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The Phillies will end their visit to Atlanta, while looking to sweep the Braves for the second straight series.

The Phillies (46-39) will finish their three games visit with the Braves (40-45) tonight, with a chance for a sweep and, surprises of surprises, a winning road trip. The game will be played at Turner Field, with a start time of 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starting pitcher will be their ace, Cole Hamels (8-5, 3.38), who is coming off a good start against the Rangers on June 28, where he went seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He has already faced the Braves once this season, pitching a four-hit shut out against them on May 15, going all nine innings, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be shooting for his ninth win of the year and to complete the Phillies’ second straight sweep of the Braves in their own home ballpark, as well as give the Phillies a commanding 8-1 lead in the season series. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (8-3, 2.94), who will be looking to prevent the sweep. He is coming off a victory against the Blue Jays on June 27, where he would pitch eight innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits, in the Braves’ 4-0 win. In his last four starts, he has won three of them, with a no-decision in the fourth, which was also won by the Braves. In those four starts, he would give up only five earned runs in twenty-seven and two-thirds innings of work, while giving up no earned runs in his last twenty-three and two-thirds innings, while also giving up only twenty-five hits. He will also be shooting for his ninth victory of the year, while seeing if he can stop the Phillies’ just reawaken bats and keep the Braves from being swept for the second straight time by the Phillies.

The Phillies’ offense appear to have reawaken after being put to sleep by interleague play against some very good American League teams (and the Rangers). They are once again getting extra-base hits, having gotten nine (4 (2B), 1 (3B), 4 (HR)) of them among their twenty-seven hits. If the offense can continue to hit through their upcoming four games series with the Mets, then they will be tough to beat for the rest of the season. They can right now establish a stranglehood on the division, if their starting pitching can continue to pitch as well as they are right now, in spite of the Brett Myers situation, and the bullpen can stay in its league leading form. The resurgence of the Phillies’ hot bats can only mean trouble for the other teams in a very weak division.

The Phillies are presently leading the Marlins by a game and a half, as they begin a four games series with the Rockies in Denver. Their lead over the Mets is now at four and a half games as they prepare to conclude their four games series with the Cardinals. The Braves are now trailing the Phillies by six games, as they prepare for the last games of their series with the first place Phillies, before getting ready for a three games home stand with the Astros. The Phillies will now be trying to create some breathing space between them and their nearest opponents as they get closer to the All-Star break.

Phillies finally win a series as they defeat the Braves once again in Atlanta, 7-3.

Adam Eaton finally gets his third win of the year as the Phillies defeat the Braves once again in their home ballpark, 7-3. The Phillies would score their first run of the game in the second inning, as Pedro Feliz (ground rule) and Chris Coste would hit back to back doubles to score Feliz and give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would try to make 2-0 when Coste would be sent home in an attempt to score on an Eaton single to left. Unfortunately, a strike to home from left fielder Gregor Blanco, and a tag by catcher Brain McCann, would instead end the inning and leave it 1-0 Phillies. The Phillies would add to their lead in the third as Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-first home run of the year, a three-run shot, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, and Chase Utley, who has walked, to make it 4-0 Phillies. They would increase their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth as Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run into left field, his twenty-first home of the year. The Braves would cut the lead down to 5-1 in their half of the fifth when pinch hitter Ruben Gotay would hit his second home run of the season. Then in the bottom of the sixth, the Braves would try to get back into the ballgame, loading the bases with a double by Mark Teixeira, a walk to McCann and a single to Kelly Johnson, with nobody out. That would be it for Adam Eaton, who had pitched a good game up to that point. Charlie Manuel would replace him on the mound with Chad Durbin. This would turn out to be a brilliant move as Durbin would get the first batter that he would face, the badly slumping Jeff Francoeur, to hit into a 6-4-3 twin killing, wiping out Johnson at second, while bringing home Teixeira, making it 5-2 Phillies. Durbin would then end the threat by striking out Mark Kotsay. The Braves would get another run in the eighth inning, as Chipper Jones hits his seventeenth home run of the year, a solo shot to center, making it a 5-3 game. The Phillies would then put the game away in the ninth, as they increased their lead. Eric Bruntlett would starts things off with a walk. After Bobby Cox sends out Royce Ring in place of Blaine Boyer, Rollins would greet him with a RBI triple, scoring Bruntlett, and increasing the Phillies’ lead to 6-3. Two batters later, with Rollins still on third and one out, Utley would knock him in with a single, making it 7-3 Phils. That would turn out to be the ballgame, as Brad Lidge would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth, in spite of the Braves loading up the bases, thanks in part to two fielding errors committed by Howard, as Lidge would end the game by striking out Teixeira.

