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The Phils’ bats finally come alive, before they hold on to defeat the Rockies, 10-9.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats wake up before they end up winning a slugfest with the Rockies, defeating Colorado, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Barnes, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Troy Tulowitzki’s walk, while Tulowitzki, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI double, knocking in Charlie Blackmon, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on Barnes’ single, then moved up to third base on Carlos Gonzalez’s force out, 4-6, as Barnes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Rockies then tied the game at three-all as Morneau grounded out, 3-unassisted, scoring Gonzalez, while moving Tulowitzki up to third base. The Rockies then took the lead as Nolan Arenado followed with an  RBI single, knocking in Tulowitzki, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies then increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Barnes, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Tulowitzki’s single, sending Gonzalez up to third base, and with still no one out, Morneau hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 6-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Rockies lead three batters later as, with runners on second and third, after Dom Brown had followed with a single, moving Byrd up to second base, and then both runners have both moved up a base on pitcher Jordon Pacheco’s wild pitch, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Byrd. The Phils would tie the game up at six-all in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then stopped at third base on Rollins’ double, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, before moving up to second base as the ball gets past right fielder Barnes for a fielding error, after he had earlier tried to catch the ball and it dropped in, a single that might later be declared a double based on the fact that the ball never touched Barnes’ glove, and if so, would give Howard the cycle, since he had also singled by that point in the game.  The Phils then made it an 8-6 lead two batters later, after Byrd had reached base on second baseman Josh Rutledge’s fielding error, while Howard would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Rockies retied the game at eight-all in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morneau hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead again in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-8 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Utley hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as he beats the throw from second base, while Revere scores. The Rockies would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Blackmon hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his fifth save of the season as, with two men on, and with two men out, Blackmon grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out, on a throw that was caught by John Mayberry Jr., as he kept his foot on the bag, a call that was upheld by the umpires when the Rockies asked for the call to be review.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. Mario Hollands threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Jake Diekman (2-1, 8.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a hit batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Rex Brothers collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Boone Logan blew his first save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Adam Ottavino pitched two thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Matt Belisle (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Chad Bettis pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils banged out fifteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with three hits and Ben Revere (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Wil Nieves (Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Rollins) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and picked off a runner (Roberto Hernandez).

The Phils (8-10, 5th East) will start a four-games series with the Dodgers 12-7, 1st West), starting with a ballgame later tonight. The game will be play at Dodgers Stadium, and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.00) who is coming off a complete game lost to the Braves on April 16, as he gave up a run on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying for the third time to collect his third win of the season, while trying to continue lowering both his ERA and the numbers of hits he give up. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 16, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to stop the reawakened Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to start this series on the right foot.

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.

The Phils defeat the best team in baseball with a three-run outburst in the sixth, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA three-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning holds up as the Phils defeat the Pirates, 3-1.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the bottom of the third as they load up the bases, via Brandon Cumpton reaching first base on a one-out fielding error by right fielder Delmon Young, before he is forced out at second base, for the inning’s second out, on Starling Marte’s grounder, 6-4, a steal of second base by Marte, a walk by Russell Martin, and an infield single by Andrew McCutchen, moving both Marte and Martin up a base, and with two men out, before Phils’ starter Jonathan Pettibone finally got out of the inning by getting Garrett Jones to strike out, swinging. The Phils finally took the lead in the top of the sixth, ending a 0-0 tie, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Michael Young, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s first out, before moving up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rollins. The Phils then increased their lead as D. Young hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while D. Young went to third base on shortstop Jordy Mercer’s throwing error to home plate. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with two men out, Jones hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixteenth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Phillipe Aumont collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Ramirez also received his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, walking a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his eleventh hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a single and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Justin De Fratus received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his eleventh save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.02) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out three. Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris combine for three and a third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Morris) between them, while striking out three (Wilson (1). Morris (2)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Delmon Young (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Chase Utley) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (40-44, 3rd East) will continue their series with the Pirates (51-31, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at PNC Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (1-2, 4.83), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 28, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be looking for his second straight win. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on June 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Pirates’ 9-4 win. He will be searching for win no. 8. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game from the Pirates.

The bats have a field day as they pound the Dodgers, winning 16-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense finally have a laughter as they give John Lannan 16 runs, as they beat up on the Dodgers, 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Michael Young and Chase Utley, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring M. Young, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley up to third base, while Rollins is force out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Brown is safe at first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Delmon Young, hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Brown up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. hits into a 4-6 force out, sending Brown to third base, while D. Young is forced out at second base for the inning second out, while Mayberry is safe at first, the Phils increased their lead as Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, before he moved up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead two batters later, after Brown reached base on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s fielding error, while Rollins moved up to third base, as D. Young hits a two-run double, scoring both Rollins and Brown. The Phils took a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth as M. Young hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, John Lannan helped his own cause with an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, before Lannan is thrown out trying to go to second base on the throw, 7-2-4, for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in M. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and with still one out, D. Young hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 10-0 lead, as Brown is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, as D. Young reaches first base. The Phils then made it a 12-0 lead as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in D. Young. The Dodgers finally get onto the scoreboard in their half of the sixth as, with a man on base, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke hits an RBI double, scoring Yasiel Puig, who had just walked, making it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead again in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John McDonald hits an RBI single, knocking in Lannan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on M. Young’s single, then moved up to third base on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, 6-4, wiping out M. Young at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 13-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. Two  batters later, after Brown walks, loading up the bases, as both runners moved up a base, D. Young hits a two-run single, scoring Frandsen and McDonald, giving the Phils a 15-1 lead, while Brown would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 16-1 lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, M. Young hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on pinch-hitter Laynce Nix’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and then moved up to third base on pitcher Brandon League’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Joe Savery threw a scoreless ninth inning.

