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Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run, 5-4.

The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Thome, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s wild pitch, then stopped at third on Pete Orr’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Orr, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on a fielding error by left fielder Jake Fox on Orr’s single, which would allow Orr to reach second base. The Pirates would start a comeback in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Nick Evans hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Fox’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as Eric Fryer hits an RBI double, scoring Evans. The Pirates than cut it down to a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Casey McGehee followed with an RBI double of his own, knocking in Fryer. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all as Kirk Singer hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with two men out, Scott Podsednik hits a walk-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six strong shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-0, 1.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Chris Leroux pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Joel Hanrahan threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Jared Hughes and Kris Johnson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Hughes). Daniel Moskos (0-1, 1.13) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Scott Podsednik (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jim Thome (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Cliff Lee (Double) had the other eight Phils hits. The other Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (11-13) next graperfruit league game will be an afternoon game against the Twins (14-12) in Fort Myers, Florida. The game is set to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Cliff Lee finally gets win number ten, his only win in the month of July, as the Phils’ offense welcome Hunter Pence with a sixteen-hit attack against the Bucos as they win, 7-4.

A sixteen-hit attack, including four from Ryan Howard, welcomes Hunter Pence’s arrival to the line-up as the Phils’ defeat the Pirates, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning with a home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, on to third. The Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pedro Alvarez hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Brendon Wood, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits a single, that allowed Cliff Lee, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, to reach third, while Rollins, who had just singled,  would stop at second base, before Lee would score when right fielder Steve Pearce committed a fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Utley on to third. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead.  The Pirates then tried to rally in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Ciriaco, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, moved up to second base on Matt Diaz’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s force out grounder, 6-4, as Diaz is wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Pearce had hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Walker at second base for the inning’s second out, while sending McCutchen on to third, Wood made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Wood, while Pearce would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier hit a lead-off triple, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, on to second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) finally got his tenth win of the year, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Antonio Bastardo would received his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking outn the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. James McDonald (7-5, 4.17) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Jose Veras pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had sixteen hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with four hits, a single, two doubles, and a solo home run, being a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he knocked in three runs, while raising his batting average up to .254. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles), all followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single) and Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The seventh Phil run scored on a Pirates error.

The Phils (67-39, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Pirates (54-51, 3rd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (7-1, 2.02), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 26, as he gave up just two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be trying to give the Phils a sweep. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (8-5, 2.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 26, as he went five innings, giving upm three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three in the Pirates’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He will be out to keep the Pirates from being swept. The Phils will be out to end their successful home stand with a sweep.

The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

The Phils suffer an extra-inning walk-off lost as they lose to the Bucos, 2-1.

The Phils suffer another lost in the Pirates’ new home as they suffer an extra-inning, walk-off lost to their cross-state rivals, the Pirates, losing 2-1 in twelve innings.

The Phils scratch across a run in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates got the run back in their half of the sixth without getting a hit as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jose Tabata hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ronny Cedeno, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Jeff Karstens’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, then went to third on Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, tying the game up at one-all. That would stay the score, in spite of the Pirates threatening to score in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings. Then in the twelfth, with two men out, the Pirates threaten again as Xavier Paul got on base with a single, before stealing second base, placing himself in scoring position. Tabata then hits a single to right, with Paul crossing the plate as the ball gets past Carlos Ruiz, giving the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off, extra-innings win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, while striking out four. Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Contreras (1), Stutes (1)) and four walks (Contreras (1), Bastardo (2), Stutes (1)), between them, as all three seems to be having trouble finding the strike zone. Danys Baez (1-3, 4.33) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up a run on four hits, while he struck out two. Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan and Daniel McCutchen combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Meek) and two walks (Hanrahan (1), McCutchen(1)), while striking out two (Hanrahan (1), McCutchen (1)), between them. Daniel Moskos (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Planco and Chase Utley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, as the team was handcupped by Pirates’ pitching, in spite of hitting a lot of hard balls, which, sadly, were caught.

The Phils (34-22, 1st East) will continue their series with the Pirates (27-29, 4th Central) with a night game tonight at PNC Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 3.38), who last pitched on May 29, in relief, againt the Mets, going three innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. He will be trying for his second strong spot start, while trying to see if he can end the Phils’ three-game losing streak. The Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (5-2, 2.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 30, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on eleven scattered hits, as he struck out four, in the Pirates’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to come back from that start. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak, while also hoping to reverse their losing record at PNC Park.

The Phils gets off to a bad start as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils starts off their four-games set with the Bucos on a bad note as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bobby Crosby hits an RBI single, scoring Lastings Milledge, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Ryan Doumit’s walk, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Doumit, who had just walked, on to third. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Pirates regain the lead in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had just walked, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Pirates then added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Tabata hits an RBI single, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 4-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils cut down the Pirates’ lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second base, scores on a LaRoche’s throwing error of Greg Dobbs’ infield single, beating the throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to mound up any offense for the rest of the game, before Victorino ended it in the ninth as, with a man on third, Dane Sardinha, who had come into the game earlier to replace Brian Schneider, who was taken out after his thumb got hit by a foul tip, and in the inning had singled, moved up to second on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s ground out, 4-3, and with two outs, he struck out looking for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, being hurt early by walks, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-7 with an ERA of 4.07. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen gets the win as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 1-3 with an 8.87 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his fourth hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. D.J. Carrasco also picks up his fourth hold as he also pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Evan Meek collects his fifth hold as he pitches two scoreless inning, as he gives up only one hit and one walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel gets his seventeenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Cole Hamels had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard, Sardinha and Hamel’s hits being singles, Rollins’ hit being a double and Valdez’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only RBI. An error allowed the other Phil run to score. The top part of the Phil’s batting order is once again being its own worst enemy, trying a bit too hard to make things happen, while major parts of the machine are still on the disabled list. Come on guys, just calm down, and try to relax. Else, you’re going to end up looking at the Washington Nationals’ rear end. That’s right, I went there!!!