Adam Eaton would get the win, as he pitch well for six innings plus three batters, giving up only two earned runs on five scattered hits. His record is now 3-6 with a ERA of 4.79. Chad Durbin would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up an earned run on one hit, Chipper Jones’ home run. Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless, hittless third of an inning, striking out the only man he’d faced. Brad Lidge would pitch a wild, but scoreless ninth inning, giving up a hit while striking out the side. Jorge Campillo took the loss, as he pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 2.99 ERA. Jeff Bennett would pitch an inning and a third of scoreless ball, giving up just two hits. Will Ohman would pitch two-thirds of an inning of scoreless ball, giving up no hits. Blaine Boyer would pitch an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit. Royce Ring would pitch an inning, also giving up an earned run on two hits.

It would appear that the Phillies’ bats have awaken from their interleague play slumber as they got thirteen more hits last night, six of which were for extra bases (3 (2B), 1 (3B), 2 (HR)), something that was missing during the slide. If the bats have indeed come back to life, then this is going to be a long summer, for Phillies’ opponents. Also, Adam Eaton might have turned a corner, as he has finally gotten the runs support that has been missing in most of his previous start. If he has been listening to Jamie Moyer for pitching advice, like the previous night’s starter Kyle Kendrick, then the starting rotation might end up getting better as the season progress. But, even with the win, there is one present cause for concern, Ryan Howard’s fielding, as he single handedly almost got the Braves back into the ballgame because of a pair of fielding miscues, especially on the one that lead to the bases being loaded on a ball that he should’ve let Utley field for the final out. Someone may need to take Howard out and help him get the feel of playing first base before it can really hurt the Phils.

The Phillies (46-39) will conclude their three games visit with the Braves (40-45), with a chance for a sweep and, surprises of surprises, a winning road trip. The game will be played tonight at Turner Field, with a start time of 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (8-5, 3.38), who is coming off a good start against the Rangers on June 28, where he went seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He has already faced the Braves this season, pitching a four-hit shut out against them on May 15, going all nine innings, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be shooting for his ninth win of the year and to complete the Phillies’ second sweep of the Braves in their own home ballpark. The Braves will be sending Jair Jurrjens (8-3, 2.94) to the mound to try and prevent the sweep. He is coming off a victory against the Blue Jays on June 27, where he would pitch eight innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits, in the Braves’ 4-0 win. In his last four starts, he has won three of them, with a no-decision in the fourth, which was also won by the Braves. In those games, he would give up only five earned runs in twenty-seven and two-thirds innings of work, while giving up no earned runs in the last twenty-three and two-thirds innings, while also giving up only twenty-five hits. He will also be shooting for his ninth victory, while seeing if he can stop the Phillies’ just reawaken bats and keep the Braves from being swept for the second straight time by the Phillies.

With the victory, the Phillies stay a game and a half ahead of the Marlins, who had earlier in the day beaten the Nationals. The Phils lead the Mets now by four and a half game as they’d lost their game to the Cardinals. The Phillies lead over the Braves is now at six games with their win. The Phillies will now try to leave Atlanta with a sweep of the Braves, before coming home to Citizens Bank Park to start a three teams, ten games in ten days, home stand before the All-Star break, during which they hope to create some breathing room between them and their nearest opponent.

Thw Phillies’ bats reawaken as the offense scores 20 runs for the second time this season as the Phillies rout the Cardinals, 20-2.

