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The Phils’ losing streak is now at four games as Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nats, as the Phils lose 5-2.

Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nationals as the Phils’ losing streak rises to four games as they lose to the Nats, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run triple, knocking in Jordan Zimmermann and Steve Lombarozzi, who had both singled, with Zimmermann stopping at second base on Lombarozzi’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with Harper still on third, and now with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Harper, and giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead as Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as Rick Ankiel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 5-2 Nats’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman, Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (4), Contreras (1), Bastardo (1)). Jordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Clippard collected his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence, Brian Schneider, Freddy Galvis, Mike Fontenot and Roy Halladay, doubles by Shane Victorino and Hector Luna and a home run by pinch hitter Erik Kratz, the first home run of his career, as the offense once against squandered several scoring opportunities in the early innings to get back into the game.

The Phils (21-23, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (26-17, 1st) with a night game for tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to end the Phils’ present losing streak as he goes for win no. 7. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.31), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 18, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 2-1  extra-innings lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep of the Phils at home. The Phils will be out to end this bad home stand with a win before going on the road.

Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the year as the Phils defeat the Cubs, 6-4.

Jonathan Papelbon collected his eighth save in as many attempts as the Phils’ offense get a late-inning key hit from Placido Polanco as they defeated the Cubs, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a bunt single, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after Ty Wigginton had stuck out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and Laynce Nix had walked to load up the base, as Victorino and Pence both moved up a base, and with two men out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Pence, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base, before Orr would move up to second base on catcher Geovany Soto’s missed catch error on right fielder David DeJesus’ throw to the plate. The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Alfonso Soriano, a walk by Ian Stewart and a single by Blake DeWitt, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Soto hits into a 5-3 doubleplay, wiping out at third base Stewart for the inning’s first out, as Polanco touches the bag, before throwing on to first base, as Soriano scores, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Campana, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Cubs then tied the game up at four-all as Bryan LeHair hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Castro. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Campana, looking, to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he had struck out five. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Chad Qualls blew his first save opportunity of the year before collecting the win (1-0, 3.24) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out four. Shawn Camp pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Maine (0-1, 1.59) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rafael Dolis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Pete Orr (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense had a pair of clutch two-outs hits, one early in the game, and one late.

The Phils (11-12, 4th) will now go on the road to begin a three-game series with the Braves (14-9, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to continue his dominance of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 25, as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to help the Braves start the series off with a win. The Phils will be trying to get back into the divisional race, by trying to go for a win in the opener of the series.

The Phils get one-hit by Matt Garza before losing to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Phils waste an improved performance by Kyle Kendrick as they get one-hit through seven innings by Matt Garza, before losing the game to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ian Stewart hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Bryan LaHair, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then stopped at third on Jeff Baker’s double, because of his slow speed, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead, while sending Baker, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Cubs increased their lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tony Campana, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Laynce Nix’s missed catch error on Kyle Kenrdick’s pickoff attempt, then went to third on Darwin Barney’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Joe Mather hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Cubs added to their lead in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Campana, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving up to third on Barney’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Castro, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Two batters later, after Castro is caught trying to steal second base, 2-6, the Cubs make it a 5-0 as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Baker hits an RBI single, scoring LaHair, who had earlier doubled, his second double of the ballgame. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by pinch hitter Pete Orr, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving Orr up to second base, and an infield single by Hunter Pence, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Orr, making it a 5-1  Cubs’ lead, while sending Rollins on to third base and moving Pence up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. That that would end up being the final score as Carlos Marmol finally ended the game by getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67) got the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while he struck out ten. Rafael Solis pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Carlos Marmol pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks.

The Phils had only two hits in the ballgame, a single by Jimmy Rollins, to start off the game for the Phils, and an infield single by Hunter Pence, as the Phils were kept under control by Cubs’ starter Matt Garza. They also had four walks, with three of them coming in the ninth, helping to bring home their only run of the game, as the offense was unable to get anything going.

The Phils (10-12, 4th East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (8-14, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 24, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be out to lead the Phils to a series split. The Cubs will counter with Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.14), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on April 25, where he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out just two, in the Cubs’ 5-1 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be out to end April on a winning note, before they go on the road to play six games against the Braves and the Nats.

Spring Training: An early offensive explosion leads the Phils to a 10-5 victory over the Red Sox.