John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, striking out two. Phillippe Aumont and Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three walks (Aumont (1), Savery (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Chris Capuano (2-5, 4.72) took the last as he lasted only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitched two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Brandon League pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits, with Michael Young (2 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, three singles and home run, followed by Delmon Young (2 Singles, Double, 6 RBIs) and John Lannan (Singles, RBI) with three hits each and Chase Utley (Single, Double), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), and Ben Revere (Single, Double, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and pinch-hitter John McDonald (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Rollins, Brown, Mayberry (2) and Ruiz) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (39-42, 3rd East) continue their series with the Dodgers (36-43, 5th 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 EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. Lee will once again be going for his tenth win of the year, and hoping that the team won’t allow this start to slip away. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to outpitch Lee. The Phils will be trying to win their second straight game against the Dodgers.

The Phils allow a possible win to slip away as they lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen once again comes up short as they allow a comeback to slip away, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI double, knocking in Yasiel Puig, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 1-6-4, as Skip Schumaker, who had led the inning off with a walk, is wiped out at second base, before going to third base on Adrian Gonzalez’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had had just singled, to third base. The Dodgers increased their lead one batter later as Andre Ethier followed with a two-run double, scoring Gonzalez and Kemp, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the second as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his team leading 21st home run of the season, tying him once again for the NL lead in home run, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils made it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Pettibone, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s infield single, as the ball is deflected to second baseman Schumaker by pitcher Zack Greinke, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, and sending Utley up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead.  The Dodgers retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by A.J. Ellis, a bunt single by Juan Uribe, which Ryan Howard is unable to play as he falls down, a sacrifice bunt by Nick Punto, 2-4, moving Ellis up to third base, and Uribe to second base, and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez, and with two men out, Puig hits a two-run single, knocking in Ellis and Uribe, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers increased their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ellis hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kemp, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole first second and then third, giving the Dodgers a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus committed his first blown save of the season, before taking the lost (2-2, 4.20), as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.94) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up four runs on twelve hits and a walk, as he struck out five. J.P. Howell collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Ronald Belisario collected his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Kenley Jansen received his seventh save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Delmon Young leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Jonathan Pettibone (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phila also had a walk (Frandsen) in the game.

The Phils (38-42, 3rd East) continue their trip out west with the Dodgers (38, 42, 5th 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 John Lannan (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his last start while looking for his first win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 23, as he pitched five innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying for his second straight win. The Phils will be out to bounce back from last night’s lost.

The Phils rally from behind before winning in extra-innings, 7-5, taking the series from the Padres.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter allowing the Padres to build up a 5-2 lead, the Phils come from behind to tie the game up at 5-5, before winning it in the 13th inning, 7-5, to take the series from the Padres.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Delmon Young, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on John Mayberry, Jr.’s fly out to center, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Padres cut the Phils’ lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Logan Forsythe hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Ciriaco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Robbie Erlin’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Padres tied the game up at two-all one batter later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Chris Denorfia hits a single, which is then deflected off of right fielder D. Young, allowing Forsythe to score on the missed catch error. The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Denorfia hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Forsythe, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Padres a 4-2 lead. The Padres then made it a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Kyle Blanks hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ruiz’s single, making it a 5-3 Padres’ lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, D. Young hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Brown, who had just doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the thirteenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a grounder that is missed played by second baseman Forsythe, becoming a fielding error, which allows Revere to reach first base, before Forsythe threw towards home plate in an attempt to throw out Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, before moving up to second base on Brown’s walk, as he was trying to score, after having first run past third base, but Forsythe’s throw bounce off of catcher Nick Hundley, allowing Utley to score on Forsythe’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. On the same play, as the ball gets away from Hundley, Brown, who had just walked, and had gone to first second base and then to third base on the play, also headed for home, soon crossing the plate ahead of pitcher Tommy Layne’s attempt to tag him out, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fifteenth save of the year by pitching a scoreless bottom of the thirteenth.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman combined for five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) and two walks (Aumont) between them, while striking out two (Ramirez (1), Aumont (1)). Joe Savery (1-0, 2.25) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Robbie Erlin also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Nick Vincent collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Thatcher collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Luke Gregerson committed his fourth blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Dale Thayer, Tim Stauffer and Huston Street combined for five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Street) between them, while striking out two (Thayer (1), Stauffer (1)). Tommy Layne (0-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit batter and a walk. Tyson Ross pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Single, Double), Delmon Young (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hit. The last two Phils’ run came in on a couple of errors. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Brown, Ruiz), a sacrifice fly (Ruiz), a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) and a hit batter (Utley)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (38-41, 3rd East) start a four-games series with the Dodgers (35-42, 5th West) starting with a night game tonight. The game is to be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on June 22, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 8-7 walk-off win. Pettibone will once again be looking for his fourth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bullpen will not allow this one to get out of hand. The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke (4-2. 3.79), who is coming off a win against the Padres on June 22, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win. He’ll be out to beat the Phils. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak on the west coast.

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.

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