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Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

A pair of two-run shots help the Phils end their eight-game losing streak as they defeat the World Champions Giants, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA pair of two-run home runs, plus seven well pitched innings by starter John Lannan, put a stop to the Phils eight-game losing streak as they beat the World Champions Giants, 7-3.

The Giants took the lead in the top of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Andres Torres, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Delmon Young came through with an RBI single, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Chase Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, after Kevin Frandsen had been hit by a pitch, moving D. Young up to second base, and with still two men out, the Phils took a 2-1 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. forces in a run with an RBI walk, bringing in Utley, while sending D. Young on to third base, and Frandsen up to second base. The Giants tied the game up at two-all in the top of the third as, with two men on, thanks to John Lannan walking first Torres, and then Scutaro, moving Torres up to second base, and with two men out, Sandoval hits an RBI single, knocking in Torres, while sending Scutaro on to third base. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, M. Young hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Lannan, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Giants would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joaquin Arias hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Guillermo Quiroz, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco’s ground out, 1-3, making it a 6-3 Phils’  lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Mayberry hits a RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who was pinch-running for D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, before he moved up to second base on Frandsen’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth.

John Lannan (3-4, 4.10) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one each) between them, while striking out a batter (Bastardo). Barry Zito (4-8, 5.09) took the lost as he went only three and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit batter, while striking out two. Guillermo Moscoso pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, striking out three. Jean Machi pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Michael Young, (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (M. Young, Utley, Mayberry, John Lannan) and two hit batters (Kevin Frandsen, Darin Ruf) in the game.

The Phils (50-56, 3rd NL East) continue their series with the Giants (46-59, 5th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 3.96), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on July 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will be looking to bounce back, and collect his tenth win of the season. The Giants will counter with Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on July 24, as he threw only three and two-thirds innings, getting lit up for six runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only one, in the Giants’ 8-3 lost. He will be looking to come back from his lost. The Phils will be looking for their second straight win, after having suffered eight losses in a roll.

The Phils begin their first trip to the west coast by beating the Giants, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense return after being missing for two games as they support Cliff Lee’s good start by beating the Giants, 6-2.

The Phils tried to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first as they loaded up the bases, via singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk to Delmon Young, with both M. Young and Howard moving up a base, and with two men out, before Dom Brown ended the threat by grounding out, 1-3. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the second as they loaded up the bases again, this time via singles by John Mayberry, Jr. and Erik Kratz, with Mayberry stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Cliff Lee, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving both men up a base, and then a two-out walk to Chase Utley, and with two men out, M. Young hits a two-run double, knocking in Mayberry and Kratz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Utley over to third base. One batter later, with Howard batting, the Phils took a 3-o lead as Madison Bumgarner threw a wild pitch, allowing Utley to score, while M. Young would move up to third base. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the fifth as, now with a runner on third, and with one man out, D. Young hits a sacrifice fly, scoring M. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as, with two men out, Brown hits a solo blast to right field, his sixth home run of the season. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Pence, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error of Francisco Peguero’s infield single, as he threw the ball past Howard, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Rollins redeemed himself by hitting a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kratz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis’ double, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.31) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out seven. Chad Gaudin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jean Machi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Javier Lopez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Michael Young (Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, raising his average to .333. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Eric Kratz (Single), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other two Phils’ RBIs (Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young) came in on sacrifice flies, while the final Phil run would come in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Utley, M. Young, D. Young, Kratz) in the game.

The Phils (15-18, 3rd NL East) will continue their three-games series with the Giants (19-13, 1st NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 10:15 pm and will be played at AT&T Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on May 2, as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, and his sixth straight quality start. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on May 1, where he went five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 9-6 come from behind win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to see if they can get the better of Lincecum tonight.

The Phils come back from an early Marlins’ lead to defeat the fish, 9-5.

The Phils overcomes an early Marlins’ lead to end up beating the fish, 9-5.

