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The Phils defeat the Brewers after a five-run offensive explosion in the top of the second, before hanging on to win, beating the Brew Crew 9-7.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA five-run outburst in the second inning leads to the Phils defeating the Brewers, 9-7.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man on, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on pitcher Wily Peralta’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Scotter Gennett hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jonathan Lucroy, and then walks to first Aramis Ramirez and then Khris Davis, and with one man still out, Lyle Overbay hits a grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, Ramirez and Davis, giving the Brewers a 5-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Cody Asche, sending Byrd up to second base, and a walk to Dom Brown, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Koyle Hill hits an RBI infield single, scoring Byrd, making it a 5-2 Brewers’ lead, while moving both Asche and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. After Kyle Kendrick had hit into a force play at the plate, 1-2, for the inning’s first out, forcing out Asche as catcher Lucroy touch home plate, as Brown and Hill both moved up a base, while Kendrick would be safe at first, the Phils made it a 5-4 Brewers’ lead as Revere hits a ground-rule double, knocking in both Brown and Hill, while sending Kendrick all the way to third base. The Phils then took the lead two batters later, after Rollins had walked to reload the bases, as Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Kendrick and Revere. giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-5 lead in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brown hits a two-run single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Asche’s double, and Asche, who had just doubled. The Brewers cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-7 as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring Logan Schafer, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Overbay to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.46) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jake Diekman received his twelfth hold of the season as he also went two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Ken Giles received his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Wily Peralta (9-6, 3.95) took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up nine runs on eight hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler, Zach Duke, Wei-Chung Wang and Francisco Rodriguez combined for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Gorzelanny (1), Rodriguez (1)) between them, while striking out three Phils (Kintzler (1), Wang (1), Rodriguez (1)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Singles, 3 RBIs), Cody Asche (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Marlon Byrd and Koyle Hill (RBI) had the last two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Brown), two stolen bases (Rollins (17), Utley (3)) and a sacrifice fly (Utley) in the game.

The Phils (39-51, 5th NL East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-39, 1st Central) with a ballgame tonight. The game is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm CDT) at Miller Park. The Phils plan to send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 4, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. Hernandez will be trying to increase the Phils’ present winning streak to three games. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (9-3, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on July 4, as he threw five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 4-2 lost. He will once again be going for his tenth win of the year. The Phils will be trying for their third straight win against the Brewers.

 

The Phils hang on to defeat the Brewers, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin their next to last series before the All-Star break by hanging on to defeat the National League Central leading Brewers, defeating the Brew Crew, 3-2.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to deep right center field, knocking in Utley, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Brewers would get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds reaching base on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Asche, as Davis stops at second base, and a single by Jean Segura, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi hits a two-run single, knocking in Davis and Reynolds, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before Segura is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s first out, as Bianchi stays at first base. Phils’ starter Cole Hamels then pitches himself out of trouble as he first got Rickie Weeks to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Bianchi at second base for the inning’s second out, and then getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s final out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils hung on, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Segura to ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven.  Ken Giles collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Marco Estrada (7-6, 4.96) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke and Rob Wooten combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit apiece) between them, while striking out six batters (Gorzelanny (2), Duke (1), Wooten (3)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Andres Blanco, Ryan Howard (RBI), Cody Asche, Dom Brown and Tony Gwynn, Jr., had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Utley, Howard) a stolen base (Revere (26)) and a sacrifice bunt (Blanco) in the game, while the offense committed an error (Asche), performed an outfield assist (Marlon Byrd), a pickoff (Cole Hamels) and a double play.

The Phils (38-51, 5th East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-38, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 3, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their second straight win. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.35), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Blue Jays on July 2, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their latest lost. The Phils will be trying to improve their fortunes before the All-Star break.

The Phils lose another game at home as they drop one to the Rockies, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose yet another home game as they lose to the Rockies, 6-2.

