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The Phils spilt the last two games of their series with the Mets, losing 3-2 before winning the final game by the same score.

The Phils lose their series with the Mets as they split the last two games of the series. losing and then winning by the score of 3-2.

On Wednesday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Juan Pierre, who has earlier singled, then went to third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Matt Harvey hits an RBI single, knocking in Scott Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, while sending Mike Baxter, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, on to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Tyler Cloyd’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Cloyd over to third base. The Mets took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, knocking in Ike Davis, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco collected his twenty-second save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76) got the win as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six batters. Josh Edgin collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Robert Carson collected his first hold of the year as he went two-third of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jon Rauch received his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one batter that he would face. Frank Francisco collected his twenty-second save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

In yesterday’s game, the Mets took the lead in the first as Mike Baxter started the game off hitting a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the second as, with one man out, Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead down to 2-1 in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single. The Phile took the lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Frandsen, who had earier doubled, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Raul Valdes collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ramon Ramirez and Robert Carson pitched two shutout innings, giving up three hits (Ramirez (2), Carson (1)) between them, while striking out three (Ramirez (2), Carson (1)).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in a run, followed by John Mayberry. Jr. (2 Singles, Double) with three hits and Ty Wigginton (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Steven Lerud (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Rollins (24)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (62-69, 3rd) will start a three-games series with the Braves (74-57, 2nd). The first game will be played in Turner Field and will start the game at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88) who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 26, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his fifth win in his last six starts. The Braves will plan to counter with Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 26, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 7-3 win. He’ll be trying to give the Braves the first win in the series. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with a win.

Joe Blanton has his third straight bad outing, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-3.

Joe Blanton has his third staright bad start, giving up six runs this time, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the ballgame off with a double, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on Jeremy Hefner’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Baxter, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then going to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, while sending Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieuwenhuis, who had reached third base on Daniel Murphy’s force out, 4-6, as Wright is wiped out at second base on Murphy’s grounder, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Murphy, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at two-all in the second as, with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Baxter hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Quintanilla, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hefner hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career, as well as his first major league hit. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a double to left, sending Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, before he would head home on left fielder Baxter’s fielding error, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while Pence would go on to third on the error. The Mets would increase their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Quintanilla, who had started off the inning with a double, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Schneider on a called third strike.

Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman and Joe Savery combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Savery) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (2), Savery (1)). Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) got the win, the first of his career, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  Jon Rauch received his fifth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Frank Francisco collected his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The 0ther two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error.

The Phils (26-25, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (28-22, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 25, as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give Lee his first victory of 2012.

The Phils blow another lead, before losing in the ninth, as they are downed by the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils watch yet another lead slip away before losing it in the ninth on a three-run home run by a rookie, as they dropped the series’ opener to the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a double, then went to third on center fielder Andres Torres’ fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits a two-run double, knocking in Torres, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, and Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled. The Mets then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jordany Valdespin hits a three-home run, his first career home run, as well as his first career hit, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Mike Nickeas’ double, and Nickeas, who had just doubled, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Jonathan Papelbon (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five. Manny Acosta pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up four hits, and a walk. Tim Brydak (1-0, 4.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Frank Francisco collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Shane Victorino (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Placido Polanco (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to capitalize when given the chance to regain the lead late in the game. The Phils also had five walks, showing a bit more patient at the plate.

The Phils (14-16, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (16-13, 3rd) 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 be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83), who is coming off a complete-game, shutout win against the Braves on May 3, as he gave up only three hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils tie up the series at a win apiece. The Mets will counter with Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.92), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Astros on May 1, as he threw two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series.

A bad first inning does in Cliff Lee as the Phils lose to the Mets, 5-2.

Cliff Lee gives up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run home run, to the Mets, which would lead to the Phils losing to the Mets, 5-2.

