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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.

The Phils give Cole Hamels his career high 16th win, as they made sure that the Nats will not clinch the East in Philly as they win by the score of 6-3.

The Phils made sure that the Nats will not be having a division clinching celebration at the Bank, as they secure Cole Hamels career high 16th win as they defeat the Nats, 6-3.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinsosa, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a solo home run, his first career home run, and his first career hit. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, up to second base. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a three-run home run, his career high sixteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Nats got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ross Detwiler’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper. The Phils added an insurance run in the sixth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Lindblom collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Craig Stammen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Zach Duke pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Darin Huf (RBI) leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (78-76, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (93-61, 1st) with a ballgame 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 (10-11, 3.89) who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 21, As he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six,  in the Phils’ 6-2 win. He will be out to even his record. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (3-0, 4.43), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 19, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to help even up the series. The Phils will be out to win the series.

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 have just traded Shane Victorino (Dodgers) and Hunter Pence (Giants), in exchange for Josh Lindblom, Nate Schierholtz and three prospects.

The Phils have earlier this afternoon announced that they have traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in exchange for relief pitch Josh Lindblom and one prospect, and Hunter Pence to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two prospects, before announcing that they had called up Dom Brown from Lehigh Valley.

Shane Victorino, who had been with the Phils since 2005, which would include him being a member of the 2008 World Championship team, as well as spending part of 2003 playing for the Padres, had played in 1023 games, compiling a career batting average of .277 (1009 for 3644), while collecting 183 doubles, 63 triples and 88 home runs, along with 394 RBIs, 316 walks and 186 stolen bases, while crossing the plate a total of 590 times. He also has a career slugging percentage of .434 and an OBP of .342. This season, Victorino, before the trade, had played in 101 games, compiling a .261 batting average (101 for 387) including 17 doubles, 5 triples and nine home runs, the latest of which occurred this past Sunday against the Braves, as well as knocking in 40 RBIs, while walking 36 times and stealing 24 bases, while being caught only 4 times. He also crossed the plate 46 times. For Victorino, the Phils will be getting relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, who had pitched for the Dodgers during the last two seasons, including this year, appearing in a total of 75 games, compiling a record of 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.18, as he pitched in 77.1 innings, giving up 25 runs on 63 hits and 28 walks, while striking out a total of 71 batters. This year, his record is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA, as he had appeared in 48 games, throwing 47.2 innings, giving up 16 runs on 42 hits and 18 walks, while striking out 43. The Phils will also receive minor league pitching prospect Ethan Martin, who was pitching for AA Chattanooga in the Southern League before the trade.

After trading Victorino, the Phils then sent Hunter Pence, who they had gotten last year in a trade with the Astros for four prospects, to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers. Pence, who, until last year around this time, had played with the Astros, starting in 2007. Careerwise, Pence had batted .290 (943 for 3254), as he had appeared in 835 games, compiling a total of 172 doubles, 28 triples and 131 home runs, knocking in 471 runs, while scoring 447 times, as he had also complied 258 walks. For this season, he had appeared in 101 games, batting .271 (108 for 398), as he had 15 doubles, 2 triples and 17 home runs (at the time the Phils’ leader in that category), knocking in 59 RBIs, while crossing the plate 59 times. He also had 37 walks. In return for Pence, the Phils will get Nate Shierholtz, who had been playing for the Giants since 2007, as he had appeared in 503 games, with a .270 batting average (327 for 1209), collecting 72 doubles, 15 triples and 23 home runs, while knocking in 119 RBIs, while crossing the plate 145 times. He also has 80 walks. This season, Schierholtz has hit .257 (45 for 175), including 5 doubles, triples and home runs, while knocking in just 17 RBIs, while scoring only 15 times. He has walked just 18 times. The Phils also got from the Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph, the Giants’ number 5 pick in the 2009 draft and pitching prospect right-hander Seth Rosin.

The Phils also announced that they will be calling up Dom Brown from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, to take one of spots just opened up by the two trades.

I wished you luck Shane and Hunter, welcome to the club Josh and Nate, and welcome back Dom (you better have a good idea what is expected of you). Ruben, I really hope that you know what you’re doing trading tw0 of our three starting outfielders.

The Phils scored four runs in their last at-bat to defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

