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The Phils defeat the Blue Jays in a rain-shorten game, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win a rain-shorten game with the Blue Jays to win their second straight spring training game, winning by the score of 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Howard and Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a walk to John Mayberry, Jr., moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits into a 3-6 force out, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Brown stops at second base, and Mayberry is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Asche ends up safe at first. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Cameron Rupp follows with an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brown, while moving Asche up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Mayberry and Asche, with Mayberry stopping at second base, and a walk to Rupp, moving up both runners, and with one man out,  Tony Gwynn, Jr.  hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche, while sending Rupp up to second base. The Blue Jays get a run back in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki, who was pinch running for Brett Lawrie, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-3 Phils lead as, with two men on, via a lead-off single by Gabe Jacobo, and a single by Josh Thole, moving Jacobo up to second base, and with nobody out, Brett Carroll hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jacobo and Thole, before being thrown out at third base, as he tried to stretch it into a triple, 8-6-5, for the inning’s first out. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rupp hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Reid Brignac’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead as Gwynn follows with an RBI double, scoring Rupp. That would end up before the final score as, with still only one man out, the game would first be stopped and then be called an official game because of the rain.

Dave Buchanan (1-1, 2.25) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Mario Hollands collected his first hold of the spring as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont received his third hold of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Greg Smith pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Hector Neris collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brandon Morrow (0-2, 9.00) took the lost a he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Jeffress and Casey Janssen  combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Jeffress (1), Janssen (2)) between them, while striking out a batter (Jeffress). Sergio Santos pitched to one batter, being unable to get him out, as he gave up a run on a hit. Tony Davis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) and Cody Asche (Singles, RBI), both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Cameron Rupp (Double, 2 RBIs), Tony Gwynn, Jr, (Double, 2 RBIs), Edgar Duran (Single) and Cesar Hernandez (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Mayberry, Rupp), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifice fly (Gwynn), in the game, while the defense had an outfield assist (Gwynn).

The Phils (8-15-3) will play their next spring training game against the Yankees (15-10) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start Jeff Manship (1-0, 2.25) while the Yankees’ starter is still to be announced. The Phils will be trying for their third straight Grapefruit League win, as spring training gets closer to the end.

The Phils win a wild ballgame with a four-run ninth as they defeat the Rockies, 9-5.

A four-run ninth give the Phils the victory in a wild game as they defeat the Rockies, 9-5, at the start of a six-game road trip.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jason Giambi hits an RBI single, scoring Seth Smith, who had earlier singled, and then went up to second base on Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice bunt. The Rockies took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Giambi hits a sacrifice fly, bringing in Smith, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Fowler’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI ground out, as he forces Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, out at second base, 6-4, while scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Polanco’s single, and then went to third on Utley’s fly out to center. The Phils then took the lead as Howard scored on a double by Jason Werth and an fielding error by Smith, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Rockies tied the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with no one out, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick balked in Smith, who had earlier tripled, while sending Fowler, who had just walked, up to second. The Rockies then took the lead as Brad Hawpe hits an RBI single, knocking in Fowler, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Phils then retied the game at four-all in the sixth as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead as, with a runner on third, via a triple by Victorino, his second of the game, and with two men out, Victorino scored on a Matt Daley’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at five-all in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Giambi hits an RBI single, knocking in Fowler, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on Hawpe’s single, while Hawpe, who had just singled, went to second base. In the ninth, the Phils regain the lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, and moved up to second on a Manuel Corpas wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils then busted the game wide open as pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a three-run home run, first home run of the year, knocking in both Ibanez and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-5 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Jose Contreras got Melvin Mora to fly out to right for the final out.

