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The Phils announced that they have signed veteran pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, the Phils announced that they’d added some pitching depth as they signed veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League deal, while also giving him an invite to Spring Training.

Lopez, who had pitched for the Phils once before, in 2009, before being sent back to the minors by the team when they added future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to the ballclub during the summer, last pitched for the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in four games in 2012 for the Cubbies, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a WHIP of 2.05, as he pitched for 6.1 innings, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs, four of which were earned, as he struck out only two while walking five. When he pitched for the Phils in 2009, he had a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 5.70 with a 1.77 WHIP, as he pitched in seven games, five of which were starts, as he appeared in 30 innings, giving up 42 hits and 24 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 19 batters while giving up 11 free passes.

During a 11 years career, Lopez had been with the Orioles, the Padres, the Rockies and the Diamondbacks, as well as the Phils and the Cubs, compiling a record of 81-89, with a 4.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. He had appeared in 257 games, 215 of which were starts, as he pitched in 1350 and two-thirds innings, giving up a total of 1506 hits and 789 runs, 742 of which were earned, as he struck out 865 batters, while walking 416.

More than likely, Lopez will start the season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but he should be available if any member of the Phils’ starting rotation gets injured during the season.

The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

Tyler Cloyd records his first career win as the Phils defeat the Reds, 4-2.

Rookie Tyler Cloyd records his first major league win as the Phils beats the Reds, 4-2.

The Reds took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Jay Bruce hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the year, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in Steven Lerud, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Tyler Cloyd’s single, and Cloyd, who had just singled, his first major league hit, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Reds got a run back in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Bruce hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Ludwick, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Brandon Phillips, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. This would end up being the final score as Phillippe Aumont collected his first save of the year, and of his career, by getting Todd Frazier to ground 0ut, 1-3, for the game’s final out.

Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out nine.  Justin De Fratus converted his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Phillippe Aumont collected his first save of the season, the first of his major league career, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Johhny Cueto (17-7, 2.58) took the lost as he threw seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. J.J. Hoover and Logan Ondrusek combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), Steven Lerud (Single) and Tyler Cloyd (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, with Cloyd’s being his first hit of his major league career.

The Phils (65-70, 3rd East) continue their series with the Reds (82-54, 1st Central) with a game later tonight, The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 30, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his fifth straight win. The Reds will counter with Mat Latos (11-4, 3.79), who is coming off a win against the Dbacks on August 29, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Reds’ 6-2 win. Latos will be out to even up the series. The Phils will be out to win their second series on the road.

Chase Utley’s two-run shot gives the Phils the win over the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 3-1.

Chase Utley’s two-run home run in the eighth inning helps lead the Phils over the World Champs as they down the Cards, 3-1.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as Carlos Beltran hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single that was able to get past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started off the inning with a double, and just kept on running after making sure that the ball would get past Descalso. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would go eight innings, giving up a total of two hits, the other hit being a two-out single by Jon Jay in the third, as well as hitting a batter (Yadier Molina in the fifth), and Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, who gave up a total of four hits, with the other two hits being a one-out single in the fifth by Kevin Frandsen and a two-out single by Frandsen in the seventh, along with two walks. The Phils took the lead for good in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his eighth home-run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on a balk by pitcher Barret Browning, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by catching Beltran trying to steal second base, 1-6, with Rollins applying the tag for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits. Kyle Lohse received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Brett Browning (0-1, 4.11) took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits and a balk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Juan Pierre (28)) in the game.

The Phils (51-61, 4th East) will continue their three-game series with the World Champions Cardinals (61-52, 3rd Central). The game wiill be played at Citizens Bank Park will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send out Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 5, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 walk-off win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils into a series win. The Cards will try to counter with Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3,76), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 8-2 rout. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to take another series from the world champs.

The Phils finally end their losing streak with the Braves, as Hamels five-hits Atlanta, leading to a 3-0 win.