The Phils’ offense explodes early before they defeat the Red Sox, 10-5.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a walk, and then went to third on Juan Pierre’s ground-rule double, would score on Alfredo Aceves’ wild pitch, while Pierre, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, would move up to third base on the wild pitch. Two batters later, after Laynce Nix is safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, 3-2-6, as Pierre is tagged out, before moving up to second base on the rundown, the Phils’ took a 2-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Nix. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the second as, with no one out, Pete Orr hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. Freddy Galvis then followed with a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. Three batters later, with a man on second, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had been hit by the pitch, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Red Sox got two of the runs back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run triple, knocking in Kelly Shoppach, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Nick Punto’s single, then went to third on Josh Kroeger’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Punto at second base for the inning’s second out, and Kroeger, who was safe at first on the force out, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with no one out, Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. Four batters latter, the Phils made it an 8-2 lead as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Abreu, who had earlier tripled. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as, with one man on, and with still two men out, Pierre hits a single that went deep to right, with Victorino stopping at third base, before heading home when Pierre went to second base, beating the throw. The Phils then added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, who had earlier singled, the stopped at third on Ruiz’s double, giving the Phils a 10-2 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kroeger hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Jonathan Hee, who was pinch running for Mike Aviles, who had just singled, then went to second base on Punto’s single, making it a 10-3 Phils’ lead. The BoSox then made it a 10-5 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Daniel Nava, and singles to Hee and Punto, and with two men out, Peter Hissey hits a two-run single, scoring both Nava and Hee, while sending Punto on to third. That would be the final score as Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Nava to fly out to center for the final out.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.00) pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless inning giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Raul Valdes pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Alfredo Aceves (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as he went three innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Michael Bowden pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Franklin Morales, Andrew Bailey, Vicente Padilla and Garrett Mock combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Bailey (1), Mock (1)) and a hit batter (Mock) between them, while striking out a batter (Bailey).

The Phils’ offense exploded for thirteen hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Single, Double), Laynce Nix (Singles, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Home Run, RBI) and Miguel Abreu (Triple) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and with Victorino taking advantage of a throw to second base when Pierre went to take a second base. The Phils also had four walks, two hit batters (Victorino, Albert Cartwright) and two stolen bases (Cartwright, Victorino).

The Phils (10-11) will be involved in a pair of split squad games tomorrow afternoon, one at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Orioles and the other against the Tigers in Lakeland. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils get crush by the Blue Jays, 10-2.

The Phils get clobbered by the Blue Jays, losing 10-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up at one-all as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Yunel Escobar hits an RBI double, knocking in Yan Gomes, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. Two batters later, now with runners on the corners, as Escobar moved up to third on Omar Vizquel’s single, and with still one man out, Jose Bautista hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Escobar, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, while sending Vizquel up to second base. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Mike McCoy hits an RBI bunt single, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Rajai Davis’ single, giving the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead, while sending Davis up to second base, before moving on to third on John Mayberry, Jr.’s throwing error. One batter later, after McCoy had stolen second base, the Blue Jays took a 5-1 lead as Gomes hits a two-run single, knocking in both Davis and McCoy, before he moved up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Blue Jays then broke the game wide open in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Gome hits an RBI double, knocking in Anthony Gose, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before going to third on Jose Contreras’ wild pitch, giving the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 7-1 lead as Escobar hits an RBI double, scoring Gose. The Blue Jays then made it an 8-1 lead as Brian Bocock hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Diaz, who was pinch running for Escobar.  The Blue Jays then took a 10-1 lead as Bautista hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Bocock. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Hector Luna’s single, making it a 10-2 Blue Jays’ lead, while sending Luna, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Kevin Frandsen hits into a double play, 4-6-3, wiping out Martinez at second base, for the final two outs.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he went three and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. Chad Qualls pitched one and two-third innings, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brett Cecil (3-0, 0.90) got the win as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva, Jason Frasor and Casey Janssen would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Villanueva (1), Frasor (2), Janssen (2)), while striking out two batters (Villanueva (1), Frasor (1)) between them. Francisco Cordero pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils would collect twelve hits in the game, with Lou Montanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Shane Victorino with two hits, a single and a triple. Jimmy Rollins, Scott Podsednik, Hunter Pence (RBI), Juan Pierre, Hector Luna, Erik Kratz and Michael Martinez (RBI) had the other seven Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had a stole base (Victorino).

