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The Phils have just traded Shane Victorino (Dodgers) and Hunter Pence (Giants), in exchange for Josh Lindblom, Nate Schierholtz and three prospects.

The Phils have earlier this afternoon announced that they have traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in exchange for relief pitch Josh Lindblom and one prospect, and Hunter Pence to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two prospects, before announcing that they had called up Dom Brown from Lehigh Valley.

Shane Victorino, who had been with the Phils since 2005, which would include him being a member of the 2008 World Championship team, as well as spending part of 2003 playing for the Padres, had played in 1023 games, compiling a career batting average of .277 (1009 for 3644), while collecting 183 doubles, 63 triples and 88 home runs, along with 394 RBIs, 316 walks and 186 stolen bases, while crossing the plate a total of 590 times. He also has a career slugging percentage of .434 and an OBP of .342. This season, Victorino, before the trade, had played in 101 games, compiling a .261 batting average (101 for 387) including 17 doubles, 5 triples and nine home runs, the latest of which occurred this past Sunday against the Braves, as well as knocking in 40 RBIs, while walking 36 times and stealing 24 bases, while being caught only 4 times. He also crossed the plate 46 times. For Victorino, the Phils will be getting relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, who had pitched for the Dodgers during the last two seasons, including this year, appearing in a total of 75 games, compiling a record of 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.18, as he pitched in 77.1 innings, giving up 25 runs on 63 hits and 28 walks, while striking out a total of 71 batters. This year, his record is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA, as he had appeared in 48 games, throwing 47.2 innings, giving up 16 runs on 42 hits and 18 walks, while striking out 43. The Phils will also receive minor league pitching prospect Ethan Martin, who was pitching for AA Chattanooga in the Southern League before the trade.

After trading Victorino, the Phils then sent Hunter Pence, who they had gotten last year in a trade with the Astros for four prospects, to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers. Pence, who, until last year around this time, had played with the Astros, starting in 2007. Careerwise, Pence had batted .290 (943 for 3254), as he had appeared in 835 games, compiling a total of 172 doubles, 28 triples and 131 home runs, knocking in 471 runs, while scoring 447 times, as he had also complied 258 walks. For this season, he had appeared in 101 games, batting .271 (108 for 398), as he had 15 doubles, 2 triples and 17 home runs (at the time the Phils’ leader in that category), knocking in 59 RBIs, while crossing the plate 59 times. He also had 37 walks. In return for Pence, the Phils will get Nate Shierholtz, who had been playing for the Giants since 2007, as he had appeared in 503 games, with a .270 batting average (327 for 1209), collecting 72 doubles, 15 triples and 23 home runs, while knocking in 119 RBIs, while crossing the plate 145 times. He also has 80 walks. This season, Schierholtz has hit .257 (45 for 175), including 5 doubles, triples and home runs, while knocking in just 17 RBIs, while scoring only 15 times. He has walked just 18 times. The Phils also got from the Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph, the Giants’ number 5 pick in the 2009 draft and pitching prospect right-hander Seth Rosin.

The Phils also announced that they will be calling up Dom Brown from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, to take one of spots just opened up by the two trades.

I wished you luck Shane and Hunter, welcome to the club Josh and Nate, and welcome back Dom (you better have a good idea what is expected of you). Ruben, I really hope that you know what you’re doing trading tw0 of our three starting outfielders.

The Phils get one-hit by Matt Garza before losing to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Phils waste an improved performance by Kyle Kendrick as they get one-hit through seven innings by Matt Garza, before losing the game to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ian Stewart hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Bryan LaHair, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then stopped at third on Jeff Baker’s double, because of his slow speed, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead, while sending Baker, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Cubs increased their lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tony Campana, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Laynce Nix’s missed catch error on Kyle Kenrdick’s pickoff attempt, then went to third on Darwin Barney’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Joe Mather hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Cubs added to their lead in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Campana, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving up to third on Barney’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Castro, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Two batters later, after Castro is caught trying to steal second base, 2-6, the Cubs make it a 5-0 as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Baker hits an RBI single, scoring LaHair, who had earlier doubled, his second double of the ballgame. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by pinch hitter Pete Orr, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving Orr up to second base, and an infield single by Hunter Pence, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Orr, making it a 5-1  Cubs’ lead, while sending Rollins on to third base and moving Pence up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. That that would end up being the final score as Carlos Marmol finally ended the game by getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67) got the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while he struck out ten. Rafael Solis pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Carlos Marmol pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks.

