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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.

Cliff Lee is placed on the 15-game disabled list as he had suffered a left oblique strain.

Yesterday, the Phils announced that they have placed Cliff Lee on the fifteen-game disabled list with a left oblique strain. Lee hurt him left side at some point while he was pitching the 1oth inning of last Wednesday’s lost to the Giants and his body got sore the next day. Deciding not to take any chances, the Phils have decided to place him on the dl, retroactive to last Thursday, to let his body heal.

As the Phils wait for Lee to get better, hoping that he will only miss two starts, Kyle Kendrick will take over Lee’s Monday night start against the D-backs, while they have recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Joe Savery, who had been sent down last Monday when Jose Contreras was activated. Savery will more than likely be joining the team in Phoenix tomorrow.

The Phils’ offense once again is unable to get started as they drop one to the Giants, 4-2.

The Phils’ once more sputtering offense is once again unable to get going as they are defeated by the Giants, 4-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Pagan, who had started the inning off with a single. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Cabrera scored on Pablo Sandoval’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a monster lead-off home run to left, his second home run of the year, cutting the Giants’ lead down to 2-1. The Giants got the run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Posey, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Giants increased their lead one batter later as, after Posey had stolen third base, as the third base umpire missed the call, he would score on Brandon Crawford’s force out, 1-6, wiping out Schierholtz at second base for the inning’s second out, as Crawford is able to beat the throw to first, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, who then moved up to second base on Madison Bumgarner’s wild pitch, Pence being hit by the pitch, and a single by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, making it a 4-2 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, as he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kendrick) and two walks (one walk each) between them, while striking out three (Kendrick (2), Stutes (1)). Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 3.63) got the win as he went six strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Clay Hensley recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils. Sergio Romo collected his second hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Santiago Casilla received his first save of the year, as he replaced injured closer Brian Wilson, by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only eight hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk, a hit batter (Pence) and two stolen bases (Victornio (5), Pierre (3)), as they are once again unable to get the key hit that they needed as they tried to put together a few rallies.

The Phils (5-6, T-4th East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (5-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their number two starter Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Lee will be out to redeem himself as he goes once again for his first win, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched a one-hit complete game, while striking out eleven, in the Giants’ 5-0 shutout. He will be trying to compound the Phils present offensive troubles as he goes for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to leave San Francisco with their first series victory on the road.

Spring Training: After Sunday’s crushing lost, the Phils roll off a two-game winning streak.

After being crushed by the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Phils rolled off a two-game winning streak, defeating the Tigers, 4-3 on Monday, then defeating the Orioles, 4-1 on Tuesday, before taking Wednesday off.

In Monday’s game, the Tigers took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Cabrera, who had just walked, then stole second base, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brennan Boesch hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Austin Jackson, who had just walked, then stole second base. The Phils then came back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 3-1, while sending Nix, who had just singled, up to second base.  Two batters later, with two men on, and now with one man out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run triple, scoring both Nix and Mayberry.  The Phils then took the lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring by getting Jackson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Savery (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman both received their first hold of the spring as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.85) took the lost as he gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Collin Balester, Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Balester (1), Dotel (1)), while striking out one (Dotel) batter between them.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Hunter Pence, a single by Ty Wigginton, a single by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run triple by Freddy Galvis. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Tuesday’s game, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man on, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, on to second base. The Orioles tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had been hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, before later leaving the game with a broken right foot, then moving up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Brian Schneider’s single, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the ninth as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon threw his first save of the spring by striking out Matt Antonelli, looking, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (1-1, 6.59) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. David Herndon recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brian Matusz received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jim Johnson (0-2, 12.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Willie Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Zach Phillips pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double), Ty Wigginton (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Scott Podsednik (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils lost Michael Martinez as his right foot was broken by a Jim Johnson pitch. There is no timetable for his return. On Monday, Chase Utley left Clearwater to meet with an unamed specialist to check out what is wrong with his knees. The Phils, as of yet, have no idea how this will effect his return to the club. The Phils have also sent five players down to their minor league camp: they’d optioned right handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer, while reassigning left handers David Purcey and Jeremy Horst and infielder Kevin Frandsen.

The next Phils (9-9) game will be this afternoon with the Blue Jays (14-4) at Dunedin. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Jim Thome signs a one-year deal with the Phils.

Jim Thome, who had played first base for the Phils from 2003-2005, before being traded to the White Sox after the 2005 season, allowing Ryan Howard to become the everyday first baseman, will return to the Phils as he signed a one-year contract worth $1.25  million dollars, to become mainly the left-handed bat off the bench, although expected to play a few games at first base early in the 2012 season as Howard recovers from his Achilles tendon injury, pending a physical.

During his three seasons with the Phils, ‘Gentleman Jim’ Thome help to make the Phils a contender as he had 333 hits, including 96 home runs, 65 doubles and 4 triples, while knocking in 266 runs while scoring 234. He also walked 260 times. Last season, as he played for both the Twins and the Indians, he hit a combined .256 batting average, with 71 hits, including 15 home runs and 16 doubles, as he knocked in 50 runs, while scoring 32 runs. Breaking into the majors with the Indians in 1991, Thome has a career total of 2287 hits, which includes 604 home runs, 444 doubles and 26 triples, knocking in1674 RBIs, for a career batting average of .277.

