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The bullpen lets the Phils down after the offense rallies in the bottom of the eighth, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 9-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAn eighth inning rally is wasted by the bullpen as it couldn’t hold onto the lead in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 9-6.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Evan Gattis hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with nobody out, Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Dan Uggla followed with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Brave then made it a 5-1 lead as Andrelton Simmons followed with a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then came back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Tony Gwynn, Jr., a single by Jimmy Rollins, with Gwynn stopping at second base, and a single by the still-red hot Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, scoring both Gwynn and Rollins, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 5-3, while sending Utley up to second base. One batter later, after Utley has moved up to third base on pitcher Luis Avilan’s wild pitch, the Phils took the lead as Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley and Byrd. The Braves would retake the lead in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to B.J. Upton, Freeman reaching base on a fielder’s choice ground ball, as Upton’s beat Utley’s throw to second base, and a walk to Justin Upton, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Uggla hits a grand-slam home run, his second home run of the season, and of the game, giving the Braves a 9-6 lead, scoring B.J. Upton, Freeman and J. Upton. That would end up being the final score as David Carpenter collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to ground out, 3-unassisted, to end the game.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to three batters, getting no one out, as he gave up three runs on three hits, all home runs. Luis Garcia pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (1-1, 8.59) as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ervin Santana also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. Ian Thomas received his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Anthony Varvaro would also receive his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Luis Avilan (3-1, 13.50) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter received his first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Double, Single, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Home Run, 3RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Gwynn, Rollins, Brown, Carlos Ruiz) and a sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Ruiz) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (6-7, T-3) continue their series with the Braves (9-4, 1st) with a ballgame tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50), who is coming off a start against the Brewers on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a win over the Braves. The Braves will counter with David Hale (0-0, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 10, as he went four and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 6-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win. The Phils will be out to recover from last night’s hard to swallow lost.

The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with  Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils get swept as they lose once again to the Brewers, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are swept by Milwaukee in their opening series at home, as they lose to the Brew Crew, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Braun, who had started the inning off with a single. Two batters later, after Ramirez has moved up to third base on Jonathan Lucroy’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, the Brewers would take the lead as Khris Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers increased their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Davis hits an RBI double, knocking in Lucroy, who had just doubled, making it a 3-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, sending Rollins up to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Rollins, as Utley would reach third base, and Howard would stop at second base, making it a 3-2 Brewers’ lead. But the Phils threat would then end as Brewers’ starter Marco Estrado would get Dom Brown to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers would get the run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on pitch-hitter Logan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-2 Brewers’ lead, while sending Schafer, who had been safe at first on his bunt attempt, over to third base. The Brewers then took a 5-2 lead as Joe Segura hits an RBI single, knocking in Schafer, while sending Gomez over to third base. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead as Braun hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gomez. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Cody Asche, swinging, to end the game.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight. Jeff Manship pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Marco Estrado (1-0, 2.31) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Smith) and a walk (Smith) between them, while striking out six (two batters apiece).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with  Chase Utley (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Runs, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Rollins, Ryan Howard (2)), while Rollins was caught stealing second base, while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) and an outfield assist (Dom Brown), while performing a doubleplay and a pickoff (Jake Diekman).

The Phils (3-6, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (5-5, 3rd), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.66), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 6, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, four of which are earned, on five hits and six walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from his previous start. The Marlins will counter with Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 5, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. He’ll be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to put a stop to their four-game losing streak, while trying to get all parts of their game to work together.