The Phils (7-9) next spring training game will be an afternoon game tomorrow against the Tigers (12-1) at Bright House Field at Clearwater. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: Phils drop their second straight game to the Yanks, 7-4.

The Phils lost their second spring training game, losing once more to the Yanks, 7.4.

The Phils started the game off by taking the lead in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Yankees got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men out, Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Robinson Cano and Rodriguez, with Cano stopping at second base, a 6-5 force out by Mark Teixeira, wiping out Cano at third, because the ball that had originally headed towards left field had been blown back by the wind to drop in front of shortstop Freddy Galvis, with Rodriguez stopping at second base on the play and Texieira reaching first, and Andruw Jones being hit by a pitch, moving both Rodriguez and Texieira up a base, and with two men out, Francisco Cervelli walked, forcing in Rodriguez, while sending Texieira up to third base, and moving Jones on to second base. The Yankees took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Maxwell, who had earlier reached first base on a fielding error by third baseman Ty Wigginton, then went up to second base on a 4-3 ground out by Derek Jeter, scored on a fielding error by Michael Martinez on a Cano grounder, giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead. The Yanks then made it a 4-2 lead as Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Cano. The Phils cut the lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Martinez, who had just doubled. The Yanks got the run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jose Gil hits an RBI double, knocking in Corban Joseph, who had reached base on a Dom Brown fielding error, stopping at second base, making it a 5-3 Yanks’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Gil had moved on to third base on a Phillippe Aumont wild pitch, and with one man out, the Yanks made it a 6-3 lead as JR Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Gil. Two batters later, after Zoilo Almote had sent Murphy to third with a single, and with two men out, the Yanks made it a 7-3 lead as pinch hitter Jayson Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Murphy, while sending Almonte on to third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Lou Martinez, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, then went to third on Dom Brown’s ground out, 3-1, making it a 7-4 Yanks’ lead. That would be the final score as Chase Whitley ended the game by striking out Pete Orr, swinging.

Roy Halladay got a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Joel Pineiro (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. David Purcey and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, walking a batter (Purcey) between them. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out two. Freddy Garcia also received a no-decision as he went two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. D.J. Mitchell (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Boone Logan recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Cory Wade received his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Clay Rapada recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Kevin Whelan pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Chase Whitley recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Single, Triple) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Tyson Gillies (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Scott Podsednik (Single), John Mayberry Jr. (Double), Michael Martinez (Double), Tuffy Gosewisch (Single), Juan Pierre (Single) and Lou Montanez (Double), had the other ten Phils’ hits, while Hector Luna knocked in the other Phils’ run with an infield ground out.

The Phils (0-2) next grapefruit league game will be against the Yankees tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #4: The Phils are unable to clinch in St. Louis as they lose to the Cards, 5-3.

The Phils once again allow an early lead to slip away as they lose to the Cards, 5-3, forcing a game 7 in Philadelphia.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Phils then ran themselves out of a big inning as Ryan Howard struck out, looking, on a 3-2 slider, before Pence is thrown out trying to steal second base by Yadier Molina, although replays would show that he was actually safe. The Cards then got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier singled, on a ball that had hit the wall, and was well played by center fielder Shane Victorino, who then, as he was getting ready to throw it in, slipped and lost control of the baseball, which then headed back towards the wall, which allowed Schumaker to score, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing Berkman to reach third base on Victorino’s throwing error. The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, David Freese hits a two-run double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had walked, moved up to second base when Berkman was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Molina’s line out to right, and Berkman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch from Roy Oswalt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Cards then took a 5-2 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freese hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Holliday, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a single, before going to third on Utley’s single, would score on Fernando Salas’ wild pitch, making it a 5-3 Cards’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. But that would be the ballgame as Jason Motte would collect his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Lidge) between them. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he pitched six inning, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Arthur Rhodes collected his second hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Octavio Dotel collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Fernando Salas collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Marc Rzepcynski received his second hold of the series, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte recorded his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Chase Utley (Single, Triple, RBI), both leading the team with twe hits each. Hunter Pence (RBI), Placido Polanco and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense continue to tail off after the first three batters, especially Ryan Howard, who, in a post-game interview, admitted he is being a bit antsy at the plate. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils and Cards will play the fifth and deciding game of the series on Friday night in Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38), who is coming off a win in the first game of the series on October 1, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 11-6 rout. Halladay will be trying to continue his post-season dominance, while trying to give the Phils the best chance to clinch at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (0-0, 12.00), who is coming off a no-decision in the second game of the series on October 2, as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Cards’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start. The Phils are expecting a strong performance from Doc Halladay, while seeing if they can not only jump on Carpenter, but this time pour it on like they did in game one of the series, to avoid another disappointing post-season.