Welcome back, Jim. Hopefully you’re the left-handed bench bat that the team presently need once Howard comes back from his injury.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #5: The Phils are once again knocked out of the playoffs, as they lose a 1-0 duel with the Cards.

The Phils are knocked out of the playoff, as they are three-hit by Cards’ ace Chris Carpenter, losing a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Skip Schumaker hits an RBI double, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a triple. That would turn out to be the game’s only run, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would pitch his way out of a bases loaded jam later that inning, followed by a second bases loaded jam in the eighth, while Chris Carpenter almost went through the Phils’ line-up with little trouble, only getting into trouble in the fourth, before ending the game by getting Ryan Howard to ground out, 4-3, as he fell down in the baseline as he tore his achilles tendon on his left ankle trying to bust down the line.

Chris Carpenter (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits, while striking out three. Roy Halladay (1-1, 2.25) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley had the other Phil hit, a single, as the offense once again became a non-entity during a series, as the team gets knocked out early by the much more effective Cards.

With the lost, the Phils are now back to square one, while they might be facing 2012 with the lost of several players through free agency (Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez) while looking at the prospect of having no Ryan Howard during all of 2012 because of his achillies tendon injury. This is not going to be a fun fall and winter. GRRRRRR!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils lose the final game of the three-game series with the BoSox, 5-2.

The Phils, thanks to losing their starter Cole Hamels, lose the final game of their three-game series with the BoSox, 5-2.

The Red Sox broked up a 0-0 tie in the fifth, after Cole Hamels is taken out of the ballgame to have his right (non-pitching) hand x-rayed to see if it might have been broken when he used it to stop a line drive hit by Adrian Gonzalez with one man out in the fourth (which showed that it had a contusion), as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Drew Sutton hits an RBI single, scoring Josh Reddick, who had earlier tripled on a ball badly played by Ben Francisco, giving the BoSox a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, as Sutton reached third base on a Marco Scutaro single, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits an RBI single, scoring Sutton, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while sending Scutaro, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Red Sox made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Jason Varitek hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The BoSox added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year. The Red Sox then made it a 5-0 lead as the next batter, Varitek, hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, cutting the BoSox’s lead to 5-2. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the season by striking out Raul Ibanez, looking, for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he is taken out of the game because of an injury after having pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-2, 4.61) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while he struck out one. Andrew Carpenter pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out four. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Lester (10-4, 3.43) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Jenks pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ run. Placido Polanco and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as Jon Lester controlled the offense during his seven innings of work, before handing the ball to the bullpen.

The Phils (51-31, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game interleague play series with the Blue Jays (45-36, 3rd AL East) tomorrow night at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Cardinals on June 23, when he went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the opening win in their final interleague series. The Blue Jays will counter with Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 win. He will be out to give the Phils trouble. The Phils will be out to win the first game of their final interleague play series, to guarantee that they have a second straight year with a winning record in interleague play.

The Phils have just announced that they have placed Jose Contreras on the DL for a right forearm strain; called up Juan Perez from Lehigh Valley to replace him in the bullpen.

Today, the Phils have announced that they have placed reliever Jose Contreras onto the 15-day disabled list for a right forearm strain, retroactive to June 20. This will be the second time that Contreras has been placed on the DL, having originally been placed on the shelf by the team from April 25 to May 26 because of a right flexner pronator strain. This could help explain why he had not been doing so well pitching in relief after coming off the DL late last month.

The Phils will replace him with Juan Perez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where, in 28 appearances, he has an 0-3 record with a 3.52 ERA. He had struck out 41 batters in 30.2 innings of work, with a .184 batting average against left handers.

Whatever happen, this should help Contreras to return to what he was doing against opponents before his injury. Of course, we won’t really know that until his return.

The Phils’ bats continue to pound on the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 8-1.

For the second straight game, the Phils’ offense beat up on the Marlins’ starter as they defeat the free falling fish, 8-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Logan Morrison hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second when Kyle Kendrick walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Kendrick, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third as, with the bases loaded, via Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, Howard getting on base with a walk, moving Utley to second base, both men moving up a base on a Dom Brown ground out, 3-unassisted, and with Francisco being intentionally walked, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a bases-clearing triple, scoring Utley, Howard and Francisco, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Three batters later, with men on the corners, as Dane Sardinha walked, and now with two men out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Valdez and Sardinha, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kendrick would cruise through seven innings, although pitching himself out of a two on, one out, jam in the seventh, followed by scoreless innings from J.C. Romero and Danys Baez, with Baez getting Omar Infante to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.12) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Elih Villanueva (0-1, 24.00), in his major league debut, took the lost, as he went just three innings, giving up eight runs on five hits, a hit batter and five walks, while striking out only two. Brian Sanches, Edward Mujica (before leaving with an injury) and Burke Badenhop combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and one walk (Sanches), while striking out four (Sanches and Badenhop, two strikeouts each) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with two hits. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hit, as the offense spoiled Elih Villanueva’s major league debut.

The Phils (42-26, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (32-35, 4th) with the night half of a day-night doubleheader, with their originally scheduled night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 10, where he went seven shut out innings, giving up just six scattered hits, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. He will be going for his tenth win of the year, while trying to extend the Phils’ present winning streak to six games. The Marlins will try to counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 10, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ current winning streak. The Phils will be out to sweep the doubleheader and increase their present winning streak to six wins.

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