The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Bryan Petersen and Donovan Solano, with Petersen stopping at second base, and a walk to Jose Reyes, and with nobody out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run single, knocking in Petersen and Solano, while sending Reyes up to second base. Three batters later, the Marlins added to their lead as, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Rob Brantly hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Stanton over to third base. The Phils got two of the runs back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits a two-run double, knocking in Dom Brown, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, and then moved up to third base on Nate Schierholtz’s single, and Schierholtz, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had reached first base on an infield single near home plate, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s sac bunt. The Phils then took the lead two batters later, after Utley had moved up to second base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, as Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s second sac bunt of the night, 2-3, and Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s walk, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a strikeout-wildpitch that allowed Stanton to reach first base, then moved up to second base on Ruiz’s throwing error, a walk to Carlos Lee, then both runners moving up a base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, and a walk to Greg Dobbs, and with one man out, Gil Velazquez hits an RBI single, knocking in Stanton, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Lee and Dobbs, leaving the bases loaded. But, the Phils then gets out of the inning as pinch hitter Austin Kearns strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, but the ball gets away from Ruiz, and Lee attempts to score from third, but Ruiz gets to the ball, and throws to the plate, which was covered by Bastardo, who then tagged out Lee for the inning’s final out, for a strikeout-doubleplay. The Phils got that run back in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning.

Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Jeremy Horst collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his fourth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Phillippe Aumont pitched to two batters, getting neither officially out, as he gave up a run on a walk, while striking out one, who would get on base on a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo received his twenty-fifth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Ricky Nolasco (12-13, 4.48) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Dan Jennings pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Tom Koehler pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Singles) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles, RBI) all with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Pete Orr (Double, 2 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (2, 36 & 37), Utley (11)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (79-79, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (67-91, 5th) with a game now in progress.

The Phils reached the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the pesky Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils win their sixth straight game as they finally reach the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a walk by Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits into a double play, 4-6-3, wiping out Utley at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Pierre. The Phils then increased their lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Donovan Solano and Rob Brantley, a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Eovaldi, 1-4, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Bryan Pattersen, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI single, knocking in Solano, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brantley up to third base, and Pattersen over to second base. The Marlins then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brantley. The Phils added to their lead in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, next stole second base, then stopped at third base on catcher Brantley’s passed ball. The Marlins got the run back as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Roy Halladay helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, one batter later, after catcher Brantley had committed a foul pop error as he dropped Rollins’ foul pop behind home plate, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his eighteen home run of the season, knocking in Halladay. The Marlins then started a comeback in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pattersen hits an RBI double, knocking in Brantley, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. After the Phils had brought in Josh Lindblom, the Marlins made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as Ruggiano hits an RBI single, scoring Pattersen. Three batters later, after Reyes had reached base on a fielding error by Utley, allowing Ruggiano to reach third base, putting runners on the corners, and now with two men out, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-6 as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Ruggiano, while sending Reyes up to second base. After Lindblom is replaced on the mound by Jeremy Horst, who had not pitched since September 3, the Marlins made it an 8-7 Phils’ lead as Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Lee up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-7 lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-third save of the season, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01) got the win as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six. Josh Lindblom pitched a third of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. B.J. Rosenberg collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont also received his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71) took the lost as he went four innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Mike Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking three. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Michael Martinez (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a doubleplay ball. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Rollins (26)) in the game.

The Phils (71-71, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (63-80, 5th) with an afternoon game, which will soon be in progress, as the Phils attempt to sweep the fish.

The Phils survive both a rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally to defeat the fish, 6-4.

Surviving both a 45 mins. rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally, the Phils defeat the pesky fish, 6-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier singled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would take the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Hector Luna hits a two-run single, knocking in Polanco and Pence, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third. The score would remain 2-1 through the next three innings, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick continuously played Houdini, escaping several Marlins attempts to either tie the game or take the lead. Before the fifth inning would start, the game was stopped as the rain came down harder, with the rain delay lasting around 45 minutes before the game resumed. After Kendrick got through the top of the fifth, the Phils would finally add to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hit into a 4-3-6 doubleplay, becoming the inning’s second out, before pinch hitter Donnie Murphy, who had earlier singled, is tagged out at second base by Jimmy Rollins, while Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Murphy’s single, would score, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one men out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out to first, three-unassisted, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on pitch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Luna hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chad Gaudin’s wild pitch, before going to third base on Gaudin’s balk, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while sending Ty Wigginton, who had just walked, on to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the eighth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3. The Marlins then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would pitch a five-out save, for his fifteenth save of the year, first coming in with a bases loaded, one-out situation as John Buck got on base with a walk, to be followed by singles by pinch hitter Donovan Solano and Reyes, as he got Infante to pop out to short, putting into effect the infield fly rule, then striking out Hanley Ramirez on a called third strike, followed by him throwing a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Greg Dobbs to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while strucking out four. Chad Qualls collected his tenth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched to one batter, before being taken out of the game with an elbow injury. Antonio Bastardo collected his eleventh hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jake Diekman received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his fifteenth save of the year as he threw an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two. Chad Gaudin pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a balk, while striking out a batter. Randy Choate and Ryan Webb combined for a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double), Hunter Pence (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Double) all leading the ballclub with three hits each, followed by Hector Luna (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (28-25, 5th) will continue their series with the Marlins (29-23, T-2nd) with a game later this afternoon. The game, which will be nationally televised by Fox Sports, will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) is coming off a win against the Mets on May 28, where he went eight innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. Hamels will be going for his ninth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 4.26), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on May 27, as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to make Hamels the majors’ first nine-game winner.

