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The Phils end their most recent losing streak as they hold on to defeat the Giants, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their four-game series with the Giants by winning the finale, beating the Giants, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on catcher Buster Posey’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, up to second base. The Giants would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Ehire Adrianza hits an RBI single, knocking in Gregor Blanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching base on left fielder Michael Morse’s fielding error of his fly ball, before ending up on second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Blanco to lined out to left for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out ten. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out six. Javier Lopez and Jean Machi combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Lopez) between them, while striking out one (Machi).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) and Wil Nieves (Single, Double) all leading the club with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Darin Ruf (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Utley, Grady Sizemore) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere, 3).

The Phils (44-58, 5th East) will start a weekend series at home against the Diamondbacks (44-58, 4th West) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 20, as he went just five innings, giving up six runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two games losing streak. The D-backs will counter with Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out seven, in the D-backs, 9-3 rout. He’ll be going for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be trying to start a new winning streak.

The Phils start their series with the Mets on a losing note, losing 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats are once again silenced, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 4-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off bunt single by Lucas Duda, a single by Chris Young, moving Duda up to second base and an infield single by Wilmer Flores, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Travis d’Arnaud hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping Flores out at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Duda, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Young up to third base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who has started the inning off with a walk. The Mets then added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single Zack Wheeler, a force attempt error by third baseman Cesar Hernandez on Juan Lagares’ gounder, which allowed Wheeler to safely reach second base, while Lagares would be safe at first, and a fielder choice’s grounder by David Wright to third baseman Hernandez, which would end up with Wheeler and Lagares both moving up a base, while Wright would be safe at first, and with one man out, Granderson would force in a run with a walk, forcing in Wheeler, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd would hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his fifth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out the side.

David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out nine. Scott Rice received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Vic Black collected his first hold of the year as he pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out three. Jenrry Mejia received his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out three.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a solo home run by Marlon Byrd (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz and a single by Cesar Hernandez. The Phils had a stolen base (Revere (14)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Hernandez (2)) and performed two double plays.

The Phils (23-28, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (25-28, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:o5 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.71), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on May 25, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Mets will counter with Rafeal Montero (0-2, 4.96), who is coming of a no-decision against the D-backs on May 25, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his first win of 2o14. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track tonight.

The Phils take the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion on Ryan Howard’s three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s three-run home run caps a four-run ninth inning as the Phils win the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion, winning 6-3.

The Rockies took the lead in the top of the third as Justin Morneau hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies added to their lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits an RBI double, knocking in Corey Dickerson, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, making it a 2-1 Rockies’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Jimmy Rollins strike out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Rockies tried to take the lead in the top of the seventh as they had the bases loaded via a walk to Dickerson, a walk to Rosario, moving Dickerson up to second base, a Carlos Ruiz throwing error, as he tried to picked off Dickerson at second base, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Josh Rutledge, and with nobody out, pitcher Mike Adams, after he had replaced pitcher Antonio Bastardo on the mound, would get out of the inning by first getting pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to hit into a 1-2-3 double play, as Dickerson is forced out at the plate for the inning’s first out, as Ruiz touched home plate, before throwing to first base, as Rosario moved up to third base and Rutledge moved up to second base, and then striking out pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, swinging, for the inning’s final out. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, DJ LeMahieu hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier reached base on second baseman Rutledge’s throwing error, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, over to third base, before stopping at second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then won the game as Howard hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Revere and Utley, giving the Phils a 6-3 walk-off win.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, plus three batters, as he walked four. Mike Adams pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-1, 1.86) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out five. Matt Belisle pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Nick Masset received his first hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins collected his first hold of the season, before taking the lost (2-1), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit. Boone Logan received his third blown save of the season as he pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Howard, Byrd, Dom Brown) and a stolen bases (Revere (13)), while the defense committed two errors (Cesar Hernandez (1), Ruiz (3)) and preformed a double play.

The Phils (23-27, 5th) will start a five-game series with the Mets (24-28, 4th) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on May 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to add to his previous performance, while tying to lead the Phils to a series opening win. The Mets will counter with Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 24, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 3-2 lost. He is still looking for his second win of the season. The Phils will be looking to take the first game of this long series from the Mets.

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.

Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz is named last week’s National League Player of the Week.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, Major League Baseball announced that Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was named the National League Player of the Week for last week. Ruiz, during last week, batted 11 for 22 for a .500 average, and a .593 on-base percentage, while he lead the NL with seven  RBIs and was tied for first with 20 total bases. He was also ranked second among NL catchers with eight runs scored and a .909 slugging percentage, and was tied for second with eleven hits. He also went five for six with runners in scoring position.

In the Dodgers series, Ruiz would go 7 for 14 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs, with his six extra base hits in the four-game series being the most by a Major Leaguer since Jayson Werth had done it, reaching the same total from Sept. 28-31, 2008. He also helped the Phils in their victory over the D-backs this past Saturday night, as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and being a major part of the Phils four-run eighth inning rally.

This is Ruiz’s first weekly award, as he is presently ranked second among NL catchers with eight doubles, and is third in batting average with a .296 average.

Congratulations on winning the award, Carlos.

The Phils end their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record as they take two from the D-backs, winning by the scores of 6-5 and 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils leave the west with a 6-4 road record as they take the final two games from the D-backs, winning by 6-5 and 2-0.