The Phils had only two hits in the ballgame, a single by Jimmy Rollins, to start off the game for the Phils, and an infield single by Hunter Pence, as the Phils were kept under control by Cubs’ starter Matt Garza. They also had four walks, with three of them coming in the ninth, helping to bring home their only run of the game, as the offense was unable to get anything going.

The Phils (10-12, 4th East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (8-14, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 24, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be out to lead the Phils to a series split. The Cubs will counter with Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.14), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on April 25, where he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out just two, in the Cubs’ 5-1 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be out to end April on a winning note, before they go on the road to play six games against the Braves and the Nats.

Juan Pierre have just signed a minor-league contract with the Phils.

Earlier today, the Phils have announced that they had signed outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league contract and have invited him to Spring Training.

Pierre, who was playing left field for the Chicago White Sox in 2011, would appear in 158 games for the pale socks last season, batting .279 (178-639), getting 17 doubles, four triples and two home runs, knocking in 50 RBIs, while scoring 80. He would also steal 27 bases, while being caught only 17 times. During a 12-years career, during which he would also play for the Rockies, the Florida Marlins, the Cubs and the Dodgers, he would compile a career .296 batting average (2020-6823), playing in 1751 games, as he got 234 doubles, 86 triples and 16 home runs, scoring 980 times, while knocking in 484 RBIs. He would also have 554 stolen bases, while being caught just 190 times.

Pierre will be trying to become the team’s fifth outfielder, who will probably be used mainly as a late-inning baserunning threat, which should put some pressure on the defense late in games, as well as a pinch hitter. Pierre is suppose to have good bat control and be able to bunt. He was also a good lead-off hitter while he was with the White Sox, which should come in handy if Jimmy Rollins gets injured at some point during the season.

Welcome to the Phils, Pierre. Wish you luck making the team during spring training.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #4: The Phils are unable to clinch in St. Louis as they lose to the Cards, 5-3.

The Phils once again allow an early lead to slip away as they lose to the Cards, 5-3, forcing a game 7 in Philadelphia.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Phils then ran themselves out of a big inning as Ryan Howard struck out, looking, on a 3-2 slider, before Pence is thrown out trying to steal second base by Yadier Molina, although replays would show that he was actually safe. The Cards then got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier singled, on a ball that had hit the wall, and was well played by center fielder Shane Victorino, who then, as he was getting ready to throw it in, slipped and lost control of the baseball, which then headed back towards the wall, which allowed Schumaker to score, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing Berkman to reach third base on Victorino’s throwing error. The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, David Freese hits a two-run double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had walked, moved up to second base when Berkman was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Molina’s line out to right, and Berkman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch from Roy Oswalt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Cards then took a 5-2 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freese hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Holliday, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a single, before going to third on Utley’s single, would score on Fernando Salas’ wild pitch, making it a 5-3 Cards’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. But that would be the ballgame as Jason Motte would collect his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Lidge) between them. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he pitched six inning, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Arthur Rhodes collected his second hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Octavio Dotel collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Fernando Salas collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Marc Rzepcynski received his second hold of the series, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte recorded his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Chase Utley (Single, Triple, RBI), both leading the team with twe hits each. Hunter Pence (RBI), Placido Polanco and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense continue to tail off after the first three batters, especially Ryan Howard, who, in a post-game interview, admitted he is being a bit antsy at the plate. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils and Cards will play the fifth and deciding game of the series on Friday night in Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38), who is coming off a win in the first game of the series on October 1, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 11-6 rout. Halladay will be trying to continue his post-season dominance, while trying to give the Phils the best chance to clinch at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (0-0, 12.00), who is coming off a no-decision in the second game of the series on October 2, as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Cards’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start. The Phils are expecting a strong performance from Doc Halladay, while seeing if they can not only jump on Carpenter, but this time pour it on like they did in game one of the series, to avoid another disappointing post-season.