33 games in 31 days: Game #29: The Phils reached the low point as the bullpen melts down in the third as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

After taking a quick lead, the Phils had a five-run meltdown by the bullpen in the third, as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt force out, 1-5, as Schneider is forced out at third base for the inning’s first out, while Valdez would reach second base on the play, while Blanton would be safe at first, the Phils added to their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Blanton up to second base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 1-4, as Chase Utley had earlier reached base on second baseman Justin Turner’s fielding error. The Phils’ then pulled out Blanton before the start of the Mets half of the third, who was doing fine after pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and started auditioning for bullpen spot(s) on the playoff roster, which turned out to have been a mistake. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as, with two men on, and with two men out, Willie Harris hits a deep fly ball to right that Pence was unable to catch, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had reached first base on a fielder’s choice, as Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, was caught in a rundown before being tagged out, 1-4-5-6-4, before reaching second base during the rundown, and Turner, who had earlier walked, before he reached third base. The Mets then tied the game up at three-all two battters later, after David Wright had walked, putting runners on the corners as Nick Evans hits an RBI double, knocking in Harris, while sending Wright up to third. The Mets then took the lead as, with two men on, and with still two men out, Josh Thole hits a two-run single, scoring both Wright and Evans, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Mets then made it a 6-3 lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Pridie, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, then moved up to third on Dillon Gee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4. That would be the final score as the Phillies were put down easily in the ninth as Manny Acosta collected his fourth save of the season.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two shutout innings, giving up just a hit, while he struck out three. David Herndon (1-4, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer, Michael Stutes and Justin De Fratus combined for four scoreless innings, striking out six batters (two batters each) between them.  Dillon Gee (13-6, 4.43) gets the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Daniel Herrera collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta received his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Ross Gload followed with two hits, both doubles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Brian Schneider (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (76-82, 4th), with a game in progress, with the Phils in complete control.

33 games in 31 days: Game #11: The Phils’ “B” team explode for six-runs in the sixth as the Phils rout the Brewers, 7-2.

The Phils’ “B” team explode in the sixth inning, scoring six runs, on their way to a 7-2 rout of the Brew Crew.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils tied the game at one as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, on a played that was then reviewed and concluded that he had indeed hit a double near the corner to left. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, after Placido Polanco had walked, Hunter Pence hits a two-run triple, scoring both Valdez and Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. John Mayberry, Jr. then followed with an RBI infield single, knocking in Pence, as he beat shortstop Betancourt’s throw to first, although replay would later show that he was actually out, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead as, after Mayberry had stolen second base, Carlos Ruiz  brought him home with an RBI ground-rule double. Ben Francisco then made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Corey Hart hits a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Cole Hamels pitched a complete game as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.46) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tim Dillard and Marco Estrada combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Dillard (2), Estrada (1)) and a walk (Estrada), while striking out two (one each) between them. Frankie De La Cruz pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, Triple, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (92-48, 1st East) continue their series with the Brewers (85-60, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park, and it will begin at 8:10 pm CDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 4, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking four, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be gunning once again for his seventeenth win of the season, while trying to pitch the Phils into a five-game winning streak. The Brewers will try to counter with Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 4, as he went seven innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak.

The Phils start their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils begin their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nationals, 4-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez helped his cause with an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Rick Ankiel, hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, while sending Hernandez on to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out, cutting the Nationals’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Nats added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ankiel, who then stole second base, a single by Espinosa, sending Ankiel on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman, sending Espinosa up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ankiel, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving both Espinosa and Zimmerman up a base. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. The Phils tried to rally in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-2. Drew Storen then ended the rally by getting Ibanez to pop out to the second baseman for the final out, thus recording his thirty-first save of the season.

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five.  Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Tyler Clippard recorded his thirtieth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Drew Storen recorded his thirty-first save of the year, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez (RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Hunter Pence knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (77-41, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (57-61, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will be out to even the series in his second start back from his injury. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (8-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 7, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping that the old Oswalt will be back with this start.

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