Kyle Kenrick gets a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero records his first blown save of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. David Herndon pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he got the only batter he would face to hit into a doubleplay. Danys Baez would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out one. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA. Jose Contreras also pitches a scoreless inning, as he gives up a hit. Greg Smith also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, four of which are earned, on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Matt Daley pitches a third of an inning, as he threw a wild pitch. Joe Beimel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Belisle pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Randy Flores pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Manuel Corpas took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while he strikes out one. His record is now 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, three singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley both follow with two hits, with both of Victorino’s hits being triples, while both of Utley’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and pinch hitter Ross Gload getting the other four Phils’ hits, with Polanco and Howard’s hits being singles, Werth’s hit being a double and Gload’s hit being a pinch hit three-run home run. Polanco and Howard knocked in the other two Phils’ RBIs, while one Phil run came in on a wild pitch, while the other scored because of a fielding error.

The Phils (20-12, 1st East) will continue their three-game series with the Rockies (15-17, 3rd-T West) later this evening. The game will be played at Coors Field and will start at 8:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). The Phils will send out their ace Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.45), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on May 6, where he went seven innings, giving up an earned run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out nine batters, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the season, while trying to see if he can pitch well in Denver. The Rockies will counter with Aaron Cook (1-3, 6.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on May 5 as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 6-5 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win another series while trying to give their ace another win.

The Phils’ home stand end on a high note as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3.

The Phils end their ten-game home stand by defeating the Braves, 5-3, as the bullpen throw four scoreless innings on the Braves’ bats.

The Braves try to take the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Omar Infante, who had lead-off the game with a double, tried to score on a Troy Glaus single to right, but was thrown out at home by Jayson Werth, 9-2, with Carlos Ruiz applying the tag. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded via a single by Placido Polanco, a double by Chase Utley, sending Polanco on to third, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, Werth was hit by the pitch, forcing in Polanco, while sending Utley up to third and Howard to second, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it 2-0 as Utley scored from third on a Raul Ibanez sacrifice fly to right, as Melky Carbrera did not attempt to make a throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with two out, Polanco hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it 4-0 in the third as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season and the 100th of his career. The Braves then came back in the fifth as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Kenshin Kawakami, and singles to Infante and Martin Prado, and with no one out, Carbrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Kawakami, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-1, while sending Infante to third and Prado over to second, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Glaus hits a two-run single, knocking in both Infante and Prado, while sending Carbrera on to second base. The Phils then made it 5-3 in the seventh as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitch a 1-2-3 ninth on seven pitches, recording his first save of the season.

Coel Hamels got the win as he pitches five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-2 with a 4.53 ERA. Chad Durbin records his fifth hold of the year as he pitch two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Jose Contreras then follows with a 1-2-3 inning of his own, striking out a batter, as he records his second hold of the year. Brad Lidge also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, as he records his first save of the year. Kenshin Kawakami takes the lost as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. His record is now 0-6 with an ERA of 5.73. Eric O’Flaherty pitches a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Werth’s hits being solo home runs, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Werth knocked in two, with the other coming in as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. Utley and Ibanez’s hits were doubles, while Ruiz’s hit was a single.

The Phils (19-12, 1st East) will now go on the road where they will play a three-game series with the Rockies (15-16, 3rd West) in Denver. The game will be played at Coors Field and will start at 8:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Mountain). Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.87) will start for the Phils, coming off a win against the Cardinals on May 5, as he threw seven shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will try to continue what he did in his previous start. The Rockies will counter with Greg Smith (1-2, 6.35), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres, as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their winning way as they play in Denver.

Kendrick throws eight shutout innings as the Phils finally end long losing streak.