The Phils score four times in their last at-bat to come back from behind to beat the Brew Crew, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who was earlier hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run in two days, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Howard’s long fly to left center field, originally called a double, is called a home run by the umpires after seeing that it had cleared the home run line along the fence, giving Howard his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the last four games. The Brewers regain the lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single on a ball that bounces off of Howard’s glove, knocking in Gomez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, for his second steal of the night, giving the Brew Crew a 3-2 lead. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gomez hits a three-run home run, on a ball that hits the left field foul pole, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Randy Wolf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Norichika Aoki’s single, and Aoki, who had just singled. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, who then perform a double steal, moving up to third and second base respectively, and a walk to Utley and with one man out, Rollins would score on catcher George Kottaras’ passed ball, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3, while allowing Pierre to move up to third base, and Utley to go to second base. The Phils then began a rally in the ninth as, after pinch hitter Laynce Nix struck out for the inning’s first out, Rollins  would get on base with a walk. Pierre followed with a single to right, sending Rollins all the way to third, putting runners on the corners. While Utley was batting, Pierre stole second base, his second steal of the game. Utley then walked, loading up the bases. Howard then came to the plate, and after falling behind in the count, 0-2, hits a single up the middle, knocking in Rollins and Pierre, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Utley to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at six-all as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Howard up to second base. Hunter Pence then worked a walk, reloading the bases, as Howard and Ruiz both moved up a base. Erik Kratz is then sent in to pinch run for Howard. Ty Wigginton then comes to the plate and hits a fly ball to left, that would score Kratz from third, beating the off-line throw to the plate, for the walk-off 7-6 win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a hit batter and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Schwimer and Jake Diekman would combine for two scoreless innings, walking two batters (one each) between them, while striking out four (two batters each). Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63) gets the win, his first career win, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Wolf also got a no-decision as he also went six innings, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Manny Parra pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on three walks and a passed ball. John Axford received his first hold of the season as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez received his fifth blown save of the year before taking the lost (2-5, 4.47), as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits (Single, Double, Home Runs, 3 RBIs), followed by John Mayberry, Jr. who had two hits (Single, Double). Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hit. Ty Wigginton had the final Phil RBI, via a sacrifice fly, while the final run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had nine walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (16) & Pierre (22 & 23)) in the game.

The Phils (43-54, 5th East) will continue their series with the Brew Crew (44-51, 4th Central) 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 Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on July 18, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings lost. He will once more be trying to record his second win of the season. The Brewers will counter with Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 13, as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 10-7 win. He will be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for their third straight win at home.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

The Phils increased their winning streak to four games as they produce a late inning rally to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2.

A late inning rally leads to the Phils fourth straight victory, and their second straight series win, as they defeat the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, James Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Andre Ethier, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Adam Kennedy’s double, while sending Kennedy, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Dodgers then took the lead one batter later as Luis Cruz hits an RBI single, scoring Kennedy, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Loney up to second base. The Phils tried to tied the game up in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walk, then reached second base on pitcher Steven Fife’s wild pitch, tried to score on Hunter Pence’s single to center field, but is gun down at the plate by a strong throw by center fielder Matt Kemp, as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the tag, keeping it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils would retake the lead in the eight as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, Howard being hit by a pitch, moving Utley up to second base, before he is pinch run for by John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz also being hit by a pitch, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Mayberry, with the later crossing the plate before Ruiz is thrown out trying to move up to third base by Kemp, as third baseman Kennedy applies the tag, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils take a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst combined for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Stephen Fife, who was the Dodgers’ last minute starter, also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ronald Belisario collected his thirteenth hold of the season, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.18), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and two hit batters. Kensley Jansen was handed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit.

The Phils had five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Juan Pierre (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as well as two hit batters (Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz).

The Phils (41-51, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (48-44, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, that is just starting, as they try to end a very successful road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers.

The Phils win their third game in a row as they hang on to win a squeaker in LA, beating the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils hang on to win a close one in LA, as they beat the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits into a double play, 5-4-3, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on first baseman Howard’s missed catch error of second baseman’s Chase Utley throw to first of Mark Ellis’ grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ellis, who had reached first base on Howard’s error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Dodgers then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Juan Rivera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on James Loney’s single, then stopped at third base on Luis Cruz’s force out, 1-6, as Loney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Cruz reaches first base, would score on pitcher’s Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, while Cruz, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twentieth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three Phils. Shawn Tolleson, Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a run (Elbert) and a walk (Elbert) between them, while striking out six (Tolleson (3), Belisario (3)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (40-51, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (48-43, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is supposed to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-5. 3.98), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was on May 27 against the Cardinals, where he had received a lost, going just two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He hopes that he will have improved over the way he was pitching before the injury. The Dodgers, as of the present moment, have not announced their starter. The Phils will be looking to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping that Halladay will have returned to form.

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.

Cliff Lee finally records his first victory of 2012 as the Phils crush the Mets 9-2.

Cliff Lee finally wins his first start of 2012 as the Phils’ bats decide to come to life as they crush the Mets, 9-2.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils tied the game at two-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils then took the lead on batter later as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-2 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Tejada’s throw to first, as Wigginton ran all the way from second base to score, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base pinch hitter Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, as Mayberry, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 5-4, as Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Chris Young (2-2, 3.41) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out three. Miguel Batista pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Tim Brydak pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Hefner pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on five hits.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double,  2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Jason Pridie (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense came alive in their last three at-bats. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Pierre (20)) in the game.

The Phils (37-46, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (44-38, 2nd) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on June 30, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for his eleventh win of the season, while trying to help the Phils win the series. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 9-0 shutout. He will be trying for his thirteenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to keep from being contained by Dickey.

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