The Rockies took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Troy Tulowitzki hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Rockies regain the lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Corey Dickerson, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Michael Cuddyer’s walk, and Cuddyer, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the seventh as, with one man out, Ben Revere hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 4-2 Rockies’ lead. The Rockies got that run back in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Stubbs hits an RBI double, scoring Josh Rutledge, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Rockies a 5-2 lead. The Rockies added to their lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brandon Barnes hits into an RBI ground out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Tulowitzki, who had earlier been intentionally walked, for the inning’s second out, as Rutledge, who had earlier moved up to third base on LeMahieu’s ground out, 4-3, scored, giving the Rockies a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Chase Utley, looking, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, as he struck out four. Jeff Manship pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter. Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 3,66) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Boone Logan received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Adam Ottavino collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out one. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Revere (Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single),  Cesar Hernandez (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Jimmy Rollins, Mayberry, Ruiz, Reid Brignac) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (22-27, 5th NL East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (28-24, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.83), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on May 23, as he pitched six and a third-innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Phils into a series win. The Rockies will send to the mound Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.45), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils bounce back as the offense come alive, crushing the Rockies, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe offense bounce back as Kyle Kendrick receives his first victory of 2014, as the Phils crush the Rockies, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had lead-off the inning with a single. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, had moved up to second base on Revere’s single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ force out, 4-6, as Revere is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead one batter later as Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.  hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Howard. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Corey Dickerson to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Jhoulys Chacin (0-4, 5.20) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and three wild pitches, while striking out five. Tommy Kahnle pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nick Masset pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Adam Ottavino pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Brown, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed two double plays.

The Phils (22-26, 4th NL East) continue their series with the Rockies (27-24, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.30) who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 22, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be trying to throw his fourth straight quality start, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Rockies will counter with Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants in a suspended game on May 22, as he went only three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 2-2 tie with the Giants in a rain-suspended game. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak while trying to forget Sunday’s game.

The Phils get swept by the Blue Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their 20,000th game as a franchise as they end up getting swept by the Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on catcher Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up at 1-all in their half of the second as Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on third, and with still nobody out, Adam Lind hits into an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Juan Francisco, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 3-0 lead one batter later as, with now one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jose Bautista hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then stole third base, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher R.A. Dickey’s wild pitch, making it a 4-2 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays would get the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Bautista hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Reyes, who was hit by a pitch, after the original ball call was overturned, then stole second base, his second steal of the night, then moved up to third base on Wil Nieves’ passed ball, giving the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Lind hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Aaron Loup’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Encarnacion hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his second of the night, knocking in Bautista, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 9-3 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-3 lead one batter later as Francisco hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Melky Cabrera hits a two-run double, knocking in Steve Tolleson, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on second baseman’s Jayson Nix’s fielding error of Chris Getz’s grounder, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ force out, 4-6, as Getz is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, and Reyes, who was safe at first base on the force out, beating the throw home, giving the Blue Jays’ a 12-3 lead, before moving up to third base on the throw home. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a single to right which right fielder Tolleson would boot for a fielding error, allowing Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Esmil Rogers’ wild pitch, to score, making it a 12-4 Blue Jays’ lead. The Phils then made it a 12-6 Blue Jays’ lead one batter later, after Revere has stolen second base, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Revere. That would end being the final score as Rogers would strike out Nix, swinging, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.90) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out four. Luis Garcia pitched two innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. R.A. Dickey (3-3, 4.91) got the win as he threw six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out eight. Aaron Loup pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Marcus Stroman pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, a walk and a wile pitch, while striking out two.

The  Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Wil Nieves (Single) and Ben Revere (Single), would have the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Brown, Cody Asche, Freddy Galvis), and a stolen base (Revere (11)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Jayson Nix (2)), a passed ball (Nieves), caught a runner stealing (Burnett/Nieves), as well as perform two doubleplays.

The Phils (15-18, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (16-17, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 4, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ four-game losing streak. The Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on May 3, as he went four and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 11-10 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

The Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows another game to slip through the Phils’ hand, as they lose to the Blue Jays in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as, with nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1- 0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Encarnacion, who had just singled, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Encarnacion’s single, making it a 2- 0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead two batters later as, with one man still on, and now with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Francisco. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Steve Tolleson hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would start a rally in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a lead-off double by Carlos Ruiz, who then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while moving Utley up to second base. The Phils then tied it at five-all four batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had walked, moving up both runners, Cody Asche hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, scoring before him Utley, Howard and Mayberry. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Bautista’s single, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, as he beat the throw home, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aaron Loup received his second save of the season as he got Howard to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jeff Manship, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Manship) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo (3-2, 3.77) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Drew Hutchinson also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he went one and a third innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Aaron Loup collected his second save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche (Singles, Double, Home Run (4 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Doubles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (15-16, 5th NL East) continue their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (16-17, T-3rd AL East) with the first of two games in Toronto. The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 2, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Blue Jays will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25), who is coming off a win against the Royals on May 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500, while hoping to end their present losing streak.

