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The Phils have just announced…

Philadelphia_PhilliesThat this past Tuesday’s rainout will now be part of a day-night doubleheader set for Saturday, June 28, during the Phils series with the Braves, June 27-29. The first game, which was originally set for that afternoon at 3:05 pm EDT, will instead be played at 2:05 pm EDT, while the second game, which will be the make-up game, is to start at 7:35 pm EDT.

Tonight’s game has been postponed…

Tonight’s Phils’ game have been postponed because of tonight’s inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, with the day game to start at 3:05 pm EDT and the night game to begin at 8:15 pm EDT.

The Phils win their day-night make-up doubleheader with the Rockies, sweeping the series in the process, winning by the scores of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Phils sweep their make-up doubleheader, sweeping the series in the process, as they defeat the Rockies by the score of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Rockies took the lead in the first game of the twinbill in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, DJ LeMathieu hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilin Rosario, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Chris Nelson’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending LeMathieu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Rockies then made it a 2-0 lead as Tyler Chatwood hits an RBI single, scoring Nelson, while sending LeMathieu up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Cole Hamels, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled. The score would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth as the Phils loaded up the bases, via Nate Schierholtz reaching base on a fielder’s choice, 1-6-3, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on catcher Rosario’s passed ball, is tagged out between second and third base, but not before getting into a run down long enough to allow Schierholtz to reach second base, an intentional walk to Utley, then Rosarios’s second passed ball of the inning, which allowed Schierholtz to move up to third base, and Utley to reach second base, and then an intentional walk to Howard, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr., hits an RBI single to left, on a ball that left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is unable to catch, allowing Schierhotlz to score, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Bastardo) between them, while striking out two (Bastardo). Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Chatwood also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up two hits (one hit each) and two walks (Brothers) between them, while striking out two (Ottavino). Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and two passed balls, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Laynce Nix (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had eight walks in the game.

In the nightcap, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies tied it up at one-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ramon Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordan Pacheco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Tyler Colvin’s single, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, up to second base. The Rockies then took the lead one batter later as Chris Nelson hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, scoring both Colvin and Hernandez, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had reached first base on third baseman Nelson’s fielding error, went to second base on Chase Utley’s single, then moved up to third base on shortstop Jonathan Herrera’s missed catch error of pitcher’s Drew Pomeranz’s pick-off attempt, and Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to second base on Herrera’s error, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead, before Howard is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch his hit into a double, 9-6. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the sixth as Wigginton hit a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead four batters later as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Martinez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Herrera’s fielding error of Martinez’s grounder, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while sending Martinez, who had reached base on Herrera’s error, all the way to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-4 lead as pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Martinez, while sending Ruiz up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-second save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom collected his twentieth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both man that he would face. Jake Diekman would receive his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Drew Pomeranz also received a no-decision as he pitched only four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits. Matt Reynolds pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Edgmer Escalona pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Will Harris pitched an innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Rafael Betancourt pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Ty Wigginton (Double, Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (69-71) will start a three-game series with the Marilns (63-78, 5th) with the first game of the series already in progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils (34-40 5th East) will start a four-game series with their cross-state rival, the Pirates (38-33, 2nd Central), beginning with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04), who is coming of a no-decision against the Rockies on June 20, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-6 walk-off win. He will be trying for his third straight winning start. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 17, his last previous start in the majors, as he pitched just an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, in the Pirates’ 5-4 win. He’ll be trying for his first win of 2012. The Phils will be out to start their final series of the homestand on a good note.

33 games in 31 days: Game #28: The Phils now have seven straight losts as they lose to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils continue to forget what a win feels like, as they dropped their seventh straight, setting a major league record for most loses since clinching a pennant, as they lose to the Mets, 2-1. I hope you guys are real proud of that achievement in inepitude. Morons!!

The Phils break up a pitcher’s duel in the seventh as, with one man out, and with one man on, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Mets took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Ruben Tejada who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Manny Acosta collected his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge took the lost (0-2, 1.56) as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Miguel Bastista pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell got the win (4-6, 3.83) as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta recorded his third save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits as the offense continues to forget how to score runs, or to get hits for that matter.

