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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. :-)

The Phils win their first series under new manager Ryne Sandberg, as they defeat the Rockies for the second straight in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFor the second straight night, the Phils win in walk-off fashion, as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4, giving new manager Ryne Sandberg his first series win.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then moved up to third base on Chad Bettis’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, then went to third base on Bettis’ sacrifice bunt, 2-4, while LeMahieu would stop at second base, before he moved up to third on the late throw to the plate. The Rockies took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, via singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, with Tulowitzki stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in both Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 2-3. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Young hits a slow roller that got past closer Rafael Betancourt, before third baseman Arenado was unable to picked the ball up, for an RBI infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then took third base on defensive indifference, scored. Two batters later, after pitcher Jeff Francis comes in to replace Betancourt, who had gotten injured on the play, and a walk to Utley, sending Young up to second base, the Phils win the game in walk-off fashion as Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while Utley would stop at third base, giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw five innings plus four batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zach Miner pitched two innings, striking out a batter. B.J Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Bettis also received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Wilton Lopez received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Josh Outman received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Matt Belisle collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.08) as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Francis pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a hit, and walked a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a presently red-hot Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), pinch hitter Casper Wells) and one sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (57-70, 4th NL East) will conclude their homestand with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (65-61, 2nd West). The first game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 18, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He’ll be trying to continue his second half of better pitching while trying to lead the Phils to their fifth win in six games. The D-backs will counter with Wade Wiley (9-8, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 18, as he threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get their first three-game winning streak under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.

Four runs in the seventh help to propel the Phils to victory as they defeat the Marlins, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA four-run outburst in the seventh inning lead the Phils to victory over the Marlins, defeating the fish 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Delmon Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the score at one-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Rob Brantley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on D. Young’s double, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending D. Young, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, and infield singles by Ben Revere and Michael Young, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Revere, while sending M. Young over to third base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as D. Young hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring M. Young, while sending Howard up to second base. One batter later, after Howard had moved up to third base on Ryan Webb’s wild pitch, and with one man out, D. Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Brantley’s single, then went to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Olivo’s double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Brantley at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on M. Young’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Marlins got that run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, scoring Brantley, who had just singled, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg got Pierre to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Fernandez received a no-decision, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Duane Below (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out two. Wade LeBlanc pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils pounded out fifteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Delmon Young (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single), Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Kratz (2), Tyler Cloyd (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (22-24, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (13-33, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:10 pm, and will be played at Marlins Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83) who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his third straight win and his fifth straight quality start. The Marlins will counter with Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 17, as he went only three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Marlins’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to stop his two game skid. The Phils will be out to win another series while trying to finally get a handle on Slowey.

The Phils come from behind to win in extra-innings to split their series with the D-backs, winning 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils split their series with the D-backs by coming from behind to defeat the snake in extra-innings, winning by the score of 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as Gerardo Parra hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, the D-backs made it a 2-0 lead as A.J. Pollock hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Chavez, who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder as first baseman Ryan Howard threw home, trying to throw out at the plate Didi Gregorius, who had earlier tripled, but who would get back to third when catcher Erik Kratz took too long before throwing the ball to third baseman Freddy Galvis, while Chavez would move up to second base on the defensive mistake, before going on to third base on Miguel Montero’s fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, as Kratz tagged out Gregorius at home plate. That would remain the score until the top of the ninth, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick is able to hold off the D-backs for the next six innings, followed by Jeremy Horst for an inning, while the D-backs’ starter, Brandon McCarthy shut down the Phils for eight innings. But, the Phils would get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Delmon Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, just missing a home run, and moving up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner John Mayberry, Jr. The Phils took the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season with a scoreless inning.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter who he would face. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless tenth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon McCarthy also received a no-decision as he threw eight strong innings, giving up seven scattered hits, while striking out five Phils. Heath Bell blew his second save attempt of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brad Ziegler pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Matt Reynolds (0-1, 0.96) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils collected fifteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, 2 Doubles) leading the team with four hits, followed by Freddy Galvis (Singles) with three and Delmon Young (Single, Double, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter Michael Young (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (18-21, 3rd) have the day off.

