victorino and Pence both moved up a base, and with two men out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Pence, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base, before Orr would move up to second base on catcher Geovany Soto’s missed catch error on right fielder David DeJesus’ throw to the plate. The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Alfonso Soriano, a walk by Ian Stewart and a single by Blake DeWitt, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Soto hits into a 5-3 doubleplay, wiping out at third base Stewart for the inning’s first out, as Polanco touches the bag, before throwing on to first base, as Soriano scores, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Campana, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Cubs then tied the game up at four-all as Bryan LeHair hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Castro. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Campana, looking, to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he had struck out five. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Chad Qualls blew his first save opportunity of the year before collecting the win (1-0, 3.24) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out four. Shawn Camp pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Maine (0-1, 1.59) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rafael Dolis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Pete Orr (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense had a pair of clutch two-outs hits, one early in the game, and one late.

The Phils (11-12, 4th) will now go on the road to begin a three-game series with the Braves (14-9, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to continue his dominance of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 25, as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to help the Braves start the series off with a win. The Phils will be trying to get back into the divisional race, by trying to go for a win in the opener of the series.

The Phils’ offense goes back into hibernation as they lose to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Phils’ offense return to hibernation as they drop the series opener to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI bloop single to center, scoring Tony Campana, who had earlier reached base with a bunt single, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Campana, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Bryan LaHair’s single, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending LaHair, who had just singled, on to second base. The Cubs then took a 3-0 lead as Ian Stewart hits an RBI double, scoring LaHair, while sending Soriano over to third base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, making it 3-1 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would get the run back in the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI triple, knocking in Geovany Soto, who had just walked, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then made it a 5-1 lead as David DeJesus hits an RBI triple, scoring Johnson. That would be the final score as Rafael Dolis recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Carlos Ruiz to end the game by lining out to center.

Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20) got the win by pitching six and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. James Russell got his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Rafael Dolis pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense went silent again, putting Roy Halladay out to dry in the process.

The Phils (9-11, 4th East) will continue their wraparound series with the Cubs (7-13, 6th Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 22, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while hoping that the offense will be able to give him some run support. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 22, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while he struck out just two batters, in the Cubs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ offensive woes. The Phils will be trying to get back the hot bats that they had been using in Phoenix, as they go to tie up the series.

The Phils added several bad defensive plays to go along with their sad sack offense as they split the series with the Padres, losing 6-1.

Bad defesnse, added to a sad sack offense, ends up giving the Phils a series split with the Padres, losing 6-1.

The Padres took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Headley hits an RBI double, knocking in Will Venable, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then reached second base as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton misread a slow doubleplay grounder to the mound by Mark Kotsay, allowing it to bounce over his head, for a force attempt, fielding error, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Kotsay, who had been safe at first on the error as he beat shortstop’s Jimmy Rollins throw to first, would stop at third base. The Padres then took a 2-0 lead as Nick Hundley hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kotsay from third, before Venable is thrown out trying to move up to third base, 9-5, on a good throw by center fielder Shane Victorino, for the inning’s second out. The Phils would get a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre would hit a single to right, which would send Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 2-3, to third base, and Joe Blanton, who had just walked, up to second base, before Ruiz would be sent home as right fielder Venable committed a fielding error on the ball, cutting the Padres lead down to 2-1. The Padres would get the run back in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Hundley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Headley, who had just walked, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead. The Padres then made it a 4-0 lead as Yonder Alonso reached first base on Jim Thome’s fielding error, allowing Hundley to score. The Padres then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hundley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Headley, who had just walked, giving the Padres a 6-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Victorino ended the game by grounding out, 2-3, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Joe Savery pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Anthony Bass (1-2, 2.33) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits and five walks, while he struck out seven. Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri combined for three scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Thatcher (1), Gregerson (3), Ernesto (1)) between them, while striking out four (Thatcher (1), Gregerson (1), Frieri (2)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three singles, as he raised his batting average to .326, with Jimmy Rollins following with two hits, both singles. Jim Thome (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils had no RBIs in the game as their only run had scored on a Padres’ fielding error. The Phils, who had some very sloppy defense in the ballgame, as they committed three errors, and several other bad plays, to go along with their presently anemic batting, as they were unable to capitalize on a few scoring opportunities, had five walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (3 & 4)) in the ballgame. The team continues to leave a ton of runners on base, as they went only 1 for 9 in RISP opportunities.

The Phils (7-9, 5th East) will conclude their western road trip with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (8-8, 3rd West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field, and it will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93), who will be taking Cliff Lee’s spot in the rotation as he recovers from his left oblique strain. Kendrick last pitched in relief on April 17 against the Giants, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be seeing if he can keep the Phils in the game, while working on a pitch count. The D-backs will counter with Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12), who is also coming out of the bullpen to make the start. His last appearance was in relief against the Braves on April 19, as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the D-backs’ 10-2 lost. He will be seeing if he can continue the Phils’ batting troubles. The Phils hope that they can get some batting going in another park that have been a known house of horrors for them.

The Phils reward Cole Hamels second straight great start with a late four-run outburst as they defeat the Padres, 4-1.

The Phils reward Cole Hamels strong start by scoring four run as they beat the Padres, 4-1.

The Padres broke up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jesus Guzman hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had started off the inning with a triple, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton, and then a bunt single by Freddy Galvis, as he was making a sacrifice bunt attempt, which allowed both Victorino and Wigginton to move up a base, and with nobody out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while sending Wigginton to third base, and Galvis up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took the lead as Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, scoring both Wigginton and Galvis, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Orlando Hudson, looking, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Contreras gets his first hold of the season, as he made his first official appearance after rejoining the ballclub on Monday, as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Chad Qualls collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Edinson Volquez (0-2, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Andrew Cashner blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Spence pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Joe Thatcher pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and Cole Hamels (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits, as this time the team was able to get the key hits they needed in their three-run seventh. The Phils also had three walks.

