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The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

The Phils take the weekend series from Arizona by defeating the D-backs by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), starting 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 Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.

The Phils win their first series on the road behind eight solid innings from Cole Hamels and a hot offense, as they defeat the D-backs, 7-2.

Eight strong innings from starter Cole Hamels and seven more runs by the offense leads the Phils to their first series win on the road as they beat the D-backs, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on catcher Henry Blanco’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to increase their lead later that inning as Pence tried to score on Laynce Nix’s double to left, but is gunned down at the plate by left fielder Jason Kubel, as Blanco applied the tag for the inning’s third out. They tried to increased their lead again in the second as, with a man on first, and with one man out, a wild pitch by Trevor Cahill got past Blanco and then went up the right field foul area, near the Phils’ dug out, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, to go first to second base, and then to third base, before he headed for home plate since Cahill never went to cover home plate, but he is thrown out at the plate, 2-5, as third baseman Cody Ransom won the foot race to the plate, before applying the tag for the inning’s second out. The Phils finally added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Polanco’s single, before going on to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, would score on Cahill’s second wild pitch of the ballgame, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while allowing Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Victorino’s ground out, to move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco. The Phils increased their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, who had stopped at second base on pinch hitter Ty Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Freddy Galvis, moving Ruiz up to second base, and with still two men out, Cole Hamels helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, knocking in both Wigginton and Ruiz, while sending Galvis over to third. The D-backs finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Kubel hits an RBI single, knocking in Aaron Hill, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Justin Upton’s single, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Upton, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Ransom had walked to load the bases, as both runners moved up a base, Upton would score on Paul Goldschmidt grounder, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while second baseman Pete Orr would commit a force attempt, missed catch error, as he missed shortstop Galvis’ throw to second base, allowing Kubel to reach third and Ransom to be safe at second base, while Goldschmidt would be safe at first. The Phils then took a 7-2 lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Pierre, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Michael Schwimer, who had just been called up from the Lehigh Valley to replace Michael Stutes, who had just been placed on the disabled list last night, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Kubel to lined out to center for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Michael Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.70) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, two walks, a passed ball and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Craig Breslow pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four Phils (two apiece). Joe Martinez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs) who both had two hits each. Laynce Nix (Double), pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The final Phil run would score on a wild pitch. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame, as the Phils’ now hot offense have scored 20 runs in their last nineteen innings.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) will have an off-day tomorrow before starting a four-game weekend series with the Cubs, starting on Friday night, in Philadelphia.

Sunday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 7: The Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the Eastern Divison flag at home, as the Phils lose, 7-3.

Cole Hamels was not at his best, while also getting no help from the umpire, as the Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the division title at home, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-3, while the Braves lose again to the Nationals, cutting the Phils’ magic number down to one game.

The Mets took the lead in the second as David Wright hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis, with Davis’ single sending Pagan to third base, Joaquin Arias being safe at first on a fielder’s choice grounder as Pagan is caught between third and home by Cole Hamels on Arias’ grounder, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, 1-2-5, while Davis went to third on the play, and a Henry Blanco walk, sending Arias to second, and with two men out, after Mets’ starter Pat Misch struck out swinging, Jose Reyes hits an RBI infield single, which Wilson Valdez threw to second late, after being slow to get it out of his glove, allowing Davis to score, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while moving Arias to third base and Blanco to second, with the bases still loaded. The next batter, Nick Evans then hits a two-run double on a ball that Jayson Werth in right was unable to catch and then let get behind him, allowing both Arias and Blanco to score, making it a 4-0 Mets’ lead, before Reyes, who also tried to score on the play, is thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from Shane Victorino, who was backing up the play, 8-2, to finally end the inning. The Mets then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Carlos Beltran hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then came back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, who had a pinch hit infield single, moving Valdez up to second base, making it a 5-3 Mets’  lead. The Mets increased their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Beltran hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the ballgame and his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Evans, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 7-3 lead. That would be the final score as Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to end the game by flying out to center.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches just four innings, plus a batter, as he gives up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 12-11 with a 3.09 ERA. David Herndon, Vance Worley, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for four scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Durbin) and three walks (Herndon, Worley and Durbin one each), while striking out four (Herndon (2), Worley (1), Durbin (1)) between them. Ryan Madson pitches to three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, getting out none of the batters that he would face. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Pat Misch gets a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Sean Green pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta gets the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano records his twenty-first hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.  Elmer Dessens receives his tenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Wilson Valdez and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Werth, Valdez and Mayberry’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double and Utley’s hit being a three-run home run. The Phils were unable to get a key hit when they needed it.