The Phils’ bullpen allow in five runs in the last two innings, as the Phils end up losing again to the Brewers, 9-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils drop their third straight game as the bullpen allow five runs to score in the last two innings, as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 9-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jean Segura, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Braun, who had just walked, up to second base. The Brewers then took a 2-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Braun would score on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Jonathan Lucroy’s grounder, allowing Lucroy to reach base, while Ramirez would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 1-5, as Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, is tagged out at second base by shortstop Segura, after originally being called safe by the second base umpire as pitcher Matt Garza’s throw to second base took Segura off of the bag, as the play is overturned via instant replay as Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke came out of the dugout to dispute the call, then stopped at third base on Carlos Ruiz’s double, goes home on a balk committed by Garza, while Ruiz, who had just doubled, would move up to third base on the balk. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has walked, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out, the Phils will tied the game up at two-all as Ruiz scores on second baseman Scooter Gennett’s force attempt throwing error of Marlon Byrd’s grounder, allowing Howard to be safe at second base, before going on to third base, and Byrd to go on to second base. The Phils then took the lead as Don Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Byrd on to third base. The Brewers would retie the game at three-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Segura hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who had just doubled. The Brewers would retake the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Gomez hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, his second of the game, then moved up to third on Garza’s wild pitch. The Brewers would retake the lead for good in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mark Reynolds, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Gennett’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on Howard’s fielding error of Logan Schafer’s grounder, giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead, while Schafer, who had reached base on Howard’s error, would continue to second base. Three batters later, the Brewers would take a 7-4 lead as, with two men on, as Segura is hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Braun hits a two-run double, knocking in both Schafer and Segura. The Brewers then made it a 9-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Roberto Gonzalez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while he struck out nine. Jeff Manship and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four (Manship (1), Diekman (3)). Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits, two walks, a balk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tyler Thornburg (2-0, 1.50) got the win as he threw two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) both leading the team with two hits. Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Jayson Nix (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and Cody Asche (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Rollins, Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Brewers (6-2, 1st Central) 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 Cliff Lee (2-0 , 6.00) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 5, as he threw seven shutout innings, as he gave up ten hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-0, 1.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on April 4, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to lead the Brew Crew to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their losing streak.

Ryan Braun and the Brewers spoil the Phils’ home opener, as the Phils lose to the Brew Crew, 10-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThree home runs by Ryan Braun helps the Brew Crew ruin the Phils’ opening day at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 10-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Ryan Howard’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Brewers would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Mark Reynolds hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Lucroy, who had earlier doubled. The Brewers would take the lead in the top of third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Braun hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jean Segura’s sacrifice bunt, and Segura, who would be safe at first on his bunt as pitcher Kyle Kendrick committed a fielding error trying to field the ball, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead. The Brewers would add to their lead five batters later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Scooter Gennett hits an RBI single, knocking in Lucroy, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on third baseman Cody Asche’s throwing error to first on Reynolds’ grounder, making it a 5-1 Brewers’ lead, while sending Reynolds, who was earlier safe on Asche’s error, over to third base. The Brewers then took a 6-1 lead as, with two men out, Braun hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, and of the ball game. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had just singled, making it a 6-2 Brewers’ lead. The Phils then cut the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Cesar Hernandez’s single, while sending Hernandez, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-4 Brewers’ lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had just tripled. The Brewers would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Khris Davis, who had just singled, would score on a fielding error committed by Revere on Reynolds’ fly ball, as he would be unable to catch the ball, making it a 7-4 Brewers’ lead, while Reynolds would stop at second base on the error. The Brewers then made it a 10-4 lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Braun would hit his second three-run home run of the game, his third home run of the season, as he knocked in Gomez, who had earlier doubled and Segura, who had just been hit by the pitch. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Ruiz on a foul tip, to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks, while he struck out three. B.J. Rosenberg pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Brad Lincoln pitched two innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (1-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out four. Zach Duke collected his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Will Smith also collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three batters (Kintzler (1), Henderson (2)) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Triple) and Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Cesar Hernandez (Single) and Cody Asche (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Brown (2), Hernandez, Asche) in the game, while the defense would commit three errors (Kyle Kendrick, Asche, Revere), and throw out two runners (Kendrick/Ruiz. B.J. Rosenberg/Ruiz).

The Phils (3-4, T-4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (5-2, T-1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 4, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He’ll be trying to lead the Phils back to .500. The Brewers will counter with Matt Garza (0-1, 1,13), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 2, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Brewers’ 1-0 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500 while trying to even the series up at a game apiece.

The Phils are unable to sweep the Cubs as A.J. Burnett is pounded for eight runs, as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA.J. Burnett give up eight runs as the Phils are unable to sweep the series in Chicago, as they lose to the Cubs 8-3.

