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The Phils end the first half on a high note with a sweep of the 1st place Reds.

The Phils end the first half of the regular season on a high note as they sweep the 1st place Reds behind the six-hit pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds, 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was safe on second on a ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference as a fan in the left center field seats touched the ball while it was still in play, which was confirmed when the umpires reviewed the call, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds tried to come back in the fourth, as they loaded the bases, via a single to Paul Janish and walks to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen, and with nobody out, when Jonny Gomes hit into a force out, 5-2, wiping out Janish at home as Ruiz touches the plate for the inning’s first out, while both Votto and Rolen would move up a base, and Gomes would be safe at first. The Phils then got out of the inning as Jay Bruce lined out to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would catch the ball before it could hit the ground, then throw over to second for a 1-6 doubleplay, doubling up Votto, to end the inning, with the Phils still in the lead. The Phils then tried to increase their lead in their half of the fourth, as they loaded the bases via a ground-rule double for Jayson Werth, as another fan interfered with a ball in play, this time preventing what could have been either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, depending on how the ball would’ve hit the wall in center field, by catching it, a call that was once again confirmed by a review by the umpires, Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, and a walk to Ruiz, moving both Werth and Howard up a base, and with two men out. Reds starter Matt Maloney would turn the Phils’ away by getting Wilson Valdez to hit into a force out at third, 6-5, wiping out Howard for the inning’s final out. Neither team would make another serious threat during the game as both starters would keep the bats under control. The game would end as a Phils win as the Reds would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth as J.C. Romero would strike out Bruce swinging for the inning’s first out, then Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season by first striking out Drew Stubbs swinging and then getting pitch hitter Miguel Cairo to pop out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, giving up six scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a third of an innings, walking a batter. J.C. Romero also pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face, collecting his fourth hold of the season. Brad Lidge collects his sixth save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Matt Maloney took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA. Nick Masset and Arthur Rhodes pitches for two shut out innings, giving up just one walk (Masset) and a hit batter (Rhodes) between them, while striking out three (Masset).

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in the only run of the game, for the second game in a row. Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both ground-rule doubles, thanks to fan interference in both cases, with the second one, on Werth’s hit, being the more costly, as it might have ended up being either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, based on where the ball might have hit the wall and with Reds’ center fielder Drew Stubbs being positioned almost against the wall in center, that ball would have been going places, but, since the fan caught it, we may never know. Guys, let the ball alone unless you are quite sure it will be leaving the ballpark. You may never know what might be the results.

The Phils (47-40, 3rd NL East) will be off for the next three days (except for Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, who will both be at the All-Star Game), trying to recharge their batteries before they start the second half with a four-game set against the Cubs (39-50, 4th NL Central) in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his first complete game start of his career as the bats come alive to crush the Pirates, 12-4.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first complete game start of his career as the Phils’ offense scored early and often, as the Phils finally defeat the Bucos, 12-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead as, with Victorino still on third, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his first major league home run of his career. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With the based loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a Victorino infield single, moving Rollins up to second, and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby on a force attempt of a Jayson Werth grounder, as Victorino beats the throw to second, while Rollins reached third, and Werth was safe at first, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Phils then made it 5-1 one batter later, as Ben Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, as Werth scores from third while Howard was wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, before Francisco beats the throw to first. Two batters later, with two men on base, as Wilson Valdez reaches base with a single, sending Francisco up to second, and with still one man out, Cody Ransom, who the Phils have just called up, hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Valdez up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-1 as, with two men on base, and still with one man out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Valdez, while sending Ransom to third. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, scoring Ransom, who had earlier singled. The Pirates got a run back as Ryan Church hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 11-2 in the sixth as, with two outs, Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils added their final run in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates made it 12-3 in the eighth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, pinch hitter Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double, scoring Delwyn Young, who had earlier reached base on a Ransom fielding error, moved to second on a Jose Tabata’s ground out, 1-3, and went to third on a Neil Walker’s ground out, 3-unassisted. In the ninth, the Pirates made it a 12-4 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corner, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Alvarez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Church’s single, and then went to third on Crosby’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Church at second base, while sending Crosby, who was safe on the force out, over to second. The game was then ended as Tabata hits into a force out, 1-5, wiping out Crosby at third for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a complete game, his first career complete game, as he gives up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA. Paul Maholm takes the lost as he goes only three innings, plus two batters, as he gives up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while striking out just one Phil. His record is now 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Justin Thomas pitches three innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brendan Donnelly pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two (Carrasco).