For the second time this season the Phillies’ offense would knock in twenty runs as they routed the Cardinals, 20-2. The Phillies would start their scoring in the first inning, when, with two outs, Chase Utley would hit a solo shot off of Cardinals’ starter Todd Wellemeyer, his twenty-second home run of the year, to give the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Ryan Howard would follow with a solo shot of his own for his sixteenth home run of the season to make it 2-0 Phillies. Pat Burrell would then follow with his seventeenth home run of the year, another solo shot, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, as the middle of the lineup hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. The Phils would then add to their lead in the second as Carlos Ruiz would hit a RBI double, scoring Pedro Feliz who has singled earlier, making it 4-0 Phils. The Cardinals would get a run back in the third as Skip Schumaker hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot, to make it 4-1 Phillies. The Phils would then bust the game wide open as they send fifteen men to the plate to score nine runs while sending Wellemeyer to the showers. After Ruiz starts the inning off by grounding out, Kyle Kendrick would get on base with a ground-rule double. Jimmy Rollins would then walk. Shane Victorino would then follow with a single, loading the bases. Utley would then follow him with a RBI single, scoring both Kendrick and Rollins and sending Victorino to second, as the Phillies now lead 6-1. That would be it for Wellemeyer as he would be replaced by Ron Villone. Howard would welcome Villone with a RBI single, scoring Victornio, to give the Phillies a 7-1 lead, while sending Utley over to second. Burrell would then walk, reloading the bases. Geoff Jenkins would then hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning, scoring Utley, to make it 8-1 Phils, with Utley becoming the last run to be charged to Wellemeyer. Feliz would then walk to reload the bases. Ruiz, who has started the inning, would continue it by hitting a double, scoring both Howard and Burrell while sending Feliz to third, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. Kendrick would come up and get his second hit of the inning, a RBI single, scoring both Feliz and Ruiz to make the score 12-1 Phillies. Kendrick would meanwhile go to second on Rick Ankiel’s throwing error to cut down Ruiz. Rollins would then follow with his second walk of the inning. Victorino would follow him with his second hit of the inning, a double, which would score Kendrick, to make it a 13-1 Phillies lead, and move Rollins to third. After giving up a walk to Utley to yet again reload the bases, Villone would finally stop the slaughter by striking out Howard. The Phillies would score another run in the fifth on a RBI double by Feliz, scoring Burrell, who has earlier walked to make it 14-1 Phils. Three more Phillies’ runs would score in the sixth on Howard’s three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, scoring Victorino and pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett, who has both singled, to give the Phils a 17-1 lead. The Cardinals would score their second and last run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as Troy Glaus singles in Ryan Ludwick, who has earlier reached base on a fielding error by Feliz, making it 17-2 Phillies. The Phillies would then score the game’s final runs in the eighth, as, with two outs, Ryan Howard is hit by the pitch, going to first. After Cardinals’ pitcher Russ Springer and Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa are both ejected by the home plate umpire for intentionally hitting Howard and for arguing about the ejection respectively, So Taguchi would single, moving Howard to second. Jenkins would follow with a double, scoring both Howard and Taguchi, making it 19-2 Phils. After a Feliz’s single moves Jenkins to third, he would score on a single by Ruiz, making it 20-2 Phillies. That would be how the game would end as first Rudy Seanez and then Clay Condrey would pitch the final two innings, keeping the Cardinals off of the scoreboard.

Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he goes seven strong innings, giving up only two runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits. His record is now 6-2 with a 4.54 ERA. Rudy Seanez and Clay Condrey would both pitch an inning, each giving up no runs on one hits. Todd Wellemeyer would get the lost, as he would get rock for eight earned runs on eight hits while going only three and one third innings. Ron Villone would pitch an inning and a third, getting crush for six earned runs on five hits and five walks. Mark Worrell would pitch two innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Russ Springer would pitch only a third of an inning, as he would be thrown out of the game for intentionally hitting Ryan Howard, giving up an earned run on no hits. Ryan Franklin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Aaron Miles, normally a second baseman, was the only Cardinal not to give up a run to the Phils, as he goes an inning, giving up no run on no hits.