The Mets took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Tejada moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ ground out, and with two men out, Jason Bays hits a two-run home run, knocking in Tejada, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as Freddy Galvis hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. The Mets would get that run back in the fifth as Scott Hairston hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the  Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Murphy, a fielding error by Jimmy Rollins on Justin Turner’s grounder, with Murphy being safe at second base, a walk to Davis, with both Murphy and Turner moving up a base, and then a force out at home on a grounder hit by Bay, 5-2, with Murphy being out at home, and with the other runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Lucas Duda hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Turner, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, would score on second baseman Murphy’s fielding error of pinch hitter Juan Pierre’s grounder as the balls went between his legs, making it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Shane Victorino ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while he struck out seven. Kyle Kendrick went an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run, while walking two. Joe Savery went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on nine hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Frank Francisco pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, as he struck out the side.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles) following with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jim Thome (Single, his first hit since rejoining the Phils), John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phil second run came in on a Daniel Murphy error as the ball went between his legs. The Phils had only one walk in the game. as the offense, which had outhit the Mets, was keep off the scoreboard by Dickey.

The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (5-2,  2nd), with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT, as one of the games to be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who received a no-decision in his start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series with the Mets at a game apiece.

The Phils come from behind to win a back and forth battle with the Blue Jays as they win, 7-6.

The Phils fought with the Blue Jays before finally coming from behind to win the game, 7-6.

The Blue Jay took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run double, scoring Aaron Hill, who had earlier replaced Yunel Escobar, who had been injured as he had been hit by the pitch, then went to third on Jose Bautista’s ground-rule double, and Bautista, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just singled, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then reached second on Hill’s force out attempt fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, while Howard, who had reached first base on the error, would stop at second base. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Eric Thames hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Hill, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz would hit an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then tied the game up as four-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Howard, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino from third, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bautista hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Hill, who had earlier singled, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. The Phils took back the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo would record his fourth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kndrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Danys Baez (2-3, 5.35) picked up the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ricky Romero also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, as he gave up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jon Rauch received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Frank Francisco blew his fourth save opportunity before taking the lost (1-4, 5.01) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. March Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, knocking in two runs, as he lifted his batting average to .296. Chase Utley (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Ben Francisco (Doubles, 2 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, as the bats decided to come out this afternoon.

The Phils (52-31, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the Blue Jays (40-43, 3rd AL East) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 1:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40), who is coming off a complete game win over the A’s on June 26, giving up a run on eight hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to give the Phils another series win in interleague play, while doing so in front of the still supportive fans of his former team. The Blue Jays will try to counter with Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 3.15), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can out pitch Halladay. The Phils be going out to win their fourth interleague play series.

The Phillies fall to the Rangers, 8-7, as Myers self-destruct after being given a four run lead.

The Phillies have now lost two games in a row as Brett Myers pitches himself out of the starting rotation after being unable to get anyone out in the bottom of the third inning as the Phillies lose to the lowly Rangers, 8-7. The Rangers would take the lead in the first as Ian Kinsler hits a solo home run off of Myers’ second pitch, his thirteenth home run of the season, to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Myers would seem to have settle down after that, while the Phillies were able to score some runs off of Rangers’ starter, Kason Gabber, in the top of the third. The inning would begin with Gabber being unable to find the strike zone, as he walks Eric Bruntlett. Jayson Werth would then get on base via a fielding error by Gabber, which would send Bruntlett to second base. Chase Utley would then get the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. Jimmy Rollins then follows with a ground out, shortstop to first, which would score Bruntlett, tying the ballgame at one apiece, while moving both Werth and Utley up a base. Pat Burrell is then intentionally walked by Gabber to reload the bases for him to face Ryan Howard. Howard would go down swinging for out number two. Pedro Feliz would then pick him out by hitting a grand slammer off of Gabber, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Utley and Burrell, while giving the Phillies what should have been a lights out 5-1 lead. The Phillies’ inning would then end with Shane Victorino grounding out. After being given such a big lead, most pitchers would then buckle down and go after the hitters. But that did not happen with Brett “I don’t like leads” Myers, as he would proceed to have a melt down on the mound in the bottom half of the third. Kinsler would greet him with a double, soon to be followed by an infield single for Michael Young. Josh Hamilton would then get an infield single off of Myers’ glove, loading the bases, with nobody out. Myers would then proceed to walk Milton Bradley, scoring Kinsler, and cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. A second straight walk to David Murphy, which would score Hamilton with the Rangers’ third run of the night, would be enough for Charlie Manuel to watch as he comes out to replace a struggling Myers with Clay Condrey, and leave the bases loaded, as the Phillies now lead 5-3. Condrey would get Marlon Byrd to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to get two quick outs, while Hamilton scores on the play, to cut the lead down to 5-4 Phillies, with a runner on third, giving the Phils a chance to get out of the inning with the lead. But it was not to be, as Condrey would give up a two-run home run to rookie Chris Davis, the first home run of his career, to give the lead back to the Rangers, 6-5. The inning would finally end with Jarrod Saltalamacchia lining out to left. In the fourth, the Phillies would tie the game, as Chris Coste hits a lead off home run, his seventh of the year. The Rangers would retake the lead in the fifth, when, with one out, Bradley would hit a home run off of the foul pole for his sixteenth home run of the year. At this point, both teams’ bullpens would keep the game close until the bottom of the eighth, when, with Rudy Seanez pitching in relief of J.C. Romero, he would give up a RBI sacrifice fly to Hamilton, scoring Kinsler, who has earlier walked, and has moved to third on Young’s double, giving the Rangers an 8-6 lead. That would be the different, as, with the Rangers’ closer C.J. Wilson pitching in the ninth, he would give up a solo home run to Werth, leading off the inning, to make it an 8-7 Rangers’ lead. After getting the next two Phils’ batters out, Wilson would give up a double to Burrell and then a single to Howard, which moved pinch runner Geoff Jenkins to third, who was held there by the third base coach, instead of taking a chance of sending him home, since the ball has rolled off of shortstop Young’s glove, to tie the game. Instead, Wilson would finally end the game by getting Greg Dobbs to ground out, recording his seventeenth save of the year.