The Phils (41-36, 3rd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Pirates (28-51, 6th NL Central) with a night game. The game will be played at PNC Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 27, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, as he strikes out seven, in the Phils’ 11-2 rout. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up just five runs (all on home runs) and two walks, while striking out seventeen. He will go for both his fourth win in a row and his fourth straight quality start since getting shell at Boston for nine runs in one plus innings of work on June 11. Against the Pirates he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.30. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (0-6, 4.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 27, as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on sixteen hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He is 0-0 against the Phils with a 3.75 ERA. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils’ offense will be trying to overcome the loss of both Chase Utley, who will be out for at least eight weeks, as he had his thumb operated on yesterday, and Placido Polanco, who may not be back until after the All-Star break, as they continue to play the lowly Pirates. Come on, guys, concentrate. This is no time for the June Swoon to became a July Funk.

The Phillies go to Pittsburgh to play four games with the worst team in the National League…the Pirates.

Tonight the Phils (41-35, 3rd NL East) will begin a four-game series with the worst team in the National League, the Pirates (27-51, 6th NL Central). Tonight’s game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils, who ended June with a 13-13 record, and are coming off a losing series with the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati (1-2), will be trying to feast on the Bucos’ pitching, in spite of having a few of their major players on the disabled list, especially Chase Utley, who will sometime today have his broken right thumb operated on, and will be out for the next four to six weeks, at least according to the rumor mill. (Whether he actually will have an operation we will all know by the end of the day). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Twins on June 26, where he went only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. All of the Blue Jays’ runs came off of three home runs, two two-run shots and a solo home run. In his last three starts, Hamels is 1-1 with a no-decision, having given up ten runs, nine of which were earned, on seventeen hits and seven walks, while striking out eighteen. Against the Pirates, Hamels is 1-0 with a 3.79 ERA. The Pirates, meanwhile, who had ended June with a record of six wins and twenty loses, and are coming off a winning series against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago (2-1), will be trying to see if they can win their second straight series. The Pirates will send to the mound Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00), who is coming off a lost against the A’s on June 26, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. In his last three games, two starts and a relief appearance, his record is 0-2, as he has given up ten runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out four. This will be the first time that he has faced the Phils, who have a tendency to not hit well against pitchers who they are seeing for the first time.

The Phils will be trying to continue their recent offense revival against the Pirates, hoping to win at least three of the four games, while hoping that the recent loses of such high-caliber starters as Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not be detrimental to the ball club, as they try to stay close to both the Braves and the Mets before the former come to Philadelphia for three games, starting on the fifth.

The Phils are presently three and a half games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, who are off today, before they start a three-game weekend series with the fourth place Florida Marlins in Atlanta. There are two games back of the second-place New York Mets, who will be starting a four-game series of their own with the last-place Washington Nationals in the Nation’s Capitol. They are presently five games ahead of the Marlins, who are off today before the face they Braves for three-games in Atlanta. They are eight and a half games ahead of the Nationals, who will start a four-game set against the Mets tonight in Washington, D.C. They hope to win tonight to gain half of game against both the Braves, and the Mets, and adding a half game against the Marlins, while hoping that the Nats will be able to handle the Mets tonight.

Halladay is unable to hold onto lead as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils, 4-3.

Roy Halladay is hurt by the long ball as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Dane Sardinha hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and Valdez, who had just singled. Normally, that would tend to be enough with Roy Halladay on the mound, but it would not be so today. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-1 in the sixth as Joey Votto hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Reds then made it 3-2 Phils in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Orlando Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier singled, and went to third on Brandon Phillips’ double, while sending Philip, who had earlier doubled, over to third. The Reds then took the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Jonny Gomes, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the season as, with a runner on second (pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then stole second), and with two men out, he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits, while he struck out ten. His record is now 9-7 with an ERA of 2.44. Aaron Harang receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Logan Ondrusek pitches two-thirds scoreless innings,  getting out both men that he would face. Arthur Rhodes gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-1 with a 1.09 ERA. Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the year as a pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, all singles.  Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Dane Sardinha and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, with Dobbs, Howard, Werth and Gload’s hits being singles, and Sardinha’s hit being a three-run home run, knocking in all of the Phils’ runs. The offense was not able to strike, although pushing Reds’ starter Aaron Harang’s pitch count up early and finally knocking him out of the game in the seventh, but not scoring more than three runs in the process.

The Phils (41-35, 3rd NL East) will continue their road trip with a four-game set against the Pirates (26-51, 6th NL  Central), starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Blue Jays on June 26, as he pitched only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost, hopefully not giving up any more home runs as he does so. The Pirates will counter with Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00), who is coming off a lost against the A’s on June 26, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ offense off-balance. The Phils will try to recover from losing to the Reds by trying to feast on the lowly Pirates, who presently have the worst record in the National League.

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