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The Phils win in the ninth on a walk-off, two-run single, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils win with a walk-off, two-run single, as they beat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Corey Wimberly hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pedro Ciriaco’s single, then stopped at third on Brad Lincoln’s force out, 5-4, forcing out Ciriaco at second base, while sending Lincoln, who had just hit into a force out, up to second base. The Pirates then made it 2-0 as, with a runner on second and now with two men out, John Bowker hits into an RBI double, knocking in Lincoln. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in their half of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 1-unassisted, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two-men out, Tuffy Gosewisch hits a two-run single off of Josh Harrison’s glove, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single to first, was safe at second on a force out of Erik Kratz’s grounder, 5-unassisted as Ben Francisco, who had reached base on a bunt single, ran out of the base path, then stopped at second on Orr’s bunt single, and stopped at third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, and Kratz’s who was safe at first as Francisco was out at third as he went out of the base line to try and avoid the tag, and then stopped at second on Martinez’s ground out, giving the Phils a 3-2 win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, as he struck out five. Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Romero), while striking out two batters. Ryan Madson gets the win (1-0, 2.57),  as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lincoln also received a no-decision, as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while walking two batters. Chris Resop received his second hold of the spring as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Veras also received his second hold of the spring, as he pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Michael Crotta received his first hold of the spring, as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux blown his second save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (1-1, 5.40), as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, a single and a double. Wilson Valdez (Single), Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single) and Tuffy Gosewisch (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 14-8.

A four-run second inning help leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

A four run outburst in the second inning leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Delwyn Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. One batter later, Brian Schneider made it a 4-0 Phils’ lead as he hits a 3-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Young and Gload. The Tigers would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brennan Boesch hits into a double play, 3-6-3, scoring Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Victor Martinez’s single, while wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Martinez, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers would make it 4-2 Phils in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Don Kelly, a walk to Andy Dirks, moving Kelly to second base, and a single to Will Rhymes, moving both Kelly and Dirks up a base, and with one man out, Magglio Ordonez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kelly from third. The Phils would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Jeff Larish hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Tigers would get that run back in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Audy Ciriaco hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Argenis Diaz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ben Guez’s double. That would be the final score as Mike Zagurski would end the game by striking out both pinch hitters Ryan Strieby and Scott Sizemore.

Joe Blanton gets the win (1-0, 3.09) as he pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his first spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his first spring training hold as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. David Herndon received his second spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Rick Porcello took the lost (0-1, 4.50), as he pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Adam Wilk and Jose Valverde then followed for three scoreless innings, as they together gave up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Wilk). Duane Below then followed for an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Thomas and Ryan Perry then followed with two scoreless innings, giving up no hits between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, raising his spring training average to .240. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Jeff Larish (Home Run), Delwyn Young (Single), Ross Gload (Single), Brian Schneider (Home Run) and Wilson Valez (Single) had the other seven Phil’s hits, two of which were a three-run home run (Schneider) and a solo shot (Larish). Gload had the other Phil RBI.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 7-6.

Wait, J.C. is back?

The Phils have announced that they have made a one-year deal, pending his passing a physical, with J.C. Romero, for an undisclosed amount of cash.

J.C. Romero, whom the Phils had let go earlier in the off-season, had spent the last three plus seasons (2007-10) with the Phils, going 6-6 with 4 saves and a 2.60 ERA, as he appeared in 213 games, pitching in 148.2 innings, giving up 99 hits and 46 runs, 41 of which were earned, and walking 105 batters, while striking out 123. Last year, in 60 games pitched, he recorded a 1-0 record with 3 saves and a 3.68 ERA, as he pitched 36.2 innings, giving up 30 hits and 17 runs, 15 of which were earned, as he walked 29 batters, while striking out 28.

If he passes the physical, its obvious that the Phils will once again use him as their situational lefty out of the bullpen, hoping that he’ll bounce back from his injuries in 2009-10. I just hope the Phils know what they’re doing.

Things have been a bit busy here in Philly…

Although the Phils have been knocked out of the playoffs last Saturday, things have been busy during the last week or so since the 2010 National League Champions San Francisco Giants celebrated their victory at Citizens Bank Park. Saturday night, Sunday and Monday the Phils cleared out their lockers before heading off to their respective homes.

On Monday, General Manager Reuben Amaro, Jr. held a press conference announcing that while he was happy that 2010 was a successful year, the fact that they had failed to get into the World Series, as everyone was expecting, have left a bitter taste in his mouth, and he was planning to make some changes as far as the offense was concerned.

