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33 games in 31 days: Game #27: The Phils lose another game, as they fall to the Nats, 6-1.

The blasted losing streak reaches six games as the presently punchless Phils get swept by the Nats, 6-1. Yes, I’m angry, can’t you tell!!!

The Nats took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, which had dropped in between second baseman Chase Utley and right fielder John Bowker (someone please tell me again why Ruben Amaro decided to pick up this no-hit, no-field hack?!?), scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brad Peacock’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then made it a 2-0 lead as Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Desmond.  The Nats then busted the game wide open in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bernadina hits an RBI double, knocking in Desmond, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, after Ryan Zimmerman had walked, Michael Morse hits a three-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Bernadina and Zimmerman, giving the Nats a 6-0 lead. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, before going on to second base on right fielder Bernadina’s throwing error. But that would be the final score as Todd Coffey would get Ben Francisco to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brad Lidge pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Savery pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Peacock (2-0, 0.75) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up just a hit and two walks, while striking out two.  Tom Gorzelanny got his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Mattheus received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Tyler Clippard pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Doug Slaten pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Todd Coffey pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in a run. John Mayberry, Jr. had the other Phil hit, a double, as the offense seems to have flatlined since winning the division on Saturday. I don’t know about everybody else, but this is getting on my last nerve. The players may think that they can just turn on a switch, but I don’t buy it. Hot teams seem to win the title during the playoffs, and right now, THEY ARE NOT A HOT TEAM!!! Get it in gear, you idiots, or else you won’t even get through the divisional series!!!!

The Phils (98-58, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (74-82, 4th) beginning with a night game tonigh, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citi Field and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT.  Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) will start for the Phils, as he is coming off a lost to the Cards on September 18, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, all on a pair of home runs, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again be trying for win no. 15, hoping that the offense will decide to finally play, and not start a slide of 0 for the rest of the regular season. He will be opposed by R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3,35), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 17, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ offense muzzle with his knuckleball. The Phils will be trying to get their offense back on track, before things can get even worst.

33 games in 31 days: Game #26: The Phils losing streak hits five straight for the first time in 2011, despite scoring five runs for the first time since Saturday, as they lose to the Nats, 7-5.

Despite scoring five runs for the first time since they had clinched their division, the Phils losing streak reaches five games for the first time in 2011, as they fall to the Nats, 7-5.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Chris Marrero, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both Ibanez and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Vance Worley tied the game up at two-all with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Francisco to third and moving Schnieder up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez knocked in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on catcher Ramos’ throwing error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats regain the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Michael Morse, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then went to second base on Marrero’s walk, would score on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s throwing error of Rick Ankiel’s bunt attempt, as he tried to force out Espinosa at third, giving the Nats a 5-3 lead, while allowing Marrero, who had just walked, to reach third base, and Ankiel to reach second base. The Nats then made it a 6-3 lead one batter later as Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Marrero, while Ankiel would stop at third, putting runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes then made it a 7-3 Nats’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ankiel. The Phils got two runs back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home runs of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 7-5 Nats’  lead. That would end up being the final score as Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (11-3, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Justin De Fratus pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit batter and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on two hits and an error, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Lannan (10-13, 3.73) got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Craig Stammen collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Atahualpa Severino pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Todd Coffey collected his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits each. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in a run. Brian Schneider and Vance Worley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense finally scored more than five runs in a game since Saturday, but still lost. Still, the offense need to get out of its present hitting funk, especially the first four batters, as they have been in a collective 0-fer stupor since Saturday. Hopefully the expected return of Ryan Howard will help the team.

The Phils (98-57, 1st) will play their last regular season home game with the Nats (75-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He hope to put an end to the Phils’ five-game losing streak. The Nats will counter with Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 14, as he went five innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 2-0 win. He will try to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their season at home on a winning note, after such a horrific home stand.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.

33 games in 31 days: Game #23: The Phils’ offense rally too late as they lose to the Cardinals, 4-3.

The Phils’ rally in the ninth comes up a run short as they lose to the Cardinals, 4-3.

The Cardinals took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Nick Punto hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rufael Furcal, who had started the game off with a double, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Cardinals, now with two men out, took a 2-0 lead as Lance Berkman hits a solo home run, his thirty-first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second on a force attempt fielding error on a Ross Gload grounder committed by second baseman Punto, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Gload, who was safe at first on the error, up to second base. The Cards got the run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Berkman hits an RBI single, scoring Kyle Lohse, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Furcal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Cards a 3-1 lead, while sending Punto, who had just walked, on to second base. The Cards then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI double, scoring Punto, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead. The Phils tried to come back in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI triple, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-2 Cards’ lead. Shane Victorino then knocked Rollins in with an RBI ground out, 6-3, making it a 4-3 Cardinals’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Octavio Dotel recorded his third save of the year by getting Hunter Pence to ground out, 5-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (18-6, 2.41) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out six. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.47) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Marc Rzepczynski recorded his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jason Motte also recorded his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Octavio Dotel recorded his third save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Singles), Ross Gload (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Triple, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-54, 1st) begin their final home stand of the regular season with the first of two games with the Nationals (72-79, 4th), that’s already in progress.

