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Spring Training: The Phils end spring training in Florida with their fourth tie of the spring.

The Phils end their grapefruit league schedule as the Braves scored six unanswered runs as the two teams end up in a 7-7 tie.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out,  Brian McCann hits an RBI single, scoring Julio Teheran, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Tyler Pastornicky’s single, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, and then walks by Jimmy Rollins, sending Polanco up to second base, and Jim Thome, moving up both runners, and with no one out, Polanco scored as Hunter Pence hits an RBI force out, wiping out Thome at second for the inning’s first out, while Rollins would move up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Pence would score on a missed catch error by McCann on a fielder’s choice attempt throw to the plate by third baseman Drew Sutton on a grounder by Carlos Ruiz, as Victorino would move up to third base, before Ruiz would move up to second base on the error. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while Ruiz would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Cliff Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Galvis on to third base. The Phils then batted around, as Juan Pierre brought home Galvis with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Lee up to second base.  The Phils than made it a 7-1 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Victorino’s walk, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Braves got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, J.C. Boscan hits an RBI double, scoring Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jordan Parraz hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Yepez, who was pitch running for Freddie Freeman, who had earlier doubled, before moving up to third on pitch hitter Eric Hinske’s ground out, 4-3.  The Braves then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-5 in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with no one out, Josh Wilson hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Boscan, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Braves then made it a 7-6 Phils’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Pastornicky, a fielding error by shortstop Galvis on a Luis Durango grounder, sending Pastornicky up to second base, and a fielding error by pitcher Frank Gailey on pinch hitter Jose Peraza’s sacrifice bunt, moving up a base both Pastornicky and Durango, and with still nobody out, Yepez hits into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out at second base Peraza for the inning’s first out, scoring Pastornicky, while sending Durango on to third base. The Braves then tied it up at seven-all as Hinske hits an RBI double, knocking in Durango.  The game would finally end as a seven-seven tie as Boscan popped out to first for the final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as pitched four strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Savery pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Frank Gailey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on two hits and two waks. Ryan Duke pitched a third of an innings, walking two batters. Julio Teheran also received a no-decision as he pitched three and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on three hits and two walks. Yohan Flande pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks. Jonny Venters, Cory Gearrin,  Dusty Hughes and Adam Russell combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Venters (1), Gearrin (2)), while striking out three (Venters (1), Gearrin (1), Russell (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placino Polanco (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits. Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Lou Montanez (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Hunter Pence brought in the other Phil RBI on a force out, while the final Phil run came in on a missed catch error to the plate. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The next Phils game with be the first of two games with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park for the on-deck series. The game is to start at 7:05 EDT.

Brad Lidge is now a Nats as he signs a one-year, $1 million contract with the rising rival.

Yesterday, the Nationals announced that they have signed Brad Lidge, one of the heroes of the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship team, to a one-year deal worth $1 million dollars, plus incentives. Lidge, who had joined the Phils in an off-season trade with the Houston Astros in 2007, went 48 for 48 in save opportunities during the 2008 regular and post-seasons, before striking out Eric Hinske to give the Phils the championship. Plagued by injuries during the next three seasons (2009-2011),  Lidge would pitch in four seasons for the Phils, the first three as their closer, compiling a record of 100 saves in 116 save opportunities, with a win-loss record of 3-11, as he pitched in 214 games, appearing in 203 total innings.  During the 2011 season, after coming back from injury, Lidge would perform in mainly middle relief, appearing in 25 games, pitching in 19.1 innings, as he compiled an 0-2 record with 1 save in 1 save opportunity, with a 1.40 ERA. He would strike out 23 batters while walking only 13.

Originally a member of the Astros from 2002-2007, including being a member of the 2005 National League Champs, Lidge would appear in 592 games, all but 1 in relief, compiling a career record of 26-31, with an ERA of 3.44, while saving 223 games in 266 attempts, as he pitched in 594 innings. During his career, he would strike out a total of 789 batters, while walking only 276.

So long, Brad, good luck with your new team, except when you’re pitching against the Phils, of course. :-)

Phils lose in extra-innings as they lose to the Braves, 4-1.

The Phils lose another close game with the Braves as they give up three runs in the top of the eleventh as they lose to Braves, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cliff Lee hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year. The game then remained tied until the top of the eleventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Gonzalez hits a foul pop that Ryan Howard was unable to catch in foul territory. That would come back to haunt the Phils as Gonzalez later hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Wilkin Ramirez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Eric Hinske, who had just walked, then moved up to second on Jordan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Brian McCann hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and record his twenty-eighth save of the year with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, and two walks, while striking out nine. Antonio Bastardo and Juan Pierre both pitched a 1-2-3 inning, both man striking out two batters between them. Michael Stutes (3-1, 3.26) took the lost as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Tommy Hanson also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. George Sherrill (2-1, 2.22) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with John Mayberry Jr. getting a double, Raul Ibanez with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Wilson Valdez with a single, Cliff Lee with a home run, his first career home run, and pinch hitter Michael Martinez with a single, as the Braves’ pitching staff handled the Phils’ bats yesterday.