For the second time this season, the Phillies’ offense would score twenty runs, while also getting twenty-one hits. Every Phillies’ starter, except for Jimmy Rollins, would get at least one hit, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way as he would go four for six. Next would be Shane Victorino who would hit three for seven, followed by Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz, who both went three for five. Even Kyle Kendrick would get into the act as he would go two for five. Of their twenty-one hits, ten would be for extra-base hits (6 (2B), 4 (HR)). The win gives the Phillies a winning road trip. The back-to-back-to-back home runs hit in the first inning was the seventh time that it has occurred in Phillies’ history.

The Philles (41-28) will continue their series against the Cardinals (40-29 2nd National League Central) tomorrow afternoon at the new Busch Stadium, as one of the games to be shown on Fox Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. The game will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (2-3, 4.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 8, where he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. His career record against the Cardinals isn’t very good, as he is 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA. Eaton plans to improve his record while helping to improve the team’s record on the road. Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.92), will be send to the mound by the Cardinals. He is coming off a win against the Astros on June 8, where he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Cardinals’ 5-4 win. He has won his last four starts, going a combined twenty-three innings, giving up five earned runs on twenty hits. He will be trying to improve on his record while trying to stop the explosive Phillies’ offense.

The first place Phillies lead increased to four games with the Marlins’ lost to the Rays. The Braves and the Mets are both still seven and a half games behind the Phils as they both won their games. The Phillies hope that their offense will still be as potent for the rest of their weekend series in St. Louis before going back home to Philadelphia.

Pat the Bat goes deep as Eaton gets his second win.

Pat Burrell’s two-run home run would be the different as Adam Eaton pitches a great six and two-thirds innings to record his second victory of the year as the Phillies defeat the Reds, 3-2. The Reds would score the game’s first run, when, in the third, Edwin Encarnacion would hit his tenth home run of the year while leading off the inning, giving the Reds a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would quickly come back to tie the game in their half of the inning, when Chase Utley, who was unable to hit a home run tonight, would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier via a force out. The score would stay that way for the next couple of innings as Adam Eaton and Reds’ starter Aaron Harang would find themselves in the middle of a pitcher’s dual. The dual would end though, when, with a runner on second, and one out, Pat Burrell would hit his fourteenth home run of the season, a two-run shot which would score Utley, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. In the eighth, the Reds would cut the lead to 3-2, as Javier Valentin hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Encarnacion, who has earlier tripled off of Tom Gordon. After Gordon is able to get out of further trouble in the eighth, Brad Lidge is handed the ball. In spite of giving up two walks, Lidge would get his fifteenth save in as many chances by getting Encarnacion to fly out to end the game.

Adam Eaton is the winning pitcher as he records his second win of the season as he goes six and two-thirds inning, giving up only one earned run on just three hits. His record is now 2-3 with a ERA of 4.63. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, walking a batter and striking out one. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitched the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits, as he records his fifteenth save of the year. Aaron Harang is the losing pitcher for the Reds, as he would pitch six innings plus two batters, giving up three earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 2-8 wirh a 3.86 ERA. Rookie pitcher Danny Herrera would make his major league debut by coming in the seventh inning in relief of Harang with two runners on base with no one out, and would get out of the inning, leaving the bases loaded, as he gives up no runs on no hits. Jared Burton would also pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies’ offense would get nine hits in the game, four of them being for extra-bases (3 (2B), 1 (HR)), but they would be held down to three runs as they were unable to break the game wide open in the seventh. Chase Utley was unable to hit a home run for the six straight game, but he would get an RBI for the ninth straight game in a row. Also, Eaton has pitched another good game, which led to another victory for him. It would appear that he has finally turned a corner. Let us hope that it stays that way. The Phillies have now won their third strength game in a row, their eighth in nine games and their eleventh in their last fifteen games. They are also now ten games over .500 for the first time this season. Ken Griffey, Jr. did not start for the second straight game, but did he come into the game in the eighth inning against Tom Gordon, who has already given up six home runs to him, to try and make it seven in an attempt to tie the game with one swing of the bat. He is instead walked by Gordon, who refused to give him something to hit. So, Junior will be trying again to hit number 600 tomorrow.