The Phils (93-63, 1st) would go on the road for the last time during the regular season, to start a series with the Nationals (67-89, 5th) in Washington, looking to clinch the East, as they have already clinched at least a tie for both the Eastern Division and the Wild Card, as the Padres have also lost.

Memo to offense: Hamels should sue you guys for lack of runs support. Phils shutout again at Citi Field, 1-0.

For the second straight start, Hamels lose to the Mets by the score of 1-0, as the offense gets only one hit, a single by Hamels.

The game was a pitchers’ duel from start to finish between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey. The Mets tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Mike Hessman hits a hard smash deep into left center field that was originally called a home run by the third base umpire, although a fan had interferred with the ball by leaning over the railing and touching it, causing it to fall back into the field of play, a process that had been noticed by Raul Ibanez, who had put up both of his arms as soon as he had seen it. The umpires then reviewed the play for over six minutes, before coming out to overturn the original ruling, giving Hessman a lead-off triple, and not a home run, although the rules for fan interference states that Hessman should’ve been given a ground-rule double. Last year, this would had ticked off Hamels. This year, he went to work, as he proceeded to strike out first Jeff Francoeur, and then Henry Blanco, with both Mets swinging. Hamels then intentionally walked Ruben Tejada before he went after his opposite number, Dickey, who he got to end the inning by grounding out softly, 1-3. The Mets then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had earlier doubled, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would be all that Dickey would need, as he kept the Phils’ off-balanced all night with his knuckle ball, as he, like Hamels, pitched a complete game, ending it by getting Placido Polanco to fly out to right.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-9 with a 3.33 ERA. R.A. Dickey gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA.

The Phils had only two men reach base during the entire game. Wilson Valdez with a one out walk in the third, and Cole Hamels with a one out single in the sixth. Beyond that, Dickey had the Phils’ number, having the bats under control all night. Seriously, Hamels should be finding out why the bats are making him this year’s poster boy for the team’s lack of runs support for one of their starters, especially since they are now starting to score for Roy Halladay. Luckily, the Doc is pitching tonight, and hopefully the bats will finally start scoring again in Citi Field.

The Phils (64-51, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (58-57, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (14-8, 2.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up seven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-eight. He will be going for the first Phil win in Citi Field this year, while trying to keep the Mets’ bats under control this weekend. He will be countered by Pat Misch (0-0, -.–), who will be making his first start this season. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost, while trying to finally cross the plate in Citi Field.

Phillies’ bats come out in support of rookie Antonio Bastardo, as they crush the Padres, 10-5.

The Phillies’ offense, lead by Raul Ibanez as he celebrates his 37th birthday, crush the Padres, 10-5, giving runs support to rookie starter Antonio Bastardo in his first career start. 

The Phillies took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. One batter later, the Phis made it 3-0 as birthday boy Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Howard. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and still one man out, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ibanez, who had moved to third on Jayson Werth’s single, making it 4-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead to 6-0 in the third as, with a man on, and nobody out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils made it 7-0 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Victorino, who had earlier tripled. In the fifth, the Phils would make it 8-0 as, with two outs, Dobbs hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Padres would finally score a run in the sixth as, with one man out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run of his owm, his twenty-second home run of the year, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. In the seventh, the Phils made it 10-1 as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits his second two-run home run of the night, his nineteenth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked. The Padres tried to come back into the ballgame in their half of the seventh. With the bases loaded, via singles to Brian Giles and Henry Blanco and a walk to Tony Gwynn Junior, and two men out, pinch hitter Edgar Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Giles, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Blanco and Gwynn up a base. Edgar’s brother, A. Gonzalez, then received a walk, forcing in Blanco, and moving up a base Gwynn and E. Gonzalez, while cutting the Phils’ lead down to 10-3. The next batter, Chase Headley made it a 10-5 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run single, scoring both Gwynn and E. Gonzalez, while sending A. Gonzalez up to third. The inning would finally end with Kevin Kouzmanoff striking out, swinging. The Phillies bullpen would then shut down the Padres for the final two innings, preserving the victory for the rookie.