33 games in 31 days: Game #33: The Phils set two new franchise records in wins, while keeping the Braves out of the playoffs, as they win in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils set a pair of new franchise records in wins as they end the Braves chances of getting into the post-season, as they win in thirteen innings, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3. The Braves took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run, his thirty-sixth home run of the season, knocking in Prado, who had earlier reached base on an infield single to third baseman Placido Polanco, then moved up to second base as Bourn, who had earlier singled, then stole second, was thrown out trying to steal third, 2-6, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead to 3-2 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Raul Ibanez and an infield single to second baseman Uggla by Polanco, sending Ibanez to third, and with one man out, Ibanez scores on a force attempt fielding error committed by shortstop Jack Wilson on a grounder hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Polanco to be safe at second base, while Ruiz would reach first, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Polanco, who was then pinch run for by Pete Orr, and walks to pinch hitter Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Orr. The Phils then took the lead in the thirteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Brian Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon would record his first career save as he got Freddie Freeman to hit into a 3-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Uggla, who had earlier walked, ending the Phils’ regular season with a franchise best 102nd win, while giving Charlie Manuel his 646th win as their manager, putting him ahead of Gene Mauch for the most wins as a Phil manager.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. Cole Hamels pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Michael Stutes and Michael Schwimer combined for six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Worley (1), Schwimer (1)) and two walks (Worley), while striking out eight (Worley, Madson, Stutes, Schwimer two each) batters between them. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 2.25) received his first major league win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon received his first career save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Tim Hudson also received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Eric O’Flaherty collected his thirty-second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Jonny Venters received his thirty-fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel blew his eighth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out one. Kris Medlen pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro and Cristhian Martinez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Martinez), while striking out two (Varvaro) batters between them. Scott Linebrink (4-4, 3.64) took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Placido Polanco (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil’s RBI on a Braves’ fielding error.

The Phils will have the next two off, before they start their divisional series with the Cardinals.

Roy Oswalt and Michael Stutes combine for the eight-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Nats, 5-0.

Phils pitching shuts down the Nats’ bats, as they defeat the Nationals, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run triple, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then, although being caught off first base by Nats’ starter John Lannan, he would be safe at second as shortstop Ian Desmond committed a miss catch error, and Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats tried to score in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, Ryan Zimmerman on second, via a single, and a walk to Michael Morse, which sent Zimmrman up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a single to left. Zimmerman is sent in to score, but, he is thrown out at the plate by a one-hop strike by Mayberry, for the inning’s second out, while Morse would stop at second base on the play. Roy Oswalt would then get out of the inning by striking out Danny Espinosa. That would turn out to be the Nats’ last shot as Oswalt would control them until he is replaced by Michael Stutes in the ninth. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, and his fourth as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, sending Mayberry, who had singled earlier, up to second base, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s force out grounder, 5-unassisted, forcing out Mayberry at third base, for the inning’s first out, then stopped at third base on Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt that lead to the bases being loaded as Collin Balester tried to throw to third base to force out Ruiz, but failed, and Valdez, who had been safe at first on his force out, then would stop at second base on Oswalt’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Oswalt, who had been safe at first on the sac bunt-fielder’s choice, would be thrown out at third, 8-5, for the inning’s second out, while Rollins would move up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, ending the game on an Espinosa ground out, 3-unassisted.

Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (8-9, 2.61) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out one. Collin Balester pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one each), while striking out two (Rodriguez) batters between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Triple, 2 RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-43, 1st) will conclude their series (depending on the weather) with the Nats (60-64, 3rd), with the game already in progress, with the Phils presently in the lead.

Three eighth inning home runs do in Cliff Lee as the Phils drop one to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

