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The Phils lose the weekend series to the Dodgers, losing the opener 2-0, then winning the middle game 5-3, before being humiliated by being no-hit in the final game, the first time in Philly in 45 years, losing 6-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose the three-game series with the Dodgers, getting humiliated in the final game by being no-hit at home for the first time in 45 years.

On Friday night, the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Dee Gordon, who had started the game off with a second, then stole first second base, then third base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the second as Carl Crawford hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would be three-hit in the game by Dodgers’ pitching, getting only a fourth inning double by Chase Utley, a sixth inning lead-off double by Jimmy Rollins and a lead-off single in the seventh inning by Ben Revere, as the offense is unable to cash in on several scoring opportunities in the later innings, before Kenley Jansen collect his fourteenth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lined out to left for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.83) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three, Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 3.49) got the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Brandon League pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a hit and a walk. J.P. Howell collected his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up no hits. Brian Wilson collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kenley Jansen received his fourteenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley and a single by Ben Revere. They also had four walks (Carlos Ruiz (2), Darin Ruf, Cesar Hernandez) and a sacrifice bunt (Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed two double plays.

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley, after catcher A.J. Ellis had made a foul pop error on a ball in foul territory, hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on David Buchanan’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, beating the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single, scoring Revere. The Dodgers get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carl Crawford hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Justin Turner, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Yasiel Puig’s infield single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Puig, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Adrian Gonzalez’s soft ground out, 1-3, over to third base. The Dodgers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Erisbel Arruebarrena, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Dan Haren’s ground out, 6-3. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Revere, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then went all the way to third on pitcher Haren’s two-base throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Dodgers made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Puig, who had started the inning off with a triple, would score on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon received his thirteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, swinging, for the game’s final out.

David Buchanan (1-0,  3.60) got the win, the first in his major league career, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball, while striking out one. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirteenth save of the season, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Dan Haren (5-3, 3.16) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Paul Maholm pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, a hit batter and a balk, while sriking out two.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Carlos Ruiz, Cesar Hernandez),  a hit batter (Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (David Buchanan) in the game, while the defense had picked off a runner (Ruiz), committed an error (Buchanan (1)) and performed a double play.

On Sunday, the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Dee Gordon, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Carl Crawford’s fly out to center, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers increased their lead in the top of the first as Justin Turner hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erisbel Arruebarrena hits an RBI single, knocking in Turner, before going to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Dodgers added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Gordon, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score on first baseman Ryan Howard’s fielding error of Crawford’s grounder, making it a 4-0 Dodgers’ lead, while Crawford would stop at second base. The Dodgers then made it a 5-0 lead two as, after Yasiel Puig hits a double, which sends Crawford on to third base, and with still nobody out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Crawford, while sending Puig up to third, putting runners on the corners. The Dodgers then added to their lead as Andre Ethier hits into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Gonzalez at second base for the inning’s first out, as Puig scores, making it a 6-0 Dodgers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Josh Beckett pitches a no-hitter, the first pitched against the Phils since 1978 and the first pitched against them at home since 1969, as he struck out Chase Utley, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jeff Manship pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Josh Beckett (3-1, 2.43) got the win as he pitched a complete game no-hitter, giving up three walks, while striking out six.

The Phils had no hits in the game. They had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Ryan Howard (3)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (21-26, 54th NL East) start a three-game home series with the Rockies (27-23, 2nd NL West) with a game in progress.

The Phils lose to the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth, losing to the fish, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils came back from behind, only to lose the game in the bottom of the ninth, as they lose to the Marlins in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Marlins broke up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single, knocking in Ed Lucas, who had just doubled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlin increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Jeff Baker, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s double, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Marlon Byrd hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Utley. The Marlins won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ozuna and Jeff Mathis, sending Ozuna up to second base, and an infield single by pitch-hitter Reed Johnson, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Christian Yelich hits an RBI single, knocking in Ozuna, for the walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out six. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (2-2, 4.18) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while striking out three.  A.J. Ramos received his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Mike Dunn received his first blown save of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Steve Cishek (4-1, 1.96) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single, placing himself as number two on the Phils’ all-time hit list with 2118 hits), Wil Nieves (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cody Asche (Single), Ben Revere (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, while the Phil’s final run came in on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins (2), Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the ballgame, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (20-24, 5th NL East) will start a three-game series at home with the Dodgers (25-23, 3rd West). 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 (2-1, 3.98) who last pitch a scoreless inning of relief against the Reds on May 16, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. He will be out to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 4.43), who is coming off a lost to the Diamondbacks on May 17, as he pitched just one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 18-7 lost. He will be trying to get back on the winning track. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak at home.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

A five-run first leads to the National League winning it third straight All-Star Game as they defeat the American League, 8-0.

