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The offense gives Cliff Lee some much needed runs support as the Phils four hits the Dodgers, 7-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense supports a four hit performance by Cliff Lee, as they blank the Dodgers, 7-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the game off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tried to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an infield single to second baseman Chase Utley, near the second base bag, who was unable to make a play to first, but who then threw home as he saw Yasiel Puig, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s fly out to center field, and had just moved up to third base on the play, tried to score. Catcher Ruiz, after he had caught the throw from Utley, ran Puig back to third base, before tagging him out as Puig attempted to slide bag into third base, head first, for the inning’s final out, 4-2, which would turn out to be the Dodgers’ best chance to score a run during the game. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in two games, knocking in Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, now with two men on, via singles by John Mayberry, Jr., and Dom Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and with still two men out, Mayberry would score on pitcher Paul Maholm’s throwing error of Freddy Galvis’ grounder near the mound, as Brown moved up to third base, while Galvis would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting Gonzalez to hit into a force out, 6-unassisted, as Turner, who had just walked, is forced out at second base for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while he strikes out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Dominguez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn, Ruiz, Mayberry) in the game.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-8, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is scheduled to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 17, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He will be trying once again for his first win of the season, while trying to add on to his previous good start. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. He’ll be going for his fourth win of the year, while hoping to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight win while trying to give another of their starters a win.

The Phils’ bats finally come alive, before they hold on to defeat the Rockies, 10-9.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats wake up before they end up winning a slugfest with the Rockies, defeating Colorado, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Barnes, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Troy Tulowitzki’s walk, while Tulowitzki, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI double, knocking in Charlie Blackmon, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on Barnes’ single, then moved up to third base on Carlos Gonzalez’s force out, 4-6, as Barnes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Rockies then tied the game at three-all as Morneau grounded out, 3-unassisted, scoring Gonzalez, while moving Tulowitzki up to third base. The Rockies then took the lead as Nolan Arenado followed with an  RBI single, knocking in Tulowitzki, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies then increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Barnes, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Tulowitzki’s single, sending Gonzalez up to third base, and with still no one out, Morneau hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 6-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Rockies lead three batters later as, with runners on second and third, after Dom Brown had followed with a single, moving Byrd up to second base, and then both runners have both moved up a base on pitcher Jordon Pacheco’s wild pitch, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Byrd. The Phils would tie the game up at six-all in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then stopped at third base on Rollins’ double, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, before moving up to second base as the ball gets past right fielder Barnes for a fielding error, after he had earlier tried to catch the ball and it dropped in, a single that might later be declared a double based on the fact that the ball never touched Barnes’ glove, and if so, would give Howard the cycle, since he had also singled by that point in the game.  The Phils then made it an 8-6 lead two batters later, after Byrd had reached base on second baseman Josh Rutledge’s fielding error, while Howard would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Rockies retied the game at eight-all in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morneau hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead again in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-8 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Utley hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as he beats the throw from second base, while Revere scores. The Rockies would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Blackmon hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his fifth save of the season as, with two men on, and with two men out, Blackmon grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out, on a throw that was caught by John Mayberry Jr., as he kept his foot on the bag, a call that was upheld by the umpires when the Rockies asked for the call to be review.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. Mario Hollands threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Jake Diekman (2-1, 8.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a hit batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Rex Brothers collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Boone Logan blew his first save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Adam Ottavino pitched two thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Matt Belisle (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Chad Bettis pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils banged out fifteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with three hits and Ben Revere (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Wil Nieves (Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Rollins) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and picked off a runner (Roberto Hernandez).

The Phils (8-10, 5th East) will start a four-games series with the Dodgers 12-7, 1st West), starting with a ballgame later tonight. The game will be play at Dodgers Stadium, and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.00) who is coming off a complete game lost to the Braves on April 16, as he gave up a run on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying for the third time to collect his third win of the season, while trying to continue lowering both his ERA and the numbers of hits he give up. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 16, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to stop the reawakened Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to start this series on the right foot.