The Phils errupted for fifteen hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, with Rollins’ hits being a triple short of the cycle, as he had a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while scoring three runs, while Victorino’s hits were two singles and a triple, as he scored three runs, while knocking in one run. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom followed with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being two singles, knocking in three runs, while Ransom’s hits were also singles, knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Sardinha and Kendrick’s hits being doubles, with Werth and Sardinha both knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hit was a single and Francisco’s hit being a solo home run. Just when it looks like the Phils were feeling sorry for themselves, the bats wake up. Question is, how long will they stay awake, as the Phils face both the Reds and the Braves after today’s game.

The Phils (42-37, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Pirates (29-52, 6th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Marlins 8-6, as the bullpen almost let another game get away.

After a terrific performance by their ace Roy Halladay, the bullpen almost let another game get away, as the pesky fish tried to get back into the game in the ninth before the Phils finally wins it, 8-6.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, via walks to Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, with Utley’s walk moving Victorino up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley up to second base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, as Raul Ibanez is walked, sending Utley to third, and moving Howard up to second base, and now with two men out, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard on to third, and Ibanez up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Ibanez to third, and moving Castro up to second base. The Phils then made it 4-0 in the second as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, which hits the left field foul pole, his second home run of the year. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled and then went to third on an Ibanez ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 5-1 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his fifith in four days, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a man on base, and with still no outs, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. Two batters later, with two men on base, and still with no outs, the Phils made it 8-1 as Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, on to second base. The Marlins then made it an 8-2 Phils’ lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on John Baker’s single, while sending Baker, who had just singled, over to third base. The Marlins then tried to make a comeback in the top of the ninth. With runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brett Carroll hits an RBI infield single, scoring Uggla, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, went to second on Cody Ross’ single, and then went to third on pinch hitter’s Brian Barden’s soft ground out, 4-3, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Barden’s ground out, on to third. Sanchez then made it 8-4 Phils with an RBI double, scoring Ross, while sending Carroll on to third base. Cameron Maybin then made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Carroll, while sending Sanchez on to third. Charlie Manuel then came out to relieve Rookie David Herndon, and replace him with Ryan Madson for the save. The next batter, Baker, then hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Sanchez from third, while wiping out Maybin at second, for the inning’s second out. After Ramirez gets on base with a single, moving Baker up to second base, Madson finally records his third save of the season as he gets Jorge Cantu to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ramirez at second, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. Ryan Madson records his third save as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Anibal Sanchez took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he strikes out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Dan Meyer pitches to five batters in the seventh, getting none of them out, as he gives up three runs on four hits and a walk. Chris Leroux pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, as he strikesout one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Juan Castro leading the team with two hits each. Utley’s hits were a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run; Howards’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run; Werth’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run; while Castro’s hits were both singles, as he knocks in three runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits. Polanco’s hit was a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Victorino, Ruiz and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Ruiz plating the final Phils’ run.

The Phils (8-2, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Marlins (6-5, 3rd) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be the ageless Jamie Moyer (1-0, 7.50), who is coming off a sub-par start against the Astros on April 10, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 9-6  win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the fish, while improving his ERA. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 5.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 12, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four in the Marlins’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the fish, hoping to continue his modest success against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to increase their lead in the NL East while trying to win their fourth straight series in the early season.

The Phils’ offense stay hot as they give enough runs support for Jamie Moyer to pick up the win as they defeat the Astros, 9-6.

The Phillies’ offense remain hot as they had another 10+ hits day as they give Jamie Moyer enough runs support to win his first start of the season as the Phils defeat the Astros, 9-6.