Antonio Bastardo got the win, as he pitched a good game, going six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. His record is now 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning in relief, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson pitched a third of an inning, recording his second save of the year as he got out the only man he would face. Jake Peavy took the lost, as he lasted only an inning (being taken out of the game because he was feeling sick), giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 4.10. Josh Geer pitched an inning plus three batters of relief, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Luis Perdomo pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out three. Joe Thatcher pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks, as he also struck out three. Cla Meredith pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits.

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with the birthday boy, Raul Ibanez, leading the way as he got three hits, including two two-run home runs and a double, knocking in five of the Phillies’ ten runs. Shane Victorino followed with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Eric Bruntlett had the other six Phillies’ hits. Of the eleven hits, six would be for extra-bases (2B (2), 3B (1), HR (3)). Besides Ibanez’s five RBIs, Howard and Dobbs would both knock in two runs, while Utley would knock in one. Unlike Monday, the Phillies were able to knock in runs when they needed to.

The Phillies (30-20, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Padres (25-27, 3rd National League West) with another night game at PETCO Park. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (3-0, 3.00), who will be making his third start since being put into the starting rotation. He is coming off a win against the Nats on May 29, where he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out five in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He win be going for his second straight win as a starter, as he tries to give the Phils a series sweep. The Padres will counter with Chris Young (4-3, 4.45), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on May 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and six walks, while he struck out two, in the Padres’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Phils from sweeping the Padres. The Phillies, with another road series win, will be going for a sweep, to start off their long road trip on a positive note, while the team’s bullpen welcomes back J.C. Romero from his fifty games suspension. Despite not having his services for 50 games, the Phils lead the NL East, having the second best record in the National League, behind the Dodgers, two and a half games ahead of the Mets, who are trying to avoid being swept by the lowly Pirates.

The Phillies leave Chicago with a split as they defeat the Cubs, 5-3.

Behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer, Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge, and the Phillies’ offense, the Phillies would be able to leave Chicago with a split, 5-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning as they went to work on Cubs’ starter Sean Marshall, who was pitching in place of the original starter, Carlos Zambrano, who would claim that he has a ‘dead’ arm. With a runner on second and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, and then stole second, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Two batters latter, Jayson Werth would hit a two-run double, scoring Howard, who has gone to second on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who has singled, to make it 3-0 Phillies. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead in the second, when, with runners on the corners and one man out, Ronny Cedeno would hit a RBI single, scoring Mark DeRosa, who has earlier singled, would go to second on Geovany Soto’s single and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s force out that would wipe out Soto at second, to make it 3-1 Phillies, while Fukudome would move over to second. The ball should’ve been caught by Victorino in left center field for the inning’s second out, but because there were no clouds overhead, Victorino would have a hard time trying to see the ball, before it would finally bounce off of his right thigh towards Pat Burrell, who would in turn be unable to catch it, as it dropped in for the RBI single. Marshall would then follow with an RBI single of his own, getting it past Utley, who has headed towards first because Marshall made it look like that he was going to put down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Fukudome, and sending Cedeno to second, making it 3-2 Phillies. Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer would finally end the threat by getting both Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson to fly out. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fifth, as, with two men out, Werth would hit his twenty-first home run of the year to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. The Phils would add their final run in the sixth, as, with a runner on third and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier reached base with a double and then went to third on Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, making it 5-2 Phils. The Cubs would threaten to rally in their half of the sixth as they put runners on first (Cedeno-walk) and second (Fukudome-single), with one out. Charlie Manuel would take out Moyer and replace him with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then proceed to get out of the inning by first striking out pinch hitter Ryan Theriot and then getting Soriano to pop out to second. In the eighth, after getting the inning’s first out, Durbin would give up a single to Soto. Manuel would come out and replace Durbin with the previous day’s hero, J.C. Romero. Romero would throw a wild pitch that would send Soto over to second. He would then get Fukudome to ground out, second to first, for the inning’s second out, while Soto would go on to third. Pinch hitter Henry Blanco would then get a pinch single, scoring Soto, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 5-3. Manuel would then come out again and replace Romero with Ryan Madson. Madson would then give up a pinch single to pinch hitter Daryle Ward to put runners on first and second. After Ward is replaced on first by pinch runner Mike Fontenot, Madson would end the inning by striking out Soriano. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth, and would records his thirty-third save by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