Cole Hamels five-hit the Braves as the Phils finally end their losing streak with Atlanta, winning 3-0.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double. Two batters later, with Brown still on second base, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough for Cole Hamels, as he threw a complete game shutout, the fifth of his career, allowing only five hits, all singles, to the Braves: a lead-off single to Chipper Jones in the second, who is, two batters latter, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 4-6-3 doubleplay ball hit by Brian McCann; a two-out single in the fifth by McCann, who is thrown out at second base, 8-4, trying to stretch it into a double, by a strong throw by left fielder Brown as second baseman Chase Utley applies the tag; a lead-off bunt single in the seventh by Michael Bourn, who is then left stranded at first base; a lead-off single in the eighth by Freddie Freeman , who is, two batters later, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 6-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Reed Johnson and a one-out single in the ninth by pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, before Hamels ended the game two batters later by getting Martin Prado to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14) got the win, his first since signing his new contract, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, which striking out six. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearnin combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Avilan).

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Erik Kratz (Single, Double) and Nate Schierholtz (Singles) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Dom Brown (Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (50-60, T-4th) will conclude their series with the Braves (63-47, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 3, after replacing Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers, as he went four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Braves plan to counter with their ace Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 3, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight.

The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

The Phils take the weekend series from Arizona by defeating the D-backs by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), starting with a night 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 Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.

The Phils are once again unable to find ways to win at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The Phils lose another game at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Justin Upton hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Aaron Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jason Kubel’s fly out to center field, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, the D-backs made it a 3-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still two men out, Chris Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Upton, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Miguel Montero’s infield single, before moving up to third on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error on the play, while sending Montero, who had reached base on an infield single, would move up to second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, making it a 3-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then cut it to a 3-2 D-backs’ lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had begun the inning by being hit by a pitch, moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s walk, then went to third base on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils tried to tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Frandsen’s single to right, but is called out at the plate on a throw by right fielder Upton, with catcher Montero applying the tag, although instant replay would show that Mayberry was actually safe at home. The D-backs added to their lead in the ninth as Kubel hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as J.J. Putz picked up his twentieth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who was starting in place of Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers earlier yesterday, took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits, while he struck out two. Jeremy Horst, B.J. Rosenberg and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out five (Horst (1), Rosenberg (3), Bastardo (1)). Josh Lindblom pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Takashi Saito collected his second h0ld of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Hernandez collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.J Putz received his twentieth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as they did not record a hit after the sixth inning. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (47-59, 5th East) will continue their series with the D-backs (55-51, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 29, as he went six innings, giving up six runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Halladay will be trying to improve on the last few innings of his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (5-7, 3.62), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on July 29, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to give the D-backs the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series with a win tonight.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they are blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils are prevented from completing the sweep as they get blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils tried to take the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, as Ty Wigginton, who had lead-off the inning reaching base on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s fielding error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s walk, is sent home on Michael Martinez’s single to right, but is instead thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Bryce Harper, as catcher Sandy Leon applies the tag for the inning’s second out, while Brown, who had just walked, would stop at second base on the play. The Nats took the lead in their half of the second as Adam LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then stopped at second base on Michael Morse’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse, who had just singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Nats then took a 3-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Morse, while moving Zimmerman up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his twenty-first save of the season by striking out Ryan Howard on a third called strike, with two men on base, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Sean Burnett collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Clippard received his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley and Michael Martinez, as they kept on helping the Nats’ pitching staff by going after bad pitches. They also had four walks in ballgame.

The Phils (47-58, 5th East) will come home to start a three-game series with the D-backs (54-51, 3rd West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 28, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on fours hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to once again even up his record. The D-backs plan to counter with Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the D-backs’ 6-3 win. He will be going for win no. 10. The Phils will be trying to start off the new homestand on a winning note.