The Phils took an early 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier tripled. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via a Jamie Moyer’s single, who was then thrown out at second on a Jimmy Rollins’ force out, 1-6, leaving Rollins safe on first, a Placido Polanco’s single, which sent Rollins over to third base, and a walk to Chase Utley, which moved Polanco up to second base, and with two men out, Howard took a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Polanco to third and Utley up to second base. With the bases still loaded and still with two men out, Werth increased the Phils’ lead to 4-0 with a two-run double, scoring both Polanco and Utley, while sending Howard to third. The Astros came back in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jason Michaels hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Felipe Paulino, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. Two batters later, with a runner on first, via a walk to Jeff Keppinger, and still with two men out, Hunter Pence tied the game up at 4-all as he hits a two-run home run of his own, his first home run of the year. Four batters later, with the bases loaded via singles to Carlos Lee, Pedro Feliz and Chris Johnson, and still with two men out, Tommy Manzella hits an RBI infield single, scoring Lee, while moving both Feliz and Johnson up a base, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Phils regain the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on first, and once again with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. The Phils made it a 7-5 lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and still with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, while Ibanez, who had just singled, moved over to second. The Phils would make it 9-5 in the ninth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled. The Astros made it a 9-6 Phils’ lead in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michaels hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Michael Bourn, who had earlier doubled and then moved on to third on Cory Sullivan’s ground out, 3-unassistance. That would be the final score as, with Keppinger on first, after hitting into a 6-4 force out, forcing Michaels out at second, and now with two men out, Ryan Madson ends the game by striking out Pence for the final out.

Jamie Moyer gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA. Chad Durbin records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez records his first hold of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitches one inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he strikes out a batter. Felipe Paulino gets a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four. Chris Sampson receives his first hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk. Brandon Lyon records his first blown save of the season before picking up the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he strikes out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Tim Byrdak pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Matt Lindstrom pitches an inning, giving up rwo runs on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ bats collected eleven hits in the game, their fifth straight game with ten or more hits, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocks in three of the Phils’ runs. Placido Paulino, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino follows with two hits each, with both of Paulino’s hits being singles, as he scores a run; Howard’s hits being a triple and a home run, scoring two runs, as he knocks in three, and Victorino’s hits being a single and a two-run home run, as he knocks in three runs. Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles.

A pair of three-run bombs help propel the Phils past the Dodgers, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the 2009 NLCS.

Two three-run home runs by Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez and a two-run double by Ryan Howard help lead the Phils to an 8-6 victory in the first game of the 2009 National League Championship Series. The Phils lead the seven-games series with the Dodgers, 1-0.

The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the second as James Loney hits a solo home run, his first in the series, over the right field fence to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw. During those four innings, Kershaw had the Phils’ bats quieted, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out two batters. Meanwhile, Hamels, besides Loney’s home run, gave up three hits and a walk, pitching himself out of a two on, two out jam in the first inning, while striking out three Dodgers. The Phils then struck in the fifth as, with two men on, via a single to Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then a walk to Pedro Feliz, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run shot to left, his first home run of the series, scoring both Ibanez and Feliz, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Five batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who got on base on a force out, wiping out Hamels at second, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on a wild pitch as Shane Victorino struck out, swinging, and then moved to third on the third wild pitch in the inning, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Dodgers then came back in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one out, Andre Ethier hits into a force out, 6-4, knocking in Russell Martin, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and then went to third on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, as Furcal, who had just singled, was forced out at second base, before Ethier would move up to second as Utley’s throw to first went into the Phils’ dugout. The next batter, Manny Ramirez, then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run home run into left center field, his first home run of the series, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers would threathen to score in the sixth, as they loaded up the bases on singles by Loney and Ronnie Belliard and a walk to pinch hitter Jim Thome, who was then pinch run for by Randy Wolf, with two men out. But, J.A. Happ, who was pitching in relief of Chad Durbin, who had earlier come in in relief of Hamels, ended the inning by getting Furcal to ground out, 4-3. The Dodgers then threathen again in the seventh as Ethier lead off the inning with a double. But, Chan Ho Park, pitching in relief of Antonio Bastardo, turned back the Dodgers by getting Ramirez to ground out, 5-3, then struck out Matt Kemp, swinging, before ending the inning by getting Casey Blake to also ground out, 4-3. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a three-run bomb to right, knocking in Howard and Jayson Werth, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The Dodgers then tried to come back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Belliard’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-5, while sending Belliard, who had just singled, over to second. Two batters later, after pinch hitter Juan Pierre hits into a force out, 1-4, as a low throw to second from reliever Ryan Madson killed a possible double play attempt, wiping out Martin at second, while Belliard moved up to third, Furcal hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, knocking in Belliard, to make it an 8-6 Phils’ lead. Madson would then get out of the inning by getting Ramirez to ground out 5-3, with runners on first and third. Brad Lidge was then given the ball in the ninth to save it. Lidge was greeted with a lead-off single by Kemp. But, he then got Blake to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Kemp at second base, for outs number one and two. Loney then worked a walk, after falling behind 0-2, to keep the game alive. After Loney took second on defensive indifference, Lidge finally recorded the save, his first for the series, by getting Belliard to pop up to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Chad Durbin picked up his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.A. Happ also picked up his first series hold as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Chan Ho Park got his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge got the save, his first in the series, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits, five walks and three wild pitches, while he struck out three. His series record is now 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Kuo), while striking out two (Kuo). George Sherrill pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, making the most of them, along with the seven walks that they received. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz led the team with two hits apiece, with both Ibanez and Ruiz each hitting a three-run home run. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run double. The Phils did very well with runners in scoring position as they went 3 for 5.