Jamie Moyer would get the win as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on eight hits. His record is now 12-7 with a 3.80 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson would each pitch a third of an inning, giving up one hit each. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth inning as he recorded his thirty-third save in thirty-three tries. Sean Marshall would get the lost as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA. Jeff Samardzija, Bob Howry and Neal Cotts would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Howry (1) and Cott (2)).

The Phillies’ offense would this time score enough runs to win, as they split the four games series and win the season series with the Cubs, while getting twelve hits that would this time be more evenly spread around among the starting eight, with only Pedro Feliz getting the collar. Ryan Howard would lead the offense with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, while scoring one run. Shane Victornio, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth would follow with two hits each, each scoring a run, while Werth would knock in three of the Phillies’ other runs. Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson would all combine to get the Phillies through the eighth inning this time, giving up only one run to the Cubs before Brad Lidge would come in to shut the Cubs down in the ninth.

The Phillies (75-62) will now go on to Washington to start a three games series with the presently hot Nationals (52-85). The game will be played in Nationals Park and will begin at 3:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 27, where he went five plus innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 lost. Lifetime against the Nationals, he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts. He will be trying once again for his twelfth win, while seeing if he can cool down the presently hot Nationals. The Nationals will counter with Tim Redding (9-8, 4.54), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 27, where he went six innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Nats’ 5-4 win. He will be trying for his tenth win while seeing if he can defeat the Phillies once again this season.

The Phillies are still a game behind the Mets and five games ahead of the Mets as the Mets defeated the fish. The Phillies will be seeing if they can win the series in Washington and tie for the divisional lead in the East before their weekend series with the Mets in their last trip to Shea Stadium.

Not again???? *&^$#!!!! And this time, an umpire gets into the act???? GGGRRRR!!!!