The Phils end up on the wrong side of a complete game pitchers’ duel as they lose to the Braves, 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are shutout in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, as they drop their second straight game to the Braves, 1-0.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with nobody out, Evan Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his third in two games, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Braves’ starter Julio Teheran would both throw complete games, with Lee constantly pitching his way out of trouble, as he gave up eleven hits, while striking out thirteen Braves, but ended up being outpitched by Teheran, who gave up only three hits to the Phils, a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth, breaking up Teheran’s no-hit bid, a two-out single by Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the eighth, and a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the ninth, who then stole second base, to put himself into scoring position. But Teheran would then end the threat, and the game, by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00) took the lost as he pitched nine innings, giving up a run on eleven hits and a walk, as he struck out thirteen Braves. Julio Teheran (2-1, 1.93) got the win as he also pitched nine innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, all singles, by Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins. They also had a stolen base (Rollins (3)) in the ballgame, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (6-8, 4th) conclude their series with the Braves (10-4, 1st) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

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 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.

The Phils win their first series of the season as they shutout the Cubs, 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils pitched a shutout as they win their first series of the season, defeating the Cubs, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, and his second in two games, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season, redeeming himself for his blown save on Wednesday, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up ten hits, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his second hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 1.29) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight. James Russell pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Justin Grimm pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Don Brown (RBI) and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils had five walks (Utley, Howard, Marlon Byrd, Brown (2)), and a stolen base (Revere (3)) in the game, while the Phils’ defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (3-2, 4th East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (1-4, T-4th Central) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and is to start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50) will start the game for the Phils, as he comes off a strong start in a no-decision against the Rangers on April 1, as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to give the Phils’ pitching staff their fifth straight quality start. Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 13.50) will make the start for the Cubs, his first for the season, as he last pitched on April 2 against the Pirates in relief as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while he struck out a batter, in the Cubs’ 4-3 extra-inning lost. Villanueva will be trying to put a stop to the Cubs’ present slide. The Phils will be trying to come back home with a series sweep under their belts.

The Phils spoil the Cubs’ celebration of the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field, as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils ruin the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

The Cubs take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with two men out, Wellington Castillo hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Travis Wood’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Luis Valbuena’s fielding error, then stopping at third base on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Brown, who had lead the inning off with a single, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Manship getting pinch-hitter Mike Ott to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Justin De Fratus also collected his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo, Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Bastardo (1), Hollands (1)) between them. Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Hector Rondon pitched to one batter, walking him. Wesley Wright pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Schlitter pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils pounded out eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz (2), Howard), a hit batter (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (2)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (2-2, 4th East) will continue their series with the Cubs (1-3, 5th Central) with a day game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and it will start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40), who is coming off a win against the Rangers on March 31, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 14-10 win. He will be trying to pitched a better start, while trying to help get the Phils over the .500 mark. The Cubs will counter with Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on March 31, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 1-0 extra-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Cubs. The Phils will once again be trying for the series win tomorrow, while hoping to see their fourth straight quality start from their starters, while the bats continue to hit.

2014 Philadelphia Phillies (for the moment)

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyne Sandberg – Manager

Larry Bowa – Bench Coach

Steve Henderson – Hitting Coach

John Mizerock – Assistant Hitting Coach

Bob McClure – Pitching Coach

Juan Samuel – First Base Coach

Pete Mackanin – Third Base Coach

Rod Nichols – Bullpen Coach

Jesus Tiamo – Bullpen Catcher

Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez (Cole Hamels (late April)) – Starters

Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, Mario Hollands, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo, Jonathan Papelbon (Closer) – Bullpen

Carlos Ruiz, Wil Nieves (Backup) – Catchers

Ryan Howard (1st), Chase Utley (2nd), Cody Asche (3rd), Jimmy Rollins (Shortstop), Cesar Hernandez (Utility), Jayson Nix (Utility) – Infielders

Dom Brown (Left Field), Ben Revere (Center Field), Marlon Byrd (Right Field), John Mayberry, Jr. (Utility), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Utility) – Outfielders

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

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