A fourteen-hit attack supports a five-hit effort by team ace Roy Halladay, as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Phils explodes for seven runs in support of a five-hit effort by their ace Roy Halladay, as they defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Josh Johnson hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on John Buck’s fly out to right, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would score on Placido Polanco’s RBI infield single to shortstop, after having first been deflected by Johnson, beating the throw to the plate, while Polanco would move up to second base on the throw home. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins would move up to second base on a fielding error by left fielder Logan Morrison. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, before he moved up to second base on the throw to the plate.  Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single by Shane Victorino, which sent Pence on to third base, before he stole second base, and an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run double, scoring both Pence and Victornio, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, on to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would end being the final score as Gaby Sanchez flied out to center for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.80) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes combined for two 1-2-3 innings. Josh Johnson (0-2, 8.38) took the lost as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Ryan Webb pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one.

The Phils erupted for fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, RBI) with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk and three stolen bases (Pierre, Victorino (2)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (2-3, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (2-4, 4th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost in relief against the Pirates on April 7, as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two-hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 ninth-inning lost. Joe hopes that he will do better in his first start of the season. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 5, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to do better in his second National League start. The Phils will be out to even their record, and win their first series in the young season.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of 2011, after holding off a ninth inning Nats’ rally, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 3-2.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of the 2011 season, as the Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Nats, as the Phils win, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had reached first base on Ian Desmond’s fielding error, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s slow ground out, 5-3, then was given third on Desmond’s interference error as Rollins and Desmond bump into each other as Rollins was heading towards third base, since no one was covering third, thanks to the shift on Howard. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s fail bunt attempt,1-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Valdez’s walk, was out at third, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out, scored, while sending Halladay, who was safe at first on his failed bunt attempt, stopped at second base. Two batters later, after Rollins had loaded the bases with a single, moving up both Halladay and Polanco, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Howard was hit by the pitch, forcing in Halladay, while moving up a base both Polanco and Rollins. That would remain as the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Nats finally put together a rally. With runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Jayson Werth’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1, while sending Werth, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Nats then cut it down to a 3-2 Phils’ lead, as Danny Espinosa hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Nix on to second base. But that would be the final score, as Halladay would buckle down and get the last two outs, by first striking out pinch hitter Matt Stairs for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, both on called third strikes.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 1,23) got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he had struck out nine. John Lannan (1-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, striking out three. Chad Gaudin, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Guadin), while striking out two batters (Guadin and Slaten one batter each), between them. Halladay performed the Phils’ staff first complete game, as he missed pitching a shut out by giving up the first of two runs in the ninth, before striking out the last two batters to end the ballgame.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ RBI, Francisco via a ground out and Howard as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The Phils’ offense did not have many hits in the game, but they were able to score enouigh run to win behind Halladay.

The Phils (8-3, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nationals (5-6, 3rd) later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84), will pitch for the Phils as he is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 8, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lee will be trying to come back from his previous bad start against the Braves, while trying to give the Phils their fourth series win. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Mets, as he lasted five and one thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while also trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be trying to come back to Philly with a winning record.

Jamie Moyer wins career victory no. 265, his first in the New Yankee Stadium, as the Phils defeat the World Champs, 6-3.

Behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer, who won his 265 career win, and his first in the new Yankee Stadium, the Phils’ bat struck long enough to defeat the World Champions Yankees, 6-3.