The Phils (56-34, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (54-37, 2nd) with a game now in progress.

Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.

Three home runs do in the Phils as they lose to the Braves, 5-0.

Three Braves home runs do in the Phils as they drop one to the Braves, 5-0.

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had earlier singled. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead. The Braves got the run back in the fifth as Freeman hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves made it a 5-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Eric Hinske hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had just walked. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had just tripled, making it a 5-2 Braves’ lead. But that would end up the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.83) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and two walks. Danys Baez pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Eric O’Flaherty collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man he would face via a doubleplay ball. Jonny Venters pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Craig Kimbrel collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Double, Triple), Placido Polanco (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each.  Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Wilson Valdez (Double), Dane Sardinha (Single), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other six Phils’ hit, as the Phils out hit the Braves, but were unable to get the big hit that they needed to get back into the game in the middle innings.

The Phils (22-11, 1st) will start a long road trip, starting with a three-game series with the pesky Marlins (20-13, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will begin the series with Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was against the Padres on April 23, as he ended up with a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on eigth hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to get his first win of the season, while trying to start off the road tip on a good start. The Marlins will counter with Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 4, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 8-7 win. He will be trying to get the fish closer to the Phils in the east. The Phils will be trying to put some distance between them and the fish.

Behind two home runs by Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard, the Phils easily defeat the Braves, 6-1.

Thanks to two round trippers by Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard, the Phils defeat the Braves with ease, 6-1.

In the top of the second inning, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco, with Victorino stopping at second base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving both Victorino and Francisco up a base, and with two men out, Roy Halladay give the Phils a 2-0 lead with a two-run single, scoring both Victorino and Francisco, while sending Valdez over to third base. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chipper Jones, a walk to Dan Uggla, sending Jones to second base, and with Jason Heyward being hit by the pitch, moving up a base both Jones and Uggla, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jones, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Uggla up to third base. The Phils took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 4-6, wiping out Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ibanez’s ground out, three-unassisted. Two batters later, with a man on first, via a Victorino single, and with still two men out, Francisco hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. This would end up being the final score, as the Phils turned back a threat in the ninth inning, as the Braves loaded up the bases, via walks to Hinske, who then moved up to second on a Jordan Ellis wild pitch, a walk to Ed Lucas and a single to J.C. Boscan, with Hinske stopping at third base and Lucas at second, with one man out, before Ellis dug in and struck out first Brandon Hicks, and then pinch hitter Joe Mather, both swinging.

Roy Halladay (4-0, 0.42) got the win as he pitched three strong innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three. Michael Schwimer recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks,while striking out two. B.J. Rosenberg, Jose Contreras and Jordan Ellis followed with four scoreless inning, as they combine for two hits (Rosenberg (1), Ellis (1)) and two walks (Ellis), while striking out two batters (Ellis). Kenshin Kawakami took the lost (0-1, 3.75) as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jaye Chapman, Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel followed with four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Kimbrel) and a walk (Chapman), while striking out four Phils between them (Chapman (2), O’Flaherty (1), Kimbrel (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Singles) and Ben Francisco (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI) and Roy Halladay (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils Grapefruit League record is now 19-13, leading NL teams, while Roy Halladay showed himself to be ready for his opening day assignment against the Astros this coming Friday.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 11: Roy Halladay gets his twentieth victory of the year, as the Phils decrease their magic number to 6, as they defeat the Braves, 5-3.

Roy Halladay becomes the first Phils starter, since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton won 23 in 1982, to win 20 games in a season, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3. The Phils’ lead in the NL East increases to five games, while their magic number falls to six games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI force out, 4-6, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ankiel, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base. The Braves scored again in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Brian McCann’s double, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before McCann, who has earlier doubled, is thrown out at third, 8-5, trying to move up to third, on a sacrifice fly-double play, for the second out of the inning. The Phils got the runs back in their half of the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Freddie Freeman hits a pinch hit solo home run, the first of his major league career, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the bullpen would hold down the Braves in the eighth and in the ninth, with Brad Lidge collecting his twenty- fifth save of the year, as he got Ankiel to end the game by poping up to the shortstop for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 20-10 with an ERA of 2.53. Ryan Madson collects his fourteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge gets his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor took the lost as he pitches only two and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA. Cristhian Martinez and Kyle Farnsworth combines for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up  a hit (Martinez) and two walks (Martinez), while striking out four (Martinez (3), Farnsworth (1)) between them. Michael Dunn pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kimbrel (1), Venters (1)), while striking out three (Kimbrel (1), Venters (2)) between them.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco, Utley and Valdez’s hits being all singles, with Werth’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs, and Ibanez’s hits being a pair of doubles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay had the other two Phil hits, both singles. The Phils’ offense left twelve men on base, failing to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but scoring enough runs to win once again.

