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The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with  Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils have announced that they have placed six of their players on the disabled list.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils prepare to play their final two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park, they have announced that they plan to start the season with six of their players on the 15-day disabled list.

The six players are infielder Freddy Galvis with a left knee infection, outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf out with a left oblique strain, left-handed starter Cole Hamels with left biceps tendinitis, right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez with right shoulder tendinitis, right-handed reliever Mike Adams, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery and right-handed reliever Ethan Martin with right shoulder inflammation, with all but Adams being retroactive to March 21, as Adams goes back to March 26.

Adams has said that he hopes to join the team by April 15, while Hamels believes he should be ready by the end of April. Galvis, who is recovering from MRSA, hopes to be back by the middle of April. Ruf should be out for four to six weeks because of his injury, while Martin has started throwing. Ruben Amaro has mentioned that Gonzalez might be placed on the 60-day disabled list to give the team a bit of flexibility on the 40-man roster.

I just hope they guys will get back soon, so that they can all help the team.

A few things had occurred since my last post…

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst. yesterday, former Phil Roy Oswalt announced that he was officially retiring, as he signed a one-day contract with the Astros so that he could officially retire as an Astros. Oswalt, who is an fourteen-year veteran, ten of which was spent as an Astros, was a member of the Phils for part of the 2010 season and part of the 2011 season, during which he complied a winning record of 16-11. Oswalt would also play for the Rangers and the Rockies. Oswalt, during his career, would be the NL leader for ERA in 2006 with a 2.98 ERA, wins in 2004 with 20, games started with 35 games in both 2004 and 2005 and in WHIP in 2010 with a 1.03 WHIP. He was also a member of the 2005 Astros team that would win the NL pennant before losing to the White Sox in that year’s World Series, being swept by Chicago, 4-0. Overall, Oswalt had a career record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA as he pitched in 365 games, 341 of which were starts, as he completed 20 games, including 8 shutouts. He would pitch in 2245.1 innings, giving up 2199 hits and 897 runs, 838 of which were earned, as he struck out 1852 batters, while walking only 520. I wish you luck in your retirement, Roy.

Then, the Phils announced that Comcast plans to hire both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs to replace Chris Wheeler and Garry Matthews inside the TV broadcast booth, starting this season during Spring Training. Congratulations, guys. Hope you both do well in the broadcast booth.

Lastly, the Phils announced that they have just signed starter A.J. Burnett, who they have been pursuing during the off-season, to a one-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Burnett, who had pitched for the Pirates last year and in 2012, is coming off a 10-11 season, with a 3.30 ERA, as he pitched in 30 games, all starts, with a complete game, as he threw in 191 innings, giving up 165 hits and 79 runs, 70 of which were earned, as he struck out 209 batters, while walking only 67. Burnett, who has also pitched for the Marlins, the Blue Jays and the Yankees, being a member of the 2009 World Championship team, has a 147-132 record with a 3.99 ERA, as he appeared in 375 games, starting 370 of them, as he threw 23 complete games, 10 of which were shutouts. He threw a total of 2353.2 innings, giving up 2140 hits and 1142 runs, 1043 of which were earned, as he struck out 2180 batters, while walking only 955. Welcome to the team, A.J.

Burnett’ll more than likely be the number three man in the starting rotation, after Cole Hamels starts pitching after the start of the season, as the Phils announced that Cole will miss opening day as he has developed tendinitis in his left bicep, which will keep him from throwing the ball for the next eight to ten days, and slow down his participation in spring training, although Cole has said that he should be ready to pitch at some point in April. I’m just hoping that it is only a minor setback, as the Phils will need Cole to back up Cliff Lee, if they expect to get anywhere this season.

The Phils win their first series under new manager Ryne Sandberg, as they defeat the Rockies for the second straight in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFor the second straight night, the Phils win in walk-off fashion, as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4, giving new manager Ryne Sandberg his first series win.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then moved up to third base on Chad Bettis’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, then went to third base on Bettis’ sacrifice bunt, 2-4, while LeMahieu would stop at second base, before he moved up to third on the late throw to the plate. The Rockies took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, via singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, with Tulowitzki stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in both Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 2-3. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Young hits a slow roller that got past closer Rafael Betancourt, before third baseman Arenado was unable to picked the ball up, for an RBI infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then took third base on defensive indifference, scored. Two batters later, after pitcher Jeff Francis comes in to replace Betancourt, who had gotten injured on the play, and a walk to Utley, sending Young up to second base, the Phils win the game in walk-off fashion as Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while Utley would stop at third base, giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw five innings plus four batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zach Miner pitched two innings, striking out a batter. B.J Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Bettis also received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Wilton Lopez received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Josh Outman received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Matt Belisle collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.08) as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Francis pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a hit, and walked a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a presently red-hot Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), pinch hitter Casper Wells) and one sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (57-70, 4th NL East) will conclude their homestand with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (65-61, 2nd West). The first game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 18, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He’ll be trying to continue his second half of better pitching while trying to lead the Phils to their fifth win in six games. The D-backs will counter with Wade Wiley (9-8, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 18, as he threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get their first three-game winning streak under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