The National League wins its third straight All-Star Game as it blanked the American League, 8-0.

The National League jumped into the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double, knocking in the Giants Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, giving the National League a 1-0 lead. The NL then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltan, moving Braun up to second base, and to the Giants’ Buster Posey, moving both Braun and Beltran up a base, and with two men out, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a three-run triple, clearing the bases. The NL then increased their lead as the Braves’ Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, giving the NL a 5-0 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, the Cardinals’ pinch hitter Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in fellow Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who had just tripled, giving the NL a 6-0 lead. The NL then took an 8-0 lead as Cabrera (who was later made the All-Star Game’s MVP) hits a two-run home run, knocking in Holliday. That would end up being the final as the Phils’ Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shut out by getting the Orioles’ Matt Wieters to fly out to right for the final out.

The Giants’ Matt Cain (1-0, 0.0) gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), R.A. Dickey (Mets), Cole Hamels (Phils), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) and Jonathan Papelbon (Phils) would combine for seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (2), Dickey (1), Miley (1)) and three walks (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (1), Chapman (1)) between them, while striking out seven (Cain (1), Gonzalez (1), Dickey (1), Kimbrel (2), Chapman (1), Hanrahan (1)). The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (0-1, 45.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Nathan (Rangers) and David Price (Rays) combined for a pair of 1-2-3 innings. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Jered Weaver (Angels), Chris Sale (White Sox), Ryan Cook (Athletics), Jim Johnson (Orioles) and Fernando Rodney (Rays) would combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Sale) and a walk (Weaver) between them, while striking out four (Sale (1), Cook (2), Johnson (1)).

The National League squad had ten hits in the game, with Melky Cabrera of the Giants (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Braun of the Brewers (Double, Triple, RBI) leading the squad with two hits apiece. Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (Triple, 3 RBIs), Dan Uggla of the Braves (Single, RBI), Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals (Triple), pinch hitter Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Chipper Jones of the Braves (Single) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (Single) had the other six NL hits. The NL also had three walks. The American League squad had only six hits in the game, all singles, by Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Robinson Cano of the Yankees, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Mike Napoli of the Rangers, Mike Trout of the Angels and Joe Mauer of the Twins. The AL also had three walks, a stolen base (Trout) and a hit batter (Paul Konerko of the White Sox).

Among the Phils representatives, Carlos Ruiz came into game in the sixth inning, making one plate appearance, flying out to left. Cole Hamels pitched the seventh inning, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched to one batter, getting the game’s final out on a fly out to right.

With the win, the NL will have home field advantage during the 2012 World Series.

The Phils begin their four-game series with the Dodgers with a lose as Papelbon is unable to keep the Dodgers from scoring in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose, 4-3.

The Phils lose their third straight game, as Papelbon is unable to secure the ninth inning, as the Phils drop one to the Dodgers, 4-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits an RBI single, scoring Elian Herrera, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Andre Ethier, who had just walked, on to third base. The Dodgers then took a 2-0 lead as Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while moving Rivera up to second base. The Dodgers added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Adam Kennedy, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Clayton Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers lead. The Phils then tied up the ballgame at three-all three batters later, after Vance Worley moves Galvis up to second base on a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Galvis. The game would remain tied until the ninth inning as the Dodgers retake the lead as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Gordon, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jensen converted his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits ( one hit each) between them, while striking out six (three each). Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Ronald Belisario (1-0, 1.26) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen collected his seventh save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (Singles, RBI) all leading the Phils with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (28-28, 5th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (34-21, 1st West) with a game now in progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Phils starters end up in the top five in the 2011 NL Cy Young Award Balloting.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels ended up in 2nd, 3rd and 5th place, respectively, in the voting for the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, which was won by Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, as most people had expected.