Three home runs in the bottom of the eight inning ruins Cliff Lee’s day as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorin0, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with two men on, Dom Brown got on base with a single, sending Francisco on to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Francisco, while sending Brown, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with men still on second and third, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring both Brown and Ruiz. It would then go down hill for the Phils. The Blue Jays got on the scoreboard in the  third, ending Phils’ starter Cliff Lee’s scoreless innings streak at 34 innings as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI single, knocking in Davis, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second, and then third base. The Blue Jays then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jose Bautista, who had earlier singled, went to third on Adam Lind’s pop fly single, that was then bobbled by Francisco for a fielding error, allowing Lind to reach second base, as Victorino’s feet got caught in the outfield turf as he was deciding whether to throw either to home or to second base, as Lind was almost to third in a base running blunder that was avoided because of what had happened to Victorino when he finally decided to throw the ball and fell down as he was getting ready to throw it. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino got on base as he hits a ground-rule double, his second of the ballgame. But, with pinch hitter Raul Ibanez batting, he would get picked off heading for third, before being tagged out at second base, 1-6-5-4, for the inning’s second out. That would be costly as Ibanez would then hit a double that would’d easily scored Victorino. The Blue Jays would then pound on Lee in their half of the eighth. Eric Thames would lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at four-all. The Blue Jays would then take the lead as Bautista followed with a solo home run of his own, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, giving the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on base, and with one man out, the Blue Jays took a 7-4 lead as Eric Encarnacion hits a two-run bomb, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Lind, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Octavio Dotel picked up the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits, as he struck out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jo-Jo Reyes received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks. Marc Rzepczynski pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Octavio Dotel (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Doubles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Double), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (53-32, 1st), after ending interleague play with a successful 9-6 record, will start a three-game series with the Marlins (38-46, 5th), with an early night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 6:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-1, 2.57), who is coming off a stunning win over the Red Sox on June 29, as he gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a chance against the Marlins. The Marlins will try to counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.08), who is coming off a win against the Athletics on June 29 as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further behind the Phils. The Phils will be out to make sure that the Marlins stay at the bottom of the NL East, while keeping the Braves from getting any closer before the weekend series and the All-Star break.

Two home runs support a strong pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils defeat the Rangers, 3-2.

Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.

The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.

The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.

The Phils offense is off to a good start in 2011…

Coming out of spring training, everyone pondered how the Phils offense would do without Jayson Werth (now a member of the Nationals) and Chase Utley (knee problems). Well, after nine games, they seems to be doing pretty well.

After nine games, the Phils are among the National League leaders in several offensive categories. They lead the league in team batting average (.334), team slugging percentage (.484), team total bases (155), team hits (107), stolen base percentage (80%) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.865), while they are tied for first with the Reds for most RBIs (58). They are second in on-base percentage (.380), doubles (22), runs scored (59), and team extra-base hits (31). They are fourth in total at-bats (320). They also have the third fewest strike outs (56).

As is shown by the stats, although they are not hitting as many home runs (8) as they have in the past, they are still knocking in runs, as they are getting a lot of singles, with enough doubles added, and are using them to move men around the bases to score.

All but one of the regular eight are presently batting over .300, with Shane Victorino leading the team with a .417 batting average, which puts him in fifth place among batting leaders, thanks to his recent hot series against the Braves. Victorino is also batting .611/432, as he is batting 15 for 36 with 8 runs scored and with 8 RBIs. He has four extra-base hits (2 2BS, 1 3B, 1 HR), for 22 total bases, and has stolen 2 bases, being caught once.

Ryan Howard is next with a .361/.639/.390, as he has gone 13 for 36, scoring 7 runs, while knocking in 11 runs, leading the club, as he have has 6 extra-base hits (4 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 23 total bases.

Thanks to his hot series against the Braves, Carlos Ruiz is third with a .346/.538/.414, as he has gone 9 for 26, scoring 6 runs, as he knocked in 7, with 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for 14 total bases.

Fourth among the starting eight is Placido Polanco with a .342/.447/.390, as he has batted 13 for 38, scoring 6 runs, while he had knocked in 8, with a total of 4 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 17 total bases.

Fifth is Wilson Valdez, who is playing second base as Utley recovers from his injury. Valdez has gone .333/.444/.357, hitting 9 for 27, scoring 5 times, while knocking in 5. He has 3 extra-bases hits, all doubles, for 12 total bases. He also has a stolen base.

Jimmy Rollins, in a contract year, is doing well in the third spot in the line-up, although slowing down in the Braves series, being no. six. He is batting .324/.405/.390, going 12 for 37, crossing the plate 6 times, while still waiting for his first RBI. He has 3 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 15 total bases. He has 3 stolen bases, leading the team.

Seventh is Ben Francisco, who is doing rather well as he handle the right field duties. He has gone .306/.528./375, batting 11 for 36, scoring 7 times, while knocking in 7. He has 4 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 19 total bases. He also has a stolen base, and has been caught once.

Raul Ibanez is the last of the eight, as he has also cool down in the Braves series, after being hot against the Mets. He is presently hitting .257/.400/.350, as he has gone 9 for 35, with 9 runs scored, while he has knocked in 6. He has 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for a total of 14 total bases. He has also stolen 1 base.

The rest of the team, including pitchers, have gone a collective 16 for 49, collecting one extra-base hit (1 HR), for 19 total bases. They have scored 5 times, while knocking in 6 RBIs.