Behind the four hit, shutout pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies are able to finally end their longest losing streak of the season at six games as they defeat the A’s, 4-0. The Phillies would score their first run in the top of first, when, with two men on base, and one out, Pat Burrell would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who first got on base with a walk, moved to second on Chase Utley’s bloop single and then was part of a double steal which got him to third, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth when Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI triple off of both the left field wall and the back of A’s left fielder Jack Cust, which would score Burrell, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Feliz would then score on a sacrifice fly by Chris Coste, making it 3-0 Phillies. The Phillies would score their final run in the sixth, when with two outs and a runner on first, Coste would hit a RBI single on a ball that was misplayed by A’s center fielder Carlos Gonzalez, allowing Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, to score, giving the Phillies a 4-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough runs for Kyle Kendrick to work with, as he would go eight innings, giving up only four scattered hits to the A’s, and only getting into trouble in the eighth inning, after the Phillies have earlier blown a bases loaded, no body out, situation that could’ve blown the game wide open, in their half of the inning. After giving up a single to Kurt Suzuki and then getting Gonzalez to fly out to center, Kendrick would give up a single to Daric Barton, putting runners on first and second with one out. After a conference with Charlie Manuel, Kendrick would stay in the game, and unlike Moyer on Tuesday night, Kendrick would get out of the jam by striking out Mark Ellis on a called third strike and then getting Ryan Sweeney to ground out pitcher to first. J.C. Romero would then come in the ninth to redeem himself as he would quickly dispose of the A’s to end the ballgame.

Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he pitches a brilliant game, going eight innings for the first time in his career, giving up no runs on four hits, striking out four and walking only one A. His record is now 7-3 with a 4.59 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits. Greg Smith would get the lost as he is only able to go five and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 4-6 with an ERA of 3.69. Chad Gaudin would go one and a third shut out innings, giving up two hits. Santiago Casilla would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Andrew Brown would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits.

Speaking of Kendrick’s performance, Phillies Phollowers has noted in her post yesterday that Kyle Kendrick has been seen working on his pitches with the 45-years old veteran Jamie Moyer, who yesterday had the A’s stymied for most of the game until he finally ran out of gas in the seventh. Could it be possible that the old vet has given Kendrick some pitching tips and that Kendrick actually listened to him? If that does turn out to be the case, maybe Kendrick should start listening to him more. Heck, maybe Moyer should start talking to Myers? It certainly couldn’t hurt at this point.

The Phils’ offense was finally able to score more than two runs in a game for the first time since June 18. But they still blew several scoring opportunities when they could have scored even more runs, the biggest one coming in the eighth inning. With Casilla pitching in relief, Feliz would greet him with a single, his second hit of the night. Victorino would then get on base via a fielding error by shortstop Bobby Crosby, who threw away the ball as he attempted to force out Feliz, who would end up on third, giving the Phillies runners on the corners with nobody out. Victornio, with Coste batting, would then steal second, his nineteenth of the season, to give the Phillies two runners in scoring position. Coste then hits a grounder to the pitcher Casilla. After looking over to third and seeing that Feliz wasn’t going anywhere, Casilla would turn around to get ready to throw to first, only to see that Coste was already there, loading the bases. But, the Phillies would soon run themselves out of a possible big inning, as Eric Bruntlett would hit a grounder to the shortstop Crosby. This time, Crosby would be able to throw Feliz out at home, with Suzuki touching home plate, as Feliz did not immediately move towards home upon contact, while the others would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The next batter, Werth, would then strike out swinging. Utley would then step up to the plate, the bases still loaded and two outs, already having a four hits night, breaking out of his personal slump with two singles, a double and a triple. But, he is still in a slump with runners in scoring position, as, on a 2-1 count, he lines out to Crosby, leaving the bases loaded. The Phillies’ offense still seem to have a problem bringing in men in scoring position, although some aggressive base running in the first would get their first run home as Werth would score on Burrell’s short sac fly, as his running for home would force center fielder Gonzalez to make an offline throw to home plate, thus allowing Werth to score. In the third, with two outs and with Utley on second via a double, his second hit of the night, Utley would be sent home on Jimmy Rollins’ single to right. A strike to home plate by Sweeney would keep Utley from scoring what would have been the Phillies’ second run as he is tagged out by Suzuki. The Phillies are being a bit more aggressive in the field, but the batters still need to discipline themselves if they are either going to get runners home with less than two outs, or with two men out, if they are going to stay in front in the East.