On Saturday night, the D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knowing in A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a single, then get picked off first base by pitcher Cliff Lee, but would end up being safe at second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ missed catch error, then stopped at third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 4-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, via two straight singles by Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill, with Montero stopping at second base, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, scoring Montero, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead, while moving Hill up to second base. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Pollock hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chris Owings, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Bronson Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs tired to make it a 4-0 lead as, with Pollock still on third, and with the Phils’ infield drawn in, Prado hits a sharp ground ball to shortstop Rollins, who threw home, cutting down Pollock for the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice force out, as Prado reached first base safely. The D-backs added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ross hits a two-run single, knocking in Goldschmidt, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Hill’s double, and Hill, who had just doubled, making it a 5-0 D-backs’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 3-4-3, making it a 5-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 D-backs’ lead two batters later, after Gwynn had moved up to third base on Ben Revere’s single, before he had moved up to second base on left fielder Ross’ throwing error, putting runners on second and third, and with still one man out, as Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Gwynn, while moving Revere up to third base. The Phils would make it a 5-3 D-backs’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via third baseman Prado’s fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, a walk to Marlon Byrd, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Dom Brown, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while moving both Byrd and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all two batters later as pitch hitter Cody Asche hits a two-run double, knocking in Byrd and Brown, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Asche up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Montero to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jeff Manship (1-0, 6.75) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Adams collected his first hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus a batter, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Trevor Cahill blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (1-5, 7.66), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Don Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cliff Lee (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Double, RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Byrd, Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (8)) in the game, while Lee picked off two runners, but only recorded one pick off because of Rollins’ missed catch error.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who has started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Marlon Byrd’s infield single as shortstop Owings tried to throw Utley out at third base, but instead hit him with the ball, which would then go into the dugout, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Byrd would move up to second base on shortstop Owings’ throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Cody Ross to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) got the win as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon McCarthy (0-5, 5.54) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ziegler) between them, while striking out one (Ziegler).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double) and Wil Nieves (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Jimmy Rollins), a stolen base (Revere (9)) and a caught stealing (Rollins (2)), while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (13-12, 4th) have the day off today.

The Phils’ rally in the ninth ends up being a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA Phils’ ninth inning rally ends up a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Paul Goldschmidt hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier singed, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3,  giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later as, after Montero had walked, moving Goldschmidt up to second base, Hill hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Goldschmidt, while Montero would stop at third base. The Phils would get on the board in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with one man out, Cody Asche received a bases loaded walk, forcing in Byrd, making it a 4-1 D-backs’ lead, while sending Brown up to third base, and Ruiz on to second base, with still one man out. The Phils then made it a 4-3 D-backs’ lead as pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. reached base on shortstop Cliff Pennington’s fielding error, allowing Brown and Ruiz to score, before Asche was called out at second base on the throw to second by center fielder Montero. Phils’ manager Ryne Sanberg challenged the call, saying that Asche was tagged while on the bag, and the challenge was upheld, leaving two men on base with only one out. The D-backs got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, A.J. Pollock hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 5-3 D-backs lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then move up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-4 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then threaten to tie the game as Rollins stole second base, followed by Chase Utley being intentionally walked. But Addison Reed would c0llect his sixth save of the season as he struck out John Mayberry, Jr.  on a called third strike, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.81) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38) got the win as he threw sixth scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while striking out five. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Randall Delgado collected his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Oliver Perez received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Ziegler also collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Addison Reed received his sixth save of the year as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, all singles, led by Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown with two hits each. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hits (Chase Utley, Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (7), Rollins (4)) in the game.

The Phils (11-12, 4th East) continue their series with the D-backs (8-18, 5th West) with a game now in progress.

The Dodgers spoil Cole Hamels’ return, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels’ return is spoiled by the Dodgers, as the Phils lose to LA, 5-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Matt Kemp, who had started the inning off with a double, then went on to third base on Scott Van Slyke’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Butera, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zack Greinke’s walk, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Greinke, who had just walked, up to second base. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Puig hits an RBI triple, knocking in Greinke, who had just doubled, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as Jayson Nix hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the eighth as Hanley Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers would then make it a 5-2 lead four batters later as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Van Slyke, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Uribe’s ground out, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Dom Brown, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jeff Manship pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Shawn Camp also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus a batter, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out eleven. J.P. Howell received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, a single by Cole Hamels and a solo home run by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had a walk (Howard) in the game, while Hamels picked-off a runner.

The Phils (10-11, 4th East) will conclude their four-game series with the Dodgers (13-9, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 19, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while hoping to give a good enough performance to help the Phils win the series. The Dodgers will send to the mound Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 19, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to help lead the Dodgers to a series split. The Phils will be trying to leave LA with a series win.

The Phils take advantage of a Dodgers error in the top of the tenth to win in extra-innings, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win in extra-innings thanks to a Dodgers’ error in the top of the tenth, as they defeat LA, 3-2.

The Phils break up a o-o tie in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in A.J. Burnett, with had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Revere. The Dodgers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carl Crawford hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tim Federowicz, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Dodgers would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Dee Gordon, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the tenth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached second base on left fielder Crawford’s two-base fielding error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting Hanley Ramirez to pop up to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out five. Jake Diekman pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo (3-1, 4.35) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Hyun-Jin Ryu also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. Chris Withrow, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jensen) and hitting a batter (Wilson) between them, while striking out four (Withrow (2), Jensen (2)). J.P. Howell (1-2, 1.00) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by A.J. Burnett (Singles) with three. Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Dom Brown (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Brown), a stolen base (Revere (6)) and a caught stealing (Jayson Nix) in the game.

The Phils (10-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-9, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first start of 2014. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to their fourth straight win, and the series win. The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Dodgers’ current losing streak. The Phils will be trying to give some support to Hamels in his first start of 2014, as well as win the series against the Dodgers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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