33 games in 31 days: Game #22: The Phils are shutout as they lose to the Cardinals, 5-0.

After clinching the East, the Phils are shutout by the Cardinals as they lose, 5-0.

The Cards took a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run, his thirty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Allen Craig, who had earlier doubled. The Cards added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Craig hits a two-run home run of his own, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had led off the inning with a double, giving the Cards a 4-0 lead. The Cards made it a 5-0 lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Craig hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second of the night. That would be the final score as the Phils went silently in the ninth.

Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while he struck out nine. Joe Blanton pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two.  Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning as he made his major league debut, giving up a walk. Chris  Carpenter (10-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, all singles, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense was muzzled by Chris Carpenter, who got himself out of trouble with three doubleplay balls.

The Phils (98-53, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cardinals (83-69, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 14, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils 1-0 win. Roy will be going for win no. nineteen, while trying to tie up the series with the redbirds. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (13-8, 3.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 12, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to give the Cards the series win. The Phils will be trying to tie up the series, while going for win no. 99.

33 games in 31 days: Game #21: The Phils offense exploded late on their way to clinching their fifth straight NL Eastern Division pennant, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

A late offensive surge, including a grand-slam home run by Raul Ibanez, leads the Phils to their fifth straight NL Eastern Division crown, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just walked, on to third base.  The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Placido Polanco, who then reached second base on a force attempt missed catch error by shortstop Rafael Furcal on a Roy Oswalt grounder to pitcher Jake Westbrook, with Oswalt reaching first, and a single by Rollins, sending Polanco to third base, and Oswalt to second base, and with one man out, Victorino forced in a run with a walk, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending both runners up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Albert Pujols’ single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while Pujols, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as David Freese hits an RBI single, scoring Pujols, while sending Berkman up to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on third baseman Daniel Descalsco’s fielding error, ending up on second base, then went to third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, which Rollins, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Three batters later, after Chase Utley had been hit by a pitch, loading up the bases, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base, and Howard had struck out, and now with two men out, Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Furcal’s throw to first base, as Rollins scored, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while both runners would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Raul Ibanez hits a grand-slam home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Pence, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Furcal to hit into a ground out, 4-3, for the final out, leading to the Phils clinching their fifth straight National League Eastern Division title.

Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out seven. Michael Stutes collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.58) took the lost as he went three and one-third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he struck out one. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up an unearned run, as he struck out a batter.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, as he struck out one.  Octavio Dotel pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils’ had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) then followed with two hits each. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-69, 2nd Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 13, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be going out to help lower the magic number for home field advantage during the playoffs. The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 13, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help his club stay in the wild card race. The Phils will now be going out to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #20: The Phils missed an opportunity to clinch the NL East, as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

As the Braves get crushed by the Mets, the Phils missed a chance to clinch their fifth straight Eastern Division title as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to David Freese, a single by Yadier Molina, sending Freese up to second base, and a walk to Skip Schumaker, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rafael Furcal forced in a run with a walk, scoring Freese, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Molina and Schumaker. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just doubled. The Cardinals retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Molina hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Corey Patterson fielding error of a fly ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach second base on the miscue. The Cards then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, scoring Furcal, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead, while sending Albert Pujols, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead as Tyler Greene hits an RBI double, knocking in Pujols, giving the Cards a 4-2 lead, before Chambers, who was following Pujols, was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Martinez, via Jimmy Rollins, for a 7-6-2 second out. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils go down in their half of the eleventh.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.82) took the lost, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jason Motte blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Kyle McClellan (12-8, 4.01) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Fernando Salas collected his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single), Brian Schneider (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to sputter, in spite of continuing to win.

The Phils (97-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-68, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 12, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Oswalt will be trying to regain his old form while trying to pitch the Phils over the finish line, if the Braves don’t fall to the Mets this afternoon. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 11, as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils from winning the East for one more day, while keeping his team in the race for the Wild Card. The Phils will be out prove to that they have won the East by going for the win tonight.

33 games in 31 days: Game #19: The Phils cut their magic number to win the East down to two games as Ryan Howard hits a walk-off double to defeat the fish in extra-innings, 2-1.