The Phils (98-59, 1st) continue their series with the Mets (75-82, 4th) as they play the night half of the day/night doubleheader. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30), who is making his first start since mid-May. His last appearance was on September 21 against the Nats, as he pitched a scorelesss inning in relief, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be out to pitch a good game, while hoping that the offense will now be embarrassed enough to do something about the losing streak. (Yeah, right. They don’t want to know what winning feels like before the playoffs. Yeah, I’m being sarcastic and grumpy. Thanks for asking.) The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks, striking out four, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be seeing if he can give the Mets a doubleheader win against the presently clueless Phils. The Phils will be seeing how much worst things can get for them before they, as a team, decide to stop being a bunch of idiots and start playing to win ballgames, before its too late.

Tonight’s game is cancelled…

Tonight’s game between the Phils and the Mets in New York have been cancelled. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader for tomorrow, with the first game starting at 1:10 pm EDT, with the nightcap being played at 7:10 pm.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. 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 (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

33 games in 31 days: Game #19: The Phils cut their magic number to win the East down to two games as Ryan Howard hits a walk-off double to defeat the fish in extra-innings, 2-1.

The Phils’ magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title is now down to two games as they sweep the Marlins on Ryan Howard’s walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth of the nightcap, as they defeat the fish, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That seems to be enough for Cliff Lee, as he held down the Marlins for eight and two-thirds innings, giving up just four hits up to that point, while striking out twelve batters, and had an 0-2 count on Jose Lopez, when Lopez hit Lee’s next pitch, a cutter, into the left field seats, for his eighth home run of the season, tying the game up at one-all. Lee then ended the inning by getting Omar Infante to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. After the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, and then Michael Schwimer came in and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the tenth, Burke Badenhop came in to pitched the bottom of the tenth for the Marlins. Michael Martinez, the first man to face him, walked on four pitches. The next batter, pinch hitter Ryan Howard, worked the count to 3-1, before hitting a sinker into left center field for a double, which would score Martinez, giving the Phils a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched nine inning, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve. Michael Schwimer (1-0, 3.24) got the win, his first in the majors, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Alex Sanabia also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits, as he struck out five. Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Mujica), while striking five (Cishek (1), Mujica (4)) between them. Burke Badenhop (2-2, 4.01) took the lost as he pitched to just two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Ross Gload (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (97-51, 1st East) will now start a four-games series with the Cardinals (81-68, 2nd Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on September 11, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for win number twelve, while trying to get the Phils one step closer to winning their fifth straight Eastern Division title. The Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 10, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Cardinals’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Cardinals’ playoff hopes alive. The Phils will be trying to shorten their magic number in the East to at least one game.

33 games in 31 days: Game #18: The Phils lower their magic number to win the East to three games as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils reduce their magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title to three games, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Anibal Sanchez’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then may it a 2-0 lead as, now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, a walk by Michael Martinez, sending Schneider up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Chase Utley, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Schneider, while moving both Martinez and Utley up a base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Marlins threaten to score a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left, but is cut down at the plate by a strong throw from left fielder Ibanez, as Schneider tagged him out, for the inning’s second out, while pinch hitter Mike Stanton, who had just walked, would stop at second base. After Morrison loads up the bases with a walk, Brad Lodge gets out of the inning by striking out Joe Buck, swinging. The Marlins threaten again in the ninth as the first two batters, Bryan Pattersen and Donnie Murphy, both got on base via singles, with Pattersen stopping at second base, before moving up to third and second base, respectively, on pinch hitter John Baker’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. But Ryan Madson would record his thirty-first save of the season by first striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by getting Infante to foul out to the catcher.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on two hits. while he struck out six. Michael Stutes received his eleventh hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge received his sixth hold of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 3.62) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Hatcher pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combine for a scoreless inning, giving up three hits (Dunn), while striking out a batter (Dunn) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (96-51, 1st) will conclude their short make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-82, 5th) with the night half of the day/night doublebill. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. He will be out to cut the magic number down to 2. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (0-0,0.00), who will be making his first start of 2011, after pitching an inning of relief against the Pirates on September 9, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. He hopes to be to stay even with Lee. The Phils will be out to cut down their magic number to win the East to two games.

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