The Phils (1-0) continues their NL Championship Series with the Dodgers (0-1) with an afternoon game at Dodgers Stadium. The game will start at 4:07 pm Eastern (1:07 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63), who last pitched on September 30 against the Astros, as he went only four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 10-3 win, as they clinched the NL East pennant. This will be his first start of the 2009 post-season, as he hope to give the Phils a chance to take a 2-0 lead back to Philadelphia. The Dodgers will counter with Vicente Padilla (12-6 (4-0), 4.46 (3.20)), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on October 4, as he pitched five innings, giving up just a run on four hits, as he struck out ten, in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series before the two teams head for Philadelphia. The Phillies hope to continue their road success before they head back home to continue the series with home field advantage.

The Phils cut their magic number to four as they defeat the Brew Crew, 9-4.

J.A. Happ pitched a strong five and two-thirds innings, as the Phils’ offense unloaded in a six-run fifth, as the Phils defeated the Brewers, 9-4. Their magic number over the Braves is now at four.

The Phils took the lead in the first inning as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who was safe on a force out, 4-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers tied the game at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Felipe Lopez hits an RBI infield single off of J.A. Happ’s leg, as Howard was unable to handle Utley’s throw, scoring Jason Kendall, who had earlier tripled on a ball that Ben Francisco was unable to catch. The Phils regained the lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then blew the game wide open in the fifth. With two men on, and with one out, Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on a throwing error, and then went to second on Francisco’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Francisco, who had earlier singled, would move up to second. The next batter, Paul Bako, would give the Phils a 4-1 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, while sending Feliz to third. Happ then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Bako to second base, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Jimmy Rollins then finished the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season,  knocking in both Bako and Happ, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Brewers threathen to score as, with one man on base, and with one out, Prince Fielder hits a fly ball off of the wall in center field, that was played off the bounce by Victorino, as Corey Hart, who had earlier singled, rounded second and was then sent home. Victorino threw a strike to Utley, who in turned threw a strike to Bako, who was covering the plate, before he tagged Hart out for the inning’s second out, 8-4-2, as Fielder stopped at second with a double. The next batter, Casey McGehee then followed with an RBI double, making it 8-2 Phils. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one out, Howard knocked in Rollins, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Victorino’s single and then went to third on Utley’s force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second, as he was safe on a fielding error by Brewers’ second baseman Lopez, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers got one run back in the ninth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Fielder hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, knocking in Lopez, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Howard’s missed catch error on Hart’s ground ball to Feliz, and reached third on Ryan Braun’s force out, 6-4, as Hart was wiped out at second base, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead, while Braun who was safe on the force out and then would move up to second on defensive indifference, would move up to third. McGehee then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Braun. Clay Condrey would finally end the game by getting Mike Cameron to fly out to right.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, as he struck out seven, making a strong statement as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. His record is now 11-4 with an ERA of 2.79. Chad Durbin and Tyler Walker would combine for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Walker) and two walks (Durbin), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Walker (1)). Clay Condrey pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Suppan took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walk, while striking out two. His record is now 7-11 with a 5.04 ERA. Chris Smith and Carlos Villanueva pitched a combined two and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out four batters between them (all by Villanueva). Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits apiece, with one of Feliz’s hits being a double as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Paul Bako all followed with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ hits being a three-run home run, while one of Francisco’s hits was a double. Ryan Howard and J.A. Happ had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard knocking in two runs, and Happ bringing home one. Bako knocked in the other Phil’s run. The Phils’ offense ended up hurting Jeff Suppan once again before the Brew Crew was finally able to stop them.