The Phils win the series from the Rockies as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

The Phils took the series from the Rockies, their first series win in about a month, as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man  out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with still one man out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Rockies got a run back in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Rutledge, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jeremy Guthrie’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Rockies cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 two batters later as, with a runner on second, as Fowler moved up to second base on Marco Scutaro’s ground out, 5-3, and now with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Fowler. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Vance Worley helped his own cause with a two-run double, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Mark Fontenot, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Rockies would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-5 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, scoring Tyler Colvin, who had been hit by a pitch, and Jordan Pacheco, who had just walked, moving Colvin up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just reached base with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-5 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season by completing a five-out save, getting Gonzalez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and a hit batter. Brian Sanches pitched to a batter, giving up a hit and a run. Jonathan Papelbon received his nineteenth save of the year as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, striking out two batters. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Matt Reynolds pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Mike Ekstrom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Juan Pierre (Singles) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double),  Shane Victorino (Single, Triple, RBI) and Vance Worley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the final Phil’s hit and RBIs, as the offense was able to keep scoring enough runs to win the game. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pierre (21)) in the game.

On Sunday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then moving up to third base on Ty Wigginton’s ground out, 3-1. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on pitcher Drew Pomeranz’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, and Victorino, who had just walked. The Rockies would get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI triple, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had just walked, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Rafael Betancourt combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Betancourt) between them, while striking out two (Torres (1), Ekstrom (1)).

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (39-51, 5th East) will start a three games series with the Dodgers (48-42, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 7, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to their third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 5, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win. He will be shooting for his second straight win. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to three games.

The Phils drop a pair, as they lose a day-night twinbill to the Rays, losing 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils lose a day-night doubleheader to the Rays, inspite of a good pitching performance by Cole Hamels in the first game, as they lose by the scores of 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the sixth, breaking up a 0-0 tie, as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Rays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Pena hits a three-run home run, knocking in Elliot Johnson, who had started the inning off with a run, then moved up to second base on B.J. Upton’s walk, and Upton, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pnce, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, making it a 3-2 Ray’s lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney recorded his twenty-first save of the year as he recorded a scoreless ninth, striking out Pence, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo blew his second save attempt of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 3.75) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Michael Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Price (10-4, 2.95) got the win a he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out eight. Burke Badenhop collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jake McGee collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Fernando Rodney collected his twenty-first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) and Hector Luna (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, as they are once again unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Shane Victorino (16), Rollins (12)) in the ballgame.

In the nightcap, the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jeff Keppinger, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Ben Zobrist’s single, while Zobrist, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Rays then made it a 3-0 lead as Brooks Conrad hits a two-run double, scoring both Zobrist and Rodriguez. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 3-1 Rays’ lead. The Phils then cut it down to 3-2 Rays’ lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Rays increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Conrad hits a two-run double, knocking in Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rodriguez’s walk, and Rodriguez, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 5-2 lead, before going on to third base on the throw home. The Phils got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI double, his second of the game, knocking in Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, cutting the Rays’ lead down to 6-3, before moving on to third base on the throw to the plate. The Rays made it a 6-3 lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via walks by Upton,  who then stole second base, Zobrist, and Conrad, and with two men out Jose Lobaton forced in a run with a walk, scoring Upton, while moving both Zobrist and Conrad up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Rays then took a 7-3 lead as Brandon Gomes forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Zobrist, while both Conrad and Lobaton moved up a base. That would be the final score as J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Cesar Ramos received a no-decision as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three walks, while striking out two. Wade Davis pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brandon Gomes (2-2, 3.97) got the win as he threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both doubles, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Victorino (17)) in the game.

The Phils (34-40 5th East) will start a four-game series with their cross-state rival, the Pirates (38-33, 2nd Central), beginning with a night 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 Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04), who is coming of a no-decision against the Rockies on June 20, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-6 walk-off win. He will be trying for his third straight winning start. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 17, his last previous start in the majors, as he pitched just an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, in the Pirates’ 5-4 win. He’ll be trying for his first win of 2012. The Phils will be out to start their final series of the homestand on a good note.

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