Finally, unlike last year, the team has done very effectively pinch hitting, having ten hits, with 5 RBIs, with 4 of them coming on Ruiz’s pinch hit grand-slam home run last saturday afternoon.

If the Phils can continue what they are doing right now, their starting pitching will be even more effective, since the offense will be handing them leads both at home and on the road.

Ruiz’s extra-innings blast push the Phils past the fish as they sweep the Marlins, 5-4.

A blast by Carlos Ruiz in the top of the tenth, after the Phils should had lost it in the bottom half of a real weird ninth because of an ump’s bad call, leads the Phils to an extra-innings win, and a sweep of the free falling Marlins, 5-4.

The game for the first five innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad, with both man getting out of bases loaded jams, Volstad in the top of the first, Oswalt in the bottom of the second. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Donnie Murphy hits a pinch hit ground-rule double, knocking in Wes Helms, who had earlier singled, and was safe on second when Ronnie Paulino sacrifice bunted into a force out at third, forcing out Mike Stanton, 1-5, to make it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Paulino, who was safe at first on the fail sacrifice bunt attempt, stopped at third. Two batters later, after Paulino is replaced at third by pinch runner Brett Hayes and Hanley Ramirez is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Marlins tied the game at two-all as Logan Morrison walks, forcing in Hayes with the tying run, while moving both Murphy and Ramirez up a base. The Marlins then took a 4-2 lead as Gaby Sanchez hits a two-run single, scoring both Murphy and Ramirez. The Phils then come back in the ninth. They begin the inning with Placido Polanco reaching base on a throwing error by Ramirez. Ross Gload then follows with a single, sending Polanco to second. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then follows with a double, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Gload to third base, with nobody out. Jayson Werth then tie the game at four-all with an RBI single, knocking in Gload, while sending Ibanez to third. Then the inning starts to get weird. Brown hits a sharp grounder to first, which is caught by Sanchez, who then throws home, catching Ibanez, who was trying to score from third on contact. Ibanez is then run back to third, before being tagged out for the inning’s first out, 3-2-5, while Werth would be safe at second, and Brown at first. Then, with Ruiz batting, Werth is picked off second, before being tagged out, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. Then, with the count 0-2 on Ruiz, the Marlins pitch out, before throwing out Brown on a steal attempt, 2-4, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils run themselves out of an inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tries to win the game as their lead-off man, Ramirez, gets on base by being hit by the pitch, then steals second as Morrison strikes out swinging, putting him in scoring position with one out. The next batter, Sanchez, then hits a grounder down the third base line that is declared a foul ball by the third base umpire, while instant reply shows that it had actually been fair, denying the Marlins the chance of a walk-off win, as Sanchez then strikes out swinging for the second out. After Dan Uggla is intentionally walked, Cody Ross ends the inning by also striking out, swinging. In the tenth, the Phils regain the lead as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Brad Lidge collects his twelfth save of the season by getting Emilio Bonifacio to end the game by flying out to right.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitches to three batters as he collects his third blown save, as he gives up two runs on a hit and two walks. Jose Contreras pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he strikes out two. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out the side. His record is now 4-1 with a 4.37 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twelfth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision, as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Clay Hensley collects his eighteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out a batter. Leo Nunez blew his sixth save attempt of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Will Ohman took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

The Phils had fourteen hits, with Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being singles, as he scored a run, while Ibanez’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocked in a run and Ruiz’s hits were two doubles and a solo home run, once again being a triple short of the cycle, as he knocks in three runs. They were followed by Jayson Werth, who had two hits, both singles, as he knocks in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload and Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as both Gload and Brown scored a run. Newcomer Mike Sweeney went to the plate in the eighth as a pinch hitter, receiving a walk. The Phils’ offense outhit the Marlins, although it took a bit of luck in the late innings for them to leave Miami with a series sweep.

The Phils (60-48, 2nd) come home to start a home stand, playing a three-game weekend series with the fading Mets (54-54, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start the series with Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on July 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 7-5 walk-off lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to start off the home stand on a winning note, while trying to stop giving up first inning runs. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (7-5, 3.78), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 1, as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 14-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to keep the Mets afloat. The Phils will be trying to increase their home winning streak to twelve games and their recent winning streak to five games, while trying to help sink the Mets chances even more.

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