The Phils (89-63, 1st East) continue their four-games series with the Brewers (75-78, 3rd Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-11 (7-2), 2.99 (2.65)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 20, when he pitched four innings in a rain-delayed game, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be taking out his frustrations of not being able to pitch the fifth inning in Atlanta for the win out on the Brewers, while trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number even more. He will be oppose by Manny Parra (10-10, 6.42), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Cardinals on September 8, where he pitched only an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, in the Brewers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to see if his neck is okay since being taken out of the Cardinal game on the 8th. The Phils will be trying to lower their magic numbers against both the Braves and the Marlins even more.

The Phils come out swinging in the first game of a twi-light double-bill, defeating the fish 9-3. Magic number is now five.

The Phils’ offense came out swinging and using small ball until finally breaking the game wide open in the eighth as they defeated the Marlins, 9-3. Their magic number is now down to five (Braves) while they shrink their magic number against the Marlins down to four.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Miguel Cairo hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Ryan Howard who had earlier singled, went to second on Jayson Werth’s walk and moved over to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 3-unassisted. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hit into a force out, 4-6, bringing home Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and would move on to third on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Victorino was thrown out at second for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it 4-0 in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, then stole third, and Utley, who had earlier singled, and stole second as part of a double steal. The Phils then held on to their lead as Joe Blanton kept the Marlins off the board, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the eighth inning. Ibanez made it a 5-0 Phils’ lead with a solo home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, with one man out. The next two batters, Cairo and Paul Bako, then followed with singles, with Cairo going on to third base, while Bako would go to second on the throw. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then loaded the bases by taking an intentional walk. Rollins then hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Cairo and making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead. After Victorino walked, reloading the bases, as Bako moved up to third, and pinch runner Eric Bruntlett moved over to second, before Bako scored and Bruntlett continued on to third as ball four to Victorino ended up being a wild pitch, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead. After Utley walked to load up the bases yet again, as Victorino moved up to second, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in both Bruntlett and Victorino, making it 9-0 Phils, while sending Utley over to third, as the Phils batted around. The Marlins would then score in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled and had gone up to second on Nick Johnson’s walk, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Johnson over to second base. Two batters later, now with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run single, knocking in both Johnson and Ramirez, cutting the Phils’ lead to 9-3. But, that would be it as Clay Condrey would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton took the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.82 ERA. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Clay Condrey pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Josh Johnson took the lost as he went just five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 15-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Burke Badenhop pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five. Andrew Miller pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Cristhian Martinez pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Miguel Cairo each leading the team with two hits each, with one of Cairo’s hits being a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako had the other five Phils’ hit, with Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Ibanez’s RBI, Howard knocked in three of the Phils’ runs, Rollins knocked in one with a sac fly, Cairo brought one home with a ground out and Werth knocked home two with a single. The Phils’ offense used small ball to their advantage in the first game of the twin-bill.

The Phils (88-61, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Marlins (80-71, 3rd) with the second game of their doubleheader. The second game is already in progress. The Phils will send to the mound the Marlins killer Jamie Moyer (12-9, 5.05), who last pitched on September 12 against the Mets, receiving a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 10-9 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a doubleheader sweep. The Marlins will oppose him with Anibal Sanchez (2-7, 4.50), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on September 17, as he pitched only five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the fish from being swept in the doubleheader. The Phils will be trying to sweep the twin-bill, to place the Marlins on the brink of elimination.

Blanton, Howard, Werth and company crushed the D-backs, 12-3, on way to a series sweep, before they head on north to face a weaken Mets club.

Massive home runs off of the bats of Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard and a strong pitching performance by Joe Blanton help lead the Phils to a sweep of the D-backs, as they defeated Arizona 12-3. The Phils, with the Marlins’ lost to the Astros, now hold a six-and-a-half games lead over both the fish and the Braves, as they head north to face a weaken Mets team for four games, and without having to face their major nemesis Johan Santana.