The third game in the four games series between the Phillies (35-25) and the Reds (28-31, 5th National League Central) will be played at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52), who is coming off a recent win against the Marlins, where he would go eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all coming in the first inning, on six scattered hits, while striking out eleven. This will be his second start against the Reds, having lost his first start against them back on April 6, as he would go five innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while continuing what he did in the last seven innings of his last start. His opponent will be Endison Volquez (7-2, 1.46), who is coming off a recent no-decision against the Braves on May 30, where he would pitch six innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, in the Reds’ 3-2 win. He has already pitched against the Phillies this season, as he was Myers’ opponent in the April 6 game. He would recieve the victory as he would go five and one-third innings, giving up only one earned run on five scattered hits. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phillies’ offensive juggernaut while hoping that they won’t light him up.

The first place Phillies have increased their lead to two and one half games over the Marlins as they would loss once again to the Braves. The Braves, with their win over the fish, stay three and a half games behind the Phils. The Phils are presently leading the Mets by four and a half games as they have just won their game against the Giants. The Phillies will be trying to continue their winning way and to further increase their lead against the opponents.

Junior’s back and Eaton might be in trouble. The Phillies-Reds series continues.

The Phillies’ (34-25) ten games home stand will continue tonight, as they host the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) for the second game of their four games set. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Ken Griffey, Jr. should be in the Reds’ lineup tonight, and should get at least four chances to try and hit his 600th career home run, which is not good news for the Phillies’ starter for tonight’s game, as Junior has already tagged him for two of his 599 previous four baggers. The Phillies’ starters will be Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who has finally gotten his first win of the year, doing it against the Rockies on May 28, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA in six starts, which includes his previous start against them this year, occuring back on April 5, where he would receive his first no-decision of the season, as he would pitch seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He’ll be trying to make it two wins in a row, while trying to avoid becoming Junior’s 600th home run victim, as he hopes that the Phillies’ offensive juggernaut will continue on its merry way. The Reds plan to counter with Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Bucos on May 29, as he was crushed by them for six earned runs on ten hits as he was only able to last four innings, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies this year, as he opposed Adam Eaton on April 5. He would also receive a no-decision as he would pitch six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. He will be trying to get a win to improve his poor record, while hoping that he won’t be facing the Phillies’ wrath for his good performance against them earlier this season.

The Phillies’ offense last night had twelve more hits, including 5 more extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). Chase Utley, who is still the leading vote getter among National League All-Stars, has, for the second time this year, tied the Phillies’ franchise record for the consective number of games hitting at least one home run by hitting a home run in the first inning last night. He has also hit at least one RBI for the eighth straight game. Because of this, he has won his fifth National League Player of the Week award for his heroics last week. Phillies’ fans will be waiting to see tonight which of the two home runs related accomplishments will occur during tonight’s game, Junior hitting his 600th career home run, or Utley hitting it out of the park for a team record sixth game in a row. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, the rest of the Phillies’ bats will be trying to continue their campaign to wear out opposing teams’ starters.

The first place Phillies are now leading the Marlins by a game and a half, as they continue their four games series with the Braves. The third place Braves are still trailing the Phils by three and a half games thanks to their extra-innings win against the fish. The fourth place Mets are now trailing the Phillies by four and a half games, as they got crushed by the Giants last night. The Phils will be trying to win for the eighth time in their last nine games, while also trying to increase their lead in the National League East.

Edit: Well, just learned that Junior won’t be playing today. Looks like the knees are still sore. I wonder if the Reds will be using him for pitch hitting duty. Guess we’ll find out during the ballgame tonight.

With Junior resting, the Phillies hang on to defeat the Reds, 5-4.