During the week, the Phils bought out J.C. Romero’s contract, paying him $2500,000 for the last year of his contract, while letting go both Greg Dobbs and Jamie Moyer, allowing the three to become free agents, although willing to take Romero back if nobody else comes knocking at his doorstep, with a minor league contract. (Sorry to see you go, guys. Wish you luck.) Paul Hoover have also opted for free agency after being assigned to Lehigh Valley.

The Phils have finally contacted Jayson Werth, via his agent Scott Boras, to see if there was any way that they can keep him here. (I’m not holding my breath. Boras equals large amount of money, and I do not think that the Phils are in that particular neighborhood.)

Placido Polanco will be having surgery to fix up his left elbow at some point today, and should be ready for spring training next year.

Roy Halladay, who plans to give his hurt groin a rest, for now, have been named the National League Clutch Performer of the Year and the Players Choice for NL Outstanding Pitcher.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 5: True grit shown by a wounded Doc Halladay, a weird top of the third and a Jayson Werth homer gives the Phils a 4-2 win, sending the series back to Philly.

True grit shown by their ace Roy Halladay, who was pitching through a mild groin injury, a wierd-o top of the third inning where the Phils took the lead, and a solo blast by Jayson Werth in the top of the ninth gives the Phils a 4-2 win, as they cut the Giants’ lead in the series, 3-2. The game will now return to Philadelphia for game six on Saturday.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, on a possible doubleplay grounder that was botched by second baseman Chase Utley before he threw to second base to force out Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, allowing Andres Torres, who had started the inning off with a walk, and then went to third on Sanchez’s single, to score, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, as Posey beats shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throw to first. The Phils then came back in the third. Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base as Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch. Roy Halladay then bunted the ball in front of the plate, although possibly a foul ball, it was called fair by the home plate umpire, as Posey grabbed the ball and threw it to third, trying to get out Ibanez, as Halladay stood in the batter’s box, thinking it was foul, but, Pablo Sandoval was unable to get back to the third base bag, as Ibanez is called safe, while Ruiz reach second base. But, Sandoval then recovers and threw to first base for the out, 2-5-4, as the throw beats Halladay to the bag, as Halladay is credited with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then hits a grounder towards first baseman Aubrey Huff, who committed a fielding error as the ball hit against his right leg, and bounce into left center field, allowing both Ibanez and Ruiz to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while allowing Victorino to move up to second base. Placido Polanco then followed with an RBI single, scoring Victorinio, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Giants got a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. Halladay would then keep the Giants down, squashing a pair of rallies in the fifth and the sixth innings. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the seventh as they placed runners on the corners, with Rollins on third, who had started the inning off with a single, before stealing first second, and then third, and Ruiz on first, who had walked, with one man out, before pinch hitter Ross Gload ended the inning by hitting into a line out-doubleplay, three-unassisted. The Phils would finally increase their lead in the ninth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the series, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would receive his first save of the series as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, getting pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa to end the game by striking out on a foul tip caught by Ruiz.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. His series record is now 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero also gets his first hold of the series as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madison receives his first hold of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the series as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Lincecum took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His series record is now 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Romo), while striking out a batter (Lopez) between them. Ramon Ramirez pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jeremy Affeldt pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils hits, with Polanco, Utley and Rollins’ hits being singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, while Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The other two Phil’s runs came in on an error hit by Shane Victorino, with him receiving an RBI. The offense still have not had a breakout inning, but it has once again taken advantage of the opponent’s mistake(s), this time to get the game taken back to Philadelphia.

The Phils (2-3) are still alive in the series, as they take a day off before coming back to Philadelphia to face the Giants (3-2) in game six of the series on Saturday.

2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 2: The Phils pounce on several Reds mistakes to take a 2-0 lead in the series as they come from behind to win, 7-4.

The Phils’ offense capitalize on several Reds miscues while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense as the Phils come from behind to win, 7-4. The victory gives the Phils a 2-0 lead in the divisional series.