The Phils’ magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title is now down to two games as they sweep the Marlins on Ryan Howard’s walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth of the nightcap, as they defeat the fish, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That seems to be enough for Cliff Lee, as he held down the Marlins for eight and two-thirds innings, giving up just four hits up to that point, while striking out twelve batters, and had an 0-2 count on Jose Lopez, when Lopez hit Lee’s next pitch, a cutter, into the left field seats, for his eighth home run of the season, tying the game up at one-all. Lee then ended the inning by getting Omar Infante to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. After the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, and then Michael Schwimer came in and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the tenth, Burke Badenhop came in to pitched the bottom of the tenth for the Marlins. Michael Martinez, the first man to face him, walked on four pitches. The next batter, pinch hitter Ryan Howard, worked the count to 3-1, before hitting a sinker into left center field for a double, which would score Martinez, giving the Phils a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched nine inning, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve. Michael Schwimer (1-0, 3.24) got the win, his first in the majors, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Alex Sanabia also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits, as he struck out five. Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Mujica), while striking five (Cishek (1), Mujica (4)) between them. Burke Badenhop (2-2, 4.01) took the lost as he pitched to just two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Ross Gload (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (97-51, 1st East) will now start a four-games series with the Cardinals (81-68, 2nd Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on September 11, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for win number twelve, while trying to get the Phils one step closer to winning their fifth straight Eastern Division title. The Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 10, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Cardinals’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Cardinals’ playoff hopes alive. The Phils will be trying to shorten their magic number in the East to at least one game.

33 games in 31 days: Game #12: Roy Halladay wins his seventeenth start as the Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 5-3.

Roy Halladay pitches his way into his seventeenth win of the season as the Phils turn back the Brewers to win, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pete Orr had hit a single, loading up the bases as Howard stopped at third and Ibanez had went up to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while moving up a base both Ibanez and Orr. The Brewers got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as. with a runner on third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Casey McGehee, who had earlier doubled, moved up to third on Taylor Green’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-1, although neither team’s broadcast crew are sure that McGehee had actually touched home plate, as Ruiz had blocked part of home plate and the home plate umpire had never made a safe signal. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Betancourt hits an RBI single, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on McGehee’s walk, then stopped at third on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 5-3, while sending McGehee, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Hairston’s ground out. The Brewers then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Jonathan Lucroy’s sacrifice fly, scoring McGehee. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Madson finally ended the threat by getting George Kottaras to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he recorded his twenty-ninth save of the season.

Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) gets the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25) took the lost, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out two. Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez and Kameron Loe combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Saito), while striking out two (Saito (1), Loe (1)) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Hunter Pence (Single) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (93-48, 1st East) will continue their series with the Brewers (85-61, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 5, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-0 win. He will be going for his seventeenth win, while trying to pitch the Phils to their sixth straight win. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 5, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. Wolf will see if he can slow down his old team. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to six games.

Cole Hamels gets thirteenth win as he pitches a complete game against the Giants as the Phils win their third straight game from the World Champs, 2-1.

The Phils win another series as Cole Hamels pitches a complete game as he win his 13th start as the Phils defeat the Giants, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third, as Pablo Sandoval committed a miss catch error on Carlos Beltran’s throw to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Utley scored on Eli Whiteside’s passed ball. That would remain the score for the next seven and a half innings, as the Giants’ starter Matt Cain and the Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would be involved in a pitcher’s duel as Cain would allow only two more man on base via a single and a walk, while striking out eight batters, while Cole would allow only six hits, as he is helped out of trouble in both the first and the fourth innings by a strikeout, one of five, and two doubleplays, and by a pop up with two men on in the eighth. After the Phils are unable to score an insurance run in the top of the ninth, the first two Giants made outs by flying out (Jeff Keppinger) and lining out (Beltron) before Sandoval came up. Sandoval made it a 2-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his twelfth home run of the season on a 2-1 fastball. But, Hamels would then shut the door as he gets Orlando Cabrera to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53) gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits, striking out five. Matt Cain (9-8, 3.00) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up two hits. Sergio Romo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both single, as he knocked in the only RBI for the Phils. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Shane Victorino (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The other Phils run came in on a passed ball.

The Phils (74-39, 1st West) will conclude their series tomorrow with the Giants (62-52, T-1st West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-6, 3.79), who will be coming off the disabled list. His last major league start was a lost against the Cardinals on June 23, as he went just two innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out just one batter, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to see if he can help pitch the Phils into their tenth straight win while trying to get his fifth win of the season. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (9-9, 2.77), who is coming off a lost against the Diamondbacks on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to keep the Giants from being swept. The Phils will be going out to sweep the Giants for their third straight series sweep.

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