The Phils (91-61, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (86-66, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.90 (1.94)), who is coming off a win against the Nats on September 17, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up twelve runs, nine of which were earned, on fourteen hits and three walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to help the Braves avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Braves, to extend their lead in the NL East to six games and set things up for an early clinching.

The Phils’ bullpen blew another game in extra-innings as the Phils fall to the Braves, 6-3.

Lack of offensive punch, and a bullpen implosion in the eleventh inning, leads to another lost as the Phils drop one to the Braves in eleven innings, 6-3. They are once again trailing the Braves by five games in the NL East.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Martin Prado and Omar Infante and a walk to Chipper Jones, which moved both Prado and Infante up a base, and with nobody out, Troy Glaus hits into a doubleplay, 4-3, allowing Prado to score from third, as Jones was wiped out at second, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Infante moved up to third. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base as Shane Victorino struck out, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had just doubled. The Braves took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, just missing a home run, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Phils then blew an opportunity to take the lead with a runner on third, and nobody out, as Jayson Werth is called out on strikes for the inning’s first out, then pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a fly ball to center which is not deep enough to score Howard from third for the second out of the inning, and then Wilson Valdez grounded out, 5-3, on a sensational play by Jones, to end the inning. The Braves then took the lead for good in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Diaz hits an RBI double, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier singled, to make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erick Hinske hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Diaz, to give the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner records his eighteen save of the year by getting Ibanez to strike out with a man on second base, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. David Herndon took the lost as he pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Jair Jurrjens also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Takashi Saito and Eric O’Flaherty combined for two scoreless innings, striking out a batter between them (O’Flaherty). Jesse Chavez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Billy Wagner records his eighteenth save of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Raul Ibanez, an RBI triple by Ryan Howard and a single by Shane Victorino. The Phils hurt themselves last night by not being more patient at the plate, after getting Jurrjens pitch count up to 28 pitches in the very first inning. This seems to be their major problem. Although they were called an American League team early in the season, they have a bad habit to not act like an AL team, i.e. show patient at the plate, and especially not swing at the pitcher’s junk. Of course, some of the key cogs in their hitting machine is out of commission, but that is still no excuse for the piss poor way they are playing right now. Guys, if you are going to try to run up the pitcher’s pitch count, stop swinging at the first and/or second pitch he throws at you. Wear him out. Sheesh. Is that too much to ask for?

The Phils (43-39, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (49-35, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-7, 4.13), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-1, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on thirteen hits and three walks, while he struck out twenty. He will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bats will actually hit behind him. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 2, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and four walks, while he struck out fifteen. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be going for the series win, to put themselves four games behind the Braves in the pennant chase.

Joe Blanton has another strong start but still ends up with the lost as the Phils lose to the Braves, 4-1.

Despite throwing his second straight strong outing since coming off the disable list, Joe Blanton takes the lost as the Phils’ offense is unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities as the Phils lost to the Braves, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Blanton then took control, stopping several Braves’ rallies, while not giving up a hit, until Braves’ starter Kris Medlen got a lead-off single in the fifth, while first Medlen, and then reliever Eric O’Flaherty, kept the Phils from getting any more runs. Then the Braves got back into the game in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI double, knocking in Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Brian McCann’s single, then went to third on Troy Glaus’ fly out to center, tying the game up at one-all, while sending McCann up to third. One batter later, the Braves took the lead on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera, scoring McCann, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead, while sending Hinske over to third. The Braves then made it 3-1 as Omar Infante hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Hinske, while Cabrera moved up to second. The Braves then added an insurance run in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Glaus hits an RBI single, scoring Nate McLouth, who had earlier singled, went to second on Martin Prado’s sacrifice bunt, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead, while sending McCann, who had just walked, up to second base. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner put the Phils’ down 1-2-3, to records his fourth save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lose as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for two scoreless innings, giving up only three walks (Romero (2), Contreras (1)), while striking out two batters (Romero and Chad one batter each). Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Kris Medlen receives a no-decision as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up a run on nine hits, as he strikes out three. Eric O’Flaherty got the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.19. Craig Kimbrel records his first hold of the season as he goes a third of an inning, giving up two walks. Peter Moylan records his fifth hold of the year as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Jonny Venters records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Takashi Saito records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Billy Wagner records his fourth save of the year as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits, all singles, in the game, unable to deliever a key hit to take an early commanding lead. Placido Polanco had three hits. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the other six hits, with Victorino knocking in the only Phil run.