The Reds took the lead right at the start of the game as Brandon Phillips hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season, as the Reds take a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Laynce Nix, who was earlier safe at first on a Chase Utley throwing error, then moved up to second on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch,  scored on Utley’s second throwing error of the inning, as he threw away the ball as he attempted to double up Ryan Hanigan at first, after forcing out Drew Stubbs, who had earlier walked, at second base, 6-4, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead, while Hanigan, who was safe at first, went to second on the errant throw. The Reds then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season. The Reds then made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Phillips, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Paul Janish’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils then began their comeback, while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense for the next four innings. In their half of the fifth, they cut the Reds’ lead in half as, with the bases loaded, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Dom Brown, who was earlier safe at first on a 6-4 force out as Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, reached second on Phillip’s fielding error of Shane Victorino’s grounder, then stopped at third on Scott Rolen’s fielding error of Placido Polanco’s grounder, and Victorino, who was safe at first on Phillip’s error, then reached second on Rolen’s error of Polanco’s grounder, making it a 4-2 Reds’ lead, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Rolen’s error, stopped at third. The Phils then made it a 4-3 Reds’ lead in the sixth as, once again with the bases loaded, this time via a walk to Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, sending Werth up to second base, and pinch hitter Ben Francisco also being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both Werth and Ruiz, and with two men out, Victorino forces in a run with a walk, forcing in Werth, while Ruiz and Francisco both moved up a base. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins reached base on a Bruce fielding error as he missed the ball in the right field lights (or among the rally towels), allowing Utley, who had got on base earlier as he was hit by the pitch (although it is possible that he might not had been hit by the ball) and was then safe at second on Rolen’s force out attempt on Werth’s grounder (he might have been out, but it is inconclusive), followed by Werth, who was safe at first on a force out attempt, thanks to Phillips’ missed catch error of the throw back into the infield, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while Rollins would stop at second base. Two batters latter, with a runner on third, as Rollins’ went to third on Ibanez’s single, Ruiz hits an RBI grounder, as he hit into a 6-4 force out, wiping out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, while Rollins scores, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils would add an insurance run in the eighth as, with two men on and with one man out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, would move up to second. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge threw a scoreless ninth, getting his first save of the post-season, as he gets Chris Heisey to end the game by grounding out, 5-3.

Roy Oswalt gets a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up  four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero and Chad Durbin combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk between them. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson get his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikeouts a batter. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Bronson Arroyo also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks. Arthur Rhodes collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out one. Logan Ondrusek also collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, also hitting a batter and walking a batter. Aroldis Chapman records his first blown save of the post-season before getting the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA. Nick Masset pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Utley knocking in two runs, while Werth knocked in a run. Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz both had an RBI, Victorino’s via a bases loaded walk and Ruiz’s via a force out. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a pair of errors on the same play. The Phils’ offense took advantage, once again, of another team’s mistakes.

The Phils (2-0) have the day off today, before meeting the Reds (0-2) on Sunday in Cincinnati for the third game of the best of five divisional series, looking for a sweep.

The Phillies have just announced their 25-man roster for the NLDS…

The Phils have just announced their 25-man roster for the National League Divisional series. They plan to take 10 pitchers with them for the short five-game series and 15 position players. Among those who were left off of the roster were Danys Baez (big surprise after what happened on Sunday), David Herndon (was somewhat expected) and Kyle Kendrick (somewhat shocked, but I can live with it), while those who were placed on the roster includes Antonio Bastardo (expected, as they need a second left hander to help J.C. Romero, and he has been pitching very well lately), Dom Brown (I just hope they’ll use him) and Greg Dobbs (Oh, I know that there’s going to be a lot of Phils fans who will think that Uncle Chuck has lost his mind letting him anywhere near the roster.)

Starters: Infield: Ryan Howard (1st Base), Chase Utley (2nd Base), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Placido Polanco (3rd Base)

Outfield: Raul Ibanez (Left), Shane Victorino (Center), Jayson Werth (Right)

Catcher: Carlos Ruiz

Bench: Brian Schneider (C), Mike Sweeney (1st Base), Wilson Valdez (Inf), Greg Dobbs (Inf), Ben Francisco (OF), Ross Gload (Inf-OF), Dom Brown (OF)

Pitchers: Starters: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton (will be coming out of the bullpen this series)

Relief Corps: Jose Contreras, Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge

Although not on the roster, Baez, Herndon and Kendrick will travel with the team, along with catcher Paul Hoover and pitcher Jamie Moyer, in case an injury happens to someone on the 25-man roster.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 1: The Phils end the regular season on a losing note as they fail to catch the Braves late, 8-7.

A late rally comes too late as the Phils lose the final game of the regular series to the Braves, 8-7. They will begin the NL Divisional playoffs facing the National League Central Division Champs, the Cincinnati Reds this coming Wednesday at Philadelphia.