Roy Halladay, the ace of the Phils pitching staff, and the winner of the award the previous season (2010), who in 2011 had a record of 19-6 in 32 games started, with an ERA of 2.35, and pitched in 232.2 innings, striking out 220 batters while walking only 35, ended second in the balloting with 4 first place votes, 21 second place votes and 7 third places votes, for a total of 133 points, being unable to win his second straight Cy Young Award and his third overall (2003 AL (Toronto), 2011 NL (Phils)). Cliff Lee, who during the season was twice voted the NL pitcher of the month (June, August), had a record of 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA in 32 starts, pitched in 232.2 innings, striking out 228 batters while only giving out 42 free passes, while throwing six complete game shutouts, ended up third in the balloting, with five second place votes, 17 third, 9 fourth and 1 fifth place votes for a total of 90 points. The third Phil among the top five, Cole Hamels, ended the 2011 season with a 14-9 record with a 2.79 ERA in 32 games pitched, all but one as a starter, pitching in 216 innings as he struck out 194 batters while walking only 44, ended up in fifth place among those on the ballot, with two fourth place votes and 13 fifth place votes, for a total of 17 points.

The winner, Clayton Kershaw, won the award with 27 first place votes, 3 second and 2 third places votes, as he won the NL pitching Triple Crown, as he ended up tied for most wins (21) with Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks, having the best ERA (2.28) and the most strikeouts (248).

Congratulations to Kershaw, and congrats on your placements on the ballot, guys.

The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

The Phils leave L.A. after two straight drubbings of the Dodgers, winning by scores of 8-4 and 5-1.

The Phils leave L.A. with the bats seeming to be back, as they pound the Dodgers by the scores of 8-4 and 5-1.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Scott Podsednik, Jamey Carroll being hit by the pitch, and a single by Matt Kemp, moving both Podsednik and Carroll up a base, and with one man out, James Loney had an RBI walk, scoring Podsednik, while moving both Carroll and Kemp up a base. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, and Shane Victorino, who has just walked, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run of his own, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Dodgers cut the Phils’ lead to 6-2 in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carroll hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Rod Barajas, who had earlier singled, went to second on Kenley Jansen’s single, and then went to third on Podsednik’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Jansen’s at second base for the inning’s first out, to make it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Podsednik, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Dodgers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Loney hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Kemp, who had earlier singled. The Phils regain the two runs in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Howard and Werth, the two moving up to third and second respectively on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3, and a intentional walk to Victorino, and with two men out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, scoring both Howard and Werth, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting pinch hitter Jay Gibbons to end the game by grounding out, 4-3. 

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches five innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.72 ERA. Chad Durbin records his twelfth hold of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Madson) between them. Carlos Monasterios took the lost as he pitches two innings plus two batters, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitches three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeff Weaver pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. George Sherrill pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three walks. Jonathan Broxton pitches an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out three. Octavio Dotel pitches a scoreless inning, walking two batters.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Chase Utley both leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with both man scoring a run. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and pitch hitter Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Howard and Schneider’s hits being three-run home runs, Werth and Ibanez’s hits being doubles, and Ruiz’s hit being a pinch hit two-run single.

On Wednesday, the Phils a quick 1-0 lead as, on a 1-0 fastball, Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils then made it 2-0 in the second as Victorino hits a lead-off home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. That would be more than enough for Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt to work with, as he would have a no-hitter going for five and two-third innings, until it was broken up in the sixth by Casey Blake with a single, who moved to second Loney, who had earlier walked. Oswalt would end the threat by getting Ronnie Belliard to pop out to the second baseman. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Carroll, who had earlier singled, then moved to second on Rollins’ fielding error of Kemp’s grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Kemp, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, to second base. The Phils got the runs back in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Dom Brown, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before he went to second base on the late throw to home plate. One batter later, the Phils took a 5-1 lead as UItley hit a ground-rule double, scoring Rollins. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Podsednik swinging to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and six walks, while striking out six. His record is now 10-13 (4-1) with a 3.01 (1.89) ERA. J.C. Romero records his seventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. Ryan Madson gets his ninth hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw gets the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. His record is now 11-9 with a 3.01 ERA. Kenley Jansen pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ronald Belisario pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Hong-Chih Huo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all doubles, knocking in two runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who both had two hits, both having a single and a solo home run, with Rollins knocking in two runs and Victorino one. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a single and Howard and Brown’s hits being doubles. The offense appears to be coming alive.

The Phils (75-58, 4th East) with conclude their road trip with a one game stop in Denver against the Rockies (69-63, 3rd West) to play a make up game for an earlier rain out. The game will be played at Coors Field and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern (5:10 pm Mountain). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 28, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three stars, he is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and a third innings, giving up four runs on twenty hits and a walk, while striking out nineteen. He will be shooting for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep the Rockies under control. The Rockies will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (7-9, 3.79), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 28, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he pitched nineteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on twelve hits and ten walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to end the Phils’ trip on a low note. The Phils plan to end the road trip on a high note, with the bats finally coming out to play.