The final game of this three games interleague play series will be an afternoon game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 3:35 pm Eastern (12:35 pm Pacific). The Phillies (45-36) will send to the mound Adam Eaton (2-5, 4.94), who is coming off an awful start against the Angels on June 20, where he would only go five innings, getting roughed up for six runs on twelve hits in the Phillies’ 7-1 lost. Before that, he have had five straight quality starts, although going 2-2 with a no-decision, which was won by the Phillies, during that stretch. Lifetime against the A’s he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He will be trying to get his third victory while trying to continue the recent strings of good starts by the Phillies’ starters. The Athletics (42-35, 2nd American League West) will counter with Rich Harden (4-0, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against Florida on June 20, where he would go five and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, in the A’s 7-6 win. He has won his previous start against the Giants on June 14, going six scoreless innings, while giving up only one hit, in the A’s 4-0 win. He will be trying to get his fifth win, while hoping that he can keep the Phillies from regaining their potentcy.

The win puts the Phillies’ lead back to two games as the Marlins had earlier been crushed by the Rays, and keep their leads over the Mets and the Braves at four and four and half games respectively, as both teams have won their games. The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row, as the offense tries to see if they can finally start driving in men in scoring position, before they head on to Texas to meet the Rangers for a weekend series.

The Phillies continue with their visit north of the Bay.

The Phillies (42-36) continue their three games interleague series with the Oakland Athletics (42-34, 2nd American League West) with a night game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06), who is coming off a bad start against the BoSox on June 18, where he would only go three innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to get back to his winning ways while trying to pitch the Phils into a win. His opponent will be Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on June 19, where he would pitch five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits, in the A’s 2-1 defeat. He will be looking to improve his record while trying to see if he can continue the Phils’ present offensive woes.

Speaking of the offense, it is sucking on all four cylinders, and they are presently wasting a bunch of generally good performances by their starters. As mentioned the other day, the batters have really got to start acting more patiently while in the batter box, as well as acting  a bit smarter. They really need to stop with the first ball swinging, swinging at pitches way out of the strike zone and swinging at stuff in the dirt. As long as they keep doing the above, they are going to make good pitchers look better and make very bad pitchers look like they’re Cy Young Award candidates. If nothing esle, they need to start thinking when they are starting rallies.

While they continue their series in Oakland, the Marlins will be playing their second game with the Tampa Bay Rays in Miami, the Mets will be finishing up their series at Shea against the Marniers and the Braves will be finishing their home stand with the Brewers. The Phillies will be trying to once again increase their lead in the National League East, not expecting their opponents to once again all lose on the same night.

The offense is still sluggish as the Phillies have now lost six in a row.

The Phillies wasted a good effort by Jamie Moyer as the offense once again let the team down as they lost their sixth straight game. For the first six innings of the game, Moyer and A’s starter Joe Blanton would be involved in a pitchers’ duel, with Moyer only giving up one hit during that time, a lead-off single in the first inning to Kurt Suzuki, who would later by wiped out in a 3-6-3 double play by Ryan Sweeney, and striking out nine A’s, striking out the side twice, while Blanton would give up only two hits, one of which was Pat Burrell’s nineteenth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, which gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things would change in the seventh when the Phillies would get their first two men on base, Burrell via a walk and Jayson Werth via a single. But, things would then go flat as Geoff Jenkins would fly out to left, swinging on the first pitch, for the first out of the inning. Pedro Feliz would then single to right, but the third base coach, not taking a chance on getting Burrell thrown out at the plate, holds him up at third base to load the bases. This move would soon come back to haunt the Phillies as Carlos Ruiz, with a 2-1 count, would hit into a twin killing, third to first, with the third baseman touching third base first before throwing to first. The Phillies being unable to capitalize in their half of the inning would turn out to be a momentum changer, as, with Moyer still pitching, Sweeney would start off the A’s half of the seventh with a single. One out later, Bobby Crosby would get a pop single, on a ball that was misplayed by Shane Victorino and would drop in front of him, moving Sweeney to second. After Charlie Manuel decides to leave Moyer in the game, despite the fact that Chad Durbin was ready to go, Moyer would give up a three-run home run to Emil Brown, his sixth home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney and Crosby, and giving the A’s the lead, 3-1. After getting the second out and then giving up a ground rule double, which might have ended up being worst if it has not bounced into the stands, to Carlos Gonzalez, Manuel would come out and finally replace an out of gas Moyer with Durbin, who would then strike out Donnie Murphy to end the inning. In the eighth, the Phils would come back to cut the lead to 3-2, as, with Victorino on second, after getting on base with a single and then stealing second, he would score on a RBI single by Ryan Howard. Although Howard would later get to second base on a pass ball charged to Suzuki, Burrell would leave him there as he strikes out. The A’s would then deliver the coup de grace in the bottom of the inning, as with two out, J.C. Romero would walk Sweeney and then give up a two-run home run to Jack Cust, Cust’s twelfth home run of the year, to make it 5-2 A’s. That would be it as Huston Street would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to record his fourteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer would take the lost, although pitching a very good game until the disasterous seventh. He would go six and two-thirds inning, giving up only three runs on five hits, while striking out nine A’s. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.09 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning in relief, striking out the only man he would face. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up two earned runs on only one hit, while walking one and striking out one. Ryan Madson would go a third of an inning, striking out the only A that he would face. Joe Blanton would get the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits. His record is now 4-10 with an ERA of 4.58. Alan Embree would pitch an inning, giving up one earned run on two hits. Huston Street would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth as he get his fourteenth save of the season.