The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. The Braves got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rick Ankiel, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Braves tied it up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Alex Gonzalez’s single, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with two men out, Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Gonzalez, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead, while sending Conrad up to second base. The Braves then took a 5-2 lead as Omar Infante hits an RBI triple, knocking in both Conrad and Hudson. The Braves added to their lead in the sixth as Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 6-2 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Conrad hits an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Diaz’s single, then went to third on Gonzalez’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead, before Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Gonzalez’s ground out, is thrown out at home plate by a throw to home by Ryan Howard, after Jayson Werth’s throw into the infield gets pass him, with Brian Schneider applying the tag, 9-3-2, for the second out of the inning, while Conrad would go to second on the play. The Braves then made it an 8-2 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Diaz hits an RBI single, scoring Heyward, who had earlier walked, and was safe at second on a 5-3 doubleplay on a grounder by Lee, as Infante, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Heyward’s walk, was wiped out at third base, while McCann, who had just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils made it an 8-4 Braves’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Bocock, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Braves third baseman Omar Infante’s throwing error of pinch hitter Mike Sweeney’s grounder, making it an 8-5 Braves’ lead, while sending Sweeney, who was safe on Infante’s error, up to second base. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 8-7 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a two-run double, scoring both Sweeney and Valdez. That would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would record his thirty-seventh save of the year by recording a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Greg Dobbs, looking.

Cole Hamels pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Blanton pitches an inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, before leaving the game because of a bad back, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he strikes out three. His record is now 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Billy Wagner records his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Wilson Valdez, knocking in a run, a two-run home run by Jayson Werth, a two-run pinch hit home run by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run pinch hit double by Ben Francisco. The Phils’ offense was otherwise kept quiet yesterday.

The Phils, at 97-65, ended the season with the best record in the majors, doing so for the first time in the team’s 128-years history. They will begin the divisional series at home this coming Wednesday, facing the Cincinnati Red, the Central Division champs, looking for some revenge for 1976, when they were swept in a three game series for the NL Championship.

Friday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 3: The Phils ruin the Braves’ night as they pound Atlanta, 11-5.

The Phils begin their final road series by pounding the Braves as they defeat Atlanta, 11-5, hurting the Braves chances to reach the playoffs as the NL Wild Card.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derrek Lee hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then went to second on a Jayson Werth single, while Werth, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then took the lead as, with two men still on, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Weth, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Ibanez would stop at third. The Braves would tie the score up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Beachy, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Omar Infante’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on Brian McCann’s single, while McCann, who had just singled, stopped at second base. The Phils regained the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Werth, who is then replaced by pinch runner John Mayberry, Jr., an intentional walk to Ibanez and a force attempt throwing error by Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad to second base on a Ruiz grounder, as his throw never got close to second base, allowing Mayberry to reach third, Ibanez to reach second and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with two men out, pinch hitter Dom Brown received a walk, forcing in Mayberry, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded, Jimmy Rollins broke the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, Ruiz and Brown, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded once again, via singles to Greg Dobbs and Ruiz, sending Dobbs on to second base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving up both Dobbs and Ruiz, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ruiz and Valdez up a base. Chase Utley then followed with a walk, forcing in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead, while moving Valdez and Francisco up a base. Ryan Howard then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Valdez and Francisco, making it an 11-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley up to third base. The Braves tried to rally in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Conrad and pinch hitter Freddie Freeman, sending Conrad up to third base, and a walk to J.C. Boscan, moving Freeman up to second base, and with two men out, Lee hits a three-run double, scoring Conrad, Freeman and Boscan, making it an 11-5 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon got Matt Diaz to ground out, 6-3, ending the game.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Romero, Chad Durban and Jose Contreras pitches three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Bastardo) and while striking out three batters (Bastardo) between them. Mike Zagurski pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Brandon Beachy took the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Peter Moylan pitches to two batters, giving up two unearned runs and a walk. Michael Dunn pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor pitches an inning and a third, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs followed with two hits each, with Howard and Ibanez’s hits being all singles, with Howard knocking in two runs, while Ibanez knocked in one, while Werth and Dobbs’ both had a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, while Francisco’s hit was a single, bringing in a run. Pinch hitter Dom Brown and Chase Utley brought in the other two Phils’ runs, via bases loaded walks. The Phils are presently beating up on the Braves, seeming to have their number.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.

The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.

The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.

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