The Phils hold on to win one for Cliff Lee as they defeat the D-backs, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils reward a good start by Cliff Lee with a win as they defeat the D-backs, 3-1.

The Phils end a 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, then went to third on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Delmon Young’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending D. Young, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The D-backs got on the scoreboard in their half of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits a sacrifice fly, scoring A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to third base on Paul Goldschmidt’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save, as he performed a five-out save, striking out both pinch-hitter Erik Hinske and Pollock, after the D-backs had gotten the winning and tying runs in scoring position.

Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.86) got the win as he pitch seven shutout innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth hold of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits, while striking out three. Trevor Cahill (2-4, 2.70) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up  a run on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Josh Collmenter pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tony Sipp pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Will Harris, Matt Reynolds and Brad Ziegler combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Harris (1), Reynolds (2)) between them, while striking out four (Harris (1), Reynolds (2), Ziegler (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Ben Revere (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also have six walks (Rollins, Utley, M. Young (1), D. Young (2),  Revere (1)) and two stolen bases (Rollins (4), Revere (7)) in the game.

The Phils (17-21, 3rd NL East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (21-16, 2nd NL West) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

The Phils are once again unable to give Cole Hamels runs support as they lose to the D-backs, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYet another good pitching effort by Cole Hamels is wasted by an offense that refuses to score runs for him, as they are handled by the D-backs, 2-1.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Patrick Corbin helps his own case by hitting an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Martin Prado, who had started the inning off with a single, moved to second base on Gerardo Parra’s single, then moved up to third on Cliff Pennington’s ground out, 1-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while sending Parra, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pennington’s ground out, on to third base. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Parra hits a bunt ground out, 3-4, scoring Cody Ross, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Prado’s force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Miguel Montero, who had just walked, for the inning’s first one, as Prado was safe at first, while moving Prado up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delmon Young, who is then forced out on a ground ball by Dom Brown, 3-6, a single by Carlos Ruiz, moving Brown up to second base, and a bloop single by John Mayberry, Jr., moving up a base both Brown and Ruiz, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits into force out, 9-6, as Mayberry committed a base runner blunder by not moving fast enough to reach second base, thus denying Frandsen of a single, as Brown scores, making it a 2-1 D-backs’ lead, while Ruiz would move up to third base, and Frandsen would be safe at first. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) received the lost as he threw another quality start as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) and three walks (Aumont (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out one (Horst). Patrick Corbin (5-0, 1.75) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Matt Reynolds collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. David Hernandez received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Delmon Young (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The only Phil run came in on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, thanks to Mayberry’s base running blunder. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley, Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-20, 3rd East) continue their series with the D-backs (20-15, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 9:40 EDT (6:40 PDT) and will be played at Chase Field. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.-) who will be pitching in place of Roy Halladay, who was earlier this week placed on the DL with an elbow injury. Cloyd will be out to make to keep the Phils in the game. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) who is coming off a loss against the Padres on May 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He’s hoping to bounce back from that lost. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping to find their bats in the Arizona heat.

The Phils’ bullpen let one get away in extra-innings, as they lost to the Giants, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings, after the offense tied it up in the ninth, as the Phils lose to the Giants, 4-3.