Without worrying about Ken Griffey’s Jr.’s bat being in the Reds’ lineup as Junior was taking the day off because of soreness from participating in Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves, the Phils would hang on to defeat the Reds, 5-4. The Phillies would take a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Chase Utley’s major league leading twenty-first home run of the year off of Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single. Utley has now homered in five straight games, tying a franchise record, which has been earlier accomplished by Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The Red would get a run back in the top of the fourth when Jay Bruce would hit his third home run of the year off of Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, making the score 2-1 Phils. In the Phillies’ half of the inning, they would increase their lead as Pedro Feliz would hit his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Phillies. Chis Coste would then follow him with a solo shot of his own off of Arroyo, his sixth home run of the year, to make it a 5-1 Phillies’ lead. Edwin Encarnacion would then cut the Phillies’ lead down to 5-2 when he hits a lead off home run off of Kendrick in the fifth, for his ninth home run of the season. One inning later, the Reds would shorten the lead to 5-4 Phillies when, with two out and two men on, Adam Dunn would hit a two-run double off of Chad Durbin, who was pitching in relief of Kendrick, scoring Ryan Freel, who got on base earlier by being safe on a force out, and Bruce, who has earlier singled. Durbin would then get out of the inning with a strike out. That would be it for the Reds as Durbin, Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would only give up a single among them in the last three innings, with Lidge recording his fourteenth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrck would get the win, as he would pitch five and one-third innings, giving up all four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 5.00. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up no earned runs on two hits. Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would each pitch a 1-2-3 inning, both giving up no runs on no hits, while Lidge would record his fourteenth save of the year. Bronson Arroyo would get the lost, as he would go only four and a third innings, giving up all five earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 5.61. Gary Majewski would pitch one and two-third innings in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Bill Bray would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits while walking two. David Weathers would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up no runs on one hit.

The Phillies’ offense continue its attack as it get twelve hits in the game, including five extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)), as they lit up the ERA of yet another opposing starter. In spite of Chad Durbin allowing two runs to score, which would both be charged to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies’ bullpen would have yet another successful outing, as they slammed the door shut on the Reds. The Phillies are now nine games above .500 for the first time this season.

The Phillies-Reds four games series will continue tomorrow night from Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ (34-25) will be starting Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who is coming off of his first victory of the season against the Rockies on May 28, when he would go six innings, giving up only an earned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking just one batter, in the Phillies’  6-1 win. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with an ERA of 4.19 in six starts, which includes his earlier start this year against the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) on April 5, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while hoping that the bats will once again gives him some runs. His opponent will be Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Pirates on May 29, where he would pitch only four innings, as he gives up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies, also versus Eaton, on April 5, where he would get a no-decision while pitching seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, with six strikeouts. He will be trying to get his third win of the season while trying to avoid being involved in another bad start.

With their win, the Phillies are now a game and a half ahead of the second place Marlins, who have lost their game against the Braves in extra-innings. Their win against the Marlin will keep the Braves in third place, still trailing the Phils by three and a half games. The Mets’ lost to the Giants put them back into fourth place, four and a half games behind the Phillies. The Phillies hope to continue winning at home while increasing their lead against their rivals in the division.

Junior and the Reds come for a visit to Philly, with Junior aiming for 600 four baggers.

The first place Phillies (33-25) are set to host the Reds (28-29, 5th National League Central) for the last four games of a so far very successful ten games home stand (5-1). The first game of the four games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starting pitcher will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off of a win against the Rockies on May 27, where he would pitch seven and a third effective innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits, while striking out five Rockies, in the Phils’ 7-4 victory. Lifetime against the Reds he is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts. He hope to continue pitching well, while trying to help the Phillies increase their lead in the East with a win. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4. 5.29), who is coming off of two straight wins, his most recent being against the luckless Pirates on May 28. In that game, he would go six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 rout. He will be trying to help the Reds make it four wins in a row, after sweeping the Braves during the weekend, while hoping that he will be the third straight starter to cool down the Phillies’ hot bats.