The Phils’ bat erupted for four runs in the second inning to take the lead. The Phils scored their first run, taking a 1-0 lead as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Brian Schneider, sending Dobbs to second, and an infield single to Wilson Valdez, moving both Dobbs and Schneider up a base, and with still one man out, Shane Victorino hits a three-run triple, scoring Dobbs, Schneider and Valdez, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Yankees got a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Robinson Cano hits a solo home run, his fourteen home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The next batter, Jayson Werth, made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Phils’ their first back-to-back home run display of the season. The Phils threathen to add to their lead in the fourth as they loaded the bases, via a walk to Victorino, who then stole second base, a Chase Utley single, sending Vitctorino to third, and an intentional walk to Werth, with two men out, but they were turned back as Ibanez grounded out, 4-3. That would be the last time that the Phils’ offense would do anything that night, as Yankees’ relief pitching would shut them down for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, the Yanks would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-2 as, with one man out in the fifth, Jorge Posada hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer would only give up a walk to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, who is then wiped out at second as Cano hits into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play, and one more hit, an infield single to Kevin Russo in the eighth. The Yankess then tried to get back into the game in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rodriguez his an RBI double, knocking in Mark Teixeira, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners as Russo followed Rodriguez with a single, moving A-Rod to third, and still with two men out, Brad Lidge finally ended the game by striking out Posada swinging.

Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 265th of his career, tying him for 38th place on the all-time wins list with Jim McCormick, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out five, as he recovers from the shelling that he had received in Boston the previous Friday night. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.76 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he strikes out three. A.J. Burnett took the lost as he pitches only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out only three. His record is now 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA. Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin combine for five and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Logan), while striking out six Phils (three each).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Wilson Valdez each getting a hit. Victorino’s hit was a triple, knocking in three runs. Howard and Werth’s hits were solo home runs. Utley, Dobbs and Valdez’s hits were singles, with Dobbs’ hit knocking in a run, while Valdez’s was an infield single. While the Phils’ offense appears to be breaking out of its slump, it is still not putting together the sustain attack that it was putting on the field in April and early May. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before that feared attack finally returns to make the rest of the NL squirm.

The Phils (33-30, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Yankees (41-24, 1st-T AL East) with a night game at the new Yankee Stadium. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80), who last pitched on June 11 in a relief appearance against the Red Sox, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost to the BoSox. He will be trying for his first win since his six innings performance against the Marlins on May 28, in the Phils’ 3-2 win over the fish. He will be trying to build on his good relief appearance, after having pitched two straight no-decisions, one good, one bad. The Yankees with counter will Andy Pettittee (8-1, 2.46), who is coming off a win against the Astros on June 11, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Yanks’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to repeat his world series performance against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to win the series, while hoping for a measure of revenge against Pettitte for the two world series’ defeats.

Not again???? *&^$#!!!! And this time, an umpire gets into the act???? GGGRRRR!!!!