Brett Myers gets a no-decision as he self-destructs on the mound after pitching only two innings plus five batters, giving up five earned runs on five hits and walking two batters, which would end up being costly. This performance would appear to have finally taken Myers out of the starting rotation as Manuel has finally lost his patience with him. The questions now are, what are the Phillies going to do with Myers and how will this affect both the rotation and the bullpen? Clay Condrey would take the lost as he pitches two and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-1 with a ERA of 4.36. Ryan Madson would go an inning and a third, giving up only one hit. J.C. Romero woud follow him with a scoreless, hitting inning. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Kason Gabbard would also pitch a no-decision, as he pitches only three and a third inning, giving up six runs, only one of which would be earned, on only four hits. Josh Rupe would get the win as he goes two and a third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Frank Francisco would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning and a third. Eddie Guardado would pitch a hittless, scoreless inning as well. C.J. Wilson would pitch the ninth, giving up a run on three hits, recording his seventeenth save of the year.

The Phillies’ offense, inspite of actually scoring some runs, is still mired in its collective slump, as almost all of their runs would come in via the long ball, as the batters are still swinging at the pitcher’s junk, thus getting themselves out. To this problem is now added the confusion that will be caused by Myers’ final meltdown on the mound in the third inning after being given a four run lead thanks to Feliz’s earlier grand slam. No one at this point knows what is going on inside Myers’ head, as Manuel will now have to decide who to use in place of Myers for his upcoming start against the Braves in Atlanta next week, as well as for him to determine what to do now with both the rotation and the bullpen in general since it is obvious that unless the Phillies can bring up someone from within their farm system, the replacement starter will have to come from the bullpen (probably Chad Durbin), and no one knows if Myers will be working from within the bullpen, and how that will affect the rest of the National League leading bullpen. Thank you Brett Myers for creating this situation. I hope that you are proud of yourself.

The final interleague series between the Phillies (43-38) and the Rangers (41-40, 3rd American League West) will continue in Arlington, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The game will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will be sending to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.27) to end their present slide. He is coming off a recent lost against the Angels on June 22, as he would pitch seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’  3-2 lost. He will be trying once again for his eighth victory while trying to avoid getting hit in this hitters’ friendly park. He will be counter by former-Phil Vicente Padilla (10-3, 3.74), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Rangers’ 5-3 win. This will be his first start against his former team. He will be trying to defeat his former ballclub, while hoping that last night’s game was not a possible precurser to a Phillies’ batting resurgence.

With the lost, the Phillies’ lead drop to a game over the Marlins as the fish defeated the Diamondbacks. The Braves are now trailing the Phillies by three game, back in a tie for third place, as they defeated the Blue Jays. The Mets are also three games behind the Phillies, as they spilt their doubleheader with the Yankees, dropping the night cap at Shea Stadium. The Phillies will once again try to break out of their collective team hitting slump and try to put some distance between them and the rest of the East before their day off on Monday.

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