Back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to a dramatic come from behind win, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA pair of unexpected back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to the Phils coming from behind to defeat the Reds, 3-2.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI double, knocking in Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then reached second base after Dom Brown, who had made a sliding catch of Bruce’s fly ball to left field for the inning’s second out, attempted to double him off first base to end the inning, but instead committed a throwing error as the ball hit Votto and then rolled away from first baseman Michael Young, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. Meantime, the Phils were frustrated for seven innings by Reds’ starter Homer Bailey, who only gave up five hits and a walk, while striking out three, as the Phils’ scoreless streak, which had started the previous night, increased to sixteen innings. The Phils would finally score in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, sliding head first across the first base bag beating pitcher Jonathan Broxton to the bag, then stole second base, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead, while sending M. Young, who had just walked, up to second base. Then in bottom of the ninth, the Phils started a rally as pinch-hitter Delmon Young started the inning off with a walk, before he was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Cliff Lee. But, it would look like the Phils’ rally would be killed by another base running blunder, as Lee would be caught leaning too much off of first base by Reds’ reliever Aroldis Chapman, and then caught in a rundown before he is finally tagged out, 1-4-6-1, for the inning’s first out. After an upset at himself Lee goes back into the dugout and sits down, the batter, Erik Kratz, who was in the game because the original starting catcher, Carlos Ruiz, had been hurt while running the bases earlier in the game, crushed a three-two fastball into left field for a home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at two-all, making Lee even more upset as that would have led to a walk-off win. But, Lee would then be taken fully off the hook as the next batter, Freddy Galvis, followed with a solo home run of his own to left, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and three hits, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 2.51) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Jonathan Broxton collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sean Marshall collected his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Aroldis Chapman blew his second save attempt of the year before taking the lost (3-2, 3.32) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Lanyce Nix (Single) and Eric Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, Utley, pinch-hitter Delmon Young) in the game.

The Phils (21-23, 3rd) begin a three-game series with the Marlins (12-32, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is supposed to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61), who is coming off a lose to the Indians on May 15, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-4 lost. He will once again be looking for his second win of the season, while trying to regain command of his pitches, while hoping that the bats will give him some badly needed runs support. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00), who is coming off a loss against the Reds on May 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He’ll be looking to for his third win of the season. The Phils hope to once again take advantage of the weak Marlins, while trying to get themselves over .500.

The Phils are once again unable to give Cole Hamels runs support as they lose to the D-backs, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYet another good pitching effort by Cole Hamels is wasted by an offense that refuses to score runs for him, as they are handled by the D-backs, 2-1.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Patrick Corbin helps his own case by hitting an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Martin Prado, who had started the inning off with a single, moved to second base on Gerardo Parra’s single, then moved up to third on Cliff Pennington’s ground out, 1-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while sending Parra, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pennington’s ground out, on to third base. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Parra hits a bunt ground out, 3-4, scoring Cody Ross, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Prado’s force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Miguel Montero, who had just walked, for the inning’s first one, as Prado was safe at first, while moving Prado up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delmon Young, who is then forced out on a ground ball by Dom Brown, 3-6, a single by Carlos Ruiz, moving Brown up to second base, and a bloop single by John Mayberry, Jr., moving up a base both Brown and Ruiz, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits into force out, 9-6, as Mayberry committed a base runner blunder by not moving fast enough to reach second base, thus denying Frandsen of a single, as Brown scores, making it a 2-1 D-backs’ lead, while Ruiz would move up to third base, and Frandsen would be safe at first. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) received the lost as he threw another quality start as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) and three walks (Aumont (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out one (Horst). Patrick Corbin (5-0, 1.75) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Matt Reynolds collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. David Hernandez received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Delmon Young (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The only Phil run came in on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, thanks to Mayberry’s base running blunder. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley, Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-20, 3rd East) continue their series with the D-backs (20-15, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 9:40 EDT (6:40 PDT) and will be played at Chase Field. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.-) who will be pitching in place of Roy Halladay, who was earlier this week placed on the DL with an elbow injury. Cloyd will be out to make to keep the Phils in the game. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) who is coming off a loss against the Padres on May 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He’s hoping to bounce back from that lost. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping to find their bats in the Arizona heat.