The Phils (18-12, 1st) will conclude their series and the home stand with an afternoon game against the Braves (13-17, 5th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 4, when he went eight plus innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings walk-off win. He will try to build on his two previous strong starts while trying for his third win of the season. The Braves will counter with Kenshin Kawakami (0-5, 5.47), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on May 4, as he went only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out one, in the Braves’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to gain his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their good home stand on a high note before going on the road to face the Rockies in Denver. 

Once again, behind Utley’s bat and Lee’s pitching, the Phils send the series back to New York as they hang on to defeat the Yankees, 8-6.

The Phils, behind the pitching of Cliff Lee and the bat of Chase Utley, send the 2009 World Series back to New York, as they defeat the Yankees, 8-6. They still trail the Yankees in the series 3 games to 2, as game six looms over the horizon tomorrow night.

The Yankees scored first in the top of the first as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Johnny Damon, who had earlier singled, to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. The Phils struck back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a three-run shot to right, his fourth home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base as Shane Victorino was hit by the pitch, and Victorino, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stolen second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while moving Ryan Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, Raul Ibanez made it a 5-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and sending Werth over to third base, with still nobody out. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Carlos Ruiz made it 6-1 Phils as he hits into a force out, 6-4, as Werth scores, while Ibanez is forced out at second. The Yankees got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Damon grounded out softly to first, three unassisted, scoring Eric Hinske, who had earlier walked, and had gone over to third base on Derek Jeter’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-2, while sending Jeter up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the night, and his fifth home run of the series, tying him with Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, who had hit the same numbers of home runs in one series back in 1977, to give the Phils a 7-2 lead. Three batters later, with nobody on and with two men out, Ibanez hits a tape-measure shot to right, his first home run of the series, to give the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Yanks then attempted to make a comeback. In the eighth, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rodriguez hits a two-run double that had glanced off the glove of a diving Ibanez, scoring Damon, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Mark Teixeira’s double, and Teixeira, who had just doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 8-4. Two batters later, after Rodriguez had moved up to third on Nick Swisher’s ground out, 4-3, he would score on Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly to center, beating Ben Francisco’s off-line throw to the plate, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead. In the ninth, the Yanks would cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-6 as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jeter hits into a 6-4-3 double play, scoring Jorge Posada, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on pinch hitter Hideki Matsui’s single, as Matsui, who had just singled, was wiped out at second base. After Damon continued the inning with a single, Ryan Madson finally ended the game, recording his first save of the series, by striking out Teixeira, swinging.

Cliff Lee got the win, as he pitched seven innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while he strike out three. His series’ record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.81. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, giving up no hits. Ryan Madson recorded the save, his first of the series, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. A.J. Burnett took the lost, as he lasted only two innings, plus four batters, giving up six runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out only two batters. His series’ record is now 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA. David Robertson and Alfredo Aceves both pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit each, while striking out three Phils (Robertson (2), Aceves (1)). Phil Coke pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Phil Hughes pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils’ offense had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez all leading the team with two hits each, with both of Utley’s hits being home runs, knocking in four runs, while one of Ibanez’s hit was a solo home run, as he knocked home two runs. Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Phils’ starter Cliff Lee had the other three Phils’ hit, with Werth’s single knocking in a run. Ruiz had the Phils’ other RBI with a force out. The Phils, as they send the series back to New York, needs to get the bats heated up for those two games, especially the bat of Ryan Howard, whom the Yanks have so far been able to muzzle, as he tied Willie Wilson’s World Series strikeout record with twelve strikeouts. If he can lay off their bad pitches, and break out in game six, the Yankees should have a major worry.

The Phillies (2-3) will continue the 2009 World Series tomorrow night with the Yankees (3-2) at Yankees Stadium. The game is to start at 7:57 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (0-1, 4.50), who is coming off his lost against the Yankees in game two of the World Series on October 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Yanks’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to pitch even better than he did last Thursday, hoping that this time the Phils’ bat will give him some runs support, as he try to pitch the series into a game seven. The Yankees will counter with Andy Pettitte (1-0, 6.00), who is coming off a win against the Phils in game three of the World Series on October 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Yankees’ 8-5 win. He will be trying to end the series, while pitching with three days rest. The Phillies will be trying to win tomorrow night’s game, to set the series up for a game seven showdown between the two teams.

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