The Phillies let another game slip out of their hands as they blow another lead, losing to the Cubs, 3-2. And, to add insult to injury, a bad umpire’s call may have hurt them this time. Like yesterday, the Phillies would score first, as, with two men on and two outs, Pat Burrell would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has been hit by the pitch, and then would move up to second on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between two former A’s teammates, Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Cubs’ starter Rich Harden. As the Phillies’ batter would be patient at the plate, causing Harden’s pitch count to rise, Blanton would breeze quickly through the first four innings, giving up only a lead-off walk and a hit. The Phillies would finally get their second run off of Harden when, with a runner on first and two outs, Howard would hit a single to right, with Utley, who has gotten on first with a single, would go to third on the hit. Cubs’ right fielder Kosuke Fukudome would then commit a throwing error, which would allow Utley to score, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1, as, with runners on the corners on and one out, Daryle Ward would hit a ground ball to Utley. Utley would throw to Jimmy Rollins for the inning’s second out, removing Henry Blanco, who has earlier singled, but he would then make an errant throw to first, which would pull Howard off the first base bag, because of Blanco’s slide which would force Rollins to make a quick throw when he actually have time to throw out Ward, which would not be recorded as an error. The blunder would allow Mark DeRose, who has earlier walked, stole second and has moved to third on Blanco’s single, to score the Cubs’ first run. Blanton would then end the inning by getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out. Blanton would then melt down on the mound in the sixth, as he proceed to walk first Ryan Theriot and then Derrick Lee. After getting out the next two batters, with the runners both moving up a base on the second out, he would then walk DeRosa to load the bases. That was enough for Charlie Manuel, as he would come out to take out Blanton and replace him with Scott Eyre. Eyre would, unfortunatley, walk Fukudome on five pitches, forcing in Theriot, and tying the game at two all, while leaving the bases loaded. Eyre would end the inning by striking out Blanco. In the seventh, the Phillies would try to retake the lead, with runners on the corners and two out, Howard would hit a ball at Cubs’ first baseman Lee, who would proceed to boot the ball, but would somehow be able to throw it in time to pitcher Jeff Samardzija, to get out Howard. This would lead to an argument between Howard,  Manuel, Davey Lopes and first base umpire Chris Guccione, while, according to the Phillies’ announcers, Howard, Lopes and Manuel had a point as Howard would actually beat Lee’s throw to first, which would have given the Phillies the lead with Rollins, who was safe on a force out, moved to second on Shane Victorino’s walk and has gone to third during another force out, coming across the plate during the play. Third base coach Steve Smith would eventually be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Bill Welke for still arguing the call. This would turn out to be huge, as, in the Cubs’ half of the seventh, with one out, Clay Condrey would give up a solo home run to Soriano, his twenty-third home run of the year, to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. This would be the final score, as the Phillies would be unable to score in the eighth inning, and after turning back the Cubs in their half of the eighth, would be unable to get anything done in the ninth, as Carlos Marmol would record his seventh save of the season.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on two hits and five very costly walks. Scott Eyre would get his second blown save of the season, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up only one walk, which sadly brought in the tying run, and one strikeout. Clay Condrey would get the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Rudy Seanez would also pitch an inning, as he gives up no run on one hit. Rich Harden would also receive a no-decision as he would only last five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Chad Gaudin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Jeff Samardzija would get the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on two hits. Carlos Marmol would get his seventh save of the year as he pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up no hits while striking out three.

Multiply factors would kill the Phillies today. First, Blanton’s five walks. Four of those walks would lead to the two runs that he would give up, especially the three walks that he would give up in the sixth inning, loading the bases. Although it would be Scott Eyre who would walk home the tying run, it would never have happened if Blanton had been able to throw strikes when he needed to, especially after getting ahead of the hitters. Secondly, the offense. Although they would force Rich Harden to leave the game early by getting him to work long pitch counts, they would be unable to get a key hit when they needed it when they threaten to score in the early innings. Business as usual for the offense. Third, Jimmy Rollins’ blunder in the fifth, when he could’ve taken his time to throw to first for the third out on Daryle Ward’s grounder to Utley, but instead would rush his throw because of Harry Blanco coming at him to break up the double play. Instead of the score staying 2-0 Phils, it became 2-1 Phillies because he would force Ryan Howard off of the bag to keep it from going past him. And lastly, the umpire’s call in the seventh inning on Howard’s grounder to first that would bounce off of Derrick Lee’s glove. According to instant reply, Howard has actually beaten Samardzija to the bag, but first base umpire Chris Guccione would call Howard out. The broadcasters think that this is the result of the same umpire earlier calling Utley safe on the previous play when he might’ve been beaten by the throw. If it is, it really stinks! as it kept the Phillies from retaking the lead. Oh man, how much more of this do we Phillies’ fan have to suffer through before we all go mad? Or when will all of this buzzard luck finally start to go our boys’ way?

The Phillies (73-62) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (85-50, 1st National League Central), now trying for a split in the series. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports and will start at 3:55 pm Eastern (2:55 pm Central) in Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 25, as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up nine scattered hits while striking out eight, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. He will be trying to pitch his six straight quality start since returning from the minors and improving his record to 5-1 in his last eight starts, while trying to stop the Phillies’ present slide at three games. The Cubs’ starter will be Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on August 25, as he went seven innings, giving up only three earned run on seven hits while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 12-3 rout. He will be trying to see if he can continue the Cubs’ seven game winning streak and continue the Phillies’ current losing streak.

With the lost, the Phillies are presently trailing the Mets by two game and lead the Marlins by five games, as the Mets defeated the Marlins. The Phillies will be trying to regroup so that they can come back and split the series before continuing their long road trip.

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