The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the second as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the top of the fourth as Kevin Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Gregor Blanco, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Barry Zito hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Francisco Peguero’s ground out, 5-3, and then went to third on Brandon Crawford’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Guillermo Quiroz, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils cut the Giants’ lead to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Frandsen’s fly out, while sending Michael Young, who had just walked, over to third base, while Utley would move up to second base on the throw to third. The Phils then tied the score up at three-all as Delmon Young hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in M. Young, while sending Utley over to third base. The Giants would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Andres Torres hits a walk-off single, knocking in pinch-hitter Buster Posey, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Joaquin Arias’ sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then moved up to third base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, giving the Giants a 4-3 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettipone received a no-decision as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter. Phillippe Aumont, Chad Durbin and Mike Adams combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Adams) and a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Aumont (1), Durbin (2)). Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 1.69) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Barry Zito also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings plus one batter, as he gave up a run on four hits, striking out three. Santiago Casilla collected his sixth hold of the season by pitching two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Jeremy Affeldt received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man who he would face.  Sergio Romo received his second blow save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Javier Lopez (1-0, 3.24) picked up the win by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Doubles) and Ben Revere (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Delmon Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had a walk (Michael Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-19, 3rd NL East) will start a four-games series with the D-backs (19-15, 3rd NL West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 4, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to win his second game of the season. The D-backs will counter with Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 4, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 8-1 rout. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start off their second series out west with a win.

The Phils begin their first trip to the west coast by beating the Giants, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense return after being missing for two games as they support Cliff Lee’s good start by beating the Giants, 6-2.

The Phils tried to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first as they loaded up the bases, via singles by Michael Young and Ryan Howard, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk to Delmon Young, with both M. Young and Howard moving up a base, and with two men out, before Dom Brown ended the threat by grounding out, 1-3. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the second as they loaded up the bases again, this time via singles by John Mayberry, Jr. and Erik Kratz, with Mayberry stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Cliff Lee, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving both men up a base, and then a two-out walk to Chase Utley, and with two men out, M. Young hits a two-run double, knocking in Mayberry and Kratz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Utley over to third base. One batter later, with Howard batting, the Phils took a 3-o lead as Madison Bumgarner threw a wild pitch, allowing Utley to score, while M. Young would move up to third base. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the second as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the fifth as, now with a runner on third, and with one man out, D. Young hits a sacrifice fly, scoring M. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as, with two men out, Brown hits a solo blast to right field, his sixth home run of the season. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Pence, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error of Francisco Peguero’s infield single, as he threw the ball past Howard, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Rollins redeemed himself by hitting a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kratz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis’ double, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.31) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out seven. Chad Gaudin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jean Machi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Javier Lopez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Michael Young (Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, raising his average to .333. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Eric Kratz (Single), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other two Phils’ RBIs (Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young) came in on sacrifice flies, while the final Phil run would come in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Utley, M. Young, D. Young, Kratz) in the game.

The Phils (15-18, 3rd NL East) will continue their three-games series with the Giants (19-13, 1st NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 10:15 pm and will be played at AT&T Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on May 2, as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, and his sixth straight quality start. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on May 1, where he went five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 9-6 come from behind win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to see if they can get the better of Lincecum tonight.

The Phils make a quick roster move as they claim outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland, then placed Ender Inciarte on waivers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils made their first roster change for 2013 as they claim off of the waiver wire outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Indians, the placed Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte onto the waiver wire.

Yesterday the Phils announced that they had picked up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of the waiver wire, after he had been placed there by the Cleveland Indians. Carrera, who last year appeared in 48 games with the Indians, batted .272 (40 for 147), as he had six doubles, three triples and two home runs, knocking in 11 RBIs, while scoring 20 runs. He also had 8 stolen bases. In 116 total MLB games with the Indians in 2011-12, he had a batting average of .255 (89 for 349), with 14 doubles, six triples and two home run, as he knocked in 25 RBIs, while crossing the plate 47 times. Carrera also had 18 stolens bases. He should join the team in Atlanta for tonight’s game, as the Phils’ fifth outfielder.

To make room for him on the roster, the Phils have placed Ender Inciarte on waivers. Inciarte, whom the Phils had picked up from the Diamondbacks during last season’s Rule 5 Draft, made the opening day roster as their fifth outfielder, after a spring training in which he hit .273 (9 for 33), as he appeared in 27 games, hiting a double, and knocking in one run, while scoring 5. The news is that if he is not claimed off of the wire, the Diamondbacks might take him back, although it would cost them $25,000, which would be half of what the Phils had paid for drafting him.

Welcome to the club, Carrera. Hopefully you’ll have a future here.

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