The Phils took an early lead in the first inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, over to third base. Two batters later, with two men still on base, and now with two outs, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The D-backs got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Alex Romero hits an RBI single, scoring Mark Reynolds, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Chad Tracy’s single, and had then gone to third on Trent Oeltjen’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Tracy at second, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Oeltjen, who was safe at first on the force out, to go to third. The D-backs would make it 3-2 Phils in the fourth as, with a man on second and with nobody out, Miguel Montero hits an RBI double, knocking in Reynolds, who had earlier singled. The next batter, Tracy, would knock in Montero, tying the ballgame at three-all. The Phils would regain the lead in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jayson Werth, who then reached second safely on a throwing error by D-backs’ third baseman Reynolds on a Francisco ground ball, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Werth up to third and Francisco over to second, with one man out, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out, as he brought home Werth to give the Phils’ a 4-3 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the season, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then proceeded to break the game wide open in the sixth as Carlos Ruiz lead off the inning with a home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Blanton, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, making it 8-3 Phils, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, over to third, while Utley would go to second base on the throw. The Phils then made 11-3 as Howard would hit a three-run bomb into the visitor’s bullpen in center field, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in both Rollins and Utley. The Phils would then make it 12-3 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, a single by Blanton and an infield single by Rollins, and with nobody out, Victorino hits into an RBI force out, scoring Ruiz as Blanton was out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Rollins was safe at second and Victorino was safe at first. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton got the victory as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out four batters. His record is now 8-6 with an ERA of 3.86. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Doug Davis took the lost as he went five innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 7-11 with a 3.77 ERA. Leo Rosales pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. Daniel Schlereth pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Esmerling Vasquez pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and, surprise, Joe Blanton, leading the team with two hits each, with one of Howard’s hits being a double and the other one being a three-run blast, knocking in four of the Phils’ runs, while one of Werth’s two hits was a two-run home run, as he knocked in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hit, with Victorino hitting a triple and Ruiz hitting a solo home run. Besides Howard’s four RBIs, Werth’s two and Ruiz’s one, Victorino knocked in a run on a force out, Utley would knock in one, Francisco would knock in two runs and Blanton would bring home one with a ground out. The Phils this time were able to score as many runs as they had hits in the ballgame, this time taking advantage of their scoring opportunities.

The Phillies (69-49, 1st) will now go to New York to face the Mets (56-65, 4th) for a four games series, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.69), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 15, where he went six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get his stuff back. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (8-8, 4.75), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Giants on August 16, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his ninth win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to bury the Mets even lower in the standings, while at the same time trying to put some more distance between themselves and both the Braves and the Marlins, as the later two teams face each other for three games in Atlanta. 

What is going on?!?! The Phils lose again to the fish, 6-4.

For the second straight game, the Phils’ offense is unable to get the needed key hit as they lose once again to the Marlins, 6-4. Their lead over the Marlins is now done to five games.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as Chris Coghlan hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year, to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the second as, with the bases loaded thanks to singles by Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels on a bunt attempt that Marlins’ starter Sean West took too long to throw to first, and with one man out, Ibanez scored on a force out ground ball hit by Jimmy Rollins to second baseman Dan Uggla, who threw out Hamels at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz went on to third while Rollins was safe at first, thanks in part to Hamels’ take out slide at second base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Rollins up to second base. The Marlins then tied it up a two-all in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Emilio Bonifacio and walks to Coghlan and Nick Johnson, and one man out, Hanley Ramirez hit into a force out RBI, scoring Bonifacio, as Johnson was forced out at second, 4-6, while Coghlan moved up to third and Ramirez was safe at first. The Phils regained the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, had gone to second on West’s fielding error of an Ibanez ground ball, then reached third on a Pedro Feliz force out, 6-4, as Ibanez was wiped out at second while Feliz was safe at first, scored on a fielding error by Johnson of a pop up hit by Ruiz, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while Feliz moved up to second base. The Marlins took the lead as, with a man on, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits a two-run home run, scoring Jorge Cantu, who had earlier walked, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jeremy Hermida hits an RBI single, scoring Ronny Paulino, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Bonifacio’s single, making it a 5-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Bonifacio, who had just singled, over to third. The next batter, Coghlan made it 6-3 Marlins with an RBI single, knocking in Bonifacio, before Hermida was thrown out at third by a strong throw from right fielder Jayson Werth, 9-5, for the inning’s final out. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, as Victorino, who had earlier tripled, scored, making it a 6-4 Marlins’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Ibanez flew out to center with a runner on for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he lasted only five and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out four. His record is now 7-7 with an ERA of 4.77. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Chan Ho Park pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched a shut out inning, while giving up only a walk. Sean West received a no-decision, as he pitched just four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Brian Sanches got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking only a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA. Brendan Donnelly pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fifth hold. Dan Meyer also pitched a scoreless inning, recording his fifteenth hold, as he gave up only one hit, as he struck out one. Matt Lindstrom recorded his third hold while pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one batter. Leo Nunez recorded his eleventh save of the year, as he gave up a run on two hits.