The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Kalish hits an RBI triple, knocking in Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Anthony Rizzo had walked, putting runners on the corners, with still nobody out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kalish, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Rizzo up to second base. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead two batters later, after Luis Valbuena had walked, putting runners on second and first, and with one man out, as Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Rizzo, and sending Valbuena up to third base. The Cubs then increased their lead as Ryan Sweeney hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valbuena, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown, with Byrd stopping at second base, and with both runners moving up a base on shortstop Castros’ force attempt fielding error of Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw out Byrd at home plate, as catcher John Baker touched the plate for the inning’s second out, while Brown and Ruiz both moved up a base, and Asche reached first base, leaving the bases loaded, before A.J. Burnett ended the threat by flying to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils would finally score in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a grounder up the middle which looked like it had a chance to be a base hit, but would be deflected off of pitcher Villanueva’s glove to the shortstop Castro, who then threw out Utley, 1-6-3, for the inning’s first out, while Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, before going on to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, as Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would be forced to stay at second base because of the deflection, before Phils’ manager Ryne Sandburg would come out to dispute the call, asking for a review. The umpires would review the play, before upholding the call, leaving the Phils with a man on second, and with one man out. The inning would then end as Ryan Howard hits a sharp line drive that would be caught by Bonifacio, who then threw to second base to double up Rollins in a 4-6 doubleplay. The Cubs would get the run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected by pitcher Burnett, allowing Sweeney, who had reached third base on a three base fielding error by center fielder Revere, to score, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead, while sending Baker, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, to reach second base. The Cubs then made it a 7-1 lead as Kalish followed with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Bonifacio. After the Phils had replaced Burnett with Brad Lincoln, the Cubs made it an 8-1 lead as Rizzo hits an RBI single, knocking in Kalish. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr., a wild pitch by pitcher Jose Veras, moving up both runners, and a walk to Revere, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Asche, making it an 8-2 Cubs’ lead, as Gwynn is forced out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Revere moved up to second base. After Utley had walked to reload the bases, as Revere and Rollins both moved up a base, and Pedro Strop replaces Veras on the mound, the Phils made it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead as Strop threw a wild pitch, allowing Revere to score, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base. That would end up being the final score as Howard would line out to left field for the game’s final out.

A. J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brian Schlitter collected his second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Hector Rondon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Pedro Strop pitched a third of an inning, as he threw a wild pitch, before finally getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Byrd (Single) and Cody Asche (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Revere, Utley, Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Revere (4), Rollins (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere) and picked a runner off first (Burnett).

The Phils (3-3, 4th East) are off today as their home opener against the Brewers (4-2, T-1st Central) was called off yesterday because of the possibility of rain in today’s forecast. Instead, it will be played tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, to start at 4:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.29) who is coming off a no-decision against the Rangers on April 2, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to the win on opening day. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his first victory of the season, while trying to silent the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to start off their first home stand of the year on a good note.

The Phils have announced that they have placed six of their players on the disabled list.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils prepare to play their final two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park, they have announced that they plan to start the season with six of their players on the 15-day disabled list.

The six players are infielder Freddy Galvis with a left knee infection, outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf out with a left oblique strain, left-handed starter Cole Hamels with left biceps tendinitis, right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez with right shoulder tendinitis, right-handed reliever Mike Adams, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery and right-handed reliever Ethan Martin with right shoulder inflammation, with all but Adams being retroactive to March 21, as Adams goes back to March 26.

Adams has said that he hopes to join the team by April 15, while Hamels believes he should be ready by the end of April. Galvis, who is recovering from MRSA, hopes to be back by the middle of April. Ruf should be out for four to six weeks because of his injury, while Martin has started throwing. Ruben Amaro has mentioned that Gonzalez might be placed on the 60-day disabled list to give the team a bit of flexibility on the 40-man roster.

I just hope they guys will get back soon, so that they can all help the team.

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

The Phils three-game winning streak come to an end as they are two-hit by the Tigers, losing 1-0

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ winning streak ends at three games as they get two-hit by the Tigers, losing 1-0.

The Tigers take the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Miguel Cabrera hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ian Kinsler, who had just tripled, as the Tigers take a 1-0 lead. That would hold up as the final score as Cliff Lee and the Phils’ bullpen would only give up nine more hits and a walk in the game, while the Tigers’ pitching staff would keep the Phils’ offense grounded, giving up only two hits, both singles, and three walks in the game.

Cliff Lee (1-2, 2.55) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Phillippe Aumont, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Rosenberg (2)) between them, while striking out 4 (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Diekman (2)). Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw six and a third shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. Phil Coke collected his fourth hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Al Alburquerque received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Blaine Hardy collected his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, both singles, a two-out single in the first by Chase Utley and a two-out single in the eighth by Wil Nieves. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Ryan Howard, Reid Brignac (2)), while the defense committed two errors (Howard, Cesar Hernandez), had an outfield assist (Clete Thomas), and performed three double plays, while Cliff Lee picked off a runner.

The Phils (9-16-3) will play their last Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (13-13). The game will be played at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, and is to start at 1:05 PM EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (1-2, 7.53) while the Blue Jays will counter with Drew Hutchison (0-1, 2.79). The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a good note, before heading north for their final two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park with the Pirates.

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. :-)

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