During the Reds’ visit, Ken Griffey, Jr. will be aiming for his 600th career home run of his long career, planning to become the sixth man in major league history to accomplish it. The Phllies’ pitching staff will do everything that they can to keep Junior from doing it in Citizens Bank Pank. Which of the two will be more successful, Junior or the Phillies’ pitchers? We’ll know for certain by the end of Thursday night’s game.

Edit: Ken Griffey, Jr. did not play in tonight’s game because of soreness from Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves. He should be able to play in tomorrow night’s game. .

The Phillies’ bats have cooled down a bit after their eruption on Friday night. In the last two games of the Marlins’ series, the offense would only get twelve hits, although they would score twelve runs, thanks to two key home runs in the final game of their three games series which helped put them back into first place. Of those twelve hits, five of them would be extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). The offense is pose for another eruption, which Reds’ pitching hope won’t come at their expense. One of the pluses of the recent outburst is that the bullpen has been well rested and should be ready for this series.

The Phils have a half game lead over the second place Marlins, who are starting a four games with the Braves, who are now tied for third place with the Mets, thanks to their being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Braves, who will be hosting the Marlins for four, and the Mets are both trailing the Phillies by three and a half game. Although both teams have the same percentage point, the Mets have played two games less than the Braves, while they have at the same time lost one game less. After defeating the Dodgers for the second straight time last night, they will be going to San Francisco to start a three games series with the Giants. The Phillies will be trying to do very well in their present series so that they can increase their respective leads against each team, before they head out to Atlanta to begin a three games weekend series with the Braves.

From Nationals Park to Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies Offense has been on a tear.

Starting with their visit to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., the Phillies has become a scoring monster. Starting with their third game at Nationals Park, they have crossed the plate an amazing total of ninety-five times, which comes out to over nine runs a game during those eleven games. In those eleven games, they have racked up a total of one hundred and twenty hits, of which fifty were for extra-base hits (28 (2B), 1 (3B), 21 (HR)). During that time span, there has only been one game in which they did not hit a home run (May 27, 2008, during their 7-4 defeat of the Rockies). They have scored ten or more runs four times, with the twenty runs that they’d scored on Memorial Day (May 26) being their highest number for the season thus far. They have had ten or more hits in six games, with their highest total for the year being nineteen hits, also on Memorial Day. In their three loses during this period, they would be held to only three runs in each one. During their recent five games winning streak, the offense would score sixty runs on sixty-one hits, of which twenty-six would be for extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B), 10 (HR)). The team’s batting average during the winning streak would be .335 (61 for 182), while they would receive twenty-seven walks, and stole six bases, while striking out twenty-five times, During the entire eleven games period, their team batting average would be .296 (120 for 406), getting fifty bases on balls, and stealing ten bases, while striking out sixty-four times. Including their first two games in Washington, the Phillies have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last thirteen. With the weather continuing to get warmer, the question won’t be, will the Phillies’ bat come alive and support the starters. The question will instead be, will the starters be able to get enough confident in their pitching that they’ll relax and just get aggressive with opposing teams’ batters.

Note: If any of the other Phillies’ bloggers who read my posts want to do a further analysis of what the players on the team have done during those eleven/thirteen games, and want to use the numbers that I’d just supplied in this post, or make any corrections to my numbers, you have my permission. Just be sure to give me a hat tip when you do. Thanks.

The bats continue to errupt as the Phillies regain first place from the Marlins.