Memo to Joe: Phillies own Broxton!!! Phils come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 10-9.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Phils come back to defeat the Dodgers by scoring eight runs in the last two innings, with the last four coming off of Jonathan Broxton in a wild ninth inning, winning the game with a Carlos Ruiz walk-off double, 10-9.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Belliard hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Andre Ethier’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base. Matt Kemp then gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Loney, while sending Belliard to second. James Carroll then made it a 3-0 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Belliard, while sending Kemp to third, before moving up to second on the late throw to third. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Wilson Valdez’s double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Valdez, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Dodgers would get one of those runs back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Belliard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Ethier’s single, making it a 4-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers then made it 6-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one out, Kemp hits a two-run bomb, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled. The Dodgers added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, scoring Podsendik, who was earlier safe at first on first baseman Mike Sweeney’s fielding error, then moved up to second on Ethier’s single, making it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Ethier, who had earlier singled, over to third base. Kemp then made it an 8-2 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while sending Blake up to second base. Carroll then gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Blake, while sending Kemp over to third, before moving up to second on the throw. The Phils, after falling behind by seven runs, then started to chip away at the Dodgers’ lead. In their half of the eighth, Placido Polanco started the inning off with a single. Sweeney followed him with a single of his own, sending Polanco to second base. With Werth batting, Ronald Bellsario threw a wild pitch, sending Polanco to third base, and Sweeney up to second base. Werth then hits a two-run single, scoring both Polanco and Sweeney, cutting the Dodgers’ lead down to 9-4. With Ben Francisco batting, Bellsario committed a balk, sending Werth up to second base, although it took the home plate umpire a long time before finally saying that Bellsario’s fake to third and then to first move was a balk, since there was no body on third at the time, as he needed to be prompted first by Phils’ manager, Charlies Manuel, and then by the rest of the umpiring crew. Francisco then hits an RBI double, bringing in Werth, cutting the Dodgers lead down even further to 9-5. After Ruiz hits a bullet to third, that was grabbed by third baseman Blake, for a 5-3 ground out, the inning’s first out, Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, making it a 9-6 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would then get out of the inning as pinch hitter Ben Francisco flies out to left, and then, after Jimmy Rollins walks, Raul Ibanez ended the inning by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins at second base. After Danys Baez shut down the Dodgers in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers brought in Jonathan Broxton to nail down the game for them. He did not do so. After falling behind Polanco 2-0, he hit him with his third pitch, as Polanco turned his body so that the ball would not hit his right elbow, sending Polanco to first. The next two batters, Sweeney and Werth, then walked, loading up the bases, with nobody out. Ben Francisco then followed by hitting what should have been a doubleplay grounder to third, but was misplayed by Blake who pulled up his glove too soon, becoming a fielding error, allowing both Polanco and Sweeney to score, cutting the Dodgers lead down to 9-7, while sending Werth up to second base. Now, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits a 1-1 slider towards left center field, where it would hit against the wall and bounce in for a double, knocking in first Werth, and then Francisco, who was on Werth’s heels, with the winning run, as the Phils had a 10-9 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. Chad Durbin pitches an innings and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA. Clayton Kershaw also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Hong-Chih Kuo records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ronald Belisaro pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits, a wild pitch and a balk. Kenley Jansen pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. George Sherrill records his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his fifth save of the season, before taking the lost, as he faces five batters, giving up four runs on just one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs, including the game winner, as he raised his batting average to .294. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez, who all had two hits apiece, with Polanco, Sweeney and Werth’s hits all being singles, with Werth knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double, as he knocks in a run. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a double, as he knocks in two runs. Joe Blanton knocks in the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the other run came in on an error. The offense this time was able to come back, in spite of the bullpen, although helped by a Broxton melt down in the ninth. Seriously, either the Phils are deep in his head (Thank you Matt Stairs), or the Phils got some supernatural assistant from a young male fan in the ninth. Either way, I think Joe Torre might think twice and maybe a third time before using him with such a small lead in the ninth against the Phils. Not so good things seems to happen to him. ;-)

The Phils (64-50, 2nd) will now go to New York for a three-game set with the Mets (57-57, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.45), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 7, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on eighteen hits and four waks, while striking out twenty-nine. He will be trying to get even with the Mets for his last lost. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (7-5, 2.65), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 8, as he went only three innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up six runs on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out four. He hopes that the Phils won’t be able to handle him again. The Phils will be trying to take the momentum from their ninth-inning win last night into New York City for the weekend.

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