It is now official, the offense presently stinks, and even they are starting to realize it, as they would acknowledge in an article posted on Phillies.com about the game. Even the manager seems to be noticing that the guys are right now doing everything wrong at the plate, and those things includes, “…guys not hitting, swinging bad, swinging at balls in the dirt, chasing balls over their heads, it looks like they’ve never seen a baseball….” and those things are going to keep hurting this team until the batters finally get it into their thick skulls that they should be trying to meet the ball, and not trying to hit home runs everytime they get up to the plate, with the situations that occurred in the first and seventh innings being perfect examples of what is presently wrong with this team. Especially the seventh, when Jenkins, who should have been up there trying to move the runners over into scoring position, which might have required him taking a pitch or two until he saw something which he was sure he could hit towards the right side of the infield and get Burrell and Werth over to third and second, instead swings at the first pitch and flies out, moving no one. This would come back to hurt the Phils, as I am sure that Feliz’s single would’ve scored both Burrell and Werth from second and third, and would instead load the bases, as the Phils’ third base coach refuses to send Burrell home, afraid that he might have been cut down at home by a throw from Sweeney. Me, I’d made the attempt. Why? To shake things up a bit. There’s a difference between being aggressive and being passive. Stopping Burrell at third was being passive, and is part of the reason that the Phils are mired in their present slide. If the third base coach had been aggressive, it would have taken a real good throw to home to get Burrell thrown out. Sure, Burrell isn’t as fast as Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino, his running towards home would’ve still forced Sweeney to have to throw an almost perfect strike to get him out at home, and who know what would’ve happened if the throw was anything but a perfect strike. But, since he didn’t send Burrell home, it’s all a very moot point. Hopefully, the players’ own realization that they are stinking up the place might just get them to do something to reverse it before the situation can get any worst.

The series between the Phillies (42-36) and the Athletics (42-34, 2nd American League West) continues with a night game at McAfee Coliseum. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send up Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.06) to see if he can stop their slide before it can get any worst. He is coming off an awful start against the BoSox on June 18, where he would only pitch three innings, as he gave up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to return to his winning ways, while, as mentioned earlier, trying to put a stop to the Phils’ swoon. The A’s will counter with Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on June 19, where he would only go five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits, in the A’s 2-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while at the same time seeing if he can adds to the Phillies’ present offensive woes.

The Phillies are still leading by one, four and four and a half games over the Marlins, Mets and Braves respectively, as all three teams lost their games while the Phils were unable to take advantage of it. The Phillies will be trying to end their present slump, which is a team effort, and stop wasting some good efforts that they have recently been getting from their starters.

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