The Phillies regain first place from the Marlins, as their very potent offense crushes the fish in the first game of a three games weekend series between the two rivals, 12-3. The Marlins would score first though, when, in the first inning, Phils’ starter Brett Myers would give up a RBI single to Jorge Cantu, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier singled, to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jeremy Hermida, who has earlier walked, and Cantu, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Myers would finally get out of the innings, and he would then pitch a 1-2-3 second. In the Phillies half of the inning, the Phillies would pound Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson. Ryan Howard would start the inning off with a walk. Pat Burrell would then ground out, pitcher to first, moving Howard to second base. After Pedro Feliz singles Howard over to third, Chris Coste would tie the game by hitting his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-3 ballgame. Three batters later, with two men on base and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run double, scoring So Taguchi, who has earlier singled, and Brett Myers, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-3 lead. Chase Utley would then follow with his major league leading eighteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot, making it 7-3 Phillies. The Phillies would add four more runs in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins would single in Taguchi, who has earlier walked, to make it 8-3 Phillies. Two batters later, with runners on first and third, and two outs, Howard would hit a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, off of Burke Badenhop, who was pitching in relief of the knocked around Hendrickson, scoring Victorino, who was safe on a force out, and Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 11-3 lead. Meanwhile, something seems to have clicked with Myers, as he seems to have returned to his earlier form, as he would give up only three more hits to the Marlins after the first inning, while stirking out eleven. The Phillies would score just one more run, in the seventh inning, as Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, would score with the base loaded, as Taguchi is walked by Taylor Tankersley, making it 12-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then take over in the ninth for Myers, putting down the shocked Marlins for a 1-2-3 inning.

Brett Myers is the winning pitcher, winning his first ballgame since April 17, when he defeated the Astros. He did it by going eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking one eleven Marlins. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.52. Clay Condrey would pitch one shut out inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while striking out two. Mark Hendrickson would suffer the lost as he gets pounded by the Phillies’ bats in three and a third innings of work, giving up ten earned runs on seven hits, while walking three. His record is now 7-3 as his ERA rises to 5.26. Burke Badenhop would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Taylor Tankersley would also pitch an inning and a third, also giving up an earned run on no hits. Justin Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Joe Nelson would go an inning in relief, giving up no runs on no hits.

With the win, the Phillies regain first place, as they ride on their first five games winning streak of the season. The Phillies are also a season best eight games over .500. During their winning streak, the Phils have scored sixty runs, averaging twelve runs per game. During that span, they have also gotten sixty-one hits, of which 26 has been extra-base hits (15 (2B), 1 (3B) , 10 (HR)). In their last nine games, starting with the last game of their three games series with the Nationals, the Phillies have scored eighty-five runs, averaging about 9.45 runs a game, while getting 108 total hits, of which forty-five were extra-base hits (26 (2B), 1 (3B) and 18 (HR)). It is indeed hitting season. At the same time, Phillies’ starting pitching, during the five game winning streak, has given up only sixteen runs, which average out to 3.2 runs a game, while the relief staff has allowed only three runs, which average out to 0.60 runs a game. In their last nine games, the starters have given up twenty-eight total runs, for an average of 3.11 runs per game, while the relief core have given up only six runs, which average out to 0.67 runs per ballgame. As the offense is racking up the runs and hits, the pitching staff is giving up to their opponents very few runs in return. During those nine games, the defense has been almost flawless, committing only three errors, all occurring during the Rockies’ series, against seven for their opponents. It would appear that all aspects of the Phillies game are starting to come together at the same time, which might be a cause of alarm for the rest of the National League East.

The three games series between the now first place Phillies (32-24) and the second place Marlins (20-23) will continue tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision, as he pitched poorly in his last start against the Astros on May 25, where he would only pitch four innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 15-6 crushing of Houston. Hamels has won three of his last six starts, with the other three being no-decisions, all won by the Phils, as he has gone a total of forty and a thirds innings, giving up only sixteen earned runs, which includes a period when he would give up no runs for nineteen and two-thirds innings, on thirty-three hits. His career numbers against the Marlins is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts. He will be trying to get his first win in three starts, while trying to increase the Phillies’ lead in the National League East. The Marlins will be opposing him with Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70), who is coming off a win, his second in a row, and third in his last four starts, against the Mets on May 26. He would go five innings in that game, giving up only three earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ hitting juggernaut and put the Marlins back into first place.

The now first place Phillies lead the Marlins by half a game after their victory over the fish. They are leading the Braves by two and a half games, as the Braves lost their game with the Reds in extra-innings. The Phils are leading the Mets by four and a half games as the Mets lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phils will be trying to increase their respective leads over the other teams in their division, as they try to win their sixth game in a row and their ninth in their last eleven games.

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