The offense gives Cliff Lee some much needed runs support as the Phils four hits the Dodgers, 7-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense supports a four hit performance by Cliff Lee, as they blank the Dodgers, 7-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the game off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tried to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an infield single to second baseman Chase Utley, near the second base bag, who was unable to make a play to first, but who then threw home as he saw Yasiel Puig, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s fly out to center field, and had just moved up to third base on the play, tried to score. Catcher Ruiz, after he had caught the throw from Utley, ran Puig back to third base, before tagging him out as Puig attempted to slide bag into third base, head first, for the inning’s final out, 4-2, which would turn out to be the Dodgers’ best chance to score a run during the game. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in two games, knocking in Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, now with two men on, via singles by John Mayberry, Jr., and Dom Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and with still two men out, Mayberry would score on pitcher Paul Maholm’s throwing error of Freddy Galvis’ grounder near the mound, as Brown moved up to third base, while Galvis would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting Gonzalez to hit into a force out, 6-unassisted, as Turner, who had just walked, is forced out at second base for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while he strikes out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Dominguez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn, Ruiz, Mayberry) in the game.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-8, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is scheduled to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 17, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He will be trying once again for his first win of the season, while trying to add on to his previous good start. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. He’ll be going for his fourth win of the year, while hoping to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight win while trying to give another of their starters a win.

The Phils’ bullpen allow in five runs in the last two innings, as the Phils end up losing again to the Brewers, 9-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils drop their third straight game as the bullpen allow five runs to score in the last two innings, as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 9-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jean Segura, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Braun, who had just walked, up to second base. The Brewers then took a 2-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Braun would score on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Jonathan Lucroy’s grounder, allowing Lucroy to reach base, while Ramirez would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 1-5, as Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, is tagged out at second base by shortstop Segura, after originally being called safe by the second base umpire as pitcher Matt Garza’s throw to second base took Segura off of the bag, as the play is overturned via instant replay as Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke came out of the dugout to dispute the call, then stopped at third base on Carlos Ruiz’s double, goes home on a balk committed by Garza, while Ruiz, who had just doubled, would move up to third base on the balk. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has walked, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out, the Phils will tied the game up at two-all as Ruiz scores on second baseman Scooter Gennett’s force attempt throwing error of Marlon Byrd’s grounder, allowing Howard to be safe at second base, before going on to third base, and Byrd to go on to second base. The Phils then took the lead as Don Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Byrd on to third base. The Brewers would retie the game at three-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Segura hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who had just doubled. The Brewers would retake the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Gomez hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, his second of the game, then moved up to third on Garza’s wild pitch. The Brewers would retake the lead for good in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mark Reynolds, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Gennett’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on Howard’s fielding error of Logan Schafer’s grounder, giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead, while Schafer, who had reached base on Howard’s error, would continue to second base. Three batters later, the Brewers would take a 7-4 lead as, with two men on, as Segura is hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Braun hits a two-run double, knocking in both Schafer and Segura. The Brewers then made it a 9-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Roberto Gonzalez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while he struck out nine. Jeff Manship and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four (Manship (1), Diekman (3)). Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits, two walks, a balk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tyler Thornburg (2-0, 1.50) got the win as he threw two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) both leading the team with two hits. Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Jayson Nix (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and Cody Asche (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Rollins, Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Brewers (6-2, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0 , 6.00) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 5, as he threw seven shutout innings, as he gave up ten hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-0, 1.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on April 4, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to lead the Brew Crew to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their losing streak.

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

The Phils offense is once again shutout as they are three-hit by Pirates pitching as they lose, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain only three hits, all by Chase Utley, as they are shutout for the third straight game as they lose to the Pirates, 3-0, in their last spring training game as tonight’s game has been cancelled due to rain.

The Pirates broke up a 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Russell Martin hits an RBI double, knocking in Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Travis Snider, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Phillippe Aumont’s wild pitch, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Pirates then made it a 2-0 lead as Neil Walker hit an RBI single, scoring Martin. The Pirates then added to their lead in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Clint Barmes hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Jordy Mercer’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning, getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont (0-3, 4.05) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Charlie Morton and Jason Grilli combined for four shutout innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Morton). Tony Watson (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Bryan Morris collected his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jhonathan Ramos received his first hold of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, all by Chase Utley, two doubles and a single. The Phils had no walks in the game while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, along with an outfield assist (Dom Brown) and a pickoff (B.J. Rosenberg).

The Phils ended spring training on a sour note as tonight’s game was rained out. Their next game will be their season opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The game is to start at 2:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0,  -.–) while the Rangers will counter with Tanner Scheppers (0-0, -.–). The Phils will be trying to start the 2014 season on a good note, while planning to break out of their present hitting slump.

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