The Phillies let another game slip out of their hands as they blow another lead, losing to the Cubs, 3-2. And, to add insult to injury, a bad umpire’s call may have hurt them this time. Like yesterday, the Phillies would score first, as, with two men on and two outs, Pat Burrell would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has been hit by the pitch, and then would move up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between two former A’s teammates, Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Cubs’ starter Rich Harden. As the Phillies’ batter would be patient at the plate, causing Harden’s pitch count to rise, Blanton would breeze quickly through the first four innings, giving up only a lead-off walk and a hit. The Phillies would finally get their second run off of Harden when, with a runner on first and two outs, Howard would hit a single to right, with Utley, who has gotten on first with a single, would go to third on the hit. Cubs’ right fielder Kosuke Fukudome would then commit a throwing error, which would allow Utley to score, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1, as, with runners on the corners on and one out, Daryle Ward would hit a ground ball to Utley. Utley would throw to Jimmy Rollins for the inning’s second out, removing Henry Blanco, who has earlier singled, but he would then make an errant throw to first, which would pull Howard off the first base bag, because of Blanco’s slide which would force Rollins to make a quick throw when he actually have time to throw out Ward, which would not be recorded as an error. The blunder would allow Mark DeRose, who has earlier walked, stole second and has moved to third on Blanco’s single, to score the Cubs’ first run. Blanton would then end the inning by getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out. Blanton would then melt down on the mound in the sixth, as he proceed to walk first Ryan Theriot and then Derrick Lee. After getting out the next two batters, with the runners both moving up a base on the second out, he would then walk DeRosa to load the bases. That was enough for Charlie Manuel, as he would come out to take out Blanton and replace him with Scott Eyre. Eyre would, unfortunatley, walk Fukudome on five pitches, forcing in Theriot, and tying the game at two all, while leaving the bases loaded. Eyre would end the inning by striking out Blanco. In the seventh, the Phillies would try to retake the lead, with runners on the corners and two out, Howard would hit a ball at Cubs’ first baseman Lee, who would proceed to boot the ball, but would somehow be able to throw it in time to pitcher Jeff Samardzija, to get out Howard. This would lead to an argument between Howard,  Manuel, Davey Lopes and first base umpire Chris Guccione, while, according to the Phillies’ announcers, Howard, Lopes and Manuel had a point as Howard would actually beat Lee’s throw to first, which would have given the Phillies the lead with Rollins, who was safe on a force out, moved to second on Shane Victorino’s walk and has gone to third during another force out, coming across the plate during the play. Third base coach Steve Smith would eventually be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Bill Welke for still arguing the call. This would turn out to be huge, as, in the Cubs’ half of the seventh, with one out, Clay Condrey would give up a solo home run to Soriano, his twenty-third home run of the year, to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. This would be the final score, as the Phillies would be unable to score in the eighth inning, and after turning back the Cubs in their half of the eighth, would be unable to get anything done in the ninth, as Carlos Marmol would record his seventh save of the season.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on two hits and five very costly walks. Scott Eyre would get his second blown save of the season, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up only one walk, which sadly brought in the tying run, and one strikeout. Clay Condrey would get the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Rudy Seanez would also pitch an inning, as he gives up no run on one hit. Rich Harden would also receive a no-decision as he would only last five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Chad Gaudin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Jeff Samardzija would get the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on two hits. Carlos Marmol would get his seventh save of the year as he pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up no hits while striking out three.

Multiply factors would kill the Phillies today. First, Blanton’s five walks. Four of those walks would lead to the two runs that he would give up, especially the three walks that he would give up in the sixth inning, loading the bases. Although it would be Scott Eyre who would walk home the tying run, it would never have happened if Blanton had been able to throw strikes when he needed to, especially after getting ahead of the hitters. Secondly, the offense. Although they would force Rich Harden to leave the game early by getting him to work long pitch counts, they would be unable to get a key hit when they needed it when they threaten to score in the early innings. Business as usual for the offense. Third, Jimmy Rollins’ blunder in the fifth, when he could’ve taken his time to throw to first for the third out on Daryle Ward’s grounder to Utley, but instead would rush his throw because of Harry Blanco coming at him to break up the double play. Instead of the score staying 2-0 Phils, it became 2-1 Phillies because he would force Ryan Howard off of the bag to keep it from going past him. And lastly, the umpire’s call in the seventh inning on Howard’s grounder to first that would bounce off of Derrick Lee’s glove. According to instant reply, Howard has actually beaten Samardzija to the bag, but first base umpire Chris Guccione would call Howard out. The broadcasters think that this is the result of the same umpire earlier calling Utley safe on the previous play when he might’ve been beaten by the throw. If it is, it really stinks! as it kept the Phillies from retaking the lead. Oh man, how much more of this do we Phillies’ fan have to suffer through before we all go mad? Or when will all of this buzzard luck finally start to go our boys’ way?

The Phillies (73-62) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (85-50, 1st National League Central), now trying for a split in the series. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports and will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central) in Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 25, as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up nine scattered hits while striking out eight, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be trying to pitch his six straight quality start since returning from the minors and improving his record to 5-1 in his last eight starts, while trying to stop the Phillies’ present slide at three games. The Cubs’ starter will be Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on August 25, as he went seven innings, giving up only three earned run on seven hits while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 12-3 rout. He will be trying to see if he can continue the Cubs’ seven game winning streak and continue the Phillies’ current losing streak.

With the lost, the Phillies are presently trailing the Mets by two game and lead the Marlins by five games, as the Mets defeated the Marlins. The Phillies will be trying to regroup so that they can come back and split the series before continuing their long road trip.

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