The Phils end their three-game spring slide by beating the Astros, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils put a stop to their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels help lead them to a 7-1 victory over the Astros.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Tyler Greene, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jose Altuve’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with two men on, via a double by Michael Young and Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, before being replaced by pinch runner Jermaine Mitchell because of an injured elbow, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Young and Mitchell. The Phils then increased to their lead as Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Kratz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third on Jarred Cosart’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead in the eight as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on shortstop Jonathan Villar’s interference error. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Cole Hamels (2-0, 0.90) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Miner) between them, while striking out six (Cloyd (1), Miner (2), Horst (2), De Fratus (1)) Astros. Brad Peacock received a no-decision as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sergio Escalona blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Josh Fields (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jerred Cosart pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batters, while striking out a batter. Hector Ambriz pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Brett Oberholtzer pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Freddie Galvis leading the team with three hits (two singles, one double, 2 RBIs), followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), Yuniesky Betancourt (Single, RBI), Jermaine Mitchell (Single) and Erik Kratz (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Cesar Hernandez, Kratz), two stolen bases (Hernandez (2), Mitchell (2)) and two hit batters (Darin Ruf, Josh Fields) in the game.

The Phils (7-8) have the day off.

The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

The Phils survive both a rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally to defeat the fish, 6-4.

Surviving both a 45 mins. rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally, the Phils defeat the pesky fish, 6-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier singled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would take the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Hector Luna hits a two-run single, knocking in Polanco and Pence, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third. The score would remain 2-1 through the next three innings, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick continuously played Houdini, escaping several Marlins attempts to either tie the game or take the lead. Before the fifth inning would start, the game was stopped as the rain came down harder, with the rain delay lasting around 45 minutes before the game resumed. After Kendrick got through the top of the fifth, the Phils would finally add to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hit into a 4-3-6 doubleplay, becoming the inning’s second out, before pinch hitter Donnie Murphy, who had earlier singled, is tagged out at second base by Jimmy Rollins, while Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Murphy’s single, would score, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one men out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out to first, three-unassisted, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on pitch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Luna hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chad Gaudin’s wild pitch, before going to third base on Gaudin’s balk, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while sending Ty Wigginton, who had just walked, on to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the eighth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3. The Marlins then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would pitch a five-out save, for his fifteenth save of the year, first coming in with a bases loaded, one-out situation as John Buck got on base with a walk, to be followed by singles by pinch hitter Donovan Solano and Reyes, as he got Infante to pop out to short, putting into effect the infield fly rule, then striking out Hanley Ramirez on a called third strike, followed by him throwing a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Greg Dobbs to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while strucking out four. Chad Qualls collected his tenth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched to one batter, before being taken out of the game with an elbow injury. Antonio Bastardo collected his eleventh hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jake Diekman received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his fifteenth save of the year as he threw an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two. Chad Gaudin pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a balk, while striking out a batter. Randy Choate and Ryan Webb combined for a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double), Hunter Pence (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Double) all leading the ballclub with three hits each, followed by Hector Luna (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (28-25, 5th) will continue their series with the Marlins (29-23, T-2nd) with a game later this afternoon. The game, which will be nationally televised by Fox Sports, will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) is coming off a win against the Mets on May 28, where he went eight innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. Hamels will be going for his ninth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 4.26), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on May 27, as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to make Hamels the majors’ first nine-game winner.

Sunday: The Phils winning streak ends as the Cards are all over the Phils, losing 8-3.

Three home runs do in the Phils as their winning streak ends at four straight, as they lose to the world champs, 8-3.

The Cards took a commanding lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday, with Schumaker stopping at second base, with both runners then moving up to third and second base, respectively, on Carlos Beltran’s ground out, 3-1, and a walk by David Freese, and with two men out, Yadier Molina hits a grand-slam home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Schumaker, Holliday and Freese, giving the Cards a 4-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, making it a 4-1 Cards’ lead. The Cards increased their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Beltran hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Schumaker’s single, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Cards a 7-1 lead. The Cards then took an 8-1 lead in the seventh as Matt Adams hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Phils would make it an 8-2 Cards lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, as he knocked in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s force out, 6-4, as he is robbed of a hit going up the middle by shortstop Furcal, as Pence is forced out at second base for the inning’s first out, before being in turned forced out at second base on Victorino’s grounder for the inning’s second out. The Phils then cut down the Cards’ lead to 8-3 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started off the inning with a double, while sending Fontenot, who had earlier walked, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Mitchell Boggs got Pence to end the ballgame by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98 ERA) took the lost as he pitched only two innings, as he left the game with an inflammed right shoulder injury, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Joe Savery pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Chad Qualls pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Jose Contreras and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Valdes) between them, while striking out one (Valdes). Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out two. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Victor Marte pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Chuckie Fick pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mitchell Boggs pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .314. He was followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double), both with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Hector Luna (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Shane Victorino knocked in the final Phil run via a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (25-24, 5th) started a three-game series yesterday with the Mets (27-21, 2nd).

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