The Phils recorded eleven hits, with Ryan Howard leading the way with four hits, including a double, as he raised his batting average to .265. Shane Victorino was next with two hits, with one of them being a triple, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hit, with Feliz’s hit being a double. Beside Victorino, Rollins knocked in a run on a force out, while Chase Utley knocked in a run with a ground out. Although Howard got on base all five times that he came up, with four hits and a walk, and scored a run, he did not knock in a run, while the rest of the players in the middle of the lineup (Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez), have together gone 1 for 9, striking out twice, while leaving six men on base. This team needs to start knocking in runs, and, as I’d said in my last few posts, they need to STOP STRIKING OUT when they have men in scoring position, especially with two outs or less. Maybe playing a little more situational baseball might take care of that, along with less swinging for the fences. If the homers come, they’ll come, guys, stopping trying to go for the fences every bleeping time you’re up at the plate. It’s getting annoying, and allowing the opposing pitchers to make you guys look ridiculous.

The Phillies (61-47, 1st) will continue their home stand with an afternoon game against the Marlins (57-53, 2nd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (10-8, 5.55), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on August 4, as he went five innings, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to perform his usual magic against the fish, while hoping to stop both the Phils’ present slide, and his own personal one-game losing streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (10-2, 2.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 4, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to get a sweep for the fish. The Phils will be trying to put the Marlins back to being six games behind them, with seven behind in the lost column.

Phils continue their success on the road as they defeat the D-backs, 6-2.

The Phils’ offense produced the hits when they needed them as they supported Jamie Moyer as he becomes the first Phils’ starter to get ten wins this season as the Phils defeated the D-backs, 6-2. The Phils increased their lead in the NL East to seven games as both the Braves and the Marlins took yesterday off.

Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer pitched himself out of trouble early in the ballgame. In the bottom of the second, after the D-backs loaded the bases with three straight singles by Chris Young, Gerardo Parra and Josh Whitesell, with nobody out, Moyer got out of the inning by first striking out the D-backs’ starter Jon Garland swinging for the first out of the inning, then getting Stephen Drew to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Parra at second base. The D-back then threathen again in the third, as they put two men on base via a single to Ryan Roberts and a walk to Justin Upton, with noone out. Moyer then got out of that jam by getting Mark Reynolds to strike out swinging for the first out, then got Miguel Montero to foul out, 2, for out number two, and Young to pop out, 4, to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Garland’s throwing error on a pick off attempt, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then broke the game open in the sixth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Roberts’ fielding error of a Howard ground ball, making it 4-0 Phils, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils then loaded the bases as Jayson Werth is hit by the pitch. Feliz then hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Werth at second base for the first out of the inning, as Howard scored, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez moved to third, putting runners on the corner. Then Paul Bako came up and also hit into a force out, this time 6-4, wiping out Feliz for the second out, while Ibanez scored, making it 6-0 Phils. Meantime, after making a slight adjustment, Moyer proceeded to muzzle the D-backs for his last three and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only two hits and a walk, after having given them four hits and three walks in the first three innings. In the eighth, the D-back would finally get on the board as Reynolds would hit a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Five batters, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Parra, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Whitesell’s walk, while Whitesell moved up to third. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up six hits and four walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.32 ERA, as he won his 256th career victory. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks. His record is now 5-10 with a 4.42 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez, Clay Zavada and Leo Rosales combined for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Zavada) and one walk (Zavada), while striking out four (Vasquez (1), Zavada (2), Rosales (1)).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, making them all count, with Ibanez leading the way with two hits, raising his average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the other four hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run home run. Besides Howard’s two RBIs, Rollins, Ibanez, Feliz and Paul Bako each brought home a run.

The Phillies (57-40, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the D-backs (43-57, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-5, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 23, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to continue his resurgance, as he try for his fourth quailty start in five tries. The D-backs will counter with Dan Haren (10-5, 2.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 11-4 win. He will be trying for his eleventh win of the season, while planning to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be going for a series win tonight, while hoping that Hamels has finally rounded the corner and is headed for his October form.

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