The Phils (7-7, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-12, 5th West) with a game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 8:35 pm EDT (5:35 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17), who is coming off a victory against the Giants on April 16, as he went eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory, while trying to help pitch the Phils to their fourteenth straight win at Petco Park. The Padres will try to counter with Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 16, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Padres’ 7-1 blowout. He will be trying to stop the Padres present losing streak. The Phils will be out to win their fourteenth straight game at Petco Park, while trying to make Doc a four game winner.

The Phils rewards a good start by Joe Blanton with three runs, including two solo home runs, as they defeat the fish, 3-1.

Behind the three-hit pitching of Joe Blanton, the Phils win their home series with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr, hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single on a ball that Pence was unable to catch, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he got Buck to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Infante, who had earlier singled, for the game’s final outs.

Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Qualls collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Mark Buehrle (0-2, 3.65) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Bunt Single) had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will tomorrow night start a new three-game series with the Mets (4-2, 2nd), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), as he is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can once again gives Phils’ batters fits. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, as they will try to get a handle of Dickey’s knuckleball.

Spring Training: The Phils get crush by the Blue Jays, 10-2.

The Phils get clobbered by the Blue Jays, losing 10-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up at one-all as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Yunel Escobar hits an RBI double, knocking in Yan Gomes, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. Two batters later, now with runners on the corners, as Escobar moved up to third on Omar Vizquel’s single, and with still one man out, Jose Bautista hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Escobar, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, while sending Vizquel up to second base. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Mike McCoy hits an RBI bunt single, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Rajai Davis’ single, giving the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead, while sending Davis up to second base, before moving on to third on John Mayberry, Jr.’s throwing error. One batter later, after McCoy had stolen second base, the Blue Jays took a 5-1 lead as Gomes hits a two-run single, knocking in both Davis and McCoy, before he moved up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Blue Jays then broke the game wide open in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Gome hits an RBI double, knocking in Anthony Gose, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before going to third on Jose Contreras’ wild pitch, giving the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 7-1 lead as Escobar hits an RBI double, scoring Gose. The Blue Jays then made it an 8-1 lead as Brian Bocock hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Diaz, who was pinch running for Escobar.  The Blue Jays then took a 10-1 lead as Bautista hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Bocock. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Hector Luna’s single, making it a 10-2 Blue Jays’ lead, while sending Luna, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Kevin Frandsen hits into a double play, 4-6-3, wiping out Martinez at second base, for the final two outs.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he went three and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. Chad Qualls pitched one and two-third innings, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brett Cecil (3-0, 0.90) got the win as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva, Jason Frasor and Casey Janssen would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Villanueva (1), Frasor (2), Janssen (2)), while striking out two batters (Villanueva (1), Frasor (1)) between them. Francisco Cordero pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils would collect twelve hits in the game, with Lou Montanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Shane Victorino with two hits, a single and a triple. Jimmy Rollins, Scott Podsednik, Hunter Pence (RBI), Juan Pierre, Hector Luna, Erik Kratz and Michael Martinez (RBI) had the other seven Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had a stole base (Victorino).

The Phils (7-9) next spring training game will be an afternoon game tomorrow against the Tigers (12-1) at Bright House Field at Clearwater. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

33 games in 31 days: Game #17: The Phils clinch a playoff spot as their ace, Roy Halladay, throws a complete game shutout, as the Phils win, 1-0

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Astros as the Phils clinched their fifth straight playoff spot, as the Phils win 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Astros tried to tie the game up in the second as they loaded up the bases, via a fielding error by third baseman Polanco, allowing Carlos Lee to reach first base, a single by Brian Bogusevic, sending Lee up to second base, and a bunt single by Jimmy Paredes, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, before Phils’ starter Roy Halladay pitched himself out of the jam. First, he got Jose Altuve to hit into a force out, 5-2, as Polanco threw home, forcing out Lee, as Carlos Ruiz touched home plate for the inning’s first out, while Bogusevic and Paredes would both move up a base while Altuve would be safe at first. Then, he got Humberto Quintero to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, as Altuve is wiped out at second base, ending the inning. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as they loaded up the bases, with Halladay starting the inning off with a single, Victorino following with a walk, sending Halladay up to second base, Polanco then bunting into a force out, 1-5, as Astros’ starter Bud Norris made a good play on the ball before throwing it to third, beating Halladay to the bag, while Victorino moved up to second base, and then a single by Hunter Pence, moving up both runners. But Norris would deny the Phils by first striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, on three pitches, and then getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to center field for the final out. The Phils’ one run would then end up being all that they would need as Halladay kept the Astros under control, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the win, as the Phils clinch a playoff spot for the fifth year in a row.

Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, his first for the season, as he gave up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bud Norris (6-10, 3.68) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits. Wilton Lopez and Wesley Wright would combine for two scoreless innings, striking out four batters (two each) between them.

The Phils had just four hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Placido Polanco, knocking in a run, a single by Hunter Pence and a single by Roy Halladay, as the Phils were put to sleep during the series. Hopefully they’ll wake up during tomorrow’s doubleheader.

The Phils (95-51, 1st) will now return home and will play a make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-81, 5th), with the first game starting tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 2:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 24, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number for winning the East. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on September 10, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just one hit and three walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to delay the Phils’ clinching of the East. The Phils will be out to take out their frustrations in Houston out on Sanchez and the Marlins.

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